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Over the hump..

Thursday, January 10, 2013

.. and on the downhill slide. In a good way!

Yesterday was kennel kid walking day, so I spent my day at work waiting for the time I could bolt out of the building and go walk the furbabies. I thought I had packed a good day's worth of meals, but apparently it was a bit under on calories. I didn't feel hungry or shorted in any way. My ratios of proteins, carbs, and fats was just fine, my calorie count was just a bit low. I felt it this morning when I woke up.

I love walking kennel kids because I never know who I'm going to walk - a Pitbutt, a Chihuahua, a Terrier, old, young, fast, slow. Last night was a good mix of dogs, and I was lucky to get kisses from these two gentlemen:

Brian Bean




I would totally take either one of them home in a heartbeat. They're older, well mannered, gentle souls who can look into your eyes and ~see~ you as you see them.

Brian, I visited in his kennel because someone else walked him. Ramone and I trotted around the dog path, chatting quietly about my day and his, and sniffing all the good spots. One of the best ways I've found to burn calories and get my steps in!

For dinner, Bill took the leftover roasted chicken and shredded it up for homemade taco salads. We bought those baking pans that you can use to bake your own taco shell bowls, and he baked some High Fiber Low Carb tortillas. My goodness, when you've worked up an appetite, home cookin' tastes that much better!

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Morning Coffee
EAS 100% Whey Protein, 0.5 serving 65
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Calories: 150

Best Food Lite Mayo, 2 serving 70
Hard Boiled Egg, 3 large 210
Vlasic Sweet Relish, 1TBSP, 2 tsp 30
Zucchini, 1 cup, sliced 29
Calories: 339

Grapes, 12 grape, seedless 23
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 4 ounces 136
Martinez & Sons Gourmet Produce, Baby Mix Vegetables, 2 cup 80
Calories: 240

Afternoon Snack
Grapes, 20 grape, seedless 39
Almonds, 15 almond 104
Frigo Light String Cheese, 1 oz 50
Calories: 193

Avacado, whole, medium 0.5 serving 125
ZOI Greek Yogurt Nonfat Plain, 1 oz 17
Chicken Breast (cooked), no skin, 6 ounces 204
Romaine Lettuce (salad), 1 cup, shredded 8
*Kraft Natural Cheese Fat Free Shredded Cheddar, 0.5 cup 90
La Tortilla Large Low Carb High Fiber Tortilla, 1 serving 80
Salsa, 0.5 cup 36
Calories: 560

Evening Snack
Dove Dark Chocolate (1 promise), 1 serving 42
Calories: 42

Daily Calories Total: 1523
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1,800 - 2,150*
* This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2000 cals a week to reach 199 by the second week of January, 2014.

Calorie Differentials
Eaten 1,523
BMR* 2,205
Exercise 734
Total Burned 2,939
Differential -1,416

As some of your Fitbit users may have found, my Fitbit is reporting all the calories I burn in a day. Not all the calories are tied to fitness activities of course - I'm burning calories (though not many) right now as I sit here and type this. Anyway, I've found that since all my burned cals are being reported, my daily cals burned total is pretty high, and is putting me way over my expected calorie burn of 2,000 per week. I set that goal because for me, that is a good active week, and I know it is attainable. Spark of course admonishes me because I've burned more than expected and should up my calories-to-eat to make sure I'm getting enough fuel.

Not. Gonna. Happen.
I'm fine, I'm eating quite healthfully and nutritiously, I'm rarely left hungry (unless I don't plan well enough, and that's rare) and I'm consistently, bit by bit, losing. I'm not going to up my calorie range. I feel pretty good with where things are right now. I'll adjust if ever needed, but right now, I'm a happy girl.
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    What a wonderful thing you do! You make such a difference in those babies lives...bless you!!
    3081 days ago
    What sweet pups! I'd love to meet them... alas, I think you're on the other coast from me. DD is begging us for a dog. I'm a little leery though since we have 2 cats that have never been around dogs. We'll see...

    Anyway, I noticed the same thing regarding the FitBit. I'm trying to figure out how to balance it's calorie count with SP. Sounds like you're taking a good approach.

    Keep up the great work!
    3081 days ago
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    Look at those cute faces!!!
    3081 days ago
    Your meals are looking great and as long as you are not feeling hungry, I say go with it. Those are shuch sweet faces! Have a great weekend, and stay warm!
    3081 days ago
    I love that the Fitbit is giving you all this information. Sounds pretty cool!

    I have fallen in love with your fellas. They are so cute! I wish my house and yard was huge so I could have lots of fur kids. Sigh.

    Great job on all that walking!

    3081 days ago
    Those are totally handsome boys! It's wonderful that you make time to volunteer so often. I have a Fitbit as well and am always surprised by the calories burned. I use that information along with other sources and put it all together and try to come up with a plan that I think works best for me. It sounds like you're doing the same. Keep up the good work!
    3081 days ago
    What cuties! It must be so hard to see all of these babies come and go. I love that you are giving so much of yourself and time to these special animals.

    Your dinner sound YUM-MEEEY! emoticon

    emoticon Keep doing what is working!

    3082 days ago
    you are wonderful!! thank you!! woof ruff!!
    3082 days ago
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    Love the fact that you help out those furbabies! The is a wonderful way to get your exercise and help your heart feel good too emoticon
    3082 days ago
    What adorable dogs!
    3082 days ago
    what a great way to get those steps in!
    3082 days ago
    As long as you are feeling satisfied and are getting the nutrients you need, then Spark should shut it! emoticon How do you get Spark to harp on you? It never tells me anything, lol.

    You are making me want the fitbit even more. Stupid finances!

    And those dogs are PRECIOUS! So cute!
    3082 days ago
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