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Birthday dinner out...with dessert....and stayed within calorie range!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Well we had a nice birthday dinner out for SWMBO....and I stayed within range for the day, even with dessert!

I took her to the Magnolia Grill here in Ft Walton Beach ( ) a place we both like and we know the owners Tom & Peggy Rice real well.

Now there's very little light fare on the menu, so I knew I had to plan out the day in advance. Breakfast was a 3 oz can of tuna with 4 oz of cottage cheese, lunch was a half sandwich & cup of chicken noodle soup. I had a banana before going to the restaurant, so all told, I had 1000 calories to spare going to dinner.

To be extra safe, I went out for what was to be a 90 minute bike ride, but 5 miles out I got a flat (a thorn pierced my tire!) so I did a roadside change and biked back to finally put on the new tire ("Gatorskins"!) I've had sitting in the garage for 6 months....All told it was a 30 minute workout. Meh!

Now I usually go for one of Tom's superbly char-grilled rib-eye steaks, but knew that would be the road to perdition, so I opted for broiled scallops which came with grilled veggies and a twice baked potato. Add to that a cup of gazpacho for an appetizer and I was sitting pretty well at the low end of my range for the day.

Then Tom & Peggy bought out the "complimentary dessert tray" for SWMBO's birthday....arrgghhh.

Who doesn't like Key Lime Pie....and is that Chocolate Brownie really warm to the touch? Hurry up and blow out that candle, wifey!

So even with a few forkfuls of key lime and brownie pie, I'm within range (although even a breath mint will knock me over the precipice tonight). It's all good, much better than things could have been.

Presents for SWMBO in a little while....then I'll have to schedule our cha-cha classes to burn off the pies!

Good night Spark friends!

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/28/2011 1:05AM

    Good for you, my friend!!!!!

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JUNEBUG1944 8/27/2011 11:43PM

    Happy birthday to SWMBO...glad you had a great dinner and stayed within your calorie planned for it and that's the way to do it!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/27/2011 10:13PM

    emoticon to get back in the tracking swing of things! And Happy Birthday to SWMBO!

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MOBYCARP 8/27/2011 9:43PM

    emoticonTough situation, and good job coming in for the day within ranges! I suspect I'd just let a day like that go over range, and be grateful that social commitments aren't every day.

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Here's to Beginners! Stay Motivated!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Well last day of my staycation....and I'm actually looking forward to going back to work!

It's been good....and I've actually ended up spending 2-4 hours a day in the office anyway, but it's been nice spending time with SWMBO, working out...and getting back on track with Sparkpeople.

I've found that the more I make healthy living (eating right, working out, paying attention) a priority, and the more time I spend thinking about it (which lately has meant reading more blogs, reading more articles, and planning to be successful instead of just assuming it's going to happen), the better I feel and the better I am able to maintain my calorie limits.

You see I have to THINK ABOUT ain't just going to happen.....I need to be thinking about what I've eaten, about what I'm going to eat, I've got to be aware of where I'm at in my total calorie count throughout the day, and I've got to be alarmed when my daily calorie count creeps up to its limits.

I was in the "don't really care" mode recently and that didn't really work out....I gave myself leeway to eat more crap....and that didn't really work out.....I thought I could operate on auto-pilot....and that didn't really work out. The lbs crept up and I felt bigger. Luckily it was less than a 5 lb gain.

So I'm trying to go back that Zen Mind Beginner's Mind mentality of when I first joined SP, where I cruised the website, blogged, commented on blogs, planned my meals, made excruciating plans for meals & snacks, and consciously decided to control portions and cravings.

So here's to beginners....may we all be as motivated today as when we first joined!

Good night Spark friends!

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MOBYCARP 8/26/2011 9:31PM

    Thinking about it. Yes, I have to think about it. Tomorrow is week 4 of the Breakfast with Daughter at McDonald's tradition. I think I got it right on Week 3, and will try the same strategy tomorrow; but it's hard to work a day's nutrition around a bad meal.

I find that even when the numbers let me have some junk, it's best to limit the quantity of junk. If I eat too much junk, I end up craving more junk. Then it's either blow the numbers or work very hard to exercise enough will power to stay on track for the day.

