Another rest day. Sigh.
I was actually glad that I had a planned rest day today because Zach and I stayed up late (11:30, haha) last night to watch the season finale of Sons of Anarchy (I spend most of my time “watching” that show with my hand over my eyes — I’m a wuss), so I figured I could sleep in today. I even canceled my usual 5:25 AM alarm and set a new alarm for 7, so of course my eyes flew open at 5:13 AM and I was wide awake.
Oh well, at least I got some cleaning done, including the dreaded task of scooping out the cat boxes — yuck!
Today, I’m focusing on not eating everything in sight. I have been a little out-of-control snacky lately, and it’s sabotaging my efforts to lose those pounds I put on while training for the half. So, I’ve decided to participate in my first What I Ate Wednesday — sort of. When bloggers who are good at photographing their food and planning their daily blogs do this, they usually pick a day other than the Wednesday they are posting it so that they can show you a whole day’s worth of food. Since I’m a bad planner, I’m putting up my post a little later than usual and giving you What-I-Ate-Wednesday-Up-Until-My-Afternoon-Snack: WIAWUUMAS. Yeah, not quite as catchy, but anyway, here we go:
In case you don’t know, WIAW is a phenomenon that pops up in Healthy Living Blogs all over and was started by Jenn at Peas and Crayons. If you are new to it, please click here to read more about what WIAW is all about.
I started out my morning with a two-ingredient panacake and some coffee. Of course, as usual I ate half of the pancake at home, and then saved half for when I got to work. I paired my second half with an apple and a big glass of water:
For my post-breakfast snack, I had a piece of Hershey’s dark chocolate with almonds. In case you haven’t gotten the memo, dark chocolate is healthy. So are almonds. So it counts! 😉
Usually for lunch, Zach picks me up and we go home. Since he is at a meeting out of town today, I stuck around the office for lunch. I wrapped a sweet potato in some foil this morning and I popped it into the oven at work around 10:30 so it would be nice and baked by noon. Then I headed out in search for some soup and/or a salad:
My plan was to get a side-salad and a CUP of soup from Shlotzsky’s to go with my sweet potato, but they have this “Pick 2” promotion, and it ends up being cheaper to get a bowl of soup and a half salad ($5.99), when a cup of soup is $2.49 and a side salad is $3.99 — how crazy is that!? This ended up being a great deal, because the soup and potato was more than enough food for me. I took the croutons off the salad and saved it for dinner. Win! The sweet potato was so good! I put it in the oven around 10:30 at a low temperature, and just let it cook until I got back with my soup and salad — it was perfectly soft and yummy. I poured hot sauce all over it and just ate it like that. I like my lunch time meal to be my largest meal of the day. I tend to get the late-afternoon munchies, so I like to hold that off as long as possible.
As much as I love having lunch at home with Zach, sometimes it’s ok to stay at the library. I grab a magazine from the Reference Department to flip through while I eat, and then I usually have enough time to take a 10-20 minute walk.
The #Elf4Health Challenge for today was to pack a healthy snack, and pack one for a friend. I have a co-worker who always talks to me about making healthy food choices, so I packed myself and her an afternoon snack:
I was so excited to give it to her, but of course she worked the late shift and didn’t come into work until almost noon today. I took it down to her after lunch and she was very happy! She said on her late day, she doesn’t usually have time to eat so it was perfect timing. Doing good deeds makes me 🙂
So: What constitutes a healthy snack? In my opinion, it’s something tasty that will satiate you for a couple hours until your next meal. I personally like to pair something crunchy and fibrous (a piece of crunchy fruit or some carrot sticks) with a little protein (peanut butter, almonds, cheese) — so yes, my chocolate from this morning counts! Sometimes, I’ll just make myself half of a PB&J and pair it with a piece of fruit. Yum! Snacks are important to me because if I get over-hungry, I will not make healthy food choices. I know I shouldn’t be inhaling three pieces of pizza, but I’m starving, so get out of my way.
…and that’s where we are going to wrap up my first WIAW post! Hopefully next time I can plan ahead a little and give you a full day of eats.
A quick note in the interest of full-disclosure: I have decided that I really hate counting calories, so instead, I’m back on the Weight Watchers train. In case you don’t know, I lost the majority of my weight on Weight Watchers — I’m a huge fan. I can’t afford the weekly fee, so I just use my old knowledge of the program and calculators to count points rather than calories. For some reason it’s easier to wrap my brain around the points system than calories.
Question of the Day:
What is the one thing that easily sabotages your efforts to make healthy food choices? Which meal of the day is usually your largest?