Now that is more like it! After last week's debacle I was hoping that my body was merely trying to reset and not that I had made some huge error in my accounting of things. As I posted earlier in the week the 4th was not a great day for me on my diet, so I am even happier that I managed to have a great week and still have one ridiculous day. I weighed in this morning at 385.2, which is a loss of 3.2 pounds. That is the kind of range I would like to be in on a weekly basis. If I can string together 3 more weeks like this then I can hit about 375 by month's end, which would achieve my most ambitious goal for the month. Considering how previous weeks have gone this may not be realistic, but I think shooting for somewhere south of 380 is a solid goal.
Considering the fact my diet was not perfect this week I have to look at the other changes I made to see from where the progress came. The first, and most obvious, is from exercise. Last week was decent, but this week was great. I hit the elliptical 3 times for a total of about an hour, and took an hour walk as well. Unfortunately being a big guy meant that this also meant that by yesterday I had a bit of a chafing issue, so yesterday I also did a few reps with my free weights, and although it probably did not do much in terms of calories it did get my blood pumping just a little bit and couldn't have hurt, especially on a day when a jog or walk was painfully unrealistic. I have discovered that Netflix is my best friend for working out on the elliptical because it does just enough to take my mind off of how sweaty and tired I am and keep going. A sitcom episode is perfect because by the time the credits hit I can slow things down and cool off and have about 25 minutes done. Walks are less of a problem because I am outside with much more pleasant surroundings and it is not nearly as vigorous as my elliptical sessions.
Another strategy that helped this week was my protein buster. Two days of salads had me craving anything but by the third day, but it really got me back on the right track. Starting Sunday I pretty much ate as I normally would. The results speak for themselves, so I think at least every other week a few salad days consecutively are going to become part of my repertoire.
This week I want to keep going with what I achieved this week. This is a great baseline to shoot for, so I plan to keep up what has worked. 40-50 points worth of exercise, a few salads, and keep it sensible otherwise.