BFL Journal C2W1D1

Thoughts: I’m off to a rippin’ start to my second challenge. I took some before pics last night and whew! What a difference a week off the wagon will make, even when you eat clean for the most part. The birthday party I attended on Saturday night (cake, Ruffles, Doritos, s’mores, and extra marshmallows just because I’m addicted to them) and my free day yesterday (Asian food complete with rice and salty seasoned seaweed, fish, and mystery sausage, a big bowl of Breyer’s mint chocolate chip ice cream, a big fat frosted sugar cookie, and sugary Chinese haw flake fruit snacks) really blew me up. I couldn’t suck the waist in to last week’s 25.25″ even if I tried…sheesh. I don’t even know why I had the cookie. I didn’t really feel hungry, but was almost trying to get rid of it during my authorized free day/week so I wouldn’t be tempted to nibble on it throughout the week. Oh well…it is gone, and good riddance. I actually tossed out the last quarter of it.

So, I arrive at work today to find that one of my male co-workers had baked some instant chocolate chip cookies (pre-made and cut dough) and left them literally 4 feet away from me on his desk. 🙂 I work at a video game development company with 20-something males who don’t need or don’t care enough to worry about what they eat in order to maintain a healthy weight, so this sort of thing is always happening. Three of them actually walked up and started munching cookies right there in my line of sight, which is fine since I’m stuffed with chocolate banana shake and the thought of eating a cookie makes my fillings hurt, but they also had to make joking comments like, “These aren’t low carb, are they? I won’t eat Atkins cookies.” “Nah, there isn’t a single speck of protein in these. Pure carb!” “Mmmm…carbs!” As if this will bother me. 😉

I don’t think they realize that I don’t EVER feel deprived on BFL. I eat more than they do every day, the foods I select are just as tasty because just about anything can be adapted to meet the BFL nutrient ratios, I spend far less on food, and most importantly, I don’t look like a squishy gamer geek. I can have dessert-like shakes, muffins, cookies, bars, fruit parfaits, huge Thai chicken pasta salads, overstuffed pitas, massive omelettes and hundreds of other foods, and ALL of them are BFL authorized and average $0.50-$1.50 per serving.

Compare that to one of their typical diets of breakfast cereal, juice, fast food lunch ($4-$7), and some kind of quick microwave dinner ($2-$3).

Who do you think is coming out ahead?

Nutrition: (1200-1300 calorie Low day)
1: Chocolate banana shake
2: Chocolate banana shake
3: Chicken breast with broccoli, carrots, and 1 slice rye toast
4: Chocolate banana muffin
5: Healthy take out choice (I’m scheduled for a late night at work)
6: Cottage cheese and grapes

Multivitamin, Calcium 500+D, 2 T. Safflower oil in shakes

Calories eaten and deficit for yesterday = 1977 / +301 (target -337)
Water: 9 cups
Ratios: 53% carb / 27% protein / 20% fat

7:45 am UBWO (upper body workout) at the gym

I switched out a few exercises from my previous routine and bumped up my weights in dbell flyes. I pretty much reached muscle failure in all of my exercises, and my arms are still pleasantly weak. Nice workout!

The Awful Truth:
1. Really overdid it on the carbs yesterday. Horrible. Frosted cookie, ice cream, rice, the works. Good thing it was my free day.
2. No workout. (Rest day)

Brownie Points:
1. Really planned out my challenge–exercise and nutrition general guidelines.
2. Took my “before” photos
3. Took in one skirt and one swim/exercise top.
4. Gave away a skirt, 3 pairs of pants, one shirt, and two dust-collecting exercise videos through Freecycle.

Short-term Goals:
1. Alter/size down one item of too-large clothing per day.
2. Continue to work on moving my websites to the new server.
3. Drive out to the store and pick up some extra weight plates for my bench set.
4. Avoid my co-worker’s chocolate chip cookies.



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