The reality of 8-12 weeks of NO RUNNING is really hitting me hard right now. Ever since Monday…uh yesterday. I guess it’s because my Seattle RnR spectating adventure is over, I guess.
I wanted to have fun running 5Ks and 10Ks this summer. I was really looking forward to it. And now I’m stuck in the hot gym staring at infomercials at 5:30 a.m. on the elliptical and wondering why the heck some people think it’s a good idea to wear sweats on the treadmill. So you can sweat out all your water and fool the scale? Really? Does it matter that much? It’s not like you’re on The Biggest Loser or anything.
Anyway, I’m being a Negative Nancy again.
Since I can’t run, I decided that I should make this The Summer of Weight Loss, sort of like The Summer of George, but not. Unfortunately, the calorie-counting-exercise-equation is not getting me the results I feel it should. I’ll lose a little, gain a little, lose a little, gain a little, and basically just stay the same. I’ve only lost 3 pounds in 2 months. And it’s not like I’m sitting around doing nothing, you know?
So I’m falling back on my old pal, Weight Watchers (WW). It has always worked for me. I even lost 40 pounds one year and never exercised (which I don’t recommend because now I know that eating right is only part of being healthy; you need to exercise for overall health). I’ve never been able to do WW on my own, though. But I can’t afford the gym and a WW membership, so I am going to try it on my own again. I think I am more motivated, smarter and better focused now.
I don’t just want to lose weight to lose weight. I want to be lighter on my feet for when I do get to run again, hopefully in September in time for Team Will Run for Ice Cream at the You Go Girl! half mary or 10K, which I am running (I do already have the shirt and everything).
Anyway, I am very proud of the awesome food-tracker, weight-tracker Excel spreadsheet I made yesterday. It has all kinds of formulas to help me keep track of my points. I don’t usually do spreadsheets. But it’s pretty kick-ass, if I do say so myself.
It has automatic dates, it automatically adds up my points, subtracts from my weekly extra points automatically if I need to use them, incorporates points I earn exercising and will automatically show me how much weight I’ve lost or gained each week.
So, okay, when I looked at how many points I get each day (22), I got nervous before remembering I get an extra 35 to use at will throughout the week and also the ones I earn from exercise. I also realized I’ve been eating too much to lose weight.
I am 5’ and 7-1/2” (the ½ counts!) tall and I currently weigh 169. I want to weigh 140 – the high end of what’s recommended for my height and body type. I added a new tracker on the right-hand side of the blog so you can see I have 29 pounds to go.
I started off The Summer of Weight Loss (SOWL) officially this morning (even though I sort of followed the plan yesterday) with a banana (-2 points) before 40 minutes of vigorous ellipticalling (+5). That’s no different than what I’ve been doing, but I did NOT have my Zone Perfect chocolate bar (which is 4 points!) in the car on the way to work. I drank water and drip coffee (-.5 for a Tablespoon of Half and Half), and made the 25-minute drive to work just fine.
Then I got started right away writing copy for a new a project, and finally at about 8:45, I got hungry for breakfast. I had a Thomas Whole Wheat bagel thin (-1) with 1 Tablespoon of Nutella spread on it (-2) and a half-cup of diced fresh strawberries (-.5). I put the strawberries on the bagel with the Nutella and it was delish! I had another cup of coffee, though, so I’m down for Coffee Mate creamer (-1).
For lunch: a salad and a serving of the leftover WW-recipe Mac ‘N’ Cheese that I made a few days ago. I have no idea what’s for dinner. I am not as organized this week as I was last week.
And don’t worry, I’m not always going to be listing my food. It’s just that I’m kicking off the SOWL today. Let’s hope for some results on Monday when I weigh in for the first time.
I am grateful for:
-Running and bloggy friends who include me in running events even when I’m not running.
-That Mr. T’s wonderful health plan will cover my custom orthotics.