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 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 3: Dance Myself Thin

I kept my promise to myself to dance on Day 3, earning additional calories so I could eat a little bit more. Yesterday I shared with you I’d be doing the afro-latin dance workout by dance instructor Marie Forleo.  I really, really enjoyed it! It was an easy-to-follow, fun workout,  and it helped that I “know” Marie Forleo. Meaning, I watch her online show MarieTV and consume her content on personal development.

Add to that my steps for the day, and I got these figures:

June 9, 2017

Dance Workout, 30 minutes: 157 calories

Number of steps: 968 steps

Recommended steps: 10,000

This is waaaaay far from my the goal, but it’s progress. Reminding myself right now that I strive for progress, not perfection.

Which leads me to almonds. Yes, almonds.

How Much is Too Much

We know these nuts are kinda popular when it comes to weight loss, as some sites like would suggest to eat almonds to lose weight. And so I did snack on them while watching some K-Drama online.

God, I must have eaten 3 handfuls!

That’s way beyond the serving size of 1 ounce, I suppose. So I thought I need a strategy for this: the next time I eat almonds, I’m gonna pre-count/pre-portion them.

One ounce of almonds is around 22-23 whole kernels. Since I love rounding up/down figures, I’ll consider this as 20 whole almonds for a serving.

So with that, plus my other meals for today:

June 9, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1304 calories

+Exercise: 157 calories

=Remaining 53 calories

Going Into Mediterranean Diet

With the food that I’ve been eating, it feels sorta like I’m going into a Mediterranean diet. Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Linguine with sardines in tomato sauce, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon

Afternoon Snack: coffee, a handful of walnuts

Dinner: More linguine (this time with pimento-stuffed green olives, basil and black pepper), some eggplant made two ways: grilled and omelet

Additional Snack: lots of almonds

Water:  2000 ml

Looking at the “menu” above, it’s a sign I need to plan and prepare my meals better if I want to survive the coming weeks and months. Please, I don’t wanna die of boredom from all this linguine!

Wait, how about the weighing scale?

The store I went to is selling one last piece of a digital weighing scale. I didn’t like both the design and the price tag so I am postponing the purchase. Tomorrow, I’ll check out another store. Or maybe I can order online instead.

Meanwhile, I’m at this state where I am happy for making progress in my food choices (so far so junk food for the last 3 days, no soda, no sugary iced teas) but still clueless as to how I really weigh.

I swear I’m getting my own scale very soon!

Day 2: How a Bank Glitch Got Me Moving

Today, I applied the “technique” to trick my app myfitnesspal to “allow” me to eat a little bit more: I exercised.

But guess what? I didn’t do it on purpose. Well, at least initially.

Here’s my simple Bank Glitch Story

If it were not for that bank fiasco that happened today, I would have stayed in the comforts of my apartment and watched more YouTube videos of Dr. Axe. But because the entire bank system was down due to a “technical glitch” (they swore they were NOT hacked!), I was forced to get my butt off my seat and go to a physical, brick-and-mortar bank. Yes, I real bank! They do exist, you know!

Since the bank was just 1.5 km from my apartment, I had this brilliant idea to just walk going home. I was wearing my sneakers anyway, so it wouldn’t really be that hard.

June 8, 2017

Number of steps: 4,641

Recommended steps: 10,000

I know I barely made half of the required 10,000 steps, but who cares?! For me, it was a feat that made ME happy! This little trick translated to an extra 53 calories for me. Woohoo!!!

So for today, these are my metrics:

June 8, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1248 calories

+Exercise: 53 calories

=Remaining: 5 calories

If it were not for the brisk walking I forced myself to do, I wouldn’t have enjoyed a little more of that linguine pasta for dinner.

Since I’m documenting even the food I eat, lemme share what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: 1 cup of cooked brown rice + sardines in tomato sauce

Afternoon Snack: coffee + 1 cup of sweet potato

Dinner: linguine pasta with some garlic, pimento-stuffed green olives, capers, lite tuna, and extra virgin olive oil

Water: 1500 ml

What’s Next

Tomorrow, I’ll do another form of activity just to keep it varied. Perhaps dance? There’s an old afro-latin dance workout that I’ve bookmarked in YouTube (it features a younger Marie Forleo) and I did enjoy the sweat out of that workout.

You should check it out. It’s entitled Dance Yourself Thin.

And a note to myself: buy a weighing scale.