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.

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Day 21: So Cooking is an Exercise?

Today I discovered from MyFitnessPal app that “cooking or food preparation” can be logged in as an exercise.

An hour of this activity is equivalent to burning 125 calories.

So now I present to you my metrics, after I logged in 60 minutes of cooking:

June 27, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1323 calories

+Exercise: 187 calories

=Remaining: 64 calories

I cooked another batch of chili (this time with beef instead of chicken), baked some gluten-free cornmeal muffin, and a Filipino sour soup broth with shrimps and vegetables called “Sinigang na Hipon.

Sometime what inspires me to cook are the leftover stuff in my pantry. I found some cornmeal a.k.a. polenta so I thought I’d bake some corn muffins. Made it gluten-free since I also happen to have a stash of gluten-free flours at home.

All from Bob’s Red Mill.

I have the following:

  • Whole Grain Brown Rice Flour
  • Stone Ground White Rice Flour
  • Premium Quality Potato Starch Unmodified
  • Finely Ground Tapioca Flour

Here’s the recipe I follow to prepare a gluten-free flour blend, from Minimalist Baker.¬†She said it’s not her original recipe but only shared to her by a friend. Whoever that friend is, thank you!

1-1/2 cups (240g) brown rice flour

1/2 cup (96g) potato starch

1/4 cup (40g) white rice flour

1/4 cup (30g) tapioca flour

The Sinigang na Hipon was fairly easy to do. It’s the kind of dish that you just simmer/boil the ingredients one after another. It’s a traditional Filipino viand, best eaten with steaming-hot cooked rice. You can change the protein to pork or fish, instead of shrimps.

Here’s the entire loaded menu for the day:

Breakfast: coffee, a slice of toasted whole wheat bread + unsweetened peanut butter

Morning Snack: roasted almonds

Lunch: beef chili + Chippy (it’s almost like nacho chips, which go well with chili)

Afternoon Snack: coffee, gluten-free corn muffin, another slice of whole wheat bread, and some more roasted almonds

Dinner: Brown rice, Sinigang na Hipon

Midnight Snack: strawberry shake with greek yogurt

Water: 1500ml

Such a happy day spent entirely on cooking, baking, writing and lounging.

What about the macros?

52% carbs, 31% fat and 17% protein.

Eating healthy may take some effort at first, but eventually you’ll get the hang of it. Your body won’t be craving much of the junk food, as long as you don’t go for deprivation.

It’s all about moderation.

Day 5: Unleashing The Chef Inside Me

Today I added some new items just to liven things up, though it really ain’t that easy to plan and execute a menu that’s both nutritious and delicious. With my weight loss project, I want to present my palate varied choices so it won’t be bored.

Cooking is one of the my favorite things to do, for it allows me to create and experiment. And I get to eat what I cooked. I get a high when I prepare something that I sincerely believe tastes good! And I feel more challenged whenever a dish turns out a disaster somehow. Like when it’s too salty, or overcooked, or lacks flavor.

Anyway, here’s what the chef in me prepared today:

Breakfast: coffee, mackerel in natural oil, with turmeric

Lunch: Brown rice, kimchi jiggae (with chicken & soft tofu)

Afternoon snack: Baked sweet potato fries (with Bob’s Red Mill’s Golden Flaxseed, cinnamon, and Madhava Organic Golden Light Blue Agave)

Dinner: Brown rice, Stir-fried Chicken Breast (with ginger, oyster sauce, carrots and peas)

Water: 2750ml (!)

Wow! Did I really drink this much water today?

I almost went beyond my target today if it were not for the few steps I made, a measly 1,034 steps = 10 calories!

My mind wanders right now, thinking when I can use the bike that’s been kept in the trunk of my car for quite some time now. Ugh! Why can’t I have the discipline to just wake up earlier than usual on a weekend and go biking?! Need some motivation here. Or I need something else that will make me want to wake up earlier.

For now, I’m focusing on modifying my diet. But for this weight loss project to succeed, exercise is essential. Activities! Getting my butt off this writing chair! Just any activity that allows me to MOVE.

Here are the stats for today:

Jun 11, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1,201 calories

+Exercise: 10 calories

=Remaining: 9 calories

I did go a little overboard with carbs, sugar and sodium. Sigh, this is so tricky! It’s challenging to balance the right amount of calories + the right nutrients!

Well, for one, I do need to lessen the sweeteners I use even if they are organic and light. Maybe just half a teaspoon less? I will not die with a little less sugar, will I? Sugar is pinpointed a major enemy when it comes to weight loss, so yeah, gotta consume less of it.

Haven’t had soda for this week, and I’m keeping it that way for now. I don’t wanna say “for life.” Not yet.