Journal

Fat to Fit: Week 42

August 30th – September 5th, 2021

I made a near 100% switch to Huel for nutrition last week. Things will be more challenging this week as I take a long road trip to Texas and back (from Buffalo, NY). I will spend four days in a car and four days socializing. Thus far, my health record while socializing has been monumentally horrid, and I’m trying to keep things modest this time around. I won’t have too many ciders, and I’ll close my rings each day. At least, that’s the plan.

Body Stats:

Highest Lifetime Weight: ~225 lbs.
Goal Weight: 165 lbs.
Week’s Ending Weight: 12.0 lbs.

Body Fat: 31.6 %
Muscle Mass: 117.0 lbs.

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Monday 30th

Workout and Movement:
Active Calories, Indoor Walk: 2.16 Avg. HR:95
Exercise Ring: 85/30
Move Ring: 1,105/710
Total steps: 15,651

To close my rings, I embarked on some indoor marching shortly before bed. The only positive thing to discern from this effort was the length. It wasn’t much of a cardio attempt, but it added steps and burned calories to my day.

Overall, my day was active for a Monday. I was incredibly busy at work, constantly on my feet. That’s how I collated so many move calories and exercise minutes, other than my walk.


Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,310/1,556
Fat: 32%
Carbs: 46%
Protein: 22%

I continued with my Soylent and Huel plan today. As I have Soylent to use, I prepared a 400-calorie shake for breakfast.

I switched things around and savored my Huel Caffe Latte for lunch instead. I reasoned that the slight caffeine boost would help me through the end of a busy workday. A 400-calorie Huel shake is a perfect lunch for me.

Hot and Savory Huel was on the menu for dinner. I opted for a portion of sweet and sour. There are very few more straightforward ways of eating a hot meal than a little pot of Huel. I bought these coffee spoons, which are the perfect size to mix and eat the hot and savory!

For an after-work snack, I enjoyed a bag of Lay’s baked potato chips for 110 calories.

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Tuesday 31st

Workout and Movement:
Active Calories, Indoor Walk: 227 Avg. HR: 78
Exercise Ring: 100/30
Move Ring: 1,161/710
Total steps: 15,153

Akin to yesterday, my daily exercise mainly came from “normal” activities throughout the day. Walking at work accounts for most of what I amassed today.

I did another march before bed, which was more of a relaxed movement than intense exercise. I spent quite a bit of my evening at my computer, so I was eager to get the muscles moving before hitting the hay. My general fatigue and desire to sleep is likely the reason why my heart rate was so low – I didn’t have it in me to put the effort in. With marching, I can only get my heart rate to rise if I swing my arms elaborately or lift my knees on each step. However, as I am leaving on my trip to Texas tomorrow, I didn’t want to zap all my energy.

I achieved my perfect month and challenge badge for August. The latter was for amassing 1,950 exercise minutes.

Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,510/1,556
Fat: 31%
Carbs: 47%
Protein: 22%

The first 1,200 calories of the day are an exact carbon copy of yesterday: 400-calories each of Soylent, Caffe Latte Huel, and sweet and sour Huel. I even had a packet of Lay’s baked chips for 110 calories too!

The deviation came from an additional 200-calorie serving of some yellow coconut curry Hot and Savory Huel later in the evening. Frankly, I was hungry and wanted more, and this extra portion hit the spot nicely.

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Wednesday 1st

Workout and Movement:
Exercise Ring: 49/30
Move Ring: 798/710
Total steps: 8,617

For a day spent driving west, I achieved decent ring stats today. Most of it came from the morning while I was getting organized. There is nothing like packing and making sure the cats are set to get the steps in and the heart rate elevated enough to count as exercise.

I did, however, gain some stats during the drive. Some are false readings from when I drumbeat to music or dance a little to an upbeat tune. I also made a point of stopping when tired and then, after a short rest, getting out of the car to stretch my legs for a 5-10 minute walk. I guess these all add up.
 

Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,660/1,556
Fat: 26%
Carbs: 53%
Protein: 21%

I hit the road today and waited until mid-morning before I ate 400-calories of hot and savory Huel as my breakfast. An excellent portion of sweet and sour to fill my belly before sitting for hours on end.

