Resolutions: The 69th day check-in.

Ayprel recently posted an update on her personal goals for 2009 and I was quickly reminded of my own goals and how I haven’t really checked in with them to see if I’ve made any progress. And so, like the eager beaver that I am… I had to come right over here and write a post about it!

To recap, my goals were:

  • Diet:
    • Keep up the diet1.
    • Lose another 8lbs.

So far, I don’t think I’ve done too badly. I’ve managed to keep up with the diet, giving into a few indulgences of french fries or pancakes on the weekends here and there2. But, I have only lost another 4lbs. I think this could have something to do with the fact that I’ve started some exercise and am building muscle. At least, I hope it is and that my ‘few’ indulgences were not more frequent than I allowed myself to think they were.

  • Exercise:
    • Become more active3.
    • Continue to go rock-climbing in 2009 or find an alternative.

I have not been rock-climbing since I came back from my holidays, I thought I had found someone else to go with but she hadn’t responded to my wall message on facebook… and then I left facebook for lent so I’m going to have to try and find someone else. I haven’t become quite as active as I want but I feel like I’m halfway there with Yoga twice a week. I hope to move this into a set 3 times a week and then pick up something else4 to do at least once a week. This will give me an activity to do four times a week, which I feel would be sufficient to say that I lead an ‘active lifestyle’.

  • Money:
    • Pay off at least 40% of my debt by the end of the year.

Can we talk about this one later?

  • Friends:
    • Keep in better touch with people

I don’t know why this one is so hard for me; I have gotten better with email but I have yet to start calling people on a regular basis. Baby steps right?

  • Blogging:
    • Manage my blogging time better so that I can stop blogging at work!

I actually have gotten better with this. This past Thursday was the first time that I had spent blogging at work since I made this resolution. That means I was blog free at work for approximately 64 days.

And there you have it; now I know what I need to do to get back on track. Its strange how this year feels like it has dragged on, yet we’re already on the 69th day of the year.

How are your resolutions doing?

  1. that I started at the beginning of December []
  2. all this before lent of course []
  3. by either joining a badminton or volleyball club, going for more walks, or even just help my Mum clean around the house []
  4. like the previously mentioned badminton or volleyball []

Green Tea & the diet

Its a bit of a clichĂŠ to be blogging about dieting in January, sure, but I need to do this. For those of you who don’t know, I am of Asian descent – I’m half Filipino & half Chinese. What this means1 is that I eat a lot of rice. And before I turned 25, it didn’t matter how much rice I ate – I didn’t gain much weight. Sure, I’d gain a few pounds here or there, but nothing compared to the 10lbs I gained2 after I hit the quarter-life mark.

I’m not getting married anytime soon3, and if I do get married I don’t want to be overweight in my wedding photos so as much as possible I’d like to stay as svelte as possible4. With my hatred for exercise it grew increasingly difficult to keep my weight down. One day, he introduced me to the ‘diet’, after he had already lost almost 30lbs on it.

I was reluctant to start the diet because I know how easily a diet can fail, but its proving to be quite an easy diet to follow because it still allows me to indulge myself in sweets if I so choose. In fact, I still eat popeye’s chicken for dinner with my parents. The difference is that instead of eating fries, I’ll eat a freshly cut salad without dressing5 instead. Because I haven’t followed the diet as religiously as he has, I haven’t lost as much weight6. I lost a modest 8lbs in 1 and half weeks before I went on holidays. I gained a pound while I was on holidays7 but I’ve already lost it and another half a pound on top of that8.

So what’s the deal? What is this magic formula that has resulted in all this weight loss? Its not rocket science, I’ll tell you that now. I also need to tell you that this was not my creation, its a diet given to a friend of his by a chef9. If you want to know who is responsible for this diet, you can email me at reggysy [at] yahoo [dot] ca and I’ll tell you.

  1. 8:00 a.m. – 1 bowl10 of hot quick oats. No sugar/sweetner of any kind11.
  2. 10:00 a.m. – 1 whole fresh fruit.
  3. 12:00 p.m. – 4-6oz protein12 with field greens and side veggies.
  4. 2:00 p.m. – 1 whole vegetable13.
  5. 6:00 p.m. – 4-6 oz protein14 with side salad and grilled greens. Remember, no cream based sauces.
  6. 10:00 p.m. – 1 bowl15 of mixed berries. This is an important step in the diet as it will help you detox.

Some helpful tips:

  • Water: If you’re hungry throughout the day, drink loads of water. You’re supposed to have eight 8oz glasses a day. Or drink low-fat milk.
  • Dressings & sauces: The diet says to avoid all cream based sauces but I try and avoid dressings and sauces in general. If I really need to, I’ll use fresh lime & fresh cracked pepper.
  • Sides: I don’t like the idea of having double veg sides in my meals so if I’m having salad I usually won’t have steamed veggies as well.
  • Oatmeal: I actually mix one tablespoon of flavoured quick oats with two table spoons of regular quick oats and its still fine. I find without this, the oatmeal is too salty to taste because our milk isn’t creamy enough.
  • Timing: The times listed above are a guideline, you can create your own timeline that fits your schedule. For example, my dad looks more like this: 8:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. The only reason I follow the 10pm guideline is so I can be in bed by 11pm.

Some answers to questions you may have:

  1. Are you hungry16? Not more than I was before I started the diet.
  2. Do you snack? I snack constantly, but instead of snacking on chips I’ll snack on popcorn17 or vegetable sticks or if I really feel like chips, I’ll snack on wheat crackers.
  3. Do you eat chocolate? I have, but as I’ve mentioned I don’t have that much weight to lose to get to my ‘ideal’ weight so I wouldn’t suggest doing this until you’ve reached a good milestone. Also, I am able to limit myself to one or two and don’t need to eat a box or a bar of chocolates in one sitting so this probably helps me in not gaining weight through ‘sweets’.
  4. You haven’t talked about green tea?! I almost forgot; because the diet is pretty much trying to get you to cut out all the fat & bad carbohydrates out of your diet I decided to cut out coffee18 and invested in a good tea pot and some amazing green tea leaves. I’m awake and I don’t feel nauseated after my morning beverage anymore. Plus, green tea has been known to help you lose weight. I think its because it helps improve your digestion, but he disagrees. All I know is, it makes me feel so good.

Now, I’m not saying you should all go on this diet. I’m just sharing some information that I hope will be useful to you. The most important thing is to know your body, and to know what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t know that, no diet can ever help you lose weight.

Would you try this diet or have you tried it already? What do you think?

  1. at least in terms of diet []
  2. in 8 months []
  3. This line is for you, trench []
  4. Of course, there are always health-related reasons to stay a healthy weight, but vanity is so much more powerful isn’t it? []
  5. or with lime juice & fresh cracked pepper []
  6. besides, if I did people would mistake me for having an eating disorder []
  7. as you do when indulging in ‘holiday’ food & drink []
  8. Despite indulging on all the chocolates I got for Christmas []
  9. and if you don’t know, Chef’s can be quite protective of their work []
  10. cup []
  11. This is meant to be your ONLY source of carbs for the day []
  12. grilled fish or chicken or 2 hard bioled eggs []
  13. sliced carrot sticks, celery, peppers []
  14. grilled fish or chicken []
  15. cup []
  16. as in all the time []
  17. lightly buttered, and mini-bag versions only []
  18. there were financial reasons for doing this as well []