Saturday, February 28, 2009

Weekend Update...

OK, I will admit it, I was a little discouraged about the 0.2 pound weight loss recorded on Wednesday. Here is the weirdness about the whole thing... I really wasn't in the FLU program to lose weight as a primary motive. I wanted to get my nutrition habits under control and also work on heart zone training. Weight loss was an added benefit. For the first time in my life, I can say that I am pretty happy with where I am at weight-wise. I was a chubby kid (not like the kid on biggest loser chubby but a little bigger than the others growing up) so it does seem odd to finally be at a place where I have a good body image.

With that said, having your weight tracked up or down each week takes you back to those days where you feel like the chubby kid again. There is something about seeing the number on the scale going down that that makes you instantly feel like you achieved something. Seeing the number barely tick down felt like a failure on some level which is sooooo ridiculous for me to feel that way. It is some kind of issue with my mind - maybe a female thing since we are so weight conscious in general as a gender.

The scale at home is going down, I can see changes in my body shape so the program is working. There is something to the idea of working in the proper zones to burn fat versus sugar. Tosha, one of the FLU leaders, did my fat measurements today and I am down 1% body fat in the last 4 weeks. I'll take it! We would have done overall body measurements again but didn't have time. I will get that done next week as well as another 30 minute endurance test to see how my endurance and speed have improved thus far. Can't wait!

I mentioned I was having issues with one of my family members this week which has occupied so much time, work has also been insane times two this week which added up to very limited time to get a work out in. Last night I got home around 9:30, tossed some clothes in the wash and made dinner. In bed around 11:00. Awake like a light bulb went off in my brain at around 6:00 am. I had intended to try and sleep in but to no avail. I needed to get 14 miles in (you know, Hal Higdon's plan...) so decided to hop up and get her done. The downside is it pretty much poured here all day and is supposed to SNOW tomorrow (we almost never get snow!). I ended up trudging through 14 miles on the treadmill at the gym. Can you imagine? I thought it would be pure torture but ended up not being that bad. I worked on my zones, two minutes in zone two, two minutes in zone three, that kind of thing and then listened to a book on my IPOD and it was not nearly as bad as I thought it might be. I was afraid it would take all my willpower to avoid stepping off the treadmill out of boredom.

Post-run, I had promised to help Tosha recruit new members to the FLU group as they are kicking off another program after we graduate. Basically, they were just trying to catch people as they were coming in to workout. There weren't many people interested in stopping to hear about it so I was recruited to work out on the Pilates reformer they had set up as a demo to get people interested in trying it out. I got a free 15-20 minute workout on that which was fun and the price was right!

and after that.... I had a frantic call from the tournament director at a tournament that needed some volunteer help. They originally said they didn't need help and then changed their minds late last week when the rain appeared to be rolling in. The director needed me at the club ASAP. Haul booty over there to be told they didn't need me until tomorrow - YAY! Naptime! And that is what I have been doing ever since... :)

Tomorrow I will be working at the tournament from sunrise until sunset and then some assuming it isn't snowing or raining (I am secretly hoping it gets rained out as I have a lot I should get done at home - sorry tennis players!). Sometime between now and then I have to pack up to go out of town for work next week. I am going to California until thursday then flying back to Daytona Beach for a brief stop at bike week (motorcycles, not the pedaly kind) and then headed to Orlando for the Princess half at Disney and back at work on Monday. Whew! I am most looking forward to the long plane ride to Cali to catch up on some sleep!

Have a great week :)

OH! p.s.... I realized this week that my first tri of the season is inching closer and closer by the day and I have not even dipped my toe in the pool this year. GAH! Must figure out when to fit that in....


Lindsay said...

busy busy as usual! weight can certainly be an issue, whether you are actually trying to focus on it or not. i know i get worked up over it a lot, even though i'm more concerned about looks vs a number, if that makes sense. hope you can stay focused on your flu goals and not get too preoccupied by the scale. 14 miles on the tm is intense! i had to bribe myself into 9 this weekend. nice job!

Lora Abernathy said...

14 miles on the treadmill? You are totally my new hero! Now, get to swimming, girl!