I almost hesitate to put up this day, but I made a commitment and I'm sticking to it. Why do I hesitate? Well, occasionally work interferes with my schedule, and when I am committed to eating well, it can be more difficult to actually eat a meal. I try to pack a dinner for myself, but yesterday I found myself running out the door to catch my ride with no dinner in hand, which meant I didn't come close to taking in my 2000 calories.
It is eye-opening, however, to think that I would normally have had a dish of potatoes covered in cream sauce for dinner, in addition to an entire frankfurter (I have a confession to make - I love, love, love hot dogs. I don't care what goes into them. And these were really, really good kosher (no scary bits!) beef franks from somewhere in Brooklyn) instead of just a bite to taste. That would have been my dinner. With just a bit more effort, I managed to wrangle some shrimp and veggies instead. So here it is - day 6, Saturday, November 18th - and my secret will be out: sometimes I am lazy and make things from a box (Saturdays, in general, are my too-lazy-to-cook day, what with going to farm markets, work and all). I know I rail against processed food, but I do like Zataran's black beans and rice. And, all things being equal, it's pretty good for you. It's also a little hard to admit I have only made it to the gym twice this week. Does that mean I'm not fulfilling my goal? Am I blowing my cover? Should I pretend I'm being perfect? I think it goes to show it's a process. Yes, that's what we'll call it.
Some of you might be aware there was a big football game in my fair city yesterday. To celebrate our victory, one of our regulars bought a round of drinks for our staff. Who am I to turn down free champagne? I should have made my red wine rule a "one drink" rule instead, I suppose. . .
While "cooking": 4 ounces 3 berry juice
Lunch: 1/4 roasted chicken from Weiland's with 1/3 box Zataran's black beans and rice
Work: one latte, one bite of delicious kosher beef frank (research purposes), one bite of Buckeye donut (research purposes - note to self, that is a fine donut. Must remember to return when not trying to live according to USDA standards of healthy eating), 4 shrimp sauteed with Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and a little tomato juice. One bite of Jeni's salty caramel ice cream (hm, can't claim research on this one, as I've had it thousands of times in the past. Let's call it a treat).
Alcohol: one glass champagne
Exercise: does shopping count?
I consumed 989 calories, 38 grams of fat, 80 grams of carbs, 44 grams of protein, and 12 grams of fiber, eating 6 of 6 meat requirements, 3 of 6 grains, 1 of 3 fruits, 5 of 6 veggies, and 1 of 3 milk servings.