This is the daily update for Assault on ONE-SIX-SEVEN.
You can read more about it here, but in short, I’m aiming to get beyond my previous best effort of 168 lbs in just 4 weeks.
Saturday 3rd September 2016
Day 1 of 28 and my starting weight is 178.8 lbs.
My week off has left me bloated and waterlogged. There’s a very puffy look to my skin and I appear to have regained some fat.
Sunday 4th September
Day 2 of 28 starts with a drop in weight to 178 lbs – it’s a start.
Monday 5th September
Day 3 of 28 sees me weigh in at 177.6 lbs
Tuesday 6th September
Day 4 of 28 and I’m 177.2 lbs. Another drop.
After 4 days back on the diet I already feel better.
Some of the bloat weight is starting to drop away and this morning’s 177.2 puts me within 10 lbs of my target weight.
I’m excited about this phase of my diet, but I’m concerned that my enthusiasm might wear off after a few more days.
I’m also conscious that I only have another 24 days to reach my goal, which means losing around .4 of a pound every day. There’s not much room for error!
Wednesday 7th September
Day 5 of 28. Only 23 days remaining and my weight hasn’t changed since yesterday. I’m still at 177.2 lbs.
Thursday 8th September
Day 6 of 28 with 22 more to go. I’m down nearly a pound on yesterday’s weight and 2 and a half pounds down on Saturday’s 178.8 lbs.
If you’ve followed along for a while you’ll have seen how my weight fluctuates, and sometimes wildly, so I’m fully expecting my weight to keep bouncing around.
I know from previous experience that I need to focus on the process rather than on the apparent results. Scale weight can be misleading.
Friday 9th September
Day 7 of 28. 21 remaining. Just 3 weeks left to get to 167. It seems like a tall order at this stage in the game. The average daily weight I need to lose has risen to .45 lbs per day. I believe I can do it though.
Saturday 10th September
Day 8 of 28. Having had one full week back on the diet I’ve dropped to 174.8 lbs.
Since last Saturday I’ve lost 4 lbs of scale weight which is nice to see, but you and I both know…
Actually. No. I was just about to play this down but, no, this time I’m not going to do that.
I worked hard this week to lose that weight. Regardless of what proportion was fat loss and what proportion was ‘bloat weight’ following my week off. I worked hard to stick to the plan and I feel like I earned the result.
Weight loss isn’t easy. Many people try and fail, so when you put in a solid week of hard work, it’s something to celebrate.
Effectively I’m back to where I was at the end of the Six Week Diet.
As you can see my measurements are about the same.
I think the progress picture shows an improvement on the 3rd September picture (above).
I think the progress picture shows an improvement on the 3rd September picture (above). All things considered, I’m very pleased with my progress.
Taking an aggressive approach is challenging and I may not quite reach my goal, but I’m still excited that it’s a possibility.
Sunday 11th September
Day 9 of 28 sees an increase in weight of nearly 1.5 lbs.
Monday 12 September
Day 10 of 28 and yet another increase in weight. Did you expect anything else though?
It will certainly be interesting to see how this works out with just 18 day to go. Fun times!
Tuesday 13th September
Day 11 of 28 brings a 1.5 lb drop since yesterday’s 176.6 lbs. My average weight loss requirement has jumped back up to .45 lbs per day but I’m not convinced it’s useful to think about it in these terms given how weight can swing wildly from day to day.
It doesn’t pay to over think this. I just need to adhere to the process for now and stay strong to get a good result on Saturday’s weigh in.
Wednesday 14th September
Day 12 of 28 brings me back to Saturday’s weight of 174.8 lbs. Potentially I could see a new low tomorrow.
I caught sight of myself in the mirror as I was getting dressed this morning and felt good about the progress I’m making.
That really helps when the scale isn’t moving as fast as I’d like. Feeling good about the process is encouraging and motivating and spurs me on to stick with it, even when it gets tough.
Thursday 15th September
Day 13 of 28. Only 15 days remaining to drop 7.4 lbs. It can still happen provided that a pound or two of my current weight is water / waste weight. I’ll have a better idea on Saturday morning, but for now all I can do is carry on as planned.
