Day 26: Ole for Spanish Food!

As I promised, today I’ll be logging in how much I now weigh: 136.1 lbs

I’m targeting 125 lbs so I only have about 10 lbs to go. Woohoo!! 🙂

The thing is, I haven’t even done any major exercise yet. I just watch what I eat, and make more deliberate choices when it comes to food. I’m not even too strict to myself. I enjoy the process and don’t stress over it.

When someone offers me ice cream, I eat some, enjoy it, and adjust my food choices afterwards. It’s really quite simple.

Anyway, here’s what I scored today:

July 2, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 925 calories

+Exercise: 164 calories

=Remaining: 439 calories

As usual, I did a lot of cooking today (60 minutes = 125 calories), cleaned my apartment (15 minutes = 39 calories), and did a lot of driving (too bad there’s no driving in the choices in MyFitnessPal).

Today I prepared some Seafood Paella (using brown rice, since it’s what’s available) using the shrimps and clams in my freezer.

As an appetizer, I made some pan-fried tofu cubes with some spicy sweet soy sauce. I combined some honey, red pepper flakes, lite soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, black pepper, minced garlic, minced ginger, and sesame oil.

Made some clam soup too, just the basic. Clams, garlic, ginger.

For dessert, some leftover ice cream.

Lunch is served!

Here’s the entire meal for the day:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffin

Lunch: Clam Soup, Pan-Fried Tofu with Spicy Sweet Soy Sauce, Seafood Paella, Salted Caramel Ice Cream

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Snack while driving: Boiled sweet potato, 1/4 cup of vanilla milkshake, 1 piece of Filipinos chocolate-covered biscuit (made in Spain)

Late evening drink at Starbucks: Teavana Emperor’s Clouds and Mist Green Tea

Water: 1000ml

Oh by the way, today I added a new beverage to my usual, aside from coffee. It’s green tea! A very highly-recommended drink for weight loss. So when I stayed for some minutes at Starbucks to write an article, I ordered their green tea. It’s Teavana Emperor’s Cloud and Mist Green Tea. It was okay, not a huge fan of green tea.

They served it with a pack of honey on the side, but I skipped it. Drank it unsweetened, zero calories. Next time, I’ll have it on ice.

Day 12: How To Eat Healthy at Starbucks

Yesterday I talked about beans and the important role they now play in my diet. Well, I think I cooked waaaay too much –so today I’m having tons of leftover beans. And I finished them all today finally.

Because of these beans, I hit my fiber target of 25g (I consumed 33g today!) and added more to my protein requirement.

But what “scared” me today (scared in a sense that I will be ruining my diet) was spending the afternoon in Starbucks. But before I tell you more about how I managed to limit my calories while I was there, here are my metrics for today:

June 18, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1294 calories

+Exercise: 90 calories

=Remaining: -4 calories

I happily burned 90 calories today by doing some light/moderate cleaning for 20 minutes, and walking at moderate pace for about 10 minutes.

No, working on my laptop does not seem to count. I couldn’t find it under any activity category at MyFitnessPal, whether under cardio or strength.

Back to my Starbucks story. So, Starbucks was my office for this afternoon, and while working I was sipping on some cappuccino with some brown sugar -just finished half of my 80z drink. Then, I ordered the banoffee pie, and ate only the bananas (with some chocolate) and left all the rest (whipped cream + graham crust).

I was still feeling a li’l hungry and wanted some meat. Yes, the meat lover me is ever present. I looked for some sandwiches and found a turkey ham sandwich (using a whole wheat bun with some seeds on top, probably flax seeds) with an herbed egg white omelet and some fontina cheese.

Craving satisfied.

You can really find healthy options at Starbucks. It’s just there!

Breakfast: coffee + a slice of hungarian sausage I popped into my mouth

Morning Snack: roasted almonds, 20 pieces

Lunch: Brown rice, Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves

Afternoon Snack: Starbucks Cappuccino, Banoffee Pie, Turkey Ham+Egg White+Fontina Cheese Sandwich

Dinner: Brown Rice, Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves, Salad (green lettuce, grilled chicken breast, avocados, apple cider vinaigrette), a few pieces of Chippy

Water: 1500ml

You may ask, “What’s Chippy?”. Well, here’s a confession. I’m so addicted to Chippy. The Original Red variant is my fave chip of all time! I can’t imagine my life without it so I found a way to work around this. Portion control.

I used to gobble an entire 110g-pack in just 30 minutes, which is pretty extreme. As I age, I realized I need to make progress in controlling how I consumer this sodium-laden snack popular labeled as junk food.

Today I consumed 1086 mg of sodium, which is within allowable.  Major health organizations recommend the following:

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): 2300 mg
American Heart Association (AHA): 1500 mg
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND): 1500 to 2300 mg
American Diabetes Association (ADA): 1500 to 2300 mg

Another change that I made because of this weight loss project: I stopped using bouillon cubes.

