Missing My Goal Isn’t Failure

So, yeah.  Yesterday was not as successful as I’d have liked.  I only managed to walk about three and a half miles, due to a number of snowballing circumstances.  Crummy weather, things at work that made it difficult to get up and walk around, and then more crummy weather and being tired.  Oh, and I may have overeaten – I say may, because I didn’t think to weigh out the pork chop or cheesy rice dish I had for dinner (and because my son had his Easter party at kindergarten, and insisted on sharing candy with me, and I have no willpower with candy right now…).

Am I discouraged?  Meh.  I don’t know that I’ll have a lot of success in terms of weight loss when I get on the scale tomorrow, but I’m actually not overwhelmingly worried about that.  Why?  Because I succeeded (mostly) at my big goal for the week – trying to hit my walking goals.  And since I’ll be hitting that today, I’ll still have managed four out of the five days I track such things.

And next week, I’m on vacation!  Yaaaayyy!!!!

Still Rocky, Still Pumped

Yesterday was kind of like that.  3,117 calories, out of my budget of 2,500.  Not a great day, when you get right down to it.

But I refuse to give up!

I know I’ve developed some bad habits about snacking, and that contributed to what happened yesterday.  That doesn’t mean I’m not committed, though.  I plan to succeed!

Once I pick myself out of that window, that is.

Obviously I Need To Plan Better

Yesterday started out so well.  Except for the walking, that is – I made the mistake of going outside to walk in 50 degree damp weather, and regretted it the rest of the day.  The bronchitis is not fully gone, after all, and I was reminded of that.  Still, walking yesterday was an experiment to see if I was ready.  I am not defeated!

But I digress.  Yesterday started out well.  I ate the meals I packed, and felt pretty good.  The problem I ran into was that my son had a dentist appointment at 4 pm – which you might recognize as “the time Rich plans to make dinner”.  So I was really hungry by the time we left the dentist.  Combine that with my son declaring that he “really had to go to the bathroom”, and I had minimal willpower left when we stopped at a fast food restaurant to let him relieve himself.  So, when my hungry son asked if we could get a snack, we got a snack.  A fairly high-calorie snack, it turned out.

Overall, though, things could have been a whole lot worse.  I ate 2,733 calories out of a 2,500 calorie budget.  So I went over, but not as badly as I might have.  Call it a consolation prize, I guess.

All Right, So The Weekend Was A Little Rocky

I started out with the best of intentions, and I even managed to stay within my calorie budget on Saturday!  Despite having a fast food lunch, thanks to spending some 3 1/2 hours at my church (thanks to a men’s group and then helping set up for a book sale).  With that in mind, I came in at 2,113 calories for the day.

And then Sunday happened.

Oh, my, Sunday. It turned out we were out of eggs, so I took my son out for breakfast and let him pick. Naturally, he picked Frisch’s – that’s kind of been a Sunday-before-church thing for us.   And naturally, I got the breakfast buffet and… embarrassed myself.  So, at the end of the day, I have no idea how many calories I consumed. “A lot” isn’t exactly trackable in FitBit, after all.

Still, I’m feeling good about this week. All of my goals are in place, and I’m feeling well enough that I’m going to try easing back into my exercise program. Specifically, I’m going to try hitting my walking goals and see how that goes.  Then, next week, it’s back to the workouts as well.

Down With The Sickness

So, yeah.  That was my last four days, which is why I hadn’t posted anything.  As you might imagine, it also means that I haven’t been thinking much about calories, or weight loss, or exercise, or anything other than laying around and working on feeling better.

Which I do, now.  Mostly.  I still plan to take it easy the next few days, though.  Work on hitting my calorie goals, and not worry about exercise until probably Monday.  Give myself a chance to recover.

“One Simple Trick” Is Garbage

Even when it’s a joke.  Because things did not go according to plan.

See, my team decided to buy barbecue yesterday.  But it wasn’t going to be arriving until 12:30, which is a good lunch time for people with typical schedules but not so good for someone working a 5 am to 1:30 pm shift.  But, I figured, I could eat the comparatively low-calorie lunch I’d made myself around 9:30, then have just a little barbecue, and I’d be fine.

You can see where this is going, can’t you?

Yeah.  So I, uh, embarrassed myself with barbecue.  Because it was good barbecue, and I do like some good barbecue.  And then some more good barbecue.  I still got my exercises in, mind, but the calorie goal?  Yeah.  Not so much.

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Three Day Weekends Are Bad For My Goals

Not that I’d give them up, mind.  But, given how much of my day-to-day walking target is founded on getting up and walking during my breaks at work, they make it really hard to hit my walking goals.  Particularly on grey, rainy days in January when I don’t want to leave the house and walk around the neighborhood.\

Still, yesterday wasn’t a complete loss.  I hit my calorie budget dead on, and got in all of my exercise goals.  I just missed the walking goal, is all.  I’d call that a win.  Now I just need to do it some more.