WEEK 16 (November 12-November 18)

Tuesday: Weight machine workout

Thursday: Three reps each of Teaser/V-up/Straight-leg twisting crunch/Seated criss-cross/Ankle-weighted reverse crunches/3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag

Sunday: Free-weight workout; Three reps each of Situps/Pushups/6″/Extreme/Medicine ball reverse crunches; 3-rounds shadow boxing/3-rounds on heavy bag; 30 minutes on elliptical

Total Running Miles: 0

Weight: 191.8 (-18.6 lbs.)

Training Days Remaining: 43

Notes: I’m injured but fighting. The right ankle remains jacked up and isn’t ready to log any running miles. I should be icing it more but can’t seem to make myself sit still long enough. The cold weather makes it harder for me to want to place ice on my body. I only managed three days of exercise this week. Part of that is the injury bug, but also my baby’s schedule, math night for the second grade class, and catching Joe Price sing the blues Friday in Newport. These all contributed to my missing some workout days. But I stuck with my diet and dropped another 2.8 pounds!

We’re getting there, but it took me going to the YMCA for 2.5 hours Sunday and squeezing three workouts into one in order to remotely redeem this week. And I still had to go in on Monday and hit the stairmaster, plus sit in the sauna and steam room for 40 minutes in order to hit my weight.

Going forward I’m not going to be able to save my weeks like that. I’m already having to compensate for not being able to run, so missing workouts is double damaging. I need them all in there spaced out through the week in order to drop the pounds.

I’m giving my ankle the time it needs to heal by crosstraining. I’m hitting my strength cardio three times a week, weights twice, and will be using the elliptical, stairmaster, and swimming to burn calories.

I got my water intake back on track. It’s amazing how hard it can be to drink 8 cups of water per day if you don’t stay after it.

Counting calories definitely helped this week. I’m still not forcing myself to not eat anything, just less of it. I’m waiting until December to deny myself food in case the pounds are not falling off as expected. I need to be at 190 come December 1, to be in striking range of 180 pounds come December 31.

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