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Monday Morning Weigh in: 241.0

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on July 30, 2007

Hey, it’s better than a sharp stick in the eye :-). In light of my all too easy week last week, I’m pretty happy with this. In fact, I’m really happy with it. Now, as I recall, last time I had a significant drop after a long Sunday row, there was a sharp rebound so I’ll try to brace myself. However, this isn’t a huge drop from where I have been regularly running over the last week so maybe there is hope. In fact, I hit this weight and lower during the course of last week, so I’m hanging onto that hope.

Anyway, this week, I’m back on diet better. I gotta say, I feel better when I eat my diet. I feel much better. To the degree that when I’m off diet, I don’t feel guilty but feel like I am depriving myself of something I really like. I also hit the morning workout again today. I’ll post it later, it was a bit different that the last few I have done. I can’t say I really have the same feelings about missing my morning workout that I have abut being off diet. This weekend I felt exhausted all weekend, I don’t know if I dodged getting sick or what but I slept and wanted to sleep a lot. So, we’ll just see how this week goes in regard to that.

3 Responses to 'Monday Morning Weigh in: 241.0'

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  1. Scott Styles said,

    I seem to do better running a caloric deficit on high quality food than when running a caloric surplus with low quality food. In some ways, it is surprising to me just how important what we eat is.

    Running with both the rowing workouts and the morning workouts is pretty intense. I didn’t really expect to see you put both of them in at once like that. I am curious how much of a difference the morning workouts make relative to the fact that you are already burning so many calories rowing.

  2. Mike said,

    I totally agree with you on the food thing. I sometimes wonder if eating poor, high calorie foods is like a lot of things when you get tired, you try to cheat but only hurt yourself. For example, when a person runs or walks. As they get tired, they drag their feet, they don’t travel as straight. All of these things burn unnecessary energy. When studying, people start skimming and skipping around or break their attention across several things. It seems like they cover more but they learn less and have to restudy it. When people get hungry, especially really hungry. They eat anything they can get irregardless of calories and value. It may not return nearly as much value as a nice, light, well balanced meal.

    All I can say on the morning workouts is “oops”. I guess I never thought of dropping one for the other. Personally, I think rowing itself would make a great morning workout; low impact, cardio, fairly quiet so it can be done at home. That would be goal for getting my own rower. In the mean time, I’ll see what I can do to balance them. I have considered just doing the morning workout Monday, Wednesday and Friday but I have always heard that you shouldn’t play with your sleep schedule that much and that seems to be true for me for the most part.
    Once I drop these next 6 pounds, I’ll be cutting back a little bit anyway. A little rest for the body, mind and spirit and little time to get used to living “la vida lighter”. I’m seeing 25 lbs for next year too, right now. I waiver but that is what I feel right now.

  3. Scott Styles said,

    The rowing seems to be working really well for you. I think with the momentum you have going now, 6 more pounds is no problem. I’d probably take it down 8-10, recognizing that once you stop cutting and return to maitenance calories, your bodyweight will bump up a few lbs as stores replenish.

    I can see the appeal of staggering the weight changes. After all, the hard part is keeping to the new weight.

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