Week 7 weigh-in: 21 in 31 recap, calorie counting update and next steps

How are you guys doing? My blog was down for 5 hours today and I was so frustrated. I hope that everyone that was interested, was able to enter the Keurig coffee maker giveaway and weigh-in on the fair-trade coffee discussion (if you haven’t yet, check it out here).

Speaking of weighing in… today is Tuesday, which means weigh-in day for me. Yes, I know – what a cheesy segway, haha. :roll: I announced last week that my intuitive eating efforts weren’t working so I brought back the big guns – calorie counting. I counted calories for several years and lost almost 20lbs this way before my wedding. This time, however, I’m doing it a bit differently. I’m still trying to follow the intuitive eating methods but still count calories. Just knowing that I’m going to input it into my tracker makes me really connect with my body and hunger cues. I haven’t been planning every bite and I haven’t been put myself on a calorie allowance, just yet. So far it’s been working great! I counted on Wed, Thur, Sat and Sun. The other days i went out to dinner so I didn’t track everything but I still ate reasonably (I didn’t get dessert at the restaurant either time because I truly realized I didn’t need it! No more automatic orders because I think I “deserve” it or it’s the last chance I’ll get to do that). So I’ve been falling in the 1700-2000 calorie range on the days I counted and while it’s higher than I used to allow myself previously, while dieting, I think this is the right level for me at this stage. I’m definitely a lot more mindful so most things I end up eating, I eat because I’m hungry… or because I think it’s worth it. Lastly, while it’s higher than my previous dieting days, it’s lower than I ate even 1 week prior. I didn’t count then but I just feel it. I knew I wasn’t eating well before and now I know that I am. No deprivation here. No free-rein on days when I’m unable to track every calorie (like on days when I have dates out), no binging. Just good ol’ healthy eating. Done and done. :mrgreen:

So yes, this week I’m very happy with everything. My weight this morning was 156.2lbs. That’s a 0.8lb weight loss. I’ll take it! 😀

So that’s on the weight loss front. I also kept pretty active and seriously fell in love with a workout this week (you may already know what I’m going to say if you follow me on Twitter but I can elaborate here). If you remember, at the beginning of October I challenged myself to take 21 new classes in 31 days of October. Did I make it? Kinda… I actually took 20 new classes at HW and then did one workout dvd at home. I’m going to count it anyways since it was new to me. :) (Also, I chose to not do that last class because I was too sore… listening to your body is important). The challenge really helped me learn more about the classes offered at my new gym; I liked that it pushed me to try classes I thought would be a waste of time (like Body Jam… kind of like a contemporary version of Zumba) and in turn learned that I really LOVE them. Body Jam actually I felt was like a little therapy while you sweat. You get silly, you laugh and smile… it’s impossible to feel bad (during and) after leaving that class! While I found a few fun classes, I also really missed my old bootcamp classes at Fitcorp but that changed last week when I took a BURN class. Basically it’s a workout of treadmill intervals combined with weight training circuits. The strength portion was KILLER but the craziest part was running at a 12 incline after my legs were already shaking from all the crazy lunges. It was awesome!! I seriously had a glow for the rest of the day. The classes are expensive but they are as close as you can get to personal training (without personal training).  Classes are limited to 5 people; my first class had 2 ppl, the second one had 3 – so if you look at it like that, it’s a bargain! The thing I loved the most is that I was running again. I kind of swore it off but I realized how much I miss it. I was doing 30 second intervals at 8.6mph at some point and just couldn’t believe that I was still capable of that. In fact, I could have done more, I just chicken out. I mean I haven’t run in months!

BURN (and Body Jam) will definitely become a part of my life going forward, but for the month of November, I’m all about lifting. Remember the post on New Rules of Lifting for Women? I’m finally going to do it and I’m going to follow the program as closely as possible. My new love, BURN, does not fit in. I’ll find a way to make it happen at some point but for now I want to see NROLFW through. I can’t start modifying things before giving the program a chance, as is. I’m supposed to increase my calories to between 2000 and 2300 (to allow for muscle gain) and take more rest days than I’m used to. It’s scary but again, I really want to give it a go. :)

All right, I seriously feel like I could “talk” for hours today. Next up – a post on natural beauty products, organic tees, superfoods, elderflower medicine and more. I need to do a whole bunch of research before that, though, so stay tuned. See you later alligators! 😎

PS – Check out Russian Bites for the recipe of the black poodle cake. It’s one of my all time favorites! 😀

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23 comments to Week 7 weigh-in: 21 in 31 recap, calorie counting update and next steps

  • Great job this week!! I love your 21 classes in 31 days challenge. There are so many classes that I have been wanting to try but haven’t, I might have to copy you on this one:)

  • Glad this week is going so well! And I’m impressed you got all those classes in! As soon as I’m done with my upcoming race, I want to get back into lifting more often – once a week just isn’t doing it for me!

