Project New Me: Week #18 or Finish Line Within Sight #newme

Weight: 188.5 lbs (up 1.5 pounds)

Average Hours of Sleep: 5.4 hours

Total Workout Time: 0

Total Calories Burned: 0

As expected, I inched a bit above my goal weight this week. I’m not too worried about this. It’s not that high above. One and a half pounds in 2 weeks is completely doable – even if birthday parties for JSL might mess me up a bit. My big problem recently has been sleep. I tend to get very tired around 7pm. Unfortunately, I can’t just go to sleep. I need to help get the kids ready for and into bed. Once this is done, I get a second wind which lasts until about 11pm – 1am (depending on the day). Then my energy levels crash and I drag myself into bed, completely exhausted. Of course, by the time I do this, I don’t get enough sleep during the night and I’m tired the next day. Until it is time to go to sleep, though, at which time my second wind kicks in again. Wash, rinse, repeat. I’ve got to start learning to ignore that second wind (at least most nights) and go to sleep at a reasonable time.

As my Project New Me winds to a close, I’m also thinking of going over the data I collected during the 20 weeks it ran. Obviously, I rarely exercised, so that’s pretty useless. (I only keep those “Workout Time/Calories Burned” lines in there because I copy/paste from the previous week’s post to get the new one started. Total inertia.) However, it might be interesting to see whether my weight fluctuations were tied in any way to my sleep patterns.

Project New Me: Week #17 or GOOOOAAAALLLL #newme

Weight: 187 lbs (down 5 pounds)

Average Hours of Sleep: 6.3 hours

Total Workout Time: 0

Total Calories Burned: 0

Last week, upon weighing in, I was surprised to find a 2 pound gain. This time, I was very surprised to find a five pound loss. And not only did I lose five pounds, but I hit my goal. I was actually twenty pounds lighter than when I started and 3 weeks early to boot.

Does this mean my 20 week challenge is over? Not at all. I’m going to continue on for the next three weeks with the goal of staying at my goal weight. I don’t want to go off my diet, step on the scale in three weeks’ time, and see ten extra pounds packed on. So while I’ve achieved my goal and will pat myself on the back appropriately, I also am not letting up. Here’s hoping that, three weeks from now, I’ll be posting a title of “GOOOOAAAALLLL (Still met)”.

Project New Me: Week #16 or The Mystery Bump #newme

Weight: 192 lbs (up 2 pounds)

Average Hours of Sleep: 5.9 hours

Total Workout Time: 0

Total Calories Burned: 0

This week’s weigh-in was a mystery to me.  I followed the diet closely and didn’t go over my allotted points.  In fact, most days I left many points unused.  And yet I still gained two pounds.  The key here is to just accept that these fluctuations happen and to look at the bigger picture.  I’m still down 15 pounds from when I started and am a mere 5 pounds away.  5 pounds in 4 weeks is completely doable.

Cooking With TechyDad: Sweet Potato Fries and Roasted Veggies

One of the simple things I love doing is roasting vegetetables. Roasting them brings out all sorts of wonderful flavors and is so easy to do. The basic rundown is: Slice veggies, toss in a little extra virgin olive oil, toss in salt and pepper, place on a cookie sheet in the oven until soft and delicious. I made some of these to go with dinner yesterday and figured I’d take some photos to share the details of my procedures.

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Project New Me: Week #15 or Back On Track #newme

Weight: 190 lbs (down 4 pounds)

Average Hours of Sleep: 6 hours

Total Workout Time: 0

Total Calories Burned: 0

I’m now back on my weight loss plan and I’m back on track again. I’ve lost all of the weight I gained during Passover. I now have a mere 3 pounds to lose and 5 weeks left to lose it in. Some potential stumbling blocks coming up are Mother’s Day (May 9th/week 18) and on JSL’s third birthday party (May 16th/week 19). If those don’t trip me up too much, I should be able to complete this 20 week challenge perfectly on track.

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