kingkeld's Journal, 18 October 2013

Good morning!

There's no change in weight this morning, but I think that is to be expected after the large loss yesterday.

There ARE changes, behind the curtains, though. Good changes.

My bodyfat% has changed from 12.3 yesterday to 10.5 today. My muscle mass (on a non-workout day no less) is up from 69.5 kgs to 71 kgs. Water is up from 63.5% to 65.0%.

So, obviously, more water means more muscle. That's a given. I assume this is partially water retention and (hopefully) a tiny bit of muscle build too, over the day of rest. Remember, the day you spend at the gym is NOT the day you build muscle. You build muscle the following 36 hours or so, while NOT working out.

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Yesterday, I had planned a Low Cal Day. It was hard to do - VERY hard. There was a handful of extra stress factors in play at work and it really messed with my head and my feelings. I had cravings for all sorts of things, but I managed to stay strong and pull through. I did have to pull a few tricks to go through it, and I ended up at 700 calories. Not quite where I wanted to be, but plenty good. The results show today.

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I feel GREAT physically today. Mentally I am way calmer than yesterday.

I'm on vacation starting today, and not going back to work until after next week. I'm REALLY looking forward to the days off. So much has happened around me lately, and this is a more than welcome break.

I think I'm gonna spend most of the time on my health. I'm gonna walk more, do my workouts, maybe something else, and really focus on my diet. This is for my physical health. Then, I'm gonna spend tons of time with Wife, enjoy life and try to make everything around me as simple and uncomplicated as possible. This is for my mental health. I just need a break.

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Today, Wife and I are going to the International Food Festival a few towns over. We've never gone before, but we're excited to get to check it out. I don't expect it to be a very large thing, but just something to do. There will obviously be things to taste, but I will try to take it easy.

I have booked table at Bones, the local rib house that we always visit when we go.

I will go in there with a clear mission on what to order. It's all accounted for, and it will cost me approx 800 calories. Not all that bad.

Today, I am allowing myself to go up to 2000 calories. It's less than I used to since I changed things around, but more than plenty for a "normal" day, I think. And still, this is temporary. I just want those damn 3.3 kilos off. I want to get back to 80 and stay closer to my goal weight.

I can do this.

Also, tomorrow is Indulgence Day, with a big party. I need to behave today in order to allow myself some fun and good food tomorrow.

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It's been good to do the Low Cal Days. I gotta say I feel GREAT - better than I normally do. I had completely forgotten how this makes me feel.

The thing is, of course, that I like food. I REALLY like food. So, often it can be a real challenge to do a Low Cal Day with less than 600-650 calories. It takes that I am super strict on every single choice I make.

And then again, it also makes me humble, I think. It makes me remember to do things right.

Since I stopped doing the Low Cal Days, things have slowly escalated. I can see that. So, it's probably a good thing to keep doing them once or twice per week, just to stay on top of things, and to stay humble.

Maybe it's simply enough to do one day weekly? It would knock my total calorie intake down with almost 2,000 calories. Maybe that's all it takes?

For now, I will do two Low Cal Days per week, along with 4 days of 2,000 calories and one of 3500. That's all. Keep it simple and easy.

Today's allowance is 2,000, but I'll try to keep it low. I need a good head start - and I really REALLY want to see those kilos off.

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I love seeing that this has moved my bodyfat% down. I love seeing things going in the right direction. I just want this progress to keep going until I am at my goal again. I can do this. Hell, I could do this in something like a couple of weeks, if I put my mind to it.

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The REAL challenge will of course be my vacation. It's a break in my patterns, and that always becomes a challenge, doesn't it?

Maybe the GOOD thing about it is that I have seen results these last few days, and this is fresh in my mind. It should make it a LOT easier to just push through and do right. I will have to occupy myself with things, in order to not just want to eat all the time. I can do that easily, I think. I have many little projects I want to do though the next week.

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Of course, there are also several parties, and it's my birthday Sunday, and Wife's birthday on Wednesday. They will all be challenges. Still, I can do this. I WILL do this.

As Master Yoda says... "Do. Or Do Not. There is no trying".

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Today, I'm thankful for:
- Sleep.
- Morning coffee!
- Vaca!
- Results!
- Wife!
- International Food Festival!
- Bones!

Life is good!
183.6 lb Lost so far: 158.1 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.
on diet kingkeld's own diet   steady weight

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I hope you have a fantastic vacation!!!!! 
18 Oct 13 by member: just_keep_swimming
Enjoy your vacation, you definitely need a break I think with all your own work stress and your wife's. I would agree that one or two days low cal at the present time is a good way to go as you are trying to get to a good weight for surgery. Maintenance could look like one low cal day a week if you feel you need it. Glad you are feeling good. I hope you can enjoy your week-end and still come out the other side on the right side of your calories. Not easy to enjoy life and enjoy food and still lose weight but you can do it, have been doing it. Rock on and enjoy the hell out of your week off.  
18 Oct 13 by member: sarahsmum
I like your approach to your trip to the rib house - that would be an easy place to drop 3000 calories in a single sitting! Enjoy your ribs, and your vacation! 
18 Oct 13 by member: zebdavison
How's wife doing? 
18 Oct 13 by member: ClassicRocker

     
 

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