Greyhound Party

March 21, 2011

At the beginning of last week, I published a post called Food Logging 101, in which I shared how I log my food.  In it, I vowed to share my food logs for 7 days, so you all can see exactly what I eat for an entire week.  I kept my promise, and you see those food logs at the end of this post, this post, this post, this post, and this post.   Yesterday was the 7th and final day, and it turned out to be the worst food day I’ve had in a long, long time.  Add in the fact that I didn’t exercise, like I planned on doing, and the day should seem like a out-and-out disaster.  What’s surprised me, though, is my attitude about it.  I don’t really think it’s that big of a deal!

More on my attitude later – let me first walk you through my day, and put together my food log as I do it.  I slept in until about 10am or so – I was up late the night before (3am), and chose to turn off my alarms.  I awoke to the sound of heavy rain pounding my windows, which is a sound I love, especially since it’s so rare in Los Angeles, and stayed in bed, listening to it, for probably another hour.  A great day so far!

I finally got out of bed and headed to the kitchen to make some breakfast, although due to the late hour, it was more like brunch.  Brunch ended up being:

  • 2 Breakfast Burritos:  3 egg whites, scrambled with green pepper, scallion, Mrs. Dash, and cooked in PAM; 1 black bean/chipotle veggie burger, chopped up; 2-3 tbsp salsa – all mixed up and spread into 2 whole wheat tortillas.
  • 1 banana
  • 1 liter water + 8 oz skim milk

After eating, I threw on some gym clothes and headed down to the little gym in my building.  It was too cold and wet to head out to my regular gym.  Both cardio machines in the little gym – an exercise bike and an elliptical – were broken, so that was a fine how-do-you-do.  I could have gone up, grabbed my car keys, and headed to my regular gym, but I didn’t.  I just didn’t.

Later in the afternoon, I headed over to my friend Tavi’s house.  He was having a greyhound party.  Tavi has a few fruit trees in his backyard, including two grapefruit trees, and since he has more grapefruit right now than he could ever eat himself, he invited his friends over for greyhounds, which is a cocktail made from grapefruit juice and vodka.

Normally, when I head out to a party where I know there’ll be lots of snacky stuff, I prepare myself by eating before I go, so I don’t get feel hungry while I’m there.  I didn’t do that today.  When I’m at parties, I also try to make a point of drinking a lot of water.  I didn’t do that either.  I had a couple glasses of grapefruit juice (without vodka).

The party was quite nice.  I met some really friendly new people, and had a great time catching up with Tavi, who I haven’t seen in a couple weeks.  I also kinda went apeshit berserk with the snacks.  Tavi had a lot of them out – he had stocked up at both Trader Joe’s and Costco.  Here’s the list of everything I ate.  I started out fine:

  • about 10 strawberries
  • about 6-8 pretzel sticks

A little time went by, and soon it was around dinner time.  Since I didn’t eat anything before I came, I hadn’t had an actual meal since the aforementioned brunch, which was slightly before noon.  So I kept eating party snacks:

  • 1/2 cup of peanuts and dried cherries
  • 2 brownie bites
  • 2 Trader Joe’s mushroom turnover appetizer thingies
  • 2 Trader Joe’s pigs-in-a-blanket appetizer thingies

At this point I decided to walk to a different part of the room, away from the food.  Tavi, though, being a good host, and food set up in multiple places, and so I continued grazing:

  • 5-6 ginger snap mini-cookies
  • 8-10 pretzel sticks
  • another 1/2 cup peanuts and dried cherries
  • 3-4 Trader Joe’s chocolate-covered raspberry jellies
  • 2 Trader Joe’s spanakopita appetizers (mini spinach pies)

Usually the knowledge that I have to account for all this stuff in my food log is enough to get me to stop eating, but that wasn’t working tonight.  Soon, the party was over, and I stuck around to talk to Tavi a bit more, and help clean up.  Before I left for the evening, I added to the list:

  • 1 palmful Jelly Belly jelly beans
  • 1 mini-cinnamon bun (60 calories)
  • 2 more brownie bites
  • 1/2 a pummelo (Tavi ate the other half – his first ever pummelo – and loved it)
  • 4-5 glasses of water (finally!)

