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Food Blog-Day 2

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Breakfast was not a pretty picture, but I did have breakfast. I had these great plans for an omlet, yada, yada, yada....This is what I actually ate...

After adding the milk-Cost=299 calories
Hmm...not really a nutritious choice, not really a filling choice, but it was fast, and easy and therefore, I did eat breakfast. Maybe I'll have that omlet tomorrow...

Lunch, well, apparently I have trouble scheduling my meals because lunch didn't really happen, what did happen was a late snack... and...
Cost of snacks=370 calories
I reused the picture from yesterday since I had crackers and cheese again. It was not creative, it was not special, but it was fast and easy. I also had the last brownie, a smaller less caloric version than last night's thanks to my kids and hubby polishing off the pan except for that one last lonely brownie.

Dinner, despite a goal to do a bit more planning for dinner, I realized, a little too late, that tonight was baseball practice and dinner had to happen FAST!! So here is dinner...

Cost=588 calories

This was not too bad actually. This is Golden Grain Mission Rainbow Radiatore Pasta, Ragu Garlic Alfredo Sauce and frozen spinach I nuked in the microwave. I actually tossed a bit more spinach on there after I took the picture, once I stirred it all together it wanted more spinach. Very fast and very delicious and really not too damaging on the caloric scale. I was kind of impressed with the final result here. There are supposedly some lower carb alfredo sauces out there I will have to keep an eye out because overall this is something I would definately make again. I picked up the alfredo sauce on a whim since it was like 98 cents on sale and I like to keep spaghetti sauces on hand for just such a situation as tonight. The spinach was a great touch and while I added the spinach to only my plate (kids weren't interested) I will probably stir it into the sauce in the future, there was only a slight spinach taste once stirred in and the kids would probably eat it if they didn't see it go in (sometimes we moms have to be sneaky that way).

Here are today's results

Calorie Range=1,590-1,940
Calories Spent=1,356
Remaining Calories=234-584

So, I need to go find a snack and use up a few more calories, didn't really use enough today. I might have a few more crackers or an Odwalla bar. Sounds good....

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DANIELWIFEY 5/19/2010 8:32AM

    Great blog. What a wonderful way to stay accountable.

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NEW-CAZ 5/19/2010 3:54AM

    I love the look of the pasta
Heather- you make the meal look great!

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ROEANDGO 5/18/2010 11:12PM

    I LOVE the captain!! It looks like you balanced out your healthy choices with snacks and stayed within your calorie range! Great job!

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Done Girls SIS Challenge-Food Blog-Day 1

Monday, May 17, 2010

The challenge (for bonus points) this week is to keep a food blog Monday through Friday.

Monday did not get off to such a great start when I missed breakfast (gasp, shock, dismay). I know, I know, most important meal of the day, helps you eat better the rest of the day, blah, blah, blah. I KNOW!! That didn't change the fact that at breakfast time this morning I just did not feel like eating. So, no breakfast=no breakfast picture.

Next up, snack. I did have a snack. Here it is...
A cheese stick with 7 triscuit crackers. Filling with whole grain and protein for sustained fullness and energy. Yum!! Cost=200 calories.

Then lunch. I haven't had time to shop for my regular groceries and had to go off what was in the house to create my lunch. Here we go...

Tuna fish with 1 tablespoon mayo, green onion and walnuts on toasted (a little too toasted) whole wheat sourdough bread. Another cheese stick (just sounded good) and a fruit cup I "borrowed" from the kids. That sourdough is some of my favorite stuff on the planet but it comes with a big caloric price tag so I limit myself to a couple slices a week (usually a sandwich) and keep the loaf in the freezer. I toast it to defrost it and got a little carried away today so it got a little dark around the edges. Still delicious. Usually I add tomato and lettuce to my tuna fish, but used the last tomato over the weekend and my salad turned a corner over the weekend (ewww) so I added walnuts for flavor. Not an ingredient I usually put in my tuna, but was very yummy anyways! The fruit cup was only okay. I probably won't "borrow" those anymore and might not buy them period. Just wasn't that good. I can do better for myself and my kids. I was thankful to have it today since our "real" fruit was still at the grocery store-lol!
Lunch was "expensive"-cost=654 calories.

