So this week has been a bit ‘off-kilter’. I am leaving Thursday evening to spend a long weekend at the beach with family. Therefore, I am working some extra hours Mon-Wed of this week to compensate. Of course I am also trying to get in workouts and pack. Whew! So worth it though – reading a book on the beach with a drink might just be the best vacation activity EVER.
This morning I rushed around getting ready. However, I did find some time for oats! I haven’t had oatmeal in quite awhile but thoughts of warm peanut butter and tart pomegranate jam pushed me in that direction.
Here is my PB&J (&B?) oatmeal. I threw a few chocolate chips on top for that sweet tooth 🙂
My morning at work flew by and I didn’t even stop for my normal 10AM snack. I did sip some ginger tea.
Around 12, I got super hungry. Although I had packed a salad, I really wanted something warm so I went for my emergency Amy’s frozen burrito. Always good to have some backup in the work ‘fridge. Amy’s products are all organic and tasty. No funky after tastes or weird meat like product (here’s looking at you Lean Cuisine!). These burritos are regularly under $3 at my grocery store. Granted, they are vegetarian. However, they are cheaper than most other frozen entrées, vegetarian or not, and when paired with some fruit, crackers, or a small salad, I think this is a much better option. Today I am skipping the ‘side dish’ as I have plans to slip out of the office for a small break and a fruit smoothie in a few..
(I ended up having that fruit smoothie around 1PM and it was divine. I know the smoothies are full of sugar (I see they use some real fruit but also some mix) but I try to choose one with the lowest amount of calories – the small watermelon/strawberry smoothie I had today came in around 180 calories).
Around 2PM I had a small handful of chocolate covered raisins. STILL nursing that mega container from a few weeks back.
Around 5PM, I got hungry again and reached for a Clif Z-bar. For those of you not in the know, the Clif Z-bar is the kids version of a regular Clif bar. Its softer, smaller, and comes in only a few flavors. However, many people enjoy the Z-bars. They are all organic, tasty, and sweet and come in around 120 calories. A regular Clif bar (albeit more filling, larger, and denser) comes in around 230-280 calories. I also had the half serving of tortilla chips I had packed to go with my salad.
I know I am mentioning calories quite a bit in this post – as a rule, I do not count calories. However, I somewhat keep a ‘running tab’ in my head during the day. Splurged on chips at lunch? Maybe I will skip the usual after dinner chocolate. Additionally, I do look up calories and nutritional facts on items just to have a general idea of what I am eating. Many times, your preconceived notion of the amount of calories in a certain food is wrong. Many times I underestimate the amount of calories in wraps or other carb heavy items. At the same time, I might overestimate the amount of calories in a veggie heavy dish. I just like to be informed and make the best choices possible during the day!
I rushed home from work to make it to a 7PM pilates class….that was canceled! I took this as a sign and went shopping instead :). I actually rarely would do something like that, but I just felt like it last night. I also got in a decent run (4 miles) on Monday so I felt OK with resting. I did end up getting a few new items at Southside Works, so the shopping trip was also a success.
After shopping, I was starving. I had a salad (greens, cuke, tomato, zucchini, hummus, cheese, and a little bit of some type of sesame dressing) and some chips and salsa. This was not the salad I packed for lunch – that stayed tucked in the fridge at work for tomorrow.
The rest of the night was spent talking to The Boy (who was landing in St. Louis from Detroit – crazy work schedule), cleaning up my apartment and and watching ‘After the Final Rose’. I unfortunately did not see much of the finale last night, but I am aware she picked Ed. He seems nice enough but I did question his choice of beach attire while in Hawaii with Jills.
I had a half serving of soy ice cream before finally hitting the hay last night. Hope you had a great Tuesday!