Yesterday was just about perfect, food and exercise wise. And the scale played along this morning. Woohoo!
On the food front, I focused on protein and made sure every meal had a significant protein source. I only had 2 veggies, which is 1 fewer than I had planned but oh well. I had a banana as a mid-morning snack. I had my primary starch for breakfast (a whole wheat English muffin on my Starbucks reduced fat breakfast sandwich--first time I've had this and OMG it's so yummy for only 350 calories and 20 grams of protein), a small serving of chocolate in the afternoon (Green & Black's milk chocolate, 6 squares = 110 calories), and an LA Lite bar after dinner. That's 3 starches for the day.
After I got the kids in bed, I had a low fat/sugar free yogurt and a small handful of pecans. This is the 2nd night I've had yogurt with nuts on the side, and I think it is really helping curb my night time cravings. Dairy is hard for me to fit in unless I get a latte (which I'm trying to only do once a week because dang, $4 a pop does add up), but yogurt after dinner is an easy food choice. The nuts are a healthy fat which keep me feeling full. I was done eating by 9 p.m., and since I didn't go to bed until midnight (finished watching season 3 of The Wire on DVD last night--that show is too good) that was 3 hours of no eating before bed.
And I also got a quick workout in while Sophie was at swim class. I ran 2 miles during her class--1 @ 11:00 and 1 @ 10:16. After I got her cleaned up and dropped off at Kids Club with Luke, I ran one more mile. This one was the toughie. I ran a half mile at a 10:10 pace, then I started kicking up the speed every .05 miles or so. I ended up at an 8:30 pace for the last tenth, and my 3rd mile came in at 9:50. It was only 3 miles, but they were quality miles. I finished with 5 minutes of ab work and 10 yoga-style (with my hands close and elbows tucked in) pushups.
Today I am hoping for another good food day with a delicious salad from a local restaurant for lunch. The weather is supposed to be fabulous this afternoon (sunshine! 50s!) and I'm keeping my fingers crossed everything falls into place for me to run 4 miles outside.
With all the off days I've had the past few months, days like these are precious.