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Friday Food Blog ( + Running!)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm fasting on meat on Fridays because of Lent, so this day is pescatarian.

BREAKFAST:



Deep Chocolate Vitamuffin, Chobani Raspberry Greek Yogurt, cup of coffee with nonfat milk

Love these muffins! They are small, but they are delicious, especially when warm and the chocolate chips melt into gooey fudgey pockets. Add the Chobani for a little bit of raspberry, creamy complement. This was the first time trying the raspberry (I think it's a new flavor) but now it's one of my favorites.

Calories: 260
Carbs: 45
Fat: 2
Protein: 19

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LUNCH






Garden Salad and Lean Cuisine Classic Five Cheese Lasagna

Mmm mmm mmm! I made myself a great garden salad with romaine lettuce, tomato, baby carrots, cucumber, leftover broccoli (from cheese omelet night), and peppadew peppers. If you haven't tried peppadew peppers (they come in a jar), you should try them! They are a good mix of sweet and spicy. I brought a lemon to work to squeeze on it when I was ready to eat it. I'm trying not to eat salad dressings as often. Even the low-cal kinds are full of unecessary sweeteners and chemicals and sodium. I didn't miss it at all!

Besides I had my Lean Cuisine, which had 600 mg of sodium. I've never tried this one, but it was VERY GOOD. It didn't taste lowfat or frozen, just cheesy and delicious. This was a slightly larger lunch because I was leaving early for work for the gym and wanted enough fuel to get through a long workout.

Calories: 459
Carbs: 71
Fat: 9
Protein: 25

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DINNER:




Scallop Scampi with Whole Wheat Pasta

15 small scallops, 1/2 large tomato, 2 cloves garlic, 3 sprigs fresh parsley, 1/2 tbsp EVOO, 1/4 cup white wine, 1 cup of cooked whole wheat rotini, 4 tsp reduced fat parmesan, squeeze of lemon. Small glass of port wine (not pictured)

I decided to try my own scampi with only a bit of olive oil and no butter. It was good! Basically, I sauteed some garlic and parsley in olive oil, added scallops and tomato, simmered for a bit, added the wine and lemon and topped it off with some reduced fat parmesan. My husband and I had a small glass of port wine with our dinner as well.

Calories: 510
Carbs: 58
Fat: 12
Protein: 25

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SNACKS




1/4 Dunkin Donuts Honey Bran Raisin Muffin

I know this doesn't look great in the photo and there's a story behind this one: So my coworker who usually brings donuts every Friday decided, because he noticed a few of us were eating "healthy," to bring these bran muffins instead. He thought he was being extremely generous, and was pushing and pushing the muffins on me and another coworker. I'd already eaten breakfast and declined, knowing full well that I could eat a honey glazed donut for about 220 calories, while this "healthy"muffin was 480 calories. I felt bad that he tried though, so I split one with the other coworker.

He then called us "wimpy." Sigh. Anyways, I ate a half of the half muffin and threw the other bit away discreetly. Isn't it insane the amount of peer pressure we sometimes face at work? It was pretty good though. Much better than a lot of the muffins I've had there. 120 calories and filling.





Kashi Cherry Dark Chocolate Granola Bar

Post-gym replenishment. I tore into this thing! I was hungry!





Ritter Sport Dark Chocolate Marzipan

Had 5 pieces of this delicious chocolate bar while chilling out with DH and watching a movie after dinner. It was a nice end to an active day!

Calories: 375
Carbs: 61
Fat: 13
Protein: 9

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DAILY TOTAL:

Calories: 1,604
Carbs: 236
Fat: 35
Protein: 78
Sodium: 1,446 (not bad for a Lean Cuisine day! Eating clean otherwise helped!)
Fiber: 30
Calcium: 94 (without multivitamin)

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WORKOUT:

1.5 mile walk on lunch break, 4.5 mile jog/walk on treadmill, 15 minutes on the rowing machine

Calories Burned: 948

I was cleared to run! And it felt so good. I did intervals though because I hadn't run in two weeks, and it felt absolutely marvelous! A little back stiffness, but not too bad. I love running and I think I should be able to do the St. Patrick's Day 5K even if I don't break my PR.

I used my heart rate monitor for the first time. It was amazing! And as I expected, I burned WAY more calories on my run, even while wogging it. 687 calories in 60 minutes,where I ran 30 minutes! Before I was logging around 500-550 for a 60 minute session in which 50 minutes was running! So I imagine a full-on run will burn around 800 calories.

My heart rate got up to 163!

I also tried the rowing machine for the first time, which was TOUGH, but great for my arms and back.

I LOVE RUNNING!

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REMCMFA 2/28/2010 10:05AM

    ok,ok I read your blog. I'm getting off the computer and going running!!

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LOVE_IS_LOUDER 2/28/2010 1:36AM

    I face SO much temptation and pressure at work!! Everyone I work with loves to eat, and my boss's are always treating everyone to food - which is really nice, and I totally appreciate it because I'm so broke, but it's never healthy food. It's SO HARD to be good and stay healthy at work, I usually fail. :o(

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DRRAZZ 2/27/2010 6:06PM

    That is my favorite Lean Cuisine. So Yummy!!! You dinner looked amazing as well. Congrats on getting back to running. emoticon

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SOPHIKKO 2/27/2010 3:23PM

    oh my yummm the dinner!!

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SG1964 2/27/2010 2:46PM

    I see the Christmas Tree Shops sticker on your Ritter (yum) bar. Are you from New England? I live in CT but used to live on Cape Cod and had Christmas Tree Shops all around me. Now I have to drive atleast half and hour to get to one. Good for the wallet, not so good for my shopping spirit!! emoticon

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SALLY4ORTH 2/27/2010 1:32PM

    I'm enjoying your blogs! Thanks for sharing them with us.

