Everyone’s comments on loving veggies (or not!) were so interesting. I envy all of you veggie lovers! And for everyone like me, no fear- I’m going to keep looking for ways to sneak them into my day! When I see ‘Deceptively Delicious’ on sale again, I’ll buy it this time. 🙂
Breakfast had serious staying power. I love these pancakes even more, if that’s possible. I ate them at 7:45 and they kept me full for 7 hours!
After work, I hopped on the dreadmill to pound out a 30 minute speedwork session. Man, I am so glad I have clear fitness goals for this year, otherwise the gym would NOT have happened today, and I definitely would not have done speedwork! I had to get a ride home from my sister today, so I only worked out to kill time until she picked me up. I’m so glad I did. I never regret workouts… unless I get injured. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened for a while. Knock on wood!
I stayed on the dreadmill for 30 minutes, which is nothing short of a miracle for me. I could only stay on five minutes at a time the last time I did speedwork, so for me, 30 minutes is awesome! I started at 6 mph and I took it up 0.1 mph every minute until I got to 7.5 mph, and then dropped it down every minute until I reached 30 minutes. It sounds confusing, but it’s not 🙂 For some reason, paying attention to every minute that passes actually makes time go by faster for me!
I was sweating bullets and shaking like a leaf when I finished, so I did an easy 15 minutes on the bike followed by an easy 15 on the elliptical. I also sat in the sauna for a few minutes. It felt so good! Unfortunately, I have really pale skin, and being in the sauna turned my skin BRIGHT red. I saw my manager right after I got out and she asked me if I was okay… it’s that bad!
A real lunch never happened today. Shame on me! It got up to almost 80 degrees here today, and all I was craving was ICE CREAM. As soon as we walked in the door, my sister made a beeline for it and finished it off. I considered knocking her unconscious and claiming it for myself, but I let her eat it. Not without whining, of course. You win this time, twin! You hear that? (I know she will be reading this 🙂 )
I settled for the other white bean brownie sans ice cream, followed by an apple with peanut flour butter and a new to me item- pumpkin kefir!
It was on sale, and we all know I love a bargain. I had some with Kashi on top. I like the consistency, but I’m not crazy about the taste. It wasn’t bad, though!
I had some vegetable-black bean-I don’t know what to call it- stoup for dinner. Remember what I said about not eating as many veggies as I should? Lunch was proof positive of this fact. Thankfully, I think I made up for my lack of veggie consumption with dinner.
I topped it with Greek yogurt, eggs, and spinach, which was a bad idea. Ever since I got the stomach flu, I haven’t felt the same way about eggs 😦
Exciting news- I’m going to Las Vegas tomorrow! Most 21 year olds go to drink and gamble, but this 21 year old will be visiting family and staying away from any debauchery. A party animal I am not. I’m a blast, I know!
If you had asked me a few weeks ago, I would have said there’s only one reason to go to Vegas, and that, friends… is for the BUFFETS.
It’s no secret that I love buffets. When you take an extremely cheap girl with a binge eating problem and stick her in front of a buffet, crazy things can happen. And I definitely do not mean that in a good way.
As of January 1st, I have been counting calories again. Rest assured that I have not been obsessively counting or weighing my food, like I did in my pre-blog days. I think this deserves its own post, which it will receive when I get back. But so far, it’s been two weeks and I’ve done pretty well. I guess you can say that this year has been binge-free, and although we’re only 14 days into 2011, that’s something I can be proud of.
However, there are ‘triggers’ that I want to avoid, and one of them are buffets. I wish I could say that I was good at intuitive eating and could approach a buffet like a normal person would. I wish that I could enjoy the good stuff in moderation and fill up on the healthy stuff, but I know myself and my way of eating, and I know that right now, I can’t. This is obviously something I’m working on, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Putting a binge eater that is desperately trying to stop in front of a buffet is kind of like putting a recovering alcoholic in a bar. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but honestly? That’s kind of what it feels like. That alcoholic is not going to limit themselves to one drink, and this binge eater is not going to eat intuitively.
So, I am almost positive I will be staying away from buffets on this trip. I struggled when I was trying to make this decision, until I realized something important.
Life is more than food. This vacation is not going to be better or worse because of what I eat. In ten years, I won’t even remember what I ate! By taking the focus off food, I’m sure to have a much happier vacation anyway. Buffets will always be around, but until then, I feel good about my choices.
It only takes four or five hours to get to Las Vegas, but I’m bringing plenty of food for the car! Is there anything worse than being in the middle of nowhere with no food options?
How do you feel about buffets? Are you good at eating intuitively or do you go so crazy you can’t even breathe or stand up when you’re done? (Maybe that’s just me 🙂 )