HE vs. SHE (she post #9)
Day 13, start of week 5 (two weeks left!)
I started last week strong and dedicated, it ended poorly — period.
This is for the ladies, sorry guys. I had a great Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday but by Thursday I was losing steam, and I feared it would effect if I lost any weight. Yes, all the signs were pointing to CAUTION! PERIOD and I wasn’t thrilled. I was worried about the cravings, exhaustion, cramping, water retention, and how that might effect my workouts and motivation. All that and a very hectic and stressful work schedule and you have a disaster waiting to happen. Well, it wasn’t a total disaster, let’s call it a minor jolt. I allowed myself to skip the food journal (sorry Katie) and indulge when I needed to but in moderation. I didn’t go off and run to Dairy Queen (even though this would have been the perfect weekend for a little DQ treat, loving the weather!) I also didn’t deprive myself because I’m pretty sure my husband would have left me. I stayed in the middle of the road and struggled through like a trouper.
I’m on the other side of the period mountain so I’m feeling better and my motivation and optimism has returned. I went out for a 6-mile run on Saturday and attended Spencer’s spin class on Sunday (have I mentioned how much I enjoy his class?). I missed last Friday’s boot camp class because of a work obligation so I weighed in this morning. I was relieved to find that I didn’t gain any weight! I was able to maintain my loss from the previous week and self-regulate what I ate and how much, success!!
Justin lost 0 pounds
Jen lost 0 pounds
So, as you can see, both Justin and I stayed at the same weight but the good news is we didn’t gain, and we had our mid-program measurements done and I’m pleased with our results!
Justin lost a total of 8.75 inches (4.64%)
Jen lost lost a total of 7.8 inches (4.31%)
That’s in three weeks, pretty impressive. Katie adds an extra measurement for the ladies so I wanted to calculate percentage of inches lost to help highlight how both Justin and I are progressing with the program.
To be honest, I’m thrilled! I was worried that getting my period at this stage might ruin the progress I’ve made in the last 4 weeks. I’m relieved to see it didn’t. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, my confidence is growing and this week proved that I don’t have to totally indulge and lose myself. I can stop, change direction and move to a positive place. I’m 36 years old and I think I deserve a gold star!