Busy, Busy, Busy – 10/31/14

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Yesterday was a busy day. After work, I had to take my son to a doctor’s appointment, then my daughter had a choir concert, and then my friend Jason Kirk and I recorded the first episode of our brand new podcast, Podvocacy. With all the rushing around, I almost forgot to eat dinner. I ended up having a sandwich at around 10:30 while I was editing the podcast.

I know that eating right before bed is not an ideal situation, but I figured it was better than not eating at all. I was able to stay under my calorie budget for the day, which is a good thing, since it’s Halloween. I’ll probably eat a little bit of candy tonight, but that’s not what I’m most worried about. I’m more worried about the fact that my wife and I are considering taking the kids to IHOP for free “scary face pancakes” as a treat. IHOP is one of the places where I tend to overeat, and I’ll have to figure out a way to compensate. Will I? Come back tomorrow to find out.

Calorie Diary: 10/30/14
Budget: 1708
Total Calories: 1390


Portion size is key – 10/30/14

I’ve always been a “big eater,” especially when it comes to my favorite foods. I remember in junior high school, my mom would take me to McDonald’s, and I would typically eat two triple cheeseburgers, a large order of fries and usually two sodas. What can I say? I had a high metabolism, and I found it really hard to put on weight. Even in college, this was true. For me, the “Freshman Fifteen” was how much weight I lost my first year of college. I thought my high metaboolism1 was a blessing at the time, but it turned out to be a curse, because it developed bad habits, and those bad habits are why I weigh as much as I do now.

One of the changes that I’ve been trying to make2 is to control the portions of food that I eat. I’ve noticed that I’m having some success, especially when it comes to fast food. As an example, let’s take yesterday. My band rehearses on Wednesdays, about a 40-45 minute drive from my house. Dinner on Wednesdays typically consists of fast food, because I don’t really have time to cook before I leave. Last night, I went to Wendy’s, because it’s one of my favorite fast food restaurants. Two months ago, a trip to Wendy’s would have resulted in me eating the following:

  • A half pound double with cheese
  • A large order of fries
  • A medium Dr Pepper (with a refill)

That meal is over 1900 calories. That’s more than my entire daily budget right now. The comparison to what I ate last night is stark. Last night’s meal was:

  • A Junior Bacon Cheeseburger
  • A small order of fries
  • A large iced tea(with a refill)

That’s 700 calories, not even half of my daily budget. That’s huge! If I can keep making strides like that, I feel pretty good about the direction that my eating habits are going in.

Calorie Diary: 10/29/14
Budget: 1708
Total Calories: 1349

As always, thanks for reading!


1. This is a typo that I was going to correct, until I realized that it was appropriate for the season. Happy Halloween!
2. If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you’ll know I’m not always successful.

Pizza, man…

There’s no better feeling in the world than a warm pizza box on your lap. – Kevin James

Amen to that.

This is pretty much the same story as the last couple of weeks. We have something that I love, and I make the choice to eat more than I should. Last night, as you could probably figure out from the title of the post, it was pizza. I just couldn’t resist my favorite combination of toppings, pepperoni, sausage and green peppers.

As always, though, it’s not about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you get up. Today will be a better day than yesterday, and I’ll make sure I make better choices. I did get back up from my setback with DDP Yoga on Monday. I got up this morning and did the “Energy” routine, and pushed myself to do it better than I’ve done it before.

Calorie Diary: 10/28/14
Budget: 1708
Total calories: 21461

Again, thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day.


1. I have noticed that even when I am indulging, it’s less than I normally would have before I started trying to make these changes. So, even in my “failures” there are positives.

Setback – 10/28/14

The basic point of this blog is to keep myself accountable, primarily to myself. That means I have to celebrate my successes 1, but it also means that I need to admit my failures. That’s not always the easiest thing for me to do…but here it goes.

Yesterday was the first time since I started that I missed a scheduled day of DDP Yoga. I was supposed to do the “Energy” routine, but I overslept in the morning, which is when I typically work out. The kids are back in school, which means I had to go pick them up, so I couldn’t do it right after work. I usually take my kids over to my mother-in-law’s house after school so they can spend some time with her and their cousin. My intention was to work out when I got home, but the weather in Denver turned very quickly. We went from sunny with a high of 77 on Sunday to rainy with a high of 59 yesterday. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize the weather was going to change so dramatically, and we left our windows open. I’ve been in commercial walk in coolers that were warmer than our house at 3:45 yesterday afternoon. The temperature caused me to want to do nothing more than cuddle under a blanket…which I did. I knew what I should have been doing, but I didn’t do it. That’s what I call a setback.

I did manage to stay under my calorie budget for the day, and I’ll have an opportunity to right the exercise ship tomorrow, by getting back on track. Who knows…maybe I’ll even add in some additional exercise to make up for yesterday.

Calorie Diary: 10/27/14
Budget: 17082
Total Calories: 1597


1. See yesterday’s weigh in.
2. The Lose It app changes the calorie budget as you lose weight.

Bi-Weekly Weigh In – 10/27/14

Two weeks ago, when I did my first “weigh in” post, I pointed out that the weight I had lost came with a caveat, that being the fact that I was comparing the ultra-accurate doctor’s scale with a run of the mill bathroom scale. I also pointed out that the proof would be in comparing the bathroom scale to itself on my next weigh in.

Well, today was the “next weigh in.” I felt pretty good even before I stepped on the scale. My jeans and other clothes have started feeling a little bit looser, and so I felt like I’ve made some progress. The question was, would the scale show that progress, since numbers are pretty important on a journey like the one I’m on.

Luckily, the scale gave me some good news. On October 13, I weighed in at 218 pounds. Two weeks later, I’m down another five pounds to 213. WOO HOO!

I’m going to go have a cupcake to celebrate.

Not really.

Weekly Accountability – 10/27/14

Weekly Calorie Diary: 10/20/14-10/26/14
Weekly Budget: 12187
Total Calories: 11754

This week I came in at 433 calories under my total budget. That’s less “room” than last week, but I only went over my budget for the entire day once. I feel like I made pretty good choices for the week1.

I also did my DDP Yoga all week, and the “Fat Burner” routine, which was new for me this week, just about killed me. I mean that in the best way possible. It kicked my butt, but I felt fantastic when I was done.

I feel really good about where I’m at right now, especially since it’s been almost 4 weeks without soda2. I’ve been tempted, but I know myself well enough to know what will happen if I even permit myself one can of Dr. Pepper.

I hope you had a great weekend, and I appreciate you taking the time to read this.


1. The spaghetti incident from last Monday being the exception.
2. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Going without soda is the hardest part of losing weight for me.