Accountability Post – 5/23/17

“I tried snorting coke once, but the ice cubes got stuck in my nose.”

Well…my first day back on the horse didn’t go great. I didn’t eat very well, but I did do the most important part: I didn’t have any soda. Now…I did end up with a headache that has persisted (I’m writing this at 6:30 AM, and still have it). I’ve never been addicted to anything other than soda, so I can’t personally speak to the withdrawal symptoms for drugs or alcohol, but I can testify to the fact that this sucks.

Hopefully Day Two will be better.

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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.

Weekly Accountability – 6/1/15

“I could still eat a cheeseburger if I wanted to. I just can’t have them every day.” – Drew Carey

It’s been over three weeks since I’ve had a cheeseburger…which is exactly what my decree that I was going to stop eating meat was meant to do. It was meant to make me take more seriously the things that I eat. Do I still mess up from time to time? Yes, I do. I went over my calorie count on two separate days this week. As I talked about last week, I ate too much at Sam’s No. 3 on Memorial Day. I also went over my calorie budget on Saturday, because I had a slice of cheese pizza at an event that a buddy of mine and I went to.

Here’s the thing about that particular failure, though. It wasn’t a failure. I made a choice. I knew it would put me over my calorie budget, but I chose to do it for two reasons. First, it was part of a fundraiser, and the money would be going to a good cause. Second, I was still hungry, and I figured one piece of pizza wasn’t going to kill me. In fact, I think the fact that I ate one piece of cheese pizza, instead of three pieces of pepperoni pizza is a pretty big win. I also chose to have a bottle of water instead of soda. That may sound like rationalization, and maybe it is, but I’m okay with that.

Even with those two days of going over my calorie budget, I was still under for the week, which I feel is a pretty big win. One or two bad days aren’t going to kill me, especially when I’m doing so well the other five or six days.

I forgot to weigh in before I left the house this morning, so look for a weigh in post tomorrow.

Weekly calorie diary – 5/25-5/31

Budget: 107261
Total consumed: 10504

Footnotes

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

Weekly Accountability – 10/20/14

I tend to focus on the day to day instead of the bigger picture. In an attempt to broaden my frame of reference, I’ve decided that Monday mornings will be a weekly accountability day, instead of just focusing on the weekend.

Calorie Diary – 10/13-10/19
Budget: 12187
Total Calories: 11521

So, for the entire week, I was under my calorie budget by 666 calories.1 That averages out to about 95 calories per day. What I can take away from this is that the two days that I went over my calorie budget didn’t hurt me too badly.

The other thing it helps me to know is that I can actually do this. I don’t recall ever being extremely hungry, so I also know that I’m not starving myself to lose weight. I’m being sensible and consistent, and when it comes to food, those seem to be pretty good adjectives.

One other thing of note, yesterday marks 18 days without soda2. I’ve heard that after 21 days of doing/not doing something, it becomes a new habit, so I’m only three days away from that milestone.

Thanks for reading, and have a fantastic day!

Footnotes

1. I did not fudge the numbers to make this happen.
2. Yesterday was a hard day, though. I worked in the nursery at church, where they offer free soda to the volunteers. Also, we went out for lunch, and the iced tea was awful, so I was tempted to go with soda. But I did resist.