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Playing the dinner host....I kicked ass and kept my calorie count LOW!

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

OH YEAH, who's the man!

So last night I was not a happy camper after dinner with some out of town visitors (see yesterday's blog).

That made me a little apprehensive about tonight where I had 20 folks from around the planet I was hosting at another dinner. This was a little more formal, Italian food, guests from Germany, Australia, Singapore, etc, speaker, cocktails, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Well I did not want to burst through the calorie wall again tonight, and I was determined to work out by hook or by crook. SO THANK YOU SPARK FRIENDS WHO SAID THIS WAS POSSIBLE!

First off, I made a conscious decision to keep the intake low at work. I grazed like usual (light sandwich, fruit, cottage cheese), so that I had 800 calories by dinner. The day was busy, so I had to come home to do a quick change before dinner at 7:00. Knocked out the 100 pushups & 200 situps routine while SWMBO redesigned my clothes for the night (I thought the turtleneck went great with the jacket, she said no).

I got there 15 minutes before I had to kick things off (thereby avoiding the hors d'oeuvres), mingled, drank water while they had their beers, got things moving, and saw that I had ordered the Mahi Mahi (my guys said that I had ordered this 2 weeks ago when we planned it.....Score!), spinach, spaghetti (spaghetti stayed on the plate all night!), marinated mushrooms and some bruschetta like concoction on what looked like melba toast.

Then these 2 huge plates of dessert came out; cannolis, cheesecakes, sauces, madness.

The 50 year old German guest to my right looked at it the same way I did.....half horrified, yet trying to be polite. Spark thinking came to the rescue.

I said, "The sponge cake looks pretty good, think I'll have half that piece there". He sparks up and says, "Oh, very goot, I vill hef the other helf!"

Score 1 for international diplomacy and good clean living!

So today was superb.....even with a worst case scenario at dinner (I estimated up on all the stuff there), it came out to about 600 calories, which put me at a totally cool 1400 for the day. That might rate some peanut butter post blogging (just kidding, there shall be no food rewards for this kind of thing)

So thanks again for the support and helped today....onwards through the rest of this week and next as I hit the road Thursday.

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TEXAS_GRL 2/9/2011 8:42AM


You are my hero, international diplomacy and keeping it in calorie range. Sweet!

Keep it up!


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ELISA322 2/9/2011 6:46AM

    You're doing a great job!

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SAFARIBABE 2/9/2011 6:19AM

    emoticon SCORE!!!!!

Sounds like you aced this challenge! But then again no chocolate-filled death! WTG on sneeking in those pushups and crunches! UGH I was doing my crunches while I waited for the blasted yams to cook!! LOL

So what Spark dangers lurk around the corners of your day today?

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BRADOS 2/9/2011 12:20AM

    Way to go GETSTRONGRRR - another landmine avoided...wooo hooo


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JONESINATOR 2/9/2011 12:00AM


Isn't it great what the mindset does for us?! Just be sure 1400 isn't TOO low for today, maybe some healthy peanut fat is deserved!

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A week of dining out - 7 -16 Feb

Monday, February 07, 2011

So I had a scheduling meeting with my staff today, and the next 10 days have me on the road and/or dining out on 7 of them and pretty busy days filling up all the white space on the calendar in between.

Egads, I can only eat so much for my country.

Tonight was not pretty. I passed on the bread. but even ordering the fish & veggie entree there was way too much butter. Then the owner, who I know and is a great guy, brought us a round of pie for dessert on the house.....a pie he made himself! I'm supposed to say no?

So I took that one for the team. Even with the my good planning today, it pushed me a few hundred calories over the top...that plus I had to miss my workout at the gym to make the dinner on time....that's got under my skin (as did the pie)

So I'm diving into uncharted territory being on the road and out at multiple functions these next 10 days. I've got some options and a good foundation to make it easier, but these next 10 days will be an interesting adventure in Spark living.

I'll be up on the net as much as I can

Cheers all!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/9/2011 1:02AM

    You're in a challenging situation, that's for sure. I find that even when I try to be completely careful with restaurant meals, I overeat. I never thought I'd say this, but I'm going to: McDonald's and most of the other 'fast food' places now have quite healthy choices on their menu, and their portions tend to be smaller than in sit-down restaurants. Another strategy is to google the various restaurant's menus and find out ahead of time what they serve that might set you back too badly. And there's always the old trick of drinking a lot of water 20 minutes or so before going to your meal, having soup and salad before mains. And sometimes a person just has to feel guilty about wasting food, and leave half the serving on the plate. Good luck, eh!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/8/2011 9:29PM

    I don't envy you at all...that traveling and eating out is the pits. Will you be staying at hotels with exercise rooms? That might help...good're tough! You can do this!

