167 lbs: The Campaign Continues

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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

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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…

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…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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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9.00 am – coffee

10.30 am – coffee

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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! šŸ™‚

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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

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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.

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Sorry for the poor quality picture. The big white space is a pile of mashed potatoes.

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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!).

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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. šŸ™

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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.

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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.

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1mealadayer October 12, 2016 at 10:00 am

Hey David
Fair play to u…u seem really on track. How long will this phase b for or is this it til u hit the coveted 167!! Hope u avoid that cold going round….hard to stick to a diet when u r feeling crappy šŸ™ unfortunately it’s that time of year tho n kids pick up n pass on everything šŸ™

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David October 12, 2016 at 10:15 pm

Hi 1mealadayer !!

Thanks. Yeah, I do not want a cold right now. It would be very inconvenient. šŸ™‚

I’ll probably stick with this until I reach 167… or at least the body composition I had at 167. It would be great to reach that goal by the end of 2016.

So far, so good… šŸ˜€

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Daniel in Hawaii October 15, 2016 at 2:03 am

Aloha David,

I started researching intermittent fasting two months ago and stumbled across your “hubbyshome” blog. I really enjoyed reading through it and I learned a lot from yourself, as well as from other people’s comments.

I started 1 one meal a day for one month and I lost about 10 pounds. However, I ate a low carb diet of less than 30g of carbs per day during that month.

I then went on vacation for 10 days and ate without any restrictions and regained all the weight.

For the past three weeks, I’ve been back eating one meal a day. However, I’ve really been allowing myself to eat as much as I want during that one meal, including carbs. And I really go to town. For example, last night I ate three slices of pizza, a bowl of chili and rice, potato chips and dessert, which was pumpkin pie and ice cream.

Incredibly, I still lost about three pounds in those three weeks. A carb binge like this for three weeks would usually have me gaining about 10 pounds, but the 1 meal a day diet is allowing me to maintain my weight (5’10, 200 pound male).

I have more experimenting to do, but so far through two months, my takeaways are if you want to enjoy life and eat carbs and whatever else you want and maintain your weight/lose 1 pound per week, eat 1 meal per day. If you want to lose a lot of weight fast, eat 1 meal per day, but also go low carb.

I implore you to keep doing this daily update, David. I love it and if you’d like, I’ll continue to update you on my own progress and experiments as well. Cheers!

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David October 15, 2016 at 10:29 pm

Hi Daniel, thanks for stopping by and sharing your experience. You’ve done a great job losing the weight and I’m glad you have found some methods that work for you.

I will continue to update the blog, I’m just running short in time right now. I’ve spent this last week easing myself back into the diet and as of next week I’ll be into it fully.

Please let us know how you get on, it’s always encouraging to see others doing well. Keep up the great work!

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Eileen October 27, 2016 at 6:58 pm

Hi David,
Thank you so much for putting this blog together. I turn 46 in a few weeks and have been frustrated about my weight — it’s a stubborn 10-12 pounds. Not a major health concern but definitely impacts self-esteem. I then had a day where I was extremely busy and only managed to eat an apple and a handful of nuts before dinner — it made me think of a time when I had a work project that was high pressure and required a lot of focus. I instinctively didn’t eat much or at all during the day because I didn’t have time, but more importantly I seemed to intuitively know that eating would actually dull my senses and defer too much energy to digesting. So, I’d have a couple of cups of coffee and a piece of fruit and then not eat until I was done for the day. And THEN I would eat a big meal. Of course, I lost weight. I started thinking that this might be a sustainable way to eat, and then I found your blog! It is so helpful, and I appreciate how honestly you write about your experience. I’ve been doing this for 5 days now without a problem. (Weight has fluctuated, but as of today down 1.5lb) Like you, I drink milky coffee (or tea) with one sugar and generally have an apple or a handful of nuts. (I also had a hard boiled egg one day.) When I do finally have dinner (around 6) I feel very happy and sated at the end of the meal. I don’t find it difficult to defer hunger, as long as I know I can eat very well at the end of the day. I find I appreciate my food so much more. I haven’t started exercising yet. I generally just like to walk or do yoga so I will start incorporating some walks to start. I will keep checking in on your progress. I’m curious about a maintenance phase…. Thank you again!

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David November 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm

Eileen, nice to hear you’re doing OK with this. Sorry for the delay, I’ve been swimming against the tide lately. I’m hoping to get back to this shortly so you’ll have some more updates to check in on.

The maintenance phase is an interesting concept that I have had some success with, but I’ve also had times when I’ve failed. I’ll get back in ghe game first and then try to explain why I’ve succeeded and failed at maintenance.

