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!
Friday, April 01, 2011
…continuing to move forward one step at a time!
Welcome April 2011! I am looking forward to a month of warmish weather, sunshine, the occasional rain/thundershower and spring flowers in bloom. It has been a long winter here and I am ready for spring and all that it has to offer. I am going to do my part & make it a spectacular one. I’m also hoping for a more productive month than March. Here is what I have planned for my April.
Continue on my ‘New Journey’ to get rid of these last 6 pounds so I can see my first big goal of 160 (that will be 33 pounds GONE!) Shout out ~ Thanks to my new SparkFriend THEHONESTME for the push on this one!
Begin & finish (round 2) the Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred (with before & after pictures as I progress along) Shout out to my Sparkers ~ Thanks to JAMIECRADER & RICEANDBEANS for the encouragement & idea to get going on this again! Let’s Shred it, Girlies!! Swimsuit season here we come!
Finish my SparkPeople Virtual 5k training & Run ~ scheduled 5k for the week of April 10th! I may fall a little short on this as the scheduled week is getting closer, but I am determined to do it! Better late, than never, right?
RWAP monthly challenge ~ ‘Hop To It’ challenge! I am ready to fill my Easter basket!
Weather permitting ~ get outside for walks/runs as much as possible
Mileage count of 50 miles for the month ~ biking, walking, running, hiking
Fitness minutes ~ 1500 minutes
Water (consume at least 48 oz a day)
Setting a goal weight to work toward that I’d love to reach by our June vacation ~ 152!
I am ready to feel like a spring
How about you? What goals do you have set for yourself for April?
Let’s keep Sparking on and make it a wonderful month!
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