It’s been four weeks of the This Ain’t No Freshman 15, This is the Final 10 Challenge and that means it’s WEIGH-IN time! Before you read my stats below, make sure to check out Jen, Prior Fat Girl’s, blog to see how she’s coming along!
Here we go:
- Starting Weight: 138 lbs.
- Last Weigh-In June 22: 134.6 lbs.
- Today’s Weigh-In June 29: 133.6 lbs.
- Loss since last week: 1.0 lbs.
- Total loss: 4.4 lbs.
- Left to go: 5.6 lbs. by 8/1/09
Alright guys, here are my thoughts using a little help from popular song lyrics.
I’m stickin’ to my word and continuing to weigh in even though my focus has shifted from weight loss to strength-gain. All I care about is the fact that now I’m stronger than yesterday.
When all those old insecurities of being too fat, too this, too that, start to appear, I look them straight in the eye and say beat it, beat it, beat it, beat it, no one wants to be defeated. You know that old me who would say “all I want is to be skinny”? I’m happy to report the old me is dead and gone.
I live my life running because one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
Anyhow, here are my daily exercise and calorie consumption stats from last week:
- Monday — 1700 calories, ran 3 miles, 35 min. strength training
- Tuesday — 2000 calories, rest day
- Wednesday — 2000 calories, ran 6 miles
- Thursday — 1200 calories, ran 5.5 miles
- Friday — 1300 calories, ran 3 miles, 2 hours strength training (abs, arms, back, chest, legs, shoulders)
- Saturday – 2000 calories, ran 6 miles
- Sunday – 1500 calories, 30 minutes strength training
Hindsight: I focused on eating intuitively and eating loads and loads of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. This was great! You’ll see some days I ate much less or much more than others. That’s what happens when you listen to what your body needs. On Saturday, however, I did my 6-mile run early in the day and tried to eat lightly because I was going out to dinner. Eating light despite very obvious hunger pangs did not pay off. At dinner I still ate lightly and by the end of a long night I ended up over-eating even after being full. Lesson learned! Just eat when you’re hungry and you’ll prevent binge-like behavior later in the day.
What will I do next week?
Add one more day of strength training and continue the focus on eating intuitively.
An Extra Post?
To make up for not posting yesterday (shhh, I was nursing a bad hangover and catching up on some reading), I will be posting twice today (*cue the shouts of glee!* No shouts of glee? Darnit! I really am the only one who cares!). My post later today will announce a little project I’m undertaking inspired by all you health-minded folks out there.
Cheesecake Factory Nutritional Information Available
I would have saved this for another post, but I couldn’t contain myself. The Cheesecake Factory is my favorite chain restaurant ever and I’ve always been so frustrated that the nutritional information for their menu was unavailable. Hungry Girl released in an e-mail that the stats were made available here and, please take a seat, you will most likely be utterly shocked at the stats. Let’s face it, this is not so much about calories as it’s about how in the hell you can even pack 67 grams of fat into an appetizer. It’s like a malicious feat. I usually order the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club (yes, I do make alterations — no cheese, no mayo, no butter on the bread, no bacon, substitute broccoli for fries). These are the stats for that sandwich as it comes: 1397 calories, 23 g of fat
The boyf usually feasts on the Fried Macaroni and Cheese appetizer as an entree, coming in at: 1528 calories, 63 g fat (Yea, well who were we kidding with that one?! lol)
The good thing? Here’s a chance to be a smart eater. Now you can scope out the healthier options. After perusing the stats, it seems like the best options are on the Weight Management Menu (this is the part of the actual in-restaurant menu that lists nutrition info.). Otherwise, aside from eating a half sandwich, there are not many decent options with less than 600 calories. Eesh.
Despite this grim news, I still love The Cheesecake Factory…not gonna lie…
Ok, I’ve written a novel! Make sure to check back in on Thursday because Jen and I will be hosting MizFit for another question and answer session! Yippey!
How are you guys doing on your challenges? What is your favorite song lyric? Any health-related lessons from this past week you want to share? How do you feel about the Cheesecake Factory now?