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Road Trip Edition : Photo food Journal - Friday 4-30-10

Friday, April 30, 2010

EDIT: well this morning 5-1-10 I put in my food on my tracker and even though I kinda geussed at some things I think I came up with a pretty acurate depiction of my calories for yesterday. After I got everything in it came up to: 2323 calories... thats about 570 calories over my calorie range.... so its a high day but not tooooo terribly bad. I will do much better today.


well every other weekend I have to take my son to see my X husband and he lives on the other side of the state from me. We meet half way and thats a 7 hour round trip drive for me.... so every other friday I spend half the day in the car. Not very happy for me and not happy for eating healthy but I try.

So I dident track my calories today and even though I could talley them all up now, Im exausted after getting up at 4:30am with my one year old and then we had to take my daughter an hour away to south carolina to my mother in laws house because she dosent do well on the 7 hour drive.... So we left from our house at around 11:30am and then I spent the majority of the rest of the day in the car.

But I kept track of my food with pictures all day and tryed to make smart choices.... Or at least not horrible choices.

But anyway here is my day of eating.

Breakfast: 1 cup caramel delight cereal & 1/2 cup 1% milk

Snack as Im running out the door at 11:00: Strawberry smoothy with a scoop of protien powder .... this is around 260 calories

Lunch: Mcdonalds Classic grilled chicken with no mayo.... I asked for no mayo at least and they gave me mayo anyway so I had to take the top bun and scrape all the crap off of it and core out the bun where all the mayo had soaked in... I got it all off though.

I asked for no mayo and here is what I got.... I geuss they thought I said extra mayo because there was about a 1/4 cup of the stuff on it.

Snack: granola bar.... I wasent too hungry but I was sleepy... horrible reason to eat but I did it anyway. sigh

Snack: two hours later we stopped at walmart and I ended up getting some more snacks there.... I had a bottled water, 1/2 a carton of strawberries, 1/2 a banana & 1 mini snickers & 2 pringles over the next few hours.

We desided to wait to get home before we ate dinner because I wanted to sit down somewhere and eat so once we got home around 9:00 we went to ruby tuesday.
Me and hubby split the asian dumplings

I had a salad with light ranch & crutons (bad but I love them) & a small amount of broccoli salad (really bad but I love it too)

We ordered an avocado turkey burger with no mayo..... well geuss what I got.... a turkey burger loaded with mayo

So I snapped that picture (forgot to turn the flash off) and the waiter saw and came over and asked if everything was ok... he was looking at me all suspisious for the rest of the night. I told him about the mayo and sent the burger back to the kitchen and got a new one in about 20 minutes.

When we were almost done with the meal I geuss the waiter couldent stand it anymore and when he was filling up our water glasses he asked if I took a picture of my burger. I told him that I had a food blog on the internet.... his face looked really worried and my husband clarified for me that I keep track of the food I eat for weight loss. Im sure the guy thought I was writing nasty food reveiws online and was going to write up ruby tuesdays or something. IDK. He kinda gave us worse service after sending the burger back... maybe because of the picture I took... IDK... we gave him a 20% tip anyway though. Im sure it wasent his fault about there being mayo on the burger and I wasent so upset about it anyway.

I just wanted a burger with no mayo... not too much to ask for.

Anyway, now I am stuffed an looking back on all the pictures I took today I feel like a freakin pig. I did make better choices that maybe I normaly would have and when you think about it... the munching I did is prob no different than I normaly would have done... Its just all out in the open now and I cant hide behind a bad memory. I know exactly how much I ate and it was prob alot more than my calorie range allowed for the day.... but one day is not going to kill me and I will make up for it in the next week. I normaly have a high calorie day on friday or saturday anyway.

Now Im off for some much needed R&R. Its been a long day.

~ Jess

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ESMOMMY13 5/1/2010 8:57PM

    I love your photo blog! What a great idea and create way to track your food visually! :) emoticon

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CRK910 5/1/2010 6:46PM

    Wow 7 hours. that has got to be a pain.
I can totally relate to days of bad eating though.
Just get back on the wagon the next day like it never happenned :)

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MALEXANDER4 5/1/2010 9:04AM

    I think you did fine. Looking at your food for the day isn't bad at all. you made great choices and I like how you had just the right amount of fries. You could of said the heck with it but you made choices. choices for you. I need to start making better choices for me.

