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 19: Is Today My Cheat Day?

When I began this weight loss project last June 7, I didn’t even think about scheduling a so-called Cheat Day. I mean, who am I kidding? I don’t need a specific day just to cheat, right?

Seriously, my approach to this weight loss project is to eat whatever I like and never to deprive myself of a certain food.

So today, my “Wonder Woman Day” (I finally got to catch this in the cinema!), I ate a record-high 1400 calories.

June 25, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1400 calories

+Exercise: 124 calories

=Remaining: -76 calories

It was a date night so I had better things to do than count calories 😉

This is what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee, a slice of toasted whole wheat bread, a little strawberry jam, and a banana

Morning Snack: another banana

Lunch: Brown rice, kimchi, blanched broccoli, leftover chili and chicken kebab, a few pieces of Chippy

Afternoon Snack: coffee, french fries (half of the bowl was flavored with cheese powder, half with wasabi flavoring)

Dinner: Spicy beef noodle soup, a slice of whole wheat bread, and an orange-flavored soda

Water: 1500ml

Instead of analyzing my food choices, I wanna share another highlight of my day:

I finally bought a digital weighing scale!

I almost decided to just buy this online (as I never seemed to get it done) but while strolling in the mall today I saw this Korean store called Mumuso. Love this store! This is where I once spotted a nice, pink weighing scale, and now I bought it once and for all.

After dinner, I stepped on the scale, and updated MyFitnessPal.

Tonight I weighed 138 pounds. Now I have a reference to this weight loss project.

Day 4: Cheating Creeps In

I was doing quite well today, very disciplined in watching my diet and religiously using the myfitnesspal app to monitor the nutrients I put into my body.

Until the evening came when I was invited for some beer. From someone who I can never resist.

So I gave in. Had an initial sip from the bottle, and another one. I was telling myself, “It’s okay, just make up for it with some exercise later.” Who was I fooling? It was almost midnight.

Oh well, I had another sip. Then I stopped. The geek in me measured how much I drank at that point, and logged into the app: Hite Beer, Generic 166.6ml – 72 calories.

June 10, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1066 calories

+Exercise: 9 calories

=Remaining: 143 calories

In the end, I did not go beyond my calorie limit despite a few gulps of this Korean beer. Not bad!

I looked deeper into my stats. My carbs today reached 172g, 21g more than my target 151g. The analyst in me wanted to know where these 21g came from, and I pinpointed 2 culprits:

 

Brown Rice for dinner – 46g

Beer after dinner – 6.7g

French Fries to go with the beer – 4.7g

If only I had reduced the amount of brown rice for dinner, I would have made allowance for the 11.4g from the beer & fries.

For the coming days, I will reduce my brown rice from 1 cup to 3.4 cup. And I’m telling you, this is gonna be hard as I LOVE rice. Sigh.

Anyway, let’s look at my activity level for today. No dancing today.

June 10, 2017

Dance Workout: None

Number of steps: 1216 steps = 9 calories

Recommended steps: 10,000 steps

Yesterday, I talked about Mediterranean Diet but for today it’s more of Asian cooking. For dinner I cooked some string beans and squash in coconut milk, boosting my diet with Vitamin A from the Kabocha Squash (140% of target) — not bad! It’s been quite a while since I had multi-vitamin supplements since I vowed to get my nutrients from real food and not some pill. Need to eat more of these veggies if I wanna reach this goal.

I wonder if I have lost a few pounds from varying my diet. Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee

Morning Snack: an apple

Lunch: Brown rice, mackerel in natural oil, with turmeric

Dinner: Brown rice, string beans & squash in coconut milk

Post Dinner: Some beer and a few pieces of french fries

Water: 1750ml

Woohoo!!! I’m getting the hang of drinking more water! This is progress 🙂

No progress on the weighing scale though.

Tomorrow is another day.