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Photo Food Journal Monday 4-26-10

Monday, April 26, 2010

Breakfast - Breakfast burrio / 1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1/2 slice cheddar, 2 tbls salsa, 2 slices turkey bacon, flatout wrap : 312 calories

Lunch: 1/2 turkey sandwich thin, 1/2 can progresso light chicken noodle: 245 calories

Snack: 2 squares ikea dark chocolate: 36 calories

Snack: 1/2 cup caramel delight fiber one, 1/2 cup 1% milk: 145

Dinner: Teriyaki chicken on a stick, sticky rice balls, green beans & asian vegetables...... 1 slice of strawberry ricotta cheese cake (homemade 190cal a slice): 623 calories


Family enjoying dinner

(no this was not my slice .... lol)

My yummy portion :-)

Snack: Sugar free fudge pop - 50

Snack: 3 musketeers mint with dark chocolate mini bar - 100 calories..... I usually dont get the mini candy bars because they are quite a few calories for the portion size... but this week I just really wanted a candy bar. Now I can have one a little bit at a time.

Total calories: 1512

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LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 10:05PM

    Its a certain type of rice... japanese sushi rice.... You just cook it the way it says on the bag. The bag I have recomends 1.5 cups of rice to 2 cups water, mix them together in a pot and bring to a boil and then cover and cook on low heat for 20 minutes. I cool the rice down and then I add - 1/4 cup rice vinagar (get it in the same section as sushi rice and seaweed) and 1 tbls sugar (I used splenda this last time and it came out great).... then you mix it all up, and shape it into balls with your hands.... or you can make sushi, I do that some times but its a pain. This is quick and easy and you dont need a sushi mat.

If you feeling creative you can put things in the middle of your rice balls, like imitation crab and cream cheese.... make a california roll ball... lol.

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KMARTIN9061 4/28/2010 9:52PM

    How do you make sticky rice balls??

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RORYLYONS 4/27/2010 7:42PM

    OMG..yum I'll be right over.... emoticon emoticonlove your food journal!

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SARAHJ19 4/27/2010 11:25AM

    Awesome food journal! Your dinner looked amazing! Great job! emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 4/27/2010 8:27AM

    I love your food journal. You do give great Ideas.

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KISSFAN1 4/27/2010 8:25AM

    I love to see pictures of what people eat instead of just reading about it so really enjoyed looking at your blog. It looks a lot like what I would eat without the candy and cheesecake (which looks delicious) and instead putting Greek yogurt in place of that, LOL.

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LOSINGJESS 4/27/2010 8:22AM

    The kids had actually never had my rice balls before... my one year old lyra really liked them and aiden actually ate one (with lots of ketchup) which really surprised me... its hard to get him to try new foods.

I think its great everyone is getting ideas from my meals. I love looking at other peoples photo food journals too... its so weird how entertaining it is to look at what someone eles eats durring the day. lol.

My husband thinks Im completely insain for doing this. He just cant fathom anyone wanting to see what I eat durring the day. It is helping me though, I have stayed more on track since starting to do this than any other time durring this year.

~ Jess

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KENDRASTIC 4/27/2010 5:24AM

    I thought about your pre-planned meals and creative ideas when I was eating today. Thanks for the influence!!!!!'


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BECKYCOLVIN 4/26/2010 10:31PM

    Fun to see your food again. I know you're doing this for you, but it's giving me ideas, too. The rice balls are cute--bet the kids love them that way. :)

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IRISH_EYES_66 4/26/2010 9:37PM

    Your meals look filling and delicious. I especially like the breakfast and may try it tomorrow. As for the soup, beware of the sodium. My mother started buying salt free bullion to which she added cooked frozen soup vegetables, and chunks of leftover roasted chicken. Yum!!

