Weekly Weigh-In: Down 3 Pounds; Lost 35% Of Total Body Weight

Twelve pounds to go before I reach 200 -- a huge milestone in my weight loss adventure!

Twelve pounds to go before I reach 200 — a huge milestone in my weight loss adventure!

Great news! I lost another 3 pounds, bringing my total weight loss to 113 pounds. With those 3 little pounds, I’ve officially lost 35% of my total body weight. That puts my BMI at 34.9, down from 53.3 when I started my little weight loss adventure.

I do need to watch the eating out, as I’ve done that one too many times this week. I stuck to simple grilled chicken salads when ordering, but the menus’ unhealthy foods are always beckoning me.

My workout schedule is the same as last week, although I pushed the hike off until tomorrow. Just too much going for a weekday hike. So the hubby and I will blaze a trail to Ravens Rocks in Bluemont, Virginia.  It’s a 5.5 mile hike with a vertical gain of 1,530 feet. The hike includes 3 big climbs coming and going. I’m expecting a great workout.

Time to dig out my hiking boots!

Hiking Away The Weight

I look so bright-eyed and bushy tailed working on the tent. Hiking 4.7 miles in the Dolly Sods Wilderness carrying a 20 lbs. pack will do that to you.

I look so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed working on the tent. Hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness carrying a 20 lbs. pack will do that to you.

Lots of calories burned and (hopefully) many pounds shed as I spent this weekend hiking a little more than 8 miles (round trip) with a 20 lbs. backpack strapped to me.

We hiked the Blackbird Knob Trail in West Virginia’s Dolly Sods Wilderness, an absolute gorgeous place. I definitely got a full body workout. I got home just a few hours ago and my legs, back and arms are sore. I don’t know how, but it seemed like the hike was uphill – coming and going.

While I did eat more carbs during the hike, I didn’t get out of control. I never stuffed myself silly or used the hike as an excuse to overeat.

On the first day, we decided to eat lunch (pizza) before we hit the trail.  Eating only a few slices, it was enough food to fuel my whole 3+ hour trek to our camp site. Once we set up the tents, I felt peckish and ended up only eating 1/2 cup of trail mix (carefully measured out in a snack bag).

The small portion of trail mix was all I needed to help out on the hunt for firewood. Sure we’re in the woods, but cutting trees for wood is a no-no. Nope, you must scavenge fallen limbs and sometimes it’s a hike all its own.

Roughly 2 hours later I felt starved. It took 3 hot dogs with mustard and onions and a very small slice of the double chocolate bread to kill the hunger.

After a very cold night – it very unexpectedly dropped to 32 degrees – I cooked up oatmeal (adding maple syrup and brown sugar) and hot tea the next morning.  For the hike back, I put aside a Clif Bar knowing that about half way through, I’d start feeling hungry and tired.

As expected, the bar was the boost my body needed. However, thanks to the strategically placed blisters on my feet, the last hour of the hike became a struggle as the trail seemed to gain more rocks than I remembered.

We sat down for lunch about an hour after leaving the trail at a little restaurant. I ordered the beef brisket, green beans and mashed potatoes. If I had one regret, it’s the slice of cherry pie I ordered. Just too much sugar for me.

I think I’m skipping yoga tomorrow – except for the warm up and cool down portions of my DVD.  I’m anticipating some tight muscles tomorrow so some light stretching is in order. Otherwise I’m giving my muscles a day off.

Regardless of how sore I am, I loved the trip and the workout. I just need to finish strong this week and stay low carb. I do that, and I’ll see movement on that scale.

Eating On The Trail

Prepping our snacks and meals before we hit the trail this weekend. Image courtesy of Simon Howden and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

Prepping our snacks and meals before we hit the trail this weekend. Image courtesy of Simon Howden and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I need to pick up some grub for our backpacking excursion this weekend. I’m keeping it real simple and looking to prep some of the snacks before we head out. The nice thing about backpacking is that I get to eat foods I normally avoid. You expend so much energy hiking that you need your carbs.

That doesn’t mean a free for all on this trip. Nope. Oatmeal with dried fruit in the morning is as wild as I’m going to get.

Balancing Nutrition With Bulk
You burn up to 5,000 calories a day backpacking. To keep your energy levels up, the rule of thumb is 1.5 – 2 lbs. of food a day.  It may seem like a lot of food, but trust me, backpacking works up a massive appetite.

For backpacking, I eat foods loaded with complex carbs and protein that are quick eats, likes nuts and dry fruits. During the hike, I need to feed my muscles.

The difficult part of backpacking is how much to carry. It’s all about weight. You want enough food and a little extra for delays. But packing smart is 90% of the battle. I’ll pack the food in little baggies. No cans or store packaging. Just lightweight and low-bulk foods.

