Not tracking anymore, but being mindful
Monday, May 16, 2011
I never thought I'd get my metabolism back. It's back with a vengeance, though! I no longer need to track my calories, however I am very mindful of what/how much I eat. A typical day for me is:
Breakfast: A smoothie made with almond milk, hemp protein powder, 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries or blueberries & 1 tbsp of peanut butter or almond butter.
Mid-morning snack: a small egg & cheese sandwich.
Lunch: A sandwich or leftovers: tuna sandwich, peanut butter & jelly, leftover cooked vegetables, etc. I sometimes buy lunch, and I'll have hummus & pita bread or a fish sandwich or a salad, etc. I get protein at every meal.
Dinner: Cooked veggies (cabbage, carrots, brussel's sprouts, beets, anything), a grain (rice, groats, amaranth, quinoa, millet, bulgur, or a combination) and protein: beans, tuna or tofu. I sometimes will have a tofu sandwich with eggplant, roasted red peppers & sprouts. Sometimes instead of cooked veggies I'll have a giant salad with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, sprouts, jicama, shredded carrot, beans or tuna and homemade balsamic dressing.
I no longer eat meat, but still eat fish & dairy. Dairy is infrequent though. I get a lot of calcium from the almond milk and the greens that I eat.
As for exercise, I love to go to the gym now and I run on the treadmill, use the elliptical machines and then lift weights. It's actually a lot of fun and I enjoy spending time there, especially when I follow it up with a soak in the jacuzzi. : )
Now that I've got a handle on the eating right and exercising thing, my next project is to run a 5k this summer. It's really important to have goals to keep us focused & challenged, and I want to start running 5ks and I then want to become fast. I'm not sure if fast is something I can achieve, (or even what I consider fast at this point), but it's a fuzzy goal that I will redefine as I continue to run and see what my body is capable of.