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LOSINGJESS 5/1/2010 8:54AM

    yeah it was kinda like a horror story... Lol, I wasent going to take pictures of all the mayo but then I was like... what the hell, might as well show everyone what I got right off hand... I find that when I eat out it ends up like this most of the time. I would have sent the sandwich back at mcdonalds but they had us pull up and wait a few minutes for our food and I went inside to grab a pack of sweet and sour sauce and my husband dident check the food in the drive thru when they brought it out to us. So I get done getting the kids food ready and buy the time I find out my sandwich is loaded with mayo we are all the way down the highway. So I had to not eat or deal with it and core out the bun. worked well because I prob got rid of the butter that was on the bun as well.. I know they butter there buns.

Its really hard to get what you ask for, thats why eating out is so scary.

Looking back on my food this morning I felt like I did really well... Last night I was tired and thought that with all the snacks my day looked just full of munching... most of the snacks were very good choices though so I need to recognize that.

Thanks for commenting on my blog

~ Jess

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FLYSOHIGH 4/30/2010 11:53PM

    Hey! :-)
Just popping in to say I am crossing my fingers for you to have a good weekend foodwise and to congratulate on your recent weight loss!:-)
I must say though the repeating story with extra mayo when you specifically said 'NO MAYO' read like a horror story to me! How BAD is the service in those places? Or how negligent the cooks? I honestly thought that especially in this economy blah blah they would care and listen to the customer!
Personally I do best with food choices if I plan ahead, ESPECIALLY when I am away from home, if I can suggest anything. I actually thought you did very well and envied you - cause if I have to eat at restautants, it usually ends BADLY, nothing like the moderate food intake you photoblogged.
Have a great Saturday and hang in there!

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GRATEFUL4TODAY 4/30/2010 11:33PM

    Hi Had a travel day today too. DH and I came back from a trip in the mountains where we were surprised by a week of snow storms this last week of April. Before jumping into the car I had a handful of almonds and the last V8 I had brought along with me on our trip. We stopped for lunch and I had an In-N-Out protein style double-double. I looked it up when I got home and it was a whopping 440 calories without the bun! The carbs are low, only 11, and that is what I am primarily trying to watch, so it was okay I guess. We also stopped at Starbucks a little later and I had a latte. No snacking in between stops. When we got home I had a low(er) carb Pure Protein chocolate peanut butter bar to tide me over until dinner. It was nice to sit down to a small steak and salad with our kids and enjoy being together with them again. All in all I pretty much stuck to my diet this week and I look forward to using my sparkpeople nutrition tracker more closely now that I am home. It is definitely more of a challenge to eat while you are on the road. I like the idea of your photo journal and hope to try it sometime soon!

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Update & Photo Food Journal Thursday April 29th 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Ok I dont have time today to put all my food from yesterday into my food tracker so Im not sure on the calories of everything... Im pretty positive that I dident go over though. I have to take my son to see his father on the other side of NC today and its a long drive (about 7 hours round trip) so I have to get going. I wanted to get all my food down on my blog at least. I think I did good yesterday.

The Way Im tracking my food seems to be paying off... I lost another 2 pounds this week!!! yaaaay. I am now in the 180's OMG... thats really exciting. You know once I get in the 170's I wont be able to remember the when I was that weight. I dident weigh myself when I was in elementary school. I really feel my body starting to catch up to the weight loss... my skin seems to be firming up because under my arms and my belly arent as loose as they once were. This makes me so happy because I was under the impression that I would have alot of loose skin... not too long ago it was very loose in those two places. Now the only places where there is any noticable looseness is my inner thighs and my breasts :-( .... the girls arent in a happy place and I dont think they are going to bounce back. I geuss thats why they make good bras though, Im not planning to be a nude modle once Im thin so it shouldent matter much.

Im happy and excited... I can see myself being close to my goal by the end of the year If I can keep this pace up. I was worried that I wasent going to get there because I was having a very hard time before dropping the weight.


Food journal

Breakfast: 1 egg, 2 egg whites, 1 slice toast with zero cal butter spray and strawberry preserves, 2 slices turkey bacon

Lunch: turkey, roasted red peppers, & cheddar sandwich thin pannini.... progresso lentil soup

snack: Joy waffle cone & two scoops cookies and cream ice cream

Dinner: chicken fajitas, 1 tortilla, light sour cream, salsa, 1/4 avocado, lettuce, tomato, 1 tbls ranch, 1/2 cup uncle bens santa fe ready rice

baked tositos scoops with 1/4 cup cheese sauce, light sour cream, salsa

mini bell pepper halves with 2 tbls light cream cheese sprinkled with dill weed


I really wanted two fajitas but stuck to one.... that was hard, they were really good.

