Day 6 was a rousing success! Not only did I come in under calories, I was extremely active all day! I started the day off with an omelette, 2 ounces of sausage in it and a slice of onion diced up for 250 calories. I got around and got my back yard mowed completely. My back yard is huge and I have been avoiding the extreme heat lately and not mowing it after work. As you can imagine, the back yard was getting high. So I had mowed some but not all earlier in the week. I got the whole darned thing, but the grass clippings were pretty thick and that gets on my nerves, so I set out raking them up. I stopped for a banana for 100 calories for a snack and lunch was a sandwich. Kathy bought some bread at Braums that she hates, but I love. Two slices is 90 calories, I put at table spoon of Miracle Whip on it for 50 calories, and the turkey deli meat was 110 for another 250. So thru lunch I was sitting at 600. I had been out in the heat raking and dragging and walking and weedeating the whole time so I may well have been in a calorie deficit the whole frikkin morning. The old Shane would have rationalized a binge eating session, not this guy. I kept up the good work. Kathy finally got home shortly after 3. I was really hungry and she said the beans weren't gonna be ready for another couple of hours, so I finished off some leftover wasabe mashed potatoes and one piece of lunch meat. There may have been two tablespoons of the mashed potates so I figured up 100 calories for the both put together. So I headed back out for some raking for about another half hour and finally Kathy called me in for supper. It was delicious. She made 15 bean soup!! I had two cups worth which came out to 480 calories. So through supper, I had only had 1080 calories of the 2000 I allot myself!! The only downside is I was really hungry about an hour later. We went grocery shopping and bought some of the greek yogurt I have seen mentioned on several of the weight loss blogs. As soon as we got home, I tried mine and I don't think it will be a staple in my diet. I just couldn't take the texture. so now I am up to 1200 calories for the day, but still hungry. Well Kathy had been making a stew up so she would have a couple of days of supper pre made for this week and I talked her into a half a cups worth of it for my hungry belly and she was nice enough to allow it. It was yummy and ended my day with a guesstimated, and I think high guesstimate of 200 calories for a total of 1400!
So here is my conundrum now. I had a great day and immediately I felt skinnier today when I woke up. First thing I wanted to do was weigh and measure. However, I have restricted those activities to once every two weeks. I used to weigh everyday and one of my triggers to go off diet was I hadn't lost a pound in so many days, what is the point. My next weigh day is not until this coming Friday and I sure am looking forward to it! I don't know what my numbers are gonna be, but I have a good feeling based on a couple of things.
I had not shared this before, but prior to this journey, I was addicted to sodas. They were diet sodas, but sodas nonetheless. About a month and a half before the journey began, I had actually quit sodas and was drinking artificially sweet tea. I host 4th of July every year and one of my friends is also a soda addict and he brought over 3 cases of Diet Mountain Dew, my choice of poison. So when he left the leftover two cases here, I went nuts on them. I feared that I would be back to being addicted, but as soon as they were gone, which was a couple of days before the journey, I have not bought but two cans since. I used to drink two one liter bottles a day minimum!! On to my point. I had been drinking tea as I mentioned, but I have seen the PEWC and have begun to try to get 64 ounces of water only in. I have made it three days in a row now, but I still don't have a taste for water. Any thoughts on if tea is at least 80% as good as water for you?