Started the day with Ezekiel Sesame toast and PB while reading your comments from last night. Thanks for all the great questions! I’m really busy through 2pm today, but hopefully I’ll get to them then.
I had a GREAT workout this morning (with my new Shape Magazine!). 30 minutes stairmaster, 10 minutes ET, 15 minutes strength. I used the resistance bands today and really enjoyed them. It’s funny how my muscles look different when I use bands vs. free weights vs. machines. I’d say that bands make them look the most toned (I’m just talking about while I’m lifting – not long term since I use all kinds on a regular basis). Anyways, I combined squats and lunges with some upper body for more of a burn. 470 kcal gone!
This breakfast was SO great. First off I started with an oatmeal pancake. Sometimes I make the batter the night before and just mixed in 1/3 of a freshly mashed banana in the morning and other times I make the batter right before I put it in the pan. I’ve found that the baking powder, which controls the fluffiness of the pancake, seems to deactivate (or something) when I let it sit overnight. So I guess to get a fluffier pancake I either need to add the BP at the last minute or make the batter in the mornings. Or just eat flatter pancakes!!! Despite the texture being flat, it tasted great!! Topped with walnuts and 2/3 of the mashed banana.
On the side I had grapefruit sections. I find there is something really satisfying to the palate about grapefruit. Plus it’s super heavy with water, which means it helps you feel full fast. I LOVE grapefruit and need to remember to eat it more!! I find eating it in the skin (like a bowl) is way too annoying and takes too long to cut the sections. So I just peel and eat it like an orange. Eating it without sugar takes a little getting used to, but now I don’t mind the sour/tart flavor.
Lastly, I traded my coffee today for a hot chocolate! I made this with a cup of skim milk plus 1 tbsp no-sugar-added Nesquik (half the recommended 2 tbsp for 35 calories). I can’t find CIB in a canister around here and hate used half the packet all the time (I don’t need the full packet – I’d rather get 2 uses out of it!) but this Nesquik seems to be very similar to the CIB. It’s a little less calories because I don’t think it has quite as much in it, but it sure is chocolately and makes a great sugar-free hot chocolate!
(I have no idea why my mug shots are always blurry. I can’t seem to find the problem. Maybe too much white??)
All together for 470 kcal (a little higher than usual but REALLY satisfying and filling. I’ll surely make it until noon without needing a snack)
Breakfast calories: ~590