Saturday, July 13, 2013

Bouncing Back

I had a very challenging week this week, I took it back to basics, weighing and measuring everything, recording every BLT (Bite, Lick, Taste) and I put in a lot of activity.  I went back to doing my intervals and I hoped for the best when it came to weigh in on Friday morning.

I was glad to be at my regular WW meeting.  It felt good to see my usual leader and the great assistant's that weigh everyone in.  When I got up to the scale my leader mentioned that he missed me last week.  I explained that I was off but I went to the meeting at home and I had gained over 3 pounds and it didn't make any sense to me.

The first thing he asked was did I do something different activity wise.  I told him that I had my 5km race on Monday and on Thursday we had gone on a 6km hike.  He nodded and said that the gain made sense then.  My leg muscles were probably holding onto water as I had used them so much and used them doing things I don't normally do.  He smiled and said that I would probably have a decent loss this week and he was ready when ever I wanted to stand on the scale.

I was nervous getting on, because I really did want to believe that it had been water weight and that everything would bounce back into place.   Well bounce back it did, with a resounding 7.8 pound loss!  Not only did I make up for the two weeks of gains but I lost a little extra just for good measure!  I was so happy to see that number move back down, and my total weight loss go up to 63.8 pounds.  I was so relieved!

This morning I took Angus for our usual Saturday morning walk.  Some days he isn't in the mood to walk, and other days he is.  I did my intervals earlier this week without him and I wasn't planning to do any intervals today.  However, Angus had other plans this morning.  He was in the mood to trot along and that's just what he did.
Angus leading the way.
Usually when we're walking on the country road he's right beside me or a little bit behind me but today he was out in front most of the way.  I don't know what got into him but we ended up doing intervals as I was walking so quickly to keep up with him.

Intervals along the country road
It was great to do the intervals and we did fairly well.  Angus had a little bit of an issue with the people picking blueberries along side of us at one of the farms.  He seemed to feel the need to bark at all of them as we passed them row upon row.  For some reason, he can't seem to walk/run and bark at the same time.  Once we got past the farm it was full speed ahead again.

It was a great morning for a walk, and we did our 3.25km walk in 40 odd minutes.  I think that was pretty good considering we had to stop for a couple of street lights along the way.  I've misplaced my heart rate monitor somewhere in the house.  We've searched high and low and can't find it so I've been judging my walks based on my pace.  Today our moving pace was 11:54 per minute, our best pace during intervals was a 7:35km pace.  Pretty good I think.  I wish I had set my Garmin up for intervals before we left, but as I said it wasn't on the agenda today.  I may set it for intervals tomorrow morning, just to see if Angus is in a cooperative mood or not.

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