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BRADOS 2/7/2011 10:37PM

    I agree with SAFARIBABE, from what I have read from you - you seem to be exactly the kind of person who will be able to successfully navigate the landmines in the coming week - have a great (and successful) week GETSTRONGRRR.

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SAFARIBABE 2/7/2011 10:33PM

    You're strong!! You can make it thru this next week and a half! You don't need any fancy gym equipment to get those pushups and crunches done! hehehehe!!! As for the dinners...try the apetizers. Like last night the BF took me L'Absinthe. I went for the moules frites BUT the appetizer size...and left most of the fries! We'll be here rooting for ya!!


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JONESINATOR 2/7/2011 10:29PM

    Best of luck! I had a difficult time one weekend where I ate out for 5 of 6 meals (not counting breakfasts). I did a blog post and posted what/where I ate, maybe that will help give you some ideas if you get to choose places to go. Otherwise you know the rules: lean meats, veggies, salads and water! If you know any bodyweight exercise routines, I'd strongly recommend doing those while on the road as you only need your body!

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This ain't no Football's WAR!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

I'm pretty fired up today....and it's not about the game tonight.

Yesterday was a good day of rest...peppered with some junk food temptations that pissed me off to no end (see yesterday's blog). Today I woke up feeling energized, knocked out today's requirements for the 100 pushups & 200 situps program, showered, shaved and went out to get some errands done.

Driving along the Emerald Coast Parkway, looking at the blue-green water, I realized that if I'm serious about getting healthy and fit, that I better be able to sustain everything I'm doing on the eating and the exercise front. This ain't no skirmish to get down a few's all all out attack on many fronts. It's a war of attrition, so I better gear up for the long march.

What that means to me is that what I'm doing today has to be a lifestyle change that I can keep up indefinitely. For the runner, it's always tempting to come out of the chocks at top speed. You feel great, you make incredible progress early in the race, but then you start to lag. You tucker out because you're out of Schlitz with that initial burst, and have to slow down. In my marathon running days, I would have to tell myself constantly, "find the pace that makes you feel like you can run forever."

Same deal here, but this requires defense too. When the peanut butter cravings attack, and they will, I've got to divide and conquer, splitting up the horde into teaspoon size chunks to prevent them from massing on tablespoons. I've got to have a plan of attack that makes 1500-1800 calorie days bearable, enjoyable, and spread out throughout the day, so that when the fried jalapeno poppers start massing on the border, I can club them away with the satisfaction that I'm already well fed you bastards.

Same on the offense. I know I can power through a few strong weeks of intense workouts and show great results. But after a while, life will come along and make demands on time and energy. So the workouts have to be the same level of bearable and enjoyable so that 6-10 months from now I'm looking as forward to working out as I am today

And every once in a while, some R&R is called for as we watch the fat, sweet, and salty enemies retreat in disarray. Every now and then it's nice to pick up one of the fleeing hordes, pop him into the mouth, and smile as we watch his friends cry out, "Take me too"

And we laugh at their plight as we say, "No way, we'll never surrender, now get the hell out of my way!"

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Fit Living!

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SAFARIBABE 2/6/2011 9:48PM

    First off I really do NOT want to know what kind of strange thing you're into that has jalepeno poppers massing on your boders! OK I really do want to know but that's my perverse curiosity that's wondering, not the logical rational part of me. Second my warlord BF would say...never take on more POW's than you know what to do with!! Thrid off...for PB fixes, I already clued Brad in....1 TBsp of PB + 1 TBsp of honey. stir them together and spread the mixture on a whole wheat waffle. YUMMY breakfast and ony 240 cals!!

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Mexican Food, craft store, and what do you ladies deal with at the CHECKOUT COUNTER!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

As part of our Saturday family ritual, we head for lunch at a local eatery. Today was Mexican at our favorite haunt (Pepito's in Destin)

Mexican.....cheesy, gooey, sauce-laden, spicy (Yum), Mexican.

Not for me the Evil Quesadilla, no-no-no to the King Burrito, back to the Rancho, Senior Chile Relleno. Today was Caldo de Camarones (Shrimp in a clear broth, with veggies). Just as spicy, just as tasty, and out the door with 300 calories, no mas!

