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Kinda successful at dinner last night?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

So here's the real honest breakdown:

I did share a BIT of an appetizer (well, 2, but one came AFTER dinner).

BBQ Nachos -- Had a couple nacho chips, mostly with very little cheese, more of the lettuce and pico de gallo, and a bit of the BBQ
ONE mini-corndog. And then I was like... gihaosirh. No more. It was sooo greasy.

For my meal I ordered the Caribbean Jerk Chicken Sandwich w/ Buffalo Chips. The sandwich was GOOD. It's a grilled chicken breast w/ a carribean jerk rub and it was drizzled w/ some of their jerk sauce. I added no other sauce to it, and I didn't exactly leave anything on my plate...

... but my husband ate some of my buffalo chips when I got done with them. :) That helped! AND I stashed a piece of gum in my pocket and started chewing it when I was done as well. Good stuff.

This morning is another story....

My wonderful husband bought those Reeses PB Eggs that they have at Easter. I ate 3 of them. 180 cal 11g of fat each. But now MY SHARE of those suckers is GONE. *phwew*

I will not be craving any kind of splurge for quite a while now. I am all splurged out. I just want good clean eating. I was even irritated at how sweet my all-natural Dannon Strawberry Yogurt was today at lunch.

So -- I'm still kinda proud at how I did last night. I left feeling more full than I do after a nice healthy meal, BUT I was far less full than I USUALLY am after leaving a restaurant. I felt like I showed some restraint which is hard for me to do, and made relatively wise choices.

The salads at BWW just DO NOT appeal to me. They are lettuce and chicken. Basically. Maybe some cheese, cilantro... ok one has pico de gallo. But that is just not enough for me in a salad. I want something more interesting. Definitely a healthy option!!! Just not the kind of thing I want to pay money to eat at a restaurant, you know?

Ummmmmmm not much else to report, off day from working out today. Work has been stressful and irritating. I have a pile of things to do before I leave and all I want to do is go straight home. :) But I will survive.

I want to make some catfish and slaw tonight from the Best Life Diet Cookbook.

  
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TAIMOIRAI 3/13/2009 3:05PM

    BWW is my hubby's favorite restaurant. It's now on the list of "Places you will go with your friends and leave me at home." Next time he begs I'll try the chicken sandwich you got, otherwise I find I don't enjoy their food enough for the amount of calories it costs to eat there.

We're both going to get back on top of this eating right thing. Let me know how the catfish turns out. It sounds delicious!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/13/2009 12:48PM

    great job!

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MARLIE13 3/13/2009 11:16AM

    Good job for taking your gum with you to the restaurant. That's an excellent way to help control your environment when you eat out. I had stopped chewing gum for a bit because of the negative side effects but the positive ones outweigh the negative so now you can find it in my purse again. lol! You're doing great. And I'm interested in how your catfish turns out tonight! Sounds yum!

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CALICAVEGIRL 3/13/2009 9:38AM

    OMG, catfish and slaw? What time is dinner? I'm sooo there. Lol. As for dinner,... I've been cutting everything in half before I even start eating (when out at a restaurant) for some time now. At first I wanted to keep nibbling even after my "half" portion is gone,... but now I find that eating just half of what's on my plate is more than enough. Then at the end I just ask for a box and I've got lunch for the next day. Although if you find it too tempting to have that second half hanging out on your plate then just ask for a box right up front and then box up the half you won't be eating and then set it aside on an empty chair so you won't be tempted to pop open the lid and keep nibbling. Or better yet, bring a small roll of tape and tape the lid shut so it really is a pain to get at.

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SLCOLMAN 3/13/2009 12:26AM

    You splurged and are right back on track so all is good! :)

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SWEETZMIX 3/12/2009 10:33PM

    I love jerk chicken, I should make some this weekend. Anyway I kinda feel the same way about the dannon yogurts...like they just taste too sweet. GRRR And I LOVE yogurt and those are sO easy to take to work.

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/12/2009 8:00PM

    YaY!! Good job dining out! I wouldn't put too much weight on your slip-up this morning.. They're gone -- right?! Why do we do this to ourselves....LOL! After my slip-up yesterday, I've been sick all day today, so I have a feeling it will be a long, long time before another big slip-up for quite a while here too..

