What I've learned about my Free Day

  • I've been tracking my free day food and weight, here's what I ended up with.  Food porn warning

    Started Challenge on March 19th started at 221 lbs.  Free day morning weight was 214.

    Week 1 Free day food, 2 slices pizza and fresh made potato chips.  Later that day 1 Moe's Quesadilla with tortilla chips and salsa. 7 Milano cookies  My weight jumped up 5 lbs the next morning.

    Week 2 Free day morning weight 211

    Week 2 Free day food was the same as week 1  My weight jumped up 4 lbs the next morning

    Week 3 Free day morning weight 209.4

    Week 3 Free day food was a Sonic bacon burger toaster with tots. and a Moes Quesadilla with chips weight jumped 2 lbs the next morning.

    Week 4 free day morning weight 206.4  

    Week 4 free day food was mall food court bourbon chicken/sweet and sour chicken with white rice/potatoes/mac & cheese.  I ate half at the mall and nibbled on it for the rest of the day.  plus a bag of chex mix.  weight jumped 1 lb the next morning.  I do have to add that while I was drawn in to the Godiva store with the smell of chocolate, I couldn't justify it and walked out without getting anything there.  I have a Godiva frequent customer card if that tells you anything about my triggers :)

    The odd thing is that I rebounded in one day and the second day of week 5 I was at 202.2 lbs.

    I have reduced the quantity of food on free day and at the same time I think my body isn't punishing me so much by trying to hold onto every calorie.  The other thing that I did on my last free day was continue with the constant water and started long walks.  My results aren't scientific, but I think some flushing occurred and I didn't retain as much water from the increased salt intake.

    Oh and another thing I have done, I have been eating authorized versions of things like quesadillas and pizza (cottage cheese) for use during the week so I don't crave those things on free day.

    While I did experience jumps in weight the day after free day, I have consistently lost weight on a week to week basis.

  • Another Free day is here and another thing I've learned that I wanted to share -

    FREE Day has to be more than just food and work outs!

    It's your one day to break free from the rigorous schedule of everything that life throws at you.  With those who are parents, yes you can't afford to take the entire day to yourself, but you can block off 30 minutes to an hour and just be free.

    With that said, I am taking this day and going on a simple road trip - I'm driving to the coast just to walk on the water and see the sunset.  That's about a 5-6 hour trip one way so it'll take the whole day.  I'll jst listen to music, enjoy the sights, stop if I get hungry and just really enjoy the time that I have.

    I know I couldn't always do this, but today my schedule is free and why not.  As we get busy in our lives we forget about ourselves.  It helps us renew who we are.

    To me driving is therapeutic.  I enjoy it and releases stress and so much fun.   I challenge everyone today (or on your free day) do things that bring you joy and happiness.  And no you can't always take a trip, but you can read about it or find other ways that bring you joy.  A hobby, spending time with someone, catching up on errands, etc etc.   Make it fun!   In the beginning weeks I thought it was just about food.  Now it's more about life and enjoyment!

    Free Day!  to the Beach!

    ~Marqui D. C1W8D56

  • Instead of doing a free day I have a free meal.  Well went to a party last night and saved for my free meal.  Needless to say had several cocktails and now am paying for it big time.  Sticking to the diet with a hangover is terrible. I learned a lesson as well, stay moderation with the alcohol is important as well.  I won't make that mistake again. I still have to do cardio today and it is getting late.  You may want to have two beers instead of 6.  Good luck.

  • scav-I do the same thing with my free day, take a free meal and mine was last night as well...also had a couple "mugs" of beer! It was fun, but it was back to business today!

    Marqui-hope you had a great time at the beach! :)

    DebMO :0)           Blessed to be a Blessing...


    Today was my first "free" free day. I feel so relieved, not stuffing myself to the brim with junk. I tried my very best to keep everything in stride, have a little of the junk, but keep it at a minimum. It feels good now, as I go to bed, to not be sick of nasty, bad food. I still feel good about myself and I know i'll feel great in the morning instead of sluggish.

    No more being "drunk" on food; I've had enough of that, thank you!

    Good luck to all!

    "The joy of life is the fruit of discipline" -S. Randall

  • Well done on your progress. I try to keep the free day not to free, I realized that I feel bloated and not so motivated the day after so I choose to rather stick to 6 small meals/snacks even during my free days. Keep going! :)

  • Hi Marqui,

        One thing for sure, is that you've had TWO free days.  You can't call free day a 24-hour period that spans two days (Saturday night and all-day Sunday) and not expect negative results.  Pick a single day, and free day technically begins when you wake up, and ends when you go to bed.  How much damage we decide to do during that day is up to each of us individually.  But  your letter above describes two free days.

    Kind Regards,


  • My free day was enjoyable, at first. I reveled at the idea of having an entire day that I can just live without planning. By the end of the evening, I felt like complete garbage. I wake up at 5:15 am to go and do my workouts. This morning, I even contemplated calling into work. It was miserable. I could even feel myself starting to feel like bad and kept on eating garbage and too much of it!

    I was a little disappointed in myself that I ate until I felt that bad. After the workout and a good, healthy meal, I started feeling like myself again. Next Sunday, I will be a little more cautious about what I consume.

    The old saying, "You are what you eat" is DAMN TRUE. I will still utilize my free day, but I will do it with more caution.


  • Can you describe "cottage cheese" pizza????

    Today is the day to NOT quit!!!! <3 EARGAL

  • That's what I thought, too, Dave. Thanks for bringing me back to reality - I was getting a little excited about the prospect of cheating from Sat9PM to Sun9PM!

    Today is the day to NOT quit!!!! <3 EARGAL

  • From Saturday 9pm to Sunday 9pm is TWO days not one day. You overate on Saturday. Then you overate on Sunday. The body stabilizes itself during sleep and when you wake up the next day, you have started a new day regardless of the 24-hour count. The 24-hour count is a human invention, the cycle of night and day and the body's biological clock/reaction to them is not.

    Courage isn't lack of fear. It's our ability to carry on despite our fear

  • I agree with that 9-9 is way too long.  I used to rationalize that out before, even sometimes, breaking my free day into 2 half days...  At the end I didn't quite get the results I was hoping for.  This time around I'm doing it from when I wake up 'tl I go to bed and hope I have better results this time.