I prepared two servings of Huel to sip on during my ride. I opted for Huel as it is more satiating and has some caffeine in it. A much better option than Soylent for this journey.

It was a road trip, so the desire for snacks was strong. I packed some Lay’s baked chips, and throughout this first day, I ate three bags, accounting for 330 calories. I also had a Nutri-Grain bar for something different.

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Thursday 2nd

Workout and Movement:
Exercise Ring: 30/30
Move Ring: 665/620
Total steps: 5,868

I lowered my move goal to be something achievable, but not as high as a typical day, as I was stuck in the car and exhausted after driving for 24 hours. I also lost an hour crossing into Central time!

Like yesterday, most of my minutes came from those short walks during pit stops. I had wanted to do yoga in the hotel, but there wasn’t time. When I arrived at my friends’ house, I wasn’t in the mood for any form of exercise. However, I saw that she had adjustable weights that went to 12.5 lbs. (my top weight is 8 lbs.), so I curled them a lot during my stay.


Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,592/1,556
Fat: 25%
Carbs: 50%
Protein: 25%

Day two of this trip, and I made a Huel shake for breakfast (I brought the water and powder with me and some ice packs to try and keep things cool).

Lunch was a hot mess of snacks I packed into the car – all 800 calories of them. It wasn’t “lunch” in the classical sense — just a lot of snacks. I had a Nutri-Grain bar, a Pure Protein strawberry bar, a Pure Protein peanut caramel chocolate bar, a bite of a peanut butter banana Clif bar, and two bags of Lay’s potato chips. Essentially any time I got tired, I reached for a snack. It might not have been the healthiest option, but far better than getting some fast food on the road.

Once I got to Texas, I made a portion of Hot and Savory (yes, I brought a bag of that too) for dinner.

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Friday 3rd

Workout and Movement:
Active Calories, Indoor Walk: 231 Avg. HR: 109
Exercise Ring: 35/30
Move Ring: 708/710
Total steps: 10,806

As I suspected, exercise was not at the forefront of my thoughts today. That said, I didn’t want my rings to go unclosed. Of course, I missed my move ring by two calories, which frustrates me to an extent that I cannot address.

My friend has a large living room with a couch in the center. After marching on the spot initially, I decided to get better exercise by walking around the couch. It’s clear on the heart rate trace when that transition occurred. Walking instead of marching is far a better exercise, and I am delighted that I took the opportunity to walk in circles while watching television.

I’m still gutted about those two calories and killing my streak, though. 😞


Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,545/1,556
Fat: 41%
Carbs: 46%
Protein: 13%

My friend got an IHOP coupon for her birthday for a free stack of pancakes. There’s no better way to kick off a birthday weekend than to get some free pancakes. I haven’t been to an IHOP in quite a while (pre-COVID), and their menu has changed quite a bit. I selected a new item, the country breakfast burrito bowl. It’s a combination of scrambled eggs, diced ham & sausage, fire-roasted peppers & onions, shredded Jack & Cheddar cheese, and hash browns. I didn’t have the tortilla! I ate this whopping 810-calorie breakfast in two sittings.

Due to the substantial brunch, there was no need for lunch. My friend purchased a Freshetta pepperoni pizza, which we had for dinner. My portion came to 615 calories.

I had a Kinder Bueno as a snack today. It’s the first time I’ve had one, and I must say these are delightful 120 calorie bites of goodness.

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Saturday 4th

Workout and Movement:
Active Calories, Indoor Walk: 106 Avg. HR: 98
Exercise Ring: 30/30
Move Ring: 713/710
Total steps: 9,327

Like yesterday, there wasn’t an opportunity to close my rings early in the day. Consequently, after game night, I walked around the lounge until I got my 30 exercise minutes. I had four minutes to spare! It wasn’t a perfect walk, hampered by the late hour and the alcohol in my belly. I got the rings closed, though, and that was my goal when I started walking.


Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,842/1,556
Fat: 27%
Carbs: 49%
Protein: 24%

I ate two plain pancakes that were leftover from our IHOP visit yesterday. These two pieces of fluffy carb goodness came to 308 calories.

