The Sunday After Getting Back and The New Plan


Sunday 04/10/11

Upon returning from the Biggest Loser Resort yesterday morning I weighed myself and somehow I apparently gained 7lbs.  I’m not sure if it’s the scale I own, or perhaps water retention, but there is now way I consumed enough food to gain 7lbs in a day and half.  I would have had to have consumed 24,500 calories, on top of my RMR of 3500 which would have meant I had to eat 28000 calories or the equivalent of 25.5 Big Mac Meals, or 7.3 Large Deep Dish Chicken Bacon Ranch Dominos Pizzas, or 103 single scoops of Jamoca Almond Fudge from Baskin Robbins.  I’m not quite sure the disparity in weight, but I’m not going to start freaking out until the end of this week. 

I think my body needs a few days to adjust and I need a day of rest.  This morning was spent in the ER at Virginia Hospital Center which is down the road from where I live; I had to have the fluid drained from my blister so I could walk.  It was a relatively simple fix the Physicians Assistant cut, drain, and bandaged me up faster than I could tell her where I had been to get such a nice size blister.  She prescribed some Keflex and I was on my merry way.

For breakfast I had some Kashi, and 8 oz of Almond milk, and a banana, almost like breakfast back fat rehab.  It kept me filled up for most of the morning.  Lunch was a treat today, because I got have some red meat with my family at a Korean BBQ restaurant.  I actually didn’t eat too much beef, and ended up eating more panchan (Korean Side Dishes) which were mostly vegetables.  My mouth desperately wanted to eat a variety of flavor profiles, which had been missed over the last three weeks.   I have no clue as to how many calories I ate, but I’m sure it was less than 650 total.  This would have been the biggest meal I’ve eaten in over a month.  I didn’t eat any rice…yes it’s possible for an Asian person to sit in front of a bowl of rice and just say no!

I found myself dehydrated today; I had to make a concentrated effort to drink more water.  I also found myself craving a high amount of fruits especially oranges.  It wasn’t until after I worked out this evening that I stopped having any type of food cravings.  Each and every day is going to be challenge, I’m going to have to plan ahead of time, and prepare snacks and meals, and similarly I have worked out a workout plan.

Before I get to my workout plan this week, I did want to mention I walked my dog 2.75 miles in just about an hour, and then did my own version of Treading on the Precor Elliptical Machine.  I started at resistance level 20 and incline of 5.  I choose not to go higher on the incline because the machine shows the higher the incline the more you are only using the quads and hamstrings of your legs; I prefer to use the entire leg.

I started with the traditional version of Treading from the ranch 5 on, 5 off, 4 on, 4 off, 3 on, 3 off, 2 on, 2 off, 1 on, and 1 off, followed by 5 five sprints.  I then continued by lowering the resistance to 18 and leaving the incline on 5 and did another 5 on and 5 off, followed by 5 more sprints.  By the end of this amped up Treading class the machine showed that I burned 1044 calories and traveled 4.4 miles.  I’m not sure about the accuracy of the calorie burning but it must be close because I wore my heart rate monitor, I am beginning to realize that heart rate monitors are essential to a successful weight loss program.

My workout plan is as follows:

Cardio:  Monday – Friday in the mornings 40 minutes to an hour based on schedule.

Personal Training: Monday, Wednesday, Friday Evenings or afternoon, 1 hour sessions.

P90x, Core, Yoga, Cardio Boxing, or Other Program: Tuesday, Thursday Evening 1 hour sessions.

Hike: 2 – 3 Hours Every Wednesday

Wednesday being my break through day, Hike in the Morning early afternoon cardio machine, and early evening session with personal trainer.

I believe this schedule is sustainable, after the last three weeks this is more than reasonable. 

My diet is going to be a struggle.  It’s going to take a while to figure out how long I can sustain a competent diet plan.  


  1. I’m glad you got your foot fixed. I was worried about it. I could have done all that for you … had you asked. Get some LaraBars, and keep them in your car, your bag, etc. Keep working! You are an inspiration to many of us.

  2. my scale was a 2 lb difference (I attributed some to potential water retention from the long flight home). I am now the same weight as I was when I left the ranch. All in all, it is just a number (or so I keep telling myself). My happy moment was trying on a dress I have not fit into for the past 10 years and having it fit. Once I take out the shoulder pads, it may actually still be stylish! LOL.
    My big accomplishment yesterday was treating myself with small cherry tomatoes instead of Dove chocolate and actually really enjoying them…and I don’t even like tomatoes! Odd how my taste buds have changed. I just gave away a box of Thin Mints and a bar of chocolate to my friend. Cleaning out the entire pantry for a food drive that is going on Thursday. Perfect timing to get rid of the high sodium canned goods (maybe not that good for the recipients but they can decide to accept them or not).

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