How can it possibly be February already? Already a month into the year, and we’re down to 3 months until d-day (aka our due date)!
Today is also the day that I turn 30. My feelings on that can be summed up like this:
On to other news…
Since it’s Wednesday, I’m going to do that thing where I take pictures of my food all day and then post them here for everyone to see. I do this for two reasons. One- I think it’s extremely helpful to see what other people are eating, as it gives me ideas and inspiration for what I could be eating throughout the week, especially on busy weekdays! (See prior What I Ate Wednesday posts here!)
And two- it’s actually really helpful for me to document what I’m eating throughout the day. It’s a form of accountability. Some people keep a food journal; some people use a calorie tracker on their phones. I find that taking pictures of food and knowing that I’m going to post them here makes me more conscious of what and how much I’m eating. It helps to curb mindless eating, because I know I’m going to have to whip out my phone and snap a picture. That makes me question “am I really hungry, or am I just bored?”
So if you’re looking to clean up your eating habits or want to lose a few pounds, I encourage you to try taking pictures of your food! Even if you have no one to show them to, you can scroll back through them throughout the day as a visual reminder of what you’ve already eaten. And if you really want to show them off, send them to me (email, facebook, twitter or instagram)! We can keep each other accountable!
Mondays call for quick and easy breakfasts, am I right? I mixed up a jar of overnight oats while I was making dinner on Sunday night, and they were ready to go as I rushed out the door on Monday morning. Since we were out of fresh fruit, I added some frozen strawberries from my stash at work when I got to the office. If you’re looking for an overnight oats recipe or some other fast-food breakfasts, this post is for you!
I also had a decaf cappuccino with skim milk that somehow went unpictured.
I don’t usually make it through the morning without a snack, but somehow it was noon before I knew it and I hadn’t stopped for something to eat. Mondays are grocery day, so I made a quick run over my lunch hour and ate when I got back to the office.
Lunch was a buddha bowl (basically a mix of grain, veggies and healthy fats) of quinoa, kale, shredded brussels sprouts, tomatoes, pumpkin seeds, and lemon tahini dressing. I also nabbed a large can of coconut water at the grocery store since I was feeling a little dehydrated and had that with my lunch.
Dessert consisted of two kiwi.
PSA- if you live near an Aldi and like kiwi, a box of 8-10 of them is literally half the price that they are in the regular grocery store (Giant, if you’re in central PA). It’s the same. exact. box. I’ve been buying two boxes per week and we both take 2 for lunch or a snack.
I’m straying a little bit from this week’s meal plan since Jim has a few fun nights planned (taking the edge off of that whole 30 thing). Monday night he brought home sushi!
We made it into a ‘TV Dinner’ while watching a chick flick of my choice. All Monday nights should be a sushi and movie night!
Obviously I’m not eating the raw sushi right now, so I enjoyed the avocado and spicy shrimp rolls while giving Jim the evil eye as he ate my favorite salmon avocado rolls. We each had a salad on the side.
When we get takeout sushi I always mix my soy sauce with rice vinegar to help cut the amount of sodium I’m consuming. I hate feeling ‘puffy’ the day after eating sushi from all of the salt, and this seems to help a bit.
And finally, dessert.
Another Aldi find. The serving size of these chocolate bars is actually two, but one seems to be plenty. I got to enjoy my chocolate and finish up my chick flick while Jim cleaned up the kitchen and emptied the dishwasher. Here’s to hoping every day of year #30 ends like that!
Question of the day: How do you keep yourself accountable to healthy choices?