Morning Glory

So now I am heading into Week 3 of my Post-Xmas Rebirth, or February Fat Blast-o-rama, or whatever you want to call it. I have to give everything a name. Wasn’t it that candybar-flogging guru Dr Phil who said, “You have to name it to claim it”? But I am all out of catchy names at the moment. Took me a whole day to decide to call my new plant ‘Duncan’.

Things are trundling along nicely. Week 1’s Mini Missions are starting to become habits, particularly the water guzzling/pee examination. My Week 2 MM’s were:

1. Write two journal entries
2. Go to two Body Jam classes
3. Reduce bread intake
4. Eat porridge for breakfast

1. Write two journal entries
*counts on fingers* Woohoo! Really enjoying writing again. And really enjoying the reading too. It was such a wee tiny clutch of diet blogs a few years back, but now the community is so huuuuge it requires a custom-made mumu and goes to the supermarket on a golf cart.

2. Go to two Body Jam classes
After the first class on Monday, I admit that I was close to giving up on the Jam. I was shite in 2001 so why would 2004 be any different? “I’m never going to be a dancer!”, I sobbed into my tutu. Wednesday night rolled round just as my ovaries started screaming, I sat at the kitchen bench and declared to my sister that I hated Body Jam and I wasn’t going EVER coz, “I stink at it and I have a sore leg”. She reminded me how much we sucked at Body Combat at first, and how weak we were when we took up Pump.

I grumbled all the way to the gym, but the class ended up being phenomenal. It was the last class of the day and it ended up going for 75 minutes. We had my favourite instructor, Kiwi Vanessa. She took the time to explain the steps and often had her back to the class so we could see her fancy footwork better.

I learned so much in those 75 minutes! You won’t be seeing me shaking my ass at the MTV Awards any time soon, but I’m slowly catching on. I looked atrocious trying to do those moves but I just blocked that out of my mind and had fun. The hiphop tracks are particularly fun, it’s all about making your body all loose and fluid. And I love the Latin tracks, they’re so sexy and finally there’s a use for my ample hips. Cha-cha-cha! Best of all, my cramps disappeared along with my bitchass mood.

3. Reduce bread intake.
This is more about the toast. I am not anti-bread, if it’s nice and grainy; but once the bastard is toasted I get out of control. And when I eat it for breakfast I am always hungry an hour later. I managed to cut right back this week, only 5 pieces of bread for the week, and it was reasonably grainy bread too.

4. Eat porridge for breakfast.
My sister swears by porridge (oatmeal to you Yanks) for breakfast, she chops up an apple and throws that in and says it fills her up til the mid morning snack. I have tried this on and off but have never been able to stick with it. I find the effort of making it too much, even though it’s only three minutes in the microwave. And it takes me so bloody long to choke it down. It just doesn’t make my tastebuds dance. This Mini Mission was a fizzer – I only had one porridge breakfast all week.

Breakfast is a problem for me. I mean, I have no problem eating it, I just have problems filling up in the morning. I eat around 7.30am, I am already hungry again by 9. Today I had natural yogurt, some museli, a sprinkle of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, plus an apple – I managed to make it to 10am before I had to have my almonds and a banana. Am I just a glutton or am I not eating the right thing for brekkie? I know there’s not a lot of protein there, but you have to remember I am on the backpackers budget here, and it’s kinda pricey to have eggs or something meaty.

Anyway, I am fresh out of ideas. If you have any, I will gladly lap them up!

So I just got home from Body Jam and I’m sitting here in my stinky Enell sports bra, I better de-corset and get into the shower. Til next time!

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15 thoughts on “Morning Glory

  1. I usually stick with yogurt and some sort of high fiber cereal for breakfast. It keeps me full for a good 3 or 4 hours. I also save the fruit that I would have with breakfast for a mid-morning snack in the event that I do get the munchies before I can grab lunch. My key to a filling breakfast seems to be fiber.

  2. Dietgirl – at the risk of having my ideas rejected, I’m posting the second recipe this week to share with you… And I’m only doing it because I truly share your problem of being hungry two hours after a regular breakfast. This is the only solution I’ve been able to come up with that actually does the trick….besides a side of hot cakes, bacon, eggs, and a tall glass of milke.

    Snow White Omelet – serves 2

    ½ cup turkey breast or ham, finely diced
    3 green onions, chopped – using 2/3rds of the green part
    ½ cup frozen chopped broccoli
    1 small can of canned sliced mushrooms, or 4 fresh mushrooms sliced
    1/3rd of a red bell pepper, chopped

    1 cup of Egg Beaters or 100% Egg Whites
    1 tsp garlic powder
    a pinch of Italian seasoning
    pinch of salt
    fresh cracked pepper

    1 light string cheese, finely diced
    (or any light cheese slice you prefer)
    1 tbsp Parmesan cheese

    2 low-carb tortillas (optional)
    salsa (optional)

    Spray a 12-inch nonstick frying pan with cooking spray. Saute turkey and onions over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, then add frozen broccoli, mushrooms, and chopped bell pepper. Stir fry 5 to 6 minutes until moisture has evaporated, then set aside and wipe frying pan clean.

    In medium bowl, beat egg whites; add cooked turkey & vegetables, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper. Set aside. Spray frying pan with nonstick cooking spray; pour in egg mixture. Cover and cook over medium heat, occasionally uncovering and gently lifting sides of eggs with spatula to let uncooked egg run under cooked part to set. When eggs still look wet on top, sprinkle cheeses evenly over the top, cover with lid, turn off heat, and let steam until cheese melts. The eggs will finish cooking during this time.

    Cut egg mixture in half with spatula, then fold up each half to make two very generous servings. Serve as is, or in a low-carb tortilla for tons of extra fiber and filling properties!!

