For some reason I’m having the hardest time thinking of how to open this post! I usually have something pressing on my mind that can’t wait until later in the post, but this week I’m drawing a blank. I guess all I can say is – TGIW (thank god it’s Wednesday), for a number of reasons.
But, the reason that matters? What I Ate Wednesday. Let’s get to it.
breakfast = same as last week (I swear I haven’t eaten it every day – actually I haven’t eaten it at all since). Toast with cocoa protein frosting and frozen (I was out of fresh) berries.
[insert] iced coffee with almond-coconut milk, juicy pink lady apple.
salad! there are lentils in there, too. with kale, cucumber, and raw okra (thank you Heather for making me aware of its deliciousness!)
(ha, side note – one of my co-workers asked if I bring some kind of salad every day. pretty much, and I wouldn’t have it any other way)
[insert] clif builder’s s’mores protein bar. I was ravenous by the time I got off work (forgot to pack afternoon snack), and didn’t want to go grocery shopping hungry. so I grabbed a bar to hold me over until dinner.
courtesy of Joe the Trader. I’ve had this on my mind for a few weeks – no, it’s not particularly healthy, but oh well. Worth it.
Baked for 20 minutes, tossed on a good, old-fashioned salad of romaine, shredded broccoli, and tomatoes with a simple tahini and vinegar dressing. I made this guy last, but it didn’t last long enough!
dessert. slash pre-dinner snack. spoon went straight in jar, no shame.
Alright, so it’s the last WIAW where we’re supposed to talk about something fitness, and I can certainly say I loved this theme! I’m a lot more enthusiastic about fitness in real life than I am on the blog – I guess I just think about food more often!
Two main things I have to say about fitness this week. Number one:
I started Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp this week! And so far, I’m loving it. I’m actually super excited to be putting my fitness into someone else’s hands, which is something I’ve never done before. Tina is a certified professional who has designed a program to whip us into shape, and I’m going to follow it as best I possibly can.
Yes, that means there may be a day when I feel like I could have gotten in a “better” workout, or that I’m not doing enough of this or that exercise – but I know there’s a progression to this program, and I’m excited to see what it will do to my body.
Number two: I’m tracking my food. [disclaimer: if talk of counting calories is triggering to you in any way, you may not want to read on] Hear me out – I’m finally at a place in my relationship with food where I can do this and not let it take over my life. I’m doing it using MyFitnessPal.com, and the app for my Android.
(photos from the Android app store)
I’m at a healthy weight, and I want to stay here. I’m done with the restriction, but I’ve always had an issue with eating too much. The purpose of this exercise is to teach me what a proper serving size is. I’ve tried for months to let my body figure it out, but with no such luck. My ability to eat past fullness with little discomfort has hindered me in this.
I think it’s finally time to stop my up-and-down eating habits (and weight fluctuations) and learn how much is enough, once and for all. No, I’m not tracking my weight, and I’m only estimating when it comes to serving sizes – this is meant to be a food diary, NOT a weight loss tool. The tracking will make me re-evaluate my hunger cues. But, if I do find myself truly hungry, I will eat something, even if it means I “go over my limit” for the day. It happens, and I am vowing now, I will not deprive myself.
Have you even followed a fitness plan before? What did you think?
Do you track what you eat? Do you naturally eat a good amount for your body?