A Day In The Life…

20 Feb

Well not so much an entire day in the life…I am sure you could give two craps about my ever exciting life as a business office manager of an ophthalmology practice, my near daily dalliances with frustrated and angry patients who don’t understand that I don’t make the rules…(p.s. Congress and your insurance company does), my battle royales with said insurance companies who like to change rules as fast as you can figure out what they wanted the last twenty times you called, well you get the picture…thrilling stuff.

I am speaking of a day in the life of my eats.  I think it is always interesting to see what others eat and garner inspiration for myself.  I am not that inspired on a daily basis.  I change it up weekly with dinner and lunch, but my snacks typically remain the same.  I am a creature of comfort.  When I find something that works, I have no problem sticking with it to the point of mind numbing predictability.

As most of you know I food prep Saturdays and or Sundays.  I make one dish for my lunch and one dish for my dinner.  I eat the same lunch and dinner for 6 days.

Does this get boring?  Do I get burnt out?

The answer is no-ish…By Friday I am usually over it.  I eat it because it is the last portioned out serving of lunch and dinner, but it is a meh kind of experience.  The reason that I swear by this method though is simple.  Hubs and I used to get stuck in a food rut.  Meaning we would prepare the same 4 to 5 meals almost weekly.  This made for nearly every night being a meh experience.  It is a weeknight, you don’t want to cook some crazy involved something.  You want what is easy and what you know.  I think this is a common scenario for most families.

Cooking the way I do, I get to make a dish and then sock that recipe away for a month or two before I bring it out into the rotation again.  This keeps those tried and true recipes fresh and exciting by limiting them to 1 week every 4-6 weeks.  I know this is not logical for a lot families out there, but this is working like a charm for us right now.

So an average day this week looks like this:

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Breakfast: Protein Shake (cause I am lazy and will snooze until I HAVE to get up)  plus coffee at some point= 100 to 130 calories depending on if I have creamer in my coffee…trying to go black and never go back…

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Mid Morning Snack: 1.5 to 2 tbsp of Almond Butter…just eat it alone and savor that deliciousness! = 135 to 190 calories of good fats!

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Lunch: Turkey Taco Soup (Beanless and Corn-holio-less)= 283 calories

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Mid-afternoon snack: Cheddar Cheese Stick and Sunflower Kernels = 140 calories

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Dinner: Sweet potato turkey meatloaf bake (packed with veggies) and green beans= 321 calories

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Late evening/post workout snack: 6 slices Deli ham, 1/2 cup of avocado egg salad with some Colonel Mustard in the kitchen with a spoon.  I like to spread some of the egg salad on a slice of ham, roll that bad boy, and smoke it dip it in mustard.=196 calories

This is usally right around 1200 calories which is my minimum that I eat daily. If I am hungry, I eat more.  I pay attention to my hunger cues because they usually are responding to my level of exercise that I have going on.  If I need to eat more (and workout days I usually do), I will eat another cheese stick, ham, protein shake, sunflower kernels, or something not at all advancing my nutrition for the day…

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I beeping love this stuff.  I do not make a habit of eating it daily, but a few times a week I do enjoy a bowl of this popcorn goodness.  Sometimes when I am needing a treat I add in a tbsp of chocolate chips and I am in fat chick heaven for around 140 calories total.

I am never hungry like beyond when it is time to snack or eat.  I attribute this to eating the right kinds of food that nourish me and sustain me for 2.5 to 3 hours until I will eat again.

I will get the recipe for the meatloaf to you tomorrow or Friday.  It is delicious and hubs said it is one of his favorite things I have made so far.

Got any good snack ideas for me?  That is where I lack the most inspiration and willingness to change it up?

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17 Responses to “A Day In The Life…”

  1. Valerie Tynes February 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm #

    That’s awesome!! This post rocks! Where can I find the avocado egg recipe?? Also, what protein shake do you use?

