State of the Weight Wednesday

I promise you I do have other things to blog about than just this weekly linkup.  Even this very moment, I have a post draft started about Cole’s karate class.  I’m debating posting my thoughts on both the Zimmerman verdict and Cory Monteith’s untimely passing.  But talking/writing about this quest for fitness is really keeping me motivated, so if this is the only post you get in a week then that’s just what happens.  It’s free.  You have free will.  Read.  Or don’t.

This has been a pretty good week for me.  I’ve stuck with this week’s challenge of preparing all the food I eat at home.  The one exception would be on Sunday when I had a tennis match.  I had some fruit that was provided by the home team.  The spirit of the challenge is to know exactly what I’m putting into my body.  It’s not enough for something to just be homemade, I have to know exactly what went into making it and have a good grasp on its nutritional value.  I’ve done pretty well so far, eating only things that I prepared at home or had on hand from the last grocery run.  I can tell a difference in how I feel generally.  Although it has been a very hectic week and I haven’t gotten a lot of sleep for various reasons, I don’t feel tired or sluggish.  I’m pretty sure that is related to a reduction in overly processed food this week.  So that’s good to know, and will encourage me to keep this trend going.

I’ve done well as far as exercise goes too.  My goal is to exercise four days a week, no matter what.  This past week I had tennis practice on Thursday, a match on Sunday that got rained out an hour into it, and the continuation of that match on Monday.  I very much prefer playing tennis as opposed to running on the treadmill, and if I could play every day I absolutely would.  I did have to run on the treadmill last night, but even that went pretty well.  I ran for six minutes straight and am going to try to increase that by a minute every time I run.  I can think back to when I first started running regularly earlier this year, and it was tough on me just to keep up a 3.5 mph walking pace.  Now I maintain a pace of 4-5 mph, with four being my resting pace after jogging.  I can burn around 400 calories in the time it takes to catch up on one TV show, and I feel great afterward {except for my knees, they never feel great after a run}.  I’ve stuck with my daily core exercises but have faltered a bit on the ab challenge exercises.  I’d like to finish out the challenge strong, so I’m recommitting to doing them daily no matter what.

My weekly goal will depend on what is set forth in my WLC group tomorrow, so I’ll update this part then.  But I am just going to keep on keeping on.  I’m actually seeing results, so whatever I’m doing is working.  I just need to stay committed, stay active, and stay aware of what I am consuming to fuel my body.  I need to make sure that I’m putting quality in so that I can get quality output.

I typically don’t weigh in until Thursdays, but I took a quick peek at the scale this morning and was pleasantly surprised to find that I appear to be another three pounds down.  If that number holds until tomorrow’s official weigh-in, that will put me at 18 pounds lost overall.  SO.  CLOSE.  TO.  TWENTY.  So close I can smell it.  I will get there by the end of July.  That, my friends, is a promise.

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