Grab a cuppa!
Well, you don’t have to, though I have! Unfortunately I don’t have a huge amount of new news to share. It’s the familiar, if not comfortable treadmill of work, eat, sleep, repeat. For that reason, and, unusually for me, I haven’t really had too many strong opinions or thoughts on much recently. Unless it’s work related, of course.
Last weekend saw the start of my marshalling season with the training day at Castle Combe in Wiltshire. In complete contrast to last year, we had lovely weather with engaged sessions. The track looked particularly pretty in the morning with wispy fog around.
The only thing I wish the organisers wouldn’t do is schedule training days on Mother’s Day and the same day that the clocks go back. It just seemed cruel and unnecessary! Having said that, it was a really good day, I enjoyed the learning points and I had the chance to catch up with some friends which is always welcome.
My week has been far too busy for my liking (again), and I haven’t been great at using My Fitness Pal.
After I had my epiphany (if you can call it such), I decided to download My Fitness Pal and start tracking. I did really well for the first week, and then last week just got crazy to the point of ridiculous, and, naturally I made some poor choices. I’m back to it today though. Much as it pained me to admit it (after I had logged them on MFP), I had two almond croissants. A WHOPPING 700 calories! Argh! It has been interesting to see what I have eaten. I haven’t concerned myself too much with trying to stick to certain types of food, but more to the calorie limit. Some things have surprised me how low they are, and some (like almond croissants) have surprised me with how much they are.
I love the barcode scanner on the app, which is so useful, and I also like the nutritional values per day. I have to admit that I don’t weigh out and log things like raw veggies – I don’t think I have the time to weigh and record things like that for such a little number (16 calories for a cup of cucumber? yes please!). I will check the back of some higher value veggies though. Anyway… What has been interesting has been the daily and weekly stats, which have suggested that:
- I eat far too many carbs and fats, and not enough protein. Could that be why I don’t stay satisfied for long enough?
- I have never once hit even 50% on my iron intake
- I don’t seem to get enough calcium
I feel some tweaks to my diet coming on, but I’m a bit stumped as to what to do about the iron and protein things. While I appreciate that MFP is not the be-all and end-all, it has helped to highlight a potential issue.
So back to today’s food. Having eaten nearly half my day’s calorie intake on those silly (but delicious, but not to the tune of 700 calories) croissants, and knowing that I am out with friends for tea later today, I had to get my thinking cap on for what to have for lunch. Quite often, Matt and I will eat out on a weekend, whether that is getting something from the Tesco Express, M&S or eating at a cafe or restaurant, or a takeaway. We need to go to Exeter to pick up a couple of things and I suggested we either went to M&S and ate on the cathedral green, or maybe tried Las Iguanas which has recently opened. As it turned out, time was getting on a bit, and I know we have an expensive few weeks ahead, so I settled down with Nairn’s black pepper oatcakes, sweet chilli cottage cheese (this is amazing! I don’t know how I have lived my life without it!), prawns, cucumber and tomatoes.
Tank thought he liked prawns, so I gave him a few while I was preparing lunch. As I sat down to eat said lunch, he came into the living room and sicked it all back up. Cats are delightful…
I’m off out with friends for the second night in a row. It was Nepalese last night, pub grub tonight.
Inspire me with your lunch choices! (please 🙂 )