Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Random "Losing Weight" Menus from 2008

On a whim, I went back and started looking at what exactly I was eating back in early 2008, when I was sliding down the scale at a good clip (5 to 9 pounds each month) and closing in on 200 pounds. I just thought it would be interesting, so here are some random menus of what "worked" for me before, losing the first 64 pounds.

Egg Beaters, 1/3 c
1 slice low fat American cheese
1 slice of whole wheat toast w/ 1/2 Tbsp light butter
tea with honey

Lean Cuisine Mediterranean Chicken
tea with honey

1 serving homemade kugel (420 cals)

1/2 Apple Pie Larabar
2 chocolate Vitatops
1 c strawberries mixed with 1 tsp sugar, topped with 6 Tbsp whipped cream
1/4 c pineapple
1 c green beans
1/4 serving cheddar goldfish crackers
1 Dove dark chocolate heart

Total for the day: 1355 calories

Another day:

1 chocolate Vitatop
tea with honey

Applebee's chicken portabello sandwich
1/4 of a small McDonald's fries
tea with sugar

iced tea w/ 1 tsp sugar
1 slice light wheat toast w/ 1/2 Tbsp light butter
1/3 c Eggbeaters
1 slice low fat American cheese
2 slices bacon
1/4 c chopped onions
4 cups fresh beet greens, measured raw and then cooked
1/4 of a salmon burger

1 chocolate Vitatop
24 almonds
3/4 of a chocolate almond bar

Total for the day: 1206 calories

And another:

chai tea made w/ 1/2 c milk and 3 tsp sugar
1/2 serving Wheat Thins
1 slice of roasted pork loin
1 string cheese

1.5 c Romaine lettuce
1/4 c peas
1 Tbsp bacon bits
1 oz grated light cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp light blue cheese dressing
1/4 of a Red Baron cheese pizza
1.5 c strawberries
1/2 c whipped cream

1 c broccoli + 2 oz light cheddar + 3 Tbsp light mayo
1/2 c low fat cream of mushroom soup
2 tsp Parmesan cheese

Starbuck's Venti sugar free vanilla nonfat latte

Total for the day: 1433 calories

And one more:

chai tea made w/ 1/2 c milk and 3 tsp sugar
Light strawberry yogurt

3 oz ham and 2 Tbsp light cream cheese on a wheat bagel
1/2 c sliced mango
iced tea w/1tsp sugar

1/2 of a multi-grain pita w/3oz turkey breast
1 c vegetable soup
1 Tbsp peanut butter and 1/2 Tbsp honey

2 c fresh kale cooked in 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 oz pomegranate juice in herbal tea
3 sugar free mini Reeses peanut butter cups

Total for the day: 1198

Looking through the dozens of days of menus from that very successful time of weight loss, I see nothing was off limits. I had what I wanted, just smaller portions. There's quite a bit of McDonald's and Arby's and Dairy Queen in there too, before I swore off fast food completely. Some days are very veggie heavy and some not so much, but it all balanced out and menus rarely got over 1450 calories, and the weight came off.

Fascinating to look through, for me anyway! I am still an eclectic eater, and will never win any "pictures-of-my-daily-food blog" awards, but I no longer add sugar or honey to my drinks and eat less junk overall.

Today so far:

black coffee
1 high protein Van's waffle
1 Tbsp Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter

2 free range eggs over easy
2 slices bacon
1 cup local fresh strawberries

1 light peach yogurt

Total so far today: 524 calories

Dinner will be fresh wild salmon and a side of broccoli salad (chopped local organic broccoli w/light mayo, onions, grated light cheese, and pumpkin seeds).


Anonymous said...

I gotta be honest the calorie counts seem way too low. The days sound more like 2000ish-2500 days. Also, keep in mind you were heavier then so basically ANYTHING less than what you were eating normally would lead to a loss.

Lyn said...


I am very particular when I log my calories; I weigh and measure and check the nutrition info in the Sparkpeople database, so I know the counts are fairly accurate.

Also, I was only about 10-15 pounds heavier than I am now at the time of those menus (May 2008). Back when I first started logging calories I was losing on 1800-2000 a day.

Anonymous said...

That much variety would give arash because of over stimulation, but sounds absolutely delish! Good to see.protein with every meal.

Anonymous said...

Wow. This just proves that weight loss doesn't have to be boring. Your food is an odd mix but I am sure it was satisfying. It gave you great results and I am sure this time it will too.


MargieAnne said...

I think it's a good idea to look back and see what was working. If we don't use those records to help us when we are stuck then what use are they other than curiousity

So pleased you are finding your way again, not that I believed you had really lost it


Kathleen said...

Variety is one of the best things about calorie-counting. You can eat anything, you just have to keep track of your 'budget'.

timothy said...

so it varied but was for the most part around 1300, now you know what to shoot for. i'm glad you kept these to look back on!

Karen said...

I laugh when I find old food diaries from my WW days. All the processed food and "low fat" deserts I used to eat.

My 2008 diet kept me stuck. Glad I found a different way and kicked the sugar, wheat, and grains to the curb. Worlds of difference in weight maintenance.

Good luck to you and what you need in 2012 may be very different from 2008.

Finding your food template for weight loss, then again for weight maintenance is key- IMO.

Karen P.

Holly A. said...

I definitely feel more satisfied and like I've made a lifestyle change instead of some unmanageable diet when I let myself eat the things I love. I always get these ideas stuck in my head that if I could just stay away from carbs, white flour or sugar, dairy, or you name it and that would be the end of my fight with food. I think your post really affirms for me that moderation is key, restriction is not sustainable!

Thanks for the post!

Kristi said...

Not trying to burst your bubble at all, and I hope this works for you. But, I could eat 1500 calories a day a lose weight well at 35. At 40 now, I've had to cut back to almost 1150 a day to get anything off. Getting old is not fun! My doctor says your body metabolizes food different at different stages of your life. Can I go back to my 30's PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

To the above: LOL I am 26 and can confidently say I don't think 40 is "old". I just happen to hate when people say ___ age is old, it's so self-limiting. Take care of yourself well, starting when you're young, also take care of yourself mentally. I might not be 18 or 19 anymore but i take WAY better care of myself now, thus I feel I'm in a better place.