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Photo Food Journal Sunday 4-25-10

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Breakfast: Fiberone caramel delight cereal, 1/2 cup 1% milk: 235 cal

Lunch: Turkey Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato sandwich thin with light miracle whip..... 1/2 can progresso light ittalian meatball soup: 296 cal

Snack: 1 Banana, 1 tbls nutella: 220 cal

Dinner: 3 lean ground beef & black bean tacos w/ avocado and salsa.... small salad with kens ranch and tortilla salad topper, 1/2 cup corn: 640 cal

Snack: 1 wasa wheat cracker, 1 tbls hummus, 1/2 oz dry roasted peanuts: 163 cal


Calorie total for the day: 1554 calories

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LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 9:59PM

    I love the caremel delight... its like having dessert for breakfast lol

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KMARTIN9061 4/28/2010 9:53PM

    Ahhh, I see - Fiber One ... I'll have to check it out when I go to the store this weekend - it looks delicious!

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KENDRASTIC 4/26/2010 6:09PM

    Oh, my gosh! I love the food diary. I have gotten out of the habit of recording my food and I think I would be shocked to see what I am eating if I had to take a photo. Also, it is clear you are planning your portion sizes and meals because it would be hard to photograph something that you were just munching or grazing on.

Great idea!

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MSNIKE 4/26/2010 12:10AM

    Nice! Keep at it girl!

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MMLEIKAM 4/25/2010 11:03PM

    Mmm...turkey bacon!

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Running backwards

Sunday, April 25, 2010

When I was little I use to have these dreams where I was being chased. I dont know who was doing the chasing but I wanted to get away. I would try and try with all my might to run as fast as I could but it seemed the harder I tried the slower I would go and I would inch along at a snails pace like I was wrapped in chains pulling a truck behind me. All of a sudden I realized that what I was doing was not working so I would then turn around backwards and lean back and run backwards into the wind and all of a sudden all that weight was gone and I could run fast and free. It felt like I was being held up by invisable hands and I could move my legs as fast as they needed to go.

Today is the third day of me attempting to run and I have to say It felt a whole lot like the dreams I was in when I was a kid, except this time I knew that turning around backwards was not going to do me a damn bit of good. I have been running on the back street behind my house, which is not a very long street and has three huge electrical towers on it... one at each end and one in the middle. I have been running to one tower and then walking to the next and doing that over and over again for around 20 minutes.

I want to be one of the people that love to run, I really do, but as it stands I dont like running. I feel so heavy for one, I feel like I am 250 pounds again when I run, every stride I feel like the weight of the world is on top of me, when all I want to feel is light and free.

So It was really hard for me to get outside today, I figured that I would go out when my daughter laid down to go to bed at 7:00.... of course she had other plans and desided to scream as loud as she could when I laid her down... Like she was back in her crib being murdered. My husband is sitting on the computer playing world of warcraft and he is in a raid so he cant get up.... grrr.... All I wanted was 20 minutes... thats all I wanted! Instead I have to go back there and sit with her and try to get her to go to sleep... there is nothing wrong with her of course, as soon as I am back there she is bouncing around in her crib pointing at stuff in the room saying "whats that?" "look at this" ... its cute but I am still highly annoyed. She has done this for the past 5 nights, the first two because she was sick... but now she is just being a little brat that dosent want to go to bed.

So I stay back there for like 20 minutes and she dosent want to go to sleep still so I get up and say "go to sleep Im leaving" and leave the room. Its quiet when I leave the room, 10..... 9....... 8...... 7........ 6....... 5......... 4........ 3.........2.....1 "WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Back to being murdered.

So I just get her up. I put her down in the living room with her brother who is watching thomas the tank engine and tell my husband that I am going out for 15 minutes to run. The minute I say the word "outside" she starts screaming again and runs over to me and lifts her arms up for me to hold her. Im standing in the door way that leads from the living room to the kitchen banging my head against the door frame.... "all I want is 15 minutes for me!" ::sobbing::

So I go in and turn off Aidens thomas and put on something she likes... so he is all pouty.... I cant win..... and I leave the house.

