Remember what I ate Wednesday? Well, it’s resurrected, sort of. I just couldn’t make it happen every Wednesday because my schedule is too unpredictable. Honestly, the day isn’t that important, but the reason I resurrected it is. I’ve gained weight. Okay, I know, I know, I’m not overweight by any means but I put on about 7-8 pounds and on a 5’2″ frame, it feels like a lot. I can feel it when I run. I am not obsessed with being skinny at all, but I do like to feel lean, lean and mean. Lately, I’ve been feeling slow and frumpy. With all the other running issues I have, my weight shouldn’t be one of them.
So, what do I do when I feel like I’m getting off course? I start tracking my calories, paying attention. And my biggest observation about where I’ve gone wrong isn’t that I’m eating bad food, it’s just that my eating is terribly erratic. I mean, all over the board and mostly due to a lack of planning, and sadly, my obsession with almonds. I’ll come back to the almond thing later. Some days I just eat anything I want an some days I barely eat. And occasionally when I get busy and stressed, I eat ONLY almonds. There’s that almond thing again. I have days when I eat NO carbs and days when I drink most of my meals. There’s just no balance. It’s confusing my body and making me feel sluggish.
My focus this week is feeding myself properly. It really just takes a few days for me to get back into the habit of planning my meals. This is what I cam up with and ate yesterday.
Breakfast was light and I got yelled at on my app for not eat at least 200 calories for breakfast. It satisfied me so why force it.
My morning snack was 1/2 cup of cottage cheese with fresh red raspberries. I ate dairy, yes, I told you I am really trying to eat a variety. We’ll see how the dairy thing works out. Lunch was light, a pouch of tuna, 8 crackers and steamed baby bok choy.
I had the cutest Persian cucumbers with hummus as an afternoon snack and I packed a 1/4 cup of almonds to munch on whenever. FYI, the 1/4 cup of almonds was about a billion less than I normally eat. I may have mentioned this before but if it was nutritionally sustainable to ONLY eat almonds, I would. They are hands down my favorite food. The ARE very good for you, but I DO NOT eat them in moderation. I crave them, wake up wanting them. Oh, and they absolute have to be Blue Diamond almonds. No substitutes.
For dinner, I wanted a bag of almonds, HAHA, just joking. (not really) but I ate a regular meal instead. 1 cup of prepared whole wheat angel hair pasta, marinara sauce and two Gardein meatless meatballs. I had some fresh baked wheat bread from Market District and couldn’t resist a piece. :) .All that food totaled 1,283 calories which puts me over by 26 calories for the day. I am not worried about that because I can burn those off going up and down the stairs with laundry. However, that doesn’t leave me with a lot of options in case I get hungry before bed. I could do one of three things: 1) go to bed directly after dinner – LOL or 2) walk the dog to buy some back more calories 3) eat vegetables as a snack which can fill me up without packing more than 20 calories on.
I love the app I’m using to track my food because it tells me exactly what I did right or wrong on any given day. (MyNetDiary)