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Progress & Nutrition Check-in #2

Because of the inability to cook just for myself that resulted from the wedding and then the next weekend at 4th of July, my weight hasn’t budged for almost half the time I’ve been blogging… besides in the upward direction. (And this was despite netting at or below maintenance overall! 😦 )  But thankfully, that’s changing.

I suppose that, even despite my obsessive calorie counting, I must have underestimated how calorie-laden the restaurant/family-made food has been. I always like to think they aren’t just pouring calories into my food, but that seems to be the case–good taste means high calories and gives a better profit margin for restaurants.

And this is why I can’t trust food I didn’t make myself!

Weight one week ago: 118 lbs

My weight today is

115 lbs — right back where I was last check-in.

However, my waist is down to 24.5″, whereas it was 25″ last time I was 115. This is generally the more important number to me, since the scale is so unreliable when it comes to how you actually look.

At least I’m moving back in the right direction, with no more big food-related events for the summer. And the low carb diet has been going well for me!

Nutrition goals // outcome:

  • Carbs: <50g average per day // Eaten: 39g average   (Yay!)
  • Calories: 900 average per day // Eaten: 980 average
  • Protein: 280g  //  Eaten: 321g
  • Iron: 85%*  //  Eaten: 45%
  • Vitamin A: 100%* //  Eaten: 105%
  • Vitamin C: 100%* //  Eaten: 101%
  • Fiber: 140g  //  Eaten: 155g

*Percents are relative to the goals that MFP sets.

Thank goodness I take iron supplements. Low carb vegetarian iron sources besides soy are difficult to come by. (And most of my dietary iron does come from soy and spinach.)

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Day 32 Food Diary (7/10)

I had (rather miserable & biased) class all day, and by the time I got home, I just felt sick with no appetite. I didn’t want to move or do anything productive… I thought it was the “low carb flu” at first, but it cleared up the next day, so it was probably something else.

I forced myself to make a spinach dish and have a bite of coconut oil chocolate, but that’s all I could manage. Having no appetite is a strange experience for me–gotta love low carb!

Breakfast

  • Keto microwave bread with cream cheese, hazelnut butter, and cocoa: 480

Lunch

  • Coffee with soy: 20
  • Tofurkey with cream cheese: 90

Dinner

  • Sauteed spinach with garlic, aged cheddar, nutritional yeast, and mushrooms: 110

Snacks

  • Tea with soy: 30
  • Bite of homemade coconut chocolate bar: 45

Total: 775  –   Burned 230  (7000 steps)

Net: 545

  • Net carbs: 24g  (18%)
  • Protein: 33g (16%)   |   Fat: 66%
  • Water: 4L
In case you can't tell, I love greens
In case you can’t tell, I love greens
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Day 28 Food Diary (7/06)

July 6th: my last day of going completely food-crazy before returning to full blown diet mode. It started with me making cinnamon rolls from scratch for my family and boyfriend, and continued with deep fried fair food. Every summer, we have a big fair in town, and besides the rides and farm animals and ultra-expensive car exhibits, the main attraction is the insane amounts of various deep fried food. In all my years of going, I’d never tried anything from their huge selection of fried foods, largely out of fear.

But this time, I decided to conquer that fear as one last hurrah before going back to purely healthy foods. I actually was able to continue my “avocado every day” plan because, lo and behold, they had deep fried avocados! I ended up trying one breaded piece, and then just ate the avocado out of the rest while leaving the oily breaded shells behind. I also tried some of my friends’ deep fried oreos, and watched with a mix of horror and awe as my other friend downed a triple-patty burger with Krispy Kreme donuts as buns. Followed by french fries and churros. I couldn’t help but photograph the whole thing–I’m so jealous of the fact that he’s able to stay perfectly fit while eating stuff like that without regard! (I ate a ton too, of course–but my entire body looked bloated just a few hours afterwards.)

Unfortunately, I couldn’t get photos of my own food because I only had 2 hands and no table and we were all juggling those buckets of grease–but I got some shots of the other crazy fair foods!

Breakfast

  • Cinnamon roll: 455
  • Tea with soy: 20

Lunch

  • Fried avocado: 620
  • Fried oreos: 715 (probably overestimated both of these, but just in case)

Dinner

  • Diet pepsi: 0 (My what a healthy day I had!)

Snacks

  • Chocolate almond bark: 130

Total: 1940  –   Burned 400  (9400 steps)

Net: 1540

  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbs: 120g
  • Water: 3.75L

 

Krispy kreme buns...
Krispy kreme buns…
...and a triple patty center.
…and a triple patty center.
Yes, people actually eat it! (the adventurous ones, at least. I couldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole.)
Yes, people actually eat it! (the adventurous ones, at least. I couldn’t touch it with a 10 foot pole.)
Not to mention a chaser of bacon-covered fries.
Not to mention a chaser of bacon-covered fries.
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Day 22 Food Diary (6/30)

Day 22 was all about easing back into dieting after the weekend of wedding feasting. I was originally planning on just having small meals, but my friend wanted to go to lunch at a new cafe we’d been scoping recently. I got a bagel with cheddar, tomatoes and avocado, so I just had that (plus shared my friend’s chips and salsa) and nothing else but a bite of granola bar for the day!

