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#90 - Day 3: Wednesday (9/19) Check In.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday's Recap:

--> Water: 8 cups!

--> Exercise: I went for a run yesterday. In 50 minutes, I walked/ran 3.65 miles (warm up & cool down were about five minutes each). My average speed was 13:38 min/mile. Slow but it's where I feel comfortable at. Right now, I am at 4 minute jog then 1 minute walk for seven sets. That increases on Saturday's run.

--> Weight: I forgot to weigh myself yesterday morning.

--> Sleep: I went to bed at 10PM although I had a tough time getting to sleep which isn't good. However, I finally got to sleep and woke up at 7AM.

--> Food:


Breakfast.


Lunch.


Snack.


Dinner. Not the healthiest but the boyfriend wanted something other than leftovers. So, I did the best I could. I told myself if I was still hungry after dinner, there's always watermelon! (I didn't eat any watermelon though.)

--> Vegetable/ Fruit Servings: About 10.

I was pretty proud of myself for the choices I made yesterday. Besides weekends, TOM is usually the time when I crave sodas, candy, and junk as well as I lounge on the couch because PMS is killing my butt. However, I kept up with the Motrin, and I was able to push through a beautiful, cool run. I felt better after the run. I'm hoping that since yesterday was such a success, I'm striving to make today one too as I'm not feeling the best right now. So far, so good.

  
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MELLYBEANS0919 9/20/2012 8:52PM

    Awesomeness!

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COUPONS0216 9/20/2012 5:39PM

    You are doing a GREAT job, keep thinking and moving forward!
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CIPHER1971 9/20/2012 2:37PM

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DRAGONFLY02 9/20/2012 1:09PM

    Great job yesterday with both the run and eating good.

A suggestion I have if you have a hard time falling asleep, especially if your mind is racing. I do a meditation technique. I get myself in a comfortable position, close my eyes and then mentally go through each sense and tell myself they are turned off, so I usually say (in my mind), "I can't smell anything, I can't taste anything, I can't see anything, I can't hear anything, I can't feel anything". It's a way to shut off my senses and I start with the easiest sense first, which typically is smell, taste and sight. Then I pretend that my all my worries, concerns, etc. are filled up inside my body like water and that they are all slowly pouring out of my body at the feet. So I imagine the "water" level slowly dropping from my head down to my toes. I think to myself, its leaving my head, my shoulders, my chest, etc. until I get down to my feet and it's all gone. Then I go back up my body, shutting down each section, back up to my head.

I know, it sounds weird, but it helps shut down my brain and relax me. Sometimes I catch myself straying and thinking about other things so I start all over. And sometimes I have to repeat the "emptying" process more than once. But almost any time I do this, I eventually fall asleep. Try it out or maybe something similar for yourself.

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MUFFIY831 9/20/2012 1:08PM

    I average about a 13 minute mile, also with intervals. Just build and you'll get where you want to be in no time. You're doing great!

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WINNIE1978 9/20/2012 1:00PM

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/20/2012 12:49PM

    The food looks good-- no deprivation! I notice we run about the same pace.

HOW COME THE SPARK TRACKER KEEPS LABELING IT A WALK!!!!

I know my 13 min mile is slow for some people but, trust me when I tell you that I am flying like the wind! You know you have to clock 5 mph before the fitness trackers gives it the stamp of a run? GEEZ.

Keep up the good work my fellow runner!!!
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#89 - Day 2: Tuesday (9/18) Check In.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday's recap:

--> Water: 8 cups!

--> Exercise: I wasn't feeling exercising yesterday since TOM officially started. However, I did get in 21 minutes of a toning routine from Tone It Up. The "Back to School" routine was pretty hard, so I did it once through. I did their arms routine three times through. Instead of doing Zumba Wii, I decided to do Coach Nicole's 28 Day Bootcamp DVD - 22 minute Tone and Burn. For some reason, I don't like the Short Cardio Burst portion, but I really enjoyed the Tone and Burn section, so I will be doing this again.

--> Weight: I weighed in at 158.6 lbs yesterday morning. My goal is 153 lbs by the end of the month.

