Monday, January 3, 2011

Food Diary day 2

I did pretty well today, though I've discovered that it's probably in my best interest to actually crawl out of bed a few minutes earlier in the morning so I can get everything done that I need to before I leave.

Breakfast: 16 oz chai tea skinny vanilla on the way to work, protein shake: 5 oz. lowfat vanilla yogurt, 3 oz milk, 1 scoop protein powder, ½ C each cherries & pineapple, 1 egg. I did find that the yogurt and the egg make a huge difference in helping to keep me feeling full. Yesterday, I finished my shake about 8:30, and by 11 I was pretty hungry. Today I finished it by 7:45, and when I had a handful of nuts around 10:45 I just beginning to feel a few hunger pangs. 

Lunch: 4 oz grilled chicken, 2/3 C of brown rice, and about 1 C green beans with about ½ T margarine, ~16 oz chai tea skinny vanilla

Afternoon snack: another handful of nuts, and a handful of sweet-tart like candies

Dinner: turkey burger with about 2 oz cheddar cheese, on an Orowheat flatbread sandwich roll (honey wheat), some Ketchup, and about 3 oz olive oil & rosemary oven fries, ~16 oz green chai tea skinny vanilla.

I did get a bit of a headache this morning, which I attribute to the reduced caffeine intake, but I've not had any Dr Pepper in over 24 hours. The tea has no calories, and the skinny vanilla creamer has 30 calories per Tablespoon, and I use less than 2 per 16 oz serving of tea. I'm getting a little less caffeine than I'm used to, but I've cut my calories from caffeinated beverages by more than 50%, and from my past experiences with giving up Dr Pepper, I will get through the caffeine withdrawals soon enough.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Changes for 2011

As much as I'd like to say that I'm going to be better at blogging, somehow I don't manage it most of the time. I mean, really, it's been over a year since I last posted here. For 2011, I am putting forth an honest effort to improve my health, starting with better eating habits and taking my vitamins/supplements more faithfully.

I stepped on the scale this morning for the first time in probably a month and a half, at least. It read 265.2. That's not the heaviest I've ever been, but obviously it's heavier than is either healthy for me, or acceptable to me. I am setting small goals for myself, that I think are attainable without making me feel deprived or making drastic choices which could negatively impact my health or my ultimate goal.

In general, I concern myself more with inches, jeans & shirt sizes, than with numbers on the scale, simply because I know that the numbers on the scale are a rather arbitrary, "one size" sort of measurement, which doesn't work, at least with my body. (at 17, I was 25-35 lbs "overweight", yet I wore about a size 10 skirt & 12 jeans) That being said, I didn't take the time to measure myself today, and frankly, am unlikely to do so until perhaps next weekend at the soonest.

What I AM going to do, is endeavor to keep a food journal, and adjust my eating habits.

Short term goals:

  • 2 lbs/week loss
  • Eat out less than 3 times per week
  • Spend 20 minutes moving at least 3 times per week


Long term goals:

  • Food journal/diary
  • Work out with weights 2 times per week
  • Drop 2 jean sizes by the end of February
  • Drop 5 jean sizes by Memorial Day


Today's food diary:

Breakfast: Protein shake (protein powder, ½ C whole milk, ½ C each frozen cherries & frozen pineapple), ~10 oz Dr Pepper

Lunch: Long John Silver's 2 pcs fish & fries (no hushpuppies) ~16 oz Dr Pepper

Snack: 1 cherry candy cane

Dinner: 5 oz grilled chicken, 1 C steamed green beans, 1 C brown rice, ½ T margarine, ~ 12 oz green Chai Tea Skinny Vanilla Latte

Bedtime: 8 oz Serenitea Herbal Tea