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 27: The Last Cornmeal Muffin

Today is a historic day in this weight loss project. Thank goodness I finally wiped out the last 2 cornmeal muffins in the fridge!

And for sure I won’t be making another batch soon. It’s just coming out of my ears! :p

Anyway, I had to “force” myself today to eat a little more just to hit the minimum 1000 calories. It’s that kind of day when I don’t feel like cooking, just grabbing leftovers here and there.

Managed to hit these figures:

July 3, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1072 calories

+Exercise: 39 calories

=Remaining: 167 calories

Since I began this weight loss project, I started replacing my food staples with healthier versions. Like cheese, for instance.

I am crazy about cheese. Like, major crazy.

It’s not hard to figure out why my cholesterol level spiked up many moons ago. I’ve been eating and tasting a lot of goat, sheep, cow and buffalo cheeses!

So I did my “cheese pause” and skipped the mozzarella, brie, camembert, gouda, emmental, blue cheese, parmesan, manchego, and fontina for several weeks. But today I gave in, welcomed cheese back into my loving lips in the form of Bega Super Slim cheese slice.

The cheese package says it’s 65% reduced fat, with only 2g of fat per slice. Plus, it’s 62% real cheddar cheese. Let’s not talk about the 38%. At least it’s “mainly”cheese. This nibbler is quite happy.

Here’s the rest of what I ate today, mostly leftovers:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffins

Morning Snack: some Philippine anchovies (a.k.a. dilis) fried to a crisp

Lunch: Brown rice, scrambled eggs and lite tuna

Afternoon snack: coffee, green tea, a slice of Bega Super Slim

Dinner: Clam soup with some homemade whole wheat basil croutons, and gluten-free cornmeal muffin (I swear, the very last piece!)

Water: 2000ml

I wonder what I’ll be cooking again tomorrow. More shrimps?

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 24: Achieving My Mission One Day at a Time

It’s the last day of June. That time of the month when you feel like wrapping things up, and prepping for the next one.

I look back at the last 24 days of my weight loss journey, and feel a sense of mission to respect and take care of my body.

I learned to strive for balance between rigidity and reward, and to focus on the essence of what I’m really trying to achieve.

Here are my calorie counts for today:

June 30, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1092 calories

+Exercise: 126 calories

=Remaining: 234 calories

My body has adjusted to this level of food consumption on a regular day. If I feel hungry in between meals, I learned to reach out for my water bottle first.

If I still feel peckish, I’d grab some roasted almonds, or a piece of fruit. If not, I’m happy with my afternoon coffee which I slurp more than sip, as I do my usual writing.

Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffin

Lunch: the last batch of beef chili, plus another gluten-free cornmeal muffin (God, how many muffins did I make?)

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Dinner: Brown rice, grilled chicken breasts (marinated in Greek yogurt and spices), shrimps and squash in coconut milk, and salted caramel ice cream

Water: 1500ml

As you can see, I’m desperately trying to finish off these cornmeal muffins! I baked a dozen of them, and gave away 3. So I was left with 9 to finish within the week. No wonder my carbs are spiking up!

And there are my shrimps over there, along with some Kabocha squash, stewed in some coconut milk, ginger and garlic. To add crunch to the mushy dish, I added some crisp-fried dilis (Philippine anchovy) for a bit of contrast in texture.

The ice cream was part of last night’s mini party (which I skipped) and now I reward myself with half a cup.

By the way, the ice cream brand: “Nestle Temptations.” Aptly named indeed.