Nutrisystem, Korea, and Miscellany
Monday, November 21, 2016
I'm back from Korea, and apparently up 0.4 pounds. However, as I'll get to in a moment, I think that's partially water retention and buffet remnants, and it's also partially hormonal. I am not too concerned about it, except that I am not going to hit 20 pounds by Thanksgiving after all. Unless a miracle happens, and I'm not banking on that.
So, Korea was ... interesting. Man there is a lot of pork there. I had a stash of protein bars with me which came in really handy, but after a few days I developed a bit of a rhythm. I'd eat a few bites of protein bar and hit the gym somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30AM ... stupid jet lag ... then come back, finish the bar, take a shower, and head to a breakfast meeting where I'd have some fruit and yogurt ... and maybe some hash browns because fried potatoes are life. For lunch I'd either have a protein bar and a banana I stole from breakfast, or a couple of days when I had lunch meetings I ventured out. One day I had french toast (you know, typical Korean food?), one day it was the hotel buffet. Dinners tended to be Italian-ish in nature. Again, super traditional. :) I had a room service panini one night, and pizza one night, and another night I attempted to have pizza only to find ham hidden in it, so I ate pizza crust for dinner. Keeping it healthy indeed! Heh. And one night I had the hotel buffet. Lots of hotel buffets. The good news is there was a fantastic salad bar. The bad news is that there was also a fantastic dessert bar. I basically would eat a big plate of salad - greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, nuts, balsamic vinaigrette - and then get dessert. They had an earl gray chiffon cake that was delicious!
So, all in all, it wasn't terrible but it certainly wasn't good. The problem with venturing out of the hotel was that there was very little English spoken so even when I thought I was getting something vegetarian, it'd show up with pork (ahem pizza). There was a smoothie king in the mall attached to the hotel, but no one spoke any english and I am allergic to oranges so I couldn't risk getting something with orange juice in it. There was a sandwich place that had what looked like a caprese salad, but again I couldn't be sure.
Anyway, home now and the fridge is stocked with good stuff. This week I'm eating yogurt and protein granola for breakfasts, soup or sandwich with salads for lunches, and Nutrisystem or faux chick'n and veggies for dinners. And apples, baby carrots, babybels, and homemade applesauce for snacks. And a variety of 100-calorie cookie packs for desserts.
The Nutrisystem experiment is coming to an end. I've canceled the auto-delivery and am working my way through what's left in the kitchen and pantry. I'm glad I did it as it reset some healthy habits and now I'm eating kind of the same way, but with real food. So still breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert. Still lower carbs and higher protein and keeping yogurt and cheese in there, so not vegan. It seems to be working for me, though the losses are definitely slowing down now that I'm in my 'normal' range and my body is hanging on for dear life to its set point.
This is the hardest time of year to lose weight, I know, but I'm determined to keep up my healthy habits. I'm not visiting family for Thanksgiving so I can stay home and cook for myself and avoid all the sweets that inevitably show up. After today, I'm staying out of the office for the same reason. Out of sight, out of mind! Thanksgiving I'm going to a friend's house and I'll have a salad that I bring, squash soup they're making, and apple crisp I'm making. The rest is traditional Thanksgiving foods that I don't eat so I'm not tempted in the slightest. Should work out pretty well I think!
Enough rambling. Have a great week!