500G Challenge: Day 1

Last Updated on March 8, 2016 by Michael Brockbank

Here is day one of my seven-day challenge to to remain 500 calories in the green each night according to MyFitnessPal. Normally, I do really well in the mornings and afternoons. I am fairly confident that I am a stress eater and have issues with being home. The hardest part is going to be working through these mental problems and maintaining my food intake.

Hours Slept: 6hrs 7mins

I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night. Even though I went to bed at a reasonable time, at least by my standards, I got up at six with the intention of working out. However, it didn’t go that far. I spent way too much time in the shower and really didn’t have time to do much this morning in the way of exercise. I am feeling pretty perky, though.

Weight This Morning: 283.2 lbs

I kind of gorged myself over the weekend. I probably weigh far less than this and may drop quite a few pounds once I visit the bathroom. We had a celebratory dinner last night as everyone starts the Lean for Life diet today. It’s more restrictive than what I believe in, but I can’t argue with results. Last time my wife was on it, she dropped a lot of weight without feeling like crap.

Foods I Ate Today

Today, some of my meals and snacks are going to be influenced by what everyone else in the house is eating. Dinner is going to be way lighter than usual because everyone else is doing a “protein day.” Personally, I think I am going to pick up some Pringles at the store to give me a bit of “umph” in my dinner.

Breakfast: 400 Calories
My breakfast was a bit heavier than I normally have. I mixed in some berries and threw in an Emerge drink on top of the Cream of Wheat. In reality, this is a decent breakfast for those who can maintain the calories three times per day. Considering I am planning to increase my physical activity, I’ll burn through these relatively quick. But, we’ll see how the rest of the day goes.

Lunch: 1,385 Calories
Wow, so I went a little ballistic at Taco Bell today. Essentially, I burnt everything I ate this morning while playing golf and was extremely hungry by the time I got home. Instead of being sensible, I had way more than I should have. That’s all good, though. I still have the rest of the day to make up for it and remain in the green. Just got to be more careful in the future. That was way more than I wanted to eat.

Dinner: 180 Calories
Because I had such a heavy lunch, I went with a much lighter dinner. I had a can of Progresso Steak and Homestyle Noodles. What I liked about it, other than the low calorie intake, is that this one was also less in sodium compared to the ones I usually eat. I have a thing for Progresso tomato-based soups which are usually ultra high in sodium.

Snacks: 340 Calories
I do have to say that I am a bit proud of myself. Usually, my snacks are way higher than any of my meals. Today, I only had two Cadbury Creme Eggs throughout the day. It’s one of my favorite candies during the Easter season. Anyway, I normally come close to a thousand calories on snacks – so, this was a great accomplishment for me. I also had an Ice flavored water that I forgot to scan in. However, these have 0 calories, carbs and sugars. They are loaded with various B vitamins.

Water: 6 Cups
Drinking Emerge reminds me to drink other water as well. Since this product is a diuretic, it’s important that you keep yourself saturated. I will often drink the same volume in water as I do with the Emerge drinks. It’s good to keep saturated.

Significant Workouts: 1,295 Calories Burnt

I started my morning a little late for exercise, but I squeaked in 30 minutes at the golf course on the practice range. I didn’t burn as much if I was to play Tennis on the Xbox, but it felt good to be outside again…and it worked my lower back and hamstrings.

After gorging myself at lunch, I decided to burn away some of the excess Taco Bell by jumping on my bike. I remember when a little more than a mile was too easy. Wow, I am incredibly out of shape. That’s OK, though. That’s what this whole challenge is all about; getting myself kick-started into a healthier lifestyle. Of course the Taco Bell didn’t help at all today.

Calories Remaining for the Day: 750

Even though I was horrible at lunch, I was still able to keep more than 500 calories in the green. That’s because I was fairly active throughout the entire day. Between hitting the driving range and riding a little over a mile on my bike, I burned quite a bit. That’s not including the walking around I do at home or while at the grocery store.

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Michael Brockbank

Since 2015, Michael has put in the effort to lose more than 80 pounds by gamifying fitness and eating proper portion sizes. He conducts extensive research into various health and fitness products to provide the best answers possible according to his own experience and knowledge.

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