By this time, my cheese cake that is in the oven has 15 minutes and the sun is about to set. I walk fast for like 4 minutes and then start to jog between my posts. I tried to push myself to run a little farther than I did yesterday or the day before expecially since I knew I only had 10 minutes as it was. I felt like I was going to die... and my nose wanted to run faster than my feet because I am still kinda sick..... so Im sniffling and dieing and my shorts keep ridding up and I keep pulling them back down my thighs..... and all the while I am thinking, "Is this ever going to be easy?.... Can I do this?..... Can I really get to where I can run over 3 miles in 6 weeks? .... Hell can I get to where I can run for 1/2 a mile in 6 weeks?"

Its really hard for me to picture myself being able to do this and as it stands I hate running and OMG is it hard to find time to get away from my kids.... I sign up for a 5k and they become the most clingy little monsters on the face of the earth.

I got in and my cheesecake was slightly overcooked.... damn..... because I had stayed out 5 minutes over what I planned. I finally got my munchkin in bed after another 1/2 hour up.

Here I sit now hoping that this will all get a bit easier... I know that the whole time issue is just something that I am going to have to work out a little better with my husband. He told me when I signed up for this thing that he would help me out with them so I could go out and run.... He seems to have forgoten that conversation now. we will work that out though. The thing I am worried about is what if this dosent get easier... what if I cant go more than a minute after a few weeks without feeling like Im going to keel over. lol. I know that the human body is an amazing thing... even mine.... so Im going to try and trust in that and give it a little time.

Thanks for listening to my vent

~ Jess emoticon

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MALEXANDER4 4/27/2010 8:34AM

    I used to feel that way when I first started running. Now don't get me wrong, i'm not a whole lot better now. But like you I pick a spot, and I run, sometimes I run farther and sometimes well, you the picture. I myself love it. Are you running or jogging? I find if I slow down, and just pace myself I do much better. good luck with the 5k. I'm proud of you for taking that step. I say I want to but have yet to do it. keep me posted on how your doing.

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SKINNYJENNYBY10 4/26/2010 12:09PM

    You did great!!

It hard....being a mother, wife, co-worker, so on..so forth.

I think its amazing how lucky our men are to have us in there life!! haha

Your doing a amazing...and keep it up...you really are an inspiration to me!! I read your blogs when I can catch them and you truly are an amazing women.

Your Spark Friend

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WATCHMEGO2 4/26/2010 8:43AM

    I know you find it hard to believe now but it does get easier. I can't tell you when because everyone is different but it will happen. You have to tell yourself that you can do it, encourage yourself, and it will come. When I started I seriously thought I would die after a minute or two but now I can run for 45 minutes. The first few minutes of each run are the worst for me then I can get in my groove. I certainly wouldn't say I love to run, but I don't hate it anymore and that is a step in the right direction.

I am sorry that your husband has not been as supportive as you need him to be. I have four kids and I have to tell you that you are a patient woman because if that was my husband on the computer while one of our kids were having a fit and he had promised to help out more......well, let's just say I wouldn't have been as accommodating as you were.

Give it time, it will happen I promise.

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JESSSPARK 4/25/2010 10:52PM

    I was an addicted raider and my husband enabled me for YEARS to be able to get home, log on at 5:30pm and raid until after he went to sleep

-yes I had guilt about this but.. dammit.. raiding was important and I was an officer and we might get a first kill and if I don't show up who is going to get the DKP because the other dkp officer is out of the country, AGAIN, and I have a new mage applicant I have to get up to speed and .. er... good god, wth was I thinking. I did eventually leave the game, partially because I discovered I didn't have time to work out AND get to raids by 5:30 pm and after months at 184 pounds the weight issue eventually became more important than the raiding. Partially it was that my husband quit and I just couldn't keep justifying letting him do all the work of feeding us.

Anyway, I say all this simply because I know and understand how difficult it might be to negotiate that time for yourself with an addicted raider as a spouse. Everquest was, for YEARS, very central to who I was (so yeah when I left I was the #1 magician in the game. period. in the world. I don't regret playing the game but good god did it suck up my life.). Hopefully your spouse is not as addicted as I was.

