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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 1

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Breakfast (7:40 a.m.)

A very ripe medium banana; Fiber one yogurt; multivitamin

This ISN'T a typical breakfast for me. But, I knew I was going out to dinner with my sister that evening, so I was trying to keep everything fairly light.

Snack or Lunch (whatever you want to call it) (12:18 p.m.)

I was in a class at church from 9am - 12p. When that was over, I immediately had my snack that I brought with me. But there were also refreshments downstairs, so I grabbed an apple and ate that too. The fiber one bar would have been sufficient. Honestly, I felt like "greed" caused me to consume the apple as well. I know that it was a healthy choice, but looking into the *reason* why I added that apple to my already consumed Fiber One bar was just because it was there and it was free. That IS something that I struggle with; so I thought I'd mention it here just as a way of bringing attention to it for myself.

Dinner (5p)

I had dinner with my sister at Olive Garden. Eventhough I'm not counting calories, per se, I'm still mentally noting them and trying to consider them. I couldn't help myself. So, I asked our server for the Garden Fare Nutrition Guide before I ordered so that I could make better choices. Yay me! LOL Sooo.. of course you get the unlimited salad and breadsticks:

I had two bowls of the salad. It already has the dressing on it, so who knows how many calories was in that. I had two breadsticks. The picture shows one breadstick split in half, because I thought MAYBE I could eat half of one and call it a day. That didn't happen. Anyhooo...

For my main course I ordered the Capellini di Mare, which was highlighted as one of their lower fat entrees. It was also a lower calorie choice. The entire entree is listed as being 650 calories. And this is what it looked like when they brought it to the table:

HOWEVER, I *immediately* asked the server for a to-go box and only left on my plate what I thought to be an adequate portion size (considering that I had already eaten salad and had two breadsticks). So, this is what what left on my plate after I put the rest in a to-go box:

Not bad, huh?

I really wanted a dessert, but the dessert I *really* wanted (Warm Apple Crostata) was 730 calories!!! LOL I didn't want one of those little itty bitty mini desserts either. Soooo, I decided to skip dessert altogether.

It helps when you go out to dinner with someone who is making good, healthy choices as well. My sister is a good influence as far as portions are concerned. She doesn't go overboard. She always eats just enough of what she needs. She's a Type 1 diabetic so she has always been really good about watching her intake and she has never counted calories. She always has leftovers. She's like a size 6!

Looking at her reminds me that my goal is attainable and that I'll mostly likely look just like her when I reach it. LOL People already asks us if we're twins anyway and I'm like 12 years older than she. We always get a kick out of that... well at least I do. LOL

Well, that's it for Day 1. Tomorrow morning is weigh-in. I'll just post it on my sparkpage. If there's a lost, SparkPeople will announce it and you'll see it. Otherwise, keep following the journey... something is bound to happen sooner or later. And, I think that THIS is going to be my month! :-)


Cardio & Calories Burned MINUTES CALORIES BURNED
Walk 30 min/mile 120 348
Daily Totals: 120 minutes; 348 calories burned

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/4/2011 10:43PM

    Having the food boxed up is a great idea. I'm going to incorporate that also. Thanks for the idea!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/2/2011 8:36PM

    Looks like you made some great choices today. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/2/2011 1:41PM

    Good luck on your weigh in tomorrow!

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MICHSTATE 10/2/2011 12:57PM

    Good job eating out!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/2/2011 12:53PM

    Interesting insight about the apple. Paying attention to what triggers us mentally (like free food) is a good way to break those habits. I think it's great that people think you're twins with a sister 12 years younger! lol Great for the ego boost. My SiL makes eats very healthy & it's such a relief for me to know when we're invited to dinner that she'll serve things I can eat. You made excellent choices at the restaurant!

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1NANA4EVER 10/2/2011 9:59AM

    You did a great job capturing day one. If anything would keep me honest this would. Have a very successful month!

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HALLELUL 10/2/2011 8:39AM

    You did a good job yesterday! I had a bowl of Cheerios w/ milk (and a little sugar) early morning and went all day doing my catch up shopping. I didn't eat again until after 5 or 6 pm not sure, but I do know that Kashi cereal snack I had was the bomb. I think I'll do a food log too.

Anyway I did good the only bad I ate was some Fruit Certs candy, but NO GUM!


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POOKASLUAGH 10/2/2011 8:37AM

    Olive Garden is so hard to keep from eating too much. And if you didn't see, those mini-desserts are ridiculously high calories. I figured they'd be about 150-200 calories when I had one a few months ago, but I looked them up with I got home, and for like two spoonfuls it's 350 CALORIES. Seriously?? I could eat two whole hershey bars for about the same amount, why did I waste that on a two-bite dessert???? That was my thought at the time, haha. Not that I wanted to consume two whole hershey bars. The thought of consuming even ONE whole hershey bar makes me a little sick, haha. :D

I love this idea!! I love seeing the food and I'm glad it helps to make you more accountable.

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FERRETLOVER1 10/2/2011 7:15AM

    I know exactly what you mean about the free food - I, too, feel like I'm entitled to why not take it.

I really like your daily food photo blog idea - keep it going. It will really help you in the long run!!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/2/2011 2:57AM

    Sounds like you made some excellent choices. Well done!
Keep building on the successes.

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DRB13_1 10/2/2011 1:40AM

    intereting blog...hope the Fiber One products are not adversely affecting you GI tract or giving you any cramps (that's a LOT of fiber!) Good luck with your weigh in! emoticon

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