What I Ate: Sunday, June 22, 2014

I hypothesized that the glut of eggs I’ve been eating for breakfast lately was somehow behind my recent intermittent stomach issues, and this morning’s breakfast only served to strengthen that unscientific hunch. No problems at all with the fruit/yogurt/toast medley!

I talked the boyfriend into accompanying me to the dreaded mall by promising a lunch out, and he chose Rock Bottom Brewery in Bellevue, WA. All told, this meal was no worse than a burrito bowl from Chipotle would be, so I gobbled up the amazing grilled chicken sandwich with a clear conscience. The lunch was made much more fun by the fact that we happened to arrive just as the USA vs. Portugal World Cup match was beginning. We watched the first half along with a very dynamic crowd, and I was up to my usual antics by offering completely uneducated advice aloud to the distant USA-team coaching staff.

By the time we arrived home the match had ended (ugh, that last-seconds Portugal goal was a punch in the gut!), it was more or less dinner time, so I reheated up my ubiquitous chicken & beans and finished out the day.

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What I Ate: Sunday, June 22, 2014

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Breakfast:
Fage 0% Total Greek Yogurt
Bananas & organic strawberries
Clover honey
Sara Lee Multigrain 45-Calorie Bread
Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea

Lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery:
Baja Chicken Sandwich
-removed the crispy fried onions
Side of Grilled Broccoli

Dinner:
Baked chicken breast with Frank’s Original Hot Sauce
Goya Low-Sodium Black Beans
2% Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Wholly Guacamole Classic

Calories: 1322 kcal
Protein: 127g (39%)
Carbs: 130g (40%)
Fat: 31g (21%)
Dietary Fiber: 20g
Sugar: 49g
Sodium: 12573mg
Cholesterol: 234mg
Saturated Fat: 9g

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To Splurge Or Not To Splurge

That is the question. With Valentine’s Day here, a nice meal out is long overdue. I’ve been struggling with my thoughts about going out to eat, and how to achieve success (a good time out with my partner). Here’s the full text of an email I sent to my dietician this morning:

Turns out we’ll be going to The Keg this weekend (the brewery will need to wait for our friends to come back to town next week), but I’ve been going back and forth in my head with an idea, and I’d love to get your professional input on it.
On one hand, there’s part of me that is afraid of stepping outside the guidelines and eating rich “no no” foods. On the other hand, as part of a lifestyle change, I’m worried about creating “no no” foods altogether. One part of me wants to order the filet, cooked as plainly as possible, with only extra steamed veggies and learn to be OK with that; but another part of me is thinking: “Look, you only go out once in a blue moon. Have a half order of mashed potatoes. Have a little cheesecake. It won’t kill you”…
I’ve been digging into it a lot online. Looking at pros and cons of “cheat meals” (as many refer to it). I really don’t know what to think. Some people think it’s vital to combatting cravings. Some even say there are physiological reasons why it’s good for weight loss (something to do with shocking the body into maintaining an active metabolism). I’d love to think this is all true, and to be okay with having a meal that’s purely enjoyable and that’s not a result of a binge, or eating to the feeling of stuffed-ness. Like, just having a rich meal on a nice occasion and it being okay. Is that realistic?
The other part of me is afraid of derailing my progress. Of getting a bite of cheesecake and then having to eat the whole thing. I think I’m being a little irrational in that fear. Like, part of me wants to believe that if I approach it the right way, in a setting that I control in a reasonable way, that I can 100% handle it. How do I know if I don’t test it? Ack, it’s a dilemma!
I think this is my long story which can basically be summed up as: for a special occasion meal, I want to me able to taste things that I feel are a “treat”. Is this disordered thinking?
Your thoughts?
Stay tuned for her response. Ultimately it’s MY decision, and I’m pretty sure I know what I WANT to do, but I guess I’m looking for permission. It’s a weird thing. Is giving myself permission the right answer? Am I worrying about this too much? Yes to both, is what I think is the correct response. Just trying to honestly represent my struggle here. Feel free to chime in if you’ve had any experience with this struggle yourself!

UPDATE IN COMMENTS!

Video Update: Sunny Weather = Happy Julie

I know what you’re thinking: TWO VIDEOS within two days?!? I KNOW! I’m just feeling good and wanted to Memorex the moment, so to speak. In this installment, I discuss my big day out in the sun with my dog, Benny. I also announce a new book I’m reading, The Willpower Instinct by health psychologist and Stanford lecturer Kelly McGonigal. Stay tuned for more feedback on what should be a pretty interesting read. And lastly, I discuss my fear of dining out, and what I’m doing to break past it.

Also, I didn’t mention this in my video, but part of my good vibes today may be attributed to the fact that I was able to put on a pair of pants that I haven’t been able to wear IN YEARS. It’s a size 22 – a TINY size 22, if you know what I mean. These pants were the first things I grew out of several years back, so I’m excited to be able to wear them again. It’s a blessing and a curse – they’re the only pair of non-yoga pants that I’m not swimming in!

Now, for your viewing pleasure, today’s installment: