Day 29: Where Has the Meatlover in Me Gone?

Because I “overate” yesterday, naturally my instinct is to catch up and adjust. That’s me following the Law of Averages. It helps that today is one heck busy writing day -deep in research for another project I’m working on.

At the end of the day, I didn’t realize I ate a scanty set of 904 calories. Way below my 1200 goal, and even below the minimum 1000 calories.

Here are the figures for today:

July 5, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 904 calories

+Exercise: 99 calories

=Remaining: 395 calories

It’s almost a month since I began this weight loss project. So far, so good. No regrets. Logging into MyFitnessPal¬†app was tedious during the initial weeks, but eventually I got the hang of it. It’s so easy, I highly recommend it!

Here’s my simple menu for today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, sardines

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Dinner: Brown rice, Sinigang na Hipon (Filipino Style Sour Shrimp Soup)

Water: 1000ml

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know I have lots of shrimps available in my freezer! Well, goodbye shrimps. The last batch just went into this shrimp soup. I cooked a batch and froze it. Perfect for those days when I don’t feel like cooking. And yes, today was one of those days.

I peeked into my Macros: 60% carbs, 21% protein and 19% fats

Managed to limit my saturated fat consumption to 6g, which is less than my 14g limit. And yup, no trans fat whatsoever. Zero. According to my app.

Another good thing that’s been happening to me: I’m getting more veggies into my diet now. This shrimp soup? It’s packed with good stuff: eggplant, water spinach, tomatoes, onions, radish, and string beans.

Where has the meat-lover in me gone?

Day 16: The Meatlover is Having a No-Meat Day

I’m getting the hang of this. I don’t feel hungry. I feel I have enough energy to go through my day, my pretty much sedentary lifestyle.

I don’t feel deprived, I feel happy, and I am determined to make this project successful.

Compared to yesterday, I ate more than the minimum 1000 calories. This time I went beyond and didn’t have enough exercise to balance it out.

June 22, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1231 calories

+Exercise: 41 calories

=Remaining: -80 calories

Macros-wise, I had 52% carbs, 29% fat and 19% protein. Not bad.

I also had more than usual salt today (consumed 1,436 mg of sodium, and I know this could still be lowered), and achieved 503% and 126% of my vitamin A and C requirements, respectively.

Here’s the whole gang that partied in my belly today:

Breakfast: coffee, fresh strawberries

Lunch: Brown rice, Spanish-style sardines

Afternoon Snack: Roasted almonds, 1 medium piece of boiled sweet potato

Dinner: Brown rice, Vegetarian Kare-Kare

Water: 1500ml

I can’t believe I had a no-meat Kare Kare today! This is one of my Filipino dish faves, and it MUST have meat whether it’s ox tripe or tail or hocks. Kare Kare is a meat and vegetable stew in peanut sauce. It’s typically bright orange-colored because of the annatto, the pigment coming from achiote seeds steeped in oil.

Frankly, I was having a bit of hallucination or some sort of FOMO when I was serving the no-meat Kare Kare. I was imagining the glistening and soft fat from the beef hocks within the stew, but it just wasn’t there. Rather, I had a combination of veggies: banana heart, eggplant and pechay.

Don’t get me wrong. I loved and enjoyed the dish. There was no meat, but I think it was just as yummy. I’m not depriving myself of meat -it’s just that today was one of those days. No-Meat JUST happened.