I hope you come back to read this and I hope you are doing well. šŸ™‚

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Ritesh October 30, 2016 at 3:01 pm

Hi David

I started one meal a day diet. But problem is whenever i took my meal at night around 8. I used to feel bloated immediately and had diarrhoea. This is not casw when i am on 3 small meals. Did toy face this kind of problem. If yes then what you did

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David November 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Hi Ritesh, sorry about the delay.

It’s not a problem I’ve encountered and I’m sorry to hear that you’re experiencing this.

If it helps, you might want to try eating two meals a day. I’ve done this to good effect in the past.

I hope you are feeling better now.

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Kevin November 16, 2016 at 11:51 am

Hey David,

Is the assault still on ?
FYI I started on 11th October mainly OMAD ( as I mentioned before in Hong Kong the drinking culture etc etc) and lost 11 kg , you have been an inspiration!!
I’d love to think you was still going , but can’t find any more updates passed 12 the October?
Cheers kev

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David November 17, 2016 at 6:53 pm

Hi Kev. Great job losing 11 kg. That’s a fantastic result. I’m really pleased for you. Pushing back against the drinking culture in an effort to lose so much weight can’t have been easy. I take my hat off to you.

My full on assault became a rapid retreat. I have a laundry list of reasons (excuses) but I haven’t given up.

I want to get back to it pretty soon.

Thanks for coming back to let me know about your progress. I’m grateful for that. It’s nice to know that in some small way I have encouraged someone else.

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1mealadayer November 19, 2016 at 11:06 pm

Great to see an update from you David. Life can get in the way sometimes but glad to c you have every intention of getting back on track. Hope to see you back at it soon

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David November 28, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Thanks. Life derailed me for a while and I’ll explain why soon. Thanks for checking in on me. I’m grateful. Hope you’re well. šŸ™‚

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Rose November 25, 2016 at 4:43 pm

Hello David,

I’m 27 and a mum of two under 5’s, and I’m desperate to be a happy and healthy mum for my children! I’ve struggled with my weight for many years now, going on countless amounts of diets which I couldn’t stick too.
For the past few days I’ve been not eating until the evening meal, and though I best google whether this is in any way dangerous to my health. So that’s how I’ve come across your website!
So far I’ve actually felt pretty good! I don’t feel hungry in the day and when it comes to my evening meal, I can’t stomach too much!
I’m hoping to see some results soon and I feel this is a diet I could stick too!
I’d love if you had any advice for me! The only exercise I get and actually get time to do is walking the school run, so I don’t know if I should be changing other things! I’m trying to drink more fluids too!
I’ll keep your page bookmarked and look forward to your reply!
Many thanks
Rose

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David November 28, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Hi Rose, life is tricky with two under 5s. I know how it can be after my time as a stay at home dad.

Many diets can work and if this one suits you there’s no reason you can’t do well. Much of the success comes from mindset and habits/behaviours. My advice would be don’t be concerned to much if you can’t stick to the eating plan. Minor deviations won’t ruin your diet. Also don’t rely on the scale as your only means of tracking progress. The scale tells lies (sort of).

I’ll come back to this shortly and share my recent experience (which hasn’t been great… but it is the reality of weightloss sometimes).

Hope you do well. Thanks for stopping by. šŸ™‚

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Inx December 3, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Hi David! I’m curious how was your eating pattern before this diet? Like hungry in the mornings? Did you feel like you needed lunch? I’m asking because for years I’ve been feeling that I don’t like breakfasts and big heavy lunhes. And even if I ate a lot of food during the day I still needed to eat in the evening because there is no way I can sleep when hungry. So I googled. There is actually some scientific study/data according to witch humans are nocturnal eaters. That resonated with me. I don’t like strict eating windows and I don’t need heavy desserts etc. (Eating plantbased, no added oils & jazz) But it is somehow very liberating getting my daily calories in at night when I have time to eat and digest šŸ™‚ Fruit during the day if I’m hungry. So I’m not really on the weight loss journey. Just doing what feels natural to my body. PS! Coffee supresses appetite but will apparently lead to ‘moody & hungry’ blood sugar crashes later in the day. So don’t have too much šŸ˜‰

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Rachel December 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm

I have gained over 40 pounds over the past year or so. I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (2,260 miles) starting in April. But, I keep gaining weight. I don’t even fit in my hiking cloths. I am a little confused to on whether one can be overweight and in-shape. A couple of years ago I lost about 30/35 pounds. People started to criticize me for being too thin and it just messed with my head. I just started eating crap…I am definitely and over eater. And, a boredom eater.

