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Monday totals

Monday, September 24, 2012

355 breakfast
372 lunch
220 snack
547 dinner

1474 total calories & 41 fitness minutes

Pretty good for super busy day and company for dinner!

Tues AM edit: Oops. I forgot to add the hors d'oeuvres. Add 265 cal for cheese and crackers for a total of 1739. I thought the previous total was surprisingly low. Still, only 189 over.

  
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ROXYZMOM 9/25/2012 9:41PM

    Great job!! I am proud of you!

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ILOVEMALI 9/25/2012 2:33AM

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NOW2DAY 9/24/2012 11:43PM

    Good job. emoticon

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POPSY190 9/24/2012 9:00PM

    Well done for a busy day!

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Fall Challenge progress before it starts!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

emoticonThe Fall 5% Challenge hasn't even started yet, and already it's doing just what I hoped. My commitment to intentional exercise and creative extras is reSparked. I had to leave the house at 7 this morning--and still got in a 10 min SP video emoticonand some wakeup stretches emoticon. That was especially good, given that I'd had an insomnia fit in the middle of the night. emoticonI finally did get back to sleep, but was nowhere near ready to wake up when the emoticonwent off at 6.

I'd planned breakfast the night before emoticon, remembering to include coffee with half & half between church services. After sleeping so poorly, this was a definitely a two cup morning. emoticon emoticon I sing in a professional choir and drive across the bay for an 8 AM rehearsal for 9:00 service, followed by 10:30 rehearsal for 11:15 service. emoticonI love it, but it's a really long morning. I stuck a small can of low sodium V8
emoticonin my choir bag to tide me over till lunch.

After shopping for groceries and emoticonfood, it was past 2:00 when I got home. I made a nice discovery: 1/2 of a Publix cuban sandwich is 270 calories. And to think I use to snarf down a whole one easily at 540 calories. No wonder the pounds crept emoticonand emoticon. Yes, I admit I could still finish the whole thing, but--an important word--BUT I chose not to. With my V8, lunch was only 300 cal total. emoticonActually 311. I forgot a couple of baby carrots.

Today's preliminary assignment is to clean out refrigerator and pantry and plan ahead for shopping. I've got a good start on it already. Can't wait for the real thing to begin! emoticon

Today's totals:
350 breakfast
311 lunch
65 snack #1
306 dinner
175 snack #2

1207 + 57 fitness minutes

  
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KAI_ZEN 9/25/2012 11:55AM

    Awesome! You're doing so well! And what a fun blog to read - it made my day!

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KIMPY225 9/24/2012 10:27AM

    You are doing a great job so far! Keep up the amazing work!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/23/2012 8:33PM

    Way to go on being so prepared for the Challenge! I am excited about it too. This will be my 3rd & they are very fun. Sounds like you had a great day!
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POPSY190 9/23/2012 7:34PM

    That's the style! I think the preliminaries are a good half of the challenge as far as effectiveness goes. Now, off to the pantry and cupboards . . .

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ILOVEMALI 9/23/2012 5:38PM

    Great job!

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NOW2DAY 9/23/2012 4:21PM

    Good start! emoticon

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Calorie cutting tricks

Saturday, September 22, 2012

emoticon I buy Cabot's 75% reduced fat cheese. It's delicious, and I don't miss the fat.
emoticonPepperidge Farm makes wheat and oatmeal breads that are 45 cal per slice. I can have a whole sandwich for the same calories as one slice of regular bread. I've also been using sugar-free fruit spreads on PBJ sandwiches at only 5 cal per teaspoon.

emoticonDiscovered last night that leftover pea pods are great dipped in hummus for a low-cal healthy snack. You can buy snap pea crisps, but these are definitely superior.

emoticonUnless I'm looking for protein, unsweetened almond milk is only 30-40 calories, depending on the brand. It's really good with cocoa.
emoticonI recently made SP peanut butter cookies. I made small ones so that three of mine equaled the calories in one according to the recipe. I felt a lot happier about eating 2 or 3 than just one--for same or less calories!
emoticonI buy ultradark. One piece satisfies me much better than milk chocolate where the first ingredient is SUGAR.
emoticonherbal teas, especially blueberry
emoticonWEIGH AND MEASURE. Don't trust myself to get it right.
emoticondiscovered that turkey bacon is OK
emoticonGet sugar-free if I'm going to indulge in ice cream. It has built in consequences for OD-ing. Have to exercise portion control unless I want to live in the bathroom.
emoticonPlan ahead for special occasions and enjoy them!

