Frustrated!


In the past the only way I have been successful at losing weight was by not eating less than 1500 calories, most day less than 1200 (which I know is not enough). I’ve been trying to fix that this time around, but the results have been well basically nothing.

What I’ve been doing:

So my goal the last few weeks have been to eat close to 1800 calories each day and have an active calorie burn of at least 600 calories. But the results have been me basically losing and gaining the same 2 lbs over and over.

 

What am I going to do next:

I have to change it up, cause this hasn’t been working. So I am going to increase my active calorie burn to at least 800 a day and decrease my intake to 1600. That way I’m burning half the calories I’m eating.

I know this is not the best approach and will be less maintainable for me in the long run, but if I don’t start seeing some progress soon. I’m gonna wanna just give up altogether.

 

Sorry for the rant, just had to verbalize my frustrations!!

 

Weekly update #1

Pretty decent start. I could have done better tho. But I’m going in the right direction and that’s what this is all for. Hoping to increase my active calorie burn and step count this week. 

Weight loss: 2.5lbs

Active calories burned: 5,132

Calorie intake:  11,212 (not as accurate since I didn’t have Monday and Tuesday fully logged)

Total Steps: 83,329

Active time: 5h 40m

The ups and downs of weight loss continues

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It’s a life long never ending struggle. I’m still way far from where I used to be, but also far from where I want to be and lately the curve is going the wrong way again so I have to do something to stop it now before it goes to high up.

So what am I going to do?

The goal is from a week today I am going to start posting my weight publicly again. I did this a couple years back and it was a huge motivator. I’m giving myself a week just as an extra push for the first week to hopefully lose a good amount before I start posting.

How am I doing it?

I own the withings smart scale. It allows me to automatically post to Twitter and Facebook as soon as it records my weight. That means even if I’m not happy with the weight there is no stopping it from going public. The goal is to weigh in everyday. I know that the body weight fluctuates from day to day so this isn’t the most accurate way to weigh in but it’s a good way to build the habit fast and see quick results when I don’t do as well as I should.

What else am I going to do?

I plan and also hope to start blogging more. I want to talk about the apps I use and anything else that might be beneficial to others. I am also hoping to make a couple apps myself through this journey that I plan to use to help me.

100lbs Lost

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I’ve officially lost 100lbs, so I’m going to Disney World! (I may have already been going tomorrow anyways.)

It’s taken me a lot longer then I wanted it to, and my process isn’t something that I’m necessarily proud of. I am, however proud of the outcome. Looking at the chart above you can see it’s been a struggle of ups and downs. I’ll be writing more about the process later.

I’m not finished yet. I still want to lose another 20-30 pounds to get under 200 and get my BMI in the “healthy” range. This is the healthiest I’ve been my entire life, ==it feels great!==

I went back through some pictures and found one of the night that I weighed in at ==321lbs==: jen-birthday-2011-142

And this one was taken today at 220.4lbs: Image

I am loving this healthier lifestyle and I look forward to all the extra years of life it should/will give me to spend with my family.

So many tracking options.

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So many tracking options.

This week just keep getting more and more awesome for a fitness tracking loving person like myself.

I just updated my Pebble Steel Watch to v2.6 which added fitness tracking to my Pebble, then I added the Up for Pebble watch face. Which allows me to have my pebble now act as my UP band best part about it is Jawbone has ported over the idle alerts to the Pebble, which I mention was the main reason I picked it over all the others.

So far I am unsure if this is going to work as well as I hope. I logged into my UP account via the UP for pebble app, but my steps for the day did not sync over from my UP24 band. So I am confused as to where these steps counts are going right now. But hopefully starting tomorrow things will all be working as they should.

The New Jawbone UP / Apple Health App

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Link to the new app go get it now and add me to your team.

When I saw the first post about the app being available I got really excited, then I saw the details about how it was for users who didn’t have the bands and was confused. I still don’t fully understand why they need to make this a completely separate app, but I am excited about what the end results will mean.

Here’s why:
I love my UP24(band), it’s motivated me the last few months to live healthier, but I only know one other person who has a band. I know about 10 people with a Fitbit, so I end up wearing both (yes I wear 2 fitness trackers, 3 if you count my phone). But soon I may not have too. With HealthKit and a couple more app updates from UP & Fitbit. I should be able to use my UP’s step data for my Fitbit app and my Fitbit friends if they choose could use their data in the UP app. Jawbone has already announced that they will be adding this in soon. So hopefully Fitbit will as well.

