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Monday, Monday

Oh, how I never want to see you Monday!

All in all though, Mondays can sometimes be a good thing. How? In the sense that on Mondays I often find myself trying to ‘get back on track’ both with eating and exercising. Mondays seem to be the day when all normalcy returns and the debauchery and sinfulness of the weekend is mediated by alarm clocks, 9:30 am meetings, and the careful preparation of meals in plastic storage containers with all snacks and eats carefully planned out for the day. Also, green monsters return on Mondays and new energy is vested in the work week. Ahh, yes, Monday.

Well, today was no different. I began the day with a relatively ‘easy’ 5-miler. It took me 49 minutes, which is a little long for me- pacing out at a 9:44 minute mile. In weeks before going away, I was running faster than this and I felt pretty good this morning so I was a little surprised by the time, but hey, I’ll take it. The run went smoothly and sometimes that is worth going a little slower.  I came home and made a green monster, using a frozen banana, one cup of chocolate unsweetened almond milk and a cup of spinach.

It was tasty and really hit the spot. I also had coffee with half and half and a stevia packet. Over the weekend I purchased some Siggi’s yogurt and had painstakingly been waiting to try my first one until today. Tina often says how much she likes them and I tried her favorite flavor, orange ginger for a late morning snack.

I have to say it was a little disappointing. OK, a lot disappointing. I don’t know what I was expecting, but the texture really threw me for a loop! It was really, really thick and dry. I think I was still too dehydrated from my run to really enjoy it. Also, the flavor was very subtle and overall it seemed kind of plain. I am definitely going to try to eat this again, as the nutritional content is excellent. I have another orange ginger at home and two vanillas as well. I will try the vanilla one tomorrow and see how that goes. Maybe now that my expectation is in line with reality that will help.

For lunch, I decided to try to utilize the kale salad from last week, which I didn’t like very much at the time because it was really salty. I divided what I had left into two containers and added some purple and green cabbage and some leftover steak from a dinner last week. I sliced the steak really thin to prevent gnawing on any large, dry hunks of beef.

I did not add any other salad dressing or condiments and it had plenty of flavor. It was really filling too!

Today I ate lunch at my main office, since I was there conducting some interviews. Unfortunately, at the main office there is a candy dish and when I walked by it for the fourth time I couldn’t help but to grab these:

Noooooo!

I only ate three of them and they weren’t even that good. Ingredients: Corn Syrup, Sugar, Modified Food Starch, Malic Acid, Artificial and Natural Flavors, Sodium Citrate, and Artificial Colors (Including FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, and Blue 1). (wikipedia). I don’t know why I get so tempted by this sort of stuff?! These were definitely not worth it either! ugh!

Anyway, after lunch I held another interview. On my way back to my office I stopped to pick up my contact lenses from my eye doctor, which is conveniently right next to a Starbucks. I used to be a major Starbucks fan, but my allegiance has waned over the past year. I think it’s because I’ve pretty much eliminated lattes from my diet and their ‘normal’ coffee is not very good. I received a $15 gift card for Christmas and have only used it once, which in the past would have been unheard of! Anyway, I stopped in there this afternoon and got an iced green tea (unsweetened).

Looks like beer doesn’t it! Haha, now that would have been a nice afternoon delight! Anyway, the iced tea was quite good and I enjoyed it with some peanuts for an afternoon snack.

I hope that by eating these peanuts when I was hungry, around 4:30 today, instead of when I get home around 6, it will help me to prevent the binge I normally go on when I get home. I get so hungry by the end of the day that when I get home I am a bottomless pit and tend to eat way too much. It’s sort of this no-man’s land of eating, between lunch and dinner, and I usually fail miserably at it, usually going to town on handfuls of nuts. I tried to prevent that today, but I am already feeling hungry again… we’ll see how it goes…

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Sunday’s eats

Today was truly a day of rest for me.. well a day of rest and laundry. Anyhow, breakfast was a near repeat of yesterday the only difference being I used cheddar cheese instead of feta today. I enjoyed that omelet with a cup of coffee with half and half.

Although this was a very filling omelet, my sweet tooth was kicking in high gear and I ended up also having a samoa girl scout cookie.

It was good, but the ingredient list is quite long, which does not forebode good things. Let’s take a look. The ingredients include sugar, vegetable oil, enriched flour, corn syrup, coconut, sweetened condensed milk, sorbitol, glycerin, cocoa, invert sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, cornstarch, salt, caramelized sugar, soy lecithin, dextrose, natural and artificial flavor, carreeganen, and leavening.

There’s that soy lecithin again. From the wikipedia page, soy lecithin’s non-toxicity leads to the use with food, as an additive or in food preparation. It is used commercially in foods requiring a natural emulsifier or lubricant. In the food industry it has multiple uses: In confectionery it reduces viscosity, replaces more expensive ingredients, controls sugar crystallization and the flow properties of chocolate, helps in the homogeneous mixing of ingredients, improves shelf life for some products, and can be used as a coating. In emulsions and fat spreads it stabilizes emulsions, reduces spattering during frying, improves texture of spreads and flavor release. In dough it reduces fat and egg requirements, helps even distribution of ingredients in dough, stabilizes fermentation, increases volume, protects yeast cells in dough when frozen, and acts as a releasing agent to prevent sticking and simplify cleaning. It improves wetting properties ofhydrophilic powders (e.g. low-fat proteins) and lipophilic powders (e.g. cocoa powder), controls dust, and helps complete dispersion in water[1]. It can be used as a component ofcooking sprays to prevent sticking and as a releasing agent.

I still don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing to be eating, even if it is non toxic. It is in so many foods though, especially sweet ones.

Anyway, I also munched on some more nuts today- cashews and dry roasted peanuts. I got in a 50-minute pilates workout via DVD as well. For dinner I had leftover slaw from last night and some grilled chicken breast.

I definitely foresee some more sweets in my future tonight as the cravings are getting stronger and stronger. I may go for some dark chocolate or some coconut milk ice cream- or both. Ahh! I will try to be good!

Monday tomorrow, bleh.