Today, I swam in a lane for 45 minutes in the outdoor pool at the gym. This swimming is really a cardiovascular workout for both legs and arms… I don’t see how Dori and Nemo do it!
For my microbiology lab exam this week, I had to streak a plate with bacteria.
The whole point was to perform a good technique and isolate a culture. I was breaking a cold sweat a little nervous as my instructor was standing over me, and I kind of butchered and stabbed the growth medium. She told me today that she would get fired from her job for streaking a plate the way I did! I’m still laughing at myself as I write.
When I was healthy and running, I did not think twice about how much I was eating. I would eat until I was full and satisfied, but not stuffed. I lost weight that way. It just worked for me, since I would burn anywhere from 400-1900 calories per run. Now, I’m not burning as much calories through swimming, so I decided to take a page out of Kate Hudson’s book and write down what I ate and count my calories. I wasn’t trying to limit myself today, but instead wanted a clear picture of the amount of energy I’m getting from food. Here goes!
- steel cut oats cooked (150)
- walnuts (100)
- frozen blueberries (50)
- half small banana (25)
- sprinkle brown sugar (15)
- Fruit/bean/seed/veggie salad (200)
- Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder mixed with PB2 (60)
- Greek Yogurt (60)
- Walnuts (100)
- Glass of almond milk (60)
- Banana (90)
4 PM Slump Snack:
- Sliced almonds (100)
- Tofu with couscous & veggies (300)
- Greek Yogurt (100)
- PB2 (45)
- Shredded coconut (25)
- Frozen Pineapple (50)
- Frozen Blueberries (90)
- Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder (15)
GRAND TOTAL: 1635 calories
Calorie counting can be a great tool, if you use it wisely and do not abuse it. I really found it relieving to write down what I was eating. It helped me be more mindful of the energy I was putting into my body, not too much and not too little.
As a vegetarian, I choose not to get my protein from animal sources. Salma Hayek doesn’t either, with the exception of BUGS! (I wonder how many calories are in a grasshopper?)
She was on the David Letterman Show recently and talked about the Mexican tradition of eating bugs. Bug eater or not a bug eater, those nude heels are gorg with that purple dress. I would love to shop her closet!! Here’s what she said:
These little ants fried are amazing – with a little guacamole. And the worms… there are many different recipes for those… The little grasshoppers have a smoky flavor to them. It’s the way they cook them, and it’s really good.
Look, I’m salivating! They’re delicious.
In more important news… Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and Vienna Guiardi announced their breakup today. He was on Dancing With The Stars recently and she always seemed like such a big supporter in the audience. As a big fan of the Bachelor and Bachelorette, it’s very expected tragic.
Are you a calorie counter? …. I’m going to study some anatomy and ice my knee. It’s getting better every day. Here I come BOSTON MARATHON!!!