The Color Me Rad 5K is this Saturday and I am getting so anxious about it. This is not my first 5K, but will be the first one I can run the whole route. I love participating in these events! There is always so much energy and they are usually so much fun. This one should be a blast! (Even if I am a bit skeptical about having colored cornstarch thrown at me.) I am sure I will have so much fun and get over my need to stay clean ;) Stay tuned for a report on all the fun I had coming up in my Monday post.
Breakfast- (I try to keep this at 300-400 calories)
Coffee with a packet of Truvia and 2 Tbs of Creamer-(70 calories)
I have to have this every morning! Usually after my morning workout when I have "earned" it
2 packets of Instant Cream of Wheat-(260 calories)
1 cup Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal w/ 1/2 cup 2% Milk-(230 calories)
1 Jimmy Dean Delights Breakfast sandwich-(230 calories)
2 packets of Instant Oatmeal-(260 calories)
1 Egg and Guacamole Wrap-(363 calories)
-This is made with a flour tortilla, 2 boiled eggs mixed with a snack pack of Wholly Guacamole
A piece of fruit (bananas are one of my favorites these days.) I just added this recently because I am getting so much fruit from Bountiful Baskets and I hand't been eating enough fruit before.
Water- I shoot for about four 24oz glasses a day or more (especially if it is a big workout day!)
Lunch- (300-400 calories)
An albacore tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread-(about 350 calories)
A turkey and cheese sandwich-(about 400 calories)
A big old salad-(200-250 calories)
A sandwich from Subway either
-Steak and Cheese-(380 calories) or
-Turkey and Ham-(280 calories)
Afternoon snack-(about 150 calories)
I used to have an Atkins bar everyday (the Chocolate Coconut Bar replaced my usual Mounds Bar), but I have almost given up this snack time all together. I eat lunch pretty late (close to 2PM) and I am busy either picking up kids during the school year or taking them to go do something during the Summer. Sometimes we will stop for a TCBY, though.
I used to eat Fiber One Bars and than I started to eat Slim Fast Bars and than I moved on to the Atkins Bars. Then I heard about the thinkThin bars. They have NO sugar and are really high in protein! Those Brownie Crunch ones have 230 calories and taste really good! They also carry Peanut Butter ones, but I personally wasn't a fan. (The Atkins bars are still good in having very, very low sugar and high protein, I just got kind of tired of the same one all the time.) Now I switch between the Atkins and the thinkThin bars.
This still tends to be the meal that I consume the most calories, but I try to keep it low carb most nights (at least for me.) I have 3 young children so this is really hard because I am only making one meal for the whole family! They love pastas and breads and I shouldn't have those, but I have found a few "go to" meals that the kids enjoy and I can low carb my portion. I have also found a few lower carb recipes that everybody has enjoyed, but not many :(
Some of my "go to" meals include:
Tacos- I make mine a salad
Fajitas- I just eat the fillings, no tortilla
Spaghetti- I have spaghetti squash instead of noodles (or just the meatballs on their own if I make meatballs)
Baked Potato- No low carb, but low calorie ;)
And we have pizza just about every Friday night for family movie night ;) Not low carb and not low calorie, but I keep it to only one (or two) slices from a small pizza (usually) and half of the side salad first!
These are not the things I eat ALL the time, but what I try to stick to MOST of the time. I am not perfect and I still struggle to eat well. I have been known to eat a pancake with syrup for breakfast or a meal at McDonald's for lunch or a very high calorie pasta dish for dinner or a candy bar and soda for snack (or all of the above in one day) over the past few months (along with a lot of other not so healthy foods), but I work at trying to stay within my 1400-1500 calories every day. I know that I can not always eat healthy 100% of the time, but I can choose to focus on the next choice and make it a good one!