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.
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 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.
I 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.