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KASSIANDORA 3/12/2009 7:40PM

    If I am not satisfied after a meal and I find myself wanting to eat more I try to drink 8-16 oz of water just to give me that full feeling.

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Another day, another great workout!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

So, today's been a pretty good day.

My DH had a pivotal meeting for his dissertation today and it went well so WOOHOO on that! :D We WILL be going out to eat tonight to celebrate, and my plan is to LEAVE FOOD ON MY PLATE unless I order something uber healthy.

Although we're going to Buffalo Wild Wings so the healthy options there are generally extremely limited and unnappealing so the chances of that are not super likely...

I will be reporting back on this goal tomorrow. Maybe it will help me to finally DO THIS. This is something I have NEVER gotten a hold of -- stopping when full, not just cleaning my plate... especially when eating out. OOH! I will make sure to bring my gum in so I can occupy my mouth when I am DONE. And maybe ask for a box?

Anyway -- this morning was gym buddy day and DAY TWO OF WEEK THREE of the pushups challenge. YEAH! I'm SOOOOOO proud of myself and LAFTERSFREE for completing today's challenge. It's getting tougher and tougher!!! And while my muscles are screaming by the end of the max set each time, I'm somehow able to complete the next day so I guess it's working. At the beginning I could barely complete 6 and I was um... doing them horribly wrong. Now I'm able to knock of 10 RELATIVELY easily. Today's longest sets were 12 reps long and I KNOW that last one or two were dropping in form, but hey. I got through it.

Then I was on the spin bike and feeling somewhat uninspired, over to the stair climber and feeling irritated. When I did 10min on the stairclimber I was like, hey! I haven't done ST since Monday! :D So I went downstairs and ROCKED some ST. It felt great to be doing that. It was just what I needed this morning to really get the most out of my workout. Off to track that now...

OH. And my nutrition tracker is tracking high today for my current calorie range, but to be honest I've been eating a bit higher the past few days and not just because I wasn't paying attention, but because I'm happy where I am and I'm not concerned about losing at this point. I'm waiting until Monday to officially change my tracker back to MAINTENANCE MODE, but I'm kinda transitioning there already.

  
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SLCOLMAN 3/13/2009 12:28AM

    You are doing super with the push up challenge :) Woo Hoo!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/12/2009 11:15AM

    So today is thursday, how did it go for dinner. I am awaiting the blog. hehe

Dana u are doing awesome. You are just there u know?!? Thank you for all your comments and advice you leave on my blog.

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LANC92 3/12/2009 10:43AM

    I never have a problem leaving food at a restaurant (or having it wrapped to go) but ALWAYS at home. Additionally at home, I will pick,pick, pick from the bowls on the table after I'm done. Since I'm also trying to stop taking seconds, I've started leaving everything in the kitchen and making my plate. It has been working so far - YAY!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/12/2009 8:53AM

    Congrats to your DH!! And as for dinner...I'm sure you did fine...

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/11/2009 10:20PM

    great job on the push ups. congrats to your dh!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/11/2009 9:16PM

    i had a feeling u guys would go to buffalo wild wings! NOW im super jealous!!!
last time i was there, i ordered 6 wings, with no sauce and a small order of their cheesy buffalo chip things... it was actually pretty filling, munch on celery if ur still hungry after you're finished what you want to eat. I had like 2 celery refills and a LOT of water :) u guys have funnnn, u both deserve it soo much!!!! well, im off now to clean my apt and get packing, and then to bed early for my long day tomorrow!!! have a great time tonight!

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BRIBIEN 3/11/2009 8:10PM

    I may be too late but Buffalo WilD Wings has an AMAZING BBQ chicken salad- I get it without the dressing (trust me, you DONT need it). The only calories are the chicken (which is grilled) and the cheese!

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MIBOUCK 3/11/2009 7:16PM

  Pushups? I'm terrible at them...terrrrible! That's great that you can knock off ten pretty easily now! I can barely do like...four haha. I need to work on that, but I need my husband to be around so he can correct my posture (oh yeah, I know it's off) besides, it'll be nice to have the army's side of views when it comes to push ups. Maybe one day I can beat him!

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BRUIN2 3/11/2009 7:00PM

    You're such a warrior princess!!

