Not surprised by this week’s gain for a couple of reasons. One, I am retaining water (thanks, nature, you suck); two, I rested from gym workouts this week. I was so sore from the leg workout I did last Saturday that I was in pain for most of the week, so I decided to give my body a break. I literally could not move for the first 3 days post-workout without yelping in pain. What was the source of this pain, you ask? Squats up against the wall with a balance ball. Because the leg press machine at my gym is hard on my back (it pushes very, very uncomfortably on the small of my back), I have resorted to doing balance ball squats instead to work my quads. It’s a better workout anyway, since I’m basically leg pressing my body weight with every repetition, and this is heavier than any plates I could put on the leg press machine and move anyway.
I will be resuming my gym routine this week though as I head back to school. This week, it’s back to regular food prep for breakfasts and lunches. Dinners out will likely be the norm as evenings are typically quite busy, and we are heading out of town at the end of the week. Swim lessons start in 2 weeks, and I am really looking forward to them so that I can add another activity into my routine. I’m also going to be learning how to swing a kettlebell this weekend from a cousin who is a kettlebell instructor at a gym where she lives. Once I get back home, I will probably ask my new teaching partner for some pointers–he is also a personal trainer (BONUS!) who has offered to help me with learning new workouts.
Tomorrow is the first day of school, and I’m ready. My outfit is clean and pressed. I got a pedicure yesterday, and my hair cut today. My lunch and snacks are packed for tomorrow, my breakfast is made, and dinner will cook all day while I’m at work. I’ve got my water bottles packed on my rolling cart, and the plan for the morning is to stop at RaceTrac and pick up a giant glass of iced tea to get the morning started. My gym clothes are clean so I can workout after school, and I’m about to head to bed here shortly.
I’m hoping that as I go into this second year of life with this sleeve that I can continue to lose down to my goal weight. I still haven’t thought about the “weight I can live with” in the event I don’t get to my goal. There is just so much damned loose skin that I may never get to 170. I don’t like the idea of not getting where I want to be. But it is something I may have to settle for, and I suppose that’s what I like about it least of all: the fact that it means I may have to settle. 😦