Then SWMBO had to pick up some yarn at the local Michaels, so off we went, me hobbling up and down the aisles on the crutch, trying to eke out some extra steps while she shopped.

Then came the checkout line. MY GOD ladies, why do you go to these places!!!!

Here I am, smiling to myself for getting out of Pepito's for only a few 100 calories, then we have to walk through the gauntlet of rows and rows of, are you ready:

- Bags and bags of pastel colored M&Ms
- Marshmallow peeps in every available combination
- Chocolate covered bunnies staring you doe-eyed in the face
- Candy covered sunflower seeds, saying plant me in your tummy

And then the magazine tunnel before you can get close to the register:

- Rachel Ray biting into a two-fisted cheeseburger
- Slim Giada offering you a plate-full of Spaghetti and Meatballs bigger than her head
- Paula Dean pushing a 2 lb slice of Apple Pie at you through the cover
- Blonde Sandra Lee offering you a chocolate cake that could feed an army

I almost I am enjoying a salty salsa buzz from Pepito's, and I'm surrounded by sweet temptations, every one of them promising to satisfy that craving.

It was a mountain of madness I tell you, all wrapped up in the scent of eucalyptus and floral arrangements that made it seem like you were in the jungles of paradise, where eating whatever you liked was right and true.

I signed the credit card bill, grabbed SWMBO, made a bee-line for the door and never looked back. Unwrapped a stick of gum in the car and chewed like a madman till we got home and downed a liter of water.

Evil lurks in these stores, I tell you. You can survive a 100 battles in restaurants and supermarkets, but all it takes is that one well aimed chocolate bullet, offered to you with a glossy covered smile, and next thing you know, your making your way to the sweatpants aisle to shop for more clothes.

Spark on!

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GOT2BMEMOMMYOF3 2/7/2011 8:42PM

    I LOVED THIS POST!!! lol

My new trick is to divide the weight of the entire bag by the portion size to get the number to multiply the serving size calories by...
eg. 250g bag of candy / 50g serving size =5 5 x 200 cal per serving = 1000 cals (OMG)

I know I will eat the whole bag...or most of it...before the day is over. So that's 1000cals I'd have to feel like crap about....that's SO not worth it!!

p.s. My old trick was to shrug and say oh well...what's an extra 1000cals!!

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MANDABEAR11 2/7/2011 7:20PM

    I'm just so used to chocolate staring me in the face in every store you go to, I don't even let if affect me anymore. Pfft chocolate...I'm better than that emoticon
emoticon on your will power champ!

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BLUEEYESXOXO 2/6/2011 7:11PM

    This made me smile. So frickin' truthful. I hate going to check outs that have candy in them. Thankfully most days I remember that I hate most of that processed crap. Other days, my stomach takes over. A rice krispie treat is usually 90 calories. Wal-mart with DBF and they had one that was 310 calories. The nutritional label said one serving size per package! The healthiest thing in the whole isle. So I ate less then 1/3 and gave the rest to him. :) Ahh will power. You did much better then I did. Way to go!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/6/2011 4:01PM

    Boy, ain't that the truth! It's deadly out there! But, my man, you were strong! Good for you. We have to fight these deadly enemies...fight them to the death...theirs or ours? I'm not really sure!

Actually, I am sure...WE ARE GOING TO WIN! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 2/6/2011 12:56PM

Too funny! And too true!

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THEWINNER33 2/6/2011 11:56AM

    I was laughing so hard reading this. I have been through that gauntlet. And now with Valentine's Day almost here ande gone, along comes Easter candy. Get me a blindfold to pass the displays. You did so well, I am proud of you. Marcia

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SPOOKYTHECAT 2/6/2011 11:45AM

    So true!

& Gum really does help a lot, I use it every night when I leave work to drive past the gauntlet of Taco Bell, McDonalds, KFC, & Dunkin Donuts.

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SAFARIBABE 2/5/2011 6:26PM


OMG man where have you been all your life that you never noticed this before now???? I can picture you practically running from the shop with your poor SWMBO kind of swept off her feet in tow behind you! LOL WTG on avoiding the evils of the shops.

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ELISA322 2/5/2011 4:31PM

    LMAO. That is hilarious. I'm glad you made it out of Micheals alive.

I always torture myself by watching the Food Network at night when I'm starving. It's amazing what gum and a bottle of water can do!

Oh and good job at Pepito's!

