Sunday, January 4, 2009

Listen To Yourself

Lately for breakfast, I have been eating non-fat Greek yogurt topped with a half tablespoon of strawberry jam, and a cup of Kashi Crunch cereal - either Honey Almond Flax or their original, which is cinnamon flavored. I dip the bigger cereal nuggets into the plain yogurt, and then, when I am down to the smaller bits, I stir the jam into the remaining yogurt and then mix in the cereal...YUM! It takes me a while to eat, and I really enjoy it! The whole thing ends up at around 325 calories, with a lot of protein and fiber.

So, what is the point of this post, other than to share my delicious breakfast with y'all? Well, yesterday around lunchtime, I wanted to have my yogurt concoction again - it just sounded good. And I told myself no, because I had already eaten it for breakfast. I ended up scavanging the fridge for lunch and ate two Ball Park white meat turkey hot dogs, which aren't horrible, as they are only 45 calories each...but they were in 130 calorie buns...so that ended up being a 350 calorie meal that wasn't nearly as satisfying as my breakfast, plus it was not nearly as healthy.

Why didn't I just listen to my inner voice? It's not like I was wanting something like pizza or a cheeseburger or an ice cream sundae (which are all fine to eat as long as I have planned for them in my diet) - for crying out loud, I was craving something wonderful and I denied myself! And after I had the hot dogs, I felt like I had blown my diet for the day, and it took a lot of mental struggling to convince myself otherwise. I think I could have avoided this had I just listened to myself. Lesson learned.

12 comments:

  1. That sounds like a really good breakfast and would be a really good lunch too. So are you going to listen to your inner voice next time? I would if I were you.

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  2. Yes! It's nice to know that my inner voice isn't always cakes and cookies...guess I'm not used to it having healthy cravings, lol!

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  3. Oh that sounds like a yummy breakfast, thanks for sharing, i will have to try it out!

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  4. Oh my, I didn't know you had some former-Br in you! So you really know what I go thru at work! Thanks for joining!

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  5. Very true! Thanks for the suggestion of the jam in the yogurt. I like the Kashi and the jam sounds wonderful!

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  6. Manda - yes, I worked at BR my senior year of HS...it was a fun job, but I definitely gained weight (my boss had an "it's OK to eat your mistakes" policy), plus they came out with Peanut Butter & Chocolate - it was to.die.for.

    Twix - I tried honey in the plain yogurt, but jam is where it's at!

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  7. My mom always said, you need to listen to those little voices because if you don't they will scream at you later. Good advise if you ask me.

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  8. I have done that before too, I definitely get ya there. Unfortunately, I crave the really bad stuff too though, ALOT, and of course, that is the time I listen. But you should be proud though, you are craving healthier items, that's a good sign, especially if it happens a bit. It means you are beginning to take on the better eating habits as more of a lifestyle than just something you force yourself to do. Keep up the good work!

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  9. Hi...
    I just clicked over here from Pasta Queen's blog (saw your name in the comments) and had to look because we have the same name, even spelled the same way. I think my mom thought she was being "creative."

    Anyway, I'm also a forty-something (ok, 41) mom with weight issues (although from looking at your picture I think my issues are bigger than yours), and I applaud your efforts at getting healthy! I wish I had some motivation. I have three daughters, a bit younger than your boys, and I'm in Arizona. It's nice to meet you.

    Oh, and Kip and Henry...Bosom Buddies...loved that show. :)

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  10. Cookie - I think that's why I didn't recognize it...a HEALTHY craving?!? LOL!

    Shelley - YAY, spelled right!!! I think I've seen your comments on other blogs before and it's always thrown me - I was like "I don't remember writing that!" before I realized there is another perfectly spelled Shelley out there! When you were a kid, didn't you hate that you couldn't get stickers with your name spelled right on them?

    And you are the FIRST.PERSON.EVER. to get where Kip and Henry came from...we must be destined to be friends!

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  11. I try not to fight my cravings, figuring that in the long or short run, I'm going to eat that anyway, so why not start there. It's only when I can't decide do I just assign based on nutritional diversity, otherwise I eat (or don't eat) as I feel to be right.

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  12. Too true about giving in eventually!

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