Thursday, January 14, 2010

Resisting the Teddy Grahams

Yesterday I was 95% on my clean eating plan.  Right after dinner I had a little carb craving and did grab 8 mini teddy grahams (55 calories worth) and when I had the thought to put my hand back in for some more I just told myself "TWO WEEKS"  Two weeks on this restricted plan, then I can expand it a bit and will have changed my eating habits too.  These little bad habits of reaching into the cookies or having a bite of this and that are what is holding me back from achieving the body I really want.

Sure enough, I felt absolutely satisfied for the rest of the night.  You really do have to wait that little bit after a meal for the satisfaction button to kick in.

I woke up yesterday so incredibly sluggish, then by afternoon I was literally bouncing in my office chair.  Maybe it's the cleaner eating ... maybe it was all the inspiring blog entries I was reading - who knows!

So when I got home from work the first thing I did was hit the treadmill!  I only had a short time before we had to eat and go out to the kids sports, so I decided the best use of my time was to run.

And run I did!  I did 30 min of HIIT (2 min at 6 mph, 1 min of 9mph - some at 10 mph - repeat).  I tell ya ... that's a lot harder than just running the same speed for 30 minutes.  Overall I can run a faster steady pace, but I think those quick spurts are hugely beneficial to improving running speed, endurance, and a big bonus for weight loss.

I was a sweaty mess afterwards!

Got another clean menu going on today ....

6:30am - Wake-up - 2 c. water
7:30 am - Breakfast - 1/2 c. oatmeal, 2 tblspn ground flax seed, 1/4 c. blueberries, 3 egg whites, 2 c. water
10:30 - Mid-Morning Meal - 3 oz. Shrimp, tomato/cucumber salad, 2 c. green tea, 2 c. water
2:00 - Lunch - 4 oz. grilled chicken, 1/2 plain sweet potato, 1 pear, 2 c. green tea, 2 c. water
5:00 - Afternoon Meal - 2 egg whites, 1 whole egg, celery, 2c. water
6:30 - Dinner - 4 oz. tilapia, 1/2 plain sweet potato, broccoli, roasted tomatoes 2 c. water, 2c. peppermint tea

I increased my lunch protein today and moved the sweet potato from the mid morning meal to lunch.  I found that for my mid-morning meal I'm not very hungry so I can have a little less then, but by afternoon meal I'm quite hungry.  This should make my lunch meal a bit more substantial with a little more staying power.  For today it worked.

Tonight I'm gonna hit that treadmill again and maybe do a lower body weights session.


Becca said...

oooh, those little boogers are tough to resist! Sounds like a great run! How do you make your sweet potato? I really want to like them but so far the only way I can eat them is as a french fry...

Marcelle said...

Am going to learn so much from you on this journey you doing with Clean Eating...thanks for that.

I also find I have to wait a bit after my meals as I still feel hungry ... actually noticed that more since coming out of eating way more than I used to...
Will see what my weight says on Monday, have decided to stop obsession on my weight and put more energy into other area's in my life that need it.

Felt nice reading about your run - knowing i too can run again...

ajh said...

Good job on resisting that second helping of teddy grahams. It is so easy to take just a "few" more. We all have those calories that don't really count.

Happy Friday!

Tamara said...

I need to start pushing myself a little more during my runs. I don't know why but I have this odd little fear of breathing too heavily. Like I'm going to have a heart attack or something. Stupid. But I'm apparently unable to add any other exercise into my life so I need to start getting the most I can out of my runs.

As usual, I drop by and leave inspired! You rock!

Missy said...

Sounds like you're doing great. I think you'll see a big difference in how you feel when you clean, natural foods and less processed. I always feel better when I do!

Have a great weekend,

Alicia said...

Love the idea of a cleaner diet. Right now, I'm doing the uber-lean protein diet with the hubster but I'm going to come back and check out your menus when that is all over. Looks like just the balance I need. Good luck! And congrats for being such a beauty after your sweaty run. :) You're a doll!