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Surprise, surprise, surprise... [Sep. 14th, 2004|10:17 pm]

While I am in no way becoming a part of the Atkins Diet craze, I am beginning to see their point. The other day I was going through my food supply, deciding what to keep, when I compared the nutritional information on two items in my freezer - a box of SuperPretzel soft pretzels and a Neapolitan Rice Dream ricemilk ice cream.

Guess which one had more calories per serving? Here's a hint - it wasn't the ice cream.

Wow, I had no idea. I guess carbs really do count more than I thought. And that's what I've been eating when my stomach is bad.

On the bright side, I'd already decided that the ice cream would be my one vice that I'm allowing myself a couple of times per week. Nice to know that - relatively speaking - it's a good vice.
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Ask not for whom the phone rings... [Sep. 11th, 2004|11:33 am]


I'm Bob, and this is the story of why I've joined you fine folks here.

I'd gone to my doctor for a physical on Thursday, and last night they called me with the results of the blood work. I didn't know doctor's offices called people at 8:00pm on a Friday night, but mine did. And just to make the festive weekend mood complete, the lady on the phone dropped this little surprise on me:

"Your triglyceride level is too high. The doctor wants you to lose 15 pounds and come back in December for a recheck."

Once I'd picked my brain up off the floor and put it back in my head, I asked the nice lady how I was supposed to do that. "Try cutting back on the amount of fat in your diet," she suggested.

Okay, for those of you who don't know me as well, I have the world's worst stomach. People ask me if I'm lactose intolerant, and I tell them that I'm everything intolerant. I can't cut the amount of fat in my diet, because there's hardly any there in the first place. My system simply won't digest it.

As you can probably imagine, I was pretty frustrated at that point, and somewhat at a loss as to what to do. So I did what I usually do in these situations - I went online and looked up "triglycerides" on the web. What I found made a lot more sense than what the nice lady told me. Yes, triglycerides can come from fat (which I can't eat) and alcohol (which I can't drink), but they can also come from refined sugar and white flour. And guess what I eat and drink when my stomach is throwing one of its tantrums? A lot of breads and cereals made from white flour, and a lot of drinks with a lot of refined sugar.

So I have two tasks ahead of me - figure out a better way of treating my stomach trouble and figuring out a better choice of what to eat and drink even when my stomach is acting up. I just got some new meds to try for my stomach, so that's one plan already in motion. Now I need to start experimenting with foods and drinks again.

I weighed in at 193 on Thursday, which means my goal is 178 - but I'm not going to keep checking my weight because that will just make me crazy. If I can change my diet and exercise enough to get my triglyceride level down, my weight will probably drop as well. I don't really care how far it drops as long as it drops enough.

Gosh, see what fun you have to look forward to when you turn 40???
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(no subject) [Sep. 1st, 2004|01:47 pm]

yesterday: i had a granola bar for breakfast, 100c
wendy's side salad with basically no dressing (because no one ever has anything very good, so i'd rather save the cals for something i like) and a medium fry and half a small frosty. dammit! for dinner 1/2 bird freebirds burrito with cheese rice tomato lettuce and a little queso wrapped in a cayenne tortilla. calories... questionable. but we finally went grocery shopping so i can go back to counting for sure. hip hip. havent been feeling well so i havent mustered up the energy to hit the gym in about a week but hopefully in a few days i'll be willing and able.

so far today:
2 granola bars 220c
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(no subject) [Aug. 30th, 2004|05:00 pm]

Well this weekend i went to polvos and magnolia and gorged myself on things i ought not have eaten. But i feel no particular sense of guilt since i did say i relax a bit more on the weekends. i hope i get better and not worse at this as the weeks start to go by. today i have nothing but half a fruit leather approx 22c and 5 MSF vegetarian buffalo wings 200c so i have a lot more eating to do at dinner ;)
actually i need to make up for the weekend a little so if i'm severely under today im not going to worry to much about that.
need to grocery shop so i can get some fresh fruits/veggies that are to-go friendly.

anyone got healthy suggestions that ally and i can take with us to work and school. need something that requires minimal utensils and something that doesnt need refrigeration or microwaving. we are on campus for ages on tues/thurs and need something to keep us from eating at wendy's.
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(no subject) [Aug. 26th, 2004|09:23 pm]

part of a bowl of cereal maybe 120c
sandwich on wheat with cheese tomato and spinach 427c
dinner: me and ally split up another med. pizza. we were hungry and impatient and TIRED and no one felt like cooking. pizza sounded good so we went for it. i had more than 700c to go so i dont feel too bad about that.
no dessert.
total: not quite sure.

