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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 27

Sunday, November 27, 2011

BREAKFAST (6:35 a.m.)

Kashi GoLean Crisp! Toasted Berry Crunch and milk
282 calories

SNACK (9:15 a.m.)

Pistachio blend
160 calories

SNACK (2:35 p.m.)

30 calories

DINNER (5:30 p.m.)

Macaroni & tuna salad w/crackers
667 calories

SNACK (9:30 p.m.)

Newtons Fruit Thins
140 calories


Walked, 65 minutes (3.176 miles) = 245 calories burned

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POOKASLUAGH 11/28/2011 8:06AM

    I like that you've added exercise to this. :D

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FERRETLOVER1 11/28/2011 6:55AM

    I totally love macaroni & tuna salad! I also love that your snacks are nuts in a good portion - very healthy for you!

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GOURMETLOSER 11/28/2011 4:54AM

    I see you are tracking calories. I've not noticed that before. I think it is a good idea.
Excellent exercise for today. Well done.

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ERIKO1908 11/28/2011 12:49AM

    now I'm craving tuna salad...LOL

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KEEP_GOING247 11/27/2011 10:35PM

    Yum. You make me hungry. emoticon You've given me some good ideas for tomorrow. The salad is getting a bit boring

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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 26

Saturday, November 26, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:15 a.m.)

Special K Red Berries cereal and 1% milk (not pictured)

SNACK (11:15 a.m.)

Newtons Fruit Thins (Cranberry Citrus Oat)

LUNCH (1:00 p.m.)

Wegmans: Shrimp purses, shrimp (something, I can't remember the name), green beans, and roasted potatoes

DINNER (7:15 p.m.)

Kale chips (...not really that hungry tonight)


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GOURMETLOSER 11/27/2011 2:32PM

    Wow. That all looks so Yummy

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ERIKO1908 11/27/2011 12:22PM

    pretty greens!! Good job on not needing to eat when you weren't hungry!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/27/2011 7:11AM

    Every time I visit your food blogs, I'm struck by two things:
1. Your food looks absolutely delicious & nutritious.
2. You eat about 1/3 of what I do in a day.

So how is the exercising going? Have you thought about what kind of exercise program you'd like to follow?

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PEPPERCHILD 11/26/2011 9:17PM

    Hmmm I see you've perfected the kale chips. I tired once and threw them out. Funny - I'm not hungry either and gonna have either a bowl of cereal or yogurt and fruit for dinner.

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Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 25

Friday, November 25, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:20 a.m.)

2 scrambled eggs; 2 pieces of turkey bacon; Fage Greek yogurt; blueberries

LUNCH (12:30 p.m.)

Jerk pork chop sandwich on wheat; baby carrots; an apple

DINNER (6:30 p.m.)

My version of hot wingettes (lots of cayenne pepper and hot pepper flakes and paprika... but I needed some tanginess... I needed some hot sauce. LOL); and Bolthouse bleu cheese yogurt dressing


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

ERIKO1908 11/26/2011 3:17PM

    nice protein...craving it now... :)

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GOURMETLOSER 11/25/2011 8:55PM

    I love it when you have cooked breakfast! I love them but then always go over calories so it doesn't work for me.

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Thanksgiving Day Food Picture Tracking - Nov. 24

Thursday, November 24, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:45 a.m.)

Old fashioned oats w/blueberries, Fage yogurt, maple syrum

SNACK (12:45 p.m.)

SNACK (3:00 p.m.)


Ham, stuffing, potato salad, mac and cheese, greens, sweet potato bake

I know it's hard to tell, but this is a dessert sized plate. I went back for seconds of greens and a little bit of mac and cheese and potato salad

A small square of cake


AND... I took a very nice 1.58 mile walk after eating dinner! I moved!! :-)

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEWATTITUDE2010 12/6/2011 8:32PM

  Congrats 2 you.

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ERIKO1908 11/26/2011 3:03PM

    your dinner looked amazing!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/25/2011 10:56AM

    Wow, you did great. emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 11/25/2011 7:24AM

    Great job! You did really well.

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GOURMETLOSER 11/25/2011 1:24AM

    Looks like a pretty sensible day all things considered.

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MICHSTATE 11/24/2011 11:52PM

    Good job on the water!!!!!!

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TEMPEST272002 11/24/2011 11:22PM

    What delished dinner! You did excellent, even with the 2nds. We had almost the same breakfast this morning. I had 1 chopped apple with walnuts, maple syrup (tapped from our own trees!)and oatmeal. Yummy!

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CHERDOLL8 11/24/2011 10:06PM

    mmmmm looks good
hope you enjoyed every bite of it!!!

