Trying something new…

Going to work on more weight training, less cardio this week.  My eating has been horrible as of late.  Far too much drinking and eating crap. I declare last week as a “Mulligan”!  With the holidays coming around, I want to be able to enjoy a day or two without feeling a whole lot of guilt.

Weekends are the toughest.  I need to be strong and work through it.  During the week, there are plenty of healthy options and plenty of distractions that don’t involve food and drink.

We’ll see what happens.

Food plan today:

Breakfast: 1 Cup of egg whites, 1 slice of ultra thin Sargento Swiss cheese, 2 teaspoons of salsa (170 calories)

Snack 1: 1/2 small apple, 6 almonds (82 calories)

Lunch: 200 +/- calorie salad.  Tofu, arugula, 5 grape tomatoes, a few mushrooms, balsamic vinegar

Snack 2: Dole pineapple in its own juice (60 calories) & 100 Calorie low-fat plain yogurt (160 calories)

Dinner: Same as breakfast with a 70 calorie Boca burger (240 calories)

EEP!  852 calories is a bit low.  Will add a hard boiled egg to my lunch.  Protein is important! I’ll add some veggies for dinner too. 950-1,000 calories is what I am aiming for daily.



Yes, I need to keep calm.

I need to read before going all bat shit crazy.  I thought I was seriously floundering my efforts on CR.  Turns out, I was doing fine and dandy all along.  I simply need to relax and let it flow.  Weight loss will happen and it is.

Yes, it is Back to the Future day and I can’t get “Back in Time” from Huey Lewis and the News out of my head. HA!

My weekend dilemna

Yes, it is.  But unfortunately, I’ve lowered my calories far too low during the week and wound up having a binge episodic weekend. (Again.) My friend, Theresa read through my food journals over the past month and said, “STOP”!  What I’m doing is great in theory, but my old habits are cutting in on successes.  My weight has remained stable.  My mindset through Monday and Friday is filled with crunching numbers, research, etc.  Once the weekend hits.  BAM!  A family event or stress related incident happens and all I want is to eat.  And it isn’t the healthy food I want,  because I am depriving my body of the food it needs during the week.  I really need to stop being afraid.  I use food as my drug and I hate myself for not being in control.  Time to do a reset and rethink my meal plans.

Another weekend failure

What am I doing wrong?  Are my calories so low during the week that I allow myself more free reign?  Even with the most careful planning, eating my snacks did not seem to pull me through. My trainer friend looked over my food journal for the past few weeks, and said my main problem is the craving for sugar hasn’t quieted down in my system in the same way that eating only from the animal kingdom did.  However, my caloric intake was tripled and my weight was increasing.  I’ve gone from one extreme to another in six months time.  I am ultimately happier being on CR.  My weight is decreasing, I have more focus throughout the week at work, & meal planning Monday through Friday is a snap.

So why can’t I have a successful weekend?  Should I increase my fat and protein intake?  Maybe initiate a Food Addicts stance by creating entire meals for Saturday and Sunday and eating only from that without deviation until my mind, body, and spirit becomes more in control and in the CR way?

Food for thought. In the meantime, I am reading the CR Way by Paul McGlothin & Meredith Averill for insight and inspiration.

The weekend is coming! Plan now!

On Monday, I had a epiphany of sorts or was it a virtual Gibbs slap? All I know is I’m failing on CRON, and will continue to fail if I don’t smarten up and get my weekends on track. Yet, it’s the same thing over and over again.  Ugh.  All excuses.  I need you know, Samuel L. Jackson to motivate my sorry ass! HA! or Harvey from Celebrity Fit Club.

Friends have suggested I increase my protein intake, take snacks along, prepare meals in the crock pot before leaving the house, etc.  It really is up to me. No one else will do it.

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Food during the week is usually:

Breakfast:  Egg whites with one ultra thin slice of cheese, hot sauce

Snack: 1/2 grapefruit

Lunch: Salad with protein. (Baked tofu mostly.  I love it!), balsamic vinegar

Snack: 1/2 apple with 5.3 ounces of Greek non-fat plain yogurt with cinnamon

Snack (if hungry): About 9 to 12 almonds

Dinner: Salad with protein or I’ll have a repeat of Breakfast

The calories may seem low, but I’m not really as hungry as I thought I’d be.

“You are on CRON, so what like do you eat?”

These are the types of questions I’ve been getting over the past few days. Honestly, there are times when I’m not really that hungry during the day.  But a typical day thus far:

Breakfast: 1 Cup of Egg Whites, One slice of ultra thin Sargento Swiss Cheese, hot sauce – 166 calories

Snack: 1/2 grapefruit – 51 calories

Lunch: Chopped Kale and Argula salad, 5 grape tomatoes, a few strips of red peppers, a few green beans or roasted cauliflower, maybe 2 to 3oz of protein and I enjoy either red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar as my dressing.  I call this my 200 +/- calorie salad

Snack:  80 calorie non-fat Greek plain yogurt with sprinkled cinnamon, 1/2 McIntosh apple -40 calories

Pre-workout Snack:  9 almonds – 63 calories

Dinner:  Same as breakfast except I add some salad. – (200 +/- Calories)

Adds up to be about 800 calories or so, yet surprisingly I have no hunger pangs.  On the weekends it’s a different story since I do not have a set schedule.  However, my trainer friend is suggesting to increase my protein on the weekends, yet still be able to control my calories.

Yes, I am dabbling in the idea of removing red meat completely from my diet.  After the 3 months of being on zero carb, I do not want to look at another burger for quite some time.

If you want to find out more about CRON, visit the CR Society on the interwebs or on Facebook.  I belong to a couple of interesting CR groups.  There is also lots of You Tube videos of Roy Walford, Aubrey de Grey (Longevity and beer!), too.