Righting the Ship...Weekly Weight Update
Over the past weeks I have missed my weekly Weight Watchers check-in. Once was out of laziness and once was out of timing. During that three week period I have fallen a bit off the wagon. Not going crazy or anything. I had a few too many meals out at restaurants and maybe (did) have a few too many snacks at the office. So when I hopped on the scale at home on Tuesday morning I was crushed. According to that scale I had packed on 5 lbs since the last time I weighed in.
In past attempts to lose the gut this would be a tipping point. It would be a key moment to give up the ghost and to just start eating again and being lazy. I'd say to myself, "Self, why not just keep eating and being lazy? It's great! You get to eat whatever you want and relax all the time! It's outstanding!" Sage advice from a fat man.
This time I treated it differently. Instead of bumming myself out and going on an even bigger bender I tried to use it as a wakeup call. I wasn't going crazy I was just taking a bit of a break. Rizzo got a spring break after all, why couldn't I get one too? So instead of doing my old throw in the towel routine I decided to buckle it up and get back on track.
So on Tuesday I hit the road hard. I'm running in a 5K race on April 22nd in Charlottesville called The Hard Cider 5K. I've looked at a few pictures of the race and it looks like it will have a lot more hills than I'm used to on my normal running route. So in order to get ready for the hills I took a different route than normal that included some pretty significant hills. I also hit a silly "goal" while I was out running that I describe in this short and very dark video. (Tip: Don't take a selfie video on your phone at night in the dark because you can't see a damn thing).
On Thursday morning I had to drive into DC for a meeting with a client. I hate having to drive into DC. The traffic is horrendous and the parking is even worse but it is something I have to do so I suck it up and do it. I try to take the Metro (subway) whenever it is feasible but sometimes it just doesn't work out.
This meeting was being held at the American University School of Law. It is an impressive building downtown but what I found most interesting was the water fountain. Outside of the bathroom this is what I found:
Good for you, American University! Right next to the water fountain was a station to refill your reusable water bottles with clean, filtered water. I like how this can encourage students, faculty, and visitors to reuse water bottles instead of constantly buying cheap plastic bottle as the 7-11. Just carry a water bottle to save money and help the environment.
Sunday was the dreaded return to Weight Watchers and just as I anticipated the three week hiatus resulted in significant gains. I gained 2.6 pounds over the period which brings the current weight to 207.8 and drops the total weight loss below 60 pounds to 59.6. Like I said at the opening this is a cause to right the ship not to give up completely. At the beginning of the week I was up 5 pounds which I dropped down to just being up 2.6 over the week. The goal over the next two weeks of busy season is to maintain so when the busy hours are over we can get back to losing weight. Stay warm everyone.
We have been in the habit of using an action star/superhero as the weekly Bring It On! challenge picture and this week is no exception. Rizzo has been getting up nearly every morning before 5:00am to train for the Cherry Blossom 10-Miler and today, Sunday April 3, was the big race. While I spent the morning jogging a few miles, lifting a few weights, going to Weight Watchers to get my awful report card, and making pancakes for Cece, Rizzo was on the Metro rail at 5:00am for her race at 7:30am then on the roads of Washington, DC to complete the race.
Rizzo is truly an inspiration to anyone who wants to get in shape. She went from someone that swore she would never run this a 10-miler to considering a registration for a half-marathon. She moved from 3 miles being the goal to 3 miles being a "short" run. She ran in the cold. She ran in the rain. She ran in the dark. She ran and ran and is now running even more. I couldn't be prouder to have my ass handed to me in the Bring It On! challenge.
So now for the results: For the week Rizzo destroyed me yet again 42.1 miles to 39.4 miles. For the month of March, Rizzo crushed my soul 184.5 miles to 165.1 miles. Unfortunately for me, this Sunday is in April so she is already going to have a major head start but maybe, just maybe, I can catch her by the end of the month. Only time will tell. Enjoy your paint night out, Rizzo! You deserve it!
P.S. Here are some bonus pictures of the girls enjoying Easter. Just sharing for your enjoyment.