Thursday, February 28, 2013

Balance?

I finally figured out how to eat less than 1,200 calories in a day.  The picture to the left shows my net calories for the last three days.  I had a pretty significant workout, plus shoveling snow, yesterday, so with the calories Lose It subtracted for exercise, it worked out to just under 1,200 yesterday, and the day before, where I hadn't worked out, I was almost that much over my calories. Monday was a more typical day.

How did this happen? Tuesday I had all-day meetings plus evening class. I ate a good breakfast at home, and that was the only decent food I had all day. We were having lunch at one of our meetings, and our school usually provides pretty decent meals, so I didn't worry.

I had forgotten that one of our school's donors had provided pizza for the lunch. And it was greasy, deep-dish pizza. There was salad, but by the time I got to it it was all gone, so there was no food other than pizza and cookies.  I had promised my class I would go out with them since it was our last class, and it was a bar, so not a lot of good options there either.  Instead of eating the pizza, I should have waited and gone off-campus, but I didn't really have time. I had a bunch of grading to do. The only good thing I did all day was drink a ton of water, since I was sitting at tables with pitchers and cups all day.  I think the next time we have one of these all-day things, I'm going to pack a lunch. Especially if there's a chance of a repeat of that meal.

Two restaurant meals in one day did not do good things to my body. I woke up feeling like I had chewed on a salt lick, and I didn't want breakfast. Just packing my husband's lunch made my stomach lurch. I didn't eat until after my Spin class, around 11:30, and I had a very clean, veggie-filled meal. And then I really wasn't hungry for the rest of the day. I felt awful, in fact.  I forced myself to have something small when I got home from class because I thought I should.

I didn't really want breakfast this morning either.  So either I have some kind of bug, or food poisoning, or my body is just really not happy about the way it was treated on Tuesday. I had some yogurt with blueberries for breakfast in the hopes of getting some good bugs into my system in case the pizza killed them off.

The nice thing is that I am done with teaching for a couple of weeks. I need to get my syllabus out before I leave for D.C., and I am going to try to get my grades done if I can, too. I don't want to take my laptop with me if I can avoid it, and I can't really grade on my iPad.

Daily Checklists:

Monday:


  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 30 minutes of running, 15 minutes of walking.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was 264 calories over budget.  
  • Take my supplements: Yes
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Banana, pomegranate, apple, salad with pear, mushroom soup, big pile of roasted burssels sprouts, bell peppers, potatoes, onion, and beets.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: A little over.

Tuesday:
  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: No exercise other than walking to and from my car. Sat in meetings all day.  
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Obviously not.
  • Take my supplements: No.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Grapefruit, avocado, pizza sauce. At the bar we had a veggie tray to share, so I might have gotten one serving of veggies that way. 
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: Maybe 25.



Wednesday:
  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 40-minute Spin class, shoveled snow.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": 1,234 calories UNDER goal.
  • Take my supplements: No.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Broccoli, celery, grape tomatoes.  No fruit.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: Maybe half that.


2 comments:

  1. Sorry you felt so sick on Wed, that sounds awful. Do you normally get such a strong reaction with Pizza? Or do you think it was something else?

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    1. I've never had that reaction before. I think it was just too much bad food in one day, since dinner was not great either.

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