The first day of my healthier eating habits is drawing to a close, and I’m quite pleased with myself and how it is turning out.  After a midnight workout, I set an alarm and woke up at 9 a.m. this morning, which pathetically was the earliest I’ve been up in weeks.  I haven’t been sleeping well lately, but maybe the workout last night and the determination to start making a difference in my life helped me to roll out of bed so “early” today.  With groceries in the fridge and pantry, it was time to start making better choices when hunger struck.

I measured out two cups of Special K cereal and one cup of fat free milk, and had myself a nice little breakfast.  I can’t remember the last time I actually got up in time to call it breakfast instead of lunch, but today won’t be the last time.  I normally have orange juice with cereal, but today I decided that even a small glass wasn’t acceptable.  I won’t be so strict as the days and weeks go on, but if I don’t have determination at the beginning, I’ll give up on the whole thing by the end of the week.  A couple hours after breakfast I was already hungry (understandably so, as two cups of cereal doesn’t really fill you up), so I had myself a fresh banana.  Another first – I don’t know when I last just grabbed a piece of fruit and ate it.  It curbed my appetite for a little while, but again, not for too long.

I made myself a can our Campbell’s chunky soup for lunch and for the first time (notice a theme yet?) I didn’t add crackers.  As anyone who really knows me can attest, I will usually add crackers to a soup until it’s so thick you could eat it with a fork.  It’s just how I like it.  Well, crackers add calories and fat and carbs and all kinds of things, so I decided to pace myself and eat just the soup itself, but slowly enough that it would hopefully fill me up.  A bottle of water accompanied this meal instead of soda or milk or juice, and I didn’t really mind it like I thought I would.

After lunch I headed back to the gym for another 30 minute workout.  I won’t always workout twice a day, but for right now it feels good and I need the exercise badly.  And unlike my midnight workout earlier, I wasn’t exhausted after 30 minutes, but I still decided not to push it today and called it quits.  I burned about 600 calories today between my two workouts, a number that I’m satisfied with for now, though I remember burning around 800 when I used to workout for an hour at a time.  *shrugs*  I’ll get there again.

I had another banana for an afternoon snack, and then started cooking dinner.  For my first big meal on the diet I decided to make a healthy pasta consisting of whole wheat Penne Rigate noodles, organic tomato sauce, and extra lean ground white turkey meat.  When I used to cook this type of meal (though I’ve never used this sauce or type of noodle before), I always cook the whole meal at once and divided it three portions so it would last for multiple meals.  I did the same tonight, ending up with three equal portions, two of which went into tupperware and the fridge, one of which ended up on my plate.  Another difference I tried this time to save calories and so forth was to only use half the jar of sauce instead of the whole thing, and I couldn’t tell a bit of difference in the taste.  I treated myself to a glass of milk with the meal, and took a picture to share [seen below].

It’s not even 7 o’clock yet and I’ve already had dinner.  How unusual for me, but I am okay with it.  I’m committed to earlier dinners and no more midnight or 1 a.m. snacks.  These habits have to stop now if I’m going to make any progress.  All in all I ended the day at about 1766 calories (give or take a few), just under the goal of 1780-2130 calories per day that was put before me by a website I’ve used in the past to track food and exercise habits.  Take into account the 600 calories I burned, and you can figure that I only took in about 1100 calories or so today, minus the amount of calories you burn just by walking and being alive.  I don’t know where that puts me exactly at the end of the day, but I do know I feel good about it.  I’ve also included below a couple pie charts that show very well how my calories today can be broken down.  First by each individual food item, then by meal, and then by carbs/fat/protein content.  The website suggests I lower my carb and protein intake a little bit, and raise my fat intake, but I think I’m okay for now.

I believe I’m off to a good start.  🙂