Its been over a week since I started The Hunger Game, and I am very pleased with myself. Its not so hard to wait until you are hungry. Food tastes better when you are hungry. And real hunger is not such a bad feeling. Its not that horrible, low-blood-sugar hunger that I have feared. And I have not experienced that for years now. That is what helps me to make good choices in what I am going to eat most of the time.
Over the weekend I was going over my food in my mind and trying to add the calories up (I can’t make myself stop!) And I realized that I could pretty easily write them down in my kindle. So I thought I’d share what and when I ate for three days of The Hunger Game.
Its been over a week now, and its going very well. The biggest difference is in my snacking, both planned and unplanned. I am not having any snack with my afternoon coffee, and many times I eat ‘dinner’ late, and there is no hunger afterward (or time) so I do not have dessert. And then there’s all the times during the day when I might grab a handful of walnuts. None of that going on either. Overall, it seems like I’m eating less. I don’t know if it will make any change in my weight though. We’ll have to wait a month to see that! Which, BTW. I laughed at myself when I checked my schedule to see when the month would be over. The last week of The Hunger Game will be spent in Sisters, Oregon, on a trip I have been looking forward to for months. It will be a good challenge to NOT eat when I am not hungry, especially on the long drive. I don’t think it will be so much of an issue while I am there, because I will still be able to have treats or eat out. I’ll just have to wait until I’m hungry. I am taking a workshop with two great teachers, and was so looking forward to meeting a long-time blog reader-friend. Just yesterday she called and said her work schedule was not going to allow her to come. I am so disappointed! I was so looking forward to meeting you, L., and I hope that we will be able to plan a meeting in the future sometime!
So here’s my food log:
- 8am–English Muffin French toast (200c)
- 11am–honeycrisp apple and Justin’s cocoa almond butter (300c)
- 2:30pm–cube steak w/tomatoes and boiled potato (300c)
- 7p–Vicky’s vegan banana nut muffin (250c)
- 8p–microwave carrots, roasted beets (150c)
- 12a–walnuts (200c)
- TOTAL 1400 calories
- 7:30am–yogurt w/muesli, walnuts, and ch. chips (300c)
- 10am–apple w/string cheese (200c)
- 12–Vicky’s taco salad (350c)
- 4pm–coffee, blueberry pudding cake (300c)
- 8pm–tomatoes, popcorn w/2 sq. sugar free chocolate (250c)
- TOTAL 1400 calories
- 7am–flax cake with walnuts, peach topping (350c)
- 10am–1/4 quest bar
- 12:30pm–3/4 quest bar (175c)
- 1:30p–froyo (400c)
- 5:30p–4 oz chicken breast, corn on the cob, tomato (300c)
- 9pm–yogurt/honey/walnuts (125c), Vicky’s nutty nibbie cookie (75c)
- TOTAL 1425 calories
Now. The calories are approximations. But I did try to be honest, and I erred on the side of rounding up instead of rounding down. Its really interesting that they are almost exactly the same total each day. I’m not going to continue to do this. I want to see what happens when I eat only when I am hungry and make healthy choices the majority of the time.
Did the observant among you notice that I said I was swimming from 4-6:30pm on Friday? Yes, that’s right! I reached my goal of swimming 2.4 miles on Friday!!!!! I was beginning to think that I was not going to make this goal. But with a little encouragement from Shelley (“it’d be a nice way to end September,”) and a not-crowded pool on Friday afternoon, I decided to go for it! I know for sure it is not physically as hard as running for that amount of time. It is almost more of a mental challenge (I’m cold, I’m hungry, I HAVE TO PEE LOL). Anyway, I’m not much of a goal-setter. But it has been fun to set goals and then actually reach them. My next goal will be to get back to the weights and work on that 100 pound bench press.
A few food notes:
- English muffin french toast: I use Thomas’s Whole Grain English muffins, split in two. I mix 1 egg, 1/4 cup almond breeze, and 1/4 cup eggbeaters, with a bit of cinnamon, splenda, and vanilla. Let the muffins soak for a bit in the liquid, then cook in a pan sprayed with pam. Top with spray butter, cinnamon splenda, and SF syrup. I think this is my most ‘processed food’ meal that I eat. So delicious and filling. Then I save the egg mixture, and the next day use it to make two flax cakes!
- Microwave carrots: I LOVE carrots fixed this way. Just wash carrots (don’t peel) and cut into approximately equal sizes. Put in a microwave safe bowl, sprinkle with Mrs. Dash and a little salt, and top with a bit of lite butter. Microwave for 2-3 minutes and stir to evenly coat with melted butter and spices. Microwave for another 2 minutes until soft.
- The flax cake with walnuts and peach topping: I made the flax cake recipe, but left the blueberries out, and just pressed a few chopped walnuts into the top. The peach topping I made the same way I make my pear spread. It worked wonderfully, and I will be doing this with fruit in the future!
- The froyo on Sunday was not planned…I went to the gym after church, and was so disappointed that the pool was closed. It was miserably hot, the air conditioning in my car is STILL not fixed, and I WAS hungry. So I headed to froyo. The shop in town doesn’t really have good frozen yogurt (2nd time I tried) so I know I would have felt better if I had just gone home and had something healthier. Oh well…
And last, I want to include a few links that I’ve run across. They are all written by low-carbers (which I am not,) but they apply universally to all types of eaters. Loretta left this link to a podcast in the comments on my last post. It is long, but this woman speaks so well about how the body processes food. She is not a scientist, but it seems she has done a ton of research. Everything she said made sense. And she talked a LOT about “women of a certain age.” She was coming from the angle of low-carb eating, but everything she said applied to all people interested in losing weight and increasing health. It is a really long podcast. But much more interesting and informative than the ‘movie of the week.’ (do they still make those?)
This was a very interesting post, written by a young doctor, about “The Weight Loss Conundrum.” Again, a low-carber, but again, it applies to everyone.
And lastly, this link, about intuitive or mindful eating. I think what I am doing now might be my version of mindful eating.