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Chicken BBQ

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Finally.... after months of craving it, I finally got to have my Chicken BBQ dinner. It was divine!

Many of our local Fire Halls do Chicken BBQs throughout the summer. For $8 you get

1/2 a chicken
baked beans

Not a bad deal when you think about it. The chicken itself is slow cooked over a large open pit. There is no bbq sauce on it. The smoke from the charcoal is what gives it that awesome flavor. They also baste it with a solution of vinegar, water, butter and pepper.

The baked beans and applesauce are just out of a can... nothing special there. The roll is just a standard white dinner roll... again, nothing special.

I always peel the skin off of my chicken and just eat the moist, melt in your mouth meat. Just thinking about it makes me want to go eat more of it!!

The 1/2 chicken (which actually isn't all that much meat once you get it scraped off the bones) was enough for my lunch today, a snack, and lunch tomorrow. I had a few beans, but they are pretty much untouched, and the applesauce is the full sugar kind that is just way to sweet for me. I gave the roll to my co-worker because I don't want to fill up of a crappy roll when I have all of that chicken goodness sitting right in front of me!

Also, as another special treat, my co-worker baked zucchini bread. Since it is so rare that I get to eat homemade zucchini bread, I helped myself to a small slice.

I strayed a little bit off plan today, but that is life. I am not stressing about it, because at best, I get to eat those foods once a year. I may have had a little more chicken that my usual serving, and I may have taken a few bites of chicken skin, but so what? It isn't going to kill me once or twice a year. If I were eating that 3 or 4 times a week, then it would be a problem.

Tomorrow is PC Fit Class. I really want to make the 10:00. Mostly because after I am done volunteering at the library, I want to come home and do laundry and chill out. If I don't get up, I don't get up, I can always take the evening class.

All in all the weekend was pretty decent. I worked for most of it. For those of you who don't know what I do, I work in the operations department for a trucking company. I guess you can say there is never a dull moment.

I hope all of my Spark friends have a wonderful night!

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DSCROW 7/31/2013 7:29PM

    The chicken description made my mouth water. I was thinking about some bbq chicken on the way home. I opted to get home before the storm hit but also had left over roast, potato, carrot, broccoli and cauliflower that needs eating. I will make some soup out of the rest this weekend. YOU GO GIRL! you are doing great!

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JOYFOCUS 7/29/2013 9:56AM

  It sounds like you had some good barbeque! And an excellent plan for eating it.

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COCK-ROBIN 7/28/2013 10:56PM

    That sounds SO delicious!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/28/2013 10:30PM

    Your meal sounds delicious!! You're 100% correct... you are living life and that means sometimes you will get off track!!

Keep on keeping on!!!

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KACEYSW 7/28/2013 10:27PM

    Sounds delicious!

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Totally Rocked it Today!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yes! Today was a great day!

It got off to a slow start when I shut my alarm off and went back to sleep instead of getting up for the 10:00 PC Fit class. I was just like... ehhh I will do the 5:30 class instead.

I finally got up, and went to the library in time to eat lunch with the ladies. I skipped breakfast, so technically that was my breakfast.... anyway, you get what I mean.

I spent most of the day going through the catalog making sure all of the call numbers are updated for when our system switches over in September. Then when Paula and Jane got back from Sam's Club, I started on the taco meat for our walking taco sale this weekend at the Spring Dam Festival. I didn't get it all done, so I am going to finish it up tomorrow.

After I was done at the library, I went to the Verizon and AT&T stores to inquire about the possibility of him and I combining our plans onto a joint one. What I found out is if we combine our 2 phones as just basic phones, we would save about $5 a month. If I got a smart phone and he stayed with a basic phone, our bill would be around $130 a month. The thing is... I can't justify paying that much for cell phones because we can't even use them at our house. We don't get any cell service for any provider. In fact, our house if the cut off for cable even! Most of our neighbors have dish because they don't run the cable out that far! Needless to say, I am going to leave the cell phones alone for now. I may look at another plan here in a few months.

PC Fit started at 5:30 today. It was a great class. I am glad I waited for it. It was me and another woman. It was very individualized, and truthfully I got more out of it than I did the larger class. I also did REAL push ups! I think I may have done 6, but that is... amazing! I can't even describe how happy I was from that!

I may take Coach Tony's class tomorrow - will see how things go, but my bag is packed and ready just in case!

All in all this was a good day. I made great food choices and ate no junk, I had an awesome workout, and I got a lot accomplished at the library.

Have a great night Spark Friends!

