I just can’t eat like I used to

It’s been two weeks since I gave up my old diet of pizza, hamburgers, BBQ, etc. I stopped drinking soda and munching on sweets all the time too.

It’s been two weeks, and already when I eat that stuff on my free day, it just doesn’t taste as good.

I had pizza Saturday– albeit Chuck E. Cheese pizza (served at my sister’s seventh birthday party) — and it was over-oily and under-satisfying. The breakfast burrito I had earlier in the day wreaked havok on me. So chorizo, no go.

I can’t even touch sod-y pop. I used to drink Coke and now it tastes like chemicals. I don’t enjoy anything but water, milk juice or tea.

In August my wife bought me an orange polo for our anniversary that was too snug by October.

I wore it to work late last week for the first time in a month and a half. And I looked hella fly.

I felt even better than I looked.

As for the scale: Today I weigh 250.8. I weighed 252.6 last week, my second week of blogging. I started this blog weighing 258.

I have lost 7.2 lbs. in 2 weeks.

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6 thoughts on “I just can’t eat like I used to”

  1. So maybe I was right that you’ll stop craving all the crap you used to eat??? :)

    All your recipes sound amazing. I’m super jealous that (most likely because you’re a guy) you can eat things like olive oil, pasta, and cheese, and still lose weight. For us skinny bitches, those yummy items have to fall by the wayside….enjoy them!!!

    If you’re looking for an alternative way to cook roasted veggies, I highly recommend grilling. My favorite thing to make most nights is simple grilled vegetable skewers. Chop up some red, yellow, and orange peppers, red onion, zucchini, and squash, skewer them, throw on some PAM cooking spray, salt and pepper, and grill your heart out. I actually crave these bad boys most days. They are AMAZING.

  2. Thanks for the grilling tip Katherine. I have found that the grill makes nearly anything better including onions, zucchini, asparagus, etc.

    I especially love to grill slices of onion and eat them with chicken or pork and hummus. SO SO SO good.

    And really, the cheese, olive oil, pasta, etc. aren’t served in crazy quantities. 1 oz. of cheese, 2 oz. servings of pasta … So it’s still eating what I want, just in control of it. Carbs are still important to some degree, so are the monosaturated fats in olive oil.

    Anyways, I decided last night that even if I had a .01 loss of a pound, I would be happy because that is still forward momentum.

    So I’m just going to keep going and see how this experiment turns out.

    And it sucks that I can’t eat the same crap as before, but I guess it’s for my own good. =)

    1. Thanks, porkchopbun. Appreciate the support. Honestly, the whole reason I decided to do this in such a public fashion is because I don’t really have the patience — this is just the means that forces the issue.

      As for the cooking skills, I do know my way around the kitchen (and the refrigerator, zing!) but I’m learning more each day just trying things out.

      I’m reminded of something I read from Thomas Keller that said something like “cooking is a skill and like any other skill, it’s one that needs to be practiced. But you get better with practice too.”

      This blog has taken me out of my comfort level in the kitchen, but it’s been beneficial in opening up a whole new skill set I’m eager to learn and practice.

      I thought it would be harder than it is to cook things like polenta, wild rice, hell, even grilling a chicken breast properly. But it’s much easier than I thought, and the benefits are many.

  3. Great looking dishes and great progress, Niyaz. I heard a bit on the radio that loosing 10 to 15 percent reduces the chances of diabetes by 70% this morning, and though of your effort, and you are already making a good dent.

    I am going to watch things this week too, with the big day on Thursday, though it will be hard.

    I’m glad you are doing this, and will keep up with your postings.

    Jim

    1. Thanks Jim: I have heard something similar. Along the lines of “losing 10 percent of your body weight greatly reduces your chance for diabetes, heart disease …”

      I think it’s a good thing, can’t hurt, that’s for sure. And 25 lbs. doesn’t seem that far out of reach.

      I’ve noticed such a difference in just giving up my constant unhealthy snacking (cookies, cake all the time; soda a lot).

      Little cuts first. Plus, now that I’ve gotten into the habit of cooking, not even that is too much of a struggle, though sometimes I do just want to sit around and wait for Nadia to do the work, or just go out.

      But I’m putting in some work and seeing results. I haven’t been walking as regularly as I’d like (the rain messed up some of it, Monday’s meal took me a while because I got sidetracked when I got home) but overall I think within a month I’ll have everything planned fairly well.

      Thanks for the words of encouragement too Jim. I appreciate the support.

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