Weight is 244. Most of that is water balance. Certainly I did not lose 4 lbs of fat last week. Suprailiac just under 12mm. Shoulders and chest feel tighter so it seems we're headed in the right direction.
Eating right has been difficult, but I haven't had an ounce of soda or any fried food since my first post. I have decided to cut caffeine completely for a while, and only come back and drink coffee on occasion for the future. Sugar or no, energy drinks are really bad for you, and I relied on them to get me through my work day.
The scale says I am down only 1 lb, but I was wearing clothes and just ate. Nevertheless, I wasn't surprised. I started this diet very slowly to try to wean myself a bit and do better than my last attempt, and found myself eating large meals in the first few days. The food was still much healthier than what I was eating before. Fortunately, in the past 3 days or so it has been easier to eat smaller portions.
I am beginning to feel better, and I think I am finally getting over caffeine withdrawal. I think one explanation for the lack of more noticeable weight loss is the lack of appetite suppression I used to get from coffee and 5 hour energy/lo-carb Monster drinks. Still, I resolve to eat better and keep my levels of activity high so that _pounds_ and not POUND will start coming off.
The worst thing I have eaten in the past week or so is a daily plain hamburger from Mcdonald's. I work right down the street from a Mcd's and I think it's become my temporary ritual to keep some semblance of sanity. I don't think it can be understated how much I loved fast food before I started this diet. Anyway, I supplement many meals with low fat soup and skim milk to feel full and not absorb too much fat. The dairy calcium in the milk helps do this.
Today I ate a 3 egg vegetarian omelet and a banana with water for breakfast. I ate 2 plain hamburgers and a grilled snack wrap from Mcd's with a small bottle of 1% milk for lunch (very hungry at lunch today and was still rather hungry, but felt just fine after an hour or so of drinking water). Then I ate beef and vegetable soup with water and about 6 oz of skim milk for dinner. I feel quite sated. I keep a daily log and am not a fan of snacking, so I am confident these were the only foods I consumed today. This represents a pretty massive shift from my previous diet of cheese fries, gyros, pizza, etc.
I will eat a banana later if I get hungry, but that will be it. I shoveled snow for 30 minutes and moved some equipment at work today and feel adequately tired, so no other exercise is necessary.
I will try to post photographs on some sort of a semi-regular basis (maybe only every 2 weeks) but right now I am encouraged that I am already feeling healthier, and I'm sure the weight will start really coming off very soon.
If you have the willpower to cut caffeine cold than you have the willpower to do anything. Keep at it!
I think pictures every two weeks is a good idea. More often is probably pointless.
Speaking for myself yesterday was not a day of progress. Since my house finally sold I took the wife out for sushi and once she ordered a large beer I was forced to order one as well. Then at home we had a bottle of champange chilling. I have no idea how many calories I ingested. Oh well.
I've been thinking that I might be better able to make progress if I alternate between weight loss and endurance every two weeks. Trying to do both at once may result in me spinning my wheels. Gives me something to think about anyways.
242 lbs. I definately haven't lost 6 lbs of fat and I don't think I've lost any muscle so we're dealing mostly with water at this point. I'm going to focus my efforts on fat loss for the next two weeks which means less calories, and less cardio. It is difficult to notice any difference in pictures at this point. Lighting is not as good on this picture.
Interesting couple of days. No surprise but I rediscovered how much performance is hindered while restricting calories heavily. My lifting session was exceedingly difficult. I made it through but my lifts were slightly compromised.
I'm going to go another week with a focus on fat loss but I'll up calories slightly and up them to 2500-3000 the day before lifting.
I've read that patience is key to becoming super lean. Something I need to work on.