As I drove home, I started thinking: “How should I handle this on my blog?  Do I not include a food log for today, and hope that no one calls me out on it?  Or should I lie about my food log?”  By the time I got home, I decided to just be honest, and fess up.  Y’all respond well to honesty, and since I use to blog as a way to hold myself accountable, if I’m not honest with you, I’m also being honest with myself.  More importantly, though, I also realized during that car ride that I don’t care.

I’ll be crystal clear:  I’m not saying I don’t care about myself, or my health, or that I’ve somehow thrown in the towel or given up.  That’s not the case.  What I’m saying is this:  I’m acknowledging, and owning up to the fact that I was not on program today.  I couldn’t be much farther off program if I tried:  I didn’t exercise, ate tons of junk food, didn’t eat nearly enough vegetables, didn’t drink enough water… it’s a long list.

But I know that it’s an isolated incident.  I know days like this are very, very rare for me.  I know that tomorrow I’ll be back on track.  I know that I’m not going to beat myself up for my actions today.

I know all of this things as confidently as I know that two plus two equals four.  And that confidence is exciting, because it’s very new feeling for me.  Had this day happened a year ago, or even four months ago, I think I’d be flipping out, and possibly even feel ashamed or like a failure.  How will I ever get back on track?  How long will it take to lose the pounds I most definitely gained today?  Is this the beginning of the end?

But I’m stronger now.  I reviewed my whole week of food logs before writing this post, and I’m eating well.  I flipped through my calender, and so far in March, I’ve worked out 16 out of 20 days.  My weight loss chart shows that I’ve lost 4 pounds so far this month.  I really feel like I know what I’m doing.  This day was a bump in the road – hell, it was a Guatemalan sinkhole – but it’s over.  I’ll recover.  I’ll keep going.  I’ll be fine.

Tavi gave out little gift bags to his guests as they left, and by ‘little gift bag’, I mean ‘enormous bags of grapefruit’.  Here’s my haul:

That’s a pile of 28 grapefruit!  I have no idea what I’m going to do with so many grapefruit, but I’ll figure it out.  I pulled out some bowls and platters to create a more aesthetic arrangement:

Then it occurred to me that I was only some fancy linens and napkin rings away from having a Sandra Lee-esque tablescape, and since I can’t stand her tablescapes (click here to see what I’m talking about), all the vessels went back in the cupboard and the grapefruit are now just piled on my counter.

Regarding my confidence, and not my actions today, I end this post, like I always to, with…

…Keep it up, David!


Oddly-Colored Veggies, Part Three

March 20, 2011

First I found rainbow carrots.  Then, I found orange cauliflower.  And now, my streak of finding oddly-colored vegetables continues, because I found these at Whole Foods:

EASTER EGG RADISHES!

This bunch had radishes in four different colors:  the standard deep red, then very hot fuchsia pink, purple, and white.  Here they are removed from their greens and sorted by color:

I love radishes.  I love how unique they taste: peppery and crunchy, and I’m just realizing right now as I type this sentence how difficult the taste of radishes is to describe.  There was a short spell last year when I was seeking out radishes every week at the Beverly Hills farmers’ market, because one of the vendors was selling radishes that had grown to outrageous sizes.  Check out this radish, that’s bigger than an apple (sorry for shoddy camera phone photography):

And here’s a slice of that radish, with a paper clip for size comparison:

That radish was delicious, but I digress.  Back to the easter egg radishes.  I trimmed off the tops and bottoms of all the radishes and gave them a good wash.  Since I’ve eaten the regular, deep-red radishes countless amounts of times, I singled out one each of the pink, purple, and white radishes:

These photographs aren’t doing the pink radish (on the right) justice.  They are incredibly vibrant and bright, but the photos make them seem more red than they actually are.  Foiled again by my poor photography skills!

I sliced up all three radishes (and placed the white slices on my knife blade, so you could see them, instead of blending into the white cutting board):

I sampled one slice of each color, and 1) they all tasted the same, and 2) they all tasted like radish.  I wasn’t expecting them to taste differently, to be clear, but there was a small part of me secretly hoping one color would taste radically different somehow.  Alas, it was not to be.

