Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mayday Makeover Week Two

"Just Tell Me What To Eat."




Oh how I wish I could.  How lovely it would be to offer you a two, four, or six week diet to rip, burn, blast, or flush the fat away.  But I can't.  That's just not what I do, yet.  What I offer where food is concerned is a technique for shining the light of awareness on your personal eating style.  I do hope that you've been writing down what you've eaten since May 1st.  Even if you didn't, you can learn a lot from as little as three days of tracked menus.  If you've got three days, great, if not, start tomorrow.


Why not today?  Why sure, go ahead if you can remember what you had for breakfast.  You did have breakfast didn't you?


I'll start.


Wake up:  Water and one Apple.


Breakfast:  Coffee with half and half, scrambled eggs, 2t butter, 3 small strips of bacon, 1/2 cup of mixed fruit.


I'm in an airport right now by the way.  The content of my breakfast isn't as important as why and how I chose it.  Over the past four years of maintaining a healthy weight I have learned what to choose and what to avoid to get satisfied when I eat.  I am convinced that satisfaction within the boundaries of moderate calorie restriction is the key to fat loss.


Certainly butter, bacon, and cream aren't classic weight loss foods.  They're my weight loss foods, and the truth is that you have to find your own.  You are welcome to try my menus, but let's face it, they're not going to get the stamp of approval from the USDA anytime soon.  The point is, I managed to feed myself at the airport without resorting to muffins, bagels, donuts, candy masquerading as a protein bar, french toast, waffles, cinnabon, or anything else that would blow up my eating plan.


This is what I want for you dear readers, the self knowledge it takes to seek food that serves you and walk away form food that doesn't.  Here's how you get it.  From now until Tuesday, May 22nd, I want you to write down everything you eat, and at the end of the day I want you to write some notes, just a sentence of two about how the food made you feel.  I'm sure you want to get the success ball rolling, so I will also encourage you to do the resistance routine I posted previously three times a week, and I will suggest that 
reduce your typical energy intake by 300 calories.  


Calories.  "Sigh".  Heaven knows they are an incomplete tool for measuring energy intake and outgo, but I haven't found anything better so far.  For example, I've done the Atkin's diet and had succcess, but I can easily gain weight on meat, fat, and cheese if my portions get out of control.  Whatever your power foods happen to be, if you're prone to overeating you will be able to overeat them if you throw caution and awareness to the wind.  So yes, track your calories with a website like Fitday.com or use an online calorie counter and write down what you find.  The idea is to gather enough information on your current habits between now and May 22nd, so that you can make effective, but still realistic changes in your food plan for the last four weeks of the Mayday Makeover.


The idea is that armed with awareness we can give our very best efforts and reap real rewards at the end of those four weeks.  This isn't going to be a crash diet.  It's going to be a a period of focused attention and intention, when we give our very best and see where that takes us.


So write it all down.  I solemnly,  no... cheerfully promise to do that myself, right here on this blog.


Update!  Here is the rest of the food for the day.  A little victory:  Positive eating on the road.  I had a wonderful flight due to a great conversation with the lovely young woman in the next seat.  Thanks Andrea. 


We landed at noon, and I got my bags, shuttled to my car, and hit the road.  Yes, Diet Pepsi and Trident gum were my crutches between 12 and 2PM when I got to Raley's grocery store in Oakdale, CA.  Here's what I bought and ate:


1 Coke Zero:  Human, I'm human.
2 Large Gala Apples
1 Package Sliced roasted Turkey.  By the way, I bought the turkey that had less than one gram of sugar per serving instead of the one that had 2 grams of sugar per serving.  Sugar in the turkey?  Who knew.  


I also bought a cooked chicken, meatloaf and 2 packages of fresh strawberries for the the boys, organic mixed lettuce, and a bottle of wine.


Lunch on the road was 2 Apples and a package of deli roasted turkey.  Yes, I ate all 8 ounces in the package (so very hungry by 2:30) = truth in blogging.  For dinner:  4 oz roasted chicken, mixed lettuce salad with 1 T olive oil and 1 T balsamic vinegar, 1 cup of strawberries and 2 glasses of wine, plus plenty of water.


The wisdom I'd like to share for travel days is this.  Do your best and be glad to be home.  Happiness is the point anyway.  Happy tracking.