Day 27: The Last Cornmeal Muffin

Today is a historic day in this weight loss project. Thank goodness I finally wiped out the last 2 cornmeal muffins in the fridge!

And for sure I won’t be making another batch soon. It’s just coming out of my ears! :p

Anyway, I had to “force” myself today to eat a little more just to hit the minimum 1000 calories. It’s that kind of day when I don’t feel like cooking, just grabbing leftovers here and there.

Managed to hit these figures:

July 3, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1072 calories

+Exercise: 39 calories

=Remaining: 167 calories

Since I began this weight loss project, I started replacing my food staples with healthier versions. Like cheese, for instance.

I am crazy about cheese. Like, major crazy.

It’s not hard to figure out why my cholesterol level spiked up many moons ago. I’ve been eating and tasting a lot of goat, sheep, cow and buffalo cheeses!

So I did my “cheese pause” and skipped the mozzarella, brie, camembert, gouda, emmental, blue cheese, parmesan, manchego, and fontina for several weeks. But today I gave in, welcomed cheese back into my loving lips in the form of Bega Super Slim cheese slice.

The cheese package says it’s 65% reduced fat, with only 2g of fat per slice. Plus, it’s 62% real cheddar cheese. Let’s not talk about the 38%. At least it’s “mainly”cheese. This nibbler is quite happy.

Here’s the rest of what I ate today, mostly leftovers:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffins

Morning Snack: some Philippine anchovies (a.k.a. dilis) fried to a crisp

Lunch: Brown rice, scrambled eggs and lite tuna

Afternoon snack: coffee, green tea, a slice of Bega Super Slim

Dinner: Clam soup with some homemade whole wheat basil croutons, and gluten-free cornmeal muffin (I swear, the very last piece!)

Water: 2000ml

I wonder what I’ll be cooking again tomorrow. More shrimps?

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Day 20: Meet My Low Carb, High Protein Diet

For the last couple of days, I’ve been trying to mix-match my food choices to help lower my carbs intake and increase my protein. Google has been my constant companion as I research for more high-protein, low-carbs food — thanks Google!

So today I managed to do that as I increased my intake to 64 g of protein, 4 g more than my target 60 g. As for my carbs, I only consumed 127 g of my 151 g limit.

In terms of percentage, my meals consisted of 47% carbs, 30% fat, and 23% protein.

And yes, I ate enough to reach the minimum required 1000 calories.

June 26, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1092 calories

+Exercise: 4 calories

=Remaining: 112 calories

As you can see in today’s menu, I am getting a lot of grilled chicken breast, both for lunch and dinner. Can’t get enough of it as it’s so easy to prepare ahead, and grilling takes only a few minutes. You’ll never run out of ideas for marinade, so it’s never a boring dish.

Here’s one site that offers 16 different marinades for grilled chicken breast. I’ve bookmarked it, I’m ready to try some of the recipes within the week.

For today, here’s the low carb, high protein combination:

Breakfast: coffee, a piece of banana

Lunch: Brown rice, low-salt tuna chunks, grilled chicken breast

Afternoon Snack:  coffee, a slice of whole wheat bread

Dinner: clam soup with spinach, grilled chicken breast

Midnight Snack: roasted almonds

Water: 1500ml

As I completed my food diary today, MyFitnessPal reminded me:

If every day were like today… You’d weigh 133.5 lbs in 5 weeks.*

*Your projected weight loss is an estimate based on your total net calories for today. Actual results may vary.

Day 9: The Warning I Received Today From My App

Because of yesterday’s red marks, I kinda held back on my eating today. I limited my calories, knowing I won’t be doing any exercise today. Frankly, I was back in my depressed mode. The same thing that made me sad the other day, well it’s back, and I allowed it to pull down my spirit again.

And my eating habits just follow.

As a result, I ate less than 1000 calories today. Thought no one would notice, but the app MyFitnessPal did notice it. In fact, because I went below 1000 calories, I was “warned”:

Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are likely not eating enough.

For safe weight loss, the National Institutes of Health recommends no less than 1000 – 1200 calories for women and 1200-1500 calories for men.

Even during weight loss, it’s important to meet your body’s basic nutrient and energy needs. Over time, not eating enough can lead to nutrient deficiencies, unpleasant side effects & other serious health problems.

To safely meet your goals:

  • Focus on consuming nutrient-rich foods and beverages
  • Check your progress in MyFitnessPal throughout the day
  • Add nutritious snacks between meals as needed¬†

Seriously, this app is amazing. It’s like having a personal health and fitness coach in your pocket. One of those apps which I truly recommend to anyone who is trying to lose weight.

So, for today, these are my metrics:

June 15, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 826 calories

+Exercise: 2 calories

=Remaining: 376 calories

As you can see, I barely moved. Those calories were the equivalent of 592 steps, all made indoors.

Today I wasn’t too eager to even cook, so I made myself a salad for lunch. Got some greens, added a basic dressing of apple cider vinegar, EVOO, and some organic Dijon-style mustard. Oh, and I tossed in some leftover cheese I found in the fridge.

Breakfast: coffee, whole wheat yeast-free bread + unsweetened peanut butter

Lunch: a simple salad with a simple vinaigrette dressing

Dinner: Brown rice, grilled milkfish

Water: 1500ml

Adding fish into my diet is something I take seriously, so it’s a relief for me to have access to some freshly grilled milkfish from a nearby food kiosk, specializing in roasts. One whole fish is enough for 2 meals, so I’m saving the half for tomorrow.

This milkfish provided me with 35.1g of protein for the day. My target is 60g of protein per day, and for today I had a total of 51g protein. Still short by 9g, but quite close .

One thing that I enjoy in this weight loss journey is the variety I can put into my diet. It’s interesting that I get to research other food items that are high in a certain nutrient, which normally I would just dismiss. Blogging about what I eat each day makes me more conscious of the nutrients, and this is vital information.

Food is no longer just something delicious to put in your mouth, but rather something that is life-giving.

Mind you, after eating for many months without a care in the world, tracking each dish I consume does require some effort.

And I’m dead serious about it. Progress over perfection.