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diet update april 2017

My diet update for April 2017. It's been a while since I mentioned anything about this, but since there are some people that like hearing about this part of my life, here's what's been going on.

As is stands, I've not fallen off the wagon nor gained weight back, still exercise regularly, still eat plenty of vegetables and things are fine. My BMI is right around 22.

I'm at the point now where I don't jot down Calories anymore. I knew this time would come, and it did. I didn't give up counting Calories. What happened is that I've pretty much memorized certain Calorie figures.

For example, I know that a 1/4 cup of dry rice is about 150kcal, so a 1/2 cup would be 300. If I cooked that with 2 eggs, each of those is 75kcal each for 150 total. If it all goes in the pan (rice cooked first, then cooked again with egg) with olive oil (which I use instead of butter), that adds another 200kcal, bringing the total to 650 Calories.

Another example is vegetable stir-fry. When I fry up a pan of that, my veggies of choice are usually onions, carrots, bell peppers and broccoli, seasoned with sea salt and Lawry's Seasoned Pepper. It's cooked with olive oil first, then near the end I add on some Kikkoman soy sauce. The only thing in that entire meal that even remotely qualifies as "bad" is the olive oil. Everything else is super-low-Calorie. Before the olive oil, everything put together is maybe 125kcal at best. After the olive oil, add 100 for 225kcal. Or maybe I'm adding in 200 worth of olive oil. Even if I were, 325kcal is hardly anything.

I'm also at the point where I don't eat 3 meals a day anymore, simply for the reason I don't need it. Water is a different story and I'll talk more about that in a moment.

One to two full meals is all I need now. The rest of the day I'll have something small periodically, such as a tin of sardines (yes, I actually like sardines) or an apple or something like that.

I drink a lot more water now. Usually 2 liters a day. When I don't have water in my system, I feel it. The way I drink water is I'll either have it straight or add lemon juice and some stevia for a weak lemonade.

Where my filth food eating is concerned, this is where things get interesting.

Since losing weight, my stomach has become smaller. I can't devour an entire large pizza in one sitting anymore (yes, I did used to do that) without getting sick from overstuffing myself. Eating other big things, such as foot-long Subway subs, is also something I avoid because it's just too much damned food.

I do sometimes eat smaller (meaning regular-sized) chocolate candies, such as a Peppermint Patty, 3 Musketeers or Dove bar. But it's only in small amounts because otherwise my stomach will turn in knots from the high sugar content.

As far as fast food filth is concerned - and by this I mean burgers and burritos from national chains - I simply don't eat that stuff anymore and have zero desire for it. And I think this mainly stems from the fact I cook so much of my own food now. When I cook my vegetables or rice or chicken or whatever, my meals have real flavor to them. Flavor that's real and not some synthetic garbage that came out of a can or a box.

A simple example of this is boring old boiled potatoes. That food, seasoned with some light salt and pepper, tastes better than ANY french fries from a fast food place - especially when you leave the potato skins on. Heck, take those taters, cook them a second time by frying them, add some garlic powder and holy crapola do you have some good tasting stuff. For cheap!

The #1 annoyance of being a normal sized (or what used to be normal sized) American male

My biggest issue is finding clothes that fit me properly.

The mean body mass index in America is 26.5 (anything over 25 is overweight, by the way). To put that in perspective, if that were my BMI, I would be 30 pounds heavier than I am now.

I have to hunt around a lot to find shirts and jeans that actually fit me the way they're supposed to. In the rare instance I find something that fits correct and actually looks nice, I will buy multiples of whatever it is if available, be it shirts or pants or socks or even underwear. I have to do this because it's becoming rarer and rarer that I find clothes that fit.

Ever hear of vanity sizing? That's a term associated with women's clothes, but guess what, it happens with men's clothes now too. I cannot trust what the label states a size is on a clothing item.

Why can't I trust vanity sizing? Because America is fatter and the clothing sizes have increased to accommodate the bulbous, yet still kept the same labels they did prior. It's ridiculous.

Other than that, yeah I'm doing okay. Still slim and feeling good about it. Clothes shopping is annoying, but I just deal with it.

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