Breakfast and some Friday Blah-Blah-Blahing!
Is it just me or has this felt like the longest week EVER? I’m ready for a weekend, like woah!
Sadly, I’m not ending my week on a good note. I’m up 1.5 pounds. I will say I think 2 things are to blame: lack of exercise (I was a slacker this week, I can admit it) and salt. I have been eating a LOT of salty food lately and I have the bloat to prove it. So, this weekend I am going to get hardcore! I have 4 workouts planned (2 outside, with moves inspired by Bob Harper. Love him!) and 2 at the gym using a combo of machines and free weights. I think the secret to consistent weight-loss is going to be mixing it up a lot. My body seems to get used to the workouts I do, then they aren’t as effective. So, I shall mix things up and hope for a better weigh-in next week. I would REALLY love to be under 300 by San Fran (I leave May 18th) – but I’m afraid losing 15 pounds in 18 days is just not feasible. Oh well, I came close!
I’m having a bit of a food dilemma, and I’m hoping to get input from you guys. I cannot seem to find a low-calorie breakfast that I enjoy eating and doesn’t bother my stomach. I love eggs, but they just don’t sit well. Neither does yogurt or cottage cheese before lunch. (I know it’s weird, my stomach has a mind of its own). As a result of this I end up usually having toast / english muffin / bagel / muffin. All of those options aren’t ideal as they don’t keep me full very long.
So, I need a breakfast idea that incorporates some protein (to keep me full) and doesn’t have dairy/eggs. What are you guys eating? (Sidenote: I’d prefer something that’s quick to make – I’m not a morning person and if I have to clean a pan after making breakfast, I probably won’t bother).
Someone at work suggested oatmeal, and pointed out that if I was running late in the morning I could even get it at Starbucks or McDonalds. I laughed on the inside, because I am completely anti-McDonald’s (as you guys know) and because my friend Cecilia posted a link about that infamous Mickey D’s oatmeal earlier this week! Why oh why would there be 21 ingredients in oatmeal?! “A more accurate description than “100% natural whole-grain oats,” “plump raisins,” “sweet cranberries” and “crisp fresh apples” would be “oats, sugar, sweetened dried fruit, cream and 11 weird ingredients you would never keep in your kitchen.” Yuck!
Has anyone tried it? It only has 300 calories, which I’d be fine with – it’s the 11 weird ingredients I can’t get with. I have had Starbucks Oatmeal and it’s pretty decent. Of course, I find oatmeal is better when loaded with brown sugar and maple syrup…not exactly a healthy choice!
There has to be a quick, tasty breakfast solution out there right?
An update to my migraine post- I think I may have found part of the culprit! I looked closely at my food journal and chatted w/ my mom and my BFF Jewels. Coffee at night (after dinner) is present about 80% of the times I wake up with a headache/migraine! So, I’ve cut the coffee at night. It’s painful, I can’t lie. I am a “little treat” or “little dessert” person and coffee at night took the place of that. Now I need to find something else to take the place of the coffee! Since summer is here, I might need to bring back the all-fruit popsicles or Crystal Lite – but I’d love to hear suggestions. What “treat” do you guys enjoy during the summer that won’t break my calorie bank or give me a migraine? (Sidenote: I could switch to decaf – but I think cutting it out all together would be better). I’m thinking of actually cutting out coffee from May 1st- May 15th as a kick. We’ll see, I’m not completely sold the idea just yet.
Is the weather going to be nice where you are this weekend? Boston is supposed to be sunny and in the 60′s – which is divine weather for exercising outside and doing a nice spring cleaning. I am a complete clotheshorse and really need to pare down what I currently own. If I’m not wearing it now, and it won’t fit in the next 6 months – it’s gotta go. I’m big on donating unused items to organizations like Goodwill, and I just read somewhere that a lot of donation sites up here will be sending things down to the folks in the south who have been devastated by tornadoes. That motivates me even more to get my unworn clothes to a good home!
Have a great weekend everyone!