Day Two – This day is bananas, b-a-n-a-n-a-s
January 6, 2013
I woke up today with the thought “ugh, here we go again.” Then I remembered my meals today sounded really yummy, which made me more excited.
Breakfast today: Peanut Butter Banana toast and Eggs, which sounds totally delicious.
- One cup of egg whites
- One slice of whole wheat bread
- One third of a small banana
- One tablespoon of organic peanut butter (mine is non-organic)
- Scramble the egg whites in a non-stick pan until desired doneness. Toast the whole wheat bread and spread peanut butter and sliced bananas on top. Enjoy!
- 300 calories
This is only the second time scrambled eggs have been made in my apartment, the first time being by my boyfriend back in July. I actually Googled “how to make scrambled eggs” and followed the first link it showed me for the perfect scrambled eggs recipe. For my first attempt at scrambled eggs, they were pretty good! I accidentally spilled more pepper than I anticipated into the egg mix but it didn’t ruin them, thankfully. Also, I couldn’t find egg whites so I just used two regular eggs.
I didn’t have wheat bread so I used a piece of the Wasa fiber bread. Not a big fan of using that as a substitute, it’s much too crunchy. And I think I used too much peanut butter, my mouth felt all sticky after eating it. I also had a cup of almond milk to drink, which was kind of odd. I’m not used to drinking almond milk so that will take some adjusting.
Overall though, this was a really good breakfast. I feel full after, and it was all food I already liked to eat. It’s kind of cool preparing these meals, because I’m not much of a cook and I feel like I’m really doing it. And they’ve all been really easy so far. Although I am worried about making breakfast during the week because I usually don’t have time in the mornings before work to make breakfast. I guess I’ll have to start waking up a little earlier!
My workout this afternoon was straight cardio, 15 minutes of going hard on the elliptical machine. Pretty straightforward. Fifteen minutes doesn’t sound like a long time, but if you work hard you can still get a lot out of it. I know at the end I was sweating like a pig.
Lunch was a fresh fruit medley with cottage cheese. Note, I waited too long to eat after I worked out and was feeling pretty lightheaded. Won’t be doing that again.
- Four ounces nonfat plain yogurt
- One cup cottage cheese
- Fourth a cup of blueberries
- Fourth a cup cubed cantaloupe
- Fourth of a small banana
- Dried macadamia nuts
- Mix yogurt and cottage cheese. Place in a bowl and top with fresh fruit medley and nuts.
- 400 calories
It’s hard to tell but there are some cantaloupes and cottage cheese under all that! I didn’t add in the plain yogurt. I think I’m still scarred from the mango smoothie incident yesterday.
I like cottage cheese, and I like all those ingredients, but together…I’m still skeptical. I’m not sure I liked the saltiness of the nuts with the fruit. The nuts are unsalted and all that, as plain as plain can be. Maybe next time I’ll still have all these things, but eat them separately.
I’ve had a couple weak moments today. Moments where I felt like I couldn’t do it, or that it was just going to take forever, and would it all be worth it. Even moments where I looked at my body and thought, what’s wrong with a little extra fat anyway? Just gotta keep looking and moving forward! Having a picture in my head of the end result is a good motivation. Having a good support system really helps too.
I went to Burger King for dinner tonight. NO, I didn’t cheat on my diet! Actually, BK’s chicken caesar salad is a suitable alternative on my diet’s meal plan.
- Burger King chicken caesar salad
- Burger King croutons
- Burger King light Italian dressing
- Apple for dessert (I ate the rest of the banana I used earlier today)
- 400 calories
As you can tell, it’s a pretty straightforward salad. Lettuce, chicken, and a couple cherry tomatoes. They didn’t have Italian dressing (which I was surprised by, I thought that was a pretty standard dressing) so I went with apple cider vinaigrette. It was good, sweet. I felt very full after.
Originally my meal was supposed to be a smoothie, but my meal plan allows me to substitute alternatives if I don’t like what they’ve given me. A smoothie just did not sound filling enough for dinner tonight. And one thing that was frustrating was I spent more than $100 on groceries for the week, but the grocery list does not account for meal substitutes. I wasn’t really wanting to go out and buy more food but I didn’t have the ingredients to make anything else on the list.
Thoughts at the end of day two:
1. I had banana for all three meals today, and didn’t mind one bit. I really enjoyed all my food today.
2. I’m glad to discover I can substitute meals to find something I like better, but not so glad to discover I have to buy more groceries to accommodate that.
3. Cardio today really loosened up some stuff in my lungs. I hope to get to the point where the heavy breathing isn’t painful.
4. I’m grateful for the people I love telling me I can do it. The comments you guys are leaving are awesome!