Friday, October 22, 2010
My food blog for Thursday, October 21
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) (2)
Cream - Mini Moo (Land O Lakes) (15)
(Official image from Leslie's website)
(How mine turned out, lol...with a side of applesauce)
Leslie's Pumpkin Pancakes (82) (for recipe click link below)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Mott's Healthy Harvest Applesauce, Granny Smith, 111 grams 50
Breakfast TOTAL CALORIES: 199
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.25 fruit without skin and seeds 72
Hormel Turkey Chili with Beans, 0.5 cup 101
Pine Nuts, 0.25 tbsp 14
Daisy Light Sour Cream, 1 tbsp (20)
Mission , 8" Low Carb Soft Taco Size Tortilla (110)
Bumble Bee Sensations Tuna Medleys, Sundried Tomato & Basil (110)
Lunch TOTAL CALORIES: 428
Milk Dud Mini Fun Size (1 box) (53)
Grapes, 1 cup, seedless (60)
Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original (50)
Afternoon Snack TOTAL CALORIES: 163
Turkey and Cheese Quesadillas:
Mission , 6.5" Low Carb Fajita Size Tortilla, 2 serving (160)
Turkey- Boar's Head Premium Low Sodium Turkey, 2 oz (60)
American Cheese, 1 slice (3/4 oz) (79)
Avocados, California (Haas), 0.35 fruit without skin and seeds (101)
Hot Pepper Sauce, 1 tsp ( 1)
Parkay, Light Original Spread Margarine, 1 Tbsp (50)
Sauteed Green Beans:
Garlic Minced - 1 tsp (6)
Green Beans (snap), 1 cup (34)
One a Day Women's Multivitamin, 1 serving
Dinner TOTAL CALORIES: 490
I made this for me and Lucy, my 4 yr. old daughter, and she said it was
Graham Cracker, honey, 1 large rectangular piece (59)
Aldi Fit and Active Neufchatel Cheese, 0.5 oz (35)
Whip Cream - (Lucerne Light (Aerosal) 2 Tbsp, (15)
Pineapple, fresh, 0.25 cup, diced (19)
Dessert TOTAL CALORIES: 128
TOTALS FOR THE DAY:
CALORIES: 1,409 (range is 1,300 - 1,650)
CARBS: 155 (goal is 174-252)
FAT: 61 (goal is 34-60)
PROTEIN: 75 (Goal is 60-136)
Thursday, October 21, 2010
So I've had a crazy busy week and I was so excited for the Win food blog challenge. I had a terrible eating day yesterday, and I thought this would be a chance to start again and document it in pictures. BUT then I read the challenge - you have to blog for 4 days of the week. Being that the challenge ends Saturday that means if I start today I will only have 3 days worth of blogs and won't get the points for my team.
SO...I am taking one for the team and actually putting down in a blog what I ate yesterday. I didn't take my own pictures, but Googled for images. While my food tracker is public sometimes when I have a bad day I hope no one clicked on my shared tracker. So - here it is in all its naked truth for the world to see. And I'm hoping that I will learn from this documentation!
I ate like crap yesterday, I knew it and wanted to stop it, but there it is. I brought a healthy lunch to the meeting, since I knew Giordano’s pizza was going to be served, but my boss insisted I get a piece, I said no about 3 times, and he felt bad since I was working so hard, so I was like “fine, I’ll take one small thin crust piece). And I ate it, although I was going to just throw it away. It was easier just to eat it. How sad is that? I did have my heathy tuna I brought…but still…then there was a whole stuffed cheese deep dish pizza left, and he wanted me to take the pizza home, but instead I shared it with co-workers BUT I did take 2 slices home for my hubby….well…I had ˝ a slice for dinner. AND mac and cheese. Not a vegetable in sight. Not good.
So today is a new day, I’m dusting myself off and starting over. But here's what yesterday looked like....drum roll please....
Trader Joes Organic Cornflakes with Soy Milk Plain Light topped with Pecans
Regular Coffee, 1 cup (8 fl oz) with 1 mini moo cream
Breakfast TOTALS: 319 calories
So far so good!
starkist chunk light Tuna in water with Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil (reduced fat mayonnaise)
and Laughing Cow Mini Babybel Light Original
Now it gets bad...(see note above)...
Cheese Pizza, 1 slice
Luna Bar, Lemon Zest, 1 serving 180
Morning Snack TOTALS: 180
Lunch TOTALS: 315
Still not too bad, I had only packed 1/2 a serving of tuna and the piece of pizza I took was thin slice just cheese. BUT mentally eating that cheese pizza wreaked havoc on me.
