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The breakfast dilemma - cost vs. calories

Friday, December 05, 2008

I take myself to the coffee cart once or twice a week - it's enough of a "splurge" to make it a treat, but not enough of a caloric impact to make it an issue. It helps me stay on track to have something exciting and a bit sweet.

I usually have a slice of banana bread or cranberry bread (about 200-300 cals) rather than a muffin (400+ cals) or a scone (500 cals?). I've learned that the fruit bread is the better choice.

But coffee versus a latte or au lait made with nonfat milk. Especially since I drink my coffee with half and half. The coffee is about 3/4 the price of a latte or au lait. The nonfat latte or au lait is close to the same in calories, but WAAAAAAAY less fat.

Today, calories won - I had a nonfat half caf au lait and nonfat half caf Borgia (mocha latte with a hint of orange) in my thermos.

Breakfast is a grand total of 428 calories, with only 8 grams of fat. Had I had the coffee with half and half, it would have been 460 calories and 34 grams of fat. BIG difference there.

Even if it was $2.50 more expensive, it was worth it.

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ARDENT1 12/23/2008 10:30AM

  to cheat once in a while is no crime we are all human...i am doing good on my way of life, i walk 3 to 4 miles daily, jump rope, hula hoop, and watch what i eat, its simple, good luck to youhave a happy healthy prosperous new year....

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"M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!"

Saturday, November 29, 2008

I ran into my "adopted student" from years ago - he's now in his early 30s, married with 3 kids. I haven't seen him in nearly a year.

That was his comment - "M'Schwartz, you slimming down still!" Not that I see it on the scale, but the inches are still slowly creeeping off, and the sizes I need are getting smaller, and apparently it's visible if you haven't seen me in a while.

I slimming down still!

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OAKDALE3 12/1/2008 8:38AM

    WHOOHOO!!! I love that!!

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1,126.73 miles and counting

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nairobi to Khartoum!

NYC to Chicago to Minneapolis!

Seattle to San Diego!



I am addicted to my pedometer

Monday, November 10, 2008

We had an emergency trip. I wore my pedometer, as usual. And on day 3 of the trip, I broke the clip on the pedometer. I couldn't attach it to my jeans. I felt lost!!!!! Uneasy!!! Going through pedometer withdrawal!!!!!!!!! How could I function if I didn't know how much I'd walk? How could I log my miles on my spreadsheet (having walked over 1000 miles since I started tracking on 1/10/08)????? How could I post on our "Around the World" team??????? OMG, I was getting the shakes!!!!!

We found a pedometer in my MIL's things. I tried it. It didn't work well, but it calmed my craving. For a while.

Day 4 - tried a pedometer in a sports store. It registered 2 or 3 steps for each step I took. It didn't have a sensitivity adjustment button. I immediately returned it.

Day 5 - I found a great pedometer at a drugstore. It's accurate. It remembers 7 days in a row. It resets itself at midnight (a feature I'm not crazy about). It has a clock (which is good because I don't wear a watch). I feel normal again!!!!!!!

We're back home, I'm back at work, I'm wearing my pedometer, life is good.

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OAKDALE3 11/11/2008 7:02PM

    I just got one on Sunday. The past three days I have been checking it obsessively to see if I have made the 10,000 steps or not. I can definitely see how I could become addicted to this too. I completely understand what you went through and I am glad that you have a new one!!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2008 9:10PM

    Yeah, I tried the pocket - but I often wear a dress or skirt to school, so I knew that wasn't a long-term solution.

You'll learn to love that pedometer!

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ZZYYGGY 11/10/2008 1:48PM

    Glad you found one you like. Isn't it funny how we get attatched to certain things. I'm just starting to wear one myself, and it helps alot. PS you can wear them in your pocket of your pants. It isn't the most accurate, but it does work.

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I just had a "lightbulb" moment

Saturday, November 01, 2008

You know the moment. When a lightbulb goes off in your head, the way it does in a cartoon.

A moment of brilliant realization. An epiphany.

I was logging in last night's meal. We moved last week, I've been unpacking after work, my dinner was a quick scrambled egg and multigrain bagel, I was tired and didn't go online.

About 8 PM (after I had eaten), DH decided we needed to do a garbage dumpster run, and get rid of all the empty boxes. And grab a bite of dessert while we were out.

I knew I was mid-range in my calories for the day. I had skim milk with my morning coffee, had reasonable meals, and was doing okay. But in the restaurant, hearing about the chocolate cheesecake, well, my resolve crumbled.

But I knew, from the Spark Food Showdowns, that cheesecake was a better dessert option than many. For example, better than the peanut butter ice cream pie that DH had. Possibly better than the key lime pie smothered in whipped cream.

So I had a slice of chocolate cheesecake (well, DH had several bites of it). It was delicious, it sated my ever-present desire for dark chocolate, it felt like a nice Halloween celebration.

Fast forward to today - log in time - and my .75 slice of cheesecake (based on the fact that it was 1/8 of a cake, not 1/6 as measured in the SP tracker) was all of 193 cals.

I'm only 23 cals over range!!!!!!!!

So the lightbulb - THE CHEESECAKE WAS A GOOD OPTION FOR MY SPLURGE!!!!!!!!! I realized that I don't need to mentally calculate each and every calorie, I have been fairly well educated in my 660+ days on SparkPeople, I have the information to make good decisions about my cals!!!!!

THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!!! I feel like I've earned a Spark PhD!!!!!!

It just made me feel so smart and competent.

And I know I'll make the occasional not-the-best choice. And there will be days when I'll backslide.

But just for this one day, and this one decision, I was brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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and it is very good news to hear that cheesecake was a good choice (under the circumstances)! I had no idea!


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