Two a Healthy Life

One couple on a mission to become healthy

Day 24: Rain, Rain, Go away & Emotional Eating

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He said:

It has been raining for the past two days, and while California needs the rain bad, it is not helping my running efforts.

I have been working longer days lately and having commitments at night after I’m done, which all sound like a bunch of excuses.  Doing ok with the diet, but had a couple of cookies today because we made some for Alex’s dad’s birthday and for me to take to work.  I think these acted like Alex’s cherry cordial, just giving me more motivation for tomorrow.

I really hope that the rain stops tomorrow sometime in the afternoon so that I can go for a run, because I’m itching to get back on the road.

Food Log:

Breakfast: Skyr (100 cal.)

Mid-morning snack: Banana (120 cal.)

Lunch: Veggie Soup (120 cal., 1g fat)

Mid-afternoon snack: Plum (60 cal.)

Dinner: Black Beans (454 cal., 2g fat)

Snack: cookies (420 cal.)

Total calories: 1274 (not too bad and gearing up for tomorrow)

She Said:

I’ve had a rough couple of days professionally. I didn’t get two jobs I really wanted and was notified on back-to-back days.

The first e-mail I read this morning was notifying me I didn’t make it to the interview round for a job I’ve been obsessing over for nearly a year.

I will have to apply again next year, but it was a tough thing to deal with. I ignored it till around lunchtime when I kept tearing up over coffee with Nathaniel.

This brings us to the subject of emotional eating – now that Nathaniel and I have been really reading food labels and paying close attention to our food it’s a lot easier to estimate how many calories are in restaurant dishes.

After hanging out with Nathaniel during his lunch break I still hadn’t eaten yet (like at all the whole day) and I ended up at Mr. Pickles Sandwich shop.

I ordered a Tom Turkey sandwich and a diet coke before heading out to my car. I told myself “I’m going to eat this whole thing! It has been such a shitty two days!”

Before our diet I wouldn’t have thought about how many calories are in the sandwich. I would have happily eaten the whole thing with a Snapple or a diet coke and gone home and had a regular dinner which could have easily put my daily non-diet food intake for the day at 2,500 calories.

At the halfway point of the sandwich eating I sat there thinking… and I guessed that the whole sandwich probably had 1,000 calories. It’s a large piece of bread, has mayo, pesto, turkey and several slices of cheese.

Still determined to eat the whole thing I checked online to see if I could find the nutrition info for the sandwich I was eating – it ended up being 865 calories.

I realized in that moment there is a difference between “guessing” at the amount of calories you are overeating and “knowing.”

I took one more bite and threw it away.

Then I went to a local grocery store and bought some stuff for me to make myself a really low calories soup for dinner. (Bok Choy and Shitake Mushroom Soup! Yum!)

I went over my “usual” calorie allotment today in part because Nathaniel asked me to bake cookies… putting my total calorie intake for the day at 936.

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Author: Alex Washburn

I am a photo editor living in California.

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