Monthly Archives: November 2011

Around the Web – Nov 25

Someone did not wake from their post-turkey slumber it seems.


Turkey Day

Ah the season of feasting officially begins (well for us Americans anyway) today.

What’s on the agenda for the day?  Primarily not falling off the wagon and wrecking any progress for the week.

My gym is open this morning (I feel bad for the staff).  I plan to go and put in a light workout.  Not to allow me to gorge, because it’s easier to not eat it than it is to burn it off, but at least to create a little buffer.  I also am giving myself permission to eat the exercise calories if I need them without any guilt.

But primarily, my goal is to enjoy the food w/o going overboard.

Good luck out there!

A Little Less Sweetness

About 6 weeks ago, I decided to try and be a little healthier and reduce the amount of Nutra-can-splenda-del-sweet I ate, mostly by eliminating it from my coffee. I typically would use between 3-4 packets per coffee and have two cups of coffee a day most days (I don’t drink any soda anymore, so I don’t think I’m overly caffienated – more than some, less than many).

I’ve always been concerned about the cancer risks (in rats), especially when I also used to drink a lot diet coke/pepsi so I’ve gotten a lot of artificial sweetener in the past. I was also moved by some of the recent articles I’ve linked that indicate that having sweet things activates the body’s response to sugar, regardless of it’s real sugar or not and is why having diet drinks doesn’t help. (Why my flavored drink of choice now is unsweetened iced tea.)

I also firmly moved into the skim milk camp (I was generally ok, but would lapse). That changed as soon as I started logging calories and saw the difference.

My wife, who hasn’t ever taken sweetener since I’ve known her, always claimed I would enjoy it more once I got used to it, and would never go back (she had switched a long time ago).

So how’s it going?

I have to say so far, I am still missing the taste. When I sit down with the first cup in the morning, it’s still not ‘ahh there’s the start of the day’ it used to be. I was originally thinking I might try sweetener again to test my wife’s theory, but I don’t think I’m rewired yet (I have/had a terrible sweet tooth so this is not a shock). I now may wait til New Year’s to give it a try and see. If it’s still not feeling right by then and I still like sweetener, we’ll have to see how it goes.

Lose It! Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Nov 14th


Weekly Summary for Week of Mon, Nov 14th

Daily Summary
Budget Food Exercise Net +/- Weight (lbs)
11/14/11 1,988 2,086 717 1,369 -619 212.7
11/15/11 1,978 1,829 42 1,787 -191 211.2
11/16/11 1,994 1,494 873 621 -1,373 213.6
11/17/11 1,977 2,449 0 2,449 472 211
11/18/11 1,977 1,792 863 929 -1,047 211
11/19/11 1,969 1,898 0 1,898 -70 209.8
11/20/11 1,992 1,880 726 1,154 -838 213.3
3,667 calories under budget for the week
Lost 0.3 pounds this week
Nutrient Summary % Calories
Fat 511g 33.6%
Saturated Fat 156g
Cholesterol 1,017mg
Sodium 22,753mg
Carbohydrates 1,733g 50.6%
Fiber 177g
Sugars 553g
Protein 543g 15.8%
Exercise Summary Calories
Stairmaster 1 Hour 55 Min 1747
Situps 10 Min 42
Elliptical 1 Hour 35 Min 1121
Walking 30 Min 269
Pushups 10 Min 42
Total 3221

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