Monday, July 25, 2022

100 Day Challenge: First Week Complete! (Plus Day 8)

 Today was the start of week 2 of my 100 Day Challenge and I am happy to report that I lost weight. This morning I weighed in at 193, down 4.2 lbs from 197.2 when I started. Here's a summary of how I wrapped up the week and how I started today.

Day 6 - Saturday, July 23rd 

Well, I did not run. I was upset with myself but the day just got away from me. I did mow the lawn and worked up a sweat that way...but I really wanted to run. I actually had to work from 8 a.m. until about 4 p.m., but lets be honest. It was an excuse. 

Food wise, I skipped breakfast which I often do. I used to always skip breakfast, but lately I've been experimenting with eating something small to get the metabolism going. I had a Wendy's grilled chicken sandwich for lunch with a bottle of water. When I got home, I had a piece of Sourdough toast with butter because I was super hungry. For dinner, I had a Chick Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club which is pretty good. I actually added Mr. Stubb's BBQ sauce to give a little something. I love Mr. Stubb's BBQ Sauce because you can actually read all the ingredients. No chemical sounding ingredients at all. I did have a snack before bed of 8 Nilla Wafers which is pretty low calorie and does give me that "I had a cookie" feeling. Sort of. 

Day 7 - Sunday, July 24th (End of Week One)

Sunday was supposed to be a long run but I opted for a 6 mile bike ride at the Biltmore Estate. I skipped breakfast because as I mentioned in an earlier post, I like to exercise in a fasted state. At first, I was thinking I should have maybe eaten something because I felt like was working REALLY hard to keep up with my wife. Turns out, I was riding with a flat front tire. Once I stopped and put air in it, I felt like my old self again. Crazy! 

For Lunch I had a mushroom swiss burger with sweet potato fries. I opted for those over regular fries because sweet potatoes are lower on the glycemic index than white potatoes. What the heck...every little bit helps, right? For dinner, we went to P.F. Chang's and I had half an order of the pork steamed dumplings and I shared the chicken lettuce wraps with my wife. 

I also saw a movie and had popcorn, a whole box of Raisinets and an Angry Orchard hard cider. I also had a 16oz White Zombie beer in between the movie and dinner. I did however, skip getting ice cream even though my two daughters got some at Cold Stone Creamery. That was very tough to do. I LOVE ICE CREAM. But I decided I had used up my "cheat day" with the Raisinets, cider and beer. I was very curious how that would effect my weigh in on Monday. Maybe I would have broke 193, but who knows. As long as the number is going down, I'm fine with it. 

Day 8 - Monday, July 25th (Start of Week Two)

Today I was on the road. The county I was in had Mellow Mushroom Pizza. I only had one slice, but I caved and drank a can of Coca-Cola despite initially reaching for the water bottle. For dinner, I had 3 Taco Bell crunchy Supreme Tacos and a huge glass of water. 

As I mentioned in the intro, I weighed in today (1 week) at 193 lbs. I suspect my future weigh-ins won't be as great. They say that more than two pounds per week, you are losing muscle. So I suspect it'll slow down. Especially since I plan on actually lifting weights this week. I didn't lift any last week. 

As for exercise, I did not run this morning because I had a two hour drive and had to leave early to get to my county. When I got home, I had laundry, had to go grocery shopping and work on some things. Again, I know what some of you are thinking....excuses. You know what...I'm going to at least do some push ups. Hang on....

OK. Dang! I'm out of shape. I just did 10 push ups, followed by 25 squats, and repeated with no rest. It's something. 

Tomorrow, will be Day 9 and it's Election Day. That means I'll be working from 5:30 a.m. until approx. 9 p.m. at night. Possibly later. I don't plan on exercising tomorrow. 

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