Saturday, February 10, 2007

Oatmeal and Coffee w/cocoa

When first I started my blog I was going through a pretty serious sugar addiction. I had been eating sugar before my workouts trading off the "icky" feelings for the "wired" feeling. What finally broke me of that habit was getting sick over the holidays (I can't believe it took getting sick!) and that screwed up my schedule of training and eating and seemed to have stopped the cycle of sugar addiction.

When I was writing about it, struggling with it, someone named Marty suggested that I eat some good carbs before my workout for energy instead of sugar. So I revisited this suggestion and realized that I was trying too hard to keep my carbs low, which in turn causes me to crave sugar, so I added oatmeal as my morning meal. I don't always eat it before my workout, but it is usually my first meal.

I've tried it many different ways, with brown sugar, white sugar (1 tsp. per serv.), dried fruit, fresh fruit, whole milk, 2%, 1/2 & 1/2, cream, etc.. And depending on what my day's calories look like determines how it is prepared. (Lately I've been using 2 serv. old fashioned oats, 2tsp. white sugar, 1/4c. 2% milk = 290 cal.) I love the warm, slightly sweet, creamy texture of this meal but it wasn't filling enough. I was left wanting more!

So I decided to increase my servings to 3 for a total of 330 calories of oatmeal. I'm making it with extra water (3 cups) and adding only 2 tsp. white sugar. Yum! Boy does that hit the spot! An extra serving of oats is better than alot of other 110 cal. choices I could make and it doesn't leave me looking for more food.

The other morning ritual I have is my coffee. I wake up around 4am and start right away with my 1st cup w/2 tsp. cream (35-45cal.). over the next few hours I have another 1-1 1/2 cup w/ another 2 tsp. cream. Around mid morning I make a fresh pot of coffee and, again depending on what my days calories look like, I use 1-2 tbl. of cocoa powder in 1-2 cups of coffee (35-40 cal. per tbl.) I'm trying to cut down on this habit because I think I want to control my sugar intake more. And I phrase it that way because I know I can if I really want to! So I'll take responsibilty for it. ( As I sit here blogging I'm sucking down a cup right now!)

Friday AM weight 126.6
6:30 am Vinyasa yoga
10:00 1 mile walk and KB swinging w/client
12:00 2.5 mile walk

Friday menu

coffee w/cream 85 cal. cocoa 70 cal.
oatmeal w/milk and sugar 290 cal. (2serv.)
apple 120 cal.
prune, PNB (8) 360 cal.
ceasar salad w/cabbage, celery, white beans (1/2c.), and chicken (3oz.) 410 cal.
ham and pea soup w/kale and butternut squash 350 cal.
1c. red grapes, 1/2 small pear 100 cal.

Total calories 1785

I felt hungry all day, finished all of my food by 4:30. I had a hard KB workout yesterday and overtrained today (by mistake, sort of). I'm having to look inside deeply to come to my senses and conclusions about food and other emotions. I'm working it out though!

Life is good.

4 comments:

FallenAngel said...

Its nice to know I'm not the only one who is hungry. That I'm not the only one who doesn't have everything figured out. I'm starting to have that whole guilt whenever I eat again, just like I did when I was young. Who knows, maybe guilt will help. God knows its not good for anything else.
I liked your post.

Tracy said...

Sometimes guilt can be good! But not when you continually beat yourself up with it.

I'm still trying to define exactly what I'm hungry for. Sometimes it truly is nutrition, but when I feel and choose to be out of control it's something much deeper.

I can still be that damaged little girl.

Marty said...

I'm honored. Hope it works for you.

Tracy said...

Hey Marty, I wanted to make sure and give you credit, I'm glad you got it!