$10 a day challenge: 2 of 31
It’s only been two days, so I’m not sure I am truly feeling the effects of limited consumption (I’m more interested in this challenge for the time being, but it’ll surely wear thin soon enough.) Some of the reader comments include watching out for high-carb, high-sodium intake as a result of pre-packaged foods, and tips and tricks for various meals throughout the day.
Question of the day: Dieting
How many of you out there follow some kind of strict carb/protein/fat guidelines in your diet? There are so many books, theories, diets and opinions out there, which one do you believe?
It is my belief that for standard dieters, a very simple rule can be followed: If you consistently burn more calories than you consume, you will lose weight, period. I’m assuming there is some amount of activity outside total sedentary behavior. Could be as simple as walking. Any additional fitness beyond what you had previously been engaged in will only accelerate the weight loss progress. I think improving your health and body composition shouldn’t be a “quick fix” (i.e., “lose 20lbs in 4 weeks!”) but rather a slow and steady pace you can maintain for the long-haul.
Only when you reach a plateau, or want to attain some kind of “competition shape,” will a more rigid diet be required. Why regular, average people suffer through tortuous and high-maintenance diets is beyond me. Oh, and another reason I think people yo-yo on their diets is because they’re not honest with themselves. They either cheat, “forget” to count certain calories (like booze), or only stay on their diets for limited amounts of time and then give up.
What are your thoughts? Is there some truth to what I’m saying, or is there one “golden diet” that crushes all others?
See lazy mans hard boiled eggs, more cheating on the caffeine, and the rest of Day #2 of the $10/day challenge after the break. I’m doing ok so far!
Meal #1 (shown above):
2 ready-to-eat Trader Joe’s Cage Free organic hard boiled eggs. I know, I know, “how hard can it be to boil some eggs?” But this is the ultimate convenience. Definitely pricier that DIY, but still economical overall. 10 eggs for 3.29. Today’s breakfast cost me: $0.66
I still can’t kick the caffeine! I was going to walk to D&D, but decided that I should conserve my time while walking the dog (in shorts) and get a convenience store cup instead. Cost: $1.25
I spent quite a bit of time uptown (and on foot,) so the owner of the new Liberty Gourmet let me sample yet another cup of Joe for $0.00. Thanks, Matthew!
Had this Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pita Pizza, with tomatoes, feta cheese and red onions. It didn’t knock my socks off (and my friend who bought the same thing, actually hated it,) but it was filling and semi-nutritious. I’ll take my homemade pies over this any day. Nutrition Facts: Cal-390; Fat-7g; Sodium-700mg; Fiber-6g; Carbs-66g; Protein-16g. Cost? $1.15
Carb-lover should be my middle name. One of these Trader Joe’s Garlic Twists. They’re excellent! Toast them in the oven for 7 minutes, and they pull apart, with just the right amount of garlic & seasoning. Not overwhelming. Nutrition Facts: Cal-140; Fat-1g; Sodium 280mg; Carbs-27g; Protein-5g! Cost each? 50 cents.
Very basic, and lacking any vegetable matter. I was in the mood for chicken, and chicken it was. Trader Joe’s sells these pre-cooked Chicken Tenderloins (fingers.) They’re actually better than any diner in town, IMO. Not the greatest ever, but not reconstituted and all natural. A bag costs $5.99, but you get nearly two pounds of chicken. About 18 pieces per bag equates to $0.33 apiece. I ate them dry (no dipping action). Total Cost: $1.00
I wouldn’t call this anything but eating out of frustration, because god damnit I screwed around with my Windows Vista when I shouldn’t have, and spent SIX HOURS fixing my PC last night. (This post was written at around 4:20am.) However, the snack actually wasn’t angry at me at all! They just sat there and waited for me to chew them. Trader Joe’s pre-cooked Turkey Meatballs are quite nice! You get a pound of meatballs for $2.69 (about 21 cents each.) My total cost? $1.05
Day #2 Total:
Total Spent: $5.61
Monthly Total: $9.49
Budget Left: $300.51
I will try incorporating more vegetables in my diet! Please help!