Mike’s Countdown to 195: Week Fourteen

Welcome to Week 14 of me publicly broadcasting my goal of getting down to 195 pounds every Friday until that goal is accomplished.

History Of How I Got Here

2010 – Early 2015
  • Used weight training to lose 80 pounds of fat and than maintained a healthy weight around 205-210 pounds based on home/work lifestyle.
  • 2015 goal to lose 15 pounds of fat which that would equate to about 195 pounds (if no muscle loss)
November 20, 2015

 

December 2015
January 2016

February 2016

**SPECIAL NOTE**:
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 fat loss. One of Michael’s other goals is 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 measurement.

WEEK 14: February 12 – February 18 2016

February 11th Stats
Scale Weight: 210 pounds
Waist: 35.6 inches

Week 14 Main Goals

  • Drop scale weight from 210 to 209 pounds.
  • Waist under 35.5 inches
  • Eat about 1776 calories a day
    • Ideally that breaks down to:
      • 195 grams Protein
      • 160 grams Carbohydrates
      • 39 grams Fat

 

Observations & Challenges

Workout

I’m currently doing about 5 weightlifting workouts a week.  Two days involve heavy lifting, while the other two days involve lighter weights.  I feel really good doing the simple routine.  I can feel my gripping strength get better as each week passes.  That gripping strength plays a big part in my ability to do pull-ups, deadlifts and stiff-leg deadlifts.

The injury I suffered last week has been a non-factor.  The area is still sore but has not caused any pain while working out.  I’ve been sure to stretch out this entire week.

Mentality

This past Valentine’s Day was a planned cheat day.    I talked more in detailed about that day in What Cheating On Valentine’s Day Taught Me…..and NO, I did not cheat on my wife!!   It was just a innocently planned cheat day.  I had a plan to get down and dirty with some form of baked goods!

For the past two weeks, whenever I had been watching tv on Hulu, I saw a Dunkin Donuts commercial for Valentine’s heart shaped donuts.  At first I resisted.  But by the time I saw the commercial for the hundredth time, my mouth started to drool for the donuts.  I could feel my name changing to Homer!

Homer Simpson eating a doughnut

So on Valentine’s Day when I approached the Dunkin Donuts, I could see just how powerful my willpower has become again.  I had no plans to get a dozen.  I subconsciously knew what my past was like when getting a dozen so I instantly only wanted three.

After ordering my donuts, I instantly had buyers remorse.  They didn’t really have the types I really like.  The donuts that were in the commercial were on display, but I remember being disgusted by the actual taste of those donuts a year ago.  Despite that constant advertising, I wasn’t going to fall for that trap again!

Prior to going to the Donuts, I had been at a restaurant in which they served coconut creme cake.  My wife’s not a fan of coconut, so I don’t eat coconut treats that often.  The fact that I didn’t’ get that cake at the restaurant made me want to have some sort of coconut treat.  I think that strong urge for coconut kicked in at Dunkin Donuts because I searched for a coconut donut and did not see one while ordering.  As I left the store, that’s when I noticed the coconut donuts but I had already paid and moved on.

Once I got home, that coconut craving kicked in again.  The donuts I bought just became a ugly duckling compared to this new coconut craving.  My wife and I proceeded to the grocery store.  Once at the grocery store I purchased a small coconut creme pie.

The fact that I purchased the smaller coconut creme pie instead of a normal size pie is a big change in mentality for myself.  Whenever I’m in my sugar binge mood, I always go for the value which normally means the bigger sizes.  On this day, my rational side kicked in.  I knew that a large pie would have meant that I selfishly got an excess supply of sweets just to become addicted again!

I’m happy to say that after I ate my donuts and pie on Valentine’s Day, I had absolutely no cravings for anything else.  Just like I mention in Release The Beast: Conquer Mental, Physical & Diet Challenges To Unleash The Champion Inside! , you should pay attention to advertising.  It’s amazing how what you see in commercials causes you to desire items you really don’t want!

Food Journal

Here are my honest food stats for the week:

Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 12 2016

Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 13 2016  Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 14 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 15 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 16 2016 Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 17 2016Mike's Diet Journal Entry for Feb 18 2016

End of Week 13: February 19th, 2016

  • Scale Weight: 207.6 lbs  (2.6 lbs lost from previous week)
  • Waist: 35.0 inches  (0.5 inches lost from previous week)
  • 95% Compliant
    • 18 out of 19 meals I ate during the week were compliant with my eating plan

My results are exactly what I expected to see once I lowered my daily calories to 1776.  There’s no need to do another adjustment.  For my own curiosity, I might track how many hours of activity I do this next week.  That will help me determine how much conditioning or extra curricular activity I will need to do when the weight loss comes to a halt.  I suspect that if I didn’t change my workout routine, my weight loss will stabilize around 204 pounds.

 

Upcoming Week 14 goals:

  • Drop scale weight from 207.6 to 207 pounds.
  • Waist under 35.0 inches
  • Eat about 1776 calories a day
    • Ideally that breaks down to:
      • 195 grams Protein
      • 160 grams Carbohydrates
      • 39 grams Fat

 

14 Weeks Down……It still amazes me that my lowest weight during this countdown happened on Week 6.  Right smack in the middle of the Holidays!  I would have never thought I would still be doing this….but here I am.

I hope you are enjoying my journey!   Let’s see what happens during Week 15!