SAMANTHA_67's SparkPeople Blog SAMANTHA_67's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community What does 300 calories look like? What a coincidence. I was searching to see what meals containing a certain amount of calories looked like and didn't have to look far. Yesterday (or perhaps today since it is a US site) Sparkpeople posted the following article <BR> <BR> What Does 300 Calories Look Like? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>st=what_does_300_calories_look_like </link> <BR> <BR> It's an extremely useful article, and also a great reason to eat in and not eat out. Eating in you have a ... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 17:52:29 EST Flat Belly Diet Anyone else on the flat belly diet? <BR> <BR> I am on day three of the JumpStart. If you are doing the FBD I would love to hear from you. Especially vegetarians. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 02:45:17 EST Lost inches! After writing my last post I went to the tools section to update my weight. I had forgotten that I entered my measurements there a year ago. So, I found my tape measure and entered my new ones and was surprised that I have lost inches at some point over the last year. <BR> <BR> A lot of inches! <BR> <BR> 4 from my waist. <BR> <BR> 4 from my hips. <BR> <BR> 1 from my neck. <BR> <BR> Now, it is possible that I took the measurements at slightly different places which would account for s... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 03:43:37 EST Third time's a charm! I am embarrassed that I haven't been back here in a year. I'm also amazed that I was at 154 pounds and don't remember it. I knew I had lost a little but didn't realize it was 10 pounds in one month. Wow! <BR> <BR> I am back, coincidentally, in the same month I started last year. <BR> <BR> I'm also back at 163 pounds, my starting point last year. <BR> <BR> But ... there is one change, I've started going to the gym regularly. <BR> <BR> It's only been two weeks, but I'm at the poin... Sun, 26 Jul 2009 02:33:55 EST The Olympics One reason I enjoy the Olympics is because you get to see what the human body is capable of in different circumstances. <BR> <BR> Different muscles are needed for different sports. The endurance required for longer sports, the bulky "speed" muscles, the emotional strength needed for pretty much everything, concentration and the pressure and stress of it all. <BR> <BR> Watching swimming and then turning to track, and then to gymnastics, you see how different each body is because of the ... Mon, 11 Aug 2008 06:59:19 EST Lost a pound in Paris! I've spent 5 days in Paris and it was a blast. I wasn't sure how the weight lose/gain would go, but I didn't stress it. I'm ecstatic to find that I still lost a pound! <BR> <BR> I was far more sensible with my eating than I expected to be, we ate a small breakfast at the hotel which included yogurt and croissants, ate a large lunch which always included a large salad, and then for dinner we stopped off at a grocery store and bought fruit and vegies, yoghurt, pre-made salads and such. Exce... Sat, 9 Aug 2008 06:57:24 EST Checking in I am still here. <BR> <BR> I haven't written in this blog for a few days, but I have been visiting SP. <BR> <BR> I have lost one pound, nothing much, however I am surprised I lost that much. Last week I spent my time reading and writing and planning and not so much doing. I think just being more aware of my lifestyle and food choices is how I lost that one lonely pound. I can't say I've really tried in the last few days either, but I am motivated, and that's part of the battle. <BR> ... Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:58:25 EST Ready ... set ... fall So I laced up my sneakers, ventured out into the cool evening for a good 45 minute walk with the kids, and five minutes later I was limping back home. <BR> <BR> So much for good intentions. <BR> <BR> My 13 year old was joking around and pushed me toward the corn field. I stepped into a trench, twisted my ankle slightly and voila, no more walking today for me. <BR> <BR> It's not bad, I really didn't limp back home, but my ankle was burning a little and the sorness is now creeping up my... Sat, 19 Jul 2008 17:02:33 EST One snack at a time Well, I am still going over my calorie limit with my food, however a pattern is emerging, and I am finding that it is my snacks that are pushing me over the top. Even though they are healthy (well, mostly), I am eating too much of them. <BR> <BR> I frequently snack on nuts, and I'm learning that if a little is good, more is NOT better. <BR> <BR> Seriously, I ate half my days calories in walnuts yesterday! How did that happen???? And lets not even go into my fat percentage! <BR> <BR> S... Fri, 18 Jul 2008 17:01:28 EST Oatmeal for breakfast I had a decent breakfast this morning, but boy did the oatmeal rack up my carbs for the day! I was really surprised by that. <BR> <BR> I put in all of my food in the tracker thinking that I really didn't each much at all today but I was surprised at how many calories it ended up at. <BR> <BR> What an eye-opener! <BR> <BR> Wed, 16 Jul 2008 15:43:30 EST My biggest challenge Walking for 30 minutes every day is my biggest challenge. <BR> <BR> Eating isn't the biggest issue for me. Except in the evenings when I am rushing from taking my kids to soccer, dance, music lessons and so on. Then it's "grab what you can" and keep going. But for the rest of the day I do pretty well. There is certainly room for improvement, however those changes aren't the hardest ones for me. <BR> <BR> Getting in more exercise, strength training, walking, just generally moving are ... Tue, 15 Jul 2008 16:41:26 EST Monday Afternoon - Goal one achieved I bought a bathroom scale! <BR> <BR> Ok, so that's not a biggie, but now I know how much I weigh and it is less than I thought, so that's a nice piece of info to start this journey with. 160, not 163. Hey, every little bit counts! <BR> <BR> I plan on weighing in officially every Monday morning after I wake and entering it into this page. <BR> <BR> Now I need to find my tape measure and enter my stats. Lets see how they have changed since last October! Mon, 14 Jul 2008 08:31:19 EST Starting again I'm sure many people have been in the same situation, and so, here I am... again. <BR> <BR> I rarely came to SparkPeople when I first joined. I often have a hard time sticking to blogs and online forums unless I make a connection with someone early on. This time I really want to keep coming back and post my thoughts and my journey even if I am just chatting to myself. <BR> <BR> I don't know what I weigh right now, I don't own a scale and my first step is to go out and buy one. I also... Sun, 13 Jul 2008 07:58:33 EST Small Changes It's been three days since I signed up, and I am happy to report that I have started eating breakfast every morning, and I am trying to eat within an hour of waking up. <BR> <BR> Yesterday and today I did strength training for 10 minutes. I had planned on doing only 10 minutes, even though most of my research has suggested more, however I am not in the greatest shape, I constantly make excuses, and 10 minute periods of time is much easier for me to take. It's hard to find an excuse to no... Fri, 5 Oct 2007 04:25:49 EST