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How can they cram that many calories into such a little cup?

Monday, August 05, 2013

Saturday night my boyfriend and I stopped at DQ on the way home from the baseball game. Normally I get a small vanilla cone and eat some of it, but I decided to try a Lemon Meringue Pie blizzard. They have them in mini size, so I figured how bad could it be?

I ate most of it, not all of it, but most (about 2/3) I didn't push it, but still felt a little blah after eating it. Anyway, I came home and looked it up on their website to find out that little cup held almost 400 calories! I about fell over!!

Lesson totally learned on that one!

I will just stick with a plain cone from now on! Yes, ice cream really isn't something I should eat, but an occasional treat isn't going to kill me. It isn't like I eat it every day all day. Maybe once or twice a month?

I am still amazed that something that small "cost" that much.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/6/2013 10:40PM

    I'm glad there are no Sonic's in my neck of the woods! Yikes!

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SKAHONEY4U 8/6/2013 2:28PM

    If you think DQ is bad, take a look at coldstone's calorie counts! holy moly! I can manage to fit a 300-400 dessert in if i eat light during the day and am really craving it, but there's just no possible way to fit in coldstone!

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JADED_CHICK19 8/6/2013 2:09PM

    I's insane how many calories are in just a mini blizzard. One thing I've done (because I LOVE blizzards) is I go on the DQ site and there is a place to select nutritional info and you can actually customize the blizzard. I've done this a few times in order to take the calories down to a more reasonable level. Regular cone is probably the way to go though!

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BRADMILL2922 8/6/2013 11:55AM

    That is crazy! I have a strict NO BLIZZARD policy because they just tend to be so good in so many bad ways!

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MOTHEPRO 8/6/2013 10:28AM

    Yeah, it's surprising how calorie dense those things are. emoticon

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BARCONIUS 8/6/2013 9:54AM

    Who says you can't come up with a catchy title? Darned sneaky ice cream places.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/6/2013 8:25AM

    Thank heavens my pouch does not like IC!
Less freedom, but safer!
You will get rid of those cals in no time. The way you work out, you actually deserve it!

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MMILLER139 8/6/2013 1:26AM

    DQ has a sugar-free fudge bar that is only 50 calories. That is what I usually get if we end up there. It satisfies my sweet tooth pretty well and I don't feel like I am missing out on things that other people get to do food-wise.

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GREENGENES 8/6/2013 12:57AM

    Amazing isn't it? I love ice cream so I have to really keep on my toes to stay away from DQ and stick to the FroYo place when I crave ice cream.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/6/2013 12:36AM

    I believe it. Look at the Frosty from Wendy's.

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CHUBBEGONE28 8/5/2013 11:18PM

    You saved me some sweat it out pain, as hubby and I were craving Blizzards tonight. Note to self, always look at nutrition facts and log it ahead of time!

Truly, one indulgence does not ruin your healthy lifestyle. It's a new day with new choices. You've got this!


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MARYANNB25 8/5/2013 11:12PM

    Wow glad I saw this my husband and I were talking about going this week and trying it. emoticon I definitely will rethink what I am going to get. Thanks for posting this. emoticon

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Why can I never come up with a catchy title?

Monday, August 05, 2013

I was up early today to make the 10:00 PC Fit class -- well, it was early for me. I usually get up at 7:30, but couldn't seem to make it out of bed until 8:40 or so. I decided to "skip" breakfast and workout, then eat when I came home. I also thought I would see how it worked out... That way, if I ate later I would be ravenous later on (more on that in a moment)

Class was awesome - we did a lot of great stuff. Coach Tyler's classes are awesome.

After class I went to the grocery store. My boyfriend likes Van-O Lunch crackers. I went to 4 different grocery stores and no one had them in stock. I found them at the Dollar General finally. It was a pain in the rump driving all around Blair County looking for lunch crackers.