I suggest maybe a concrete task anchored in time (at the beginning of the night before raids start). Like make a deal that he has to cook dinner half the nights (during which time you get out and exercise, and he gets to raids late) or that he has to spend 30 minutes reading the kids books before the sun goes down. Something concrete like that would have worked better for me than just a promise to "support" my spouse if he had needed time. If his guild works anything like mine did there are always some people who cant get there when raids start and usually they are cut some slack if it's a work or family reason. Hopefully his guild is less hard core than what I was doing though!

Anyway, on to the running thing, I just finished week 2 of C25k and it definitely is getting different. Now, I'm not going to claim that it was really killing me to begin with, but my last one (week 2 day three) I actually RAN instead of just jogging on I think run #5. Anyway it does seem to be getting more "funnish" and less horrid, so keep with it a bit!

Sorry if this is TMI but I really relate to both these issues, obviously. emoticon

By the way, if you cant tell, sparkpeople, health-TV and articles are the new Everquest.. ;)

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RMEMECH 4/25/2010 10:47PM

    You did great just getting out during all that for the time you had and you should feel proud of that accomplishment! Hubby should be supporting you and maybe map that time out better for the rest of the week? Plan ahead with him on it, write it down on a calendar so he can't claim the "I don't remember that convo" card and no matter what be proud of what you can do!

I can't run anymore myself, and I wish I had your feet! Good luck with your future running! emoticon

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MONTANA_ED 4/25/2010 10:30PM

    I think you did a wonderful job with just getting out for a bit! It just goes to show how life can get into the middle of our plans. You are doing great and applaud you!


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Photo Food Jounral Saturday 4-25-10

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Breakfast: Yogurt burst cheerioes, 1/2 cup 1% milk (I was rushed an dident get a pic, this pic is from the day before so I ate this except no banana) : 215 calories

Lunch: 2 slices thin crust california pizza kitchen BBQ chicken pizza, small salad with mushrooms, craisins, bell pepper & 1 Tbls kens ranch dressing: 315 calories

snack: Wasa Wheat Cracker w/ 1 Tbls smuckers natural peanut butter, 1 small apple (This is my first time tying this peanut butter and the natural kind the oils seperate so you have to stir it alot... wow bonus workout just stiring the peanut butter up lol... I broke a sweat) : 213 calories

Dinner: 1 1/2 Lean Ground Beef Cheese burgers w/ sauteed onion, sharp cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, light mayo & lettuce..... 1/2 cup bushs baked beans : 652 calories

Snack: 1 square dark chocolate: 45 calories

Snack: Burrito made with whole wheat flatout wrap, 1 cup uncle bens sante fe rice, 2 tbls salsa, 1/4 cup shredded 2% cheddar cheese....... 1 mini snickers bar...... Diet mnt. Dew (lol, I laughed when I took this picture because it looks like the typical sit on the couch and munch while watching tv type of meal.... I was just kinda scanning through the cabinets at 11:30pm trying to find something to munch on and this came to mind, I pretty much knew it was going to be a bad choice with how much rice was in it and it threw me over my calories by a hundred or so... but its saturday so Im gonna alow myself a little splurg) : 452 calories


Total calories for the day: 1892 calories

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BECKYCOLVIN 4/25/2010 4:16PM

    Hey, the funny thing is I recognize the Roku remote. We use ours for Netflix on demand--our son loves Kipper & Arnold. . .

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BARBARASDIET 4/25/2010 3:27PM

    Love the idea of taking photos of the food!

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PAMELALANDIS 4/25/2010 3:02PM

  WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY! God bless you for sharing and being so honest with and about yourself. It takes alot of maturity.May you and your family be blessed by the rest of your journey. Pam

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    first time on your blog and I love it! what a great way to journal your food. fun idea. thanks so much for sharing with us.

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JESSSPARK 4/25/2010 2:39PM

    I love the CPK pizzas too!

