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Food Blog - Day 2

Friday, December 03, 2010

Well, no exercise mainly due to the fact that I am feeling HORRRRIBLE physically (stupid TOM). I usually have one day that just gets so bad that I can't fathom the idea of doing anything beyond walking here and there. So, on with my food for today:

Breakfast: One banana (0 points) and an English muffin (3 points) with reduced fat peanut butter (2 points) for a total of 5 points:

Snack: Grapes and a Jonagold apple (0 points):

Lunch: Spaghetti Squash (0 points), Marinara Sauce (1 point) with 1/4 cup of 2% cottage cheese (2 points) and 1 pickle (0 points): 3 points

Supper: I was craving chicken-fried rice, so made a healthier alternative with couscous made with chicken broth (4 points), egg (1 point), and bacon pieces (1 point) for a total of 7 points, and was SOOO yummy:

And though I do not have pictures for the rest.....I have to be honest and get it out there. I had a massive TOM attack food wise. And I gave in to it. It is what it is, and though I am not thrilled about it, but I am not going to beat myself up about it. So, without further ado:

Then, I went to the grocery store with Kaylee to see her daddy, and I got her a cookie (chocolate chip). I bought a 3-pack of sugar cookies thinking that I would use those for her during this weekend when we are out of town. Yeah, I ate them on the way home....

So, my daughter went to bed and I had a super super super craving that I gave into with bacon, scrambled eggs, and cheese, and lots of it. Ugh. And 2 slices of wheat bread with Miracle Whip and bacon. Apparently TOM cravings are much like being pregnant..

The problem with eating things and then tracking them, is the "sticker shock" you get when you enter them.

My total points came to 58, with 29 regular points and 29! weekly allowance and activity points used. Wow. I had 2 days' worth of WW calories today. I know I only "need" to lose 0.6 pounds this week, but also being a part of at least one challenge that I need to weigh in for, I want to contribute as much as I can to my teams!

This accountability is a good eye opener for me, though....I did plan out my weekend out of town, and have written down food and their points values at different places like McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John, etc. and also for PF Chang's so I will stay in my 29 points and not go over. I will have my workout outfit with and will be taking advantage of the hotel's exercise room.



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ROCKYMTNGIRL1 12/6/2010 12:16AM

    ok, now you've got me thinking, I'm going to pull out my old ww stuff and give it another try. WW always seemed to work for me so, let's see how my next week goes!! Oh, by the way, what does TOM stand for?

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JENNIFERKCM 12/4/2010 4:03PM

    Your pictures make me hungry. Think I'll borrow your breakfast idea one day. I hate when I give in. I'm getting better. I'm learning to wait 20 min, drink water, and sometimes I even log what I'm thinking about eating...and like you said...sticker shock. Sometimes I just cave. The best you can do is move on and make the most of the rest of you week! You've got this!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 12/4/2010 2:07PM

  I love the Points system - it is so easy to see when you majorly go over. But, hey, that's what the weekly bonus & the activity points are for - to help us do well over time, not just daily.

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MIECHI7 12/4/2010 8:27AM

    Do you like the new points system WW is now doing with the fruits and veggies? I'm thinking of starting up again:)
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THEHONESTME 12/4/2010 8:03AM

    Have a good weekend!! You are doing fine! emoticon Kathy

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/4/2010 6:33AM

    I am in the same boat as you with out of control eating these last 2 days. We will get a handle on this and emerge on the other side. Planning is key and I will follow your lead with looking up places calories.

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-POOKIE- 12/4/2010 3:10AM

    emoticon Good on you for being honest and counting though.

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BETHSTL 12/3/2010 10:52PM

    LOL...I know exactly what you mean about TOM cravings :)

I go through points like nobody's business during that time.

But the important thing is that you did track them and you were honest with yourself about them. So let's just move on from here.

The dinner you made looks awesome...I will have to try that :)

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GRACEISENUF 12/3/2010 10:47PM

    I don't have the TOM anymore but I can surely remember the ravenous cravings I could get and yes it is alot like pregnancy pig-outs :).

Hey at least you tracked it and have a "game plan" ready for the weekend. I am going out of town Tuesday for five days on vacay and I need to get a plan going myself. I am on a losing streak right now and I so don't want to blow it.

Great idea to workout at the hotel ... I am going to do the same thing at our timeshare. I have no "weather excuses" to not exercise outdoors either as we will be in sunny Palm Springs.

Have a good trip!

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Frozen Feat.....

Friday, December 03, 2010

When I first started wanting to not only run, but race, I knew that there was an event held here in Grand Forks, North FREAKING COLD Dakota that I wanted to be a part of. Kind of just to say that I did it :o}

That is the Frozen Feat, folks. Where you strap on your ice cleats (or Yak Trax, which I bought recently), put on the layers, expect frozen icicles of snot hanging out of your nose...a frozen butt...

So, this year's Frozen Feat date and events was just announced. It is on Saturday, February 12, 2011!!!