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Inquiring Minds Wanted to Know...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

"Now that you've done the food blogs for a while, I'm curious about what you think about the experience. How do you feel about your progress overall? What appeals to you specifically about the food blogs? Are you happy with the kinds/quantity you're eating? Any insights you've gained? Inquiring minds want to know.... "

That's what my dear, supportive Sparkfriend, TEMPEST272002 asked me a couple of days ago. This blog is my response to her and any other "inquiring minds."

I started food picture blogging back in October. See the attached link to my "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" blog wherein I explain my reasons for beginning it in the first place.

So... on to the answers to the questions:

emoticonHow do you feel about your progress overall? - Overall, I do not feel that I have progressed. I have remained the same. This is no different than what happened when I was calorie counting. I didn't progress much with that either. Mainly, because food consumption is not as much of a problem for me as exercising (or lack thereof) is for me.

emoticonWhat appeals to you specifically about the food blogs? - The thing that appeals to me most about doing these food picture blogs is the saved time. Tracking my food on the Spark was time consuming. And for all the effort, I still wasn't losing weight. I still didn't have a clue what calorie range would produce weight loss in me. I was stressed when I didn't know the calorie content of foods. It was a lot.

emoticonAre you happy with the kinds/quantity you're eating? - I am. I have tried new foods that I might not have tried before. And, I have made choices NOT to eat things that I might have eaten before without much thought at all. I didn't want to post a picture of bad foods. It definitely helped me get through some PMS and TOM binges. The damage was lessened because of these picture blogs. Sometimes people would see my pictures and think, "wow, that was a lot of food today..." or "everything was healthy except _____" or "you didn't consume enough of this or that" but that's okay. Blogging opens you up to various opinions and suggestions and I knew that going into it. But, my picture blogs weren't really because I need advice/guidance on how to eat as much as it was just a window into how I am eating. I just wanted to be visibly accountable. I wanted you to SEE and KNOW what I was eating.

emoticonAny insights you've gained? - I wouldn't say I've gained any NEW insights. I have come to a conclusion though... I think picture tracking would be most helpful to myself and others if I could attempt to utilize it along with using the nutrition calculator. I have been often curious not so much about how many calories I'm consuming, but about the other nutrition markers for protein, fat, calcium, cholesterol, fiber, etc. So, beginning next week (starting on Sunday) I'm going to invest the time in utilizing both the nutrition tracker and my food blogs. Time to pull the food scale back out! I'll do that for the month of December leading up to Christmas and see what results.

In short, tracking my food this way has simply reinforced what I already new... what we all know... that you have to have a balance between eating right and exercising. One without the other just doesn't work. It doesn't work for me LONGTERM anyway. Until I can get BOTH down, I won't progress.

It would be AWESOME if I could commit to doing a video exercise blog every day in addition to these food picture blogs!! Maybe that would help me be more consistent with exercising as well. Hmmmmmm...... thinking.... thinking... thinking. emoticon


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TEMPEST272002 11/24/2011 9:48PM

    emoticon Curiousity satisfied! It's interesting that the photo blogs were equally effective for you as the tracking. Why not alternate each month? Keep it from getting boring.

I've enjoyed seeing the variety and colour in your food. I've toyed with the idea of them myself after following yours (I haven't because of slow internet). Healthy food is just so much more visually appealing.

You have made progress. You've been very consistent with your healthy food choices. Smart plan to take what you've learned there & apply it exercise.

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GOURMETLOSER 11/24/2011 3:24PM

    Maybe you could just have some exercise pictures of various activities and put times you spent on them next to it. Seems to me that the time putting photos on here is MUCH greater than the tracking tool. Maybe Im not doing the photo thing right. I am a bit (actually a lot) of a techniphobe.
BUT if its the exercise thing that you struggle with, then I would have thought a daily blog about that would be more helpful to you than the food blogging?????? (Feel free to do both of course!)

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DRB13_1 11/24/2011 11:05AM

    often your picture blogs would inspire me!
I heard but do not know about a service that will calculate your calories from a phone photo you are onto something as a great idea emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 11/24/2011 10:51AM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I've enjoyed sharing this journey with you through pictures. emoticon

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1NANA4EVER 11/24/2011 9:50AM

    Great insight. I am one for slow and steady weight loss, so even if you are only averaging one pound per week you are doing well and will get where you want to go. My biggest hurdle is staying patient. You are doing better than you give yourself credit for.

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CATHEMARIE 11/24/2011 9:46AM


Keep at it until you find what works for you!


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POOKASLUAGH 11/24/2011 9:19AM

    Ooh, I video exercise blog! :D That would be awesome.

I'm glad the experiment has at least not HINDERED you.

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