Thursday, March 24, 2011

What I Eat...

...I posted the other day about where I am so I figured I'd post about what I'm eating. Originally, I was going to do the Slimfast diet but a shake for breakfast and a shake for lunch...well, this lady needed some substance so I mixed it up some.

I know, I know...some people think Slimfast isn't healthy but it actually has a really good idea behind it. I took the general idea of Slimfast 3-2-1, three snacks a day, 2 shakes a day and 1 sensible dinner and modified it. Here's my general Monday-Friday food and times:

8:30am-oatmeal for breakfast (160 calories)
10:30am-piece of fruit, typically either an apple, banana or orange (about 100 calories)
11-noon-Slimfast Shake (190 calories)
1:30ish-Unsweetened applesauce (50 calories)

According to MyFitnessPal, I'm supposed to eat 1510 calories a day. So after my breakfast, lunch and snacks, I still have about 1,000 calories for dinner. No, I'm not hungry because I try to space it out and I drink LOTS of water throughout the day. Depending on my workout, sometimes I am pretty hungry when I get home around 4ish but I try to stay busy around the house doing chores or taking the dogs for a walk so that I don't snack before dinner or making sweet signs for my fellow runners for the GO! Half-marathon. ;) Our dinners are anywhere between 500-700 calories and typically consist of a protein and a veggie. Then I usually have a 100-200 calorie snack after dinner i.e. Slimfast bar, one serving of Girl Scout cookies, Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich. If I'm not hungry though then I don't have a snack.

Since I'm only on week 2 of half marathon training, I'm still adjusting some because I'm burning a ton of calories and my 50 calorie applesauce isn't really cutting it after my runs. I do plan on purchasing some Luna bars in bulk for me to eat for breakfast on the weekends before my runs. Easy, filling and I can eat it as I'm out the door! I had one before my half last year and before Master the Met and I did great at both.

I tend to not eat as....I don't want to say well, but not as steady on the weekends or days that I'm off. I don't do shakes on the weekends and breakfast really depends on what time I wake up-I forgot how well and much I sleep when I workout hard!

I also give myself a "no-count" day. This is typically on days that I eat out. I still don't eat crazy, I try to order something somewhat "healthy." Most places I order soup and salad, or lately giant salads because I've given up potatoes for Lent and a lot of places just have potato soup or potato based soups.

I really don't feel like I've deprived myself of anything I REALLY want. I love Mexican food and we've had taco salad for dinner a few nights-I just count out an exact serving of everything and add it all up. If I want a sweet/dessert, I factor it into my calories for the day. I try to plan what I'm going to eat for the next day, the night before. So far it seems to be working out for me. I just have to remember when I burn 1,000+ calories running that I can't go have an Elvis Pretzely...however, one from time to time is okay!


Adie said...

Love that you outlined this! It is always nice to get ideas. The slimfast shakes don't keep me full. I tried having one for breakfast but I just get hungry.

Julie said...

I have myfitnesspal, as you know and I've had that longer than a sparkpeople account that my friend wanted me to join so she'd have friends on there. Sometimes if I really got time to kill, I'll enter my food on both sites and it amazing how different each site is with calculating things. It makes you wonder. But you, my friend, are doing awesome - keep up the good work. And if you're curious as to how different the two sites are, join the other and see what you come up with...its interesting!

Christy said...

I would give anything for the self-control you posses in your little pinky! Thanks for writing this - good food for thought. :-)

Krystie said...

Love this post. I think the number one thing people want to read from someone who is loosing weight is what they're eating. I did slim fast maybe in 9th grade and lost a good 15 lbs. Now I just need variation. I'm def not the type that can eat the same thing everyday. Anyhow, I'm SO proud of you!

Angie said...

Def good food for thought! Proud of you! I tried many times to count calories but kept running into the problem that no site I tried would be able to give me the exact caloric count unless it was a perfect match for what I was eating and that I was eating the exact portion. Was driving me crazy so I stopped. Now I just watch what I eat and how much. All about portion control w/ me. And I need to learn to drink more water. Blah, hate water no matter what I put in it!

Cecilia said...

Your last comment gave me a brilliant idea. I was already toying with a runner tweetup where we go run and then go to a bar and eat nasty, greasy food. We will do another runner tweetup where we run and go eat ICECREAM!!!!!! I want an Elvis Pretzly.