Sunday, August 05, 2012
Wisconsin 101: My Milwaukee Roll
I've started dieting again. Months of using half and half and eating cheese with impunity have caught up to me. My sister is getting married in a few months and I do not want to have to buy a new dress. I already have nice dresses, thank you very much. I just need to fit into them.
Dieting for me is not hard. It's just boring. I know what I need to do to lose weight. For me, it's simple: eat less. I already eat (mostly) healthful food and exercise. I just eat too much healthful food. And half and half.
But I know which foods keep me from getting hungry and are also nutritious. It's a lot of hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken breasts (marinated in mojo at least, so there is some flavor), and beans.
I found sparkpeople based on Jen on the Edge's recommendation. It's a site where you track your food and exercise. I love measuring things and tracking progress and this is a lot easier than keeping handwritten notes and guessing about calorie counts.
Although I do take issue with sparkpeople's assertion that two cups of white beans have 613 calories. Come on.
Here's the drawback with dieting: If you forget the lunch you packed the night before because you are so tired from getting only six hours of sleep - thank you fellow citizens who spoke and spoke and spoke at a meeting the night before, then it is harder to eat healthful food.
I forgot my lunch. And my breakfast. I am not interested in eating breakfast at 6 a.m. when I get up, so I just bring a few hard-boiled eggs with me to work.
I have had a very hungry day. I bought a latte from the coffee machine and ate a spoonful of peanut butter from the emergency peanut butter that I keep stored in my desk, but that only took me so far.
I tried to buy a not-too unnutritious lunch, but I was torn between price and protein. The sandwiches were seven dollars. SEVEN DOLLARS! That's a lot. That's almost an hour of work at minimum wage. The salads didn't have any meat but were also about seven dollars. For lettuce.
Then I spied some chia seed pudding. Chia seed, ground cashew, and agave. The sign next to it claimed that chia seeds are very high in protein. Protein was what I wanted, especially protein that was only $2.99.
I bought it.
I ate it.
It was so sweet it almost made me sick to my stomach. But I ate it all because this was my lunch.
It didn't last.
At 3:35, I finally went downstairs to the vending machines, where I saw a vending machine gyro.
Let me translate that for you: I saw a meat product. In a vending machine.
And yet I bought it.
I bought vending-machine meat.
I ate some.
It was disgusting. Imagine vending-machine meat and that's what it was.
I threw most of it away.
But SparkPeople said that I still at 350 calories of gyro.
And I spent almost six dollars on crummy food anyhow.
I should have bought the seven-dollar sandwich.