4HB Results: Weight Loss Is Like A Light Bulb

Thomas Edison didn’t invent the lightbulb with one experiment. He failed many times. And many of us know he didn’t really refer to them as failures. He said:

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

This week I learned many ways losing weight won’t work.

Let’s start with successes

It wasn’t all bad this week, as you’ll see, but it could have been better. Following the quote trend I have today, here are two more:

You’re looking thinner.
I can wrap my arms around you better.
-my wife

There’s not much better for a man who wants to lose weight than when his wife tells him she’s seeing the results. I had another coworker tell me the same thing (that I look thinner, not that he can wrap his arms around me better).

I also dropped a notch in my belt and a pair of pants that used to be tight now feel like they’re about to fall off. Soon it’s going to be time to start shopping for a new wardrobe.

They’re not “failures”, just ways not to lose weight

The biggest challenge for me was cheating with the small things. During the week, I ate:

  • Several York Peppermint Patties
  • a few pieces of chocolate
  • Grandma’s cookies
  • A few more pieces of chocolate
  • A piece of fruit pizza the night before my cheat day, then a cookie and a small piece of cake the day after
  • Two out of three meals on Monday that had plenty of white carbs

I was not as disciplined as I have normally been, and it shows in the results. In addition to that, I’m finding it harder today to be as focused as I need to be. I allowed my body get used to indiscipline, and now it wants to go back to it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that when you’re not careful, discipline is hard to get back. Maybe it gets easier with time.

For the future

One thing I should have done – I wouldn’t necessarily call it a failure – is drink more water. I drank a lot, but I could have used more. This week I think I’m going to track my water consumption to see what kind of impact it has on the loss. I have a 32 oz bottle at work I try to drink twice, but I may need more. I’ve heard an easy way to determine how much you should drink is to half your body weight and drink it in ounces. That means I will need to drink a little less than 5 bottles a day. That sounds like a lot, but I’m willing to try it for a week to see what happens. Maybe I’ll do that NEXT week. 😉

The other change is that I will start the PAGG stack tomorrow. I haven’t done it yet, so I’m interested to see how it affects my changes. I was going to start today (since my “weeks” start on Tuesdays), but I forgot this morning and wanted to start at the beginning of a day.

On to the results

Ok, that’s enough talking. Here are my results for the week:

Last time I reported it, my weight was 294.6.
Today, I weigh 294.6. That’s a change of 0 lbs.

Last week my total inches were 211.375.
Arms: 33
Legs: 56.75
Waist: 54.25
Hips: 49.5
Neck: 17.5

Total: 211, for a change of -.375 inches. You can hold me accountable by following my progress on my 30 Day Challenge spreadsheet.

I’ll end with another Thomas Edison quote:

Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!

We don’t always do everything right. When we don’t, we can be upset or we can learn from it and emerge “stronger and more prosperous” than before. Today, I choose the latter.

How has your March been going? What have been your struggles and victories? What advice do you have for those who struggle?


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  1. One thing that I believe in is that maintenance of body weight/fat is not necessarily a bad thing. As long as you take action to make your gains/loss better not worse.

    I commented on another post of yours about water. I am now ~160lbs and try to drink 3-4 litres a day which is 100-135oz. I notice a big difference in my fat gain/loss when I don’t drink enough water. I am not sure if this is because I eat more or if the water actually does something, I need to do more tracking to find out.

    I have a glass beside the fridge that I us all day at home, and a steel bottle on my desk that I refill about 4-5 times a day, when ever it is empty I get more.

    • @Justin: I’m drinking about that much water this week. I’m trying to ramp it up to about 150, but that gets difficult! I have to keep taking bathroom breaks…


      • @jason: LOL .. Yeah me too, people at work probably think I am strange I have to go to the bathroom so much. After making my comments I took note yesterday of how much water I drank and is was just over 3 litres.

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