I can't believe it's the end of November already! Seemed like just yesterday that I was writing up my November goals ... let's see how I did?
Food & Health Related
1. Drink less coffee!
Pass - I've been drinking only 1 cup of coffee a day, maximum 2 but since each are half-decaf, it technically only counts as 1 cup!
2. Stick to liquid smoothies for two meals a day for at least five days a week.
Fail - I forgot to account for winter weather which decreases the attractiveness of smoothies by 100fold.
3. Sleep at least 7 - 8 hours a night.
Pass - Been pretty good with this one! 11-6 at least.
4. Limit weighing to once a week. (On Wednesdays!)
Pass (mostly) - Accidentally cheated a couple of times but other than that haven't even been thinking about it.
5. Be more flexible with my schedule.
Pass (barely) - I've made a ton of progress since November but still find myself annoyed when my schedule gets thrown off track by external forces. This will be a constant work in progress!
6. Waste less food and spend less money on food.
Pass - I've definitely been less wasteful of food, especially produce. I make sure to cook meals in small enough portions so there aren't leftovers (which usually get tossed out) and try to eat what I have on hand before buying more.
School & Work Related
7. Stay on top of readings and assignments and study for the majority of my finals before November is over.
Fail - This is why I'm stressed.
8. Be more productive after dinner. (This is the time when my brain tends to wander and I have trouble concentrating)
Fail - This is why I'm blogging instead of studying.
For the most part, November goals were a success! Just writing them down really helps me define areas that I would like to improve. Today's eats:
I have been craving cottage cheese lately! This morning's breakfast was half an apple pear buried under cottage cheese buried under bran psylliums and granola.
Yuuum. Looking at this makes me want it again tomorrow!
I was really excited for lunch as well today. A 'chick'n' burger and veggies.
Simulated chicken veggie patty on a wheat-thin with miracle whip and baked mushrooms.
A square of dark chocolate for dessert.
I spent my lunch break at my new favourite coffee shop! A Blenz that always has samples! :) Today was their cranberry walnut loaf and banana bread. Enjoyed a nibble with an americano while reading some cases.
Afternoon snacks included this BIG JUICY ORANGE. Fantastic!!! I don't know why I don't eat oranges more often.
And this Fibreplus bar - which tasted so gross and sugary after the orange.
Lately I've enjoyed waiting until I'm hungry before eating. Tonight hunger hit me like a TIDAL wave! One minute I was fine, the next my stomach felt like it was imploding. Had a breakfast-for-dinner meal because that's what sounded good in my famished state.
Roasted brussel sprouts and zucchini drizzled with honey garlic sauce and an omelette made using 1 egg, 2 egg whites, and 1 tbsp flaxseed meal (you need to put this in your omelettes! such a huge texture difference) ... oh and ketchup on the side
Inside was turkey bacon, green onions, and lotsa mushrooms.
The trick to a sturdy omelette that withstands flipping is a pinch of baking powder.
Dessert #1 was greek yogurt over the other half of the asian pear. Tart + sweet, a new favourite combo!
Dessert #2 followed shortly after. These dark chocolate squares REALLY hit the spot. So satisfying too.
Today's calories was around 1400. I haven't had the time to track everything but make a mental note in my head as I prepare each meal. I find that 300-400cal meals are the perfect size to tide me over until the next meal time with a 200cal snack in the afternoon and before bed. Trying to be more intuitive with my eating - out of necessity too because there just aren't that many hours in a day!!