Weekly Digest #13 – 10/12/18  – 10/18/18

Wow – another week has passed and here we are again, friends!  Well this week was an interesting week in Ethan’s World.  I only got 2 hours of sleep on one night and celebrated the departure of a friend to parts strange and unknown on another day.  All in all, it was a fairly disciplined week.  I enjoyed meeting with friends and really stuck to the plan this week.  Exercise was a bit better, but again, not as much as I wanted.  Strangely, this week I was REALLY feeling sedentary so I ended up doing a lot around the house.  It actually felt quite good being active despite also feeling like I could have done better on the exercise. It is just one of those weeks where I know I did pretty well, but I keep looking for ways I could improve.   So overall I lost two pounds this week bringing the total to 190 pounds lost – I am now 10 pounds away from my next micro goal.

At this point, it has become important for me to feel like I am continuing to make progress.  I know I still have many pounds to lose, but it’s not coming as easy or as quick as when I started – so it’s taking a shift in mind-set to manage that change.  That is likely a contributing factor in the drive to continually seek areas in which I can improve.  I know that I need to be pretty strict – that my body doesn’t tolerate excesses well and continue to lose weight.   Also, as difficult as it is to make progress, I just don’t want to backslide at this point.  I am very happy with small, continuous successes versus large gains.   Trying to establish that consistency makes me feel like I am doing the right things and my system is continuing to work.  Ironically, it’s through varying activity and change in my habits that I’ll establish that consistency of success.

 

Intake:

My intake this week was pretty good.  I stayed within the framework pretty much all week with exceptions on Monday and Saturday.  Monday was perhaps the worst at about 1800 calories, which includes a couple beers.  And Saturday was a just a bit over the limit at 1680, and did include alcohol also.  Other than that, my dinners looked good, healthy and within the calorie limits.  I did better this week on choosing vegetables over bready types of snacks, but not as good as I would have liked.  I have to admit, I did feel like I was denying myself quite a bit this week. I’m just hoping that can be managed and I don’t spiral at some point in a fit of rebellion against my own system!  Next week I hope I can keep things steady and continue to resist.

 

Exercise:

Exercise was better this week than last, but not as good as I would have liked.  I feel like I am slowing down, and with the winter urges for hearty food, I’m concerned about that effect on my progress.  This week I walked about 6.8 miles, was on the elliptical 3 times and did free weights one day.  At no point did I do more than one exercise item per day and had a single day off.  I should do better than that.  Let’s hope I can next week.

RE InterceptorI keep saying things like “next week I hope to do better.”  And part of me is critical of that.  Part of me feels like just because I am telling myself that, it’s wiping out the culpability for not doing enough THIS week.  But sooner or later it comes down to action.  I can’t keep talking about what I hope to do, then skate by doing the minimum.  I need to improve and demonstrate to myself I am still dedicated to doing what I need to do to make this work. That’s why we have more BSA Gold Star and Royal Enfield Interceptor images this week.  It’s motivation.  It’s a reminder of one of the many benefits of my hard work. It’s time to start doing and give my hope legitimacy.  Let’s hope I can do that.  Ahhhh the irony.

 

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