Adding it up

by spiceaholic on October 20, 2010

Soooo, let’s just say I’m not the best at journaling my food.

I’ll start off with breakfast and lunch, but anything after that doesn’t get recorded.  Like all those mindless bites here and there.  Or I take a very rough guess at a portion size. Or since I went and blew it, might as well give up on the rest of the day.  And sometimes I’ll just downright lie.

I’m pretty sure this convenient absent-mindedness is some twisted logic by which if it’s not on there, it didn’t happen and therefore I can pretend everything is fine and dandy.

As a teacher once told us in class, when you cheat, you only cheat yourself.

So today I decided I would document everything I ate today and log it. No matter what or how much I ate.

On the way into work this morning, I got stuck in the usual bottleneck merging into downtown.   I was already hungry and getting to the point where I was getting headachy and moody. Luckily I had some Luna bars in my bag for just such a situation, so I broke off about 1/3 of one and ate it as I navigated the treacherous Atlanta morning commute.

(Don’t worry, I took this in the parking garage at work. I’m not crazy enough to blog and drive.)

Once I was at work, I was looking forward to eating my actual breakfast. If you guessed that I made my favorite breakfast sandwich . . . you’re wrong!! I am taking a break from it this week. Oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg were on the menu today. Unfortunately, while my oatmeal was cooking in the microwave, I got distracted by talking to one of my bosses and there was an oatmeal explosion. Cleaning off oatmeal is not my way of starting off the day. Luckily I managed to salvage half of my oatmeal and went on to make Mexican Hot Chocolate Oatmeal (oatmeal, a packet of 25-calorie hot cocoa, splenda, and cinnamon).

You’d think shelling a hardboiled egg would be pretty easy, but it just wasn’t my morning. I pressed down too hard and totally mangled my egg. Oh well.

We went down to visit my in-laws this past weekend and my MIL sent me back with half a Pannetone bread since I seem to be the only one who likes them. I brought it into the office so that I wouldn’t demolish the whole thing myself. Since half my oatmeal ended up splattered in the microwave, I figured a small piece wouldn’t hurt.

I usually don’t like raisins, but for some reason, I don’t mind them in Pannetone. And yes, I realize this could be considered a distant cousin of fruitcake.

On the way back to my desk, I swiped a couple of these:

I’m barely past breakfast and look at all the things I’ve managed to munch on already!

Luckily I had started logging everything by now, and was able to see that if I kept up the mindless munching, it would not be pretty. So I decided to plan out the rest of the day.

When lunch rolled around, I marched myself straight to the break-room to heat up one of the frozen meals I’d brought to keep in the freezer. During tax season, I ended up going out to lunch almost every day since I needed a sanity break. Now that tax season is over, it’s time to undo the damage.

I’m a big fan of tweaking frozen lunches. Eaten alone, they never fill me up. But just by adding veggies, I feel like I’ve actually eaten a decent amount.

I heated up some broccoli to go along with this:

After lunch I sat and read for a few minutes. Then I wanted something sweet. By now, I knew that eating those dang Tootsie rolls was a waste, so I went for some sugar-free chocolate pudding I had in the fridge.

I added a little bit of this to make it fancier. This stuff is so good.

When it was time for my afternoon snack, I knew exactly what I was having:

I love these. They’re only 110 calories and full of protein. And they don’t have that nasty protein drink taste either.

I had some of these almonds as well. Since the weather has been so nice, I want to take advantage of it and walk outside after work, so I needed to make sure my afternoon snack would hold me until dinner.

I dragged Mr. Spice out for the walk by promising him it would only be 30 minutes. By the time we got back, we were both getting hungry. I still had to make dinner, so I had some of these:

For dinner, we had some frozen fish fillets I wanted to use up, so I made a quick fish and potato curry and served it with couscous. Since I haven’t quite nailed it down yet, I’m not posting the recipe yet. But hopefully soon!

After tallying up the damage for the day, it turns out I only went over my limit by 150 calories.  Not too horrible.  And I walked for 30 minutes, so it probably cancelled out.  But the point is, if I hadn’t had those tootsie rolls, part of that Luna bar, and the Pannetone, I would have had some wiggle room at the end of the day. Yet, if I hadn’t logged it all, I would have forgotten about them and ended up eating something else and then I really would have done some damage.

So there you have it.  Those are my eats for the day! Let’s see how I do tomorrow!

Do you track your food every day?  Do you get derailed by mindless munching?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Theresa October 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

I love this post, because I completely recognize myself in it. I don’t track my food, but I definitely get the “aw, screw it. I’m tired. I’ll do better tomorrow” feeling when I start going off the rails. Maybe writing things down would help me do better. I actually eat healthier working from home, I think, because there are none of those office treats around, and I have to make my food myself!

(And by the way, I ADORE Pannettone. Usually I only see it around Christmas — I didn’t realize it was in stores again already!)

spiceaholic October 23, 2010 at 8:31 pm

My mother-in-law was the one who found it, so I don’t know if she was at an ethnic grocery store and got it there or if it was at a mainstream store. If I see it, I’ll let you know where!

I think I have to agree with you about eating healthier when working from home! Less temptation to go out, too.

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