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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10/13/14 – Accountability post

“The problem is “choice”. – Neo; The Matrix Reloaded

In the past when I’ve tried to lose weight, I’ve tended to let my successes get the best of me. I see the results and I start thinking, “okay, I’ve got this.” Unfortunately, that leads to me falling back into old habits. I remember, specifically, the last time that I gave up soda, seeing a little bit of weight loss and thinking “okay, I’m doing pretty good, but I think if I have one soda every once in a while, that’s not going to kill me.” In very quick order, that became two sodas a week, and then a soda a day.1 Then, I was back into my full blown soda addiction.2.

I hear ya, Neo.

Neo has a dilemma.

I’m determined to not let that happen this time out, though. In the past two weeks or so, I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about how I got to where I am.3 As Neo says to the Architect, “the problem is choice.” In my specific case, the problem is the bad choices that I make when it comes to what I eat and drink. In that vein, I’m more carefully considering the choices that I make. In my case, it’s not saving Trinity vs. saving Zion/humanity, but rather choosing the things that will make me healthier over the things that would bring me the most pleasure. Unfortunately, I don’t have an Oracle manipulating things to be in my favor.4

Calorie Diary:
Budget: 1780
10/13/14: 1409

Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Footnotes

1. I’ve said in the past that I have a problem with moderation. Especially true when it comes to soda.
2. If I come across as making light of addiction, I’m not. I fully believe that I have a soda addiction.
3. By that, I mean, the heaviest I’ve ever been.
4. I know everyone thinks that Neo is the main character of those films, but it’s really the Oracle. She sets up everything. She convinces Trinity that she’s going to fall in love with The One, thus setting up the alternative scenario to the previous “Ones”, wherein he chooses a singular person over the collective humanity. Re-watch them with an eye on how the Oracle is massaging everything…far more interesting that way.

Weigh In – 10/13/14

This journey started two weeks ago with my annual physical. I won’t give you all the details, but suffice it to say, my doctor was not happy with my level of health. When they weighed me on their scale I weighed 224 pounds. That is the highest I’ve ever been since I started going to that office 15 years ago when I moved to Colorado. In fact, at my annual physical last year, I was 206 pounds. 18 pounds gained in a year…that’s not good.

I weighed in this morning at home, and according to my scale, I’m down six pounds to 218.

Now, this number does come with a caveat: Different scales. Your standard bathroom scale, which is what I have, isn’t necessarily the most accurate thing in the world, so the absolute proof will be in the next weigh in. But, for now, I’m feeling pretty good about my progress. I’ve followed through on the things I said I would do. I still haven’t had any soda since October 1st, I’ve been eating well and making healthy choices, and I’ve been following the DDP Yoga exercise plan.

That’s a pretty successful first two weeks.