What I Ate Wednesday #50: Maintenance Phases

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Happy Wednesday. It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the link party. Hop on over to Peas & Crayonsto see more WIAW from other bloggers.

One thing I’m learning is that working in a big hospital, you walk a lot, and there are very exact when-and-where rules about eating and drinking. I’m starting to get used to it, but I realized pretty quickly that I need to be on top of making sure I’m getting enough calories to keep me going until I get into a groove and don’t have to think about it.

As someone whose body seems to respond to any major life change by losing 5 pounds for no reason, I’ve learned a few ways to keep that tendency in check over the years (just as valuable as that time I learned “drink until he’s cute” doesn’t work). I’ve found that adding little “extras” here and there (dried fruit in a salad, extra peanut butter and spreads here and there, more protein, etc) along with focusing on strength training, help a lot. You want to hang on to that lean muscle mass, you know?  Of course, there’s vanity involved too—I like to look good in my clothes, not like I’ve been playing dress-up in my big sister’s closet.

Naturally, everyone is different, so what helps one person maintain a comfortable weight may not be what does it for the next person. Really, the main thing I care about is that it shouldn’t feel like hard work. Here’s what Monday looked like:

Breakfast: leftover chocolate chia oats, topped w/ berries and (unpictured, due to tech problems) chocolate PB2 sauce

recycled pic—tech errors!

Lunch: Salad from the cafeteria (eaten outside—about damn time) and an unpictured pink lady apple and coffee 

Dinner: St. Patrick’s Day-ish leftovers from Saturday’s dinner. My mom makes awesome vegetarian stuffed cabbage, and the sautéed/accidentally caramelized cabbage rocked. 

Snack: An unpictured piece of dark chocolate (w/ caramel & black sea salt—I love Trader Joe’s); Greek yogurt w/ fruit, cereal, fig butter and honey later on

What’s the best think you’ve eaten recently? 

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7 thoughts on “What I Ate Wednesday #50: Maintenance Phases

    Yellow Haired Girl said:
    March 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    That dinner looks delish! Breakfast for me was pretty dang good today – leftover quinoa mixed with Greek yogurt and berries. A winner, for sure 🙂

      Jess responded:
      March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      That sounds like a really good mix of stuff! I never think to mix cooked grains with yogurt.

    Chiropractic Coaches said:
    March 22, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Wow, nice pictures! I like your lunch the Salad from the cafeteria it looks delicious but I think that leftover chocolate chia oats is not so good, am I right?

      Jess responded:
      March 22, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      Surprisingly, the leftover oats were pretty good—after you reheat them and add in whatever mix-ins and toppings you want, you forget they were made the day before. I tend to make oatmeal in batches to save time in the morning.

    Setting a Good Example—Not | Keeping It Real Food said:
    March 22, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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    Jessica said:
    March 22, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    I have seen PB2 on so many blogs, and it sounds awesome, but I still haven’t tried it! I really need to!

    What I Ate Wednesday #150 « Keeping It Real Food said:
    February 19, 2014 at 10:57 am

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