Next, dinner. No afternoon snack today. Lunch and dinner were close enough together that I just wasn't hungry. Dinner-

Homemade Pizza. This has been on the menu for a bit and kept getting shoved off due to busy days so the kids were glad to finally get their pizza. I tested a new crust recipe today so I used all white flour where I usually use wheat. The recipe was delish so next time I make it I will substitute half the flour with wheat flour and up the ratio each time until I find a good balance of wheat flour that my kids will still eat. The pepperoni is Turkey pepperoni which I have discovered I prefer to regular pepperoni. It is drier, not as fatty and has a flavor that I actually prefer. One slice comes in at 205 calories. The other is Canadian Bacon, Cashew and Pineapple. This is a family favorite. We live in California if that helps explain why we would ever put pineapple or cashews on pizza. Trust me, it is DELISH!! I make my sauce too so we save some sodium there. The canadian bacon pizza comes in at 295 calories a slice (my slices are 1/6th of the pizza-good sized slices). I calculated out the calories based on all the nutritional info provided from the recipes for the sauce and crust and the packages of the other ingredients. I weighed and measured EVERYTHING. We also had some fresh, chilled watermelon. I had a slice of each pizza and with the watermelon dinner cost=524 calories. That is pretty good for two big slices of pizza and watermelon.

Well here comes desert...
My husband made brownies, shame on him!! Thanks to not having breakfast I had some calories to waste and waste them I did to the tune of 340 calories according to the mix's package. Skipping breakfast to have a brownie for desert is not something I recommend doing. However, I was prepared to skip the brownies and let hubby and kids enjoy the ooey gooey choclatey goodness. But, lucky me had extra calories!!

So, how did I do for today?

Allotted calorie range=1,590-1940
Calories used= 1,718
Leftover calories=0-222

Lookit' that...I could have another smallish brownie!! Bad idea 'cause even though I am in calorie range I went over in carbs AND protein. All that tuna, plus the cheese sticks, plus the meat on the pizzas...and did you notice that LACK of vegis and fruit on my plate today? I still haven't made it to the market but I do have more watermelon and I've got some frozen vegis. Maybe I'll add some watermelon for an evening snack and tomorrow I will have to plan my meals from beginning to end a little bit better. I kind of just went with what sounded good today and while I was still able to keep the calories in range I didn't exactly have the most nutritious day.

I did take a walk for exercise though!! It was such a beautiful day I decided to ditch the videos and just go for a walk to pick son up from school. Getting back into the swing of things....

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KARVY09 5/18/2010 10:22AM

    Cool, hope you enjoyed the brownie. Looks yummy! Glad you're feeling better and that you got a walk in!

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NEW-CAZ 5/18/2010 4:08AM

    emoticon on the food blog front Heather- love the pics!

SO glad you took it easy on yourself on exercise! With your dizzy spells I was worried you'd over do it.
Take care emoticon

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Choices, choices....

Monday, May 17, 2010

Had a rough morning. Not enough sleep or cough syrup hangover, either way I felt shaky and dizzy all morning. Therefore, skipped aerobics class this a.m., sparked instead. So, exercise will come later today when I am on more solid ground (from experience know the dizzy, shaky stuff will go away). So, I've got a decision to make....Jillian, Tae Bo, Power Yoga, or Kathy Smith? Decisions, decisions. It's been so long since I've done any of them that I really don't have a preference....Hmmm. Maybe I'll flip a coin or something! Time to get busy. Weekends are always hard on my house-LOL!! Back later with a food blog for the SIS Challenge...

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NEW-CAZ 5/17/2010 3:21PM

    Whatever you do be gentle're only just getting stronger.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/17/2010 1:18PM

    I like how you stop and reflect on where you are at ... and then make decisions and go for it! emoticon

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Woo Hoo I'm running again!!!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

It has been kind of a rough road to recovery after this last illness. I felt better on Monday and intended to work out more often this week, but ended up doing nothing that resembled exercise. I justified my lack of fitness activities with "I'm still recovering" and to some extent that was true. There were a couple things that threw me off this week.

First, my cough syrup. This is wicked strong stuff. I don't think I've ever taken a med that has thrown me off like this stuff. It is to be taken at night only, it totally knocks me out. I get the best sleep I've gotten in a long time so that is good, I'm really enjoying that part. The bad part is that waking up in the morning is darn difficult. It also makes me a little dizzy so waking up and getting moving in the a.m. is hard. It takes a couple hours of being awake before I feel awake, even then there have been a couple of times when I've caught myself needing a short nap in the morning before I truly feel awake. I'm not a coffee drinker so no assistance there-lol! I didn't go on my regular morning runs this week because of that.

