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Day in Photos: 2/8/11

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

This last week has been a strange week since it is ďleftover weekĒ. This is basically the week that we take all those little bits and pieces from the fridge and come up with some food ideas without going to the grocery store. Yes we miss our fun time together going to the store but it is a good green way of clearing out the fridge. Sometimes we have the best entrees though from inspiration of ingredients in the fridge. So, you might be wondering why the meals look strange today, but its mid-leftover week. Haha

Exercise: I braved the freezing cold wind and sunshine to enter the gym. I ran for a total of 99 mins. I ran two miles to warm up and then I went ahead and did a session of fartleking. If you arenít sure what this is go to and you will find great information about it. I had 670.8cals burnt shown on my treadmill. My nike+ that has my personal height and weight input, I burnt 543 calories. I could understand a little difference but that is way off. Not sure what to trust now. I haven't seen a difference in my weight, so I'm wondering if I have to do more.

Brekkie: Rice melody with leftover Korean Brown Rice with hijiki. It was ďinspiredĒ by the brown rice and kimchi leftovers in the fridge. It was slightly spicy and with the additional ginger root that I threw in, it left my breath smelling neutral. Love ginger! Additionally had a Deva Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement (Vegan) and also Pirates Booty coffee. (252 cals)

Snack: Spring Oreos again. Grrr to myself. I know they arenít really good for my body but then I am working on binge eating still so I have to give myself some credit. Thankfully I convinced my husband to take it to work with him Ė so itís out of the house.

Lunch: Nothing was inspiring me so I had tried a few things but nothing tasted good at all. Have one of those days that you just donít want to eat anything in the fridge? Today was my day. Tried to think of something to eat but nothing was sounding good. Then I went ahead and made oatmeal with chiaseeds but it wasnít satisfying. I threw it out (hate when I do thatÖ) So, I finally grabbed a Korean drink that is somehow made from corn. It was delicious, reminded me of Japanese corn soup that my Japanese mother used to make for me when it was cold outside. Mmmm It was zero calories. Then I took orbit gum and chewed on it to the gum as I walked there. I have picked up this habit for some reason or other and love it! Have you tried chewing on some gum before a workout? Gives you energy to have fresh breath, Iím sure the other people there wonít mind either. (97 cals)

Snack: I had half a container of Mango Coconut Water by Zico at the gym. Yum! Seriously, if you havenít tried this after a long workout, or in the middle like I do, you are missing out! I snacked on a few pretzels as I made dinner for the hubster. Only a handful though so nothing crazy like I normally would have done. Drank some water too since I had just gotten out of the shower from the gym.

Dinner: Before I left for the gym I took a gander at the Post Punk Kitchen (Love Isa!) for some inspiration for tonightís dinner. Yes! She always has something for me, thanks Isa! We had a pkg of tempeh in the fridge so I picked Tempeh Helper. Yes, itís just what you were thinking when you read it, tempeh inspired Hamburger Helper. So much fun! We really didnít have this as a child but my husband does remember it. Plus, itís always fun to eat a healthy, vegan version of something isnít it? Totally pleased with the outcome of the entire meal, yay! I didnít have any special noodles, so I ended up using Ms. Leepers Corn pasta Ė itís tri-colored. The pasta was a little messed up looking but it did work as far as taste was concerned. Thatís the most important thing correct? Also, I added some bok choy for something green. I just steamed it a little in a pan on the stove. Husband also had some steamed edamame. (340 cals)

Snack: Yes, there was more food. I had Trader Joes Candy Cane Herbal Green Tea and some Japanese puffed chips (just four). (total snack calories for the day: 354 cals)

All in all, I had an okay day but I wish I would have eaten healthier. I think I need to go back to planning all of my meals just to make sure that I do not have any issues with missing meals and then snacking. I did exercise a little more than normal though to make sure that I was working off some of the oreos that I ate.

Eaten 1,044
BMR* 1,557
Exercise 345
Total Burned 1,902
Differential -858

It's cold in my home office, can you tell why? Oh, have to love your furry babies!

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MUSHROOMSTEW 2/10/2011 9:41AM

    Awwww your cat at the heating vent is sooo cute! And that tempeh helper sounds good!

