The Importance of Proper Fueling

22 Oct

Edit: The title of this post makes it seem more informative than it is. This is more about my struggles with eating healthfully on the weekends, especially when I let myself get overly hungry.

On Friday night, I made Zach (and myself) a delicious steak dinner:

Mmm.

With roasted broccoli ala Pinterest (broccoli drizzled with olive oil, roasted in a very hot oven and sprinkled with lemon juice and Parmesan cheese), and roasted red skinned potatoes. It was a yummy meal. I decided at that point that I would share my weekend eats with you today.

On Saturday morning, I had plans to go to Zumba and Weighted Workout classes with my friend Ashley, so I fueled up with a (whole) pumpkin spice bagel and some neufchatel cheese. After this meal, however, things got a little wonky with my eating and I fell off the documentation wagon. We went to our two (hour long) classes and I made the mistake of not bringing anything with calories with me. Ideally, when I’m working out for 2 hours, I should have some sort of snack halfway through, preferably a sports drink or an energy gel, but I didn’t, so by the time I was done with class, I was famished. By famished, I don’t mean just a little bit hungry, I mean, ouch, my stomach is really killing me hungry.

Zach and I had plans to go to Goodwill to look for Halloween costume elements (we’ve thought of a great costume, but you’ll have to wait to see photos), and he asked his sister to go along. It was about 11:30 AM at that point, and he told her we would go at noon. We had planned to grab pitas at a local restaurant, but at that point my hunger was completely out of control. I even kind of snapped at Zach, whining, “Why do we have to wait until nooooooonnn??” before eating another half of a bagel. At that point, Zach had relented to my whining (I get cranky when I’m hungry) and we ended up leaving early, so even though I had grabbed something to eat, I was still starving by the time we got to the pita shop. So I had a huge lunch on top of the half-bagel. Needless to say, my eating was pretty out of control for the rest of the day.

I don’t know about you, but when I let myself get overly hungry, my appetite is ruined for at least a whole day, sometimes two. Zach and I went to his friend Brian (and one of our groomsmen)’s house to watch football, and they had made lots of yummy football food. Of course, after the huge “lunch” I had eaten, I wasn’t hungry until we were almost ready to go and by then I was absolutely starving, so I had a bowl of cereal. Then we got there and I was still starving, so I loaded up on not-so-healthy football food (but oh man was it great). Of course there was lots of beer that night and late-night snacking, so all in all I’d say I failed on the healthy eating front. Boo.

Sunday was another big failure on the food AND fitness front. I didn’t get my long run in, and I ended up going to a bar for wings and beer and football. Ugh. Who am I?

I did make a delicious apple cheddar soup on Sunday evening to go along with a homemade pizza:

I promise it tasted better than it looks!

This soup was great. It’s got chopped up potatoes and apples, sharp cheddar cheese and apple cider — Here’s the recipe. Yum. I actually didn’t use apple cider, because it’s ridiculously expensive and I never drink it, so I couldn’t justify spending $8 on a gallon. Instead, I used put a cut up apple and one cup of apple juice in  my food processor and whirled it around until it had a cider consistency. This was a yummy soup. It’s got a nice, thick consistency and it’s nice and savory with a kick of apple. I love the thyme in the soup, it gives it that special something.

I’m pretty disappointed in my eating this weekend. I know I’ve gained a few pounds since summer, and if I don’t want to gain even more, I’m going to have to stop indulging on the weekends.

Question of the day:
Do you get cranky when you get overly hungry? Does it derail your eating schedule? 

Advertisements

One Response to “The Importance of Proper Fueling”

  1. Megan Greene October 22, 2012 at 10:29 am #

    I get the same way if I wait too long to eat. Cranky! It’s horrible and sometimes triggers a binge! Blah! I just started a new work schedule and it has my eating/workout schedule off. I get off work and I’m starving. . then it’s hard to be reasonable with portions, etc. I feel your pain!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: