Thursday, June 20, 2013
Today’s whole mindset involved me making room for meeting up with a group of friends this evening who love baking treats for get-togethers. I think every time we’ve done something it’s involved cupcakes, cookies, cheese balls, ect.
With that in mind and thankfully with my high protein snacks now, it was pretty easy to get through the day. At the hotel breakfast bar they had what they called the ‘healthy start’ breakfast sandwich. Egg white with melted spinach, tomato, and mozzarella cheese…. On a giant, white, English muffin. I figured after my high fat day yesterday I could use this low fat option, so I just tossed the top muffin away and ate it with a fork. It tasted pretty good and I wasn’t breaded down. Then when I got hungry mid-morning I had some of my plain Greek yogurt with half a fruit cup.
My partner here snacked on some beef sticks (and a doughnut) late morning as well so I just mentioned going for a later lunch and he went along with it. This made it easier to make it until 8 o’clock when I met with my friends, whom I expected to have enough snacks to make a meal. We went to a Mexican place that does a great lunch business; really quick, good food. I’ve been there before and known them to have amazing salads, which I do not ever say about a place. Ordered it and was not disappointed in the slightest. Copious amounts of dark, green spinach and romaine with loads of mushrooms and bell peppers topped with a generous amount of spicy grilled chicken and just a bit of cheese and black beans. It was wonderfully filling and exactly what I needed for the day for both protein and veggie purposes.
Left me with about 700 calories of room and only needing 30 grams of protein to call this a successful day, even by non-traveling standards. Armed with that knowledge, I went to meet up with the people I knew in the area and was actually kind of surprised. We just hung out and ordered pizza was all. When I was there, the pizza came and I just wasn’t hungry for it. I could have easily eaten more, but I just had a single piece. They had some ice cream for dessert, but only a couple people got some so I decided not to as well. After having a good time catching up with them I left to go back to the hotel for the night.
It was like 20 min away and on the drive I naturally got hungry. I hadn’t eaten enough on the day to be honest and was planning on working out in the morning so I decided I did need something. With my traveling notion of wanting to eat food I don’t normally get to eat, I realized a protein bar would fit perfectly with my macros since I had carb room and just needed a little protein. Bought a giant cookie dough flavored one to try and threw half of it away immediately since I only needed 200 calories.
It did in fact taste really good, which brought back the thought I’d had concerning protein bars in the past: All they are is a candy bar with a protein blend added. This one was definitely that with all the sugar. The useless carbs fit my tracker, but the candy bar notion was only reconfirmed when shortly after finishing it all I wanted was more anything. I made a mistake here, but lesson learned. And with going over on calories yesterday, keeping it to around 1600 the next day was probably a good thing after all. I just wish I could have either enjoyed all the sweets and goodies I was expecting or eaten more throughout the day so that my energy levels weren’t so low in the afternoon.