Day 29: Where Has the Meatlover in Me Gone?

Because I “overate” yesterday, naturally my instinct is to catch up and adjust. That’s me following the Law of Averages. It helps that today is one heck busy writing day -deep in research for another project I’m working on.

At the end of the day, I didn’t realize I ate a scanty set of 904 calories. Way below my 1200 goal, and even below the minimum 1000 calories.

Here are the figures for today:

July 5, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 904 calories

+Exercise: 99 calories

=Remaining: 395 calories

It’s almost a month since I began this weight loss project. So far, so good. No regrets. Logging into MyFitnessPal app was tedious during the initial weeks, but eventually I got the hang of it. It’s so easy, I highly recommend it!

Here’s my simple menu for today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, sardines

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Dinner: Brown rice, Sinigang na Hipon (Filipino Style Sour Shrimp Soup)

Water: 1000ml

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I have lots of shrimps available in my freezer! Well, goodbye shrimps. The last batch just went into this shrimp soup. I cooked a batch and froze it. Perfect for those days when I don’t feel like cooking. And yes, today was one of those days.

I peeked into my Macros: 60% carbs, 21% protein and 19% fats

Managed to limit my saturated fat consumption to 6g, which is less than my 14g limit. And yup, no trans fat whatsoever. Zero. According to my app.

Another good thing that’s been happening to me: I’m getting more veggies into my diet now. This shrimp soup? It’s packed with good stuff: eggplant, water spinach, tomatoes, onions, radish, and string beans.

Where has the meat-lover in me gone?

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Day 28: Why I Now Pause Before I Act

Jeez. Burned just 9 calories today? While this may be inaccurate, it does paint a picture of a sedentary me. A very sedentary me.

MyFitnessPal app (linked to my iPhone’s digital activity tracker) tells me I walked 1,506 steps = 9 calories. No points today for cleaning nor cooking as I didn’t do them today. Driving does not count.

Here’s how I fared today:

July 4, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1398 calories

+Exercise: 9 calories

=Remaining: -189 calories

It’s the 28th day of my weight loss project, and I’m telling you, each day presents a new challenge. Today, it’s about eating out.

I had a scheduled 5:30pm meeting at Starbucks. My first challenge: what to drink.

Here’s how my mind flowed from one idea to another:

“I’m at Starbucks, I should get coffee.”

“Naah, they have a lot of non-coffee drinks.”

“How about some hot green tea like what you had the other night?”

“Naah, it’s too boring. I want something I enjoy drinking. Like maybe a Caramel Macchiato?”

“But milk has so much fat!”

“But I can have it non-fat, right?”

“Yeah, but it doesn’t taste good.”

“True. How about one of these bottled fruit juices? It says, “no added sugar”.”

“Naah, it still has sugar. It’s a fruit.”

“Fine. How about this soy milk? I love soy milk! It’s been a while since I had one of these.”

“Oh yeah, this is something I would enjoy.”

“Soy milk is healthy. It’s a good source of protein.”

“Great, I’m getting the Vanilla.”

Turns out, this is the nutritional content I got from my Silk Soymilk Very Vanilla:

Silk Very Vanilla Soymilk Nutrition Label

So I finally had something to drink. I looked around and there were no available seats left. Had to move to the cafe next door, which was virtually empty: J.CO Donuts & Coffee.

My next challenge: what to eat.

Whenever I am at a J.Co store, I only buy Alcapone. It’s the one with almond slivers on a blanket of white chocolate. Happens to be their bestseller too. So I got a piece.

After paying, I realized they also sell J.Cool Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt.

“Oh, yogurt. I need probiotics in my body!”

“Hey, not all frozen yogurts are health. Haven’t you read all the myths online?”

“Nope, but I think this is better than a donut. Don’t you think?”

“Well, yeah. Maybe.”

“Oh, and I get a free topping. What should I get?”

“Forget those KitKat bars. Get some fresh fruits.”

“How about strawberries? They’re sexy AND healthy.”

“Just order.”

You see, conversations like this happen in my mind many times a day. And more often than usual whenever I’d eat out.

But I guess what’s important is the act of pausing before acting. Don’t just let impulse take over, but take that pause to reflect and think a bit. I’m sure you’ve read all the stuff out there about nutrition, what to eat, what not to eat. Ultimately, the choice is yours alone.

