Cupcakes! Snacks! Pizza! Booze! PAIN! (Week 6) 100-lb Weight Loss Journey 2021

Weekly Weight Loss Stats - Week 6

Day 36: Friday 02/05/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 315 lbs
  • Steps: 958

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: 1 everything bagel w/ butter
  • Lunch: 2 cucumber sandwiches w/ mustard + 4oz taro chips
  • Dinner: 2 large portions of spinach mushroom lasagna + 2 texas toast
  • Snacks: 0
  • Drinks: 5 water + 2 coffee + 2 diet cherry 7up

Summary

3 MEALS + 0 SNACKS !!! 🙂

Day 37: Saturday 02/06/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 314 lbs
  • Steps: 1,123

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • Spent 2 minutes doing some stretches

Diet

  • Breakfast: spinach-mushroom lasagna + 1 texas toast
  • Lunch: 2 cucumber and cheese sandwiches
  • Dinner: spicy pork noodles + 1 cupcake + 1 bite of…Peruvian food?
  • LATE NIGHT GRINDZ: sparerib soup with rice + 2 cupcakes
  • Drinks: 2 water + 2 coffee + 2 diet cherry 7up

Summary

I’ve been going out for coffee at local cafes the last couple days. I think that’s helped me stick to my diet rule of…

3 MEALS + 0 SNACKS!!!

So I’m going to try to just make that a normal part of my daily routine. I especially need to do it in the evening, after dinner, since that’s when I seem to have the hardest time resisting the urge to binge.

It’s only a short-term solution to the problem, more akin to running from problems rather than facing them head-on. Or maybe…running away to fight another day.

Ultimately, you gotta ask yourself, “WHY do I reach for food in between meals?”

And then you gotta solve that problem – get to the real root of why you use food to self-medicate or just why you eat on autopilot without even thinking about it.

But in the short term, there’s no shame in admitting that you’re outmatched and temporarily retreating to avoid total defeat.

Being home all the time is NOT GOOD for stress eaters and emotional eaters. At least for me, in my experience.

Eventually I’ll build my self-discipline to the point where going out to avoid binging at home won’t be necessary. But for now, I just gotta roll with it.

Sometimes, adapting to reality is easier than fighting it.

UPDATE: Dammit. I stayed up late and went back for more food. Maybe I need to start going to bed earlier too meh.

Cupcakes were really good tho lol

Day 38: Sunday 02/07/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 313 lbs
  • Steps: 1,041

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: 1 cupcake
  • Lunch: tuna and squash + lasagna
  • Dinner: pork and squash soup + rice
  • Snacks: tortilla chips + queso + Ritz crackers + 1 bite steak
  • Drinks: 3 water + 2 coffee

Summary

Went for a drive through Snack City tonight.

Okay, Snack City is not a real city.

But the weight I put on as a result will be real. Hopefully I can take it back off by the end of the week.

Day 39: Monday 02/08/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 314 lbs
  • Steps: 4,273

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: ½ cup oatmeal + 1 strawberry + 12 blueberries
  • Lunch: 4 slices pizza
  • Dinner: adobo fried rice + 3 lumpia
  • Snacks: 2 slices pizza + 1 pack Ritz crackers
  • Drinks: 3 water + 2 Coke + 3 Fireball Coke*

Summary

Ate too much.

Probably drank too much.

Will suffer the consequences in the morning.

*My buddy Michael introduced me to a new friend tonight. She’s a spicy b*tch, but GAWD I love her.

Day 40: Tuesday 02/09/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 319 lbs
  • Steps: 1,318

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: 1 sausage patty + 1 egg + 1 biscuit and gravy + hash browns + 1 toast and jam
  • Lunch: 2 cucumber sandwiches w/ mustard
  • Dinner: same as breakfast + chicken fried steak
  • Snacks: 0
  • Drinks: 5 water + 2 coffee + 1 fireball coke

Summary

Well, yeah. I gained 5 lbs since yesterday’s weigh in. That’s not too surprising after eating all that pizza, plus all those crackers, plus a few drinks last night.

No hangover tho.

That’s actually not surprising. I’ve only had a hangover a handful of times in my life. Probably because I don’t drink very much to begin with.

I can get a nice little buzz off of only a few drinks.

That’s the benefit of only drinking on occasion. Your body doesn’t become numb to the stuff, so you don’t end up drinking tons in order to get buzzed.

Plus, your liver doesn’t get f*cked up nearly as much.

Plus plus, I hate hangovers. So I always cut myself off early anyway.

But on the bright side…

3 MEALS + 0 SNACKS !!!

Day 41: Wednesday 02/10/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 314 lbs
  • Steps: 1,845

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: 1 can split pea soup + white rice
  • Lunch: 1 can split pea soup + white rice + 1 potato + 2 slices of bread
  • Dinner: 1 can butternut squash soup + ½ potato + 2 slice bread + rice + 4 pb cookies
  • Snacks: 0
  • Drinks: 5 water + 1 coffee

Summary

Technically, 3 MEALS + 0 SNACKS…but man, I ate A LOT for dinner.

Here’s why…

I had a MASSIVE anxiety attack when I went to pick up my son from work, right before dinner. I probably shouldn’t have drove home. But his permit just expired, so I thought, “F*ck it I’m driving anyway”. But yeah…major anxiety right as I pulled up at his job.

