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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 7

Friday, October 07, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:00 a.m.)

1 boiled egg; .5 cup grapes; 4 oz. Activia Light vanilla yogurt; and multivitamin

SNACK (12:00 p.m.)

5 prunes

I just needed a little something to hold me over until I met up with my best friend for lunch.

LUNCH @ Ruby Tuesdays (about 1:45 p.m.)

I love the salad bar at Ruby Tuesdays!

I ordered from their fit and trim offerings under the Petite Plate menu. This was their "Sliced Sirloin." It was pretty good. Calories for this meal is 399, which includes the cheddar mashed potatoes! Not bad.

DINNER (7:00 p.m.)

.5 cup canned black beans

SNACK/DESSERT (10:00 p.m.)

1 cup grapes

WATER TOTALS: 9 cups (72 oz)

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TEMPEST272002 10/8/2011 5:16PM

    Excellent choices today! That salad looks amazing.

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TRUE-NESS 10/8/2011 10:33AM

    Nana, that was the lite ranch dressing that they had. I didn't put too much on there, eventhough it might look that way in the picture. It was probably a tablespoon worth. I don't know how many calories in it.

But, you are soooo right about the dressings out there. You could think you're eating healthy but curtail everything by the ridiculous amounts of calories in the salad dressing.

I didn't think I was going to have any salad at all. When I considered it at home, I was going to bring my own dressing. I use Bolthouse yogurt dressing because there's only 50 calories per 2 tbsp in it. But, I went to lunch directly for a job and I didn't want to carry my dressing and risk it spoiling. Next time, I think I will... or bring a lemon. (I've found that in a pinch, freshly squeezed lemon juice on a salad and some cracked black pepper work very well.) OR maybe I could just bring some balsamic vinegar. It doesn't have to be refrigerated and it'll have the same affect as the lemon as far as taste.

Comment edited on: 10/8/2011 10:39:56 AM

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1NANA4EVER 10/8/2011 9:58AM

    You asked us to critique your choices to help you on your journey. Everything looks good to me. One question - was that a low calorie salad dressing? One thing that use to sabotage me was I loved salads, but hate most low calorie dressings. Keep up the great work.

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TRUE-NESS 10/8/2011 9:15AM

    ERIKO1908, you are dead-on with my salad ingredients! That's exactly what I had in it..EXCEPT for the spinach and lettuce. I got the mixed field greens. :-)

And I had two of those big glass fulls of water (but no lemon/lime) - check

And the great thing about ordering the salad bar at Ruby Tuesday is that when all is said and done, you can pile up another plate and pour it all in a to-go box for the next day. WhooHooo!!

Comment edited on: 10/8/2011 9:19:33 AM

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FERRETLOVER1 10/8/2011 6:40AM

    Congrats on not letting Ruby Tuesday's salad bar derail you!! I usually start out with great intentions, but wind up losing my way!!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/8/2011 3:37AM

    These food choices just look so good. Hope it's having the desired effect on the weight. Well done

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ERIKO1908 10/7/2011 11:31PM

    PS your salad looks just like mine...lettuce(s), spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peas, eggs, cheddar cheese, light ranch, sunflower seeds, (I also added one floret of the broccoli salad) :)

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FITFABJENN 10/7/2011 11:31PM

    Now I am craving boiled eggs. Yum.

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ERIKO1908 10/7/2011 11:27PM

    I had Ruby Tuesday's today too!! LOL!!

Salad bar - check
Fit & Trim selection - check
Water w/ lemon & lime

I had my salad bar, light on the dressing & non-veggie items. My meal was the BBQ grilled chicken off of the Fit & Trim selections. I dumped the "excess" BBQ sauce off onto my plate, left a 1/4 of the chicken uneaten & subbed roasted spaghetti squash for the potatoes...really enjoyed my meal!!

I love that we both went to RT today!! Our Spark friendship was meant to be!! Have a great weekend!!

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HALLELUL 10/7/2011 11:26PM

    Looks good too! Especially the salad.

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CHANGING4ME49 10/7/2011 11:22PM

    Nice meal planning. Didn't realize Ruby's had a Fit and Trim Menu. Haven't been there in awhile. Good to know for future reference. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the great work!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/7/2011 11:03PM

    I really enjoy your food blogs. It gives me ideas. emoticon

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 6

Thursday, October 06, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:20 a.m.)

