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Project 110: Week 1

I was sitting in the backyard, my legs propped up on a short green plastic chair, a cold bottle of Heineken on the grass to my right and a book on my hand.

It's one of those days that just seem perfect when you still feel some of the warmth of summer but the crisp air tells you winter is just around the corner.

I set the book down. Something's caught my attention. I look to my right, a little closer to this cactus tree and it looks like a mutated crab of some sort. Mmmm...crab. I think of the Japanese Buffet downtown, the unlimited Alaskan crab and I go back inside the house to get dressed.

A few hours later, I come home feeling super stuffed and super guilty.

Stop it, Marge!!!

So more than a week has passed since this (diet) project started and the results are disappointing. To say the least. A buffet? Really? C'mon. But whatever.

It's amazing how we could come up with a thousand excuses. But it all boils down to discipline. And really, REALLYwanting to get to your goal. Reviewing my food list, I had been weak. So weak that the sight of a cactus could lead me to thoughts of crab.

I give myself points, though, for starting to exercise. I mean, seriously, I could've done something, at least one thing, right.

Food & exercise list from Day 1 to Day 9:

Day 1 - 10.16.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

9:20 am - small bowl of chicken stew and 1 bottle of water

2:00 pm - half of a grilled cheese & baloney sandwich (the other half went to John), 1 banana and 2 New York toasted garlic bagel crisps

4:00 pm - 1 Heineken

4:30 pm - 1 Heineken, 3 New York toasted garlic bagel crisps, rice & menudo, salad (lettuce, cheese, baloney & Tuscan House Italian dressing), half a cactus fruit

7:00 pm - 3 tsps. Nesquik?!? (no milk)

Day 2 - 10.17.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

6:15 am - 1 bottle of water

6:30 am - stretching routine, 150 crunches (sets of 15), 10 minutes of arm exercises (weights), 150 leg raises (sets of 15)

8:00 am - 2 hard boiled eggs with salt

10:15 am - half a bag of pork rinds

12:30 pm - 1 can of Diet Sunkist

12:34 pm - 75 crunches (sets of 15)

1:00 pm - the rest of the bag of pork rinds

4:45 pm - 1 Starbucks brownie and a grande Java Chip Frap

6:00 pm - 1 bowl of spaghetti with cheese

Day 3 - 10.18.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

6:05 am - stretching routine, 75 crunches (sets of 15), 90 leg raises (sets of 15)

7:06 am - Snapple Mango Madness (1 qt.)

7:32 am - egg salad sandwich and a bottle of water

12:30 pm - small bowl of Lay's sour cream & onion chips and 2 pcs. of bacon

5:00 pm - baked chicken, veggies and rice

Day 4 - 10.19.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of creamer with creamer

6:05 am - stretching routine, 75 crunches (sets of 15), 10 minutes of arm exercises (weights)

7:22 am - 1 bottle of water

10:25 am - small bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats with 2% milk

11:30 am - went to Kokyo Sushi Buffet (too many to mention)

12:30 pm - 1 can of Diet 7-Up

6:30 pm - a bowl of salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese & Tuscan House Italian dressing) and 2 fish sticks

Day 5 - 10.20.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

6:21 am - 1 boiled with salt and a bottle of water

7:43 am - tuna sandwich

9:48 am - 2 boiled eggs with salt

1:15 pm - carnitas, rice, guac, sour cream, salsa, 1 can of Sprite and 3 pcs. of Ferrero Rocher

7:00 pm - 1 pc. of original KFC and salad (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese & Tuscan House Italian dressing)

Day 6 - 10.21.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

8:20 am - boiled egg without salt

8:56 am - 1 bottle of water

9:04 am - stretching routine

11:00 am - carne asada, guac, sour cream, salsa, and 1 bar or Cadbury's milk chocolate

6:30 pm - roast pork shoulder, rice and 1 glass of Lite Cranberry juice

Day 7 - 10.22.11

6:30 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

7:30 am - pulled pork (leftover from the roast pork shoulder) with bbq sauce, 2 fried eggs, rice, green beans and a bottle of water

12:00 pm - salad (lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cheese & Tuscan House Italian dressing) and 1 Heineken

1:00 pm - small bowl of Lay's sour cream and onion chips

2:00 pm - a bite off of John's polish dog from Costco and 1 Heineken

5:00 pm - 1 can of 7-Up

7:00 pm - 1 small bowl of adobo, rice and sauteed veggies

Day 8 - 10.23.11

7:30 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

9:00 am - 1 Heineken

12:30 pm - 1 slice of apple pie and a can of 7-Up

4:00 pm - 1 Heineken

4:30 pm - 1 Heineken

7:00 pm - top ramen, 2 slices of torta with ketchup and a bottle of water

Day 9 - 10.24.11

5:15 am - 1 cup of coffee with creamer

7:00 am - 3 slices of torta with ketchup, rice, 2 boiled eggs with salt and a bottle of water

11:00 am - 1 bar Haaegen-dazs Coffee & Almond crunch

4:00 pm - 1 can of 7-Up

6:00 pm - 1 pc. each of chicken, porkchop and beef burger bbq, rice, a few pcs. of grilled zucchini and 1 can of 7-Up

7:00 pm - 1 small bowl of Lay's plain potato chips

Dang! If anything, I would like to keep these lists shorter not just for my goal but it takes an awful long time writing them down!

Hopefully week 2 would be better.

Before I end this post, I'd like to share a quote from a book I'm currently reading, "The Element," by Ken Robinson:

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original."

This makes me realize what a good idea this is to write down and keep track of everything I've been eating and doing to achieve the goal of this project. Looking at it as a whole, week 1 has mostly been about wrong choices. But I can now see better. I see a pattern. I see what I can work on, avoid and do more of.

Here's to a crabless, beerless and more active week. Happy Tuesday!

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