These radish slices went into the salad I made for lunch the other day:

Also in there:  mixed greens, red bell pepper, mushrooms, scallion, roma tomato (which is actually at the bottom of the bowl, under the lettuce – I clearly wasn’t thinking about this picture during salad assembly) and sprouts.  The sprouts were daikon radish sprouts, so with those, and the easter egg Radishes, this was one spicy salad!  After snapping this photo, I added 2-3 tablespoons light Asiago Parmesan vinaigrette.

It was a great salad.   And I still have a lot more easter egg radishes in my fridge.

Like I’ve been doing all this past week, I’ll end this post with a Food Log, like I said I would.  So here is my…

Food Log for Saturday, March 19, 2011:

–Breakfast: 1/4 cantaloupe; 1 apple; 1 packet instant oatmeal; 2 hard-boiled egg whites

–Lunch:  2 frozen waffles, with 1 tsp jam each; 2 soy sausage patties (still in a breakfast mood, obviously!); carrot and celery sticks; tomato slices

–Snack:  1/4 cantaloupe

–Dinner:  Salad (spinach, other mixed greens, bell pepper, scallion, mushrooms, garbanzo beans, tomato, 3 tbsp salsa); 1 whole wheat tortilla; 1 banana

–Beverages:  2 liters water; 8 oz skim milk; 1 liter sparkling water; 2-3 glasses water

Keep it up, David!


Diet Soda & Chart Update

March 18, 2011

My friend Adam asked a really great question in the comments section of my post the other day about Food Logging.  He read how diet soda was one of the first things I gave up when I started trying to lose weight, and wrote:

“Can you explain the reasoning behind giving up diet soda? I’ve heard this before, but never understood why.  One explanation I’ve heard is that when people drink diet soda, they may subconsciously feel they are therefore allowed to stray from good behavior in some other fashion.  The explanation that makes more sense to me is that by drinking diet soda, one conditions himself to crave something artificially overly sweet with a meal, which is a bad trend.  Are either of those reasons what you’ve been told?”

I’ve heard, over the years, a lot of chit-chat about how terrible diet soda is for you, although I never thoroughly researched it myself.  A quick online search turns up a few scary things to consider (as well as articles articulating the two points Adam made while asking the question):

When it came down to it, Adam, I cut out diet soda because Richard Simmons suggested I make that change.  I wasn’t a diet soda fiend before – I drank, on average, 2 cans a day – but it seemed like an easy swap to make, especially when I was just starting out and the prospect of changing my entire diet seemed overwhelming.  At the time, I wasn’t sure how successful I’d be at losing weight, but I knew cutting out diet soda was something I could definitely work on, so the idesa of making progress in that small way seemed promising.  I also didn’t quit it cold turkey – I weaned myself off of it over a month or so, and used Crystal Light as a crutch.  I would buy the single-serve packets, where you’re supposed to dump 1 packet into a 20-oz bottle of water, shake it up, and voila! You have Crystal Light lemonade or fruit punch or whatever.  Except that I would dilute one packet into 1/2 gallon of water, so the flavor (and sweetness level) was much weaker.  I drank my weak Crystal Light for months before I felt ready to switch to plain ol’ water altogether, which is mostly what I drink now (with occasional milk, juices, and teas, and very occasional alcohol).

What I’ve found, now that I stopped drinking diet soda, is that I have far fewer sweet cravings than I used to have when I drank it, and I love that.  I can remember countless times when I used to feel thirsty at work, grab a Diet Coke, and then, 1/2 hour later, feel the desire for something sweet, and before I knew it, I’d be dipping into a bowl of candy.  The few times I have had diet soda in the past few months (I drank some Diet Sprite at a wedding, mistaking it for water; and have sampled some home-made sodas from my SodaStream because I was curious), I thought it was ridiculously, revoltingly sweet, and I love that I’m no longer accustomed to the taste – it makes saying No to diet soda so much easier.

A huge part of my weight loss success has been pinpointing when and where I get easily tempted to make poor choices, and finding ways to plan alternatives or avoid those situations.  Knowing that cutting out diet soda has squashed many of my sweet cravings is all the reason I need to continue to not drink it!

