For my Clinical Nutrition class, we had to keep a 2-day food record with our calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein. Now I normally don’t mind (or even kind of – dare I say it – like) assignments such as this. However I realized a few things the past couple days:
1. I eat way more calories than I thought. I’ve been trying to lose a couple pounds that I’ve gained lately (just 2-3!) in order to fit comfortably back into my pants. I won’t weigh myself – just go by how my clothes fit. But I’ve been frustrated with the fact that my pants don’t seem to be getting any loser! Looking at my food record really shows me how all the little things add up (2 T coffee creamer, handful of cereal, those few bites of whatever…).
Lesson learned – BLT’s (bites licks and tastes) really do add up. And food journaling is pretty necessary for weight loss, in my opinion. Especially when you only have a teeny bit to lose and your body doesn’t want to let go.
2. I’m eating more than I thought, and while I’m not losing, I’m also not gaining. Goes to show that your body needs more to sustain you than you might think!
3. Calorie counting sucks. Simple as that. I just can’t fall back into that trap. In just two days, I saw myself slipping back – thinking about my food constantly, stressing about the fact that I’m already at X calories in the middle of the day and I haven’t even had snack or dinner yet?! If I went too “high”, I’d feel guilty and worrisome the rest of the night. It consumes me and I’ve been so free since I stopped obsessive calorie counting.
As much as I think it might be necessary to calorie-count for these few stubborn pounds that have crept back on me, there’s no way I want to go back to that lifestyle. No way Jose! And I’m so glad my 2-day homework assignment is over 🙂
I really slacked on pictures today folks. Forgive me?
It’s Waffle overnight oats Wednesday!
Rather than muesli, I just used normal oats. Definitely like muesli better. Anyways I combined:
1/3 cup multigrain oats
2/3 cup almond milk
Couple spoonfuls vanilla chobani
1/2 mashed naner
2 chopped dates
Earth balance PB
In the morning I topped it with
- 1 diced peach
- Handful Nature’s Path pecan crunch cereal
- Scoop of Sunbutter
Mmm. I loved how mushy the dates got overnight.
This fueled me for my 2-hour class, 45 minute gym sesh, and another hour of class. But then I got starving in my 12-2 class, and whipped out a Cinnamon Roll Larabar. Unfortunately it was in the middle of class and I have enough class (woah I completely just said the word ‘class’ way too many times) not to snap a photo while the teacher is lecturing.
But I’m 99.9% sure that my lara looked something like this:
And I’m .1% sure that I might have fallen asleep in class and dreamt about eating this. But shhh. Don’t tell.
My thoughts: “Hmm. A bit bland? No distinct taste really. Just…well…cinnamony. Well duh – maybe that’s why they call it Cinnamon Roll.”
On Tuesday I went with 2 snacks eaten in 3 parts throughout my classes. Today I went with 1 snack, and I could tell the difference. I was starving.
Wolfed down my lunch of
homemade TJ’s black bean & corn enchiladas during the 20 minutes I had between school and work.
With guac & FF sour cream.
The rest of the day’s eats went unpictured (tons of fruit, and then dinner). But whatever. My apologies if you’re thatupset about it.
Now to finish my lab write up for tomorrow. G’nighty.