Weekend Was a Bust, But Dedicated to Make This Week Count

Last Updated on December 5, 2022 by Michael Brockbank

Over the weekend, I made a bit of a pig out of myself. For two days, I threw caution to the wind and just ate pretty much anything that was in front of me. Unfortunately, I’m paying for it now in a big way.

First, I woke up with rotten egg burps, which I haven’t had in several years. This is essentially my stomach telling me that I went way overboard with the food and snacks.

Second, I’ve spent a great deal of time on the toilet today. Yep, that would be my guts telling me that I screwed up big time.

I have no one to blame but myself, and I already made a decision to make this week count. Especially since the last few days kind of offset any progress I made last week.

What’s the Plan, Man?

Well, first of all, I have my living room back. This means I can play the Xbox without interruptions or stepping on people’s feet. So, here in a moment, I’m going to crank out 20+ minutes of playing Virtual Smash in Your Shape: Fitness Evolved.

I keep having to restart the Kinect case study because of external issues. So, I’m hoping I can get a solid week of gameplay in before something else goes awry.

It was seriously disappointing to see the scale telling me I’m back up to 245 pounds! If I want to weigh less by the end of 2022 than I did in 2021, I need to get off my ass and get to work.

2 Rounds of Kinect and Walking

The idea is to play at least two rounds of the Kinect each day with two walking breaks outside. It’s supposed to be in the 50s all this week, which is plenty warm for me.

Two rounds of Kinect play and two walks should put me close to 10,000 steps per day, perhaps even more. And as I found earlier this year, that seems to be my sweet spot for dropping weight…as long as I don’t overeat.

In any case, I want to get back to burning 3500 calories per day. Playing and walking will help me reach that goal.

Coincidentally, I just finished a 23-minute round of Xbox and burned 315 calories. I’m a bit of a sweaty mess at the moment but feel awesome.

Looking Up Boxing Exercises

I’m relatively sure which exercises will be the most effective for my return to boxing in April. However, I’m going to do a bit of research as a refresher.

Unlike some people, I am aware of my abilities and shortcomings. Thus, I often work to address those elements and improve myself overall.

Being self-aware has its benefits when it comes to building confidence and knowledge.

Already, part of my boxing routine is playing Virtual Smash while wearing weights. This game relies on throwing punches, ducking (I actually squat), and kicking blocks to generate a high score.

What that means is I’m already working on stamina and speed thanks to the resistance of the extra weight. When I play without the gloves on, I’m incredibly fast.

In this case, my body will adapt to the heavier gloves. Without as much resistance while wearing the lighter boxing gloves, there is speed and stamina to burn.

Protein Days Ahead!

Today, I’m already working on a protein diet. I figured the sheer amount of carbs I ate over the weekend will be enough to sustain me for at least 24 hours.

With the exception of a few things today, such as my protein shake and my alcohol during tonight’s live stream, I’m going to keep the carb intake as low as possible. In total, I doubt I’ll even have 100 grams throughout the day.

This means no chocolate goodness, maple cookies from Trader Joe’s, turkey noodle soup, or fries with my chicken. It’s a small price to pay to get back into burning fat.

The idea is to do at least one day of high-protein, low-carb eating. But we’ll see. Depending on how I feel, I might just do about two or three days.

On the upside, this should put me close to ketosis, which is the driving force behind the Keto diet and many others. This is when your body burns fat for energy instead of creating glucose from carbohydrates.

With how active I plan on being this week, I should burn the fat relatively quickly.

Digesting a Lot of Junk Food

Sure, I gained five pounds over the last couple of days. But how much of that is actually going to turn into fat stores? Not as much as you might think. As I write this post, I am digesting all of that junk and will pass it all in one to three days.

So, even though the scale says I weigh 245 right now, that’s mostly because I have about four pounds of food to pass.

In fact, I bet I weigh closer to 242 by tomorrow morning. After all, I’ve already “passed” a great deal this morning. And I doubt my guts are done with the debacle.

I guess that really depends on just how active I am today and how many carbs I consume. The last time I had a protein day, I dropped like eight pounds. Most of that was digestion and water weight, though.

Over the years, I’ve found that protein days are great for pushing your body to digest junk from a weekend of binge eating. You’re still getting nutrients while forcing your body to use the fat stores for energy. And yes, I am taking vitamins today as well.

So, given everything we know about my physique, do we have any takers on how much I’ll weigh tomorrow morning? My money is 242 pounds.

Gotta Keep My Eye on the Prize

If I want to be lower than 236 pounds by December 31st, I need to stop gorging myself like that. I know what needs to be done, and often get frustrated with myself before I go to sleep for the night.

Let’s see if I can finish out the last four weeks strong and stick to my diet and exercise routine. If I can, I’m sure it’ll go a long way to helping me stay focused in 2023.

For one thing, I’ll prove to myself that I am perfectly capable of doing what needs to be done.

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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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