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FLYSOHIGH 4/25/2010 2:36PM

    I must say I always find it amazing people can keep pb or packs of mini bars at home. I envy you. I have it so bad, I can't even keep wasa bread or any bread for that matter at home, cause I'll eat it. I can only keep some fruit, vegetable and grains at home.
Anyways, it all looks delicious and healthy!

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NPA4LOSS 4/25/2010 2:27PM

    Fun to see all the pictures and get ideas! emoticon

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ANELAKANOA 4/25/2010 2:25PM

  I love these picture blogs! The burrito sounds yummy!


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Photo Food Journal Friday 4-23-10

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Total Calories Eaten: 1710 calories

I was a bit munchie at the end of the day and ate alot of junk food type snacks but still stayed within calorie range. I hate when I get so snacky.... good thin is I dident binge though, which is really easy to fall into when your feeling that way.

Breakfast: 1 Cup Yogurt burst cheerios, 1/2 cup 1% milk, 1/2 banana : 278 calories

Lunch: 2 slices leftover broccoli tomato quiche, 1/2 tbls ketchup, 3/4 cup broccoli, 1/4 cup ragu cheese sauce: 466 calories

Snack: coffee fudge brownie ice cream cone: 220 calories

Dinner: Macaroni & Cheese & hot dog casserole..... made with whole wheat rotini, ragu cheese sauce, light all beef hot dogs, panko bread crumbs, and rosemary..... 1/2 cup green beans, 1/2 cup lightly sauced broccoli, carrots and cauliflower mix...... 1/2 tbls ketchup. (Kids dinner night lol) : 491 Calories

Snack: fudge pop: calories 90

snack: low fat plain yogurt, splenda, 1/2 oz peanuts: calories 160

Snack: 1 square dark chocolate espresso truffle bar: 45 calories
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STEPHANON 4/25/2010 11:15AM

    I know what you mean about feeling snacky. Good for you in not binging! I love how others actually noticed the quiche - I had trouble noticing any of the food because my eyes automatically honed in on that ice cream cone. Yum!

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AUDREY_BREIER 4/24/2010 9:46PM

    I love this! I will add you as a friend so I can remember to check out your blog more often :) Your meals look very healthy and that quiche looks so good! I think I'll have to make one for dinner next week!

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JADENTEX 4/24/2010 9:26PM

    Just added you to my friends... We have the same dishes. We're Corningware Twinsies! LOL

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PURPLEWEAVE 4/24/2010 8:06PM

    It's so helpful to see what other people are eating, and I love the pictures! Thanks for sharing!

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JDYJMM2000 4/24/2010 6:24PM

  good way to keep track...food looks great.

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LOSINGJESS 4/24/2010 4:36PM

    the quiche is my own recipe.... I just take a ready to bake pie crust, add cooked frozen broccoli to the bottom of the crust and then wisk together 5 egg whites, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup 2% shredded cheddar and 1/2 cup tomato pesto and a splash of milk and pour it into the crust and bake at 350 for 30 minutes................... You can make lots of different varriations on it though, just mix different fillings with the same amount of eggs, cheese and milk.... good filling ingredients are bacon, ham, chicken, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, ect ect.... Then take the whole thing and devide the calories by 8 slices and you have your servings.

I love quiche! mmmm!

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LOSINGJESS 4/24/2010 4:31PM

    I think that is mainly because I am so obsessed with presentation... if my meals dont look good to me then I dont want to eat them lol... Meals dont really look right if they are unbalanced or done have alot of colors so most of the time my plates look pretty healthy :-) .... My husband jokes about how picky I am with my meals, expecially when we go out to eat. I get really upset if my meal looks bad at a resturant.... My view on eating out is if I can go home and make something that tastes and looks better than what the resturaunt gives me then I am not happy.

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MALEXANDER4 4/24/2010 4:29PM

    I love the broccoli quiche....is it a spark recipe? love the food journal

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JESSSPARK 4/24/2010 4:22PM

    I'm impressed with how balanced your meals look! Keep it up!

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