Accountability post – 6/2/17

“I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain.” – Carol Leifer

I have been known, throughout my life, to go to far with things. I can become obsessed, and sometimes that has negative consequences. Take, for example, working out. Sometimes I push myself to do things that I’m not ready for, especially since I had so much success the last time, and was able to do things that I hadn’t been able to do before. Now that I’m back to trying, I want to be able to do them again, even though my body is completely different, and I had worked my way up to those things.

For example: last night I hadn’t done my cardio yet, since if I’m going to do it outside, I prefer to wait until the sun has started to set, and it’s gotten a little cooler. I walked one of my normal routes (I have about 4 regular circuits in my area), and walked most of it at pretty good pace, and ran some of it. I ended up doing my first mile in about 13:30. At one point in my training, I had myself down to a 9 minute first mile. Not Earth shattering, but for me that was a huge accomplishment. So, I pushed myself last night, and ended up doing about 4 miles in a little over an hour. That was probably too much too fast, and I’m paying for it this morning. My thighs are burning, my ankles and knees are sore…and I’m sure that sitting at my desk at work for 8 hours probably isn’t going to help matters.

Oh well…c’est la vie.

Calorie Diary – 6/1/17
Budget: 21211

Total Consumed: 1600


1.This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that was entered.


Accountability Post – 6/1/17

“Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.” – Petrarch

One of the things that I struggle with when losing weight is trying to find enough different things that I can eat while staying within my daily nutritional goals. I don’t want to eat the same things over and over, and I find myself doing that more than when I’m not paying attention to calories, etc.

I also have this struggle with exercise, especially when I start. I’ve spent the last 14 months getting out of the shape that I was in when I ran my first 5K in March of 2016, so now I can barely do anything that I was doing at the time. Right now, I feel like all I can do is walk (with the occasional few moments of jogging in the middle). Anything more strenuous makes me winded, and frustrates me.

These are challenges that need to be overcome in order to maintain the healthy lifestyle that I’m trying to build for myself.

Calorie Diary – 5/31/17
Budget: 18921

Total Consumed: 1840


1.This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that was entered.

Weigh in/Accountability post

“The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.” – Thomas Kempis


One thing I’ve never been shy about is admitting the places where I am weak and fallible. In my struggle with weight, one of the things that I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of times when I eat out of boredom. If I’m not keeping busy, I end up snacking, or making something to eat to kill time. This presents a problem on weekends, particularly extended weekends like the one we just experienced. I didn’t log my calories, and I didn’t really pay much attention to what I was eating.

The work week is pretty easy, because if I have meals at work, and just stay at my desk, I’m not really tempted. I have some low calorie snacks (mostly granola) in my desk at work, along with a set of measuring cups that allows me to snack between meals, but I typically scoop out one serving and then eat it fairly slowly.

Weekend eating is something that I really need to work on and try to do better about structuring. But this whole process is about bettering myself, and that’s just one more area I need to work on.

Weigh In (5/27/17) – 236 lbs

That’s down three pounds from the last time I had logged my weight at MyFitnessPal, so that’s a pretty good start.

Accountability post – 5/25/17

Day three went pretty well. I didn’t have any caffeine withdrawal headaches, and I didn’t really ever get hungry. So far I’m doing a pretty good job of light snacking between meals (cranberry granola helps).

I didn’t exercise at all yesterday, so I probably need to work on making that an everyday thing.

I don’t really have much else for today, so I will leave you with this:

Happy 40th Anniversary, Star Wars!

Calorie Diary – 5/24/17
Budget: 1500

Total Consumed: 1110

Accountability post – 5/24/17

If this version of me losing weight is successful, I’ll look back at yesterday as the beginning, even though I technically started Monday. 5/22/17 will be the day I gave up soda (again), but 5/23/17 will be the day that the weight loss started in earnest.

I was able to get through the day without being terribly hungry at any point, and the one time that I was hungry, I grabbed a handful of granola and refilled my water glass, and that took care of that. I also went for a good long walk last night to finish out the day.

Hopefully today will go similarly to yesterday.

Calorie Diary – 5/23/17
Budget: 21251

Total Consumed: 1548


1.This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that was entered.

Accountability Post – 5/23/17

“I tried snorting coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.”

Well…my first day back on the horse didn’t go great. I didn’t eat very well, but I did do the most important part: I didn’t have any soda. Now…I did end up with a headache that has persisted (I’m writing this at 6:30 AM, and still have it). I’ve never been addicted to anything other than soda, so I can’t personally speak to the withdrawal symptoms for drugs or alcohol, but I can testify to the fact that this sucks.

Hopefully Day Two will be better.