One of the most positive changes that Ian and I have made since moving here is what we eat. We're vegetarians, and we didn't eat too poorly at home; but, we definitely padded our diets (and our stomachs, butts and thighs) with processed food. Most of the processed foods we ate were soy meat replacers. We don't have any of that here, so we've been more creative in the kitchen. We've definitely missed the easy meals that those make, but I'm guessing we'll eat a lot less of it when we get home. Also, we eat out a lot less here. That's another habit I hope we stick with. We don't have many choices for going out here, but at home it's another story.
I'm actively trying to lose a pound a week, so I've reduced my calorie intake. But, I still get to mostly what I want and reasonable portions of it. I'm learning to stay away from flavored coffee (difficult, since the quality of the coffee is so questionable) and sweet breads (not as difficult, since they're moslty terrible). Ian and I both have goal weights to reach by the Monday before we return home. We know that slow and steady is the way to keep it off.
Our normal routine (Tuesday-Saturday) is pretty centered around our goals. We get up around 8, eat a small breakfast (I eat a half cup of Cheerios and a smidgen of milk). Then we walk to the gym, run 2 miles on the treadmill and finish with abs and stretching. We do upper body strength training on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Then we walk home, shower and clean up the apartment. We eat a hearty lunch (today we had homemade stovetop mac and cheese and steamed veggies) and head to work. I pack a small snack (around 100 calories, give or take) to eat in the middle of the day. Usually it's something like fruit or a Cheerio, rasin and almond mix. We don't get home until nearly 9pm, so dinner is always a late affair. Tonight we are having tofu steaks, steamed broccoli and pan fried green pumpkin (Asian squash). I usually leave room for a movie/t.v. treat like popcorn or chocolate, but Gene (who, by the way, is now acting as a temporary principal for Sinback while the shifting and changing takes place; more on that tomorrow) brought me hot chocolate and a bread snack today, so I will likely skip the indulgence tonight.
My snack today.
Korean green pumkin. We love it.
Our fridge is 90% fruit and veggie.
I don't think we eat enough fruit, but Ian prefers veggies.
Dairy, condiments and Diet Coke.
Diet Coke is by far our biggest vice. We go through a ton of it. Yes, we no how terrible it is for you and that Aspartame is genetically modified. I'm trying to balance my horror at that and my love of the stuff.
Indulgences. We split the other chocolate orange on the plane over to Japan.
Tomorrow we'll be attmepting 5k runs on the treadmill. Wish us luck!