.75 cup of cereal; .75 cup milk

LUNCH (12:15 p.m.)

I added some steamed cauliflower to my frozen entree just to get in some additional veggies. I really like this particular Lean Cuisine Entree. It's so good. And these cauliflower florets were huge! This is my big plate and those 4 florets took up half the plate! LOL

Oh, and I also took my my multivitamin at this time too...

SNACK (3:20 p.m.)

6 entertainment crackers; 1 wedge of Laughing Cow cheese

DINNER (7:15 p.m.)

3.5 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast; oven-roasted asparagus sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan. (First time I've sprinkled parmesan on my asparagus... It was delicious!)

WATER TOTALS: 7 cups (56 oz)

Thanks for reading. See you tomorrow?? emoticon

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GHK1962 10/7/2011 11:02AM

    Ohhhh...I loveeee asparagus.....mmmmmmmmmm

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/7/2011 9:33AM

    Asparagus is one of my favorites. I love it with eggs and Parmesan cheese.

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HALLELUL 10/7/2011 9:28AM

    You food blog are a hit! Moo!! I like laughing cow cheese too.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/7/2011 8:07AM

    Mm, that asperagus looks delicious!

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FERRETLOVER1 10/7/2011 7:38AM

    I just LOVE Laughing Cow - and the Garlic Herb is my favorite!!

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CHANGING4ME49 10/7/2011 1:14AM

    I am enjoying your photo food tracking blogs. What a wonderful idea. You are making great choices. Keep up the good work!!

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FAITH2BWELL 10/7/2011 12:07AM

    What a great choice for today.

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ASHENPOND 10/6/2011 11:46PM

    Your food choices are great and once again have given me a few ideas. Can I come to dinner??? emoticon emoticon

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ERIKO1908 10/6/2011 11:42PM

    I love all of your food choices...they are literally on my list of likes!! :) Have you tried the Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake??? A little pricier than the Lean Cuisines, but I'm finding I love them!! The Mayan Harvest Bake had me a little leary but I went back to the store and bought 3 more of them after I had the first. Have a great night!! Happy Sparking!!!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 5

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Today, was a church fast day until dinnertime...

DINNER (5:00 p.m.)

I decided to make me two personal sized pizzas using whole wheat pita bread. Remember, I'm not counting calories, but if I were, I could tell you that each full pita is 150 calories. emoticon

Here are the ingredients I decided to use:

As far as portions go, I used 2 pitas, two tablespoons of pizza sauce, 2 oz. of goat cheese (I LOVE love love goat cheese!), a cup of fresh chopped spinach, .5 cup of portabella mushrooms, a few slices of white onion and about .25 cup of the Italian Five Cheese (which includes mozzarella, provolone, asiago, romano and parmesan with cream cheese.

All ready to go in the oven:

After 8-10 minutes, it's plated:

Then quartered and ready to be consumed:

All I can say is yum yum yum! The pictures don't do them justice. I love making these little personal pizzas using the pita bread. It's fast and easy and already portioned. I probably could have eaten one and been satisfied. I think I scarffed them both down in about 10 minutes. LOL That's not good. I DEFINITELY wasn't listening to my body. But, when I was done, I didn't feel stuffed at all. I just felt satisfied.

Then it was off to church for rehearsal. I feel like I got my cardio in during rehearsal. I was seriously sweating. I could probably count that as a workout; but it's not a cardio day anyway so I won't bother tracking it.

SNACK (10:45 p.m.):

I believe I'll be up pretty late tonight so I'm not worried about eating that snack so late. I have to catch up on all the stuff waiting in my DVR... :-) Also, my hubby is going out of town with my Pastor and one of the choirs to Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Chicago, Illinois; and Gary, Indiana and has to be at church at about 2:00 a.m. to board the bus. So, I need to be up anyway. They'll be returning Monday evening. If you're in those cities, they'll be at the following churches:

Friday: Mt. Zion Assembly of the Apostolic Faith (Wisconsin)
Saturday: Grace Apostolic Faith Church (Illinois) - for the Illinois State Council
Sunday: Logan Park Assembly of Christ (Indiana)

I'm looking forward to TOMORROW. When I get the kids off to school, I'll go hit my one assignment for tomorrow and then come straight back home and enjoy some ME ME ME time! Whooohoooo! I have been looking forward to tomorrow all week! LOL Oh my goodness... What ever shall I do? Oh me oh my oh me... LOL

WATER TOTALS: 8 cups (64 oz.)

