A Week of Meals

July 25, 2010 · 3 comments

I went into Monday of this week with the goal of taking a picture of everything I ate for the week. I have noticed that when I do that (ala my Rate my Meals posts) that I tend to eat much better than if I don’t. I guess it’s all about accountability. In doing this for a week I noticed a couple of trends that I am going to have to get a handle on:

1) It’s harder to maintain a plan as the week goes on. I did pretty well up until Friday, at which point everything fell apart.
2) It’s harder to maintain a plan as the day goes on. Through Thursday I did pretty well for breakfast, lunch and snacks. But then came dinner. This has always been my struggle.

Here are my breakfasts and lunches for Monday – Thursday of this past week:

A week of meals

Overall I think I did really well.

Breakfast 1: Bowl of oatmeal with blueberries, small dish with half a banana (I normally eat a whole one but half was too ripe) and some watermelon pieces, a slice of toast with peanut butter.

Breakfast 2 & 3: 2 egg omelet with mushrooms, spring onion and just a tiny bit of Parmesan cheese, a few strawberries and a slice of dry toast. I liked this one so much I made it twice. I cooked up the mushrooms in a little sherry. Delicious. Really happy with myself that I stuck with 2 eggs rather than 3 too – when I am not paying attention I can easily go to 3 or even 4 eggs.

Breakfast 4: oatmeal with blueberries, watermelon pieces and a banana. Guess I didn’t feel like I needed toast that day.

I’m really happy with my breakfast choices.

Lunch 1: Big bowl of salad greens with a few spritzes of a balsalmic vinegar dressing, some deli ham and a few pieces of orange and red peppers.

Lunch 2: Salad bar with some proteins like fake crab, ham and egg, a few pieces of pickled beets and blue cheese dressing. Chicken chili and a yogurt.

Lunch 3: Salad bar with some proteins like fake crab, ham and egg, a few pieces of pickled beets and thousand island dressing. Beef chili with cheese, a couple of crackers and a yogurt.

Lunch 4: Foot long subway at Subway, Turkey (no cheese), with spicy mustard, extra lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, black olives and vinegar. Yogurt instead of chips.

Moderately happy with lunch. Salad bars choices need to be better as I need to stop having the chili or soup and also need to go with better dressing.

I did well with snacks each day as well, however come dinner time I just didn’t make good choices. And then on Friday I got lazy and did fast food for breakfast and lunch.

Going to try it again this week. Here’s to a better run at it.

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Angie July 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

John,

I totally understand your situation. I can make such good choices for breakfast and lunch but come dinner I am ravenous and all my hard work has gone out the door. I’m going to start pacing myself because if I paid attention to what I was eating instead of shoving it in my mouth as fast as I can I think I would realize I am satisfied much sooner than my head thinks I am – KWIM? A huge pat on the back to you for treating each day as a new beginning and continuing on your journey to health.

John July 26, 2010 at 12:17 am

I do that often and sometimes I put more weight on, not sure why.
this last week i went on full week of exercise as I had platued around 86kg adn aiming for 80kg.
But one weekend eating out put all the hard work into the bin as i remained the same weight 86kg

ShannonK August 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Very interesting..Thanks for sharing..

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