Friday, July 11, 2014
Iíve been stalled for some time. To try and bust it, I decided to cut my calories from 1600 to 1500. I was surprised at the difference it made; I was ravenous.
Before I was in a nice zone of never being too full or too hungry. But when I cut the calories, even by 100, I found that I was cheating, a lot. At night I would lose all control and just eat and eat.
I found that I was constantly concerned with food. For example, before Iíd even eaten my lunch I would be worrying about what I would do if I found myself hungry after eating. I was worrying about stopping to pick up a snack on my way home, even though dinner was already prepared and just needed to be microwaved.
So Iíve decided to go back to my 1600. At least then Iím not bingeing at 7pm.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
My roommate bought cupcakes for the 4th.
I had a couple. But the crazy thing is, they weren't that good. In fact, they weren't good at all. They were rather gross.
It wasn't that they were bad or off in flavor. It's just that I've been eating fresh fruit, yogurt, and veggies for so long that corn starch, sugar, and butter tastes off to me.
Not that I'm complaining. It's just another of those subtle changes.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Every holiday I bring a treat into the office. Itís always something I baked from scratch, brownies, cookies, a cake, etc.
Well the 4th is coming up and Iíve been trying to come up with something to bake. I was thinking of that layered ďFlagĒ cake. I thought of brownies with red, white, and blue frosting. I even thought about a fruit platter.
But as I was writing out everything I would need to buy, and dreading having to coordinate going to the store, then rushing home to bake, and worrying over the logistics of bike commuting with a pan of brownies.
I stopped and asked myself, ďWhy am I doing this?Ē
I donít need these brownies; I donít even really care for them myself. (Iím more of an ice cream person)
While, I know the people in my office will enjoy them and they are always very appreciative when I bake; they are also trying to watch their waist lines.
But most importantly of all, why is it always me? Why do I always end up the one (and only one) going to the time and more importantly the expense to make treats for everyone, when itís never really reciprocated?
The best Iíve ever gotten back were some dry, greasy Dunkin Donuts on Easter. (They were not good.)
I like my co-workers (again, they are always very appreciative), I like baking, and I like the Fourth.
But Iím not the only person in the world who can bake, and Iím not responsible for feeding these people, and I donít really need nor want to be baking tonight or tomorrow night.
So the list went into the trash and I suddenly had all this free time to do what I want, and no extra calories.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
This friend of mine has been broadcasting the wonders of the Belvita biscuits/cookie bar things. They are very tasty, you get four biscuits to a serving and they have bits of fruit in them so they have to be healthy, right?!
Today after lunch I was still ravenously hungry so I stopped by a convenience store.
The choice came down to the Belvita, at 230 calories and 3g of Protein, or a bag of jerky at 240 calories and 14g of Protein.
Humm, which is worth the calories?
Thursday, June 26, 2014
When I was in Ca. visiting family I noticed the fast food restaurants had their calories listed right on the order board, rather than tucked off in a corner. As I was thinking about what I wanted to order I saw the calories and that became a part of the decision process.
Granted, there were a few times when I ignored the calories, but the option was there. I was making a free will, informed choice. I like that.
But I donít think it should stop with Fast Food. You canít tell me a cheeseburger from a 5 star restaurant is going to be any healthier or any lower in calories than a cheeseburger from In Ďn Out.
So why are the Fast Food restaurants the only oneís being ordered, by the Gov, to do this? Why is the Government cracking down on the kinds of food Fast Food companies can offer, but not the ďset downĒ restaurants? (Heck, Iíve even heard that there are people wanting to ban fast food restaurants from opening in certain areas, ďTo protect the peopleĒ in those areas.)
I think, all restaurants should post at least the calories on the menu; right there, were youíre looking, while youíre making your choices. That way itís all on me, Free-Will and Well Informed, my choice.
I donít need Uncle Sam making my choices for me, just provide me with the info and move along.
I want to know the calories and then itís my choice to decide if I want the deep fried chicken with gravy and mashed potatoes or I want the lightly seasoned grilled chicken with a mix of summer veggies. My choice.
I know I've ranted about this before. But it just gets to me when I hear or read about people trying to "protect" me by taking away my choices.
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