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The Ice Cream Question

Friday, May 23, 2008


Ice Cream. Oh I love it -- my mom ate tons of ice cream while I was growing inside her and I think it created the ice-cream loving woman I am today. I love the kind with STUFF in it, tons of THINGS mixed in. I've found some really great lower calorie varieties that have suited my cravings and really helped me enjoy while still achieving my dietary goals.

The past couple of days, though... I was kinda full and still ate ice cream just to eat it. I think the thing is, my DH wants some, so I get it for both of us.

The question is -- if I have enough calories to spare, and I'm getting some for DH, can I possibly say NO to the ice cream???

It's a bit of a dilemma. I know I COULD. But should I really stress it? Why not enjoy myself?

I think moving forward I'm going to see if I'm really full, and if I am, I won't have any. If I'm still feeling somewhat empty and I have calories to spare, I'll go for it. I'm trying to be more mindful and not just eat because I can and because others are.


5/22: (1634+505) - 1535 = 604

5/19-5/22 = 2315, Average/Day = 578.75

So far today:

5/23: (1634+224(shred)) - 688 = 1170

This is for what I've eaten so far plus lunch -- I also have some bread and PB that I MIGHT eat later as a snack, and if I do that's an extra 360 calories, which would bring my before dinner deficit to 810. I'm going to see if I can do without the extra snack, or maybe even just cut it in half. Once slice of bread and one tbsp PB.

Tomorrow I'm going for a longer run than I've done before -- I'm gonna try for 4 miles solid. :) It's perfect because I'll be at work till 11AM, and right next to my work is the beginning of a 2 mile long trail, so if I run it out and back I'll get in 4 miles. :D I'm trying to think of it as being easy and think positively, but I'm still a bit nervous.

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JAYMATTER 5/24/2008 7:12AM

    As posted to another ice cream blog ('tis the season, eh?):

Ice cream is still a big weakness of mine too. I found a nice little replacement tonight though: in a blender, mix frozen banana* slices with soy milk. I use about 2-3 oz banana with a cup of milk and a serving of whey protein powder. It's not liquid enough to be a smoothie, and it's cold and sweet... a nice treat.

* or any other frozen veggie; I'm going to try strawberry today. emoticon

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CATIATM 5/23/2008 5:09PM

    Ice cream is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy! ... I say, if you have the calories available, enjoy! But if you find yourself slipping into old habits, then you'll know it's time to take a step back. YOU are in control! (We really need a "dominatrix" emoticon! *guffaw*)

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MARLIE13 5/23/2008 5:06PM

    Mmm...I love the stuff too with lots of stuff and stuff mixed in. Hot fudge stuff too. loL! The one thing that saves me is that I don't get any, but I'll have a few bites of someone else's and it seems to satisfy me. Nope, don't stress it and enjoy. Ya did GOOD!

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**PRICELESS** 5/23/2008 3:31PM

    Ooohhh, I'm a big time Loaded Ice Cream fan!! Anything chocolate w/ peanut butter &/or brownie chunks etc is to die for. It's also super bad for my hips and thighs!! It also has thus far been impossible for me to eat a single serving of ice cream EVER! Soooo I've been buying No Sugar Added Fudgesicles and they're only 40 cals each. They aren't bad...just not as satisfying. It's worth it though! =)

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ANGELA929B 5/23/2008 2:55PM

    Don't be nervous. I'm a little out of the loop with Internet terminology but I think DH means Dear Husband and if that's what it means, then DH wouldn't mind switching it up a little to accomodate your dietary needs (unless your budget allows you to buy two seperate ice cream varieties). Edy's Double Churned Ice Cream is 1/2 the fat and calories of regular ice cream and me and my boyfriend LOVE it. My boyfriend of course tops his off with some Reduced Fat Nilla Wafers but they have SO many varieties.
Also, my boyfriend and I have also discovered Healthy choice Caramel Swirl Ice Cream bars (150 calories a bar) and WW Cookies and Cream Ice Cream bars (coated with chocolate cookie crumbs, 160 calories a bar) and we eat those sometimes too. That way, your portion is controlled a lot better too.
Hope this helps.

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BRUIN2 5/23/2008 2:42PM

    You are going to have a great time on your run tomorrow!! And if you need a walk, why not do a 30 second or 1 minute walk at the turnaround/halfway point? No shame in that! (Coming from the girl who runs 9 minutes, walks 1 minute on all her runs!)

And good for you for coming up with your new ice cream strategy. It seems we've both got the same issue with an evening snack that has become a habit instead of a treat... We will achieve!

