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)...to 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.....
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....
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!
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....
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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