I ate when I got home. Here it is about 2 1/2 hours after, and I am starving again. Our bariatric coordinator says that the body only gets hunger"signals" from the brain 4 times a day. I call shenanigans on that because I am starving. Ever since I started PC Fit, my body seems like a furnace with an open draft. I try to pick good, solid foods to keep me full, but sometimes it seems like I am bottomless.

I am not sure if I will eat before or after my morning PC Fit classes. I seemed to be fine either way, and am still hungry so...

I have to work all night - it is going to be long

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BARCONIUS 8/6/2013 9:33AM

    Shenanigans...I love that word. I'm with you. That may be a nice average statistic for some group of people somewhere, but we WLS patients are hardly average. As long as you're sure it's body hunger and not mind hunger, satisfy it, especially if you're very active.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/6/2013 8:40AM

    I eat while exercising. I know it is weird, but I had to train myself to do it because I have to eat every two hours, RD's orders. Spinning starts 08h00, and that is when I have to eat.
So I would take small pieces of pear or other soft fruit during spinning class or even when doing weights. (Think Tour de France and all the eating they do on the bike)
It does not bug me. And most people don't even notice.

Am aware that it is weird, but it works for me.

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DSCROW 8/5/2013 6:32PM

    My alarm went off this morning 30 minutes early. I checked and it was set correctly. Then I realized when I fixed the alarm I actually changed the time. HELLO...Any body home. So today when I finally got out of bed because My husbands alarm rang (It supposed to ring 15 minutes before my music comes on not after), I checked it all out and fixed it.

I too wondered about eat first or after. Some things I have read says eat after and burn body fat as fuel. My problems is I am eating so many less calories at meals and for the whole day, I wonder if I am more fatigued when I work out. I don't want to be too fatigued and then get hurt or have injury. I am watching this right now. Generally I work out after awaking in the morning and have not eaten since dinner or light snack if I had one. I'll have to blog about it when I decide?

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KAT321123 8/5/2013 5:16PM

    I also don't believe that the body gets "hunger signals" four times a day. That should be connected to metabolism, what we eat, how much we eat when we eat, etc. I think we can control that with how we schedule our meals a bit to "train" our bodies. I know I'm hungry way more than 4 times/day and usually eat every 2 hours or so (a piece of fruit or cucumber slices or something).

Sounds like you had a great class today!

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My worst creation to date

Monday, August 05, 2013

1 cup of quinoa (dry)
1 cup black beans
2 cups sliced squash
2 cups cubed butternut squash
1 medium onion chopped
1 carrot

1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg

prepare quinoa according to package directions
steam squash, onion, and carrot
mix veggies, quinoa, egg and parm cheese and beans

bake at 350 for appx 20 mins

remove from oven cover with shredded cheese and bake until cheese is melted

Sounds good right?

WRONG!!! It was the most horrible thing I have ever made. I packaged it up and sent it into work for the 2 human garbage disposals there. They ate it... ugh, NASTY stuff

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KABMPH 8/6/2013 8:55AM

    It sounded good up until the cheese! I HATE it when a creation doesn't turn out. I hate wasting food!!

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    You would think all those flavors would work. Good for you for trying quinoa! I've tried to like it, but it's my least favorite whole grain! Good luck with your next creation.

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BARCONIUS 8/5/2013 12:34PM

    Sounds like you got "squashed". (Pun intended)

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/5/2013 10:07AM

    Good thing you have human garbage disposals in your life!
The next couple of experiments will be delicious, the rule of averages.
I am on a mission to learn delicious ways to prepare venison.
Still learning over here.
I like making curry with venison that has soaked in youghurt overnight. With raisins and onions.
It comes out quite nicely. Still researching!

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BARB4HEALTH 8/5/2013 8:17AM

    Sorry! Wonder why it turned out so badly. Not enough seasonings? Or maybe the squash was bitter. I made something with bitter squash one time. Didn't know it was bitter until after I cooked it. Ick! Don't give up trying new recipes. Some are really good!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/5/2013 5:25AM

    Sorry. It sounded good.