Just so you know, 1 piece of Knorr Chicken Cube contains 2260 mg of sodium

I used to love this product because an instant bouillon cube is very convenient. But then again, there ARE other ways to enhance the flavor of food when cooking. If may take some extra steps but in the long run, it’s worth it.

Day 9: The Warning I Received Today From My App

Because of yesterday’s red marks, I kinda held back on my eating today. I limited my calories, knowing I won’t be doing any exercise today. Frankly, I was back in my depressed mode. The same thing that made me sad the other day, well it’s back, and I allowed it to pull down my spirit again.

And my eating habits just follow.

As a result, I ate less than 1000 calories today. Thought no one would notice, but the app MyFitnessPal did notice it. In fact, because I went below 1000 calories, I was “warned”:

Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are likely not eating enough.

For safe weight loss, the National Institutes of Health recommends no less than 1000 – 1200 calories for women and 1200-1500 calories for men.

Even during weight loss, it’s important to meet your body’s basic nutrient and energy needs. Over time, not eating enough can lead to nutrient deficiencies, unpleasant side effects & other serious health problems.

To safely meet your goals:

  • Focus on consuming nutrient-rich foods and beverages
  • Check your progress in MyFitnessPal throughout the day
  • Add nutritious snacks between meals as needed 

Seriously, this app is amazing. It’s like having a personal health and fitness coach in your pocket. One of those apps which I truly recommend to anyone who is trying to lose weight.

So, for today, these are my metrics:

June 15, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 826 calories

+Exercise: 2 calories

=Remaining: 376 calories

As you can see, I barely moved. Those calories were the equivalent of 592 steps, all made indoors.

Today I wasn’t too eager to even cook, so I made myself a salad for lunch. Got some greens, added a basic dressing of apple cider vinegar, EVOO, and some organic Dijon-style mustard. Oh, and I tossed in some leftover cheese I found in the fridge.

Breakfast: coffee, whole wheat yeast-free bread + unsweetened peanut butter

Lunch: a simple salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing

Dinner: Brown rice, grilled milkfish

Water: 1500ml

Adding fish into my diet is something I take seriously, so it’s a relief for me to have access to some freshly grilled milkfish from a nearby food kiosk, specializing in roasts. One whole fish is enough for 2 meals, so I’m saving the half for tomorrow.

This milkfish provided me with 35.1g of protein for the day. My target is 60g of protein per day, and for today I had a total of 51g protein. Still short by 9g, but quite close .

One thing that I enjoy in this weight loss journey is the variety I can put into my diet. It’s interesting that I get to research other food items that are high in a certain nutrient, which normally I would just dismiss. Blogging about what I eat each day makes me more conscious of the nutrients, and this is vital information.

Food is no longer just something delicious to put in your mouth, but rather something that is life-giving.

Mind you, after eating for many months without a care in the world, tracking each dish I consume does require some effort.

And I’m dead serious about it. Progress over perfection.

Day 8: The Trap of Convenience

Ugh. For the first time since I began this project, I got red marks in my myfitnessapp. Meaning, I went negative in my remaining calories.

June 14, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1,341 calories

+Exercise: 14 calories

=Remaining: -127 calories

Ugh.

And I wanna say it again: UGH!

And it’s all because of settling for fast food! Today I decided not to cook and just dine out. Of course, the way I planned it in my head, we would eat out in a resto that serves healthy meals. But when she texted me while I was waiting in the car, “Hey, what do you want from X? I’m here and I can buy our dinner.”

X is a Chinese fast food. What do you expect?

I succumbed. “Yeah, just get us some chao fan.”

That Chinese fried rice take out was a whooping 607 calories!

And it didn’t stop there. She got me some siu mai, those pork-filled dumplings (4 pieces) and instead of the usual steamed version, they were fried. Another 296 calories. Ugh.

As I finished up the food (I’m not a fan of having leftovers), I tried to recall if I did some activity to help offset the calories.

Well, I did dance for some 3 minutes. That’s 14 calories burned. This is silly, am I even proud of that 3 minute dance. God, I should’ve danced 10x longer! Had I danced for 30 minutes, there would’ve been 6 calories left. Sheesh.

Ugh. This post almost feels like a rant.

Before I get lost in this, lemme share what I cooked for lunch today:

Breakfast: coffee, a little bit of bacon

Morning Snack: my very own home-baked, no-yeast whole wheat bread –with some French strawberry jam

Lunch: Brown rice, Grilled Chicken Breast marinated in lime, ground cumin, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. I skipped the salt. +side dish of fresh cucumber slices in Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, and a little sugar and black pepper

Dinner: Chao Fan, 4 pieces FRIED  Siu Mai

Water: 1750ml

Can you believe my delicious lunch today was only 242 calories? And it even had meat! Halleluia!!! And rice! It was too good to be true, but it was true. And all it took was a simple preparation. Marinate, grill, that’s it.

Ugh. Can’t take my mind off the chao fan!

This is my signing out. Tomorrow is another day. Progress, not perfection.