Dan Nied's 100 Days is the chronicle of one man's quest to improve his health in 100 days. Feel free to email him at email@example.com with any questions you might have.
What I ate today
Breakfast (10 a.m.)
1 can of tuna
2 slices of whole-grain bread
2 servings of fat-free mayonnaise
Fat: 2.5 grams
Lunch (1 p.m.)
1 Subway grilled chicken breast sub with a lot of things except for mayonnaise, cheese and jalapenos
Fat: 10 grams
Snack (3:15 p.m)
1 serving of baby carrots
Fat 0 grams
Snack (5:15 p.m.)
1 plain bagel
Way too much cream cheese
Dinner: 8 p.m.
1 package of Healthy Choice smoked Sausage
Fat: 17.5 grams
44 ounces Diet Coke
40 ounces of black coffee (20 decaf)
1 liter of water
Approximate total calories: 1,925
Total fat: More than 30 grams
Don’t worry. I am not off the diet. After yesterday’s rant of pure frustration, I decided it would be best to loosen the strings a little bit today. Oddly enough, I actually ate like a semi-normal person. But more importantly, I got a chance to take a step back and examine this whole thing.
I think there were a few questions I needed to address. I started with one big one: Do I really want to continue this? The answer was an emphatic yes.
So that led to the next question: Can I really do this right if I don’t take it 100 percent seriously? The answer was no.
So, as these things tend to do, that led to another question: 3) Where can I improve?
That one took up most of my thoughts for today. Obviously, my belief is that I am half-assing the exercise. That has to change. I hate giving out plans because I am not reliable enough to guarantee their success, but my hope is that Friday, I will do at least 30-40 minutes on the elliptical machine. I want to break that up with a 15-minute warm-up and warm-down and then a 10-minute pseudo elliptical run in between lifting. My ultimate goal is to work up to 60 minutes three times per week. Since I have burned almost exactly 170 calories per 10 minutes on the elliptical machine so far, I have figured out a chart of how many calories I can burn over elongated periods of time: