I’ll start off with the food for yesterday … nothing too exciting. An English muffin with a sausage on it.
Another bowl of the pasta bake from the other day.
And for dinner, I cooked pork. It’s becoming a staple in our house – I get the “carnitas” cut of pork at Winco, which is a cheap cut of meat that lends itself well to being baked in the oven for hours. A large can of enchilada sauce poured over it, then covered in foil and baked for 4-8 hours (depending on when i start it) leave several meals’-worth of flavoured pork for consumption. This night, I didn’t have all the trappings for burritos, so I made brown rice and served it over that. I measured out 2/3 of a cup of brown rice, which was plenty.
Before bed, I wrestled with something that I generally find debatable – calorie deficit. Old habits tell me that I should always go for as large a deficit as possible. On the other hand, right now I have MFP set with a net calorie goal of 1200 calories, so as I sat there debating with myself, my net calories were slightly under 600. I ended up eating a fresco double decker taco from Taco Bell, which brought my net calories to a little over 800.
What do you think, readers? My actual calorie consumption was slightly over 1600 calories, and I honestly didn’t need to eat the taco – I was feeling snacky and knew I had the calorie allowance, but I honestly don’t know whether it’s necessary to truly get myself up to 1200 net calories or whether my focus should be on maintaining a large calorie deficit and keeping my actual calorie consumption around 1200.
My body is a little sore today – I did strength training (bench press, squats and more squats, and some calf work) and Turbo Jam Fat Blaster, and ended up walking for over 2 hours by the end of the day. Once I’m done here it’s time to hop on the elliptical!