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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 11

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.)

1 cup cereal; 1 cup milk; multivitamin

SNACK (12:00 p.m.)

6 mini sweet peppers and 2 tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus. I think these sweet peppers are my FAVORITE raw veggie to eat. They are sooo sweet and sooo yummy! You just pop them in or take a bite from the cutting necessary. Delish!

LUNCH (1:30 p.m.)

It doesn't quite look like it does on the packaging, does it. LOL It taste pretty good though.

SNACK (4:45 p.m.)

6 crackers; Laughing cow cheese wedge

DINNER (6:00 p.m.)

This looks like a pretty decent portioned dinner, right? Well, it would be IF that was all I ate. Problem: After I finished stirring in the cheese sauce of the Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese dinner (which is 320 calories per cup, by the way!!), I had about 6 heaping teaspoons full of it PRIOR to putting it on the plate!! So, imagine double of what you see on the plate. I was so concerned about resisting the cake, I neglected my other vice (mac and cheese--whether store bought or homemade, doesn't matter) It was a total binge on mac and cheese. BUT, It definitely could have been worse.

Keeping it all in perspective of my total day, it's all good. It happens. Whatever. No problem. It's not the end of the world. So, I won't act like it is. ;-)

BUT, I do think about the fact that for all the calories in that mac and cheese, I could have had a big ole slice of that tempting cake that I blogged about earlier. LOL You just have to laugh! I doubt the cake would have been as filling though...would have been just empty sugar calories... but it would have been satisfying. LOL I have no doubt. LOL

By the way, that cake is almost gone already!! I'll not have to look at it too much longer, I'm sure. One more day tops. :-( Pray for my hubby.

WATER TOTALS: 9 cups (72 ounces)

(2 sets of each; 12-15 reps)

Close-Arm Wall Pushups
Bicycle Crunches
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Modified Pushups
Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
Calf Raises with Wall
Dumbbell Squats
Lying Abduction
Lying Adduction
Lying Straight Leg Raises

Stretch Before & After Strength Training

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HALLELUL 10/12/2011 9:09PM

    Wow you did all that strength training. You get several WooHoo's for that.
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GHK1962 10/12/2011 7:08PM

    Very nice core STs.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/12/2011 8:31AM

    Well done on resisting that cake. Top of the class!

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MICHSTATE 10/12/2011 7:34AM

    I just bought a couple of that Lean Cuisine meal. On Saturday, I heated the meal up and as soon as it was done cooking put it in a bowl with a cup of raw shredded carrots. It was good!!! The carrots made in seem more substantial and were heated up by the food.
Yumm!!! I might do that for lunch today!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/12/2011 5:40AM

    Mac and Cheese. I only like the storebought kind (which is odd, since 95% of the time I prefer home made food), but it's another food I shouldn't have around, haha! :D

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/11/2011 11:26PM

    I need to get some broccoli. Yours looks so good. emoticon

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 10

Monday, October 10, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:45 a.m.)

Multivitamin; 3 Fiber One pancakes; 1 cup 1% milk; Less than .25 cup Aunt Jemima Butter Lite syrup

SNACK (1:20 p.m.)

A large Golden Delicious apple

LUNCH (2:15 p.m.)

2 slices of Nature's Own Double Fiber Wheat bread; 1 cup fresh spinach; 2 oz. rotisserie chicken; 1 slice pepper jack cheese (2% milkfat); spicy brown mustard



DINNER (6:45 p.m.)

2 whole wheat pita bread pizzas: spinach & goat cheese and pepperoni & cheese (made with Hormel turkey pepperoni, italian five cheese, triple cheddar, colby jack and pizza sauce)

*Note: I used Wegman's Basting Oil for the spinach and goat cheese pizza since I did not use pizza sauce. I use this basting oil A LOT (as you can see since it's almost gone). Anytime I mention that I broiled some veggies, I sprinkled this oil on it first.

WATER TOTALS: 5 cups (40 ounces)

It was a high carb day today, huh? What's up with that? It's so unusual for me to have so much bread in one day. Oh well... body must have wanted it.

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SANYA_SHNICK 10/13/2011 9:41AM

    I LOVE the idea of picture-food tracking. I may steal your idea here. It makes tracking fun! Way to go!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 10/11/2011 12:52PM

    looks delish!!

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PEPPERCHILD 10/10/2011 11:36PM

    Great idea - I'm going to give this a try. Keep up the great work!

