That is a loss of 5.8 pounds for the week. My first thought was "what the...???" While it would be great to reach my goal 5 pounds at a time, it is clearly not healthy. I'm sure this is a loss of muscle. I sure as hell can't afford that!
After last week's weigh-in, my trusty LoseIt! app told me that to lose 2 pounds a week, I needed to eat 1300 calories a day. I have done that. I have NOT starved myself. I am definitely making better choices in what I eat, and I have not been hungry (other than what I think is legitimate "it's time to eat" hunger, and then I do), but there have been times when I get to the end of the day and am still short. That kind of boggled my mind because a month ago 1300 calories a day looked awfully bleak.
I have decided to bump my calories back up to 1500 per day. I also checked out my weekly totals and I am pretty consistently carb heavy and low on protein, so this week I will make an effort to get extra protein every day. Hello, cottage cheese, my old friend...let's get reacquainted!
I am a goal oriented person. I need a target to shoot for. I know this about myself, but for some reason I never translated that to exercise. Sure, in the past I would set a goal to work out so many times a week, but nothing specific. And guess what? I never succeeded. Using the C25K program and having a race on the calendar has totally made the difference for me.
However, I was talking to a woman at work yesterday about it, and I jokingly told her I only have two goals for the race: (1) run the whole thing without walking and (2) don't finish last. Then I stopped to think about that and realized those are some pretty pathetic goals. Now I know it's my first race, so I'm not going to be all unrealistic crazy minded, but I really think I need something a little more specific than that...and a little more challenging.
In my life, I have pushed myself - not always, not in everything I do - but I am pretty tenacious. I have pushed myself (and been pushed) emotionally and mentally and pretty much always come out the other side stronger and better for it. I have never really pushed myself physically. Now that I have been running for 7 weeks, I am looking ahead to what I can tackle next, trying not to put limits on myself, eager to see what my body is capable of. I just need to break the habit of setting wimpy goals - if I don't give myself something to push for, I will not push.
So, since I have plenty of time to train for this 5k (t-minus 49 days), I have time to train to do more than just "not finish last." My new non-wimpy goal is to finish in 35 minutes or less. There's your target, Mama, start shooting!
One last thing...it was brought to my attention that I had some comment settings messed up and some people were having trouble leaving comments. It's all fixed now, so I'd love it if you'd leave me some love (or encouragement, or advice, or suggestions, or criticism - I can take it, bring it!). Have a great Saturday, it is Mow the Lawn day over this way!