Spring into shape weight loss challenge: day 7


Spring Into Shape Weight Loss Challenge: Day 7 – Final Day

It’s over! Kind of… sort of… maybe.

It’s been 7 days of my weight loss challenge and the results are in. After 7 days I lost a measly 0.6 kg (1.33 lbs) of body fat. I know this number doesn’t look impressive at all, but there are a lot of great lessons to be learned.

First, let’s analyze the stats.

Current stats

Weight: 88.6 kg (195.32 lbs) / total weight loss 0.6 kg (1.33 lbs).

Body fat percentage: 35%

TDEE: 2400 with exercise.

If you’ve been following my whole journey you know that my weight pretty much stagnated at the 88.5 kg mark and hasn’t budged since.

My biggest loss was in the first two days, where I was very heavy on long 2-3 hour walks with my friends, which resulted in me weighing 88.0 kg on the 2nd day.

However, since my weight loss stagnated it means that there are obvious miscalculations. I am very confident that my TDEE is correct, but my calorie consumption is definitely off.

My weight doesn’t move in either direction, which basically means I eat the same amount of energy I burn.

But it’s not all bad, let’s analyze all the things we learned. This is absolutely crucial to any weight loss journey.

What went right?

Well, I would say everything went right. My workout is great, I love it! I love it more when spring is generous enough to allow me do my workout outdoors, but that’s very circumstantial, because reasons… (rain mostly, and snow too).

What went wrong?

The only thing that went wrong is my underestimation of calories consumed. The fact that I lost a lot of weight in the first 2 days means that those long, long walks burned 300-500 calories, which helped tremendously.

Then I earned some nice blisters and I couldn’t really do these walks anymore. And the weather started acting up, which killed the mood completely.

But that’s okay, these are merely obstacles excuses and I just need to adapt.

What’s next?

I am going to continue my weight loss journey, although I won’t be documenting my progress every single day, because it’s really boring to write these for me.

I’d rather update once a week, or maybe do one update when I am done and it’s time to set another goal.

I want to provide helpful content about nutrition, exercises and overall health, rather making this about me eating the same meals and doing the same exercises every day.

These 7 days were a challenge for me (and possibly others) to simply demonstrate what it takes to lose weight.

However, I do have a goal, since I want to get rid of my belly full of jelly.

I have a birthday coming up in mid May and I want to lose at least 10 pounds. I know 10 pounds sounds like not a lot, but I don’t want to make this journey a chore.

That’s actually one of the secrets to a successful weight loss story – slow and steady wins the race. Not the other way around.

In a nutshell

All in all, I am pleased with the challenge and results. Even though, the results are very “meh” there’s no reason to be disappointed.

There’s a very awesome Russian saying, which goes like this: “the first pancake is always lumpy“. That means when someone does something for the first time, it will never be perfect. And that’s okay.

I’ve analyzed what went wrong, I took a little break from blogging, and now I am ready to get back on the horse.

Written by Mark Forge

Mark Forge is the founder of FatForge - an information website dedicated to busting nutrition myths, scams and lies while helping people turn their weight around. If you want to lose weight I suggest starting here.

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