accountability

Accountability Buddy

Guess what? I’m done nursing!

In December I talked to the lactation consultant about the issues I was having with breastfeeding–Logan didn’t seem interested anymore, he was easily distracted and would squirm and fidget and only nurse for a few minutes. As a result my supply was tanking. I did a last-ditch effort with some Mother’s Milk Tea and lactation cookies and didn’t see much of a difference. The consultant said it sounded like Logan was losing interest and if we wanted to wean soon, it was ok.

My goal was to breastfeed for 9 months. We ended up making it 10.5 months and I was ready to be done. While I loved breastfeeding and I knew I’d miss that part of it, I hated pumping at work, I hated being tied to the pump and a schedule and…all of the other stuff. The weaning process was actually pretty easy and I did it in such a slow way it was never that uncomfortable. I was so glad to be done pumping, too!!

So now that we’re done breastfeeding that means I have my body back! And I can start focusing on losing the baby weight!

Even though I’ve been counting my calories and exercising consistently for the last 11 months, I wasn’t really losing weight. I was talking to my friend Debby recently and she suggested that we become accountability buddies to try and lose weight together. We both wanted to lose 20 pounds. I agreed to give it a shot!

Debby does Weight Watchers and has been successful in the past. WW never really appealed to me because I’m a calorie counter and trying to re-learn something and figure out a point system didn’t appeal to me. Plus, I never felt like I needed the accountability and support with Weight Watchers meetings. I still don’t feel like I need the support, but I kind of feel like I need the motivation. I’m hoping buddying up with Debby will give me a little boost to get started.

We made a Google spreadsheet to share our weigh-ins, exercise, calories (or points) and Debby added water. (I need to figure out how to track my water because I don’t really drink it out of things that have measurements.)

Week One

We picked 2/13 as our start date. We both weighed in and logged it on the shared Google Drive Spreadsheet we created. I had recently lost almost 3 pounds (no idea how) but was bummed to see it back on the scale the morning of my official weigh-in. Oh well. I put it in the spreadsheet.

For the last 10 months or so I’ve been logging my calories in MyFitnessPal per usual and I was doing around 1700 calories as a base. If I worked out, I ate a little bit more. I did not factor in the extra calories I burned breastfeeding because I didn’t want to get comfortable having TONS of extra calories!!

So for Day One I reduced my calorie base to 1600 instead of 1700.

Day Exercise Calories for the Day
1 Rest Day 1685
2 Bike trainer, 238 calories burned 1407
3 Strength training at home, 390 calories burned 1732
4 Rest Day 1744
5 Run at lunch, 2.75 miles, burned 363 calories  1730
6 Swim, 300 calories burned 1650
7 Sick Sick

It was kind of fun seeing what my friend was doing. We gave each other encouragement, leaving comments in the spreadsheet kind of like Easter Eggs. 🙂 It wasn’t empty “good job” comments but nice encouraging words.

I was feeling REALLY awesome about running during my lunch break again! I think I can make that happen once a week, which will free up my evening to be with the family, instead of rushing to the gym. I felt very accomplished after running during lunch. It had been so long.

I was doing really well for almost 2 weeks and then….

Screeching halt on my momentum. I got sick. It happened right around my cousin’s wedding (TERRIBLE TIMING!) and so I took a few days off from working out (I still counted my calories) and the day I got back to it working out? I pulled a muscle in my back.

Like really, Universe?!

The story doesn’t stop there. THEN the next day (after a few visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist) I got sick again. This time? Strep throat. You have GOT to be kidding me. I spent three days in a fevered haze in so much pain, unable to swallow even water. It was truly awful. Thankfully the penicillin kicked in almost right away and I started to get better.

But damn, that was a bad week. I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, but still managed to stay in my calorie range (under 1700 calories a day) despite being sick and not being able to (or wanting to) work out. The only upside to being sick was the lack of appetite. For three days my diet consisted of soup, mini bagels with cream cheese and ice cream. That was it.

By Monday, I was on the mend with both my illness and back. I’d say I was at 75%. So I decided to hit the elliptical during my lunch break at work. I did about 30 minutes on the elliptical, which made me happy, and I hoped that I was getting better on all counts.

I hope to see some progress soon. I may need to reduce my calories a little more than the 1600 but I will see how it goes! I hope to do another post with progress soon.

C is for Calories


C is for Calories.

Creeping Calories, that is.

I don’t know why I decided to count calories in order to lose weight but it came to me and it was easy to do. Maybe it appealed to me because I like lists. I could make a list of the food I ate during the day and add up the calories. Easy!

The creeping calories are the calories that we DON’T count. I most definitely fall into this trap sometimes. There are sometimes days here and there where I get lazy with my calories. I use the My Fitness Pal app on my phone and log my calories.


Most of the time I do pretty well. But every once in awhile I get lazy. That’s what it is, pure and simple. Laziness. I walk by the Candy Room at work and grab a few mini Tootsie Rolls and eat those on my way to the printer and then “pretend” those calories don’t count.

Creeping Calories!

Sometimes when I’m at home I’ll grab a snack…maybe some salty tortilla chips with sour cream. “Nah, these calories don’t count.” Tell me again why they don’t count? I really do need a reminder sometimes. I need a little fairy to sit on my shoulder with me and whisper the reminder.


I’m not talking about the “breaks” I take from counting my calories. Sometimes I take a day or two off. If I am starting to feel like I’m burned out mentally from working out or counting calories, I take a day or two off. That does NOT mean I go nuts and eat everything in sight. NO! I eat my normal way, I just don’t track. I think that’s the biggest trick I’ve learned to stay fresh and on track for so many years. Sometimes we all need a break.

No, I’m talking about being inaccurate in my counting. Sometimes it’s laziness. Sometimes I know I’m about to eat something so high in calories I just don’t want to deal with it. I choose denial. Perfect example:


I shudder to imagine how many calories I ate at the Texas State Fair. I don’t even want to know. I enjoyed my corndog, Catfish Taco and fried cookie dough and don’t want to know I ate 4,000 calories. 🙂

But at some point we have to be accountable to ourselves. It doesn’t matter if we’re accountable to other people, or Weight Watchers, or to my online calorie tracker. They don’t care. It doesn’t matter to them. What matters is SELF accountability. By lying to myself about the creeping calories I’m eating I’m only hurting myself.

Falling into the habit of ignoring calories, bites, nibbles and sneaked treats only harms myself. Period. My lies will show themselves on the scale.

QUESTION: Do you track the nibbles, bites and creeping calories? If not, how do you remind yourself to do so?

 

A-Abstinence * B-Balance *