Tuesday, October 27, 2009
This weekend was an eyeopener. I was out of town with my hubby for work and fun. Saturday was our main fun day and we did things we love: went to a used bookstore, went to a beer bar, went to a brewery, went to a fine dining restaurant. I tried to be mindful of my eating plan, I went for smaller portions, I counted my bites of desert. I recorded what I ate as I went in a little notebook. And somehow, when I logged it all today, I found I ate more than 3,000 calories.
Now since these weren't chain restaurants we were eating in, I'm guessing, I'm estimating, sometimes on the heavy side, sometimes no doubt on the light side. But it is very, very clear that when I eat out, I eat over. And since I'm not willing to give up enjoying food or eating in great places, I need a new strategy. I think it's interesting I don't regret dinner, because it was amazing, but I do regret breakfast because it was so mediocre.
Friday, October 23, 2009
Okay I ate an apple and that didn't help much. I've eaten well today and haven't really done much in the way of exercise so I have to chalk it up to not eating enough yesterday. I have low blood pressure and if it drops too low I get fainty, not fun. So I think I'll go have some triscuits and water with electrolytes, maybe a piece or two of candy, see if the sugar, salt and fluids puts me right.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Ok, I came in under calories today. But since I had to do a lot of estimating on the totals for the 10oz of beer and the slice of pizza I had, I'm still going to call this one a win. And I think I'm going to look into a multivitamin since I haven't once gotten enough folate according to this thing. Of course, I realize that folate is a B vitamin, and there tends to be a lot of those in beer (a by product of the yeast). Maybe I should just buy some Marmite. Likewise, I haven't gotten enough Iron, but we cook nearly everything on cast iron, so that add some. Still probbly safer to get the multi, so long as it's not packed with fat soluble vitamins, like E or A. That's bad news, more isn't always better, just like fewer/too few calories isn't better.
On the plus side, as a result of needing to figure out how much the mother-in-law's suitcase weighed, I ended up weighed before my week was up and found I'm down a pound. Which is a silly thing to be happy about, 'cause that could so easily be water weight and fluctuating a few pounds does not a downward trend make. I still let myself buy something at the dollar store (tiny plastic containers for bento) but I'm not putting much stock in it. I think perhaps I should wait a month between getting on the scale, it shouldn't be the end all be all of this journey.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today I got hungry early and so I started munching on my lunch at 11:15. I love that I can nibble my way through the goodies or I can eat it all at "lunchtime". A little laughing cow, some carrots, green peppers and tea later, I can concentrate again. This is so much better for me than waiting until the proper time to eat, or eating something junky 'cause "it's only a snack". It's hard to say because I didn't keep a food log when I wasn't trying to eat right, but I suspect that almost all my extra calories were coming from extra noshing, because I've mostly (dining out excluded) been sensible about what I consciously choose to eat at meal times. It's the mindless eating that kills me. Bento is very deliberate, each little piece carefully chosen for looks, taste and nutrition, but then I can eat it without thinking. For me that's perfect.
And even having raided the box for the veggies, it still looks really full, so I still feel like lunch is waiting for me. Amazing what you can pack into a tiny space.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
I'm a 30 year old woman who didn't drink beer at all until we moved to a town with a really good beer bar and an excellent beer club. We lived in a city before that with a lot of great beer bars with decent beer clubs but then it had a lot of other things too and while I learned enough about beer to enjoy my husband's microbrew collecting hobby, I didn't drink the stuff. After drinking through the ciders, fruit beers and lambics, I started on malty goodness in other styles and have in a little over two years tried 289 beers at this one bar. Which is good. I've also put on 30 pounds, which is bad. Of course I'm also older and I live in a place where one drives instead of taking public transport/walking, so it's by no means all the beer's fault. I don't want to break up with beer, but I don't want it to sabotage me either.
(reposted from my intro post on the beer lover's team)
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