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SUGIRL06 2/27/2010 1:08PM

    I love my HRM! And that pasta looks awesome. And I'm starting to get hungry... Good luck today! Weekends are always my hardest.
~Ang

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CAROLMAROL54 2/27/2010 1:04PM

    Please tell me where u found the vita-muffin I have looked everywhere for them, and no one has heard of them. I even went to their web site and got a list of stores and still I am having trouble. Even Safeway that they list in my area dosnt have them. Please get back to me ok? Thank you soooo much! emoticon

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SBHPATRICK 2/27/2010 11:39AM

    I've stopped buying salad dressings and use balsamic vinegar instead - low cal, no sodium, super flavorful.

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JESPAH 2/27/2010 11:17AM

    Beautiful job all around! Clean eatin' -- it really does work.

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PONYFARMER 2/27/2010 11:12AM

    Loved reading this blog, it has helped me to see where I may be going wrong with my food. Thank you!

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KROLES55 2/27/2010 11:02AM

    I just came upon your page and have thoroughly been enjoying reading your post. The pictures are so great and they are inspiring.. Thanks for posting.

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TRAVELNISTA 2/27/2010 10:33AM

    You are doing great and showing us how we can eat yummy meals staying in our calorie ranges. The scallop scampi looks and sounds delish! emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 2/27/2010 10:18AM

    I love seeing all these food blogs because it is really letting me know that balance can be achieved in our diets...we can have good AND tasty! All of it looked de-lish!

I know, I was also shocked at how many more calories I was really burning when I got my HRM. On average about 100 more than I thought I was. If that isn't motivation right there, then I don't know what is!!! LOL

You are doing fantastic!!! You have much to be proud of!!!

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WISLNDR 2/27/2010 10:15AM

    Yay on the running! I haven't worked with the rowing machine yet but I'm thinking about it, does that count? emoticon

I just know you're going to have a blast with the HRM! Get the vacuum out! The Snow Shovell! Anything you can think of! (I once used mine while I was kite flying!)

I noticed you have a new weight lost icon up; another Yay!! I'll post mine soon (I finally made it!)

Love the food pics, by the way!



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NEEBREW 2/27/2010 9:51AM

    That is fabulous! I think anyone who thinks that when you are on a diet that you need to "suffer" should read this blog... You can have plenty of food as long as you make the right choices.

I know all too well about office peer pressure. I did my best to "hide" my birthday last week b/c I knew it encourage a ton of homemade goodies. I've also noticed that people who aren't dieting (and especially those AVOIDING dieting) will push their bad habits onto you so they don't feel bad about eating that donut. I've decided to start saying that I'm not hungry instead of saying that I'm dieting (or not eating sugar.)



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HEYSKINNY 2/27/2010 9:45AM

    That's funny about your coworker. At least I guess he's TRYING to help even if it's misguided... but always a weird feeling noticing that people watch what you eat.

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Thursday Food Blog

Friday, February 26, 2010

BREAKFAST:



Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal, nonfat milk, chopped banana and coffee with fat-free half and half.

Look familiar? It should! It's the same breakfast from Monday. Yum. So good.

Calories: 356
Carbs: 68
Fat: 5
Protein: 15

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LUNCH






Tuna wrap with lettuce, tomato and baby carrots

1 can of Sunkist chunk white tuna, 3/4 tbsp mayo, 1 whole wheat/low carb Cedar's wrap, 1/2 sliced tomato, 1 chopped lettuce leaf with a handful of petite baby carrots

My yummy and super-filling lunch. Yes, I used real mayo. I have never gotten used to the low fat or imitation versions. I'd rather just use a little less of the real thing and enjoy it. I realized that while these Cedar's whole wheat wraps are low-calorie and high-fiber they also have a lot of sodium. And of course, canned tuna has a lot of sodium too. Ah well.

Calories: 349
Carbs: 22
Fat: 16
Protein: 35

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DINNER:




Roast beef with mashed potatoes and sliced carrots, with gravy

5 oz roast beef, one cup of sliced carrots, 3/4 cup mashed potatoes and 1/4 cup of beef gravy

I didn't make this. I had to go to my grandparents to help them with some things and of course they treat every time I go over there like it's an occasion for a Sunday dinner (they're so cute!). I've finally convinced them not to pre-butter the carrots and mashed potatoes, so everything was naked when I got there. So it actually was not too bad calorically, though usually I try to limit red meat to only one meal per week.

Calories: 493
Carbs: 43
Fat: 14
Protein: 49

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SNACKS

Wasn't feeling too snacky today, but still had some good ones...




Suzie's Garlic Salt flatbreads with a wedge of Laughing Cow garlic herb cream cheese

That's the end of them! They were delicious, but way too tempting. This was a great snack, but I had to chew a stick of gum afterwards (garlicky!!!).




Red Anjou Pear

This was pretty good! I'm usually not a pear person, but the color of this one intrigued me. So dark! It needed a little more ripening, but it was still pretty juicy and very sweet.




Cadbury's mini cream egg and a cup of green tea

Co-worker brought in Peeps and mini creme eggs. I took a couple of cream eggs but only ate one and saved the other for DH. For 53 calories an egg, it definitely took the edge off my chocolate craving.

Calories: 259
Carbs: 49
Fat: 5
Protein: 6

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DAILY TOTAL:

Calories: 1,457
Carbs: 183
Fat: 40
Protein: 105
Sodium: 2,515 (higher than I'd like)
Fiber: 31
Calcium: 101 (with multivitamin)

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WORKOUT:

1.5 mile walk on lunch break

Calories Burned: 112

I didn't get to the gym today because of physiotherapy, having to help my grandparents, and picking DH up from a dentist appointment. It's OK though because I'm getting out at 2:30 this afternoon and plan to do an extra long session WITH MY NEW HEART RATE MONITOR!!!

