Jeez. Burned just 9 calories today? While this may be inaccurate, it does paint a picture of a sedentary me. A very sedentary me.
MyFitnessPal app (linked to my iPhone’s digital activity tracker) tells me I walked 1,506 steps = 9 calories. No points today for cleaning nor cooking as I didn’t do them today. Driving does not count.
Here’s how I fared today:
July 4, 2017
Goal: 1200 calories
-Food: 1398 calories
+Exercise: 9 calories
=Remaining: -189 calories
It’s the 28th day of my weight loss project, and I’m telling you, each day presents a new challenge. Today, it’s about eating out.
I had a scheduled 5:30pm meeting at Starbucks. My first challenge: what to drink.
Here’s how my mind flowed from one idea to another:
“I’m at Starbucks, I should get coffee.”
“Naah, they have a lot of non-coffee drinks.”
“How about some hot green tea like what you had the other night?”
“Naah, it’s too boring. I want something I enjoy drinking. Like maybe a Caramel Macchiato?”
“But milk has so much fat!”
“But I can have it non-fat, right?”
“Yeah, but it doesn’t taste good.”
“True. How about one of these bottled fruit juices? It says, “no added sugar”.”
“Naah, it still has sugar. It’s a fruit.”
“Fine. How about this soy milk? I love soy milk! It’s been a while since I had one of these.”
“Oh yeah, this is something I would enjoy.”
“Soy milk is healthy. It’s a good source of protein.”
“Great, I’m getting the Vanilla.”
Turns out, this is the nutritional content I got from my Silk Soymilk Very Vanilla:
So I finally had something to drink. I looked around and there were no available seats left. Had to move to the cafe next door, which was virtually empty: J.CO Donuts & Coffee.
My next challenge: what to eat.
Whenever I am at a J.Co store, I only buy Alcapone. It’s the one with almond slivers on a blanket of white chocolate. Happens to be their bestseller too. So I got a piece.
After paying, I realized they also sell J.Cool Fat-Free Frozen Yogurt.
“Oh, yogurt. I need probiotics in my body!”
“Hey, not all frozen yogurts are health. Haven’t you read all the myths online?”
“Nope, but I think this is better than a donut. Don’t you think?”
“Well, yeah. Maybe.”
“Oh, and I get a free topping. What should I get?”
“Forget those KitKat bars. Get some fresh fruits.”
“How about strawberries? They’re sexy AND healthy.”
You see, conversations like this happen in my mind many times a day. And more often than usual whenever I’d eat out.
But I guess what’s important is the act of pausing before acting. Don’t just let impulse take over, but take that pause to reflect and think a bit. I’m sure you’ve read all the stuff out there about nutrition, what to eat, what not to eat. Ultimately, the choice is yours alone.
Finally, here’s the rest of what I had today:
Breakfast: coffee, cheese bread
Lunch: Brown rice, mackerel in turmeric oil
Afternoon Snack: Silk Soymilk Very Vanilla, J.CO Alcapone, J.COOL Frozen Yogurt with strawberries
Dinner: Brown rice, mackerel in turmeric oil, homecooked Gambas Al Ajillo, Starbucks Banoffee Pie
After 28 days, I feel like the same person who has a voracious appetite. But what I notice is I now tend to pause before I decide on anything food-related.
It allows me that fraction of a second to use my reason, along with my heart, in making decisions.
And for me, that’s progress.