The bottomless pitPosted: January 11, 2012
Wow… anyone else having a slooooooow week? It’s that time of year that it’s really easy to fall into the winter blues, but I am determined to beat it this year! I am purposefully planning out fun things to do on the weekends (to look forward to) so that the weeks fly by… but this week seems especially long.
Ever have days where you feel like your stomach is a bottomless pit? I do! I feel like my appetite has been much bigger than usual over the last few days. I can blame that on so much exercise and activity during the weekend and Monday, but yesterday it was just as bad (if not worse!). And yesterday was my rest day! That’s right- I did absolutely no exercise- not even yoga. My muscles (especially my quads) really needed that day off. Despite doing no exercise and not teaching my normal Tuesday morning spin class, I was as hungry as ever!
It may also be due to my monthly reminder that I’m a woman– my body seems to always be completely out of whack during those few days.
Anyway- here are the daily eats. I’m predicting that this might become like the movie Groundhog Day very soon- but I actually switched up a few things today.
For example, I did not have oatmeal for breakfast. I am trying to branch out a bit more with my breakfasts during the week to see what else will keep me full (there will be a full post on this in the very near future!). Yesterday I had Skyr (which is like 0% Greek Yogurt but better) mixed with 1 T of peanut flour and topped with a cup of mixed cereal and granola, 1/2 of a banana, a few berries and a bit of sunflower seed butter.
I ended up pouring a little almond milk over the top too- and this tasted fantastic!! It definitely left me full. More full than oatmeal usually does. However, that fullness didn’t last nearly as long!
By lunchtime, I was ready to gnaw my arm off. Actually, by 10:30 I was ready to! I had a Flat-Out wrap with Twin Oaks tofu and some of the veggies from my roasted veggie/mixed greens salad. And a fuji apple, of course.
I was catching up on Tiffany’s blog (amongst others) while eating lunch. Love her!
I had a meeting after school and got home a little later than usual- hungry of course! I pulled out the amazing Vitamix and mixed up a smoothie using 1/2 scoop of Vega Vanilla Chai optimizer, 1/4 c Silken tofu, spinach, 1/2 banana, blueberries, frozen mango, ice, water and a tiny bit of guar gum to make it thicker. And topped it with a mix of cereal, Annie’s pretzel bunnies and 1 T of mixed nuts.
It is SO much more satisfying for me to eat a smoothie with a spoon, and from a bowl. If I drink it from a glass, it’s gone in less than a minute. This takes me at least 5 minutes to eat. 😉
I ended up having another tiny little snack a bit later- a Pop-cake (like a rice cracker) with a little Goat cheese and tapenade smeared on the top. The combination of those two spreads is out of this world…
I had a few bites before I could photograph it. I couldn’t hold back.
Dinner was …. lazy. It was a bit last minute because Greg was not sure if he’d be home for it or not. Normally, if it’s just me, I make breakfast for dinner. He ended up making it home at a reasonable hour, so we quickly threw together some flat-bread pizzas. We will be in Florida on Friday, our usual pizza night, so I figured it was okay to do this on a Tuesday. 🙂
I used a Flat-out wrap, topped with marinara, a million veggies, some Almond-milk cheese, and a few slices of Twin Oaks tofu. And a mountain of baked kale accompanied the pizza.
As I’ve said before- I put mustard on pizza. I’ve done it since I was a kid. Try it- it’s good. I promise!
Dinner was good, but I was still hungry after. Ugh. I had 2 “points” left and was planning on using them to have a bite of dark chocolate and a glass of almond milk. But then Greg suggested popcorn…
So I made a small batch of popcorn, along with some tea and a little bit of dark chocolate.
I hate eating anything that late, because I hate going to bed full. But, my stomach was growling and popcorn hit the spot. It pushed me over my daily points, but whatever. I try to use 5-10 extra points on work-out days, but stay on 28 for rest days.
All in all, I had used 31 points (WW set my points at 26, which I re-set to 28) and earned zero activity points (which was actually a good thing).
I definitely have not been eating enough during the day and want to focus on having a bigger lunch and smaller dinner. Breakfast is in the bag- I can easily eat a lot then… but I find myself packing lunches that are only 4-6 points, and then compensating for that after I get home (and can actually take the time to make something good to eat that I didn’t have to pack the night before). It’s a work in progress…
Do you ever feel like your stomach is a bottomless pit? Are you less hungry on “rest” days than on days that you work out?