Last Updated on May 21, 2023 by Michael Brockbank
When I actually put in the effort to follow my weight loss plans, I do awesome. Well, I guess the same can be said about anyone who follows through. This time around, I’ve been steadily working on both the eating and walking goals. And so far, the results are promising.
This is one of the biggest reasons why you need to experiment with various diet plans. It’s imperative that you find one that fits your needs and wants. Because if you try to force yourself to follow something you hate, you’re less likely to keep going.
Not to mention that you need a diet plan that is sustainable as a lifestyle change.
So far, I’ve lost three pounds in three days. I know, it’s really nothing to get excited over. Seriously, three days isn’t a lot of time in the grand scheme of weight loss. Still, I would like to see how far this goes.
What I am excited about is the fact that I’ve been able to maintain it for a three-day streak. That hasn’t happened in quite some time.
What Have I Done Differently This Time Around?
Over the last couple of years, it’s been exceptionally difficult to get into a good groove for just about everything. Between being hyper-stressed most of the time, trying to balance way too much work, and various family issues, I haven’t had the best run of things since 2019.
However, this time around, I’ve been able to build up a bit of momentum. Perhaps part of my renewed motivation comes from the stress and anxiety relief cards I share on the Monday live stream on WriterSanctuary’s YouTube channel.
In any case, I’m on a roll and have the intention to keep going.
Actively Keeping Calories in the Green
I know that if I can maintain my Net 600 Calorie diet, I can lose quite a bit of weight in a relatively short amount of time. It relies on keeping the intake low and the burn high.
This means ramping up my physical activity to burn what I eat. Usually, I can consume between 1500 and 1700 calories while burning more than 3500 while on this diet plan.
Over the past three days, most of this activity has been through walking. However, I have gone to the gym twice and jumped in front of the Xbox.
Forcing Myself to Hit Step Goals
I decided to do a new challenge this summer to hit one million steps in 80 days. And although the first week was quite pitiful, I’ve been maintaining the average I need to meet this goal since Sunday.
Now, when calculating steps, I’m going by what the Fitbit registers. This means that when I do something like play the Xbox or train at the gym, it counts steps as part of the activity.
So, even though I’m not technically walking, I’m still burning calories by keeping myself moving.
Adding to the Physical Activity Spreadsheet
I made a new physical activity page to show the most effective exercises for calorie burn according to my physique and the Fitbit. I know that everyone burns at a different pace, but it should help guide someone to choose effective activities for their own weight loss journeys.
Anyway, I need some data for this spreadsheet. That way, if someone checks out the page, it’s not empty. This has prompted me to run a few new experiments throughout the day to record some data.
This doesn’t really add much to my day. Essentially, I just need to remember to turn on the exercise tracker when it comes time to do something like clean the house or even when taking a shower.
One of my goals is to have at least 50 activities on the sheet ranging from simple walks to playing golf. Eventually, I’d like to separate the activities according to type, but let’s just get some data first.
Getting Serious About Where I’m Going
Part of my continuous effort for growth is getting serious about myself as a creator. I’m successful as a freelance writer, but there is still so much I want to do. And one of the things I’d like to develop is the Crossing Colorado’s YouTube channel.
I can’t really justify talking about health and fitness if I’m not actually putting in the effort to do so myself.
Sure, I still need to work on balancing my time so everything gets a fair share. However, I need to get to a point where people are more likely to trust the information.
I know what needs to be done. I just lacked the umph to do it myself in the past.
The Hard Part Is Keeping the Motivation Going
Sure, I was able to handle the last three days with somewhat ease. But the true testament is to see if I can maintain myself for longer than a week. Though, I am fairly confident I can manage everything simply because of how I’ve established my workload and time.
Yes, the various challenges I have for this summer are exceptionally helpful. Mostly because they are easier to manage and take up less time overall.
But my fitness challenges as of late have mostly resulted in me giving up and trying again. I would like to completely finish something for once, complete with actionable data.
I guess that’s a big part of why I keep restarting. There is so much emphasis put on collecting that data that a single day of missing the numbers screws up my chi pretty well.
This time around, I’m mostly focusing on the step count and a few notes as to what I did for the day.
At any rate, I’m going to keep doing what I can to keep myself motivated to continue. After all, I would love to see myself at my goal weight by the end of July.
Remembering to Walk as a Break
I’ve been getting into the habit of taking a walking break after every project block of time throughout the day. This means that I take a 15-minute break every 90 minutes or so.
It’s a way that is helping me break up the day while staying on task to finish the projects I have lined up.
For example, I am working on this blog until it’s scheduled. Then, I’ll take a 15-minute-ish walking break in the backyard before starting the next project, which is working on another post for WriterSanctuary.com.
Anyway, these solid work blocks and breaks have been quite influential in how much I’ve actually been able to do this week. Not just making sure I am hitting my step goals, but also from a professional perspective.
In other words, I might have found a good groove for myself in terms of the workload and fitness. But I suppose we’ll see. I’ve said similar things in the past that wound up not working as intended.
Still, with each passing day of hitting my eating and step goals, I’m feeling more confident that I can actually do it this time around.
Closing in On My Birthday, Gotta Make it Happen!
There are talks of me going to Utah for my birthday, as well as Mom’s birthday since it’s literally the day after. I would love to show up weighing 30 pounds less than the last time my family saw me.
In any case, my birthday is coming up soon, and I still have a lot of work to do before then. But if I keep losing weight like this, I’m sure I’ll have something to be proud of whether I hit my goals or not.
Let’s just hope I can keep the momentum of hitting my daily goals.