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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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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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