Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Power of One: Week Three

Well, here we are on another Wednesday where we all get to *officially* face our scale and see how our week went from a numbers standpoint.  I say this, because I'm trying REALLY hard to look past the fraking numbers on the scale.  It's really hard, people.  Especially when I am so scale-obsessed that I weigh myself nearly every day.  I know that I reached my "goal" weight of 135.8 Saturday morning.  I also knew yesterday that I had completely blown that over the weekend, despite making some pretty decent choices and getting in exercise.  A couple years ago, you would not have found me on a treadmill at a hotel, getting a run in before the group ordered dinner.  You also wouldn't have found me smuggling in Subway to a gymnastics meet.  I would have just eaten the pizza, nachos, nasty burgers, etc available at the venue.  So, all-in-all, I'd say I did pretty well this week, even if the scale didn't reflect that.  You can read more about my transgressions (and watch my girl compete) here if you are so inclined.  Here are the numbers, since I sorta need to report them:
Weight on June 23, 2009: 165.8
Challenge Starting Weight: 138.8
Last Week's Weight: 136.4
This Week's Weight: 137.8
Change: up 1.4
Challenge Change: down 1.0

Me and Nancy!
In all honestly, I'm getting sick of the up one/down one every frigging week.  I need to start looking at the non-scale victories.  I got to meet one of my favorite bloggy friends on Saturday!  Our very own Nancy, one of the newest contributors to Shrinkingjeans! We went shopping at the local outlet mall, and I scored a pair of size 6 dress pants and a sweater at the Gap for 6 bucks each. (I'm wearing them today-see!)  Seriously - that's freaking awesome!
excuse fuzzy cellphone in mirror shot
In fact, the majority of pants are now a size 6.  Why can't I be happy with that?  I just keep telling myself that it is vanity sizing, and maybe it is, but should it matter?  I'm also dealing with the fact that all of my size medium workout clothes are too big, especially the bras but we won't even talk about how THAT makes me feel.  I really don't have the cash to replace my workout clothes, but I definitely need to find some new bras.  If there are any sports bras out there that you love that fit girls in the size 34 B/C range, give me some ideas.  I don't want to just squish them down completely because I really don't rock the uniboob look, but I also don't want them bouncing all over the place.  Really, why aren't there any sports bras for us "average" sized girls?  It boggles my mind.  Speaking of my mind, my head needs to start catching up to my body, and quick, or I'm going to make myself crazy.

As for those *other* goals I wrote for the challenge, I'm doing OK.
  • Drink at minimum 64 oz of water 6/7 days a week. - I did great during the week, but not so good on the weekend.  Also, spending 12 hours in the car with a full bladder is a bad thing, so I don't drink much water when I have to roadtrip. 
  • Run 2-3 times a week - Yep.  I am fully into my 25k training, so running 3x a week is happening from here on out.  Speaking of which, April has a little challenge going on that I've also signed up for.  100 miles in 100 days.  She is planning on a minimum of 1 mile a day for the 100 days, but I will probably just use my training miles and spin classes when I cross train (although I'm not sure how to calculate the miles from spin since the bikes at our gym don't show miles).  
  • Sign up for my 25k race - Done
  • Do the Shred DVD, EA Sports Active, or some other strength/crosstraining 2-3 times a week. - fail. 
  • 25 push-ups and 25 sit-ups after each run. - fail.  I'm still doing my crunches after I run, and I tried some pushups on Saturday but they left my shoulder hurting, so I think this goal gets bagged for the time being.
  • Log my food on Daily Plate at least 4/7 days a week. - fail. 
  • Lose at least 3 pounds to get back to 135.8 or less. - I had on Saturday, but now this is also a fail.
How did the rest of you do?  Head over to Shrinkingjeans and let us know!


  1. we're just too much aren't we?? *hugs*

    speaking of uni-boob, i had some serious UB going on during the hike on Monday, and Jay thought it was totally hot. boys!

  2. You are doing great, Bari. Seriously. And my personal opinion is that you need to focus on a maintenance range of weight that you are happy with. Maybe between 135 and 140? That way these +1/-1 weeks aren't so hard for you mentally. Because vanity sizing or not, you're wearing 6 and are shrinking out of your clothes because of all your awesomeness.

  3. You are doing incredible...c'mon, only up a pound .4 after a weekend trip. Size sixs and falling out of mediums sounds incredible! As far as spinning miles translating to running miles... I've heard that it's good to take your average per mile pace and divide your spin time by that (e.g. avg per mile pace = 10 mins ~ 50 mins on the bike = 5 running miles). We all know spin class can kick some serious butt, so it makes sense to me.

  4. I think you are doing incredible. You are rocking a size 6 and are making some great choices in your life. I'm very proud of you.

    I love my Moving Comfort Bra. I have a Vixen which is a size C/D but they have a ton of choices on their website. Have you ever been fitted by a running store? The running store by me has a great fitting area with a ton of choices. That is how I found the Moving Comfort I use.

    Good Luck.

  5. That's our best friend and our worst enemy, isn't it?

    I agree wholeheartedly with Kirsten. Take a look at your past weights and find a range that your body is happy with. It makes it so much easier to manage.

  6. Screw that scale. Go with how you look and how the clothes feel. You look great(and the pants and sweater were a great buy)in those new clothes. Just look how skinny you look. You are doing great my friend.

  7. I am right there with you Bari! I need to lose a few again (thank you holidays) for my clothes to fit right, but I definitely have had enough of the rollercoaster!

  8. I don't think I could've said it better than Kirsten so I'm just going to 2nd that, ok?

    BTW, finally watched K's video on youtube. Love watching that girl! :)

  9. Love those size 6 pants!!! How cool is that?!?! As for sports bras, I really love a specific one from target. I don't know what it is called but it is their brand and comes in a zillion colors and has very thin straps that are adjustable in the back. I am a C and have loved it. I have several and while I have a lot of times that it is worn under a top that has a shelf bra in it, they are fine in regular shirts and tees. Oh, I guess I could give you a link...

    Hope that helps!

  10. You look great - and look what you've accomplished. Totally agree with Kirsten. At least you're not sitting on this side of the table with 40+ pounds to loose!

    ~thirsty magnolia

  11. I think you are doing awesome. i agree with other posts you need to find a comfy range of maintenance and stick with it. Sounds like your body is changing but the scale is sometimes slower to reflect this. Size 6 is AWESOME!!! Go girl!!!! Rock it :)
    Sports bras, I bought a Fila one from Khols 2 weeks ago and I am in love! It has a lil tiny padding and separates them nice. there is no uni boob and I feel supported when running.

  12. BTW I love reading your blog. I'm passing on a Stylish Blogger Award. Read about it here on my blog:

  13. I'm waaaaay too convinced that vanity sizing is real. :p


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