A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Better Than I Thought

I'm sitting here, a little shocked....ok, a LOT shocked.  I've had dinner, ready to post my food pics for the day, was totaling everything, and I'm sitting at 991 calories for the day...and NOT HUNGRY.

Let me say that again....I'm under 1000 cals for the day and I'm not hungry.  My stomach is not growling. 

Ummm....I have no idea what's going on with me.  None.  My absolute best guess is that it has to do with the water/fluid intake throughout the day.  Yesterday I drank (5) 24 oz. glasses of water during my workday.  Today I drank (6) 24 oz. glasses at work, plus (3) 5 oz. cups of coffee w/ creamer.  So that's what?  About 144 oz. of water and 15 more oz in coffee.  Very interesting. 

I'm drinking another 32 oz glass of water right now as I type this post.  I'll end up with at least 200 oz. before I go to bed. 

I'll tell you the truth.  Knowing I have 200 calories left for the day makes me want to eat something else.  I'm not going to have food....but it does allow me to have a couple of cups of decaf coffee with creamer, for another 70 calories.  That's my wind-down thing in the evenings.  I didn't have it last night because I miscounted my calories and thought I was too close to 1200...didn't want to go over.  Turns out, I was a good bit under....came in around 1100-1125 last night.  Tonight, I'm having it.  While others are having a more substantial snack or dessert...I'm having decaf coffee w/ creamer.  It works for me.

Here's my food pics w/ calorie count for the day:

4 egg whites w/ a touch of mustard for color and flavor, mixed with 4 oz. chicken breast and 1/8 c. of 2% sharp cheddar cheese.  The baby ate an ounce of the chicken, so I counted it as 3 oz. for myself.

4 egg whites -  68 cals.
3 oz. chkn. breast -  90 cals.
1/8 c. 2% cheese -   45 cals.

11:00 am

Boneless pork rib -  200 cals.
Sweet potato -  103 cals.


I'm making a conscious effort to eat slowly.  This is how much of my lunch was left an hour after I started eating it.  I finished the rest of it sometime after noon.


Honeycrisp apple -  80 cals.

6:15 pm

6 oz. chkn. breast after the baby got some - 180 cals.
An ENTIRE bag of Steamfresh broccoli -  120 cals.

I wanted to say thanks to everyone who provided food tips and snack ideas...foods to keep you fuller, etc.  I always appreciate the ideas.  I will say that there will always be some convenience foods in my diet, like the Jimmy Dean bagels in my freezer....and there will always be pork..I'm a swine lover...that won't change.  I did happen to be OUT of veggies as of today, so I stopped by the grocery store on my way home and picked up some stuff to get me through the next few days. 

Allan suggested lots of salad.  I picked up 2 bags of the pre-made stuff, along with tomatoes, cucumbers and onions to go on top.  I ran out of baby carrots on Monday (those are a normal snack for me), so I picked up a big bag of those...along with some sweet potatoes that I am in love with.  The only fruit I had left was 2 apples, so I picked up 4 more tonight.  I also got some mushrooms, onions and bell peppers to mix with eggs in the morning so that EVERY breakfast isn't a convenient one.  :)

This will sound bad...but it's honest....ever since I started my blog, I've never been interested in the "health" part of this jouney....as far as matching proteins with carbs, eating what would be considered "diet" foods, etc.  The only thing I've been interested in is counting calories to get the weight off.  I eat fruits and vegetables because I like them.....not because I'm "trying to eat all the right diet foods".  I don't eat hardly any red meat...but that's not because I consider it a "bad" food in the diet world.  It's because it makes me feel like crap for 2-3 days.  I feel like I'm walking around with a rock in my stomach...it just takes too long to digest.  So I'm sure my food pics will make some people wince, like I'm sure my pork ribs did , lol....that's ok.  Just wanted to let everyone know that's reading that I will always welcome any food tips you want to share with me.  Some of them I'll use...some of them I probably won't.  As long as I'm within the calorie range I'm shooting for...I'm happy.  :)

Here's a pic of my loot from the grocery store:

I thawed and sauteed some shrimp tonight.  Will probably put this on my salad for lunch tomorrow.