See you tomorrow!!...or not. LOL emoticon

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ASHENPOND 10/6/2011 8:12PM

    Pizza - ummmmm. I just love pizza, you have given me a few ideas. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 10/6/2011 5:16PM

    Yummy Pizza!!!!

Wendy emoticon

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SUZANNE0606 10/6/2011 4:23PM

    Pizza is one of my all time favorite foods!!! Yours look great!

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HALLELUL 10/6/2011 12:54PM

    I really enjoy your food blogs. Yummy pizza. I'm making a chicken pizza tonight with wheat pita bread too! How Cool.

Our Council meets later this month in Columbus, OH.

...looking foward Lord's Willing to tommorrow's blog.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/6/2011 10:09AM

    Neat pizza.

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1NANA4EVER 10/6/2011 9:54AM

    I continue to enjoy your food picture log. Keep up the good work.

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YELLOWDAHLIA 10/6/2011 8:59AM

    Those pizzas look fabulous!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/6/2011 7:47AM

    You know, I can't eat homemade pizza! It doesn't fill me up, no matter if I make it on crust or pitas or biscuits or anything. By the time I'm satisfied with homemade pizza, I've eaten triple the calories and cost of getting a regular pizza. Weird, huh?

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    Your pizza looks good. Thank you for sharing. I may have to try these too.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/6/2011 1:50AM

    Sounds wonderful. I avoid Pizza because I don't think I'd be full before having 1000 calories or more :-) but they look VERY good for only 150 calories. Well done.
Enjoy your 'you' day!

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GHK1962 10/5/2011 11:42PM

    Oh man....if those pictures don't do your pizza justice...then I am glad...or I'd be trying to eat my computer screen. Those look GREAT!

And I really, really, think that plate of spinach, onions, and ohhh soooo glorious portabellas loooook ohhhhhhhhhhh soooooo good!

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ERIKO1908 10/5/2011 11:26PM

    the pizzas look delish!! never thought about using pitas as a crust...i'll have to give it a try one of these days...

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 10/5/2011 11:24PM

  emoticon You go, girl! emoticon

What church do you attend?

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ALLIEALLIE2 10/5/2011 11:20PM

    yum!!! I may have to make these pita pizzas they look great!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 4

Tuesday, October 04, 2011


I was just up for too long and I was hungry. :-(

BREAKFAST (9:20 a.m.)

Because I was up so late the night before, I woke up sort of rushed this morning. I just grabbed a Fiber One bar as I was headed out the door.

LUNCH (1:00 p.m.)

6-inch Subway Club on wheat (toppings: lettuce, tomato, onion, black olives, spicy mustard, light mayo, red peppers, and pepper jack cheese); and a Yogurt Parfait.

DINNER (6:20 p.m.)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast (3.5 oz); steamed broccoli (1.5 cups) with Olivio buttery spray. (This was my first time trying this spray. It taste pretty good.)

SNACK (9:45 p.m.)

I had this right before my workout.

I didn't have my multivitamin today; but I'm pleased with my choices today.

WATER TOTALS: 10 cups (80 oz)


Walk 19 min/mile: 20 mins; 83 calories
Jumping rope (slow) 10 mins; 118 calories
Daily Totals: 30 mins; 201 calories

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HALLELUL 10/5/2011 5:54PM

    Would you please come and cook for me. Your supper looks so yummy.

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MICHSTATE 10/5/2011 5:10PM

    Good job!!!
I think I would be starving eating so little, kudos to you!!!!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/5/2011 1:34PM

    emoticonI hear jumping rope is one of the best ways to burn cals!

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TEMPEST272002 10/5/2011 8:30AM

    Great choices today! Good for you!

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GOURMETLOSER 10/5/2011 7:09AM

    Looks like another good day

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CANNIE50 10/5/2011 12:51AM

    Great way to record what you eat. Your portions are so sensible. emoticon

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GHK1962 10/5/2011 12:41AM

    10 cups of water! That is my HARDEST goal to meet...the water thingy. You rock. are always fun to look at.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/4/2011 11:51PM

    I LOVE broccoli. Your dinner looked better than mine. emoticon

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ELLSKI85 10/4/2011 11:49PM

    This is really cool! Great choices and water drinking.