Breakfast

  • Piece of homemade granola bar: 80

Lunch

  • Whole wheat bagel with cheddar, avocado and tomato: 680
  • Tortilla chips and salsa: 300
  • Cafe au lait: 40

Dinner

  • N/A

Snacks

  • N/A

Total: 1100  –   Burned 140 (5500 steps)

Net: 960

  • Protein: 34g
  • Carbs: 100g
  • Water: 3.7L

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Soy cafe au lait
Soy cafe au lait
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Wedding Part 1: Day 18 Food Diary (6/26)

Get ready for 4 days of food diaries! I was a bridesmaid at my brother’s wedding, and when we weren’t running around like maniacs, we were surrounded by food. Everything went wonderfully wedding-wise, although all the brunches at fabulous french bakeries plus the huge chinese buffets for lunch/dinner weren’t exactly good for my waistline.

I can’t say I’m proud of my calorie counts the last few days, but I suppose it could have been worse considering the fact that it was a wedding weekend. I need to start making up for it this week–especially since 4th of July (yet another feast day) is in just a few days!

Not to mention, I felt bloated and just generally flabby in all the photos. It was a bit of a reality check–I need to get my eating-out habit under control, and fast.

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I wasn’t sure how much healthy food would be available to me while staying at the brides house (they’re Vietnamese so they have all kinds of delicious meat dishes that I can’t eat), so I decided to dehydrate all our leftover fruit that would have been left behind to rot otherwise. I kept some of it as snacks, and included the rest in my own granola bar recipe!

Between the strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and pineapple, I was in dried fruit heaven for the duration of our flight. Unfortunately, we ended up going to a deliciously fattening place afterwards where I gorged myself, since I figured I wouldn’t be able to eat any of the Vietnamese dinner. (Boy was I wrong there.)

The fruit getting ready to dry!
The fruit getting ready to dry!

Day 18: Flying 

Breakfast

  • 2 small homemade granola bars: 220

Lunch

  • Dried fruit: 50
  • Wheat thins: 45
  • Veggie burger & mozzarella sticks: 880 (oh my goodness)

Dinner

  • Spring rolls with pineapple, ginger, noodles: 250
  • Vietnamese jello dessert of some kind: 110 (?)

Total: 1555   –   Burned 325 (7100 steps)

Net: 1230

  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbs: 150g
  • Water: 4L

 

Vietnamese make-your-own-springrolls feast!
Vietnamese make-your-own-springrolls feast!
The granola bars: half were strawberry-blueberry, half were banana-pineapple
The granola bars: half were strawberry-blueberry, half were banana-pineapple
The plain fruit for snacks
The plain fruit for snacks
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Day 17 Food Diary (6/25)

Since I’ve been having such insane chocolate cravings lately, I decided to do a semi “chocolate mono” in the morning. The night before, I mixed up some coconut oil, cocoa powder, coconut sugar, and flax seed, and stuck it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning, I ended up having the most delicious, melt-in-your mouth chocolate bars ever! They had such an interesting cooling sensation–not to mention they were really healthy compared to store-bought chocolate bars.

I was going to just have a dinner of avocados, but I ended up having a burrito with my boyfriend and his friends. The usual story…

Breakfast

  • Coconut oil chocolate bar: 175

Lunch

  • Coconut oil chocolate bar: 175
  • Rice cakes with hummus and tomatoes: 120

Dinner

  • Light veggie burrito: 625?

Total: 1090   –   Burned 110 (4400 steps)

Net: 980

  • Protein: 37g
  • Carbs: 90g
  • Water: 3L
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Day 16 Food Diary (6/24)

Once again, the snacking-with-boyfriend effect got me. I was all set for a 600 calorie day–and was feeling good about it–until the chips made an appearance.

I need to learn to resist food put in front of me!

Breakfast:

  • Dark chocolate: 100
  • Tea with soy: 30

Lunch:

  • Leftover banana steel cut oats: 190

Dinner:

  • Green smoothie (avocado, mango, flaxseed, coconut cream, spinach, protein powder): 320
  • Tortilla chips + guacamole at boyfriend’s house: 425 😦

Snacks:

  • Banana cake: 100

Total: 1160   –   Burned 105 (4200 steps)

Net: 1055

  • Protein: 38g
  • Carbs: 100g
  • Water: 4.25L
The green smoothie, pre-blending! It tasted much better than it looked, I promise.
The green smoothie, pre-blending! It tasted much better than it looked, I promise.