No Good Way to Spin My Gain of a Kilo

I figured it would be a challenge to keep my weight in check during the South by Southwest conference, and I was right, unfortunately.

After the first couple days of the event, I’d gained a pound for my weigh in last week, and then another two pounds today. Or as I prefer to characterize it, one more kilogram (roughly 2.2 pounds).

While I was exercising regularly with runs and a hike, there were a bunch of beers, including one with a big scoop of ice cream.

Post- run rock flowers

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A bunch of us went out on a boat… then beers after.

The SXSW exhibit hall had some business opportunities in between booths handing out beers.

Stella Artois in the #sxsw exhibit hall

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Also, I went to see The Brothers Grimsby at an Alamo Drafthouse, and scarfed down a big pretzel and a couple beers.

On St. Patrick’s Day, I had more beers and some bad restaurant corned beef and cabbage.

Well hell, I am sort of surprised it was only two pounds.

A couple weeks of badness. Time to drink water, instead of beers, and skip the junk for a while.

Starting weight: 233
Current weight: 222

5 thoughts on “No Good Way to Spin My Gain of a Kilo”

  1. Hi,

    I have been run off from being a personal fitness trainer. Run out of town by sun down with pitch forks and torches. As my clients say, “what are YOU doing wrong I am not losing any weight.”

    My reply, let me see the list you are suppose to keep of what you have eaten in the last week. I never got the list. I was on a bus headed out of town. My bad.

    You can lose weight with good nutrition and no exercise but you cannot lose weight with good exercise and bad nutrition.

    The battle is in the kitchen not the gym.


    1. Thanks Barry –

      I totally get that – I decided to indulge during SXSW (the geek’s spring break) with an understanding that it would set me back. I’ve been back to a healthy diet since then.

  2. I lost 30+ lbs last year and have kept it off for over 11months. The only way that worked for me was simply counting calories, protein and fat (33/33/33) and sticking to a strict intermittent fasting schedule on weekdays.

    It is honestly like magic, in the leaning period ~3months I was eating all my favorite meals with some modifications…the best part about Intermittent Fasting is the simple fact I still can eat one HUGE satisfying meal each day and go to bed feeling great.

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