food diary- layla


Today was another mostly positive day. I did break my no snacking rule, however, it wasn’t so bad. I didn’t drink a drop of alcohol, although the stress of work and the start of my period really made me crave a whiskey sour (I don’t know why, but it gets rid of my cramps). I also went to the gym again, but I only did 45 minutes this time – I was too ravenous and crampy to stay any longer. Here’s the food log.

Breakfast

  • 2% Plain Fage Greek yogurt, sweetened with honey
  • 3 grapes (didn’t like them, so I only ate three)

Lunch

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  • Chili spiced sweet potatoes
  • Cajun rice (only ate about 1/2 serving on the plate)
  • BBQ Jalapeno seitan
  • 1 1/2 sugar cookies

Snack

  • Handful of Pirate’s Booty
  • Small package of gummy bears

Post work-out snack

  • Cube of mozzarella cheese
  • Small handful of caramel flavored rice cakes

Dinner

  • 1 Lamburger (so good!)
  • Walnut and Parmesan salad w/ homemade vinaigrette

Snack

  • Two thin mint girl scout cookies (edit: I ate two more when roomie and I were staying up talking. My stomach was growling. haha)

I feel like I ate SO much writing it all out and yet I’m still not really full. That’s the thing with me and working out. The second I start burning calories and doing cardio, I become a beast. I just want to eat and eat. I don’t feel bad about what I ate today (at least I didn’t while I was eating it), but now that I’ve elaborated on it, it feels excessive. I really hate snacking – it’s not something I like doing, but I need the fuel. I just need to fuel a bit more efficiently, I think.

On the plus side, I had a nice moment today where I stopped eating Pirate’s Booty because I realized I was only eating it because it was there. I really want to try and focus on eating only when I’m hungry, instead of acting like I’ve been on a desert island with no food and all of a sudden, I’m in a grocery store. Honestly, sometimes that’s how I behave. It’s not attractive and it certainly hasn’t gotten me anywhere. So that’s my new focus – what, when and why am I eating?

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Today I decided to be completely and totally selfish and it seems to have worked for me. I told myself that I was leaving work at 5 pm regardless of what I had or hadn’t finished. I got in at 8 am and damnit, 9 hours with no concrete lunch break is more than enough work for a day, especially considering what I do. So I left work at 5, picked up my blood thinners and some toiletries, got some groceries to make dinner and came home. I also went to the gym! Yay! Worked out for 1 hour – 30 minute course on the bike and 30 minutes of the elliptical/stairmaster hybrid machine. I feel fabulous! I hope I can keep this attitude up tomorrow.

As for food – I’m okay today. It was mac and cheese bar at work, which means all mac and cheese, all the time. Macaroni and cheese is my weakness and I refuse to say no to it, so I had it for lunch, but I coupled it with a nice salad, so I don’t feel so bad about it. I ate a fruit/veggie at every meal and I even remembered to take pictures. I also took my blood thinners in the correct dosage. Today is definitely a success!

Food Diary

Breakfast

breakfast

  • Greek yogurt with walnuts and honey
  • 1 honey tangerine

Lunch

lunch

  • One small scoop of buffalo chicken mac and cheese
  • Classic mac and cheese with jalapeno tabasco sauce (the only way to eat it – for realz)
  • Mixed greens with walnuts, parmesan, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Dinner

dinner

  • 2 small lamb and mozzarella burgers, each one on half of a whole wheat bun
  • Mixed greens with walnuts, freshly grated parmesan, and homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Alcohol

  • None – take that!

