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 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 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.