--> Sleep: Last night, I had a tough time getting to sleep. I'm not really sure why. Maybe my workout didn't wear me out. Not sure. I laid down at 11PM which is way past my bedtime (I was watching the season premier of NCIS: LA! Maybe that's why. Haha.) Anyways, I am hoping for a better night tonight.

--> Meditation: About ten minutes today. It felt good.

--> Food


Breakfast.


Lunch.


Snack.


Dinner.


Dessert.

--> Vegetable/Fruit Servings: About 11.

Day 2 was a success!

  
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DETERMINEDAGAIN 9/19/2012 3:28PM

    YAY!

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CIPHER1971 9/19/2012 3:28PM

    Brilliant

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WINNIE1978 9/19/2012 12:22PM

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/19/2012 11:59AM

    Awesome! Everything, again, looks amazing. I will have to try that stew- looks yummy! emoticon

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SBRAN833 9/19/2012 11:42AM

    Good job Good job Good job!!! Keep up the awesome work and kick TOM's butt! I know how hard it is to do something, when life kicks ya around a little bit!! :)

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DRAGONFLY02 9/19/2012 11:16AM

    Awesome. And even though you didn't feel like exercising thanks to TOM (completely understood), you still did something! BTW, I think you and I are on the same wavelength. It's TOM week for me too, we're both around the same weight, and working on similar goals. emoticon

And great food choices as well. I'm happy to see that you did not weigh-in over 160 as I know you were nervous you might. My goal is to be 153 by the end of the month too, so here's hoping we both get there!!! I am really wanting to see the 140s on the scale this fall. It has been a long time since I've been there.

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WIFEALF 9/19/2012 11:11AM

    looks so yummy..good job

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SOON2BSMALL1313 9/19/2012 10:52AM

    Very awesome choices!!! I need to make choices like you do!

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#88 - Day 1: Monday (9/17) Check In.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Here's a recap of Monday:

--> Water - My weekday goal is six cups, but I had eight yesterday.

--> Exercise - I'm in Week 2, Day 1 of SP 5-Week Run Your Way 5K. So, I warmed up by walking for almost eight minutes (I couldn't decided on where I wanted to walk, ha). After the warm up, I jogged 4 minutes, walked 1 minute (seven times total). Last week, I felt like I struggled at the end (3 minute jog/1 minute walk; 8x). However, yesterday was different. I stayed consistent with the pace (13:47 minute/mile). I know it's slow, but I like it. Unlike last week, I actually enjoyed my run last night. I felt refreshed and energized after my run; it was nice to have that feeling again. Anyways, I walked/ran 3.88 miles in 54 minutes.

--> Weight - Since I was ashamed of my food choices on Sunday, I did not weigh in on Monday morning.

--> Sleep - By 9:30pm, I was asleep on the couch, so I got up at 10PM to go to bed. Slept like a baby until 7AM.

--> Food -


This is my usual breakfast, so you'll see this photo a lot. About two servings of watermelon, a Luna Bar (Peppermint Stick), 1 cup of 1% milk with a Carnations Breakfast Essentials French Vanilla packet, and 1oz of peanuts. Lots of protein that keeps me full until lunchtime.


This is lunch. I'm super excited about this as it's quite yummy! Let's see - Crystal Light to drink, 1 cup of Healthy Choice Low Sodium Chicken with Rice Soup, two servings of watermelon, and a salad (.5 cup of kidney beans, 1 cup of lettuce, 1 slice of red onion cut up, half of a medium green bell pepper, 1 Roma tomato cut up with 2 tbsp of Light Buttermilk Ranch).


My snack consists of two slices of Sara Lee Honey Roasted Turkey, 1 whole yellow bell pepper, and ranch (.25 cup of Greek yogurt mixed with .25 tsp of Ranch seasoning).


My dinner was Crockpot Easy Beef Stew over Brown Rice. It was so good! I added lots of vegetables, so I know I got about 1-2 servings of vegetables from this meal. I definitely recommend it!