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The Dilemma: Love to exercise & Love to eat

Friday, February 04, 2011

I've hovered around 200 lbs the last few years. Was down to 188 during serious marathon training and up to 205 during serious work periods where I sacrificed exercise for the job.

Recovering from surgery, I knew I had to change something fast or I'd pack on the pounds with no aerobic outlet for months.

Enter the SparkPeople. When I Googled, "best weight loss website", there you are #5 on the search list. Still a little suspicious though, I had to check it out in a few places (Amazon,, Fortune review).

Anyway, I signed up so I could get a peek inside, and here I am 5 weeks later and 5 lbs lighter than when I started....sitting at 192 as of this AM.

2 Weeks after surgery I got cleared to hit the gym for upper body work only, no weight bearing on the leg. Bottom line, I've been able to get a great routine going again after some chronic pain.

I love working out; running not so much anymore, but biking, weight lifting, and the occasional fitness class. But man 'o man do those workouts bring on an appetite. And it's a sneaky appetite, the kind of insidious thinking that says, "it's OK to eat whatever you want, you worked out real hard!"

But it's a lie and I've really learned that no amount of exercise will make up for excessive eating....just ain't gonna happen. I pride myself on being rationale and precise and the evidence clearly demonstrates lots of eating = lots of pounds gained....even if you work out like mad

So I'm digging the food tracker, trying not to turn it into an exact science. And I'm acting on the knowledge that the lbs won't leave till the calorie intake goes down.

Damn I hate the facts!

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JUNEBUG1944 2/6/2011 4:05PM

    I hear you, Pal! It is really a trap because after exercise you can be ravenous and all hell breaks loose if you aren't careful! We know what we have to do...but it is so hard to do the right thing all the time! Congrats on your weight are winning this war! I was going to say "game", but it isn't a's war!

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HEALTHIERKEN 2/5/2011 9:45PM

    You're probably paying attention to "What to eat before a workout" and "What to eat after a workout", two articles in the Men's Health section of Spark People. The other thing I've really come to appreciate is the 'five small meals a day' concept. It lets me give in to my body's demands that I eat often, but because I've programmed snacks into the nutrition plan, doing so doesn't wreak havoc with the caloric intake.

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ELISA322 2/5/2011 4:35PM

    This is definitely a dilemma most people face. I'm impressed you were able to keep your weight down during marathon training, I've read stories of people who were not as fortunate and gained weight from it. I'm defnitely going to continue to track my calories as I train, because I don't want to have the mindset that I have the license to eat everything in sight because I ran 18 miles!

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SAFARIBABE 2/5/2011 6:43AM

    It's funny you should blog about this because I just read an article in SP in the last couple days about what to eat after you exercise. Said you should eat more carb than protein and obviously keep the fats low. You should be able to find the article in the Healthy Lifestyle section. Also, as you increase your cardio, the fitness tracker lets you adjust the amount of cardio you're going to do each week or day or whatever. So for example, I started out saying I was going to do 30 mins of cardio 4 days a week, and the nutrition tracker automatically set my calories at the range of X - Y. Now I'm actually doing 60+ mins 5-6 days a week. I've changed the fitness goals to reflect that and my calorie range was increased slightly fro Q - R. The rationale is that if you don't get the energy (food) to support the increased exercise your body goes into starvation mode and hordes the calories you do give it as fat while fueling your exertions by feeding off the muscles. Bottom line...It's about loosing healthily not speedily! And this concludes our lecture for this morning. LOL emoticon

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SUE5007 2/5/2011 12:39AM

    Oh yeah, we know how you feel. Be sure you are tracking your calories burned and realign your fitness goal to match closer to what you're doing. It may change your number of calories to eat each day.
Try drinking water instead of snacking. Easier said then done though. Try flavored water or those singles of flavoring that you add to a bottle of water. The water will help keep the hunger pangs at bay.
And try to notice if certain foods make you more hungry. For me, if I have a banana with my cheerios I am hungry an hour sooner. Even though I ate more! Flavored yogurt fills me up but I am also hungry sooner...I think it's the sugar in it.
Congrats on your success so far. Keep up the good work!

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KIMERZDE 2/4/2011 10:20PM

    I personally like a nice smoothy. I make it with fat free organic yogurt, a spoonful of protein, ( bulk and cheaper) frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, part of a bananna if around and a little organic milk to thin it out. It gives me a large drink, which is not only healthy, but full of protein my body needs. Plus it is quite filling. emoticon

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