I tend to feel a little queasy if I eat too soon after waking up, so I don't eat breakfast during the week until I get to work. Fortunately it seems like most of my co-workers follow a similar pattern, so it's not unusual to chat with someone over their morning coffee/cereal/bagel/etc. My breakfast of choice these days is 1 cup of high fiber cereal (Fiber One Honey Squares) and 1/2 cup of skim milk. I make up five individually portioned bags of cereal every Sunday night and stash them in my desk drawer for consumption over the course of the week.
I tend to be a creature of habit with my weekday lunches as well. I usually alternate between two options each week as it minimizes how much stuff I have to buy at the grocery store, but also keeps me from burning out from eating the exact same thing every day. This week's choices are a Turkey Bacon/Lettuce/Tomato Sandwich on whole grain bread (with an option to add 2 teaspoons of light mayo/Miracle Whip based on your own taste) and a Veggie Burger Pita. Both sandwiches require minimal prep the night before, minimal prep at the office, and seem to withstand hanging out in my little cooler pretty well.
For the TBLT, I microwave 3 strips of turkey bacon and break each one in half so they fit in a container with the lettuce (I use a 50/50 spinach and spring mix blend) and tomato, pack 2 tsp of light miracle whip in a separate container, and bag two slices of whole grain bread the night before. When I'm ready to eat, I just toss the bread in the office toaster, smear the Miracle Whip on both pieces of toast, and arrange the turkey bacon, lettuce, and tomato on top. Lunch is usually ready in about 3 minutes.
Regular snacks are part of my day as well. Well-timed snacks keep my energy level up and my hunger level down, so I like to mix these up a bit so I don't get bored. I usually have a banana or an apple (especially since my favorite apple, the Honeycrisp, is in season right now) every day.
Other snack possibilities include: turkey slices with low fat string cheese and a side of berries or a whole grain bagel thin with a tablespoon of low fat cream cheese.
Monday night's workout of 1 1/2 miles in the freezing cold (seriously, it was in the mid-30's) and 30 minutes of Pump and Burn were followed by a delicious dinner courtesy of Mr. R&R.
|4oz ultra-lean burger with low fat cheese on whole wheat bun with a side of oven "fries"|
Chicken and Veggie Pita Pizza - Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizza! Can you tell I'm a big fan of anything to do with pizza?
Wednesday was a tough one at the office. I barely had time to eat breakfast and lunch. Snacks? Forget about it - and raging hunger ensued. Tonight's Pump and Burn workout was just what I needed. I didn't have time to go for a warm up run, so I felt confident in increasing my weights for the squat track, and it hurt so good! The workout was followed by Pork Stirfry with Brown Rice. Yum!
Thursday night brought an awesome 30 minute trainer ride followed by HardCore Abs. I felt incredibly powerful on the bike and I managed a few more walking hovers than usual during HardCore Abs, so the whole night was a win. The bike workout put me in a big caloric hole and I'm sick to death of eating an extra snack after dinner so after a little math it was determined that mac 'n tuna topped with a slice of low-fat pepper jack was on the menu tonight. It definitely wasn't the healthiest thing I've put in my mouth lately, especially with my 30 Day weigh-in and measurements looming so close, but it got the job done and it was good!
After the workout, Mr. R&R and I set about making dinner. We like to use the weekends to make slightly more complex meals since we're not as time-crunched as we are during the week. This meal was a twist on a burrito we've been eating weekly since we started our respective programs and damn, it was good! I guess you could call it a "deconstructed burrito" since it used all the ingredients that would go in the burrito, but just .
|Grilled baja citrus tilapia, black beans, cheese quesadilla, salsa and spicy guacamole|
Saturday morning's pool plans were scrapped when I realized that instead of HardCore Abs or Flow, I was slated for another 30 minutes of Pump and Burn - and my arms really hate the chest track after I swim. Mr. R&R and I enjoyed a lazy morning enjoying a hot breakfast and hanging out with Walter and Spot.
|Poached Eggs with Whole Wheat Bagel Thin for Dipping|
We did a few assorted chores and before we knew it, it was time for lunch! Both of us love tuna melts, but neither of us want to subject our co-workers to that smell, so it's the perfect thing to have on the weekend.
We both knocked out our workouts, hit the grocery store to restock the refrigerator, and got to work making dinner: Feta Primavera Pasta.
|Whole grain pasta, mushroom, red onion, garlic, spinach, lemon, and feta|
|Baked Tortilla Chips with Salsa and Spicy Guacamole|
|Baked Buffalo and Devil's Spit Wings with Yogurt Ranch Dressing - and a BEER!|
I also opted not to do the Flow workout that was on today's workout schedule in favor of doing a yoga sequence of my own (including all the poses from Flow) and some additional stretching since the hike really did a number on my legs and hips after 2 days in a row of Pump and Burn.
So there you have it...a week's worth of workouts and the yummy food that fueled those workouts. Eating healthy food can be tasty! If you have any questions about any of the meals, please feel free to ask in the comments section.