30 Jan

Too many variables – weigh-in for January 28, 2013

English: McDonald's Big Breakfast

This would probably be healthier… (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Current weight: 330
Difference from last week: 0
Difference this year: -2

Well, that experiment didn’t work very well. Though I can’t blame not having any soda. Instead, it was bad choices in other areas. I switched to a McDonalds breakfast meal plan. Not the wisest move I’ve ever made. I am an idiot: I know what will happen if you have sausage mcmuffins for breakfast. I’m pretty sure I have a previous journal entry about that very thing. Yet I’ve let my breakfast choices be “2 sausage mcmuffin and a medium OJ. Ayup, that definitely won’t get the job done. Unless the job I’m trying is to gain a lot of weight. Then that would be an ideal breakfast!

Slurm!

Hmmm… Slurm, soda or water… (Photo credit: soundfromwayout)

So now my conundrum: should I wait another week before kicking in the next phase of getting on track, or do I re-do the no-soda week, with better choices for breakfast? I can see the pluses and minuses of both.

The next step is to track what I eat. I have an app for my phone called wwdiary. I can use that to keep track of what I eat. Easily. My phone is always within arms length. I have a shortcut for wwdiary on the main screen of my phone. Two taps and I can track what I am eating. I want to give myself a week of doing that, so I can try and get this ingrained in my head.

I really don’t know which way to go. Another week of just skipping soda, or starting tracking while I am also trying to stop eating sodas. Try two different things at the same time? Change two variables for one experiment? Or do I repeating the first experiment before adding in the other. It really isn’t as simple a choice as one would think. I can’t make a choice!!!

– M

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03 Feb

Fast food nutrition information/nutrition calculators

I have been baffled lately at the restaurant industry’s strong objections to being required to give nutritional information for their meals in the post-Supersize Me world. I do realize that, for the most part, the restaurant industry places much more value in profits than in providing healthy meals. But certainly restaurants would want to follow McDonalds lead and provide easy access to nutritional information as a way to get some easy positive PR.

That doesn’t seem to be the case, as most restaurants either don’t make their nutritional information easy to find, or don’t make it available at all. For example, try getting nutritional information directly from Outback Steakhouse. Don’t even bother trying from Claim Jumper. They won’t provide info for most of their menu. One need not imagine how unhealthy their food must be for these restaurants to actively refuse to provide nutritional information.

On the other hand, there are some restaurants that go out of their way to provide their customers with excellent nutritional information. McDonalds has to be the hands-down best at this in the generic fast-food market. I have not seen any other chain that actually prints nutritional info on the packaging of each individual item. I still refuse to eat at McDonalds any longer, especially after seeing Supersize Me. But I have to applaud their efforts in this area.

Taking a step up to premiere fast-food places, Tokyo Joes does a great job of providing a list of nutritional information for all menu items on their website. That is fantastic; I love Tokyo Joes. And their food is low enough in calories/Points that I can eat their frequently. QDoba, however, goes one step above and beyond. QDoba has a nutritional calculator on their website. It’s fun to use, as a person can customize their order exactly to their liking, and then see just how good/bad their choice was. Unfortunately, pretty much everything I like at QDoba is quite Points expensive (anywhere from 12 Points for a burrito to 27 Points for steak nachos), so I tend only to eat there once or twice a month.

For family restaurants, anyone on Weight Watchers knows that Applebees is amazing nice to us. Applebees has a WeightWatchers section on their menu, with quite a few dishes and a couple of appetizers that are both semi-low in Points, and (more importantly) have the Points and nutritional information listed. Red Robin shows them up, however, by having an ultra-cool Customizer on their website. The Customizer allows you to interactively and visually customize your meal, and then view nutritional information. It’s basically an information-packed toy! And it is how I found out that a Grilled Salmon Burger without sauce and a side of grilled veggies is only 10 points!

My personal philosophy: When I am going to eat out, I’ll choose restaurants that make their nutritional information available and easy to find. I simply will not do business anymore with a restaurant chain that feels that they have to hide their info from their customers.

29 Sep

Weigh-in for September 29, 2007: Oh so close!

Current weight: 316.5
Difference from last entry: -3
Difference from 2007 starting weight (335.5): -19

What a fun week! It’s been kind of exciting, because I knew that I was doing well. I knew that I was sticking to my plan, so I knew that I would be losing weight. And I knew that this was because of my conscious effort to change my behaviors. I’ve gotta tell you, after all these years of re-gaining weight, losing again – and losing by working at it – feels great. It feels like a major accomplishment! And while this may sound a little vain, I’ll say it anyway: I’ve done a great job so far!

I am almost down 20 pounds from the start of the year. And every time I pick up a 10-lb bag of flour to test our scale, I realize just how much weight that is! I am still obese, but I weigh a hell of a lot less now than I did in January. I am making progress, and I am doing it the right way: slowly, carefully, and by changing my habits, not by going on some fad diet that I’d never be able to stick to.

I’ve done a few things this week that I need to make a permanent part of my life. First of all, I’ve been getting in a little more exercise. Twice this week, when I got home from work, C and I changed into comfy clothes and went for a walk to a local park. C loves to get out and play; he doesn’t even realize that we are exercising. My body notices it, though, and relishes it. I’ve been too sedentary for far too long. My body is letting me know that I need to get up and get moving.

I have also greatly reduced my trips to fast-food restaurants. This has always been one of my major challenges, especially in the morning. I love to have breakfast out, to eat it at my desk. The bad thing is: there are very few fast-food places that make healthy breakfasts. Any that do serve things like yogurt and granola, or oatmeal, or fruit plates. This is all stuff I can easily make/bring from home. And so I do! It’s been a while since I’ve stopped for breakfast in the morning. And I am getting used to it quite rapidly.

One thing that has helped amazingly is our new espresso machine. I think I mentioned that I splurged on bought us a Breville Cafe Roma. It’s been fantastic. I can make damned good lattes in the morning, now, so there’s no need for me to stop at one of the local coffee shops. And when I don’t stop there, the temptation to either grab a super-sweet, calorie packed snack or to stop at a fast-food restaurant is greatly reduced.

Now this isn’t to say that I’ll never eat out for breakfast. Every now and then I will, to indulge a craving, or just to add some variety. But my key goal is to not do so regularly. and definitely nowhere near as often as I was. I can see the difference that makes in both my waistline and my wallet. Those’re both good reasons to stop, or at least cut down rapidly.

All in all, this has been a great week. I’m looking forward to more to come!