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Food log 2/22

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Here's day two of food logging/blogging... I noticed I left out something very important yesterday: NUTRITION! Lol, you know, just the reason we're here... NBD.

Breakfast: A strawberry parfait with Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a crushed Nature Valley granola bar (181 calories)


Lunch: Greek salad with romaine, cucumber, tomato, parsley, pepperoncini, feta, a little leftover chicken, and 1/4 cup (dry) quinoa (I made 3 times that to use throughout the week). I also had some carrot and celery sticks with store-bought red pepper hummus (480 calories)


Snack: 23 (lol, diets are crazy, I really counted) pistachios and a 90 gram banana (I actually weighed it!) (156 calories)


Dinner: Shrimp friend rice on a bed of steamed bok choy- it was really good, but I had to use more oil and soy sauce than expected (okay today, though I was on the lower end of cals, whew!) (483 calories)


And the proof!:


This is really fun... And addicting!

  
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LANGDONIS 2/23/2012 9:43PM

    very impressive! meals looked great. I'm going to copy that strawberry parfait breakfast idea (as i am sure many are).

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MYLOVELYCURVES 2/23/2012 5:13PM

    Everything looks delicious, especially the breakfast!! Keep up the great work!

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WALKINGRED 2/23/2012 12:13PM

    You guys are too nice! All this love for yogurt and my grandmother's plates!!! emoticon

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SKITTLES131 2/23/2012 11:48AM

    pistachios are yummy :) looks like a great day of food! emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/23/2012 11:11AM

    Were your meals this pretty before you started doing food logs? Or do you put a little extra effort into presentation now that you're taking photos?

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BLACKBIRDSING 2/23/2012 8:53AM

    Your meals look delicious! Great job!

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SCHWINNER! 2/23/2012 6:57AM

    Mmm, all of your food looks delicious! I love reading/looking at food blogs with pics :) Also: I love your plates!

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RYDERB 2/22/2012 11:11PM

    I need to start eating what you're eating! It look delicious! emoticon Even you plates are pretty! Thanks for adding the nutrition info. emoticon

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Food log 2/21

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I LOVE following your food blogs, and I am off of work this week, so I thought I'd give food log blogging a try!

For breakfast, I enjoyed Greek yogurt with frozen grapes while my oatmeal simmered:

McCann's steel cut oats with cinnamon, brown sugar, and a couple walnut halves (both the yogurt and oatmeal photo'd kinda ugly, so I went with their pretty containers instead!):

My stomach rumbled well before lunch, so I had a fuji apple:


For lunch, I reheated homemade veggie soup along with half a PB&J, and some veggies

Had half an ounce of almonds halfway to dinner (before SP, I would have had about ten times this many per serving!):


Once a week we have breakfast for dinner. Tonight is was egg tacos with anaheim chiles, green onion, tomato, cilantro, and AVOCADO(!), with some homemade smashed cranberry beans topped with a little feta (and Mike and I shared a bowl of strawberries that aaalmost tasted like Summer):


That was today. I think I'll do this again tomorrow- it was fun!


  
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SEPPIESUSAN 2/22/2012 12:45PM

    Nice pictures - I like your plates, and the presentation of your food.

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WALKINGRED 2/22/2012 12:32PM

    Thank you all for the nice comments! I love having breakfast for dinner. It's probably my favorite too, and it's fast to prepare
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MELIBUG 2/22/2012 10:45AM

    I love the idea of incorporating breakfast into a dinner meal once a week. I complete bi-weekly meal plans and think I will do the same as breakfast is my favorite meal. Great job with your selections!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/22/2012 10:08AM

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RYDERB 2/22/2012 9:51AM

    WOW! Great job on your food blog! Everything looks delicious, but especially your dinner! emoticon

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TINABINA5 2/21/2012 10:44PM

    You did a great job food blogging

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Week 7: from 153.0 to 149.8

Monday, February 20, 2012

I can't believe it! I really can't believe it, but after stepping on the scale again with Mike as a witness, lol, it's true- I'm down another two pounds. And minus 20 pounds. And I'm in the 140s (by the skin of my teeth!).

This week I ate a little more than usual. On Valentines, red wine helped me hit the very top end of my calories, and the next day, we grilled burgers for dinner, which also put me nearer to the top than I'm used to. That made me nervous. On Saturday, I had a (single) beer with a shrimp cocktail at Ventura beach, and we golfed all day yesterday, which normally means I hold on to some water weight. Against all of these things, I still dropped weight. I am elated.

This is, without a doubt, the longest I've been with a diet (or healthier lifestyle, or regimen, or WHATEVER). I feel great! Don't get me wrong, I have those days that I feel ravenously hungry, or completely tired, but more often than not, I feel pretty great. I don't want for crappy food or soda, I look forward to our walks, and I go to sleep and wake up earlier feeling more rested. I sound like a commercial, but I mean it all. emoticon

Things that are working:
-Being consistent (taking walks 6 days a week, planning meals)
-Eating more? (gasp!)

Room for improvement:
-STRENGTH TRAINING (why is so dang hard to start???!!!)

Now, in week 8, I set off to work on the last 10 pounds. This should take me ten weeks, and I am in no hurry. I can't believe I will soon be in a place where I think about maintenance. Never have I reached a weight loss goal in the 10 years I've been starving, running, and girdling my weight away. What a wonderful thought. Thank you all for the love and CONSTANT motivation. I am so happy that I can share such personal happy news with you all emoticon

  
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MELKAY 2/22/2012 4:18PM

    Amazing job!!! I have not doubt that you will be in the maintenance phase before you know it.

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FRESHBAKEDPI 2/21/2012 8:49PM

    Strength training is my weak area too! Congrats on your results so far!

