Last Updated on May 21, 2023 by Michael Brockbank
I made a terrible mistake over the weekend. Because I felt good about losing 7 pounds throughout the week, I decided to binge on Easter candy. And when I say binge, I mean pound back about 5,000 calories worth of sugar! Yeah…it lead where I thought it would.
A terrible night of sleeping, heartburn, and frequent bathroom visits. Needless to say, it was a pretty bad Monday.
So, what does this do for my diet plans before summer? Well, one day of gorging isn’t going to be as detrimental as some might think. In fact, I’ve been known to bounce back pretty quickly after a weekend of poor eating.
Working Off the Easter Candy
I still have quite a bit of chocolatey goodness left. But, I’m confident that I won’t balloon back up past the 240 mark. Especially if I decide to finally pull my head out of my ass and get busy.
And that’s the plan. If you listen closely, you can hear the “pop.”
It’s All About Willpower and Determination
Now, I’m not known for having the strongest of willpower. I’m pretty easily swayed, especially when it comes to food. If I want to hit my goals, though, I need to change my mentality.
Like I keep telling my kids, “You want it, just not bad enough to do anything about it.”
And that saying works in just about any circumstance. The point is that you need to want it bad enough to actually put in the effort to succeed. Yes, this includes learning from past mistakes to improve your chances of success next time.
Moderate Consumption is Key
Easter candy is a weakness for me. But, if I can moderate my intake, it shouldn’t be overall detrimental to my weight loss goals. I just need to quit gorging on chocolate.
For this, I often turn to apps like MyFitnessPal. It’s a free app that helps me monitor my intake while calculating how much I can eat from physical activity recorded by my Fitbit.
This is how I lost 80 pounds the first time. And, it’s how I’m going to lose the last 30+ pounds before my birthday in July. In fact, I bet I lose it far sooner.
The key element to lose any significant amount of weight is in two parts: a) monitoring intake, and b) keeping active. Physical activity (cardio) burns off the excess amounts quite nicely. Plus, it adds to your own physical prowess.
You wouldn’t keep putting gas into your car even after the tank was full, would you?
Stamina, strength, endurance, flexibility, and more are beneficial side effects of maintaining any kind of workout routine. All of these are practical benefits that you’ll use at any point in real life.
For example, one of my favorite geeking-out moments was when I lifted a 50-pound bag of dog food with one hand not realizing it was 50 pounds. I thought I grabbed the wrong bag at first.
Getting fit is more than just looking like an underwear model. Health and fitness contributes to everything from injury recovery to keeping up with the kids when playing at the park.
Starting the 12-Week Challenge Over on Sunday
Yep, I’m starting over for the umpteenth time. However, this time around, I don’t have to worry about holidays or birthdays to distract me. Remember, I have a piss-poor sense of willpower.
But, that doesn’t mean I am saying to hell with it for the rest of the week. In fact, I’m going to see if I can start the 12-week fitness challenge at a lower weight on Sunday than I have the last several attempts.
I would love to be back in the 220s before this challenge starts.
And because I still have a lot of Easter candy left over, I’m going to practice willpower and not fill myself up. If I do well, then I should have enough candy to satisfy my sweet tooth for the next month or so.
What I need to do is get back into the habit of playing the Xbox Kinect twice per day. I was looking pretty good in 2018 when I was grinding out more than 700 calories of cardio each day while wearing wrist weights.
Why is Easter Candy So Good?!?
Holidays and birthdays are horrible times of the year for me. I love sweets and good food. I just need to make sure I can burn off everything I consume. And lately, that hasn’t happened.
Still, I’m not going to give up and know I can do better. After all, I used to weigh 300+ pounds, and I lost all that weight without fancy diet plans or fat-burning supplements.
We just gotta find that passion again and realize time is ticking.