Hhhhhuuuuuuuggghhhhh!!! Ok that’s me taking a huge breath after a really busy couple of days (you try working out how to write down the sound of a big breath??). Basically, everything you shouldn’t do when trying to lose weight or just before a weigh in I have done over the last 3 days. I haven’t exercised, I haven’t had a lot of sleep, I have been skipping meals, I’m hormonal, I ate chocolate cake, drank wine, didn’t drink much water, and ate a big, salty, dinner of bacon and eggs the night before weigh in because I had no other food in the house. Yay me! My days of chaos started with a last minute request from a Uni back home to do some assignment marking for their little baby Exercise Physiologists. I was excited to be asked and happy to do it. You know that saying, ‘Your eyes are bigger than your stomach’? Well I tend to have that problem in regard to work (as well as the food problem too) where I start saying yes to all these things because I really want to do them and then I am left scrambling to make deadlines! lol I have recently started participating in a subject at Uni of Tasmania, enrolled in an online course for Better Breathing (run by a physio experienced in training athletes in more efficient breathing techniques and at the other end of the spectrum working with those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases), and accepted the secretary position for the swimming club.
This week was a little more exciting than usual as the Hubby was running a Junior Rugby League skills session for the first time, we had a Parent Teacher Meeting, and we had the Twin’s 7th Birthday on Friday too. I somehow thought it would be a good idea to let them have a few kids over for a movie night. Turns out a few kids for one, a few kids for the other, and a couple to keep the big boy happy turns into 14 boys over for a Boys Night In!! And then it rained in Panna (Who knew it rained here??). Next thing I knew, I have a million kids running up and down my hallways screaming at the top of their voices about a Zombie raid or some such thing. So you can imagine the state of my house after this invasion, but not only that, the hubby flew out early the next morning to visit his family in Wollongong so I was left with the kids, the mess, and 20 more assignments to mark in two days!!! Needless to say the assignments took priority and I am sure my kids were there somewhere amongst the mess.
Anyway my point is, sometimes things don’t go to plan and I was feeling like a hot, porky mess and sure that all my good work had been undone. In the grand scheme of things it was three bad days and this does not negate four weeks of good behaviour. I wasn’t going to weigh in as I didn’t want to be disappointed in the results and have them confirm (via numbers) that I had lost any progress I had managed to chip away at and achieve. But then I got curious….and I wanted to prove the point that the scales aren’t the be all and end all of this journey. The scales would possibly tell me that I haven’t lost any weight in 4 weeks (according to the numbers), that my body fat had increased, and that 4 weeks of hard work meant nothing as the numbers on that scale hadn’t changed! Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?? It tells me nothing about the fact that I feel better, have more energy, am stronger and fitter, and am convinced I look better in my underwear (especially when I suck the belly in)!! 😉
Too much information I know, moving on…..here is the week in workouts:
Monday: 100 Club – managed to complete the 100 reps across the board and quicker than last week too! Also backed up in the afternoon and made it to a ‘Burn’ class which was a 30min abs and core workout.
Tuesday: 10 x 30sec sprints and Whole body strength workout (Bench Press, Flies and KB rotate,rack and press, bent over rows and lat pulldowns, leg extensions and low squats). Backed up in the afternoon with the kids for a 3km interval jog.
Wednesday: 4km walk/rest day.
Thursday: Boxing class in the morning.
Friday: This is where the good stuff ends…….Nothing.
Poor ‘Wayne’ also had a bit of a topsy turvy week. The body was telling her to back off and give it a chance to catch up. You have to listen to the body at times and give it what it needs. So her early week was a bit lighter, backed off the strength and did lower intensity cardio instead. By the end of the week ‘Wayne’ was starting to bounce back and feel better than ever.
Weigh In Results:
This week we had different scales as the one we had been using in previous weeks died a natural death. I managed to lose 0.9kg this week, but gained 6% BF?? Hmmmm, I’m a little sceptical as to the accuracy of scales, so many variables. I had taken limited water water the few days prior to weigh in and the instructor advised that this can play a big factor in the body fat reading. I think the weight loss for me was possibly a little because of dehydration.
Total to date: Down 2.4kg and 1%BF Oh well, we will see what next week brings.
‘Wayne’ had a great week this week….down 2kg!! and 0% BF. Again the scales may play a little part in no BF changes.
Total to date: Down 2kg and 3%BF.
Most exciting for me are the changes for ‘Wayne’ in her attitude, fitness, and body awareness. She advised this week that she is just starting to feel capable of doing this. From wondering ‘when the session was going to end’ in the very first week (I thought I was being gentle on her, hehe) to knowing she can complete it and even looking forward to it. ‘Wayne’ was comfortable and motivated to go on her own over the last few days when I couldn’t make it, and stated she even felt she could put together a workout!! Yay for progress in any form. ‘Wayne’ is starting to move better and train with purpose. Its happening, she’s joining the club and will love exercise and the way it makes her feel by the time I am done with her and its exciting!!
Remember, don’t let the scales define your journey!