Weigh-in Week #8

After another week where I thought I might maintain, the scale threw me again for another loop this morning:




Honestly I have no idea how this happened and I’m actually wondering if it’s a fluke!  Yesterday I ran and I didn’t drink enough water afterwards so it could be an exaggerated loss.  So now I have to be careful / be focused this next week so that I don’t gain it back.  Maintaining is fine, in fact, I didn’t expect to be here until August maybe!!

I was thinking about the numbers and how friends and others always say “don’t get caught up in the numbers”. But isn’t everything kind of based on numbers?  We run a certain amount of weeks to achieve a Half or Full marathon goal (even training for 5 or 10K!).  We drink a certain amount of fluids to be sure we are hydrated.  We run specific KM’s and tempos and all of that and we don’t say ” don’t get caught up in the numbers” regarding training.   Athletes get caught up in the numbers when they are going for competitions.  I know many of you do not weigh yourselves, so then I wonder, how do you make sure you are at the level you want to be?  Or are you already there and you’ve been blessed with a slim body type, good genes and a kind metabolism (I missed that bunch of handouts for sure)? Just random thoughts.   What do you think about the numbers game? 

What I did do this week:

  1. I ate a ton of veg.
  2. I ate more potatoes (based on feedback of others)
  3. I had a beer on Friday and Saturday (ooh and Sunday now that I think about it!) *cue the shock*
  4. I switched to Atkins low-carb bread (2 slices for 4 points instead of 7 with regular bread)

What I didn’t do

  1. I did not have a lot of carbs*.  In fact without knowing it was carb cycling, that’s kind of what I”m doing right now.
  2. I did not really log my food well.  Either I’m getting lazy or I have an idea what I’m eating now.
  3. I did not pass up on ice cream after dinner Sunday (I had one scoop and it really was enough)
*as in bread, pasta, rice.  obviously vegetables and even fruit have carbs

I am curious how this is going to go the coming weeks.  I signed up for Weight Watchers for 3 months, that means I have approximately 4 weeks left.  I did find my old Lifetime member card which would “prove” that I don’t have to pay for registration again if I go to actual meetings, I would only have to pay per meeting over 72KG (my “lifetime” weight is 70 and you don’t have to pay if you are less than 2KG over your goal weight).   It could be cheaper to continue doing it online.  It could be even cheaper if I do it on my own.

I wanted to reach 74KG by the time my birthday rolled around (just a bit more than 2 months) but now that I’m there what to do?  Maintain it?  Try to go for 2 more KG?  Will that even be possible with marathon training?  I do NOT want to jeopardise my training to be a specific number on the scale.  Perhaps it will still be possible to lose if I continue to carb-cycle, run and go to the gym.

Has anyone actually lost weight training for a marathon??

10 thoughts on “Weigh-in Week #8

  1. I would agree with you – the world is sort of based off numbers isn’t it! But kudos to you for the loss! YOu’re doing something right! I’m using a plan right now that focuses on Veggies MOSt and water first and I’ve lost 7 pounds.

  2. Look at you! Ahead of your goal. That’s amazing. When I’m looking too lose weight I do indeed weigh myself. I know many go by how their clothes fit but I’m on that dang scale. I might even take measurements too. Anything to see some progress!

  3. Although I’m not trying to lose weight, I do weigh myself periodically (old habits die hard LOL). My weight always fluctuates a couple pounds day by day (and often times, throughout the day). I realize it’s probably water (and it does depend on the time of the month {ahem}), so I don’t freak out when my weight seems higher/lower than usual. The numbers do drive me crazy, though, when all my clothes fit fine, or especially if they fit loose.

  4. Great job! It looks like making those small changes really worked for you.
    I currently online use the online program but I don’t feel like I am missing out by not attending meetings. The app has a feature called Connect which is very similar to Instagram. Its a nice way to meet other WW members.

  5. Kudos to you!!!

    I must be so hard to try and lose weight and train for a long race.

    I need my carbs in order to run. I couldn’t do what you are doing.

    I don’t weigh myself ever but judging from my clothes, I weigh a lot more since I started running (like 15 lbs) but I am happier than when I was thinner.

    Important, right?

  6. I’m DIYing Weight Watchers for two reasons: I don’t like the ever changing program when the old POints worked for me and price. Tracking in MFP is working well for me and is free, so. Congrats on the loss

    1. thanks Cari. I used MFP for a long time. I agree on the changing of the programs but I think that they have it more “right ” now. Whatever works for you is great, that’s what it’s about right?

      1. Yep! One of my colleagues said & I stole because I wholly agree with her, “the only diet that works is the one you can stick with”. It’s why I find the endless, “don’t do X, Y is better” conversations unhelpful unless the person has asked. No two people and therefore bodies are the same, so there is no perfect eating plan.

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