Here's the link to the recipe --> busycooks.about.com/od/hotsouprecipe
s/r/cpeasybeefstew.htm


Oh, and I had an Edy's Fruit Bar (Tangerine) for dessert. Sorry, no picture!

--> Vegetables / Fruit Servings - I believe I got anywhere between 8-9 servings overall.

--> Meditation - I took about ten minutes yesterday to check in with my body to see how it was feeling. During that time, I also visualized my goals and positive things in my life.


Overall, I feel like I had a successful day 1. I woke up this morning feeling better about the positive choices I made yesterday.

  
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WIFEALF 9/19/2012 11:12AM

    doing awesome keep it up

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COMMUNITY10 9/18/2012 8:09PM

    looks like a healthy day!!

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RSPAPRIL281 9/18/2012 4:30PM

    emoticon good luck with the 5K

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CIPHER1971 9/18/2012 2:23PM

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C8TSON 9/18/2012 1:20PM

    That is wonderful! Sounds like things are getting better for you! emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/18/2012 12:55PM

    emoticon Hooray for an awesome day!!!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 9/18/2012 11:56AM

  Wow! I love your food choices they look yummy! I had a god day yesterday too! No pics to show for it though. emoticon

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MNGIRLIE 9/18/2012 11:39AM

    Food choices look great! I might have to check out that beef stew recipe! I made some a couple weeks ago and it was a total flop so I was disappointed.

I recently made a huge batch of chili and have been eating it over lettuce. I LOVE it that way so I think I might have to try out the beef stew the same way.

Great day 1!

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WINNIE1978 9/18/2012 11:23AM

    Sounds like a great day!

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DRAGONFLY02 9/18/2012 11:12AM

    Awesome job!!

I've done the "skip-the-weigh-in" before as I too am afraid to see the damage I've done. Eventually, my curiosity gets the better of me and I end up weighing in a few days later. I hope by that point I've undone some of the damage.

Good luck on keeping with your goals.

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MUFFIY831 9/18/2012 10:59AM

    Great!!!

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/18/2012 10:56AM

    Omg YUM!! You are making me feel awfully bad about my crappy meals planned for today lol. Not as bright and delicious looking as what you ate! Keep up the great work!!!

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#87 - Recommitting.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ever since I took a week off for the severe sunburn, my motivation and dedication to this journey has taken a hit. I don't always feel like working out. My upcoming 5K is no source of motivation for me anymore; in fact, I've been doubting myself about it. I mean, can I run all of it like I'd plan to? So, fear is taking a toll. My exercise routine is good until say, Thursday, when I begin to allow more than one day of rest. My eating habits are good while at work, but due to laziness, we end up grabbing something out. After yesterday's food disaster, I'm probably back into the 160s, but I'm not sure as I didn't want to face the scale this morning (plus, it's TOM). I doubt I will reach my goal of 153lbs by the end of September. This doubt has given me the "Well, I probably won't reach my goal weight for September, so let's eat whatever."

This is me right now. It's not good. I'm ashamed to say it.

So, after some thinking this weekend, I have decided to recommit. I'm going to start checking in daily. This check-ins will include but not limited to: food pictures, morning weight, exercise for the day, and water intake. These are all things I need to work on. I'm hoping that reflecting upon my day will keep me accountable each day. I'm ready to get back to what's important - my health.

I've been debating though whether to do the daily check-ins on here as opposed to a blog site. Here's my logic - I don't want to get on anyone's nerves posting every day; some of the posts may be repetitive. However, I already have a great group of cheerleaders on here, so I think that would help me stay accountable. I wouldn't have that on the blog site. So, I guess I will figure that out today.

Anyways, I hope that this will bring me out of my little "funk". I have lots of events and things coming up, so I want to be healthy as well as look my best for those. I just have to do it!

  
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TIMDEB 9/20/2012 9:48PM

  Keep up the great work!

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ITSTHENEWLAUREN 9/18/2012 11:52AM

  You can do it! I am buckling down again too. The new boyfriend meant I was being lazy and eating junk...next thing I know 8lbs have crept back. Time to turn this thing around now!

