May 1st through May 7th
- Weight: 351.40 lbs. (-4.6 / -10.6 total)
- Waist size for pants: 54 (-2)
This was an interesting Sprint. From a weight standpoint, I succeeded greatly. Let’s look at the stories…
- I want to stop consuming calories at 8pm, because my body stores unspent calories overnight as fat. – SUCCESS
- I want to burn an extra 1000 calories each day, as measured by the Watch’s “Move” measure, to ensure that I am getting exercise and maintaining a minimum level of activity. – FAIL
- I want to get at least 7 hours of sleep per night, because when I don’t my body tries to substitute calories for rest. – FAIL
- I want to stop drinking liquids with artificial sweeteners, coloring, or carbonation, to avoid any side-effects of such, and to not try to fool my body that it’s getting extra calories. – SUCCESS*
- I so not drink alcohol as the calories add no nutritional value to my body. – SUCCESS
- I will not have second helpings at meals, because this adds significant calories without exploring new tastes. – SUCCESS
Additionally, holding the Sprint Reviews (weigh-ins) on Mondays isn’t going to work. I have to write these posts, after all. I’m moving the review to Sundays.
The Failed Stories
Burn 1000 Calories Each Day
I want to burn an extra 1000 calories each day, as measured by the Watch’s “Move” measure, to ensure that I am getting exercise and maintaining a minimum level of activity.
I just didn’t do it. I could give dozens of excuses; I’ve been losing weight a long time and am EXPERT in making excuses for not exercising. I exceeded the goal twice though, and my weight loss was very good. I’ve decided I’m not going to beat myself up on it, but I’m not going to change it either. In a week or two I’ll re-examine this Story to see if it’s reasonable.
Sleep >7 hours hours per night
In this case, I had a bout of gout on one night, and just went to bed late on the other. This Story stays as is.
Avoid Drinking Liquids with Artificial Sweeteners and Carbonation
This is an odd one. I’ve taken to San Pellegrino water, which has no artificial sweeteners but has a little CO2 added. Additionally, I’ve been looking into Stevia, which is a natural sweetener with no calories, which I’m adopting. San Pellegrino water with a little of a Stevia-sweetened solution is not bad. I’m altering this story to “I want to stop drinking sodas with artificial sweeteners or coloring, to avoid any side-effects of such, and to not try to fool my body that it’s getting extra calories.”
This wasn’t a perfect Story, but at 4.6 pounds lost, it was largely successful. In the post for the start of Epic 2, I’ll discuss how I’m going to work goals.