BGG Spring ’16 Weight Loss Challenge Diary Entry 01

This entry is a bit of a change of pace: it’s not about any particular board game. In fact, it’s not about board gaming at all, except that the BGG Weight Loss Challenge is something I stumbled upon while searching for more board game info on my favorite site.

Like a lot of people, I’ve had some trouble controlling my weight during and after college. I work at a sedentary job, and my hobbies aren’t very active either. I figured it was worth a shot, so I decided to take part, tipped the list and then tipped the scale for my first weigh-in on the morning of March 21, 2016. I weighed 278.8 pounds.

I weighed myself at the end of the week and…I gained about half a pound. Normally this would represent a complete failure of the first week, until you take into consideration that I was on vacation in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was enjoying stuff like this:

Tuesday Breakfast
Breakfast at Fleur-des-lys cafe, French Quarter, NOLA, I had the omelette on the right. 03/22/2016

…and this…

Wednesday Dinner
Wednesday Dinner at Trey Yuan’s Cuisine of China, Mandeville LA, I had the Soft-Shell Crabs, 03/23/2016

…and this…

Thursday Breakfast
Thursday Breakfast at the Ruby Slipper on Canal St., NOLA, I had the omelette in the background of the photo, 03/24/16

…and this…

Thursday Dessert
Thursday Dessert, Bananas Foster at Brennan’s, French Quarter, NOLA, 03/24/2016

…and this..

Friday Breakfast
Friday Breakfast at Camilla’s (I think), I had the chili-covered omelette on the left, French Quarter, NOLA, 03/25/2016

Plus many more! So, as you might imagine, I was overjoyed to learn that I’d only gained half a pound after a week of bacchanalian eating at one of America’s best cities to eat. It likely had something to do with the fact that I walked 20+ miles over the course of the week in NOLA.

Since returning, I’ve weighed myself regularly. Here’s what I’m working with:

BGG thru 160331

I’ve managed to accomplish this so far by eliminating as completely as practicable the traditional bugbears of the American diet: cheese topping; sweets; fried food; alcohol; red meat; large portions, and by tracking my calories on the myfitnesspal app on my phone. So far so good. Here’s my projected weight loss through the end of the challenge, May 15.

Forecast 03-31-2016

A couple of caveats: first, there’s definitely not enough data to put much stock in this projection so far. It would be great if my program would be this successful in so short a time, but I don’t think I’m going to continue to lose at a rate of about one pound per day.

Second, I’m going to begin incorporating an exercise regimen into the plan now that I know I can handle the diet under normal conditions that is probably going to change the rate of weight loss. It might accelerate it due to extra calories burned or it might slow it down due to added muscle. In either case this projection is likely to look a lot different next time it’s updated.

BGG Spring ’16 Weight Loss Challenge Diary Entry 01