It felt like I was super hungry. Maybe my blood sugar was low and that triggered it. Idk.

But I was very light headed. Dizzy. And emotionally and mentally kind of freaking out.

So I just used basic meditation techniques, followed my breath, deep slow breathing, focused on my driving to avoid racing thoughts.

But it still sucked really bad, all the way home.

Anyway, when I got home, I decided to just eat a ton of food to get my blood sugar back on track. I felt better within about 20-30 minutes, after I got some solid food in me.

But anyway, whatever.

Technically, I stuck to my diet rule.

So that was a win.

And as you’ll see tomorrow…I still lost one pound.

Day 42: Thursday 02/11/2021

Stats

  • Weight: 313 lbs
  • Steps: 1,967

Cardio

  • none

Workout

  • none

Diet

  • Breakfast: large bowl of honey nut Cheerios + almond milk
  • Lunch: 3 pastries
  • LUNCH #2: creamy tuna pasta
  • Dinner: ½ carne asada burrito
  • NIGHT BINGE: 4 fried pork ribs + 1 corn tortilla + chips and salsa + another pastry
  • Drinks: 5 water + 1 Coke + 3 Fireball coke

Summary

Well, today really sucked.

YEah yeah, I ate a lot.

But that’s not what I’m talking about.

I’m talking about PAIN.

Mostly in my left lower back and my right shoulder blade/neck area.

All I did was help my wife move a few boxes of stuff around in the living room. Took like 5-10 minutes tops. They weren’t even heavy.

But within the hour, I was practically immobilized by the pain.

I stretched and loosened up a bit, but the pain stuck with me all day.

Man, I am out of shape.

Being a fat, sedentary, middle-aged dude really sucks.

Rethinking Some Things

Over the past 13 weeks, I’ve lost 16 lbs (329 lbs to 313 lbs) with little or no exercise most days – just diet. And I was curious to keep doing it that way and see how far I could go just by focusing on my diet (and building the self-discipline needed to stick to it more consistently).

But today (Thursday) has me rethinking that approach.

While I’m curious, and I love experimenting with different weight loss strategies, I think I might start incorporating exercise back into my daily routine just to maintain mobility and keep myself from getting injured by normal daily life activities (how ridiculous is that?).

So I might change things up next week and start exercising more.

Stats for Week 6

  • Last week’s weight: 314 lbs
  • Current weight: 313 lbs
  • Pounds lost this week: 1 lb
  • Days I stuck to my diet this week: 3 days
  • Total steps this week: 12,523 steps
  • This week’s daily average: 1,789 steps/day

Progress So Far (2021)

  • Starting weight (12/31/2020): 315 lbs
  • Current weight: 313 lbs
  • Total pounds lost this year: 2 lbs
  • Average pounds lost per week: 0.3 lbs/week
  • Total days I stuck to my diet this year: 13 out of 42
  • Total steps this year: 80,045
  • 2021 Daily average: 1,905 steps/day

Okay, well I certainly had plenty of diet issues this week. But despite the late-night binges and the extra meals, I did manage to still lose a pound by the final weigh in on Thursday. That is due to two things:

  1. I stuck to my diet rule (3 MEALS + 0 SNACKS) for three days out of the week
  2. I got lucky and my weight happened to be low on the day of the weigh in

It’s not ideal.

And the emotions tend to go up and down as the weight goes up and down from day to day. But it’s also a welcome reminder that even when your weight spikes up, you can bring it right back down by getting back on track with your diet.

This is a lesson I’ve learned over the years. And it’s something I need to remind myself of daily. It’s not what you do on any particular day or meal. It’s the big picture that determines your overall results.

Okay, see ya next Friday for WEEK 7.


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4 thoughts on “Cupcakes! Snacks! Pizza! Booze! PAIN! (Week 6) 100-lb Weight Loss Journey 2021

  1. Hi Chris,

    3 meals plus no snacks rocks dude. Great discipline!

    Super point on reaching for food in between meals. Most of us are not starving – seriously – as we have ample food to eat during one of the 3 meals. But fear manifest as a litany of emotions triggers stuff and we create all sorts of odd associations with food and comfort….usually, as tiny kids.

    I was always relatively thin, but I played sports well into my 30’s to keep weight off. Then I began circling the globe; in most nations, serving sizes are for human beings, meaning, 1/2 the serving sizes in the USA. We also have been exercising diligently since beginning to travel in 2011. I do snack quite a bit but spend 3-4 hours daily between meditating, yoga and power walking these days. Helps me to stay in shape.

    Keep on keeping on. You are getting there. Your transparency is incredibly refreshing and will help you reach your goals.

    Ryan

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, buddy. I am getting there.

      And I know what you mean about portion sizes. I haven’t travelled and seen first hand, but I’ve seen online just how ridiculous our serving size is here in the US compared to around the world. No wonder we are leading the planet in obesity and diet-related diseases. It’s a shame.

  2. Yeah, Fireball is my weakness. 🙂

    And I know how you feel about “autopilot.” It happens to me a lot, especially when I am up too late or hyper stressed. We just gotta find ways to get through it.

  3. Hey, Michael.

    Keep working on it (avoiding late-night stress eating). Those habitual behaviors won’t disappear overnight, but just being more conscious of it as it’s happening can help us get control over it.

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