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Our Food Plan

Friday, April 13th, 2007

Sarah and I have started a diet … or, as we call it, a “food plan” or simply “plan.” We feel that calling it a diet would doom it to failure, so we don’t use that word. We don’t believe in fad diets or those that involve systematically depriving your body of nutrients, so we’re doing this the old-fashioned way: eating less, eating healthier food, and hopefully, burning more calories than we consume. We’re also not interested in losing a bunch of weight quickly, only to gain it back immediately — so we are going a slow and steady route, and hopefully we can make this sustainable.

Unfortunately, it’s been another low-cycling-mileage week for me due to the weather, so I’m not burning as many calories. Hopefully, it’ll be nicer next week and I can ride more.

Anyway, I attended another Microsoft workshop yesterday in Indianapolis, this one about ASP.NET AJAX and SQL Server 2005. There was a keynote, then two of the three sessions, then lunch. When they started bringing in lunch, I almost died. They hauled in probably 20 pizzas and put them in stacks on a table. Talk about cruel! I ate only salad, and was thankful they had that option, but watching them bring in 20 pizzas and then watching others eat platefuls of pizza, then cookies, was really tough. But I stuck with it.

By the time I got home, I felt horrible. I had a terrible headache, and my stomach was upset. I thought about going to bed immediately, but I knew I needed to eat something. In a strange sequence of events, we ended up ordering pizza, but only getting one thin-crust veggie pizza, which was probably a bit more than we should’ve eaten, but still, we ate a lot less than we normally would have. I still felt terrible, and took a nap. A few hours later, I felt better. I’m hoping it was a lack of sleep that made me feel so terrible, and not having less to eat.

This is the first time I’ve attempted a diet, so I’m not sure how this is going to go. I haven’t even tracked my weight so far, which I should probably do. I do know that small snacks throughout the day seem to help, and I forgot to bring something like that for today. If anyone has any tips, they’d be appreciated.

8 Responses to “Our Food Plan”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’m going to have a sub sandwich for lunch! I might even try the library’s hummus. I must admit I’m a little skeptical. I do think we need to be realistic about this. I do not want to be a food nazi, and I don’t want you to starve. Wanna rendezvous later with some race cakes? 😉

  2. furiousball Says:

    I’ll bet the pizza level in your blood got too low…gotta watch that.

  3. John Says:

    Try this to keep track. http://www.fitday.com

    I bought the upgrade a couple of years ago and use it whenever I need to lose some weight. Like every spring. It’s worth the $20. But the free one is ok too.

  4. Jett Says:

    What I found helped me was eating more frequently. I eat between 300-800 calories at each of five-six meals. These “grazings” are each balanced. For example, with cereal and milk in the morning, I add almonds and cashews and drink a few ounces of V-8 juice. When we’re out of V-8 juice, I get hungrier earlier than the 60-80 calories would otherwise have carried me.

    As another example, for lunch I’ll have a peanut butter sandwich. When I take this with carrots and a few fresh spinach leaves, that sandwich carries much longer.

    It seems having them both in the stomach at the same time makes better use of the nutrients when they get to the bloodstream.

    Often raising my blood volume by drinking water helps me feel better. Dehydration can sometimes fool you into thinking food is what you need.

    One thing that took me a long time to learn was when my mileage dropped off, my eating might stay elevated a week or so. I would keep eating an extra thousand calories a day until I stepped on a scale.

    Another thing that helps is building up some muscle mass. Muscle needs more calories to sustain and raises your metabolic rate.

    Eater beware, I am not a nutritionist. Just someone who likes to eat AND fit into the same size slacks. ;-).

  5. MRMacrum Says:

    I don’t diet. But I do lose weight on a regular basis. And I gain weight on a regular basis. I gave up using a scale to see how it was going. I have some fat pants and some not so fat pants. Fitting into one and not the other tells me all I need to know.

  6. Marty Says:

    Dieting sucks … when my wife and I tried the Atkins diet, we both lost weight but felt horrible. I prefer our current method – aka, she cooks good, healthy meals and I eat them. She’s a much more stringent person about what she cooks/eats, so following her lead is usually pretty healthy for me, as long as I don’t kill it at work at lunch.

    Either way – good luck with the ‘plan’.

  7. Fritz Says:

    As long as I watch the real sugary junk — sodas & lattes, mostly — I tend to do well, and those things are easy enough to avoid. An unfortunate part of weight gain is that if you’re already a little overweight, the body’s metabolism slows down and makes it that much more difficult to get the pounds off.

  8. Smudgemo Says:

    My wife is a vegetarian and an awesome cook. I\’m mostly vegetarian after twelve or so years together, and it\’s a healthy lifestyle which really has no downside. I don\’t diet, but I try to not eat too many bad things so there is more room for beer in my life. Try cutting out meat a few times a week and see where it leads. I’ve got some simple recipes on my blog that are way-tasty, but easy to make. Most are dishes my wife made up.

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