Well, the first real challenge day arrived. No grains means no bagel! I woke up and waited for John to wake up to ride to breakfast. Normally he doesn’t sleep too late, but he did today and I was getting cranky and antsy. I should have just eaten breakfast. You know how that goes. I did have a protein drink and a date before he got up, but I was bonking by the time we got to the cafe. Ugh.
I had packed some strawberries with a couple of the ricotta puffs (which weren’t so puffy 2 days later…). Note John’s grain-filled goodness 😀
I also had a big Ethiopian Harrar coffee.
It was a nice ride home, although I felt a little fatigued. No flat tires, though, and that is always a good thing. 12 miles for breakfast today.
I think I have to clarify the no-grain challenge a bit as the comments from the other day brought up some questions. Funny how everything is clear as a bell in my mind, but I apparently didn’t explain well. That happens with John and I a lot. I will be talking and kind of skip ahead because I am assuming his thought processes are going in step with mine (thank goodness they don’t). Then I look up and see his face and can tell he is totally scrambling in his brain trying to figure out what I am talking about.
The biggest reason for doing this is to give myself a shot in the arm. I am pretty good at maintaining. A few higher days, a few lower days. But to get rid of the little extra something, I need to have more lower days in a row. For some reason, this has been really hard for me to do more than a couple days in a row. So, I wanted something that would really focus my mind on eating choices. It isn’t really about the weight loss because let’s face it – I am and always have been a turtle in that department. I just want something that will give me that little spark, and I think this challenge will do that. I am hoping to turtle on, though, with this challenge.
I am not worried about giving up grains and what it will do to my body per se. You don’t need grains to function. I get plenty of fiber. Yesterday I got 35 grams of fiber in without a single bit of grain. My carbs are about 40% of my calories, which actually is much better for *my* body (hate to admit it, but it’s true) especially now that I am not doing the huge rides. When I bring grains back in, I don’t think much will happen except my cravings for sweets will increase.
Regarding ‘substitutes’ like socca bread or the coconut biscuits. I just like those things. They aren’t necessarily a substitute for bread because I would eat them anyway, but I do like the texture of a baked good and these suffice as their own entities rather than a substitute. There is no substitute cupcake or bagel out there – and no, Arnold Bagel thins are *not* even close to a bagel. They are just sandwich thins with a hole. 🙄 I’ll just have to wait to have them.
So, hope that clears up why I chose this challenge – and on to lunch!
Quick one – just some pork with broccoli and a plum. Plums were on sale this week – yay!
I also had some pistachios after lunch.
Afternoon snack was a big bowl of blueberries and an almond milk iced coffee.
Don’t you want some? Cooler weather is coming in, and it is because I got my hair cut. Guaranteed to bring cold weather.
I was trying to cram work in with the late start and all. I dislike days like that. At least leftovers make a good quick dinner!
Palak chole on some socco bread (lots o’ chickpeas in this dinner).
I hurried with work because Wednesday is mom time! I met her out at the cafe. Don’t you love a latte?
I know I do. Yes, it is decaf, but 2% milk, cause a girl loves her fats 😀