kingkeld's Journal, 03 January 2014

Good mornings!

Now, there is ABSOLUTELY no reason that my scale should insult me by showing a higher body fat percentage today, but still it did.

I'm not too worried. It's the aftermath of the New Year's binge, I'm sure. No biggie.

It DID show that I went up about 0.4%, which equals to almost a pound.

It fits pretty well with the binge.

I think it shows NOW and not then because the water balances are evening out. Remember, when excessive carb intakes occur, our bodies store a LOT of fluid too. It takes a little while to shed this, and the real numbers will start showing.


I did great yesterday. I had 2400 calories, and I used them like I'm supposed to. I had mostly sane food choices, and my macros were spot on.

I burned a whopping 3600 calories, and took 26,000(!) steps!

This gives me a calorie deficit of 1,200 calories for the day. Not bad. I will definitely be seeing this in my numbers of the next week.

The reward is clear: I am allowed quite some extra calories today, compared to the outlook I had before entering the numbers.

I'm still at 2,400 RDI today. Had I NOT had the burn yesterday, it would have been about 150 less, but would have been nudged up because I can't go that low without tapping into muscle. Again, can't do that. Need that muscle to keep burning calories for me. Anything else is counter productive.


I'm still pleasantly surprised to see that my muscle mass seems to remain intact. It has now been a FULL MONTH with no strength training.

I'm curious how it will actually FEEL to get going again. I'm very nervous and curious to learn how much damage this is doing.

Still, I will have to start slow, and there WILL be a while before I am back in full power.


Today, I'm gonna pick up Wife after she's done working a few towns over.

I'm gonna make it my walking mission today. I will go a few hours early, and just go walk. Walk walk walk. I just want my calorie burn up, and I feel that I have seen the close-by area here enough lately. I need a change of scenery.

Roskilde, where I'm heading, has some interesting things. They have, amongst other things, a collection of real, salvaged viking ships. I hope to go see them today.

Bad thing is, the forecast says rain, though light rain, most of the day. I hope it doesn't go through. It's a lot more fun to be out when it's dry.

Most hours it say "less than 1mm rain", so it shouldn't be too bad.


I'm still really liking my new ways of counting my allowances. I am now in the phase where I am REALLY getting "punished" for my "laziness" being in the hospital. A low calorie burn is a low calorie burn, no matter the reason. I am also being "punished" for over eating - because I used the numbers dicated by my Über Smart Smartscale (Not so smart now, are we?).
Again, over eating is over eating, no matter the reason.

I hope to see that this changes over the next weeks. It should. I can see the trend if I keep it up, and it looks like I will slowly get my allowance up to about 3,000 calories daily, as long as I do NOT go over my RDI (no binging allowed!) and as long as I keep my calorie burn to 3,000+ calories daily.

I'm getting there. The calorie burn average for the week is 3,077 calories daily. The average for 28 days is 2,700. This one, and the adjustments for New Year and the scale intake dictations are what I'm battling right now. Before I know it, things will be easier.


I have several times been so tempted to just draw a line in the sand and say that January 1st is a new year, reset everything. But then again, why should I?

Sure, it'd make things easier right now. I have a failed calorie intake experiment behind me, I have "laziness" from surgery behind me. It would be so nice to just reset.

The thing is, of course, whether I choose to reset or not, it won't affect the way my body sees it. Calories are calories, no matter. My body doesn't reset on January 1st, right? :)

I think it's just a matter of manning up to the deal and move on. It takes a while, but it's coming along nicely. It just takes patience.

Besides, it's still pretty easy to live at 2400 calories. There is nothing tricky about it.

I remember seeing that the challenges would come when I got close to 1500. Going this low, and getting in protein, is a challenge. I don't want to ever have to do this again.

So, I'm thankful for my 2400, and I shall be looking forward to my 3000+ when I have earned them. That's gotta be the best reward - earning them.

And also, having earned them means I need to keep UP my burn, to get to KEEP them. This is pretty essential.