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ERIKO1908 10/10/2011 11:08PM

    I can look at the pictures tonight...i'm still full from dinner!! :)

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GOURMETLOSER 10/10/2011 9:33PM

    It all looks so good although it looks higher calorie than your description sounds with all the 'lite' things in there. Oh Yum!!!

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JAYLES 10/10/2011 9:32PM

    I love that post pix of what you ate! Great idea!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/10/2011 9:24PM

    Looks delicious. Except for the pancakes. Only because I do not eat them. emoticon

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MICHSTATE 10/10/2011 9:19PM

    I love the Fiber One pancakes!!!! I don't add as much water as the box says, and they come out nice and thick and fluffy!!!!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/10/2011 9:18PM

    Body must have wanted it - that's right! I love it. When we really listen, we can eat exactly what our bodies want from us. Awesome. :)

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HALLELUL 10/10/2011 9:03PM

    Oo-oo-oo (me singing in an opera tone) Those pancakes took so good. Were they?? I love, love pancakes but am still having issues with getting them right. Please let me know if yours were as good as they look.

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1NANA4EVER 10/10/2011 8:57PM

    It is my personal opinion that when you vary the amounts of carbs, proteins and fats during the week that your body is less likely to go into starvation mode. I believe if during a week you end up balancing out the 3 you loose just as much as balancing them each day. So a day higher in carbs isn't going to sabotage you. Bottom line a calorie is a calorie and 3500 = a pound (I think :-))

What I have observed about myself is that if I cut out way too much fat, that I will not lose as much. I now am purposely cooking with olive oil to make sure I have some good fat in my diet. I expect the basting oil is doing that for you.

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SHERR513 10/10/2011 8:54PM

    That food looks great! I'm gonna try those pancakes even though i'm not really a pancake eater, but I need the fiber! Thanks for sharing you really inspire me. emoticon

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PURRRPY 10/10/2011 8:53PM

    Love this - a picture says a thousand words. Very inspiring.


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MOMMY445 10/10/2011 8:48PM

    the food looks delicious! thanks so much for sharing! have a fabulous day!

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 9

Sunday, October 09, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:00 a.m.)

2 eggs, turkey bacon, broiled portabella mushrooms and onions

Light and Fit yogurt


SNACK (2:00 p.m.)

DINNER (5:00 p.m.)

My to-go boxed salad from lunch at Ruby Tuesday on Friday. This one has mixed field greens, peas, onions, mushrooms, cucumbers, green peppers, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, banana peppers, and carrots. I used 3 Tbsps of my Bolthouse dressing (50 cals per 2Tbsp) and added...

4.75 oz of boneless chicken breast

WATER: 9 cups (72 ounces)


Stationary Bicycling: moderate (bike, biking): 60 minutes; 488 calories

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/10/2011 8:08PM

    Looks good. emoticon

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PINKBEANBOO 10/10/2011 12:42PM

    You do so good with your veggies!

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TRUE-NESS 10/10/2011 9:20AM

    POOKASLUAGH: I'm kind of a 5x/day eater as well...sometimes 6x/day. But on Sundays, I'm in church during the lunch period. That's why I make sure I have a pretty decent breakfast to fuel me through the service. Then immediately after service once I get to my car, I have a snack. So, it's just a Sunday thing.

1NANA4EVER: It doesn't really taste like coconut...You might have to add your own. I pretty much only taste the vanilla.

DRB13_1: Yeah, I know some people have cholesterol issues. I don't. I really got into eggs when I was on a "good-carb" type diet years ago. It has always been thought that it raises your cholesterol. But, I have not found it to be true for ME. And, as you can see, I eat eggs (full) pretty often.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/10/2011 8:52AM

    I have no idea how you go without lunch! I'm seriously a 5x/day kind of eater... :D

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ERIKO1908 10/10/2011 1:17AM

    the mushrooms & onions look totally YUMMO!!! and the yogurt is tempting...might have to avoid looking at your pictures after 10 pm...that is my "hungry time" - not my eating time luckily, but BIG hunger... I ignore it 99.99999999% of the time, but pictures don't help...especially when they all look so yummy!! Happy Sparking my friend!!

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DRB13_1 10/10/2011 12:13AM

    looks really good!
I find that when I eat eggs, my calorie and cholesterol counts are always exceeded, so I have to focus on the egg replacement products. I also love making spinach omelets and could get by using only the egg whites, I guess.
Keep up the good work!