  • Great job! Don’t be afraid of increasing your calories. You’ll need them if you’re going to be lifting in order to build muscle. Lifting is fun and very important as we ladies get older.
    Happy Hump Day Elina!

  • congrats on a healthy week! you sound so positive which is great:-)

  • Yay! Glad to hear that things are going well and that you’re enjoying your classes!

  • Sounds like you’re on a good path! I love how you’re doing a combo of calorie counting and intuitive eating. Seems like it’s working…keep it up!

  • Di

    Congrats on the loss! :)

  • 21 classes in 31 days is impressive!!

    Intuitive eating is really hard, and something I’m still getting the hang of. I counted calories for the longest time, and I think in a certain way it will always get in the way of me eating 100% intuitively just because I’m already so aware of cals. But you hear just as many success stories from both ends of the spectrum, so it’s good that you’ve found what works best for you!!

  • I love the positive talk in here! Great job, Elina!!

    I totally know what you mean about it being scary to up your cals and increase your rest days. Ease into it. The worst that happens is that you make some tweaks. I need to follow my own advice, btw. :)

  • It’s great to hear you’re feeling positive about your efforts now! Everyone needs to do what’s right for them – so if a calorie counting + intuitive eating is what works for you and makes you happy, that’s great!
    Ah I didn’t realize you were a HW member – I’ve been a member for over a year and love it so much. I wish I could afford to take more BURN classes, but I am loving the power yoga, bosu challenge, and body pump :)

  • Good luck with New Rules, I’m excited for you!!

  • Hi Elina, congrats on the good week. Slow and stead for weight loss is the way to go! And good luck with NROLFW. My friend loves that book, and I might borrow it from her soon.

    That BURN class sounds incredible!! I can’t imagine running at 12 incline. And 8.6 mph! You are awesome. Keep up the good work, girl! Hope to see you again soon.

    • Elina

      Thanks! Just to clarify – I was running at 8.6 at 1.0 incline… at 12 incline I was barely running at 6.0… more like 5.8-5.9. That incline is ridiculous! :)

  • Thanks for being so open and honest about your weight loss efforts – I love this idea of intuitive eating with calorie counting. Of course intuitive eating is great, but I’m not always so good at listening to my body’s signals (which is why I’m in the position of needing to lose weight in the first place) so something to help keep focused can be helpful. Great week and I’m sure they’ll be more to come!

  • Glad you had a great week :) and i’ll have to try the body jam when i use my free passes… sounds fun! i hear there was a groupon on burn classes recently, hopefully you were able to get in on that. hehe NROLFW is a mouthful!

  • Where’s the Ellie recipe for pizza? It was a healthy one and would DEFINITELY help with those weight workouts. Carbs baby!
    I really enjoy working with weights as well. They are important not only for bone and muscle health but a good weight program helps with endurance sports as well.

  • I’ve been a HW member for about a year now and I just love the classes. I also hear you on the lifting goal. I was good for a while and then I started slacking.
    See you/meet you in San Fran!!

  • Annie

    I think you’d be very interested in this article: http://healthfoodlifestyle.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/les-bienfaits-de-l%e2%80%99eau-beneficios-del-agua-para-tu-salud/ It’s about the benefits of water not only to lose weight, but to maintain a healty life!

  • Great job on your weightloss. Everything counts! I’m so jealous of your treadmill class. I’ve always wanted to take one of those classes!!! Have fun in SF! Think of me while I pound out 26.2 : )

  • Lew and I just made our fist stop on the way to the foodbuzz festival. We dropped our twins off at the grandparents and are now on the way to Nashville fly out in the morning. We look forward to meeting you in San Fransisco.
    Ashlee
    @ashandlewplus2

  • Hi Elina! Now that I’ve found you..I will definitely keep checking in. I’m glad you liked Body Jam. I’ve only taken it once or twice and my gym no longer offers it in lieu of Zumba. Les Mills is coming out with a new program called Sh’Bam (their answer to Zumba)…should be exciting and not as “hard” as Jam.

  • Yay for weights. I’m focusing on that right now as well. It feels SO good!

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