I think I am going to have to start eating my breakfast on the way to work. I normally am not hungry right when I get up, and my coffee is fine for the hour train ride to work. But lately I’ve hit the ground running and yesterday didn’t even heat up my breakfast until nearly 10.
These spinach waffles are so good. I was worried that the fresh baby spinach would “water” down the batter, but it was just fine. The secret was putting all the wet ingredients into the blender, all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and while I contemplated throwing the flour mixture into the blender as well, I was glad I didn’t. I just poured the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and just mix until combined. It’s okay if the batter is a bit lumpy. I love how the edges of the waffle stay bright green! I had lunch plans, and since I ate a late breakfast, only ate one waffle sammie (2 for the waffle, 2 for the egg, 1 for the bacon, 1 for the syrup) with fresh fruit on the side for six smart points.
I am so lucky to have Boston Blackie’s in the lobby of my building. It’s nice having a restaurant that has good food so close, so we don’t waste time walking somewhere and can spend that time talking at the table. I had lunch with two of my co-workers, and it was nice getting to know them a bit better. I’ve said it before, but Tony’s word of advice when going to a restaurant is don’t order lasagna in an Irish Pub. Get what they are known for, and this place is known for its burgers. I had this lunch built into my weekly meal plan.
Look at that deliciousness! I used my trusty WW app to guesstimate how much this burger was, and based on other restaurant chains, my guess was 20 points for the whole burger. My plan, which I stuck to, was to just eat half the burger, and order the side salad instead of fries (or sweet potato fries or mashed potatoes!). I also asked for the Italian dressing on the side and dipped my fork in there, picked the croutons off and called lunch 12 smart points. It was delicious, I didn’t feel guilty, I no longer have the mindset that food is “good” or “bad.” It’s just food! I plan for deliciousness like this, and move on.
Work has been so busy that I literally look up and a couple hours goes by. Before I knew it, it was time to head home. And guess what I made for dinner – Lasagna Soup! Batch probably 2,872?! I halved the amount of Italian sausage I normally used, and added six cheese tortellini, so this giant bowl of soup came in at 9 smart points – leaving me with 3 points for an after dinner snack.
I got a few books from the library over the weekend. One of them was this book called Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss. I know to truly continue on my weight loss journey, that this has to be a lifelong journey, not just until I hit goal weight. And I know that through Weight Watchers, which is one of the reasons I love the plan because I can still eat pizza, burgers and the like while continuing to lose weight, but I approach food in a whole different way now.
Check out my tracker from August through November. I only tracked NINE full days in four months! No wonder the scale wasn’t moving! That, and well, maybe all the wine I hardly counted either.
What I like about this book though is that it teaches you core eating behaviors that you build on. You don’t go onto the next one until you’ve mastered the one you are on, and then take that first behavior, continue it and add the next behavior.
The first behavior? Only eat 3 meals a day. Unless you eat a very early breakfast, you can add a 4th meal. The key to all of this? Tracking! Saying “I’ll just do it in my head” or “I’ll just try and cut back” rarely works. Testament to those four months above, where I “thought” I was tracking everything, but without seeing it in black and white, you easily forget that granola bar you ate when you blood sugar was low in the car, or the cookie you grabbed at work. “Trying to change your habits doesn’t take the weight off. You have to actually practice your habits, so make sure you write them down somewhere to keep track.”
I think getting my cough in the middle of January was a blessing in disguise. I was still high on the “New Year New Me!” mantra, and didn’t want to throw in the towel because I couldn’t work out. Like most people when they want to make a change, they want to make ALL the changes at once:
- meal prep
- track food
- get to bed by 10:30 at night
- limit t.v.
- no alcohol during the week
- no fast food
The ALL or NOTHING approach. But what happens to me every.single.time is that I’ll start out great, and by maybe day five or six, after maybe a particularly long day at work, I would come home and have three glasses of wine on a Thursday night. Well, fudge crackers, that was one of my “rules” wasn’t it? Not to drink during the week?! Gah. Well, if I can’t do that, then I may as well hit up McDonald’s at the train station for breakfast! Thus continuing my life on the hamster wheel as I am calling it where I repeat the same thing over and over, expecting different results.
With exercise out of the picture for nearly a month, I really had to concentrate on WHAT I was eating, and WHY and WHEN. This book advocates having three meals a day with nothing in between. I really like that idea because since I take a shot of insulin every time I eat something, having two less shots a day is just fine in my book. It’s also okay to feel a bit of hunger between meals. “Having three or four satisfying meals also can help “reset” your hunger and fullness cues.” It also suggests that without snacking, it leads to a “metabolic shift” toward burning more fat and relying less on carbohydrates.
So this first “habit” is to last two weeks before introducing the next one. I have to tell you, that even though I was busy at work, there were times when I contemplated checking out what was in my “snack drawer” when I wasn’t even hungry. Much like checking off something on a to do list, I wanted a check mark on my first day of eating three meals, and I did it. Even though I had three points to “spend” after dinner, I wasn’t hungry, so I just didn’t eat.
I like being cognizant of my food choices, not only to get down to a healthy weight, but hopefully that these “lean” habits will become instinctive that I won’t even have to think twice about them. So here’s to the next couple weeks of my continued journey.
Curious how many of you eat snacks throughout the day. I have to be honest, if I did snack, it was on fruit in between meals because they are “free” but not really for me, because fruit is high in natural sugar which would require more insulin. I’ve probably eaten more fruit in the last two months than I have in the last two years, but it’s so good! I’ll just have to incorporate my fruit into my three meals.
I guess being aware is working for me, no?!
Make it a great day!