Before I move on, just a friendly reminder that if you have questions for me, then ask away!  I read every comment left on this blog, so you can ask that way, like Adam did, but if you’d rather ask me something anonymously, you’ll find my email address if you click on Contact at the top of the page.

TIME FOR A CHART UPDATE!

I weighed myself yesterday morning, and… I’m down another pound! That puts my weight at 237 pounds, and my total weight loss at 165 pounds!  Here’s my updated chart:

I’m on a roll!

Lastly, I gotta share my Food Logs, like I promised I would the other day.  I didn’t do it yesterday, so I have two days to catch up on.  Here they are:

 
Food Log for Wednesday, March 16, 2011:
–Breakfast:  2 packets instant grits; 1 big bunch of grapes
–Lunch:  1 fake chicken (Quorn) breast; assorted raw veggies (broccoli, cucumber, tomato slices), 2-3 tablespoons honey mustard salad dressing for dipping; 1 apple
–Snack:  strawberries
–Dinner:   3 oz turkey jerky; 1 egg white; 1/2 cup pretzel crisps; 6 oz nonfat peach yogurt; 1 banana
–Beverages:  2 water bottles (64 ounces); 1 glass hot tea; 8 oz skim milk; 1.5 liters water; 1 liter sparkling water

Food Log for Thursday, March 17, 2011:
–Breakfast:  2 hard-boiled egg-whites; 1 apple; 1 banana; 8 oz orange juice
–Lunch:  Big Salad (mixed greens, tomato, mushrooms, scallion, red pepper, sprouts, radishes, 2-3 tablespoons light vinaigrette); strawberries
–Snack:  celery sticks; 8 ritz crackers w 1 tbsp peanut butter
–Dinner (Hugo’s Restaurant):  The Power Of Green Salad: spinach, green chard, broccoli, green beans, asparagus, dried cherries, sunflower seeds, 2 tbsp sherry vinaigrette dressing on the side.
–Beverages:  1 liter water; 2 water bottles (64 oz each); 8 oz skim milk; 3 glasses sparkling water; 1 liter water

Keep it up, David!


Listen To My New Song! (Plus, Welcome!)

March 16, 2011

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about my amazingly talented musician friends Kristy and Mike, who wrote a song (!) based on me and this blog?  They recorded it, and it’s beautiful, and now you can hear it!  More on that in a couple paragraphs…

…I wanted to start with a greeting to everyone visiting Keep It Up, David for the first time:

Super clever, I know… It’s the best I could do at 11pm!   Seriously, though, I’m so glad you’re here.  Please take a look around!  The menu along the top of the page is a nice introduction to me and this blog. The Story So Far chronicles my history with obesity, with more on how Richard Simmons has helped me.  There’s great Before and Current photos in the Photo Gallery, and My Favorite Posts is, well… that’s pretty self-explanatory!

I try to post something every day, so there’s always something new for you to check out (my most recent posts are collected in the “Need To Catch Up” box along the right side of the page).  I love connecting with my readers, so follow me on Facebook and Twitter (both are also great ways to learn about new posts), leave me a comment after any of my posts, or shoot me an email – you’ll find my email address if you click on Contact at the top of the page.  You can also subscribe to receive new posts via email – check out the “In a Nutshell” box along the right side of the page!

Now that you’re all settled in, let’s get back to my song!

To catch everyone up, my friends Kristy Hanson and Mike Chiaburu just formed a band called East Paris, and wrote a bunch of songs based on the writings of some of their friends.  They wanted to write a song based on my blog, and I suggested using my post “One Year Ago Today” as a jumping off point.  They got to work, and a few weeks later, they premiered my song, which they titled “Today’s The Day”, at a show in Hollywood, and it practically had me in tears.  They finished recording it this week, and I’m proud and excited to share it with all of you!

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “TODAY’S THE DAY.” They’ve also provided Keep it up, David readers the ability to download the song for free, so take advantage of the “Free Download” button on that page!

I suspect you may fall in love with Kristy Hanson’s voice, like I did when I first her sing over 10 years ago.  So check out her website, and sample her other music at her iTunes page – her newest album, Into the Quiet, is simply stunning.  You should definitely buy it!

