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.


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 – 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.

Weekly Accountability – 5/18/15

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – 老子 (Laozi)

Well, here we are, after the first week back at my attempts to get healthier, and where am I?

I’ve lost six pounds…a good start.

I haven’t had a soda since last Sunday…also a good start.

I haven’t eaten meat since last Sunday. That feels like a really weird thing, and is probably the biggest success. I don’t even know the last time I went seven days without eating any kind of meat.

Yesterday could have been rough. As I’ve said before, Sundays are the days that we go out to eat after church with my in-laws, and then go over to their house for family dinner. We did end up going out for pizza, at Mod Pizza, which is a pretty decent place. I had the Dillon James (red sauce, mozzarella, asiago, sliced tomatoes basil, and garlic), and then customized it by adding onions, green peppers, oregano, and sun dried tomatoes. That’s the first time I’ve eaten a pizza without meat in a long time. I felt like that was a pretty good choice. And, since I had a light breakfast, and a salad for dinner, I stayed under my calorie budget, even without having time to exercise.

Saturday, by comparison, was pretty easy. I had eggs for breakfast, worked out for about 35 minutes, had a veggie sub for lunch, and tomato soup and a Caesar salad for dinner.

Weekly Calorie Diary – 5/11/15-5/17/15

Budget: 10,736 1
Total Consumed: 8448


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

Accountability – 5/16/15

Well, the best laid plans of mice and men…

I did pretty well for most of the day yesterday. I had a shake for breakfast, and a greek salad for lunch. I even treated myself to the free chocolate chip cookie that Woody Creek bakery gives you with every salad. #Delicious.

The “issue” was dinner. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, so I decided to go for a walk. I hadn’t done my cardio yet, so I figured this would be a good way to get it, and there are enough restaurants close, that maybe I could stop and get something. I ended up at Jimmy John’s, for which I had looked up nutrition information earlier in the day. I figured that if I got a veggie sub, I’d be within my calorie budget for the day. Unfortunately, what I forgot was that there are two veggie subs. There’s the small sub and the “giant club” version. When I go to Jimmy John’s, I typically get a #9, which is on the giant club side of the menu board. When I went to order, I automatically looked at that side of the board,and ordered the big version. Luckily, I realized my mistake before I finished eating, so I was able to get rid of some of the cheese and some of the bread and save myself a few calories. I also had to extend my walk longer than I would’ve normally gone, but I did end up coming in under my adjusted budget.

Obviously, I need to pay more attention when I’m looking at calorie information, and ordering food.

Calorie diary – 5/15/15

Calorie budget: 16601
Total consumed: 1530


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