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Staying at the Low End of the Calorie Range....tough to do!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

So day 4 of my staycation went very well. Still had to spend about 2 hours at work for a telecon, but, by riding my bike there, I made sure to go for a nice long ride afterwards. Finished up a few more honey-do's around the house, then made an adjustment to the man-cave and installed a sound bar for our 50" plasma I'm just looking for the right movie to test it out.

Well lo and behold, tracking what I eat works....a blinding glimpse of the obvious I know, but I'm still amazed that my "internal food estimator" is so out of whack. Left on my own, unsupervised, unchecked, I will overeat, it's that simple. Duh, these past 3 weeks proved it!

So here's my new personal challenge: how to stay at the low end of my calorie range.

It's great that Chris the Sparkguy and his techno-geeks offer a range of calories to stay within. Me, I look at the top number and try to not bust past it.....I don't even consider that I should try to stay close to the low end of the range. My thinking, "I've got XXX calories before I bust my limit for the day"

Hmmmm....maybe a saner person would think more along the line of, "I've reached the lower range of my calories for today, so I should stop eating"

Find me such a person! If they're out there, if they exist, if they are fellow Sparkpeople, please have them friend me, because I need to know how they think and how they get through their days, because that is truly alien thinking to me!

I can work out like crazy, I can power through all sorts of trials and tribulations, but left alone, with a few hundred calories in the bank at the end of the day, my sense of normal is to use them up. I almost feel guilty if I go to bed knowing I haven't reached "my limit" for the day....madness I tell you.

So today's experiment....stay low!

Good night Spark friends!

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CREEPYED 8/27/2011 12:14AM

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

I do the Weight Watchers points+ system, which is different than counting calories since the algorithm is based on the fat, carbohydrate, fiber, and protein content of food as opposed to the calories. I've found that I when I eat lots of produce, I'm much more successful. I could eat fruit all day, but I need veggies too! What works really well for me is to add some fruit to breakfast and focus my snacks around fruit and focus my meals around vegetables. You feel full, but you come in with low calorie counts because vegetables are just that awesome. :)

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/26/2011 11:23PM

    GETSTRONGRRR, can you delude yourself by understating your exercise so that your calorie range gets set lower? Then when you're bumping against the upper limit, you're actually about in the middle of the 'real' range. Perhaps after a month or so of that you will feel satisfied with less . . . .

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MOBYCARP 8/26/2011 9:20PM

    For a week or two, my workdays have been pretty much the same breakfast and lunch, with 700 to 800 calories left in the day after work. Lately dinner has come in with 200 to 300 calories left in the day, and I have to think about how to get the calories or how to get the required fat or protein while staying just a bit over the bottom of the range.

How did this happen? It started when I reset my minimum protein from 60 grams to 90. I'm more satisfied with more protein, which means eating fat free cottage cheese and buying chicken breasts to bake and chop on the weekend so I always have chicken breast to throw into something as I need the protein.

I've also found that too much sugar (I LOVE my candy!) or carbonated beverages (even diet soda) stimulate my appetite. Once I'm aware of the phenomenon, I can control it to some extent. But I limit the candy, even when the calories would allow more; and the last of the diet soda got poured down the drain shortly after I started Sparking.

You say, "Left to my own, unchecked, I will overeat." I could have written that, but I expressed the same thought differently: I need to record what I eat for the rest of my life. When I see that I've made my numbers, I can realize that I'm not really hungry. But if there are no numbers to watch, there's no limit on the mindless eating. But coming in under budget is second nature to me, so I apply the same mindset to the nutrition numbers.

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Back and active on SP....I'm committed!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Well I'm taking a few days off from work this week, we're not going anywhere, just spending some time with SWMBO, getting some honey-do's done, getting connected back and active on SP, and working out a lot.

I went out for an early morning ride (OK, I rode to the office to go sign some papers, then got back on and continued on for an hour), took SWMBO out to lunch, and we walked hand in hand though downtown Ft Walton Beach (it's her birthday this weekend, so I took her to a dance studio...we decided I'd sign us up for ballroom dancing classes for her birthday...pray for me)

Did some chores around the house, then hit the gym, rode the stationary bike for 30 minutes, then lifted for about 90.