Yes, it came last night even though it wasn't due to arrive til March 3. What a great surprise!

I was also cleared to run again as long as it didn't bother my back and skiing should be OK too if this rain ever lets up!

  
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DAISES2 2/27/2010 8:12AM

    i love food blogs.it's great to have photo's to see portion sizes,the food looks great,and all within allowences.your doing a great job .well done emoticon

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WISLNDR 2/27/2010 5:34AM

    AN HRM!!!!!! You will have so much fun!

I love your food pics, everything looks so good!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/26/2010 8:14PM

    Your food pictures always look so yummy! I agree about the mayo. I would rather use a little less of the regular kind. Mayo and butter too.

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CELESTIALAXIS 2/26/2010 12:28PM

    Laughing Cow cheese wedges are the BEST!

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LILYGIRL44 2/26/2010 12:03PM

  I've left you another comment on your article about running as an obese person written last year. It's the 1st time I came across it and found out about you. I had to make you one of my friends as I am just floored, inspired and in awe of what you've accomplished and your wonderful attitude! Thanks for sharing your story as you have really "lit the fire under me" by just being who you are! I'm nearly twice your age but have fought my weight since I was 19-20. Glad to see someone so young getting it together, like you! Keep up the OUTSTANDING work you've done on yourself... emoticon emoticon

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HOLLY043 2/26/2010 11:41AM

    Delish! I hope you blog about your HRM. I got one for Christmas & I'm not quite sure how to use it properly. Love your blogs & spark page!

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JWENZEL723 2/26/2010 11:21AM

    the HRM is a blessing from God! i am in love with mine and know you will love yours too!

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DASSCHUS 2/26/2010 11:00AM

    What a tasty day! :)

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MMAZZIE 2/26/2010 10:57AM

    emoticon emoticonloved this blog emoticon....it was emoticonto see not only your healthy meal choices but photos so you can see serving size.... emoticonidea....
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MOCOHOLO 2/26/2010 10:54AM

    I read your blog on Daily Spark last night but wasn't able to post a comment there because of internet issues. I just have to tell you that you are AWESOME! I tried doing the C25K program a few months ago and crapped out on week 3, but you've inspired me to give it another try.

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KARVY09 2/26/2010 10:52AM

    EKKING: It's all measured, but yeah, it's a big honking handful. I love carrots. I'm doing this for a week in order to get back on track!

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NIELSENSLADY 2/26/2010 10:45AM

    Yum! Looks like your grandparents know how to cook a mean pot roast! Looks delish!

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TRAVELNISTA 2/26/2010 10:41AM

    That breakfast looks so good each time I see it. They say that it is actually better to eat the same thing for breakfast or breakfast and lunch if you can do it. It allows us to stay on track easier and then we can be creative but stay within our calorie limits for dinner. It is a great concept for people who work or on the go because now you know exactly what you have to pack for lunch the next day at work and breakfast is a breeze.

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EKKING 2/26/2010 10:40AM

    What prompted the photo log of your food? I like it. And that "handful" of baby carrots at lunch looks like an entire bag! Nice and healthy. Good job. And I like the easter candy in there. A nice treat! :)

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/26/2010 10:35AM

    Another Yummy Day!! Thank you for sharing. I'm always looking for new ideas. I'm glad you incorporate "treats" occasionally too. I had 3 Hershey's Kisses yesterday.. I was cravin chocolate and they put an end to the need. I always feel so guilty when I have sugary treats, but the truth is, I need to remember that it's a lifestyle change. Before I would have eaten 1/2 a bag during the course of the day. YEA for progress!!!

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ASIAMORA 2/26/2010 10:25AM

    I love seeing pictures of other peoples foods. Thank you for sharing.

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DRRAZZ 2/26/2010 10:24AM

    Looks like a pretty good day. Your lunch looked yummy!!! Much better than mine yesterday. LOL. Congrats on getting cleared to run. Today marks me fiancée imposed week off, so I am going to try a light run tonight at the gym emoticon

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V-RON_CAN 2/26/2010 10:22AM

    its always fun to see other people's tricks and recipes... thanks for sharing! I better subscribe!

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SAHMWICH 2/26/2010 10:17AM

    Delicious. That breakfast made my tummy growl. I have a hankering for some bananers

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PINKCOCONUT 2/26/2010 10:14AM

    A great day it seems!!! Way to go!

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STORMTMB 2/26/2010 10:11AM

    Take care of yourself and especially your back!!! Have a great weekend.

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JBMT08 2/26/2010 10:00AM

    this looks great!!

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PHD140 2/26/2010 9:55AM

    way to go!

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BELUGA20 2/26/2010 9:48AM

    What a delicious looking breakfast!

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NICOLE12-01 2/26/2010 9:43AM

    I'm loving the picture food blogs! It gives me such great ideas...I'm wondering why I haven't had a banana in a long time. It looks SOOOOO good! I'm going to have to put them on my grocery list this week!

Enjoy your new heart rate monitor! I LOVE mine!

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NJAHAN01 2/26/2010 9:32AM

    I like your picture blog of food you ate. I may have to start this. It really allows people to see (and hopefully yourself) that you can eat and be normal while being healthy.

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 2/26/2010 9:23AM

  I love roast beast!

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 2/26/2010 9:11AM

    This all looks very tasty, reminded me that I havent had a pear in ages and need to get some next grocery shopping expedition. :)

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SUGIRL06 2/26/2010 9:08AM

    OMG. The cream eggs are out! I forgot about them. I might need to get just a handle full. That will be enough.
~Ang

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CUBANJELLY 2/26/2010 9:07AM

    I can't remember if it was your blog with the egg salad and sprouts - but I'm hooked on them. Everyday I crave that sandwich, it's so good. I also use full fat mayo - I'd rather use 1 tablespoon of the real thing and get my fix (I love mayo, can eat it out of the jar with a spoon, gross I know) than use the nasty tasting low-fat or non-fat version and not even want it.

