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 – 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

Weigh In – 12/5/16

Actually, I weighed in on Saturday, as will be the case going forward in this attempt at getting healthy. I weighed in at 233 pounds, which is a loss of a little over four pounds.

That’s pretty rapid, but that tends to happen when I change the way I’m eating so drastically. I haven’t had any soda in the past 10 days, and I’ve only had one cheeseburger. I mean…I was on a 4 cheeseburger (at least) a week diet before I decided that that was probably excessive.

Accountability – 12/2/16 (Moderation)

“I have a wonderfully hedonistic appetite, and if I wasn’t really strict with myself, I’d weigh 300 pounds. I’m not good with moderation.” – Nick Offerman

I can relate to the above quote. Unfortunately, I’m also not that good at being strict with myself either…but I’m working on it. Case in point: yesterday, after work, I was on my way to pick up the kids from school. There is a McDonald’s on the corner of the last intersection that I go through before I get to the school. When not trying to lose weight, or really caring about what I’m eating, stop there on the way to grab a burger and a soda, maybe some fries before I pick the kids up. Yesterday, I really wanted an iced tea, so I stopped in. Unfortunately, I had a craving for a burger as soon as I pulled in. Now, when I go to McDonald’s I usually get two double cheeseburgers, a large order of fries, and a large soda1. Yesterday, though, I controlled myself. I had one cheeseburger2, no french fries, and a large unsweetened iced tea. That’s a difference of over 1300 calories. Not too shabby, and it shows that I’m, at the very least, trying.

Calorie diary:

Budget: 1500
Total consumed: 1418


1. Gross, I know.
2. The bun to meat ratio sucks on a McDonald’s single cheeseburger.

Accountability – 12/1/16 (Perspective)

“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.” – Douglas Adams; The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

Douglas Adams is one of my favorite authors, and perspective is something I’ve had a hard time figuring out lately. As I stated earlier this week, the last time I tried to lose weight was extremely successful…until it wasn’t. I remember being pretty good about what I was eating, and exercising. So, the fact that I’m having a hard time getting started this time around has been frustrating so far.

I think that I’m only remembering the good stuff, though. I’m not really remembering the frustration of trying to get started for almost six months (October 2014 when I started this blog, through May 2015, when I started the meatless month experiment.) I ran a 5K eight months ago, and now, because of choices I’ve made, I can barely walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing. I want to just jump back into running, but, of course, it doesn’t work that way. I’m trying to gain that perspective, and hopefully writing about it today will help…a little.

As for yesterday’s food diary, I did pretty well.

I woke up early and made myself some eggs and toast. I had a protein shake for a mid morning snack. Orange chicken and vegetables was my lunch selection, with granola for an afternoon snack. I finished the day at Pei Wei, where I had edamame and vegetable spring rolls. I didn’t get any exercise in, but I did play Madden 2017. That counts, right?

Calorie Diary – 11/30/16

Budget: 1500
Total Consumed: 1463

Accountability Post – 11/29/16

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to work out yesterday. That said, I did pretty well in terms of food choices. I had a protein shake for breakfast, and snacked on some granola in the middle of the day.

For lunch, I indulged, just a bit, and had a small BLT from Which Wich, which (haha) has recently become my favorite place to go for sandwiches. For dinner, I had one grilled cheese sandwich, and a large glass of milk.

I went over my calorie budget by three calories, but I feel fairly certain that I burned those three calories when I was chasing my dog around the yard in the afternoon.

Calorie Diary – 11/28/16

Budget: 1500
Total Consumed: 1503