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.

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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.