Weigh in/Accountability post

“The acknowledgment of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.” – Thomas Kempis

 

One thing I’ve never been shy about is admitting the places where I am weak and fallible. In my struggle with weight, one of the things that I’ve noticed is that there are a lot of times when I eat out of boredom. If I’m not keeping busy, I end up snacking, or making something to eat to kill time. This presents a problem on weekends, particularly extended weekends like the one we just experienced. I didn’t log my calories, and I didn’t really pay much attention to what I was eating.

The work week is pretty easy, because if I have meals at work, and just stay at my desk, I’m not really tempted. I have some low calorie snacks (mostly granola) in my desk at work, along with a set of measuring cups that allows me to snack between meals, but I typically scoop out one serving and then eat it fairly slowly.

Weekend eating is something that I really need to work on and try to do better about structuring. But this whole process is about bettering myself, and that’s just one more area I need to work on.

Weigh In (5/27/17) – 236 lbs

That’s down three pounds from the last time I had logged my weight at MyFitnessPal, so that’s a pretty good start.

Accountability post – 5/25/17

Day three went pretty well. I didn’t have any caffeine withdrawal headaches, and I didn’t really ever get hungry. So far I’m doing a pretty good job of light snacking between meals (cranberry granola helps).

I didn’t exercise at all yesterday, so I probably need to work on making that an everyday thing.

I don’t really have much else for today, so I will leave you with this:

Happy 40th Anniversary, Star Wars!
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Calorie Diary – 5/24/17
Budget: 1500

Total Consumed: 1110

Accountability Post – 12/8/16 (Friends)

“It’s nice to just be a kid and hang out with your friends at lunch.” – Karlie Kloss

I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about it on here, but I don’t really like my job. It’s a pretty boring, dead end kinda thing that pays the bills. I have a good schedule, and a decent amount of vacation, which is probably why I’m still here after 14 years.

One of the good things about my job, though, is that I’ve been fortunate enough to make some good friends over the years. And, even though none of them work here anymore, we still try and get together on a regular basis. We grab a lunch here or there, and almost always go see the new Marvel movies together when they come out. Yesterday was one of those lunch days. We usually convene at the Del Taco that’s pretty close to where most of us work, and I’m lucky enough that one of the friends usually buys. There isn’t much better than hanging out with friends having a bite and laughing our way through an hour.

I wouldn’t give those times up for anything, but it means that when I’m trying to lose weight I have to figure out alternatives to what I would normally eat. I love Del Taco, especially because I like the mix of Mexican and American food. You just can’t beat a taco and fries1. I usually have a burger, medium fries, and a crunchy ground beef taco. That’s a total of approximately 1300 calories2. Obviously, I needed to cut back those calories while still being able to enjoy time with my friends…so I skipped the burger, had two carne asada street tacos, and a small order of fries. That cut about 800 calories out of my lunch, and left me room to have a good dinner, while still staying under my calorie goal for the day.

Also, it has now been 13 days since my last soda.

Calorie Diary – 12/7/16
Budget: 1500
Total Consumed: 1440

Footnotes

1. Especially crinkle fries. I love crinkle fries.
2. And that doesn’t even include the soda.

Weekly Accountability – 12/5/16 (Exercise)

“A good goal is like a strenuous exercise – it makes you stretch.” – Mary Kay Ash

As far as goals go, I accomplished a few this week. I stayed under my calorie goal for the week as a whole, and I only went over on one day. Even then, I had 1504 calories, when my budget was 1500. I didn’t have any soda, and I drank a decent amount of water. Also, for my first weigh in, I’m down 4 pounds.

Unfortunately, the one place where I fumbled was in exercising. I didn’t do much, if any, this week. Pretty much the only physical activity I was a part of this week was walking around downtown Denver on Saturday morning. My wife and I went to the Denver Art Museum for their free first Saturday. This week, I’m going to make the attempt to fix that. I’m planning on working out at least three times this week for 15 minutes each.

Calorie Diary: 11/28-12/4
Budget: 106451
Total Consumed: 9853

Footnotes

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

Back At It – 11/28/16

Has it really been almost 15 months since I posted to this blog? From the fact that I’m posting now, (and the title of today’s post) you can probably reason out two things. 1.) I’m getting back into trying to lose weight. 2.) I didn’t keep off the weight I lost.

Both of those things are true.

In those 15 months, I’ve had some ups, and a lot of downs. I actually got to within about 10 pounds of my goal weight. When I started Send Me On My Weigh, I weighed 224 pounds, and wanted to lose 60 pounds. I actually got down to 175 in the fall of 2015. I was running a lot, including during my family’s vacation to Walt Disney World last November. I spent the beginning of 2016 training to run my first 5K, and I did. I ran a St. Patrick’s Day 5K in March, and finished with a time of 35:17, which I was pretty happy about for my first time.

Unfortunately, after that, I went through a bout of depression, and had some very low moments in my life. I’m not going to go into them here, but if you’re reading this, ask me about it. If I know you well enough, I might spill some secrets. I ended up gaining back all the weight I lost, and then some. I currently weigh 237 pounds. That’s quite the reversal, and putting it in virtual ink hurts. However, I’m determined to get back to where I was, and it starts now.

Actually, it started Saturday.  I haven’t had a soda since Friday morning, 11/25/16. I’ve worked out both of the past two days, and stayed under my calorie count on Saturday. I did go over on Sunday, but that’s because we had pie…who says no to pie1?

I’m hoping to get back into a normal posting schedule, which will, hopefully, help me stay accountable to myself2.

Footnotes

1.Yeah, that’s probably not a good attitude to start off with…but it was still Thanksgiving weekend.
2. I know…I’ve heard it before, as well.
 

 

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

10/20:
Budget: 16902
Total consumed: 1471

10/21:
Budget: 17082
Total consumed: 1615

Footnotes

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.