Day 2: The canteen problem on the job

After day one with a good execution of the diet came day 2. It started with the protein panckake the same as the day before but the lunch turn the good execution of the day before over the board.

On my job, we have a canteen, free, for lunch. The food is quite ok, but you have to schedule the lunch the week before. For this day I’d chose a traditional portuguese dish, Bacalhau à Brás. 

That’s codfish, salted, with fried potatoes and eggs, the meal was the one on the picture above. The caloric intake of that, according to My Fitness Pal, is around 600 calories, but too much of it from fat, vegetable oils, and carbs. Not even close to a diet meal, and even a healthy one.

Even with the rest of the day being right on track, with salad plus turkey on dinner, and just one diet bar as snack, I was feeling a little worried when getting up to the scale today. But the right diet on the day before, and on the rest of the day, helped, with a 0.6 kg weight loss from the day before. But stil 200 g up from the start of this new journey. Lets see tomorow how the day worked out.

Day 1: A punch in the stomach delivered by the scale

Yesterday was a day that I feel like I did well on the diet. The only two snacks of the day were a little bit of cheese, not even 20 grams, and a protein diet bar, with little over 100 calories.

Both dinner and lunch where grilled turkey, with just salad. The only fruit, or dessert, was a single orange.

The breakfast was a couple of protein-based pancakes, with this nutritional info.


Protein based diet pancakes nutritional facts

Other than this just water and black coffee, no sugar or milk added. Today I did my morning routine of going up to the digital scale, and the result was a punch in the stomach: +0.9 kg.

This is a blow, even if I know that the body works on a larger timeframe, and that day to day wight fluctuates not only because of what you ate the day before. Its a fact, and even my smart scale sends me weekly reports on average weight that week, discouraging the day to day evaluation of what I did.

But it’s institivly to hope for a good result on the scale the day after you did well. Now it’s time to think with the brain not with the heart, and go for another day of doing the right choices, for that we know it’ll show on latter on that damn scale.

Diet bars, good, evil, or a cheat that works?

There are hundreds of diet bars on the market that give you the promise of a healthy way to have a low calories snack on your pocket. And that can be satisfying and filling. 

Too good to be true right? Well, maybe. Today on the gas station I’ve just picked a couple of them for the start of this new battle against weight.

Diet Bars

The one that I ate this afternoon was not that bad. A little rubery, but the extra bite to chew was a nice way to get a little less hungry. The taste is not that bad, but its not gourmet for sure. And yes, it tastes a little artificial. But if you look at the nutritional values, you got this.

Couple of Diet Bars that promises low calories

Great right? High values of dietary fibre and protein, just 106 calories, a winner? Well, for now, I’ll stick to a yes, and for a couple of weeks, this will be one of my go-to snacks.

Today between my lunch and my dinner will be just one of this things, a lot of coffee, black no sugar, and water. Will this be enough to stop the urges for eating something more? Today I believe so, the first day is always easier, the next couple of days will be a lot worse.

Healthy?

That is a good question that I can’t state for sure right now. For me it seems like a little cheat to be honest. The bars are a sweet, and are a processed item for sure.

The maker of this diet bars days that they are good for you, and quite natural. The ingredient list seems to be ok. But its truly better than a bar of homemade granola with honey?

While I tend to think that a granola, or something like that, would be healthier, i know that they have a lot more calories. Is it ok, for a limited amount of time take the route of the diet bar? For me it will be the case.

The starting point

If you’re overweight like me is probable that you’ve been on a long journey against it. And if you’re like me you lost more battles than won, and you’re still on the unhealthy side of the weight scale.

On the other day, I’ve watched Netflix Explained episode on the diets and weight loss and got a huge punch in the stomach. It was like the story of my life.

I’ve tried to exercise more, and even got a Personal Trainer a couple of years back. And in that time I’ve lost more than 10kg and got into better shape, even if I didn’t get into the healthy weight that I was targeting. Now I’ve got it all back.

I’m a male in the middle of my thirties, with a clear overweight problem. Technically I’m obese, even if it seems too much for me, maybe I’m self-commiserating.

Last 30 days weight

I’m 1.80m high, and today I’m with 102kg of weight.  Representing a 31.5 BMI, and to that scale above 30 is an obese person.

The goal? Well, more than losing weight the goal is to get more healthy but those two objectives are intertwined. And the fact is that BMI and weight are more easily tracked. So the goal is to achieve a healthy BMI, and that number for me is 25 BMI and 81 kg.

This blog is made primarily to self motivation. Getting the habit of writting down, and justifify myself, will be a way to motivate myself and keep me on track. But if in some way i can be of any use for other people, that would get me an extra satisfatction.