So having ballooned back up to a 38″ waist and 190 lbs. at 5’8″ tall, I determined to do something about it:
1) drastically cut my daily caloric intake;
2) adopt an Atkins-style approach for what I do eat;
3) start exercising regularly again.
It’s been all of one week, and I’m both amused and delighted. This is fun, and I feel great! The kicker is, I’ve easily kept under my caloric goals all but one day this week. With the exception of a piece of chocolate cake that kicked me a tad over my calorie limit midweek, all I’ve eaten is listed in the post title (which I find hilarious). And I’ve not felt hungry.
Calories: I’m using the LiveStrong app on my iPhone to track calories and have my calorie count set for a 2-lb-per-week loss rate. That’s easily a third or fewer calories than I was eating (no more quick trips to Carl’s Jr., for example!) This thing is fantastic and makes it ridiculously easy to track what you eat.
Atkins: I’m doing my own version of the “induction” phase of Atkins, in which you limit your carb intake to a measly 20grams “net carbs.” In pure Atkins, alcohol’s verboten, but screw that. I’m willing to get a good chunk of those net carbs from beer (that would be 2 bottles max/day, which is 1 bottle more than I usually drink anyway). Besides, whiskey’s got zero carbs, so nyah.
Exercise: in addition to walking Kaya 30 minutes a day, I’ve started running again.
I’ve also made sure to drink at least 2 liters of water a day.
John Ross (yes, that John Ross) said Atkins was the closest thing to a miracle he’d experienced, and I can see why he’d feel that way.
Of course, I’m going to be eating much more varied stuff in the weeks ahead while still staying within my limits, but I just found it funny that the food I was able to eat this week ended up as it did.