Failing To Train: Progress Report, Weeks 7 – 8

James - Week 9 - Current Weight: 227.4 lbs - Total Weight Loss: 6.3 lbs

Current Weight: 227.4 lbs / Fortnight Weight Change -1.7 lbs / Total Weight change: -6.3 lbs

What can I say about this fortnight. All things considered its been pretty awesome. I’m really starting to feel like my food intake is getting into a good rhythm. I’m still struggling with getting adequate rest but hey, I’m doing better than I was before I started this thing and am staying mindful to how I’m feeling.

The data provided in this and all other Progress Reports is collected using and a Fitbit Charge 2.


My full food diary for this fortnight can be viewed here: James Food Diary, 17th April 2017 – 30th April 2017.

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James Nutrition Report – 17th April 2017 – 30th April 2017

So as I mentioned before this fortnight has gone pretty good with regard to my calorie intake. I’m not saying its been perfect but I’ve pretty much achieved my goal of being 90% compliant with my meal plan.

One slight change I’ve made that been helpful is instead of thinking of my meals in terms of timings, ie Breakfast, lunch dinner etc, I’ve simply numbered them 1, 2, 3, 4 and off plan. This has helped because when I’m busy at work or at home I’ll often be between meal times having not eaten. At that point I’ll question myself, do I eat now when I’m due to have “dinner” in a couple of hours or do I skip lunch and go through. This leads to some troublesome situations, for instance I’ll eat dinner, still be hungry and starting eating crappy food. With the number method I simply eat the next meal when I’m hungry regardless of time of day. When all the meals are eaten, if I’m still hungry then I need to question how well I’ve planned the day and those meals.

I’ve found this method to be a very simple and effective way to control my hunger.

Exercise / Training

Well, this hasn’t gone quite so well.

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James Fitbit Activity Report, 17th April 2017 – 30th April 2017

According to my Fitbit Charge 2 my activity has stayed pretty much level. That being said I really wanted to introduce a structured training program. I’ve managed two visits to the gym in this period and if I’m completely honest both of those workouts were not great. Reasons? Same old lack of preparation.

One of the gyms I planned on training at really didn’t have the equipment I need and the other session just felt off somehow. I walked into the gym feeling self conscious, couldn’t find the space I wanted right away as I didn’t know my way around, I rushed the session and got out as quickly as possible.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll need to consider a solution to this. Either spending some time getting used to the facility or possibly finding a different one to train at. If I do make a switch I may also think about changing my program as I may want a little more volume but we’ll see.

Body Composition

As in previous weeks my measurements have been taken with the Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale.

This is now the eighth week in a row where I’ve seen slow but consistent weight loss. The main thing I’m now keen to avoid is diet impatience  and urge to rush things. Slightly concerned that my bodyfat ratio appears to be increasing but I’m determined to not let that affect what I’m doing. I still feel that over time that will come good.

What Next

I’m pretty happy with most aspects of what I’m doing right now so don’t really feel any major adjustments are needed. That being sad I really want to try to get something together from a training point of view. I’m back to not really knowing how that will ultimately look but am determined to get a handle on it sooner rather than later.

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