You are such an inspiration - mixing things up at the gym until finding something you wanted to rock, instead of just leaving! You are awesome!!

And yay for H!!!

What about ordering a half-order of something? Then you can eat the whole thing, but still be eating "less"... Have fun!

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TELERIE 3/11/2009 6:09PM

    I've never managed the leaving stuff on my plate thing either - working on that when I eat out. Congratulations with hubby's dissertation - exciting times!
I started the push ups challenges in October, but sort of fell through when I got the flu in November and never got started again. Might actually re-start that and try to do real push ups instead of girly ones.

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I'm alive!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Just been busy. :)

So this weekend was me eating a lot of healthy food -- too much a couple of times. Then last night I had my band concert and we went to Waffle House afterward. It was pretty good, but not something I want to do more than like... once a year or so? :D

So I was a bit nervous to step on the scale this morning, but I was at 168.5 again! And this is right after eating at Waffle House the night before! :D So I'm feeling very happy about that.

Had a great workout both Sunday and Monday. Got to go to a class I never get to go to yesterday and it was pretty challenging/interesting. It involved doing a lot of strength training while standing on a BOSU. Also a few balance exercises, and then some core work with the BOSU -- crunching on it, doing a plank onto the firm side, doing a leaning plank -- tilting the BOSU to one side while maintaining stability.

I am QUITE SORE today. But I'm participating in a testing thingie for these Reebok EasyTone shoes so I'm going to try going on a walk on my lunch break for the first time ever. :) It's soooo gorgeous outside, it's the perfect time to do something like that.

Hope everyone else is doing well!

  
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MISSY_MAGOO 3/11/2009 1:36AM

    Ooh- I want to try BOSU! I have a friend who uses one at home and swears by it, looks like it wouldn't be too bad on my knees also (arthritis).
Have a great lunch walk, and congrats on the maintain!

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KIMCATUS 3/10/2009 9:46PM

    Holy cow I had to Google the BOSU ball...wow! You constantly amaze me girlie!! Go you!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/10/2009 8:20PM

    I heard BOSU is no joke. Dana u just amaze me!! :)

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SLCOLMAN 3/10/2009 7:09PM

    Sounds like quite the workout!!!

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LAFTERSFREE 3/10/2009 6:54PM

    FINALLY the waffle house! haha so sad i missed out. how did ur concert go??? was anyone humming from the audience?!?! ;) how do you get to test shoes???? i wanna!! :) have a great night, see ya in the bright and early AM!

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TELERIE 3/10/2009 5:46PM

    BOSU looks really challenging! I'll have to try that when I get a chance.

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MDTWEETY 3/10/2009 4:57PM

    BOSU rocks!! =)

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BRUIN2 3/10/2009 4:54PM

    Woohooo for Bosu!! (And for you!)

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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:39PM

    Mmm waffles! The BOSU class sounds interesting and awesome! Glad to hear that healthy eating is going on...even if there's a little too much of it...at least it's not yucky posion food.

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MIBOUCK 3/10/2009 4:15PM

  You're so lucky you have nice, warm weather. We're still having crappy sleeting, freezing rain and high winds coupled with dusting snow here in Nebraska. Walk for me!!!! I'll do the walking/jogging tonight when I get home from working Curves. Maybe I'll be able to actually do the circuit - yeah!!!

Mm. Waffle House sounds so good right now. *drinks water* It's probably just me being thirsty anyway emoticon

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Quote:

Saturday, March 07, 2009

From the book I raved about last entry:

On occasionally deviating from his suggested way of eating, which can really apply to all of us intending to eat healthily."

"This is a long range plan, after all, and eating "badly," in the modern American style, is not a physical addiction, like smoking, drinking, or heroin; you can recover from an off day the next day, with no lingering ill effects, even psychological ones."

Of course the lingering psychological effects may be us beating ourselves up, but that's really our own doing. Our minds don't become disturbed from a meal out where we indulge on a big juicy hamburger and fries or something. We can easily go back to eating healthily the next day, or returning to a more strong plant based/whole foods/less animal products way of eating as suggested in his book.

  
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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:40PM

    Ooh very cool!

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/9/2009 5:47PM

    Totally! Just like I was saying in my most recent blog.. That sums it up much better though!

