I like my job most of the time, but faculty meetings are the absolute worst, and second-worst is sitting and listening to the same speeches with the same jokes and/or inspiring stories at orientation twice a year. I have only been there for five years, but that means that I have heard this stuff all ten times now.
I did the best I could. I had my own breakfast at home at 6:30, and made sure to include an egg for staying power. I avoided the breakfast buffet by bringing my own coffee in a thermal cup and going right to my seat. I did end up having fruit and half a bagel because I was starved (and completely frustrated from sitting and listening to faculty listen to themselves talk) by the 10:00 break, and needed to refill my coffee. I had no idea what lunch was going to be so I didn't want to go in too hungry.
Lunch, luckily, was soup and salad. I had a lot of salad greens and sliced grilled chicken, no dressing. I miscalculated when I took a cup of the soup, which was cream of broccoli. It was delicious but not worth 300 calories. Lunch was not very filling and this meeting ran long too, so I ended up giving in to a giant rice krispie treat, which was probably the best thing I had all day. I counted it as two regular-sized ones. I made sure to drink lots of water all day.
I had packed warm clothes and it was nice outside, so I stopped at the grocery store on my way home to change and restocked our veggie and fruit supply. Then I got changed and went out for my run, which was my favorite part of the whole day. I had a pretty substantial snack at home before going to orientation in hopes of not eating the food there.
I kept a cup of tea in my hands at orientation for a lot of the time, but I did decide to have three mini egg rolls and a small scoop of snack mix. There was a dessert reception at the end of it all, and I stayed far, far away from the table and didn't even look to see what it was, so as not to be tempted. When I got home I was tired and hungry and had some air-popped popcorn.
Overall, I was 479 calories over my calorie budget, which means that I ate at maintenance level for the day instead of at losing level. That seems like a better bad day than I used to have.
Daily checklist for yesterday, January 10:
- Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Did an Ease into 5K workout, for 25 minutes of running and 10 minutes of walking.
- Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was 479 calories over budget.
- Take my supplements: I took them after running.
- Drink at least 90 ounces of liquids today: I had 96 ounces.
- Get at least 35 grams of fiber: I had 41.
Daily checklist for January 9:
- Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Went for a 30-minute walk.
- Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was 22 calories under my limit.
- Take my supplements: I forgot all about them.
- Drink at least 90 ounces of liquids today: I just made it.
- Get at least 35 grams of fiber: I was short on fiber, closer to 25 grams.