today: part of a bowl of cereal that i discovered had a bug in it so i threw it away and lost my appetite. maybe 120c
lunch: pretzels, 200c and carrot cake slice, 200c
dinner: a delicious pasta dish made with the following ingredients: whole wheat pasta, red peppers, carrots, zucchini and yellow squash drizzled with olive oil and cooked in a shallow pan over med. heat. sprinkles of salt, garlic powder and cheese and a little more olive oil. give this a try for a healthy meal. it was really good. at least i think so. ally didnt eat her red peppers or carrots so maybe i'm the only one who thought so...
about 500c
a little garlic toast made from whole wheat bread margarine and garlic/herb seasonings about 170c

total: 1190

school has started and time is an issue again. havent been to the gym since tues's pilates class. got a solid workout from that though and im still a little sore so i dont mind having skipped the last two days as much as i would otherwise. however, in my defense traipsing about 40 acres of campus in this heat is a good workout for anyone, if a short one. hope i can keep this up during school, the ultimate challenge to my commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
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(no subject) [Aug. 24th, 2004|05:45 pm]

well its been a couple days but here's what i got:

i like to kinda take the weekends off, not totally off the diet or anything though i do sneak a few reasonable cheats, just off of counting and updating because i get tired.

but yesterday i had the usual cereal in the morning open faced sandwich for lunch and then some leftover home-made macaroni and cheese and ice cream for dinner and dessert. The mac and cheese was a recipe we saw on food network's calorie commando show, roughly 350c. y'all should check it out he's got some good tips. the ice cream was blue bell, 200c per serving

so really even with the ice cream i stayed within my calories we went to trudys yesterday and i didnt eat queso that everyone else ate, nor did i drink. i had two plain tortilla chips over the course of about 2 hours and they werent even that appealing. But i didnt work out either so don't be too proud of me. haven't done that since saturday afternoon. But im going today.

today ive had a little cereal, not the usual whole serving and a little more mac.
nuts for a snack. wont have dinner til late because i'm going to a pilates class at golds.
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(no subject) [Aug. 21st, 2004|12:26 pm]

you all may be wondering (or not) how i finished out the day yesterday. well i did cheat but it wasnt as bad as it could have been. we split up a medium mr gattis pizza with cheese and then i had a few chocolate chips.

the cheat was less satisfying than i had anticipated, not because i was disappointed in myself, but because after cheating i was STILL HUNGRY! dammit! sometimes i feel like i am never full for more than 3 seconds at a time.

last night i had the brilliant idea to buy these ready made crepes i had seen at the store and stuff them with strawberries for a delicious breakfast this morning. oh how disappointed i was. i wasnt expecting HEB to specialize in french cuisine but i didnt think they would be that bad. they are so thin that they were only 30 calories apiece but i ended up just eating te strawberries anyway. not worth the cals. i feel like i can never have a compromise between the foods that i love and crave and a reasonable substitute. I always think i can come up with a good sub but then i never like it. *sigh*
this all makes me wish i had just gone to magnolia for some home fries and eggs and fruit and a giant pancake.
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2004|03:22 pm]

so far today i've had the usual cereal 160c

and for lunch: a few fruit chunks, watermelon and cantaloupe about 60c
and a small yellow apple with about 1 and 1/2 TBSP of peanut butter about 240c

my problem is its friday and im gonna wanna do something like go out and get dinner or go see a movie and shovel buckets of popcorn down my throat. am i entitled to this? should i stop myself? whats a good compromise? of course maybe the lack of money will keep me from doing anything at all. nice how that gets in the way sometimes.

900 calories to go... how will i spend them?
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2004|01:22 pm]

yesterday's breakfast:
cereal again you'd think i'd tire of it but i havent yet: 160c

lunch: 5 morning star farms vegetarian buffalo wings 200c

dinner: ally and i went out like we do on the 19th of every month. We went to this place called nothing but noodles (or something like that) i ordered bowtie pasta with mushrooms tomatoes and basil pesto sauce. What i didnt know was the the sauce was a basil pesto CREAm sauce. ouch! topped with parmesan. i'd say a good 1000c right there. plus a salad with no dressing, prolly 100c

a small dark chocolate square: maybe 20c
estimated total: 1480. a little on the high end, esp because i didnt work out yesterday. =/ MUST... DO... BETTER!

overall though, i'm really pleased with myself this week. i've kept my cravings in control and i stayed mostly within my range. lets hope i can pull off the same thing this weekend.
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for today [Aug. 18th, 2004|08:57 pm]

cereal and milk- 160c
pasta 110c and sauce-110c

more pasta (whole wheat this time) 300c
and sauce 250c
and 1/4 of a zucchini 15c
and 1/4 of a yellow squash 15c
and a little broccoli 12c
and a little tomato 5c

total so far- 977c i guess i'll go find something else to eat.

oh yeah and ally and i worked out at golds again today. unfortunately only about 15min on the bike today instead of 30. but i did more arm stuff so it wasnt a total waste. it was a quick but somewhat productive trip. better than nothing.
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