But, they also announced there will be a 5K AND a 10K. There will be race medals for all of the finishers and door prizes throughout the day. Also, all of the preregistered runners will get a long-sleeved technical shirt *yay for goodies*

So, I wanna sign yesterday. But I'm not sure which one I should sign up for???? I know I can run a 10K, but...let's face it. Grand Forks in February will most likely be sub-sub-zero temps, unless we get lucky. I looked up the average high and low for that month, and it is 20/4. For giggles, I looked up the record high and low, and the record high is 67 (wow) and the record low is -42 (good Lord).

The price difference is $5 (for early bird registration, which I always do coz I likes to saves me some moneys, it is $25 for the 5K and $30 for the 10K).

What to do....what to do....

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COLD_GOLD 12/5/2010 10:58AM

    fun! emoticon

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CLEVELAND21 12/3/2010 10:26PM

    Go for the 10K. It'll take you about 10 minutes to get warmed up and then you'll be fine...maybe even sweaty. So you may as well go the distance. Take lots of Kleenex!

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PARTICLEGIRL22 12/3/2010 8:51PM

    You are totally awesome for even considering it! I lived in St. Paul and I could barely take it! I say go for it! Do the 10 K

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RHONDALYN10 12/3/2010 8:23PM

    My 2 cents - go for the 10K! Since you are a local ND girl I say start practicing for that cold run....and be sure to tell us all about it. Best wishes! I know you will do great!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/3/2010 3:31PM

    I love a little challenge so I would say go for the 10k..... You can do it!

Let us know what you decide.

My sister is trying to talk me into running the Securian Frozen half that is held in January. Like you, Minnesota gets super cold so I am thinking about that one. I kind of wanted my first official half marathon to be during the warmer temps. I may look into running the 5k.

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 12/3/2010 2:56PM

  I also say go for the 10K & change to the 5K if it is too cold that morning. Of course, that's easy for me to say - I'm in sunny southern California, and I have never tried to run in such low temperatures!

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ANMRUNNER 12/3/2010 2:10PM

    I say sign up for the 10k. You could always change and run the 5k f you needed to, but it's often hard in a race to have them let you run the longer distance if you registered for the shorter. Hope that makes sense.

Sounds miserable to me, but anything below 50 is cold here in Texas so I can't even image wanting to get out of bed in anything CLOSE to 20 degree weather, much less -42. Brrr! I guess you're more used to it, though. (:

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VIRGINIAGRETA 12/3/2010 1:26PM

    I'm a "go for it" kind of girl... I say do the longer distance. You'll like the bragging rights to say that you did it after the fact. : ) Of course, this is coming from a girl that is already complaining about her 20 degree runs here in Virginia. HA! emoticon

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Suck It Challenges, Days 3-5

Friday, December 03, 2010

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I didn't get my blog in yesterday for the 2nd day of Suck It! though I did get my other blog in. I will make sure to keep on top of these as much as I can from here on out!

I will post my food blog tonight, so I will not go into what I am eating in this blog. I missed this morning's gym workout since DH turned off the alarm (before it went off, so I obviously didn't hear it). A part of me wasn't upset, though, since I am having a BAD day of TOM and my cramps are horrific and I can't find the ibuprofen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


But, no excuses. I am planning on doing bootcamp on my lunch hour to get some calories burned, along with crunches in the evening while my daughter plays around me :o}

~ For today, post your favorite holiday recipe- but post a healthier version of it. OR post a recipe for something healthy that you want to include in your eating this month, that you have always wanted to try.

Roasted Vegetables:

Course: side dishes
PointsPlus™ Value: 1
Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 30 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy


4 spray(s) olive oil cooking spray, divided
2 medium sweet red pepper(s), cut into 8 thick strips
1 medium green pepper(s), cut into 8 thick strips
1 medium yellow summer squash, cut thickly on the diagonal
1 medium zucchini, cut thickly on the diagonal
1 medium red onion(s), cut into large wedges
12 oz canned artichoke hearts, without oil, drained and halved
1 Tbsp thyme, fresh, fresh, minced
1/2 tsp table salt, or to taste
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste


Preheat oven to 450ºF. Coat 2 large baking sheets with cooking spray.

Arrange peppers, squash, zucchini, onion and artichokes on prepared baking sheets and coat with cooking spray; sprinkle with thyme, salt and black pepper.

Roast until vegetables are tender and golden brown, shaking pan once or twice during cooking, about 25 to 30 minutes. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.


If you like your vegetables well-done, broil them on high for 1 to 2 minutes at the end of cooking.

~ Come up with a plan for the weekend. Go ahead and do it, and put it in font for all to see. Promise yourself you can do a plan just for the weekend. Its just 2 and a half days, and you are a grown adult, you can totally handle 2.5 days.

emoticonTonight: Bootcamp, crunches, and ST that I missed this morning (glad I know what to do!)

emoticonTomorrow: In the Cities shopping, plan on bringing fruit/veggies with me with water, will eat Subway for supper, small item for lunch, and a long run on the hotel treadmill for as long as I can go while family swims in the pool. Plus TONS of walking at the Mall of America. Crunches.

emoticonSunday: Still in the Cities, PF Chang's for lunch, and will be having Lo Mein off the children's menu (8 points) which is actually the amount I am supposed to have for lunch. Yay for the right portions! Lots of walking and plan on the elliptical in the morning before everyone is up. Crunches later that night at home. Supper is planned on being either Subway, or something that involves fruit/veggies and other healthier fare.

