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!

museé d'orsay

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