A good weigh-in this morning after a pretty good week. I’m 169.9 kg (374.5 lb) today, down 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) from last week. So that’s 16 kg (35.3 lb) lost since I got serious again 5 weeks ago. The big change I made this week was adding pasta back into my diet. Wholemeal pasta doesn’t cost me any points, so I tried a couple of new recipes. And also more meat. Still mainly chicken, a little fish, and for a couple of the pasta dishes, I tried a mixture of ground chicken breast (also zero points) and extra lean ground pork. The pork costs a few points, but it adds a little more flavour and texture to the ground chicken that I like. I’m going to experiment with some ground turkey, too. I ate it a lot back in the states, but it’s not as popular here in Australia, and I rarely buy it.
In terms of activity, I did really well this week. 71,000+ steps and the week’s not over yet. I’ve been quite active every day except for Sunday, and I’m averaging just under 12,000 steps a day. Another activity stat I’ve been keeping my eye on this week is “hourly activity”–Fitbit tells me if I’ve been sitting on my ass for the hour, and if I haven’t gotten up and taken at least 250 steps, it gives me a little alert. It tracks this from 7 am through to 7 pm, and so far this week, I’ve been active all 12 hours of the day every day except Monday, when apparently I worked at my desk between 8 and 10 am without budging. Fitbit also records my longest stationary period of the day, and since Monday, my average has been 66 minutes. And my shortest was 52 minutes, between 6 and 7 am before I got the kids up on Tuesday. After that, I went pretty hard all day. And that’s been the general pattern of my week. Getting lots done, falling into bed exhausted at the end of the day. Looking at the items ticked off my to do list and knowing I should feel productive, and yet feeling that everything takes too long and that I should be getting more done. I’m going to keep working on cutting myself a bit of slack and focusing on the positive.
Which gets to my attitude and mindset this week, which has felt a bit flat. The good part is that I still feel strongly motivated to continue my efforts towards better health. Enthusiastic might be taking it a bit too far, but I’m (mostly) enjoying the food, and feeling better about the activity. It’s nice to go to the weekly meeting and feel supported, but overall I have underlying feelings of frustration. Not with my weight loss, but more in terms with my overall productivity and daily life. I’ve still got a bit of a backlog of things I’ve been meaning to get done, and if I get to them this week, then I’m going to have more time available, and I really want to come up with a realistic, workable plan that will help me balance having some fun and getting some new projects started (or expanded).
But apart from all that, I’m really going to try to focus on what’s working. Three weeks I set myself a goal to get below 170 kg. Today, I accomplished that goal after three weeks of sustained effort. That’s cool. In those three weeks, I’ve been meditating regularly, I’ve been stretching most days, and I’ve increased the days I’ve got for a walk from 3 to 4, and then to 6. I’ve taken a bit of time each day to read, to listen to music, and sometimes even watch a bit of television (The Walking Dead and Star Trek Picard are my shows of the moment). I’ve fixed things that were broken, bought things that had gone unbought, prepared the family for the Coronapocalypse, and generally got shit done. And that’s cool, too.