Recipes:

Lamb Burger with Smoked Mozzarella

  • Cut 1/4 pound of smoked mozzarella into four pieces
  • Divide a pound of ground lamb into quarters
  • Form into patties around each piece of cheese
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Grill or broil until the outsides feel very firm, 3-4 min per side
  • Serve on toasted buns

Homemade balsamic vinaigrette

  • I Tbsp.Dijon¬† mustard
  • 2-3 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3¬† Tbsp.olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • salt and pepper

My job is frustrating me, almost to the point of tears because I feel like someone’s burying me alive as I try and get out of the hole they’ve dug. They just keep pouring that dirt on and anytime I get close to getting out, someone dumps another shovelful. So in that vein, I didn’t exercise, and I made poor food choices. Lovely. Here’s the recap

Breakfast

  • 1/2 package of Fage yogurt, sweetened with honey
  • 1 piece of amaretto challah french toast, topped with brown sugar and walnuts (so good, but so bad!)

Lunch

  • 2 puebla chicken tacos with cheese, salsa, and sour cream

Snack

  • 1 oz. pirate’s booty

Dinner

  • 2 forkfuls of beef stew with noodles (so gross I couldn’t finish, but I was working late and it was what they were serving)

Snack

  • 1 1/2 glasses of wine
  • Sleeve of Town House crackers

Ugh, I am so disgusted with myself. I just wish I had time to eat the way I want to. What I really want to know is how do you deal with stress and eating? Honestly – when your job makes you want to cry and you’re in the office til late, how do you ensure that you get the right nutrients? I don’t understand it. Clearly.

Food Diary

Breakfast – it starts out okay

  • 4 oz Fage Greek yogurt, sweetened with splenda + one crushed-up Nature’s Valley Oats and Honey granola bar

Lunch – and here’s where we go downhill…

  • 1 hamburger with ketchup
  • 1 hot dog with ketchup and mustard
  • 1 heaping serving of french fries
  • 3 pieces of BBQ seitan

Dinner

  • Half a sleeve of Town House crackers

Good Lord – I really screwed up royally today. It started out well, but then I had a friend over to my company for lunch. Basically, I work in the land of Good and Plenty – where food is EVERYWHERE. So I proceeded to scarf down a hamburger AND a hot dog, fries, and then some seitan. WTF? Basically, I eat like I grew up in a poor third world village and I don’t know where my next meal is coming from. I get so excited over my favorite junky foods that I attack them and eat everything in sight. Did I really need a hamburger and a hot dog? No. Are these things difficult to acquire in the real world? No. Are these items outside of my budget? No. So what the hell is wrong with me? I think I really need to work on remembering that I don’t have to eat everything at once. Food isn’t going anywhere. I can always make my favorite dishes later and don’t need to load up on food just because it’s there.

After that ridiculous food debacle, I was full for the rest of the night and I skipped dinner, instead opting for a half a sleeve of crackers. Classic Layla behavior.

On the bright side, I kept up my ‘no alcohol in the apartment’ ban and I took my meds. I also walked to and from work – so about 4.5 miles. I suppose that makes me feel a little bit better, but not really.

Today was full of hits and misses. I was supposed to get up early this morning to go the gym, but of course my bed was so warm and inviting that leaving it at 6 am was not happening. To compensate, I walked 2 miles to work, lugging my laptop bag the whole way there. I ate a fairly unhealthy lunch (I just can’t resist mac and cheese – it is my weakness). However, I managed to consume only one drink at happy hour today (instead of my usual 2-3) AND I resisted the sliders and fries that the other girls got. I came home and made myself dinner and even though it was bland, it was carbless and reasonably healthy. Tomorrow I would like to make something a little bit more appetizing, though. Will scour recipes tomorrow at work.

Food Log:

Breakfast

  • 1 package of Quaker Oats Cinnamon Spice oatmeal
  • 3 oz of Fage Greek Yogurt, sweetened with Splenda
  • Glass of water

Lunch

  • 1 1/2 servings of truffle manchego mac and cheese (whoops!)
  • Salad – mixed greens, walnuts, dash parmesan cheese, 1 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1 sugar cookie
  • Glass of water

Dinner

  • 1 chicken breast, cooked on skillet with hot pepper
  • 1 small serving of steamed broccoli
  • Glass of water

Alcohol

  • 1 whiskey and coke