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CIPHER1971 9/18/2012 3:45AM

    Never mind repetitive, if it is what you need at the moment go for it

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/17/2012 11:59PM

    I'm glad you're recomitting! As for whether to post here or elsewhere, choose whichever one you think will be the most encouraging for you. Don't worry about boring people. You'll actually probably inspire people with your discipline!

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COMMUNITY10 9/17/2012 2:08PM

    checking in on sparkpeople for sure. you feel comfortable and have many of us sparkers behind you if you need us. don't worry about getting annoying!

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EMFRAPPIER 9/17/2012 1:41PM

    Daily check-ins are a great way to stay accountable. Also, don't get down on yourself. Everyone has times when they lose motivation or don't eat the way they should. The important part is picking yourself back up and getting back on track. As long as you're doing that, you are succeeding.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/17/2012 1:24PM

    Posting here daily is a GREAT idea! You cannot hide! Be accountable, and get the support you need! Keep your goals before you! This is NEVER an all-or-nothing process! Life goes on and as Lysa TerKeurst says, "The most important choice is the NEXT one!" Make it a healthy one!

And thanks for enjoying my hikes vicariously! Hope you get some good fall views, too! emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/17/2012 12:52PM

    I hear ya- i am in a funk too. :( We can pull ourselves out of it though.

Today is a new day. :) The great thing about SP is so many of us go through the same ups and downs, and that's why it's a great place to be. I think checking in here is the best we can do ya know? Eventually we will get that "spark" back :)

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CHODGES83 9/17/2012 12:31PM

    I hear ya. I have been in a funk as well. Accountability is key. Let's beat this! You can do it!

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ANGIEJAY77 9/17/2012 12:21PM

    I've been feeling the same way, especially about my 5K which is Saturday. I'm beginning to think I just don't want to do it because I know my time will not have improved hardly any at all (if not increased!) because I haven't been maintaining a regular work out schedule. And I too falter around Thursday and my eating habits take a nosedive in the evenings and on the weekends. I know I, for one, would love to read a daily check in blog. Maybe it'll help me to recommit as well!

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WINNIE1978 9/17/2012 11:55AM

    Do what YOU need to do for YOU... if you need to post a blog every day to stay on track then do it! We get to choose what we read and what we don't read... if we didn't want to read your blog every day we could just not click on it, right? Seriously though... blog for YOU! If others get something from reading your blogs that's great, but ultimately it should be about you and what you need to help you on this journey.

I'm recommitting today too! I've allowed the stress of the house selling, the moving, and everything else get to me far too much. It's time for me to kick the emotional eating to the curb again and get busy!

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SBRAN833 9/17/2012 11:18AM

    Don't worry about being repetitive!! It's life, we all go through days where we just want to put it out there! You are doing so good, I've fallen off the motivation wagon as well, but today is a good day!!! One day at a time! YOU GOT THIS GIRL!! You keep me going as well!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 9/17/2012 11:10AM

    Definitely don't give up. You know how long I've struggled with plateau, how slowly the scale is moving, but if you don't give up, even when you fail, you will get there eventually, which is better than going backwards.

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MNGIRLIE 9/17/2012 10:56AM

    First and foremost your blogs should be for you and not necessarily everyone else around here. If it helps keep you accountable and on the site and active and in a positive frame of mind by checking in every day then by all means do it!

My eating habits are usually best while I'm at work also. It's just the structured day that really helps me stay on track. Like for instance, yesterday.... I was at home with nothing to do so I ate and ate. i really should have gotten myself active or cleaned or something, but instead I sat on my duff and ate. Today will be better than yesterday.

