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Monday Morning Weigh in: 231.0

Posted in Diet and Bodyweight by Mike on November 26, 2007

Ah, nuts. Poor food choices and taking yesterday off. Back at it.

In other news. My new diet plan.

Kidding, of course. I am considering making some changes though. Specifically, I have been doing an egg and whole wheat toast with peanut butter for breakfast. Nuts and berries for a morning snack and then salad and a protein for my other two meals during the day. I’m having a hard time getting fresh berries these days (way out of season) and am pondering a protein shake with frozen berries and peanut butter or something like that. Any opinions?

10 Responses to 'Monday Morning Weigh in: 231.0'

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  1. speedstudio said,

    I would triple the eggs, add spinach, eat a handful of almonds instead of peanut butter. Substitute banana or pineapple for the berries. I agree with the protein shake. I suspect breads and grains are the culprit in most diets – I’ve made huge progress getting them out of my diet.

  2. Mike said,

    I’m not sure I’m up for three eggs a breakfast quite yet. I started out with two a few weeks ago and I found that two was more than enough, some days I didn’t even want those. I’ve been doing almonds with my morning feeding but I suppose I could juggle those into breakfast since I’ll be doing a drink. I did grab bananas last time I was at the store and have been enjoying those. I didn’t consider pineapple, I’ll have to see what they have in. I had a mango for the first time a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t mind doing something there. I eat spinach most days as my mid day salad. I do realize that the nutrie
    Unless someone has a compelling reason not to, I think I’ll buy some casein protein tonight. I have taken a protein supplement on and off over the years. When I was trying to gain weight to be a powerlifter, I felt like I HAD to have it or I would just starve my muscles away. Now I find myself slightly adverse to trying one again.
    I know you are a huge fan of no grains. I’ll be totally honest, I’m really hesitant to eliminate them. It’s not so much that I feel that I need to carbs or any such it has to do with two things: fiber and normal eating. Let’s face it, when you eat a lot of protein, fiber is important. If I manage to sub in fruit as I eliminate grains, it would be possible to avoid “negative” side effects but I suspect I will miss it. The other issue has a real duality to it. I like the idea of “eating normally”. On one hand, eating normally is exactly what I am avoiding through all the diet manipulation I have done for the last year. On the other hand, I have always kept my diet such that I could maintain it on the road or at home, in my kitchen or in a restaurant. I feel like I would lose that. Like I would suddenly have diet paralysis if I found myself in abnormal circumstances.
    In reality, I think the real issue is unfamiliarity. I’m from the midwest, my wife is from the midwest. I’ve ventured further from the midwest than anyone in at least two generations. So we have that whole way of being ingrained in us, deeply. We ate butter on white bread between meals to keep us full. We had rolls at each family gathering. I think my familiarity with bread products is what keeps me from really jumping in and trying your diet. That and getting “better half approval”. Not that she wouldn’t let me, it’d just be sticky.
    So I just want to let you know that I’m not ignoring your suggestion. I know I give that kind of impression to folks a lot (ask Chris). In reality, I’m just mulling it and wrestling with it. If you have any resources you used to help you divine your own diet or that you used to help you cook and eat during it, please feel free to pass them on. I may be approaching that point, maybe, just as an experiment.

  3. Scott Styles said,

    I do not see how your meals as planned are making the difference between 231 and 225. Regardless of quality, the quantity does not sound like it holds enough calories to keep your weight up. Be careful of focusing on details like almonds vs. peanut butter if there are bigger picture items to address.

    I take a protein supplement to try and stay over 100 grams of protein a day. I do not worry about the type of protein, since I am focused on the basic need of getting enough. I also use it when I may otherwise just not eat.

    I am very supportive of eliminating refined grains in the diet. Given the option, I prefer whole grain products over refined grain products.

    The idea of cutting out most grains seems interesting to play with, but I am not sure getting enough calories on a vegetarian diet without grains would be practical for me. That would be an awful lot of nuts, beans, and dairy.

