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Weigh in #3 and Weekend Food Blog

Monday, February 10, 2014

Last week I averaged around 2,000 calories each day. And guess whatÖI lost weight! So to an old nutritionist who told me to live off soup and 1200 calories and several doctors who told me to cut back to 1200 calories a day to lose weight Iím going to say FU! I could not believe thatís the advice these health professionals gave me. I really donít know how anyone can live off of 1200 calories and I would be very sad and very weak if I had to do that, oh and very cranky. I like large volumes of food and I like to feel full. If I can eat a tray full of homemade kale chips for 200 calories or a measly ounce of potato chips Iíll pick the kale chips every time.

Yes, I eat 2,000 calories a day but I also work out 4-5 times a week doing cardio strength training and yoga and what I eat is mostly delicious, healthy, organic, unprocessed, unrefined fresh foods and tons of fruits and vegetables. This means that I can eat up to 2,000 calories a day and once in a while even have 4 pieces of pizza and sometimes eat McDonalds and still lose weight. 80% of the time I eat very well and 20% I treat myself. That my friends is called moderation and something I could not wrap my brain around before. I thought I had to deprive myself and be perfect to lose weight but thatís not real life, thatís not sustainable and thatís not healthy. So for me moderation is the key! Welcome to my weight loss equation moderation and take a seat because you are here to stay!

Weekend Food blog:

Pre-workout snack: I had a cup of puffin cereal with almond milk and my c4 pre-workout

Exercise: 1hr 30 min at the gym. Walked on the treadmill for an hour then killed my legs. They still hurt so badly. Stairs are my worst nightmare right now.

Snack: banana

Lunch: Tuna salad made with nonfat greek yogurt, 3 wasa crackers, fresh pineapple and a diet coke

Snack: Apple and almond butter

Dinner: Sopa de fideo & corn tortillas (Basically a Mexican chicken soup. Reminded me of my mom but for some reason the pasta soaked up all the broth so it was very thick and less soup like. boooo! Still yummy though.)

Total Calories: 1750
Calories burned: -578
Net calories: 1172 (Woo hoo!)

Breakfast: I woke up starving!!!! Maybe because I worked out more and ate less the day before. I convinced Rich to go to McDís and pick us up bacon, egg, cheese bagel meal with no sauce. Ugh!

Lunch: Had fresh mozz that needed to be used ASAP so we made a pizza. I ended up eating 4 pieces. Díoh!

Dinner: Felt gross from my big lunch and also probably from my garbage breakfast so I just got some health snacks for dinner. Oranges, pistachios and string cheese.

Exercise: none, this was my well-deserved rest day

Total Calories: 2,465 (Went over my free day goal of 2,300. I have got to do better next time.)
Calories burned: 0
Net Calories: 2,465

Bonus: Look at all my beautiful organic fruits and veggies!

Weigh in #3 in 2014

Starting Weight: 233
Previous weight: 213.6
Current weight: 211.6 (-2) Heck ya!
Total Weight Loss: -21.4

20 pound loss, I have arrived!

Sunday not so much but I'm back at it again today!

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RELIVE 3/16/2014 11:28AM

    Awesome. Keep it up. :)

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PRETTYPITHY 2/28/2014 2:51AM

    You're crushing it! Can't wait to see this weeks blog.

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EDDYMEESE 2/13/2014 12:11AM

    Great job!

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SUZEMARIE73 2/12/2014 12:08PM

    I have found that when I exercise regularly I NEED to eat more like 2000 cals a day or I feel too weak. So you're totally on to something here!

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ASHESS85 2/12/2014 10:20AM

    I like you're thinking! I think health professionals assume that most people don't exercise regularly and would eat 2000 calories worth of crap. So I can understand it. The point is, you know what is right for you and your body and clearly it's working! Great job Mary!

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CNALLREDY 2/10/2014 5:59PM

    Awesome job! I think that clean eating is great and with that you can eat more calorie-wise and still lose weight, which is awesome! Keep it up emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 2/10/2014 5:57PM

    Seems like overall a good weekend. I don't think 2000 calories is too much but hey, what do I know? I have trouble with noodle soups as well. There never seems to be enough broth but they do taste good. I also love your freggie box! I got one for this Saturday and I can't wait to pick it up. There will be a lot of good stuff in that. It helps me eat clean and get in the servings of veggies and fruit. Nice work! Keep it up!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/10/2014 5:28PM

    Way to go lady!

