I have had a few friends ask me to keep track of what I’m eating. This is so that I can share like a model sharing citizen of Sharelandia. ( Why a Mid-Year Resolution?) Maybe even the mayor! Or the high grand duchess.
I don’t mind doing that. I will say up front that some weeks might be harder than others due to scheduling conflicts. I also hate promising something and not following through (I owe you HOW many cooking videos now?), but having a page for check-ins, minimally, doesn’t hurt. So let’s do it!
There are 18 weeks in the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge until we get to December 31, so I will try and number the days to specify which day is which. And, because I have had questions about what I plan to do, I am sharing that here, too.
I am also going to put on my stern no-no face and waggle my finger at you while you read my menus and tell you to do your thing. I am freaky happy to provide some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid food-a-titian). You really are on your own amazing journey, and I’m here with you to cheer you on and hold your hair back when you vomit (Oops. Sorry. That was college).
What I’m doing:
1. I am eating 20 net (or less) carbohydrates per day, following a largely gluten-free, sugar-free eating lifestyle. You can call it Atkins Modified OWL (since no rung is being eliminated necessarily), or Atkins Induction on steroids. You might even call it primal eating, since there is dairy involved, or paleo if paleo allows for artificial sweeteners and dairy. As a recipe developer, a variety of foods available is important since many of my cooking efforts are for readers, many of whom are diabetics and moderate carbohydrate eaters with kids to feed.
2. I log my food at FitDay.com to keep track of carbohydrates, fiber, fat, and calories, and I try to keep my percentages at 65% calories from fat, 30% calories from protein and 5% calories from carbohydrates. I eat only to hunger, and I only kep track of calories as an added data point. If I’m hungry, I eat. I stop when no longer hungry. I log all of my food to remain accountable, and I also use FitDay to calculate nutritional values for the recipes I develop.
3. I weigh in only once a week at TOPS. This is to prevent me from becoming obsessed over the scale and daily fluctuations. Also, because they weigh Mondays, it keeps me accountable on the weekends.
Monday, August 27
I ate this:
Breakfast: Bacon and a Hansen’s Diet Rootbeer
Lunch: Cheese Crackers and 6 ounces of Diet Coke
Snack: Bacon and another Hanson’s Diet Root Beer
Dinner: Barbecue Brisket, shredded pork, salad and cubed, baked potatoes
Notes: I drank diet soda today and didn’t eat much, but since yesterday I actually are more, today I’m seriously not as hungry. I know my appetite will kick back in; today I was thankful for the ability to make some easy grab-and-go choices on a really busy day. I didn’t want to eat potatoes, but we were at a friend’s house (Happy Birthday, Gary!) and I needed to try her salad. It was phenomenal, but it set me back some carbs. I ended up with 38 carbs for the day, more than I would normally eat. Still, figuring this is day one, I’m not concerned.
Treadmill: Oops. We got home too late from the party. I will get going on Day 2 again. (I did exercise Sunday night, though).
Today I learned:
That sometimes scary things end up being wonderful things in the end.
I hadn’t been to TOPS regularly for at least 2 years, and I had real concerns there was an entirely new group of people now that I wouldn’t know anymore. I was really nervous about going, so I looked for excuses to stay home, but my daughter didn’t have the flu (she had been warm the day before), and my doggie told me she wanted me to go so she could chew my socks (you could see it in her eyes). I had no choice, so I grabbed my keys.
I walked through the doors of the building and heard the scuffles of chairs in the auditorium and the voices of TOPS members, and I gathered all of my strength to not turn around and vamoose out of the building.
I am so glad I went, though. I was met with smiles and hugs. By the end of the meeting, I couldn’t wait to go back. And while the TOPS doctor’s scale weighs me three pounds heavier than mine does (boo!), I really didn’t do badly (weight-wise) considering how long it had been since I was there last. Everyone was happy to see me, and being able to spend time with people I could hug and laugh with (who are all on this same journey) made the stress worthwhile. And then I think, All of that worrying for nothing. Go me.
I brought a friend home in the form of a vast zucchini from someone’s garden. Think of all of the zucchini spaghetti I can make from that. I am including a side-by-side of a store zuke with the one from G’s garden. Store zukes are ridiculously inadequate when you see how huge a home-grown zucchini is. Another friend at TOPS, seeing me bring this home, told she’ll bring some for me to the next meeting. Yay! I am going to make so many zucchini dishes.
And to think I didn’t want to go to TOPS because I was so worried…
So, I learned that sometimes the scariest things are the most worthwhile for having given it a shot. And they may even result in zucchini noodles for dinner (I’ll share that recipe this week).
How did you do your first day? Sock it to me!