I feel beat....I feel very good, just beat

But I've also been very meticulous about logging every bite and that feels good. I need the structure to stay focused on getting down to 180 lbs...I really want to get there before 1 Nov.

So I am publicly re-committing to get, and stay active, on SP....who knows, I might have to enter a challenge or 2 as well

Good night Spark Friends!

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JUNEBUG1944 8/25/2011 6:11PM

    Good luck with the dancing! You'll do great! It's good that you had a day with SWMBO! What fun!

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BRADOS 8/25/2011 7:50AM

    I know you can do it - I am back to logging everything as well!

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/25/2011 6:48AM

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REBECCATKD 8/24/2011 9:55PM

    I am noting your commitment and will cheer you on as I hold you to it!

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Death by Peanut Butter

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jif....creamy, sweet, savory, peanut buttery Jif.

It's my downfall

I don't know who decided it would be a good idea to crush peanuts and blend them up into a creamy concoction you pump into a jar, but it was sheer genius I tell you. They should also be locked up for crimes against humanity.

I love peanut butter with honey, I love it on toast, I love it with bananas, and I love it with that deadliest of inventions, marshmallow fluff (better known as a fluffernutter for anyone from Boston)

But this can't go on. I witnessed myself going back to that jar of Jif numerous times these past 3 weeks, and whereas before I was always careful to measure out and stay within a 2-4 tblspn range, in my 3 week sleep-walking mode (where I didn't log what I ate) it was so very easy to sit there with a jar and scoop and scoop and scoop...then wash it down with a glass of cold milk

What made me crash through my daily calorie limit today was a "small snack" I allowed myself after work....a banana with a few tablespoons of PB....a 315 calorie bill for the day.

But that's where logging keeps me honest. Without facing those numbers, I could just as easily go grab the jar again after dinner and kid myself into thinking that the calories are negligible.

Yeah right!

Every calorie counts...and they all add up....I am recommitted to staying within my range every day!

Bring it Jif!

Good night Spark friends.

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HEALTHIERKEN 8/24/2011 10:48AM

    I go for Adam's pb: ONLY peanuts, no sugar, no salt, no extra oil. It's messy as the oil floats to the top of the jar, it's not quite as delicious as some other pb's, but it does give me the good fat that all pb's contain. I spread a tbspoon on a Quaker rice cake for a 100-calorie or so snack. And get this: my wife eats pb with baloney and lettuce in a sandwich . . . . I'm not there yet!!!!!!

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REBECCATKD 8/23/2011 10:03PM that creamy goodness, too. That's why I sometimes get to have a peanut butter sandwich for a snack: when I save up enough calories and fat to indulge (and not binge -- learned that lesson, I did!)

Keep on tracking!

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BOBF15 8/23/2011 9:55PM

    I so agree, at times, I wondered if life was worth living without p'nut butter.

It has sustained me all through college, bachelorhood, and ahhhh, there is a definite love affair with peanut butter.

My best solution is no, no, no not eliminate it, but manage and limit it.

It is a pretty good food, especially if it is natural, and not the adulterated HFCS additives in it kind.


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FANGFACEKITTY 8/23/2011 9:44PM

    So I probably should not tell you about The Peanut Butter Company's line up of the most awesome divinely inspired peanut butter concoctions ever envisioned by man?

My personal favorite is the white chocolate peanut butter. My daughter likes The Bee's Knees.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/23/2011 9:40PM

    I am with you peanut butter had to be one of the foods of the Gods. I love it. I have learned to use it in moderation. I have found the little bagel things in the bread isle. I will take a half of one of these and toast it and while hot spread with about about a teaspoon of peanut butter. I have this with my breakfast in place of toast. Try it. You get all the wonderful flavor but without the guilt and you can stay within your calarie range

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    Eek. Ya, that's tough. I would get the peanut butter out of the house - if you know you're going to crave it, try and get those little ones that restaurants have - small portions and I don't think they're Jif - you'll be less likely to eat it, but you'll still have some PB on hand if you're overwhelmed with the desire :)

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