coming clean

July 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 8 Comments
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Oh all the things I didn’t eat today (but considered eating).

But oh, all the things I did eat today…

Breakfast started out great. Old Fashioned Oats, milk chocolate chips, and banana and milk.

Lunch was terrific. Salmon on bread with sliced tomatoes, pickles, and a salad topped with brie.

After lunch I wanted something sweet. Darn these things being in the refrigerator (they’ve been in there for about 2 weeks). I was very aware of my decision to eat it. And it was goooood.

At 3:30 I finished making some coconut cream mini-pies that I had been working on for my dad. I had trouble with some mini-crusts, soooo…

Okay, I really didn’t need to eat this. And I wasn’t hungry. When dinner rolled around at 6pm, I was still full. Now here it is 7:15pm and still not hungry. I guess the mangled slice of coconut cream pie was pretty filling. And apparently my dinner.

I did go to the gym today. I went on the elliptical for 30 minutes and the treadmill for 15. After that I did a bunch of core work. Felt great!

when hunger strikes

July 24, 2008 at 6:06 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 6 Comments
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Besides the bit of queezy-ness I felt this afternoon, (I blame my many trips to the bathroom on the steel cut oatmeal for the 4th morning in a row) today has been a rather peaceful day.  But then I got HUNGRY, and it was almost time for dinner.

Here’s a look at breakfast:  A bowl of steel-cut oats with a banana, milk chocolate chips (so perfectly good) and sliced almonds.

Lunch was an open faced sandwich on bread and some Sun Chips remains.

Started to feel the hunger at 4pm.  I had a peach.

And then I had a scoop of chocolate cream pie (I put the can of beans in back for perspective on the size).

At this point I knew it was over and I just needed to eat dinner.  Bean, rice and cheese burrito with a salad and chips.

Truthfully, I ate this amount of chips with some salsa and sour cream dip while cooking and chopping.  I put these chips on my plate for the photo opp, and then returned them to their bag.

I ate dinner at 5pm tonight.  For me, when I’m hungry and it’s almost time to eat, it’s usually better to just eat a meal.   Because if I don’t, I’ll just pick and nibble and pick some more.  And my brain won’t register, “hey, I’m eating”.  And then when it is time to eat, regardless if I’m hungry or not, my brain will say, “oh, now it’s time to eat”.   Does that make sense?

I didn’t make it to the gym today.  So once I get the three of them settled for dinner I’m going on a walk.

Slow and Thoughtful

July 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 6 Comments
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For me, the the lower I sink emotionally, the higher my food intake is.

The more chaotic my life feels, the more chaotic my eating becomes.

I have been mindlessly eating for days. Spiraling further and further downward. So today kept a photo journal of my food.

It forced me to slow down. To stop and think about what I was putting in my mouth. It made me more thoughtful of my eating; what I was eating and how much.

Here’s what I had for breakfast, steel cut oats with a splash of nonfat milk and a white peach.

Snack was a banana and stoneyfield go-gurt. I also had a (non-photoed) tall soy latte.

Lunch was turkey, ham, brie, lettuce, tomato and mustard on sourdough; grapes and another white peach. I ended up eating this sandwich in two halves. The half with the brie, ham and tomatoes was excellent.

Dinner was a salad, grapes, red bell pepper and bread. I had about a cup more of the salad.

At the gym I spent 35 minutes walking at in incline on the treadmill. I also did 15 minutes on the elliptical and finished with abs and push-ups.

And now, at the end of the day, I can say I am feeling more at peace with myself and life’s circumstances. But I’m still feeling low, so I’ll probably do this little exercise again tomorrow.

stuck in a rut

June 18, 2008 at 12:50 pm | Posted in Diet and Exercise | 15 Comments
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I’m stuck in a rut, and I think it’s good for me.

Without fail I’ll go two weeks eating Kashi Go Lean for Breakfast. It’s easy and simple. Tastes good. And I know it’s good for me.

Lunch this week has been a turkey sandwich with tomato, spinach, cream cheese and mustard on whole grain bread…every day.

This is my favorite mustard, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It’s so good!

I think I read somewhere that it helps control your calories when you eat the same foods day after day. But I also read that a diet that lacks variety can be missing out on essential nutrients. What I do know is it works for me.

What I’m curious about is, do you get stuck-in-a-rut with your meals? And if so, do you think it helps control your appetite and cravings?

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