You might start to notice me newfound love for oatmeal if you continue to follow the diet and recipe section of my blogs. I have felt amazingly healthy, energized, and confusingly full. I recall ordering two orders of Mejboos Deyay (deep fried or baked chicken and mixed white and saffron basmati rice dish from Kuwait) from Freej Suwaileh almost every day for lunch. This is a pretty huge dish for someone of my size to eat, let alone two orders, plus three 7ups per meal. I barely felt full and would even eat an ice cream afterwards.
Now that I have let you in on one of my secret pigging out habits, I will let you know what I have noticed during that passed three days of my official diet. I have been substituting rice, potatoes and other carbohydrates with oatmeal and some cooked green vegetables. After each meal, I have felt so full and content with what I ate that the thought of eating more or even again for several hours overwhelms me.
I have been consuming two to three meals a day with a bottle of water every hour and some occasional bites of the granola crumble bars I made. I will post a recipe for those afterwards. One hour after lunch, I went to the gym and stayed on the treadmill for about 30 minutes and stayed on power walking speed which is healthier for your cardiovascular system especially if you are just starting out. Do not ware yourself out or you will be in pain the next day which will obviously give you an excuse to leave your workout and diet until you feel better and that might take a week if you even decide to resume.
Lastly I downloaded two apps.
The first one is called “My Diet Coach II”. It’s a great app that helps you decide the weight goal you want to achieve, why you want to achieve it, and plenty of motivation. You can set up several types of reminders from telling you when to drink water, workout, prepare your food, have a snack, and several others. Another thing I liked about it is that you can upload motivational pictures that you have to look at every day. I decided to upload a current picture of my current figure and will upload one every other day to view my progress.
The last and personally my favorite thing about the app is that it gives you challenges and you can add your own as well. For example, one of the challenges is to see if you can drink 8 cups of water a day. After every cup, you mark one off until you finish the challenge and you get star points. I added the challenge of doing 40 sit-ups 3 times a day.
The only downside to this app is that it doesn’t give you the option of documenting your daily meals, snacks, workouts, or weight through a journal or graph. I eventually found another app called “My Diet Journal”. It’s not as pretty and inviting as My Diet Coach, but it gets the job done. It helps you get in the habit of writing down everything you eat, count calories, check your vitals, exercise timing and progress, and even helps you keep an inventory of the healthy groceries you have or need to get. Best of all, it graphs all of you information to give you a more accurate idea of what you are doing well or need to improve on. Well I have rambled long enough and will introduce you to more of my recipes and hopefully post pictures of my before and after next month.