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 – 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 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


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.

Accountablity – 6/11/15

“Let’s face it: fitness is boring. But it’s critical to be extremely dedicated to whatever you decide to take up to achieve a desired result. There’s no way you are going to get there without dedication, which is the key for me.” – Harbhajan Singh

Dedication to getting into shape is something that I haven’t always had. It’s probably why I never end up sticking with any particular program for more than a few months. I think I might be turning a corner, though.

Yesterday was a day where I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to get my workout in. I did walk on both of my breaks, as I usually do, which is approximately 2 miles combined. However, my podcast partner, Jason and I had scheduled the recording of a special episode of Podvocacy covering the first season of Netflix’s Daredevil for yesterday afternoon. I knew that I wouldn’t have time to work out between the podcast recording and my band’s rehearsal last night. I planned my meals in the morning, and would’ve been fine. The problem was that after I ate dinner, I was still a little bit hungry…and really wanted some more of Pei Wei’s edamame. That put me over my calorie budget for the day, but I figured I could work out after I got home from rehearsal.

When I got home, my wife and I ended up having an almost two hour conversation about some things that went on in her day, and by the time we finished, it was after 11:00. Typically, I would’ve just called it a day and gone to bed. But, I felt like I needed to work out, so I did 30 minutes of dance plus three sets of push ups (10 reps per set) and three sets of squats (15 reps per set).

At the end of it, I was within my calorie budget for the day, and I felt pretty good about what I had accomplished.

Calorie Diary – 6/11/15

Budget: 16881
Total Consumed: 1675


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

Accountability – 6/5/15

“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.” – Victor Hugo

Since I started this journey a few weeks ago, I’ve tried very hard to plan my meals early in the day. Sometimes, though, things don’t work out and you have to ad lib. Unfortunately, yesterday was one of those days.

My plan had been an Atkins shake for breakfast, left over spaghetti for lunch, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner. Unfortunately, when I got home and heated up the spaghetti, I discovered that the it was inedible. On top of that, we had no bread thawed, so I couldn’t even make myself a sandwich. At that point, I felt like I was left with little choice but to try and figure out a fast food option, since I’d killed half of my lunch break at that point.

I didn’t feel like having a veggie sub, but wanted to stay with a meatless lunch. I ended up deciding on a cheese quesadilla from Del Taco. Unfortunately, when I walked in, all I could smell was their french fries, so I made the choice to get an order of them as well. I’m a sucker for crinkle fries.

There are worse choices I could have made, as my plan at that point still had me under my calorie goal. I also worked out pretty hard yesterday, walking 2+ miles and dancing for more than half an hour. By the end of the day, I was extremely successful in terms of calories, and in terms of making decisions on the fly that made success possible.

Planning is important, but it’s also important to be able to figure out what to do when plans go awry.

Calorie Diary – 6/4/15

Budget: 20471
Total Consumed: 1759


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