Every time I listen to Kristy sing, whether it’s live in concert or on one of her albums, I’m reminded of how special and extraordinary she is.  I’m lucky to have Kristy and Mike in my life – they’re tremendous friends and unwavering supporters, and this song is one of the best gifts I’ve ever been given, and I’ll never forget that.

I can’t sign off without including my Food Log for the day, since I’ve committed to including, on this blog, every single thing I eat this week.  Here’s my…

Food Log for Tuesday, March 15, 2011:

–Breakfast:  2 packets instant oatmeal; 1 banana; 1 box raisins
–Lunch:  Big Salad Bar: mixed greens, carrots, peas, tofu, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, white beans, roasted beets, balsamic vinegar (no oil); 6 saltine crackers
–Dinner:  Leftover Black Bean and Corn Salad; Leftover Sweet Potato and Squash Soup (from my freezer, I forgot I had this!); 1 veggie burger patty w/ 1/2 cup sauerkraut
–Snack:  100 calorie pack Lorna Doones; bunch of grapes
–Beverages:  2 water bottles (64 ounces each), 2 liters water, 1 glass hot tea, 1 liter sparkling water

Keep it up, David!


New Swimsuit

March 15, 2011

Back in November, I bought my first new swimsuit in three years.  The difference between my old suit and my new one was striking (see the photo for yourself here – it’s very cool), because the old one was size 3XL, and the new one was size XL – I had lost about 145 pounds at that point.

I bought the new suit because I was going to Colorado for Thanksgiving, where my sister Sarah and her family lives, and I wanted to go swimming with them – there’s a kick-ass pool they go to all the time at their community center that has a three-story slide and lazy river (photos here).  So I bought a casual truck-style swimsuit, and it served me well.

Being in that pool at Thanksgiving reminded me how much I like swimming, and what great exercise it is.  So in December, while in Michigan for the holidays, I drew upon the 10 years of competitive swimming from my childhood, and started swimming laps at a local pool.

I’ve now gotten into a rhythm of swimming here in LA about once a week, and I love it.  But I’m still wearing those non-aerodynamic trunks.  It’s time for a new suit for my workouts!

Growing up, I used to practice and race in the standard, skimpy, 3-inch men’s Speedos that left nothing to the imagination.  I’m so glad that styles have changed, and now Speedos can be found that look like bike shorts, that go from waist to just above the knee.  A big improvement!  I found a simple black suit that I liked, and because of a birthday gift card from Sarah and her family,  the suit didn’t cost a cent.  Thanks, Sarah, Justin, Sam, and Allison!

Here’s the new Speedo, next to my old trunks:

What’s that?  You want to see a picture of me wearing the swimsuit?  UmNo.  That’s not gonna happen.  I’m not ready to share that much of me on the World Wide Interweb!  If you want to see me in aquatic apparel, the closest you’re gonna get is me in a wetsuit, which you can see here.

OH! I nearly forgot!  Whereas trunks are sold in standard sizes like M, L, and XL, Speedos are sold by inches, like pants.  That Speedo is a size 36″.  It’s the first 36″ anything I’ve bought – all my pants right now are 38″.  I’m not ready for 36″ pants yet (I want a Speedo to be super snug, and that’s not how I like my pants), but that’s still totally something I’m proud of!

I blogged yesterday about how I’m going to share everything I eat this week, as part of my return to Food Logging, so here’s my…

Food Log for Monday, March 14, 2011:

–Breakfast: 1 packet instant oatmeal, 1 banana, 1 apple
–Lunch:  Leftover Black Bean and Corn Salad, sliced roma tomato, big bowl of raw broccoli
–Snack:  1 apple
–Dinner:   Egg Scramble (2 handfuls spinach, wilted, 3 egg whites, red pepper, mushrooms, scallions, herbs); 2 pieces dry wheat toast; big bunch of grapes
–Beverages:  2 1/2 water bottles (64 ounces each), 2 glasses hot tea, 2 liters sparkling water

Keep it up, David!


Food Logging 101

March 14, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I’ve gotten a couple inquiries from readers asking me to go into more detail about what and how I eat.  While a significant portion of this blog is food-related, most often it’s posts about specific meals or recipes, and commonly ones that involve an informercial product.

