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Ribeye Count Confusion??

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ok, so I'm thoughly confused on the calorie count for a ribeye steak! Ribeye is one of my FAV's! And they were on sale, so I grabbed a 1/4" thick, very small one (about 4 oz) splurge a little. If you know your Ribeyes, then you know this was a pathic excuse for a ribeye! It should be ashamed to call itself a ribeye!! But it had the marbling and the flavor!! So I'm good!!

However, the calorie count on Spark was all over the place!!! It varied from 300 to 1500 calories?!? So I googled it, and had the same problem!! I guess I can understand some variance, cuz ribeyes are know for the fat marbling, and the more consistant marbling the better the flavor. And very lean ones don't pack the flavor!

So a ribeye ranges from 50-125 calories per ounce. So, I'm gonna guesstimate on 100 calories per ounce, which is a little higher than the average calorie count. I would rather over estimate, than under estimate. So that's my story and I'm sticking to it....for now.....

Still confused, but this is my most logical answer.....

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TURTLE_MOM 2/24/2011 9:37PM

    If you have found Ribeye on the nutritional tracker from a restaurant, you are most likely also seeing that they cook it in butter! But for just the meat, the lower should be ok!

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Simple Diet

Monday, February 14, 2011

I try to keep my diet simple. I have a habit of not eating breakfast, but I try. My plan is to stick to 300-400 calories each for breakfast, lunch and dinner...and two 100-200 calorie snacks, one between lunch and dinner, then (my downfall) something late night. That I will usually try to keep it small items or cut into small peices, so I can nibble mindlessly, as I relax.

Lean cusine and Weight Watchers Smart ones keep my in my limit for the most part. I know they have alot of salt and bad stuff!!! When I have it, I take leftovers.

I'm a big time "Foodie", so I do like to cook and experiment, not to mention eat! One of my favorite "Tricks" to stretch the calories is doubling or trippling veggies! Cabbage, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes can stretch most all cassaroles (and meatloaf!) and soups, without adding huge amounts of calories! I will even serve fruit as a side item!! Nothing wrong with it, we are just not used to eating that way.

Some of the snacks in my diet consist of various items, oranges, bananas, Yogurt, skinny cow popcicles, 1/2 avacado, nuts, wheat thins, grahm crackers and of course any of the packaged 100 calorie snacks at the store and sometimes a twinkie (which are suprisingly low in calories, but full of fat and other bad stuff, but it cures a sweet tooth!).

I'm usually not hungry on this diet, but I keep a 100 calorie breakfast bar in my purse at all times, just in case of an emergency. If I work late or have some errands to run, I will be famished by the time I get to next meal and will grab the first thing I see, so the breakfast bars help me stay in line, instead of grabbing a candy bar or something just as bad!

So this is my diet. I don't have a name for it, just a simple diet. That keeps me satisified. That's just how I roll....

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NATURALLYJJ 2/15/2011 9:53AM

    Since you like to cook, how about saving those Smart Ones trays and reusing them with your own meals that you can control the sodium content with?

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TOOTHFUL99 2/15/2011 7:48AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Keep up the good work!

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Valentines Day...not blown!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Hmmm, really thought I was going to blow my diet today, because of Valentines! Had lunch at Rossini's, which is a small little chef owned Italian restaurant by my office. OMG, their food is soooo good and they are always crowded, and they only have 12 tables. BTW, I go there often!! They also portion food in real servings, instead of being able to feed an entire family of 4 with one entrée! Haha.

I told the chef's wife, that I was dieting, and couldn't have my favorite dish (a specialty of his), Pollo, something, fungi. I know it as Chicken with mushroom cream. It's so creamy and flavorful, I was salivating just thinking about it. She told me I would be surprised of the calorie count, so we sat an figured it out. It's 1/2 chicken breast (not skin) pounded thin, with a mound of sautéed mushrooms and a "real" cream mushroom sauce. They serve it with oven baked potato chunks(without oil). Well the count came out to about 700+ calories, in which almost half was due to the cream!! So we we cut the cream sauce in half, and we ended up with 550 calories. Soooo, I indulged.

And I will indulge again, and again in the future!!!

I just have to adjust my calories for the day a little bit. Reallocate and recalculate! JUST FOR TODAY!

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DEBORAH2230 2/14/2011 9:31PM

    That is so cool that the chef's wife calculated the calories for you and made modifications! That is truly an awesome restaurant to go out of their hectic servicing to do this! I am so glad that there are people in this world who go that extra mile for their patrons! Enjoy your meal!

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12 Steps Applied to Dieting?