My only concern with all this is I don’t want to see the UP band go away. Jawbone has had a lot of issues with it, but overall I still think it’s the best motivating tracker out there. They have one feature none of the others I’ve seen/used has: Idle alerts, my band will vibrate every 30 minutes of inactivity(setting is customizable) to remind me to get up and move. That setting alone with worth the $80-$150 dollars for the band.

*I know I could have already used the M7/8 chip in my iPhone for Fitbit, but I find that chip to be very inaccurate compared to my Fitbit One and Jawbone UP24 step data, which are at most a couple hundred steps apart. The M7/8 chip usually 2,000 steps higher then the Fitbit/UP data and I feel like I am cheating myself and Fitbit friends when I use it.

20,000 Steps A Day For A Month

I’m fat, but I used to be fatter, however before that I was skinnier and before that even fatter then the previous fatter and before that skinnier then the previous skinnier and before that fatter, but not then my fattest and before that I was 7.

All that being said my weight has always been an issue. So on July 21st, I made a goal with myself to hit 20,000 steps a day for a month. Yesterday (Day 31) I completed my initial goal. But I am not done yet. I have 27 more days before I will be stuck in a car for 16+ hours straight with 3 other adults and 3 children, so I figure I might as well extend my streak until a day that I have a true physical and mental excuse for not hitting my goal.

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**But wait… there’s more**<br>
Yes, I had the public goal of the 20k steps a day, but underneath that I had a goal to lose weight, like I mentioned before I’m fat. Luckily for me I had my beautiful wife walking with and motivating me to hit my goals and my best friend [Steve](http://www.twitter.com/funkmasterflash) and I started weighing-in daily and texting each other our progress good or bad, so we could keep each other accountable and encourage one another. It was also cool because the day after I started this journey [Sam Soffes](http://twitter.com/soffes) posted [this article](http://sam.roon.io/fat), which just added to my encouragement.

**The results**<br>
In the last 31 days I have lost a total of 23.6 pounds. I honestly was hoping to lose 10 pounds. I still have a long way to go and starting tomorrow I am going to turn back on a feature of my scale that post my weight publicly every time I weigh-in. It’s scary, but at the same time I believe it will keep me on track to get down to the weight that I should be.

**My current weight goals**<br>
257 – Sept 17th (day we leave for vacation)<br>
240 – Nov 28th (Thanksgiving)<br>
230 – Feb 3rd (My sons 3rd birthday)<br>
220 – Apr 19th (My 32nd birthday)

Honestly, I hope to kill all these goals, but right now I just don’t know what to expect. But you’re more then welcome to follow my journey. I hope to eventually get a dedicated page up again to better track it all, but for now feel free to follow me on [twitter](http://www.twitter.com/brianminor) I usually weigh-in around 6-8am.

Maintaining

Since vacation in October I’ve weighted around 255-259, This is far from my weight goal, but in the past I’ve always been good at either losing or gaining (mostly gaining), so it’s nice to know that I can maintain, now I just need to get to a weight worth maintaining.

Also, sometime next week I will be turning back on the feature of my scale to post my weight publicly again. I turned it off because it’s pointless when there is no progress being made.

Why I’m Posting My Weights Online

My current weight goals

257 – Sept 17th (day we leave for vacation) – Hit on Aug 30th

250 – Jan 1st (New Years Day)

240 – Feb 3rd (My sons 3rd birthday)
220 – Apr 19th (My birthday)

The Details

A while back I heard (I believe) Leo Laporte call it Diet by Humiliation. It’s the concept of posting your weight-ins publicly for everyone to see as a way of motivating yourself. I really liked the idea and my Withings scale has a feature to automatically post my weight-ins after stepping on the scale, but it was still a tough decision to make.

I’m fat and I’d prefer others not know just how fat I am. But then I realized it’s not something one can really hide. If you’ve seen me you instantly know I’m not skinny. So there you have it. Pretty simple reason.

Here are my current goals I’m working towards. I hope to smash all of these, but I’m just not sure how difficult that will be just yet.

Eventually I may build a dedicated page for this, but for now this works well enough for what I need.