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?

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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 TeaIt 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.

Day 23: I Had a Feeling This Would Happen

There’s a dinner party at home today so I kinda expected that I’ll be enjoying food more than it’s “required”.

My cooking exercise didn’t save me today from a negative remaining calories.

So, for today here are my metrics:

June 29, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1426 calories

+Exercise: 151 calories

=Remaining: -75 calories

I did a lot of cooking today (still with lots of shrimps!), so I logged in an hour of cooking as exercise, equivalent to 125 calories. Plus some 10 minutes of light cleaning (26 calories).

At this point, I visualize the desired result of this weight loss project:

I weigh 125 pounds.

My BMI is normal.

I feel lighter.

I move faster.

I have normal cholesterol levels.

I need to refocus my attention to the very reason why I am doing this daily blog. It’s all about feeling good about myself and my body. I’m happy now that I am able to move about, but I will be happier knowing my risk for cardiovascular diseases is lower because I am not overweight.

The challenge for me now is to add more activities into my lifestyle. I challenge myself to make changes in the next 14 days, and really put in the effort to exercise more.

I’ll keep you posted.

Before I go, here’s the menu for the day:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffin

Morning Snack: roasted almonds

Lunch: Brown rice, beef chili

Afternoon Snack: coffee, an apple

Dinner: Spicy Linguine Arrabbiata, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Sparkling Wine

Water: 1500ml

I raise my glass of sparkling wine…cheers to life, love and good food! ❤

Day 22: It’s Officially Shrimp Season!

After learning about the good news that cooking is an exercise I can consider in MyFitnessPal app, I now consider it as part of my regular activities.

Here’s my stats for today:

June 28, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1258 calories

+Exercise: 57 calories

=Remaining: 0 calories

At this rate, it will take some time for me to lose significant weight. If I really want lose the 20 pounds I initially targeted, I NEED to move some more. Beyond cooking and cleaning the apartment.

For now, I consider this an achievement to stay in my allowed calorie-zone (1000-1200 calories per day). I feel I have enough energy to go through my day, so that’s fine.

Some may argue that calorie counting is not exactly the best weight loss plan out there. Well, maybe they’re right. But my goal, aside from to lose weight, is also to know what I am eating, and what nourishment it gives my body.

Using the app allows me to determine the nutritional content of what I eat, and I think that’s a good start. Having a high LDL cholesterol count is something I want to address, so it’s a must that I track the fat content of what I eat.

Anyway, here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffin

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover Sinigang na Hipon

Afternoon Snack: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffin (I still have some in the fridge, help me finish this!)

Dinner: Brown rice, spicy prawn kimchi stew with tofu

Midnight Snack: roasted almonds

Water: 1000ml

Hmmm, I notice I’ve been drinking less water. Gotta aim higher to drink 2000ml a day!

What else? Today I had too much carbs, thanks to the 2 cornmeal muffins I ate today. Plus my usual brown rice. Total carbs today was 18g beyond my target of 157g, or approximately 52% of my entire meal. Was that too much?

Anyway, I also went beyond my protein target. Consumed 70g in total, my target being 63g. My protein sources today were the shrimps and tofu.

I’m using a lot of shrimps these days in my cooking because I have a lot of them in my freezer! Somebody gave them to me, which is perfect since I love shrimps -I can really overeat I don’t control myself.

According to Health.com, shrimps are low in calories, and also high in cholesterol. They are very low in saturated fats, and doesn’t contain trans fat, unless it’s been fried or cooked in a way that adds trans fat. With that, I limit the portion and make sure I only use olive oil when I cook my shrimps, either boiled or sauteed but never fried.

Watch out tomorrow for my next post, and expect to see more shrimps in my diet.

Bye for now, it’s time for me to prepare my lunch.

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.