I started feeling "thinner" this week. Don't ask me what that means because I really can't explain it.
Even with all that, I still don't trust the She-Devil Scale.
Maybe the fear keeps me motivated. I have to keep trying until I get out of this "decade." I can't stop till I can drop it like it's hot.
Yet I can't stop thinking that I need to be afraid, be very afraid, because I've been here, done this, have the souvenirs to prove it. But maybe just for today, I'll try to enjoy the fruits of my labors. (Note to self: enjoy the FRUITS but not the dark chocolate covered ones.)
On another note, I just finished watching last night's episode of the Biggest Loser. I'm really loving this season. It seems like they all genuinely care about each other and there has been lots less game play and backstabbing. Much more like it was when it first came on.
(SPOLER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT STOP HERE AND JUMP TO GIVE ME SOME LOVE IN THE COMMENTS!)
Anyway, I just want to say that I COMPLETELY DISAGREE with both Bob Harper and Jillian Michaels about Daris' gain while training for his marathon. His gain was so small over the course of 30 days, it was pretty much a maintain anyway. Any good runner and/or running coach will tell you that you should not plan to lose weight while training to run a marathon. You really do need to maintain your weight in order to be strong enough to complete 26.2 miles. You have to take the calories in to support your training if you want your body to cooperate . In fact, Runner's World did an article a while back where they helped runners pick different length races in order to complete other goals in their life and the distance that is best suited to weight loss is the half marathon. The half provides just enough running to support caloric burn for weight loss but not so much that you're falling apart from lack of energy due to restricting your food.
Besides the fact that I experienced the marathon distance myself four times, here's the other reason I disagree with them. Daris actually RACED his marathon. He was running as hard as he could to get his best time. He trained to RACE the marathon. The other contestants trained to finish. The other 3 did quite a bit of walking. You just don't need as many calories to participate as a run/walker as you do as a racer. Period.
One of the marathons I completed one of them was a WALKING marathon for breast cancer. This particular event they actually told us we could not run because they would not have the correct support services for runners. I trained all summer for it and LOST 18 pounds while training. But I was walking, not running. I certainly did not need the sort of calories I need to sustain a long RUN. Yes, I walked fast - I was actually the first walker in (finished in 5:47) but my point is that it was walking not running and definitely not RACING.
Just my two cents!