This is the fourth and final week of my challenge to lose 10lbs of weight eating one meal a day. This is the post that kicked it all off: Losing the last 10lbs eating one meal a day.
I started this at 182 lbs and set a goal of 172 lbs, and as of today I weigh 175 lbs giving me 3 lbs left to lose by Sunday January 8 2012.
I thought it would be good to share the experience of losing the last ten pounds and I’m glad I did because doing this over the Christmas and New Year period was a real test of the diet and my resolve.
I’m conscious that I haven’t provided much detail about the diet, so I’ve written this: The One Meal a Day Diet.
Just for fun I wanted to share a picture with you. I started this diet at 205lbs and after a couple of months I had to change to a smaller belt.
This picture was taken on the day I weighed in at 176lbs. It shows the difference in waist size and I think it’s pretty amazing to see the difference.
Over the next 7 days I plan to lose the remaining weight to reach my target. But regardless of what I weigh at the end of the week I’m moving on to my next goal.
Normally I’d be starting the week after a ‘cheat day’ on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday, so I’d expect to have a certain amount of bloat and water weight to lose. But not today, because I tapped into the flexibility of the diet and ate only one meal on both days.
The story so far:
Mo 182 – Tu 180.6 – We 179 – Th 179.2 – Fr 178.6 – Sa 178.6 – Su 179.8
Mo 179 – Tu 179 – We 180.4 – Th 178 – Fr 180.4 – Sa 176 – Su 177.2
Mo 180.4 – Tu 178.8 – We 177.2 – Th 176.6 – Fr 176.8 – Sa 176.2 – Su 175.8
Wk1 Start Weight: 182 lbs
Wk2 Start Weight: 179 lbs
Wk3 Start Weight: 180.4 lbs
Wk4 Start Weight: 175 lbs
Progress this week:
Monday January 2 – 175 lbs
Tuesday January 3 – 174.4 lbs
Wednesday January 4 – 174.2 lbs
Thursday January 5 – 173.8 lbs
Friday January 6 – 173.4 lbs
Saturday January 7 – 173 lbs
Monday – Down from 175.8 to 175 lbs
9am: – What a great start to the week! I really feel like I could reach my goal by the end of the week!
5pm: Dinner – Macaroni Cheese. Followed by pear crumble with cream.
7pm: Things are starting to get back to normal around here. The junk food is nearly all eaten and other than my youngest daughter’s impending birthday, there are no other events to interrupt my eating plan until February.
This really was a good start to my week. I’ve lost 30lbs now and that feels fantastic. I don’t feel fat anymore and I’ve stopped thinking of myself as fat and that has made a big difference to the way I think about other things in life.
I didn’t exactly lack confidence before, but I feel so much more confident now that I’ve banished an old foe.
I’ll be honest, I could quite happily stay at this weight for a while, but I’m going to press on and get to my target of 172lbs.
Tuesday – Down from 175 to 174.4
6pm: Dinner – Beef casserole, dumplings, mashed potatoes, carrots, green beans. Followed by birthday cake.
8pm: We ate slightly later today so I had to hold out just a little bit longer to eat. I ate less potato than I might normally eat, partly because I really want to make my target this week and also because I wanted to eat the delicious birthday cake my eldest son had made for my youngest daughter’s birthday. It had a LOT of icing so I thought I’d make a slight adjustment elsewhere.
I might pay the price for having slightly less food in my stomach and feel hungry later in the evening but maybe the late dinner will offset that?
Anyway, today was one of those days when I cooked something I really wanted to eat – slow cooked beef casserole. It was heaven and well worth the wait. When I have something like that to look forward to it’s much easier to stay on the eating plan during the day.
So that’s what this diet represents to me… the ability to eat a fantastic meal AND eat birthday cake AND still lose weight.
Wednesday – Down from 174.4 to 174.2
6pm: Dinner – Pork Casserole, rice, baked peppers and carrots. Followed by birthday cake.
7.30m: More birthday cake. Noooooooo!
8pm: Dinner was delicious but I didn’t have enough. I think my behaviour is being driven by the fact I’m writing about this part of my weight loss and I want to hit my target so that I don’t lose face. The consequence of not eating enough was that I ate more cake only an hour and a half later.
I don’t think it will have done any harm, but I was cross because the cake as nice as it is represents empty calories. I’d have been better off having another smaller portion of casserole.
I normally have a time in the evening after which I will not eat. I’ve let that slip so it’s time to put that back in place.
On a positive note I’m starting to think I might be able to see my abs soon. I know for certain that my target weight of 172 won’t be enough to reveal them but it feels good to be within touching distance of that achievement.
Thursday – Down from 174.2 to 173.8
5pm: Dinner – Chicken lattice pie, mashed potato, broccoli, gravy. Followed by a few chocolates.
6pm: I didn’t make the same mistake today as I did yesterday. I ate my main meal, decided it wasn’t enough and then had seconds! I ate a few of the last Christmas chocolates to finish the meal.
Earlier in the day I told my wife that I needed to take off my wedding ring before it fell off my finger. She pointed out that it was because I’d lost a lot of weight. As I’ve mentioned before, I haven’t told my wife I’m on a diet, so it must look really odd to her that I’m eating 2nd helpings AND eating chocolate and STILL losing weight. Such fun!!
Friday – Down from 173.8 to 173.4
5pm: Dinner – Roast chicken, mashed potatoes, mange tout, runner beans, gravy. Followed by ice cream.
7pm: Nearing the end of this little challenge I have no idea if I’m going to make it to 172 lbs. Even if I don’t I’m close enough to be happy about what I’ve accomplished over the last 4 weeks. I’ll weigh in tomorrow morning as usual and then call it.
I’m looking forward to moving on to a new goal but I’m going to have a week off of the diet where I try to eat at maintenance. Thereafter, I’ll set a new target and get to work on it.
At 172 I feel there’s probably another 10 pounds I could lose. From everything I’ve read, the last few pounds are the hardest to lose and if I decided to do it, I may need to change my methods. Eating one meal a day has taken me a long way, but I’d be the first to concede that it’s a far from optimal.
Still, this suboptimal approach has worked well and I’m interested to see just how far I can take it.
Saturday – Down from 173.4 to 173 lbs
0800 – That’s it! 173lbs is my prize for 4 weeks of dieting eating one meal a day. That’s a loss of 9lbs. OK, so I was aiming for 10lbs but I’m very happy with 9.
It’s nine pounds less than I would have lost had I done nothing at all and that’s the point I want to make. I did something about my weight, I took action and even though my method and my daily application of the method are not perfect or ideal, I still did it.
The thing I am most looking forward to now that this little experiment is over, is putting the weighing scale away. It’s the thing I’ve enjoyed least, because even though I know the scale tells lies, it still messed with my mind a little bit when I saw the readings fly around erratically. Most of my weight loss happened without weighing myself and that’s how the rest of it will go.
So, what will I do now? I’ll take another picture today and post it. I’ll write another post to summarise the last few weeks. I’ll take a week off from the diet (which doesn’t mean deliberately overeating) and then I’ll get on with achieving my next goal.
Thanks for sticking with me for the last month, I’ve really appreciated your support and comments!
This is the last in a series of daily diet updates. I lost 9lbs in 4 weeks eating one meal a day. If you want to see how I did it, start here –> My Diet