Wet hair aside, I lost 2 pounds this week. While I should be thrilled, I still hate the number staring back at me! I ate clean, I worked out hard, and I am still so far from my "skinny" weight (how much I weighed at my skinniest). I really pushed myself this week and I feel good, so why isn't that enough?
My sister told me about a friend of hers (who is a crossfitter) that lost 3 pant sizes but didn't lose any weight. So is inches lost a better indicator of fitness? Probably so, since muscle is more dense and weighs more than fat, and the scale doesn't take this into account. Maybe I will start measurement Fridays instead of weigh in Fridays! This article sums up the weight vs. inches debate. Weight is a great tool to keep us from a slippery slope, but isn't a great measure of fitness.
I am discouraged with my weight, but I have to keep reminding myself my goal is not to be skinny or weigh a buck fifteen. My goal is to live a healthy, well balanced life and be the most fit I can be. This isn't something that can be achieved overnight, rather it's a lifelong journey. I have friends who are thin despite the fact that they eat fast food a meal a day and never exercise. I may never be as skinny as them, but I can out run them. I am stronger and have more endurance than them. I am more fit than them.
A recap of my workout week:
Monday - bleacher club, indoor edition. It was a lot of plyometrics, burpess, and hopping around. I was exhausted!
Tuesday- crossfit. "Jack". I really pushed myself and upped my weights. I used 25# for the kettlebell swings and 55# for the push presses. My shoulders and lats were so sore!
Wednesday- bleacher club, indoors again. Push up mania! We did every variation of push up you could imagine! Since the number of reps was so insane (I wish I would have counted) and my upper body was sore from my workout the day before, I opted for "girl" push ups. The result is sore arms and a skinned right knee. :(
Thursday-crossfit. "DT". It was heroes week at crossfit. All the WOD's were named after fallen soldiers. This always inspires me. I think, "If they could train hard and go die for our country, I shouldn't complain about 45 minutes to an hour of hard work!" I am so appreciative to all our armed forces. For this workout, you use the same weight for all 3 exercises, so you have to use a weight appropriate for your weakest exercise. I quickly learned power cleans are my weakest of the 3. I started with 65# but had to drop to 45# after the first round.
Today my workout will have to be cutting the grass and weed eating. It needs to be done today, as well as grocery shopping, and I have plans with friends tonight, so I don't think I'll have time to get in any exercise. But trust me, I have a big yard and weed eating is definitely an upper body work out, especially shoulders!
I'm having lunch with a friend at Street Breads, today. This place is delicious! Everytime I've been I've tried something new. Today I think I'm going to have the Heart Lover Salad with grilled shrimp! I'll let y'all know how it is.