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P.S. -- About last weekend...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

When I blogged about it before I was so focused on how bad I did at eating, I completely forgot to write about a very awesome thing that happened! :)

We were in sunday school and it was inbetween classes, and the ladies were sitting around chatting and there was this one lady and her daughter that I totally grew up around, and I love them. Well anyway, she saw me but was talking with other people and we didn't talk to each other. Then at the beginning of the next class (Relief Society = AKA all girl Sunday School), my mom was making announcements and whatnot (she's the Relief Society President there), and was introducing visitors and so mentioned me since I was visiting.

YOU WOULD NOT BELIEVE THE LOOKS OF SHOCK I got from that lady and her daughter. :) They turned back around and were like WHAAAAT?!??!?! :D It was awesome. HAHAHAHA.

I went up and talked with them after it was over and they were saying how they saw me... and thought I looked familiar but couldn't place me, but didn't want to stare. They didn't put it together until my mom introduced me. :) They COMPLETELY did not recognize me!!!! The mom lady said,"Of course you've always been beautiful (*awww shucks*), but I now it's like, WHO IS THIS SUPERMODEL?" hahahahahahahah

Just wanted to commemorate that one for the records. :)

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SMURFETTE0725 5/24/2008 8:05PM

    What a super blog! That's awesome! CONGRATS you Hottie!

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AKASHA66 5/23/2008 12:03PM

    Great compliment--makes it all worthwile!

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JAYMATTER 5/23/2008 12:29AM

    emoticon emoticon Excellent! That's the type of response I'm hoping for at my wedding next May.

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SKYFYRE 5/23/2008 12:05AM

    I hope you see who they see, you are a GORGEOUS, FIT, BEAUTIFUL woman! You deseve the recognition and compliments!

OK, Hottie, Keep up the great work!

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    That's awesome! What a great compliment, and a well deserved one at that!

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CATIATM 5/22/2008 8:43PM

    WOW! That is a fantastic compliment! A supermodel .... you're hot enough, but frankly, you seem to intelligent and well-adjusted to ever work in that industry! emoticon

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BRUIN2 5/22/2008 8:41PM



Looks like you are becoming quite the super star Dana!! YAY!

And p.s. if you didn't already know it - I'm so crazy proud of you with all of your swimming triumphs!!!!!!

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A breakthrough!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

OK, so maybe I'm not quite up to the level of this hardcore looking woman above ("France's Alena Popchanka"), but....

I swam one length of the pool without stopping!


And got at least 3/4 of the way a couple more times! WOOHOO!!!

I think my secondary goal for May might have been jumping the gun a bit. Rather than now setting my sights on completing a full lap (down and back), I think my goal now would be to make everytime across the pool without stopping, still keeping short breaks at the end, until I can THEN work up to not stopping at the end of the pool so much/anymore.


I'm so excited about this!! I almost started cheering and jumping up and down in the pool, but I contained myself...

My bread didn't turn out so amazing.

I have not made ONE BREAD yet that has risen properly. I'm wondering if I'm not letting it rise in a warm enough place??? Am I somehow setting them under the AC??? I know the yeast is active... so what am I doing wrong? It rose a bit, more like spread all over the place. I didn't put it in loaf pans because our loaf pans were too tiny to contain all the bread. Perhaps I should have made some tiny loaves and then let there be an extra weirdo loaf?

I dunno. But... I'm thinking I might not be able to really use this sourdough starter for bread anymore because the recipes I got with it either don't say how much starter to use, or I'm not sure they're talking about the same mix of starter as it is.... ugh it's confusing.

It'd be a lot less confusing to make my own and KNOW what I put in it to begin with, and know the ratios of everything so I could follow the recipes better.

The recipe I made yesterday called for 1 cup of starter. ? *shrugs*

Well, the bread made a very dense bread that is about 2 inches tall and 5-6 inches wide. HAHAHAHAHA. It tastes ok. Has that sour taste (DUH it's a sourdough bread...), and as fun as it is to have a thing to feed and grow to bake things from, I don't even think I LIKE sourdough.

OH well. I still have the bread bible and I can try some more bread recipes after we finish eating what I made. The bummer is just that one slice is like 90 something calories, and it's just not that BIG. I did get pretty filled up by eating one slice with one TBSP of PB and one slice with 1/2 a laughing cow cheese last night... but I still had some ice cream afterward.

Which brings us to everyone's favorite part of the day...


5/21: (1634+530) - 1519 = 645

So I came pretty close to the top of my range yesterday, but it was also a pretty intense cardio day. I'm only disappointed that I didn't meet my protein minimum and almost reached my carb max. I was not really paying enough attention to the balance.

5/19-5/21: 1711, Average/Day: 570.33

So far today -

5/22: (1634+505(swim+bike)) - 933 = 1206

Eating to 1200 calories will give me a deficit of 939, max 589.

