Thursday, July 25, 2013
Here I am at 3:00 in the afternoon, and I have already tracked 1150 calories!
I did not plan out my eating today at all. Can't you tell?
I will have a 200-300 calorie dinner and call it a day when it comes to food.
What will I have for dinner?
I probably will have 1/2 cup of canned salmon, mixed with light mayo and chopped fresh onion.
That is a favorite satisfying protein-rich meal for me.
Maybe I'll nibble on some cucumber slices with that.
The best question, though, is: Why do I find myself in this situation? and How can I prevent this from happening again?
First of all, my husband and I went out for breakfast.
I had scrambled eggs, a sausage patty, some home-fried potatoes, and half an English muffin with butter and jam on it.
That all added up to 650 calories.
Then, we went shopping. We got home around 2:30, and I felt hungry. Rather than wait to prepare myself a lunch, I reached for a handful of health mix (nuts and cranberries).
It tasted good, so I reached for another.
By the time I finished, that health mix became my lunch.
I had eaten a cup of it -- adding up to another 500 calories.
So here I am.
I am determined not to go over my calories for the day.
I will have the salmon for dinner - and then stop eating.
Tomorrow is another day.
What will I do differently tomorrow?
I will start the day with my usual breakfast of whole wheat toast with cottage cheese melted on it with some sugar and cinnamon.
That comes to about 250 calories and leaves me lots of flexibility for the rest of the day's meals.
I do not plan every meal for the day ahead of time.
I don't like the idea of eliminating all spontaneity from my food choices throughout the day.
Spontaneity, of course, is what got me into trouble today with that health mix. I realize that.
But, still, I want to keep my food options open each day to the extent that I can.
It feels less like a diet regimen and more like normal eating when I don't plan everything out in detail ahead of time.
You might say I'm trying to keep the romance and mystery in my relationship with food. LOL
And tomorrow I get a clean slate to start over with again....