Rate My Meals - 2010-05-06

May 7, 2010 · 5 comments

Another one of the days where I make it just fine until I get home about 7:15. I went to bed at 10, and in between those hours I let the diet go to hell and a hand basket. I’ve really got to figure out how to control myself at night better. No, the dinner meals aren’t in the picture:

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I thought breakfast was really good, particularly since I was mentally convincing myself how good a McDonalds sausage McMuffin would taste. How much better for you is an orange, a banana, a yogurt and a small handful of raw nuts and craisins? I have to think a lot better! And a little surprisingly to me but after a snack of a banana mid-morning I had no problem getting to lunch without any hunger pangs. No, I didn’t segment the orange for breakfast, and it would have tasted better if I had, but it still was pretty good. Segmenting an orange is for a special treat.

I did so-so at lunch. Good news is I had a salad bar, didn’t get any pasta salad or anything like that, but I did go a little heavy on the dressing. The low-fat Ranch would have been a better choice. Probably the worst decision is that I also got a bowl of chicken with wild rice soup. Creamy soup, wouldn’t surprise me if the bowl alone was 500 calories. And I felt full after lunch so clearly the salad and yogurt would have been enough. I need to remember that today when I will probably have lunch at the same place, hopefully I can make a better decision. Drivetime snack was a protein bar.

I picked up my son from soccer on the way home from work and got home to some leftover spaghetti that my wife had made. But before I ate that I had a leftover half of a patty melt with some tater tots and then I had the spaghetti. About the only saving grace is that I didn’t eat it all, I heated up about two thirds of what was left and ate all that, but I easily could have reheated everything. So I guess there is that. But I really should have taken pictures, I have to remember that is keeping me honest. Or mostly so.

Of course we are going to a Twins game tonight (will we see the first snow at Target Field?) so dinner choices will be tough again. I’ll do my best.

So how do you think I did? Click a star!

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Angie May 7, 2010 at 8:18 am

Hey John,

I’m enjoying your “picture” meals.

Here is an article from the P-B about eating healthy at the Twins Stadium - maybe it will help this evening. Have a great time!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit May 7, 2010 at 10:02 am

The soup was probably the biggest diet-killer of the day. You’re probably guessing high on the calories, but it was the saturated fat that was the real dealbreaker. Virtually any cream-based soup is going to be bad… and you’re probably right about the salad, too. I went through a phase a couple of years ago where I thought I was doing great work eating a huge salad every day… it was piled with croutons, sunflower seeds, pasta salad and cheese and blue cheese dressing… Lord knows what kind of calorie/fat bomb I was chowing down on.

Have fun at the ball game… but not TOO much fun, if you know what I mean…

John's Weight Loss Blog May 8, 2010 at 5:32 am

I got a one day reprieve - first rainout for the Twins in 30 years. Got to love outdoor baseball again!

Michele June 10, 2010 at 12:51 pm

What a great idea! That looks like you started off great but the heavy dressing wasn’t the best choice, and you didnt post your dinner which sounds like it wasn’t the best of choices. I do the mid morning banana too and it holds me over till lunch. You should try having a protine shake, thats usally my lunch, it gives you the nutrients and protine you need and holds you over till dinner!!

Rich June 15, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I have just lost 35 lbs since 11/09. IMHO all you need to do is cut back on your simple carbs. No whites. No white bread, potatos (in any form) no white pasta, no white rice and as little added sugar as possible. Your body can synthesize glycogen from the higher protein foods you will replace the carbs with.
Then create a fitness habit..get moving, regularly and vigorously. If you keep your simple carbs low enough the weight will fall off. And enough ,e.g.4-6 sessions per week of aerobic excercise, 30-60 minutes each will create a fit new you!..I know cause I have..incidentally I am 58, started at 230, am now at 195 heading for 190. Good luck with your life style changes

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