Today we visited Mimi’s Bakehouse (a family run bakery in Edinburgh) to celebrate Brandon’s Mum’s retirement. I had never been before but it was a cake lovers paradise. I think I may now actually be a converted cake lover. I think about cupcakes on a pretty much daily basis nowadays! I didn’t hold back at brunch either – I’m nearly there, right?
My intake was:
- Ciabatta Roll w/ Pork and Caramelised Onion Sausages
- Mars Bar Chocolate Cake (this was out of this world!)
- Chinese (I gave in to the cravings!)
After brunch we went into town shopping but I could hardly move from being so full so it was good to walk it off. I am coming towards the end of my challenge but I don’t feel overly guilty as I’m allowing myself a treat whilst eating healthily 90% of the time. We then had a Chinese for dinner which I did regret immediately afterwards. I wasn’t even really that hungry and I allowed my cravings to take control of my choices. I also wolfed it down at 9pm, so I’m off to bed feeling full and awful. I need to get back on it tomorrow (and stay on it this time). I’ve been far too lax and I feel like I’ve let myself down right at the end.
I’ve been working in an office for nearly a year now and it has definitely had an impact on my eating pattern. It feels like I’m just constantly eating! I tend to have an apple or grapes as soon as I get to work at around 9.30am – I’m always completely ravenous by the time I’ve finished in the gym, gotten showered and ready and made my way to work. I’ll then have a cereal bar shortly after (usually at about 10am) but then I find myself eating the snack I’d saved for 12pm to keep me going til lunchtime. Basically, within the space of an hour and a half I’ll have eaten all the food I’d allocated for the day at work. I don’t get my lunch until 2pm so it’s a long time to wait having finished all my food in the morning. I need to find a way to break this habit and find a more satiating breakfast that I can have on the go/at my desk. (I hate porridge). I am certain that the office environment is to blame for my snacking problem because I don’t eat like that the rest of the time when I’m not at work. It’s beginning to get me down a little as I know it’s not healthy and I worry about the detrimental effect it may be having on my progress.
With these thoughts consuming me I was in a pretty bad mood/hangry (angry because you’re hungry) at work all day. I felt weak, lethargic and really tired. However, this all changed when my colleague Emma (who’s on annual leave at the moment) dropped into the office with some cupcakes just after lunch. Even just looking at the chocolate-y goodness boosted my mood, and tasting it was even better! I’ll be keeping Bibi’s bakery in mind for any future treats/cheats. It was a little bit naughty but I ran 6km on the treadmill this morning and I’m feeling pretty lean at the moment so I’ll forgive myself.
Today’s intake was:
- Apple and Grape Snack Bag
- Nutrigrain Granola Bar
- Nutrigrain Raisin Bake
- Salad w/ Chicken
- Salmon w/ Broccoli
- The Delicious Rocky Road Cupcake
I was going to have some rice with my dinner but after my afternoon indulgence I thought it best to keep my carbs low in the evening. That’s what has made this a sustainable lifestyle for me; making small adjustments in order to fit in the things you want. If I’d denied myself that cupcake, I’d have ended up bingeing in 2 weeks time when any cravings got too much for me. Instead, I allowed myself the treat, made a compromise elsewhere and I’ll be happier and healthier for it.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I’m off for the next two days and I can’t wait to spend some time with friends and loved ones!