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SLCOLMAN 3/8/2009 9:03PM

    Interesting!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/8/2009 12:07PM

    That's something I've finally learned... If I have a "bad" day today...tomorrow's another day... It's never too late to be healthy!!

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WEEKEND!!!!!!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Doesn't really feel like it, because I'm at work, but whatever. :)

I ate too much food last night, but at least it was relatively healthy food (aside from sodium content I'm sure). I went to a party and they had this AMAZING veggie lasagna that was a frozen brand... (Michaelangelo's?). I pretty much couldn't help myself. I ate tooo much of it. I also had a few BB carrots and celery. So -- not bad foods, but just too much. I felt uncomfortably full by the time we left and I was like, WHY DO I DO THIS TO MYSELF!! But I'll be alright.

Today I'm going to go GROCERY SHOPPING finally! So happy.

I'm also reading another interesting book from the library about food.

It's called "FOOD MATTERS: A Guide to Conscious Eating" by Mark Bittman.

The food suggestions as far as what kinds of food to eat seem very similar to the suggestions by Michael Pollan in defense of food, and there is also a lot of similar discussion about the food lobbyists and food industry recommending things that are not necessarily GOOD for us, even by our govt, all that good stuff. But the BASIS behind mentioning these things is actually in regard to saving the planet.

Certain types of food require much more expenditure of energy to produce than others, MAINLY - animal products, especially meats. He basically argues that even if we don't listen to all of the other reasons to eat less of these products (health reasons, animal cruelty, etc.) that we should listen to the fact that if our consumption of meat does not decrease the world literally can not sustain the demand as it is projected to increase in the very near future. Not only that, but the meat industry is apparently a huge proponent(is that the right word?) of greenhouse gases.

The idea is to eat more of foods that are more energy efficient (as far as the energy to produce them versus the amount of energy it provides to us) than foods that are inefficient. He states that it takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel to create one calorie of corn, and 40 calories of energy to create 1 calorie of beef.

"According to one estimate, each steer consumes the equivalent of 135 gallons of gasoline in his lifetime . . . Or try to imagine each cow on the planet consuming 7 barrels of crude oil."

I'm not sure about all of this energy nonsense, how all the equivalencies are calculated, etc., but it's basically expounding on the idea that we're farming all this corn and soy etc, to feed to livestock, to supply the ridiculously high demand for meat. He goes on to say that, yes, it would be wonderful to have grass fed well treated cows, this will solve a lot of energy production issues for THAT GROUP OF COWS, but if the world's demand for meat does not decrease, it is still impossible to meet demand and ridiculously MORE impossible to meet it without factory farming.

ANYWAY -- Just more reasons why eating a more plant based diet is not just good for YOU but good for the environment, etc. Eating foods closer to their whole form does not just do more good for you nurtritionally, but requires less energy from the planet in general because it's not processed by some factory before you eat it.

I personally find it fascinating. :) I would like to continue to shift more of my diet away from convenience items, I think I now eat FOR THE MOST PART from whole foods, but I still do use a lot of convenience/processed items. I still fall ploy to some of the nutritionism based marketing -- MORE OMEGA-3's in this snack bar! And I don't think it's terrible to use these things in small amounts, but it's like he's saying in his book -- he's not calling for some crazy radical action. Unfortunately in order to have an impact EVERYONE has to respond in this way. I don't think that makes me want to throw in the towel in making an effort though. :)

A link to the book on amazon.com with some excerpts, a look inside, and other people's opinions of the book as well (it has only 6 reviews out of 40 below 4 stars):

www.amazon.com/Food-Matters-Consciou
s-Eating-Recipes/dp/1416575642/ref=pd_
bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=123643874
2&sr=8-1

  
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MARLIE13 3/10/2009 4:43PM

    Sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out.

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150-HERE-I-COME 3/9/2009 5:43PM

    I will have to check that book out! Sounds like a good read!

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NATURALLYME126 3/8/2009 5:33PM

    I can't wait until I am finished with school so that I can read for fun again. I will have to check that out. :)

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CARTOONB 3/7/2009 2:34PM

    Bittman was on the Colbert Report this week hyping his book. I thought it looked like an interesting topic. Meant to look for it in the library today! Thanks for the insightful summary!

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LASHERTHECAT 3/7/2009 10:32AM

    Thanks for that link...

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