Lunch


I have thoroughly enjoyed this weekend. Yesterday was great- I got to spend the whole day with my hubby, stay up sort of late, and then sleep in with him this morning. I even got to spend about half of the day with him, which was awesome! Although, there was one not so happy part of the weekend. My wonderful hubby, in an attempt to do something good and keep all of the laundry caught up, made one small mistake that ruined a whole load of my clothes. He washed a load of my clothes with one shirt of his, and apparently had a black ink pen in the pocket. Needless to say, all of my clothes came out with polka dots, which are so not the style.

So this afternoon, after he was gone to work, guess who did a bit of clothes shopping! I got a whole bunch of new shirts, which I’ll post pictures of this week. I also made a run to the school to do some lesson planning and get my room in order for the coming week. I still have some planning left for reading groups, but that shouldn’t take too long.

This morning’s breakfast was kinda blah. I guess I’m not too much of a fan of cereal, even thought I always keep tons of it on hand. I love how easy it is, and when nothing sounds good, sometimes I’ll go for a bowl. This morning, I mixed some Nature’s Path Optimum with some Kashi Heart to Heart, sprinkled on a few chopped pecans just to break it up, and topped it off with some Almond Breeze.

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Around my normal lunch time, I got hungry, but I wanted to wait and eat lunch with Nate, who was in the shower, so I had a snack of 1 Ryvita and some almond butter to hold me until he was ready to eat. We went to Souper Salad for lunch. And I was bad. I had my salad, which was very healthy (and vegan) and some soup, which was not too bad, I’m sure, but then I got a major craving for some of their blueberry bread. Oh. My. Gosh. I hadn’t had it in ages, and it was amazing. When we left, I was so stuffed that I was sure I wouldn’t get hungry again for the rest of the day.

Needless to say, I was wrong. Tonight’s dinner, though, was pretty quick, easy, and fairly light. I split a banana with Mango, my eclectus, and then got busy sauteeing some spinach. I ended up with this:

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Somewhere in there are all of the following:

  • 1 slice of sesame Ezekiel bread
  • hummus
  • sauteed spinach
  • Morningstar veggie patty
  • tomato slices
  • just a touch of fresh ground pepper

I still have to get in a workout tonight, but since I’m home alone tonight, it’ll probably be something here. I have a ton of workout DVD’s that I could/should do, not to mention DDR, which Nate got me for the Wii. I think tonight’s workout will be a combination of the two, and then hitting the bed a little early. I’ve got morning duty tomorrow, so I have to be up an hour early. Thank God it’s only a 4 day week!

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Woohoo! Two posts in one day!

My lunch today is delish! I’m sitting here eating while sitting at the computer and watching Legally Blonde on TV, because there is nothing better to do. I’m going to the gym late, because I’m eating a little bit late, because I couldn’t decide what I wanted, which was probably because I really still wasn’t hungry. Holy run-on sentence, Batman! Finally, I made a wonderful salad.

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Buried somewhere in there are all of the following.

  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • cucumber
  • tomatoes
  • morningstar chik patty
  • sliced almonds

I’m also having a banana with it. I’m figuring I’ll chill at the house for another hour or so, hopefully catch my workout partner, and then go to the gym for a while. Otherwise, it’s going to be a truly lazy day. I’m pretty excited about that, since I haven’t had many of those lately. All I have left is lesson planning.

I was working on a research paper until really late last night, and by the time I finished, I didn’t really want to take the time to update on here. So, here’s yesterday’s lunch:

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  • toasted pine nut couscous
  • sauteed spinach
  • morningstar veggie patty
  • tomato slices

I was absolutely starving all day yeserday, so I actually ate the rest of the box of couscous at some point during the day, plus a bunch of other stuff. All fruits and veggies (and a larabar), so nothing was terrible. Probably too much of it, though, to be truthful. Last night, we ordered takeout from my absolute favorite chinese place in the world. It’s a local restaurant called Imperial Garden. The reason I love this place so much is that it is the only place I’ve ever seen where they have a whole page of vegetarian options on the menu, and rather than being just veggies, I can actually order some of my favorites from the old days when I ate meat. They use tofu in place of the chicken. Last night, I ordered moo goo gai pan with tofu, and it was absolutely delicious. I ate the whole thing before I even thought to take a picture, it was so good!

I also broke the news to Nate last night that I’m thinking I’ll just totally give up milk and cheese. I’m working on eggs, but they’re sneaky little bastiches. They’re in all kinds of things that I wouldn’t think of, so I’m going to have to do some research on that one. I’ve been a vegetarian for years, but this is the first time I’ve seriously entertained the notion of becoming a vegan. I’ve just been reading so much lately that makes me think that to give up eating meat, but still use animal products is kinda defeating the purpose, both for the sake of the animals and for my own health.

