500G Challenge: Day 3

Here we go with day three of my seven day challenge. So far, everything is looking good and I am almost half-way through the week. At this rate, I might wind up losing more than I did last time. Today, we’ll be adding some weight training into the mix. However, it’s important that we also center a bit of attention on cardio. I need to work on stamina if I want to ride across Colorado.

Hours Slept: 6hr 58min

So, I got a bit more sleep than I normally do. Unfortunately, I want to get up at six to do some exercises. If I keep sleeping until seven, I get a bit more rest but less activity. I am going to push myself to go to bed before 10:30pm tonight – but we’ll just have to see how that all goes.

Weight This Morning: 278.6 lbs

Still losing weight. So far, that’s almost five pounds in two complete days. If I can keep it up, I’ll definitely break my record for the most lost in a week since I’ve been recording the data. I lost exactly 10 pounds during the last challenge. That would be nice to be in the 260s again in the near future.

Foods I Ate Today

Some might think that my choice in dining options is a little bland. When I like something, I’ll stick with it for the long haul. It’s nice to mix it up a bit once in a while, but I am a pretty basic guy. I know what I like and don’t see a reason to change it most of the time.

Breakfast: 330 Calories
Cream of Wheat and mixed berries is my standard staple this week. I get a large amount of vitamins and minerals that I wouldn’t receive otherwise. Plus, it’s a quick breakfast to just toss something into the microwave for a few minutes. I really like the Nature’s Three Berries from Kirkland, though. It’s a nice addition to my mornings.

Lunch: 370 Calories
Creamy Tomato with Penne noodles from Progresso is one of those dishes I am trying to figure out how to make on my own. Perhaps I can add something to it than what’s available. Until then, I’ll just enjoy the can of soup. I added another V8 5.5oz can today to go along with my lunch.

Dinner: 400 Calories
Tonight, I had a Marketside Seafood Salad from Walmart. It’s one of my favorites and doesn’t have a lot of calories to it. These large salads are actually intended for four servings, but the entire dish is pretty close to what I had at lunch. Originally, I wanted the fried chicken salad. But alas, our Walmart sucks here. I guess that’s good, though. The fried chicken salad as nearly twice the calories.

Snacks: 725 Calories
OK, so my snacking calories were horrible today. I did make sure that I stayed 500 in the green, but I did kind of pig out a bit. I had Emerge, cheese and peanut butter crackers, a tuna pouch, 2.5 servings of pork jerky and two Reece’s peanut butter eggs throughout the span of the day. It’s not like I sat down and ate all of this in one sitting. But as you can see, snacking can add up quite quickly. In reality, nothing I had today was over 200 calories in one snack.

Water: 7 Cups
I didn’t have as much water as I would have liked, but I still had more than my average. I try to keep my blender bottle full, which is 18oz. Normally, I simply forget to drink water. It’s not that I’m lazy, but that I’m forgetful sometimes.

Significant Workouts: 552 Calories Burnt

I did a short set of core exercises today while at the store. I did a couple of lying leg raise sets and a couple of glute bridge march sets. I also did two minutes of standing toe touches. Not an incredibly heavy workout, but I burned a few calories before customers arrived.

I didn’t get to go to the rec center tonight and work out. We’ve been feeling kind of sick lately and got lazy tonight. I did walk around a bit, though. Since we are cleaning the basement tomorrow, I’m sure I’ll burn quite a few.

Calories Remaining for the Day: 487

I am a bit upset with my performance today…and with the Fitbit adjustment. I thought I had enough calories to eat one more peanut butter egg last night, but I guess I didn’t. I only missed the goal by 13 calories, but it’s still upsetting that I didn’t hit above 500 by the end of the night. I will just have to try harder tomorrow to make sure that my calorie adjustment doesn’t drop me below 500.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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