The campaign to get to 167 continues. I had a week off, but now I’m back.
I’m not sure how I want to play this at the moment. I could continue to post my weight on a daily basis but I am seriously considering not posting it at all.
I’ll think about it.
It will be no surprise to you at all that during my week off I put some weight back on.
I’m honestly fine with that. I see it as part of the pattern and something to accommodate.
It’s also a good opportunity to show how getting off track either deliberately as I did this last week, or accidentally, as I have done so many times before, needn’t be a reason to quit dieting.
Monday 10th October 2016
I’m back to using the diet adherence tracker again. I’ve made it a little more colourful this time just as a way to keep it fresh and interesting.
For the weekdays I’ve kept it tame.
But for the weekend trackers I’ve gone for gaudy. Be warned, I have no sense of colour or style, as will become obvious…
…because I can.
So the day started out on a win as it usually does with the tracker, because I get to mark off all the sections I was asleep!
It was also great that the first chance I had to fill it out was at 9.30. I already felt like I had accomplished something and felt motivated not to break the chain.
I had a coffee at 9.30, which was my first of the day. If I can push my first hot drink back to 10.30 I like to do it, but if I can’t, I don’t worry too much about it.
Around 1pm I felt hungry for the first time but instead of eating an apple I had another cup of coffee just to see if that would do the trick.
My plan for the day would have allowed for an apple but I felt like I was bored rather than hungry.
By 3.45 I was genuinely hungry and ate an apple. It tasted so good after some of the processed food I’ve eaten lately.
The only exercise I did today was walking for 30 minutes at 6pm.
After that I had dinner. Today it was slow cooked pork casserole with crusty white buttered bread.
I had a few cookies for dessert, and felt like I had a great dinner.
When I marked off 8.45 I felt really good about sticking to the plan and I knew I only had a few more boxes left. That’s quite motivating!
It’s 11pm as I write this and I’m just about to head off to bed. I won’t post another picture of the tracker because that would be crazy. You’ll just have to take my word for it that I haven’t broken the chain! See you tomorrow.
Tuesday 11th October
One of the concerns I had after spending another week off the diet (actually more like 10 days), was that my work trousers would be uncomfortably tight.
It was a relief yesterday to discover that this was not the case. I wouldn’t say they were loose like they were the week before but they definitely weren’t tight.
I’m going to chalk that up as a minor victory over life!
8.45 am – my first opportunity to sit down and fill out my diet tracker. I had the bonus of being able to mark the last three boxes on yesterday’s tracker and then I marked today’s tracker right through to this point.
Even though I know I was asleep for 7 hours it really helps me to mark those boxes because I get to see a long unbroken chain… which of course I want to keep unbroken.
9.00 am – coffee
10.30 am – coffee
1215 – Apple
When I’m with other people who are eating lunch it’s difficult not to have anything at all, but eating an apple while they eat sandwiches stops me from feeling like the odd one out and if questioned it’s easy to say I’m on a diet. No one questions it! 🙂
1245 – Coffee
1300 – 10 dips.
I started out the assault on 167 intending do do body weight exercises every day but at some point early on, I stopped.
My lower back was tight and inducing some sciatica and I don’t even remember making a concious decision to stop, I just did.
Over the last 4 weeks my back pain has eased and from time to time I can feel the tight muscles releasing with a ‘ping’.
There’s some underlying discomfort which I should have investigated at some point. But for now I want to avoid aggravating it.
I’m going to start the body weight exercises again but I’ll keep it light to begin with.
3.30 pm – Costa… Americano
5.15 pm – I enjoyed a 30 minute walk around the countryside. It was my only walk today.
7 pm – Sausage and mash for dinner. I won’t take pictures of all my meals because I’ve done that before in previous phases of my weight loss, but I thought I’d include a few during this phase.
Sorry for the poor quality picture. The big white space is a pile of mashed potatoes.
Afterwards I ate a packet of Rolos and a banana.
I’m always complaining that 7 pm is too long to wait until dinner and I’ll keep complaining about it. Around 5.30 is perfect for me, and I can just about tolerate 6 pm. After that I start feeling cross.
9.30 pm – 2 chin ups. Just 2. I know… it seems feeble, but I haven’t done any of these for months so I want to go easy to begin with. It makes it more likely that I’ll do more tomorrow.
10 pm – For the record I had two more cups of tea during the evening but I can’t remember what time.
I’m pleased that I’ve kept another unbroken chain on the diet tracker today. I’m heading off to bed soon because I desperately need to sleep. I feel like I’ve got a cold brewing. It’s no surprise as three of my four children have had (and one still has) a cold. See you tomorrow.
Wednesday 12th October
Another early start with a 6 am walk in the woods. I remember it wasn’t so long ago that I was taking pictures on my morning walks. Not now though. It’s properly dark… and it’s also getting cold.
A new day, a new diet tracker. I filled out the remaining squares from yesterday (it was 11 pm before I finally got to bed. So much for an early night!).
I felt like I should dive straight into a milky coffee. It’s OK, the eating plan allows it.
The rest of the day has been full on at work so I didn’t need to even look at the tracker in order to stay on plan. I ate an orange at some point, I can’t remember exactly when. It wasn’t a great orange and I felt a bit cheated. 🙁
My wife was at work today so I had the pleasure of doing the school run (which is when I filled in the tracker up until 3pm) and all the stuff that goes with the after school activities.
It got to the point when I knew I wouldn’t be eating until after 7 and I deviated from the eating plan.
It wasn’t the worst thing in the world and maybe with a bit of creative accounting I could have somehow convinced myself it was part of the plan. But it wasn’t. If I’d decided ahead of time to eat the chocolate chip muffin, that would have been fine. But I didn’t!
My evening meal was a good one. I wish I’d taken a picture. It wasn’t good in terms of being particularly healthy. It was good in terms of being damn tasty and making me happy.
It was chicken and bacon pasta bake with thick cut chips (fries) and some crusty bread.
I had a cup of tea around 8 pm and around 9 pm I did 10 press ups, 10 dips and 2 chin ups. Still taking it easy.
I wasn’t too concerned about not keeping the tracker chain intact. In fact I was motivated to start a new chain and not make any more mistakes for the rest of the evening. See you again tomorrow.