So far it works

Today was another good day.  I indulged in a little something (details below) but I did it responsibly and I feel great!  I always say it’s about balance and that’s the kind of balance I’m talking about 😀  So let’s go back in time…

BREAKFAST

I skipped another day of yogurt parfaits and had oats instead, but I still couldn’t stay away from my favorite trail mix.  Here is today’s bowl:

In this lovely bowl is 1/3 c of rolled oats made with 1/3 cup of skim milk, 1/3 cup of water and 1/2 banana (cut thinly).  I microwaved it for about 3 minutes on high and topped with my fave! :) And of course I had a cup of “work coffee”: coffee with a pod of half&half and a teaspoon of agave nectar.

PRE-WORKOUT SNACK

Simple- Ellie Krieger’s energy bar.  Yum!

This is when my little “No Mindless Snacking Challenge” (NMSC) helped out.  They had a meeting at my work this morning and had a bunch of leftover sweets.  This stuff is my absolute favorite – I really really love it and hardly ever can resist it.  I grabbed 2 little cookie bars on my way to the gym, but instead of eating them right away and skipping my workout because I was too full, I put them in my desk drawer, and hit the treadmill hard to burn some calories.  Much better!

WORKOUT

I never completed my planned 3 mile run yesterday so I had to make it up today.  Unfortunately, the gym was like a sauna again today.  What is going on?!!  I remembered what’s waiting for me back in the office and decided to push through… and I did it!  I ran 3 miles at a “random” setting at level 2 (incline was randomly switching from 0 to 2.0, I think) at 6.6-7.5 mph.  I was dripping sweat like crazy.  Seriously it was SO HOT!  I never run outside (well, I ran 3 times outside in the last few years of running) so I’m not used to weird temperatures.  In fact there are 2 reasons why I’m scared of running outside: hills and crazy temps.  Today I conquered both 😀  I also walked for 0.25 miles and then jumped on the elliptical for 30 minutes.  So that’s 5.25 HBBC points, if I’m not mistaken… 15.95 total so far.

LUNCH

Lunch was leftover crustless ham, veggie & cheese ham from last night, this time 1/4 portion.  I was planning on also having a pear with it, but instead enjoyed my little office treat :)

This must be a good week, because I’ve had two seven layer bars two days in a row (from two different sources).  The first time I tried this bar (from this exact bakery last year) I fell in love with seven layer bars.  I always go for brownies when presented with different choices but seriously this guy is making me rethink that.  It was absolutely amazing and I slowly enjoyed it with a nice cup of tea.

Not sure if you noticed above, but I mentioned I grabbed two little cookie bars before going to the gym.  Yes, I also grabbed another 2-bite brownie and I did not eat it!  It is still in my desk drawer all wrapped up waiting for its fate tomorrow.  This was a huge step for me, but I knew that eating both would make me sick and that would kind of qualify for mindless snacking/eating and you know I wanted to call today “day 2” of the NMSC! So far this challenge is working!! 😛

DINNER

My lunch kept me full for many hours.  There was no need for an afternoon snack.  I did go out for a quick drink with some co-workers after work and had a glass of Californian Cabernet Sauvignon (not pictured).

I wasn’t sure how late I was going to stay at the bar tonight so I didn’t plan anything for dinner.  No worries, though, because I was craving a salad with the yummy hummus I made last night.  Here is my plate:

It was kind of mediterranean inspired, since hummus was the main star.  My salad had 2 cups of spinach dressed in 1 tablespoon of Annie’s goddess dressing (it has tahini as one of the ingredients so it paired perfectly with the hummus), 3.5 oz of grilled chicken, 2 tablespoons of homemade hummus, some grape tomatoes and 1/2 oz of light feta cheese.  Simple and delicious.

And for “dessert” I had a nice big pear:

And a few hours later, I had real dessert – 1/2 serving of TJ’s chocolate covered edamame.  Who was I kidding with that pear for dessert?!  This girl needs chocolate! 😆

Total calories for the day: 1644

Yay for healthy living!  Tomorrow is Friday… can’t wait!

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7 comments to So far it works

  • great lookin cookie 😉 hehe, and good for you on saving it for after the workout!

  • Glad to hear that things are going great for you. You had some delicious eats, and I’m like you, I love trail mix!

  • You have some great workouts, girlie. I usually do just elliptical OR running, but you have inspired me to try both (at some point…hehe). This looks like an especially balanced day with very yummy food!

  • Glad you had a great day! Love that breakfast! Yum!

  • haha the reasons you listed for not running outside are the reasons I love running outside. :) You’re better then me with the treadmill though, I could barely stand it for the twenty minutes I ran on it today…lol

  • K

    Gorgeous salad – festive for the season :) Glad to hear everything is going well!

  • Elina

    Lara, I definitely get too bored staying on the same machine for too long (unless I have a planned long run)… I think breaking it up between the treadmill, bike and elliptical makes it a little more exciting :)

    Meghann, you are a running machine so I blame your treadmill being squeeky for your lack of motivation. The treadmill is my friend 😀

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