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Stress Test

So yesterday was not a better day. It was likely one of my most stressful days in recent history. It started off well with a nice breakfast cookie, which fell apart a bit, but was still very tasty.

But my day slowly transitioned into stress mode once I got to work. The project from the day before continued to linger and heighten in stress. I had my usual granola bar mid-morning snack and then popped out to get a salad for lunch. It was filled with romaine lettuce, cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, chickpeas, carrots and topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

I then went back into work mode, trying to make a 4 p.m. deadline. Well…we missed the 4 p.m. deadline, but figured out a way to still make everything work out if we hit an 8 p.m. deadline. Back to the drawing board. Work, work, work, stress, stress, stress… oops I’m hungry and totally forgot about my afternoon snacks. Finally around 4:30 p.m. I had my Chobani yogurt filled with a Kashi Go Lean/Granola mix.

I gobbled that down and then it was back to work, work, work and stress, stress, stress. We finally wrapped everything up and dropped off our package at 7 p.m. Phew – made the cut.

However, now it was 7 p.m., I was exhausted and slowly coming down from my peak of stress and knew that a stop at the gym was probably not in my future. Then I started to get angry with myself and tried to rationalize that if I made it to the gym by 7:30 and ran 3 miles I’d be done by 8:00 p.m. and could head home and have dinner by 9:00 p.m. But after eating so little throughout the day (seriously, I usually snack way more than that – especially when prepping for the gym), I knew my run would be lackluster, distracted, and I’d probably be starving. Dinner at 9:00 p.m. sounded too far away. I coudn’t make it.  

So I headed home and had the easiest dinner ever: Amy’s Black Bean and Vegetable Soup with a side of Kombucha.

For some reason, I really liked the Kombucha much better the second time around. I still have a little bit left, which I’ll probably finish up tonight.

I have to admit that while waiting for the soup to heat up, I did snack on a few Salt and Vinegar Potato Chips that Hubby had in the house (sorry Hubby!). I couldn’t help it! They are my FAVORITE chips and I blame my weakness on stress. So yes, I partook in a little emotional eating last night.

Have you ever found yourself eating more or eating something you normally wouldn’t because of stress or any other emotion?

As I was eating dinner, I was watching The Biggest Loser and then followed up dinner with half a grapefruit with a  Truvia packet sprinkled on top for dessert.

The grapefruit really hit the spot – it was so juicy. I can’t wait to finish the other half.

Now as far as BL goes – I am torn. Part of me wants to believe that the red team woman isn’t that conniving and manipulative as to throw the weigh-in, but then the other part of me finds her really annoying and pompous a lot of the time and agrees with Jillian that if she was really working out that hard and not doing anything else (like scarfing down extra food), then she would have lost more weight.

Anyway – I finished up BL and then raced to bed. My plan of attack for today (Wednesday) was to hit the gym in the morning in case any work snafus should arise, forcing me to stay late. I was sad that I couldn’t read my book before bed, but there just wasn’t any time. So, did I get up and make it to the gym… SURE DID! More to come on my great workout and hopefully making this a new routine in tomorrow’s post.

And lastly, some health news that caught my eye:

Exercise: In Women, Training for a Sharper Mind – I swear I’m going to work in some strength training during my workout tomorrow.

Big Benefits Are Seen From Eating Less Salt – DAD: You should read this article!

Huge variation in salt content of processed food – Umm… so I think salt is the big focus for 2010. NYC is coordinating a nationwide effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes by reducing the amount of salt in packaged and restaurant foods. I am all for it! Reduce the salt or take it out, and then if people really want it, they can add it to their food on their own. What do you think of the less/low salt movement?

Have a happy Hump Day everyone!

Over the Hump and Through the Week…

…Toward the weekend we go! Get it – like the song: “Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go..” Yeah, I don’t know why that’s in my head.

Anyway – happy hump day! First full week in a while – how’s everyone doing? I’m going to jump right into Tuesday’s eats.

I completely forgot to photograph breakfast yesterday – I was busy reading blogs and doing a few other things while eating and it slipped my mind. I had a honey wheat English muffin with peanut butter and topped with banana and side of light cranberry juice.

My late morning snack yesterday was a nice big apple.

For lunch I ventured out and grabbed a salad. It was filled with romaine lettuce, cheddar cheese, walnuts, carrots, chic peas and raisins – topped with balsamic vinaigrette.

My late afternoon snack was Chobani yogurt with granola and it hit the spot.

I didn’t make it to the gym last night – very bad I know. So I came home and had dinner – leftover Quiche from the previous night.

After dinner, I had a spot of tea – a new kind: Candy Cane Lane.

This tea was delicious – way better than the Sugar Plum Spice. I don’t think I’m a fruity tea drinker. This tea was softer with vanilla and peppermint flavors. It was yummy. I also had my last piece of Coffee-Nut Scone for dessert.

Speaking of tea, my Examiner.com article for this week happens to be about top tea trends. Check it out!

I was on the Celestial Seasonings website yesterday and searched for a store in my area selling Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride. It directed me to Food Emporium on 86th street. I went, I searched, it was not there. Sadness. Candy Cane Lane served as a delicious replacement though. And it happens to be green tea – one of the most popular healthy teas I talk about in my article.

What is your favorite kind of tea? Or what kind of tea have you been sipping on a lot lately?

I’m not sure I have a favorite tea really. I’ve been drinking Echinacea tea at work a lot. It’s very aromatic and soothing. At home I’ve been trying a variety of flavors. I also went through a black tea a while back kick when I was first cutting down on coffee.

As the Hubby and I settled in to watch The Biggest Loser last night, I also ended up making us a bag of popcorn to share (no photograph).

Did you watch it? Thoughts?

I was utterly amazed at the size of this group of people. Like they said over and over, the contestants just keep getting bigger and bigger and it’s not a good thing. I was sad that the one brother had to go home because they both really needed to be there.

It’s too bad they couldn’t keep everyone on there for at least a month just to give them a basic start and healthy principles to follow. But I guess one week is better than nothing and losing 23 pounds during that time definitely showed him he can do it.

I have to say I think Mike will be my favorite (the biggest person on the show: 526 pounds). He was really funny and I loved him after his weigh-in with the comment, “Can you see my abs?” I hope he sticks around for a while, but his team is going to need to drop some serious weight to stay competitive.

If you watched, who did you like from the first episode?

Happy Hump Day Everyone – have a good one!