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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 31

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

BREAKFAST (9:45 a.m.)

2 scrambled eggs, 2 slices of turkey bacon, 2 slices of wheat toast (one with Smart Balance light and the other with Polaner Allfruit)

LUNCH (2:15 p.m.)

.5 cup of Fage yogurt mixed with .5 cup of frozen blueberries. (It was good as is, but the next time I think I'll thaw out the blueberries first so that the juices can flow through the yogurt.)

SNACK (4:30 p.m.)

A handful of nuts

DINNER (7:00 p.m.)

Boneless chicken breast and cabbage (red and savory mix). AND, I went back for a second helping of cabbage! :-) This picture doesn't look so good because the color of red cabbage didn't photograph well; but it was good. I made toooo much; so you'll be seeing me include cabbage in a lot of meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) this week. LOL My hubby says he'll be eating some and I forced my son to include some with his dinner; so it won't be a total waste. LOL


Note: I've decided to leave exercise and strength training in my tracker. I'm not going to include it in my food blogs. So, if you're interested in how I'm doing with the 10-minute daily exercise challenge and the 1 body part strength training challenge, check my shared tracker. I'm also streaking them, so you can see how I'm doing with that, as well as with my calcium supplements, at the bottom of my Sparkpage where streaks appear.

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ERIKO1908 11/2/2011 12:07AM

    YUM!!! :)

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/1/2011 11:29AM

    I'm hungry now, lol

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1NANA4EVER 11/1/2011 9:31AM

    Keep up the good work!

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Is This the End of Food Picture Tracking??

Monday, October 31, 2011

I initially stated that I wanted to track my food via pictures for the entire month of October. It was an experiment. I was getting obsessive about calorie counting and tracking and I didn't feel like it was helping me at all; so I wanted to try picture tracking out. But, the month ends today... so what have I decided?

I have decided to continue!

I think I'll continue through the end of the year.

I believe that food picture tracking is really helping me. It helps me to make better decisions and to be accountable for the decisions that I make. I'm also hearing that it's helping many of you all as well. I love that aspect. If I can inspire in any way, I'm happy about it. I've also made many new Spark friends that I wouldn't have known had they not come across my food blogs! That's pretty cool! And most importantly, I'm enjoying it! It's definitely easier and less time consuming than tracking and obsessing over calories (too few or too many). I'm eating the way I envision continuing to eat and I'm taking you along for the ride.

But, there is ONE aspect that I don't like and that's sharing when I'm fasting. It's really very personal, spiritually. But, if I don't share there will be a ton of questions about why I skipped this meal or that meal or why I ate this way or didn't eat that way, etc. So, I try to be upfront and hopefully it means not a lot of questions. But, they still come. LOL Oh well...

Overall food blogging has been a great experience... 10's across the board!

It'll be interesting to maneuver through picture taking over the Thanksgiving holiday with my extended family. Maybe the fact that I'll be taking pictures will get rid of some of the fear of Thanksgiving feasting for me. Maybe I won't be as inclined to be gluttonous.... maybe.

Christmas should be equally as interesting. emoticon emoticon


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

PINKBEANBOO 11/1/2011 10:42AM

    I think I've said this already, but just in case...THANK YOU for the pictures of the turkey bacon! My husband loves it, even more so than regular bacon.

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WORDLILY 11/1/2011 9:02AM

    I'm glad you're going to continue! It has seemed to work well for you, and they're fun to read, that's for sure. :) I hear you about the conflict about sharing when you're fasting, but there doesn't seem to be a better solution than the one you've struck, either.

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GOURMETLOSER 11/1/2011 7:48AM

    I see you've lost some weight with it so that's great. Definitely worth keeping going.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/31/2011 11:30PM

    emoticon I love your picture blogs.

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NELLIEC 10/31/2011 10:40PM

    Well, the end result will be whether this is helping you lose weight or not. Most people do need the Food Tracker which tells them calories, etc.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/31/2011 9:39PM

    I'm so glad this worked out so well for you!

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ERIKO1908 10/31/2011 8:21PM

    Happy to hear you will carry on with this!! It just wouldn't be the same with words only...if you even described to us what you were eating!! I can see that it would be a barrier to over-eating on the holidays if you were truly taking a picture of EVERYTHING!! WOW!!! Not sure I could do that...

Happy Sparking!! Happy Eating!! Happy Picture Taking!! :)

(Proud to be a new friend found through these pics...) :)

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ABETTERSOUL 10/31/2011 8:20PM

    I am so glad that the picture tracking is working for you!

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FITFABJENN 10/31/2011 8:05PM

    That's so cool that you found something that is working so well for you.

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ROCKINFOX 10/31/2011 8:03PM

    Awesome!! I'm glad you found a way to track food that's working for you.

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 30

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:45 a.m.)

Special K Red Berries cereal and milk (not my picture, but the one on the internet looked better than mine. LOL)

LUNCH/DINNER (3:30 p.m.)

Sushi rolls (tuna) w/spicy sauce on the side; small 12 oz cup of chicken noodle soup; and saltine crackers

SNACK/DESSERT (6:30 p.m.)

Wegmans mini coconut macaroons (a definite treat since it's 110 calories for 2 little cookies and I elected to have 4! But I always feel like I can indulge a little on Sundays since I miss lunch while in church. So, I'm fine with it.)


