Weight Loss

That was the result of my official weigh-in this week.  Initially, I am a little bit perplexed.  I ate well all week long.  I had a great week of exercise:

Monday: Elliptical trainer -1 hour
Tuesday: Ran 5.5 miles @ 9:07 min/mile pace
Wednesday: Strength training – 1 hour
Thursday: Ran hill sprints (~ 15 second hill x 10 repeats)

Yet I gained a pound.

So, what do I do?  I move on.  Because I kept track of my calorie intake, and I worked hard this week I know that it is impossible to have gained a pound of fat in the past seven days (and that’s all I really care about when it comes to the scale).  We’ll see what the next week brings.

Related, here are two blog posts I recently came across that I thought were very good:

From, The Nutrition Data Blog, Weight fluctuations: How much is normal? Includes a link to a useful too for tracking weight loss

From, The Running Laminator (an awesome running blog on which I have “lurked” for some time), Running: Physiologically Speaking, Five Easy Steps to Better Nutrition. This post enumerates five steps to better nutrition. This is basic, but very good and necessary, information for anyone trying to improve their nutrition.

On Running News:
I have decided to sign up for the Unser Half-Marathon in Albuquerque on April 19, 2008.  The event also includes a 10K, a 5K, a Kids’ K.  People can also sign up for as a two-person 5k team or a three-person 1/2 Marathon team.  The course looks flat and fast, and it is along some familiar running routes for me.  I am optimistic about breaking 2 hours for the 13.1.

Happy Friday!


Well it is Friday, Day 5 of our challenge, and I thought it would be nice to check in with you all and let you know how our week went!

Food Journal:
Kept Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

  • Monday: Ran 2 miles @ 10:30 min/mi pace
  • Tuesday: Elliptical Trainer 45 minutes
  • Wednesday: Strength Training 45 minutes;  Ran 3 miles @ 9:15 min/mi pace
  • Thursday: Elliptical 1 hour

Weight: 217.4 (a loss of 2.6 pounds this week!)

Food Journal: Kept Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (a bit obsessively)


  • Tuesday: 1 hour on Elliptical
  • Wednesday: 1 hour on Elliptical
  • Friday: 1 hour on Elliptical

Weight: 192.0 (a loss of 1.8 lbs this week)

Notes: This week had some interesting challenges. One is that on Monday, I drove down to Albuquerque for a dentist appointment, so I was gone for a large chunk of the day. I brought snacks with me and made the best choices I could, food-wise, so even though I wasn’t able to exercise, I still had a successful day.

You might notice that for exercise, I did nothing but elliptical this week. That was my intention, as I am easing back into exercising and plan to begin adding other things next week. I’ll be starting my run/walk program on Monday, and starting back to lifting weights on Tuesday. That will probably be the only changes I make next week, and the following week, I would like to add in other kinds of exercise just so I’m using a variety of muscles, and so I don’t get bored.

This weekend should have a few challenges, in that we have a busy weekend coming up! Tonight, we are going out for dinner and to see a band with my parents, brother, and cousin. Tomorrow night, we are going out for dinner with a few friends, and Sunday evening we are seeing Nick’s cousin’s play, and then going out for dinner to celebrate a birthday. My plan for the weekend is to add in exercise as much as I’m able to, and do the best I can for each meal out. Because that’s life!

Happy weekend to you all, I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the subtle previews of spring! It’s definitely on it’s way, and I am excited!