Starting Weight – 330
Current Weight – 322
Period Weight Loss – 8 Pounds
Overall Weight Loss – 8 Pounds
It’s hard for me to be critical about anything when I lose 8 pounds in 10 days, but as promised, I will look at both the positive and negative aspects of this last period:
What went well
Obviously I was doing something right to lose that much weight in just 10 days. Without a doubt, my biggest success came from what I ate. I stuck to my plan of 5-6 meals each day and kept my calorie total below 2500 calories on all but about 2 days (and I was only over by about 100 calories on those days). I ate plenty of fruits and vegetables, and had a nice big breakfast to start my day off right.
I posted my plan this week, but I haven’t posted my goals yet (but I will soon). One goal that I haven’t mentioned in any of my posts yet is that I am trying to stick to all the components of my plan 75% of the time. What does that mean? I have a list of items from my plan on a piece of paper in my bedroom. Every night I put a check next to all the items that I met the target and at the end of the week I can add it up to see my % to plan. I like this because it’s hard to be 100% perfect all the time. In the last 10 days I was able to stay on plan 79% of the time.
I also did extremely well with my water consumption. My goal on water is 100 ounces each day. I did not have a day less than 80 ounces and that only happened twice. The rest of the time I hit my target.
Lastly, I did a rigorous workout last Saturday. Weekends are my Achilles’ heel; I have a tendency to become a lazy slob on the weekends. Not only did I eat well all weekend, but on Saturday I completed 60 minutes of strength training first thing in the morning.
Areas to Improve
Although I had a great 10 days, there is still plenty of room for improvement. For starters, I still haven’t been able to establish a morning routine. As I’ve said before, this is very important for me to do. I did well for about the first 2 or 3 days and then I started “ignoring” the alarm clock. I think I need to write out my morning routine and post it on my bathroom mirror. It might sound silly, but maybe that will help motivate me by seeing it every day.
Because my morning routine didn’t go so well, my exercise plan also died out as the days went by. At first when I missed my morning workout I made it up in the evening, but eventually I started missing days altogether. Sunday was an exercise disappointment after such a great workout on Saturday.
Finally, I also realized (too late) that I might have pushed myself a little too hard with the strength training. Although the workout on Saturday was satisfying, by Sunday I was too sore to do anything and I basically felt that way up until Tuesday this week. I’m not saying that’s the only reason why I didn't excercise, but it didn't help.
I’m not going to change much for the second 10 days; I’ll be keeping my calorie and water targets the same. I am going to set a goal to write out a morning routine and post it in my bathroom and I want to put some effort into doing it every day. As for a new weight target, I’m going to go with 4 pounds in the next 10 days. It was great to hit 8 pounds this period, but I know some of that was just water weight and it will be a little harder to shed the pounds in the next 10 days. Best of luck to everyone else out there!