LIFE: Weight Loss for the Soul Update 5



So, here is the latest update in the Weight Loss for the Soul series.  I had my latest weigh in and I haven’t lost any weight. I actually put on about .3 of a KG. This is mighty disappointing as this was a real long period between weigh ins. 50 days or so. But I should count the blessing as I still have lost 48lbs (22kg) or just under 3 and a half stone since January 2nd. I was hoping to reach my target of 83kg by my 40th birthday at the end of July, but this seems very unlikely now. So be it.


I continued with my jogging doing it 2 to 3 times a week. I was doing it 4 and 5 times a week at the beginning of this period but I was just left with zero energy and I knew that wasn’t sustainable. I managed to get up to 5K in about 34 minutes. Which was a great milestone for me, as 5K was my goal. All this is done on a treadmill, as I’m not interested in out-door running or that sort of thing, I see this purely as cardio and not a jogging hobby. Besides I enjoy using my jogging time to watch a class from The Great Courses (Currently Mind – Body Philosophy).

I kept up with the Yoga too and added some weight lifting back in. Just one body part a day about three times a week. The YOGA I did was mostly Travis Elliot ones, including his YOGA 30 for 30 which is pretty good. I also did some Duncan Wong sessions. I tried to do the jogging, the weights and the yoga in one session but I found I just didn’t have the energy to do a full 30 minutes of yoga after running. Which meant I did less yoga. So I’ll have to re-think this for the next round.


I dropped my calorie intake to 1300 a day and this was really hard. So I added in the calories I gained from exercise, which obviously didn’t work out, so I’ll need to drop that. I also drank wine this time, but mostly within my calorie budget, but not always and again, this will have to be dropped.

I made some bad moves this round though – I ate some whole eggs rather than just egg whites for instance. I also had one Chinese take-away, and we ate out one other time, both of which I probably massively under-counted the calories. There was two trips to the cinema where I ate popcorn and who actually knows what calories are in that.

All of this messing will have to be dropped and I will have to be way more stringent with my counting. I have to get back to being very solid on my tracking and do less estimating of salads and dressings etc. I ate so much salad this round but I did use some dressing that weren’t low-fat. Again counted in the budget but mostly guessed and not actually worked out.

So, not particularly good on the whole tracking on this round. I think the wine and the adding the calories from exercise were the main culprits in my lack of weight loss this round. But it wasn’t just that I over all very undisciplined when it came to my diet this time compared to previous rounds.


I did very little Magick in the last while and none at all to do with my weight or health goals. This must also be playing a factor in the whole thing, so I will also be upgrading this area. I have been so busy with the Grimoire, and the Deck, and The Patreon, and The Podcast, and the Youtube that I probably talk about Magick now more than i actually do it. That has to change.

Next weigh in is the day before my 40th so I’ll update you then.
Until next time…




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Tommie Kelly is an Artist and Writer, but not always in that order. He has published a number of Comics, some of which are about music, though they're all mostly about magic in some way. Tommie believes creating art is the biggest magickal act there is and is firmly in agreement with Alan Moore that Art=Magic.

He also created the Forty Servants.