Luna Bar Nutz Over Chocolate, 1 serving 180
(I packed 2 luna bars so that I wouldn't have too many snacks. Typically I would only have one a day....but I wanted to be prepared. Later I ate the other one...not really out of hunger, but out of anxiousness).
At the train station there's a Garrett's popcorn and I purchased a small bag for my DH. I seriously had no intention of eating it. But when I got home I had one piece and that led to another.
Garrett's Popcorn Caramel and Cheese Mix, 0.75 cup 170
Chocolate Chip Cookie, 0.5 box 116
(To my credit I only had 1/2 the bag.
Afternoon Snack TOTALS: 466
Really terrible, my snack totals equal the calories of a meal.
Giordano's Cheese stuffed Pizza - 1/2 slice (at least I cut it in half)
Milk, 1%, 1 cup
Velveeta Shells and Cheese, 0.5 serving
Dinner TOTALS: 565
Still not too bad. Had I stopped here and not done all the snacking, I would have been fine. Not the best choices, but still fine.
Late Night Snacks:
Blueberry Cream Pie Ice Cream (5. cup), 1 serving 170
Kathy's Popcorn (1 cup serving), 1 serving
Late Night Snack TOTALS: 251
Total Calories eaten: 2,097.
My daily goal is 1,300 - 1650.
The snacks did me in.
Here's a note I wrote to myself yesterday after I realized I was right at my calorie range. BUT I still kept eating...
"OK, enough snacking. Enough! Your meeting is over with, just relax now and don't use food to comfort your stress like a blanket! Eat a piece of fruit, would it kill you?"
My Spark Breakdown (I went OVER almost all of my goals, the only one I didn't was fiber, which I was under):
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Part of our WIN Challenge this week was to choose a winter activity that we normally wouldn't try and then create a plan to do it.
I initially wanted to try ice-skating, since I haven't done that since I was a kid. But while planning this I discovered that the ice skating rink doesn't open up until the week after our planned visit to MI. While I WILL still do that this winter, it may not be before the end of this WIN challenge season.
SO, my new winter activity is going to be to do a combined run/hike on the Kal-Haven trail. I would love to cross-country ski as well, but I'm not sure if it will snow by my planned date.
I've also decided that this winter I will definitely: ice skate, cross country ski and run in the snow. And go sledding again, that was fun last year and I'm down for it again!
We have another trip to MI planned in January, which is after the WIN season ends, but maybe I can make another trip in December. We'll see.
My plan is to:
1. Set a date when to do this activity - Saturday, November 20, 2010
2. Choose a location - Kal-Haven Trail, South Haven, Michigan. Kal-Haven Trail State Park is a 34-mile crushed limestone path connecting South Haven and Kalamazoo. The trail meanders through wooded areas, past farm lands and over rivers and streams. Trail highlights include a camelback bridge and covered bridge. Trails are great for cross-country skiing, hiking and biking.
3. Commit to the Plan - Our trip is already scheduled, and I'm going to ask my sister(s) to help me by going with me.
4. Train for the day - I plan to run 2-3 days a week, even through the winter season, when all I really want to do after the Hot Chocolate run is hibernate. But I will not give in!
Kal-Haven State Park
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Last week I blogged about my 4 yr. old daughter, Lucy, and how I wanted to incorporate something fun for fitness as well as boost her self-esteem. It also was to fulfill my Halloween challenge, to do something fun that was also a workout.
I created a "Wish Walk" for Lucy, complete with a route that I mapped out on Sparkpeople's Map Route. I made it look like a real map and on brown crinkly paper. There were five stops along the way, and at each stop there would be an activity, or I would tell Lucy something about her that was beautiful. She also got to add a sticker to each stop.
We started at home, and then walked down to the "wishing field", which is a field next to a dance studio that has lots of dandelion weeds to blow and wish on. We watched the ballerinas dance while making our wishes. Lucy and I danced and I told her what a talented dancer she is. We danced like no one was watching.
Then it was off to Lions park, and I had a special present for Lucy. She loved a pirate set that we gave a preschool friend for his birthday, and it was on sale at the store so I bought it and the wish walk was the perfect time to give it to her. She dressed as a pirate complete with eye patch and bandanna and I told her how her kinky curls give her an edge.
Then we walked to another park to explore, but by now it was getting dark out.
