Don't get the impression that I'm a slouch but I, in a spur of the moment sort of way, decided to go on a very low calorie diet (1000 a day, ketosis diet, medifast products) two months ago, that would last for either eight weeks or fourty pounds, whatever came first. I thought 40 was unrealistic, but what the hell.
First of all, before the inevitable "all you need to do is exercise and eat right" comments... I do exercise 5-6 days a week, about 50% weights and 50% cardio for some time. However, as soon as this frickin' heat hit, lifting weights became a dicey proposition as my weights are set up in my garage. I also eat pretty well... at least 5 days of the week... but on the weekends I drink to excess, and my portions have been creeping up. I haven't actually gained any weight for a couple years, but between lifting weights (which adds weight) and drinking on the weekends, I wasn't losing any either.
Now, that said, losing weight was not a critical thing, in fact some relatives initially considered this a frivolous adventure, but I was concerned about long-term health and in no way want to be like one of the stereotypical state employees who waddle up to the cafeteria every morning for a full course breakfast. Also, I was getting some 'old-age pains' like a perpetually sore left knee... most of these are now gone with the loss in weight.
So, no alcohol, dairy, pasta, etc. for eight weeks... Yesterday was the last day of the diet, and now I have about 10 days of getting off of the diet.
Damage: 8 weeks, 35.6 pounds down.
I made a chart because I like numbers.
Now, the advice people give about diets is 'don't weigh yourself everyday, you'll only get discouraged.' This is true, I often did, but I still found it fascinating. I'd weigh myself many times a day just to see the effect of things, like doing 45 minutes of cardio (potential loss of 2 pounds), sleeping, taking a dump, etc. In any particular day, my weight could vary by up to four pounds. Granted, this may be partially the scale's fault. So, these weights are a bit flaky (e.g. note that it shows I gained almost a pound and a half in the last day -- doubtful), it's the trend line that is probably important.
Also, for reference, a rough guide to the ups and downs in the past.
Nov 1989: 195 pounds
Nov 1990: 220 pounds (post-Bader Senate Campaign)
Nov 1992: 240 pounds (post- Bush I campaign)
Nov 1996: 260-265 pounds (post first year in Sacramento)
Nov 2005: 235