10-minute exercise challenge: WiiFit FreeStep, 10 mins
ST one body part goal: Modified Plank, 2 sets

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GITITDUNN 10/31/2011 8:06PM

  Interesting concept

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TRUE-NESS 10/31/2011 6:22PM

    GOURMETLOSER: Check my blog in regard to "The Next 20 Days: Segment 4 (Oct. 27th - Nov. 15th) to see what my current goals are. I change/tweak them every 20 days. So, while I'm not taking a multivitamins daily, I am taking calcium supplements. I don't mention them in my food blogs. They are tracked in my "other goals" and as current streaks. The steaks show on my sparkpage. At the end of the 20-days, I share my progress with those goals at the same time as I am instituting new ones. Stay tuned! :-)

TEMPEST272002: I definitely didn't eat enough this particular day because I felt it. I was hungry. But Sundays are like that sometimes. I usually try to have a big breakfast to sustain me because once I leave out of the house to go to church (which could be pretty early depending on whether I'm going also for prayer) that's it until church is out. As I mentioned, I usually just get breakfast and dinner on Sundays.

Comment edited on: 10/31/2011 6:25:02 PM

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GOURMETLOSER 10/31/2011 4:17PM

    Where have your supplements gone? (Not saying you need them but thought that was part of your plan.)

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TEMPEST272002 10/31/2011 10:26AM

    I adore sushi. Hubby makes better sushi than most restaurants & has come up with some really good combos - like mango, avacodo & smoked salmon. Yum.

It appears to me that you are not eating enough. Just doing a rough estimate, this is less than 1000 calories. I know that the fasting you do is for religious reasons, but I think you should consider eating more on non-fast days to help your metabolism recover. Just something to think about...

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/30/2011 11:41PM

    Looks like a yummy day to me!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/30/2011 9:16PM

    I like sushi. I haven't had any in a long time. I get the lady to make a California roll with hot stuff on the inside and red pepper on the outside..yum yum.

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 29

Sunday, October 30, 2011

BREAKFAST (7:30 a.m.)

Kashi Go Lean Toasted Berry Crunch cereal and milk

LUNCH (12:30 p.m.)

Boneless chicken breast sandwich on wheat w/mayo, brown mustard and cheese; and a cup of baked beans

SNACK (3:45 p.m.)

Individual size strawberry ice cream

DINNER (6:15 p.m.)

Ground turkey meat and leftover broiled veggies (sugar snap peas, cauliflower, sweet peppers)


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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 10/31/2011 7:20PM

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing , love your photo's of food .

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GOURMETLOSER 10/31/2011 4:14PM

    I love that you had your ice-cream.

Is the photo tracking helping?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/30/2011 10:30AM

    Yum. Makes me hungry for some cauliflower. emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 10/30/2011 8:37AM

    Love your photo tracking. You have given me so many good ideas. Keep up the great work!!

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THEIS58 10/30/2011 8:22AM

    Love the photos, it all looks great!

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POOKASLUAGH 10/30/2011 7:43AM

    I've never eaten anything Kashi but that breakfast looks delicious!

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MRSSCHENCK 10/30/2011 6:45AM

    What a great way to track your food intake. I wish I didn't see the ice cream pic, though. emoticon

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Food Picture Tracking - Oct. 24th thru Oct. 28th

Saturday, October 29, 2011

REMINDER: This was a fasting week, so the only foods consumed were at dinnertime.

6:00 p.m.

Baked chicken breast, broccolini, and baked potato w/salsa

6:00 p.m.

Baked chicken breast, collard greens, and broiled veggies (sweet peppers, baby zucchini, baby carrots, cauliflower); and 12 oz. Koolaid

6:00 p.m.

Grilled pork chop (soo juicy and delicious!) and leftover broiled veggies

5:45 p.m.

Grilled pork chop, brown rice and the last of the leftover broiled veggies

5:45 p.m.

Grilled pork chop, brown rice and broiled veggies (sweet peppers, sugar snap peas, cauliflower)

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LEGALSEC20 10/30/2011 9:39AM

    Always so delicious looking. You are so inspiring! I'm sure you are/were blessed beyond measure with your dedication.

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ERIKO1908 10/29/2011 2:09PM

    Beautiful plates & portioning!!

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LIS193 10/29/2011 12:36PM

    It all looks so good!!

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TEMPEST272002 10/29/2011 12:13PM

    Very tasty looking dinners!

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TRUE-NESS 10/29/2011 11:04AM

    1NANA4EVER and TERP_TERP: I usually just sprinkle my veggies with some Wegmans Basting Oil (or olive oil) and various seasonings and/or herbs. I set the broiler on low and just watch them... easy beezy! :-)

TERP_TERP: Check my blog titled, "What's Different This Week..." for the fasting info. But, in general, I fast regularly. It's a spiritual thing...not weight loss thing. Whatever happens with my weight as a result, just happens...whether positive or negative. That's not my focus when I'm fasting.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 10/29/2011 10:09AM

    You kept your portions very reasonable after not eating all day. emoticon

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GHK1962 10/29/2011 9:50AM

    I'm not a heavy meat eater . . . but your pork chops look mouth watering. And the veggies look sooooooo good. I like the colors!

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1NANA4EVER 10/29/2011 9:40AM

    Your dinners all look delicious. You have inspired me to try to grill some veggies. What method do you use to do the grilling?

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TERP_TERP 10/29/2011 9:26AM

This looks good! :) Do you follow the recipe on here for the grilled veggies or just do your own? Do you put anything on them when you grill them?
I am curious why you were fasting? My experience has been when I eat too few calories, especially if I am working out, then I do not lose any weight at all.

Best of luck!

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NANCYBOAT 10/29/2011 9:13AM

    What a great way to track your food! And you ate so well!!!!

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