Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The First Day

I took a picture of my muffin top to show you what we’re working with here and why the 2010 “Being A Healthy Eater” Goal is necessario. However, I did not feel that the entire all of cyber world needed to be seeing that mess. Maybe one day when I can post it up next to my rockin’ six pack, you’ll get to see it.

Kara’s called me out on my late post. I’m trying to figure out how this is going to work. I initially thought I would post a day late. For example, I’ll post Tuesday about what I ate on Monday. I planned on coming into work 15-20 minutes early to do my post, but this morning I slept until 8! Seriously, ya’ll. 8 o’clock. 10 hours of sleep friends. I think I was suffering from NYE jet lag. Since in to work early didn’t happen, I’m not sure the day late posting is going to work. As for now, we’re just going to get started and hopefully, some process will work itself out.

Now, for the moment everyone has been waiting for! My first day of posting pictures of what I eat! Here are the details for Monday.

I didn’t eat breakfast. This is something I need to work on. Breakfast is important. Breakfast keeps you going. It fills you up and sustains you to lunch so that you don’t go stuff your face full of Pollo Fundido at the El Dorado. And, I never eat it. One of my mini-healthy eating goals for January is to start eating the breakfast.

What did I have? A coke.

I’m addicted. Always wanting that sugary caffeine goodness. I also snuck one Valentine’s Day Hershey Kiss (not pictured) outta my boss’ office. My boss sits across from me and keeps a candy jar full of whatever seasonal Kiss is out at the time. Dangerous considering that I have to sit in a 30 minute meeting three times a week in front of said jar. I might have to ask her to get rid of it.

Next, came the test. I had a lunch meeting. Annnnnnnd….you don’t have a picture. I couldn’t get the guts up to say ‘um, I need to take a photo of my food.’ Maybe as word spreads on what I’m doing, I’ll get more comfortable with it, but just wasn’t ready to yet. So for lunch, I will just have to tell you about it. It was:

½ Quizno’s Turkey Sub on Wheat with Lettuce, Tomato and Mustard
1 bag of Lay’s Baked Potato Chips
1 Reeses’ Peanut Butter Cup heart (again, the Boss! but I did skip the HUGE Quizno’s cookie so pat on my back)

Not only do I have to work on eating breakfast, but I need to be more prepared with a daily snack. Never fails, 3:00 hits and this sister is HONGRY.
Yay for the Oats and Apple Streusel Fiber One Bar that was in my desk drawer!

I got home from work around 6:30. Thanks to the holidays and just pure laziness, my pantry is emptied and I had no clue what I was going to eat for dinner. It was so tempting to roll into a drive thru somewhere, but I thought “I can’t be a fat kid on my first day!” So, I rolled to the Teeter instead and got the makings for some yummy chili. It was super yummy considering how cold it was outside!

That wraps up my first day of tracking what I’m eating. I did notice something. Did you?

Yup, you guessed it! How do I know if I’m being healthy or not? I need to educate myself on nutrition and come up with some sort of plan. I did Weight Watchers in the spring of 2009 and it was okay. There’s one qualm that I have with WW and it’s that you don’t really know if something is good or nutritious. Foods are assigned point values and you have a certain number of points that you are allowed to eat daily. But, you’re not really educated on whether those foods are healthy, nutritious and filling. I didn’t really feel like I learned much about food. I would eat a 10 point Pollo Fundido (half a day’s allowance) and starve for the rest of the day.

Does anyone have any other good ideas? I’m going to start researching calorie counting and also study some nutrition textbooks.

WORKOUT: Yea, I didn’t.


Shelly said...

For a quick breakfast on the go, I'd like to recommend the sugar free Carnation Instant Breakfast. The chocolate is super yummy and very chocolaty, even w/ extra milk. Also, why not try switching to Diet Coke, so you get caffeine goodness but without all the sugar and empty calories.

Ashely said...

Thanks Shelly! I might try the Carnation stuff. I'm hoping to start making myself some oatmeal in the mornings or a smoothie if I'm in a hurry. Oh, and I've tried to switch to Diet Coke. I hate it. I just can't do it.

MrsBlueberry said...

Yay! I am so glad the pictures have begun. I wanted to suggest making a smoothie the night before and storing it in the fridge for grabbing quickly on your way out the door. That way you can still have something fresh and not processed.

And good for you for not eating that cookie! :)

Ashely said...

Thanks Heather! So, I'm really enjoying this encouragement! This might be a great idea after all!

I'm definatley trying the smoothie! This weekend is devoted to getting myself organized!

Anonymous said...

English muffins or small bagels are also an easy / healthy choice for breakfast. Just don't load up on the cream cheese. And I know you love your Cokes, try making a cup of coffee in the morning instead. Gives you the same caffiene w/o the calories. You might could guess who this is... =)

Brantley said...

I keep soda in my minifridge at work so I'm constantly drinking those. I've heard that you'll drop 10 lbs by just cutting soda out of your diet so after I'm out of Dew, my goal is to quit. That is at least till the next buy 2 get three free at HT. That's hard to pass up.

Kristine said...

I'm behind on my blog reading, so I'm just now reading this. Some comments:

1) I love Apple Streusel Fiber One bars! I have one every weekday at 8:30 AM. My pre-lunch snack!

2) Maybe because I've always been a breakfast eater, I can't go without it. I wake up starving. Sometimes I have a glass of milk to tide me over until after my shower, but then I usually have a bowl of bran cereal with strawberries or some oatmeal with fruit and/or a scoop of skim ricotta.

3) Send me your chili recipe, please! This looks good!