Late Day+Long Drive+Light Lunch=Poor Dinner

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I had done well on lunch, not so well on breakfast, then the day conspired against me. In not going to gripe about life, it happens to us all. Instead I’ll say I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me.

I tend to let stress get to me. When stressed I just want to relax. When I relax I enjoy eating junk. Combine stress with my still infantile grasp of healthy eating and I’m ripe for a bad night.

I chose to eat salad today along with fruit. Apparently I didn’t have enough protein or something today so by the time I got home I was starving. Even though I had 130 oz of water today, I was still hungry. Needless to say but I’ll say it anyways; I overate and regret my choices.

To top it off, due to scheduling I can’t go to the gym. So my eating carries a double punch.

Today’s lesson, find foods that carry over well from one meal to the next. Off to the internet I go.

The Internet Can Help My Diet

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Let me preface this post by saying this: I am fully aware that eating food prepared from home would be beneficial compared to going out for lunch, sometimes there are circumstances that are beyond my control. That said what to do if you feel the need to go out to eat? If you are trying to eat healthy, this can be a daunting task. Thanks to the internet and proactive companies, you can actually find out what you are dumping into your body.

Yesterday I was in the mood for some Mexican-ish food. Looking at the area around me it came down to Taco Bell and Qdoba. I decided to see how bad or not so bad my decision would be. So off to Qdoba.com I went. Clicking the menu button I was taken to a handy tool.  Picking my entre I was able to determine what I was going to have with my entre.  The link See Full Nutrition Panel calculates for you and gives you a rundown of the nutrition value.

QdobaBurrito Bowl Nurtition

Using this tool I was able to design a semi-healthy lunch that tasted pretty good. Figuring out ways to make a better choice on the fly is going to be vital to my success going forward and now I have one more tool in my arsenal. I’m curious to check out other restaurant sites to see if anyone else has done something similar.

Now since I woke up late this morning and didn’t think to make my lunch last night, I’m stuck once again going out for lunch today.  I already blew it this morning by having to get food on the run, so I’m off to the store for their salad bar. With better planning in the future I’ll eat well and have a good plan for a treat meal from time to time.

edit: Got a salad and fruit, loaded with no dressing. Good choice. Yay me!

Running is Hard

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Went to the gym tonight and spent the first 15 minutes walking. Then I got the harebrained idea to try jogging. It has been a couple years since I had done that.

Long story short I made it 5 minutes at a decent run before I had to stop. 18 years of smoking and inaction have taken their toll. So a new goal is to get to 10 minutes by the end of the month.

I know it doesn’t seem like a lot but that will also get me close to a mile.  Well see if I can keep from having to go to the hospital. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Water you going to do about it?

Trust me. I hate that title too. I just couldn’t help myself. For the past 19 years I’ve drunk more soda on a daily basis than I did water. I’m amazed my kidneys have not failed yet.

Last night I had an epiphany: maybe if I drank more water than soda I could save my kidneys and maybe just lose some weight along the way. I know right? What a breakthrough. Therefore I went to the store and found myself a nice reusable water bottle.

My next step was to figure out how much water I’m supposed to drink every day. My high school health teacher, not to mention my nurse girlfriend, would be so disappointed that I don’t know how much. Like every other good nerd off to the internet I headed.

According to Web-MD I am supposed to drink 64oz or 8 cups of water a day. Considering at my worst I was drinking 90-100oz of soda every day, I need to make some changes. First is to try and limit my soda intake. “Why don’t you just cut out soda entirely? ” I’m sure you’re asking. I would say, “why don’t you stop breathing?”

This is going to have to be a slow change or I am liable to go berserk on everyone in my life. So my goal is to get down to 20-30oz of soda a day, less if I have coffee. At the same time I need to drink more water. The hope being if I keep my belly full of water I won’t feel the need to snack throughout the day.

According to Live Strong I should be consuming 125oz of fluids a day to maintain hydration. More with heavy exertion. I’ve also heard that to lose weight a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight and drink that many oz a day. For me that would be 105oz of water. That’s a big jump from the less than 30oz a day I am used to.

So, if you’ve read the About section you’ll have seen that I have dietary changes to make as well as losing weight. I won’t lie, I do feel a bit overwhelmed but I am going to press forward. My water goal will be 124 oz a day. That amounts to filling and emptying my new bottle 5 times a day.

If I narrow my thinking to just needing to drink 5 bottles of water; it feels a bit less daunting than 41 cups. I’ll try to keep track and update my progress in my twitter stream.

Again sorry for the cheesy title.

My Fitfness Pal

In trying to figure out how I am going to track my progress I realized I’d need some help in documenting everything. On the run I’d have to be able to have an easy way to document what I’m eating, any exercise, etc. I found the following app and accompanying website.

MyFitnessPal for Android
https://www.myfitnesspal.com

MyFitnessPal has many tools I find useful. It has a calorie counter, customizable recipe and dietary tracker, exercise and calories burned tracking, ability to connect to other services.

When you create an account on the app you then get emails with healthy recipes and exercise suggestions. Now that I’m serious about my health changes I’m going to pay closer attention to those.

Once I give the app full usage for a couple weeks I’ll be able to give a further review of it.

Welcome

welcomeThis is the first post on my site dedicated to getting healthy.  Here I will be documenting my own personal journey. I am not expected to pull in thousands, hundreds, dozens, or any views. Instead this is a way to track my progress, failures, and successes.  By making this public, I will hopefully be held accountable. If anyone finds it helpful or influential, then this is an added bonus.


The menu titles are fairly self explanatory but I figured I could be nice and give a short description of what will be populated within those pages and categories.

  • About: This page contains the starting stats for this journey.  Here I will post my pictures, dimensions, and goals.
  • Articles: This will house all posts about various health articles I find interesting and may want to keep for future reference.
  • Digital Help: These posts will link to and discuss apps and websites that I find helpful.
  • Exercise: A recording of the exercise and general physical activity that I will be partaking in.
  • Miscellaneous: What doesn’t fit under any other category.
  • Recipes: Any recipes I find delicious and worth sharing.

Notice: I am not paying for a full site on WordPress therefore there will be ads on my blog.  I am not getting any compensation from these ads.