The Restoration Project Has Moved

The Restoration Project has a new home!!! As many of you know, I’ve been posting the progress of my Restoration Project here on my personal blog.  I figured it’s a lot easier for all of you if I do this through Facebook.  Going forward I will be posting all progress to the newly created Facebook page for The Restoration Project. So please LIKE The Restoration Project’s Facebook page and follow my progress!

https://www.facebook.com/BrandtsRestorationProject

 

Checkpoint 04: 313.4

So apparently the plateau week that I thought was going to happen last week ended up showing this week. I’m not as upset as I thought I would be though. This isn’t the result of deviating from my plan. I continue to eat well and exercise so I know in the end I’ll get there. During this journey they’re going to be bumps in the road and it’s how you react to those bumps that is the true revealer of character.

Another reason I’m not that upset is because the battery went dead on my scale. So putting in a new battery is obviously going to cause a variation in measurement between last week and this week.

The bottom line is that I am confident in my approach and I will stay the course.

Checkpoint 03: 312.0

5 more lbs baby!!!  That’s 14.4 total.  Man, I’m pumped!!! This checkpoint was a huge victory for me.  In many previous diets, week 3 has always been a plateau week. That is usually followed by giving up on whatever plan I’m trying and heading to the nearest McDonald’s. So today is a glorious day. Perhaps the difference now is that I’m not on any “plan.” I’m just making smart decisions with my food choices.  I’m eating whole foods (meats & veggies).  Occasionally I will have a treat like ice coffee, but when I do I make a smart choice. I’ll get the medium rather than the extra-large.

That leads me to another part of my success thus far. I’ve been programmed mentally that when I commit to a dietary change, I must commit 100%. There can’t be any exceptions!  That’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself.  The slightest deviation would crumble me. Now, I’m living by an 80/20 rule and it’s really alleviated that pressure.  So I can have a small ice cream cone when out with my family and not feel as if I’ve ruined my effort for the week. I’m living and feeling so much better not having to deal with that pressure.

More good news! Yesterday I achieved another milestone.  It was the first time I walked 10,000 steps in a single day!  I’m not sure if I can do that on a daily basis yet, but I may be ready to up my daily goal from 5,000 to maybe 7,000.

So for a week that in previous years has always sucked, week 3 for The Restoration Project was one of my best ever :)

Weekend Recap

Another weekend full of smart choices. Temptation looms around every corner. Yet, I continue finding myself making the right decisions. Yep, I’m patting myself on the back.

Also this weekend I was faced with a new challenge. I’m fighting a stomach bug. Not sure if it’s food related or a virus. But I’ve been feeling soar and weak the past few days. However I never caved to the crave. I stayed strong. Hopefully I’m on the mend.

Checkpoint 02: 317.0

Another awesome week. Down five more lbs!

Making meals for the week is really helping me. This week I had pot roast for dinner and taco meat for lunch. I made family sized servings of each and I was set for the week. It’s such a relief knowing that I don’t have to worry every morning about what to make for lunch or dinner. It saves me time plus I can spend my energy on other things (like my steps).

Next week should be interesting. Week 3 is usually the week I hit a wall. I’m hoping that if I continue to change things up food-wise and exercise-wise that my body will not succumb to the wall.

Have a great weekend everyone :)

5,000 Step Milestone Achieved!

Yesterday was an awesome day for The Restoration Project.  I woke up feeling great.  When I put my shirt on it felt huge, which made me think I was losing weight.  Whether I actually did is irrelevant.  However, that shirt became my new favorite shirt :)

I also achieved one of my first milestones.  I walked 5,000 steps!!!  According to the US National Library of Medicine’s article, 10,000 steps per day is the popular number for healthy adults.  So I monitored my steps every day last week and found that I’m averaging 2,500-3,000 steps per day.  This makes sense being that I sit at my desk most of the day.  This also means that I need to find ways to get more steps in.  Luckily my office has a huge parking lot. So I started waling a few laps a day.

So I’m being smart about this.  Rome wasn’t built in a day.  I am setting goals to work my way to 10,000 steps per day.  Goal #1 is to achieve 5,000 steps per day. Yesterday I walked 5 laps.  That was the big factor in getting me over the 5,000 step mark.  Now I need to continue this effort on a daily basis!

Weekend Recap

This past weekend was extremely busy. In fact it was so busy that I am two days late with my weekend recap.

Saturday started great with my Cheerios and OJ. That was followed by BBQ food (hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausage). Dinner was tough.  I ended up at Friendly’s with family.  I got a burger even though I just had burgers for lunch.  I also had the happy ending ice cream.  So a bit of a setback there but I came back strong on Sunday.

Sunday started with my usual breakfast, Cheerios and OJ. We traveled down to my parent’s to visit a farm and partake in fun Autumn activities. We were there for a while and my food choices were slim pickings. I had a plain hot dog.  From there we went out to dinner where the food choice were still slim. I ended up getting a burger.  That burger came on a bun that was 4x the size of the burger.  So I removed the bun and ate only the burger.

After dinner we went back to my parents house for a quick birthday celebration for my wife.  If course the usual suspects were there; Cake & Ice Cream. I knew this situation would arise often. How was I gonna handle it. I’m proud to say that I didn’t have any of it! My will power conquered the crave. I’m pretty stoked about that little win.

Overall it was a solid weekend. I made good choices given the situations I was in. I did have one setback, but I redeemed myself the following day.