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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2011 10:59PM

    The food always looks tasty and today was no exception.
My furry baby broke a set of blinds that are on one of the downstairs dining room windoes. Oh well, I guess it's time for new blinds...certainly not time for a new kitty ;-)

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ON2VICTORY 2/9/2011 9:17PM

    oh man, when is dinner served??? boy does that look GOOD!! On the Nike+ issue. I trust neither Nike+ nor the TM cal burns. The Nike+ simply because it does not take heart rate into consideration. for instance, with my Nike+ it show the SAME calorie burn based on distance vs age, weight etc... not what I was actually doing or exertion. you will burn more cals on a 10K trail run with fartleks mixed in plus the hill work than you will on a flat and fast course but Nike+, in my experience, shows the same number regardless. However my Polar with HR strap will show a difference simply because of the consistant HR monitoring and is alot more accurate in my book. on my runs, my polar typically shows more burn than the Nike+ soooooo there is a slight possibility you could be trashing more calories than you are giving yourself credit for.... try it.


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Day in Photos: 2/7/11

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Monday, Monday, MondayÖ Normally, Monday is all about checking emails and setting up assignments for me in association with my goals for work and home. Today was different; it was all about doing personal and business taxes. Always a fun task! (Could you hear the sarcasm in my voice?) I have two major university degrees, speak a few different languages and seriously reading the instructions for taxes is like a whole new league of understandability beyond my comprehension. Finally I just about finished our federal and state taxes but still have to start the city taxes. Crossing my fingers I can finish them on Tuesday. It was even more hard with my "helper", see photo.

Enough grumbling, lolÖ My route for exercise was more mental than physical. By the end of the day, I was completely fatigued and mentally weary. So, we chose not to exercise Ė at least tax season is just one time a year. The hard-working man was bogged down too. Perfect timing for a night off from physical activity, or is that just an excuse?

We were able to go out for an hour or so and test drove two more vehicles. I really liked one but then really disliked the other one. Unfortunately the car that I really wanted to try out was just sold, boo! But, at least I found one car we are seriously thinking about Ė so hoping for the best.

Iím a little down on my food choices though. I managed to stay within my calorie count for the day however I did find that I was eating too many snacks. For some reason when I am doing taxes, I tend to snack. I snack more when Iím doing something that takes incredible concentration Ė maybe itís because Iím burning more through determination. These snacks were not the best choices since my calories were going in the wrong directions and not providing my body with the right calories. This is something that I have to work on still.

Brekkie: Coffee, of course right, and a sandwich. After living in a foreign country, I have learned to not conform to just having a traditional westerner breakfast. I have not problem eating a sandwich for breakfast. It was tofurky Ė no meat.

Snack: Oreos (yes they are vegan!).

Lunch: Mixture of veggies and vegan hot dog for higher protein.

Snack: Collon, a Japanese snack. After we test drove a car, it was getting late so we ate a Melon Pan (Japanese sweet bread) together on the way home.

Dinner: Straight from the crockpot, 15 bean soup. Additionally I had some pretzels. Note: I do not use the seasoning pkg that comes with the mixture. I use a little vegan broth and then make the recipe from the back of the pkg. Hence, it's vegan.

Eaten 1,295
BMR 1,557
Total Burned 1,557
Differential -262

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SUGIRL06 2/10/2011 9:24AM

    I just love it when y cat "helps" me do work too! Haha I hope taxes weren't too bad!

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2011 11:34AM

    Yes, kitty "helpers" are rarely very helpful. ;-)
A mentally taxing day can be far more exhausting than any physical workout. I think you needed the night off.
I have no problem with a sandwich for breakfast. I think you should have whatever you feel like having.
Luckily, I don't really like Oreos. I don't like the filling so if I have one, I just scrape it all out and only eat the chocolate cookie part.
Lunch looks really yummy. And the 15 bean soup looks awesome. I love bean soupl I always throw the seasoning packet away even if I do decide to add chicken or beef broth instead of veggie broth. That stuff is just weird.