I love your pictures. It feels so good to know we can figure up about 300 calories per meal on our own, doesn't it!

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Bubbles, Archimedes, and the Simple Pleasures of Losing Weight

Thursday, February 25, 2010



I went to the gym early in the morning yesterday so I had a nice long evening at home with my husband. After dinner, I really wanted to treat myself to a nice bubble bath, and so I did. I ran scalding hot water and crumbled some creamy peppermint bath fizzies in the water, grabbed a cup of herbal tea and got to it.

A nice long soak is a great thing to clear your mind. My skin turned bright red and my muscles instantly relaxed (my back had been acting up that afternoon). I put on my eye mask, slid further into the water, and had a good ten minutes of serenity. A Type A personality at heart, I've tried meditation sans the bubles before without much luck. There's just something about 100F+ degree water, soothing bubbles, and hot steam that instantly calms me and allows me to relax.

What jolted me to reality was the realization that my stomach was UNDERWATER. Then I noticed how much room I had in the tub!

This had never happened before. I'm no scientist, but it's basic fluid mechanics that you learn in high school physics: displacement of water. I had a lot more mass before and therefore a lot less water to cover aforementioned mass. Losing more than one-quarter of my body weight surely means that there is a lot more splashing to be done!

I thought back to the first time I had taken a bath in this apartment and how CUMBERSOME it had been. My legs were squeezed into the long, thin tub and I couldn't lie back very far because it defeated the purpose of the bath. My legs, stomach and torso were all exposed. So back then, I sat for a little bit, washed up and was on my way, feeling mildly dissatisfied at my bathing experience.

Last night, I spent a whole hour in the tub. My revelation at how roomy my bath was instantly elevated my mood. I turned on my side, stretched my legs out, and realized how much more flexible I was now. This is another development that has made me (and my husband) very happy for naughtier reasons that you can probably guess.

These are the simple pleasures they don't tell you when expounding the benefits of losing weight. My doctor told me about a longer life. Fitness magazines tell you about increased athleticism and energy. My family spoke mostly about how much better I would feel and the clothes I could wear.

Nobody ever told me, "Kristina, if you lose a quarter of your body weight you will be able to stretch your legs to the sky and take a fabulous bubble bath." I would have thought strangely of the person who did tell me that!

But since I'm here, I'm telling you about this simple pleasure. I'm still obese, and I still need to lose about 50 or so pounds, but my quality of life is so much better now. I want to scream it from the rooftops. I want to let people know that the tangibles (scale readings, measurements, skinnier jeans) are wonderful but there are myriad intangibles that people just don't talk about.

209, 215, two hundred and whatever. Size 16, 18, 14. Numbers, numbers, numbers are all fine and good.

But damn, that was one good soak.

  
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KLONG8 3/3/2010 6:00PM

    Boy, did you bring it home with this blog. We need to stop carrying the extra weight and so many good things happen. Keep it coming!

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MYOWNHERO 3/1/2010 4:52PM

    Eureka!

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HAPPYCRICKET 2/28/2010 9:29PM

    I never even thought about this--one more benny that's comin' my way!
BTW I am signing up for a 5k to be run May 15th--and my husband and kids want to run with me! Your blog started it all....thanks for sharing your journey!
Christine

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DANCINGPENGUIN 2/28/2010 8:07PM

    WRITE IT DOWN! Not just here in the blog, which will get buried under pages of blog posts. Write down a reminder that you like the water displacement changes of bathing! Start telling people that's one of the big benefits they will get on this journey! Be the person who gives the strange advice!! I love it. And I can SO relate.


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PAMAZON 2/27/2010 9:37PM

    As a physics teacher, I couldn't help but check this blog out!! I love your perspective, and I agree that it's all those weird little things that make losing weight so wonderful!


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TIME4AFITME 2/27/2010 7:54PM

    Great blog makes me want to get some bubbles and have a bath

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DEE_DEE1972 2/27/2010 7:20PM

    Kristina, your account conveys all the excitement of this wonderful process --no wonder we all want to run out to buy bath salts, bubbles, candles, and the rest of the bath parafernalia (mind you, in my case I'd still be in the phase of sitting up in the bath, having a little soak and get going!)-- what a great blog you have, and what an inspiration you are: Keep it up!!

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CAROLYN1213 2/27/2010 5:01PM

    Oh, yea, baby! That's what I'm talking about! That little strut and swagger in my walk has not a thing to do with what the scale says or what the tag in the back of my jeans says, it what my body feels like and what a smaller body can do (and the naughty things my husband thinks when I walk in the room now). emoticon

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VKENNER 2/27/2010 4:14PM

    It is all those little things that we don't even think of that FAT keeps us from enjoying! Thanks for pointing out one of them!!! Keep up the good work!

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AUGUSTAGLOOP 2/27/2010 12:57PM

    You're awesome. That's the most inspiring thing I've heard all week.

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CHATERJOY 2/27/2010 12:27PM

    emoticon I noticed the same thing in my bathtub a week or so ago. It is a great feeling. I don't think I could describe it nearly as eloquently as you did. emoticon

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JUST-AMY 2/27/2010 11:50AM

    Oh, HAPPY DAY! This means I'm going to go buy some nice soakies for my own great bath. I just love you Karvy! You are sparkin' AWESOME!!!! Happy Flexibility to YOU, my friend!

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KARENE10 2/27/2010 11:26AM

    What a feel good blog~ makes me want to go buy some bubbles emoticon

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PONYFARMER 2/27/2010 11:00AM

    I love taking a bath, sadly I live in a house without a tub. Who would make a house without a tub anyway, but I know the pleasure of which you speak. And I too have exposed belly, knees and arms. It is nice to know when I get some more weight off I will not have to buy a house with a double wide tub in it to just enjoy the pleasure that normal weight people can enjoy daily. Thanks for the mental picture to help me stay on task with my food and exercise.

