Ship’s Log–November 15th


At this point, I’m not sure if I’m losing any actual weight, or if I’ve just managed to flush out the extra water weight. I’m leaning towards it all being water weight, which means I need to push myself a bit further next week if I want real results.

I think I’m going to try to go a little closer to Dr. Furhman’s eating plan, which has worked in the past for me, by having one meal a day be a massive salad and by eating a cup of legumes daily. More fresh veggies, less bread. I’m going to keep the eggs, though, since the days when I have eggs for breakfast I find I am hungry for lunch later, which means that they keep me satisfied longer.

Distance to Goal Weight: 19.5 pounds. This is four days in a row, now, so I’m starting to wonder if the scale is broken.


  • Fitbit metrics: 10,511 steps, 11 floors
  • 45 minutes MMA
  • 45 minutes no-gi bjj


  • Whole wheat everything bagel with scrambled egg, vegan bacon, and Daiya cheddar
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice


  • 1/2 tempeh avocado wrap
  • Potato chips
  • Mint green tea
  • Coffee with cardamom and vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 vegan cookie

Afternoon Snack:

  • Vanilla mint chai with honey and vanilla soy milk
  • Small dish of apple chips


  • 2 slices pineapple pizza ordered as “light on the cheese”
  • Garden salad
  • Red wine super fruit sangria
  • Peppermint truffle

3 thoughts on “Ship’s Log–November 15th

  1. If you are past the first 10 days, your weight loss is fat (possibly muscle, but doubt it based on your activity and diet).

    One way to tell is have your body fat measured. If you use one of those scales that measure body fat it will also measure total body water.

    Great Work!

    • I have a Fitbit Aria scale, which measures body fat as well, but it fluctuates so much day to day that I take it with a big grain of salt. It divides body mass in fat and lean. Do you know if the water weight is included with the fat or the lean?

      • Water weight would be expressed as a percentage if your scale tells you that info. It would be considered lean mass.

        You are right if you are not hydrating and eating at consistent times it will give you weird numbers. One thing I do is measure skin folds with one of those cheap calipers. Another measure you could monitor is waist circumference.

        Water losses in diet usually come from the initial reduction carbs, sodium, and water from the food itself. After that first week you are burning fat.

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