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MUFFIY831 9/17/2012 10:53AM

    To me, I see Spark as the best place for these daily check-ins. This is the venue for weight discussions and whatnot, and I love seeing the progress (and frustrations, joys, and other assorted health-related issues) of my fellow Sparkers! I understand what you're saying about lacking motivation, but if you keep coming back here you get this whole community encouraging you! :)

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NICHOLE_4 9/17/2012 10:51AM

    It's easy to give up when you don't think you are going to reach your goals......DON'T!!!!!!!!! So what if you don't run the WHOLE 5k just push your self farther then you have beofre. I did a 5k over the weekend and it was the first time that I ran ANY of one! It feels great to have accomplished something. Rather then just eat whatever cause you won't reach you september goal....tighten the reigns and see how close you can get....you might surprise yourself and ACTUALLY REACH IT!!!!!!!!!!

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#86 - New Foods.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Yesterday was a "I need to eat everything in sight because I feel like I am so hungry" sort of a day. I'm so tired of sandwiches right now that I want to cry. I don't want what I have for lunch, so that makes me hungry which leads to binges (like last night). Not good. So, it's time for a food makeover.

Here's the thing - I don't know what I want to eat. I usually eat the same things for breakfast, lunch, and snack because it's cheaper that way, and it helps me to stay on track. I've been playing around on my food tracker today, but I'm getting a little discouraged because my sodium and cholesterol levels were too high.

So, I ask you, dear Spark Friends, what are your favorite breakfast and lunch meals?

Help a girl out!

  
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TIMDEB 9/22/2012 5:31PM

  Been there! Keep pressing on emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/17/2012 6:59PM

    Wow! It looks like you've gotten an awesome response already, but I'll add a few, too.

Breakfast:
oatmeal w/apples, cinnamon, and raisins... no need for any added sugar
Kashi GoLean w/almond milk
Crustless Spinach, Feta, & Onion Quiche (SP Recipe)

Lunch:
salad, salad, salad - any variety of veggies, meat, chopped nuts, hard-boiled eggs, or whatever to keep it different and interesting

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/13/2012 4:36PM

    I just posted blog with quick go to meals and hope you get a minute to read it. In the meantime, maybe you need to mix it up a bit. Breakfast can be so boring. Seriously, how many bowls of cereal can you eat. Have you tried eating dinner for breakfast? Tacos, salad or baked apples with cinnamon toast or whole wheat tortilla!

Maybe a veggie bowl with a fresh new dip and some turkey bacon could help get you of this rut.

Best wishes my friend!
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SCHOOLCOOK2 9/13/2012 10:44AM

    I eat raisin bran and 1/4 cup sk mk. I am lucky and get the little bowls from school that are just the right serving with 110 cal. and the mk is 50 cal. Or I do a poached egg and 1 slice of whole grain toast. If in a hurry I grab a banana and yogurt.

I find the same trouble of getting bored with what I eat so have tried to learn to change things up as much as possible. There is still that time that I don't feel like eating all day but at night I want to eat all the time. Trying to get out and walk and stay far away from the kitchen. It is hard with 2 guys in the house that snack all the time.

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FITNAPTURAL 9/12/2012 11:11PM

    I'm also a batch cooker but I know how you feel! Lunch varies each week and I try to mix things up by using tried and true recipes along with new recipes. Usually they're for 8 or more servings so I freeze the leftovers. Doing that week after week usually leaves a variety of a few different dishes in my freezer for weekends when I don't feel like cooking or just don't have time to prepare for the next week. Today was spaghetti with extra veggies. A quick dinner tonight was bean and veggie roll ups with a little cheese. It was filling and required not alot of cooking.

Breakfast lately has been smoothies because I add spinach for extra veggies. Sometimes I also eat an english muffin with peanut butter and fruit and .5 cup of greek yogurt. Breakfast tacos with eggs, onions, and salsa are also quick and tastey.



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MISTYBLUE716 9/12/2012 9:09PM

    I hear ya girl....breakfast I like to do greek yogurt and put fruit or ezekiel cereal in it....or oatmeal but oatmeal is kind of overwhelming to me in the morning..too heavy if I'm up really early..which I always am...the other day I made a banana/pb wrap (saw it on pinterest..just put pb and cut up banana in a tortilla (I do this with bread too...but yeah..it's good and filling)

Lunch I like to switch up but it usually stays close to the same...yogurt (if I didn't have it with breakfast) fruit/veggies...I always have cherry tomatoes and carrots on hand...I love tomatoes...celery with pb.....soups are good...homeade though to cut the sodium of canned ones....I've been looking to pinterest for ideas lately!