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 11:38PM

    Once again digging the veggies!!

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RIBKNIT 10/4/2011 11:33PM

    What a great way to record what you eat. Thanks for the good idea.

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 3

Monday, October 03, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:00 a.m.):

2 pieces of turkey bacon; 2 eggs; 3 oz (half package) baby spinach; 1 slice of Nature's Own Whole Grain 100% wheat bread; 1 tbsp Polaner All Fruit spread (strawberry); 8 oz Silk Vanilla soy milk

LUNCH (12:00 p.m.):

4 cups mixed field greens; .5 cup cherry tomatoes; .25 cup Kraft Triple Cheddar cheese; 3 tbsp Bolthouse creamy Yogurt Dressing (blue cheese)--I LOVE this dressing. It's only 50 calories per 2 Tbsp and its soo good; 3.5 ounces of grilled, skinless chicken breasts

SNACK (3:00 p.m.)

5 prunes

DINNER (7:15 p.m.)

Tilapia and Pacific Whiting; broiled cauliflower and brussels sprouts; Two 8 oz cups of fruit punch.

I know it looks like I piled some food on a big ole plate, but really it was a saucer. See...

I had the middle sized plate. The smallest one is really one of those plates you place your tea or coffee cup on. LOL I never eat off that size. So, it was okay that I didn't take the time to measure dinner.

I was so hungry by the time I got home and I was exhausted. Since I changed careers and started working for myself, I rarely get home late. I'm usually in and out of the house a few time during the day as I go from assignment to assignment. So, when I get home as late as I did when I worked a desk job, I feel exhausted...mentally. I'm mentioning all this because it's a trigger. I recognize that now. When I got home I wanted to "treat" (or rather sabotage) myself. I wanted sugar or chips or something. I ALMOST allowed myself to binge, actually. I was headed for the chips WHILE I was preparing my dinner. BUT, I stopped myself. I didn't have them. Instead, the sugar I decided upon was the fruit punch. I hadn't finished drinking my water for the day so it really was "off-plan" to have the juice first. But, I was like "whatever!" which really brought home the point that when I feel mentally drained and exhausted I still turn to food. I'm glad that it wasn't ice cream or cookies or something though. That fruit punch is Turkey Hill and it's about 100 calories per 8 oz or something like that. I didn't look. I didn't care. But, I could have just had the Single Serving Diet Snapple Peach ice tea packets that I have in the house. That would have been only 5 calories. Why did I pick the fruit punch. Hmmmm.... I still wanted (subconsciously) to be destructive and sabotage myself. Why? Goodness goodness me. Wow.... I still have some mental work to do, huh? Yep!

Overall: Good food choices and good self discovery. Successful day!

WATER TOTALS: 8 cups (64 oz)--I actually downed 3 more cups of water *after* having had the 16 oz of fruit punch, so that I wouldn't feel so bad for having the punch before I had finished my water for the day. I may not have had water first (before other drinks) but I got it all in today. :-)

NO EXERCISE TODAY. It was a scheduled strength training day, but I didn't do any. Boooo!

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ABETTERSOUL 10/4/2011 2:29PM

    I think you did great!!!!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 10/4/2011 11:44AM

    Food looks great today! I'm thinking the urge for sugar is likely more to do with brain chemistry than self-sabatoge... when the body gets to a certain hunger point, it is ONLY interested in glucose (ie fruit juice). It's a survival thing & it's not many of us that can fight it off for long.

The solution is simple - plan to eat a protien + carb snack every day on your commute home. Nuts or seeds (use snack size ziploc bags & premeasure them) plus a small apple is a good option. If you bus, you could have a single serving of greek yogurt.

You're doing great. Keep going!

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HALLELUL 10/4/2011 9:34AM

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POOKASLUAGH 10/4/2011 7:26AM

    I have these little bowls that hold about a cup of cereal. I love them so much, but when I take pictures of them it looks like I'm having this big bowl filled to the brim with cereal. :D So I know what you mean about the picture looking bigger than the plate actually is! :D

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GOURMETLOSER 10/4/2011 4:35AM

    Looks great.

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ERIKO1908 10/4/2011 1:03AM

    your dinner veggies look so YUM!!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/3/2011 11:21PM

    Looks yummy!

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