After three weeks of weight loss effort I have successfully lost three weeks of effort. Yay!
Weight on August 31: 231
Goal Weight: 220 as of Christmas
Weight as of September 21: 231
Now in fairness my weight loss period has been a three act play:
ACT 1: I started running for a week, and hurt my legs.
ACT 2: A guy drilled a hole in my nutsack and I couldn’t exercise for a week.
ACT 3: I’ve just kinda forgot.
I’ve done weight loss before. Back in 2008 or so I weighed so much I was afraid to weigh myself. I sure LOOKED like I weighed 300 pounds, and I may have. After months of effort I worked up the courage to stand on a scale and I was at 278, which for a man just over six feet tall is a BMI of “Orca.”
Anyway I kept at it and got it down to 210 or so, and it’s drifted up since, so I figured, hey, I did way more before, this’ll be easy! Back then I did make some dietary changes but to be honest it was changing my eating from “absolutely insane” to “still too much but sane.” Most of the weight I ran off. So I figured I’d do that again.
I forgot: I’m way older. But my legs did not forget this.
So running may not be the only solution here, I dislike upper body exercise because I am weak (there may be a connection there) and walking a lot doesn’t really burn as many calories as you think. So I have to change my eating, which is unfortunate.
I would much prefer to be like Michael Phelps. When he was training for the Olympics he ate 12,000 calories a day. That’s not a typo. A typical breakfast was “three fried egg sandwiches, a five egg omelette, three pieces of French toast, pancakes and a side of grits.” Apparently he swam a lot, too, but details, details.
So this week I made my first little change; I started taking sweetener in my coffee instead of yellow sugar. This may not sound like a big deal but I estimate this change will save me one pound every two months. Hey, it’s math; you can’t deny science. Artificial sweetener taste like crap to me, but dying young doesn’t sound tasty, either. Next week’s change will be… I don’t know yet, I’ll think of something.
I’m still gonna try running. I’ll check in next week and let you know if my legs have fallen off.