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Weigh in #2 and Weekend Food Blog

Monday, February 03, 2014

Ok, Iím just going to come out and say itÖ.I am awesome, I rock, I killed it!!! Lol, why can it be so hard for us women to compliment themselves? Or even just take a compliment gracefully? Well Iím breaking the mold and Iím patting myself on the back and giving myself props for the hard work I put in and the determination that got me through this past week.

Weekend Food blog:

Pre-workout snack: I had Ĺ cup of puffin cereal with almond milk and my c4 pre-workout

Exercise: 1hr 15 min at the gym. 45 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of strength. I wanted to work out longer but my measly small amount of puffins I had before the workout were not getting me through very well. I was starving and had to cut it short. Forgot my HRM so no pic. Boooo!

Snack: I bought an almond coconut Kind bar (my fav!) at my gym on my way out since I had to hit up the grocery store afterwards and almost chocked on it when I realized it had cost me almost $4. Note to self: pack snacks in gym bag when I canít head straight home.

Lunch: My Kind bar kept me full until lunch and I donít know about you but I can eat breakfast food at any meal. Eggs with hot sauce, refried beans, sautťed spinach and two tortillas.

Dinner: Turkey burger on a pretzel croissant with cheese, spinach onions, overly crispy potato wedges, pickles and shared some edamame with Rich. He ate the pods at first since heíd never had it before, lol. He actually really liked it. Score for me!

Total Calories: 1782
Calories burned: -550
Net calories: 1232 (Woo hoo!)


Breakfast: Waffle Sunday has come to an abrupt end. Rich and I are both trying to eat less carbs soÖeggs with spinach, kale and onions, turkey sausage with ketchp, 2 tortillas, an iced coffee and I split an orange with Rich (no pic of orange)

Snack: Double chocolate protein shake with frozen banana and almond milk. OMG! It tasted just like a chocolate shake from McDís. Gold Standard whey protein, double chocolate is the way to go. First protein shake that doesnít make me want to throw up a little, lol.

Lunch: I took Naan bread and topped it with left over refried beans and cheese with a side of roasted cauliflower.

Dinner: Rich kept talking about pizza and cheese fries and nachos and all the nasty food he wanted to eat for the Superbowl but since we were watching it by ourselves from home, I stood strong and made us a delicious and healthy dinner. Red peppers stuffed with quinoa and black beans and a side of cheesy eggplant. (Lots of veggies today, yay!)

Snack: pineapple

Exercise: none, this was my well-deserved rest day

Total Calories: 1852 (this was actually low for my high calorie day. I usually do up to 2200-2300)
Calories burned: 0
Net Calories: 1852

Weigh in #2 in 2014

Starting Weight: 233
Previous weight: 220.8
Current weight: 213.6 (-7.2) UhmÖholy mother! How, why, whatÖwhat???
Total Weight Loss: -19.4 (20 lbs loss here I come!)

Wow, that was incredibly unexpected. I mean I did work out 4 days at the gym and did yoga once but I have never lost 7 lbs in a week ever..never ever. Plus I was in the 2000-2100 calorie range every single day except for the weekend. I remember right when I was about to step on the scale I was praying that I at least lost a pound. One stinking pound is all I was hoping for so you can say I was utterly shocked when it showed I had lost over 7 lbs. I had to re-weigh myself just to make sure. Donít really know how it happened or why but Iíll take it!

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ASHESS85 2/6/2014 11:51AM

    You rock and made some awesome choices! Great job on all of the veggies and work outs! It clearly worked! Congrats on losing 7 lbs!!! emoticon

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CONFUSEDBIRD 2/4/2014 8:15PM

    Yayyyyy you are doing great!

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ERNOINACTION 2/4/2014 10:07AM

    Nice work and congrats on the loss! Looks like you had a good weekend. It's hard staying away from the junky superbowl food. Way to make a healthy dinner!

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MUFFIY831 2/3/2014 9:16PM

    Whoa! Isn't it amazing when hard work pays off?!

