Happiness is Making Progress

My lack of control over my eating has been the source of great frustration and unhappiness for me for a very long time. I have been working out at an expensive, women’s-only small group gym that has a personal trainer for every four women and had been getting nowhere with my weight. It wasn’t the gym’s fault either. My muscles have been getting toned; I can see muscles in places where I had never, ever felt any before and under half an inch of fat on my belly, I can feel rock-hard abs. I was building the muscles…only, they were hidden under a thin cover of fat.

My nutrition plan is simple:

  • Eat good food
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Eat a balanced meal
  • Eat until full, not stuffed
  • Drink lots of water

I have stuck to my diet/nutrition plan well these past 10 days — including the weekend — and already I have been rewarded. Continue reading “Happiness is Making Progress”

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Happiness is Making Progress

Weekend Food Log: September 6 and 7

Nutrition-wise, I had my best weekend in a very, very long time. I did not overeat — not even once! And, we ate most of our meals at home (I cooked, of course), so it was also the cheapest weekend in a long time.

We did get mall food yesterday (Sunday), and I got some greasy Chinese food. HOWEVER, instead of rice or noodles, I chose to get steamed veggies as my main. And I finished that part of my food. I loaded up on broccoli, carrots and Chinese cabbage, and had some cornstarch-coated-fried-sauced mango chicken with it. And spicy chicken and peppers. It felt amazing to not feel bloated afterwards.

Saturday:

Breakfast:

  • Herbalife wedding cake smoothie
    • 1.5 cups fat free milk
    • 2 scoops Herbalife cookies-n-cream Formula 1 powder
    • 1 Tbsp Jell-O sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix
    • 1 Tbsp Jell-O sugar-free white chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 farm fresh fried egg

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Weekend Food Log: September 6 and 7

Food Log: September 5, 2014

Had my first cheat meal tonight. The challenge will be to not let the cheat extend through the entire weekend.

 

Breakfast:

  • Herbalife smoothie
    • 1.25 cups fat free milk
    • 2 scoops Herbalife cookies-n-cream Formula 1 powder
    • 1.5 Tbsp PB2 peanut butter powder

Snack:

  • 0.6 oz Genoa salami + hot Capicola
  • 1 slice pepper jack cheese

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Food Log: September 5, 2014

Success and Food Log: September 4, 2014

Down 2 lbs and 1% body fat. Yay! The weight was probably just water weight, but the body fat I could not possibly have lost overnight. So, I am still quite proud of myself. Now if only I can go the weekend without binge-eating, I will be in terrific shape. I give myself. One cheat meal should not turn into an entire cheat day. If I can do that, I will be solid.

Breakfast:

  • Herbalife Banana-PB smoothie
    • 1.25 cups fat-free milk
    • 1.5 scoops Herbalife cookies-n-cream Formula 1 powder
    • 1.5 Tbsp PB2 powdered peanut butter

Lunch:

  • 1.5 oz Genoa salami + hot Capicola sandwich
  • 1 apple

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Success and Food Log: September 4, 2014

Food Log: September 3, 2014

Today was a good food day too, I thought. I am certain I ate less than 1300 calories today. I wanted to snack more, but I stopped myself and told my brain to find something else to amuse itself with besides food.

Had to do a lot (53 minutes at a very brisk pace) of walking because I missed my stop on the bus and there wasn’t another bus for an hour and a half. I was already so sore from yesterday’s gym workout. And an added bonus is that I drank way more than the recommended 64 oz of water. 🙂

Breakfast: 

  • 1.5 Scrambled Eggs (scrambled 3 eggs; shared with Keith) (130 calories)
  • 3/4 Tbsp butter (70 calories)
  • ½ slice toast (40 calories)

Snack-1:

  • 1 cup cauliflower-peas-gourd curry
  • 1 cup steamed whole edamame beans

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Food Log: September 3, 2014

Food Log: September 2, 2014

Yesterday was a genuinely good food day. And…and, I went to the gym on top of that. I just need to remind myself how happy staying on track with my nutrition and exercise plan makes me feel. Workout consisted of 30 minutes weights, 30 minutes cardio. I think I burned about 450-500 calories through my workout yesterday.

Of course, there’s still work to be done. Next time, the wontons are getting steamed rather than fried (Keith would definitely not have eaten them if I had steamed them — not the first time, anyway). The pineapple rings are just going to have to go, or I cannot eat more than one half of a single ring on any single day. I don’t know how I will summon up the willpower to do that though. I should just toss them.

Breakfast:

  • Herbalife banana-cookies-n-cream shake (250 calories)
    • 1¼ cup fat free milk
    • 1/2 large banana
    • 1 Tbsp PB2 peanut butter
    • 2 scoops Herbalife cookies-n-cream powder

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Food Log: September 2, 2014

Food Log: Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Off to a good start. I was shocked to find out from the back of the box that each piece(!) of Haldiram’s frozen paneer tikka contains 210 calories (and 7g of protein). I unhappily put 2 out of the 4 pieces I had taken out for my snack away.

Breakfast:

  • 1 fried egg
  • ½ cup black bean-tomato-cilantro salad
  • 1/3 avocado

Lunch:

  • 2 cups lentil soup (with spinach)
  • ¾ cup black bean-tomato-cilantro salad

Snack:

  • 2 pieces paneer tikka kabab (420 calories)

Dinner:

  • ¼ cup cornbread
  • 1 Tbsp honey butter
  • 5 fries
Food Log: Tuesday, August 26, 2014