30 Day Blog Challenge
It's November, which means a bunch of my pals from Twitter and the blogosphere (do people even call it that anymore?) are challenging themselves to publish 30 blog posts in 30 days. You can read more about it on Eric Wright's (otherwise known as Discoposse) blog. I had to bail on #vDM30in30 last year due to the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, but I'm committed to making it happen this year come Hell or tingling & pain in my hands and wrists. I'll be posting both here and on my more general purpose and tech-focused blog at mikestanley.me.
Weight-loss Happens One Day at a Time
I'm down 62 pounds in about 6 months so far. I'm not nearly done, but having started out at 312.6 pounds in the Spring of 2016, I've made a good start.
I've posted about my meal plan in broad strokes already, so I thought it might be helpful to start a "day in the life" style series covering specifically what I eat on a regular basis. And let me be clear - when I say I eat like this on a regular basis, I mean it. Smoothies are a staple of my meal plan right now, and I eat them once, usually twice, a day and usually at least 5-6 days each week.
I didn't take a picture of breakfast, but picture a 16 ounce mason jar filled with a purplish-brown smoothie. That's what I had, and it was delicious.
[This makes 3 servings - 1 for my wife's breakfast, and 2 for me for breakfast and lunch.]
1.5 cups Almond Milk
1 Banana (frozen today)
2 large stalks of organic Kale (broke the thicker part of the stem off)
4 Tbsp Creamy Peanut Butter
0.5 cup Hemp Seeds
1.5 cups frozen Strawberries
1.5 cups frozen Pineapple
1.5 cups frozen Blueberries
0.25 cup Flax Seeds (only in my portion)
At one time I did the math on all of that calorie-wise, but it's been a while. I'd say it's somewhere in the range of 300-400 calories per 16 ounce serving, and I ended up with 1.5 servings for lunch.
For lunch I had a larger serving of my smoothie and an apple. It was tasty and filling. And the part about it I like the most is that it's all essentially whole foods, albeit whole foods ground into tiny bits by my Vitamix blender (future post!).
Another important part of my meal plan and journey to get healthy is focusing on drinking enough water. That's usually easy for me because our office has Crystal Springs water delivered, but for the time being most of my team, as well as the water cooler, have moved across campus to another location. So for now I'm filling up my 30 oz tumbler at home and refilling it with either bottled water or filtered water from a nearby building. I try to drink at least 3 of these tumblers full of water every day, sometimes more.
Dinner varies for me depending on whether I'm eating at home or not. I don't eat out nearly as much as I used to, and that alone has helped me lose weight, but when I do, I mostly eat salads. At home I usually eat salad - either in a bowl or in a wrap.
We had planned to make a gluten-free vegan pizza tonight, but my wife wasn't feeling well, so we went to Jason's Deli - my favorite place go-to salad bar.
I made a huge salad, trying to hit as many of Joel Fuhrman's "GBOMBS" as possible - Greens, Beans, Onions, Mushrooms, Berrys (no), and Seeds. I really like both of the Quinoa items on the bar - Quinoa Kale Slaw and Quinoa Mango Salad. I've gotten used to eating salad with no dressing since even the "healthier" dressings have a ton of calories.
I made a second trip to the salad bar for a tiny bit of the Walnut / Cranberry / Raisins mix and a little bit of Hummus & Broccoli. I tossed all the items I put on the salad into MyFitnessPal and came up with 843 calories. That's one thing I love about my meal plan
I had two snacks today. In the afternoon I had an Apple, and after dinner, as is our custom, my son and I shared a bowl of Grapes.
And that's it. Most days are like today - lots of tasty and healthy food. I'm sitting here at 9:15PM and I'll be honest - I'm a bit hungry, but that's OK. Ending the day hungry most of the time is how I keep losing weight week in and week out.