Well, Week One Didn’t Go Very Well…Eh, it Happens

Last Updated on January 8, 2023 by Michael Brockbank

So, I lost 0.6 pounds this first week. I guess that’s forward momentum, but not exactly what I was aiming for. But there were a few extenuating circumstances that kind of screwed up week one of my 12-week fitness challenge.

Now, I’m not making excuses for myself. Actually, a lot of what happened this week was my fault. However, there are days when things just don’t go the very best as intended.

Especially when your life is as chaotic as mine.

Why Only 0.6 Pounds This Week?

This past week was rife with physical issues. And some made it impossible for me to move very much at all. I was able to get in a few steps here and there. But as a whole, it was quite a lackluster week.

In reality, I’m kind of surprised that I lost anything at all. I thought for sure I would have gained a few pounds back.

Pulled Muscles on Monday

Monday was the first day that I went back to the gym after quite a long hiatus. And even though I dropped the weight I was lifting, because I knew I lost mass, it wasn’t enough.

The sheer amount of pain I felt throughout have of the week was incredible. It went way beyond what you’d feel with a normal DOMS-type of discomfort.

This is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness that usually comes from pushing yourself when working out. Usually, it’s an indicator of straining muscles that haven’t been overly active recently.

For several days, I found it next to impossible to move my arms in any fashion. Even sitting at my desk trying to work was agonizing. At one point, I even tried putting Icy Hot on my chest. Unfortunately, that made Thursday an incredibly difficult night to sleep.

It felt like my chest was on fire all night. I was even putting cold pillows against my chest so I could squeak in 20 minutes of sleep here and there.

Bottom line is that I wasn’t able to get in nearly as much physical activity this week. I simply couldn’t move to play the Xbox or use the Bodyblade…even standing on the Zaaz was a bit north of painful.

The moral of the story is that I should have dropped the weight even further. Well played, Universe.

Carb-Heavy Snacking

Even though I was under my caloric intake throughout most of the week, I still ate quite a few carbs. In fact, it was far more carbs than I would have liked, which is probably a big reason why I didn’t lose much.

Then on Saturday, I wasn’t feeling all that good and kind of pigged out a bit for dinner. Though, I’m feeling much better today.

However, I could use the data this week to show why the quality of food matters. Even though my caloric intake was lower than my burn, I still didn’t lose as much weight.

This goes to support my theory that even if you eat a 2,000-calorie diet of cupcakes, you’re not going to lose weight quickly, if at all.

In any case, I’m relatively certain that the carb-heavy snacks played a huge role in only losing 0.6 pounds this week.

What’s the Plan for Week Two?

Perhaps the biggest issue I had last week was simply being unable to move. The pain was just too great, even after popping a bunch of Advil. I pushed myself a lot harder than my body was ready for.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to adjust the effort slightly.

Getting Back on Track with Food

First and foremost, I want to get back to eating better. It’s easy to fall into some bad habits when you feel broken and in a lot of pain. It can prevent things such as cooking a decent meal.

For example, it’s not good to have two servings of Reese’s Popcorn, Jif to Go peanut butter cups, and a fudgesicle for dinner because I couldn’t move my arms to cook.

Or, ordering a pizza because I was feeling under the weather and worn out.

So, this week, I’m going to see if I can actually stick with the Net 600 Calorie diet as intended. This means never seeing the negative numbers in MyFitnessPal even if I have to go for a three-mile walk at 11 pm.

That’s how I lost the first 20 pounds in the beginning. It worked then; let’s see if it works now.

Fewer Carb-Rich Snacks

There’s no doubt that I have a sweet tooth. But if I truly want to lose the rest of my weight, I need to curb carb-rich snacking.

Now, this doesn’t mean that I need to give up chocolate peanut butter cups. It just means that I also need to mix in some healthier alternatives to keep the total carb count for the day as low as possible.

I have a slew of keto snacks here that I actually enjoy. So, it all comes down to me caring and keeping an eye on carb intake.

Getting Back to the Gym (fingers crossed)

I feel like I can handle the gym this week. My pecs don’t feel like Pinhead is tearing them out of my body with chained hooks. I just need to dial it back just a bit more until I’m capable of racking up the weight again.

What’s funny is that out of the entire workout from last Monday, it was only my chest that was adversely affected. The rest of my muscles just went through the normal DOMS you feel after a couple of months away from the gym.

Instead of 115-pound flies, I’ll drop it to 100. That should be a good amount of weight to start with tomorrow.

I’m just glad that I took the rest of the week to heal. I’m telling ya, it was a bad experience all around. And it didn’t help that I pushed my Xbox play the next day a bit further than normal as well.

So, let’s see how this week goes in terms of weightlifting. I’m more disappointed that I waited so long to get back to the gym. Being at the start of winter without a car kind of puts a hamper on things, ya know?

Some Kind of Activity Every Day

Lastly, I am going to work on getting some kind of activity every day in the spreadsheet. Whether it’s playing the Kinect, using the Bodyblade, or walking around in the backyard, I want to record minutes of some kind.

This isn’t something beyond the norm, though. Last week, I just couldn’t move enough to do virtually anything.

As long as I don’t do anything stupid at the gym again, all should be well. I’m just going to chalk up last week to “shit happens,” and move on. It pays to err on the side of caution and start light, even if you were doing heavier weights just a couple of months ago.

What’s silly is that I know this. I thought I decreased the weight enough, but I was grossly mistaken.

Let’s Make This Week the Trend-Setter

Alrighty, last week was the shakedown cruise. We worked out the kinks, repaired some of the damages, and are ready to get this going. And with the power of positive thinking, I WILL have an epic week in terms of health and fitness.

Let’s also knock on wood so that something else doesn’t come up and interfere.

This time, next week, I’ll weigh in at less than 239 pounds!

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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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