Accountability – 5/29/15

“I’ve always said fashion is like roast chicken: You don’t have to think about it to know it’s delicious.” – Alber Elbaz

Speaking of roast chicken, that’s what we had for family dinner last night. I don’t believe that I’ve ever specifically said that I’m going vegetarian. Three weeks ago, when I got back on the bicycle to try and get healthy, I decided that I was going to cut meat out of my diet for at least a month. However, in the back of my mind, this was more of a ploy to fool my brain into not eating quality meat. I have a bad habit, even when trying to get healthy in the past, of eating fast food…as long as the calories fit in. That’s probably not all that productive. As I said back on May 11, not eating meat will help, because it will give me no reason to go to McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, etc.
Unfortunately, with a family of meat eaters, not eating meat becomes more difficult, because then you have to do one of two things:

1.) Deprive your family of something that they like, for your benefit. That’s a little bit selfish.
2.) Make two separate dinners. One for you, and one for everyone else.

Last night was, as most Thursday nights are, family night. We don’t always make the time to sit down and eat dinner together, primarily because of everyone’s schedules. However, we usually spend Thursday evenings eating together and playing a game or watching something special on tv. Last night, I was having trouble trying to figure out what we should serve for dinner. I decided to ask my wife if she wanted me to run out and pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner. She reminded me that I wasn’t eating meat, and my response was that I didn’t think that some chicken breast with no skin wouldn’t kill me. I was right.

I had a little bit of chicken, and a lot of green beans, and we had a nice dinner as a family. I am going to stay away from meat as a matter of course, but if there aren’t many other options, a small portion of lean meat is probably not the worst thing in the world. One of the important things is that this was a deliberate choice, and not just eating out of habit.

Calorie diary – 5/28/15

Budget: 1645 1
Total Consumed: 1518


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


Accountability – 05/28/15

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

Yesterday was a pretty good day. I had a shake for breakfast, spaghetti and a salad for lunch, and I went to Pei Wei for dinner. I had enough calories available at dinner time that I got two veggie spring rolls, which were delicious. I was even able to do a little bit of snacking during the day at work. I had a serving of granola with dried cranberries in the morning, and a serving of sunflower seeds in the afternoon. Of course, the sunflower seeds killed me on sodium, but I’m going to have to live with that for now, as salt is far more difficult for me to kick1 than sugar ever has been.

One of the things that has surprised me about my effort so far is the fact that I’m not hungry very often. I’m not sure if it’s because I am allowing myself to snack in the middle of the day, although I’m trying to be smart about what I eat in those instances, or if it has something to do with the fact that I’m constantly drinking water now. I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing and hope it keeps helping.

Calorie diary – 5/27/15
Budget: 1574 2
Total Consumed: 1350


1. I realize that my success kicking sugar has been in the short term, but I haven’t even been able to get rid of salt in the short term.
2. This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that I entered.

Accountability – 5/27/15

“My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.” – Orson Welles

Portion control has long been one of my battles in trying to lose weight. When I’m not trying to lose weight, I will make myself two grilled cheese sandwiches (357 calories each) to start, and then when I’m done with those, go back to the stove and make myself a third one. So, when I’m trying to lose weight, it feels foreign to make one grilled cheese sandwich, and then wash the skillet so that I’m not tempted to make more. It’s one of those little things that I have to do in order to get where I need to go, and I’m glad I’m finally figuring that out.

Yesterday was a day for getting back on track, especially after Monday (I didn’t detail my calorie diary for Monday, but I went over on every nutrient I track. Having a waffle and cream of wheat with a side order of toast for lunch will do that to you.1). I had an Atkins shake for breakfast (160 calories and 15g of protein, and not terrible tasting), one of the aforementioned grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner after I finished editing the latest episode of Podvocacy. I took a short walk on my morning break, and with some snacks thrown in, I was right around my calorie goal. I was close to all my other nutrient goals as well, going over a little bit on my fat and more on my sugar than I would have liked.

