Oct. 30th, 2007 08:33 pm
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I have somehow slowly slid off my diet. While I am not currently gaining weight, I'm not really losing it either. So, apologies, but I will have to start keeping track of what I eat again, and the only place I'm actually likely to do it is here.

1 cup quaker oat squares 210
1/2 cup 2% milk 60

morning snack:
1 oz lowfat cheddar 70
1 serving triscuit 120
3 carrots 60

Halloween candy from Arlene's desk:
1 twix, fun size 72
1 snickers, fun size 95
2 tootsie pops 60 each

1 bean burrito 280
1 tiny egg 50

afternoon snack:
2 ribs celery 20
one bell pepper 24

1/2 oz mixed nuts 80
2 servings croutons 60
head of romaine 30
1 tamale 400?
2 tbl lowfat sour cream 40

1791. good, room for desert.

3 squares dark chocolate - 80

What a ridiculous quantity of food.
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2.5 oz pancetta - 250 calories
1 tbl olive oil - 120 calories
1/2 onion diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 carrot diced
1/2 rib of celery, diced
4 medium sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
2 bay leaves
parsley, oregano, basil... fresh, chopped, to taste
6 kalamata olives, pitted and diced - 30 calories
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice

1 medium sized eggplant, sliced crosswise - 130 calories

4 oz part skim mozzarella - 360 calories
2.5 oz Parmesan cheese - 450 calories.

salt both sides of eggplant slices, place between two layers of paper towel, and put a baking sheet on top. place some cans of stuff on top of sheet to apply pressure to eggplant, allow to drain for 20-30 minutes.

dice and cook the pancetta in the olive oil. add onion, garlic, carrot and celery, cook until soft. add tomatoes, bay leaves, herbs, olives, vinegar and lemon juice. cover and cook until it's all soft. remove bay leaves, hit it with your stick blender until smooth. if it's too thick, add a little water. if it's too thin, cook uncovered until desired consistency is reached.

cook the eggplant slices in olive oil, turning frequently, until lightly browned and soft.

spread some sauce in bottom of 9X9 glass baking dish. add layer of eggplant slices. add another layer of sauce, half the mozzarella and half the parmesan. add another layer of eggplant, sauce, and then top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered at 350 until bubbly, 15-20 mins.

Makes about 4 servings. approx 425 calories per serving.

Notes: The use of meat as a flavoring agent rather than a main ingredient is one of the things that make the Mediterranean diet one of the most heart-healthy in the world. This was pretty good but could have used more texture. Breading the eggplant slices will add considerable calories, and the crispness may not endure baking. Perhaps include spinach or arugula in the layering process? Add red pepper flakes to the sauce for better flavor? Eggplant to sauce/cheese ratio was low; next time two eggplants? Overlap the eggplant slices in layers for a more robust casserole?

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So I'm finding, since I've settled into my new eating habits, that I am losing weight at a rate much greater than that recommended by my sister Kathryn (the doctor). I am told by friends and dieting articles that this rapid weight loss will plateau and I'll slow to a more reasonable, "healthy" rate.

Meanwhile I find more days than not that I am having trouble meeting my caloric goal... meaning that I come under most days, rather than over. I find myself (despite constant snacking) to be arriving at 1700 to 1600 calories at the end of the day. Tonight, I came home and had a double portion of steak and a piece of chocolate, and I came in at around 1712. And I'm not really eating any "reduced calorie" items, either... apart from 2% milk and lowfat dairy items, which are what I ate before.

And I'm not hungry. EVER. Except on weekends, when I'm away from the house frequently and don't snack like I do on the weekdays.

In fact, I'm full almost all the time.

This is causing some cognitive dissonance, as I must have been eating a much greater number of calories previously.

