I got some great meal planning suggestions on my last post. Some of them included:
• rotating between a few go-to meals (two people suggested this)
• making a spreadsheet
• setting up meal plans at the beginning of the week and keeping track of them
• make a menu based on what you have on hand and then looking at recipes
• making a protein, veggie and grain (That was from a co-worker. We then proceeded to discuss rice cookers for a good 20 minutes via ichat.)
Yesterday was kind of a fail in everything food and workout related. I went to a trade show from about 9am – noon and around 10:30, I got hungry. I often do get hungry around that time, but I usually have a piece of fruit or some hot tea and then just wait until lunch to eat. But since I wasn’t at the office or at home, I didn’t have that option. So I ate some trail mix that one of the vendors was giving away. It was sugary and tasted good, but really just made me hungrier, not full. For whatever reason, this seemed to set the tone for the entire day and I just could not stop eating.
It got worse when I went to the gym. I planned to run at least 3 miles. I lasted for one. I don’t know what my problem was; I just was not into it at all. I made myself do something though and hopped on the elliptical for 30 more minutes. When I got home, I just couldn’t get full and went way, way over my daily point allowance.
I know in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal to be snacky and have a bad workout, but I just wonder why it happened. Was it just an off day or was there a physiological reason for it? Maybe a nutrient that I wasn’t getting enough of or something.
Today, however, was kind of like my do-over day and it went much better. Breakfast kept me full until almost lunch time, and I had an orange to tide me over.
I had leftover soup for lunch and then a yogurt for a snack before heading to the gym after work. At first, it seemed like the workout gods just did not want me to run. As I pulled out of my office parking lot, I realized I’d forgotten my headphones on my desk. I had to make a huge loop to go back because I knew that a run without music just wasn’t going to happen. When I got to the gym, the first two treadmills that I hopped on were broken. So I decided that I’d just do the elliptical for a little bit while waiting and the elliptical that I got on was broken. Finally, I got a treadmill and busted out three miles. It wasn’t the best run, but I got it done.
I had some dinner ideas in my head, but I was pretty hungry when I got home, so I decided to make something quick and easy.
Kroger frozen pizza with roasted broccoli. The pizza ended up being on the small side (I ate half), so I made a ton of roasted broccoli, much more than you see here.
And a Skinny Cow. That was another piece of advice – don’t eat the Skinny Cows, eat something with more protein that will be more satisfying. Well, I’m looking forward to going grocery shopping this weekend and seeing if I can put all this advice into play!