Then we went to the library and we searched under "E" for the book"I'm Gonna Like Me" by Jamie Lee Curtis. I told Lucy how smart she is, and to embrace who she is. And wouldn't you know it? A kid in that book has a missing tooth just like my Lucy.
Then we walked back home. I told her how home wouldn't be the same without her and how much she adds to the family. We then got Lucy and Marlo into some dress up clothes and pretended to trick or treat in our backyard.
The entire route was about a mile 1/2. Lucy rode her tricycle and I walked. We also stopped to play at the playground, and I literally was running in circles around the sand pit. That's when Lucy pointed to me and say (with a sigh remniscent of a high schooler), "MOM, now you're just working out." She pointed out that I was no longer having "fun", but trying too hard. Maybe I was at that point, but I'm thrilled by the fact that I now look at circular objects in the dirt (be it a track, a pool, or even a sand pit) as a running track and a reason to run! I was having fun, even though to Lucy it looked like "work".
I recommend this for anyone that wants to have fun and also incorporate fitness! I am now making this a weekly thing with my girls, we will do something fun with fitness. Even in the winter we'll do things indoors - Lucy already likes to walk with Leslie Sansone and I (and even inspired Leslie to send us some goodies a few months back) and now that Marlo can walk, she's been doing it too!
I want to be a good role model for my girls and I hope this is one step in doing that. That is my wish.
What's your wish?
Our Wish Walk Map.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
So this week for the WIN challenge (GO SUNNY GALS!!!) we have to state a wish of ours for the challenge.
My wish is to reach a very special place, and it’s just in time to rhyme in a dorky way that I like. Instead of Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland, I’ll be Running to a Thinner ONEderland! For those of you that haven’t heard the term, ONEderland is a special, magical place that you go to when you are IN the 100’s! I will be OUT of the 200s and for me that will mean also LOSING 100 lbs., so the ONE has special significance for me.
Why do I want to do this? As if you need to ask, LOL, but I will tell you anyway.
For my family.
For my life.
To have a better relationship with food.
To not fear the scale. Or it breaking.
So that I can have a “100 lbs. lost” icon on my Spark page.
So that perhaps I could get on the cover of People magazine. Hey, I can dream.
So that this New Year’s I can celebrate with my family, a year to the date when we sat around, drinking champagne, and I told them that my goal this year was to lose the weight. To lose 100 lbs. To be able to say I DID IT, that would be amazing.
(Last New Year's with two of my sisters, Kara and Missy)
For my best friend.
(Me, left, Cheri right during the best year of my life)
To make my older sister proud.
(Kris, left, me right at the Susan G. Komen 5k)
(Me, left, Kris right when we were younger)
So that I can take a cool picture of myself with my largest pair of pants that I’ve been saving, so that I could perhaps step both legs into one leg and say BOO-YAH!
So that I can feel FREE and so light that I could FLY if I wanted.
To tell my former self that she did it, that it’s all OK, and she turned out to be an athlete. That it’s OK that she didn’t believe she could do it, but that she has, and she has crossed the finish line.
(Me at my awkward stage, I thought I was fat here, I remember)
To inspire and motivate others who have been where I was.
To set a good example for my family.
(Me - far left - and my sisters and cousin with my mom.)
Me, my sister Kris and my Dad after the Shamrock Shuffle 8k (what inspired me to run)
For all the people who said I couldn’t. For all those girls who made fun of me at school, or worse, became my Frenemy and tried to change me. And I let them. For a while. But now I am back.
So that I can dance again.
(Cheri, left, me right)
But most of all, for ME. For the me who reached a point where I could decide. I could stay this obese (yes I said it) person who had no desire for life, who found the best time of her day when she was lying in bed (and often took sick days off of work to just lie in my depression, and then would order Chinese takeout and eat it alone in front of the TV, dreaming of the life I wish I had)….
Pick what’s behind the other door, the one that’s all shiny and bright. MAKE A CHANGE!!
I started this journey many years ago, mostly in my head. I would daydream about what it would be like to be thinner, to be healthy, how different I would be. I never really thought I would get there, though. I truly didn’t. For me to realize that I’m almost 80 lbs. down and that my goal is WITHIN SIGHT is just amazing beyond anything words could say.
Thank you my wonderful Spark friends, ,my AMAZING Sunny Gals who show me every day that it IS possible, my wonderful teams, everyone who makes this journey FUN. And that is YOU!
The Sunny Gals!
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