accountability update #1
When I first started blogging about food, fitness and my weight loss journey way back when, I did it for one reason—accountability. When you make a promise, set a goal and share your results with a group of people, you are inherently more apt to be successful. That’s why, when you first start a new healthy lifestyle, the “experts” always say to make sure to tell people around you what’s going on. Once the whole world knows, once it’s outside of you, it becomes real. And that reality makes it harder to skip out on doing your best.
So I’m going to get back to my blogging roots (har, har, see what I did there?). I’m going to start posting weekly accountability updates. The truth is, I really want to start taking better care of myself. It’s not that I’m anywhere near back to the Mountain Dew chugging, Double Quarter Pounder noshing, couch potato-dom I once was, but I’m definitely not the healthiest I’ve ever been either. I’ve let sugar slip in and take a stronghold in my life. I spend more time avoiding the treadmill than I should. My kettlebells have a hefty layer of dust on them. And I kinda forgot that I’m supposed to drink something called “water”.
It’s cool though. It happens. This healthy living thing is a roller coaster, and right now, I’m on one of those dips right before you go up-and-up-and-up. And you all are going to help push my butt all the way up that hill, k?
Each and every Friday,
I’m going to try I am going to pop in here and share with you guys how I’m doing on the health front. This means, food, hydration, fitness, and…dun-dun-dun….weigh-ins. BTHR has never been about being a weight loss blog (not that there is anything wrong with that), but I’m sick of skirting around the issue here. I feel a lot healthier when I’m a little bit narrower, and I’d love to share that journey with you guys. Weight loss isn’t going to be my main bag, but the facts are: (1) I want to lose some weight. (2) I like you guys and I want to talk to you about it.
Alright, you in? Let’s get accountable. Warning: this week wasn’t great.
The quality of my food was great this week. Lots of veggies, fruit, whole grains and healthy proteins, the problem comes with portion. I actually looked at my plate before dinner last night and thought, “This is way too much food!” and still ate it all anyway. Logically, I know I need to get back to basics and start tracking my food and weighing and measuring, but I just can’t bring myself to get back into the habit. As my dear friend Krissie said, I just need to stop being a brat and do it already. Too much organic, local, high quality food is still too much food. I really need to get over the idea that I can eat my weight in honey because it’s local and raw. That doesn’t negate the fact that it’s pure sugar and calories, yo.
How to improve next week: Measure and track my dang food! That’s it. Just do it. All of it. Every bite. Please add me as a friend at MyFitnessPal and yell at me if you see me missing a meal from today on. Please. I’d also like to cut back a bit on the sugar overload that’s going on up in here.
The ugly truth: I didn’t workout once this week.
I just can’t seem to get my fitness mojo back lately. Other than yoga, I haven’t been able to be really consistently doing anything. And while a nice 90 minutes worth of Bikram is great for light strength and stretching, I really need to get some hardcore cardio and strength back into my fitness regime. I’m struggling a lot with the “all or nothing” mentality with fitness lately. If I skip one scheduled workout, I seem to say, “Welp! This week is shot. Let’s go sit on the couch for the remaining 6 days.” Again, I need to stop being a brat.
How to improve next week: Get in at least two short cardio workouts to get the fitness ball re-rolling. No need to kill it at the gym, just something to get me back in the groove of working out regularly. Walking, even. Walking is good!
I have yet to figure out hydration at home. When I was working five days a week at a desk job, it was easy. I had a giant water bottle 18″ from my face and sipped on it all day long. But at home? I’m worthless. I’ve jokingly said I was going to start walking around the house with a CamelBak on, but it might be my only solution! I’ll try to track my water stats more closely this week, but I’d say I averaged between 4-6 glasses a day. Better than nothing, but definitely lower than I’d like.
How to improve next week: Drink 16 ounces of water when I wake up, before my morning tea. Other than tea, only drink other beverages (milk, coffee, juice, beer, etc.) after I’ve hit my water goal for the day. Aim for 80 ounces of water per day.
Starting Weight: 272 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 233.6 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 232.2 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -1.4 lbs
Despite my massive portions and sedentary week, I somehow managed to shave off a pound and a half. Part of it probably has to do with feeling under the weather—I had a fever for a bit, that probably burned off some calories that my treadmill didn’t.
I’m still struggling with seeing that 230+ number on the scale. I was down to 215 back in September and felt amazing. Like I could never lose another pound again and be happy forever. But at 230+? None of my clothes fit. My knees hurt. I feel generally frumpy. It’s crazy what 15 pounds can do.
How to improve next week: Track food. Work out. Keep hydrated. Done and done.
- I’ve joined the FitFluential DietBet for this month! I put $25 into the pot and I’ve pledged to lose 4% of my body weight in four weeks (a touch over nine pounds). At the end of the four weeks, me and everyone else who succeeds gets to split the pot. Money is an excellent motivator for me! The FitFluential pot is up well over $4000! Granted, nine pounds is going to be really difficult to shed so quickly, but I’m up for the challenge.
- One of my big goals for this week is to get our home gym to feel a little more welcoming. We have all of our equipment pushed against a wall in our unfinished basement. It’s functional, but it’s not very motivational (unless you are into this kind of thinspiration thanks to our Halloween decoration stash). I think a little bit of rearranging, a few homey touches and we could have a really impressive space.