Has something like this ever happen to you at dinner time?
I had planned to just have my chia pudding for dinner around 530pm before I headed out for Zumba. Well at 4:15pm I was starving so I started with some innocent sugar snap peas and about 10 minutes later decided I was too hungry and dinner was happening sooner rather than later. So I went for my bowl of chia pudding which was followed by the host of other snacks you see in the photos (spoonful and half of almond butter, string cheese, and the chocolate drawer.) At this point I started to run through my standard questions that promote intuitive eating that I’ve learned to ask myself since I finally gave up strict calorie counting.
Am I really hungry?
At each point that I picked up something new to eat during this particular meal time, I determined that yes I really was. Until the candy, then… no.
Did I eat enough throughout the day?
Yes, I think so. For breakfast I had a TJ’s Blueberry Bran Muffin, a small banana and a skinny mocha from starbucks.
For lunch I had a veggie wrap which I stuck deli turkey into and a 1/2 a cookie I split with the other intern. (We were in a conference room with doctors so I wasn’t about to whip about my camera or phone and take a picture.)
Did I get enough sleep?
Maybe. I’ve been doing extra strength training at that requires more rest for muscle building (in my opinion anyways)… I was pretty tired and sore today.
Am I stressed or emotionally strained?
Probably. My typical sob story is the long distance relationship with the fiance, and internships are not supposed to be easy.
After my self survey I made a few decisions. First, have a great Zumba workout… don’t hold back!
Check! I even did some upper body focused weight lifting before too!
Also I planned too get some extra sleep tonight and don’t beat myself up… tomorrow is another day. Think about planning bigger dinners if necessary. Slow down and enjoy the moment more… which may seem more out of place but it really isn’t. When I find that I’m stressed, I’m more snacky (I know some people don’t eat but I definitely am not one of those people) so I take overall measures to reduce my stress. I remind myself to live in the moment, not the past or the future.