Friday, January 11, 2013

A better bad day, and a couple daily checklists

Yesterday was a bad day for willpower. I got stuck in meetings that were painfully, aggressively dull. I was on campus from 8:30-1:30, with both breakfast and lunch served. Then I had to be back from 5:30-9:00, across the whole dinner hour, for an orientation, with snack foods all around and a requirement that I be "on" the whole time, answering student questions and generally being friendly. I realize that this adds up to pretty normal work hours, but the difference was that I was not in my own office space for any of this time. I had to sit in meetings for the entire morning and early afternoon window, and then take care of students at orientation for the whole time in the evening. There were a lot of speakers at orientation, so there was a lot of sitting and listening in the evening too.

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.

1 comment:

  1. This is going to sound silly, but I thought of it with your note on forgetting supplements:

    My first nasal spray is next to my alarm clock. I turn off alarm and do spray.

    My second nasal spray is right above the toilet paper next to my toilet. I do second spray during morning pee.

    My night time pills are in a pill strip (7 compartments) on arm of couch, next to remote, where I watch TV just before bed each night. I take them right when I sit down and switch on power.

    Next to tooth brush or rubber banding pill strip to cell phone or car keys would be other ideas. You are very smart to have supplements as part of your check list so you are aware.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07