The long and winding road to fitness, day 17

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Today was one of those winding road kind of days.  I got in plenty of exercise (in addition to my workout, I was up and down a ladder at work all morning…whew), ate six servings of fruits and veggies, consumed 1628 calories, but also ate a package of Cheez-Its from the vending machine…that threw my sodium intake for the day over my upper limit…water, I’ve got to drink more water…This was one of those days when we didn’t really have enough people working and there was so much to get done.  On days like this, I tend not to take my breaks and wolf down my lunch.  I know this isn’t healthy, but when I’m the only manager in the building and everyone is calling you for this and that, it makes it difficult (try impossible) to sit down for a break.  That’s when I find myself heading to the vending machine in the break room.  As I think about it, this is probably the result of stress more than anything else.  So…what can I take to work that would be relatively healthy, but also be quick and have that sort of vending machine appeal?

I could have made my “trail mix” which is usually a combination of dry cereal (Cheerios or Chex) with some kind of dried fruit and either a few chocolate chips or some unsalted nuts.  That’s the closest thing I can think of.  It’s the sort of thing you can eat on the go, isn’t messy and is fairly good for you.  What else, does anyone have any suggestions?

The long and winding road to fitness, day 4

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I had the day off work today and that always presents challenges with my eating.  I guess I have a routine for work, prepare my lunch and snacks to take with me and know what I’m going to have for dinner before I ever get home.  But on my days off, I don’t plan what I’m going to eat and end up eating too much.  Yes, I do understand that the solution to this is simple…plan my day’s meals and snacks even on the days I don’t have to go to work…now just do it, right?

Today I did manage to eat a couple of servings of veggies with my fish at lunch, so that’s a plus!  But I made the mistake of sitting down to read with a box of Chex (the honey flavored, sweet ones).  I eat these as a snack and that’s usually okay because I measure out either a half a cup or a full cup and eat them dry.  Today I didn’t measure.  I found myself just eating them out of the box while reading.  Yikes!!  I think I put a stop to it before any real damage was done, but still…Lesson for today…plan ahead for meals and snacks…measure, measure, measure…

I ended up eating 1776 calories for the day (hopefully not any more than that…lol).  Tomorrow I’m going to keep it below 1600.  I rode the exercise bike for 10 minutes this morning, did upper body strength training (6 exercises, 2 sets of each), and walked for 15 minutes this evening.  So overall a pretty decent day, I think.

I didn’t go to the grocery store…just being lazy, I guess. I just couldn’t force myself to go.  It’s not like I’m really out of anything, I just didn’t want to have to stop after work…now it looks like that’s exactly what I’ll have to do.  I had planned to prepare a veggie pizza, but changed my mind and went with black bean salsa…

I use this on my vegetarian taco salad…some fresh spinach or Romaine lettuce and either Greek yogurt or lite Ranch dressing..it’ll have to be the Ranch dressing since I don’t have any Greek yogurt right now…it is on my list tho!  So that was the extent of my cooking today.  I did get outside this morning and pull some weeds and move some of my plants that are in containers.  One of these days I’ll have fresh tomatoes and cucumbers…ooh…can’t wait!!

So, how did everyone else do today?  Does anyone have any recipes to share today?  What kind of exercise did everyone do?  I think we’re making some progress here!!