Friday, April 22, 2011
Do you have a new found love? One that you have found since you’ve become a Sparker. One of my many new found loves in the “healthy foods” category is grapefruit. Oh, how I used to hate grapefruit. It was too bitter for me unless I covered in sugar. Well, being a Sparker you know that’s not the healthy way to eat grapefruit. One day, I am not sure if it was for a challenge or what, but I thought I’d try it again. My first try I admit I added a little bit of sugar. The next time I added honey. Someone had suggested that to me once so I thought I’d try it. It was ok, but nothing spectacular. Then finally the 3rd time (maybe the charm?) I tried it plain. I was pleasantly surprised. It was delicious. So yes, Sparkers I have found love ~ the love for grapefruit!
Is there something you haven’t tried in a while or maybe you have been wanting to try a new healthy food, but just haven’t yet? Well, fellow Sparkers I am “challenging” you to give it a try. You may be like me & be pleasantly surprised on how great it is. Or you may find you don’t like it. But you know what? You don’t know until you try it! So get out there and try something new.
Okay, enough about my love for grapefruit. My self-honesty day 3 was a busy day as is any other day. I worked on LOTS of laundry & week 9’s challenge for my fellow Sparkers. I got in my LEVEL 3; DAY 1 (woo~hoo!) of the 30-Day Shred! I am so excited to be on level 3.
I wasn’t going to do a food blog of my day, but I seemed to ‘spark’ an interest here. As time consuming as it is, it’s kind of fun. Plus I met a few fellow Sparkers out of it from posting my day 2!
Breakfast ~ I am an equal opportunity cereal company supporter. Kellogg bowl & Post cereal! LOL I had ½ of my new love ~ grapefruit (plain of course), 1 cup orange juice, ¾ cup cereal & ½ cup of half-percent milk.
I was feeling ok & opted not to have a morning snack. Instead I ate my lunch earlier as I had to get ready & off to work at my dd’s school. Since we colored eggs Wednesday night you know what I had to have for lunch! Yup, egg salad bagel-wich.
I chopped up one hard boiled egg (forgot how good these are!), mixed it with a tablespoon on chopped celery & 1 ½ Tablespoons of light miracle whip. Then I placed it on my 100% whole wheat thin bagel (another new love). I sliced up a medium carrot & celery and added a few grape tomatoes. Look at the color! I even have a wedge of light French Onion Laughing Cow cheese spread to eat with my veggies. I’ve got some whole grain crackers for the “crunch” factor and my good old water.
I also had a sweet treat after my lunch ~ One serving of Cadbury mini-eggs.
Since I was off to school for awhile I packed my afternoon snack to go along. That way I could have my snack on the way home (20 minutes) & it will have time to settle. The weather was too beautiful to pass up! So I got in my loop walk (2.3 miles; 36 minutes). Then after the girls got home we took a 1/2 mile walk to walk the dog. Okay, here is my afternoon snack.
1 piece of 100% whole wheat bread, 1 T. natural peanut butter & 1 cup pineapple and my traveling water cup!
Dinner was build-your-own-salad night. All of the fixings for a great salad.
I had tons of veggies, some chopped up deli ham, ¼ shredded reduced-fat cheese & 2 T. light ranch dressing on the side, plus my cup of milk.
My oldest dd’s work of salad art.
My youngest dd’s salad. She was pleased with all of her healthy choices!
Oh yeah, I was having an emotional/TOM kind of night. Sad, crying the whole nine yards & all I wanted was chocolate. So I opted for the healthier chocolate ~ some dark chocolate with raspberry filling. It served its purpose!
My range calculations for the day ~
Calories 1823 (OVER)
Fat 63 (OVER)
Carbs 272 (OVER)
Fiber 26 (range)
Protein 67 (range)
Calcium 99 (under by 1)
Sodium 2491 (over)
Iron 71 (under)
Water ~ 64 oz
Fruits/Veggies ~ LOTS!!!
Daily calorie differential ~ -459
I still haven't figured out my ranges but I am only less than 200 calories away from my "weekly" burn & I have a few workouts left to do.
Anyway, it was a lovely, beautiful day. I'll leave you with this wonderful, clear blue sky!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Self-Honesty ~ Day 2
Self-Honesty check ~ Wednesday ~ I had already pre-logged my foods into the Spark tracker Tuesday night so that wasn’t much of a concern for yesterday. It was nice having that out of the way! After the kids were off to school I had my breakfast ~
I had 1 cup orange juice, ½ grapefruit, 2 poached eggs & whole wheat thin bagel with cream cheese. As I was taking this picture, it got me thinking. What a pale colored meal? This breakfast was filling & tasty, but lacked pizzazz. My plate needs more color! Why not track my food colors for the day?
After my workouts of level 2; DAY 10 of the 30-Day Shred & treadmill (45 mins ~3.08 miles), I was in need of a high protein snack before I continued on with my day!
I enjoyed a banana sliced & topped with 1 T. peanut butter & 1 cup ½ percent milk
That snack tied me over into lunch time when I sat down to enjoy
1 cup high fiber Minestrone soup by Progresso, reduced-fat Triscuits with 1 wedge of Laughing Cow French Onion spread, 1 cup strawberries & ice water. I also had a ½ cup of left over steamed green beans that I added for some more veggies.