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1NANA4EVER 10/9/2011 11:44PM

    Good looking food. I am going to have to find the toasted coconut vanilla Dannon yogurt. I love coconut.

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 8

Saturday, October 08, 2011

BREAKFAST (8:00 a.m.)

Turkey bacon; 2 eggs; Nature's Own Double fiber wheat bread with a tbsp of Smart Balance Light spread on top; Activia Light Yogurt

and... almost forgot...

SNACK (12:45 p.m.)

Fig Newton

LUNCH (3:00 p.m.)

6 inch Subway Turkey Breast sub on wheat bread with spinach, tomatoes, onion, green peppers, banana peppers and spicy mustard; and sugar snap peas and baby carrots from home

JUNK (can't tell you the times...)

I was at a Girl Scout Sing-a-long and Movie night with my daughter at the National Harbor. From the time we parked the car, until the time that the actual movie, "Tangled" began, I consumed the following foods:

One White Macadamia cookie leftover from my daughter's Subway meal. I ate that getting out of the car!! Ugh! I couldn't bear to see it left in the car while we were out and about. Bad decision. But one is better than three.

My daughter and I shared a large Mango Italian Ice from Rita's. We were passing by on our way back to the car to get the lawn chairs. So, I'm guessing it was around 5:30p that I ate this. Rita's does have a sugar -free variety of their Italian ice; but they were out all out when we passed by. So, this was straight sugar!

Mike & Ike Zours!! More sugar! What in the world. I a few handfuls (by "handfuls" I mean about 5-6...what you see in the picture) These were consumed while watching the movie when everyone was out there chomping on all kinds of stuff. And, I was chomping too. I would say that I probably had bout 15 of those little candies.

And that's it. The later portion of the day just went to pot. I intended to make good choices today ESPECIALLY because weigh-in is tomorrow. That's really why I brought my sugar snap peas and carrots. That was supposed to be a snack for during the movie. But, I wound up eating that with my lunch.

But, I can't be too mad about my day. Honestly, there were a lot worse things that I wanted and there was just food food food down there. Fortunately for me, it's all expensive food food food. So although I wanted to try gelato for the first time, I couldn't bring myself to pay the ridiculous price for a very very small amount. So, we didn't get it. And although we intended to get some cupcakes at Cake Love, the line was crazy long so we decided to leave. That's why we wound up at Rita's! LOL

So, not a perfect day, but not TOOO bad either. I survived to tell the tale.

WATER TOTALS: 8 cups (64 oz)
BONUS footage (Sunset at the National Harbor):

And... scene.

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HALLELUL 10/9/2011 8:42PM

    emoticon (because you made me smile about everybody chomping and the candy.

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GOURMETLOSER 10/9/2011 4:52PM

    Don't be too disappointed if the scales don't show a loss. The sugar holds onto fluid so that will go again quickly. Just stay on track and it will show eventually! You are doing a great job. :-)

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ERIKO1908 10/9/2011 11:12AM

    I wouldn't consider this as a blown did share-sies and enjoyed your day...I think you did GREAT for the week!!

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GHK1962 10/9/2011 10:26AM

    I think you did ok...especially considering how much temptation you really had.

sounds like you had a great time out...and that's just wayyyyy good!

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FERRETLOVER1 10/9/2011 8:08AM

    First let me just tell you how much I LOVE Mike & Ike's Zour's!!!

You remind me so much of myself-great all day & then a slip-up. However, you are right not to be mad at yourself. You really didn't do all that badly.

Keep on photo posting - I think it's really making you more aware of what you're really eating.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/9/2011 7:56AM

    First things first - one day you have to try gelato! It's so much better than ice cream, and if it's real gelato, it'll be much lower calorie and fat than ice cream too. Real gelato has about 150-175 calories per half cup, compared to something like 250-350 for ice cream. And it is soooooo good. Definitely worth the cost, if it's real. If you were in San Antonio, I'd take you to the best gelato place, called Pacuigo Gelato. So good, and definitely the real deal.

Second, I don't think you did too bad considering! We all have high sugar days. Yesterday I went to a birthday party and ended up having no cupcakes but a fun-sized package of M&Ms and man that was like a sugar blast. I hadn't had candy like that in months and I could hardly stand it afterwards, haha. As soon as I got home I had to counter balance it with a boiled egg and some cheese! :D

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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.

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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!!

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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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