Second, I've been sick so long that my house has truly suffered the consequences. Hubby is okay at helping out around the house and the kids can clean up after themselves to a point. But, once there are so many toys on the floor that you can't see the carpet they say it is too much and they can't do it and mom has to get it back in shape. Well, basically, for two weeks I didn't even look in their rooms and when I got to feeling better and took a peek it was obvious I would be spending a lot of time fixing the disasters that had happened. Even my room was a disaster of laundry waiting to be washed or folded or put away. Eeek!! Dishes were taking over my kitchen despite the fact that I really hadn't done much cooking for a week. My kids were in easy to cook and not necessarily healthy food heaven for two whole weeks. Every day it was get the kids off to school and then come home and start the project for the day. One day the girls' room, then the son's and then mine and then the living/dining room, etc. I kept thinking I should go to aerobics, but the job of putting my house back together seemed the more important thing to do. Now my house is resembling a home more than a garbage heap again so that excuse has been resolved too. I even cooked REAL food for dinner last night. Wontons and egg rolls baked in the oven instead of fried. Son LOVES cream cheese wontons so a half batch of those to limit the number that could be eaten (filling is the 1/3 less fat cream cheese, green onion and garlic). Egg rolls filled with cooked ground turkey, cabbage, bean sprouts and carrot, drizzled with oyster sauce. Spray everything with PAM and stick it in the oven at 450 for about 15-20 minutes. Yummy!! Some broccoli with cashews and garlic sauce and we are good to go.

So, anyhow, obviously today it was time to get back on track. Today was supposed to be a long run-6 miles, we decided that would be a bad idea, so we switched the schedule around a bit and ran the 5K scheduled for next week today. Unfortunately, I couldn't remember the 5K route-lol!! I made it up as I went along and am estimating that I ran the first 2.5 (stopped to stretch twice-feeling a little tight today for some reason-hehe). Then I walked the rest of the route and probably hit the 3 mile with the last bit of walking. All together I am very happy with that. It felt really good to get running again. It felt really good to get the body moving and the lungs working and it even felt good to sweat again, and not from fever ;p!! Next week back to the regular schedule again back to aerobics (though I'll probably take it easy there and focus more energy on the running for a couple of weeks) and back to running and back to strength training. It's good to be back!!

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LAURANAV1 5/16/2010 7:51PM

    Yay - so glad you are feeling better. It is hard to know where to draw the line between recovering and procrastinating. Probably the effort over the few days to get the house back in order was a good way to warm back up. Congrats on running again!

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BUSIBODI 5/15/2010 9:59PM

    I'm so glad you are back to your normal self Heather! You were right to put your home back togetehr. It is hard to be focus when your home is unorganized. Your wonton recipe sound yummy, I may try it with my kids. FYI, you might want to try subsituting Greek yogurt for the cream cheese. it is a bit "soupier" and a little more tart, but it is packed with protien.

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VEGANLINDS 5/15/2010 6:37PM

    Way to go getting back to your running! Wow, you sure have been busy - great job getting all that stuff done and then still staying motivated to get back to your exercise!

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SNAPPEAS 5/15/2010 2:28PM

    Who I should have been at your place for dinner.Glad you're feeling better and used energy to get the house back in shape.Let's face it that's a work out itself.Had you tried to focus on cardio I doubt that you would 've received the full benefits because your focus would have been divided.

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LIV212000 5/15/2010 2:21PM

    Glad you're feeling better! You're doing a great job.

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VELLE9 5/15/2010 12:59PM

    I am glad you are feeling better and I agree the meal you fixed sounded delicious. I agree that you should take things slowly. Enjoy your weekend.

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REENSKI 5/15/2010 12:35PM

    Congratulations on running again! Glad you are feeling better. emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/15/2010 12:29PM

    I'm glad you're feeling stronger Heather and taking time to build up your workouts- sensible lady.
Love the meal you made- you had me salivating emoticon


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WONDERJUL 5/15/2010 12:16PM

    Glad to hear you are well and getting back into your routine. Enjoy the chance to exercise again. The food you made sounds great! emoticon

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ESBELL 5/15/2010 11:57AM

    emoticon Glad to hear you are finally feeling better!!

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Illness update...hint, I'm still alive anyways....

Monday, May 10, 2010

Well, I should have come back a little sooner, but it has been a busy several days. My last blog was about asking for meds to overcome a "cold" or just suffer through. I got lots of great feedback on that problem and read a couple of the comments before going to sleep that night. My dream that night was a message from my body begging for help-LOL!! My dream was that I was at the park with my kids, hacking and coughing up a lung, when my doctor comes over and gives me a script and tells me to go fill it!! I woke up and went and read the rest of the comments, the thing that pushed me over the edge was that my chest was starting to hurt from all the coughing-not a positive sign that recovery is around the corner... I made the call. Gave my doc's assistant my symptoms and she called back later for clarification and then faxed to my pharmacy a list of several things I needed to take-Antibiotic, cough syrup, otc cold medicine and otc inhaler for the nasal congestion. I don't get a diagnosis when I just call in, but it is being treated like bronchitis and a severe sinus infection. Which, just as I was "getting over" that last cold I kept having sinus congestion (I thought because of the allergens in the air) and even said to myself at one point, "great, now I'm going to get a sinus infection".

