1. Weight loss: My weight loss goal is to lose 7 pounds. I will not weigh in until June 3; so nothing yet to report here.
2. NSV (Non-Scale Victory): For me my NSV for this challenge is in moving forward in my health and fitness so that I am able to ride the 62-mile bike event that I am registered for on June 2. This past week there were two tangible NSVs for me and they both had to do with food. The first one involved a work related dinner that I attended on Wednesday night. The food is always tasty, but not necessarily low in calories. I was very careful to bank extra calories for over two days, knowing that there will be high calories at this meal. I kept my hunger at bay by first eating a cut up apple and a smoothie before I entered the room. I ate the salad to start off, even with dressing. The main entrée was stuffed chicken, herb-buttered carrots, and fried potatoes. I ate most of the chicken, although I pushed away all the stuffing. I had a few carrots and NO potatoes. My NSV was the blueberry pie. At these kinds of work events they put the dessert out when they bring the salads. For the entire meal I stared at that pie. But I never ate a SINGLE bite!! I have never left so much for on my plate or passed up pie like that.
My second NSV was another meeting where I had volunteered to bring all the breakfast treats. I bake a mean and delicious scone (if I do say so myself). I also found recipes for fresh blueberry and banana muffins. I baked 5 dozen muffins and 3 dozen scones. I did not have a single bite of those either. As a matter of fact there were a few leftovers, but I distributed those to my children. In years past I could not have made those goodies without licks, bites, and tastes. But no more!!
3. Exercise: As far as my four targets for this goal:
a. Improving my strength and stamina. This week I rode 83 miles over 5/6 days! I did the fastest 20 miles ever (13 mph average) on Monday. I try to incorporate a little hill work in every ride, too.
b. My second target is to work on my cycling distance. Today I rode my longest ride in over a year: 30 miles. I did great for the first 15. I have to work at pacing myself more for these long rides and fueling my body at regular intervals. Today I did eat something every 10 miles. On my next long ride I am going to plan on fueling at 7. I think this might make a difference in my energy and stamina as I ride. I did keep hydrated.
c. Increasing my speed: My average speed this week was again about 12.5 mph. On the flats I can keep 14-15 miles steady now, too.
d. Cross training: I saw my physical therapist last week. My strength training now includes squats. I did all of my core exercises 5/7 days.
4. Nutrition: I stayed under 1500 calories on 6/7 days. Today was my 30-mile ride so I know I will go over, but then I also burned close to 1800 calories! With those two NSVs, I believe week 5 is now my best of this challenge.
Have a great week everyone! Stay strong!
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