I can definitely understand the interest in my diet – I’ve lost a large amount of weight, and eating well has been a major component.  I’ve shied away from going into tons of detail so far, only because, as a blog topic, it kinda bores me.  There are lots of blogs out there where people share everything they eat, every single day, and I decided when I started this blog that I wanted to do something different.  I never want to be bored when I write this blog!

Because I don’t focus on everyday eating, though, I realize that my readers haven’t been included on the very basics that fuel my food choices, so I thought I’d get into that today.

In a nutshell, I’m not on a specific diet.  I don’t do Weight Watchers, or Atkins, or follow day-to-day menu plans.  I also don’t count calories or fat, although I’m aware of them, and sodium, too.  The biggest weapon in my weight loss arsenal is the Food Log.

When I started working with Richard Simmons in January of 2009, he asked me to start writing down everything I eat.  Everything.  The simple act of keeping track of everything that went into my mouth really changed the way I looked at food.  I’m a grazer – I could easily snack all day long if I wanted to, and I did.  When I had to write down all of it, though, all of a sudden grazing was a lot less appealing.  Every handful of Goldfish crackers, every fun-size candy bar… individually, I never thought such small portions of food would ever do that much damage, but when you gotta write it all down, you can see, right in front of your eyes, how quickly it adds up!

Richard didn’t give me a template or program for my Food Logs – I just started writing them my own way.  I know there are lots of Food Log systems out there, where you can plug your food into websites or Apps (if you have a favorite, please share it in the comments section), but what I did was just keep my Food Logs in the ‘drafts’ section of my email, and then, every 4 or 5 days, email it to myself.  The emails go into a folder, and I can go there whenever I want to pull up everything I ate on any specific day in 2009.  The truth is that after I email it to myself, I rarely go back and look at them again – I find that the act of keeping a Food Log is what keeps me on-track.

When I started my Food Logs, I began making changes in my diet – some were changes I wanted to make on my own, and others were suggestions from Richard.  It was a slow process.  Richard really pushed to me to stop drinking Diet Coke, which I eventually did, but I didn’t do it cold turkey, I eased myself off of it.  Since I was bringing my lunch, and often dinner, to work everyday, I wanted to transition to lots of Lean Cuisines and similar frozen entrees, but Richard encouraged me to stay away, as they’re usually pretty high in sodium and have all sort of chemicals.  I still keep a couple in my freezer, in case I’m really in a hurry or haven’t been able to get to the store, but it’s been a few months, at least, since I last had one.

I didn’t go vegetarian, but I also cut back on meat.  I was vegetarian for about 6 months a few years back – it was an attempt to eat better that worked for a while, then went belly-up.  I’d say that now I only eat meat 3-5 times a week, but it varies.  I love soy- and veggie-based meat alternatives, like veggie burgers and soy sausage links, so I always keep a few boxes of those in the freezer.  Fish is really great for you, so I try to eat fish every week, although lately I haven’t been as good about that.  Going vegan would be quite tough for me – eggs whites are a major source of protein for me, as is yogurt.

I’ve also cut back on carbs, although, like calories and fat, I don’t monitor carbs.  Some days might be nearly carb-free, but other days I’ll have a foot-long from Subway or some other ginormous piece of bread, and never feel terribly guilty about it.

The biggest shift in my diet, though, has been the huge increase in the amounts of fresh fruits and veggies that I eat every day.  I buy tons of produce every week, and like having a lot of variety in my fridge and in the bowl on my counter.  Most of the time, I eat my veggies raw, because I like them, it’s convenient, and it’s healthy.

Those are some of the basics that I put into place, over time, that started me on my weight-loss journey.  Everyone is different, so it may not work exactly the same for you, but it’s what works for me.

What I’m going to do for this week (Monday 3/14 – Sunday, 3/20) is include, in the blog, my food logs every single day.  This will give you a better idea of what I’m consuming now, and it’ll be a nice little push for me, too, because in January, I stopped my Food Logs, just to see how I would fare without them.  I’ve lost about 5 pounds since then, which is fantastic.  I also ended up plateauing through all of February, and I’m not saying the plateau is directly related to the absence of Food Logs, but maybe it played a part.

