Today was much better than yesterday. While I didn’t make it to the gym this morning due to a night fraught sleep interruptions, I did get my walk in, and I did not completely sabotage my diet. Me – 1, temptation – 0.
I have a very bad habit of skipping breakfast and lunch. I’ve never been much of a breakfast eater. There is something unsettling about eating before 10 AM. I enjoy breakfast as much as the next guy, maybe more, but I have no appetite whatsoever in the morning. Now, after 10, especially on weekends, I’m all about the All-American breakfast of bacon, eggs, hashed brown potatoes, and toast. Not a whole lot better than that.
As for lunch, I love lunch. I even take great lunches to work. The problem is, I get so busy at work that, before I know it, it’s 4 PM and I’ve yet to eat. That is not good for losing weight. I get home from work, and all I can think about is what I can grab to eat really quickly. Invariably, what is quickly available is the not healthy, as my behavior earlier this week has shown.
So, my goal for tomorrow and Friday is to eat lunch at lunchtime. I should try to stomach something for breakfast, but I have not quite figured out what that should be. I make The Spouse a very yummy protein shake every morning. I have thought of having one of those myself, but I’m allergic to bananas, and a protein shake just isn’t that good without a banana. So, I will probably test a few options. I try to avoid gluten as much as possible, so cereal or oatmeal just doesn’t cut it, even though I love oatmeal. I’m thinking a nice bowl of fruit maybe some yogurt. But that really does not sound appetizing before 10 AM.
I have to start getting a good night’s sleep. Failure to do so keeps me from going to the gym. I really enjoyed lifting yesterday, and I don’t want to miss again. But if I don’t get at least seven hours of sleep, I can get up at 5 AM. I have considered taking melatonin, but I am such a lightweight. That stuff knocks me out and I am groggy all morning. maybe I’ll try some Sleepytime tea or valerian or something. I just read the other day that getting six hours or fewer of sleep a night increases your risk of stroke by 50%. Yikes! There are a lot of night I barely get five hours of sleep. I need to change that.
So â€“ tonight I had a big salad with some flat iron steak cut up on it, and half of an avocado. I also had about three fourths of a cup of rice and some focaccia bread.
You do notice the lack of flaming hot Cheetos in that list, right? My subconscious is applauding me. That is an even more impressive feat considering I have some of those Cheetos right here in the house. Now, if I can make it another 20 minutes without downing something calorie laden, I will have done quite well today.
Tomorrow, the gym for sure.