Accountability – 11/13/14

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I was in a rush to start the day, so I didn’t end up getting a good breakfast like I should have, so I was limited to some sunflower seeds for my “breakfast.” Other than that, I had a good lunch and a good dinner, and stayed under my calorie budget for the day. I was even able to give myself a little treat: a mini Kit Kat left over from Halloween.

In all actuality, I probably should have eaten a little more, but I never really felt hungry, so I’m going to call it a good day.

Calorie Diary: 11/12/14
Budget: 1688
Total Calories: 1097

Have a great day!

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Weigh In – 11/12/14

Well, I am extraordinarily busy this morning, so this is going to be quick.

I’ve lost another three pounds since my last weigh in, which brings the total to 14 pounds, and brings me down to a svelte1 210 lbs. In addition to the lost weight, I’ve also lost inches. Yesterday, I had the day off, so I wandered around the mall for a little bit, and was able to fit into smaller jackets than I’ve been able to fit into for a while. Additionally, I went home and tried on some stuff that I haven’t been able to fit into for a while. My favorite vest fits me well enough that it will be making its way back into the regular wardrobe rotation. Also, one of my favorite suit jackets almost fits. It’s snug, but considering that two months ago I couldn’t even button it, I’ll take snug.

As always, thanks for reading, and have a great day…I know I will.

Footnotes

Well…maybe not svelte. Is “svelter” a word?

Weekly accountability – 11/10/14

So, last week was a tough week. I had four out of the five work days off last week, because I had vacation time that I needed to burn. Unfortunately, this meant that in addition to eating out of stress, I was also eating out of boredom. That is another bad habit of mine that shows itself at times…and last week was one of those times.

So last week was kind of a mess food wise. My intention is to get back on the horse this week, starting today. This has also been an issue of mine, in terms of trying to lose weight in the past. I used to get to the point where I had one bad day, or a bad week, and I was like, “Well, I should just give up, because I can’t do it.” What a terrible, defeatist attitude that is…although it did allow me to eat more cheeseburgers and drink more soda. One high point of the bad week, though, is that I still haven’t had a soda, and it’s almost been six weeks.

As I can now see, one bad week doesn’t mess up the previous month of success that I’ve had leading to this point. So, I’ll be back with my daily accountability posts, starting tomorrow, which will also feature a weigh-in post.

Have a great day!

The Stress of Eating – 11/4/14

Let’s get this out of the way right up front. I overate yesterday, and I’m probably going to overeat today. I’m stressed out, and I’m eating like it.

Calorie Diary: 11/3/14
Budget: 1708
Total Calories: 1852

Primarily, I’ve been stressed about a sleep study I had last night. I was stressed about what was going to happen. I was stressed about what the findings were going to be. I was stressed about how I was going to sleep in strange surroundings.

The actual sleep study itself was fine, but I’m still stressed about the results, which I probably won’t hear anything about for 7-10 days. In the meantime, I leave you with this:

Electrodes and wires.

Electrodes and wires.

This was me, as I was laying in the sleep center’s crappy, spring loaded bed, “wired for sound” as my tech kept saying.

Have a great day. I’m going to try and get some sleep.

Weekly accountability – 11/3/14

Well, that last week was kind of difficult to get through. I didn’t do extremely well with calories, going over my budget on three different days.

Weekly Calorie Diary: 10/27-11/2
Budget: 11956
Calories: 11901

My daily budget was 1708 and I ended up with about a 1700 calorie per day average. In the long term, I suppose that’s reasonable, but each day was sort of a struggle to make good choices. Although, I felt like I had a pretty good day yesterday, because I hit the dreaded “plans will go awry” issue.

My band had a gig in downtown Denver last night at the Mercury Cafe for their weekly Sunday Swing Night. This is a monthly gig, and I typically go downtown early and walk around 16th Street Mall and find something to eat.

My plan last night was to have a steak salad from Chipotle, which is under three hundred calories. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know is that the Chipotle on 16th is not open on Sundays. My immediate thought was, okay I’ll try their closest competitor, Qdoba. Unfortunately, when I got to Qdoba, they had already locked the door and turned out most of the lights1.

Pure Leaf Iced Tea

Iced tea is my new addiction. This giant bottle helped me get through overtime on Saturday morning.

I found my solace on the next block, however, because I knew I could get a salad from Panera. They were open until 8:00, and the warm glow of their well lit interior beckoned me. I ordered a half Greek salad with chicken2, and an apple, which was about 350 calories, and was really filling. I also had a glass of iced tea, which after almost 5 weeks of no soda has become my new addiction. So, I owe a debt of gratitude to the Panera on 16th Street in Denver, because if they weren’t open until 8:00, I probably would have gone over my calorie budget for a 4th out of 7 days.

Again, thanks for reading and have a great day!

Footnotes

1. It was 6:50 pm, and they weren’t supposed to close until 7:00. #frustrating
2. I used to be a pretty hardcore fan of Caesar salads, but over the past year or so, I’ve become really enamored of Greek salads. I love the way the Greek dressing melds with the feta cheese.