Saturday, June 16, 2012
Today, I went to orientation with significant other at the college he is transferring to in the fall. I am very proud of him and how hard he is chasing his dreams. We honestly push each other to reach our dreams and keep having faith that we're doing everything we can to make them a reality.
Aside from eating breakfast at 5am, I was starving by the time we got there at 8am. They had doughnuts, cookies and brownies... Not one "healthy" alternative. I had one coffee cake and kept myself from gnawing off Anthony's arm from hunger... It was rough. lol.
Lunch redeemed myself with a big beautiful salad. YUM!
Still fell short on Protein. I think I might break down this week and finally buy black beans, soy nuts, eggs, and even... duh duh duh! TOFU!
For those who know or remember "Doug Funnie" and the song "Killer Tofu, enjoy!
"Fast food feels fuzzy
Cause it tastes like stuff that's scuzzy
I used to feel like such a nerd
I refused to eat that strange bean curd
I didn't eat it -ow- but it ate you
I eat my sugared cereal
But it makes my teeth bacterial
If you're feeling kind of cruddy
Just stick beside your buddy
And don't eat too much fried food -ow-
Beat of tracking,
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Today was GREAT!
I pre-planned my meals again ahead of time on SP. Astonishingly, I have noticed that I feel much fuller with the food I am eating compared to what I used to eat.
For my job, I pre-pack my lunches instead of buying while I am at work- this helps me avoid the "I WANT THAT!" and "THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS!" urge to buy. I also recommend packing an "extra" snack in case you get hungry- it helps to avoid buying things you don't need.
Today was my significant other and I's date day. :) We came up with various options for a place to eat dinner and something fun to do. Our ending result was eat dinner at Panera Bread and learn to play tennis.
Thanks to SP, I have been learning to "budget" my calories the way a person should budget their money- only spend what you have to spend. I searched on Panera bread's website for their meal nutrition calculator. To anyone who is in love with Panera bread but wants to watch their weight, I completely recommend it! I normally get the Bacon Turkey Bravo which weighed in at a heavy 800 calories.
Side note: Anthony found out the hard way that his sandwich alone was 1000 calories. He's having a fantastic time supporting me and learning about the tips I have found. He is in the process of body training to build muscles through lifting and throwing for the track team. He started taking creatine and protein to help with muscle repair and rejuvenation. The article I found regarding lifting and workouts as well as taking powdered supplements served as a good quick read for him.
After finding out that my delicious love choice was WELL beyond the calories I could part with, I started narrowing down the choices. I can honestly say thank God I love salads! In the end, I decided to go with the Pick Two Combo: Caesar salad + the Turkey and avocado BLT (with a baguette snack for later - 150 cal). It was something new for me to try and I enjoyed it just as much if not more then my normal sandwich. I even told Anthony how exciting it was to reach out and try new foods. (I'll admit it now- I am a habit former. I find something I love and I just stick with it because it's familiar, it's safe, and I dislike making choices- it takes me forever to make up my mind. )
After our filling meal, we went to Wally world and picked out our rackets and got a pack of 3 tennis balls. Anthony gave me the 101 to playing tennis- terms, history and all. :) Gotta love this man. We played for about two hours - but not INTENSELY! Just light play, so in reality we only played for an hour.
Do you know how much calories you burn when playing tennis?
... Go on.
Take a guess. I dare you!
I bet you'll get it wrong. I DID!
For one hour of playing tennis, I burned 950 calories. And no, that is NOT a typo. Trust me, I thought I had entered "600" instead of "60" to make the large jump, but no.
So, to re-cap:
1.) Pre-planning and packing meals is the greatest lesson learned.
2.) Look at calories the way you look at money- spend only what you can.
3.) Trying new foods can be not only delicious but filling and even more satisfying then your normal foods.
4.) Each day learn a different sport or activity so that you do not get bored with your strength or cardio routine.
It's an adventure. You are on a journey so each day has to be special.
I would trade anything for what I learned or did today.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I am employed at the Toledo Zoo. Every year, I win or recieve shirts for the Toledo zoo Dart Frog dash. It's a little disheartening to be as big as I am wearing a shirt that states "I ran the Dart Frog Dash!" ...
Deep down, as much as people say they HATE running, I secretly would LOVE to learn how to run and not die.
I'm starting the Couch to 5k program in hopes that next year I will be able to complete the Toledo Zoo Dark Frog Dash (5k).
Couch to 5K program - www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_3/181
Couch to 5K interval music - www.djsteveboy.com/1day25k.html
Great excel sheet created by STRICTLYSECRET - ENTER YOUR WEIGHT IN A3 - www.sendspace.com/file/3sty7d
Another to do: 5 minutes to a better butt www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
What a day!
My significant other is truly amazing. He printed out my list for me and is super supportive of my change in diet. He really is an inspiration to me and I couldn't ask for a higher form of support.
We went grocery shopping last night and helped me make choices or narrow down food options.
Today I mapped out my food and even packed my healthy lunch today. I have already lost weight from my dramatic increase of consuming water. Considering my overdose of food yesterday, I am honestly surprised.
In tracking my food, I know I am well under my protein needs. I can tell anyone for a fact that I love chicken. Aside from that, it's hit or miss. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a picky eater, but I'm just not a huge meat eater. I like fish but I'm scared to cook it myself. My fridge has slightly limited room until next month so beef, cut deli meats, etc are out as well. My primary source of protein right now is cheese, milk, and greens. I'm hoping to find alternatives that I love and enjoy.
Where I went under:
My Values for today:
Where my calories should come from:
(SUPER proud of my values for today minus protein!)
I have tried tofu but I'm not a fan. Nuts are delicious but super expensive right now in Ohio. An article I found listed some good alternatives to meat for protein. I guess I am called a "Flexitarian" according to the article "Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health."
If anyone has suggestions of meat, meat alternatives, or any food that is high in protein, I would be thankful. Even better if you have suggestive recipes or ways to eat/cook them that you like- I'm going for tasty. :D
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