Eating (and Drinking) for Two 3/12-3/18

Hi and happy Sunday! If you missed the introduction to this series, click here. Scroll to the bottom of this post to read my commentary on this week. ^_^

Sunday (March 12)

breakfast: 1 cup Oatmeal Squares cereal with 2% milk and half of a banana

snack: 1/4 cup cashews and a mandarin orange

lunch: bowl of Trader Joes tomato and feta soup and a piece of whole wheat bread with a slice of melted muenster cheese

snack: about ten baby carrots and 1 Tbsp ranch dressing

dinner: Cracker Barrel – grilled barbecue chicken with apple and cranberry chutney, macaroni and cheese, baked sweet potato, and one biscuit

drink(s): one cup coffee, whey protein drink (1 scoop), and seven cups of water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), slice of homemade vanilla cake with strawberries

thoughts…I was on day two of my period and (TMI) it was very heavy. I was low on energy :/ I wanted to workout but there was no way.

Monday (March 13)

breakfast: bowl of Oatmeal Squares cereal with 2% milk and strawberries

snack: piece of honey wheat bread with natural peanut butter, and half a sliced pear

lunch: small taco (flour tortilla, seasoned ground turkey, shredded cheddar cheese, lettuce), serving of tortilla chips and homemade salsa, mandarin orange

early snack: 1/4 cup cashews and 1/4 cup raisins

snack: about ten baby carrots, 1/2 cup potato salad, serving of wheat crackers

dinner: chili macaroni (ground turkey, elbow macaroni, onion, seasonings, mozzarella) broccoli, and biscuit with margarine

drink(s): one cup coffee, eight glasses water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), iron pill, slice of homemade vanilla cake with strawberries

thoughts…I power walked two miles in the evening and also did an ab routine with crunches, pulses and rope climbs. I was quite hungry all day! I actually needed two afternoon snacks.

Tuesday (March 14)

breakfast: one piece of French toast (honey wheat bread, egg beaters,  plus a small amount of powdered sugar and a drizzle of honey)

snack: wheat crackers, 1½ Tbsp natural peanut butter, and half an apple

lunch: breaded chicken sandwich with muenster cheese, barbecue sauce and lettuce, lays barbecue chips, 1/2 cup potato salad

snack: tortilla chips, sharp cheese, baby carrots and ranch dressing

pre-dinner snack: 1/4 cup cashews and mandarin orange

dinner: chicken fajita with onion, lettuce and light sour cream, two pieces of corn bread

drink(s): one cup coffee, eight cups water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), iron pill, slice of homemade vanilla cake with strawberries

thoughts…I wish the cake were gone so I wouldn’t want a piece every night! lol

Wednesday (March 15)

breakfast: bowl of honey oats cereal in 2% milk

snack: wheat crackers and string cheese

lunch: leftover chili mac, tortilla chips and 1/2 cup potato salad

snack: 1/8 cup cashews, 1/8 cup raisins and a mandarin orange

pre-dinner snack: three toffee cookies

dinner: two slices of cheese and pineapple pizza and lays barbeque chips

drink(s): one cup coffee, six cups water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), slice of pecan pie

thoughts…Not the best day. I had no motivation to exercise in the evening and I felt quite snacky and non-healthful throughout the day. :/

Thursday (March 16)

breakfast: bowl of honey oats cereal in 2% milk

snack: none

lunch: breaded chicken sandwich with muenster cheese, barbecue sauce and lettuce, tortilla chips, 1/2 cup potato salad

snack: honey wheat bread with natural peanut butter

dinner: chili fries, sweet pickles, baked beans

drink(s): one cup coffee, seven cups water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), slice of pecan pie

thoughts…energy level definitely picking up

Friday (March 17)

breakfast: two tiny pancakes with syrup

snack: Doritos (tsk, tsk)

lunch: chicken fajita, tortilla chips with homemade salsa

snack: honey wheat bread with natural peanut butter

dinner: veggies (green pepper, onion, mushrooms) in flour tortilla, and roasted potatoes

drink(s): one cup coffee, seven cups water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), slice of pecan pie

thoughts…housework totally counts as exercise, especially cleaning the shower floor – oh my word!

Saturday (March 18)

breakfast: honey bread with natural peanut butter

snack: mandarin orange and ¼ cup cashews

lunch: ½ chili and cheese quesadilla, tortilla chips, sweet pickles

snack: cheese crackers (because I forgot to bring myself a snack while we were out… the crackers are for the kids)

dinner: Chick-fil-A grilled chicken club sandwich (with bacon, Colby cheese tomato, and lettuce) and waffle fries

drink(s): one cup coffee, six cups water

miscellaneous: multi-vitamins, calcium magnesium zinc (3), small slice pecan pie

thoughts…we went out clothes/shoe shopping in the afternoon and didn’t eat dinner until 8pm (super late for us)

* * *

It was interesting to watch my body react to having a more balanced diet this week. My milk supply picked up, which was strange to see as my baby is almost nine months old, AND I actually lost two pounds even though I feel like I ate more than normal. I’m at 129lbs now. I was quite worn out at the beginning of the week because my period was heavy and breastfeeding lots (as always), but then I felt much better as the week continued on.

