Getting the first weekly weigh-in done this morning required planning out my course. Normally it won't be too much of a challenge, but today's schedule included an 11am-2pm location broadcast. I don't own a scale at home. My weigh-in is at the doctor's office every time and since they're not open before 6am, I haven't a choice but to wait until after my radio show to weigh. And I don't eat breakfast prior to weighing. This meant I needed to get off the air at precisely 9am, drive across town to the doctor's office, weigh-in--then get back to the studio and prepare a late breakfast before time to prep for the broadcast. It was tight. Luckily it worked out as planned.
This represents a .6 pound drop from last week's 220.2 number. I really feel well, great actually--right here, so if I can successfully put the brakes on losing and continue my focus on strength training and training for my upcoming 5K run, I'll be just fine.
I've decided to keep the calorie level where I've had it the last week, 2,000 per day, at least for another week. If there's another drop next Wednesday, I'll up it to 2,100 or 2,200 calories. I can easily raise my calorie level with avocados, almonds and natural peanut butter. It doesn't take much of the peanut butter to give it a big boost, quickly.
The thought that keeps crossing my mind is how this truly isn't about a number. If I could snap my fingers and make the loose skin go away, I'd likely drop to 200 pounds. And as I continue to develop strength training and add muscle, I'll likely add weight.
It's important for me to find a mental and emotional disconnect from the ups and downs of the scale. Like I've written about lately, I'm working on that by focusing on the fundamental elements of my recovery. If I take care of those in an extraordinary way--and I can see a gain and know in my heart of hearts that it's not a result of doing anything "wrong" or off the rails--then I'll be okay. The key, in my opinion, is maintaining the integrity of my plan and if I do that, I'll have peace and calm in dealing with the various statistics.
Wouldn't it be interesting if I had the skin removal, then bulked up a healthy amount--and ended up a fit 220-230 anyway? I really believe that's completely possible.
Speaking of skin removal surgery. I'm starting to lean toward NOT waiting three or four years. Not because I'm impatient, I really don't mind the wait--but the truth is, the excess skin affects my breathing, even at night. It might very well be a case of medical necessity. If it continues to affect my breathing and sleep, which I'm getting more and more convinced it does, I believe it would be smarter to find a way (Insurance would likely pay a good portion--so I've heard--IF it's deemed medically necessary) to get the removal--than to go through another sleep lab for apnea symptoms.
My workout tonight was strength training on the weight machines at the YMCA, rail push-ups and walking/jogging on the indoor track--and mostly jogging! I really pushed it tonight and ended up doing something I've never done before. I jogged for over ten minutes straight. This is a big deal. It was tough breaking five minutes the other day and tonight I doubled that time. I knew I was past the five minute mark when I pulled out my phone. It was just past seven minutes. My legs were ready to stop, but I wanted to make it to eight minutes...so I kept going, slowed my pace a touch and did my best to focus on my music and breathing, instead of the burning in my legs. When OK Go's "This Too Shall Pass" started playing through my ear buds, I knew I could keep going a little longer...eight and half---nine minutes--why not shoot for ten? I mean seriously, we're almost there!! That song does something to me.
I guarantee--never in the history of me, have I ever jogged ten minutes without stopping, not as a kid and certainly not as an adult...until tonight.
My Tweets Today:
Good Wednesday morning! Dark roast with 2 tablespoons half & half (2 cups). 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/eLuags5ymS— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 12, 2015
Avocado omelet w/2 egg whites-1 whole egg & 78g avocado. 5.4oz sirloin steak & 178g golden delicious apple. 570 cal. pic.twitter.com/U69eHXYIaB— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 12, 2015
Maintenance Mode Weekly Weigh-In. Down .6 Same plan for next 7 days. #blessed #findingmygroove #grateful pic.twitter.com/OtSzU1IlcM— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 12, 2015
FF/SF bean (130g) & 2 Cheese Tostadas w/salsa & 2 slices provolone, 1 slice swiss. 148g grapes, 6.8oz pear. 593 cal. pic.twitter.com/sfqYU2wm7h— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 12, 2015
Evening cup of dark roast with 2 tblspns half & half. 2 cups. One now, one after dinner. 80 cal. pic.twitter.com/3rj5u1VP1x— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 12, 2015
3 cups water with dinner equals & exceeds #watergoal #watertracking #wateraccountability pic.twitter.com/Yh5Nqy6eOE— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
Crunchy Fajita Tacos w/3oz steak & 2oz chicken, 3 tblspns reg.sr crm, zucchini, lettuce, 14g cheese, tomato. 530 cal. pic.twitter.com/QxAcTPYo0j— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
Dinner in MFP... Only used salsa to prop up the tacos. Thank you to J & J for the homegrown tomato! VERY good! pic.twitter.com/DZrcR8qe7W— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
2 cups water during and post workout. Weights followed by walk/jog. Here we go!! :) pic.twitter.com/XPMvpF82ox— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
Seriously, I can't remember jogging 10 minutes straight at any time in my life, before tonight. #pushed #feelsgreat pic.twitter.com/MpV58LCji0— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
It was tough. Took some mental gymnastics to convince myself to keep moving. Tried to hit 10 again-- stopped a little short. #goodworkout— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
I really shouldn't... But I want it. Relaxing after workout cup w/2 tablespoons half & half. 40 cal. pic.twitter.com/YbGDmFOVOQ— Sean Anderson (@SeanAAnderson) August 13, 2015
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