what i ate wednesday: getting the hang of things

Posted on Mar 7, 2012 in Food

I’ve been officially back on the food tracking train for about a week-and-a-half now and I’m starting to get the hang of it again. The accountability of tracking is what I really love about it. That running total of numbers at the bottom of my log everyday is a gentle reminder that just one Cadbury Chocolate Creme egg is a fine dessert. And that I should really add more veggies to my plate to help hit my nutrient goals. So far, I’m happy to be back tracking. It’s nice to know the numbers.

I’ve really been into coffee lately. It’s all been decaf, of course, but I’m such a big fan of the coffee flavor, that I don’t even care about the lack of an energy boost. My day was crazy, so my packed breakfast had to wait. To hold off my grumbling tummy, I drank some iced coffee (with a touch of honey and coconut milk creamer).

After a few hours, things died down a bit and I was able to dig into my actual breakfast. Overnight oats that weren’t really overnight. Greek yogurt, chocolate almond milk, PB2, chia seeds and oats. I mixed it before work and by the time I got around to eating them, they were perfect.

A few hours later, things were back to crazy, but my tummy was grumbling, so I ate bites of mac and cheese (recipe coming soon) while I dealt with the craziness.

A bit later, I opened up my giant bowl of raw veggies. I’ve been struggling a lot with consistent hunger lately and I wanted a way to fill my tummy without filling up on calories. So this grocery trip, we loaded up on the fresh veggies and I cut them all up this weekend and have them stashed in our fridge. I snacked on this bowl for the next hour or so while I worked on a proof. You can’t really see it, but there is a whole layer of cherry tomatoes and baby carrots in the bottom, too. Veggies are good!

Around afternoon snack time, I finally got around to finishing the rest of my lunch. Greek yogurt, hard-boiled egg and chocolate square.

Things calmed down dramatically after a late afternoon meeting, so I took some time to check in on my emails and eat a pre-workout snack of dates, crackers and a clementine.

After my snack, I headed home, changed into workout pants and a t-shirt and headed out for a 3-mile walk. Glorious 70° weather! After that, I came inside and did a quick Nike Training Club arm workout. A stretch session later, I headed to the kitchen to start on dinner. I made myself a fake soda to sip on while cooking. In the jar: lemon juice, lime juice, seltzer water and a splash of simple syrup.

Dinner was an exact replay of this recipe, only without the nice food photography. Oh how the mighty have fallen…

Dessert was one (just one!) Cadbury chocolate creme egg while watching 30 Rock. I wish these came in dark chocolate, but they are still pretty darn good.

The Totals

2044 calories, 303g carbs, 56g fat, 92g protein

What was the best thing you ate yesterday?

The crispy baked fish! So yum.

12 Comments

  1. It is crazy how many calories we consume per day without realizing it. Since I started tracking mine on dailyburn (not every day, but just now and again as a check-in), it has really surprised me. Also, I thought I was getting plenty of protein, but it turns out that I get way too little. Since then, I have upped my protein significantly, and I feel better and stay full longer. Those calorie-tracking apps/websites are really helpful!

  2. All your food looks so good! Question about chia seeds… I’ve seen them often on a few different blogs. Do they change the taste/texture of your food? Are they good for you? I saw them at the store and almost picked them up, but then got nervous I’d never use them haha!

    • Taste, no. They have almost no flavor. Texture-wise, yes! When they are put in liquid, they form a gel, which can help thicken foods. And they are SUPER good for you. They are a great source of protein and the highest known plant source of Omega-3s.

      • Awesome! Ok, that gives me the little push to go ahead and try them! Thanks :)

  3. i cannot wait to get my hands on a cadburry creme egg.

  4. I was wondering about FitDay…do pay for the premium service or do you just use the free version? I just joined and can’t figure out how you created the charts you posted. They are so concise and tidy! Love your blog.

    • That’s because I don’t use FitDay! :D I use MyFitnessPal. It’s completely free! And thank you. :)

      • Uggg! Sorry! Who knows why I thought you used the other one. I’ll give MyFitnessPal a try. Thanks! I do weight watchers, but love the nutrition chart you posted.

  5. Did you manually put in your BMR for the net calorie goal or did you just use what MFP gave you when you set up the account? I have looked at it before but it said my net should be 1260, which is like 200 below my BMR. Even on on workout days I would feel like I was DYING on that few of calories. Just interested in how you planned your daily intake goal. Thanks!

    • I didn’t manually put in my BMR, but I the MFP numbers were pretty close for me. My BMR is 1689 as measured by the BODPOD. Multiplied by 1.2 (for low activity level), I should be getting around 2000 calories a day. Which pretty much balances out between my workout days and rest days. The rest days are a little hard to hit the numbers, but on workout days, I always have a ton of extra calories.

  6. The only thing more dangerous than a Cadbury Creme Egg are the mini ones – those things are deadly because you can eat the equivalent of 5 big eggs without even knowing it…or is that just me? :)

  7. I love that you go to bed early due to the prospect of overnight oats. I do the same thing when I have a peanut butter, whole wheat bagel planned for breakfast :)

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