That's 1 lb. of shrimp altogether - pre-cooked weight of course.  For this case, 1/2  a lb. in each bowl resulted in 17 shrimp.  At 30 cals an oz...that's 240 cals. 

I also went ahead and measured out 2 Tbsp of dressing to take for my salad tomorrow.  It's 60 cals. for 2 Tbsp.

So that's it for today guys!!!  Hope you're having a good evening.....time for me to go make some decaf.  :)


  1. I just started reading your blog recently so I haven't follwed the "whole" story, but good for you measuring and keeping track of you calories. I agree on the wanting to eat what you like, as long as this isn't x amount of donuts for all my days calories, it should be fine. I always lose when I count my calories....I'm just SOOOOO bad about counting. Thanks for the inspiration to get back to counting:)

  2. Wow-that is a whole lot of good food for those 991 cals. I understand your take on food. Sometimes I worry about relying too much on prepackaged, but I hopefully offset it with water.

  3. You are doing great.
    When I get back it is back to counting points, tracking, planning and tracking some more.
    I also need to get off the couch and get the a$$ moving again.

    If I drank that much water I would be in the loo all day not at my desk LOL :)

  4. I have been doing 1000 calories a day for a while now and I haven't been hungry once. I always feel satisfied and that is so much better than the stuffed feeling I used to force on myself.

    You are doing so well! For what it's worth, I'm proud of you!

  5. and day two is in the record books. Great job....look at you losing weight. lol
    keep up the good work.

  6. Awesome! Make it fun. Measure and pre-plan works. It looks great. The reason for the math and carbs, protein and stuff is to make sure you get the nutrition you need out of the 1200 calories. So far, you rock. As for the pork, pick up a tenderloin, cook it slowly on Sunday afternoon, and weigh out what you need for the week. Put it in ziplocs by day and freeze wed-sat portions. Keep Mon and Tues in fridge.. On Monday, use mondays by reheating, or chopping with a little BBQ sauce, or whatever, and take Wed out of the freezer. Repeat process on Tuesday, etc... 4 ounces of pork is 160 calories cooked...If you get a 2 lb tenderloin and cook it, the finished loin will be 6 portions at 4 ounces or so perfectly... Try it, you will also save some cash this way, and get your Pork on !!

  7. Hey Tammy, looks like you're doing well lately, good job! Just got caught up on your blog since I've hardly been reading blogs lately. As to what you said about eating "diet" foods and whatnot...it's a good thing you're not eating diet foods. Most of that stuff that's low-fat, low-carb, 100-calorie, diet whatever is just junk and you really shouldn't be eating it anyway. It seems like you eat a lot of real food and that's great. My tip for staying full is generally to just eat real food because it's usually lower in calories but has good volume to it. It's amazing how much more we can eat when we're not eating junk. :) Keep at it!

  8. More awesomeness. All the planning is great. I know you're getting into it too, because of the pics, and the time you're putting into planning. Dosn't it feel good to be doing good?

  9. You are who I want to be!!!! Wow!!! So super impressed with your commitment and whew...less than 1000 calories and you weren't starving...well, that has to be a great feeling--and obviously the calorie count is not just mental for you (as it is for me...1000 calories, and I *think* I am starving...even if I feel full!). I have done another first this week...no caffeine for me at all...since Sunday! This is HUGE--as you know, I love me some Diet Coke!!!!

    Way to go!!! I am just super thrilled for you!!!

  10. The decaf at night idea is splendid. I want to have something like that too. I like the idea of something soothing and warm in my tummy. Yummy. Good going on the calories too. The food looks sort of diety.

  11. You are doing awesome girl. SO proud!!