Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I Blew It

Yup, I slacked off yesterday.  I have a ton of excuses too--lack of sleep, too much to do, snuggle time with the baby.  Bottom line is, I pooped out, and I really don't have any excuse.  It takes 20-30 minutes to get a workout in, and I spent 12+ hours yesterday doing anything but that.

Instead of beating myself up over it, I'm making a fresh start today, and getting back on the horse, so to speak.  I'll get my workout in today, one way or another.  Today is also my last day of maternity leave.  I'll spare  you the whining, which is sure to happen at some point today.

I ate ok yesterday...but dinner was a different story.  Considering I'm still breastfeeding/pumping, I'm not going to beat myself up over it.  If we had gone out and gotten fast food or something, then I could be upset about that.  I think things will be easier once I go back to work--I take my lunch, and will only have what I brought to eat.  Much easier to control snacking!  I do get nervous about being hungry all day, but I think I did good with planning out snacks and stuff to take to keep me satisfied during the day.  I'm going to cook some chicken today to make wraps to take to work, so that should be tasty.  Going to load them up with lettuce and a bit of cheese.

Any other healthy work food suggestions?  Quick and easy, but filling and tasty??


  1. I make my own chicken salad.....I go super easy and buy the canned chicken, add FF mayo, some basil, and red wine vinegar :)

  2. I started making spring rolls, so simple. Just get the rice paper wrappers and fill them with carrots chicken/turkey/fish, spinach. . .whatever and wet the rice paper and wrap it up! You can make homemade granola bars very easy (don't forget this is coming from me who used to not cook much! email me if you want the recipe) A very tasty snack is an apple cinnamon rice cake with almond butter on it. The campbell's healthy choice soups are good, if they're not filling enough add some cooked brown rice. Cooked lentils are a delicious source of protein you could add as a side. Jamie likes to over cook them so they are a bit mushy like mashed potatoes and add salt or cumin.

  3. Wow, Whitney and Ann...those sound good. I love lentils. Whitney, do you eat your chicken salad with anything? Crackers? I love tuna salad, but of course the bad kind. :) I did make a homemade wrap today for work--lettuce/carrots, little bit of cheese and some chicken. It was yummy! Rounded it off with light yogurt and sugar free pudding.

  4. I know this won't be as easy for you because you also have 2 children who I know are your top priority, but the one way I've managed not to miss a workout in 2.5 years is that I plan my day around my workout--I don't try to squeeze a workout into my day. For awhile I would workout before work, but with Robert joining me now, we know that at 8 or 8:30, we're going to workout. It's the rule (except for 1 day per week.)

    I know that will be a lot tougher for you than for someone without children, but if you can try to work towards that, you'll have less opportunities to "blow it."

    Food suggestions for work:

    Make up big batches of healthy casseroles or soups (I've got some recipes I can share) and freeze them in individual containers so you can just pull one out to take it. Pair with some light and easy sides.

    Edamame! Just grab a few bags of frozen edamame (still in the shell, it tastes better) at the store. Put just 1 serving into a container (or 2 if you need more calories) and take to work. Heat 1.5 minutes for 1 serving or 2.5 minutes for 2 servings and you have a lunch "entree" that's nutritious, delicious, and forces you to slow down as you pluck them out of the shell. Add some sides.

    My sides at lunch are always: 1+ servings of fruit (grapefruit, pineapple, strawberries, blackberries...whatever you like!), light vanilla Activia yogurt (great for dipping the fruit!), and if possible a spare veggie (carrots or celery, although those don't work well with my braces and I've replaced them with applesauce. :()