I have been being so indecisive lately!! This morning I wanted to workout before breakfast, but I didn’t want to get up at 5, but I also wanted to walk with the husband to the lightrail. So I couldn’t decide what to do. Then once I decided on timing, I couldn’t decide between a run and a quick gym trip! Since I’ll be running a lot at the beach, I decided to go to the gym for variety. So I did, and squeezed in 30 minutes on the Stairmaster before I came home and walked the husband to work and ran home. Whew!
I had half a banana with almond butter before I left –
Breakfast was worse!! First it was hot oatmeal with trail mix. Then muesli with trail mix. Then pumpkin oatmeal with chocolate chips, then pumpkin muesli. Then pancakes! Ahhhhh! I couldn’t figure out what I wanted most. I finally decided on muesli with TJ’s antioxidant trail mix (dried fruit and almond slivers) with banana and strawberries. It was delicious!
The mixture was:
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup Brown Cow Low-Fat Yogurt
- 1/4 cup hemp milk
- 1/4 cup skim milk
- Half a med. banana
- A handful (about 1/2 a cup) sliced strawberries
- 2/3 a serving of antioxidant trail mix
I made sure to get out the green spoon to remind me to eat slowly since the last time I made this I gobbled it down.
THEN the decision was between tea and coffee! The husband was gone and didn’t make coffee, and I always use days when he’s not here to have tea. But I really wanted coffee! So coffee it was. I ended up having 1.5 cups. I think what I like most about coffee is it really helps me feel full along with breakfast. The extra liquid helps weight down my stomach. <3 it.
Calories In, Calories Out
In spirit of last night’s calorie counting comments, I’m thinking about taking a break (indefinitely?) from counting. I have maintained my weight loss for a year now and am just now starting to feel confident in my ability to make good judgments in portions and balance. It’s taken me a whole year to get that feeling. I’m hoping you all will understand if I discontinue the calorie counts per meal. I will still be calculating nutritional information for recipes, so I will include those (mostly for dinners or new culinary creations) when I have them as an FYI. You can pretty much assume that my everyday breakfasts, lunches and dinners will each be about 500 kcal with a 200-300 kcal snack.
Like all good and bad habits, I don’t think going cold turkey is the best way to proceed. It needs to be a gradual process. I don’t doubt that I’ll keep a general tally in my head, and I will probably keep closer count on days when I am out of my normal routine (to both make sure I’m eating enough and not too much!) And I think I will also continue to measure out calorie-dense foods like trail mix and nut butters. But overall, I’m going to test this out and see what happens!
I think the most important thing to realize is, I WILL sometimes eat more than I want to or need to, but other times I’ll eat less. It’s the squiggly line approach 100% instead of just normal day vs. special occasion. The last time I switched from calorie counting to food group counting I gained about 3-4 pounds, so let’s hope I’ve learned something in the past 9 months! I am hoping the difference is that I have now learned a more moderate approach to eating out and snacking and will do my best to keep fueling my body with the best possible nutrition I can while enjoying every bite I put in my mouth