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DASSCHUS 2/27/2010 10:52AM

    That's wonderful. SOunds like such a nice relaxing way to spend the evening too. Congrats on all that extra room. :)

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PINKYPOOS 2/27/2010 10:37AM

    OOhhhhh I'm appreciating baths again now and I had been a shower girl after years of feeling underwhelmed from my fat bathing experiences......you have made me want to go out and buy some candles, bubbles and a magazine!

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DOLLIE6 2/27/2010 10:26AM

    I love your blogs. You are so inspirational. I am on day 55 of a streak and have lost 28 pounds so far. I will lose 180 pounds when I am through. Please keep sharing with your blogs, it does a body good.

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MARCYNA 2/27/2010 10:13AM

    WoW, really inspiring, keep doin'it!!! emoticon

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NICOLE.ALICIA 2/27/2010 9:45AM

    Congrats!

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CMAXSON 2/27/2010 7:23AM

    I love this blog! Its the little things you notice throughout your everyday life that make YOU really realize how much you've lost, how hard you've worked and how amazing you feel!!!! Congrats!

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GRACEISENUF 2/27/2010 1:25AM

    My tubby and I are very intimate now.....I had the same realization and we hook-up almost every night! LOL! Another great revelation for me was how I don't huff and puff trying to shave my legs in the tub anymore....AHHH life simple pleasures are so much sweeter now.

Loved this blog!
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GBTRACKIN 2/26/2010 9:12AM

    Ah, a good bubble bath. How I miss it. Several years ago when I went from 250 - 198 I had a similar revolation. (Metabolife days) It'll be a long journey back, but I do look forward to it.

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BREW99 2/26/2010 8:42AM

    haha I did the same thing too! It's amazing how something so simple will put so much joy in our lives! Congrats!

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FRANNIEDID 2/26/2010 8:41AM

    I loved this blog, I so appreciate the pleasure of a long hot bubble bath! I feel such joy for you, getting these intangibles is what makes life so very good. Thank you for sharing this, you inspire me!

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GONE2THEDOGS 2/26/2010 7:13AM

    Enjoyed that one! You are so right it is all those other "little" things that we can do (& discover) that make this process/journey so rewarding!


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DAISYBELL6 2/26/2010 7:12AM

    I can so identify with you on this!

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_DASH_ 2/26/2010 1:25AM

    oooh! i can't wait for this to be me! Way to savor the moment and your success! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/26/2010 1:07AM

    That is so awesome!!! Really looking forward to a good bath now!!

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PAPPHEM 2/25/2010 10:54PM

    Wow, it is really the little things that makes all the difference! Congrats on all your successes!

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ZIRCADIA 2/25/2010 10:15PM

    I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT!!!!!! This has happened to me! Although, since I'm tall -- and bathtubs are short -- I've almost always gotta have legs sticking out, but when I lay down my tummy is submerged and whatnot! :D HAHAHA.

AND CONGRATS on being featured on the Daily Spark! :D

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TRAVELNISTA 2/25/2010 9:36PM

    Now that is a emoticon if I ever heard one! You are doing Fantastic! emoticon emoticon

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ELLISERA 2/25/2010 8:53PM

    You're making me envious of your bathtub! emoticon Mine is too short and shallow for a proper soak (I'm 5'8" and have fairly long legs), but alas that's the case with bathtubs in a lot of NYC apartments, mainly due to the lack of space. This still doesn't stop me for taking bubble baths that last for hours, and reading in the tub. It just makes it cramped emoticon

One day I will have that claw-footed tub I've been dreaming of.

I'm glad you're experiencing bubble baths the way they should be experienced emoticon. You might want to try a scented candle, I find it adds a nice dimension to it!

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DADGUMMIT 2/25/2010 7:17PM

  I'm going to go take a bath right now!

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HOSTALADY 2/25/2010 6:35PM

    I have been a shower person for so many years because of not being comfy in my tub. I am looking forward to a great soak this weekend because of your blog. I am sure I will enjoy once again. Thank you very much for sharing.
You truly are an inspiration.

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ZEECHA 2/25/2010 5:43PM

    wow, thanks for your blog and your page. I needed to read this today. Thanks for all the good reminders of why I want to lose weight. Deep down--I know I can do it too.

You go! and keep taking hot baths every now & then!

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TIFFANIE150 2/25/2010 5:23PM

    Oh that was lovely. Nice post!

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FOXXYROXXYD 2/25/2010 5:20PM

    Yay You! Strong work got you there - Congratulations! We don't have a tub in the RV but we are going to Savannah for the weekend so I can't wait to try out the tub now!
I had a similar revelation today as well with a chair... I was holding my grandson on my lap and he dropped a toy down in the chair and was able to reach it without cramming my hand between the side of the chair and my body. What the? I looked on either side of my legs and hips and low and behold I could see the bottom of the chair on either side! I slid over to one side of the chair and there is almost room for Ethan (an almost 30 pound 8 month old - he was 11 pounds when he was born!) to sit NEXT to me! Now I can't wait until I sit in an airplane seat!!


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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2010 5:15PM

    That was AWESOME! Way to go - you are so right - the little things that are non-numeric are probably the most rewarding! I wish I could take a bath - my tub is so dirty, it's not good for anything other than contracting a water-borne illness!

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 2/25/2010 5:11PM

    I felt the same way about being pregnant, there is SO much stuff they don't tell you!

I can relate to the bathtub discomfort, however...another 70 lbs and I too will learn the treasures of the tub!!!

Thanks for letting me in on that! I can hardly wait!!!

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DESERT_BIRD 2/25/2010 5:03PM

    YES!

