As the title states pretty clearly, today was a rough day. I had a final in the morning, so I had to eat breakfast earlier than I’m used to. This led to a break in my meal routine, which led to not the healthiest day.

I had a Chobani 0% Strawberry Greek Yogurt for breakfast with 1/2 of granola and 1/2 c of strawberries.

Lunch was early, around 11, and I had half a lavash with peanut butter and a banana, with half a serving of Mary’s crackers and a tablespoon of hummus. I had the other half of the chocolate chip cookie I started yesterday, and then things got a little messy.

This is hard to write about, but from 12-8 p.m., a lot of snacking went on:

  • three more cookies
  • dark chocolate covered almonds
  • Mary’s crackers with peanut butter
  • half a lavash with some preserves
  • some cool whip with oreo crumble
  • a strawberry-banana-soymilk smoothie
  • a salad with romaine, black beans, chickpeas

This was mindless, stress-induced snacking. I ate to the point where I became uncomfortably full and was pretty much sedentary all day because I was trying to study at my computer.

However, these kinds of days exist to teach. When a day like this comes again, I will know to do things differently.

Some things I might think about doing differently:

  • Get out of your room! Go for a 15 minute walking break, go study outside, etc.
  • Make time for exercise: the middle of the day probably works best, because it’s a chance to take a break from work and it’s still sunny and nice out.
  • Eat away from your desk: Sit at a table and really take time to take a break and concentrate on your meal.
  • Make healthy choices: Fresh fruit and veggies would have given me much more energy than cookies and chocolate.
  • Plan ahead. If I know it’s going to be an unstructured day, plan times for meals, and even plan what I might eat.

So in accordance with the above, I’m going to take a few minutes and think about tomorrow. My final is at 3 p.m., and I definitely still have quite a bit of reviewing to do. I’m thinking breakfast at 9, lunch at 12, and a small snack around 2:30. I’m also going to get in a 4 mile run either before or after the exam, depending on how the day goes.

I will definitely take pictures of my meals tomorrow!

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Looking at the Van Gogh exhibits in the Museé d’Orsay, Paris, France in March 2009. I can’t wait to go back!

It’s getting late, and I’m going to bed early because I have a final to take at 8 a.m. tomorrow! It’s for French, so donnez-moi la bonne chance!

After my post-workout smoothie (I can already feel the soreness in my arm muscles from the workout, btw 🙂 ), I was still a little hungry so I popped 3 dark-chocolate-covered almonds. I love these for a snack because just a few give me such a boost of energy – I don’t know if it’s mental or physical, but either way it’s great. And how can you go wrong with dark chocolate (antioxidants!) and almonds (healthy fats!)?

I had lunch around 2 p.m. – tofu, broccoli, and black bean stir-fry with a slice of vegan molasses bread and an empire apple for “dessert”.

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I’m usually a big fan of the tofu-broccoli stir-fry combo, and the black beans were an excellent addition. However, as you can see, today my stir-fry came out drowning in sauce, which took away from it’s awesomeness. Instead of just popping the yummy broccoli in my mouth, I had to shake it to get off the excess sauce, and towards the end got fed up with it and didn’t finish it all. But the bread and the apple were yum

I babysat from 3-6, which included an hour’s leisurely walk outside with the stroller in an attempt to calm him down a little bit – a rough day for the baby today, but he cheered up when we went down the slide.

Dinner on Thursdays is usually at Panera Bread. I usually stick to either the salad or the garden vegetable soup, but they didn’t have the soup today and I wasn’t in the mood for a giant salad, so I tried the You Pick Two: 1/2 classic café salad, 1/2 tomato and mozzarella panini, with a mac apple on the side.

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The salad was good, as always – their balsamic vinaigrette is my favorite! I’d never had the panini before, so it was something new. It was quite good, don’t get me wrong, but it didn’t “knock my socks off”. There was a lot of bread, and not enough yummy filling. I was expecting it to be more similar to the paninis I make myself: lots of spinach, lots of tomato, yummy mozz. I could definitely tell this was from a chain restaurant. Plus, when I looked up the nutritional info online, I found out that the half panini had 390 calories! Not that there’s anything wrong with that amount, but next time, I’d rather spend my calories on something I really enjoy.

I finished up my dinner with a piece of a whole grain chocolate chipper, which made up for the okay panini – these cookies are my favorite! They’re made in my favorite café on campus, but I think I need to try and figure out a similar recipe when I come home.

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Later, when I was studying with some friends, I started to get hungry and had one packaged chocolate chip coconut cookie. Not the healthiest option, but it tasted good, and sometimes you just have to eat what makes you happy! I felt a little guilty about it at first, but really, what harm is a small cookie going to do? None!