Happy Pancake Day!
Did you celebrate today? I eat pancakes pretty frequently, so of course I had to make some today too 🙂
I made whole wheat pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup for breakfast. Hit the spot!
Lunch was a black bean and hummus wrap with an apple and peanut butter. I should have made savory pancakes!
I’m out of pumpkin again… damn! Plain vanilla yogurt it was. At least I still have cinnamon Cheerios 🙂
Strawberries were on sale, so I didn’t feel bad about eating the whole pint.
Dinner didn’t involve pancakes either- but it tasted like dessert! I brought roasted broccoli and roasted kabocha with maple syrup to work.
And clementines for an after work snack 🙂
Unfortunately, I did not observe Pancake Day at all last year. Why?
Because I was too obsessed with counting calories to vary my regular breakfast routine. I used to enter every single food I ate in an online journal to keep track of my calories. It can be a huge pain to find out the nutritional info for food, so to make it easy on myself, I ate pretty much the same thing for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. This way, I knew what was ‘safe’ and what wasn’t.
I even remember hearing about Pancake Day last year and spending my free time in between classes trying to create a low calorie pancake recipe. After many tries, I gave up. Flour (even whole wheat flour) had become a ‘fear food’ for me. 100 calories for 1/4 cup?! Never! Looking back on it now, it seems ridiculous, but there was no way I was going to let myself eat a breakfast that had more calories than normal.
Now, I eat pancakes at least once a week. And why shouldn’t I? They taste great, and I’ve made some great (healthy!) ones!
I’ve made whole wheat pancakes…
Matt’s pumpkin oatmeal pancakes…
Kat’s protein pancakes (that I couldn’t flip so they turned into pancake scramble!)
I’ve even put lentils in pancakes!
Moral of the story? Pancakes should be loved, not feared. I’m never turning my back on them again 🙂
Enough about my former pancake phobias. It’s a brand new month (rabbit rabbit!) and that means I have some goals! Weekly ones, mind you.
This week’s goals:
- Don’t snack after dinner. A little fruit is fine, but I would really like to wake up not full for once!
- Wake up early on Tuesdays and Thursdays to exercise before class. I’m off to a good start already. I was up at 5 to go to the gym. Feels so good!
- Drink 64 oz of water every day. Since I failed at this last month, I thought I would try it out again this week and see if I could stick with it. At the rate I’m going, I should be good by the end of the night.
- Incorporate a small strength training session every day. Another one of my goals last month was to do ab work, and I started doing push-ups in January, but I haven’t continued either one. My goal for this week is to do 50 (modified!) push-ups a day and 5 minutes (broken up!) of planks a day as well. Done for today 🙂
- Be in bed at 10. There’s no need for me to be up later than that. I don’t do homework that late, so when I go to bed later than I should it’s because I can’t get off the computer. That needs to change!
- Follow week 2 of half marathon training. So far, so good!
Here’s what my training looks like for this week:
Speedwork was on the agenda this morning. My calf randomly started bothering me about a minute into the run, so I broke it up into three 10 minute intervals. Better than nothing, right? I ended up running almost 3.5 miles in 30 minutes altogether. I also did 30 minutes on the elliptical. I’m so tired now!
Do you have any goals for this week?
Have you ever had any fear foods? I pretty much feared most foods this time last year- but that’s for a whole other post!