During the afternoon I worked on spring cleaning the bathrooms. I once again, fell behind so the 3rd bathroom/laundry room didn’t get done today. I was getting hungry for my afternoon snack.
110 calorie yogurt ~ Pineapple Upside Down Cake yogurt with 1 cup fresh pineapple! Delicious. I highly recommend that snack.
I had a low-fat hot dog, reduced fat crescent roll, baked French fries (my opinion the best way to have them), a side salad (look at the color there) & 1 T. light ranch dressing, plus a ½ cup of blueberries from the freezer. Very yummy. I was still starving (calories are still off) so I had another (not pictured) crescent roll without a hot dog. Plus 5 tater tots ~ just being honest!
We had a quick & kid friendly dinner since our night consisted of coloring Easter eggs. The girls had fun decorating the eggs & I even got to decorate one too. I love coloring eggs.
Okay, for my allowed sweet snack I had my Easter candy weakness ~ Cadbury mini-eggs. It is the darn TOM & if I don’t have some form of chocolate a day I may go crazy.
So did I reach my goal of having a food from each color?
Red- strawberries, tomatoes
Orange- carrot (shredded in salad mix)
Yellow- grapefruit, banana, pineapple
Green- green beans, salad
Purple- red cabbage (shredded in salad mix)
Black- coffee (with added creamer of course)
Brown- whole wheat thin bagel, peanut butter
White- eggs, milk, low-fat cream cheese
My range calculations for the day ~ not good!
Calories 2153 (over)
Fat 71 (over)
Carbs 332 (over)
Fiber 36 (over)
Protein 70 (range)
Calcium 94 (under)
Sodium 2850 (over)
Iron 53 (under)
Water 64 oz
Daily calorie differential ~ -339
I really need to get my ranges in order to meet with my calorie burn. I shouldn’t be going to bed & getting up in the morning “starving” after being over calories. Not that “sure I could eat something” type of starving. It’s the actual "my stomach is really growling & I am starving" kind of starving.
Again, for the long blog!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Thanks to a SparkFriend JOAN_HEO for pointing out that a person needs to have some “self-honesty” to make this journey successful. As many of my SparkFriends know, I am struggling with the scale lately. Why not give myself a little self-honesty check and get that number moving again? Mom always said “honesty is the best policy”, so why not with myself? Hmmm. Something to think about there. How can I tell my own girls that honesty is the best policy, if I’m not being honest with myself? So this brings me to my self-honesty day 1 blog….
Today started off as any other day. I got the kids around & off to school, the normal morning chaos. I was going to be a good little Sparker & get in my level 2;day 9 of the Shred in before I went swimming. If I am being honest, I kind of talked myself out of it. By the time I was finished sparking this morning, I was running behind. The story of my life. So instead of feeling rushed & panicked during the workout, I got my lunch-to-go & snacks ready for my day out.
After swimming I ate my healthy lunch in the car & even got in 30 minutes of reading time. Being a mom of two that is a miracle all on its own! Then I headed off for my afternoon of “me time”. for a challenge this week on team Challenges for Sparkers with Lots to Lose.
It was pouring rain, but I enjoyed my day. I shopped where I wanted to shop, I had time to try on clothes & I even stayed out of the girls’ department. I always end up finding things for my daughters & never look for me. Not today ~ it was all about me!
I bought 2 pairs of capris ~ one pair is a casual white pair & the other is a dressy pair of black ones. I also hit Michael’s up to get one of their Paula Dean recipe books they had. I have so many recipes I use all of the time I didn’t want them all in a recipe box so I thought this would be a nice binder to organize my recipes in. After that, I fueled back up with my granola bars & fresh sliced strawberries. Then I was off to Target. By the time I got in the store my pants were a touch wet & I was freezing. It was so cold, windy & rainy! Brrr. Doesn’t help I really had to go to the bathroom! Potty dance=extra calorie burn!
I felt re-energized when I got in there. It’s a good thing I don’t go shopping every day ~ cha ching $$$$. I got a new pair of workout capris (charcoal colored), a green night shirt to go with my pj bottoms that fit me better now, a new t-shirt (dark plum), a new workout t-shirt (rosy pink), another workout t-shirt (purple), a black dressy cardigan & two pairs of shoes ~ a pair of casual flip-flops & a pair of dressy black sandals. Had I had painted toes, my feet would have looked much better in the dressy sandal. Future note ~ paint my nails before wearing in public!
I had so much fun shopping I was running behind, again! I got home just minutes before the kids got off of the bus. My oldest dd loves my new sandals. I guess they must be okay to wear then!
I had a super day of “me time” and boy, did I need it. While the shrimp was marinating for dinner I managed to get in my 30 Day Shred; Level 2 ~ day 9! Only one day left of level 2! Ya`hooo!
My range calculations for the day ~
Calories 1816 (over)
*my ranges may be too low for my calorie burn - need to check into that!
Fat 50 (ok)
Carbs 299 (over)
Fiber 41 (ok)
Protein 78 (ok)
Calcium 68 (under)
Sodium 2486 (over)
Iron 54 (under)
Water - 7 & counting…
Fruits/Veggies - 4
Workouts ~ swim & Shred
Calorie differential ~ -417
Well my dear SparkFriends & fellow Sparkers there is my day of self-honesty day 1! Sharing is good therapy & keeps the hands busy = no eating out of boredom!
P.S. ~ If you stayed with it & read the whole thing...
it was so long!
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