Another week, another set of solid results. I was hoping for bigger numbers, but down is good. I lost nearly 2 pounds this week and I am now down to 395 exactly. That puts me more than 15 pounds down since starting Weight Watchers, and considering the up and down nature of my progress since then I feel good about that. I am behind for my May goal, but it is a pretty ambitious one. What I really need, and what I really WANT is a big week. 6-8 pounds. One of those every once in a while does so much for my confidence and adds a great boost to my motivation. One of the nicest things this morning was being able to cross another benchmark off of my fridge. I should explain. On my refrigerator I have a graduated countdown for every five pounds. 395 was the next to hit and I got it today, so I got to cross it off. Next is 390, and I'd like to be there in the next two weeks, although next week is doable if I have a great week. I haven't really been sacrificing a lot, so in terms of the balance I am striking I am in a pretty good place. I also got out for 3 legit walks this week, so I am getting much closer to my exercise goals. Yesterday I got stuck downtown for a few hours so I just walked around. I started around Willis Tower, went to Millennium Park, walked around the park, got lunch outside, and walked to work. All in all about 3.5 miles and at least an hours worth of walking. Unfortunately I was in my dress shoes, so I ended up with some mean blisters, but I had a glorious afternoon, so it was worth it.
One positive from this week is that my cravings for and my ability to resist sweets have gotten better. I want them far less frequently, and when I do, and I walk into 7-11 and stare at the ice cream cabinet, I am better able to say "No, I can't buy this because I will eat the whole pint right now". Which would be 900 or so calories. I also feel sugar in my system a lot more. If I indulge in more than a modest amount I end up with a killer headache and some pretty bad dyspepsia too. This is probably from dehydration (sugar is hydrophilic) but the lesson is to keep off the sweet stuff.
Ok, for the coming week I want to keep going on the goals I set last time. I want to work in a little bit more strength training. Some core work and a little bit more weights. I did a little bit of arm work while I was bored, and I can feel it, but I need more consistency if I want lean muscle mass.