End of day:
242 breakfast
357 lunch
153 snack #1
284 dinner
275 snack #2

1310 total + 35 fitness minutes

  
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DISKATDREAMER 9/23/2012 6:05PM

    emoticon Great suggestions and fun to read. Thank you.

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LILYDOG11 9/23/2012 2:55AM

    Thanks for the tips, I will definitely try the Pepperidge Farm Bread and I already use the Sugar Free Jelly......Turkey bacon I will have to get an okay from the Hubby LOL emoticon emoticon

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KIMPY225 9/22/2012 11:10PM

    Awesome! Thanks for the tips!

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PEPPYPATTI 9/22/2012 8:39PM

    Way to go!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 9/22/2012 8:20PM

    Great tips - I haven't had the Pepperidge Farm bread before. I am going to look for it the next time I am at the market.

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NOW2DAY 9/22/2012 5:18PM

    I like turkey bacon too. I think counting calories is the way to control your intake and be accountable. But I can't bring myself to keep track, I try to use portion control. When it's out of the house I can control my food intake. Good blog.

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POPSY190 9/22/2012 3:47PM

    Colourful and informative. emoticon

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Pumpkin Spice Cocoa "Latte"

Saturday, September 22, 2012

And for the coffee haters out there like my husband, there's cocoa "latte" for about 50 cal.

Almond milk 30-40 cal depending on brand
T cocoa powder 15 cal
stevia
vanilla
pumpkin pie spice to taste

  
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TAMPATINK67 9/23/2012 3:13AM

    Yummyness!!!!!

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SHOAPIE 9/22/2012 2:12PM

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LIS193 9/22/2012 10:56AM

    YUM!

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DMF2012 9/22/2012 10:07AM

    That sounds great - thanks for sharing!

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Post-Interview Jitters and Pumpkin Spice Latte

Friday, September 21, 2012

After a job interview this morning, I was sorely tempted to stop somewhere for a treat, an edible high calorie one--but didn't. Instead, I took the time to stroll around the lake at a small but beautifully landscaped retreat center on the bay. I stopped thinking about what I'd said, what I could have said better, and all the sorts of things that run around in one's mind after an interview. I noticed a small toad hopping into some undergrowth, heard and saw ducks and an anhinga (fresh-water cormorant relative) on the pond, and saw gulls, pelicans, and a sandpiper sitting on pilings, along with a couple of cormorants hanging their wings out to dry.

When I got home, I had an email from my daughter hoping the interview had gone well, and telling me about the pumpkin spice latte she'd had at work. I thought, "Hm. Don't I have a recipe in my collection for that?" Sure enough, there in my SparkRecipes was one for Pumpkin Spice Latte. My version cuts the calories in half by using almond milk instead of skim milk. Here it is:

1 c Almond Breeze almond milk - 40 cal
1/2 c strong coffee. I used DandyLion Blend, an herbal coffee substitute - 10 cal
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 T pumpkin - 5 cal. Mine wasn't canned; it was the last small one from the garden.
1 packet Stevia

Delicious for only 55 calories!

END OF DAY:
289 breakfast
269 lunch
105 snack #1
477 dinner
42 snack #2

1182 total + 51 fitness minutes

  
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LADYPIXEL 9/24/2012 11:56AM

    Ooooh. I've been craving the Starbucks version, which I just can't have (at 548 calories, it's a bit extreme). Thank you, I'm gonna try this!

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TAMPATINK67 9/22/2012 1:06AM

    I don't even like coffee and think that sounds awesome!

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ROXYZMOM 9/21/2012 8:37PM

    That recipe sounds tasty! I am going to try it...thanks!

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TXGRANDMA 9/21/2012 5:20PM

    Hope you get the job! I know what you mean, going over everything in your mind! The latte sounds delicious...........thanks for the recipe! emoticon

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MAYBER 9/21/2012 5:03PM

    Best wishes as you continue to interview
Glad that you did not give into high calorie treat
And the walk was so enjoyable seeing all nature has to offer us
One day at a time
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1EMMA2011 9/21/2012 3:27PM

    This was so thoughtful to share your recipe. Thank you so much! Yummy! Great job on staying away from the high calorie treats!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POPSY190 9/21/2012 3:10PM

    Sounds delicious! You dealt with a stressful situation and it's aftermath brilliantly!

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