Week 87: A Health Rollercoaster

I had 2 lazy weeks followed by a week where I was back on track and this week was kind of in the middle. While I had a couple of solid workout days including a Sweaturday that burned over 1400 calories I had several days without exercise. The result was a week where I didn’t achieve all of my fitness goals.

While I hate failing short of my weekly fitness goals I set my goals high enough that I still land in a healthy place.

Rollercoaster Ride

I have motioned before that my smaller and more fit body is more sensitive to some things. The best example is sodium. When I consume too much sodium it causes my cells to retain water and my weight to go up.

This week was filled with higher sodium choices and a little more stress than normal. The result were big swings in my weight of up to 2-4 pounds up or down per day. Plus my resting heart rate was elevated a little at 61 beats per minute instead of my normal mid-50s. There were several mornings where my weight was temporarily over 200 pounds only to be in the mid 190s the next day. These experiences absolutely reinforce that I am at my minimum weight now.

In short this week was a health rollercoaster ride.

While I am very focused on and motivated by numbers I can’t let myself become overly focused on them. At this stage in my journey an excessive focus on the numbers could turn my daily mood and self-image to fluctuate as fast as my weight.

It took me a while to reach this stage in my journey but I am happy to say I am definitely more than the numbers.

Operation Melt Email List

This week I launched my Operation Melt email list. My goal is to use this list to deliver a weekly Operation Melt recap to people’s inboxes to make it easy to follow along. Plus I am going to use this list to make some big upcoming announcements. Join the list here: https://www.operationmelt.com/mail/

Thanks for reading!

Last week’s stats (2/4-2/10):

Maintain avg. weight of 189-199 pounds: 197.7 lbs average
Run 10+ miles per week: 8 miles
Total walk/run miles: 32.4 miles
Weight training 2-3 times per week: 2 workout
Yoga 1+ times per week: none
One race per month: no February race scheduled
Continue to track & manage calories: 1,887 calories under budget