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?

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 25: Ugh, Fast Food!

It’s the brand new start of a month, so I’m quite hopeful, excited, and slightly wondering if I am indeed losing weight.

If not, I sure hope I am not gaining weight.

Here are my metrics today:

July 1, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1369 calories

+Exercise: 171 calories

=Remaining: 2 calories

As you can see, there’s a li’l bit of increase in my activity today. Well, I did incorporate some walking (aside from my usual cooking and food prep) so that somehow added extra calories.

It just kinda balanced off the calories I gained from grabbing some brunch at Jollibee. There wasn’t much healthy options to choose from anyway. So I ordered the tapsilog, which is tapa + sinangag + itlog.

Tapa is a dried beef, but this version is more saucy and dry. Sinangag is fried rice, and Jollibee’s version is that of a garlic fried rice. Lastly, itlog means egg. It’s cooked sunny side up.

And that’s not the only fast food item I had today: I also did a KFC drive-thru. When it’s almost midnight and you’re still on the road, hungry and tired, a drive thru is the next best thing.

As a result, I had a total of 415mg of cholesterol today, 115mg beyond my 300mg target. Ugh, that’s it. I’m not eating from a fast food in the next 30 days!

Here’s the rest of my meals today:

Breakfast: coffee

Brunch: Jollibee tapsilog, half a cup of hot chocolate that comes with the meal

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Dinner: Brown rice, tortang talong (eggplant omelet)

Mdnight Snack: KFC Hotshots, french fries, half a cup of Sprite

Water: 1500ml

Tomorrow I’ll reveal if I did lose weight or (gasp!) gained some more.

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 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.