Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Last night, on a quick trip to pick up some essentials from the store, I purchased some chocolate flavored whey protein powder. I'm not a huge fan of smoothies, but I'm up for some experimentation.
This morning I made a smoothie using an overripe banana (yuck!) I cut up and froze last night. (I swear, that's the ONLY good use for a banana with brown spots.) To this banana, I added a cup of chocolate almond milk, a scoop of the protein powder and about a cup of raw spinach. The smoothie probably had too many carbs for some of you (55 grams), but I thought it was a pretty well rounded breakfast with 55 grams of carbs, 6 fat grams and 21 grams of protein.
I also packed a snack of yogurt and sliced strawberries for later today.
After my evening trip to the store while battling a wind chill in the single digits, I had NO motivation to get back out and go to the gym. I was also feeling bingey. I ended up making breakfast for dinner. Hungry Jack Extra Light and Fluffy Pancakes, sugar-free syrup, Turkey sausage and 2 eggs. No freggies, I know. But I stayed within calories. I'll take the compromise. Additionally, I compromised on the exercise. No, I didn't go to the gym, but I also didn't sit on my tookus all night in front of the boob tube either. The deal I made was to put on my workout clothes and get some cardio while watching TV. So, I put on my Heart Rate Monitor watch and started moving. Inelegant, to be sure. I used a mixture of moves from Leslie Sansone's Walk Away The Pounds, jogging in place, Zumba moves, and BellyDancing moves. 33 minutes and 400 calories later, I was satisfied with my evening choices.
Yesterday was a really crappy day for me emotionally. I am thankful for the support my Lemon mates threw my way and today I see some sunshine because I was able to stay on track yesterday. This follows a really bad choice day on Sunday, which included no exercise and a food frenzy of epic proportions. My emotional turmoil yesterday was not food/exercise related and that is why I was able to pull out of Sunday's swan dive. As soon as Sunday was over, I put my bad choices behind me. Yesterday, I think I tried to binge to self-soothe. I think my INTENTION was to self-soothe with food. Ultimately, it was just as convenient for me to do the right thing. Convenience is a big motivator for me. I did splurge on pancakes. I did not binge on pancakes.