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1/28/11 Day in Photos

Friday, January 28, 2011

Another cold morning here, so it was really hard to get out of bed. Haha Not that I’m tired, I just really don’t want to engage in a cold household so early in the morning. The bed feels so nice in the morning, plus the warm, cuddling husband doesn’t make it any better of a chance for a “want” to get out. But at last I did manage to drag myself out of bed and get ready for the day.

Pretty boring day if I might say so… It was grocery list making day which I generally enjoy however it always makes me hungry. I tend to make the list out after I have had a full meal, to reduce temptations but today I fell under a bad attack of binging. So, I made myself a bowl of popcorn – oops! Yes, it’s a healthy alternative to anything else that I might have eaten as a snack but it was still snacking. Life goes on though.

Exercise: Day off since rather too cold to go outside to walk to the gym. Additionally, the husband had a meeting to go to tonight so I had less time for getting to the gym. Sounds weird, yes, but it was a dinner meeting with a presentation so I had to make him a full meal before he left for it since we are vegan. Why is it that these catering companies can’t serve anything healthy or without animal flesh? Guess all we can do is try to make the best of it and make sure that he has something good to eat before he leaves so it reduces the amount of bad foods that he eats there. Does anyone else do this too? Or other suggestions?

Day in Photos:
Wii Age: 27

Brekkie: Feeling cold and annoyed a little so I wasn’t in the mood to make anything special for my own breakfast. Yes, it sounds weird but I make two different breakfast meals for my husband and me because he has to have high calorie and me low. Makes it fun to experiment with both sides of the spectrum though. His breakfast: 3-grain hot cereal that I mix together myself with amaranth, millet, and quinoa. Add tons of mixed nuts, dried fruit, and some organic unsweetened soymilk and it is a nice breakfast. Me, Bear Naked cold Cereal (why do I crave cold cereal on a cold morning, am I weird?) with unsweetened organic almond milk. If you have a Trader Joes’ near you, try their almond milk in the cold section – it is 40 calories per 1 cup! Amazing! (333 cals)

Snack: Air-popped Popcorn – yummy! I ate a few lentil chips too while I was waiting – see, very much into snacking today. Oops!

Lunch: I was feeling back about eating the popcorn and snacking on a few lentil chips so I went ahead and had a smaller lunch than I had planned. I ate half a serving of leftovers – Tofurky Roast. (290 cals)

Snack: small mug of hot cocoa – vegan style and a small chocolate piece from Australia

Dinner: Since the husband was going to be gone for dinner – I really didn’t make anything special for myself. It was one of my “night’s off”, I guess you could call it that. I made the husband homemade spaghetti with brown rice pasta. For me, I don’t really care for spaghetti so I just had a little bit of a few things. I had two vegan hot dogs. Again, I am strange because I never liked real hot dogs (or rather called mystery meat dogs) but I love the vegan ones. Go figure! It’s okay though, my mother is a psychologist so I’m well treated for my strange habits. ^_^ I had some organic ketchup from Whole Foods (I’m trying to finish this off since we don’t like it – too sweet!) and a little organic whole grain mustard. We really don’t use condiments though, so I think that the mustard had gone bad – so I didn’t eat it. Then I had four tiny organic heirloom tomatoes. (180 cals)

haha, that photo looks very gross - sorry guys...

Snack: Bored out of my mind – I’m a people person so being home alone the whole day for work and then the husband was gone during the night really triggered my boredom. This of course meant that I ate… boo! I had half a serving of bear naked cereal (seriously the stuff is so tasty!!), along with a few dark chocolate chips. Then I had a nice relaxing amount of Disarronno as a nightcap. Do people still call it a nightcap? Just goes to show how much I am not a drinker… haha

So, after the entire day, I’m not that thrilled with what I ate but at least it was all healthy ingredients. I didn’t have any chemical preservatives nor did I go over my calorie count.

