Monday, March 07, 2011
It's bittersweet. LOL. My mom's cheesecake is my favorite dessert in the world. Hubby and I were both sad to eat the last of it on Friday. But my waistline is happy. Thank goodness my husband likes cheesecake and enthusiastically helped me eat it.
I did try to stay on the lower side of my calories for the day so I could have the treat for dessert after dinner. And I somehow managed to resist all day and wait to have my one piece in the evening with hubby. So, I am proud of myself for that at least. :)
The scale is kind...so far. I think it will catch up to me soon, though. Have to hit the gym hard this week. Tonight is our family gym night. Hopefully we can get through our workout tonight without any diaper disasters.
Have a great Monday, Spark friends, and a great week!
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Yesterday a new machine at the gym caught my eye. It's a elliptical/bike hybrid. Basically you sit down on it like a bike but pedal like you are on an elliptical. There are also features where you can do chest presses and other strength exercises.
There are only two of these that I saw. I spoke with the person on the other one and she told me she liked the machine because it is easier on her knees. I decided to try it since it was new and I was dreading my treadmill workout that day, and also because I have been having problems with my knee lately. I did not feel like it gave me a truly awesome workout (I wasn't really sweating much) but it was good for my legs and I got some things done on my phone since I could surf the net. Haha. I am planning a more strenuous workout today - my usual class. If they don't pull me out for a diaper disaster. :)
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
I had been trying to coerce the hubby to take a Body Combat class with me at the gym for a loooong time. He doesn't usually take classes, but he he finally agreed to come to the class with me last night. My favorite instructor teaches on Monday nights. She makes the class so fun, so I wanted him to take her class if he was going to go.
So last night, he was all ready and even excited about it. I even introduced him to the instructor when we were waiting for the previous class to finish up so we could walk into the room. Music is on, class starts. Not even 2 minutes in, one of the ladies from the kids area comes in and taps him on the shoulder. The little one needs a diaper change. He left the class to take care of it, and afterwards came back to tell me that she had a diaper accident and we needed to leave because we did not have a change of clothes. I usually keep an extra outfit for her in my diaper bag, but last night I just happened to not have one because on Sunday we had to change her outfit while we were out. Aaaargh. So, home we went, without either of us getting a workout. It might have been a blessing in disguise, however, because the little tyke was beat. She went right to sleep when we came home and put her to bed.
Well, we will try next week for the class. And I am getting my butt to the gym this morning! Dreadmill today. Or maybe elliptical. But I get to listen to Jillian's podcast, which will help keep me entertained and motivated.
Monday, February 28, 2011
So, yesterday was my birthday, and currently on the middle shelf of my fridge there is half of a Philly fluff cake and a whole cheesecake.
My best friend from high school came to visit Friday/Saturday and she brought the delicious fluff cake. It is from a bakery from Summit, NJ, where she lives and apparently this bakery is famous for this type of cake. If you don't know what a Philly fluff cake is (I didn't), it is kind of a pound cake made in a bundt pan, with powdered sugar on top. Very simple but not light on the calories, I'm sure. Does anyone know how many calories are in one of these?? I tried to look it up online but no luck. I only found recipes. Haha. I am thinking of freezing what I have left over for a treat in the future when I don't have so many sweets in the house. I am going to call the bakery tomorrow (they are closed today) to find out the best way to wrap it up to freeze, and if they recommend freezing it. But that's the plan.
The cheesecake is the one my mom always made for company and special occasions when I was growing up. This is my favorite cake in the world, and my mom hasn't made it in FOREVER! Probably close to 10 years at least. I knew better, but I still requested it for my birthday this year and she sweetly obliged. I did get a small lecture from my dad as they handed it to me, but I played the birthday card (It's my birthday, no lectures about cake). :) Anyway, it was frozen when they brought it (she froze it because she made it in advance and also for it to be easier to transport) so I have been waiting since yesterday for it to thaw. Luckily, my husband - who does not typically have a sweet tooth - LOVES cheesecake and he is just as excited about it as I am. Although I joke that it is MY cake, I am happy that he will be helping me with it.
I think I've mentioned before in my blog that I have a mental list of "worth it and not worth it" foods. If something is worth the calories, I eat it without feeling guilty and then just try to make good choices otherwise. If it's NOT worth it, I ask myself "Do I really want to eat this? And why?" and I usually talk myself out of it. Both of these cakes are in my opinion TOTALLY WORTH IT. But I have to make sure I hit the gym a lot this week (I have been slacking here lately). I can already feel my pants tightening just thinking about them.
Now for some good news: We stocked up on lots of fresh fruits and veggies yesterday. Plums, nectarines, tomatoes, squash, clementines, bananas, blueberries, strawberries. Oh and I almost forgot to mention another fabulous birthday treat I received yesterday: chocolate covered strawberries that my cousin sent from Edible Arrangements. Mmmmmmm.
Tonight's workout: Body Combat! And I am dragging the hubs to join me in the class for the first time. He has been resisting for so long. I hope he likes it. :)
Thursday, February 17, 2011
OK, so...I have 2 boxes of girl scout cookies sitting on my kitchen counter. UNOPENED, as of yet. Funny thing is, I didn't even order them. What's even funnier is that I got them from my DAD.
If you knew my Dad, you would laugh because he always watches what he eats and is one of those people who comments on how bad or good for you something is (at least to family and close friends). I always kind of feel guilty if I am eating something sweet or greasy in front of him.
Anyway, I don't know what came over him but he ordered one of every type of girl scout cookie at work (presumably a co-worker's child sent mom or dad to work to take orders for them). So now, EEKS, I am the proud owner of Tagalongs (140 calories, 9 g of fat per serving of 2 cookies and Ducle de leche ( a liiiiiitle better on the stats with 160 calories, 8 g of fat for 4).
First of all, is it just me or have the boxes gotten WAY smaller over the years? And why the heck do these things have TRANS FAT in them?? Aren't these supposed to be wholesome, American cookies? You know, with America trying hard to fight childhood obesity and the food guide recommending never consuming trans fat ever ever?
Sigh...I will see how long it takes me to open the first box. I am usually a sucker of these things, despite the calories and trans fat. I do feel like writing the girl scouts and requesting that they remove the trans fat. After all, if McDonald's can do it, so can they!
Sigh...It's between 5 and 6 on Thursday. Usually I am in Body Combat class right now. I somehow screwed up my knee so I have decided to take it easy. I haven't been to the gym since Monday night. :( BUT I did a lot of walking today because (Hello!) it's 60 degrees here on February 17!
I hope everyone is doing well and had a great Valentine's Day!
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