Today is a rest day and I’ve been looking forward to it because I am quite tired. So, it’s no workout or gym for me today.
I’m in okay spirits, but being tired enough to move my rest day to today (instead of tomorrow) has to be something. I know my body and trying to correct my sleeping pattern has been a little challenging (and I’m only trying to go to bed 1 and 1/2 hours earlier!). We’ll see how that goes over the next few days.
I’ve consumed quite a lot of calories (around three thousand looking at the screenshot below and it does seem quite a lot. I am aware that some people recommend eating less calories on rest days when compared to workout days, but I think I must have overlooked that somewhere down the line.
Two smoked mackerel fillets (the Tesco prepacked/cooked kind) with avocado and some pecan nuts probably wasn’t the best start to the day. It does have generous amounts of protein, but there’s tons of fat in the oily fish and the nuts. I know I probably shouldn’t have eaten the mackerel from when I mentioned it the other day, but I’m loathed to throw away food.
Eggs and salmon for a mid-morning snack was in order. It is (again) quite high in fat (eggs), but it is quite healthy.
Tuna, broccoli and olive oil was for lunch. It was a combination that I’d seen in Ultimate Performance’s Muscle Building Guide and I wanted to try it out. It seems like a healthy meal and one that I know I will be having again.
By the afternoon I was really hungry. I ate a gluten free ciabatta with peanut butter on. Looking back I didn’t realise that the ciabatta would have so many carbs in. It’s a wacking 24g of carbs, which is a third of the daily total of 70grams that I’m now allowing myself. I guess I’ll be sticking to better things for my snack meals from now on.
I had a bit of pork loin left over so I cooked this with some red onion, kale and feta cheese. Being silly I even topped it all off with some mayonaise. Now that might not seem that big of a deal, but this meal used up nearly 50% of my alloted calories for the day.
I’m not one to count calories and I really, really don’t think the ‘fat and calories counting’ that happens so much with weight watchers diets works at all – it will for a while, but it’s just going to either bore you or you’re going to become obsessed with it. Not for me.
Realising the next day about how much extra fat and calories I had consumed today I understood that immediate direct action of my meal planning was needed.
How am I Feeling?
At the start of the day I was tired. I filled my belly – maybe a little too much – and I felt better at the end. I did think throughout the day that I was making healthy choices and I was, I was also simply consuming too much fat in my meals by choosing the wrong foods. Tomorrow and especially days 13 and 14 I know will be super strict as I’m getting ready to follow the meal plan I have been researching.
Here’s to the next few days being much better and more focused.