Week 16: Celebration Over, Moving On

Last week was spent celebrating my 50-pound milestone, that is over now. This week was about moving on to my new goal. I want to get to the 75 pound mark before the end of the year, by Christmas would be amazing. I am totally convinced I can do this!

This week, I had my first experience of having a day when my workout(s) burnt more than 1000 total calories. I did some running, some walking, some vigorous house cleaning, some more walking and really just hit exercise hard and got to 1372 calories in one day. So, that’s a big win for me.

Also, this week, I had my best run yet. Not only can I run fully around one side of Schiller Park, I got about a third of the way around the second leg without stopping. Then I walked the remaining two-thirds of that side before starting to run the third side. In all, for my combined walk/run, my mile time was under 12 minutes which is what some people do just with running. So, I am making progress of building my endurance.

However, I continue to learn about my body and the day-to-day weight fluctuations that can happen. For example, from Sunday to Monday of this week, I gained 2 pounds and went back under 50 pounds lost. But, then I lost 4 pounds from Monday to Tuesday. It appears that alcohol may be the culprit on some of my day-to-day weight swings. From further research, it looks like alcohol causes my body to retain water for a day, but taking a day off drinking (at least anything significant) helps instantly drain that. So, by the end of the week, I was almost out of the 270s completely on my weight and headed for the 260s. Our bodies are so complex!

Last week’s stats:
Distance walked/run: 40.9 miles
Total calories burnt: 30,777
Total calories consumed: 13,929
Weight change: 4.5 pounds lost

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