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MALEXANDER4 5/1/2010 9:06AM

    Congrats on the loss...that is a sure woohoo moment.

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BECKS79 4/30/2010 9:54PM

    wow .. I would like to know what the trick is .. :)

good work and all your food looks so yummy! :)

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STEPHANON 4/30/2010 5:28PM

    Yum, I love me some chicken fajitas.

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    love the baby bell peppers idea going to tryt that as I buy them all the time emoticon

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MESSYJESSY22 4/30/2010 12:25PM

    I love seeing your food journals. It all looks so yummy!

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BELUGA20 4/30/2010 9:54AM

    You make me wish that I liked pepper, but try as I might, I can't make myself like them. What a delicious dinner.

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5K Training update & New shoes

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

well I got out this afternoon and did some walking/jogging. This was my 4th time out and I went from jogging and walking equal amounts of time to jogging twice as long as I was walking.

I felt a difference today. I dident feel quite as heavy today... it was much easier durring the jogging and I dident feel like my lungs were going to colaps.

Being that this was only my 3rd time out that gives me some hope that I will be in ok shape in a few weeks when my 5k rolls around.

I went out this afternoon and finally got some new shoes. I have had the sneakers I was wearing for a year and a half. I bought them when I started losing weight back at the beggining of 09 and then needed to be retired a long time ago. I mean when I started out I had 270 pounds walking around on top of them... you can tell too, the soles have stress wrinkles in them where they have been crunched down. eek! On top of all that the shoes are a size 10.5 and after losing all the weight I wear about a 9 now.

I got a pair of new balance shoes this time... I would have got addidas if they had them because I really liked the last pair of shoes I had and they were addidas. The new balances look really nice and feel good too and when I wore them durring my run today they worked out really well.

BTW... these shoes are my reward for making it to 195lbs... I met the goal a while ago but just got around to buying them.

Here they are... I love them emoticon emoticon emoticon

~ Jess

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MALEXANDER4 5/1/2010 9:09AM

    new balance is all I wear. I used to wear nike but a pair of new balance and now that is all I buy. I have a pair for my exercise and a pair for work. Im proud of the improvement on the walk/run. I need to work on mine. You inspire me to do better. Thank you for that.

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    way to go on jogging..hopong when i lose another 65 pounds i will atttempt this emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 4/29/2010 4:49PM

    Nice shoes!!! I so need to get another pair and I am definitely getting a girlie color then my normal blue or black- like the purple! Congrats on your progress! emoticon

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LISSI_RODRIGUEZ 4/29/2010 3:37PM

    Congratulations.... I think I'll reward myself at 195 too... lol all for the sake of buying new sneakers lol. Congrats though, and you're doing very well!

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STEPHANON 4/29/2010 3:33PM

    you're making great progress on your running! great job! and those shoes are cute - what a great reward for yourself. keep up the good work!

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WATCHMEGO2 4/29/2010 7:02AM

    Congratulations on the progress!! New sneakers make a world of difference.

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KENNYWHEELS 4/29/2010 7:02AM

    congrats on your run. i like the kicks. i ran yesterday with the c25k program but then i ran after and i think i finally found my pace and was able to run for a few minutes with stopping. with the help of a good Black Eyed Peas song

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MOTIV8U 4/29/2010 6:00AM

    you can do it! keep running and walking, it DOES get much easier!

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FLYSOHIGH 4/29/2010 5:54AM

    lovely shoes!
nice to hear the running's getting easier, good for you!:-)

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JADENTEX 4/29/2010 1:26AM

    I love how your socks and shoes are color-coordinated.... I'm sure that wasn't an accident. emoticon

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NANC304 4/28/2010 11:08PM

    You're making terrific progress! Keep up the good work.

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LISA170 4/28/2010 9:56PM

    Congratulations on your progress to date! What a great reward for becoming a runner! Good luck on your 5K! You will do great!


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JUST_SIMONE 4/28/2010 9:42PM

    Congratulations on your easier run and on the new shoes. Girl, you were overdue for some shoes!

