Normally, I love re-committing to weight loss or exercise or whatever on the first of the month (the whole “new month, new start” thing), but I’m going to start my public tracking/blogging of food as of yesterday, 11/2. These first two recaps are pictureless, unfortunately; it’s hard to get into the habit of bringing your camera everywhere!
Sunday was sort of a “lost” day, if you know what I mean; Matt and I (well, really just me – I’m a lightweight when it comes to drinking) partied a little bit too hard Saturday night and I was exhausted all day, despite the extra hour of sleep. The plan was to drive out to visit my dad for the day, so I spent the first few hours of the morning hydrating with water and Diet Sprite, then filled the tummy with a plain whole wheat bagel and chugged a giant Gatorade in the car.
After 2 hours of tennis (that I somehow survived hangover-headache-free!) and a quick post-workout snack of the last of my Gatorade and a granola bar, the three of us decided we had “earned” pizza. I hopped in the car and got a half-sausage, half-pepperoni pie with some garlic knots. Mmmm, greasy goodness! Two slices – one of each – and four garlic knots later I was done with eating for the day. Not exactly a balanced day by any stretch of the imagination, but that happens sometimes.
Yesterday, on the other hand, was one of those glorious high motivation days – the first day “back on the wagon” always is, I guess. Food-wise, I wasn’t stellar (note to Kara from Kara: stop being so hard on yourself!), but it was a much better day than it would have been had I not tracked. Anyone else notice that you tend to make better food choices on the days you write everything down? Here’s the damage:
Venti skinny vanilla latte
Starbucks perfect oatmeal with brown sugar
Small tossed salad with cheddar cheese, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and celery
Small cream of tomato with chicken and orzo soup (H&H’s monthly special! Mmm!)
1 piece 7-grain bread
2 cups unsweetened peach applesauce
2 granola bars (one around 2:00, one around 4:30)
Around ½ Qdoba salad with steak, fajita veggies, mild salsa and a bit of cheese
LOTS of tortilla chips!
Chocolate chip peanut butter Clif bar
In total I had about 39 Weight Watchers points yesterday – not great (the chips really did me in!), but as I said before, much better than a pre-WW day. I get 25 points a day and my goal is to eat around 30 a day – 25 DPs and 5 of my weeklies.
**Sidebar for those not aware of how WW works: every member is assigned a daily points (DP) value based on their weight, height, gender and daily activity level. You have to eat these points every day. Everyone also gets 35 free weekly points to use or not use at their discretion, and can earn additional points through exercise (activity points, or APs). My goal is to eat all of my dailies and weeklies, but not eat my APs until I start seriously marathon training. I’ll need to eat those extra calories I burn to be properly fueled for really long runs.**
After working out I had a hard time deciding between Qdoba and Chipotle – both dangerously around the corner from my gym – for dinner, and ultimately went for Qdoba since their food is a little milder than Chipotle’s (I’m not a big spicy food person). Big mistake. I overate the chips since the salad wasn’t filling and tasted a bit “off”, and the chips were a little too oily for my liking. I think I wound up eating the Clif bar after dinner because I wasn’t really full or satisfied with my dinner. Next time, I’m definitely going with Chipotle.
Breakfast and lunch were both great, though, even though my lunch salad was a little too onion-y and gave me bad breath for the afternoon L I do need more fresh fruit in my diet – that would’ve left me fuller longer in the morning. Live and learn – as I keep reminding myself, progress, not perfection.
My workout was awesome, though – I walked to the gym, then did 2.4 miles on the treadmill in 28:30, alternating 5 minutes of running at a 5.5 mph pace and 2 minutes walking with a short warmup. After the treadmill I did 20 minutes on the elliptical at level 2 resistance. It’s all about the baby steps.