Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 7, 2009

Day #49: Ten pounds to go…

omelettebeansToday was pretty typical again.  I decided to try the omelette again, I don’t know that it was quite as good as last time, but still good.  Hmm, I’ve fallen into a bit of a rut as far as meals go.

I’m not really bored with them, but I should try branching out more.  At least it would make this blog a bit more interesting.

Oh, today is also my first day under 155, so I guess that’s a milestone of sorts.  Five pounds more, and I’ll be officially “normal” weight for the first time since middle school.  Ten pounds more and I’ll hit my goal.  I just have to keep my pace.


Day 49:
Weight: 154.8 lbs
Fat: 25.3%
BMI: 25.76

  • Breakfast: Cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a cup of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: A turkey, cheese & veggie omelette (320 calories), a quarter can of green beans (18 calories), and a cup of apple sauce (100 calories). Altogether: 438 calories.

Total for the day was 1003 calories.

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Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 6, 2009

Day #48: OJ & Beans

pizzabeansSo today was a pretty average day.  Having learned from the massive servings of peas the other day, I decided to split a can of green beans four ways instead of the stated 3.5 servings per can.  I have a bunch of mini Tupperware containers that were the perfect size for one of these quarter cans.  This way I’ll have sides for the next three days as well.

I’ve also noticed something today with my morning OJ.  It turns out I can’t drink it fast enough anymore such that it doesn’t spoil by the time I’m done with it.  I make it from concentrate, so tonight I decided I’d try making only a half a can (1 liter) instead of two.  That way I can finish it in four days instead of eight.  I could probably also stand to drink about half of what I do, (4 oz instead of 8), but that would mean I’d drink it even slower.  Of course at 120 calories a cup, it’s one of the calorie densest things I regularly consume anymore.


Day 48:
Weight: 155.6 lbs
Fat: 25.5%
BMI: 25.89

  • Breakfast: Cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a cup of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: A slice of cheese pizza (230 calories), a quarter can of green beans (18 calories), and a salad (70 calories). Altogether 318 calories

The total for the day was 883 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 5, 2009

Day #47: Omelettes

omeletteToday was fairly normal, but I decided to try something new for dinner.  I missed breakfast, so I figured I would experiment and have something somewhat larger than normal.  So in addition to some of my now standard sides  like yogurt, cottage cheese (finally finished it up), and apple sauce, I decided to make an omelette.  Man was it tasty, probably the best I’ve made.

Two eggs, turkey, cheese, onions, mushrooms and carrots, all for only 320 calories, which is pretty standard for my main entree.  I used margarine with the toppings so I could easily cut out 20 calories if I needed to.  I tried a different technique this time than I usually do, and this is the first time I’ve tried putting carrots into one.  Perhaps that was what made it so good.


Day 47:
Weight: 156.2 lbs
Fat: 25.7%
BMI: 25.99

  • Breakfast: Missed it!
  • Lunch: A toasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: An omelette (320 calories), a half serving of cottage cheese (45 calories), a serving of apple sauce (100 calories), and a cup of yogurt (90 calories). Altogether 555 calories.

Total for the day: 820 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 4, 2009

Day #46: Chinese Lunch

chinese1So today was an interesting break from my normal routine.  It’s the first time that I’ve eaten out at a real restaurant since I’ve started logging my calories.  For lunch my family and I went to an all-you-can-eat chinese buffet.

Knowing how I normally eat at such places today could have been a caloric nightmare.  I think things went pretty well however.  I had to sort of guesstimate appropriate portions when I was there, and to try to stay away as much as possible from the tasty red meats and deep-fried goodies.

I limited myself to one plate of entree, mostly to stir-fried stuff, chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms, along with a spring-roll, a bit of rice, some “sea food surprise” and a couple other miscellaneous things.  Afterward, I did my best to gauge what I ate (this involved a bit of guesswork, but I think it was fairly accurate), and came up with about 500 calories (see the listing below).  Five hundred is a rather large meal as far as my diet is concerned, but overall I think it was quite reasonable. I knew I’d probably be eating out today, so I cut back on breakfast to compensate, and as a result my daily total was right in line with the last couple days, and well below my 1200 calorie goal threshold.

