Jeez, Louise! It’s raining cats and dogs tonight!
Mal took Murphy for a walk this evening and came inside totally drenched! Look at his jacket! Thank goodness for husbands!
[rewind to this afternoon]
After work, I snacked on a Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar, which was tasty, but not super chocolaty. 😕
(I haven’t updated this blog post in ages, but if you want to see how I rank other Larabara flavors, check out this post.)
A little while later, I munched on a few Uncle Jerry’s Extra Dark pretzels. Love these!
When Mal got home from work, we headed over to the gym for Body Pump. (I think Mal is already hooked! 😉 )
As always, tonight’s class was awesome! There were a lot more 72 tracks thrown into the mix, so I was happy. I’m LOVIN’ the Kelly Clarkson-squat track! It lasts for-ever, so you get a good burn by the end. 😉
I also went up to 23 pounds on the tricep track, which is a 5 pound increase from the beginning of the month. Yay! I’m getting stronger!
For dinner, Mal whipped-up a wonderful tuna salad with celery, black olives, red onion, chives, and lemon juice. While he put together the tuna salad, I prepared a bunch of salads: one for me, one for Mal, and one for my lunch tomorrow.
I always make my lunch salad when I make my dinner salad. It saves me so much time in the morning. Might as well chop the veggies once, right?
I topped my salad with Mal’s tuna surprise and some black-eyed peas.
In the mix:
- Grape tomatoes
- Red bell pepper
- Black-eyed peas
- Black olives
- Tuna salad
It was a great salad! It had lots of delicious flavors!
For “dessert,” I enjoyed a piece of whole wheat bread with Barney Butter and cinnamon on top. It totally satisfied my sweet tooth.
After dinner, our friend, Andy, came over to see our new place. (For the person who asked if he is single, he is! ;-)) Not surprisingly, the guys broke out the Bourbon County beer. So much for saving it until this weekend!
Again, I wasn’t planning to drink tonight, but there was no way I was going to turn down a pint of Bourbon County. It’s an amazing beer!
The guys went out to a bar, but I stayed home in my PJs. This grandma can’t hang at Thirsty Thursday anymore. 😕
I’ve received quite a few questions about how to deal with nighttime snacking from the Ask Me Anything form, so I decided to respond in a blog post.
I used to be a big nighttime snacker, but over the years, I’ve learned a few tricks that have helped me avoid it. The most effective strategy for me is to eat a really satisfying dinner— one with whole grains, protein, and healthy fats.
Here are some other tricks that work for me:
- Close the kitchen: If I am especially snacky, I will put a chair in the doorway of my kitchen to signal that it is “closed” for the night. Seeing a physical barrier to the food helps deter my snacking.
- Invest in some mouthwash and floss: To prevent nighttime snacking, I will floss, brush, and mouthwash my teeth right after eating dinner/dessert. The process and super minty flavor usually curb my appetite. Plus, I don’t want to re-clean my teeth, so I don’t usually snack anymore.
- Sip herbal tea: A hot mug of tea with a squirt of agave nectar or honey usually quells my cravings.
- Have a snack (with protein and carbs): When all else fails, eat something! But, make sure it’s a snack that fills you up. My recent favorites are sliced banana + walnuts + agave nectar, a Sandwich Thin + nut butter, and Greek yogurt + cereal.