Dan Nied’s 100 Days is the chronicle of one man’s quest to improve his health in 100 days (now extended). Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments you might have
What I ate today:
Breakfast (9 a.m.)
2 servings of oatmeal
Fat: 4 grams
Lunch (12 p.m.)
1 Lean Cuisine Swedish Meatballs meal
Fat: 7 grams
Snack (4 p.m.)
1 Lean Cuisine cheese ravioli meal
Fat: 6 grams
Dinner (8 p.m.)
1 Healthy Choice smoked sausage
2 slices of turkey
3 slices of multi-grain bread
2 servings of fat-free mayo
Fat: 11.25 grams
Total calories: 1,445
Total fat: 28.25
Exercise: Upper body workout with 40 minutes on elliptical machine.
I just spent the last 10 minutes holding my breath. I didn’t know I was holding my breath until the horn sounded to end the first overtime of Game 3 in the Red Wings/Oilers series. Once the clock hit 0:00, I finally remembered to breathe.
I swear, the playoffs could kill me dead this year. Both the Red Wings and Pistons are the top seeds in their leagues and every night there will be a different game for me to watch – unless, of course, one of them gets beat. Then I’ll just be sad.
Luckily I am not one of those guys who needs to watch sports with beer and food. That is a weird fact since it kind of goes against everything you would think I would be about. But the reality is that I like watching sports at home, alone, with no distractions. I detest going to bars or parties to watch games and I hate being drunk.
Of course, I am only talking about games in which I have rooting interest. If the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings, Bowling Green football, or Michigan football are on television, then I hate being anywhere but in my home. It’s like that for the Super Bowl too. But any other game, I have no problem getting hammered.
Another fortunate thing, for this diet at least, is that I’ve never been much of a drinker when I am alone. I don’t come home and crack a beer after work. I don’t even have beer in the fridge right now. In fact, since I moved into this apartment, I have bought exactly one six pack of beer. It took me three months to drink it. I currently have an unopened bottle of gin in my cupboard, but that was a gift from Christmas 2004.
So I didn’t really need much of a plan to get off booze for this diet. I think that was a big reason for success. If I had been getting a soft buzz every night after work, then it would have been tough to let that go. If you’ll remember, the only thing I said about alcohol at the beginning was that I would stick to beer when I went out. Well, by my calculations, I have gone out four times in the last three months. Three of those times have come in the last two weeks.
As for today, I thought it was pretty good. The Lean Cuisine meals were solid, but they created a high fat day that I usually would like to avoid.
After working out today, I weighed in at 296.2 pounds. That’s a one-pound drop from Sunday. So that’s good. In the last week I have dropped somewhere around six pounds. I’m half starting to worry that the reason is something other than dieting. Maybe I have a disease or something. Let’s hope not. Everything else, I am proud to report, feels pretty good.
All right, time to go. The second overtime is starting. I have to stop breathing now.