Monday, January 31, 2011

I do not have a topic to write about today, and it has been a very long time since I've participated in Spark, but my clothes are getting tight, so I think I need to come back and work on the weight I've absent mindedly put back on!! Just been a very rough year, and I tend to over eat when I'm unhappy.

I've been going to Al-anon and Narc-anon, for people who love alcoholics/addicts. The 12 Steps of AA and NA, are actually helping me on my dieting. I just replace the alcohol or drug with "Food" and it gives me strength to stay on track dieting...One Day At A Time. I know it sounds strange, but it really is helping me. To admit, I have no control over Food.

I have also tried think of going to the gym, as necessary as going to AA meetings, to keep me strong in my journey to lose weight.

I'm not really motivated to blog today, so more later....

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BET212 1/31/2011 9:23PM

    There is a 12 step program called OA or Overeaters Anonymous that works well for many people. There are probably meetings in your area if you are interested. I know of people who are in both OA and Al-anon.. There are Sparkpeople groups as well for OA.

There is also a wonderful online community of OA that can be accessed for meetings every 3 hours at Midnight, 3am, 6am, 9am, 12pm, and again 3, 6, and 9 pm. You can find it here:

Good luck!

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    This is a long life changing journey that we're on.
I do believe that taking it One Day At A Time is the best move for you to take.
I'd like to know what the full 12 steps are, if you would be willing to take the time to Spark Mail them to me, I'd appreciate it. Maybe we can do the steps together??

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    Hi there and welcome back to Spark-- getting back into it can be tough, huh? The best part is that you DID come back-- so the admitting you need some help part is already done!

You make a really good point with one day at a time--- and if you take it one step further and look at food as one MEAL at a time, it breaks it down even more so you can break the cycle and beat the mindless cravings. The end result is that you find that you do, in fact have control over YOU and you can say no when you aren't hungry. Finding your inner willpower is a huge part of this journey-- that food doesn't fix anything when you are sad-- it generally makes things worse in the long run.

I think thinking of the gym as you would a meeting is a good place to start.... it functions the same way. The best part about it is that after awhile, you WANT to be there-- and missing it really isn't an option.

One thing I can say for me is that by spending some time here motivating others, I have found that I motivate myself from within. Reaching out to others who need your strength allows you to access your own strength. It is amazing. If you come by the San Antonio Spark Team, you will find a whole lot of people right here in San Antonio ready to help you reach your goals.... to be here to support you when you feel you need to lean on someone!

Good luck on your journey!

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Man is that dissapointing! I slipped, twice, this week. That slip popped me up four pounds. It's been really slow to lose on this journey. If you do the math, it doesn't make sense.

Being an accountant, of course I reveiwed my numbers, and recaculated. I was startled. I now weigh 157. My BMR came out to 1311 calories per day to maintain my weight, if I deducted 500 calories, to lose a pound a week, it comes to 811 calories per day.

Wow 811 calories per day, to lose a pound a week. Spark won't let me go under 1000. I don't think I can do 800 and not starve.

My only answer at this point is more exercise.

Again, tough to do. I'm an accountant going into my busy season. My exercise consists of going to my desk, to the filing cabinet, to the bathroom, that's it! In addition the next 5months I will be working 10-12 hour days, leaving me exhausted. I'm also a single mother of teens-not yet driving-so my time off is spent taking them here and there and trying to take care of a household.

I have a gym membership, I've only managed to go on Saturday mornings to work out. I'm trying to look for a solution.

I would love to have an exercise bike as my desk chair...or a treadmill or something in which I can exercise absentmindly, while I'm working. Maybe a lap top and mouse table that can attach to the stair stepper. Well hopefully someone will eventually come up with an answer or gadget!!!

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HARMONY128 2/3/2010 10:44PM

    Those are brilliant ideas! If I had an exercise bike as my desk chair, I would be in such great shape!

I also work full-time in a very busy job, so I can definitely sympathize with the feeling of not having enough time to work out--and not wanting to work out after putting in a long, draining day at the office. Have you ever thought about working out in the mornings before your day starts? I am not a morning person, so I haven't had any success doing that so far, but if I could manage to do it, I think it would be a huge help, because it would mean I wouldn't have the opportunity to make excuses later in the day for why I'm too tired or crunched for time to work out. Of course, there's always the temptation to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock one more time! :)

I read a lot about nutrition and fitness, and every guideline I've come across says that women should not eat less than 1,200 calories a day, because dipping lower than that puts your body into starvation mode--which means that your metabolism shuts down and you start storing fat as a survival mechanism. So definitely stay within a healthy calorie range! That will also help fuel your busy days and give you energy to push through the stressful times (and perhaps exercise to get rid of some of that stress)! emoticon

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