hoops02's Journal, 23 April 2018

Day 4: It's raining today and is supposed to continue well into the evening. I long to ride my bike after what was (for me, at least) a 5-mile sprint last night. I completed it in 28-minutes, a little over 5-minutes per mile average. When I got home my legs felt like jelly. Tonight I'll do something in the garage to get moving, I imagine. Maybe I should buy one of those punching bags?

I felt hunger today for the first time since starting my diet a few days ago. I was running late to the office, which normally doesn't bother me with my being the boss and all, but I needed to get a head start on the day with my lengthy to-do list. (todoist.com holds my brain!) I grabbed one of the last hard-boiled eggs we cooked up a couple of days ago and another bottle of water. That was breakfast for a 6'7" 330-pounder! As expected I felt the first little grumble by 9:00 AM, so I nibbled on a couple of dice-sized pieces of sharp cheddar cheese my wife had in her own lunch box (she works with me when I'm short-handed, bless her heart) and that seemed to help for a while. By 10:30 I was feeling considerable angst - the trivial kind - at my growling stomach and broke down and grabbed a "Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Granola Bar - Cashew." Only 160 calories but 23 whopping carbs! And I got to thinking that I need to find a diet that will work for a tall 47-year old looking to drop 50 lbs. Carbs? Calories? Sodium? Fat? So much to balance. I'm thinking Keto. A lot of it makes sense and I'd love to reprogram my body. Those carbs just won't do if I go that route.

Another thing struck me today, and it seems - to me at least - fairly revolutionary. Here it is: It's OK to feel a little bit hungry. Deeply philosophical, eh? I'll tell you this, I have rarely felt it in my little first-world middle class life of having plenty of snacks and soft drinks within arms reach almost all of the time. My wife will tell you that when I am deeply hungry with the nausea and light-headed symptoms I'm a hot mess. I'm not talking about that kind. (No one should suffer during a diet or they'll not diet for long, methinks). I'm talking about that gentle rumble at nine this morning that caused me to lift an eyebrow and scan the room for a sugary opportunity. That kind of hunger is OK. It's a great signal that I need to find a healthy option in the next hour or so that lines up with this little plan of mine to get fit. I'll tell you about my two biggest motivations in the coming days, but for now, dear friends, I'll bid you a happy evening and wish you success on your daily journey.

Diet Calendar Entries for 23 April 2018:
1789 kcal Fat: 83.69g | Prot: 135.08g | Carb: 104.94g.   Breakfast: Hard-Boiled Egg, Kirkland Signature Bottled Water, Kirkland Signature Colby/Jack Cheese. Lunch: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls with Beef and Rice, Mt. Olive Petite Snack Crunchers Kosher Dills, StarKist Foods Solid White Albacore Tuna in Water, Hellmann's Real Mayonnaise, Kirkland Signature Colby/Jack Cheese, Ritz Crackers - Fresh Stack, Kirkland Signature Bottled Water. Dinner: Refried Beans, Grilled Chicken, Sweet Red Peppers , Sam's Club Orange Bell Pepper, Onions , Kirkland Signature Organic Salsa - Medium, Michelob Ultra Light Beer. Snacks/Other: Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Granola Bars - Cashew, Kirkland Signature Spanish Queen Olives, Kirkland Signature Bottled Water. more...
3821 kcal Activities & Exercise: Bicycling (leisurely) - <10/mph - 15 minutes, Resting - 15 hours and 45 minutes, Sleeping - 8 hours. more...
on diet hoops02's own diet  

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Best wishes to you on your journey as well! If you have no overwhelming health issues I recommend cutting calories, getting your required fiber through copious amounts of vegetables, and reducing processed foods, especially white breads, white potatoes, pasta, and white rice. 
23 Apr 18 by member: abbadabba
Thanks for the great advice, abbadabba!  
24 Apr 18 by member: hoops02


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