Big salad, small salad, Iced Oatmeal Raisin Luna bar, Honey Graham Z bar, Tazo chai tea, and 2 apples (gala and pinata)
3. The last issue I want to tackle relates to my days off. I cut myself MAJOR slack on work days (probably more than I should). But let’s face it, completing a 12 hour shift shouldn’t equate to a get-out-of-jail-free card. It’s not brain surgery (it’s heart surgery – ha!). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not talking about trying to hit up the gym after my work days – I’m a huge advocate of giving your body rest. It took me a long time to recognize how damaging the stress of both work and exercising was on my body, so I am not proposing work-outs after long days on my feet in the hospital. What I have to do is remember that having an exhausting day is not an excuse to abandon my healthy lifestyle. On days I work (and days off too, to some extent) most of my snack-type eats aren’t photographed because I eat them in a hurry, or on the go, or while I’m cooking (you get the point…), and so what you guys don’t see are often several meals worth of non-meal food that I just pretend doesn’t exist. Additionally, I often have seconds or thirds of my meals and don’t bother taking pictures because, well, I just took a photo of the first plate. Now, it’s not the quantity that bothers me but the QUALITY. I have a good metabolism and I have come to terms with the fact that my portions are larger than life, but I don’t want to eat an entire bag of pretzels because I am lazy and call that my first course. It’s fine every once in a while, but I feel SO much better (it’s very noticeable) when I eat good, wholesome, clean food. So. Given all that, I am ready to get my act together. This means back to meal prepping in advance (I used to be so good about this but somehow it just fell by the wayside). Chopping veggies for the entire week ahead of time (you can’t be lazy when everything is already done for you), and having food on hand that is ready to eat in the moment.
I have already re-started this and am proud to say, so far, so good.
I came home from work hungry, and was thrilled to have everything at my fingertips to make a nice (relatively gourmet) dinner.
More on that later though…now I’m off to bed 🙂