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

Footnotes

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

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Guess Who’s Back…Back Again

“I didn’t know you were planning a comeback.”
“I hate that word. It’s a return.” – Joe Gillis and Norma Desmond; Sunset Boulevard

2017 has begun. Yeah…almost 6 months ago.

Here I am, though, and I’m back at trying this weight loss gimmick. Unfortunately, I’ve ballooned way up, and I’ve set a new personal record for my weight. That’s not a good thing, obviously. So…we’re going to try this again.

It’s been about two years since I started my most successful weight loss journey, and I’m going to try and replicate that success. Starting today, I’m going off soda cold turkey, I’m going to try and cut way back on the fast food, and just try to fix the way I eat.

So, look back here on weekdays for my daily accountability and calorie diaries. I’m also considering starting a YouTube vlog to help myself…so look for that in the coming weeks.

Accountability Post – 7/1/15

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen Covey

I know, I know, I know.

I haven’t been keeping this updated, and that means that I haven’t been holding myself accountable. As I posted in today’s weigh-in post, I’ve lost another two pounds, over the 16 days since I last weighed in. That’s a good thing, but is also significantly slower than it has been previously. Have I hit the dreaded weight loss plateau? I’m not sure that’s it.

During those 16 days, there have been some changes:

1.) I haven’t been as vigilant about eating meat. I’ve been eating it more often, although not as often as I was before I started.

2.) I’ve just been eating more in general.

3.) I’ve started using the Misfit Shine to track my activity.

I think that numbers two and three are connected, but I’ll get there in a minute.

The first one is completely on me. I’ve been lazy about trying to figure out better ways to eat, and settling for things that weren’t quite as good for me. I’ve been making bad choices when going out with my family1, and making only “okay” choices when I’m by myself. I need to change that, and am confident that I will.

Number two is a little trickier, because of number 3. The Shine tracks my activity, and feeds the information about how many calories I’ve burned over my estimated basal metabolism to MyFitnessPal, which is where I track my caloric intake. I have a feeling that the Shine over estimates a little bit, though, which is why my weight loss has decreased dramatically. Number 2 from above ends up becoming a problem, because I look at what the Shine is telling MyFitnessPal, and I think I have more room to eat a little bit more, and work out a little bit less. That’s problematic. I’ve decided to unlink my Shine from MyFitnessPal and start tracking manually again. We’ll see over the next few weeks if that makes much of a difference.

Calorie Diary – 6/30/15

Budget: 19502
Total Consumed: 1508

Footnotes

1. I have to say that the Brown Sugar Bacon BLT at Arby’s is sooo good, and, at 600 calories, not nearly as heavy as I thought it would be.
2. This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that I entered.

Accountability Post – 6/24/15

“Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.” – Gilbert K. Chesterton

I may not have walked ten miles, and it may not have been a dusty English road, but after yesterday, I needed a beer. I had the day off from work, so I spent a bunch of time outside working on my lawn. I also walked two miles, and cleaned out our refrigerator, so I treated myself. I went and bought a six pack of Left Hand Brewery’s Milk Stout Nitro. I enjoyed one of those bottles last night while recording Podvocacy.

What’s more interesting is that even with treating myself to a cold beer, I still came in far under my adjusted calorie budget. All of that combined with not having to go to work made for a pretty solid day.

Calorie diary – 6/23/15

Budget: 21171
Total consumed: 1588

Footnotes

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

Accountability – 6/17/15

“Every day brings new choices.” – Martha Beck

Unfortunately, the previous day’s choices have a way of haunting you…and yesterday’s choices weren’t great. I was doing pretty well, until dinner. I started craving Popeye’s fried chicken, and I gave into that craving. I worked out pretty hard toward the end of the night, but the Popeye’s shot me in the foot.

I had two pieces of chicken, one biscuit and an order of onion rings. That’s a lot of calories (although, it tasted really good, and it satisfied my craving). While working out to burned a lot of those calories, it wasn’t quite enough. I still ended up over my calorie budget for the day.

What I realized as I was eating that chicken, is that I’ve started back down the road that I was on before I started this journey to get healthier. When I began, I decided that I wasn’t going to eat meat, primarily as a way of keeping out of fast food restaurants. I’ve done pretty well, but this past weekend, plus tonight makes it seem like I’m going in the wrong direction. I now have
to renew my focus and get back to where I was a few weeks ago.

Thanks again for taking the time to read this.

Calorie diary – 6/16/15

Budget: 18451
Total consumed: 2025

Footnotes

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

Weekly Accountability – 6/15/15

“Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” – Aristotle

Over the last few years, I’ve tried numerous times, with varying degrees of success, to lose weight. As I’ve done so, I’ve tried to stress to my kids how the habits that I learned as a kid ended up getting me into the predicament I’m in. When I was a kid, I had a really high metabolism, and was always pretty skinny. It didn’t matter how much I ate, I never gained any weight. As a result, I ate a lot, and it was all pretty bad for me.

Unfortunately, some of those bad habits that I’ve been trying to curb came back to haunt me this weekend: I ate meat every day this weekend. We had pizza together as a family on Friday night. My wife and I celebrated our anniversary on Saturday night, which we did by going to the 1940s Ball in Boulder, and then we went out for a steak dinner. Yesterday, my family went to Steak N Shake for lunch, and I had a burger…because that’s pretty much the only thing to eat at Steak N Shake.

I will point out, though, that I did a good job all weekend of managing my calories and most of the other categories that I track on MyFitnessPal1. For the week, I was under my calorie budget by about ten percent, and there wasn’t a single day last week where I went over my calorie budget.

Today is a new day, and this week is a new week, and I have another chance to change the bad habits that I’ve spent my life accruing.

Weekly Calorie diary – 6/8-6/14

Budget: 11745
Total consumed: 104972

Footnotes

1. Except sodium. That continues to be a problem.
2. This is adjusted by MyFitnessPal for the exercise that I entered.