Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 53—Pile Your Plate January 7, 2010

You'd be amazed how much you can eat ... if you just eat the right things.

Tonight I ate a meatless meal. My plate was full—and it was a big plate. And, I ate a bowl of salad. My total calorie count? 557. That was counting the generous slice of (delicious!) homemade whole wheat bread (Thanks, Shellie!) with butter, and a carton of yogurt with fruit.

That’s about one-third of my daily calorie goal. And that’s about half of my usual dinner’s worth when meat is on the menu.

My challenge seems to be the protein factor. Even with meat in the meal, my protein tally tends to fall short. I guess that means I need to eat more beans, nuts/peanut butter and nonfat or lowfat dairy and eggs.

How do you reach your protein goals? Share, please! 😉

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4 Responses to “Day 53—Pile Your Plate”

  1. Lauren Says:

    I track it all on SparkPeople.

    I usually have 1/2 c. of nonfat yogurt in my smoothie for breakfast, 3-4 oz. of chicken or turkey breast (lunchmeat) for lunch and 4-5 oz. of chicken for dinner. It sounds boring, but there are a million+ ways to prepare chicken. I used to eat almonds, peanuts, or peanut butter for my lunch protein but although they provide great health benefits, they’re super high in calories and I personally didn’t feel the “full” feeling that I get from actual meat and that everyone claims they get from eating nuts. For breakfast I sometimes make an omelette with 2 egg whites, 1 slice of turkey or ham (about 1 oz.) a layer of spinach, tomatoes, and a large pinch (about 1/2 oz.) of mozz. Pair that with a banana and it usually does the job 😉

  2. Juli Thorson Says:

    Fish and shellfish, tofu, eggs, some chicken and beans, and for red meat, only buffalo, elk or venison–no pork, no beef, and nothing that resembles “lunch meat” (ugh!) I live with a heart-attack and triple-bypass survivor, and this has had to become a way of life.

    I’ve also learned to season foods with herbs and spices instead of salt–we don’t even have a salt shaker in our house anymore. We also haven’t had a loaf of bread, box of crackers, or cold cereal come through the door in over 5 years.


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