Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Just a quick blog before I head on out to the gym this morning before work.
One thing I am going to try doing THIS time around is incorporate protein/energy bars into my diet. I am not counting calories for now because I had fallen into the mindset of trying to eat the lowest possible amount for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (like 200-300 calories per meal) and then filling up the rest with snacks like Nilla wafers, Ghiradelli chocolate, choc, drizzled rice cakes, fig newton crisps, Starbucks hot chocolate (120 calories!). Nearly half of my calories for the day were coming from those type of snack foods.
So what I am going to try for now is use an energy/protein (they are basicly the same thing, right?) bar to help with the hunger. After a light dinner last night I was feeling hungry so I had a Luna bar- coconut drizzled with chocolate. VERY good. And it was 190 calories, but that was all I needed to fill me up for the rest of the evening. I didn't need to go back and have more snack foods. And I noticed on the box it said Luna bars are for nutrition for women??? LOL! I figure one of those bars is much better for me than the empty calories I was getting from my old snack foods. Less calories overall too when I am doing just ONE bar and not several snacks.
Hopefully they will help me with figuring out how to eat around my work schedule. I need to eat before I workout in the mornings... but then after I workout I need something that will fill me up and help me get through the morning! I am hoping these do the trick. Here is what my schedule looks like:
Eat a 200-250 cal breakfast at 0400
Workout from 0500-0600
Start work at 0630---
Morning break (15 minutes) @ 0900--- 190-230 calorie energy bar.
Off work at 1230 and home a little before 1:00 to eat a healthy lunch.
Then dinner between five and 6 and maybe a mini bar for an evening snack if needed (usually in bed by 9).... but maybe a banana smoothie or diet hot chocolate will satisfy. Guess it will depend on my activity level for the day.
I really like the Luna bar I had last night (but anything with cocunut is a winner, and chocolate too, yum!). I bought them on accident thinking they were Lara bars. I bought a couple of Lara bars a fcouple of months ago with plans to use them as fuel for long runs, but never got around to trying them. They appealed to me because of the natural ingredients. Hope they taste good. I also bought some Clif bars.... the mini 100 calorie ones. Going to have one today after my workout. Any other good ones I am missing?
OK.... enough blogging..... Off to the gym! Hope everybody has an amazing day!