Total Calories: 1246
Total Calories Burned 1,557
Calorie Differential -311

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MUSHROOMSTEW 1/28/2011 11:40AM

    Mmmmmmm I love leftover Tofurky!!! Sounds like a yummy day!

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SUGIRL06 1/28/2011 11:29AM

    You still did great!

And I love cereal, so much so that I cant keep it around because I want to eat the whole box in one sitting. I buy it for my hubby's breakfast and tell myself that its his and I can't have any. Works ok unless I buy my favorites which also happen to be his favorites!

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NATPLUMMER 1/28/2011 11:13AM

    I do know that feeling of not wanting to get out of a nice bed and start your day. I've been feeling that a lot lately. It's not even that cold.
Popcorn is a great snack.
Yes, it is weird to crave cold cereal on a cold morning but that's okay.
Lunch looks super yummy.
Really, you don't like spaghetti. It's one of my favorite things. I love the SmartDogs. Prefer them to real hot dogs. And you know I'm not even vegetarian.
Dinner doesn't look gross to me. Maybe because I'm starting to get hungry for a snack.
I'll have to get some of that Bear Naked cereal. My problem is that I'm a bad cereal snacker. I really have to remember to measure it out and not eat it straight from the box or I can easily eat half the box at a time.
I have no idea if people still call it a nightcap. That's what I'd call it, but I'm not much of a drinker.
Calorie differential = great day!!!

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1/27/11 Day in Photos

Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Today was even better than yesterday. I felt better and had less cramps. Yay!!! Not delightful to talk about but is definitely very nice for me. I was again busy the whole day. I didn't get as much exercise in as I had hoped, but I was thrilled that I got dressed and walked down to the gym once again. Yay! It's a great feat just doing that since it is half a mile in snow and cold breezes. Before leaving for the gym, I managed to prepare a vegan Australia roast (tofurky) with tons of veggies. I left it in the oven covered with foil. Then, when we got in from sweating, I turned on the oven and went ahead with taking showers and getting prepped for dinner. It was a great turnout! Hurray!!!

Australia Day kicked off with breakfast in our household. I got out of bed especially to make this large Vegan-styled Aussie Breakfast. True it may not be totally Dinkum, but at least it is a vegan breakfast to celebrate this special day. Breakfast included vegan “eggs” made from tofu, homemade sprouted seed bread, a vegan sausage for my husband and a vegan hot dog for myself. The hubster who needs to gain weight had his toast with vegemite and sliced avocado; mine minus the avocado. We also had some coffee to go along with it. Photos of my husband's calorie filled meal and mine with less. (326 cals)

Snack: Herbal Tea with two drops of almond milk in it.

Lunch: Trader Joe’s Baked Lentil Chips with a couple of organic heirloom tomatoes. Main dish was a large sprouted tortilla from a store called Whole Foods in America with red pepper hummus and organic mixed greens. I made a leftover bento (lunchbox) for my darling husband; unfortunately, it meant there were no leftovers for me. So, I was still hungry after this and had some Bear Naked Banana/Walnut Cereal with ½ cup of Almond Milk (Unsweetened). (418 cals)

Snack: Organic Pink Lady Apple, sliced.

Dinner: We decided we wouldn’t go crazy with making vegan “meat” pasties so we went along and make a vegan Tofurky Roast with veggies. If you have seen these in the stores but snickered (such as we used to do), I highly suggest trying one. One roast serves 5 people and is totally worth the 1 hour and 25 minute wait for it to bake. Mmmm!!! As the roast was baking away, I whipped up a Orange and Coconut Water Cocktail. See my website for recipe. Yum!!!

Snack: I was born with low-sugar levels, so I always try to assure that I have some sugar in the evening after a good workout. So, I had a miniature Cadbury Chocolate from Australia. Yum! It was something that was leftover from my GF in Australia that sent a box at Christmas. Thanks Sarah! Love ya!

