Wednesday, January 19, 2011

01/19/11: If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

Another three days' worth of food:

01/18/11: Bed at 10:30 pm/up at 6:45 am
God time? Yes
[P] Egg white
[P] Sausage
[P] Pork chop
[V] String beans w/ carrots
[V] Brussels sprouts
[V] Carrots w/ onions
[F] Apple
[F] Polaner All-Fruit
[F] Polaner All Fruit
[S] Kashi cereal (w/ skim milk)
[S] Brown rice
[S] Ezekiel English muffin (w/ Polaner All Fruit)
[S] *100-calorie cookies (x 2)
[D] Milk (1%, w/ Kashi)
[D] Plain yogurt
[W] Four cups (including tea w/ creamer)

01/17/11: Bed at 10:30 pm/up at 6:30 am
God time? Yes
[P] Egg white
[P] Salmon
[S] Kashi
[S] *Cake (1 slice)
[F] Banana
[F] Apple
[F] X
[V] Salad
[V] Carrots
[V] Beets
[D] 1% milk
[D] 1% milk
[W] Four cups

01/16/11: Bed at 10:30 pm/up at 6:45 am
God time? Yes (church and Bible study)
Tea w/ creamer (x 2)
Kashi w/ skim milk
Brown rice
Mixed string beans
Brussels sprouts
*+Lorna Doone 100-calorie snack pack (x 2)
Pop Secret popcorn (snack bag)
Ezekiel English muffin with butter and Polaner All Fruit
Skim milk
Water (4 c, including tea)

Ooof, waiting three days between posts, tracking all the food involved (which often happens after the fact), and  leaving my post-writing until the evening all have me exhausted. So, I'm going to attempt to write my blog posts in the morning or the afternoon.

As you can see, I've added a new "macronutrient" element. When I've tried to go off sugar in the past, I've made up for it by eating lots of other types of food and have thus gained weight. Although weight is not my ultimate focus this time, I don't want to be stupid about it. My weight is best when I follow this plan daily: two servings of protein, three servings of (nonstarchy) veggies, three servings of fruit, two servings of dairy, two servings of starch, four to six glasses of water, and one snack.

No, I'm not going all "LA Weight Loss" or "Overeaters Anonymous" on you. It's just a balanced way to get the nutrients I actually need each day and gives me a visual way to track so I get all of them each day. Here's the key:
  • [P] = protein; [V] = veggie; [F] = fruit; [S] = starch; [D] = dairy; [N] = Nightfood bar (i.e., snack); and [W] = water.
  • If I have an additional serving, that entry is bolded.
  • If I miss a serving, the entry is bolded and followed by an "X."
  • If an entry contains sugar, it has an asterisk (*) in front to it.
  • If an entry contains flour, it has a plus sign "+" in front of it.
  • If an entry is purely sugar, for which there is no category (!), it will be bolded and italicized.
So, now you can see for yourself the extent of my compulsivity, LOL! I just need to harness it for my own good, not my own bad.

I'm also toying with adding a "what did I do differently today" part because if nothing changes, nothing changes. I have to do something other than what I always do in order to change the equation and thus the end result. What do you think?

I again stayed up until 4 am this morning and ate sugar and flour all the while. That's the same ol', same ol'. However, this morning, instead of blowing off the day, I did my normal routine, including my God time (which usually gets lost), my physical therapy exercises (which almost always get lost under any circumstances), ate a good breakfast, and now am catching up with my day by writing to you. So, I did interrupt my usual backsliding pattern for something better, and that can only have good results.

How about you? What did you do differently today?

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