Sunday, March 09, 2014

The Diet Fix Day Two: Whoops -- Did Banish Hunger instead of Diarize

Be sure to check out my other posts on The Diet Fix.

Somehow I got things flipped in my mind and ended up focusing on Day 3's task instead of Day 2.  I have been keeping a food diary in Lose It! for a long time, but I didn't take all the notes that were suggested for Day 2.

Rather than lose a day, I decided to stick with the focus on Fight Hunger.  I made sure that my meals and snacks contained the right amount of protein.

I had the idea to try making protein pancakes with my new protein powder. I was afraid the powder would give them a weird taste, but since I bought plain unflavored whey, I didn't notice anything. I guess it would be just like adding extra milk. I added some walnuts and blueberries to them as well.  It was a successful experiment -- a little indulgent for every day, but great for a special Sunday breakfast. There are some recipes for things like this in the back of the book, but I just used a whole wheat baking mix (no HFCS or trans fats) and added the protein powder as an extra ingredient.

I had Greek yogurt with almond butter and a banana as a snack -- again, hitting the protein minimum without overloading on calories is a challenge.

I had a big lunch and so I did not have a snack after lunch -- I had my Masters' Swim at 5 p.m. and I hate swimming with food in my stomach.   I guess this violates the "every 2.5-3.5 hours" guideline, but we had a mini-competition today, and I didn't want to feel nauseated by food sloshing around in my gut.  I participated in several races: 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, 50m free, and 100m free.  I had fun -- my best time was probably 36-something seconds for a 50m free, compared to back in December, when I did just under 45 seconds for the same distance.

Jesse made dinner for me when I got back. We had leftover salmon for last night so I had 3 ounces of that with a salad and some roasted corn left over from this summer.  It actually just hit the minimum for calories with a few extra grams of protein to spare.

I probably will have a snack later tonight -- I didn't really want one last night, and was just barely starting to get hungry when I went to bed, but I woke up several times in the middle of the night feeling hungry. I went right back to sleep, but if I'm hungry enough to disturb my sleep, it might be counterproductive to skip the snack, especially after swimming so hard.

Tomorrow I will go back and do the Diarize goal. I need to make a note of the things I'm supposed to record. One thing I think is great is the "Daily Degree of Difficulty." Today I think I did pretty well, except that big lunch at my parents' house. I indulged a little more than I probably should have, but did much better than I usually do when I eat there. I'd give today a 3 (on a scale of 0-10 with 0 being totally "rock solid").

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