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MANDAO97 2/25/2010 4:47PM

    I really loved this one! When I moved into my house in Dec 08 I tried taking a bath - and it was really not a great experience. I was kind of crammed in there. I have a charming old house with a small bathtub. Just this week I was thinking - I bet it'd feel different if I tried to take a bath now.. and then you post this blog. I think it's time to break out the bubbles! Congrats on all the simple pleasures of life that are now yours because of all your hard work and dedication.

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THE_JULES1 2/25/2010 4:36PM

    What a fantastic Blog!

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BELUGA20 2/25/2010 4:19PM

    That sounds amazing!

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SAHMWICH 2/25/2010 3:22PM

    Great blog! I noticed this same thing when I lost weight! I'm glad you enjoyed your soak!!!

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TEAM-SARAH 2/25/2010 3:09PM

    Great message Kristina! I started losing weight my last semester in college. I remember a big one for me was how much roomier the desks in class had become! It was much more comfortable to sit during a lecture (it's no bubble bath haha, but ya know). Just those little things make life so much more enjoyable. To know that you have the power to control that is wonderful. Keep up the great work!

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TREEBW 2/25/2010 2:10PM

    What a lovely message! I cant wait for the day that I can take a bath and my belly and breasts are under water...especially if they can be under water at the same time as my knees!!!
Thank you so much for writing that!

Though...you did make me want to run out and find a boyfriend
;-)

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JENELOPE 2/25/2010 1:51PM

    That's fantastic! Makes me think this weekend would be a very good time to clean my bathtub! emoticon

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SASSY_1985 2/25/2010 1:32PM

    I am a total bath girl so I know what you mean. Way to celebrate EVERY success!

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SHELLEY202 2/25/2010 1:13PM

    Great blog! And a great way to sum up the benefits of losing that excess weight!

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Wednesday Food Blog ( + Video Biking!)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

BREAKFAST:



Packet of Quaker Instant Oatmeal, 1 tbsp sweetened flaked coconut, 3 chopped dates, and 1/3 chopped banana (the rest of the banana had gone bad so I threw it away . Cup of coffee with nonfat milk (not pictured).

This is one of my variations on oatmeal. I like the non-instant kind best, but they have free instant oatmeal at work, so I've been turning to that one regularly!

Calories: 239
Carbs: 47
Fat: 4
Protein: 7

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LUNCH







Roast beef and cucumber sandwich and kettle corn

2 slices high fiber bread, 1 tbsp whipped cream cheese, 6 slices Oscar Meyer shaved roast beef, 1/2 cup sliced English cucumber, with Orville Redenbacher's Smart Pop Kettle Corn, Mini Bag.

This is one of my favorite sandwiches that some people might find "weird." I love the combination of cucumbers and cream cheese. Sometimes I just have a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich and sometimes I add a little ham. Today I tried it with some roast beef and it was delicious! It had a good mix of creamy, crunchy and meaty.

And who doesn't love a side of kettle corn? Can't beat it for 100 calories!

Calories: 342
Carbs: 62
Fat: 8
Protein: 23

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DINNER:





Fajita with chicken breast, sweet potato, onion, red peppers on a whole wheat tortilla with a side of refried beans

I decided to try a variation on fajitas and add a little sweet potato. Usually I'll use two chicken breasts and my husband will eat at least 2/3 of the fajita mixture and most of the chicken. But I wanted to show him that sweet potatoes and just a little chicken could be just as good. I try to sneak him veggies a lot! Cooked this whole mixture with a tbsp EVOO and used salt-free Mrs. Dash seasoning rather than high-sodium taco seasoning.

He said it was very tasty and filling, so score!!!

Calories: 441
Carbs: 48
Fat: 13
Protein: 42

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SNACKS



Chocolate Raspberry Luna Bar

This was my EARLY morning workout fuel. I ate it on the bus at 6:15 a.m. before the gym. I can't say enough good things about Luna Bars. They are low-glycemic and sometimes when my husband and I are out shopping, we split one and it staves off the hunger. The Chocolate Raspberry is my favorite, but I like Caramel Nut Brownie, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Berry Almond as well.




Suzie's Garlic Salt flatbreads

Yep, had this as a late afternoon snack. I love these but I have a hard time stopping at just three, so while they are yummy, I don't think I'll be buying them again for awhile. SO GOOD though!




Cara Cara orange

Yum. Yum. Yum.




Starbucks espresso con panna

Around 3 p.m. I needed something sweet so I went to Starbucks and got this treat that usually isn't even on the menu there. Simple. Shot of espresso and a dollop of whipped cream! It's so nice to take tiny sips of the espresso through the cream and to enjoy the bit of cream that's leftover afterwards. And it's only 30 calories! I'd much rather have that than an artificially sweetened skinny latte.

Calories: 335
Carbs: 64
Fat: 8
Protein: 12

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DAILY TOTAL:

Calories: 1,377
Carbs: 221
Fat: 32
Protein: 84
Sodium: 2,422 (a little higher because of refried beans and roast beef)
Fiber: 46 (high!)
Calcium: 118 (with multivitamin)

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WORKOUT:

1.5 mile walk on lunch break, 50 minutes/10 miles on the video bike, post-workout stretches

Calories Burned: 625
Average Speed: 12.5
Average HR: 150
Highest HR: 161

I used the video bike today, which simulates biking courses on a big screen in front of the bike. It was awesome. I could tell some of the dedicated early morning gymmers were skeptical, but I was sweating and panting halfway through my virtual bike tour. Definitely a whole lot of fun and a great workout. Biking can be very therapeutic!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 2/28/2010 12:39AM

    I love reading your blogs of your daily food adventures, lol. I love cucumber and cream cheese. I like spreading light cream cheese on Wasa crackers and then putting cucumber on top. I love Luna bars, too. :)

- Josie

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TNLONGHORN 2/26/2010 8:01AM

    I saw your blog yesterday and fixed your sandwich this morning -- delicious!

