I have a post or two that I’ve started but none have been finished or developed enough to get published. But at least I have the whole weekly weight thing I’m committed to, right?
I am at a tough spot as far as weight loss. I suppose I should be thankful that I’m not gaining. I finally got that 2 pound bag of chocolate chips out of the house…by eating them! I have a serious weakness for chocolate of the semi-sweet variety and discovered these little fat mines while looking in the pantry for something else. The butterscotch chips are not nearly as tempting but they are there.
I’ve spoken about the exercise ad nauseam but haven’t said much about my diet apart from cutting down to 1500 calories per day. So watching Food Network for a few hours got me thinking about it.
People will claim that eating healthy costs more than eating junk. Pound-for-pound, that might actually be true, but portion size is one of the single biggest causes of obesity. We like to super size all of our meals and I’ve been hideous about that in my previous life of gluttony. I could pack in huge amounts of food, so I relied on cheap carbs to fill me up. However, halving my calorie intake makes eating sensibly more economical and pays dividends, healthwise.
Eating out is a serious challenge to anyone wanting to lose weight. While I’m as happy eating at home as anywhere, my wife and kids love eating out. So last week, we did give it a shot and went to the local Subway. Not exactly high end, but it represented something I thought I could work into the plan. And Subway is nice enough to plaster their nutritional information on their menu, the wrapping, their counter and even their napkins. At around 350 calories for a 6″ sub, they aren’t too out of line as long as you don’t get the Doritos. Instead of cheese and mayo, go for hot peppers and mustard. And skip the drink.
I have just a few dietary staples that have been carrying me through the past 6 weeks or so.
1 16 oz smoothie w/ plain nonfat yogurt, skim milk, srawberrries, banana and peaches OR 1 bowl of Cheerios with skim milk, strawberries or blackberries.
Lunch: 3 Tacquitos made with: corn tortillas, refried beans, ground turkey, tomatoes, garlic, onion, hot sauce and some sweet corn. I figure these are about 120 calories each and I make 60 or so at a time and freeze them then reheat at 1 minute each.
Dinner: 1 hamburger made with:
Ground turkey, egg, worceshire sauce, minced garlic and oatmeal dressed out with tomato, onion and mustard on wheat bread.
Snacks consist of either an apple or grapes.
I can do this routine pretty much everyday, day after day. Occasionally I’ll have a chicken breast instead of the hamburger and will do a salad of cucumbers, broccoli, tomato and onion with a fat free low cal dressing.
But as you can see, this is light on carbs and higher in protein and fiber than my old pasta/bread/potato based diet.
BTW, I did get my answer to Square1‘s Question: What do you know about Islam? on my other blog, Unsolicited Advice. It might be sort of disturbing, which wasn’t my initial intent but it sort of evolved into something else in its own. Oh well.