BGG Spring ’16 Weight Loss Challenge Diary Entry 02

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Another week, another couple of  pounds down. The challenge runs until the middle of May, and participants are considered successful if they lose 6% of their overall weight by the last day of the challenge. As indicated by the chart above, my rate of weight loss has slowed by a bit. Despite that, I am still on track to lose the 16.7 pounds I need to by May 15 to successfully complete the challenge successfully. In fact, having lost 11.3 pounds already, I am 2/3s the way there and have more than a month to go.

I’ve been able to maintain this by carefully regulating the amount of calories I eat and incorporating some light exercise, mostly walking. My only major lapse came on Saturday when, after a session of Star Wars: Imperial Assault, my rebel partner and I celebrated our victory over the hated Empire with a trip to the local sushi bar, where we succumbed to a small temptation…

22 pieces sushi, 12 pieces of sashimi, and a dragon roll. It was a great deal, and a really great meal.

As a side note, each piece of sushi clocks in around fifty calories. We may have overdone it. slightly.

BGG Forecase

This week’s forecast is slightly more realistic, as opposed to last week which was calling for me to lose somewhere on the order of fifty pounds in two months (which is possible maybe but screw that). The new forecast is to lose somewhere on the order of 35 pounds instead. Obviously these numbers are still soft to the point of being squishy, but if I were to lose about twenty pounds in less than two months due to light exercise and adopting healthier eating habits I would be pleased as punch.

BGG Spring ’16 Weight Loss Challenge Diary Entry 02

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:

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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