So, I’ve stuck with the elliptical and walking since my shin/calf STILL hurts from that run I did forever ago. I am bummed not to be able to run still, because I do enjoy running. Well, not running, but the period of time afterwards where you’re smug as hell because you did it.
But I also enjoy walking and hiking a lot. We discovered that the walking path we’ve been exploring goes all the way to a nearby park, but because you’re cutting through forest and not following the roads, it’s a LOT more fun and a good way to kill an hour and a half after work :) and the best part about walking is, it doesn’t feel like exercise when you do it. You can wear jeans!
We also got a National Parks parking pass thingy, so we can go to a nearby Park and follow their hiking trails. It does take 45 minutes to drive there, which makes it more difficult to fit in a quick hike after work, but you bet we’ll be there next weekend! The leaves have already started to turn, so I can’t wait to see the forests all red and pretty. I’d also love to try out hiking while the sun is setting and a little after, so once we’re used to the trails, I’m hoping we can strap some lights onto our hats and walk at night.
And remember that time I stepped on the scale one day and weighed my new lowest weight, logged it, then stepped on it again 24 hours later and it was 3lbs higher? No? Well, I probably didn’t mention it because I knew it wasn’t fat – 10k calories above maintenance calories in 24 hours IS possible for me to eat, but I don’t recall eating 2 pizzas and a crate of ramen noodles that day. So I was like pff, it’s just water. I’ll hydrate and it’ll be gone soon enough. Well, 11 days later, I am finally at my new lowest weight! 203lbs exact (previous lowest was 203.7 according to my scale).
Part of it was mental – it’s easy to tell myself I didn’t gain 3lbs, but almost a month of hard work being masked on the scale is willpower-destroying stuff, along with my new-found leg pain. So yes I may have overeaten a couple of times during those 11 days. And me and hubby had our 3 year anniversary, where I ate and drank an excess amount of fancy restaurant fare. Plus, they offered us a free dessert. So I’m not saying that water weight naturally sticks around for 11 days, boo hoo for me. I’m saying, hey, I’m still losing, despite natural and self-made obstacles!
So I feel like I’m at a place right now where I’m happy with the exercise I’m doing, and happy with my calorie deficit, and overall doing pretty well at this whole thing.
OH OH AND AND. I had all my pre-pregnancy jeans dumped in the bottom of my closet all inside out, from trying them on and ripping them off in a huff because they didn’t fit. And hubby went on a mission to gather up and donate/get rid of all his XXLs that are now way too big for him, so while he was doing that he sorted out all my jeans and laid them out for me. And one of the pairs fits!!! Zips up, no muffin top!! I am wearing them right now!!! Wooo!
It’s hardly a victory to fit back into my ‘fat jeans’ considering my hubby has lost 40lbs this year compared to my measly 7, but I’ll take it!