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NIELSENSLADY 2/3/2014 5:45PM

    I think it is awesome you are so consistent!! emoticon

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    Awesome job!! All of your food looks so delish and you deserve that loss!

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JAMBABY0 2/3/2014 5:25PM

    thanks for sharing

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Starting Weight 2014 and Weekend Food Blog

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I stumbled, I fell and now Iím finally back up on my own two feet. Dťjŗ vuÖ I canít count how many times Iíve fallen and miss-stepped and gained but the point is that I never give up and I always come back. I was really nervous this time that I wouldnít return because no matter how many starts I had or how I almost made it back up, I kept falling and failing and not being able to move forward. It was discouraging but I kept at it until I got back to the path that I know always helps me succeed. A path that includes my Sparkpeeps, my blogs, tracking my food, hitting the gym, drinking my water, getting enough sleep and most importantlyÖbelieving in myself and knowing that I can do this and I can succeed.

Itís no longer maybe I can do thisÖItís now I can do this, I will do this, watch me do this!!!!

Weekend Food blog:


Pre-workout snack: Woke up around 7:30 and had a Ĺ cup of puffin cereal with almond milk and my c4 pre-workout

Exercise: 1hr 15 min at the gym. 45 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of strength

Breakfast: 1 egg, 1 tortilla and half an avocado

Lunch: Went to Roti Mediterranean restaurant and had their salad with steak. It was huge and delicious

Dinner: Chicken ravioli with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese & baby broccoli sautťed in olive oil

Total Calories: 1894
Calories burned: 636
Net calories: 1258 (Woo hoo!)

Breakfast: Waffle Sunday! A waffle with almond butter and fig butter and three mini turkey sausages

Snack: Vitamin water zero and granola bar

Lunch: Made nachos with homemade nacho chips, ground turkey and vegetarian refried beans guac on the side. Terrible lighting but it was sooooo good!

Dinner: Had another serving of nachos (recycled picture)

Snack: Two cuties

Exercise: none, this was my well-deserved rest day. I worked out 4 days this week!

Total Calories: 2010 (perfect for my high calorie day)
Calories burned: 0
Net Calories: 2010

Weigh in #1 in 2014

Starting Weight: 233
Previous weight: 209.3 (November 2013)
Current weight: 220.8 (+11.5) What theÖwhat??? Wow. At least I know I wonít see this number again.
Total Weight Loss: -12.2

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MUFFIY831 1/30/2014 2:39PM

    Welcome back! You're right - it's a constant struggle to fight the good fight, but you have the right attitude. Slow and steady wins the race!

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NOTGVGUP83 1/30/2014 10:36AM

    Glad to see you back. I always love seeing your food blogs and great attitude!

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CONFUSEDBIRD 1/29/2014 10:02PM

    So good to see you back blogging!

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RAIN454 1/29/2014 3:42PM

    Hi Mary! Been too long. I always love your food blogs and every time i see one, i get this urge to do one myself but then i get lazy and sidetracked. Hopefully reading more of yours will get me motivated. Don't worry about the setbacks cuz you're totally on your way to getting to your goals. And your homemade nachos look divine!

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ASHESS85 1/29/2014 3:18PM

    Mary, I feel like we the same person. I just kept falling and feeling so discouraged so many times I probably can't count but now I'm trying so hard to get back on track. I gained too, unfortunately. You are doing everything right my friend and your food choices are great! We can do this! Be strong and keeping moving on!! emoticon emoticon

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SPARKGIRL811 1/29/2014 10:29AM

    Keep up the good work. I have recently stumbled and I am still trying to get back on track!

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ERNOINACTION 1/28/2014 4:21PM

    So glad to see you. I love your weekend blogs. Keep it up!

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    Your food looks delicious!!

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Weigh in #14 & Weekend Eats

Monday, November 25, 2013


Breakfast: Eggs, turkey bacon, mashed avocado, and one slice of toast with coffee

Lunch: Tortilla pizza with turkey pepperoni and some fresh pineapple on the side

Snack: McDís medium nonfat, no whip white chocolate mocha (only 270 calories for a medium and totally worth each and every calorie)

Dinner: I made acorn squash and sweet potato soup (omg so good!) with garlic bread

Snack: Peppermint pretzel

Exercise: A 50 minute low impact cardio DVD

Total calories: 1809
Calories Burned: -331
Net Calories: 1,478 (Woo hoo!)


