Week 26 of Countdown to 195

Mike’s Countdown To 195: Week 26

Welcome to Week 26 of me publicly broadcasting my goal of getting down to 195 pounds every Friday until that goal is accomplished.

Quick History Of How I Got Here

2010 – Early 2015
  • Used weight training to lose 80 pounds of fat and maintained a happy healthy weight around 205-210 pounds based on busy home/work lifestyle.
  • 2015 goal to lose 15 pounds of fat that would equate to about 195 pounds (if no muscle loss)
  • Challenged myself to get to 195 during 2015 Holiday Seasons (hardest time for me to lose weight)

 

First Six Weeks November – December 2015

 

Post Holiday/Winter Time Blues

 

Most Recent

**DISCLAIMER**:
Michael could easily lose 10+ pounds of weight in a week just by going on an unhealthy super low carb diet or dehydrating himself of water. That’s not what this countdown is about! This is about fat loss not weight loss! There is a BIG difference between those two!

Truth be told, Michael doesn’t care how much he weighs. The real stat that matters to him is his waist. That’s the measurement that tells the real story about his health/fat loss. One of Michael’s other goals was to have a consistent 34.5” or smaller waist size. Since waist measurements aren’t as sexy as weight loss, he decided to focus on the scale for these countdown weeks, while looking at the waist as a secondary (but way more accurate) measurement.


WEEK 26: May 6 – 12 2016

May 6th Stats
Scale Weight: 198.4 pounds
Waist: 33.5 inches

Week 26 Main Goals

  • Drop scale weight from 198.4 to 197.5 pounds
  • Maintain a waist size less than 34 inches
  • 30-60 minute walks 2-4x a week
  • Decrease upper body activity for shoulder rehab
  • Eat about 1776 calories a day on my off days
    • For my fat loss/muscle maintenance goals that ideally breaks down to:
      • 195 grams Protein
      • 160 grams Carbohydrates
      • 39 grams Fat
  • Eat about 2556 calories a day on my off days
    • For my fat loss/muscle maintenance goals that ideally breaks down to:
      • 224 grams Protein
      • 288 grams Carbohydrates
      • 57 grams Fat

 

Observations & Challenges

Shoulder Pain

My left shoulder area felt a lot better this week. I am able to do 10-12 rep bench presses with no pain. I even did another week of incline benches with no trouble.

I do not think the shoulder is completely healed yet so I will still keep heavy overhead presses, lying triceps extensions and close-grip chin ups out of my workout since those were causing the most shoulder pain.

Seasonal Depression

What started out as a Fish Fry Friday turned into almost five days of me going overboard with my eating. I saw it coming but allowed and embraced it. I paid the price for it in weight and stomach pain.

I truly believe I’m a seasonal eater. During the warmer months, I naturally eat lighter foods. During the colder months, my body craves comfort foods and pastry goods.

Even though the calendar says it’s May, the weather is still displaying winter like conditions, which is really messing up with my head!

The grey, dark and damp weather just puts me in a depressed mode. When I’m in that mode, I want to be comforted so that’s when overeating naturally comes into play.

Food Journal

Here are my shameful food stats for the week:
Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 6 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 7 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 8 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 9 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 10 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 11 2016

Mike's Diet Journal Entry for May 12 2016

End of Week 26 Stats: May 13th 2016

  • Scale Weight: 200 lbs (1.6 lbs gain  from previous week)
  • Waist: 33.5 inches (0.0 inches loss from previous week)

 

Considering the scale was around 206 pounds Tuesday morning, I’m good with this week’s results. I know I did not put myself in a calorie deficient this week, so no weight loss was expected.

Upcoming Week 27 goals:

  • Drop scale weight from 200 to 198.0 pounds
  • Maintain a waist size less than 34 inches
  • 30-60 minute walks 2-4x a week
  • Take theMicVinny Challenge
  • Eat about 1676 calories a day on my off days
    • For my fat loss/muscle maintenance goals that ideally breaks down to:
      • 195 grams Protein
      • 138 grams Carbohydrates
      • 37 grams Fat
  • Eat about 2556 calories a day on my off days
    • For my fat loss/muscle maintenance goals that ideally breaks down to:
      • 224 grams Protein
      • 288 grams Carbohydrates
      • 57 grams Fat

26 Weeks Down……5 Pounds to Go?

Will the depressing weather cause me to eat a whole pie by myself?

Will the MicVinny Challenge help push me towards the finish line?

 

 

Are you too scared to find out more about the MicVinny Challenge?

 

I hope to see you SIGN UP for the MicVinny Challenge, if not, tune in Next Week for the next segment of this countdown!