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Day in Photos: 2/11/11

Friday, February 11, 2011

Today was another busy day for me, I was writing recipes and updating a lot of things for work. So, I didn't get to eat as well as I had hoped. It's still leftover week, so there wasn't really much to be eaten and I didn't want to make a full meal. I managed to stay around my calorie count but not happy with my choices.

Brekkie: I was really hungry this morning but wanted to have freshly ground peanut butter from Whole Foods. So, I decided that I was going to have Sprouted 7 Grain Bread from Trader Joes and 1 tbsp peanut butter spread among the two slices. I was shocked to see that there was 100 calories in 1 tbsp after looking it up here on SP! Is this true? I also had a small light smoothie of Trader Joes Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (40 cals per cup!), frozen Michigan blueberries from this last summer and some spinach. A little tasteless because the blueberries lose flavor after freezing but it was something different at least. I also had a Vegan Deva Mulitvitamin and also some Pirates Brew Coffee.

Lunch: Vegan pizza that we made a week or two ago. I know, I know..not good... but at least I ate something.

Snack: Darling husband came home early and we wanted to take the pooch to the puppy store and also our local Coffee Roaster to pick up some more coffee. So, I grabbed some Trader Joes Vacuum Fried banana chips (what is vacuum fried I have no idea) but they are preservative free and no added sugar. Then when we got back I was starving! So, I had some Goji Berry Trail Mix and then also a vanilla cupcake (no topping). Not happy about the cupcake..

Dinner: Unfortunately the husband was supposed to make dinner tonight (Friday is his night to take me out - but he forgets just about every week) so nothing was planned. Seeing that it was getting late and I was starving, I had more vegan pizza. Grrr... Not happy with that either...

Total Calories Eaten: 1,387
**went over today and am not happy with it since the calories were not good calories. Everything was vegan but I had whole wheat pizza with processed vegan cheese and vegan pepperoni. At least now it's out of the house so I can't eat it - not going to purchase for a while.

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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2011 12:37AM

    Yes, peanut butter is evil at about 200 calories for 2 tbsp but it's soooooo yummy.
1387 calories isn't over...just not at the bottom.
Now you can go grocery shopping and restock.
Yes, very cute! emoticon

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ELISA322 2/11/2011 10:49PM

    Vaccuum fried, interesting!

That probably is right about the pb. Most pbs have 190-200 calories for 2 tbsp, even for the natty ones so that sounds about right.

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Day in Photos: 2/10/11

Friday, February 11, 2011

Taxes are finally finished! Yay! It's a little bit of a hassle living in a state that charges for federal, state and city. So much paperwork to fill out and if you have your own business it can get very confusing! But, thank goodness I'm finished for this year!

Day in photos:
Brekkie: Date Millet with Corn. This I made in our Japanese Hello Kitty Rice maker. So easy and very filling! No processed foods and all organic! Yay! I paired it with Michigan Cherry Coffee and a Vegan Deva Multivitamin and Mineral (which I take every morning). Oh, and there was also half a grapefruit. (393 cals)

Snack: 1/4 cup of raw cashews. I have these amazing plastic containers that are 1/2 cup each. It's so nice and simple to just toss in some raw nuts or dried fruit into these containers without measuring cups.

Lunch: There was not much for leftovers that I was in the mood for today so I made some wild rice in the rice cooker. Then I sauteed some carrots, frozen corn from this summer, garlic and bok choy as a side dish. I added some Korean kimchi and it was an entire meal. Yum! (196 cals)

Snack: I was really thirsty so I had the Adina Holistics Vegan drink that I tried to drink yesterday. It was delicious! Refreshing but not too sugary. The entire bottle is 100cals! I had this in the afternoon before the end of work. Then, when we went shopping we took a long time so I was really thirst by the time we drove home. We snacked on Goji berry trail mix, whole foods deluxe trail mix, and 1 dark chocolate covered almond with cocoa powder from Whole Foods bins. When we got home I was dying to try out the freshly ground peanut butter we made at Whole Foods. It was the first time we tried it and it is delicious! It is just enough flavor to make a good snack but not too sugary like pre-packaged brands. I threw this on top of some freshly bought Cocopops.

Dinner: The husband requested to have Japanese curry so I had to make it for him even though I wasn't very excited about it. But, we have to please our partners, right? Okay, so maybe I like to spoil mine but still... he was happy to have spicy Japanese curry over brown rice. I threw in some thai baked tofu just for more protein. (137 cals)

Snack: We found Allegro tea at Whole Foods so I wanted to try it out. Then we also shared part of a blood orange and kiwi. I'm not impressed with the Allegro because it is slightly like a medicine taste but the husband didn't mind it - he thought it reminded him of a chai. Allegro is supposed to be all natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Total Calorie Count: 1,215


Day in Photos: 2/9/11

Friday, February 11, 2011

Sorry about the delay, I have been taking photos but haven't had the time to load them onto my computer. Finally I am getting to the photos and also my daily blog entries. Today I also put up a few recipes onto my site. It's just my personal blog for fun and to share recipes and ideas with others.

Anyways, on to the food:

Breakfast: Cabbage and Rice Breakfast. I also had a few kernels of raw cashews, a blood orange, and Pirates Brew Coffee (or so I like to call it Pirates Booty). (299 cals)

Lunch: Tofu Shirataki Noodles made into low-calorie mac-n-cheese. Also had a little baby bok choy drizzled with a little apple vinegar from a farm in MI. (178 cals)

Snack: Adina Holistics Passion Peach Drink. It's an all natural, vegan drink. I drank a few sips but then wasn't into it so I stopped and placed it back into the fridge. Additionally I made vegan vanilla cupcakes for my husband but then ended up eating two of them. Oops! No topping though - they were good right out of the oven.

Dinner: A little of everything thrown together for a meal since it's leftover week. We had some plain chinese noodles with tomato sauce & homemade japchae made with thai baked tofu. (422 cals)

Total calories for the day: 1,220

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ELISA322 2/11/2011 10:32PM

    Your food always looks delicious! My grandma makes homemade japchae too -- I'm not a huge fan of it but the way she makes it is so awesome, I could eat buckets of it. LOL

I've been meaning to ask you, did you once live in Korea too? I think you eat more Korean food than I do!

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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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