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DSCROW 7/28/2013 9:57AM

    These are some of the best day's. No nothing is over the top but lots and lots to feel good about. Hope you have many of these days!

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/25/2013 5:07AM

    Smartphones are over rated. I have an old one that is water dust and bang proof, and have had it for years. DH on the other hand has gone through 3 smart phones in one year. They are finicky things that break easily.
My babies have cut their teeth on mine, I have on occasion thrown it at the dog when it chases my cat. Still works.
Glad you had such a wonderful day!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/25/2013 1:12AM

    A wonderful day!

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A Trip to the Fair

Monday, July 22, 2013

We went to the fair last night - and it was an awesome time.

I was worried for nothing. I ate very smart. I had
a slice of cheese pizza
a small snow cone
a chicken gyro w/ no sauce - I ate it more like a salad and used the wrap as a "bowl" - My boyfriend ate all of the bread part but the 1 small nibble I had.

We were at the fair from 3 in the afternoon until almost 11 at night.

The truck and tractor pulls were awesome. It was fun. There were a lot of great pulls last night, and what was really awesome is a woman drove one of the top trucks in the east. It as a serious machine.

PC Fit was awesome today. Coach Tyler gave us a great workout!

I also went to the doc - got shot up with B12 - and she ordered an Xray for my tailbone just to make sure everything is ok since it is sore.

Hope everyone has a great night!

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BARCONIUS 7/24/2013 11:47AM

    Sounds like loads of fun. Take care of that tailbone.

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/23/2013 6:13AM

    Good for you!!
I knew you would be fine!

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NILSAMARIE123 7/22/2013 9:22PM

    emoticon I happy that you had a good time at the fair, and you made right decisions on what to eat. I know how hard it can be when your in places like that, and there are so many unhealthy choices available, but how can you have fun anyway when you are all stuff up with a lot bad or unhealthy food. Yuck! lol. But keep up the good work. emoticon

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KNITTY_JESS 7/22/2013 9:16PM

    Awesome! I love fairs!

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Goodbye Peanut Butter

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Well... I did it. I threw out the peanut butter. A jar of JIF, a jar of Smucker's Natural Organic and a jar of almond butter... gone. It was hard for me to do, but I know that I am better off for it.

I thought long and hard about it and realized it is one of those "trigger" foods I shouldn't be around. I was doing well with the moderation for a while, but then it got to the point I couldn't stay out of it. Every time I got up, I was getting in the cupboard to have a lick, and that is not ok. I am just sabotaging myself. I don't want to go back to where I was. I WON'T go back to where I was!

Now, my next thing to kick is the iced coffee. Yes, I have been making room in my plan for one, but I don't need to be drinking that crap. I thought about asking for an iced coffee with no cream then putting Truvia in it to see how I like that? If I did that it would take the calories down to 0. I might try it? I might not. I should just kick it all together.

the Curve game was awesome tonight. They lost, but I still had a good time. I got a walking taco, but honestly, I didn't eat hardly any of it. I just didn't feel like eating. Even my boyfriend remarked at how little I ate. I did have more than my fair share of those almonds though. I know I had at least an ounce or more of those little suckers. They are so good and so addicting! I shouldn't have gotten them, but the thing is... you can smell them throughout the entire ballpark. My mouth literally waters from it. So, I got them and the leftovers are in his lunchbox for work tomorrow.

We stopped at the ice cream stand on the way home and I had a soft serve twist baby cone. At the most, it has 3 tablespoons of soft serve. It was good, and that little bit was perfect for me. It didn't make me sick, didn't kill my goals, and was just enough to enjoy. It took me as long (well almost) to eat that as it did for my boyfriend to eat a medium sized cone.

Tomorrow we are going to the Bedford County fair and I was stressing a little bit about eating there. Ok, that is a lie - I was stressing a lot about it, but I am sure I will make an ok choice. I can have a hamburger with no bun or a slice of cheese pizza. Who knows, there are TONS of food vendors there, and you never know what I might find. I am not worried about it. I will most likely not really even eat tomorrow except for breakfast before I go and then something there for dinner. Honestly, we will be outside all day in the sun, and if today was any indication of what tomorrow will be, I won't want to eat any way.

I got a new Fitbit. The battery in my Ultra took a crap, so I wrote to them to ask them what I could do to fix it, and they sent me a new one! How awesome is that? I love Fitbit! They are terrific!

I think that is all for now - I hope all of my Sparkies are having a terrific weekend.

