A few weeks back, Nik over at Bariatric Foodie was looking for fellow bariatric bloggers to journal their food intake for a day. Rob at Former Fat Dudes urged me to join in. I thought it was a good idea. So, here I am with my report of my Cinco de Mayo alimentos y bebidas (food and drinks).
Words of introduction…
2011-05-04 — I am not a food journaler. I have always hated to write down what I eat whenever I have been asked. I have been a Weight Watchers member for years and counting the points just falls into the same category. I attend Weight Watchers at Work for the accountability and support of the people I have made friendships over the years.
Here are my thoughts about tomorrow. I confess that I don’t want to write it down because it will be there in my face in back and white. I am not a 100% bariatric diet compliant person. I worry that this post may not be a good thing for newbies to read.
Over the past three years I have adopted a diet that is pretty much high protein and fiber; low sugar, carbs and fat. I think you will see quantities that are most likely too large. I know I will try to be more cautious in my choices knowing you are watching me, but I also want this day to be representative of my typical day.
2011-05-05 – This morning was somewhat atypical. I started the day off with my annual cardiologist appointment and then was off to the office. I followed my morning routine including the treadmill, protein shake and a small breakfast.
Lunch was typical. Last fall my employer adopted a healthy lifestyle and eating program. Part of this was re-architecting the cafeteria with a healthy menu. Today I had a chipotle turkey wrap and side of low fat cottage cheese. I enjoy wraps but my Lapband does not like the large amount of tortilla. I unwrap, removed 1/3 of the wrap and re-wrap. I think it was a healthy lunch. I avoided the Mexican themed dishes of the day.
I had a banana mid afternoon and a slice of deli ham and Swiss cheese when I got home from work. A few hours later, I had a healthy dinner. I am planning on eating the crackers as my evening snack. That’s my typical day.
||Food and Drink
||Fruit and skim milk protein shake
||¾ cup Special K Fruit and Yogurt with 1 cup skim milk
Coffee with non-fat creamer
||Chipotle turkey wrap
¾ cup low-fat cottage cheese
||Lipton Unsweetened Tea -16oz
Snack of deli ham and cheese
||Maple ginger pork chop
||Town House reduced fat flipsides – 10
OMG! This was truly revealing to me. I tried to estimate what I ate before I calculated the statistics. I thought it was about 2/3 of the real story. I am glad I participated in this blogging challenge. I really exposed where I need to change my diet.
My weight has been stable for 2 years. I blamed not being able to take off more pounds on my body being “comfortable” where it is at. I now see that it is because my intake is still just too large. I think I am eating at times just because I think it is time to eat. I now plan on being more conscious of when I am hungry and need food.
I am going to continue to track my Weight Watchers points in the coming weeks to see how I can bring them into line with my 35 point allowance. I am petty certain that it will have some positive impact on my weight loss. Stay tuned…
Other Bariatric Bloggers who are journaling