Since I ate almost to my max yesterday, I'd like to keep it lighter tonight, but I did get started out ahead of what I have usually eaten by this time of day in calories, so I guess we'll just see what happens. I have meals planned out to eat during the week, but not assigned to a specific night so we still get to choose what we'll eat each night. :) Left we have... Moroccan Chicken w/ Couscous, Chili-Stuffed Potatoes (both Cooking Light recipes), Angel Hair with Meat Sauce, Taco Salad, and Pizza. Definitely not Pizza. I think each of the others have a fair chance.

And then there's the spontaneous possibility of more bread... things. They're too weird to make sandwiches with really, but bread with stuff on it. :)

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AKASHA66 5/23/2008 12:02PM

    Yeah on the swimming laps, even just 2!!!

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WOLFKITTY 5/22/2008 8:20PM

    Um, yeah, actually the reason I was posting was to tell you CONGRATS!!! Hehehee.. I just got distracted by my favorite type of ethnic food.

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WOLFKITTY 5/22/2008 8:19PM

    I love Morroccan food!!! Mmm.
Hope it's yummy-licious!

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MARLIE13 5/22/2008 7:07PM

    How does she not inhale water?! lol!

WOOOHOOO! You totally inspire me. Each and every day. You're such an athlete and I'll be able to say...I knew her when.... lol! Maybe I should get an autograph NOW!!

Bread...have you thought about not putting them in loaf pans? Other than that, Martha Stewart...I have not clue.

BTW, laughed out loud at "bread with stuff on it". You crack me UP!

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Feeling good. :)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I got in my run and shred today!!! I am so proud of that!

And made bread! :D OK, not all the way bread yet, but I got this sourdough starter from a lady at church when I visited home and fed it and then last night I mixed some of the starter into a grainy bread with whole wheat flour, rolled oats, wheat germ, and some bread flour. :D I'm pretty psyched to see how it turns out!

So last night I had to let the dough rise overnight (wild yeast doughs can rise REALLY SLOWLY) and then this morning it was shaping into loaves and now they get to rise while I'm at work so I can bake them tonight!!!! I'm pretty excited. ;)

I need to be careful to remember to fuel myself properly though. I ate a banana before my run this morning, and that was fun, but I didn't really drink any water. When I got back I was chugging that H2O. Then I didn't eat anything else until after I did shred. I was feeling ok when I finished shred but then after my shower when I was getting ready and making the loaves I started really feeling it. I grabbed water, an apple, and some planters NUTrition Energy Mix and headed out the door. I didn't give myself enough time to do all I planned to do, including EATING. So anyway -- I ate in the car on the way to work and started to feel much better. I took a break inbetween my run and shredding and I should have eaten something then to keep my blood sugar more stable and that energy level UP!

Now for DEFICIT TIME! :)

5/20: (1634+451) - 1392 = 693


SO! for 5/19-5/20: 1066, Average/Day: 533

Considering one of those two days was a low deficit day for me, I'm very happy with the daily average so far. And I'll only have one FULL off day this week (Sunday). No more superlow deficit days either -- the lowest day remaining will be either Friday or Saturday (Shred or Run).

Today so far --

5/21: (1634+530(shred+run!)) - 833 = 1331

If I eat ONLY to 1200 calories, I'll have a deficit of 964, so to my max will be 614. Not too shabby! Will still aim for somewhere in between.

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SKYFYRE 5/22/2008 4:12AM

    I need to check out your food log, I'd be starving on what you are suviving on... hmmm, I must be a pig!

Great Job on the fitness tracking and calorie tracking, makes us concious, dontchano?!

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MARLIE13 5/21/2008 7:31PM

    Mmmm....bread sounds nummy! May I just ask...without getting smacked...? You're so close to your goal weight are you eating UP to your BMR at least? Hmm...maybe it's because I'm right there at my goal weight within a few pounds. My BMR is 1494 so I don't ever eat below that and I create my deficit through calories burned. Maybe I'm doing it wrong?! Urghh...color me confused. loL!

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**PRICELESS** 5/21/2008 5:04PM

    Wow, that bread sounds great! I just tried making some oatmeal cookies after finding a recipe on SPrecipes....they turned out aweful! LOL I'm not sure if I did something wrong or if the recipe was just whack! I did substitute reg flour for whole wheat though thinking that wouldn't make a difference in anything but health. LOL Oh well. I didn't need to eat those anywyas.

So I did my BMR today for the first time and think I finally have it. It sure looks like I'm going to have to do more then 3 days a week of cardio to achieve a deficit of 7000!!! LOL

You're doing great! Keep up the good work! ;)

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Off to a GOOD START.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

So I faced the music and weighed myself today...

and was down 1lb!! YAY!!!!! :) 171.2. Crazy. I'm thinking my goal of 165 is not too crazy -- I might go ahead and change my ticker today to an end goal of 165. I really think I will be done with weight-loss at that point, and then it will be all about being as FIT and TONED as possible. :D That is a really exciting prospect to me. Currently I am working on doing strength training and losing fat not lean tissue, but still. It will be neat to kind of change my strategy a bit.