I really should have tracked my intake for a week before starting the diet. Here's an idea of what I eat in a day:

1c high-fiber cereal or oatmeal
1/2c 2% milk

desk snacks... things I keep at the desk to munch on in between breaks.
6 triscuits (a serving)
a grapefruit or orange.
prunes, plums or raisins
celery sticks
bell pepper strips

morning snack

a cup of lowfat yogurt, fruit flavored
a hard-boiled egg with mustard
1/2 c lowfat cottage cheese


tuna sandwich on wheat english muffin, or
chicken sandwich on wheat english muffin, or
bean burrito on wheat tortilla with reduced fat cheese
tomato slices or fruit
reduced fat cottage cheese


serving of salmon, tuna, cod, lean beef or chicken, or
1c homemade soup (split pea, chicken, french onion), or
chicken and bean burrito
cooked veggie (green beans, zuccinni, asparagus)
1/4c brown rice or
whole wheat english muffin or pita

So I'm not going hungry at all and sometimes I feel like all I ever do is eat! What the hell?
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Well, hi. I've been offline due to an unfortunate misunderstanding between my roommate and Comcast.

First day of the third week dieting. No visible signs of weight loss. My clothes may be looser, but it's difficult to tell... my waistbands can feel loose one day and tight the next.

Have endured good-natured mocking from co-workers for being on the "cigarette-vegetable-alcohol" diet. I miss my non-work friends.

Kathy, my manager, is supportive and solicitous. She is also dieting. The new girl sitting next to me is dieting with the kind of enthusiasm one expects from a teenager. We talk about exercise and what we're eating that day, and lobby Kathy for pilates balls at our desks.

Had two breakfasts after realizing that oatmeal with raisins is only 220 calories. Ate whole wheat english muffin (100 calories) with peanut butter (180 calories).

Found myself at only a little over 1000 calories after work, I went home and had a 600 calorie caesar salad, with a whole chicken breast (280), dressing (170) and croutons (60), and a piece of dark chocolate for desert (80).

I am eating so much. I eat all day. I am always full. How could I possibly lose weight like this? I must be doing my math wrong... this quantity of food just cannot have that few calories. I am tempted to reduce my caloric intake, but am sticking with Katy's advice.

I have noticed that with almost all refined sugars removed from my diet (including corn syrups in food) I am finding that things are more flavorful. Carrots are sweet, but slightly earthy and astringent in the skin. Celery more mildly sweet, with bitterness in the strings. I had a spoonful of white rice last night and it tasted so sweet it was like ice cream. The chicken tastes chickenier. Lettuce tastes lettuceier. Is it the sugar that dulls American palettes?

I weighed myself for the first time in more than ten years, and it was a shock. I have a year to two years of work ahead of me.

Weight loss goal for next Thursday: lose something. Anything. Even a pound.
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I'm a little discouraged today... I overate a little bit. Calorie count is around 2250 for the day. I'm not going to worry about it, though... I used a internet calorie counter that said that someone my weight doing the activities I do in a day could burn up to 3900 calories! Even if that's off by 1000 calories, I still ate less than I used.

No, I didn't "overeat." I ate perfectly sensible foods for a day. I did have a double-portion of cereal, with banana, and I had split-pea soup for dinner with pita, and I had a spoonful of mixed nuts in with my salad, and a few squares of dark chocolate after dinner. But I did overshoot my goal.

I talked to katy, and she wants me to stay at 1800 or more. She's a doctor, so I guess she knows better than I do. I am feeling a little bewildered by it all, though. All calorie use/consumption calculations are at best educated guesses. I can understand now why people go for the prepared diet meals and healthy choice frozen dinners and whatnot. At least then you know what you're consuming. I made soup tonight and estimated the calories at around 250 for a cup (using a little olive oil, half of a medium-sized potato, lean ham marked at 210 calories total and an approximate half-pound of split peas), but it could be more than that or less.

I still don't get how someone can lose weight eating like this. I was always made to understand that dieting involved painful deprivation and near-irresistible temptation. I am troubled by the fear that I have somehow done something horribly wrong and am eating far far more than I think I am. I definitely don't feel like I'm dieting, and I don't feel at all like I'm losing weight. I know it's much too early to tell, I guess I expected some kind of sense of it all, some feeling of lightness or tightness or pain, like Bruce Banner turning into the Incredible Hulk.

I guess I'm not eating loads... no more than would be considered fairly normal for a healthy person. And I'm eating a lot of really good things. Tons more veggies than I used to, and way fewer snacks like potato chips and candies. So I guess whether I'm doing it right or not, it's still probably pretty good for me.

I'm just feeling a bit lost.


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