Calorie Diary – 5/26/15

Budget: 13612
Total consumed: 1265


1. I didn’t specify yesterday, but we went to Sam’s No. 3 diner in Downtown Denver. I highly recommend it.
2. This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that I entered.

Weigh in and weekly accountability – 5/26/15

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill

This weekend was Denver Comic Con, and my wife and I attended all three days of the festivities. I had some successes and some failures in terms of my eating habits, but what I can tell you is this…we walked…a lot. If you’d like to hear more about the con, I urge you to listen to this week’s episode of Podvocacy, where I’ll share my thoughts and memories from my first con experience. It should be out sometime tonight.

I didn’t quite make it two weeks without eating meat. By the time we ate dinner on Saturday night, I was really hungry, and hadn’t had much protein, and there wasn’t a lot of options for non meat protein. We opted for sub sandwiches from Which Wich?, which was in the Denver Convention Center complex. After trying to make up my mind, and looking at their nutrition contents on the website, I opted for a BLT lettuce wrap, instead of on bread. That saved me some carbs and calories, so the trade off for meat wasn’t too bad. I also opted for light mayo, which helped cut down the calories as well, and tasted fine.

I also had some issues yesterday, as my wife and I went to a local diner for lunch and had some great (although high in calorie) food. The biggest problem was that their portions were huge…but delicious. I was willing to make the trade, however, and I was able to do without meat.

In terms of success, I really only have one thing to say: I weighed in yesterday, and I’m down to 212 pounds, which is 13 pounds over all.

In keeping with the Churchill quote, I’m neither satisfied by my successes, nor am I disappointed by my failures. In fact, I just kind of laughed when I saw how much I was eating yesterday. I figure that as long as it’s the exception, I’m doing okay.

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day.

Accountabililty – 5/22/15

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. – Henry David Thoreau

Sorry for no update yesterday. I got a little bogged down at work, plus at one point the internet in the office was down. I have stayed under my calorie count both days with very little struggle. I haven’t really been feeling hungry, and I’ve passed the ten day mark without eating meat.

I even went to Pei Wei on Wednesday night, which could be a bit tricky, since I’ve never gone there and not gotten meat. One of the things that did buoy me about going there is that I love their edamame. I ended up getting a large order and a vegetable spring roll with sweet chili sauce. Wow! Their vegetable spring rolls, which I hadn’t had prior, are delicious.

Last night, I had dinner with the family, and we had a six cheese lasagna that my wife bought during a Safeway going out of business sale. I really enjoyed it, and I was very careful measuring out my portion so I knew exactly how much I was eating. The one mistake I did make over these couple of days was at Subway for lunch yesterday. I had my veggie sub on the Italian Herb and Cheese bread, which carries 80 more calories1 than the 9 grain wheat bread.

Even with that, though, I stayed under my calorie count on both days. I feel like I should be able to keep that streak today, although Denver Comic Con is looming over the weekend, and it will be interesting to see how I do in that environment.

Calorie Diary – 10/20, 10/21

Budget: 16902
Total consumed: 1471

Budget: 17082
Total consumed: 1615


1. This is for the foot long, which I decided to treat myself to yesterday.
2. This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that I entered.

Accountability – 5/20/15

“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

I don’t have a whole lot to write about today. Yesterday was a pretty average day, I stayed under my calorie budget, although I didn’t work out. I probably could have, but I had to fix a door in our house and record my weekly pop culture podcast, Podvocacy.

I did make one mistake, though. I was afraid that with the podcast, I wasn’t going to be able to eat dinner, so I grabbed something quick before hand. Specifically, I had two bowls of Frosted Flakes1
. Because of that, I went over on both my carb and sugar totals. A minor setback, if one at all, but something I need to pay attention to.

Calorie diary – 5/19/15

Budget: 1370
Total consumed: 1262


1. Generic, not Kellogg’s, because they taste the same, and we’re cheap.