Posted by: saramcglothlin | May 22, 2012

Exercising Portion Control

And what I really mean is applying portion control to exercise…you’ll see…

This morning I did not want to get out of bed.  I know I may be the minority, but this is very uncharacteristic of me.  Although my alarm goes off at 4:45 AM to hit the gym (which might be considered insane to the average person), I am ready to start my day, especially because of the good workout to come before having to walk into the office.

But like I said, I was about one or two more hours of sleep away from becoming the “go-getter” I just described above.  I pressed the snooze button (which to be honest I don’t think I have done since college) and laid there (not asleep) for about 10 minutes.  The onset of my day came rushing towards me and went something like this: It is going to be a crazy day at work…I have a late afternoon meeting…then will have to stay another hour or so to get stuff done…you see by now-which in real-time only took about 10 seconds-any hope of exercising after work was non-existent.  Does this every happen to anyone else??

I didn’t make myself go to the gym, well, because I didn’t want to.  But I knew I “wanted” to do something, meaning at the time I didn’t, but was certain of how much better I would feel afterwards (do you see how I rationalize with myself??).  So I simply put on my tennis shoes, grabbed my iPod and walked out the door.  Simple enough.  I will start with a walk…

I love walking, I really do.  Never when I am in the middle of a walk do I find myself saying “this really sucks.”  I have also gotten more into running this year (and who can forget that good ole’ “runner’s high”), and therefore I haven’t been going on many walks until very recently.  Coupled with the fact that I was training for my first 10K, I really pushed myself to run and not walk.  But this morning, I found a happy medium, guilt-free.  Plus, I ended up incorporating some intervals and jogged half the time anyway.  That being said, I can’t help but feel as though maybe I put too much pressure on myself.  Is it good that I got up (even when I really didn’t want to) and did something?  Or should I have given myself a break and allowed myself to sleep in?  Where would the ideal balance be?  I know the answer may be “do what is right for you,” but what do you think??

After that, it was pretty much a regular day.  Here are my meals amidst a crazy day.

OO with 1/2 c rolled oats/oat bran mix, 3/4 c soy milk, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 mashed banana, blackberries, almond butter blob

Green salad with grilled chicken, curried cauliflower, avocado, balsamic drizzle, apple (not pictured)

2 soy nut butter cookies

Can you say satisfying?  These things are amazing and very filling if you can believe it or not!

For dinner, the boyfriend and I made plans to order take-out from my favorite pizza place just around the corner from my apartment, but that wasn’t going to be for another 3.5 hours from the time I got off work.  When I am hungry, I can’t wait 3.5 minutes, so I stopped to get a snack.

As you have probably learned by now, I am not just a girl who can snack (or “graze” as they say) throughout the day; I also can’t have just 3 meals; I’m a little bit of both.  This is why when I want a snack, my body quickly tells me what I am in the mood for: salty? sweet? fruit? veggies? nuts?  But today, I wanted salty and sweet, fruit and nuts (man I can be so stubborn sometimes), so I did just that and exercised a bit of portion control:

Banana- almond butter  smoothie with soy yogurt and a handful of ET’s “Zen Party Mix”

I made myself use a plastic ramekin for the snack mix.  I know myself, and when I get really hungry, particularly on top of a stressful day, I can do damage to some snack mix.  The smoothie was also really filling so it was the perfect amount.

Let me preface dinner by saying there is a good handful of restaurants that claim to have “Richmond’s Best Pizza,” but 8 1/2 has got to be the winner.  I swear, you can top your pizza with all the toppings in the world, but really what makes a good pizza is the crust…thin crust is just how I like it

White pizza with onions, mushrooms, pesto, arugula salad, butternut squash puree

Glass of white wine for dessert!




  1. Omg Kathleen told me about the Gregg Almond and I almost got it last time I was there but wanted something fruitier! Next time…AND the pizza place :). Regarding your decision this morning–I think it comes down to whether or not you felt energized after your semi-exercise. Did it make you more tired/want to crawl back in bed, or did your body seem to appreciate? I know it’s not always easy to tell in those situations, and I’ve definitely gone both ways before!

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