Breakfast: Waffle Sunday! Pumpkin waffle which I topped with Ĺ a banana and sugar free syrup, with 2 slices of bacon and coffee

Snack: McDís nonfat medium white chocolate mocha (I am obsessed!)

Lunch: Rich and I were out and about running errands and it took forever and I before I knew it I was STARVING!!! I was getting annoyed and feeling nauseous and light headed and knew I had to eat soon before I turned into the female version of the Hulk. The Pita House was the closest restaurant so that's where we went.
As I said I was STARVING so I got the combo platter that had beef, chicken, falafel, rice and salad along with an order of pita bread and hummus. My eyes were way bigger than my stomach. I ended up eating only half my platter and half the pita bread and hummus. I packed up the rest for lunch the next day.

Dinner: I made a Thai dish with chicken and bok choy that was really filling and really spicy. I think I drank 4 glasses of water with dinner but it was oh so delicious.

Exercise: None, it was my well-deserved rest day.
Total Calories: 2,392
Calories burned: -0
Net Calories: 2,392 (whoops, a little high because of lunch at the Pita House and all the pita bread I devoured. I try to stay around 2100-2200 on Sundays which are my treat day.)


Starting Weight: 233
Last weigh in: 210.9
Current Weight: 209.3 (-1.6)
Total Weight Loss: -23.4

Summary: Whomp whomp. I was really hoping to be at 208 but it wasnít meant to be this week. I did work out 4 days this week instead of 5 and averaged around 1,795 calories a day which is slightly high for me so it makes sense that I didnít lose more.
So this week I plan on working out 5 days a week and Iíve already decided that Thanksgiving will be my treat day so I can enjoy myself and eat a little bit of everything without feeling guilty. Plus Thanksgiving food is once a year so I feel entitled to enjoy but definitely no seconds. The leftovers will get frozen or sent home because typically we end up eating the leftovers all week and I really canít afford all those calories. Iím hoping to still lose this week. Iím aiming for a .5 lb loss this week. Hey, Iím keeping it real and my pumpkin pie is AMAZING and also has a lot of butter!
Ok, Thanksgiving Iím happy your here and Iím ready to enjoy but itís one day of your food this time.

Monday Motivation

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CONFUSEDBIRD 12/2/2013 8:38AM

    You are doing so awesome! Hope to hear your still on track and doing great! I am still working on getting on track.

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ASHESS85 11/26/2013 9:15AM

    Losing 1.6 lbs is still a win in my book! I think you did great, sure you splured a little but you still made healthy choices and exercised! Happy Thanksgiving Mary! emoticon

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SHKIRK 11/25/2013 4:39PM

  WOW your meals look sooooo good !! Keep up the good work. Lose On !! emoticon

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ERNOINACTION 11/25/2013 4:33PM

    Looks like a good weekend. That Thai chicken dish looks really good! Hope you stick to your guns this Thanksgiving. I'm working on doing the same....

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Weigh in #13 & Weekend Eats Ė Birthday Edition

Monday, November 18, 2013


I knew Rich was taking me out for dinner to celebrate my birthday (a day early) so I tried to eat ďlightĒ so I could indulge a bit.

Breakfast: One piece of toast with almond butter and half a banana

Lunch: Veggie hummus wrap with reduced fat kettle chips and a cutie

Snack: The other half of the banana from breakfast (no pic)

Bonus: Rich got me these amazing flowers

Dinner: Rich took me out for Mexican for my birthday, which is my FAV! We got free appetizers because it was my birthday.

Sorry so dark, the flash didnít go off for some reason.

Next I ordered myself a half pitcher of birthday mango Margaritas. I shared about half begrudgingly with Rich, lol.

Because the Margaritas alone were close to 700 calories I cut back on the extras with my meal and kept the chip basket far away from me. I ended up getting the steak and chicken fajitas with extra veggies only and no rice, beans, cheese, tortillas or sour cream. I did want guacamole though and they brought me a family size bowl just for me. I ended up eating half of it.