Finally, here’s the rest of what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee, cheese bread

Lunch: Brown rice, mackerel in turmeric oil

Afternoon Snack: Silk Soymilk Very Vanilla, J.CO Alcapone, J.COOL Frozen Yogurt with strawberries

Dinner: Brown rice, mackerel in turmeric oil, homecooked Gambas Al Ajillo, Starbucks Banoffee Pie

Water: 1000ml

After 28 days, I feel like the same person who has a voracious appetite. But what I notice is I now tend to pause before I decide on anything food-related.

It allows me that fraction of a second to use my reason, along with my heart, in making decisions.

And for me, that’s progress.

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 17: Ate Too Little, Ate Too Much Carbs

Today was a rather challenging day for me. I had lots of calories remaining at the end of the day, but my macros was so screwed up: 72% carbs, 18% fat, and 10% protein.

I had a total of 164 g of carbs, over a target of 151 g. Is this really a big deal? Eating 13 g more than recommended? Am I overreacting? Sometimes when I encounter cases like this, I get confused.

So I try to just focus back to my metrics:

June 23, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 914 calories

+Exercise: 9 calories

=Remaining: 295 calories

Ugh. I didn’t eat “enough” YET I had too much carbs. What was I eating today???

Breakfast: coffee

Morning Snack: cheese bread, 2 pieces

Lunch: Rice porridge with a few pieces of chicken meat, and some fried tokwa cubes

Afternoon Snack: a piece of banana

Dinner: Brown rice, Grilled Chicken, Nissin Cup Noodles (Spicy Seafood), and some boiled sweet potato.

Midnight Snack: another banana

Water: 1500ml

That rice porridge (which I didn’t cook but just bought from somewhere) provided 28 g of carbs. I should have adjusted my rice for dinner to catch up, but I didn’t.

Apparently, I ate too little protein too. The fried tokwa gave me 4.4 g, the grilled chicken breast 3 g, the sweet potato 0.7 g, the 2 bananas 1.2 g, and 4 g from the noodles in cup.

How do I fix this?

I need to look for more high-protein, low-carb foods and add them into my diet. That’s my game plan.

Progress, not perfection.

Day 10: Today I’m Eating More

With MyFitnessPal’s warning yesterday, I tried to catch up today by eating more and striving to hit the recommended 1000-1200 calories for women.

June 16, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1223 calories

+Exercise: 14 calories (2,039 steps, mostly made during shopping)

=Remaining: -9 calories

Went over by 9 calories. Yup, 9 calories. This should be fine, not losing sleep over these minute details.

As I have planned, I’m having some leftover grilled fish today for lunch.

Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover grilled milkfish, fresh avocados

Afternoon Snack: Strawberry shake, cream cheese-stuffed almond soft pretzels from Auntie Anne’s

Dinner:  Fried chicken tenders with curry mustard dip, Taco Bibimbap from Bonchon

Water: 1750ml

The Taco Bibimbap is a Mexican-version of the Korean rice dish bibimbap, with red kidney beans, salsa, and crushed nachos instead of the usual kimchi and veggies. I ordered this because of the beans. Love them!

However, the rice used here (unfortunately) is white rice, not organic brown rice which I normally have at home.

You see, this is the limitation when you eat out, and the resto does not provide its diners much choice. Like the option to change your rice from white to brown, or something like that.

Here’s the main difference between white and brown rice in terms of nutrients, from Livestrong.com:

One cup of white rice contains:

  • 242 calories
  • 4.4 grams of protein
  • 53.2 grams of carbohydrate
  • 0.4 gram of fat
  • 0.6 grams of fiber
  • 24 milligrams of magnesium
  • 0.8 milligram of zinc

One cup of brown rice contains:

  • 218 calories
  • 4.5 g of protein
  • 45.8 grams of carbohydrate
  • 1.6 grams of fat
  • 3.5 grams of fiber
  • 86 milligrams of magnesium
  • 1.2 milligrams of zinc

Since I am trying to reduce my cholesterol level, I need a lot of fiber in my diet. So brown rice really works for me. Brown rice has 8x more fiber than white rice! Although here’s something I didn’t expect: brown rice has more fat than white rice. So I try to balance this off by adding more good fats into my diet, like fatty fish such as sardine, mackerel, tuna and salmon.

I think it’s about time that Bonchon upgrades its menu to include healthier options for their rice. Don’t you think so?