I got my REAL Driver's License in the mail yesterday but haven't had a chance to take a picture yet, so that will be coming up soon.

Today I planned to be at the gym earlier than I ended up getting there, due to so unexpected snafus in getting ready. I don't feel too down about it because I was ready before I actually left, just couldn't leave yet, so I did make the time to be there just didn't because of things out of my control. My goal for May was to not dilly dally and get to the gym with enough time to do my proper workout. :)

Well, so I had to change my plan of attack slightly for today -- instead of doing my typical bike session I did high intensity intervals to boost the calorie burn. No way of knowing the true burn since I don't have a HRM yet, I just entered it into SP as "vigorous" stationary biking. *shrug* I did this so I could still get my 20 minutes in the pool, which I DID and there are some things I felt a lot better about today. I feel I'm making some good strides in my form even though I'm still not breathing that great, but I actually felt like I did slightly better today so YAY. :) I'm still counting this as 15 minutes of swimming though, due to all the stops and starts and whatnot.


Deficit tracking time!

5/19: (1634+80(ST)) - 1341 = 373

A low deficit day, but I'm pleased with the result. I could have easily eaten more last night, but I didn't need to eat more. I was not truly hungry and by waiting and not just grabbing more food, I was able to realize I didn't need anymore food.

So far today:

5/20: (1634+451(swim+bike)) - 856 = 1229

If I eat to my SP minimum of 1200 calories, I'll have a deficit of 885. I forsee myself eating more than 1200 calories, but not to the top of my range for sure. If I eat to1550 calories I will still have a deficit of 535, but I need more to help balance yesterday's lower number.


My pants I'm wearing today are seriously in danger of falling off. They don't have any beltloops or anything, so I'm pretty much stuck. I suppose I could get them taken in, but they were kind of cheap to begin with (like $19?) so I think that'd be a little... silly. I could try taking them in myself, but that could be disastrous. They are 16's, and I've been wearing a size 14 jean for a while, but now the 14's are starting to get slightly baggy and these pants are getting slightly ridiculous. It's kind of a bummer because they're really cute, and also because I have no idea when we will be able to get me some new clothes anyway. Not to mention I'd like to wait until I reach my weight loss goal of 165 before buying new clothes again to avoid it being a total waste since it's so close anyway.

Maybe after we get our stimulus check. YAY for stimulating the economy! But I know the plan is to stimulate our savings. :P So we'll see.

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TRECECOOKS 5/21/2008 12:16PM

    Hooray for being down a pound!!

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SKYFYRE 5/20/2008 8:33PM

    Dana, the fact that you are in the pool is such an accomplishment! Breathing to the side is hard, stick with it like you are, and you will be teaching lessons soon! Awesome on the pound, that is so exciting! Oh, and given your height, at 165 you may disappear... wait I found my magnifying glass, it's all good!

Ok, Skinny, Keep up the great work- and I mean WORK- swimming, running, ST'ing... AWESOME!

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BLAZEGRRL 5/20/2008 8:20PM

    I know what you mean - I can't really afford a whole wardrobe change right now, but something needed to be done!! I took a knife to my favorite belt and carved myself a new whole. Managed to not mangle it too terribly! Thanks for the comment on my blog. I ran almost two miles today and it was hard, but good. Have a wonderful day emoticon

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MARLIE13 5/20/2008 8:00PM

    Woohoo on another pound down! I'll have to take another peak through my give away pile and see if there's anything suitable for miss loosing her pants british supermodel sexy stud girl runner swimmer (you're wondering when I'm going to stop, huh?) lol! Good going on your deficit too! Woohoo!

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SAPOROUS 5/20/2008 5:55PM

    I just caved and bought some size 12 shorts at American Eagle, and guess what happened??? They're baggy now!!! I was so pissed... BUT... I don't fit into a 10 yet, so I have to wear them baggy for a little while longer. Also had to chuck my belt. No more holes to work with. Oh the struggles (yeah right! I'd take these struggles ANY DAY!).

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**PRICELESS** 5/20/2008 5:49PM

    WOOHOO!!! When you gotta complain about your pants falling off you KNOW you're doin something right!!! Way to go!!!
**Maybe you could try freecycle.org and get some new pants for free! I know I give away all sorts of clothes that way and have gotten some cute things myself. Just a thought =)

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WILLOW625 5/20/2008 4:34PM

    I used to do alterations, and we only charged $10-15 to take up pants. That's less than the cost of new pants, and then they'll fit you great. Of course, the price might be different where you live.

I've found that you can only take them up once, and then you pretty much have to get new ones. But, it might be worth looking into.

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LOBO1978_2000 5/20/2008 4:03PM

    You need another belt if you dont have anymore belt loops. Im starting to run out on mine too.

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