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WINNIE1978 9/12/2012 8:21PM

    Breakfast for me is the same every single day... this is partly because it's easy to track and partly because I usually don't mind eating the same thing over and over again for breakfast. My breakfast is almost always two plain low fat waffles and a Chobani Greek yogurt.

Lunches vary... this week I am eating spaghetti for lunch (1 cup of Dreamfield's pasta with 1/2 cup of meat sauce made with extra lean ground beef).

My "usual" lunch is 3oz chicken breast with BBQ sauce, 1/2 cup of Dreamfield's pasta, and a veggie of some sort or an apple. I will occasionally rotate in tomato sandwiches, tuna sandwiches, or one of our regular dinner options though when I get bored with the chicken/pasta/veggie routine.

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NURSENIKKI6 9/12/2012 5:25PM

    My Three Favorite Breakfasts:

-Greek Gods Honey Yogurt over Freshly sliced Strawberries

-2 Whole Eggs w/ 1 Egg White Scrambled over 1 Slice of 12 Grain Brownberry Bread topped with 1/4cup shredded Colby/Jack Cheese

-2 Blueberry/Dark Chocolate or Cranberry/Dark Chocolate Muffins

Heres a Link to the recipe for the Muffins

http://www.sparkpeop
le.com/myspark/recipe_details.a
sp?nutrition_id=61261862

My Three Favorite Lunches

-Cracked Black Pepper Turkey (6 slices), 2 Slices Garlic Pickles, 1 TBSP Light Mayo over 2 Slices 12 Grain Brownberry Bread

-Spinach Macaroni & Cheese (I sub the spinach with Broccoli cuz I prefer it)

http://recipes.sparkpeop
le.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe
=2032405

-Apple, Walnut & Cheese Salad

http://recipes.sparkpe
ople.com/recipe-detail.asp?reci
pe=1825954

My Three Favorite Dinners:

-Stir Fry! This is an amazing option when your fresh veggies ain't so fresh anymore

http://recipes.spark
people.com/recipe-detail.asp?re
cipe=770780

-White Skillet Bean Spaghetti topped with shredded parm - Yum!

http://recipes.sparkpeo
ple.com/recipe-detail.asp?recip
e=2087311

-Slow Cooker Chili topped with 1 Tbsp Reduced Fat Sour Cream and Shredded Colby/Jack Cheese : )

http://recipes.sparkpeople
.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1
858828

Hope this helps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enjoy emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 9/12/2012 5:06PM

    First off, I'll just say that I don't track any macronutrients besides the three main ones that come with the program. I don't track sodium, calcium, anything. I would go CRAZY if I did. Second, for me I've found that the best way to do lunches is to make a double batch at dinner, and have the second half for lunch the next day. That way I don't have to worry about it. My mom gave us sandwiches for lunch every day growing up and I hated them so much after a few years! I can't eat them at all now, even at a deli! Several times in my life, I've tried to just make the same meals every day so I wouldn't have to think, and eventually it led to binging.

So...I don't really have any lunch ideas, since I eat leftovers for lunch. But for breakfast, I always eat the same variety of thing: Fage 2% Greek yogurt, a tbsp of honey, a tbsp of cocoa, half a tbsp of plain toasted wheat germ, and half a cup of fruit. It is absolutely divine. I used ot just have cereal and milk, but it didn't fill me up. The greek yogurt dish is around 260 calories and absolutely wonderful!

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CIPHER1971 9/12/2012 4:38PM

    For Breakfast I usually have eggs as the protein is filling or bananas if I am in a rush.

Lunch really depends - often I have leftovers from the night before, or a salad or soup - got to love soup. But I have been known to eat anything - cheese and crackers, ham and cheese roll (that is ham spread with spreadie cheese and rolled up) with peppers and tomatoes, mango and melon. A bit of anything goes emoticon

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WALKING_WONDER 9/12/2012 2:57PM

    For breakfast I have a bowl of cereal (depends on what was on sale), a banana, Greek yogurt (different flavor daily) and a cup of tea.

