Monday, October 24, 2011
One thing Iíve noticed about my life recently when it comes to eating is my fridge.
There are two general stereotypes of the refrigerators of single guys.
* The fridge thatís full of canned drinks and expired perishables/takeout containers
* The empty one, save a half gallon of milk and leftovers from the previous night (because said single guy usually eats out 3 meals per day)
Mine has traditionally resembled the former despite living a lifestyle that should yield the later. Food was always going bad, or being rushed to eat before doing so.
Around July, I decided to get more organized in my life in several aspects. One of them involved food shopping. I reduced the number of vegetables I bought to match the 1-3 per week I was eating. When shopping for fruit each week , I would buy enough for 3-4 per day. The same with Dairy and Meat (less if I knew I was going to eat out more).
A few of weeks ago, I put a moratorium on buying non-perishable grains and have finished off some brown rice and couscous that have been in my cabinets for a while. Iím now down to a box of cereal, a bag of pasta and two boxes of Risotto. By next weekís trip to the grocery store, I will be down to few enough grains to justify buying new ones again.
Much like the other four food groups, I will by them per what I will reasonably consume over the next 7 days (maybe a little more for variety sake).
I no longer throw out vegetables. I no longer feel forced to pay attention to whether the milk is about to expire.
I love the feeling the day before I go shopping when I see the food in my fridge down to just about a days worth. As I head to the store the next day thereís a cup of yogurt, 1-2 pieces of fruit and maybe a few eggs left.
Itís freedom to not waste the food and know that Iím eating all of the healthy foods that Iíve bought. I love the new once a week empty fridge look.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Had a large lunch out yesterday. Lots of salt. Probably would have weighed about the same as last week if I hadn't.
I'm really struggling with motivation weightloss-wise. Not in that broken "is it worth it" sense.
I just feel like I'm climbing the wrong tree trying to.
Next week, I will try to eat healthy. I will continue to:
* Eat 3-5 servings of fruit
* 2-4 servings of dairy
* shoot for 5 servings of vegetables (been only getting four per week this month)
I think that I'm going to focus on whole grains and try to eat less sugar. Maybe that's the ticket.
Either way, I feel like it's more about trying to do things to get healthier, not losing weight.
Don't get me wrong I will probably lose some weight, but I feel that I will get more satisfaction from the other health benefits that it will bring.
- TD Out
Saturday, October 15, 2011
(-1% body fat)
I started working out regularly again this week, so perfunctorily the appetite went crazy. My body feels great. I feel healthy I have an adam's apple again. Given that I am trying to lose 14 pounds by mid december, any gain represents a potential set back.
@ the same time, I'm clearly on track to lose 7% of my fat (3 pounds) and maybe even 7% off of my waist(not sure what that is).
ive been @ this w8 loss thing enough to know that when one starts working out, there is a short term gain invovled. in my attempts to hit 195, ive backed off from ST because of this. not this time. if i have a 34-36 inch waist and 15-16% body fat, yet the scale says 196.x, so be it
If that's a reality i have to deal with I will. but for now, the goal is 7% of my body weight.
- TD Out!
Sunday, October 02, 2011
Yesterday, I joined the Fall 7% revolution that one of my dear sparkfriends (who i love very much) started. im doing weeks 1 and 2 this week (get bmr then try to 500 fewer calories AND do 2 cardio and 2 strength training sessions). The exercise should be easy enough to get this week.
ive calculated my 1 pound per week number. yesterday I went over by about 300 (not sure about some of the calories in some of the food i ate in the evening). I will get better about that. that being said...
I got together with a friend yesterday and we went to the mall. there's a restaurant that we've traditionally eaten at when we go to the mall. when it comes to meal options it is ....how you say......generally the stuff that pre-sparkpeople Trent appreciated far more than he does now.
lots of fried breaded food, cheap carbs/starches (Fiber? Whole Grains? pfft who needs those?). and in case you are worried that you will wake up the morning with extremely low cholesterol, they douse/drown gosh darn near everything in some kind of gravy. really thick gravy. if you are worried that your front fender might fall off the car, i think it can be used as glue once it starts to cool down.
so yeah, biscuits, dumplings, gravy, potatoes and breaded fried foods. Good ol down home cooking. grampy would have been proud...before his first double bypass, anyway.
knowing that this was probably where we'd end up eating, i did some things that i have never ever done in my lifetime.
1) planned out meal possibilities ahead of time.
* went online to check out the caloric damage for the food that i really wanted.
* found out what sides were better options
* figured out how to mitigate the inherent desire to have desert.
* budgeted in the calories for the options, given the caloric intake of the foods eaten during the rest of the day
2) actually ordered and ate a vegetable as a side at a restaurant.
* im trying to get 4 veggies per week (per WEEK not per day). up to 5 starting tomorrow.
* i ordered the 50-80 calorie green beans for a side rather than the steak fries or mac and cheese
3) mitigated desert
* one of the side options was a small apple cobbler type dish. it was 150 calories. i got that so i wouldn't desire the gigantic butter, chocolate and sugar laden desert options. it was still unhealthy, but not nearly as bad as what i would have ordered previously.
4) for the main course, i went with a leaner option. The chicken and dumplings, fried steak or chicken fried chicken would have each run me about 700 calories, but the 6-8 oz plain sirloin was 400-450. It was awful (parlez vous shoe leather) and i knew it would be, but it had iron and protein. Eaten with the greenbeans, i could swallow it.
5) I isolated what i really wanted. There is a potato caserole side that they had that i really like. so i got that (150 calories). everything else had a nutritional motive behind it (even if a mitigating one). I got it and enjoyed it.
the meal came out to 1225 calories, rolls and butter included.
i approximated what my calories would have been if id gotten my usual meal there and with rolls and everything, it would have easily cleared 2000.
I could definitely have picked better foods......
but i defintiely could have done worse.
it was a huge first step (planning options and ordering a plain vegetable as a side when eating out).
- TD Out!
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