  4. Mike said,

    I don’t think you could cut out grains Scott. Just because you are a vegitarian. I suppose you could but it would essentially mean one salad after another, I think.
    I also tend to prefer whole grains.
    I don’t know about the calories. For me the calories have always been largely unrelated to my amount of fat. I at the same in high school whether I was wrestling or in football and there was 30lbs of difference. That is part of what I have tripped over repeatedly in regards to dieting.

    Any changes I am making to my diet right now aren’t as much about 225 vs 231, they are more about starting the next phase. Living. To some extent too, they are about playing with my diet. Trying on one thing and then another, seeing what goes up and what goes down. Any bodyweight changes that are seen over the next two weeks will be more a function of the last gasp of this old system. I would expect the beginning of next year to mark the beginning of the new system. I’ll be transitioning in the interim.

  5. Chris Rice said,

    The whole diet thing is kind of silly – you guys should have picked your parents better – hehe! And that’s pretty much the way I felt until the last few years when I started putting on a few pounds around the middle – now I have to pay attention and I can’t say that I like it much.

  6. Scott Styles said,

    “they are more about starting the next phase. Living.”

    In that case, I think it is best to focus on finding meals you enjoy that are reasonable. I do not think the fine details matter nearly as much as your success eating well every day. I can plan a “perfect” diet for myself, but I will never follow it. Minimizing the impact of deviations from the plan is probably the most important part, at least for me.

    More than picking my parents better, for training purposes, I should’ve picked my job better. 9 hours a day at my desk chair has a huge impact.

  7. Mike said,

    I agree. Let me assure you that the analysis paralysis of almonds vs peanut butter is not keeping me from moving forward. I’m beginning with the protein shake in the morning as an experiment. I will start it tomorrow. Some fruit, some protein, it should be a good way to start the day. Beyond that, I expect to keep my daily spinach salads in place. I will continue to work with my primary midday meal to experiment with different combinations.
    The two areas that I feel I need to work on the most for both long term and short term success are: Liquid Calories and Sweet Cravings. I have always managed to sneak a lot of calories under my radar via liquid calories. I believe this is why your photo experiment was so successful for me. I’m doing pretty good right now but I could do better. I’m prone to chugging a large glass of OJ in the evening, having a cup or tea or two (both with a tablespoon of sugar) and a hot chocolate (I’m sure that is like 200 calories). Sweet cravings aren’t as much of a problem but about once a month I just get a craving for sweet breads. So I whip up a batch of cupcakes or cookies or something. Then I take half of them to work for everyone else and my wife and I split the other half. Both of those have been on going battles with varying success at different times.
    If you can think of something else I might be overlooking as I go into this next stage, please let me know. I’m trying to think of all the stuff I may be missing and I’m trying to start experimenting now. I also must confess that my mind is wandering to dropping some more weight but I can’t bring myself to commit yet.

  8. Scott Styles said,

    I don’t think having some cupcakes or cookies once a month is a problem. I think that is probably good for you mentally. I have heard the 90/10 rule and agree with it. If you comply with your nutritional plan 90% of the time, that other 10% doesn’t really matter.

    The liquid sweets on the other hand could definitely impact you. Adding 400 or 500 empty calories to your daily intake does make a difference. That’s another small meal each day.

    I don’t know how much alcohol you consume, but that can have a big impact. I have found even one drink close to bed disrupts my sleep. The effect isn’t noticable from one evening, but I went through a period where I tried a drink each evening to help relax for bed. It exhausted me. Being tired tends to mess with my health and food choices more than anything.

  9. Mike said,

    On the alcohol, not much. We have two bottles of beer in the fridge from a six pack that is well over a month old. Typically if I have one beer or glass of wine, I will have two but not much more than that and not even monthly.

  10. Scott Styles said,

    I hardly drink at all anymore, about once a month as well. It’s one of those things I just had to give up to consistently succeed with my training. Probably for the best, as I was up to a full bottle of wine in one sitting for awhile. Not good.

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