In the meantime, below are my first four Food Logs ever, from January of 2010.  If Food Logging is something you’re interested in starting, than you can see how I started 164 pounds ago!  Keep checking back throughout this week to see this week’s Food Logs.

Keep it up, David!

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SATURDAY 1/23/10:
–Breakfast:  2 packets instant oatmeal, bananas and cream flavor); 1 banana.
–Lunch:  2 salad wraps.  Made of: 2 whole wheat tortillas, 2 big handfuls of mixed salad greens, 1/4 onion, cilantro, Mrs. Dash.  1 pear.
–Snack:  1 more salad wrap, same as above
–Dinner:  At BJ’s Brewery, I had Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps, no soy dipping sauce.  (Nutritional guide on menu estimated around 300 calories and 2 grams saturated fats, but didn’t list total fats)  Also had 6-8 french fries (off friend’s plate)
–Beverages:  1 can La Croix sparkling water, 1 diet coke, 6-7 glasses water throughout day.
SUNDAY 1/24/10:
–Breakfast:  2 frozen blueberry waffles, each with ~1 tbsp pomegranate jam.  1 pear.
–Lunch:  Veggie Wrap:  Made of 1 whole wheat tortilla, 1 big handful salad greens, and 1 tray Green Giant “Just For One” portion of Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce.
–Dinner:  Subway – 12″ Veggie Delight sandwich, on whole wheat bread. With Lettuce, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Green Pepper, Onion, Spinach, Olives, Honey Mustard.  No cheese/mayo.
–Snack:  1 sugar free popsicle.
–Beverages:  1 can diet sunkist, 1 liter flavored sparkling water, 3-4 glasses water.
MONDAY, 1/25/10:
–Breakfast: 1 packet instant oatmeal, bananas and cream flavor; a carton strawberry Yoplait 99% fat free yogurt
–Throughout the work day:  1 apple, 2 clementines, 2/3 cup goldfish crackers, 1 bag (16 oz) baby carrots, 1 piece sugarless gum.
–Dinner:  Sesame Chicken w/Noodles Lean Cuisine
–Beverages: 1.5 water bottles (64 ounces) of water, and 1 Crystal Light raspberry lemonade flavor packet; 1 diet coke (2:30pm), 1 caffeine free diet coke, 10pm.
–Snack: 1 sugar-free creamsicle.
TUESDAY, 1/26/10:
–Breakfast: 2 packets instant oatmeal, one blueberry/cream flavor, one peaches/cream flavor; 1 banana.
–Throughout the work day: 1 bag (16 oz) baby carrots, 1 single-serving bag BirdsEye SteamFresh peas, 1 apple, 4-5 red pepper strips (off veggie tray, no dip), 2 tootsie rolls (the 2″ kind), 2 pieces gum
–Dinner:  Chicken Portobello Lean Cuisine
–Beverages:  1.5 water bottles (64 ounces) of water, and 1 Crystal Light lemonade flavor packet, 1 diet sparkling lemonade, 1 beer, 2-4 more glasses of water.

So Tired.

October 23, 2010

This marks my 13th day in a row that I’ve worked.  I’m tired and depressed.  I haven’t exercised since last Sunday – although if I recorded all the pacing I do at the office, I’m sure it’d add up to something impressive.

I’m trying to keep my head above water, but some things in my life are definitely suffering.  Exercise (see previous paragraph) is one thing.  My food log is another.  I looked back over it today, and there are major missing pieces – entire meals, entire days.  I maintain my food log in emails that I send to myself,  but I just deleted the email draft with this week’s patchwork of missing information.  I’m giving up the food log for another week, until this strenuous (and ridiculous) work situation is over.

The good thing is that I’m eating well.  Making good choices, bringing food with me to work, not giving in to the ease of a drive-thru after a 12-hour work day.  Earlier this week, despite the lack of exercise, I was down another pound.  That’s a good thing.

I’m due for another weigh-in tomorrow morning.  I’m hoping that I’ll just maintain my current weight.  We shall see, and good news or bad, my blog readers will get the update.

I’m changing my sign-off for tonight.

Keep Up What You Can, David!