Here is what Clean Eating Day One looked like. I went for easy to prepare the first couple of days since my grocery shopping consisted of a quick dash to the store late Tuesday after swim practice.
6:15 Got up late. The plan was to do 60 minutes on the trainer but slept in. I thought the noise of the bike and the TV downstairs might wake CR up (he is a light sleeper and we have thin walls, I am considerate like that... any excuse to sleep in). I decided to take the extra sleep and do the trainer tonight. All that debate in my head was exhausting so I grabbed a Diet Dr. Pepper. I figured if black coffee was OK once a day, today Diet Dr. Pepper would have to be OK as well.
7:30 Flying out the door. Grabbed all my containers of food, my gym bag for tonight’s planned run (which now will be followed by the trainer work) and headed to work.
8:00 Eating my overnight glue with apples which was my preparation faux pas from the night before. 5 oz yogurt + ½ c oats = paste. (This morning I went for 2 eggs, spinach and 1/2 c black beans which was so much better. I could eat that every day and I just might...)
10:30 Headed to fill up my shaker with water so I could have my protein shake (I scoop protein, 1 T milled flax). Got distracted and didn’t get there until 11:00. The water fountain is only 50 feet away. Good thing I run faster than I walk to the water fountain or my races would take days instead of hours. Not sure I liked the flax in the shake combo. It was a little grainy. Might go for PB & Celery/Carrots as an alternative tomorrow and sprinkle the flax on some other meal.
12:45 Lunch. Usually I take my lunch and sit outside somewhere. More often than not I end up taking a 20 to 30 minute nap. (I told you I was tired) Lunch today was 3 oz tuna, a large handful of spinach, carrots, squash, onion with about ¾ c strawberries on the side followed by said nap.
1:30 While filling up my car with gas at QuikTrip, I was tempted to drink something other than water. I ended up going with a Diet Green Tea. Green Tea is acceptable, not sure about the sweetener but... I normally drink a diet soda when I wake up in the mornings so I kind of think that is where that craving came from. At least I didn't grab chips or a doughnut while I was in the store. Have you seen the inside of a QT? Junk food heaven.
3:30 Another protein shake. 1 scoop protein, water and 1 T of flax. Yep, still grainy. I guess it is good I am finding out what works and what doesn’t early on. Something told me last night to choose a different snack plan but it was late and I was in a hurry. Tomorrow things will be different!
4:30 Eyeing my arm to see if I could bite off a chunk and be any worse for the wear. So hungry... In between pangs of hunger, I am intently watching the radar to see if the storm that is building will pass by the time I am supposed to meet my friend for our run @ 5:30. Decided to save arm for another day.
5:00 Run is canceled due to storm and heavy rain. Could have headed to the gym for the treadmill but opted to just do the trainer workout instead. Ate a handful of raisins on the way home. Surprising how they can taste like candy if you are hungry enough.
6:30 Wednesday is one of the few nights I get home early – hooray! Set up the trainer and ride for 60 minutes while catching up on MasterChef and Nurse Jackie. Ate a small handful of carrots before the ride and was kind of suprised that those kept me from feeling hungry as long as they did. Goes to show you don't always need as much food as you think you do to be satisfied.
8:45 Dinner. I ended up spending time prepping dinner for CR since he was getting home late and before I knew it, the clock said 8:45. I don’t usually like to eat this late but it seems to have become the norm. 3 oz beef, steamed broccoli and zucchini.
I had a 24 oz sport bottle of water that I refilled twice throughout the day to get in my water. Between that, the tea and a bottle I drank during my workout I probably overachieved in that area. Mostly, I am proud of my ability to limit the diet soda intake yesterday. It can only get better from here. I had a couple of meals and snacks that weren't great taste combos but that is easy enough to correct. All in all a success!