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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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