  3. Breakfast is a tricky thing. I have a hard time forcing myself to eat in the first place, so I think you are one step ahead in that you don’t mind the actual eating.

    Don’t feel weird about feeling hungry right away – that’s how you know it’s working. I’m not kidding. Breakfast is intended to get your metabolism going, which means you’ll be hungry again very soon if all goes well.

    It actually works better for you to have a lighter breakfast (carb based, or a small portion of protein) and then to follow it with a snack that has protein, so don’t break your routine.

    Peanut butter, for instance, makes an excellent snack, and it’s easy enough to spread some peanut butter on celery stalks and take it in a tupperware to work, or put it in a baggie. You could also make your own trail mix and have 1/2 cup of that for a snack.

    (I always make my own, because commercially bought trail mix nearly always comes with sugar in it, either sugar coated raisins or with chocolate pieces or what not. I like peanuts, cashews, and raisins myself.)

    Hope that helps!

  4. What tends to keep me feeling full is monkey bread:

    1 health line sugar free nature’s own wheat bun (very fresh soft bread, really low calorie)
    spread with peanut butter, heated, and then drizzled with sugar free maple syrup

    Very tasty!

  5. I’m not really an oatmeal person but I know people who hate it unless it has reduced fat peanut butter in it, maybe you would like that.

  6. My two fave breakfasts:
    non fat vanilla yogurt with Go Lean Crunch (don’t know if you can get that where you are) but any granola will do —
    Whole wheat tortilla/black bean dip/poached egg/ yumma!

  7. Hey girl, nice to see you updating so frequently of late. It’s always a joy to read your entries. Breakfast, my suggestion to you is to do a whole wheat english muffin with maybe a couple pieces of cheese on it, throw it under the broiler to get it all nice and melty, top it with a slice of tomato or eat as is. Have a piece of fruit and some milk along with it and it should stay with you a little bit longer. I’m a mid-morning muncher as well, so just make sure you take maybe some string cheese or the almonds are great…they just had something on the evening national news over here on the benefits of nuts and almonds were one of the top good choices.

  8. I have three breakfasts so far. My main one is 1 pkg Apple Pie Oatmeal (instant) and a yoghurt and two cups of coffee. Normally this is great til 1130am and I start to get hungry.

    However with working out in the mornings, I find I’m starving by 11am easily! This I believe has to do with being up at 6am and working out (burning about 650-750 cals). I used to work out in the evenings so eating at 930am and I was fine.

    2nd breaky – 2 hard boiled eggs and a yoghurt. You’d be surprised how filling to eggs can be! 2 cups of coffee!

    2rd breaky – 2/3 granola topped with yoghurt and 2 cups of coffee!

    Cannot go without the coffee 🙂

    I’m still trying to find the best breaky, but since starting this journey, I believe it is the most important meal of the day – it sets the pace.

  9. Seriously, girl. Does writing get better than yours? I think not.

    Breakfast: I do a variety of things as I’ve found that breakfast is something I have to do in order to get the rest of the day off on the right foot.

    For those days I can’t go all out, I space it out. A piece of high-fiber toast w/ peanut butter. Later, a 1/2 cut of McCann’s oatmeal with 1 tsp. of honey and some almonds. Maybe a piece of fruit later.

    If I have time, an egg sandwich with lw-fat cheese and a veggie sausage pattie.

  10. its so inspirering reading about your “comeback”. Im so into my diet myself right now cause I met a guy and just want to loose a few kg fast. Not that it will make a big difference except for me. I have 10 kg until Im down to your size but it feels in reach right now.

    I have problems with breakfasts too but that Im not hungry. I do so that I bring dark bread to work and I have low fat cheese there and ham and make me breakfast at work around 9 then Im full until lunch so that works for me. At another job I had yoghurt and ceariels (home made with no suger) but the idea is the same I eat breakie at work to last me to lunch time.

  11. You can try eating a tablespoon of natural peanut butter (the kind you have to stir to mix in the oil) along with your regular breakfast. Yes, it will set you back a little over 100 calories, but the protein and the fat should keep your hunger at bay.

  12. Now I find lunch the hardest thing to get through. I have eggs for breakfst every morning. If I have anything else I crave food all day. Protein truly does keep the hunger away!

  13. I second the Kashi ‘Go Lean’ Crunch cereal. I top it off with raspberries and strawberries and it keeps me pretty full for about four hours. And I have toast weakness, too… I haven’t bought any bread for months because of it!

  14. I do a variation on what people have already mentioned: rolled oats or Irish steel-cut oats with cinnamon and almonds or a bit of brown sugar and some soy milk. Or nonfat plain yogurt with high-fiber cereal. Sometimes I make a lean turkey sausage patty; I think they’re only 50 kcal. Anyway, the best thing for me is to PLAN on a mid-morning snack, regardless of what I eat for my breakfast. By 10:30 or 11:00 a.m. I need to grab an apple with peanut butter or a handful of almonds (22 almonds is a serving) to keep me going until lunch. I guess overall what everyone is saying is that a little protein with your carbs or dairy is important, and I tend to agree.

    Anyway, I really hope you’ll post again soon, because as others have already said, you are a damn fine writer. I check your website every day for updates. Hope it’s going well, and I hope you’ll check in soon with a new entry.

  15. I say go with a protein breakfast – it keeps you going. An omelet with low fat cheese and turkey is the perfect answer I think. Use two eggs and have the whole egg – it keeps me going to lunch time and the best thing is I don’t even think about food during that time. Everything else seems to send my blood-sugar levels all over the place. Most cereal is so refined that all the goodness has gone out of it (including instant oatmeal).