I still feel like it’s going well and I don’t feel like I need to change anything.
Friday 16th September
Day 14 of 28. By the end of today, that will be two full weeks chasing down 167 lbs leaving me 7 lbs to lose.
That seems like an unlikely goal with only 2 more weeks to go, but as ever, I feel I’m holding water, and if that is true, I might get close enough to 167 chalk it up as a win. We’ll see.
I’m looking forward to weighing and measuring tomorrow. And of course, I’ll take a progress picture.
Saturday 17th September
Day 15 of 28. I started at 178.8 two weeks ago and I’m down about 5.5 lbs.
The bizarre thing is I feel I’ve worked hard enough to see a bigger weight loss than the scale is showing.
Since last Saturday I’ve only dropped 1.5 lbs and that’s pretty hard to accept given how stringently I’ve stuck to the plan.
I’ve encountered this before though, so I’m not ready to panic just yet.
My measurements show an increase in chest size and my waist has stayed the same. I’ve lost a little from my belly and hips.
In all honesty I expected to see a drop in waist size. My trousers have been hanging off me this week. Not sure what’s going on here.
Today’s progress picture does show some improvement but somehow I feel like I look worse. My fat seems to want to hang around in blobs in specific areas of my body. As I lose fat it seems to make the remaining fat more obvious!
I’m aware that I’m being overly critical here. When I compare the pictures I can see improvement in each one as the fat recedes. Regardless of the number on the scale I feel happy with the progress ( and only slightly frustrated with the rate of weight loss).
With 13 days to go I can still make a serious attempt on my target. I’m still hoping that some of my current weight will be water / waste. Only time will tell! 🙂
Sunday 18th September
Day 16 of 28. What a difference a day makes. Regaining just over a pound is par for the course and fully expected .
I anticipate being even heavier tomorrow!
Monday 19th September
Day 17 of 28. SPECTACULAR!
From 173.4 to 176.4 in just two days is amazing. I’ve outdone myself this time. 🙂
No, really, it’s actually fine. You’ve seen me do this before, so you know it’s OK.
I had one of those great moments in dieting today when I put my freshly washed and pressed work trousers on.
I wear what could best be described as cargo pants/trousers as part of a uniform. Whenever they are washed they shrink and usually feel snug on Monday morning.
Not this morning. This morning they were loose. Actually loose. I don’t care what the scale says today. Happy days!!
Tuesday 20th September
Day 18 of 28 and I’m writing this entry at the end of the day. I feel really indifferent about the diet and that’s been reflected in my total failure to adhere to the plan. I’m cross about that.
Tomorrow will be better!
Wednesday 21st September
Day 19 of 28 and I’ve blown it. I had a bad day yesterday and another today. Positive intent isn’t enough. I said yesterday that today would be better but I couldn’t follow through with the right action.
I’m going through another patch of aggravation on the home front and at work. It’s nothing major and it will pass but it’s left me feeling frustrated and less motivated to stick to my diet.
Today’s failure to stick to my diet came from two acts of kindness. A colleague bought me lunch in the form of a gourmet sandwich and an exotic dessert. It was placed in front of me at my desk and there was no way I was going to throw the kindness back in their face.
And this evening my son cooked Cornish pasties for dinner. There weren’t enough for all of us so I missed out. It was a relief to be honest after eating an unscheduled lunch, but I acted duly dissapointed. I then went out for my evening walk, and on my return I discovered that my son had not only made another one just for me, but he had also made it double the size of the others… because he was sad that I’d missed out.
Clearly other people are picking up on my stressed out status and that’s very cool. 🙂
I’m not going to moan about it or say I wish it hadn’t happened. It did and I just need to move on.
Realistically there’s no way I can make 167 in the short period of time I have left. I’m not prepared to starve myself to make an arbitrary number on the scale.
There will be a ‘Part 2’ to this, but if I can get over myself and get a grip, I can still make some great progress before the 4 week period is up.
Thursday 22nd September
Day 20 of 28. OK so my weight has shot up again, but today was so much better than the last two days. Not perfect, but better. I feel like I’ll be back on track tomorrow and ready to put in a good final week.
