Snack Attack!

16 Jul

Last night, after a delicious and filling dinner of Chinese style eggplant with chicken and garlic sauce from our local takeout joint, I retreated back to my room to finish up some last minute LSAT homework since I had class in the AM. Well, the problems — as usual — were long and hard, and I was beginning to feel frustrated and stressed… so I turned to a good ole box of cereal. Now let me preface that cereal is my vice. What may be a chocolate bar to most ladies, is a box of cereal for me. There is no other food that I turn to when I am stressed out besides cereal. Something about that crunch and being able to grab handful after handful out of that seemingly-never-ending box of goodness just gets me. Every. Single. Time.

I mean, I shouldn’t complain too much — it is cereal after all, and it is not junk food by any means. But, what does bother me is my inability to exercise self-control once I have a “snack attack.” I don’t just take out a bowl and pour a serving, I take the whole box and munch munch much. In fact, I munched so much last night that I finished more than 3/4’s of a new box of Post Great Grains: Raisins, Dates & Pecans! After I was finally finished, I checked out the back of the box and realized that my post-dinner-binge was estimated at about 1,000+ calories. Yikes! I’m not one to judiciously count calories anymore — that’s a whole other post, for a whole other time — but, in all honesty, it does kind of bother me to eat that much after already eating a whole day’s worth of meals. I notice that I have these cereal “snack attacks” of epic portions during moments when I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed, and I hope that recognizing that will be a step in right direction towards being able to utilize better self-control. Since I don’t want to totally deprive myself of late-night cereal when I’m really jonesin’ for some, I’m going to instead challenge myself to start practicing portion control. Ah, I can tell this is gonna be a tough feat for me… fingers crossed!

Anyway, this morning I woke up still feeling pretty stuffed from all the cereal (Great Grains is pretty dense), but since I had class I still wanted to fuel up with a hearty breakfast to keep me satisfied throughout the morning. So, I made the totally yummy:

Blueberry-Almond-Oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 2 packets of Splenda
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

I mixed everything — but the blueberries — together, and than microwaved it for about 2 minutes. At around the 2 minute mark, I added in the blueberries and continued to microwave it for about another 30 seconds. I prefer to add in the blueberries at the end so that they get to be the perfect amount of mushiness. I found that adding them in the beginning totally turns them into smushed-mush, and adding them after the fact leaves them too hard for my liking. So I guess I like to take the Goldie-Locks approach on this one!

Class went well today, and on my way home I stopped at Starbucks to get a little pick me up before getting on the subway. I wanted a little refresher since I had plans to be extra productive this afternoon. I wanted to get in a good workout and get ahead on my LSAT homework for the weekend because tomorrow is the 21st birthday celebration for one of my very best girlfriends from college, Laura! Laura turned 21 this past Wednesday, but tomorrow a bunch of my best girlfriends are coming into the city and we are going to spend the entire day together! I AM SO EXCITED! I love my college friends so, so much… and it’s been about a month since we’ve all hung out. We are going to enjoy the city during the day, and than do a nice dinner followed by proper 21st style celebrations ;). Because I anticipated my busy day tomorrow I not only got ahead on my homework, but I also put in a little extra time at the gym. Sometimes, when I know I’m going to take off from working out for a day or two I do a little something extra to “overcompensate” in a sense. I did a 30′ steady state run at 6.5, followed by 30′ steady on the elliptical at resistance 5, and than an extra 15 minutes on the stair master at level 8. Usually I just do 60′ of cardio per day, but since I know I will be indulging quite a bit this weekend, I thought the extra 15 minutes wouldn’t hurt. I rounded out my gym time by doing an abs and arm circuit.

I am going to take a break from posting tomorrow so I can enjoy this time with my friends. I hope you all have as wonderful a day as I hope to have (!), but before I go I’m wondering:

Do you ever do a bit extra in your workouts when you know you are going to take a day or two off, and/or when you know you are going to indulge?

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8 Responses to “Snack Attack!”

  1. Errign July 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    I don’t usually intentionally up my workouts after indulgences or before or anything, but I definitely do if I know my workouts have been light the day or two before.

  2. Jessica @ Sushi & Sit-Ups July 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I try to plan out my week in terms of eating and working out so I’m prepared and don’t let myself slip too far. If I know I’m going out to eat or drink with friends, I try to be extra good the rest of the days.

  3. Sweet Cheeks July 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    I used to have post dinner binges when I was younger. Cereal was the kicker for me, too…as well as triscuits and peanut butter. That got me every time! Now I never feel the need to binge because I make sure to fuel myself with plenty of good quality food several times throughout the day. (I eat 6-7 times a days usually)

    enjoy your time with friends!! ❀

  4. Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 16, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    I bet you are having fun riiiiight now! πŸ™‚ AWESOME! Happy 21st to your friend and have TONS of fun in the city with the girls!!!!
    I do the same thing with the working out bit… It’s okay. You’re just being prepared!

  5. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I do the same thing with my workouts πŸ™‚ love the blog btw!

  6. Cait's Plate July 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    I’m not usually conscious of whether or not I’ll be taking time off or indulging while working out – I usually just listen to my body each time and do what I can πŸ™‚

  7. Girl In The Pink July 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Happy bday girl!

    If I know I won’t be working out I modify my eating a little {I usually have less of an appetite anyways}. After a couple days off I really hit it hard when I get back into my workout routine – my legs are usually fresh and I always have a great workout!

  8. Sweet and Savvy July 17, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    I have the SAME types of snack attacks when I’m stressed. I seem to take down an entire bag/box of whatever is in reach. Recently, I’ve tried avoiding this by keeping pre cut veggies. (Usually baby carrots) in points of easy access so that I can reach for these in stressful times instead, so if I eat an entire bag If carrots? Who cares! It works pretty Well for the Most part.

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