We’re down another 3.2 lbs from last week and down 8.8 lbs from two weeks ago but don’t begin to think that’s anything miraculous.
We need to keep in mind that my weight went up two weeks ago and the week before that I was at 267.6 so we could also say I’ve lost 3.6 lbs in the past 3 weeks. It’s a perspective thing. Too many people trying to lose weight are short-sighted – nearsighted or live in a constant state of myopia – they only see the short term and not the big picture. Weight loss is not linear, it does not follow a straight line. If we had an accurate enough scale, we could probably record weight changes by the second and certainly by the minute. Hourly our weight will change, daily and certainly weekly. I have my averages for each month in my Running Log tab and for March we’re at an average weight of 268lbs so I’m down 4 lbs from last month’s average. As an instantaneous snapshot of weight, the 264.0 represents a weight that is less than my average for all of last year so, we’re moving in a good direction. Current efforts which include the same kind of effort that was put out during the week when weight was gained are bearing fruit and should be maintained and continued.
In all these DietBet’s I’m in there isn’t a day that goes by where somebody isn’t lamenting the fact that “they gained a pound this week” It’s like the 12 or 15 lbs they lost over the preceding 6 week’s no longer matters. It’s a crappy way of thinking and an attitude that is detrimental to any long term plan of success. That mental attitude and the psychology behind it is probably something that needs to be changed and worked on more than the diet and exercise aspects if any real success is going to be achieved. Mentally fertilizing and growing the perceived failures while ignoring the success and what’s working only heightens the probability of quitting while diminishing the likelihood of continued, long term efforts.
Right now I’m 5 for 5 with my DietBet’s and only need a weight of 264.3 for this Saturday’s weigh in so it’s looking good for going 6 for 6. The following week I’ll need to reach 260.2 in order to win my $100 monthly bet.
For now, I’m well ahead of the game compared to last year when I didn’t have a single recorded run until March 26th and, as of today, I’ve managed 18 runs totalling 52.5 miles. We’ve got a local 5K coming up this Saturday and then the much awaited Bridge & Dam 10K the following week at the Lake of the Ozarks!
Some of my main current ponderings deal with the end of April and whether or not to partake in the Nashville Country Music Marathon on Saturday, April 25th. There’s also a local 5K on the same day which would be much more financially friendly although not nearly as exciting or fun 🙂
The following day – on Sunday, April 26th is very interesting to me. There’s a Duathlon consisting of a 1.5 mile run then a 10 mile bike ride then another 1.5 mile run. The shorter distances make it ideal for a newbie like me. I don’t recall ever doing a multiple sport event before. I think it would be a neat challenge to knock out a half mary the day before in Nashville then get up the next morning to another event like the duathlon. Right now, the local 5K doesn’t increase in price until the 10th of April so current thoughts are to make a more informed decision after the Lincoln Presidential Half on April 4th.
One amazingly cool run is the Moonlight 1/2 in Springfield, IL – it is entirely run in the 300+ acre cemetery where President Lincoln is buried. If you’re running the full marathon then you start when you want and the winner is the person who finishes closest to midnight. That might be a neat way to get in my 3rd full marathon since time isn’t much of an issue – just endurance. No GPS or phones are allowed on the course and everyone wears a glowstick around their neck.