Take it off | Week 60: Things that happened


Things that happened this week:

• I switched to 4&2. Yup, I bit the bullet and did it. Now I have 4 Medifast meals and 2 Lean & Green Meals. I'm exercising too much to be successful on the 5&1. That sounds negative - but its not. This is a good thing. This is progress. I'm no longer in a vegetative state on my couch more often than not. In fact, I'm moving so much that my body is all 'Whoa! Either you feed me more or I'm holding the rest of this chub hostage!'. You win body, you win. Now release the chub. 

• I went to a consignment shop and tried on a pair of size 8 shorts. They were a tad tight in the lady bits area but totally fit. I bought them. Granted I will not be wearing them until they fit properly - because no one wants to see that. But I bought them for a little motivation and because I know I will be in them soon enough.

quit lookin' at my area.

• I made some new recipes from Medifast foods. Recipe cards below. 

• I did the 30 Day Shred every other day, as planned. I plan to do another week of Level One since I'm not doing it every day (alternating with running). I've never gotten through more than a few days of 30DS. Pretty pleased with myself that I've kept it up.
That's The Bitch, watching me do the 30DS. She sat there and meowed
at me for dinner the entire time. And that's why we call her The Bitch.
• I ran 10 miles! Broad Street Run, here I come!
This is what I looked like after that run - ready to die.
This is the bulging vein I discovered in my forehead after my run.
I named it Annie. Annie the Aneurysm.

I'm so proud of myself. I've had a lot of doubt as to whether I'd successfully complete a 10 mile race - even if it is mostly downhill (according to my friend Kiely who will be running it with me). I had Friday off from work and thought I'd log about 6 miles. As I rounded the corner to mile 4, I decided to try for 8. By the time I hit 8 miles, I decided 'hey, what's another 2? I may as well see how long 10 miles will take me since the race is only fifteen days away.'

At times, it seemed like the miles would never end. My time isn't terribly impressive and I had to do several short intervals of walking (though I was stoked to take on the hills like a beast!).

Things that didn't happen this week:

 I didn't weigh myself. What? That's like cheating! You HAVE to weigh in every week! 

Look, you can call it a cop-out and give me some side-eye if you want. But I chose to not weigh myself this week and that's that. That doesn't mean I've been binging, will binge or fall off the wagon all-together. I'm more dedicated than ever to meet my goal. I've even signed up for the new Under Armour "What's Beautiful" campaign and accepted numerous challenges on TribeSports.

It's simply that the numbers on the scale are making me crazy. I can see and feel changes in my body but those numbers aren't changing. Logically I know this means I'm creating muscle (and then there is the aforementioned deficit in calories problem). But when you spend a year on the scale with nearly constant results and it finally stops moving - that's a tough pill to swallow. Weighing in every few days and seeing no progress, despite everything else I know, it takes a toll. And since this journey is as much about my mental state as my physical state, I made the choice to take a break from the scale rather than backing myself into a corner and creating an opportunity for a complete meltdown and failure.

I plan to resume my weigh-in's next Monday. Good or bad I will report my numbers. But in addition to scale numbers I'll be reporting measurements as well.

Good things are happening and its the good things that count the most. 

Before I get to the recipes, I found this on Pinterest and thought it summed up my blog pretty well. 

I'm not perfect, not try to reach perfection and have no desire to be perfect. I just want to deal with life, weight loss and fitness in a healthy way. Imperfections and all. 

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SouthWest Flat bread (so good with hummus!)
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Orange Spice Pancakes
You can swap out spice pancakes for Chocolate Chip.
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Strawberry Shortcake with Creamy Strawberry Spread
Month One: -16 lbs
Month Two: -5 lbs
Month Three: -6 lbs
Month Four: -6 lbs
Month Five: -6 lbs
Month Six: -8.5 lbs

Month Seven: -7.5 lbs
Month Eight: -5 lbs
Month Nine: -2 lbs
Month Ten: -5 lbs
Month Eleven: -6 lbs
Month Twelve: -4 lbs
Month Thirteen: -6.5 lbs
Week fifty three: -1.5
Week fifty four: -.5
Week fifty five: -.5
Week fifty six: 0 :(
Week fifty seven: -1
Week fifty eight: 0 bleh.
Week fifty nine: .5
Week sixty: Unknown
Total: 87.5 lbs gone forever! Current weight: 152.5 lbs Distance from goal: 12.5 lbs!!

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