Monday, July 18, 2011

The Salad Case: What's This?

Workout: 40 minute walk

Yes, I've been MIA! Not really sure why, just kind of needed a break.

The week after I posted my July??? post, things just went a little downhill on the whole health front. It wasn't haywire, but it was close! Let's just say, I fell into the work trap and now I'm struggling to get out!

The good news is that the last couple of days has shown me that I CAN make good choices while still enjoying my foodsies :)

Then on Friday, I read this article and reassessed when and how I was eating. Typically, here's my eats schedule:

5ish - wake-up + exercise
8ish - breakfast
11:30ish - lunch (usually salad + protein)
2:30ish - snack (usually yogurt or edamame)
5:30ish - dinner
8ish - late night snack (usually milk + oatmeal)
10:30ish - sleep

Not too shabby, but could still use some improvement.

What's funny is that on Friday I had some pizza for lunch and the whole 'best-time-for-carbs-is-lunchtime" mentioned in the article turned out to be true (at least for me)!

With that in mind, let me introduce you to my little friend:

The whole-wheat rotini, the star of today's warm salad case which contained:
  • 1 cup cooked whole-wheat rotini
  • 2-3 handfuls spinach
  • roasted veggies: eggplant, broccoli, onion, green bell pepper, asparagus
Mixin' things up never tasted so good! Ok, maybe it did - but this was scrumptilious!

I also tried having breakfast one hour after waking and I was amazed at how hungry I really was. How did I ever make it to 8? I need to listen to my body a little more I think. I'm also making some changes to my schedule and we'll see how they go:

5ish - wakeup + exercise (pre-workout snack)
6:30ish - breakfast
11:30ish - lunch (usually salad + protein + carb)
2:30ish - snack (usually yogurt or edamame)
5:30ish - dinner
8ish - where's my snack? (I'm going to try going late night snackless, YIKES!)
9:30ish - sleep

The big one for me is going to be sleep by 9:30ish. I've been able to scale it back from 11:30 to 10:30ish and have noticed more energy, but I'm still kind of tired for the most part. Any tips on getting myself to sleep earlier?

Also, any favorite pre-workout snack ideas that y'all like? I've thought about yogurt, a handful of trail mix or toast, any other ideas? I just want something light but good enough to power me through my workout!

ADios :)


Kimberly said... Best Blogger Tips

For a pre-workout snack, I love half a banana with a smear of PB and dotted with chocolate chips!