Let me just start off by saying, I have no freaking idea how I pulled this off this week! When I went to log my weight and saw that little bouncy red 5+ star, I couldn’t believe it! Another 5 lbs!
Even better news is that this is the first official weigh-in where my BMI and weight are in the normal range!!! Well, according to Weight Watchers anyway. They say 146 lbs and a BMI of 25 is the top of the healthy weight range for my height. But according to a host of other sites, including the CDC and the NHLBI, a BMI of 25 is still considered obese, and it is actually 24.9 and under that is considered normal. So, using the CDC’s calculation of (weight in lbs/[height in inches]squared) x 703, it doesn’t technically fall under 25 until 145.6 lbs at 24.989, which still technically rounds up to 25, so then it’s 145.3 lbs at 24.937. So the general top range is 145-146 lbs, and well, I am there,baby!
So that’s 55+ lbs total! But I am not getting too excited yet! I am not about to change that on my twitter profile description just yet either, for I fear that this week’s weight is just a fluke and will go up again next week.
Why? As you may have read, I had a disappointing gain last week, in which I’d say I had been very good, and perhaps all that hard work I did last week paid off this week, but I just decided I sort of needed a break. I had tracked every single point for every single day for 24 freaking weeks, and I hadn’t gone longer than 2 days without walking or doing some kind of cardio in those same 24 weeks. (Ok, there may have been a rare occasion where I went for 3 days, but I can’t actually think of one! But definitely not longer than that!) Mentally, I felt that I could just use a few days break from focusing on this!
So I may not have been on an actual vacation, but I decided to go on a “vacation” from working out for Memorial Day weekend. And I know everyone says they hate it when they can’t work out. That once you get fit, you miss it. Yeah, I didn’t. I wasn’t going to guilt myself about it either. But ok, on Sunday, I did end up taking a leisurely walk around my neighborhood (mind you, with alcoholic beverage in tow) when I went to see if the neighborhood picnic was happening, and no one was there! I estimated that it was about a mile, so I got more activity than I had planned. It was just too nice of a day not to be out there in it for a little bit. So I guess I missed part of it, but it was nice to just be leisurely, wearing my everyday clothes, and enjoying it, and not tracking my mileage and time, sweating like a pig, and try to walk as fast as possible!
And well, I ended up taking a break from tracking food too. I did actually track points just on Friday and Saturday, but I decided I wanted a break from that too. I didn’t track food in the fitbit dashboard (which tells me calories in vs. calories burned based on my fitbit steps) either. So yeah, even though I wasn’t doing activity, I still wore my fitbit to see how many lazy steps I would get and how many lazy calories I would burn! But given my lack of activity, I realized I didn’t really want to see how bad that added up compared to calories, so I did not add my food!
But even though I was not tracking, I did not go all crazy and eat whatever I wanted. I did have an 8-inch personal white pizza with all that full-fat cheese from Hearth, several servings of regular tortilla chips, cocktails and wine, and I did end up eating most of the Skinnytaste peanut butter pie all by myself that I made for the neighborhood picnic that no one showed up to! That thing was good!… and well, at least it was not full fat! No matter what, I really just need that all-around short break, and I promised myself I would get back down to business on Tuesday.
So, I walked again on Tuesday, got over 12,000 steps, and felt really good about that. But instead of the over 4 mile, 1 hour and 15 minute walk I have been pushing myself to do, I am back down to about 3.5 miles and about 50 minutes. Why? Because I don’t know how long I will be able to keep up an hour and 15 minutes on a daily basis and still have a life and not feel so tired and unaccomplished in everything else I need to do. I am testing this out to see if I can still lose a little with this amount of activity. As far as point counting on Tuesday, I figured what was the point (no pun intended), since I hadn’t tracked the last few days?
Now, as of today, I am back to tracking, although I’ve had a weird day today. I did not feel well, and ended up not going to work and literally sleeping until around 1:30pm. It seems that my body is just plain exhausted. (Again, why I am sort of cutting back on the length of my walks.) So, I had breakfast at around 2pm, and not much of it. I’m finally starting to feel better, and now it is close to dinner time! Doesn’t look like I will be able to get in all my healthy checks today unless I stuff myself for dinner! Well, I guess I am just going to do my best this week, and still not be perfect. I’m done with my “vacation” and ready to focus again!
Speaking of focusing and feeling better, I am off to get my walk in!
Weight: 145.8 lbs
Change this week: -1.5 lbs
Total lost: -55.3 lbs
You can also check all my progress 😉
And if you’re wondering, it’s not actually week 25 on Weight Watchers, it’s just week 25 of giving weekly updates since re-committing myself to the program.