- Tuesday May 22, 2018
(OMAD, counting calories)
Have been busy lately. Yesterday was a 14 hour work day with lots of driving and huge caffeine intake. Had to pull an extended work day yesterday so that I could take today off to ride my dirt bike in the mountains and also have softball later tonight.
Successfully stayed OMAD and under a self-imposed calorie limit. Have been eating more carbs, so not doing LCHF at present. Enjoying my popcorn while still staying in control.
Progress as of today: 106.5 lbs lost so far, only 17.5 lbs to go!
- Monday May 21, 2018
Did OMAD and stayed under calories for the day. Decided to eat some popcorn, so it wasn't a low-carb type of day. Will see if I have any cravings during the day. I'd definitely prefer to eat carbs if I can control the quantity of them. Wouldn't mind doing OMAD with a restricted calorie count if still able to stay under a certain daily number of calories.
Have to drive several hours today, so will pack a small cooler with a bunch of zero calorie drinks to make it through the boredom.
Progress as of today: 107.2 lbs lost so far, only 16.8 lbs to go!
- Saturday May 19, 2018
Yesterday was successful and it feels good to be back on track.
Today is Saturday and I have a list a mile long of stuff I "should" get done. Of course everytime the weekend comes around, I have little desire to do work. So I may or may not get anything accomplished today (which is ok).
Progress as of today: 106.8 lbs lost so far, only 17.2 lbs to go!
- Friday May 18, 2018
Fell off the wagon for a couple extra days and really didn't want to weigh myself or post anything. Yesterday I was successfully back on diet. I feel in control again and ready to finish off the last 3 weeks leading up to the cruise.
Various diet strategies work at various times for me. Last year I went approximately 8 months straight just calorie counting and only had 1 day that I screwed up. I could eat any type of food and had the willpower to just stop when I reached the end of the calorie allotment. I've tried a couple different things since the beginning of the year and have generally moving in the right direction, but with several chosen cheat days / weekends / weeks interspersed. Then I tried OMAD with LCHF for 4 weeks straight and was successful for 4 weeks straight without any real screwup. After doing that I was really craving carbs. Thought I got it out of my system with a major cheat day on Mother's Day. Then I switched back to counting calories and started eating my couple 100 calorie bags of popcorn and couple grapefruit daily. It was nice to go back to eating every hour or two and I LOVED eating the grapefruit. I started off each day controlled, but by the end of the day I just wanted to continue eating and had no desire to stop.
So yesterday I decided to go back to eating Low Carb High Fat and consuming all of my calories in an hour or two window at dinner time (OMAD). It felt good. It felt controlled. I felt full after consuming 1500+ calories of mostly healthier food all at once. I wasn't obsessing over food like the last couple of days counting calories. So this morning is the start of day 2 back on the OMAD LCHF train.
20 DUC's (recalculated 20 days until cruise)
Progress as of today: 105.6 lbs lost so far, only 18.4 lbs to go!
- Thursday May 17, 2018
Thanks for the encouraging words. Don't really feel like posting anything today. Know what I need to do. Just need to decide to do it.
Progress as of today: 99.7 lbs lost so far, only 24.3 lbs to go!
- Wednesday May 16, 2018
(daily calorie limit)
Progress as of today: 102 lbs lost so far, only 22 lbs to go!
- Tuesday May 15, 2018
(daily calorie limit)
Change of plans for this 4 week period. Daily calorie limit. Eat anything I want as long as I stop at a predetermined number of calories.
I'm kind of burnt out on following numerous rules right now. Yesterday I realized I wanted some popcorn and grapefruit, which I haven't had for over a month. Decided to eat both, but remain in control by not going over a preset daily calorie limit.
24 DUC's (Days Until Cruise)
Progress as of today: 106 lbs lost so far, only 18 lbs to go!
- Monday May 14, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Scale was up 7.5 lbs this morning compared to yesterday. Need I say more?
Yes, I went completely out of control and had one major cheat day. Not worried about the 1 day spike on the scale, it's artificial and will be gone within the next few days again. Ate a ton of food at the Mother's Day lunch we hosted and it all tasted pretty good (ham, potatoes, rolls, jello, cake, macaroni salad). Followed by a McDonalds run later for a cheeseburger / small fries. Followed by a Twix and a full sugar Redbull. For dinner we had pizza and nachos, even though I was already stuffed from earlier. Then hit the grocery store to finish off the list of my cravings. Bought donut, fudge, cheesecake, cookies, and milk. Then went from gas station to gas station until I found the tropical trail mix I was also craving. Went home and ate some of each craving until all I wanted to do was puke. Went to bed feeling like utter crap. Woke up this morning still feeling like utter crap. My tummy still has a giant gut-bomb of food rumbling around in it.
Yesterday I probably ate more carbs than the past 4 weeks combined. It was completely nuts, but I covered pretty much all of my cravings and now feel almost physically ill. Do I now regret yesterday's eating? Sure, because it made me feel terrible. However, it was a conscious decision and I knew how it always turns out. I confined the "crazy" to an approximate 12 hour window of time and today I'm right back on the start of a new 3.5 week plan leading directly into the cruise.
Only 25 DUC's (Days Until Cruise).
Progress as of today: 104.1 lbs lost so far, only 19.9 lbs to go!
- Sunday May 13, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
My latest 4 week experiment comes to an end. It was a successful 28 days and I'm glad to see it completed.
