My first “What I Ate Today” post was a hit and I thought I’d entertain you all with another. The thing about these posts are that they are my real life. I don’t alter what I am going to eat because I know that I am documenting it. I don’t pick a day that is going to be a good day to show you. This is my life. This is how I eat.
In fact, I started my day thinking, “this will be a good example of how I eat most of the time.” My meals were planned out for the day already and I am working on getting back on track from an over indulgent weekend. And then I got a text from my in-laws asking if I wanted to meet them for dinner. I love to go out to dinner and as much as I love cooking dinner, sometimes I love a break just as much.
So here is what I ate today, here is my attempt at an 80-20 lifestyle… it is not always easy. I do battle with temptation and it does take thought and planning. Today, the temptation was hard.
I started my day with a Raspberry Vanilla Shake. In the blender went: almond milk, raspberries, half of a frozen banana, vanilla protein powder, peanut butter, and ice. Of course I drank it alongside my black coffee.
I headed to the gym to meet a friend for some heavy lifting and ended it with a killer Metcon workout using these weapons of choice.
I was starving when I finished and realized that I forgot my Post Workout Snack- something I rarely forget. I had a few stops to make on the way home and by the time I got home I was starving. I created one of my favorites for lunch: an egg scramble. In the skillet went bacon, a left over potato from last night’s dinner (yes, I eat potatoes!), zucchini, red pepper and three eggs. It was so good and I scarfed it down along with a granny smith apple and almond butter.
Although my brunch was filling I was craving some sweet by 1:00. I made myself another shake: chocolate, banana, peanut butter, almond butter and ice and drank it alongside two peanut butter banana muffins. I had forgotten about these muffins I had in my freezer and they are good for when I have a sweet tooth (everything in moderation). Sweet tooth averted with the shake and muffins, but I was still hungry…
So much for staying away from anything processed this week because then I filled up a bowl of salsa and chips before leaving the house. Raw veggies with the salsa would have been a much better choice- I know better.
I had some errands to run this afternoon after I was finished I stopped at Starbucks until it was time to get my munchkins (Tuesdays are my day off from my #1 job: Mommy). I stopped at Starbucks do some blog work and ordered a black coffee… but what else goes along with a coffee on a rainy day besides a petite vanilla scone!
Dinner time came and I went into my meal prepared. As bad as I wanted a beer, I knew I had to say no. Pretzel breadsticks? I needed to say no to those too. I was hoping my in-laws wouldn’t suggest an appetizer… and they didn’t, so I resisted the temptation there.
After checking out the menu and debating over whether or not I should go with my favorite Blackened Tilapia Wrap (which is served with homemade chips) I decided to do better since I ate that vanilla scone, a bowl of tortilla chips and not one but two muffins today. I selected the Tuna appetizer and a side salad as my meal. I kept the croutons on my salad, took off my cheese and ordered extra cucumbers. I topped it with balsamic dressing. Dinner was filling and I am sitting here drinking my water with a couple of drops of grapefruit and a slice of lemon and calling it a night.
I am not perfect. Once again, I should have had more veggies today- that is always my hardest thing. I could have made better choices when I went for the chips, the muffins and the scone.
It is not always easy. Every single thing I put in my mouth requires thought. Sometimes I eat mindlessly and I pay. Other times I practice the right balance of good food and fun treats. It is not just about my waist line, or how I look in clothes… it is about how I feel. When I fuel my body improperly I am tired, grouchy and get belly aches. I’d rather go through this life feeling great!
Your turn- tell me?
How do you make decisions about what to eat?
What is your favorite treat on a rainy day?