Total Calories = 1276
Total Calories Burnt According to SP: 222
Total Calories Burnt According to my electronic Devices: 347

Total Burned 1,779 Differential -503

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SUGIRL06 1/28/2011 11:24AM

    Your food is always so yummy looking. Happy Australia Day!

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BREW99 1/28/2011 9:31AM

    Trying out the whole blogging thing. Since I work from home, I do have a little extra time during the week to blog - so I thought if I could reach more people to teach about dieting and exercise - the better, right? so, this is the link:

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ELISA322 1/27/2011 7:17PM

    Orange and coconut cocktails look refreshing. What is your website?

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BREW99 1/27/2011 6:43PM

    Australia Day is like America's Independence Day.

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NATPLUMMER 1/27/2011 11:59AM

    It all looks terrific! I do love a tofu scramble for breakfast. No Vegemite for me, thank you.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 1/27/2011 9:37AM

    Looks YUMMY!!!!

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  Happy Australia Day! You live where I would LOVE to next visit. And your food looks so delicious! emoticon

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TERRI40 1/27/2011 9:25AM

    First off, way to go on keeping it healthy! Second, what is Australia Day?

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Nike Plus Graph

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I just got a thought today that I should save and post a picture of what I see as far as graphs go with my NikePlus. Here is my run on the treadmill last night. It's so much fun to see ups and downs! I think I forgot to pause it when I was asked a question by someone, haha. Notice the big dip... I can also view this instantly on my ipod. Very neat!

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FULLOHOPE 7/20/2011 6:31PM

  I received my NikePlus for a birthday present in June. I'm still learning how to use it but I really find it encouraging. There is something about seeing my distance and speed graphed out that just makes me want to do better!!
Hang in there and good luck with your runs emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2011 2:43PM

    That is cool!

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CFMOSS 1/26/2011 2:18PM

    aaaah...nothing like modern technology. nice run.

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1/26/11 Day in Photos

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Today I finally decided that I would take some over the counter medicine to take care of some stomach pain. It started to work within one-hour and I felt so much better!!! Still a slight bit of discomfort and headache, otherwise I am feeling much better! I got back into playing the Wii Fit Plus for about 40 minutes. Apparently today I am 22 years old (according to the Wii Fit Plus) even though I’m 30 years old right now in real life. Yay! Age really doesn’t bother me that much since I know it’s just a number. I’m in better health than I was in two years ago – that’s something to say in my opinion.

Additionally, I decided since I could move without too much pain I would brave the cold and walk to the gym. Thankfully I made it to the gym and got into jogging. I didn’t want to take it too hard since I’m still building my immune system and also on a half-dosage of over the counter meds. I jogged for around 6 miles in total which really made me feel better about myself emotionally and physically.

Day in photos:

Breakfast: My husband got an important telephone call yesterday and although it didn’t go as expected, he was thrilled. So, I wanted to make him something special to know that I’m proud of him. Vegan Waffle Power Baby! It took my 15 minutes to whip up a batch of Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Waffles. Usually we make waffles on the weekend when the handsome man asks, so it was great to surprise him with this tiny treat. Unfortunately they smelled so amazing that I ate 2 ½ waffles. Haha (488 cals)

Snack: No Snack since I had so much for breakfast.

Lunch: Seriously still not hungry, so I made myself eat a salad with a little hummus around 2P.M. I also threw in an organic heirloom tomato. (143 cals)

Snack: Zico Coconut Water at the Gym- half a bottle. Love, love, love Zico Water!!! It’s 100% coconut water and is amazing! It has great properties compared to normal water – especially good for longer workouts! (30 Cals)

Dinner: After jogging at the gym and walking a little afterwards, I was a little tired so an easier dinner menu was on the list for the night. I decided to go along with taking Chinese Udon noodles and mixed up a type of Japanese styled “fried” noodle dish. Added to that I placed a salad with a little Japanese ginger dressing, an heirloom tomato and of course some sliced cucumbers. (291 cals)

Snack: Herbal Tea - Candy Cane Decaf. From Trader Joes (5 cals)

Total Calories: 951 calories eaten (249 cals less than my goal – boo!) So full though, so I’m not too worried.

