Food Diary – Episode Two – Tuesday
Well today started off a good day for my nutrition because again I was so busy this morning updating my blog. I didn’t get a video made today as I didn’t want to be too repetitive and only have one new recipe idea, but I will show you what I ate and when.
I do feel hungry sometimes between my meals and normally when I have nothing to do, I would start baking or raiding the cupboards for some sort of sugar fix and more coffee. But the fact that I’m recording my every move this week, I don’t want to let myself down. This is a very important point guys, because if you have a particular goal and you are struggling (like I was), a food diary or weekly measurements are a good way to keep some positive pressure on. In addition, if you do feel hungry between meals, drink plenty of water. This fills you up and it’s said that thirst can feel like hunger.
So this morning I was motivated and got up at 06:30 because I wanted to edit and upload my video diary from Monday, write all the recipes and change some visuals on the site. I only had a cup of tea until 08:00, when I had my first meal of the day. I had to have the Hearty Loaded Oats again today because it is so filling and I don’t feel hungry for a good 3-4 hours, plus I LOVE it so much.
Then at 12:30 I had a portion of the Lean Cottage Pie that I made yesterday, I wanted to use it up before making anything new. Right after this I “broke” and had 2 squares of dark chocolate with a cup of tea :-/ But I have learned that beating myself up won’t help because stress can hinder weightloss, so I’ll just carry on and be good the rest of the week.
At about 15:30 I had a coffee break with one of my favorite convenience snacks, a Maple Syrup flavour Nature Valley’s Crunchy Granola Bar seen below. One bar has 185Kcal so it’s a nice bite-sized snack, but these bar are very moreish, so be careful.
At 18:30 I made myself a new dish. I was looking to use up some ingredients and didn’t reall know what to do with them, so I made a Chicken and Mixed Bean Tomato Stew with a little rice. The ingredients and recipe will be in a separate post. It actually turned out really well, and Andrew had some when he got back from work.
Then something awful happened…I was watching TV when I got it into my head I needed something sweet. So didn’t I have to go and start baking cookies!! I was trying to make a healthier version, but thankfully they didn’t turn out, so I was off the hook. What a close call. This is what I mean, I’m a nightmare. Andrew doesn’t think I will ever reach my body fat goal because I “break” so easily. I will have to try harder tomorrow.
Finally at 21:30 I made myself a small snack consisting of 50g cooked chicken and a few pieces of celery, red pepper, carrot and cucumber with salsa dip while I watched TV. With a cup or two of green tea, I was kept munching through all the greenery that I forgot about my sweet tooth.
Evaluating todays meals, I think I could have done better. I would ideally like to keep the calories between 1200 and 1400, depending on my activity for that day. Today’s total was a little too high considering I didn’t workout. All I can do is learn from my mistake, no more chocolate during the week, maybe on saturday
Below is the summary of my meals and their calories content:
|08:00||Hearty Loaded Oats||461|
|12:30||Lean Cottage Pie||330|
|13:15||2 squares dark chocolate||100|
|18:30||Chicken and Mixed Bean Tomato Stew with rice||350|
|21:30||50g cooked chicken, salad vegetables and salsa dip||160|