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OK, So Apparently I'm Not Ready to be Out of My Element Just Yet...

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Today was the first time in a very long time that I ate a few hundred over my max caloric number. I ate 230 calories more than my max to be exact. My boyfriend and I went to the movies to celebrate our anniversary which was on the 1st and I ate breakfast before we left (we caught an 11:00 a.m movie) yet still had popcorn and shared his Mountain Dew with him :( I never allow myself to have soda so I was literally like a kid in a candy shop who was just told they could have anything they wanted. Although, I did burn more calories than I overate by, but I can't help but feel guilty anyway.
Once we came home and lunch time rolled around I discovered there was nothing to eat except pb & jelly or soup and I wanted nothing to do with either of them. But it was nearing naptime for the little one and my boyfriend had to soon lay down because he works third shift and needed sleep so a trip to the grocery store was not wanted. Plus I hate having to go to the store when I know I'm going to need to go back the very next day to shop for real. Something I should probably mention is that we are currently living with my aunt and grandparents and my grandmother has a serious grocery shopping addiction. She spends hundreds of dollars a week on...crap, really. We always have multiple containers of butters, dressings, bags of frozen veggies, microwaveable meals which nobody eats, bread crumbs, packs and packs of English muffins and Canadian bacon which also never gets eaten and all of this means there is rarely room in the fridge and never room in the freezer for anything so I have to rely on the pantry. It's very frustrating, especially when I've spoken with her several times and even given her recipes for healthier meals since she cooks dinner every night and it seriously goes in one ear and out of the other.
However, I searched through Sparkrecipes.com and compiled an ingredient list on my phone that I'm taking with me to the grocery store tomorrow. Lunch and breakfast are the toughest meals for me because I either don't have anything in the house to make or I'm at a total loss for what to make. Not to mention I'm a terrible cook! Lol Luckily, I found a lot of recipes that are low maintenance and seem easy enough to make which is perfect for me. I'm really excited to try a gourmet grilled cheese recipe I found because I could live off of grilled cheese and it's something I haven't eaten in over 6 months.
Overall I think today proved that I still struggle with not having a stocked kitchen and with being out of the house near meal times with foody temptations all around me. MUST work on this because my boyfriend likes to go out (as do I) and we recently became able to afford the expense of going out again. I've tried carrying granola bars with me but let's be honest, a granola bar isn't exactly a hearty thing to eat!
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SHARONA_P 1/8/2013 10:59AM

    Try not to get down on yourself too much for going over just a few calories. we all need to splurge once in a while. and if soda is a once in a while treat for you, enjoy it when you do have some!

You have many challenges you are facing as you try to eat healthy - few healthy choices at home, going out to eat often, lack of support at home, few options for on the go eating. I find the best way to combat these types of challenges is to have some go to options handy. If shopping is a challenge (and when isn't it for someone with a small child), choose fruit and veg that last a long time so you can stock up and don't have to worry about it going bad. I find pears and apples last forever in the fridge. Unripened bananas can also last a while. mix in an apple with a packet of instant oatmeal = a healthy, low cal snack or grab a banana or apple on the go. Fruit is very transportable - no containers to bring home! i also find I eat alot of eggs with cheese or cereal (special K or cheerios) as a quick meal. Another option would be to make a large one pot meal on the weekends, soup or chili, that you can load with veggies and beans and freeze in individual containers for lunch or dinner when you don't have time or the fresh ingrediants on hand.

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