This afternoon I gave myself a pep talk about getting through this plateau (see this post from earlier today) and I’m in good spirits as of right now.
I’ve been getting better at my nibbling problem and the next thing to tackle was serving size. I tend to use the recommended serving size but even when I am full, I will sometimes continue eating just because it is there or because there isn’t enough worth saving and I hate wasting food. So I gave myself a Homer “DOH”, hit myself in the forehead, and got myself under control. Also, I’ve read “Intuitive Eating” and I’m slowly but surely working on adopting those principles. So I re-read the chapter about recognizing my hunger signals and sat on the couch for 5 minutes with my eyes closed to learn my hunger better. Turns out, I sometimes mistake my “neutral” for “slightly hungry” and it skews the whole scale.
My new hydration project is also helping because I mistake thirst for hunger sometimes, especially like an hour after a snack when I haven’t had enough to drink with the snack
Enough rambling! I also had some quality me-time this afternoon, getting some pleasure reading done! My amazing snack lasted me 4 hours and when I started to get (truly) hungry, I decided to make a batch of “fried rice”.
I still had some of the Kashi 7 Grain Pilaf I made a while back (the leftovers keep really well!) so I chopped up a bunch of veggies and got started! First I scrambled 1 egg and then removed it from the heat. Then I sauteed onion, zucchini, bell pepper, and brussels sprouts in soy sauce. Once they were soft and tasty, I put the cold pilaf in the pan and put the egg back in, adding a bit more (low sodium) soy sauce and stirring it until it was hot all the way through. I saved half of it for lunch tomorrow and ate the other half with matzo, hummus, and preserves (you’ve gotta try that combination, the hummus with the sweet jelly tastes AMAZING!). I was definitely perfectly satisfied after
2 hours later, as I now watch “Dancing with the Stars” I got a call from my sweet tooth and answered with a pear that was 1 day away from being OVERripe! It was so juicy and soft!
Off to finish the show and hit the sack. Tomorrow I plan on getting a 3-4 mile run in, and then I just have a 1-2 mile run planned for later this week before my 10k. My legs want to move but I don’t want to wear myself out before the big race!
Oh Richmond readers: if you’ll be at the Monument Ave 10k, I’m bib QA (wave) 28024. Just look for me among the other 37,000 runners. Not an exaggeration. My wave is set to cross the START line 43 minutes into the race, meaning the first wave will be finishing as we start. Cuh-ray-zee.
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