December 26th I started a water fast to reset and cleanse my body as well as to learn what hunger is because I rarely feel hungry to eat. I am on day three and it’s been the hardest day but supposedly I should stop feeling hungry today or tomorrow. I was not hungry at all the first two days. Anyway, it caused me to look up one meal diets because I find I am fine until I take that first bit of food and then I can’t stop.

I will only be fasting for a couple more days (I want to brake the fast before my husband’s birthday dinner on the 1st.

Thanks, I guess all I needed was to vent.

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Debbiejo Lederer March 31, 2017 at 9:51 pm

I have a question , I just started this one meal a day thing about two weeks ago, I mostly do the one meal a day thing but occassionally one meal and one small plate later on, then i wait 16 -20 hours to eat again, i haven’t really noticed weight loss although i could be losing inches as i am more an inch loser however when I experimented with the every other day diet which is similar but you eat whatever you want one day and the next you eat only 500 calories over two weeks i did see a trend in the weight going down. Why does one work and not the other? The point of both is less calories, on the OMAD I will eat one plate of food, could be like a burger and frys or eggs, bacon, toast etc , maybe a dessert , thats it if i were to eat a small plate later on in that same eating window whether it be a 5 or 8 hour window , I might have like 2 cookies, or 2 ribs, or a protein shake, normally something 300 cal or less…..thats it ….My Dr says I have high cortisol from stress but I really do like eating less or once a day so I do not feel this is adding to my stress……

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Vonny June 6, 2017 at 7:27 am

Hi David, I decided to try the 1 meal a day diet to shift some serious weight. Iā€™m 202 lbs and today is day 2 of the diet.

I did the weight calculator for my size and it recommended me eating a minimum of 1200 calories a day. To me this was a lot to eat in one sitting. I had dinner which was really filling about 400 calories followed by pudding another 300. Including my daily water and tea intake Iā€™m only achieving 750 calories.

I guess my question is am i eating enough? Do I need to eat my recommended amount to lose weight?

Any advice you could give me would be great.

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J July 10, 2017 at 12:39 am

Hey David, I found your other site when I was googling about eating one meal a day as I was interested in trying it, then followed onto this site as I was curious to see if you’re still going with the diet and how you’re progressing. Very encouraging to see you’re still at it and seeing so many comments from others who were successful in losing weight by doing this.

For me, it seems like a very workable diet because I’m like you and many others, dinner is my “social meal”, so it’s hard to choose or moderate what I’m eating, I also find it to be the hardest meal to restrict in portion, as it seems no matter how satisfying or full my lunch is, I’m still hungry by dinner time (7-8pm), so I’m still going to have a decent amount of food then, otherwise I’ll end up feeling starved in a few hours time and snack on stuff that I don’t need. Whereas I don’t have breakfast usually, and it’s relatively easy to skip lunch while I’m at work.

I’ve been trying intermittent fasting since last week, in which I have no breakfast just a coffee, a late lunch (no earlier than 1pm, preferably 2pm), like a bit of soup (<200 calories) it's just to help keep me going, then try not to have anything until dinner. It was hard in the late afternoon, I did get hungry, had something small but satisfying at about 3:30-4:30, that helped last me till dinner. I found it worked pretty well, already lost 1.5 pounds in a few days, but I'm sure some of that was water weight – I was feeling a bit bloated, so I think this diet helped me get rid of that very quickly.

Anyway that's when I thought I'd look into eating only one meal a day and see what I can find, very please to see it worked for you and many others, and it's sensible too, if you're really hungry before the main meal, just eat something small, it doesn't have to be strict, just sensible and whatever works for you. I love it! Will be officially trying this diet from today.

Will keep following your page as motivation for myself as well! Keep up the good work!

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J July 12, 2017 at 10:26 pm

It’s been about a week if I count from last Thursday when I unofficially started eating 1 meal a day. Can’t say I adhered to it strictly, I just get too hungry. So I eat a small lunch at 1-2pm, maybe a small snack (eg nuts) about 4-5pm, but not always, and dinner at 7-8pm (though I don’t eat that much at dinner anyway, just eat till satisfied and I’m not a dessert person so I skip that). Pleased to see I’ve lost 3 pounds in this time! Of course, half of that is likely water weight because I lost that much in just one day. Will keep going and report back

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J July 12, 2017 at 10:27 pm

It’s been about a week if I count from last Thursday when I unofficially started eating 1 meal a day. Can’t say I adhered to it strictly, I just get too hungry. So I eat a small lunch at 1-2pm, maybe a small snack (eg nuts) about 4-5pm, but not always, and dinner at 7-8pm (though I don’t eat that much at dinner anyway, just eat till satisfied and I’m not a dessert person so I skip that). Pleased to see I’ve lost 3 pounds in this time! Of course, half of that is likely water weight because I lost that much in just one day. Will keep going and report back!

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