I also had a small plate of fruits and veggies for dessert, which came out to less than a bowl of salad, so I thought it was pretty decent.


Day 46:
Weight: 156.2 lbs
Fat: 25.7%
BMI: 25.99

  • Breakfast: An apple. (80 calories)
  • Lunch: Chinese food: Stir-fried chicken (108 calories), ¼ cup of fried rice (91 calories), a cup of won-ton soup broth (71 calories), a spinich roll (70 calories), seafood surprise (50 calories), a small spring roll (45 calories), a half a hard boiled egg  (39 calories), a half cup of stir-fried broccolli (19 calories), and three stir-fried mushrooms (7 calories). Altogether: 500 calories
  • Dinner: A slice of cheese pizza (230 calories), and a serving of cottage cheese (90 calories). Altogether: 320 calories
  • Other: Dessert at the chinese buffet: apple slices (20 calories), raw mushrooms (20 calories), grapes (14 calories), carrots & beans (10 calories). Altogether: 64 calories

The total for the day was a nice conservative 964 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 3, 2009

Day #45: Over the Hill

pizzasaladcheeseSo sometime between today and tomorrow will be the halfway point in time between the start of my diet and my goal.  It’s 45 days down now, and 46 to go.  I’m still well ahead I need to be to be on track, which is good.


Day 45:
Weight: 156.6 lbs
Fat: 25.9%
BMI: 26.06

  • Breakfast: Cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a cup of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A toasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: A slice of cheese pizza (230 calories), a salad (70 calories), and a serving of lowfat cottage cheese (90 calories) Altogether: 390 calories.

Total for the day, same as yesterday: 955 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 2, 2009

Day #44

Another pretty typical day. Oh, I found this open source recipe book, that might be worth looking at.


Day 44:
Weight: 157.4 lbs
Fat: 26.0%
BMI: 26.19

  • Breakfast: Cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a cup of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A toasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: Tuna Helper (320 calories) and a salad (70 calories). Altogether: 390 calories

The total for the day was 955 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | April 1, 2009

Day #43

Not much to report today diet-wise.  I’m back into the swing of things.  I finished the last of the peas from the fridge, which is good. I also ended my gaining streak, also good.


Day 43:
Weight: 157.6 lbs
Fat: 26.1%
BMI: 26.22

  • Breakfast: Cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a cup of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A toasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories)
  • Dinner: A serving of Tuna Helper (310 calories), a serving of peas (70 calories), and a salad (70 calories). Altogether: 450 calories

The total for the day was 1015 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | March 31, 2009

Day #42: Pizza & Peas

pizzapeasFinally, three square meals and well under my limit.  Today is more typical of most of my diet prior to starting this blog.  Dinner was a weird combo though. I probably shouldn’t just mix and match left-overs, but it tasted fine to me.  I’m still amazed by how big one serving of peas is.  They are also a lot more expensive in terms of calories than other veggies.  Next time, I’m definitely splitting a can of 3.5 servings 4 ways. It will also give me more flexibility in planning the entree.

I’m glad I’m back on track, since I’m on a four day gaining streak now.  I’m not surprised, since it started with an unexpected 3 lb drop, and coincided with three of my highest calorie days.  I just hope I catch up with myself before I bump into my moving average or push it too far upward.  I still don’t anticipate any trouble meeting my goal though, I’m still pretty well ahead of schedule.


Day 42:
Weight: 158.6 lbs
Fat: 26.0%
BMI: 26.39

  • Breakfast: A bowl of cereal (130 calories) with 1% milk (50 calories), and a glass of OJ (120 calories). Altogether: 300 calories
  • Lunch: A 6″ turkey on wheat from Subway (330 calories) and apples (35 calories). Altogether: 365 calories
  • Dinner: A slice of left-over cheese pizza (230 calories) and a serving of peas (70 calories).  Altogether: 300 calories.

The daily sum for today is 965 calories.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | March 30, 2009

Day #41: Back to normal

saladpeas1So today I went back to a relatively normal eating schedule, though I accidently missed breakfast again.  I really need to stop missing meals.  I don’t think I’ve had what has become a typical day for me since I started blogging about my diet. I compensated by having a larger dinner than usual (funny enough it was slightly more calories than the lasagna leftovers yesterday, but with a lot more volume).

