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 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!