Like I said, this past week I tried to work on watching calories and improving my eating habits. My biggest problem is that I sit in a cubicle for 8 hours a day Monday through Friday. I’ve always frequently ate at my desk – fruits, yogurt, flavored water, breakfast bars, pop tarts, sometimes chips or nuts, and often a candy bar by late afternoon. As you can see, some of that is healthy and some isn’t.
I start each day with two cups of coffee, usually with cream and sugar. I decided to sub the sugar with Splenda this week since that would cut calories. I also took the time to measure my creamer this week to control calories, even though I have always used a Fat Free or Sugar Free Creamer. Doing this dropped my coffee calorie count to just 70 calories total for both cups. Not a bad start since my calorie counter allotted 2303 calories per day this week, and as I said in my previous post I wasn’t even consuming that many.
Instead of taking a third cup of coffee with me to work as I usually do, I’d fill my thermos with Lipton Green Tea sweetened again with Splenda. Zero Calories!! And green tea helps to control your appetite and is good for you! Before leaving for work, I’d pack my snacks and lunch and also usually drink a cup of milk or orange juice. When I arrive at work, I always eat a cup of yogurt which is anywhere from 80 to 90 calories. Lots of good vitamins and a good source of Calcium. One hour later I’m eating a piece of fruit. Usually a small apple or banana which is 40 to 60 calories. I also had grapes one day. An hour after that I’d eat a Fiber One bar (one of the better breakfast bars) and I did allow myself my two pop tarts twice this week. By now, my green tea is finished and I’d switched to a diet/sugar free soda or bottled water.
For lunch, one day I took just fruits and veggies, another yogurt, and some lean deli turkey meat which I ate with no bread. Three times this week I decided to eat a bowl of Special K cereal with fruit and 2% milk. No, I’m not doing the Special K cereal diet. I’ve always liked cereal as a meal from time to time, so I thought it was a healthier choice this week.
What’s important here is that I didn’t do any unhealthy snacking in between and I also ate smaller portions, and kept eating every hour to keep up my metabolism!
For dinner, three times this week we had nice large chef salads which were awesome! We also had deli sandwiches once and chicken with a veggie on another night. J and I are both trying to watch what we eat for dinner, not eat a big meal, and attempt to eat better because neither of us wants to cook through the week.
And believe it or not, I think I did pretty well for my first week. By the time I got home I was actually hungry for dinner, as opposed to in the past where I’m usually full already but make myself eat anyway.