So, what’s on the menu?

  • Snacks – Apples, home-made trail mix (peanuts, M&Ms, raisins, pretzels, pumpkin seeds)
  • Lunch – crackers, sausage and cheese, and peanut butter sandwiches (for the hubby)
  • Dinner – Hot dogs, home-made double chocolate bread (yum!), herbal tea (double yum!!)
  • Breakfast – Instant oatmeal and dried fruit

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What’s Your Exercise Type?

This morning I played with Weight Watchers’ eTools checking out the fitness section. I discovered a fitness quiz designed to build a personal activity profile and training guide. A quiz? Fun.

The first time through, I’d answer the questions honestly to get my profile. Then I’d run through the quiz multiple times to see the different types of personalities I am not. Why? I’m a marketer. It’s what I do.

The multiple-choice questions were pretty simple: last time I exercised regularly, do I like working out with other people, outdoor vs. indoor workouts, and am I competitive.

From what I can tell, quiz takers fit into one of five categories: competitor, explorer, individualist, joiner, and perfect partner.

(You can take the activity profile quiz if you are a subscriber to Weight Watchers eTools. Otherwise, take the poll to choose your exercise type.)

Well, it turns out I’m an (drum roll, please)…Individualist!

I can see that. Working out is a time for me to clear my thoughts. Also if I’m exercising with friends I’m more likely to socialize than get a great workout. I know my limitations!

As for the suggested workouts, some I’m already doing like hiking, walking, yoga and strength training. But some suggestions intrigued me: biking, hitting balls at a driving range, water workouts (suggest exercises for the pool), and inline skating.

The last time I rode a bike?  About 20 years ago.  Now I did buy a bike in 2010. Where’s that bike now? Sitting in a shed. How sad. Maybe this fall I get back on that horse.

There’s a pool and driving range near out house. Perhaps a couple of times a month I try swimming and hitting golf balls. It certainly breaks up the monotony of walking and yoga everyday.

As for inline skating, all I can say is “Yikes!”  I’d say that’s a big, fat no for now. Until I master the bike, no way in hell I’m getting on skates.  Now that doesn’t mean never. Maybe it’s something to try next spring.



Fatpacking In West Virginia This Weekend

One of our Shenandoah hiking escapes! Enjoying the overlook and beautiful scenery.

One of our Shenandoah hiking escapes when I was 80 lbs. heavier! Enjoying the overlook and beautiful scenery.

I’m going hiking in West Virginia on Saturday with friends and of course the Carbivorous Rex. It’s my first overnight excursion in more than a year. Sweet!

I’m 80 lbs. lighter than our last outing. While I don’t want to over do it, I’m excited because it doesn’t seem as daunting as past trips. With great weight loss comes great confidence.

Tonight we’re digging out our gear – backpacks, tent, sleeping bags, compass, water filter, first aid and boots.

Hiking really is a full body workout. From rolling hills to rocky terrain to crossing creeks, you use muscles you never knew existed. You move slower and the ground you walk on is less predictable.

I remember one hike where I climbed a small part of the trail – maneuvering over large boulders for about 30 feet.  I don’t remember how long it took for me to climb it (then it seemed like an eternity), but I felt exhilarated.

Hiking does that to you.

And let’s face it, hiking offers something that walking can’t – beautiful scenery. With fall starting, I’m expecting to see some color in those trees. Depending on which trail we follow, fishing is a big possibility.

Just hoping the weather gods smile upon us this weekend.

Am I One Tough Mudder?

Dot hiking in Shenandoah a few years and 61+ lbs ago.

Dot hiking in the Shenandoah Mountains a few years and 61+ lbs ago.

I really want to do this! But I’m in no shape to even attempt Tough Mudder…yet!

I’ve decided that when I weigh 200 lbs, I’ll start training for the Tough Mudder with the goal of doing TM when I’m within 20 lbs of my goal weight. According to my last weigh in, I need to lose 64 more pounds before training starts. Easy Peasy!

So in the meantime, I’m going to continue with walking everyday, increasing my time and distance each week. Since I’m not ready for Tough Mudder, I’m going to register for a few 5k walks in the area. If I walk everyday, I’ll reward myself with a weekly pedicure. For the 5k walks, I’ll treat myself to a facial.

By late April I plan to start hiking again. I really do miss hiking. Its been more than 4 years since my last outing. Far too long. I figured I’ll start off with day hikes in Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Bull Run Mountain Conservancy, etc. Then come summer I’ll be ready for the weekend hiking trips to the Shenandoah or Dolly Sods – complete with backpack! Glad I didn’t let my REI membership expire.