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ZRIE014 8/5/2013 12:18AM

  sorry that it did not work out

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Not impressed right now

Friday, August 02, 2013

I have been grazing a lot these past few days, and I am not impressed with myself. I am not 100% sure what my issue is, but it needs to stop now.

I tracked everything of course, and technically speaking I am not near the calories Spark says I need, but I know my own body, and if I continue to eat that much I will gain weight.

Seriously, what is wrong with me? Ugh! I need to go work it out at PC Fit in the morning. I think Coach Phyllis can put me back in the right mind set. I guess because when I weigh every morning, I am maintaining my weight, so I keep pushing my boundaries. I need to stop that and stay where I know it is "safe" - It only seems like this is an issue at work. Also, another issue is beverages with calories. I keep saying I need to stop, but I just can't bring myself to. Again, I only drink these on nights that I work. I don't usually get an iced coffee on my off days. Sometimes, but not often.

I guess I need to hot the lottery and quit my job. You know... for my health

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    You put into words exactly how I feel! Thanks for the great post and good luck!

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BRADMILL2922 8/2/2013 10:52AM

    I know the feeling. It can be hard no matter how much you tell yourself to stop! Umm, I am with you on the lottery...can we share? :)

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COCK-ROBIN 8/2/2013 2:20AM

    You can do it! Don't give up.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/2/2013 12:49AM

    I wish you victory over this, Girlfriend!
Perhaps you should go into maintain mode?
Best wishes

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SUSANBEAMON 8/2/2013 12:33AM

  it's not just the calories, but the source of those calories. I could eat my calorie limit in chocolate, but i wouldn't be very healthy. writing down what you eat is good, and necessary, but you have to examine what you eat also.

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FEMISLIM 8/2/2013 12:17AM

    I guess it happens at time. You might need to drag some motivation from inside.

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That is a Tasty Burger!

Thursday, August 01, 2013

I saw an internet meme that says
"I'd rather have Samuel L Jackson narrate my life. No offense Morgan Freeman, my life requires multiple uses of the word #&$(%^#@^"

It really made me laugh. Samuel L Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction is one of my all time favorite movie characters. Come to think of it, Pulp Fiction is one of my all time favorite movies.

Things have been going well. I just couldn't stop eating yesterday. My body was in over drive. I got up at 7:30 and had my overnight oatmeal before PC Fit. I like to eat that because it is "mild" and seems to digest well before my class. Class is at 10, and I have to have breakfast over with my 8:30. If I eat past that, it doesn't go well.

Class was pretty good. It was Coach Anthony. I like him, but his classes are not my favorite. I can't decide who I like best...

Tony - his workout focus more on strength and less on cardio. He conducts class at a rapid pace and doesn't give a lot of breathing room. He reminds me more of a drill Sargent

Paul - his classes are very difficult but fun. He is always coming up with interesting things that are super challenging, but also fun. I find that I am sorest after his class

Tyler - his classes are a great mix of cardio and strength. We usually do a series of exercises, then laps and repeat. I like his classes a lot, and I like him a lot because when I was struggling the one class he did the exercise with me to encourage me to keep pushing. That was awesome.

Anthony - His classes are good, but are not my favorite. I can't quite place why. I like him, he is super nice, and he knows his stuff, but there is just something I can't quite put my finger on. I mean, don't get me wrong, I still enjoy his class, but not as much as the other ones.

I still have to take Phyllis and Tiffany. I am hoping I can get myself excited enough to take Phyllis' 5:30 class tomorrow morning. I guess we will see how tired I am after working a 12 hour shift and only sleeping for about 6 hours.

I hope all of my Spark Friends have a wonderful day!

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GREENGENES 8/2/2013 2:15PM

    I've never thought about who I would want to narrate my life but Samuel L. Jackson would be awesome.

Sounds like you've got some good options for your classes which must be nice.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/2/2013 5:11AM

    And you too, CORTNEY!
Yes, Mr S Jackson was great in PF. An unforgettable character.
Have a great time with your assortment of Butt Kickers at PCF!

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