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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tuesday Food Porn and

I decided Tuesdays will be weight loss journey days.  I first started this "diet" I was thinking OK, they'll give me a little bit of food here and there and just have me eating small amounts during the day and that's what I wanted. Or so I thought. Yes, I to get food throughout the day but I honestly had no idea it's be like this....



I'm on the "My Way" Nutrisystem plan. It's based on my body type, height, weight and activity level and they've got me eating 1800 calories a day. That's the three meals plus dessert plus extra grocery food on top of that. Five times a day I'm either adding a protein (PF) and a  lower GI carb (SC) to a meal or having it as a 'snack'. That's not including the plus 5 servings of veggies and the 80 plus oz of water I'm drinking a day.

I had no idea I needed to eat this much food to lose weight!! So to give you an idea of what how that looks I took some pictures.


This is the chicken Noodle soup NS sent me. See how small that container is? How diet-y!  I now have to add some veggies to this, because there's no way I'm eating it all at once at dinner, have spread those required veggie servings throughout the day. Of course, I also have to add a PF+SC (proteins plus lower-GI carbs) to this as well. I chose cheese sticks sliced up and had half a whole grain slice sandwich thin on the side. For veggies, I choose spaghetti sqash, tri-colored peppers and onion and some rotel brand diced tomatoes with green chilis. This is how it looked just before I ate it all up!!


As you can see, there's quite a bit of difference in the amount of food I ate and that sad little cup of soup. LOL That's pretty much how it goes for all of my meals.  Breakfast today was a one egg omelet with tricolored peppers and more rotel brand diced tomatoes, 1/4 cup of cheese.  One half a whole grain sandwich thin toasted and a bowl of oatmeal. The NS food is the Oatmeal. I technically could have just had a sliced of toast with Peanut Butter on the side - but I wouldn't get the veggies. Gotta get the veggies in. 

Monday's workout schedule is supposed to be the Couch to 5k training and upper body and core strength training. Because I'm walking my way through this first round of the Couch to 5k...my heart rate doesn't get up high enough to really get any kind of serious fat burn going and for now I'm ok with that right now since this is only a three days a week program...the other three days a week I workout I do get a good fat burning heart rate going! Mondays are always tough on me...I ended up just doing the Couch to 5k and the core strength training. I was just genuinely too tired to finish it. I always slack off on Mondays though, I work out six days a week and I've been thinking about just calling it and saying I work out five and a half days since Monday always seems to be a half workout. Thankfully, today is a rest day.

Tomorrow I'm going to hit the gym early and do it BEFORE breakfast! A few studies have been done on whether you should eat breakfast before or after you do a morning work out. Initial results suggest that maybe you should skip eating to get a higher fat burn. That kind of makes sense to me because when I took Tai Chi and Kung Fu classes - our instructor always said to not eat food, skip the coffee and smoke before coming to class. Water only. Who am I to argue with thousands of years of Chinese traditions and a few European studies?? If nothing else I'll at least work up an appetite early in the day and have fewer problems remembering to eat. 

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