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Blogging Challenge - Do You Follow An Eating Plan? 9/16/2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

What eating "plan" do I follow? I try to stay withing my Spark Range (calories, carbs, fat and protein) and have been doing quite well since I started tracking again. Most days I am toward the bottom or middle, but on special days or if I am in situations where I don't have as much control over the food, I may tend toward the higher end. I don't think I've gone over except in one category one or two days in the past couple of months. I also track my calcium, fiber and iron and try to stay in range or as close to it as possible. I usually do well on the fiber since I try to eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies everyday and most days I get my calcium (plus I do take a supplement since osteoporosis runs deep in my family). My biggest challenge is getting enough iron, but there is also iron in my multi -vitamin. Good thing I like spinach in my smoothies!!! Other than that, I try to limit sugars since they will throw me into a binge faster than anything. Also, I prefer to make as much from scratch as possible, but I don't do too much baking, so wraps etc usually come from the store. Lots of fruits and veggies, as I mentioned, lean protein and I use peanut flour to make my own peanut "butter". The peanut flour is made from partially defatted peanuts that are literally ground into a flour that I mix with water and a touch of salt and sweetner. Very high in protein, lower in fat and that helps me keep my protein up and is an awesome dip for my fruits and veggies. It also makes a great snack on a low cal piece of toast, deli flat etc w/banana, chocolate (sugar free) etc etc etc. Excellent in the smoothies too! It is definitely one of my staples.

I still have a way to go (8 or so pounds) before I hit the goal weight I want to maintain, and I have not amped up my fitness burn to the point I want it - it is getting harder too, since the better shape I am in, the lower my heart rate, and the fewer calories I am burning. I am really appreciating the benefits of the pilates, yoga and ST I have been doing, but there is not even the calorie burn that Spark says I should be getting, so I need to find time to amp up the cardio.

Anyone know how to add another hour or so to each day? LOL!!!
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GOULDSGRANITE 9/17/2012 12:11PM

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Thank you for the info about the peanut flour. I will look for it at the store this week. Keep at it, sounds like you are doing all the right things right!

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WISLNDR 9/17/2012 5:51AM

    Wow, peanut flour! I just did some reading up on it and I think I may have to add it to my pantry!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/16/2012 11:47PM

    Hungry Girl recommends a lower fat peanut butter. Interesting that you can make your own!

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MELROSE13 9/16/2012 9:56PM

    I have go to try that P-Nut butter, that sounds great!!!
Since you are in better shape try adding in higher intensity intervals to what you are already doing to get the extra boost??? Just a thought :) Good Luck!

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KERRYG155 9/16/2012 9:38PM

    You're doing great!! I really ned to get back to a set program-I think I have way too many choices which helps me to mess up. Keep up the good work!

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BLITZEN40 9/16/2012 8:43PM

    Wow! I've never heard of making your own peanut butter with peanut flour..sounds like a great idea since the flour is from defatted peanuts so you lose a lot of the fat you get in regular pb. WTG on only being 8 lbs away from your goal! I just started here so I'm a bit further away from my goal than that. But, while I may not have totally stayed on track this first week (read: I totally derailed), I know persistence does eventually pay, as evidenced by your success story. Thanks for sharing.

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