Author: Eric


It’s not always about the wins


It’s not always about the wins, sometimes it’s about the failures as well. I broke down and had 2… yep, 2… candy bars this weekend. Those were the first true candy bars I’ve had since last September. You know what though, after almost 6 months of not having a candy bar – while it was good – it wasn’t as good as my mind made it out to be. So, the next time I feel I want a candy bar, I can at least remember – this won’t be as good as you might think it is, and it’s not worth the calories, so put it down and step away.

Stop tracking/analyzing everything! Use a Divided Diet.


Don’t want to log calories? Don’t want to track every little thing? Don’t really even want to change what you eat? Try a simple divided diet. I would suggest getting your TDEE from https://tdeecalculator.net/ and using that number. But, even if you don’t want to do that, just make up a number. Yep, make up a number and start from there. So, we’re going to start with 2000 calories a day. Lets say your target is 2000 calories a day. Just break that up in to 3/6/9/3. When you eat breakfast, eat no more than 300 calories. When you eat lunch, eat no more than 600 calories. When you eat dinner, eat no more than 900 calories. AND, I even threw in 3 – 100 calorie snacks for you. Still want cereal for breakfast? Just make sure it’s under 300 calories. Want a burger for lunch? Make sure it’s under 600 calories… and so on. Try something like this for a week and see how your progress goes after the week. If you gain, just drop each meal by 50 calories. Still gaining next week, drop it 50 more for each meal. Me personally, I’m around 200/400/600/200 for 1400 calories. This could be a pretty easy way to simply take a look at each meal and make sure THAT meal is on target, without keeping track of everything.

Clear American Drinks


Grabbed a few of these today. Tried the Cherry Lemonade first. It’s pretty good. It actually hit exactly what I was looking for. I was looking for a Celsius type drink without the caffeine, and this fills that very well. Found them at Walmart and they have a TON of options to choose from.

 

No more cheat days


No more cheat days. No more treats. We’re adults, we don’t need treats and cheats. If we look at food as something we’re “not supposed to have”, it kind of makes us want it more. You want to eat cake at a party, go for it, just make sure you log it, and make sure it fits in your CICO for the day. You want (a) cookie tonight? Go for it, just make sure you take note of what you’ve had. Now, I would say, this is where Lean Choices come in to play though. When they’re cutting the cake, ask for them to cut you half a piece, then only have 1/2 of that (or less). Trust me, eat it slowly and it will be just as satisfying as the piece you think you want. When you go to eat that cookie tonight – DON’T EAT THE SLEEVE of cookies – I can absolutely eat a sleeve of cookies. Of course, I would suggest to keep the temptations out of the house, but if they are there, just try your best to make Lean Choices and go light. You have the power!

Kitchen Table Bakers – ParmCrips – Oven Baked – Aged Parmesan


Cal: 100 | Fat: 7g | Carb: <1g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 9g (Aged Parmesan flavor)

Ingredients: Parmesan Cheese

I saw someone suggest these on a weight loss site and thought I’d give them a try. They are very good. I would give them a 9 out of 10 (for me) as a protein snack. I have always liked those little crispy bits of cheese that happen to get overcooked in a pan. These crisps tastes just like that. Basically, I’m guessing, they put piles of Parmesan on a pan (or conveyor belt) and run it through an oven and simply melt it. So, if you like Parmesan and you’re looking for a crunch without the carbs and with rather low calories, this is it. This big bag costs around $9 at Sam’s. But, trust me, they are so rich, you only need 10 or so for a serving. This bag should last me a while. Plus, it’s a cheese based snack, which of course is pricier than a potato based snack.

 

Break It Down


Have a large weight loss goal? Sometimes breaking it down to more mini-goals makes it easier. If you want to lose 60 pounds, that may sound a little daunting. But, if you think of losing 10 pounds, that doesn’t sound so bad. So, look at your 60 pounds as “Losing 10 pounds 6 times”. I needed to lose 140 pounds, so far I’ve lost 10 pounds 7 times. I just need to do it 7 more times and I’ll be at my goal weight. Even if you’re just trying to shed the last 10 pounds or so, you might want to break it down to 2 pounds 5 times. Focus on the first 2, then move on to the next 2.

Would you stop brushing your teeth?


If you get off track one day, don’t give up! We all have bad days here and there, the key is to just get back on track. Think of it like brushing your teeth. If you forgot to brush your teeth this morning you wouldn’t say “That’s it, I’m never brushing my teeth again!”. No. You’d just get back to brushing again tomorrow. Or, you’d stop what you’re doing (put down the cookie) and start “brushing your teeth” right then.

FitJoy Protein Bar


Cal: 230 | Fat: 8g | Carb: 23g | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 3g | Protein: 20g (frosted cinnamon roll)

This morning I decided to give the FitJoy Protein Bars a try. I picked up the Frosted Cinnamon and Chocolate Iced Brownie. It looks like they have about 10 different flavors, but these were the two I found locally. I started with the Chocolate Iced Brownie, which has a rather dense texture. It’s not quite as dense as a Quest Protein Bar, but still more dense than a brownie you might eat otherwise. It isn’t overly sweet, more of a subtle brownie flavor. Personally, I’d probably give it a 5 out of 10 stars. Next I tried the Frosted Cinnamon Roll. ¬†After trying the Oh Yeah! One Cinnamon Roll Bar¬†I had pretty high hopes for this bar. And… it’s not a One Bar. It is “OK”, maybe a 6 out of 10. While it had a cinnamon aftertaste, I would be hard pressed to say it was a cinnamon roll bar. It was rather gummy and dense. I guess it might be like the center of a cinnamon roll that was under-cooked, yet over-cooked at the same time. As mentioned above, they have 8 other flavors. I’ll probably try them, if I happen across them, but I probably won’t be searching high and low for them.