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BOOKWORM27S 7/27/2013 7:50AM

    I had to give up peanut and all nut butters too! I found out that I'm slightly allergic to all nuts and legumes. Once I got it out of my system, the water weight went away and I felt so much better!

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HINK2013 7/22/2013 11:39AM

    Way to go! Sometimes you just have to do the hard things because in the end its' better for you.... for me, I have got to stay away from chips and crackers, those seem to be things that I eat mindlessly and end up eating way more than I should.

Hoping that eating at the fair went ok for you!!

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PATTYR81 7/22/2013 11:17AM

    I totally get this! My magnetic-food is crackers. Any and all kinds.

(Recently I 'found' a box of oyster crackers in the back of my pantry and you'd have thought I found a winning lottery ticket! :)

I have to keep them OUT of the house or they call my name constantly until I eat one. Then I eat them until I throw up. YUK!

Good Job!!!!

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THROOPER62 7/22/2013 4:03AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work emoticon

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TRACYZABELLE 7/22/2013 2:43AM

    hopefully they have chicken on a stick! SO much easier and better to eat anyway! I know what you mean about trigger foods-- I luckily am not triggered by peanut butter but my daughter is-- I keep it in my locker at work!

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OOLALA53 7/21/2013 2:55PM

    You may not always have to keep nut butter out of the house, but as a distancing tactic, it's a good one. It can be harder to have opportunities to learn to work nut butters in in small quantities because they don't serve them many places, but I do know that having "trigger" foods in safer situations- not at home, alone- over time helped me learn to have them in smaller quantities. Some I just don't have around because I need the space for things I eat more often.

This is all part of adjusting your new eating life. Excellent!

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BELTONWALKER67 7/21/2013 8:24AM

    I, too, love peanut butter and usually have 1 tablespoon a day in my oatmeal. Sounds like you are making some wise choices. Keep up the good work.

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SLACHETKA103145 7/21/2013 8:14AM

    You are braver than I a veggie person I have to have...yum. Limit to 2 TBS only though and not everyday!


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LOVINGAFRICA 7/21/2013 7:42AM

    Hallo CORTNEY! Glad you had such a good time, and good for you for making wise food choices!
Ah, the PB! Love/Hate that one!
Have fun at the fair! And don't sweat the almonds, they are an ok trespass.
Bless you!

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COCK-ROBIN 7/21/2013 5:08AM

    Good for you!

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Weekend Plans - Good times ahead

Friday, July 19, 2013

I have a lot of plans with the boyfriend this weekend, so it better not rain!

Tomorrow night, I want to go to the Altoona Curve game. They are a minor league baseball team. I really enjoy going to the games. It is always a good time. We usually eat at the ballpark, so, it isn't usually healthy, but this is where the moderation thing comes into play. I will get a Walking Taco, eat about 1/3 of it, and my boyfriend will finish it. That is enough to keep me full pretty much the rest of the night. We usually get these awesome almonds that are coated in a cinnamon sugar, and I will have a few of those too, but then I make him put them in his pocket away from me.

Sunday night, I am getting my redneck on and going to the truck and tractor pulls at the county fair! Of course there is never anything healthy to eat there, so I will just have a hamburger or something and ditch the bun. No funnel cakes this year!

I will be hitting PC Fit hard this week since I am off. I would like to try for a class a day, but I am thinking 3 classes is more realistic. I don't want to burn out.

I have been having paranoid fears about gaining weight again. I don't know why. Of course, going to these places and eating crappy food doesn't help! Maybe I will re-think that?

I started the week at 126.8 pounds, and now as of today I am 128.6. I think a lot of that is because I am not weighing at the right time. I have a ritual... I wake up in the morning, I use the bathroom, and once my ring is no longer "tight" and my hands feel a certain way, I step on the scale. I know that is when most of the water retention from the overnight is gone. I have been still having those feelings of tightness in my fingers when I weigh, so I am thinking I am retaining some water. My muscles are also sore. I am sure they are retaining it too. This is why I need a scale that measures body comp. Or maybe, I need a good therapist instead?

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CBLENS 7/20/2013 8:37AM

    Sounds like a fun weekend, DH & I are going to the Nationals/Mets game tonight.

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LOVINGAFRICA 7/20/2013 4:32AM

    CORTNEY, you should not be afraid of gaining weight. You are working out like a machine. If you work out that hard, you will retain some water. But if you are really uncomfortable with the choices there, why not pack a picnic?
Anyway, that sounds like such a fun weekend. Enjoy!

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