Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Update

I followed my eating plan for 3 weeks. I did find it a successful way to lose weight. The last few days I tracked though, and realized that I was typically eating under 1200 calories a day which of course would explain a weight loss.

I am now back to simply tracking. I may follow a similar eating plan again in the future though. It was useful in that I didn't have to think much about what I was eating.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Update

I will not be taking a day off from my food plan this week. I feel like I have been struggling all week to deal with not eating right on Sunday. I think the best thing to do is to stick to the plan right now.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Just Because

It is week to on my new eating plan test. I hardly had time to eat today, and I am tired. I have nothing else to add.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Guinea Pig Progress

So, in the six days that I have been strictly following my new eating plan, I have lost 10.2 pounds. This doesn't surprise me. I think my scale was off this morning though so perhaps my total is closer to 8 pounds. Regardless, I did meet my goal of losing at least 4 pounds in 6 days.

This week I am going to do the same thing only take Sunday off. In the past, mixing it up with high calories days has led to better weight loss for me, and tomorrow is Easter Sunday. I will set my goal tomorrow based on my weight tomorrow morning.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Progress

Tomorrow is my official goal day. So far I have lost 6.8 pounds this week so unless I have gained 2.8 pounds today, I am fine. My plan, if my weigh in is OK, is to take Sunday off and then do the same thing next week with a new goal.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Happify

Today, I was invited to be involved with a new web service called Happify. The website is aimed at helping people improve their happiness levels through scientifically proven methods. It sounds like an interesting idea so I did some research to make sure that this wasn't just random spam, and it seems to be legit.

So I signed up.

I shall be reporting here on how it goes. I decided to concentrate on handling stress better. It is definitely not my strong point.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Update and Work Stuff

My one week diet challenge is going well. I do wish I had some cottage cheese, and maybe some more quick and easy to eat things that fit the plan around the house. The good news is that I am too lazy to cook most of the time so I am not eating that much!

In other news, I am working differently this week. I had been working as much as I could tolerate every day, and I was feeling out of it a lot and doubting the quality of my work. This week I am only working Monday through Friday, with the option to work a bit on Saturday if I don't meet my goals. (I met my goal today easily by 3:30.)

So yesterday I didn't work at all. Wow! It was harder than you might imagine. I think it is important though. When you work at home, you really have to draw some lines to keep a low level work anxiety from permeating everything you do. Of course, that can happen when you work away form home too, but I think it is even more difficult to shut things off when you work at home.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day One

Today, I start my new one week eating plan. I do not anticipate it being too hard since I do well when there is always something that I can eat. I will consider the plan a success if I manage a 4 pound weight loss. I realize some would say that is high, but I happen to know that I am retaining a lot of water right now, and there is a likelihood that I will have a 4 pound loss by tomorrow. (Which makes me wonder if that is a worthy test at all, but it is the best that I can come up with at the moment.)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Guinea Pig Time

OK, so I am going to be my own guinea pig for a little bit. I am curious about different ways of eating healthier and ultimately losing weight. I know some things that work well, and I think being in touch with your own nutritional needs and leaning on your intuition may be the very best way, but it does require being on all the time, and that exhausts me.

So here is the plan.

Week 1 -

Eat whatever I want of these foods:

vegetables excluding white potatoes - fresh, frozen, canned are all fine
legumes - dried or canned are fine
fruit - fresh or plain frozen only
yogurt - plain, 100% fat free only
cottage cheese - 1% milk fat only
eggs
skinless chicken breast - fresh or frozen only
fish - fresh, frozen, or canned
shrimp
scallops
canola oil - for cooking only
regular salt
pepper
water - tap or bottled
diet soda or diet sparking water soda like beverages
bottled or powdered diet beverages
tea from bags including herbal
fresh brewed coffee
cream or milk - in coffee only
aspartame packets
tomato paste
dried basil
dried oregano
cinnamon

I am not sure how I will measure the success of this program, but it will probably be weight loss based since that is what most people are interested in. Note, no dried fruit, no nuts or seeds, no processed meats, no red meats, no alcohol, and no condiments other than those listed. Those are things that are a lot different than what I am doing now. Also, obviously, a reduction in carbs. I am not going to track food while following this plan either but I will daily track my weight. See you on the other side.

Oh! Week 1 starts March 24th and ends March 30th. Seven days to see what happens. (I do realize this isn't much time for a guinea pig, but I want to try a bunch of different things for a week each unless I change my mind!)