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BAREFOOT-LISA 12/3/2010 1:48PM

    OOOH!! Roasted artichokes! Why have I never heard of/sampled/enjoyed that lovely idea!

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THEHONESTME 12/3/2010 12:52PM

    YUM -- those veggies look yummy! I'm stealing that recipe ;-)
You've got a great plan -- keep up the good work!

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RAINEMARIE214 12/3/2010 12:36PM

    That recipe looks delicious!!!!

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IRISH_AGUIRRE 12/3/2010 12:06PM

  Love roasted veggies! I hope you are feeling better now!

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Food Blog - Day 1

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Today was my rest day from the gym, so that felt...weird. I had forgotten that today I was meeting up with a friend at a local restaurant called The Toasted Frog, renowned for their cheesy pickles, sweet potato fries, and of course....frog legs. I decided to eat light and use all of my weekly allowance points from Weight Watchers. Now, unfortunately for those who haven't done WW, I am only putting down the points values of each meal/item, and not calories.

Breakfast: Special K Yogurt and Fruit (3/4 cup), skim milk, and 1 banana: 5 points

Snack: Holiday Seedless Grapes: 0 points

Snack: Jonagold Apple: 0 points

Lunch: Leftover Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce and 1/4 cup 2% Cottage Cheese: 2 points

Supper: Yeah, this isn't going to be pretty. Appetizer of Cheesy pickles, which consist of a pickle spear (0 points), havarti cheese (4 points), egg roll wrapper (1 point), fried in peanut oil (1 points) served with sirancha. I had 3 for 18 points:

Then, my meal came: Sweet Potato Fries with chipotle aioli dip and a Wood-Fired Open-Faced Prime Rib Melt on the house bread (15 points):

I then had 2 sugar cookies at the PartyLite party I went to with my daughter afterwards. Mindless eating there for 8 points, but that is what the weekly allowance points are for, and therefore I am okay with it, though that does mean the rest of the week needs to be with a bit of tighter reins :o}

Total points for the day: 48 points (29 points plus 19 weekly allowance).

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JENNIFERKCM 12/3/2010 1:01PM

    I'm hungry now! Except maybe the Pickle spears don't sound so appetizing to me...I've never had sphagetti squash...did you prepare it yourself or can you buy it?

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/3/2010 8:44AM

    The cheesy pickles spears sound interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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MRSSIBRAT 12/3/2010 7:22AM

    everything looks yummy! what do you think of the new WW changes

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-POOKIE- 12/3/2010 5:07AM

    No frog legs?

I've had them before, really rather tasty actually!

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THEHONESTME 12/2/2010 10:35PM

    I'd say you earned an A+ for your day! Congrats! (everything looks delicious)

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GRACEISENUF 12/2/2010 10:02PM

    The food definitely looks worth those 48 points. :)

Thanks for sharing your day and the pics are great.


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Wednesday, December 01, 2010


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1. Pick any 5 things to measure that you will measure again on New Year's Day. Post those current measurements here. it can be everything from how many modified pushups you can currently do, to a 5K time, to a bra size, I don't give a crap. Personalize it.

A. Weight: 160.4
B. Waist Measurement: 37
C. Days I go running in one week: 2-3
D. 5K PR time: 29:15
E. Jeans size: 9/10

2. Declare yourself. Do so by choosing one or more of the following.

I, Erin, declare myself to be free from setting myself up for failure. I shall not take myself through pointless guilt tripping, and I will not pressure myself to be perfect. I know that this journey is about progress not NOT perfection, and I only need to make myself BELIEVE this as I know it is true. If I have a bad meal, the next one will be healthy. If I miss a workout, I will use it as my rest day and work out the next day, or I will make plans to work out at the first opportunity that same day. I will not use excused, but I will also not demand 100% for 100% of the time as that is NOT realistic.

3. Make the decision that no matter how many times you fall in December, you won't wait 24-48 hours to make up for it. Make sure your next act, after falling, is standing up straight. Immediately. State one victory you have already had today.

My victory for today is that I went to the gym and did the spinning class despite the fact that I had only 2 hours of sleep.

4. Tell me what you are absolutely going to do right today.

~ I am going to eat what I have planned for today, and if I am hungry at all in between or after, I will allow myself fruit or veggies until I am no longer hungry (but not stuffed).

~ I will do as many crunches as I can, whether its 50 or 300 (stolen from Yoovie, because she is the crunch goddess, and dammit I want to be myself, but like her).

~ I am going to take an hour for myself tonight to do what I want, be it pampering (nails need help) or reading a book.

THEN I will lounge on the couch like a potato because I was victorious TODAY.

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MEGSFITNESS 12/2/2010 5:26PM

    Suck it!! hahaha... After this challenge, there will be no 'sucking it in'

cruise through the new year :)

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/1/2010 2:31PM

    Great challenge! Good luck!

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    emoticon- Good luck with your goals and this challenge!

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