Week One and Done: Yeah, I’ve Got to Put In More Effort

Last Updated on May 16, 2021 by Michael Brockbank

So, this past week was anything but successful for my 12-week fitness challenge. In fact, I managed to gain nearly half a pound. But, it might not all have been from fat. I did do a bit of walking and exercise. Perhaps it is muscle? That’s a nice thought.

But in reality, I’m sure that isn’t the case.

The reality of the situation is that I’ve been overly stressed, depressed, and suffering from various levels of anxiety for about a month and a half now. And although I’ve been able to curb snacking on most occasions, a couple of nights this week went south.

Yep…we’re talking loads of peanut butter, chocolate, and more ice cream than I should have eaten.

What I’m Changing for This Week

One of the biggest reasons why I didn’t lose weight this week is thanks to my lack of effort in terms of physical activity. I used the Bodyblade once, did a quick 5-minute workout in between working, and put in a bit of yard work.

That. Was. It.

However, I think I have my depression under control as I have a rejuvenated outlook for the last half of May. And according to current data, I won’t even break my lowest record for weight by my birthday unless I make something happen soon.

Setting Up the Case Study Page on ColoradoPlays.com

I’m a huge fan of personal case studies. It gives you valid data based on your personal needs and wants to achieve your goals. And I find it interesting to share that data with others to help give them ideas for their strategies.

In this instance, I am setting up a page for gamifying fitness much like I have the 12-week fitness challenge on this blog. It’ll be a spreadsheet imported from Google Docs where you can see my progress in real-time, ish.

Unfortunately, you’d have to refresh the page to see any changes I immediately make. But, the data is sound and easily accessible.

This page will include every method I use to make fitness and exercise fun. This includes the Xbox Kinect, the Stealth Board, playing golf, and anything else that engages my mind.

Because in the end, that’s what it all boils down to…whether you can keep yourself focused to continue any specific activity. If it’s boring, you’re less likely to continue.

Setting Up Case Studies for CrossingColorado.com

I’m also setting up a page for various exercises and workouts that I track. Such as using the Bodyblade, how many calories I burn with specific house chores, the impact of adding wearable weights, etc.

All of this data is recorded by my Fitbit Charge 4, which I’ve found to be quite accurate in my case.

The reason I am building this page is to help keep me on track. I love collecting data, and am a bit of a dork when it comes to spreadsheets. But if I want to be at my smallest by my birthday in 10 weeks, I gotta make something happen.

Getting More Steps in the Day

I already know that I need 10,000 steps in a day to reach my calorie-burn goals. This past week was quite rough on me, and I didn’t really do much outside of sitting at my desk.

But, I am dedicated to setting time aside and start getting in motion.

Now, these steps aren’t necessarily from actually walking or jogging. The Fitbit picks up steps as I use the Bodyblade or play the Xbox.

According to the data, though, if I hit 10,000 steps in a day, I meet my goal of surpassing 3,500 calories burned. And that’s the most important thing. It’s not about how many steps you take, but how much you burn in the process.

I can walk at a slow pace to reach 10,000 steps. But, it burns far fewer calories and less fat than if I were to jog at the same number.

Get Back into Stressing the Red

I need to get my mindset back into stressing out about seeing red numbers in MyFitnessPal. This means I need to be more active if I want to eat more food.

This is how I lost the first 70+ pounds and have kept it off (somewhat).

In the past, if I wanted a snack, I had to “pay” for it. This meant going for a 20-minute walk, playing the Xbox Kinect, or doing some other physical activity that burnt calories.

I need to get into the mentality of keeping those calories in the green at all costs. I used to be really good at doing that. But since my mental collapse in 2016, it’s just been so much more difficult.

It takes a great deal of commitment to make changes. I need to find that part of me and bring it front and center.

Will I Reach Birthday Goals?

Although I only have 10 weeks left until my birthday, I’m still confident I can make a massive dent in my weight before then. When I started this journey, I was able to lose 20 pounds in a month and a half. I’m sure I can do it again.

As long as I can keep my head on straight.

I do feel more excited about the week than I have felt in a couple of months. But being bipolar, I don’t know if this is an upswing or if I’m actually looking forward to having a good week.

In either case, I need to make something happen in this upcoming week if I want to get back on track.

The stupid thing is that I know I can do it. I’ve done it before. I just lack the same determination today that I had back at 300+ pounds.

Let’s Look Forward to a Good Week

I’m not going to worry too much about the “bipolar” issue. Instead, I’m going to keep myself in a positive headspace and look forward to making some changes.

Let’s keep those calories in the green, make some points on Exercise.com, and collect some data. Because if there is anything that can get me motivated to move, it’s crunching numbers in a spreadsheet.

If anything, it would be interesting to see just how many calories I can burn by vigorously washing dishes or scrubbing the hardwood floors.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Week One and Done: Yeah, I’ve Got to Put In More Effort

  • May 16, 2021 at 5:09 pm
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    Hey man, sorry you’re having such a crappy time lately. But you’ll get it back. You just might need a vacation or something to help you reset and focus again.

    I wish I had the answer for ya, but let the record show — I do not 🙂

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    • May 17, 2021 at 3:29 pm
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      You’re the third person who’s said I needed a vacation in the last three days. lol.

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