I've also kept pretty good about not eating sweets, although there is a chocolate-covered praline candy from IKEA that I'm really fond of, and last Friday after a sort-of rough week, I ate 5 of them while watching a movie. Still, only 30 calories apiece, so not a total failure.
After losing about 3 1/2 pounds in week one and feeling half-starved, I've lost another 2 1/2 pounds this week (feeling less-starved) and am actually feeling really good. Probably the fact that I did not cut out my daily coffee consumption has helped my attitude a bunch too.
Actually when I am exercising, I'm feeling "lighter" and things are feeling easier. I felt really strong skiing powder on Thursday, even though it was kind of an emotional day for me (which I don't want to get into ~ and it doesn't matter anyway because things are pretty much resolved now) and felt super-strong ski touring on Saturday. Skate skiing yesterday was super-easy, although I picked a route with nearly zero vertical gain (the Rail Trail in Park City) but did 10 miles in an hour and 20 minutes, which felt leisurely the whole time. Then today, trail running after work I felt like it was super easy, peasy (although a little muddy). I'm starting to think that 6 pounds lighter really does make things a lot easier on my body!
I'm also starting to think that I could get down to a goal weight that I haven't seen in nearly 10 years. There's no way I'm losing muscle throughout this process, because I kept my mileage up this week and squeaked out about 15 hours of exercise.
So I'm going to keep at it, calorie counting, exercising about the same amount each week (around 15 hours, between skiing, ski touring, walking, and running) and I might even try to get a run-interval workout in this week. I'm keeping in mind that the more I lose, the more difficult it may become to lose, so I may have to continue to re-evaluate the daily calorie allowance. 3 pounds per week is feeling pretty do-able and I really haven't felt this good in a long time. I keep wondering how much easier my 50k run last month would have been if I'd started this process a couple of months ago. Oh well. At least I can look forward to racing a little easier this summer.
Photos this week are from ski tour Saturday with Brendan, Brett, and Kate, and skate skiing the Rail Trail in Park City with Franklin, Vernon, and Artemis.
|feeling strong on the first of three ascents|
|Kate, Brett, and Brendan|
|Kate rippin' it Grizzly Gulch style|
|Kate and Brett ~ sandwich time|
|good dogs on the Loipe ~ Franklin, Vernon, and Artemis|
|me ~ happy on the Loipe in the sunshine|
|Vernon ~ tuckered out after 10 miles|