Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Equilibrium Update #2

This is my second update to the post in which I mentioned I was going to try to lose some weight to spare my joints and such as I ease back into running post-marathon

After 2 weeks (I've been doing weigh-ins on Mondays):


Change (me)
Change (Ukr)
Overall Weight
 -2 lb
-2 lb
Waist
 no change
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Bicep
 -.5"
n/a 
Hip
 no change
n/a
Thigh
 -1.25"
n/a

After 4 weeks (all changes are compared to baseline, NOT the previous week... figure there are gonna be ups and downs, so this is the best way to capture just the overall picture).


Change (me)
Change (Ukr)
Overall Weight
 -3 lb
-4 lb
Waist
 no change
-2"
Bicep
 -.5"
n/a 
Hip
 no change
n/a
Thigh
 no change
n/a

I decided not to post Week 3's update, since I wasn't able to get the tape measure numbers.  However, that week, I was down -4 lb from the start and seemed to have gained one back in Week 4 (though I was wearing more clothing than usual and the timing of the weigh-in was off... but I am still going to report it).  The fluctuations in the tape measurements are so lame that I don't really think that matters anymore... it could just be my "human error."  I'll keep trying, though!

Overall, I'm still going in the right direction, 30% there!  However:
  1. I'm pretty sure some of this loss is muscle mass... I haven't been working out as much as normal (BUT I was active/busy moving crud around but not at the gym), but I have stepped it up this past week (ran 15 miles over 4 days) and will continue to try to get used to some sort of routine.   
  2. Not to mention... my eating has kind of been all over the place -- I haven't been tracking calories and have subsisted on cheap/free food (calorie bombs) more often than I should.  Darn holidays!   
Anyway, next week's weigh-in will be kind of telling, since by then, I hope to be up to working out 5 days a week, which is my normal frequency.  Whether my intensity or eating will improve is another story.

"The Ukrainian" has started using MyFitnessPal (the site I started to use and then quit due to laziness) as an app on his phone.  I'm jealous my phone isn't "smart" enough to do the same thing, but I'm proud of him for keeping on top of things this way.  He hasn't worked out since... our visit to the personal trainer... which is a long time for him!  He says that once he's back to working out again (hopefully soon!), he will increase his intake.

6 comments:

  1. A lot of keeping track like that works for most, but not for me as I get too bogged down, though I do keep track of weight. Way to go on the loss. A lot of people make the mistake of just letting go after a marathon too much. So, when is your next marathon?

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  2. I don't think I could ever be so organized to keep track of ANYthing with such precision! Keep up the good work!

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  3. that is cool you are making some progress. Keep it up! I should try those kashi meals!

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  4. How cool you are tracking this so precisely! It shows great commitment to your running as well! Keep it up :)

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  5. Look at you, making progress! Congrats! ;) I hope you get to where you want soon.

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  6. Nice job! I like how meticulously you calculated your numbers. It is so hard to shed a few pounds, especially around the holidays. Continued success in reaching your goal!

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