It's actually interesting. When I look back at my normal activites before surgery, and counting in my LOW calorie intake for many days, I get some WILD numbers that I would have been allowed to use back then.

If I had gone with this system before surgery, at the end of November I would have had an RDI of 4500 calories! Of course, I could have done this ONE day, maybe two, and it would have adjusted to a normal intake again. But it just shows that my counter works. At that time I had a low intake, very low, and a high burn.


Today, I'm thankful for:
- Numbers! They make geeks like me comfortable.
- The outlook to a great day!
- Walking! Keep the burn going, since I can't do strength training.
- Wife! I'll be looking forward to going out with her tonight. It's nothing big, we'll have a small dinner - it's all planned and counted already - and then go home.
- Coffee! As always, the most important meal of the day. ;)

Happy Friday! Life is good!
185.4 lb Lost so far: 156.3 lb.    Still to go: 0 lb.    Diet followed 100%.
on diet kingkeld's own diet   losing 9.3 lb a week

just love reading your posts King, always interesting, never boring 
02 Jan 14 by member: Kingstephen
My scale insulted me with a high number yesterday morning, and it's not one of those scales that measures all the frilly stuff, it just does weight. Well, best wishes for a new year, and a successful weight loss/weight maintenance. 
03 Jan 14 by member: buttercup30
Hey Kingkeld! Just wanted to pop in to hello! I think walking is the best thing you can do for yourself. I can't believe the daily steps you are getting in! Keep moving! Proud of you! 
03 Jan 14 by member: Mom2Boxers
Hi Keld I am loving my fitbit so much, what a cool thing! Since I have had it my daily average is 14,332 steps and my best day was just over 20,000 steps. Luckily in my job i am on the go all the time, and not bound to a desk for the day. I am thankful for that. Already sitting at 7000 steps for the day an its only 8am. I did a nice 4500 step walk at 5.30am this morning. This fitbit has increased my motivation to exercise by 1000% :)  
03 Jan 14 by member: slacker36
Nice, slacker! You're gonna have to find a new user name! :-)  
03 Jan 14 by member: kingkeld
Haha, I think I better, but I have used this name from my old Quake 2 online gaming days :)  
03 Jan 14 by member: slacker36
Interesting - 'our bodies don't reset on Jan 1' - liked that thought even though we so often expect it to, don't we? That same common thinking that we can reverse decades of bad eating habits with one month of healthy ways - and the struggle to retain the determination when the reversal doesn't happen overnight. I chuckled at the 'geek number' gratitude - I used to be a borderline statistician and thrived on things like that but not so much now. However, I do definitely appreciate the benefit from it - your journal constantly shows the reader that the reversal either way doesn't happen over night ... it's day by day of paying attention (or not) that leads to a positive (or negative) change. Some of the long time readers (like me) or newbies here can read your statistics as recognized and recorded every day and it serves as a great reminder to pay attention and stay the course. I applaud you for sharing your data and insight daily. 
03 Jan 14 by member: FullaBella
Got to get that rest after an invasive surgery! Your body knows what it wants. I'm thrilled that your muscle mass numbers are holding steady. The eating is doing great for that... 
03 Jan 14 by member: Draglist
Way to go on the muscle mass! Hey - I finally ordered my fitbit and a Tanita scale. Can hardly wait... Have a great day and as always thanks for sharing - always interesting. 
03 Jan 14 by member: Lynn1958
Bella - there is a LOT of thought going into all the geekdom here. I love that I am able to think up a spreadsheet that can aid me in my journey. I love that I can make things fit easier and better than most, as long as I have all the numbers available for it. I love that I can get results and that I can see that CONSISTENCY is key. This, I believe, is the single most important factor. Just like I consistently overate when I gained all the weight, I need to consistently make better choices to lose it, stay healthy, get stronger and keep the weight off. :) 
03 Jan 14 by member: kingkeld
Lynn - Can't wait for you to join the geek squad. :) 
03 Jan 14 by member: kingkeld
I really enjoyed reading your journal. :) looking forward to more in the future! Sounds like you have everything figured out. :) 
03 Jan 14 by member: Kedrake18


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