Weekly Diet Update Saturday 2nd April 2016

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This week hasn’t gone too badly.

Last Saturday I was 181.8 lbs and I stayed there until Wednesday.

That was pretty interesting because as always, I eat two meals at the weekend and usually expect to see a big increase on Sunday and Monday.

So not seeing that increase in weight made me suspect I’d experienced the whoosh effect with water weight that I have so often seen.

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Although I’ve included the measurements below there has been only one change since I last measured myself two weeks ago.

As a reminder, I missed a week because i lost my tape measure. Fortunately I found it again:

Tape measure troubles

I’ve lost a quarter of an inch from my waist, which is encouraging, but being honest here, it could easily be an error in measuring. You know… pull the tape a little tighter than usual. It can easily happen.

Again, honestly, I have to accept that there hasn’t been a great deal of progress pver the last four weeks.

That said the overall trend is a reduction, which in the grand scheme of things is great.

Measurements 020416

OK, so, three months in and more or less 7.5 pounds down based on today’s weight.

The lowest I’ve been is 179 lbs and my starting weight was 178.6, so that’s a little over 2.5 lbs per month.

I’m going to eat well over the weekend and pretty much ignore my usual diet. I’ll start again on Monday.

It’s a birthday weekend and this past week has been another punishing week with my wife’s work life remaining crappy.

At the time of writing this I’ve already eaten a large Big Mac meal with coke and a McFlurry! By the end of the the day I’ll have eaten cake and drank fizzy wine.

Other things:

I’ve done no exercise again other than walking. My lower back is still seized up and I’ve been eating ibuprofen like popcorn.

Still taking the Vitamin D at a high dose. I’m feeling much better for it.

Those psyllium husks are not doing what I’d hoped. I’m going to double the dose and see what happens.

I am seriously considering reverting to the ‘skip one meal a day’ version of my diet for a week, but I won’t decide until Monday morning.

I’m not sure I’ve written about this much, but for quite a while I’ve been sticking with the one meal in the evening protocol even though it hasn’t suited my personal circumstances.

Eating one meal at 5 pm worked really well while I was home with the kids (during my stay at home dad days), but since they all started doing after school clubs and other sports in the evenings, we eat much later. As a result I tend to overeat at my main meal.

Looking ahead to the summer, If the back pain abates I’m considering a return to Judo and won’t want to eat a big meal in the evening before having my body repeatedly slammed into the floor.

I’m planning on returning in the middle of July which gives me just over three months to lose the weight and get fitter and stronger.

At that point I’m almost certain that I’ll be adopting the skip one meal protocol.

I’m looking forward to April and the making some good progress.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jason April 4, 2016 at 5:02 am

I certainly admire your persistence. I like the weekly updates too!


David April 4, 2016 at 9:09 pm

Thanks Jason. I’m going to stick with it!!


rose April 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Hi David, first of all I Just want to tell you that I love your blog.. and thank you for sharing your experience with eating 1 Meal a day.. I already started 2 weeks ago.. I haven’t really lost weight yet but, eating 1 meal a day gave me a lot of energy.. And I read your blog almost everyday to keep me motivated.


David April 11, 2016 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Rose.

To be honest, it can take a while to get used to, so don’t worry if you don’t see too much movement with scale weight.

Sometimes the biggest part of this is about becoming a conscious eater and learning to make choices that support the need to eat foods you enjoy, balanced against the benefits of eating foods that provide nutrition and promote health.

It’s great that you’ve started. I’d love to hear how you get on.



Amy April 11, 2016 at 3:34 pm

I just had to let you know I started this diet today 4/11/2016. I’m excited to see your progress and I will be using your blog to encourage myself to stick with it. So, thanks!!


David April 11, 2016 at 4:36 pm

Hi Amy, it’s great that you’ve started. I look forward to hearing about your progress. Don’t worry if it doesn’t go to plan to begin with. It’s just a framework. Make changes to make the diet fit your lifestyle and I’m sure you’ll do well.

And please do keep us updated!



jo April 12, 2016 at 7:35 pm

as a young child, I became addicted
to food. I’ve come to believe it’s
definitely my drug of choice…my real problem is night eating around 9…more than a meal. I will say, though, the one meal a day plan wasn’t too difficult as I was very full from my binge the previous night I had convinced myself I couldn’t sleep without an overly full stomach plus I put on the pounds. eating at
5 will be a challenge with going to
bed at 10. well, I won’t die over eating differently…I know feelings
I’ve buried with food will come up…so what, now what…what am I going to do about it? overeating is a slow death…one might not think that, but look at all the medical problems it causes, i.e., high blood
pressure, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, etc. for me it was a matter of becoming willing to do anything required to achieve weight loss and my health. do I want to live life or
isolate with food in my mouth? I had to look at my fears and become aware of what all this food was covering up. I began the food plan
04.10.16 one day at a time. thank you for listening to my manuscript…I felt the need to tell something about myself as this was my first time to comment. Thank you, David, for your courage, as well as, the others for helping me identify and giving me hope.


David April 12, 2016 at 7:54 pm

I greatly admire your honesty and the clarity of insight into your own situation.

Eating at 7 pm as I sometimes do might be the answer. I find it more difficult to wait that long, but there’s much less chance of me eating just before bed.

I hope the courage you found to reach out continues as you progress on your journey.

Thank you for taking the time to get in contact. I look forward to hearing about your progress.



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