Ship’s Log–December 8th


Arrrrrggggghhhhhh. I hate it when stepping on the scale in the morning ruins my mood for the entire day, but the truth hurts. I know it’s not just me retaining water…Thing 2 actually woke himself up at 1 a.m. so parched that he put away three glasses of water and was still thirsty before crawling back into bed. I guess that Indian food yesterday was way saltier than we had realized at the time.

I had hoped to go for a nice long run today to try to sweat it all out, but the weather is not great for running. I can handle the cold, but it snowed off and on all day, so I worried that there could be hidden ice patches on my usual running path. Instead I did some intense bootcamp using kettle bells, a bosu, and a mini tramp to work up a sweat. I should be doing more of this sort of thing anyway, especially since I’ve noticed that my strength has been declining in recent weeks.

Distance to goal weight: 24.9 pounds. I’m so swollen that I could barely make a fist this morning.


  • Fitbit Metrics: 8,118 steps, 8 floors
  • 40 minutes bootcamp


  • Whole grain English muffin with Daiya cheddar, vegan Canadian bacon, and scrambled egg
  • Whole fruit juice: banana, pineapple, blackberries, frozen blueberries, flax and chia seed, mixed greens (kale, spinach, and chard) fresh squeezed orang juice, and water
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk

Morning Snack:

  • Peppermint green tea


  • Salad of mixed greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and vegan chicken nuggets with honey mustard dressing
  • Coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • 1 dark chocolate mint truffle

Afternoon Snack:

  • Vanilla mint chai with honey and vanilla soy milk
  • Apple with peanut butter and brown rice syrup dip
  • 1 dark chocolate truffle


  • Red lentil, sweet potato, and spinach soup
  • 1 slice whole wheat toast
  • Frozen bananas covered in dark chocolate and almond bits

Late night:

  • Vanilla porter
  • Wasa crackers with hummus
  • Peppermint truffle


8 thoughts on “Ship’s Log–December 8th

    • Thanks for the offer Dave, though I’m pretty sure I know my problem is rooted in the fact that I’m stressed out, and all that cortisol is making it harder of me to stick to my plan and easier to say yes to lots of treats and convenience foods.

      • I’ll certainly consider that. Dropping my sugar that low when I’m dealing with a time of acute (but hopefully soon to be over) stress, and during the holiday season to boot, is probably setting myself up for failure. However, once I’m on the other side of the dangerous combo of weakened resistance and constant temptation, it should be more achievable.

      • starches calm stress better than sugar. “sweet tooth” is a symptom of high stress. does not mean you need to satisfy it with sweets necessarily. could do a bagel or pasta. glucose is better than fructose is the mantra

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