Forced Eating Schedule

I feel like lately my eating schedule has been well… all over the place!

I got hungry for lunch at 11:00 am. I decided to make something that would take a bit of time so I would be forced to wait until a more normal (for me) lunch hour. I had half a block of leftover tofu to use up, and a bell pepper on its last leg.

I created: Tofu stuffed bell pepper!

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  • Half a block of tofu (only used half of what I cooked)
  • steamed spinach
  • cheddar cheese
  • leftover israeli couscous
  • red bell pepper

I cooked the tofu, mixed with the other ingredients, stuffed it all in the pepper, and baked for 20 minutes.

Only about half of the mixture fit inside the pepper, so I ate the rest of it while the pepper baked.

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Delcious!

 

Snack #1: Two homemade cookies

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Snack #2: 1.5 honey crisp apples (there was a random half in my fridge I wanted to use up)

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On the way out the door, I had part one of dinner, which Jason photographed for me. HEHE…

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I had a container of Vanilla Oikos, 1/2 cup Kashi H2H, pom arils, and blueberries. YUM!! It held me for about four hours, until dinner part two:

 

I got home from class at around 9:30 pm.Luckily, I planned ahead and thawed out some butternut squash soup.

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I didn’t think that sounded filling enough, so I heated up the leftover tofu to go along with it. (I ate half a block of tofu in one day…)

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It was really filling!!

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I don’t really like having to split my meals up like this for a few reasons:

1. I don’t feel like eating something large at 4:30 pm when I leave.

2. I feel like I eat way more because I get home and I’m STARVING!

 

No matter what I try, I seem to always leave for class feeling stuffed, and get home starving.

 

My Ideal Eating Schedule would be:

5am (or before my runs)- Snack

8am (after run or when I wake up) Breakfast

11am: Snack

1 pm: Lunch

4pm: Snack (or more snacks if needed)

7pm: Dinner

 

However, life is not ideal. I eat when I have time!! Right now my schedule forces me to eat a LARGE snack to hold me over at around 4:30 pm, and then I can eat again at 10-11pm.

 

 

Do you tend to eat whenever you feel like it, or does your job/schedule force you to eat at random times?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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Things I’m Thankful For #8

Even though two of them aren’t fully working at the moment, I’m thankful for my toes.

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I am thankful that I have all ten of them! (Mine are on the left!)

 

It might sound like something ODD to be thankful for. However, it something I  really take for granted. Balancing is nearly impossible without all ten toes.

 

I can’t even imagine running without them! How awkward would that be!?!

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(This picture was taken this afternoon… see, they’re healing!!!!)

 

They carry me through life, propel me forward, and give me balance…even if they are slightly ugly looking! Once they are healed, I will be even MORE thankful for them!

 

Just think about how funny sandals would look without toes…

 

Do you take your toes for granted? I never really appreciated them until now! 😉

 

❤ MegaNerd

 

Check out the other posts in the  Things I’m Thankful For Series:

#1: My Sister

#2: Coffee!

#3: My Bed

#4: To Be Alive

#5: My Health

#6: Farmers’ Markets

#7: Those that Defend Our Country

One Week Down, One More To Go

One week ago today, I ran 18.0 Miles!

Three hours later,  had surgery on both my big toes.

 

The doctor said no running for two weeks, while my toes heal! My first week of not running hasn’t been to bad. It was a welcomed mental and physical break for the most part. I even got in a few mini-workouts!

Recap:

Saturday: 15 minutes of core work

Sunday:  rode my gym’s stationary bike for 30 minutes.

Monday: 10 minutes of core work and pushups.

Tuesday: Jillian Michaels Boost metabolism video (which made my hamstrings sore!?)

Wednesday: stretching

 

It’s been a week, and I finally got up the courage to put my sneakers on. I have been cringing just thinking about doing this…  (By the way, look how dirty they are now?!)

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The weather is pretty cold (for Florida) and quite gloomy.

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I set out to take a walk, and honestly it was probably a bad idea. Not because it hurt, I felt GREAT! However, it was such a tease not being able to run.

I honestly wanted to cry. My muscles are rested and ready to go. My brain is done taking a mental break. The weather was cool and I wanted to RUN!! I’m really frustrated that I am in the middle of training for my first marathon, and cannot run.

Silly toes. One glance at them, and it’s clear they aren’t healed. I will spare you a picture.

I keep telling myself, only one more week. I’m halfway there.

 

Breakfast

I came back from my short walk and made some oatmeal. It was the perfect morning for a warm breakfast.

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My bowl of oats had:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Brown sugar
  • almonds
  • blueberries
  • coconut

I think I put too much coconut (it was a little too sweet), but it was still pretty good!

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I am actually learning some valuable lessons through this experience. It’s frustrating, and I hate it, but I think that some good has come out of it. I plan to discuss this in the next couple of days.

I have a boat load of work to get done by Monday, and it’s time to get crackin’!

 

Have you ever had to take time off from exercise because of an injury? What did you learn from it?

 

❤ MegaNerd