Day #10 – Losing 10 pounds in 10 days

May 28, 2014 · 0 comments

Beginning weight at the start –   210.5 pounds
Weight at the end of day #1 –   208.5 pounds
Weight at the end of day #2 –   206.5 pounds
Weight at the end of day #3 –   205.5 pounds
Weight at the end of day #4 –   204.75 pounds
Weight at the end of day #5 –   204.0 pounds
Weight at the end of day #6 –   204.5 pounds
Weight at the end of day #7 –   205.0 pounds
Weight at the end of day #8 –   204.0 pounds
Weight at the end of day #9 –   203.0 pounds
Weight at the end of day #10 –   202.5 pounds
Total weight lost on day #10 –   1/2 pound
Total weight lost in 10 days –   8 pounds

I worked very hard at reaching my weight-loss goal of 10 pounds in 10 days, but I didn’t quite get there. Even so, I did lose 8 pounds in 10 days, which is pretty darn good. During my 10-day experiment, I didn’t eat much, walked over 20 miles, and worked out in the gym every other day. I did feel as though should have lost a little more weight than I did, but I am VERY happy with the results. Eight pounds is a lot of weight to lose in 10 days.

Gaining weight is easy for me. Losing weight is hard. Many of you told me the same is true for you.

This morning, I feel much better about myself knowing I weigh less. The weight loss did give my self-esteem a positive boost, and I can see the difference when I look at my face and stomach.

I must also add an unusual thought about “sacrifice.” When I began this 10-day weight loss plan, it was kind of scary, in the sense that there was a very real possibility I would make a fool of myself (publicly) and not be able to lose the weight. But the last 10 days reminded me that some of the most fulfilling accomplishments in my life are those which seem difficult… or hard.

DOING HARD THINGS

I define “hard” as any task that pushes a person to try to do something way outside their normal way of life. There’s no telling what is possible when you begin to reject low expectations — even when it means you must tackle difficult and complex tasks that no one else wants to do — like losing some of the weight you know you should lose. This morning, I feel as good about pushing myself to do something way beyond my comfort zone as I do about losing the weight! And knowing that I was able to push myself to have the discipline to sacrifice short-term pain (hunger) for long-term accomplishment (losing 8 pounds) builds confidence that I can apply this success to other difficult areas of my life. Wouldn’t you like to experience this type of positive achievement in your life? What’s holding you back? In my case, I found the answer looking back at me in the bathroom mirror.

EIGHT THINGS ABOUT RAPID WEIGHT LOSS I FOUND HELPFUL

  1. I tuned out the discouragers who meant well, but told me I was doing it all wrong.
  2. Sleep and drinking enough water are two often-overlooked, but super-important factors in weight loss. I think I would have hit my goal of losing 10 pounds if I had drunk more water and slept an extra hour each night.
  3. I like weighing in daily. If you’re serious about losing 25 pounds or more, I suggest you buy the same two scales I have. One is a “balance beam” scale like they have in the doctor’s office ($200). The second is a digital scale made by Tanita that accurately weighs you and shows your body fat percentage. I weigh on the doctor’s scale first thing in the morning and use the body fat scale the last thing at night.
  4. Powdered protein drinks in almond milk are great & healthy low-calorie mini-meals in a glass. Investing in a high-quality protein powder is smart.
  5. Exercise is the key to long-term success. Long term, 20% of weight loss will come from your diet, while 80% will come from your activity. Did you know every pound of muscle you gain will burn 50 calories each day? Just think about that one for a while.
  6. Watch the size of your portions. When you eat out, share an entrée with your spouse. You’ll be surprised at how full you feel. We’ve gotten in the habit of eating over-sized portions.
  7. Walking will change your life. Start at 10 minutes a day like I did and work toward 60 minutes a day. Invest in a $100 pair of walking shoes. You deserve it!
  8. When you have a bad day and have a food splurge, forgive yourself. Start fresh the next day with renewed hope. You will have food splurges, but that doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Splurges are just a minor setback on the road to success.

SUMMARY

I would like to thank the 60-70 of you who emailed my privately your many words of support and encouragement over the last 10 days. Your kindness was an unexpected bonus, and I am deeply grateful.

I plan on continuing my weight loss plan, but at a slower, more sustainable pace. My goal is to lose 2 pounds a week, until I reach my final weight loss goal of 189 pounds and 15% body fat. At this stage of my life, I have lost a total of 65 pounds over the last five years. I cannot tell you how much more energy I have compared to the old days. I sleep better, I think more clearly, and I accomplish far more as a result.

All of us have heard a million times that we should lose weight, but this time it’s different. I’m not some some article in a magazine. I am you. You know me. I’m telling you you need to do this before your excess weight takes years off your life and seriously impacts your ability to earn money due to a lack of energy and declining health. We’re all in this together, and I sincerely hope the last 10 days have inspired you to think about the many positive returns from losing weight and the economics of fitness for you as a business owner.

My name is Mike Stevens, and I am a printer.

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