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.

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.

Accountability Post – 12/7/16 (Average)

When I write my posts, I usually have a keyword in my head that I can start with. From there I find a quote, and let the quote inform whatever I’m going to write. Unfortunately, I had a hard time coming up with a keyword for today’s post, because yesterday was pretty average.

Hey…I found my keyword.

Except that trying to find a good, usable quote centered around the word “average”, is not that easy.

Anyway, yesterday was pretty average. I stayed right around my calorie count, didn’t exercise, except that we did some cleaning around the house that required me to lift up a few heavy things. I hate trying to lose weight in the winter. I’m a wuss when it comes to extended time in cold weather, and so that is really driving the trouble that I’m having with exercise. If I’m going to do it, I’d prefer to head outside and walk around…but I can’t be out in 14 degree weather for anything more than like 5 minutes before I start to ache. So, it’s about finding stuff around the house to do. I do like spending some time hitting the heavy bag in the basement, and I do get a decent workout, but I have a hard time because I don’t know enough about boxing to try and switch up my routine. At least with running outside, I can change my route every time.

If anyone has any ideas/resources for different heavy bag workouts, drop a comment, or hit me up on twitter.

Calorie Diary – 12/6/16
Budget: 15881
Total Consumed: 1465


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

Accountability – 12/6/16 (Setbacks)

“Setbacks motivate me.” – Lindsey Vonn

I experienced a setback yesterday, which, hopefully, I’ll be motivated by. I ate out of habit, and as such ate terribly. After a good first week, I slid back a little bit, by going to McDonald’s twice in one day. What can I say…it was convenient both times.

There are tiny positives in this. Both times I ate one double cheeseburger and a small order of fries, as opposed to two double cheeseburgers and a large fry. I could’ve done a lot worse. That being said, I really have to be on guard and be better about convincing myself that convenience is not an overwhelming reason to eat something.

Calorie diary:

Budget: 1500
Total consumed: 2005