I had two options this morning. Either I could wake up at 5 and study for another hour before leaving for my meal management final or I could get up at 5:30, get an extra half hour of sleep, and not study. I chose the latter. 🙂
I decided to sleep a little more and have a good healthy breakfast. Sometimes those help out moreso then cramming in a little more study time!! Besides, my entire day yesterday consisted of studying and reviewing and I felt as if not much more would sink in at that point.
Breakfast was two slices of whole wheat bread from Trader Joes with 1/2 an avocado and some fresh pepper ground on top. And a glass of milk on the side. YUM…this breakfast held me over for a good 3-1/2 hrs, which is a lot to say for me. 🙂
I had a snack when I came home, even though I really wasn’t all too hungry. A banana with a T. of almond butter was just perfect.
I split this grapefruit for dessert with dad…
…and this is not you dreaming. This picture was stolen from yesterday’s dessert, because I ate my peice too fast before snapping a photo! 🙂
Exercise: Just a 3-4 mile walk
~~**Cutting Calorie Counting**~~
I’ve noticed a lot of people have a hard time with this. There are a ton of personal opinions and stories based on the pros and cons of it all. Personally, I think it has its time and place but isn’t meant for long term usage.
When I needed to lose my freshman-15, it came in handy to figure out what a day typically would look like and kept me accountable for keeping my portion sizes reasonable.
It also came in handy when I needed to gain weight. There were times when I just wasn’t hungry but knew that I needed to force myself. It helped me find the foods that would pack in the calories without filling me up too much.
But with maintenance? Where do people draw the line? I think once you figure out proper portion sizes, and start to get a hang of intuitive eating (learning what it feels like when you’re hungry or full) you’ll be better off without it. It can be compulsively obsessive, or make you eat more when you don’t really need it (aren’t hungry) or eat less when you could use it (some days you just need more food then others!)
Try giving up calorie counting for a while and see how you feel. If it’s too scary to go cold turkey, write down everything you ate throughout the day and tally it up at the end. Are you hungry? Did you eat when you were full and hungry and did it pan out pretty well? Did you choose healthy options most of the time? How does your calorie count look in comparison to where you were aiming for?
Do this for a while until you can go a couple days before tallying it up. Try a week next. And if you’re feeling really good about this new idea, try giving up the tallying journal for a couple days at a time. You’ll be surprised over how liberating this new way of eating can be. 🙂