Exercise: None, I got my hair done in the morning and really didnít want to get it all messed up and sweaty because you can never recreate how nice you hair looks when you leave the salon. Lame I know.

Total calories: 2214
Calories Burned: 0
Net Calories: 2,214 (Totally worth it for the margaritas alone plus the giant bowl of guac)

SUNDAY (My actual Birthday. Scorpio's Rock!!!)
Breakfast: Waffle Sunday! One pumpkin waffles which I topped with sugar free syrup and two slices of turkey bacon and coffee with agave nectar and splenda which Rich brought to wake me up in bed. Heís awesome!

Lunch: My two BFFís took me out to lunch. I had already decided what I was going to have at my favorite breakfast place but they had over an hour wait so we headed to another restaurant where I had to think fast.
Appetizers: Cornbread with brown maple butter (OmgÖ.so freaking good)

Then I ordered a chicken sandwich with cheese, some sort of jam and a fried pickle and for my sides some asparagus and it came with coleslaw and because it was on my plate I ate it even though I don't find coleslaw that exciting. I was leery about jam on my sandwich but it was soooo good.

Dinner: Chicken stir fry with tons of veggies and rice

Snack: Persimmon (I am obsessed with these now. I had never had them before and they came in my organic freggie box and they are delicious!)

Exercise: None, no real reason besides the fact that I donít think people should workout out on their birthday. Lame again, I know.

Total Calories: 2,046
Calories burned: -0
Net Calories: 2,046 (A little indulgent but not too bad. I had lots of healthy stuff too.)


Starting Weight: 233
Last weigh in: 209.6
Current Weight: 210.9 (+1.3)
Total Weight Loss: -22.7

Summary: Ok, so I had a little gain which I was sort of expecting. I did indulge over the weekend because of my birthday but it was in moderation. The real reason for my gain was the fact that it was my TOM and I was eating chocolate like it was going out of style and was so exhausted from TOM that I didn't working out for 2 days because of it. I also had McDís for dinner two nights in a row because I was too tired to cook. I hate how TOM has the potential to derail me so much.
Well Iím taking my gain and using it to focus on what I can do this week to get that pound plus off. Iím not feeling bad about it because with TOM and my birthday it was sort of a given. Plus I know Iíll get it off in no time. Iím ready and willing to put in the hard work and reap the benefits at the end of the week.

Monday Motivation

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ERNOINACTION 11/19/2013 8:21PM

    Happy, happy birthday! I'm glad you had a good one. Anytime I go out to eat I swear the chips and salsa or bread and butter are a big problem for me. I've learned to just ask them to take it away right off otherwise I'll eat it all. Kudos for doing that. I also love persimmons and roasted beets. You can't beet them. Get it? (wah, wah) I love the beet greens too for soup, stir fry...anything! Nice birthday weekend in my book.

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PAPER_WINGS18 11/19/2013 3:36PM

    Sounds (and looks!) like an awesome birthday weekend! You stayed pretty on track considering! It is soooo easy to say "eh it's my birthday,. I am gonna eat like crap all week!" At least for me anyway. That's what I did for the wedding anyway. So I give you major props Mary!

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ASHESS85 11/19/2013 8:49AM

    I'm glad you had a nice birthday! All of the food looks yummy and you know I love Mexican too! mmmm fajitas. I know the feeling with TOM, I get so tired too and it often leads me to eat more and not exercise. ugh I hate it! But... we all gotta get back on the horse after it's over right? lol Hope you have a fabulous week! emoticon

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/18/2013 5:08PM

    emoticon Have an awesome year!!!

Knowing how hard it is to keep a chip bowl away at a Mexican restaurant, I'm super proud of you for doing so on your birthday weekend. I'll totally think of that next time I'm at a Mexican restaurant and I'll want to do that because you did on your birthday weekend.
You rock!

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IRP1114 11/18/2013 4:49PM

Glad you had a good time celebrating! Sounds like you balanced things out okay. I know I am up way more than one pound when I include alcohol. So well done!
We do rock ; D Lol my bday was just a few days ago too!

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PICKIE98 11/18/2013 4:37PM

    MMM. your meal choices looked SO good!! The flowers were beautiful and your boyfriend is a keeper!!

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