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KAMCCLARY 2/25/2010 10:31PM

    emoticonGreat presentation and ideas for a quick pick me up espresso! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 2/25/2010 5:12PM

    Mmm, that looks delish! I love "peeking" in to see what others are eating!

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CAROLMAROL54 2/25/2010 1:12PM

    Looks good the sandwich i am going to try it with turkey today. Also can you explain the video biking I dont get it. thanks ~Carol

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BABYBUGQUILTER 2/25/2010 1:07PM

    WoW.....that sandwhich looks great! I am going to try that one....Mmmmmm....makes me hungry! ;0]

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KEEPGOING87 2/25/2010 12:34PM

    wow great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thats awesome girl

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VALLOUGH 2/25/2010 12:02PM

    Yay, this is great! You've inspired me with the coconut in oats combo-- tomorrow :-)

Actually tomorrow is a day where I eat mostly at the cafe, so rather than oats for bfast, I'll have a bagel with light cream cheese, turkey and cukes-- How similar our meals are! Last week I made fajitas with sweet potatoes, too. You've got great taste :-)



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MANDAO97 2/25/2010 11:30AM

    I am really enjoying the food blogs this week! I may make some healthy fajitas to bring for lunch next week - looks yummy. Another great day! :)

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SUGIRL06 2/25/2010 10:47AM

    I always forget about espresso con panna! I used to work at a Seattle's best and that would be my morning pick me up! Haha. I too prefer real oats. I don't think I've had packaged oatmeal in years... Have a good day!!!
~Ang

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DRRAZZ 2/25/2010 10:31AM

    Awesome job!!!! Your food looks so yummy!!! My photo blogs are making me realized how boring my food is. I need to do more cooking, especially when it comes to lunches. Thanks for giving me ideas.

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JBMT08 2/25/2010 10:30AM

    that sandwich looks great!!!! good for you!

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CHICAT63 2/25/2010 10:10AM

    Can I airlift you into my kitchen to prepare my lunches *lol*, everything looks delish !!!! Got'em at the gym, yep I've gotten looks but Ha,ha, proving you wrong sweetie I can do this attitude. Rock on Sista ! emoticon

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NICOLE12-01 2/25/2010 9:48AM

    What an awesome food day! I'm not sure if it was a coincidence or not, but my stomach seriously started growling when I was looking at your pictures!!!! lol

The 100 calorie kettle corn is a staple in my kitchen cabinet. I love the stuff! Your breakfast looked so good and filling! And I loved the idea of putting sweet potatoes in the fajitas! YUMMMMM!!!!



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PINKCOCONUT 2/25/2010 9:34AM

    Awesome day! I LOVE Luna Bars!!!!

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BOOTS1221 2/25/2010 9:27AM

    Great job!! I love reading food blogs with pictures, gives me so many new ideas =) Keep up the awesome work love!!!

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NEWYORKORCHIDS 2/25/2010 9:25AM

  The roast beef sandwich looks so good - and so lean!

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Tuesday Food Blog (+ Swimming!)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tuesday, snacky Tuesday!
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BREAKFAST:





Teddie peanut butter with flaxseed, English Victoria Plum jam on a Joseph's pita and 1/2 large apple. Cup of tea with nonfat milk (not pictured).

One of my low-cal standbys! Now doesn't that Braeburn apple look shiny and delicious? Mmmm, I totally intended to eat that whole thing, but after one bite, I knew it was one of those trick apples that looks all crisp and yummy but instead it was mealy and blah.



Grrr! The apple sent me on the snack spiral for the rest of the day!

Calories: 271
Carbs: 41
Fat: 10
Protein: 11

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LUNCH



Kashi Red Curry frozen meal

OK, shoot me. Kashi was on sale this week and I had coupons! This was DELICIOUS. I mean, better than some of the Thai food I've had in restaurants. The chicken was tender and it had yummy bok choy, sweet potato, bamboo, kale and red peppers on a bed of whole grain and sesame pilaf. Mmmmm!

Calories: 300
Carbs: 40
Fat: 9
Protein: 18

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DINNER:



Broccoli and cheese omelet, high fiber toast with Singaporean coconut jam

Another super quick supper since I've been making the gym a high priority this week. But so tasty! I love breakfast for dinner. My good friend brought me the jam (kaya) that I loved when I was in Singapore and it's made from eggs, coconut and sugar basically. Here's a photo of the kaya jar:



Calories: 437
Carbs: 36
Fat: 20
Protein: 28

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SNACKS

It was a super snacky day today, so snacks were my biggest meal!



Suzie's Garlic Salt flatbreads with a wedge of Laughing Cow Garlic Herb Light Cheese

I had the munchies around 10:30 a.m. so I cracked open some of these terrific flatbreads. And then I had a few more in the afternoon. Yum! They're only 70 calories for three flatbreads. Here's the close-up:






Still hungry at 11:30, so I had a banana...




And some Chobani peach yogurt at 3 p.m. So tasty!




Finally, I had 1/4 cup of this tasty trail mix with cranberries, golden raisins, sunflower seeds and pepitas before my workout at 5 p.m.

Calories: 538
Carbs: 89
Fat: 10
Protein: 25

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DAILY TOTAL:

Calories: 1,546
Carbs: 206
Fat: 49
Protein: 82
Sodium: 2,179
Fiber: 26
Calcium: 118

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WORKOUT:

1.5 mile walk on my lunch break, 20 minutes of swimming, 30 minutes of aqua aerobics, post-workout stretches

Calories Burned: 558

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I enjoyed the swimming, but the aqua aerobics was VERY low impact and I don't feel like I got my heart rate up quite enough. But I had fun! It's so nice to have a pool to go to!

