Big Fat Queer

April 28, 2010

Warning: I May Stray

This is a picture I took over 25 years ago at Montauk. I love the visual tricks the shadows play. I will be there this weekend for a couple of days; the weather promises to be beautiful and warm. I may not be so disciplined while I am there. I will still keep refined carbs to a minimum, but I know I will have some fried oysters, one of my favorite guilty pleasures. But I also hope to have some healthy fresh (very fresh off the boat) fish. I don’t know if I will blog daily. I may just report when I get back.

Today I have had four feedings so far. Maybe I should call them eatings, since I do feed myself 🙂

In the morning I had prepared something with more protein, but I left it at home. When I got to work I bought a Cascadia Farm organic granola bar at the news stand downstairs. It was good and the nutrition info was pretty good until I got to the 30 grams of carbs. What was even more shocking was that it said this was 10% of the recommended daily amount. 300 grams of carbs a day! WTF? I also had ten almonds (plus or minus a nut).

Lunch was roast turkey breast (the food trough aka salad bar near the office roasts a whole turkey fresh every day and it is pretty good) and some baby spinach.

Later in the afternoon I had a cup of Fage 2% Greek yogurt and a small apple, with about a tablespoon of peanuts.

Dinner was steamed vegetables, 4 shrimp, 3 ounces of chicken breast, all tossed in some melted coconut oil.

Later I will have a small smoothie of coconut milk and mixed berries.

Again, without counting calories during the day, when I entered everything into the log it came out to 1526 calories. Interesting how that works out.

I walked a mile and three quarters today.

April 20, 2010

Big Chunk o’ Beef

I walked two and a half miles today, a mile on the way to work, a half mile at lunch and a mile on the way home. It felt good.

For lunch I had about 4 ounces of turkey and a salad. No snack. For dinner I had a steak (thanks, Joe). I ordered in and the steak was 16 ounces. I had intended to eat the whole thing, even though it would put me over my target of 1500 calories, but after half of it I didn’t want anymore. Not that I didn’t enjoy the first half, but it was enough for tonight. I will have the rest of it tomorrow night. I also had a salad with a few slices of avocado on top of the regular tossed salad from the restaurant. After a coconut milk and raspberry smoothie tonight I will be between 1500-1600 calories for the day.

I met with Joe Riggs after work (many of you know him from YouTube and Twitter). He is a holistic health coach and he offered to consult on my efforts to change my life. At first when I heard the words holistic health coach I had some misgivings that he might advise me to eat nothing but alfalfa sprouts and seitan for the rest of my life, but far from it. In fact he suggested the steak, which was delicious. All in all we are pretty much on the same page, but he has some information and ideas that I think can help me.

About the monitoring of weight and calories, that is for the time being while I retrain my body and my habits. I don’t have a particular weight in mind. I think (and Joe agrees) that if I live a healthy life, my body will get to the weight it should. But for now weight and calories give me some handle on what I am doing and some measure of discipline to change deeply ingrained habits. Once a healthy life is second nature to me, I think I can discard these tools, which are just two among many.

April 15, 2010

The Weekend is Here (for me, at least)!

I walked another half mile on the way home, bringing me to a total of 1.5 miles for the day.

For dinner I had some roast chicken with a salad. Total calories for today so far about 1200.

I am going to try another smoothie with a mixture of coconut milk and cocount water tonight. I bought another brand, Thai Kitchen (pictured). I tasted a spoonful out of the can and it is better than what I bought last time. I will either blend frozen blueberries or cherries or both in it.

At last tax season has ended for this year and our company is closed tomorrow. Three days off will seem like so long after the last few months, yet by Monday it will seem so short. I have turned off all alarms and I hope I can sleep in tomorrow and catch up.

I Mozied over to Maoz

The smoothie last night made with coconut water was delicious. I must admit I did think it could have used a few ounces of rum or cachaca. The consistency, however, did not have the creaminess I like in a smoothie. I didn’t care for the coconut milk by itself, maybe I’ll try another brand and mix coconut milk and coconut water.

I walked a mile during my lunch hour today and on the way picked up this nice salad from Maoz Vegetarian (a restaurant chain starte in Amsterdam by expat Israelis.) They have a nice assortment of Middle Eastern vegetarian food. The ingredients seem to be fresh, and certainly tasty.

Lettuce, falafel, hummus, assorted veggies, tahini. Fruit is for snacking later. Orange thingy is a water bottle.

Altogether, fruit included, between 700-750 calories before dinner. I will try to add at least another half mile of walking today as I head home for a three day mini-vacation.

April 14, 2010

Am I Undereating?

I posted earlier that I ate about 300 calories during the day. On the way home from work I walked a little over a mile and a quarter and for dinner I had some rotisserie chicken and a salad, about 700 calories. I’m not hungry. I will have a snack later, a smoothie with frozen fruit and coconut water (it has no coconut oil, but I do like the taste and it has good electrolytes). Still, that will put me only about 1200 calories for the day. I just don’t want any more than that today.

I will have had ample protein for the day and more than five servings of fruits and vegetables. The Calorie Count web site analysis says that I am too low on carbs, but I don’t agree with their minimum, especially for me at this time. They also put me low on calcium, iron and potassium, but I do take supplements which should more than compensate for that.

I’m not going to worry. I will consider it a gift for now. Here is the analysis of today’s food:

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