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Photo Food Journal Wednesday 4-28-10

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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

Snack: Quaker chocolate chip granola bar: 100 cal

Lunch: Turkey wrap on flatout wrap w/ broccoli cole slaw, lettuce, sunflower seeds & lettuce..... 1/2 can progresso lentil soup: 477 cal

Snack: small apple... (looks so juicey!): 63 cal

Dinner: Home made Chili Mac Hamburger Helper.... green beans.... steam fresh garlic cauliflower: 486 cal

Snack: Waffle cone w/ cookies & cream ice cream: 240 cal
(time for the ice cream cone fashion show!!! whoo hoo!!!)

work it!


oh yeah!



total calories eaten: 1600 calories (awesome!)

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/4/2010 3:08PM

    lol loved the fashion show

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MSNIKE 5/1/2010 2:00AM

    I love your food journal blogs! LOL @ the ice cream cone fashion show...way to make it fun for the readers too! :)

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    i have got to try that one day emoticon

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LEAHANNE1989 4/29/2010 11:48AM

    Great way to track your food for the day.


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MOTIV8U 4/29/2010 6:00AM

    your day amazes me... good work!

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LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 11:40PM

    haha... yeah I was hamming it up for the camera emoticon

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NANC304 4/28/2010 11:10PM

    Looks like you really enjoyed that cone!

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KENDRASTIC 4/28/2010 10:32PM

    Still loving your food journal. Wish I could import your lunch!

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SARAHJ19 4/28/2010 10:02PM

    can you make my meals for me lol! you do such a great job!!! keep it up! thanks for the ideas!!!

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KMARTIN9061 4/28/2010 9:50PM

    Awesome! I love that you do a food journal - it's all about the visuals!! Your meals always look so yummy too!! Who makes the cereal that you eat ? I've never heard of it?

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LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 9:46PM

    I almost got a mcdonalds cone which is a good standby when your wanting something sweet... but I was at the grocery store and dident want to stop by mcdonalds after going there. Now I just need to keep my portion sizes down. :-)

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JESSSPARK 4/28/2010 9:29PM

    so jealous of that ice cream cone.. I almost bought waffle cones today but I just couldn't deal with turning over that many things of ice cream to find something vaguely low in calories.. :) emoticon

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Photo Food Journal Tuesday 4-27-10

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

well today I ended up right at the top of my calorie range so no tastey snacks for me after dinner :-( I geuss that is what happens when you overeat at dinner though.... it was so good though, I couldent resist.

Breakfast: Plain Oatmeal w/ splenda, sliced almonds & frozen peaches thawed in the microwave: 236 cal
(a really good combination if you have never tried it)

Lunch: baked sandwich thin w/ turkey, tomato pesto, mozzerella & roasted red peppers...... 1/2 can light progresso chicken noodle soup: 407 cal

Snack: 1 slice strawberry cheese cake: 190 calories

Dinner: 1 & 1/2 servings lean meat loaf, 2 tbls ketchup, 1/2 cup mashed potatoes w/ light margarine, 1/2 cup frozen peas, 1/2 cup broccoli with 1/4 cup cheese sauce. : 891 calories
(OMG I ate too much and I should have not put that extra meat loaf on my plate.... but it was sooooo good!..... I will do much better tomorow :-)..... )


Total calories eaten: 1724 ..... dident go over :-)

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RONNIEKAY 4/29/2010 8:05AM

    Your dinner looks super yummy! I think I would've taken extra, too!

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KMARTIN9061 4/28/2010 9:51PM

    Well, at least you loaded up on the veggies at dinner though, that's awesome!!

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LOSINGJESS 4/28/2010 9:44PM

    I just took the peaches in the glass messuring cup and poped them in the microwave by themselves for like 40 seconds... I have a really high power microwave and it really depends how cool or warm you want them.... When I cook the old fashioned oats I take the peaches and throw them in durring the last two minutes of cooking the oats.. you know it takes 5 minutes once you put the oats in the water.... works out well.

~ Jess

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TURBOTIF 4/28/2010 9:40PM

    the oatmeal sounds awesome... I do soemthing similar with frozen blueberries and wheat germ on my oatmeal

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PRINCESSNURSE 4/28/2010 9:35PM

    The oatmeal loks awesome! How long do you thaw the peaches in the microwave? Do you thaw them by themselves or on top of the oatmeal?

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STEPHANON 4/28/2010 6:14PM

    ALL your food looks awesome. Yum!

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LISSI_RODRIGUEZ 4/28/2010 8:36AM

    WHoa... that dinner looks awesome. lol

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