I am feeling some improvement after taking everything for 4 days now. The cough syrup is just for at night, which is good, because this stuff totally knocks me out. The first night I took it I was passes out within an hour and didn't wake up until much later when another severe coughing fit finally woke me up. Last night was the first night I've gone to sleep and stayed that way until the alarm went off, and actually I totally missed the first alarm and only woke up when the second one went off an hour later. I only set the second one as a back-up so I wouldn't over sleep and make my kids late for school-glad it worked!! This stupid cough is very reluctant to let go, but slowly we are making progress.

I might even be ready for a short run one of these days soon. Which is good because I have GOT to get back on track for my 10K, it is only a month away. EEK!! I really would like to run more of it than I walk-; p!

So the next trick is trying to get back into the swing of exercising with out over doing it and causing trouble for myself-I've had enough trouble lately. I just have to keep reminding myself slow and steady, gradually build back up. I have a tendancy to jump in a little too quickly sometimes!! Today I am focusing on repairing my house!! Laundry is piled to the rafters, poor kids at the end of last week they were having trouble finding clothes to wear. Over the weekend I made a good dent on washing things now to get them put away. Sink is full of dishes and the kitchen floor is in need of some help. Made a good dent on the girls' room over the weekend (the floor is once again visable). Now son's room and my own need a little TLC and then at least I will feel better about how my house is doing. I figure that is enough exercise for today and housework will actually give me a good reading on how much I can do before exhausting myself so I can start planning exercise into the mix too. I thought I would go for a run tomorrow, but I think I will do a video instead, then if I reach my limit I can turn it off and be done instead of having to get myself home again-LOL!!

Hope everyone else is having a great day and stying healthy!!

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LAURANAV1 5/11/2010 8:32PM

    It's so hard to figure out how easy to take it when recovering. Especially with a goal in mind. A 10K - impressive!

As long as it's still in the chest, rest. Hope you are all better soon!

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ESBELL 5/11/2010 2:07PM

    Good to hear that you are on the mend. I hope you get back to 100% soon!

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BUSIBODI 5/10/2010 7:06PM

    LOL Heather, I can so relate to your dream. I was having nightmares about being paralyzed from the waist down and would wake up with burning pain in my low back. I finally went for an adjustment last week!

I am glad you are starting to feel better. Please be sure you give your body plenty of time to heal before pushing yourself.


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MARGOMANIAC 5/10/2010 6:15PM

    Glad to hear that you are improving, even though it is slowly. Please do not make the mistake of running too up to it by walking a few times first and then ading a jog/walk and then walk/jog/ run. You do not need to overdo it and have a relapse.
I know you will be sensible and wish you great success on your 10k
Margo (Wave Runners)

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BROWREN 5/10/2010 3:36PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better!!!! I think you have a great strategy to getting yourself back on track without stressing your body too much and I'm glad you are listening to it. I'm sure you will be back outside running soon. Just take care of yourself!

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AZMOM1 5/10/2010 3:20PM

    Heather, glad to hear that you have the meds that you need and are on the road to recovery. You are right to listen to your body and take it slow to get back ito the swing of things. emoticon
(((Hugs))) Anne

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POSITIVE-FORCE 5/10/2010 1:47PM

    Glad you are feeling better. You will get everything back in order sometimes it just takes time.

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NEW-CAZ 5/10/2010 12:49PM

    Hi Heather glad you listened to your dream and got something to help hun and even more pleased to see you're well enough to get back blogging and that you still have your sense of humour considering you've been hard at it getting the house back in order. I see everything is left to you as it is me- So glad there's only DH and me to worry about- you have my admiration for getting so much done!
Now! Go and put your feet up and continue getting your strength back for your 10k. Slow and steady hun and you'll manage it
Take care emoticon

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KARVY09 5/10/2010 12:18PM

    So glad you are feeling better. It's so rough to be ill for an extended amount of time! Definitely take care of your health first before you get back into intense exercise/running.

My 10K is in a month too, so let me know if you want an accountability buddy because I definitely have to stick to my 3x per week training plan with no excuses if I'm going to get up to 6.2 miles by June 12th. Is Kristen doing the 10K with you too?

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2FUN2B_LAZY 5/10/2010 12:17PM

    Oh man, I remember when I got sick in December and thought the coughing would never stop. It was even worse at night so any time I tried to go to sleep, I'd just cough and cough and cough. Oh it was misery. I am glad you are starting to get better and I hope you are all better before long!

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