For lunch, we went to my favorite barbecue place in Houston. Previously, I would have selected a two meat platter, opting for turkey and ribs. Today though, I knew turkey was enough. I picked two sides without health in mind: mashed potatoes and mac and cheese. I also had a cornbread muffin. In total, my trip to the barbecue joint added 674 calories to my day.

At night is when things started to derail a bit. We had a game night, and the theme was a dip party. I had some tortilla chips and this fantastic chili cream cheese dip. We also made a caramel cream cheese dip for apples that I had a few servings of. However, I honestly could have grazed for more and devoured 2,000 calories with the items on offer. In conjunction with the three Truly’s I drank (100 calories each), I consumed around 860 calories. We purposefully got the seltzers instead of cider to keep the calories down, so there’s some improvement in the choices I make – finally.

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Sunday 5th

Workout and Movement:
Active Calories, Indoor Walk: 158 Avg. HR: 112
Exercise Ring: 45/30
Move Ring: 647/600
Total steps: 9,725

Before heading out to dinner, I walked around the couch for half an hour to work on my rings. Other than that, I lifted those 12.5 weights numerous times throughout the day to get some bicep curls in. I wasn’t expecting this strength to do much, but using it more as a barometer as to how much weight I will need when I buy my own set. Curling 12.5 lbs. wasn’t too challenging. At a store, I tried 15 lbs. and did find that difficult. I think around 20 lbs. will be a good set for me to last many years. That’s what I am looking for when I get some adjustable dumbbells – something that will keep working my muscles as I get stronger.


Nutrition:
Calorie Intake: 1,728/1,526
Fat: 21%
Carbs: 47%
Protein: 32%

I started my day in the same fashion as yesterday – with two leftover pancakes from IHOP. I am a tad surprised that they are 150 calories each without any butter or syrup. Eye-opening as to how excessive my eating once was. Luckily, I like plain pancakes, so I enjoyed my simple breakfast.

To offset some of the nutritional deficits on this trip thus far, I enjoyed a nice portion of Huel Hot and Savory sweet and sour, which is 400 calories.

At night, we went to a Tex-Mex restaurant to celebrate my friends’ birthday. I selected seafood enchiladas for my meal, and I paired it with a margarita. Together I reckon that they were worth 1,020 calories – that could be an underestimation. If I am going to give myself any credit, it will be that I didn’t gorge myself on chips and queso, which would have been the norm. Additionally, a second margarita would have been ordered. So, again, slowly but surely getting to grips with moderation, even if I am gorging a little.

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Week’s Reflection

This was always going to be a tough week for both nutrition and exercise. Nothing like a road trip to lead to ingesting junk food. I mitigated that element, at least. As for socializing and enjoying restaurants (a rarity these days), we did limit it to one outing per day, which helped keep the calories somewhat in check. I also didn’t consume as much alcohol as I have done during other social visits this year. I suppose it was less of a binge than it could have been. Having recently incorporated Huel into my food, I am more mindful than I have been all year about nutrition rather than concentrating on the calorie content. It might have taken me far too long to come to this realization, but better late than never, as they say!

I anticipated that exercise would be at the back of my mind during this trip. I was pleased with my move rings early in the week, even when sitting in a car for most of the day. I could have done more when in Houston, but having fun was more important. As I kept my calorie intake reasonable for a celebration weekend (especially if I consider around 1,800 calories is the budget for a one lb. loss per week), I moved just enough each day.

As always, I could do more, and there’s room for a vast improvement in my efforts.

Upcoming Week

Potential Roadblocks

The beginning of my week will be hampered with birthday celebrations and then a two-day drive back to Buffalo. For three days, I envision consuming too many calories and not getting enough movement. The backend of the week is where I can mitigate those three days.

Desires

I am looking forward to getting back to Buffalo late next week and getting some proper exercise in. At that point, I need to refocus on building fitness as I have lost some recently due to too many marching walks and not enough strength, HIIT, and cardio.

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Cat Corner

I have a Cat Cam and I used it a lot while I was away. Here’s Toodles looking rather forlorn. Perhaps she missed me! 💔ᓚᘏᗢ


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