Wednesday, 29 January 2014

When Planning Goes Out of the Window

I don't know about you, but I am dangerous going food shopping when I'm hungry.

After a day off exercise yesterday (due to not enough sleep the night before) and a ridiculously early night last night, I didn't get around to making mine and my BF's lunches for today, beyond packing us both some fruit to bring in. He usually has an egg mayonnaise and tomato sandwich with a pot of fruit (any combination of grapes, apple, melon, strawberries and kiwi, depending on what's on offer or in season) and a couple of chocolate bars. Working in construction, he gets through a lot of calories and to be honest, it's hard to make sure he gets enough! I on the other hand, being sat at a desk all day and then playing computer games all night, meet the dictionary definition of a sedentary lifestyle. Any exercise I do is a benefit, but I do need to keep an eye on what and how much I eat. At the moment my lunch is usually some kind of sandwich or wrap, leftover dinner or a salad of some sort.

Which brings me to lunchtime today... Not having brought anything in, I had to go for a wander down the High Street to pick something up - never smart if feeling hungry, as I'm more inclined to pick up more than I need! As I wanted to pay a visit to Holland and Barrett at the bottom of the street to pick up some hazelnut butter (I'm going to have a try at making hazlenut butter cups this weekend), that meant a trip into the Marks and Spencers Food Hall and spending more than intended. On the plus side, as the shops are still cashing in on the weight loss and fitness resolutions at the moment, there's plenty to choose from that's on offer.


Therefore lunch today was the Fuller for Longer, American Pork with crunchy slaw and apple glaze wrap with a tub of mango (plus the Chicken and Supergrain soup which was on the same 3 for 2 offer, which I'll have tomorrow). I like the Fuller for Longer range as it's nice to see a healthy range which doesn't just focus on lower fat or reduced calories, but bulks out the protein content as well, which really does make you feel full. I'd meant to take a picture of this bad boy but I was so engrossed in eating it, that I forgot! :)
I think I can safely say, that this has to be one of my favourite M&S sandwiches though; it was jam packed with loads of pork (34% according to the ingredients list), low fat cheese, spinach and the cabbage slaw, with a good dollop of a tangy-sweet apple sauce, all wrapped in a soft tomato tortilla. Yum! Might try to replicate it at some point in the future! ;-)

Because I was hungry so my eyes were somewhat bigger than my belly, I also got the Sprouted Pea and Carrot Salads (on a 2 for £3 offer) - one of which was for today and the other for tomorrow, but feeling a little fuller now, I suspect one will now be for Friday. :) Hopefully next week's lunches will be a little more organised!

What's in your lunchbox?

Today's Workout (c25k W4D2):
Rowing (moderate, 32 spm) = 5 minutes
Cycling (moderate, 85-90 rpm) = 10 minutes
Walking (brisk, 3.8 mph) = 16 minutes
Running (slow, 5.0 mph) = 16 minutes

Shoes: New Balance Minimus WR00

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