Busy Bee

I had lots of work to do today that kept me busy at work.  It was nice!  My work comes in waves, usually, so some days are really busy and others are much slower.  The day goes by faster when I have more to do!

Today’s lunch was a lesson in volumetrics (eating a whole lot of really low calorie foods instead of a small amount of calorie-dense foods).

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Check out that spread!

I don’t usually do calorie breakdowns, but this was pretty magnificent.

  • Spinach: about 20 calories
  • Carrots: about 15 calories
  • 1 T. Lighthouse dressing: 20 calories
  • 2 clementines: 70 calories
  • Chicken noodle soup: 150 calories
  • Chobani Greek yogurt: 120 calories
  • Strawberries: 35 calories
  • Homemade corn muffin: 100 calories

530 calories for a huge, healthy, filling lunch that took FOREVER to eat.

After work I went for a run.  It wasn’t my best run, but not my worst either.  I did 4.5 miles in about 45:30.  I slowed my pace down a bit because my asthma was bugging me a bit.  My allergies have been bad lately, and I’ve had an off-and-on sinus headache for the last few days, so it’s not totally out of the blue.  But I got it done, anyway. 

Then, on the way home, I had to stop at the store.  I tried the Western Bagel brand of bagels, but I find the “sweet wheat” flavor a little weird.  Since they’re high in fiber and low in calories and have good ingredient list, I picked up the country white to try.

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I’ll report back!

Anyway, I’m super tired and still have a million things to do before bed.  Sigh.

Are you a volume eater or a calorie-dense eater?

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6 Responses

  1. I love volumetrics! I am love eating huge gigantic salads and knowing they aren’t a huge amount of calories. those bagels look great too!

  2. Clementines are soooo good right now! I had three at lunch 🙂

  3. I try to lean towards volumentrics. I feel like I’m eating so much! I have a question for you. When you were trying to lose weight, did you count calories? How did you go about your eating?

  4. I’ve switched recently — when I did Weight Watchers (for many years), I was a volume eater. But in recent years I just never felt satiated with that style of eating. That led to overeating, and a fwe (or 20) extra pounds)

    So recently I’ve been going for more filling, calorie-dense foods. And by that, I mean mostly peanut butter and nuts =) I lived in fear of peanut butter for *years* on Weight Watchers, and it makes me so happy that I now eat it almost daily.

  5. I am ALL about volume. I like things that take a long time to eat definitely, especially when they are crunchy 🙂

  6. I’m working towards volumetric, but I think when you first start out you get hungry quickly with lower calorie food no matter how much you eat — or maybe that’s just me? Did you ease into it? I know the higher fiber in greens should keep you full longer, but it seems like it might take your body some time to adjust.

    P.S. You probably hear this lots, but your blog has really inspired me to get back in shape — I started my own to document my 8k training and weight loss goals — hopefully I can get some followers for support me like you have 🙂

    Thanks for blogging!

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