For lunch I have an English muffin, an apple and 20 almonds, with a bottle of water.

For dinner, that's where my calories are. That's why I don't eat a ton for breakfast and lunch - so I can enjoy dinner without having to worry so much about calories and stuff.

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/12/2012 2:37PM

    Hey,

I was feeling the SAMe way this week, so on Sunday, I batch cooked like crazy. Was it time consuming? Yes. I just wanted to relax, but it REALLY helped me stay focused this week having all the prepartion and cooking DONE for bfasts + lunches.

Here's what I made in my crock pot for lunches for the week:

SLOW COOKER LASAGNA
*Brown up some ground beef(or turkey if you prefer) + 1 zucchini + 1 eggplant. (This week I just roasted onion, zucchini, and eggplant and left the meat out)

*In slow cooker, place a small amount of marainara sauce over the bottom coating it(my absolute fav is Giada's from Target.. Mmm)

*Mix meat/veggie mixture with the remaining jar of sauce.

*Break 2-3 NO BOIL lasagna noodles into pieces so that they fit over the bottom of your crock pot.

*Spoon some of the sauce/veggie/meat mixture over the noodles so that they are covered.

*In a bowl, mix 1 C. part skim ricotta + 1 egg + parsley. Place this mixture over the sauce mixture.

*Place another layer of 2-3 broken up NO COOK lasagna noodles over this.

Repeat until everything is gone. I usually put 2-3 Oz. part skim mozzarella somewhere in one of the layers too!

SO GOOD and SO filling!! JUST as tasty w/o any meat too!!

*For breakfats, I used the leftover roasted veggies from the ones I put in the lasagna above and made a hash type deal. Roasted zucchini, eggplant, and onion and 3 yellow potatoes. Then each night, I scrambled 1 egg in the microwave and put on top of about 3 oz. of the potato/veggie mixture, and sprinkled about 1/2 oz. reduced fat cheese on top. Then it was all set for the next AM and all I had to do was micro it at work.

Last week, I made eggs in muffin tins in the oven(found on pinterest), and toasted up 6 english muffins to go along with 6 eggs. Placed one egg on each muffin and added a slice of cheese. Wrapped in tinfoil and placed all in a big ziplock bag and froze. I keep those on hand in my freezer to grab and go when I don't have any other options/don't feel like cooking.

Hope that helps!

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MUFFIY831 9/12/2012 2:28PM

    Granted I'm a vegan so this may all sound awful to you, but I'll share anyway. :)

For breakfast I'm a big fan of hemp toast, almond butter, and banana. Super filling and lots of protein to boot.

I usually cook a whole batch of something over the weekend and eat it for lunch all week. Yes, it gets tedious, but I can't be bothered cooking during the week. This week it's what I lovingly call Kitchen Sink Pasta. It's whatever vegetables looked good at the farmers' market (this time onion, zucchini, squash, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms) tossed with olive oil, garlic, nutritional yeast, and whole wheat pasta.

Snacks usually involve hummus and cucumbers or other veggies.

Good luck!

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DRAGONFLY02 9/12/2012 2:20PM

    I'm afraid I won't be much of any help. I don't mind eating the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day, I guess because I ate that way growing up. My typical breakfast is cereal and milk, sometimes fruit to add a little something. Lunch is usually fruit and veggies.

A suggestion is to try and meal plan for the week and/or do freezer meals. A few bloggers I follow make up freezer meals all the time. That way, they get variety, but only spend a couple hours every other weekend preparing their meals for the next couple weeks. You could make up breakfast sandwiches or wraps that you can grab and go (or grab, heat and go). For lunches cook a whole chicken and then slice or chop it up for different meals, sandwiches, salads, soups etc. I like homemade soups a lot. Make up a huge pot and then freeze in individual containers. Now that we're headed into fall, soups make wonderful meals and are easy grab and go. And making homemade is healthier, tastier and less salty.

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