Sleeping gets me through the night (referring to Mr. Lennon's lyrics), but I'm surprised at what is getting me through the days. I like to eat, so I've chosen as many low calorie snacks as I can to fill my desk cupboard at work. I feel like I've been eating all day. Here's what I got at Odd Lots the other day for a total of $38:
24 Gerber Graduates Chewy Granola Bars (Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon)
8 Gerber Graduates Dairy Drinks (basically skim milk juice boxes with vitamins a la slimfast) 140 calories
10 Stretch Island Fruit Leather (Grape)
2 Chicken of the Sea Vac-Pac tuna
2 Canned Crabmeat
9 Motts Applejuice boxes (for toddlers)
32 Diet Snapple Drink packets
V-8 Six pack
2 Powerbar Pria
2 Kashi Go Lean Bars
Kashi Mountain Medley Granola
Kashi Cinnamon Pillows
I know it must be weird, but I buy baby snacks. The portions are smaller and allow for more variety, and they usually have a lack of nasty additives and more vitamins added than grown up food. I've actually bought twenty-five cent jars of baby food (fruit) and kept them at my desk to stir into my instant oatmeal - it's GREAT.
My staple and most satisfying food to eat has been the tuna, a half packet of mayo and one hard boiled egg. It's 200 calories, and I think I even got a little bit of a protein high after eating it. Baked Potatoes and SPICY salsa on top has been great too - also in the 200 calorie neighborhood. So the idea of eating either of these things more than once a day leaves me feeling like I AM allowed to eat. And I feel better than if I grabbed a ninety-nine cent junior cheeseburger deluxe at Wendys.
The canned crab is NASTY - way too fishy tasting. I got the mayo to try to doctor it up, but it is just too smelly for words. The tuna, however, is very good. I am saving the Kashi bars for when I ride my bike or hike or something, just because I'd rather not "spend" 300 calories on a candy bar when I can eat something on a plate. And the Kashi cereals are really good to mix together for breakfast, especially with greek yogurt.
Bottom line is, I DON'T FEEL CHEATED. I feel like I can do this. And those little Snapple packets have me drinking 2-3 times more water each day. I have also made a rule that I can't have my coffee until I drink a bottle of water. Two weeks ago, my entire fluid intake consisted of coffee and milk!
Next order of business is to start a more challenging exercise regimen. So far it's just the bike, treadmill and some yoga. I'd like to run...