this week was tough. for sure. it was amazing how hard i was able to work. i was really afraid i'd be knocked down again like the only other time in my life i exercised consistently.
even though i had some adjustments to make to the higher altitude, i was able to do everything that was asked of me each day- and i pushed myself harder than ever.
and i was able to burn twenty-two thousand three hundred seventy-three active calories in less than 6 days.
not including any of the thousand calories i burned while sleeping, or hundreds of calories as i just was sitting.
my time here is done, and i know if i was here one more week i would have been able to do even better. now i'm acclimated to the altitude and am not as fatigued/sore as i spent much of this week. rolling over in bed was a challenge, but also just sitting. and moving.
when i got here, i would routinely get bouts of nausea, but nothing that stayed like in 2012. i will say, though, that i gave caffeine up a week before i got here, and i had a perpetual headache all last week until mid week this week. i don't think that was strictly caffeine related (my withdrawals are usually just 2 or 3 days' worth) but in any case, i've been feeling better about that these last few days.
thursday-saturday were considerably easier than mon-wed. in fact, yesterday (saturday) we barely exerted ourselves at all. we hiked the bottom of a canyon (about 4.5 mi) and had an hour of yoga. besides that, we had an hour of resting in a gorgeous spa. then we went on a grocery tour.
i had my going home assessment today, and i was pretty sad that the 22373 calories didn't show themselves much in weight loss. but 7 total inches lost sounded pretty bonus to me!
it is quite disheartening to know that i won't (obv) be able to keep up with 4000+ cals a day of loss. but theory is that when i'm back to my elevation i will use my water more efficiently and not retain it. Leah seems to think i'm not done yet.
now if only i can continue to totally change my life.......
i NEED to keep this up.