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MYLOVELYCURVES 2/21/2012 3:56PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! That's amazing :) Keep it up!

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/21/2012 12:48PM

    I am just in awe of your progress. You went from 170 to the 140s so fast! I want that to be me tooooooo!!!!!

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SAMMBA 2/20/2012 9:41PM

    awesome job!!!

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MARYONAMISSION 2/20/2012 6:19PM

    Congrats!!!! That is awesome, so happy for your. Good luck on losing those last ten pounds. I have no doubt you will reach your goals!

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MWARDELL 2/20/2012 4:51PM

    Strength training is a struggle for me too! One thing I've found works for me is incorporating it with activities that I enjoy. In my boot camp classes, there is strength training (boo!) combined with agility and speed drills. For some reason, run some distance and bust out 10 push ups, run back and bust out 20 squats, is okay with me as opposed to just standing around doing the moves alone. Also, pole dancing is something I've been wanting to sign up for as a motivator. The cool tricks require a pretty awesome core and some upper body development. So maybe something like that would help!

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CINDYBUNNIE 2/20/2012 3:48PM

    Congratulations on hitting the 140s! That's so awesome. :D

Do you have the Strength Training set up with the SparkPeople-generated program on your Fitness Tracker? It gave me exercises that had equipment I had no access to, but I went through and substituted them for exercises that either had dumbbells or no equipment. I just made sure each one had the same muscle areas that are worked on as the one I subbed. I wasn't going to really bother with strength training, but I figured it didn't seem like much once I had that all laid out, so I did them.

You're doing great without the strength training, though.

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NOIRNATURAL 2/20/2012 2:16PM

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thank you so much for sharing your journey! Reading your blog is exactly what I needed today! I got so excited because your journey shows that you can achieve results consistently by doing the work. congratulations to you and Mike!

Noir

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Week 6: From 155.2 to 153.0

Monday, February 13, 2012

I am on fire, dudes.

After a lazy weekend in week 5, I planned to be more active this week. In addition to my Monday-Thursday walks with Mike, we hiked both Saturday and Sunday. I really felt pushed (in a good way- sometimes I hardly sweat when we walk) and hoped that it would make a difference on the scale. It did. Down almost 2 pounds. I could sing. Lalalallalallalalaaaaaaaaaa (me, singing)!!!

Things that are working:
-Sleeping better (no more all-nighters)
-Getting outside and moving
-Repeating healthy breakfasts and lunches a few times a week (so easy to plan oatmeal Mon, & Weds., parfaits Tues. & Thurs.) and having fun cooking up healthy dinners

Room for improvement:
-Chewing (sounds silly, but I need to slow down when I eat)
-Strength training

In week 7, I'm going to keep doing what has been working, and incorporate strength training into our fitness routine. I'm thinking some basic calisthenics type stuff (shoulders, biceps, triceps, chest, core, and legs) for 30 minutes on Tuesday (we did this in week 4, and it kicked our butts!), and a DVD on Thursday-my MIL gave me a couple Biggest Loser DVDs (Cardio Max Weight-Loss and Shred-It with Weights) a while back, and I'll finally give them a try...

Look out 140s- I'm coming for ya!!!

  
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LUVPOETESS 2/16/2012 10:23PM

    I'm impressed by how well you plan your upcoming workouts. I've tried, and even with SP's fitness plan in front of me, I always (and I do mean always) end up doing something different.

I'm going to work on taking lessons from you. emoticon

Congratulations on your progress so far.



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MWARDELL 2/16/2012 7:31PM

    :D Keep going! Good luck with adding in that strength training!

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GOLFTEE3 2/13/2012 4:02PM

    You ARE on fire! :D Keep up the great work! emoticon

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RHILL4455 2/13/2012 1:11PM

    Just stoping by for some encouragement!! Your doing great!! Keep up the hard work!!

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LIVELAUGHXO 2/13/2012 11:26AM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go!! I see we are on the same path - 6 weeks! woo hoo! You will be in the 140s in no time, and will look fab doing so! Thanks for stopping by my blog, too...always nice to have some encouragement!! emoticon emoticon

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Tinga Tostadas- recipe

Thursday, February 09, 2012

I really love to cook, so I plan on recording some of my more successful recipes here. Why not?

Tinga Tostadas


First, I slow cook a chicken breast with carrot, onion, celery, salt and pepper in a crock pot while I'm at work, then shred it up when it's... Shreddable? ;) To make the tinga sauce (totally optional, but so so so good), combine a fresh tomato, a chipotle chile (or reconstituted ancho chile), a little onion, garlic, and a pinch of caldo de pollo (powdered stock) in a blender, puree, and then strain. It's a cross between an enchilada sauce and tomato salsa

I bake tortillas (no Pam or anything) at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, and I flip them over halfway

I mash black beans up (they are not refried), using either store-bought (watch for salt), or homemade

Lastly, top with some light sour cream, and veggies galore. I love lettuce, white onion, tomato, jalapeno, and cilantro. Avocado when I can afford the extra calories!

One tortilla, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 ounces chicken, 1 teaspoon sour cream, and veggies come to about 150 calories. I eat two AND have something sweet afterwards!

  
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WALKINGRED 2/11/2012 11:28AM

    Lol! Caldo de pollo is a Mexican chicken bouillon. Regular bouillon in it's place will work fine! emoticon

It really is easy, and a good place to use leftover chicken, salad, or beans.

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RYDERB 2/11/2012 7:10AM

    WOW! I'm don't like to cook, but this looks delicious and it seems so easy! I'm going to have to try it. It all sounds like something I can do or find, well except the "caldo de pollo" but I'm sure I can google it. emoticon
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