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Obesity Epidemic?

Excellent article published in the International Journal of Epidemiology about the true nature of the "obesity epidemic."

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/1/55.full.pdf+html

This was published in 2005. It makes me cringe, where we have gone since then.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Learning About Nutrition

As someone who is fairly good at helping people learn, I have thought of an idea for a nutrition education program. At every meal, the person is presented with a plate of food and a placard. At the top of the placard would be the total calories in the meal and underneath would be listed the calories in the individual items. There could be a challenge level where people were given the same placard but with the actual calorie numbers missing. They would fill it out and then receive the actual completed placard and see how they did! People love a challenge. (At least, Americans do in general.)

I think a lot of people are confused on the calorie front. It has been shown that most people underestimate how many calories they eat. In my experience working with Diana, she often is really confused about the differences in calories for similar volumes of fruits and vegetables versus meats, cheese, and standard carbs versus intense carbs like sweets. I am guessing a lot of others have similar difficulties.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: Blueberries & Coffee
Morning Snack: Apple & Coffee
Lunch: Salad, Soup, & Water
Afternoon Snack: Leftover Spaghetti Sauce Soup & Coffee
Dinner: Leftover Pizza, Turkey Stuffed With Spinach, Beets, & Spicy Tea

Evening Snack: Diet Hot Cocoa, Prunes, & Walnuts

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

What I Ate Today

Breakfast: Coffee & Yogurt With Berries
Morning Snack: Coffee & Mixed Nuts
Lunch: Assorted Veggies, Lunch Meat, Three Pretzels, a Small Piece of Leftover Whole Wheat Pizza & Water
Afternoon Snack: Apple With Peanut Butter & Water
Dinner: Veggie Rich Chili With a Little Cheese, Some Leftover Biscuit & Hot Apple Cider
Evening Snack: Cup of Spearmint and Chamomile Tea & a Sugar-free Wint-o-green

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

What I Ate Today

9:12
mug of coffee with 2 teaspoons of heavy cream and 1 packet equal

11:06
mug of coffee with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and 1 packet of equal
3 tablespoons of macadamia nuts
4 prunes
1 large piece of whole wheat toast with 1 tablespoon of butter

1:55
mug of coffee with 1 tablespoon of heavy cream and 1 packet of equal
1.5 cups of leftover roasted cauliflower
1 cup of baked beans

3:12
16 ounces water

5:16
16 ounces water
3 ounces of leftover roast beef with 1/2 cup cooked broccoli and 1/2 cup beef broth
1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1/2 cup frozen strawberries and 1 cup frozen blueberries

9:06
16 ounces of sleepytime tea with 1 packet equal
1/2 cup cooked broccoli
3 coconut coated marshmallows
2 miniature peanut butter cups (1 milk chocolate and 1 white)
1 fun size snickers bar


Monday, January 28, 2013

What I Ate Today

10:04
Coffee with 2 teaspoons heavy cream & 1 packet equal

12:55
Coffee with 2 teaspoons. heavy cream & 1 packet equal
1 cup low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup mixed nuts

4:09
1 orange
beef stroganoff (3 ounces leftover beef roast, 1/2 cup leftover chopped carrots/onions/mushrooms, 1/4 cup beef broth, 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt)

6:38
large salad (2 cups iceberg lettuce, 4 slices pepperoni chopped, 1 ounce smoked cheese chopped, 1 tomato, 12 small green olives, 2 tablespoons bacon and onion dressing)
1.5 cups cauliflower roasted with garlic, a little vegetable oil, and a bit of parmesan cheese
1 packet sugar free hot cider

8:32
1 mug diet rootbeer
1 banana
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 piece string cheese

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Quick, Easy, & Healthy Recipes

These are some easy, low-cal, healthy, not-too-expensive things that I eat regularly.

Warm Fruit Salad
1 cup unsweetened frozen strawberries
1/2 cup unsweetened frozen blueberries
1 banana, sliced

Put strawberries and blueberries in a microwavable bowl. Microwave on high for one minute. Stir. Microwave on high for a second minute. Add banana and stir thoroughly.

Turkey Spinach Roll-ups
3 slices of deli turkey
3 cups of baby spinach leaves, cleaned

Place one cup of spinach on one slice of turkey and roll up tightly. Repeat with the remaining spinach and turkey.