Wednesday, November 20, 2013
By the time I wrote my blog yesterday, I was pretty fed up. I was motivated. I went right to the store and blew my entire food budget for this pay period on groceries. For the first time in I don't know how long, the pantry and fridge are stuffed in a good way - broccoli, asparagus, jalapenos, bananas, apples, Greek yogurt, whole grain pasta and brown rice, chicken breasts, dates, herbal teas, almond butter. I feel healthy just opening up the fridge and looking at it all, haha. I feel a bit like my old, successful self again, like how I was a year and a half ago.
Yesterday's calories were pretty great, too: 1015 calories. Considering how disastrous the previous days were, I'm not worried about being under 1200 that day. I also drank pretty close to 64 oz of water, considering all the herbal tea and coffee I sipped on throughout the day. So there's that!
More good news: Last night I took the liberty of pre-planning my food for the whole day. Haha can't remember the last time I did that! I'm going to cook a few things before going into work, and here's what the day is looking like (FYI lunch is my breakfast, considering I work nights):
LUNCH: Protein shake, 210 calories
SNACK: Greek Yogurt or Dates, 90-120 calories
DINNER: Cheesy Tuna Helper w/ added broccoli, 325 calories; Steamed asparagus cuts, 60 calories; popped chips, 100 calories.
POST-WORK MEAL: Broccoli cheese rice, frozen, 250 Calories; Almond butter on whole grain waffle, 160 calories.
DAY TOTAL: 1195 - 1225 calories.
Pretty solid, I think. Even though it's mostly broccoli and asparagus, I've got the vegetables covered. Between the almond butter, yogurt/dates, and protein shake, I'm covered in the protein and fiber departments. Intersperse water and tea throughout the day, and I think I'm pretty set. Haha although I have to admit I'm starting to get a bit sick of my current protein shake. Maybe my mistake was sticking to one flavor, or it's just the that mixing it yourself never tastes as good as pre-mixed, but I'm probably going to have to invest in another flavor really soon.
I've got some other things on the menu for the next two weeks, including cheesy dijon pasta with carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower; broccoli apple salad with walnuts and craisins; jalapenos stuff with fat-free cream cheese and wrapped in turkey bacon; chili macaroni with veggie medley; and a chicken broccoli casserole I pulled of of Sparkrecipes that I have high hopes for. Haha it all sounds delicious to me, but the hard part is going to be finding the time to cook all of this stuff during this work week.
I've also designed all of my snacks to be packed with protein to make sure I'm getting a balanced diet with my entrees being so veggie focused: There's going to be a lot of Greek Yogurt, almond butter, protein shakes, boiled eggs, and turkey bacon in that category, haha. I think as long as I pack my food with enough fiber and protein, it will help with hunger and decrease the urge to overeat. Hopefully.
Right now my goals are very short-term over the next week and a half (until next payday), and are as follows:
1.) Track calories everyday, regardless of being in range or not.
2.) Only eat 1200-1500 calories every day.
3.) Limit meals eaten out to 3 or less (and eat healthily while out).
4.) Try not to go crazy.
At this point I'm still pondering what I should do for a long-term structure. On the first go-around, when I was super gung-ho, I didn't do a cheat day or cheat meal or anything. But perhaps this time, maybe it would be beneficial to allow myself that leeway was a reward or a means to satisfy the mental/emotional gorge cravings before they get the better of me. Have any of you implemented a "cheat" of some sort in your regimen, and if so was it successful?
Right now I would genuinely love to implement fitness into the plan as well, but with my current state of weakened determination and with how crazy things are at work, I doubt that would be a wise decision. Realistically after the holidays when everything is settled would be a more ideal time, assuming I can master getting back on the food wagon between now and then.
Baby steps, one at a time. Progress is progress and all that jazz.
Well. The start of my work week is going to come whether I want it to or not. It's about time I start preparing for it, and hopefully it's not going to be as bad as I fear.
I hope everyone is having a great hump day and a wonderful week so far!