Today, I’m determined that I’m going to eat more filling foods so that hopefully I can reign in my hunger beast. This morning was oatmeal with a spoonful of peanut butter. I usually find that the peanut butter gives the oatmeal a little more staying power. So far, so good. I normally eat lunch around 11:45, so I’m hoping that I can eat a light lunch around that time, and then hit the gym around 1:00 when they open. That way, when I get back, I can have a light snack, and hopefully that will hold me over until dinner time.

rimmelI also wanted to update about the mascara, mentioned here, which I have been wearing to work the last half of the week. Never before have I gotten compliments on my eyes. I’ve worn mascara in the past, but either nobody noticed or they didn’t say anything. This mascara was not at all clumpy, made my lashes look much fuller and longer, and got me a few compliments. Some of them were on my makeup, but they couldn’t put their fingers on what, exactly, and some were on my eyes. Either way, awesome mascara, apparently.

I’m feeling good from my hat to my shoe,
know where I am going and I know what to do,
I’ve tidied up my point of view,
I’ve got a new attitude.

Today was a bust. Totally and completely.

Breakfast:

  • a banana
  • almond milk

Lunch:

  • lentil soup

Snack:

  • banana bread larabar

Dinner:

  • a handful of chips with salsa
  • mushroom quesadilla
  • a slice of cake
  • a margarita (my first alcohol in months, which is a huge accomplishment if you know me.)

That’s right. I am the epitome of healthy eating. Sigh. Oh well… C’est la vie. No use crying over what’s already done.

I think that’s a huge shift for me, that I’m actually quite proud of. For years, I would have beaten myself up after a slip up, and had a “well, screw it” attitude for the rest of the day… All or none… I blew it, might as well give up. That is gone now. There’s no reason to let a slip up screw up the rest of a day/week/month. Now, I realize that the big slip-up was at the end of the day, but still, my attitude in the past would have been “well, might as well have whatever else I want tonight so that I can start brand new tomorrow” or beat myself up for the next several hours until bedtime, and then determine that I should starve myself tomorrow. Obviously, I am doing neither. It was one bad meal on an overall not horrible day. There’s room for improvement, but it’s not the end of the world. Also, I have something to really look forward to.

Tomorrow, I will start back to working out! I’m really excited! I had planned for that to be my focus for myself during April, so that by the end of April, I would have my eating under control and be consistently working out. Well, we’re so close, I might as well go ahead and start tomorrow. Besides, that’ll give me a running start into next week, so that hopefully I can spread my workouts out more and hopefully not have to be too sore while I’m at work.

The goal is to start off tomorrow’s workout with about 30 minutes on the elliptical. Nothing too strenuous. Eventually, I’d like to build up to an hour, and at that point, I will return to karate, since those classes are roughly an hour long. I think that some kind of cardio at the gym would be a good first step toward getting back in karate. Soooo… tomorrow, 9:00 AM, me, the heart rate monitor, and my walkman are going to be hitting the gym for a little while.

Today has been an incredibly busy and frustrating day. Our state mandated testing is in just a few weeks, so we had a district-wide pretest the past couple of days… I’m severely disappointed. To look at those tests, you would think my students have learned nothing at all this year. I know that’s not the case, and I can see a lot of growth in them… I guess it’s just frustrating when you pour so much of your time, energy, and efforts into something, and feel like it isn’t showing. The next few weeks will include a lot of review, in the hopes that they’ve just forgotten the material, which there’s a really good chance of.

My weight has stayed consistent for the past few days, which I’m not exactly happy about, since I was really excited at how quickly it was dropping for a while there, but at the same time, I know that I’ve had a few slip-ups this week, including not getting enough sleep, which I know doesn’t help matters.

Today’s eats:

Breakfast:

  • a banana
  • 2 slices of meatless chicken
  • rice milk

Lunch:

  • healthy choice frozen meal
  • cashew cookie larabar

Snacks:

  • banana
  • apple
  • clif z bar

Dinner:

  • sauteed spinach
  • veggie patty
  • 2 tomato slices
  • corn (which I had to share with a hungry bird)

This will be a really quick, pictureless post because my poor, exhausted hubby is wanting me to go on to bed, but I have a couple of things I need to put down somewhere first.

Breakfast smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup almond breeze
  • spinach
  • kale
  • 1.5 tbsp peanut butter

Lunch:

Wrap:

  • whole wheat tortilla
  • hummus
  • meatless chicken
  • spinach
  • tomato
  • 5 mushroom slices

and some baby carrots and hummus with that.

