Day 18: Just Keep Cooking

If yesterday I only ate a total of 914 calories, today was worse -I had 847 calories. Am I sick or what?

I actually feel great. So I wonder why I ended up with these metrics:

June 24, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 847 calories

+Exercise: 13 calories

=Remaining: 366 calories

As usual, my activities were pretty much the same: driving, doing light cleaning, cooking, writing.

Here’s the food I consumed today, help me analyze:

Breakfast: coffee

Morning Snack: a piece of banana

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover No-Meat Kare Kare the other day

Afternoon Snack: Chippy (the less salt version)

Dinner: Brown rice, Chili, Grilled Chicken Kebab — both home made

Water: 1000ml

Did I mention that I love cooking? I love it as much as I love eating, and when I am happy I tend to cook more. So it really puzzles me why I didn’t eat enough today.

So today I was inspired to make my own version of chili, especially since I wanted to boost my intake of beans.

According to The Bean Institute:

All types of beans—including black, cranberry, Great Northern, dark red kidney, light red kidney, white kidney, navy, pink, pinto, and small red—are good sources of protein, excellent sources of fiber, and naturally fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Many types are also good sources of potassium.

For this particular version of chili, I tweaked the tomato-less, chicken chili recipe by The Domestic Geek. I also didn’t put in tomatoes, I also used chicken, but instead of thickening it up with cream cheese, I just added some greek yogurt with it. I also used red kidney beans since that’s what I have in my pantry.

I also tried a new marinade for my chicken breasts. Told yah, this chicken breast is gonna be a staple. So I might as well add some variety to how I season or marinate them. Today it’s marinated in Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, turmeric, black pepper, salt and some EVOO.

And I skewered them. Tadaaa! Chicken Kebabs!

Now excuse me as I enjoy my brown rice, chili and chicken kebabs with some K-drama.

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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 Livestrong.com 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!