Set my alarm to wake me up at my normal weigh time around 6:45am this morning so that I could get a normal reading. Saw 171.5 lbs and 17.3% bodyfat register on the scale. The weight number has dropped over the past couple days and may either be a fluke or a new trend, who knows.... Either way, my new normal towards the end of this diet plan appears to be around 174, which is down from my "normal" of around 178 from a month ago. The bodyfat % indicated on the scale has dropped from averaging around 19% a month ago to around 17.5% lately.
So I can say that the combination of diet / exercise over the past 4 weeks appears to have been successful in moving me towards goal.
Low Carb High Fat - I'm mostly ok with this type eating, especially the large nightly salad. Although I really miss my popcorn and grapefruit.
OMAD - This part has been irritating me lately. I'd really prefer to be snacking throughout the day. It's not that I'm physically hungry, but I just like to eat.
Surprisingly, I adjusted to the 2 above things pretty quickly and both are doable and sustainable at present without too much effort. They're not my preferred methods, but they haven't had any big negatives and appear to be showing results.
The exercise plan has made me less happy. I thought that switching to just 2 days per week of strength training would simplify things and it did in some respects. However I hate the 2 hour per workout routine that I've got setup. It just seems like a waste of my time when doing it for a 2 hour straight block each of those days.
I started the first couple weeks drinking mainly just water. Then added in zero calorie pop just during meal time. The past few days I've been drinking more zero calorie pop throughout the day. Just drinking water is probably harder for me than all of the other self-imposed restrictions of this past plan.
Looking in the mirror, I'd still like to lose additional body fat, mainly around the tummy area. I know you can't choose where the fat sheds from, but the tummy region is the only obvious area that I'm still not overly happy with. The end weight number on the scale doesn't matter to me, but I've still got some extra chub I'd like to shed before feeling like I'm at a point of just maintaining. Ideally I'd like to get to the point of having a "6 pack" for once in my life. If that takes too much work, I'd probably be happy with a flat tummy that doesn't bounce on it's own when I move around. If I could just drop the layer of fat covering my abs, I think I'd be at a point to just start maintaining & trying to building muscle.
There are approximately 25-26 days until the cruise, effectively another 4 week plan. I keep going over what to do today (Mother's Day). Should I have a cheat day in between my change of 4-week plans? It's Mother's Day and we're having the entire family over to our house for lunch, so would be pretty easy to go off plan. Obviously I'm not doing OMAD today since we're hosting lunch. I'm also not doing my 2 hour exercise block today either. I think I'll probably try to remain low carb for the day. Whatever happens today, I'll be on a new plan starting tomorrow.
So for the new 4 week plan leading into the cruise. Since things appear to be progressing in the right direction at present, I don't see any reason for a huge shakeup. I think I'm just going to tweak things to make myself feel "happier" at present. I'm expecting to gain weight during the cruise, so can buckle-down again when I get back from that.
1. Continue LCHF the same as this past 4 weeks. Although I'd prefer to eat popcorn and grapefruit several times per day, I think the LCHF is ok for now.
2. Relax somewhat on the OMAD if I feel like it on a daily basis. Currently I've had some days in the afternoon where I really wanted to cave, but have mostly just made myself keep marching on. I'll still initially plan on OMAD, but won't feel like I "have to" do it if I'm not feeling like it every day.
3. Pause the twice per week weight lifting plan. I think I'll replace it with a less structured daily little mini-workout thing (15 minutes per day or something like that). I realize that this may set me back somewhat on the strength progression, but it will contribute to my sanity. Ideally I'd prefer to never just have to "exercise". I'd much prefer just being active and having enough weekly fun things that included physical exertion that I wouldn't have to do the repetitive exercises in my house.
4. I'm reverting to drinking any zero calorie beverage I'd like at any time of day or night. This just keeps me feeling "happy" and helps me cope with things. Is it as healthy as drinking only water? Not at all, but I enjoy them a lot and that's a good enough reason to drink them whenever I want during this coming 4 week plan.
So basically no major changes for this upcoming 4 week plan, just tweaks to make me feel better about stuff. Right before the cruise I'll stop and re-assess whether these minor changes did anything to the progress I've seen in the last more structured 4 week plan. If I still see progress in the right direction, this might be a lifestyle change I can continue with as I progress into maintenance mode sometime of the next few months. If my progress stalls, I'll know to come back to the more structured plan that appears to have been worked over the past 4 weeks.
Progress as of today: 111.5 lbs lost so far, only 12.5 lbs to go!
- Saturday May 12, 2018
(Low Carb High Fat - One Meal A Day)
Yesterday was completed successfully and today begins the last day of this 4 week trial.
Stayed up way to late last night (2am) and woke up at 5am. Got up and weighed myself and saw an awesome number for bodyfat %. Went back to bed and got back up at 8am. Weighed myself again and saw awesome number for weight and good number for bodyfat %. It's amazing that the scale & bodyfat measure can vary so much in the course of 3 hours when you're just sleeping. My normal time to weigh is around 6:30am, so I don't know which measurement was more accurate for my normal time of day. Doesn't matter, but the positive numbers on the scale help keep me motivated.
Will see my end of 4-week plan numbers tomorrow, which will hopefully even out so that I can get a decent analysis. Will also decide on the direction for my next 4 weeks starting tomorrow.
On to conquer day 28.
Progress as of today: 109 lbs lost so far, only 15 lbs to go!