Runs for Cookies: Wednesday Weigh-In: Week 172

When I wrote “172” in the title of this post, I realized that 172 weeks is more than three years. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long since I got serious about losing my 2018 weight gain. A little over a week ago marked two years since I went vegan. And in a week it will be three years since I stopped drinking alcohol. I’m surprised it’s been so long!

After Eli woke up during his oral surgery in December, he was desperate for answers. I don’t want him to be afraid of anesthesia for the rest of his life (he now says himself that he will never go to the dentist again, much less a surgeon). I always suspected that he metabolized drugs faster than normal, but I didn’t know there was a DNA test for it. And I figured if I’m a fast or ultra-rapid metabolizer, there’s a good chance my kids are too. (I didn’t know if it would affect the anesthetic medications, but it was a start.)

I had wanted to get tested for the breast cancer gene and especially the Alzheimer’s gene for a long time, but I was always too afraid. Anyway, the point is, I ordered a genetic test from 23 & Me: it analyzes your genes for a bunch of conditions, diseases, carrier states, etc., including things like ancestry and physical characteristics.

I haven’t decided how much I want to share yet, but one thing I found interesting was my genetic weight:

It said that my genes predispose me to weigh around 3% more than average. According to 23 & Me, the average weight for a 5’4″ woman of European descent is 151 pounds (3% more would be about 155.5).

In fact, my result makes sense to me; When my weight was at my lowest of 121, I was wearing a size 2. And, in theory, I could still lose 13 more pounds and stay within the CDC’s recommended weight range! That seems so ridiculous. Anyway, what does this result mean to me? Nothing really. It’s something that I thought was kind of interesting.

As for this week, I ate very, very well. There is nothing I would have done differently. However, I was a little disappointed with the scale because I felt like I had lost a lot more than this.

He was at 142.4, which is only 0.6 pounds less than last week. My clothes are looser and I don’t feel bloated, so I thought I would see a bigger loss. But I’m not going to stop doing what I’m doing. I know, as much as anyone, that you can do all the right things one week and lose five pounds, and then do the exact same thing another week and lose nothing.

However, I feel a million times better since eating healthier. I’ve even been sleeping better and running feels easier! Maybe it’s just in my head, but I think I see a difference in the mirror too. A lot of my clothes are still tight, but that’s because they fit me so well at 130-135 pounds; For a while, I was really worried about having to buy bigger clothes. Considering how I feel now, I really don’t want to ruin it for a few Oreos or something; I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope everything works itself out.

Last week I said I was going to increase my daily run from one block (0.4 mile) to two blocks (0.5 mile). Physically, it was no big deal; However, mentally I loved the “just one walk around the block” rule. I wanted to give it a week and then decide I could go back to a block if I wanted.

I ran two blocks every day this week and now I don’t think Joey will be very understanding if we cut back, haha. He is so used to our routine every morning. I can already imagine the disappointment in his eyes if we eliminate the extra block 😉 So, we’ll continue with the daily half-mile runs.

I can’t wait for it to be warm outside. Right now, with all the layers I’m wearing, it takes me longer to prepare for a run than it does to complete it!

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