Weight Loss Challenge – Day 35


I’m back at work, though I wouldn’t say I’m 100% just yet. Last night was pretty much the worst night. I was up at 1:30am because the sinus pressure was so intense I thought my head might explode. I got that under control, and wouldn’t you know it, the instant my head hit the pillow, my baby boy (7 months) wakes up. No worries, I’m already away, I’ll get his nose cleared (he’s sick too), give him his tylenol, and then feed him and my wife won’t even know he woke up. Yeah, right. It took 2 loops around town (that’s right, I had to pack the kid into the van and go driving with him) before he finally gave in and fell asleep. That was at 4:15am. Luckily, I was able to catch the last bus at 7:40am which allows me to still be on time for work.

To say I’m functioning might be stretching the truth. I’m here. As far as my diet goes, I was planning on getting my first workout in after having been off for a week, but I think I’m going to hit the hot tub and steam room instead. See if I can clear my head a little more.

On another note, my suspicions I believe were right about my weight loss from last week. I weighed myself this morning and according to the scale I gained 2 lbs (*GASP!!*) No, I’m not sweating it. I had a pretty good feeling that at least half of the 4.4 lbs I lost from last week were water weight from being dehydrated etc due to the flu. I never thought I’d actually get under 200 lbs last week anyway. So, what is my goal for this week, knowing that going below 199 is probably not in the cards? Honestly, with Thanksgiving in a couple days, my goal is very simple. Don’t gain weight. No really I’m hoping for a 1-2 pound loss, but I’m really counting it from the previous weeks weigh in which was at 204. I know that’s not fully accurate, but this is just how I’m wrapping my head around it. The actual weigh ins haven’t been changed, I’m just setting my mental state to treat last week as though it didn’t happen.

Since I’ve mentioned Thanksgiving, I’m interested to know what your plans are to stick with your weight loss goals during the holiday. After all, this is the holiday in which we stuff our faces with some of the least healthy foods ever imagined, or we take healthy foods and turn them into the most unhealthy foods ever. How will you be sticking to your goals yet still enjoying the holiday? For those of you not from that U.S. I don’t mean to leave you out. I’m a selfish American who thinks everyone should know about our holidays. I’m kidding.

My plan, I’m going allow myself 2,000 calories on Thanksgiving day. WHAT!! Such a rebel. Well, considering for the past 35 days now, I’ve averaged about 1,100 calories daily, jumping to 2,000 is quite the indulgence.

I should reiterate, that my overall plan, is not to stay at my current calorie intake of 1,200 (I add more calories if I workout). In the next couple of weeks, I plan to increase to 1,400 calories per day. I understand that this low of calories, isn’t the recommended method for weight loss. I understand that much of the weight lost any given week, could be that of water or perhaps even something other than fat. I focus on weight loss, but truly, my focus is on rebooting my appetite. I got so used to taking seconds, even thirds of everything, that my idea of portion control, was just not mounding my bowl of cereal (instead I’d just make that my 3rd bowl). More than anything, I am trying to quickly re-train my brain and body to be satisfied with a smaller portion of food. I get that the health and fitness experts don’t agree with my methods, and I understand the health issues. I also understand the fact that not all my weight lost thus far, is true fat loss. I’m ok with that, because that isn’t my overall end game. I’m changing my lifestyle and lifestyle is more than just fat, or weight, or calories, or even health facts. For me that is. I DO NOT ever recommend anyone do what I’m doing as it is kind of dumb. If you can take anything positive from what I’m doing, it’s not a diet plan, it’s not an exercise routine, it might just be the power of self control. I’m re-learning what that means and it’s really exciting.

Anyway, I’m excited to see if anyone has any holiday diet plans they’d like to share, and if not, no worries. I’ll be back tomorrow with another installment of whatever this can be called.

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4 thoughts on “Weight Loss Challenge – Day 35

  1. 2000kcal? You renegade.

    I’m probably going to eat at least 4-5k on Thanksgiving. Only on Thanksgiving, however. The diet will be regular leading up to Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving will be a no-track/no-shame day. On Black Friday morning I’m going to do what is called a “depletion workout.”

    Depletion workouts are essentially just circuits with low weight and minimal rest designed to completely exhaust you and drain your glycogen stores. It is a technique utilized by Cyclical carb-cyclers. On Saturday, the day before I weigh in, I am going to eat according to a PSMF protocol (sub-1400 calories of basically plain chicken breast).

    Hopefully these counter-measures will balance out the spike in weight I’d see from my binge.

    • Renegade indeed. I’d love to do 4-5k, though I don’t know that I could actually stuff that much in me anymore now that I’ve shrunk my appetite so much (though I’m sure I would do my absolute best to try).

      I wish I had the interest/knowledge to do the types of workouts/diets you do. They always seem so complicated, though perhaps it’s just the names that seem complicated. I’m a pretty lazy person so doing a little reading is often too much for me.

      Anyway, good luck with your Thanksgiving eating goal. πŸ˜‰ We’ll all be a little disappointed if you don’t hit 5k.. Just kidding… or am i? πŸ™‚

  2. How to deal with Thanksgiving? Live in a country that doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, awww yeaah… πŸ˜›

    Hope you feel 100% soon and hey, you might not be doing the most optimal of things, but you’re doing the most optimal thing for you, which everyone can easily learn from, and that is following your heart. After all, there is not a single expert out there better than you when it comes to knowing yourself.

    Great work and keep going!

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