Cabin Fever...Weekly Weight Update
I hate running on a treadmill (now that you've seen my video on the proper pronunciation of the word last week you can really hear me say it, can't you). Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled that I have one in the house so I can still get in a workout as the snow is melting but I just don't feel like I'm working out as hard or running as long as I should be. It's SOOOOO boring. Not only that, the moment I step off the treadmill I feel like I'm going to fall down. My equilibrium is all messed up after 45 minutes of what is essentially running in place. I need to get to running outside again.
Rizzo keeps telling me that it should be okay for me to go running outside. Temperature wise she is certainly correct. However, most of the sidewalks around here are either (1) still buried under a few feet of snow, or (2) covered with a nice thin layer of ice from the melt and then re-freeze. I have a few routes that I enjoy running so breaking from that routine really made me feel like a slacker. I suppose I did spend a lot of time on Sunday shoveling snow. I also got in a run on Tuesday and Thursday. I put in a little bit of time (but not enough) on Saturday morning. As much as I love snow (and I do LOVE snow) I'd love it more if the snow got off my sidewalk so I could go running outside.
Laziness and overeating (both of which I blame on the massive snow storm) resulted poor results looking at the scale. Since I couldn't get to Weight Watchers last week this is a two week result. _______________________________. I honestly didn't feel like I had any non-scale victories either. It was a tough week. That doesn't mean it can't be a learning moment.
I wrote that paragraph before going to Weight Watchers. Then I went to Weight Watchers. It was definitely reflective of how I felt this week and written in anticipation of a poor results. The results were actually a loss of .6 pounds. That puts the total weight loss at 58.2 lbs and a current weight of 209.2. This gets me back down to my lowest since starting this little blog and since starting Weight Watchers. Good stuff.
I learned that I feel better when I'm active during the week. I typically hate the actual working out and even right after working out. Ask Rizzo. She is always surprised when I say I don't feel better after going for a run because she is the type of person that will feel lazy and unmotivated to before a workout but then will feel energized and happy after a workout. That's not me. If I feel lazy and unmotivated before a workout I typically feel sluggish, slow, lethargic, and even more lazy after the workout. It is those times that I'm not working out that I can feel the difference. This week I felt slow and, for lack of a better way to describe it, fat on the off workout days. That isn't the case when I get in some good hard workouts during the week.
So what do we learn from this? That the experts are right and exercise will make you feel physically and emotionally better. So come on friends and neighbors, get out there and shovel the sidewalk in front of your houses. Get those paths clear so the kids can go to school for a change and I can go running outside. I'll be easy to spot. I'm the guy that will be wearing the bright red shorts even through the temperature is 18 degrees and there are ice crystals in my beard.
I did not take advantage of the last January week of the Bring It On challenge. Since the sidewalk was snowed over and not shoveled Rizzo and I didn't get in as many miles as last week. Rizzo was still able to get in 33.7 miles compared to my measly 32.9. That gives me a 7.3 mile lead going into the last day of the challenge. Rizzo has 152.8 miles for the month compared to me 160.1. That means I will be sitting around all day while Rizzo goes running for the next 4 hours or so. Deadpool, here I come. Take that all you "Team Rizzo" people that turned this little contest into Twilight.
P.S. I don't know why I think this is funny, but this is a video I took of Rizzo shoveling snow in the middle of the worst part of the storm last week.