Friday, December 5, 2014

Almonds

Sticking with my goal of posting my food log every day this month, here is my food log from yesterday:


The tuna with Dill Triscuits was SO good. I used to eat that pretty often for lunch, but hadn't had it in a while. I would probably eat tuna every day for lunch if I weren't worried about the mercury warnings!


I was kind of looking forward to my run today--four miles at an easy pace. For the past few months, I've really been focusing on doing my easy runs at a truly easy pace (the way they're meant to be run), and it makes the easy runs much more enjoyable. The weather was decent today, too--36 degrees and no wind.

I was a little bit cold for the first mile, but after that, I felt really good. I'm starting to really get the hang of the rhythmic breathing technique that I learned from Budd Coates (he describes it in detail in his book, Running On Air). Inhale for three steps, exhale for two. I'm getting to the point where I can do it without even thinking about it. Today, I just focused on the rhythmic breathing to try to keep a steady, easy pace. I was surprised to see how close my splits were when I was done!


The first and fourth mile were only one-tenth of a second apart; and miles two and three were identical down to the tenth of a second. Being a numbers-person, I found that really interesting! Anyway, it was a nice run this morning.


After a shower and some tea, I headed out to Victoria's Secret and Sam's Club. I had a free panty coupon for VS that was going to expire soon, so I wanted to use it. I needed a couple of things from Sam's Club, so I went there while I was out that way.

I wanted to get some more almonds, but those can be a binge-trigger for me. I've been doing well with tracking my food, but I ended up getting the single serving bags of almonds. Normally, when I eat almonds as a snack, I'll measure out 1 ounce, which is 5 PointsPlus. The single serving bags are 1.5 ounces, which is 7 PointsPlus. I never buy the single servings because 7 PP is a lot to spend on a tiny handful of almonds!


Since I tend to overeat them when there is a big bag in the pantry (I might grab a handful a couple of times a day without really considering how many extra calories that adds up to), I thought it may be worth it to just get the single serving bags. This way, I can't just grab a handful; I'll have to open a little pouch, knowing that the contents are 7 PP. It's more PP than I would like to spend on them, but I think it may work out better that way. (Now, if only they sold my beloved dried cherries in single-serving pouches, I'd be all set!)

Well, I've got to get ready to go out tonight. Jerry and I are having a date night, and we decided to go to La Pita. It's been a long time since I've been there! I haven't decided what I'm going to get yet, but I'm going to log it and stay on plan. Warm pita bread sounds so good right now!


13 comments:

  1. Nice job on the even splits! You could make your own single serving pouches of almonds (or dried cherries or any other bulk snack) - just get those little ziploc bags and as soon as you get home, "decant" the entire bag into one serving per ziploc. That way you won't have the entire bag to snack from, and you will know exactly how many points per baggie. It takes some time to prep, but can be helpful!

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    1. Tiare, that is SO obvious, and I didn't even think of it! Hahaha

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  2. We need pictures of your La Pita meal! I remember those from way back in your blog.
    I love almonds as a snack, a few of them go a long way -- if I have them in the late afternoon, I'm good until dinner without getting crazy hungry.

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    1. La Pita was delicious! I tried something new this time :)

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  3. Dill triscuits! I never knew. I'm new to your blog and I really appreciate your daily food log photo! Good job on implementing your breathing technique!

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  4. Congrats to you for sticking to your plan. I really need to get back into tracking my food. I do so much mindless eating, and I know it adds up!

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    1. I'm really starting to realize how much mindless eating I was doing, even when I was tracking my food for just my own eyes. Now that I'm posting every little thing I eat, I've stopped grabbing a little of this and a little of that. It adds up!

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  5. Hey! I love tuna, too, and I usually have it 1X a week. I've been substituting some canned salmon salad if I'm feeling like tuna again.

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    1. I'll have to try the canned salmon. Thanks for the tip!

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  6. Love your blog. How do you make your tuna? I love the solid white and a little bit of reduced fat mayo. Love the idea of the dill triscuits!!

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    1. Thank you! I like the albacore, too. I mix it with light Miracle Whip (I know a lot of people don't like MW, but I like it!) and come minced celery and onions. If I don't have celery, I'll use some sweet relish instead.

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  7. A way I've learned to circumvent that problem with almonds or pistachios or really any snack is to buy the big bag but as soon as I get home from the store I measure out serving sizes and put them in individual snack bags. That way the only way they are available to me is per serving size and I can decide what standard serving size I want my snacks to be. It's worked out great for me.

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