Pound for Pound: Week 4

In case you are interested in catching up on past weeks, I have made a new Pound for Pound Challenge page!

Honestly, I was not sure what to expect this week. Last week was sort of a roller coaster; it started off really good but then took nose dive toward the end of the week.

Nothing really bad happened, I have just been feeling a little blue thanks to hormones and the usual annoyances of adult life (like money, rent, banks, etc). So that is why I have not blogged until now. But I’m done complaining!

Going into today’s weigh in, I felt pretty confident that I had done the best I could this past week. I tracked my eating very well and felt good about that. I didn’t get my two weight training days in but I did get one. And a yoga class!

I managed to get some cardio exercise in Monday-Saturday, including taking some walks with my dog who needs more exercise in her life!

I ran three days last week, which is right about what I’m comfortable with. Four is good too, but any more and I’m tired, burnt out or hurting. No thanks ;-)

So, how did the weigh in go?

  • Last week’s weight: 149.2 lbs
  • This week’s weight: 147.8 lbs (-1.6 difference)
  • Total lbs lost for challenge: 3.8

Obviously, I’m very pleased with that result. I even checked back through my old records and I have not weighed 147 anything since April 2009. Wow!

I also had a breakthrough over the weekend that I wasn’t expecting.

On Friday night, I was feeling pretty meh, so I went to Meijer on the way home and bought a non-dairy chocolate bar (because I’m a vegan emotional eater, after all).

But even though I was going to allow myself to have it, for comfort, I had to work myself up to even eat a piece of it.

Then yesterday, when I was feeling sad, I tried to think of a dinner or a snack that would “cheer me up.” But I couldn’t.

In fact, I was even more in tune with my hunger yesterday than normal. What’s going on?

I think I am a reformed emotional eater! I think I have finally realized that while food (including non-dairy chocolate) can be comforting, it does not make you feel better. It does not solve your problems for you. It’s temporary.

While I feel like I have been in control of my eating for a long time now, this is the first time I felt completely free. Has that ever happened to you before?

Goals

My goals for this week are:

  • Work on my mood, doing things that make me happy and stressing less about those that don’t
  • Two weight training days, attempt # 2
  • Keep going with journaling and the 9:00 rule

What are your goals for this week?

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About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on March 15, 2010, in challenges, Weight, weight loss, workouts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Awesome job on the results!!! Keep up that good work :) Also, isn’t that the best feeling when you are able to change your mindset with food? I’ve recently had some things that have shown me how far I’ve come as well. It is the best reward. :D

  2. My goals this week:
    1. 4 days of running in cherokee (M, T, F, S)
    2. 2 days of yoga (W, Su)
    3. 2 days of Jillian (Th/Sa)
    4. Eat what I have said I am going to eat when I go out this wk: veggie salad with either chicken or salmon at Cheesecake (and only 1 piece of bread) (maybe their strawberries for dessert) and the grouper and no rice and one piece of bread on Friday at Havana Rumba.
    5. Again, a week with no sodas. Last week I didn’t have any either. I walked into my old office just now and knew there were Sprite Zeros in there – I didn’t grab one! :) And I’m still alive!

  3. You are doing so great, Sarah! Sounds like the Pound for Pound Challenge has brough about more than weight loss, eh? A whole new, healthy mindset has also been gained ;-) That’s awesome! Enjoy being free, sister!

  4. Awesome results! Keep up the great work…you’re an inspiration!

  5. I actually find that when I’m super stressed or unhappy, I have a hard time enjoying food. Food is such a happy thing for me that it’s hard to enjoy when I’m not happy. I’m like the opposite of an emotional eater. But when I’m super happy, I’ll stuff my face until I can’t breathe. :-)

  6. Great job on your weigh-in! That is always a mood lifter for me. My goals are to eat more veggies and gets extra sleep!

  7. Do you track your calories at all? I have struggled with emotional eating and am sort of struggling with the balance of listening to my body and making sure I eat to lose weight. I am very active so it’s easy to think I need more than what I do.

    • Hi Melissa! Yes, I do currently track my calories. Emotional eating is a tough one to which I can only say takes a lot of patience and practice to overcome, if that’s even possible. Like I told Amanda, even though I feel at peace with it right now, a time could come when I will fall back on the old habit.

      When you are very active, especially if you a runner like me, it is easy to think that we need to eat a lot more based on our activity level. I also get what I call the “runner’s munchies” because long runs just make me so hungry! But it is important that we fuel our exercise and refuel after, but to be conscious of what we are eating and how much. It is so easy for me to eat half a loaf of freshly baked bread because I’m starving after a run, but if I take the time to plan out my meals and snacks, making sure to cover all nutritional (and caloric) bases, my hunger is satisfied and I haven’t eaten too many extra calories for the day.

  8. I need to work on my emotional eating. I would love to be able to get to a point where I am in tune with my actual hunger.

    My goals: run 3-4 times this week
    Stretch often to help loosen up tight muscles
    Strength train 2 times this week
    And prepare for my 5k!

    • Amanda – you will get there, it has taken me a LONG time. Even having success with weight loss did not “cure” me and while I’ve had this revelation, I’m sure there will be times when I’m not able to fight it off as successfully. It’s a process. Great goals this week!

  9. I am so proud of you! you are doing so great!!!!! I need to pick your brain because I am having such a hard time losing weight. I am getting a tad discouraged =/

    My goals this week are to:
    Burn at least 300 calories a day in workouts
    Stretch!
    Watch my calorie intake.

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