  2. Courtney @ JourneyofaDreamer February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I love the idea of only cooking once for the whole week – but I don’t think my hubs will go for it. That sweet potato creation looks great!

    • fatchicktofitchick February 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      I know a lot of people could not do that. I do find that I get more creative and adventurous with cooking doing it this way.

  3. messofme86arah February 20, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I wanted to laugh when I read the first part of your post…my job is doing insurance at an opthalmology practice. Good times. I recently started doing food prep and has changed my life! I have no excuse to make a bad choice because I don’t feel like fixing anything for that meal. Love your blog!

    • fatchicktofitchick February 20, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

      YES! That is awesome! Someone else fighting the good old insurance/routine versus medical fight!

  4. runningtoskinny February 20, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I am so inspired by your food prep. While I am moving this weekend so it isn’t gonna happen, I have a plan, a list and instructions to the man on how to assemble different meals from the different foods (yes, these are necessary) ready to go!

  5. Kim Williams February 20, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Love the post! Going to get some sunflower kernels to add to my snacks. Never tried almond butter but will if I can find it. I also use the cheese sticks for snacks along with bananas and oranges. Definitely want to find the popcorn you posted – I hope I can. I also snack on Rice Krispie treats – yes I know they’re not healthy, but they curb my sweet tooth for 90 calories. 🙂 Keep up the great work!

  6. loseitbig February 20, 2013 at 3:28 pm #

    My lunches are the same thing everyday at work. Salad and tuna sometimes I add some of my cut up veges but I usually keep those to snack on during the day. Most of the time I use salsa as my dressing. Have you ever tried to mix your protein shake (powder) in your coffee? You can go black but with what ever flavor of protein powder you have. I have found protein powder (3 different types) doesn’t like to mix when the coffee is really hot.

    • fatchicktofitchick February 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      I have mixed coffee with protein powder but only ever iced/chilled coffee. It worked great and tasted great. I had actually forgotten about that and may bring that back out as a trick when it warms up a bit. Thanks for the tip!

  7. kepotts February 20, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    Mmmmm, nut butter is somethin’ special all on it’s own (have to toss in a “that’s what she said”)! And the sweet potato meatloaf situation sounds awesome! As for snacks, I’ve been cooking an apple with cinnamon & egg whites lately & heating it up in the microwave at work…tastes kind of like apple pie 🙂

  8. Tracy February 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

    Thanks for the great food ideas. You crack me up…roll it up and smoke it. Ha ha

  9. Silly Girl's Momma February 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    I’ve started cooking once for the week but the dinners are different Monday-Thursday, plus lunches. My husband will eat the leftovers for lunch and we eat leftovers for our Saturday and sometimes Sunday meals.
    My new favorite snack is Peanut Butter Date Dip…79 calories for 2T. It helps my peanut butter addiction. Here is a link to the recipe http://sillygirlsmomma.blogspot.com/2013/02/friday-weigh-in.html

    Thanks for all the fantastic recipes! I love your Beanless Tao Soup. Already made two rounds of it:)

  10. thegreatercontext February 21, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    Thanks for posting all that! It’ll help me add some variety to my own meals. I love snacking on all different types of raw nuts – especially almonds and walnuts.

  11. Mandy @ Mama Shapes Up February 21, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I am absolutely going to try one day meal prep. It sounds wonderful to have supper already prepared instead of trying to decide what to fix & then actually cooking it every night. Thanks so much for this!

  12. Angela @ Honey, I Shrunk the Mom February 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm #

    Looking forward to seeing the recipe for the meatloaf/sweet potato bake. Looks interestingly yummy. 😉

  13. Allie February 24, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    I’m such a weirdo when it comes to left overs. Not sure I could do the prep for a week thing. As far as snacks go… I like rice cakes (they come in so many flavors now), cinnamon almonds, and pop corn… I also like green fruit smoothies (with spinach). Please post the Philly cheese stuffed peppers!! Hubby is following you vicariously thru my fb.

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