Week 1 is Done: I Lost 3.2 Pounds in a Day? Not really, But Kind Of

Over the course of the past week, I’ve lost a grand total of 1.4 pounds during my 12-week fitness challenge. But, I also lost 3.2 pounds in a single day, which goes to show you how poorly I ate over the last 7 days. So, how did I accomplish a three-pound loss overnight?

Technically, I didn’t. As I said in the post about having my birthday dinner, my body is simply flushing out what I don’t need. In other words, a large portion of the food I ate on Wednesday and Thursday went down the toilet.

As I suspected it would.

This is a perfect example of why you need to take what the scale says with a bit of skepticism. Because there are all kinds of things that can cause your weight to bounce back and forth from one day to the next.

And this isn’t the most I lost within a short timeframe, either. When I started Lean for Life many, many years ago, I dropped 16 pounds within three days.

Again, most of that was simply digesting what I ate during the weekend and the fact I was doing strict protein days.

What Did We Learn for Week 2?

In all honesty, I’m a bit surprised that I lost more than three pounds in one day. I did keep the calorie count from going gonzo yesterday, but it’s nice to know that I was correct when I said it’ll take about three days to process foods.

At any rate, I took a few notes as to what I can do for the upcoming week.

I Gotta Get Back to Being More Active

There were a few things that really destroyed my motivation. But, I’m feeling better and ready to start pushing again.

I have a couple of case studies I would like to wrap up this week, and I have a few more planned for the near future. Plus, I plan on doing a few reviews for some of the newer pieces of home workout equipment I have now.

Needless to say, I have plenty to do. Now, I just need to make sure I do it. And one review might actually go on ColoradoPlays.com as it’s a bit of gaming fitness equipment.

Focus on Keeping Calories Green No Matter What

This week, I’m going to put a conscious effort into being afraid to see the calories go red in MyFitnessPal. I know I can do it; it’s how I lost most of my weight thus far. It’s just been really hard to find that piece of me that cares the last few years.

If I want a snack and I don’t have the calories to afford it, I guess it’s time to walk more. Or, play the Xbox. Or, use the Bodyblade.

I have no shortage of things I can do to “pay” for the foods I want to eat. I just need to get back into that mindset. It seems like I say that a lot, don’t I? So, I just need to freakin’ do it!

Need More Core Work

This week, I’m going to work on doing more core exercises. One of the devices I’m planning on reviewing is supposed to add a ton of core activity, so I’ll be playing with that this week.

I also have plans to write an article about using the Swiss ball and my favorite exercises. It’s actually quite impressive how much core work you can actually do with a stability ball.

Another thing I’m going to do this week is start working on breaking some personal records. Probably the Swiss Ball Jackknife. Not only does it work out the core, but you also have to keep yourself balanced, which means it also works on your hips and thighs.

Let’s Aim for 500+ Points Per Day in Exercise.com

Although Exercise.com isn’t nearly the awesome site it once was, I still use it. This week, I’m going to aim for 500+ points per day through various workouts.

In reality, 500 points per day isn’t really all that much. I can simply add a bit of dumbbell work to reach that goal. So, I’ll try a few things this week and see how much I need to add to the point total for week 3.

This means I really need to pay attention to the workout alarms I have set. Remember, I work and play at my desk for 16 hours a day. I need to get up and move around a bit, which is what those alarms are for.

Keep On Blogging!

Perhaps one of the biggest influences as of late has been regularly blogging. Since I am doing a 30-day experiment for writing content, I found that I pay more attention to what I’m doing every day.

This is a massive boon, as I often forget to exercise. It’s not that I’m overly lazy…I just simply get sidetracked with work that I completely skip my workout alarms.

But writing every day has helped me keep more focused on health and fitness. Now, I just need to write content people want from a Google search.

Perhaps Some Workout Videos?

One thing you don’t see that often is a fat guy doing workout videos. But, wouldn’t that lend more credence to exercise validity? If someone who is borderline obese can do it, so can you?

I would like to get more content on the YouTube channel, but I don’t know if I feel good enough to actually show someone how to do an exercise.

On the other hand, I do have a few ideas that might make the videos worthwhile. I won’t say what they are just yet, but, I am working on a few things.

I Have My Work Cut Out for Me

One week is down and I only lost 1.4 pounds. If I really want to meet my goal, I need to put in more of an effort. Then again, this last week was kind of screwed up for me.

On average, I can easily lose 3.5 pounds per week. Let’s see if I can get down to 230 by next Sunday. That will be more than 5 pounds total, which is pushing it pretty hard. But, I believe I can do it as long as I maintain my plans.

Let’s see what week 2 has in store!

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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.

4 thoughts on “Week 1 is Done: I Lost 3.2 Pounds in a Day? Not really, But Kind Of

  • July 19, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    I do fine when I’m busy working too. All I gotta do is just livestream 24/7 and I’ll be skinny af

    • July 20, 2021 at 7:41 am

      Right? There are days when I debate doing live streams Monday through Friday just so I don’t binge snack at night. 🙂

  • July 19, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Hey man, any weight loss is a win as far as I’m concerned. Keep it up!

    I, on the other hand, actually gained more weight in a day than I ever have before (since keeping track the past few years).

    I gained 7 lbs in one day!

    I was actually down about 3 lbs all week long. But then after the podcast Friday night, I binged on anything that wasn’t bolted down and woke up 7 lbs heavier then next morning. I figured it would fall off (or flush out) by now, but this morning I woke up to set yet another new personal record – 330 lbs! I am now officially the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life.


    • July 19, 2021 at 1:39 pm

      Holy cow, 7 pounds?!? What the hell did you eat?

      Anyway, you gotta work on the night snacking thing. I’ve actually been doing fairly well with it as of late. Mostly, it’s because I’m too busy to snack at night most of the week. 😉


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