Like I said before… positive intent isn’t enough… so I’m bringing the adherence tracker back into play for the remaining days.
Today’s 175 isn’t really 175 so there’s no reason to be concerned. The scale weight will drop back down to reflect my true weight and I’ll press on and target 171 lbs by the end of the final week. 🙂
Friday 23rd September
Day 21 of 28. Yikes!
I’m at the end of day 21 and I’m pleased to report it went very well. 175.6 lbs was no surprise this morning, but after a good day today I hope to see a lower number in the morning.
Tomorrow is Saturday and normally that would be a 2 meal day, but because I went off track midweek, I’ve decided to stick to just one meal on Saturday and Sunday to make up for it.
With only 7 days left it seems like a good thing to do.
Saturday 24th September
Day 22 of 28.
After a poor week there’s little that I can say about this. It’s frustrating, but it’s real life. This stuff happens and it can’t be used as an excuse to throw the towel in.
The measurements show no movement in belly or waist, but there is a slight reduction in hip and chest measurement. I think that last week’s chest measurement was probably a mismeasurement.
There’s not much to say about this picture either. I’m a pound heavier in this picture compared to last week’s. It shows too. It’s clear to me that I’m holding water. My skin looks puffy and soft.
Sunday 25th September
Day 23 of 28.
A slight reduction in weight since yesterday. Hopefully I’ll see another reduction tomorrow. Unlike most other weekends, where I normally eat two meals, yesterday and today I’ve only eaten one meal to make up for the lapse during the week.
Monday 26th September
Day 24 of 28.
What a lovely thing to see on a Monday morning. I’m so used to seeing an increase of a couple of pounds over the weekend it’s a real novelty to see a weight loss.
Tuesday 27th September
Day 25 of 28.
Interesting. A slight increase from yesterday.
Wednesday 28th September
Day 26 of 28.
Ooooo. Another increase! It’s a minor thing though. These small fluctuations mean very little.
Today was a cake day. A celebration within the family. And knowing that there’s no way I can get even close to my target weight I’m not even trying to avoid the cake.
Not only did I eat cake at home I also ate some during the day at work. One of the departments at work baked cakes as part of a fundraiser for a cancer charity.
They’ll be selling cake for the rest of the week and I’ll be doing my bit to help them… by earing cake.
Don’t worry I won’t go crazy, I still want to do well this week and end with a victory of sorts.
Thursday 29th September
Day 27 of 28
Not totally unexpected. And yes, I did eat more cake today. I was very careful to stick rigidly to the eating plan for the rest of the day though!
Friday 30th September
Day 28 of 28
Good! I was hoping to see a 172 number this week. I feel like some progress was made. I stuck to the plan rigidly today. Although there was still some cake eating, I adjusted the plan accordingly. In other words I cut out some of the teas and coffees and had no other snacks.
I’m hoping to see a 171 number tomorrow.
Saturday 1st October
It’s over! 172 lbs.
I was really hoping to see 171 today but it wasn’t to be. It’s not an issue though. I’m still very pleased.
I started this phase of the diet 4 weeks ago at 178.8 lbs so 172 lbs is still a great result.
The tape measure shows some good progress too. I clearly stalled last week, but the tape seems to indicate that I was bloated and holding water as I suspected. In the pace of a week I’ve lost half an inch from my belly and also from my waist.
And finally the progress picture!
I’m really pleased with this picture. I think there’s a definite improvement since last week, and a huge improvement from the picture I posted right at the start.
This 4 week diet didn’t work out the way I planned. I was intent on going at it aggressively but clearly the setback I encountered in week was not something I could recover from.
167 lbs was always going to be a challenge, so I don’t feel bad about it.
As in previous attempts, it’s always been important to me to share the triumphs and disasters. It’s just part of living life.
I hope you find this to be another honest account of the ups and downs of dieting. I hope you feel encouraged to overcome your own setbacks and the mad numbers the scale seems to throw out from time to time.
A couple of days of not dieting, followed by another attempt at 167!
Thanks for all the encouragement and support in the comments and via email, it’s great to know you’re following along. See you soon.