The Sal’s Birdland 30 lb. Challenge – One Year Later

Just a little over one year ago, I published a three-part series about my 16-week, 30 lb. weight-loss challenge. See the links to the series at the very bottom. Yup, I successfully lost the 30 lbs. (from 214 lbs. down to 184 lbs.), however, as most dieters know, keeping the weight off is another story.

Well, I was actually pretty good about maintaining my new weight via healthy eating habits and regular exercise UNTIL the COVID-19 pandemic struck in mid-March along with the lockdown that followed. That’s when I slowly started reintroducing my favorite junk foods back into my diet, like crackers (Cheez-It, Chicken in a Biskit), cheeses, and ice cream (rum raisin, pistachio). I became so lax that my go-to lunch became a mini-Garbage Plate; i.e., a Zweigles white hot dog and macaroni salad (including plenty of mayonnaise), all smothered in Rochester meat hot sauce and chopped onions. We’re talkin’ 50 grams of fat just for lunch, folks. Each day. Every day. I rationalized to myself that I was “entitled” to some “comfort foods” during that challenging period with everything that was going on. I’m sure many other people thought the same thing. The good thing is that I never stopped my daily weigh-ins, so I could observe my weight gradually increasing over time. I was 182 lbs. on March 19th at the start of the pandemic, but by June 4th I had crept up to 194 lbs. Argh! I had regained 10 of the 30 lbs. I had lost last year! When I hit 194 lbs. I knew it was time to seriously put on the brakes!

I subsequently eliminated most of the junk food from my diet and cut back on my meal portions and 31-days later, on July 5th, I was officially back down to 184 lbs. I’ll be rewarding myself with a delicious Sal’s Birdland chicken dinner one of these days.

What about you? Did you pack on some pounds during the pandemic lockdown, also? You can lose that weight and more. Check out my fail-safe, Sal’s Birdland Diet via the three links below:

  1. My weight-loss experience – Part 1: After wiping the egg off my face, trying again
  2. My weight-loss experience – Part 2: Walking for exercise: You CAN do it!
  3. My weight-loss experience – Part 3: Making dieting a fun adventure

Endnote: In the grand scheme of things, taking care of one’s physical health is important, BUT spiritual health is of eternal importance! Have you repented of your sin and accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior by faith alone? No one lives forever in this world. Health will eventually fail and we will all die. But Jesus Christ gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

40 thoughts on “The Sal’s Birdland 30 lb. Challenge – One Year Later

  1. Congratulations, Tom! You made again a significant reduction of potential risk and of course weight! It is really hard to reduce that much when you are enjoying that many delicious food but with the discipline, you made it! The rum raisin is a good reward! Kudos!

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    1. Thanks, Kent! I hope my story is helpful to someone else who would like to lose weight. It can be done. Rum raisin ice cream is the best! I still indulge occasionally, but I’ll divide the pint into 3 or 4 nights rather than devouring the whole thing in one sitting as I did during my lockdown splurge.

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    1. 👋🏼 Have a nice R&R day! I chauffeured my wife early and then pulled a large amount of weed grass out of the front lawn – brutal work under the hot sun. Recuperating on the back patio in the shade.

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  2. Answering your question: I just like simple Burgers where the meat tastes like beef and you can feel like it was grilled really hot. Double patties preferably or a thick one; everything else is optional, but big patties is a must for a perfect burger for me lol

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! Many people think it’s impossible for them to lose the excess weight and get fit, but it can be done. Keeping the weight off takes some discipline, too. I feel much better at this lower weight, not dragging around a 30 lb. spare tire.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your journey. I gained and Lost and gained weight though I’m content now. The riot made me load me lost weight after the incident I told you About on the second night! Nice reward meal to treat yourself by the way!

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    1. Thanks! I can understand your losing weight given the circumstances. I wrote this post two weeks ago and STILL need to reward myself with a Sal’s Birdland chicken dinner.

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      1. Yeah, so easy to pack on the pounds with all of the delicious, high calorie options. I think about grocery stores when I was a kid and it was so basic compared to now. People today can get by with not knowing how to cook.

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  4. I ended up gaining almost 20 pounds since January. But I started a new workout routine now and am down 8 pounds in the past week to 183. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep it up since I’m working out 5 times a week now.

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    1. Thanks, Beth! Yeah, I was starting to go off the rails. I know many people advise against daily weigh-ins, but the truth can’t help a person if they avoid it. Kind of like reading the Bible every day, but obviously that is even more important.


      1. Fixed it! I remember when I navigated WordPress mainly on my Kindle and the device always wanted to change your name to something else. Glad you had a sense of humor!

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