This post is part of the series Losing Over 100 Pounds

Other posts in this series:

  1. Day 31: The Psychology of the Atheist 12 Steps
  2. Day 35: I’m Not Cheating… It’s Just an Experiment… …
  3. Day 37: Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I Made (Current)
  4. VIDEO: How to Get Over Cravings/Crap Withdrawal
  5. Day Zero: Never Trust a Selfish Exception

Current Weight: 265.0 lbs
Body Fat %: 36.9
BMI: 37.9
Lost Weight: 27.2 lbs
Avg Per Day: 0.76 lbs
Target Weight: 190 lbs
Need to Lose: 75 lbs

I should have known better. Crap, I did.

Mistake #1: Adding Fruit… aka “sugar”… and calling it an experiment.
Mistake #2: Figuring that if I were to make an exception for a night (whether it was due to the needless guilt of someone else feeling weird while they ate and I didn’t or not), that it would be easy to get right back on track… continuing to slip on the slippery slope.
Mistake #3: Not getting a grip sooner than later.
Mistake #4: One final binge, even though it making me feel horrible might have been something worth remembering as a negative experience, no different than a drunk being sick throughout the night and morning.

The diet results at the beginning are mostly due to the weight of food I ate and not passing yet, but I’m not going to risk it any further in the very likely case that I’m only half right.

I was listening to a short video about budgeting and they likened people getting out of the paycheck to paycheck rutt as “a sprint” to catch up with ourselves. That’s what this diet is. No time to take a nap by the tree like the irresponsible hare. Sprint to the finish line, re-evaluate ourselves, pick a new goal, sprint to that one, and repeat.

Basically, get it done by not inadvertently/carelessly putting obstacles in your own way.

So, the food schedule I put in the last post is very general and will likely change. I’ll continue the salad and apple cider vinegar for the week and then start on broccoli and cauliflower on Sunday, perhaps not even coming back to salad, but maybe just to two other more nutrient dense vegetables.

I’ll make what I’m doing for the week official at the beginning of each week.

Time to go add another “[EDIT]” to the “How to Do This Diet” post warning people not to follow in my footsteps.

The biggest mistake I could make now is let this get me down, fail at the diet, and throw away my progress in a destructive cycle that too many have blamed their even higher weight gains on after they’ve failed.

I cringe whenever I watch a video of a person claim that diets are to blame for them being heavier than they were before they even attempted them.

No, it was your choice to not pick yourself up and do the right thing when you stumbled and in turn, your own fault.

You simply decided that you wanted the emotional comfort more than you wanted drastic changes in your life and you had all of the excuses ready to dishonestly believe in order to allow you to do so without shame or guilt.

This is likely not directed at you. It’s more for myself, because I don’t want to be the type of person that makes me cringe and there’s no better way to avoid being cringe-worthy in your own eyes than by telling off the person you could become if you made the wrong and dishonest choices.

Damn you, altnernate universe me, for failing at this diet. If I can do it, so can you.


I’m thinking about starting up one or two more sections on this. One would be regarding getting my financial life together (which includes grocery shopping/dining out and implementing minimalism) and the other would be about parenting, child-development, and how psychology plays a big part in bringing up kids.

If there is one thing I can pass on from my humbling experiences in life, thus far, I will tell you this, the next time someone tells you “the absence of expectations is the absence of disappointment, do not listen. Have expectations. Keep them great. It’ll be a very bumpy ride. You’ll even get bruised, sometimes very badly. Sometimes, you’ll come to an abrupt halt or even fall off your ride. But you’ll grow. And if you do not grow, you do not live.
― Pandora Poikilos


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