Like a kid again

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I wasn’t near as sore from our little adventure in the Mountains yesterday as I thought I would be. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get out of bed judging from how tired I was when I got back on Monday. But, surprisingly enough I was hardly sore at all. My body was tired, yes, but not sore. I guess that means that I am getting stronger πŸ™‚ I took the day off from formal exercise yesterday and did a lot of stretching and soft yoga. Just what the doctor ordered because I am feeling great as of right now. Sweet!

I was starving when I woke up yesterday morning. So, nothing sounded better than a big bowl of oats. I initially wanted oatmeal but remembered that I picked up oat bran instead of oatmeal at the store last week. I made 1 serving of oat bran and adding a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin, 1/2 a banana, 1 tsp maple syrup, cinnamon and almond butter.

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Way. Too. Filling!!! I couldn’t finish it, again… this happened the last time I made oat bran too so I am thinking I will make 1/2 serving next time.

My breakfast kept me full for hours. I wasn’t the slightest bit hungry until 2 o’clock! And even then, I wasn’t ready for lunch but I knew I needed to eat something so I made a big ol’ green monster with spinach, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup vanilla soymilk, 1 scoop amazing grass and ice. This combo made a lot more than shown below.

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It matches are place mats πŸ™‚ I got bit by the baking bug after lunch yesterday. I noticed that we had a lot of bananas that were on the verge so I made some delicious banana bread using the recipe from this website. I added in some dark chocolate chips and hazelnuts to make the bread my own. It came out smelling wonderful and it looked very moist. I handed it off to Hans to take to his coworkers so we’ll see how they liked it today.

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And then I got hit with a horrible stomach ache. It only lasted a few hours but it was excrutiating. I finally felt good enough to eat a little something around 5.

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All the nectarines from the huge cargo box from TJ’s is gone now 😦 For dinner, I wanted something simple. When I was growing up, me and my little brother ate fish sticks. All. The. Time. It was a staple for us, haha… of course, they were probably about 10% fish and about 90% crappy stuff but still, we loved them. So you can imagine my surprise when I found some at TJ’s with a moderate ingrediant list. No nasty stuff. Last night was the perfect time to give them a try since I wasn’t feeling that great and wanted to be a little kid again with the comfort of mommy and fish sticks.

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I baked them in the oven for about 20 minutes. They were actually really good and surprise, surprise!! tasted like fish. Unlike the fish sticks of my childhood. I think next time I will add a little spices to them to make them even tastier.

I had some baked okra on the side with ketchup. Classy dinner, indeed.

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Now, I know that I didn’t eat enough yesterday but I am not a calorie counter. I used to count calories and it made me insane and often times I would have a cookie not because I wanted one but because I had calories to use up. This method is not for me. I go by my hunger levels. I eat when I am hungry notΒ  because the clock tells me to eat. I wasn’t feeling that great yesterday and I felt completely stuffed after breakfast until this morning. I try to listen to my body and my body didn’t want much food so that’s how it is.

Do you count calories or do you go by feeling?


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20 responses to “Like a kid again

  1. That banana bread looks legit good! I love when there are banana slices on top. I don’t count calories, but have the amount in mind when making something. I prefer oatbran to oatmeal because it combines with the protein powder I add to it much better.
    Have a great day my dear!!!

  2. I counted until I got over the restrictive eating mentality, but I stopped for the same reason you did! It’s so nice to be in tune with my hunger, and not be scared of eating more or less than I did the day before πŸ™‚

  3. I definitely try to go by feeling, although some days (i.e. my “hormonal” days recently) I really crave sweets – I’m thinking it’s those days that I should calorie count my sweets, just to make sure I don’t unknowingly completely over-do it with sweets.

  4. that banana bread looks way to good to be true. its my fav bread ever! enjoy eating it!

    calories? i dont realy count, but I roughly estimate to make sure I am getting enough for my active lifestyle…if i went by cues, I d eat every hour LOL because I always think I am hungry.


  5. I tried rtocount calories and it just didn’t work! I go my feeling and maintain 3 meals and at least 1 or 2 healthy snacks a day. I miss fish stick, I grew up eating those all the time. I need to see if i can find some healthy brands!

  6. I tried to count calories and it just didn’t work! I go by what I’m feeling and maintain 3 meals and at least 1 or 2 healthy snacks a day. I miss fish sticks, I grew up eating those all the time. I need to see if i can find some healthy brands!

  7. Fish sticks and tater tots were a combination from my childhood – I loved that meal too πŸ˜‰

    Your bread looks good and I really need to try oat bran out!

  8. That banana bread looks great! Sorry about your stomach ache… I’m glad you’re feeling better though =)

    I go by hunger cues… no calorie counting for me! I got wayyy too obessive when I did.


  9. kayteesays

    I go by feelings, but sometimes I feel like I can’t really rely on my judgment. I still eat way too much.

    And now I am craving fish sticks like you wouldn’t believe.

  10. Sigh. I wish I could say that I eat intuitively and don’t count calories at all. But I do have a little calorie ticker in the back of my head, which is ridiculous because I know I eat (and rightfully so) more than that without realizing because I can’t crunch the numbers. I need a lot more calories than I give myself credit for. I totally eat a cookie because I have more calorie allotment to do so, and thanks for the reminder that I should think otherwise!

  11. I definitely TRY to follow my stomach, but It’s hard to at work because eating in my cubicle is so distracting to those around me, i’m forced to eat at a certain time every day. 😦 BOO. However, I’m definitely no calorie counter that’s for SURE!

  12. I agree about the counting – going by feeling is better simply because each day is different! Somedays I’m hungry all day long, and some days, I might not feel good or my meals fill me up so that I don’t need snacks.

    that banana bread looks awesome!

  13. that bread looks fabulous! so does the okra – unfortunately, there isn’t much okra in the midwest πŸ™‚

  14. I went from calorie counting (8 years ago) to stick to time schedule to eat (last 3-4 years) until nowadays I pretty much eat intuitively, eat whatever I crave, stop when I’m full or satisfied and eat mostly when I’m hungry.
    I feel much better this way. πŸ™‚

  15. That bread looks awesome! I used to count calories in a food journal…took up WAY too much time though. Now I try to eat intuitively, but I generally know how much I’ve had each day.

  16. I try my best to go by feeling, which really never leads me astray if I actually listen to my gut. I try to make healthy decisions 80-90% of the time and love indulgences.

  17. lowandbhold

    Sorry about the stomach ache. And I really need to try oat bran if it’s that filling! Glad you’re not sore πŸ™‚

    I just stopped counting a few months ago. It was too much work!

  18. good to hear you are getting stronger! i love the polka dot place mats. and the healthy version of fish sticks. i too ate those all the time growing up!

  19. I’m trying to go by feeling, but keeping an informal calorie tally because I can’t stand not having some idea. This is a pretty new approach for me, and it is working ok so far. I’ve been too obsessive with counting in the past, and I’m trying to use the calories as a more informal tool rather than a strict guideline for what I must and must not eat. I’m not logging food into a fancy detailed spreadsheet, and that, in itself, is a big change. We’ll see how it progresses!

    I’m glad you are feeling better! I love the banana slices on top of the bread. So pretty!

  20. I never thought of oatbran for breakfast!

    I don’t count, but on days where I know I need a lot, I try to keep an idea in my head. Mostly, I can listen to my body, but there are some times (i.e. before and after intense exercise) that my mind has to be king!

    I sometimes find that soreness doesn’t hit until 2 days later! But I don’t get as sore from MTB as from running or road cycling.

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