The Challenge: Week #4

Diana James
Week 1: 0.5% 1.5%
Week 2: 1.6% 2.3%
Week 3: 3.8% 2.3%
Week 4: 3.8% 3.5%

Over the course of the week, I gained and lost three pounds, ending up today where I was at the last weigh-in: 204.5. Considering that I’ve been sick with bronchitis since Saturday evening, I’m OK with that result.

I focused my sights this week on Saturday’s Aikido test (which I still need to document), attending class on Monday and Wednesday, and the Basic Seminar on Saturday morning. I was surprised when that didn’t bolster my weight loss, and I gained weight instead. It’s possible my muscles were retaining fluid while they were trying to heal (isn’t that how it works?).

Another thing that may have hampered my weight loss was a lack of meal planning. In weeks past, I’ve had brown rice pre-made for every lunch, just waiting for some ground turkey or canned chicken or tuna and whatever healthy goodness goes with my protein of choice. This week, though, it’s been mainly fruit and ready-to-eat foods like low-sugar yogurt, or a pita with hummus. Still not bad for me, but not as protein-rich and fiber-full as my lunches should have been.

Last week’s goal of “Early To Bed, Early To Rise” didn’t work out so well. Actually, it didn’t work at all. I’m hoping that this week, in trying to get myself healthy again, I end up getting to bed earlier and sleeping more. I don’t think I’m going to set any other goal for myself this week, honestly. Get the rattle out of my chest. Maintain my weight as well as I can. Take care of myself. Pamper myself. Be gentle, and not go for walks out in the sub-freezing temperatures (probably not so good for bronchitis). Stretch out my still-stiff muscles. Pass on Aikido until I feel truly healthy again.

James has almost caught up to me this week, after having his own sick time during Week 3. It’s still anyone’s game.