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Weekend in Photos 2/4-4/6/11

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Sorry about the delay with my post. It was such a relaxing weekend again. Iím wondering if the cooler weather is making me soft and lazy. But then again maybe Iím just feeling the winter blues and am ready for warm weather. Thankfully spring is going to be early this year! Thanks Phil! emoticon

Breakfast: Caribou Coffee House breakfast (Sat) In years past, we would have the pastries form the coffee house but now we know that the pastries really arenít that good and usually are over-priced in our area. So, we took along two bento boxes with us. Yes, it felt a little ghetto but at least we were healthier than if we ate those high calorie, no nutrition breakfast items. I didnít take any photo but we took along some sliced banana bread, orange slices, and a mixture of almonds, cashews and walnuts.

Mixture of veggies from the fridge. (Sun)

Lunch: Saturday we went to a new restaurant near the area where we were shopping. It was a sandwich shop Ė when we stopped in we thought it was a pasta place but were surprised after seeing the menu. Everything was fresh and handmade by a professional chef though, so we were happy. We ordered a flatbread pizza and also a wrap; both of these were vegan. No Photo - took on my cell phone and haven't transferred yet... oops

Sunday we had tofurky paniniís, heirloom tomato and pretzels. We had a snack of oreoís Ė spring edition.

Dinner: My husband made a lovely meal just for me. He was so excited about it on Sunday. It took him like two hours to make a coconut lentil dinner with appetizers. He was so cute and adorable. I managed to stay away from the kitchen Ė which is always a hard task for me.

All in all, it was a very nice weekend.

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NEELIXNKES 2/10/2011 9:38AM

    Wow, you are lucky to have a husband that can cook. emoticon Looks yummy!

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2011 11:30AM

    I have often found that bought baked goods are never as good as homemade ones anyway. If you're going to have the calories, they might as well be as tasty as possible. How did the people at the coffee house react to your bringing your own food?
Excellent job, husband. That looks wonderful. :-)

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Oprah and Vegan Starter Kit

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Wow! Thanks to Oprah a lot more people are going to hear about eating healthy and starting a new lifestyle just as we have all done here. Even if you aren't vegan, if you are eating healthier and taking in less meat - that is great for the body! Check out her website and you can find a 3 week menu plan and grocery list! Thanks Oprah!

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HIPPIECHIC68 2/8/2011 11:24AM

    Thanks for sharing. I noticed on the menus they gave there was a LOT of processed foods. I enjoyed the PCRM's 21 day vegan kickstart menu much better. Next one in May I think?..? Been strictly vegan for about 6 weeks but ate mostly vegan for quite a while before that...

Have a great day!

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MISSDIANITA 2/7/2011 9:45PM

    Domo arigatou! (did I spell it right?) I sent the link to the boyfriend. Maybe he'll bite?!

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JUSTBIRDY 2/7/2011 12:05PM

    funny vid. I did vegan for awhile and did badly on it.

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NURSEA32 2/7/2011 10:32AM

    I saw that episode too. What made you decide to be vegan?

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SUGIRL06 2/7/2011 7:36AM

    Very nice!

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NATPLUMMER 2/6/2011 6:43PM

    Thank you for the link!!

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Weight Loss Log Printouts

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Yesterday the darling man had a delightful morning out for coffee and then went shopping. One of our favorite stores is the bookstore. If you know what an "otaku" is in Japanese, we are totally an American version. It's kind of like a "tool" in English slang. Anyways, we found that there were a ton of new books on the shelves - probably for the new years resolution makers. We found that one of the largest thing right now is weight loss tracking books or rather logs. I found them very similar to SP - only you don't have to log in to do so. I think it would be a nice written form, away from the internet, to write everything down. So interesting! We didn't buy any of them since I thought to myself, I bet you can find some downloads on the internet for free and then easily printable.

Yep, I was write. Here are a few of the sites that I found with good printouts.

Yep, it's an excel document that you can input the information on your computer. It's not a workbook printout but you can fill it out and then print it off. I think I might use this for tracking and also for our travels when we might not have the internet.

Happy Tracking During the Year of the Bunny! emoticon

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CHERWHOAH 2/6/2011 4:08PM

    Otaku!!! I found out about that word from all the anime/manga i read. I was bummed when i found out that now my JR HS has a manga/anime club but i bet i wouldn't fit in because i wouldn't like those kids of "otakus". Sorry my comment was totally unfitness related!

I got a book that came with my turbofire advanced workouts. but I'm too lazy to log things manually. I'm kind of a techie geek i guess.

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