  
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KATIEGLEN012 2/25/2010 2:37AM

    I am definitely going to try the red curry!!! Interesting blog!

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HOSTALADY 2/24/2010 10:36PM

    Great Blog as always and very interesting.
Mushy apples are the worst! Hate that when that happens!
Probably why I choose the granny smith more than any other!

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JOYSONG50 2/24/2010 12:39PM

    SLUUUUURP!!! NUMMY, NUMMY!!!
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MARATHON_MOM 2/24/2010 12:26PM

    Looks sooo yummy!! And HEY... whaddayaknow... Kashi meals are buy one get one free at Kroger this week.... I will have to try that one. I got a couple Sunday, but I am going back tomorrow... THIS one is now on my list!
Thanks for a great blog!

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BETHSHEALTH 2/24/2010 12:24PM

    I'm gonna look for the Kashi meals. How's the sodium on those?

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SOPHIKKO 2/24/2010 12:09PM

    I may have or may have not just drooled on my keyboard. YUM

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MELTEAGUE 2/24/2010 9:45AM

    Glad you had a good swim! ( I LOVE SWIMMING!!!!)
enjoyed your pics and your blog....
I had no idea Kashi did meals like that , so It was nice to see!

Keep up the swimming!
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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 2/24/2010 9:40AM

    Love your blog, thanks for sharing!!! I HATE soft mushy appled myself so I totally agree that they're sneaky and nasty! Glad you didn't finish it......I wouldn't have either, but it does screw up the rest of the day for me too. It's like I have my day (of food) planned in my head and I don't want to veer from it sometimes........ UGH! Glad you got lots of cardio in though! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERT_BIRD 2/24/2010 9:08AM

    Love these food blogs!

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MAMAKNITSSOCKS 2/24/2010 8:50AM

    I concur with PinkCoconut, mealy apples are lame and gross!!!

Love the food blog! Great idea!

And that Kashi meal did look TOTALLY delicious!

Yum-o!

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1FITMOMMYJOURNY 2/24/2010 8:34AM

    I don't typically like frozen meals but that Red Curry Chicken Kashi meal is delicious. Those Suzi flatbread with the laughing cow cheese looked great.. I think this blog is making me hungry.

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CHICAT63 2/24/2010 6:37AM

    Great snacks and meals, I'd have to agree at times we have our breakfast for dinner hubby & I especially when it's just the two of us. Your Kashi lunch looks delish, unfortunately here up north we don't have the same selections as our USA friends. In all, you had a great day emoticon

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LADY_JOSIELOT 2/24/2010 1:50AM

    Looks really yummy. (Expect for that pesky apple.) I love the Kashi frozen meals (and Amy's, too). I haven't seem that flavor though, but now I want to look for it and try it. Where did you buy the flatbreads?
- Josie

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DRRAZZ 2/23/2010 11:45PM

    Very international in your selections today. LOL! I like it

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STINA6584 2/23/2010 11:20PM

    I am not a fan of braeburn apples at all. They're not nearly crisp enough for my liking. I accidentally bought some last week (they were mixed up with the honeycrisp), and man was I disappointed when I bit into it! I'm trying to decide what to do with the other 2 I have since I don't want to eat them.

I've always found that while swimming is much lower impact in terms of getting the heart rate up, it really provides a full body workout. After a good swim, my whole body is tired. Usually my arms are totally beat!

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RAINTHIEF 2/23/2010 11:08PM

    Thanks for sharing your food blog! Love it! Good job!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/23/2010 10:52PM

    Oh I positively hate apples like that!

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CK2SUMMERS 2/23/2010 10:01PM

    Never seen a blog like this before...it is always interesting to actually "see" what people are eating to be successful.

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HEYSKINNY 2/23/2010 9:49PM

    I can't believe how calorically cheap that Kashi meal was! I'd seen them in the frozen food case but for some reason assumed they were like 600 calories. Now I definitely want to try one.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 2/23/2010 9:46PM

    I love food blogs. Great pics and everything looks so yummy and healthy!!! Great job :)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 2/23/2010 9:41PM

    Wow!! Look at all the food you ate and the calorie count was still excellent!! Really goes to show how your choices affect how much you can eat!! Water aerobics is kind of tricky that way, you may find, tomorrow, that you got a better workout than you thought, but if not, at least you tried it and had an enjoyable workout. One day in the pool I just sort of goofed off doing my own water aerobics, thinking I hadn't really done anything, I was surprised to be sore the next day!! I need to go find Suzi's flatbread-those look like they would really help on the days I need something crispy!!

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SUGIRL06 2/23/2010 9:37PM

    That is my favorite trail mix! I was a snack monster today too. Must be because its Tuesday. That' my story anyway. Haha. You had foods from around the world today. English jam. Thai for lunch. Singaporean coconut jam. Greek Yogurt. Way to be international!
~Ang

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TRAVELNISTA 2/23/2010 9:32PM

    Eating mini meals is quite good for the metabolism. The Kashi curry dish looked yummy, I may just have to try it?

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KARVY09 2/23/2010 9:21PM

    It was a mini meal kind of day I guess!

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SBHPATRICK 2/23/2010 9:20PM

    I love love love Kashi frozen meals and eat them almost every day for lunch. When they were on sale in January, I might have almost cleared out the grocery freezer of them. Twice.

Now I want Joseph and his pitas and Suzie and her flatbread to come to my house.

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MOCOHOLO 2/23/2010 9:15PM

    Not a bad total for all that snacking. I'll have to look for those flatbreads - they look yummy. Love the pictures!

I know exactly what you mean about the mealy apples - yuck! I find that I have better luck with Granny Smith apples generally, and I love the tartness.

Have a great night!

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JEWLSM 2/23/2010 9:14PM

    Nothing wrong with a snacky kinda day!
Looks like you still managed to stay within your range!

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