It’s really weird that canned vegetables come in cans of 3.5 servings.  Really, why do they need to make it fractional?  Why not just three bigger, or four smaller?  Anyway, since I knew I had missed breakfast I ate the extra half serving of a can of peas today with dinner, and broke the rest into servings and put it in the fridge.  One and a half servings of peas is actually huge.  I wish more foods had larger than expected serving sizes.


Day 41:
Weight: 157.6 lbs
Fat: 26.1%
BMI: 26.22

  • Breakfast: Missed it! (0 calories)
  • Lunch: A toasted turkey, cheese, lettuce, & mustard sandwich (265 calories), and an apple (80 calories).  Altogether: 345 calories
  • Dinner: A serving of Tuna Helper (320 calories), a serving & a half of peas (105 calories), a salad (70 calories), and a half cup of apple sauce (100 calories).  Altogether: 595 calories
  • Other: A serving of fruit cocktail (100 calories)

The whole day sums up to 1040 calories, below my goal and back on track. It also happens to be the exact number of calories as my one meal for pizza day.

Posted by: nakamura2828 | March 29, 2009

Day #40: The Aftermath…

So I did it again, just barely.  That is, I upped my calorie record.  That mostly has to do with the fact that I ate more or less the same thing as yesterday, but with the addition of a nice lunch.

Sunday breakfast was traditional fare for my family, fried eggs, bacon, and toast.  My Dad and I typically put it all together to make a breakfast sandwich.  I probably shouldn’t have, since I could have stood to do without that extra piece of toast. It was good though, and I helped by making most of it myself.

We had lunch late, and I initially though I was going to get away with skipping it again.  However, like I briefly mentioned yesterday, it’s difficult to diet, when you don’t make the meals yourself.  My sisters made a big effort to make a nice lunch, with soup sandwiches, and tons of fruits and veggies all laid out in a fancy little arrangement.  It would have been rude to turn it down, especially since it was already served, but I had a sneaking suspicious it might tip me past the day before total and it did.

I sort of which they would have picked a healthier soup.  Split-pea with bacon has quite a few calories, and is something I rarely have with lunch unless I’m home.  I ended up turning down the fruit.  I knew another 100 calories would be a bad idea given what I had eaten so far, and what I knew we’d be having for dinner.

For dinner, we basically just finished some left-overs from the meal the night before.  This meant lasagna and garlic bread again.  I did without the salad and red-wine, which saved me about 200 calories from the night before.   After this we had left-over cake, which I had forgotten to account for in my expected calories for the day.

Oh, well the weekend is over, and I’m back at my apartment.  Both days were very high for me, but still below my expenditure, so I should be able to get back on track pretty quickly.  I got a couple slices of lasagna to take home with me, they’ve gone into the freezer with the pizza (it’s getting pretty packed in there), to become an entree for me some time in the future.

Oh I also went shopping while I was home, picking up some more salad materials, and replenishing my lunch meat.  I was pretty happy to find some 98% fat free turkey.  This should help make my lunch sandwiches a bit lighter.  At 25 calories a slice, they are now less than half the cost of the american cheese I typically use.


Day 40:
Weight: 156.8 lbs
Fat: 26.4%
BMI: 26.09

  • Breakfast: 2 slices of toast with margarine (200 calories), some sugar-free jelly (10 calories), a fried egg (90 calories), a slice of microwaved bacon (25 calories), and a small glass of OJ (60 calories).  Altogether: 385 calories
  • Lunch: A ham, lettuce, tomato & mustard sandwich (200 calories), a bowl of split-pea soup with bacon (160 calories), some miscellaneous carrots and celery (35 calories).  Altogether: (395 calories)
  • Dinner: One slice of leftover homemade lasagna (377 calories), and one slice of garlic bread (186 calories). Altogether: 563 calories
  • Other: A slice of pineapple upside-down birthday cake (370 calories) in a bowl of 1% milk (102 calories).  Altogether: 472 calories

Breakfast and dinner today were very similar to yesterday’s, but slightly smaller.   They weren’t small enough to offset lunch though, which bumped the daily total to a record 1815 calories, just about 20 calories more than yesterday.  The difference is negligable, but I’m going to have to redouble my efforts and get back on track here soon.

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