I was definitely making some food choices that I wouldn’t have made previously because I was going to have to share them here – yay, accountability! For example, I didn’t grab chips to snack on while cooking dinner; instead, I either didn’t eat anything or I grabbed something healthy like a mandarin orange and cashews. I found that I felt satisfied the longest after having a piece of honey wheat bread with natural peanut butter than any other snack. I still need to increase my water.

I enjoyed power walking but I found out that I am not ready for abdominal exercises. The diaphragm/lower rib pain that I experienced during pregnancy (because of Elizabeth’s position) showed back up full force after doing some simple crunches and rope climbs. The pain didn’t actually happen during the exercises, but showed up right afterward and lingered for days. I am going to try to incorporate ab exercises into my aerobics this week instead of doing an abdominal routine separately.

Thanks for reading!

What is your most satisfying snack? (Keeps you full the longest)

And what kind of exercise do you enjoy most?

25 thoughts on “Eating (and Drinking) for Two 3/12-3/18

  1. Snacks with peanut butter, whether it’s toast and pb or fruit with pb keep me satisfied the longest. I know it’s not really a snack, but a packet of instant oatmeal satisfies too. I have read that oatmeal increases milk supply too.
    Not that I’m getting much exercise right now, but walking and riding a recumbent bike are my favorites. I enjoy walking/hiking nature trails and when I actually used my recumbent bike I lost quite a bit of weight. I tried to ride it for an hour a day while watching tv. We moved the bike out to our shed after the baby came, because we needed space for baby gear in the house. My husband almost brought it back in this week for himself. If/when he does, I will try to use it. ;)

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    1. Oatmeal is actually a really good idea for a snack! Thanks for mentioning that. ^_^
      We bought a stationary bike a few months before I got pregnant with Elizabeth but then I couldn’t comfortably use it while pregnant (my abdomen is really, really sensitive during pregnancy for done reason) and now I can’t ride because of my upper abdomen. *sigh* Hopefully soon, because yeah watching something while riding is an easy way to get in exercise! I actually used to watch vlogs on YouTube! ^_^

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  2. Best snack choice for me (most filling and delicious haha) are grapes with some natural almond butter. Mmmm, soooo good. I love oatmeal squares! It amazing how keeping a food diary allows us to make better choices, right? As for exercise, I love running, swimming and rollerblading.

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    1. Oh, I love almond butter! I haven’t bought any in awhile though because I’ve been on a peanut butter kick, haha. I’m surprised about the grapes, I wouldn’t think they would be filling! Definitely delicious, yes! ^_^

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  3. I’ve been really enjoying Pilates the last few weeks. It is a very gentle ab workout, with mostly just holding it in while doing other exercises. After a week, I felt like my stomach was flatter, even though I really only did one ab workout. Check out The Balanced Life Online on YouTube. There are several series of 5-10 minute videos.
    Also, when I feel like I need more water, I drink a glass after every time I pee. It’s a good reminder. Haha!

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  4. I love seeing what you’ve been eating in the week! I always struggle with ideas for lunch, I’ve been eating toast with peanut butter and banana for about a week now because I can’t think of anything else! I always tell people I pretty much eat because I have to, not because I enjoy food. I really admire how much water you drink a day! I keep trying to drink more water, particularly on weekends. Sometimes I just forget!

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    1. Thanks!
      Haha, I get in food ruts, too. I’ve been looking at Pinterest lately and I think I’m going to start trying some different salads soon! :)
      Ugh, water. I have to FORCE myself to drink as much as I do, and it’s really not even as much as I should be having because I’m breastfeeding. :P

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  5. You are so brave to put your intake online! The accountability is awesome – good job! I think the snacks are smart – I used to be SO hungry up until maybe a month ago (baby is now 14m) that I had to eat at least two snacks … okay three because I always ate at night (still do grab a snack at 9:30 most nights… usually hot cocoa or, guilty gulp, cheezits). I also love cashews as a snack, or almonds. I love making homemade granola bars with coconut and sometimes cocoa in it; i can control the sweetness plus the oats and nuts keep me full nicely. Homemade Larabars are great and very easy as well (just dates, nuts such as cashews, and coconut if you want, plus optional spices or cocoa).

    I do yoga, plus I do pushups every night after putting the kids to bed (I know that’s lame!). We also have a backyard trampoline that’s GREAT exercise!

    Keep up the good work and getting more and more water in. That’s motivating me to drink more, too. :)

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    1. Thanks! ^_^ The accountability is helping me so much! I WANT to make healthy choices, but it’s so easy to do things in private that you’d never advertise, so I’m “advertising” to fix that! Haha
      Ooh, I like the sound of those homemade granola bars!
      Pushups are great – good for you (totally not lame!) Oh my, yeah a trampoline is SERIOUS exercise!!

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