Over the past two months my body has developed a distinct losing pattern: normal loss, normal loss, large loss, large loss.
Given the past two weeks' losses were in the -1-ish range, I was anxious to see if I'd have a big drop this week.
I stepped on Donna The Wonderful Receptionist's scale and held my breath (as usual). It seemed to take her a while to reply. She looked kinda confused, which I interpreted as bad news.
"How do you do it?"
"How do you do it?" she said again. At this point, I knew it was a loss.
"What's the number?" I almost pleaded.
Well, hooray losing pattern.
I passed the -90 mark and almost hit a new "decade" - the 180s. Almost.
At -92, I can see -100 in the distance. The next big milestone.
I recently came across my old WW records from my 2002-2003 trip to Lifetime. I didn't plot everything out (yet), but just from a glance I am losing faster than I did back then (and I was similarly dedicated and focused to the pursuit).
So what's the difference now? I'm 7 years older and I've had three kids. If anything, I thought losing would be slower.
1. The Points+ program has me eating better: more protein, more whole foods, fruits and veg. Fewer carbs and it's working well. In 2002-2003, I definitely know more of my daily Points were carb-y in nature.
2. Strength training. Since I started bootcamp, the combo of Points+ and muscle building/toning has really aided my metabolism and fat burn. In 2002-2003, I dabbled with strength training, but it bored me to tears. I had yet (and still have not) developed the discipline to push myself through a traditional weight training workout or Nautilus circuit. But bootcamp is the most effective workout I've ever done (and I've done a variety, believe me). This is not to say bootcamp is the only way to build muscle. Absolutely not. But it's the best way for me.
So, overall, a kick-ass week. Ran the 5K. Passed -90 lbs lost. Time well spent!