Sunday, October 02, 2011
OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN: 157.9
(Next blogged weight report will be this Wednesday)
BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.):
Multivitamin (YAY); 12 oz cup Silk Vanilla soy milk; 2 pieces of turkey bacon; 1.5 egg (I cooked 3 and split with my daughter. That's how I wound up having 1.5. LOL); Broiled veggies--carrots, brussels sprouts, baby zucchini. (I love the broiler. I broil everything that I possible can. LOL It's quick, efficient and gives me that grilled tastes when I allow the heat to char (or burn) whatever I'm cooking. LOL)
SNACK after church (2:40 p.m.):
A Fiber One Bar
DINNER (5:15 p.m.)
My leftovers that I carried home from Olive Garden yesterday.
SNACK after workout (8:45 p.m.)
Six (6) entertainment crackers; about a Tbsp of peanut butter
Another great day! I am ABSOLUTELY loving these food picture logs!!! It causes me to think before I eat. I mean, I can't just pick up something and put it in my mouth mindlessly because I need to take a picture of it first. And, how embarassing would it be to take a picture of 4 huge cookies (like the ones I had last week from Wegmans). You guys would surely give me a much-deserved lashing. Also, if I take a picture and it doesn't come out well, I'll just decide not to have the food item. LOL That happened yesterday when I was going to have the after-dinner mint chocolate that came with the restaurant bill. (I'm sure it didn't have that many calories in it...but you never know.) The chocolate mint was wrapped in foil and it just didn't come out well in my picture. So, I just skipped it. LOL Now, If only all tempting foods came wrapped in aluminum foil this month. LOL
WATER TOTAL FOR TODAY: 7 cups (56 oz)
EXERCISE TOTALS (copied from shared fitness tracker):
Treadmill - 24 min/mile: 10 mins.; 35 calories
Treadmill - 5% incline 24 min/mile: 30 mins.; 190 calories
Treadmill - 20 min/mile: 30 mins.; 112 calories
Daily Totals: 70 minutes; 337 calories
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.
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
Saturday, October 01, 2011
I have decided that this month, I'm going to track all my foods consumed by picture instead of using the tracker. I think I'm becoming a little obsessive about tracking. LOL And I'm not sure it's helping me reach my goals either at this point.
So, I'm going to take a picture of EVERYTHING I put in my mouth AND the times. I'm going to put the pictures up in a blog at the end of the day or the next morning.
It's just an experiment, and I'll probably go back to regular tracking next month. I don't know. But I'm hoping that, at least for this month, photo tracking helps me make better choices and be more accountable. I track on the nutrition tracker, but you won't see it unless you're curious and choose to click on it. But, putting it up in a blog means everyone who choses to read my blog, will definitely see. I'm hoping that in seeing what I'm eating, my Sparkfriends--my honest and insightful Sparkfriends--will be able to help me with some suggestions if you can see possible mistakes I'm making.
I know FOR SURE, it'll save a ton of time! Just click and eat.
Now, I warn you, I keep it pretty simple when I'm cooking. LOL There won't be any fantastic recipes or meals that you'd probably want to copy and fix for yourself. LOL Meat and veggies is my staple, with possible some brown rice on the side. I don't like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. But snacking...that's something different. So, keeping track of the snacks and the times, especially, that they are consumed will help me TREMENDOUSLY, I think.
During this experiment, I'm also going to weigh myself a minimum of three times a week: Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. My weight will appear in the blogs for those days. But official weigh-in is still Sunday. Without knowing the calories I'm consuming, I think I'll have to keep a more dilligent eye on what's going on with my weight so that I can adjust accordingly.
I am working out everyday this month too, alternating between cardio and strength training. That'll continue to be tracked on the fitness tracker. But, at the end of my blog, I may copy and paste my workout and the calories burned just so that I can have everything in one place.
Well, that's it. It's October TODAY and I haven't eaten breakfast yet. So.... gotta get my camera ready. :-)
Saturday, August 06, 2011
As many of you know from my status updates, I spent the day puppysitting for my friend. I have attempted to doggysit for a woman from my church before which ended abruptly when said dog proceeded to go directly to my houseplant and pee in it. So, that wasn't exactly a positive experience. I said to myself that I would never do it again unless I was doggysitting in the owner's home.
BUT...... here I go again!
But, look at this face....
She's a miniature Yorkie so she will never get bigger than the size she is right now. Isn't she cute?? Oh my goodness!! HOW COULD I RESIST???!!! Absolutely powerless!! Sooooooooooooo adorable!!
My friend spent the entire day at the beach celebrating her aunt's birthday so she asked me and my daughter (who has been begging to...) to puppysit. I was more than willing and had resolved myself to the fact that it's an 11-week old puppy so accidents are going to happen.
BUT, there were NO accidents. And I am absolutely THRILLED!!! We spent the majority of the day outside.
We sat on the porch...we walked around my neighborhood... we walked up to the elementary school... we ran in the grass... we came back to the house to have water and then we walked some more...
My friend dropped Lexie (that's the puppy's name) off at about 6:45 a.m. and we had been outside from that time until noon. It was a gorgeous morning, which I am soooo thankful for... Nice cool breezes.
When we came in the house, I put Lexie in her crate so that we could fix ourselves some lunch, and also because by that time she hadn't pooped yet. I was trying my hardest to prevent that from happening. So, she stayed in the crate from noon till 2pm, sleeping, and then it was back up and out the door.
We took a ride to the local park
It was here that she had her first poop!! Hooray!!! Then we stayed to play for a while.
Then we headed to my mother's house for a visit.
Then it was back home for dinner and more walking and running and playing and POOPING. Yay Lexie!!! Good girl!!
And now.... it's bedtime if you ask me. I need to shower and time for Lexie to head to sleep with my daughter.
I'll need to wake up between 4:30a - 5am to take her out and then feed her and then her mommy will be here to pick her up so that we all can get ready for church! And then it's alllll over.
So, that was my day. A lot of fun!! ... but also a lot of work! I can imagine that when they're potty trained it's MUCH better. It's a full time job being on poopy watch!! LOL But, they are so special...dogs. And Lexie, was just a dream.... really a lap dog until you get her outside.. She sat on my lap while I typed my blog. :-)
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