Snack:

Clif chocolate brownie z bar

Dinner:

Some sort of healthy choice frozen dinner. It was adequate. 270 calories, not too untasty… all in all, it is what it is.

Also, I went back to the gym tonight, so here’s the rundown:

Time: 30 on the elliptical, 7 on the treadmill

Calories burnt: I’m not entirely sure, since I forgot to turn on the heart rate monitor before I started. Smart, eh. I think it was somewhere around 400, going by what it showed at the end. Not too shabby

Post workout snack: a banana and peanut butter

And on that note, I’m off to bed!

I have been a total slacker about posting pictures of my food. I guess it’s been partly because it’s been prepackaged the past couple of days. I have been tracking it on sparkpeople, just so that I could still keep up with it.

Yesterday’s breakfast:

  • a packet of Quaker banana bread instant oatmeal
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • a banana
  • about a tbsp of peanut butter

Yesterday’s snacks:

  • leftover vegetable stirfry with meatless chicken slices
  • a banana with smucker’s natural peanut butter (so good, and only 2 ingredients!)

Yesterday’s lunch:

  • whole wheat angel hair pasta
  • Newman’s own marinara
  • mushrooms
  • black olives

Yesterday’s dinner:

This, I actually have a picture of.

picture-129First, my salad.

  • spinach
  • mushrooms
  • tomatoes
  • about 1/3 of a cucumber

picture-1322And here, with the soup. I had a can of Progresso minestrone.

I also had a cup of Silk very vanilla soy milk with my dinner.

I’m down 12 lbs since New Year’s Eve. Granted, that’s slow progress, it is progress, and I haven’t been sincerely trying the whole time. I have tried for a week, and then given up for 2 and then started again. It was just last month that I actually got serious. I’m starting to feel some of my pants fitting pretty loosely, which I’m very excited about. All of my jeans now have to be worn with a belt, where not long ago at all, I was having trouble fitting them over my thighs and butt. Best of all, for the first time, I’m losing weight without feeling deprived, and I actually look forward to eating or buying groceries, not because I am so incredibly hungry, but because food is now about choosing. It’s empowering. Last night, I tracked my foods, and then I looked at what I was missing from the day. I needed some more protein, but didn’t need to get much more fat or carbs, so I went through my head quickly to figure out what had enough protein without being too much fat or carbs. I’m thinking this through, and rather than just tying myself to a number of calories, I’m trying to figure out how to get my body what it needs.

I had a conversation with my sister last night. She is a fast-food manager, and between her crazy hours and the food that’s readily available, the restaurant lifestyle has not been kind to her waistline. About a month ago, she joined somewhere to help her lose weight. I don’t really know much about this place, except that one of her friends joined it a while ago and has lost a lot of weight. So far, all I really know is that my sister is working out every day. They recommended 30 minutes or so, I believe, but she is doing an hour on the elliptical. They have also told her to cut her calorie intake to 1500 a day, which she is sticking to pretty well. I know that they give appetite supressants, and my sister has been taking those. Apparently they’re effective.

I guess what concerns me, though, is that because of her work, her 1500 calories are coming from crap, pure and simple. She is having cereal for breakfast, something from work for lunch, and then whatever for dinner. A fast-food lifestyle is still unhealthy crap, even if you cut it to 1500 calories. Yes, you can lose weight, but your body is not at all getting what it needs. And I really have trouble with the fact that this place is not pushing her to eat healthier. The answer is not just eating less, it’s eating better. Smarter. I get it now. And it took me forever to get there, but that’s largely because I did it the long, roudabout way. I didn’t pay for an expert to help me, although I wanted to. Still, if the “experts” are doing no more advising than this, I guess I’m better off having gone this route. I have a lot of information, and I know where to go for more. And I want more. Can I say that I won’t slip? No… but I can say that even when I slip, I will know that I am slipping- I will not believe that I can eat healthily at McDonald’s.

I guess it’s supposed to be about smaller changes? Maybe the goal is to gradually help her to change her lifestyle… I don’t think that’s what has happened with her friend, but maybe I’m wrong. I sure hope so.

All of that said, here is this morning’s breakfast.

picture-133I made some cinnamon roll instant oatmeal and added some frozen organic blueberries and some whipped cream for a little bit of extra fun.

picture-1341And again.

I also had a Clif Z chocolate brownie bar.

Ok… so I know it’s not exactly ideal, but I do need to go to the store and get some regular oats. I should put that on my to-do list.

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