DAY 18 - WEEK 2, WEDNESDAY
Breakfast: Breakfast Burrito (1 whole wheat tortilla with 4 scrambled egg whites, 1/2 oz cheddar cheese, 1/2 red and 1/2 green pepper); 6 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
This is one of my favorite breakfasts, especially since all my veggies were already cut up in my "Wednesday" bag. But I can't possibly eat 4 egg whites in one sitting, so I cut it down to 2. Today my wrap totally fell apart but still tasted very good. I'd probably replace some of the peppers with onions next time. And what's a "burrito" without some avocado? I make a mental note to switch this up next time.
There is no way I'm squeezing my own orange juice. The effort to results ratio is totally not in my favor. Instead, I bought a small single-size container of all-natural orange juice. I drank my 6 ounces (aka 3 gulps). I'm not sure what to do with the rest of the carton. Glad I didn't buy a full-sized one!
When I got to work, I made the necessary decision anyone facing 6 hours of meetings would do to survive: purchased coffee. I got the smallest size and used skim milk and splenda. I don't think the Clean Eating editors sanction the use of splenda, but I thought they would prefer the healthier "sugar" even if it was a substitute. I wish the coffee shop had that flavored fat-free half and half so I wouldn't have needed any sugar at all.
Snack 1: Chocolate Smoothie (1 cup low fat milk, 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 5 ice cubes); 1 handful of unsalted almonds
I look ahead at breakfast and see that there is no possible way on earth to make a smoothie at work in a blender!!! I don't know how this could possibly be appropriate, so I improvise. MJ makes me a "chocolate milk" for breakfast using some milk and chocolate protein powder. It was very good. I sure do miss chocolate milk. I packed a container with plain yogurt and 5 frozen strawberries for work, but it tasted bad by the time I ate it at work (yes, I kept it in the fridge the whole time, Mom) so I threw it out. Yuck.
I did eat the unsalted almonds. And by unsalted almonds I mean 12 cocoa almonds. Actually 11. I let my friend Charlotte try one. She's the one on the 1034 calorie diet. I hope that one almond didn't push her over her measly calorie limit. Charlotte informed me that because she lost two pounds, she is now only allowed to eat 1008 calories. This cannot be a healthy diet. I need to start carrying sugary snacks to revive Charlotte when she passes out from malnourishment.
Lunch: French Tuna Salad (green beans, 1 hard boiled egg, sliced radishes, tuna, red onion, red pepper, red leaf lettuce and 1 yukon potato)
This lunch may take the crown for most awkward meal ever. It was so bad that someone even said to me "what the heck are you eating?!"
First of all, this salad to forever to prep. I had to hard boil eggs (BIG shout out to Michael Vick for this guidance on boiling eggs. Now can you teach MJ how to peel them?!) I also had to boil a potato. The cookbook says it would be ready in 15 minutes and it wasn't close. I let it cook for 25 and the middle was definitely still hard. I also had to steam the green beans. Then I had to cut slice and measure everything else. Huge time commitment.
Second, the dressing had 1239081 ingredient. It served 4 and only had 1/4 tsp of some ingredients which is a huge pain in my butt. Essentially the dressing was red wine vinegar and dijon mustard.
Third, the salad was ridiculous. It didn't taste good and I only really ate the egg and the tuna. Huge disappointment. I ate my cashews early.
Snack 2: 1/2 grapefruit, 15 unsalted raw cashews
Okay I know you're not going to believe me, but I actually brought the grapefruit to work, already cut in half, and brought a spoon. But I never ate it. I guess I have some mental block. It's back in my fridge. I'll probably throw it out soon.
Instead, when I got home I ate some whole wheat bread with almond butter. When MJ got home, he ate finished the entire container of almond butter. There go my snacks for the next few days!
Dinner: Boring Chicken, Boring sweet potato, Boring broccoli.
Boring, boring, boring. Plain, plain, plain.
I purposely picked to eat Wednesday's meal today because I knew I was meeting my friends from high school out for dinner and didn't mind replacing this boring, plain meal.
Instead, we went out for Mexican. Shocking, right? I got to the restaurant first - mainly because I like getting to places early, but also because I wanted to really check out the menu and see what non-fried options I had. While I was waiting, I also googled the calorie contents of Mexican drinks - Margaritas, Sangria, and Beer. They are all bad. I drank water.
I ended up ordering a grilled chicken fajita and only eating one of the little tortillas that came with it. I ate the rest of the grilled chicken and veggies "a la carte," if you will. Oh yea, I ate about 10 chips with salsa. But I let my friends finish the rest. No one notice that I wasn't eating the chips or drinking. Score one for me!
After dinner some co-workers were meeting up for drinks, so I met them for my standard vodka gimlet. A few other women there were mentioning that they too were trying to watch their weight - one ordered water (cue pregnancy comments) and the other ordered vodka with diet coke. I told her how fabulous vodka gimlets were and I think she's hooked now.
Today was another day of leftovers! My friend invited me over for breakfast. I call her my Fairy Blog Mother because she told me to start "tweeting" when I made new posts so my "loyal fans" could follow. I feel like a caveman trying to use twitter. It's not as easy as Geico.
For breakfast, my fairy blog mother served 1 egg on a toasted whole wheat English muffin with some low-fat cheddar cheese. It was delicious and I hope to convince her to cook for me more often! I also had a cup of coffee because she had brewed some Dunkin' Donuts Hazlenut coffee and I couldn't resist the smell of it. Two coffees in two days? What's happened to me?! This time, I only used 1% milk and no sugar (or splenda).
We headed off to work and I went to a class during gym again. For lunch I had a veggie burger with low-fat mozzarella cheese, 1/2 avocado and 2 slices red leaf lettuce on whole wheat bread. So good! I think veggie burgers are my new favorites. I bought the morning star kind. I'll have to check the box and make sure to buy the same kind each time at the store.
For dinner I ate the left over risotto with 3 ounces of shrimp. It was just the right portion size and was a pretty good combo.
My snacks today weren't at any particular time, so I saved them for the end. I ate:
• a handful of cocoa almonds
• 1 low-fat cheese stick
• 2 almond butter cookies.
I know, I know. What is wrong with me? I'm not supposed to be eating those! But I went to the gym and I feel justified. I also really didn't eat that many calories today. But I'm sure I had more than Charlotte did. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, Charlotte.