Let’s get right to the weigh-in. Here are my Week 16 results from April 28th:
Starting weight: 251.0
Previous weight: 236.0
Current weight: 235.0
Week 16 Loss: -1.0
Total Loss: -16.0
I’m pretty happy with a one pound loss considering the previous week’s events and calories consumed. We attended a lovely and fun wedding, where I made no real effort to track Weight Watchers points for how much beer I drank (a lot) and as a result, had a killer hangover the next morning. That was my first hangover since 2010 and let me tell you, it was a doozy. Oof. Friends were in town from out of state, so the next day, some of us decided to have brunch and hang out a little more.
I don’t know if all of you are familiar with Eggspectations, but it is the place of hangover-cure dreams. It was hard to choose what to get – their menu is probably bigger than that at Cheesecake Factory – but I decided on Eggs Benedict crepes and enjoyed every single bite.
While I ignored calories and Weight Watchers points at the wedding, I did make a very conscious effort to make up for it with workouts and better eating throughout the week. I guess that counting points is the Achilles heel of the whole WW Online program. It does take discipline, and if you don’t track points daily, you’re going to have a hard time losing weight.
I decided to amp up a workout by doing walking lunges on the incline treadmill at the gym. If you’re not familiar with the incline treadmill, let me tell you just a little bit about it.
It inclines. A lot. It inclines up to 30% and there are handlebars that you have to hold onto so you don’t tumble backwards and fall off of the machine. Kind of like this, but ignore the smiling woman on it and pretend she’s grimacing and gripping the handles for dear life:
My old trainer (hi Leigh-Anne!) showed me how to do walking lunges on the incline, so that was part of my workout last Wednesday. I warmed up with regular walking and gradually increased the incline. Once I got to 18%, I started alternating very slow walking lunges with regular walking. I’d lunge for 30 seconds, walk for 30 seconds, up the incline, and repeat.
I was really struggling once I got to 27% and didn’t want my heart to burst in my chest, so I did 15 second intervals for the last two inclines. I won’t bore you with the rest of my workout, but I will say that I shouldn’t have jumped right into so many lunges. I could barely walk for two days and even felt it a bit when I took an easy 2 mile walk yesterday. (Is this what I have to look forward to when I start 30-day Shred? Hold me.)
I’m fairly certain I would have lost more weight if I would have had only a couple of drinks at the wedding and had egg whites and turkey bacon for brunch the next day, but I have no regrets. I enjoyed the drinks, the food, and the company, and really have no guilt about any of it. I’m happy with with a one pound loss, proud of myself for stepping up the workouts, and feel good about striking some sort of balance.
All that being said, this week will be somewhat of a repeat of last week since I was at my parents’ house in Pennsylvania all weekend. I did take a nice walk with my mom and the baby yesterday, but I don’t think I made a dent in the amount of calories and carbohydrates I ate.
I went to a cousin’s baby shower where I’m pretty sure I didn’t see a single fruit or vegetable in the buffet line, went to a spaghetti dinner benefit lunch for an old friend’s father who was in a very serious car accident, and to top it all off, had McDonald’s for lunch on my way home this afternoon.
My justification for stopping at McDonald’s was that they have kid’s meals and Syd could play in the kid area for a bit after two hours in the car. Of course the one we stopped at had no play area and of course my kid taught me a lesson by refusing her cheeseburger and wanted only apple slices. Just in case you’re wondering, I had a Big Mac and fries, but this time, I do have major regrets.
I could have had a salad or grilled chicken sandwich, but I chose not to and I’m not even really sure why. It’s like I didn’t even think about it which blows my mind. So again, I will be working out more this week with a goal to do two workouts a day from Tuesday-Friday. I have no big weekend plans coming up that would involve celebratory eating and/or drinking, so I should be safe from the Indulgence Monster for a while.
Do any of you just eat whatever you want on the weekends and make up for it during the week or do you treat the weekend days like every other day? I know different things work for different people but look forward to hearing how you balance indulgences, planned or unplanned.
It feels great to be home and I can’t wait to get my workouts in this week!