Six Weeks In…

So it’s been six weeks since I set myself the goal of running a marathon.

As I outlined in this post, there are several steps I’m looking to take in order to get there. The first of which is try to shift some weight off before I start running.

Exactly six weeks ago I weighed in at 125.8kg (277lbs/19.8st).

Today I weighed in at 120.6kg (266lbs/18.9st).

That’s 5.2kg in six weeks following the CSA™ with a loss of just over 2kg this week alone.

Interestingly it hasn’t been the steady decline in weight that I’d expected, as the table below shows:

Weight Total Loss Weekly Weight Loss
Start 125.8
Wk 1 123.85 1.95 1.95
Wk 2 123.2 2.6 0.65
Wk 3 122.65 3.15 0.55
Wk 4 123.3 2.5 -0.65
Wk 5 122.65 3.15 0.65
Wk 6 120.6 5.2 2.05

Week 4 was particularly disappointing as it was in this week that I felt I’d put in my best effort with regard to training and my nutrition. So to put on weight was most disheartening.

Fortunately Mrs H was on hand to refocus me and point out that the number on the scale isn’t the be all and end all… (It helps that she’s a personal trainer too!)

But this made me think. I was definitely feeling healthier, I had more energy, I was certainly proud of my training, nutrition efforts, and heck I even looked better (according to the missus) – yet the number didn’t reflect this.

That makes me wonder how accurately students, parents and teachers recognise the gains they make if the number/grade they receive isn’t the one they were hoping for… Is there a danger individuals may discount their efforts if it’s not reflected back at them in some tangible form and – in turn – how might this impact their desire to continue to engage with stuff they are finding tricky?

3 Comments

  1. Penny Ryder

    Great point. We need to see our progress in measurable terms to keep us motivated, but the “scales” need to give a true measure. Or we need to at least understand the limitations of the data. And having a bad week at losing weight (or answering Maths equations) doesn’t mean you’ll never be able to run a marathon (or engineer a space craft). We need to keep the little hiccups in perspective.

    I love that you’re doing this and sharing the journey. Btw it’s much easier to lose the weight once you start running!

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    1. DanH (Post author)

      Hi Penny,

      Thanks for the comment… yes I know running will help… but I reckon running now would not be good news for my knees and ankles in particular… I have rugby to thank for that!

      Dan

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  2. Abe

    Good for you Dan, marathon is a big challenge. Personally I’ve found using a website called https://trendweight.com to be helpful. I picked up a Fitbit wifi scale that I jump on every morning and it helps track fat%, fat mass, lean mass and total weight. The two work nicely together and I’ve found it to be accurate and easy. The website is great for a slow and steady mindset. Provided fat% and fat mass are trending down, I don’t get too hung up on my total weight fluctuations, which can vary by 1-2 kgs daily for a number of reasons. Good luck with it all!

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