This will NOT turn into a blog filled with the chronicles of a slightly over-weight, middle-aged foodie on a diet. I PROMISE. :) But for the benefit of many readers who have expressed an interest in losing some poundage as well, I am outlining my entire food intake today so you see just how seriously I am taking this remaining 6 week challenge to lose 8 pounds. Check the post later today or tomorrow for an update.
After comments in the previous post, I went ahead and calculated my Basal Metabolic Rate (the number of calories needed to sustain Marketman on simple “idle” mode) and that was 1,838.9 calories per day. Google the formula and you can figure out your own BMR. Then since I consider myself moderately active with a total of some 20 kilometers per week of brisk walking, two weights workouts, etc. I then multiply the BMR by 1.55 to get 2,850 calories per day to maintain my current weight. Since I want to lose weight, I need to bring daily intake to roughly 2,000 calories AND keep exercising. If I cut out some 800 calories per day, I should theoretically lose a pound every 5 days or so. And in 6 weeks, I should be able to take 8 pounds off, faster than booking an appointment, dealing with the stress and post-surgery recovery at one of Vikki Belo’s clinics… I jest, of course.
So after waking at 5 am this morning, I had
16 oz. of cold water with about 5 tablespoons of white grape juice mixed in, This so that I wouldn’t faint or have a low sugar point during my walk.
Water with white grape juice 50 calories
I then took a brisk walk at 5:30 am, in very pleasant weather, and broke a nice sweat.
For breakfast at 630 am, I had:
An omelette with 1 whole egg, 1 egg white, 1 square low fat cheese, a teaspoon of chopped tomatoes and chopped onions and no fat or butter. I ate this with a plain piece of whole wheat toast and had a 16 oz fresh grape shake made with one cup of red seedless grapes and water/ice with no sugar added.
Omelette 134 calories
Toast 100 calories
Grape Shake 62 calories
I then attended a 3 hour morning board meeting, where I managed to only order a black Earl Grey Tea and one Coke Light, with zero calories. Incredible self-restraint displayed as colleagues munched on garlic fried rice, corned beef, lugaw, daing, etc. :)
No protein rich snacks this morning, because I was busy.
For lunch, I made this gigantic salad in the photo above, with romaine, shredded cabbage, blanched snow peas, french beans, a few grape tomatoes, 1 shredded carrot and a few leaves of butterleag lettuce. Note that the salad is on a serving platter, not a normal dinner plate. I also had about 1 cup of low sodium tomato soup. Dessert was a few pieces of cantaloupe.
Salad, with balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon olive oil, roughly 300 calories
Tomato Soup 90 calories
Cantaloupe 80 calories
Ear Grey Tea zero calories
I then went to the grocery to get more greens and good stuff for the diet, and avoided the butter cake counter, the sabretts hotdog stand, the breadtalk airy confections with sugar and the several fastfood chains spewing fat infused evil into the mall airconditioning system. One large order of french fries is nearly 600 calories with ketchup after all…
Back at my desk, I took my leftover hot tea from lunch, added three drops of lemon juice and 8 ice cubes and have my iced tea with essentially zero calories.
So it’s 3:15pm in the afternoon now, and I have consumed 816 calories so far. I intend to have a light snack or protein shake in a little while before I go into another 2-3 hour meeting where I must avoid the doughnuts. Then dinner. If I am good, I will be able to get through the day well below 2,000 calories. But I won’t lie, this SUCKS. :) Check this post later today if you want to see exactly how many calories I managed to consume today. Next up, a MEAT post just to keep me sane. :)
It’s 3:45, and I am having a shake made out of 200ml of low fat milk, 1/3 cup frozen blueberries (I also do this with strawberries), a tablespoon of wheat germ, 1/2 tablespoon of whey and some ice. It looks a bit groovy, almost like melting Magnolia ube ice cream, but it tastes surprisingly palatable. I like to make my own protein shakes, they taste better and are much cheaper than the ones you find in those rip-off diet/supplement stores. :) Can you tell I am mildly cranky?
Blueberry Shake, roughly 225 calories
1,041 calories so far and counting… will probably fart uncontrollably at the afternoon meeting. Hahaha. :)
During the meeting this early evening, there was a FABULOUS buffet set out for guests, and I could NOT resist. So I had one tiny vietnamese style veggie wrap, the size of my little finger, say 50 calories and two singkamas sticks and two carrot sticks, say 20 calories.
Snacks, roughly 70 calories
Dinner was a small sized talakito or trevally/jack and it was grilled with some salt and lemon juice. Meat only was roughly 200-300 calories maximum, I weighed it on a little kitchen scale. I had that with 1/2 cup of red rice. I actually could have managed without the red rice, but figured I should have some carbs so I could walk early this morning. I had a side salad of lentils, with soy beans, veggies, tiny minced leftover ham with an olive oil and lemon dressing, say 1/4 cup of this. And for dessert, half an asian pear.
Fish and rice 400 calories
Lentil salad 100 calories max.
1/2 a pear say 60 calories
Total calories for the day… a surprisingly low 1,701!!! I was feeling so good last night I almost allowed myself a chocolate or two to make it to 1,800. Now I doubt I will manage to keep food intake this low, but yesterday’s experiment and careful recording proves I can get through a day on less than 2,000 calories. :) Many thanks to all of you who have left comments and suggestions about how to further the diet cause, I appreciate it. It’s 6:30 am, and on my scale I register at 187.2 pounds, 7.2 pounds away from my March 8 goal. Start placing your side bets. :)