So, thankfully, I was able to get back to the gym and workout. It took half a dosage of over-the-counter meds and a 6-mile jog to feel better – what a strange combination, right?

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/26/2011 1:24PM

    Great food blog, it all looks yummy emoticon

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1/25/11 Day in Photos

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The start of this week has been very pressing for me. I would like to complain continuously of my “womanly” issues this week even though any of them mentioned are mere excuses. Nonetheless, stay with me for a bit. Just scroll down, it’s okay I won’t know…

Exercise: I have had cramps, stomach aches, headaches and nausea. It’s quiet difficult to keep my mind focused I’m finding to stick to my goals. I’m not exercising like I normally do – barely anything at all. Additionally, I am not eating the types of foods I prefer – too much snacking on foods that are high in sugar and calories. Boo! Hence, I’m grouchy, in slight pain, and my body is plain irritable feeling. My poor husband that has to live with me right now…

With that said, here are the food photos:

Breakfast: My husband loves a hot cereal that is made of three grains: amaranth, millet, and quinoa. So, last night I threw the ingredients in some water to soak and sprout for breakfast this morning. I whipped it together and sliced up dried fruit and mixed nuts (all organic and preservative free). Along with some unsweetened soy milk and some spices it was a meal. For me, I stuck with some cinnamon and sugar with the hot cereal. I added some chia seed pudding. Yum!

Snack: Japanese Rice Cracker and a hot scone.

Lunch: Leftover Day of Vegan Mac n Cheese thanks to my hubby. He’s not much for making bentos but he did last night (I think he knows I’m a little in pain). Notice the cute smiley made of peas. I added a tiny purple heirloom tomato to go along with it. Not really any greens with the meal – grr to me! Pasta was rice numbers - so much fun!

Snack: Herbal Tea and some Dark Chocolate Chips.

Dinner: Still feeling guilty about not having anything green to eat the whole day, besides the peas and a tomato. So, after picking up some bulk veggies and fruit at Sam’s club, I pulled out some veggies out of the fridge and made an entire meal of leftover veggies and rice. Japanese “fried rice” with veggies and a diced vegan “sausage” in my husband’s rice. Secondly, I made baked potatoes with homegrown dried rosemary and vegan butter on my husbands’. I foiled up sliced fennel and carrots with some homegrown basil. Finally I made a salad for each of us with a sliced English cucumber and Whole Foods Hummus. On the handsome guys’ salad, I threw on some raw almonds and raw cashews. On top of the salad is one heirloom tomato each. It was a lot of food and we had tons of leftovers – it is amazing at how far vegetables can go!

Snack: Vegan Coconut milk ice cream and another mug of Candy Cane Herbal Tea – decaf.

Furry Babies Exercising on their sofa:

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/26/2011 1:33AM


Nancy, GLOW team

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MISSDIANITA 1/25/2011 9:34PM

    UGH! Don't even get me started on "womanly issues". It's not fun at all! But.. what can we do, right? (No seriously, if anyone knows - PLEASE TELL ME!) *sigh* Hopefully it'll pass soon and you'll be all good again!


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TITALADY 1/25/2011 12:42PM

    I always feel crappy if I don't eat enough greens. I never have trouble eating enough fruit but I have to make extra effort for my veggies. I'm going to start putting frozen spinach in my morning smoothie. That is a good start. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/25/2011 11:42AM

    "Womanly" issues always make me crave sugar and other unrefined carbs and make me super cranky.
The food looks great, though!!
Hello, little furry babies ;-)

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AKIMBERLYQ1 1/25/2011 10:58AM

    Nicly done for a blah day emoticon

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