Thursday, March 12, 2009
So here's the real honest breakdown:
I did share a BIT of an appetizer (well, 2, but one came AFTER dinner).
BBQ Nachos -- Had a couple nacho chips, mostly with very little cheese, more of the lettuce and pico de gallo, and a bit of the BBQ
ONE mini-corndog. And then I was like... gihaosirh. No more. It was sooo greasy.
For my meal I ordered the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich w/ Buffalo Chips. The sandwich was GOOD. It's a grilled chicken breast w/ a carribean jerk rub and it was drizzled w/ some of their jerk sauce. I added no other sauce to it, and I didn't exactly leave anything on my plate...
... but my husband ate some of my buffalo chips when I got done with them. :) That helped! AND I stashed a piece of gum in my pocket and started chewing it when I was done as well. Good stuff.
This morning is another story....
My wonderful husband bought those Reeses PB Eggs that they have at Easter. I ate 3 of them. 180 cal 11g of fat each. But now MY SHARE of those suckers is GONE. *phwew*
I will not be craving any kind of splurge for quite a while now. I am all splurged out. I just want good clean eating. I was even irritated at how sweet my all-natural Dannon Strawberry Yogurt was today at lunch.
So -- I'm still kinda proud at how I did last night. I left feeling more full than I do after a nice healthy meal, BUT I was far less full than I USUALLY am after leaving a restaurant. I felt like I showed some restraint which is hard for me to do, and made relatively wise choices.
The salads at BWW just DO NOT appeal to me. They are lettuce and chicken. Basically. Maybe some cheese, cilantro... ok one has pico de gallo. But that is just not enough for me in a salad. I want something more interesting. Definitely a healthy option!!! Just not the kind of thing I want to pay money to eat at a restaurant, you know?
Ummmmmmm not much else to report, off day from working out today. Work has been stressful and irritating. I have a pile of things to do before I leave and all I want to do is go straight home. :) But I will survive.
I want to make some catfish and slaw tonight from the Best Life Diet Cookbook.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
So, today's been a pretty good day.
My DH had a pivotal meeting for his dissertation today and it went well so WOOHOO on that! :D We WILL be going out to eat tonight to celebrate, and my plan is to LEAVE FOOD ON MY PLATE unless I order something uber healthy.
Although we're going to Buffalo Wild Wings so the healthy options there are generally extremely limited and unnappealing so the chances of that are not super likely...
I will be reporting back on this goal tomorrow. Maybe it will help me to finally DO THIS. This is something I have NEVER gotten a hold of -- stopping when full, not just cleaning my plate... especially when eating out. OOH! I will make sure to bring my gum in so I can occupy my mouth when I am DONE. And maybe ask for a box?
Anyway -- this morning was gym buddy day and DAY TWO OF WEEK THREE of the pushups challenge. YEAH! I'm SOOOOOO proud of myself and LAFTERSFREE for completing today's challenge. It's getting tougher and tougher!!! And while my muscles are screaming by the end of the max set each time, I'm somehow able to complete the next day so I guess it's working. At the beginning I could barely complete 6 and I was um... doing them horribly wrong. Now I'm able to knock of 10 RELATIVELY easily. Today's longest sets were 12 reps long and I KNOW that last one or two were dropping in form, but hey. I got through it.
Then I was on the spin bike and feeling somewhat uninspired, over to the stair climber and feeling irritated. When I did 10min on the stairclimber I was like, hey! I haven't done ST since Monday! :D So I went downstairs and ROCKED some ST. It felt great to be doing that. It was just what I needed this morning to really get the most out of my workout. Off to track that now...
OH. And my nutrition tracker is tracking high today for my current calorie range, but to be honest I've been eating a bit higher the past few days and not just because I wasn't paying attention, but because I'm happy where I am and I'm not concerned about losing at this point. I'm waiting until Monday to officially change my tracker back to MAINTENANCE MODE, but I'm kinda transitioning there already.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
From the book I raved about last entry:
On occasionally deviating from his suggested way of eating, which can really apply to all of us intending to eat healthily."
"This is a long range plan, after all, and eating "badly," in the modern American style, is not a physical addiction, like smoking, drinking, or heroin; you can recover from an off day the next day, with no lingering ill effects, even psychological ones."
Of course the lingering psychological effects may be us beating ourselves up, but that's really our own doing. Our minds don't become disturbed from a meal out where we indulge on a big juicy hamburger and fries or something. We can easily go back to eating healthily the next day, or returning to a more strong plant based/whole foods/less animal products way of eating as suggested in his book.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Doesn't really feel like it, because I'm at work, but whatever. :)
I ate too much food last night, but at least it was relatively healthy food (aside from sodium content I'm sure). I went to a party and they had this AMAZING veggie lasagna that was a frozen brand... (Michaelangelo's?). I pretty much couldn't help myself. I ate tooo much of it. I also had a few BB carrots and celery. So -- not bad foods, but just too much. I felt uncomfortably full by the time we left and I was like, WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!! But I'll be alright.
Today I'm going to go GROCERY SHOPPING finally! So happy.
I'm also reading another interesting book from the library about food.
It's called "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating" by Mark Bittman.
The food suggestions as far as what kinds of food to eat seem very similar to the suggestions by Michael Pollan in defense of food, and there is also a lot of similar discussion about the food lobbyists and food industry recommending things that are not necessarily GOOD for us, even by our govt, all that good stuff. But the BASIS behind mentioning these things is actually in regard to saving the planet.
Certain types of food require much more expenditure of energy to produce than others, MAINLY - animal products, especially meats. He basically argues that even if we don't listen to all of the other reasons to eat less of these products (health reasons, animal cruelty, etc.) that we should listen to the fact that if our consumption of meat does not decrease the world literally can not sustain the demand as it is projected to increase in the very near future. Not only that, but the meat industry is apparently a huge proponent(is that the right word?) of greenhouse gases.
The idea is to eat more of foods that are more energy efficient (as far as the energy to produce them versus the amount of energy it provides to us) than foods that are inefficient. He states that it takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel to create one calorie of corn, and 40 calories of energy to create 1 calorie of beef.
"According to one estimate, each steer consumes the equivalent of 135 gallons of gasoline in his lifetime . . . Or try to imagine each cow on the planet consuming 7 barrels of crude oil."
I'm not sure about all of this energy nonsense, how all the equivalencies are calculated, etc., but it's basically expounding on the idea that we're farming all this corn and soy etc, to feed to livestock, to supply the ridiculously high demand for meat. He goes on to say that, yes, it would be wonderful to have grass fed well treated cows, this will solve a lot of energy production issues for THAT GROUP OF COWS, but if the world's demand for meat does not decrease, it is still impossible to meet demand and ridiculously MORE impossible to meet it without factory farming.
ANYWAY -- Just more reasons why eating a more plant based diet is not just good for YOU but good for the environment, etc. Eating foods closer to their whole form does not just do more good for you nurtritionally, but requires less energy from the planet in general because it's not processed by some factory before you eat it.
I personally find it fascinating. :) I would like to continue to shift more of my diet away from convenience items, I think I now eat FOR THE MOST PART from whole foods, but I still do use a lot of convenience/processed items. I still fall ploy to some of the nutritionism based marketing -- MORE OMEGA-3's in this snack bar! And I don't think it's terrible to use these things in small amounts, but it's like he's saying in his book -- he's not calling for some crazy radical action. Unfortunately in order to have an impact EVERYONE has to respond in this way. I don't think that makes me want to throw in the towel in making an effort though. :)
A link to the book on amazon.com with some excerpts, a look inside, and other people's opinions of the book as well (it has only 6 reviews out of 40 below 4 stars):
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