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Treat Day

Posted by Susan on January 31, 2010

Yesterday was a really looooooong day! Work dragged on forever, and afterward I had a hair appointment that lasted over 2 hours! [cut and color change] By the time I got home, had dinner, and got comfortable I could hardly keep my eyes open! I was in bed before 9:00.

Of course my internal alarm clock woke me up around 4AM ! I tried to get myself to fall back to sleep. Sometimes I am able to do this with no problem, but not this morning! I was wide awake! Instead of laying there tossing and turning, I just got up.

I started the laundry, had a hot cup of tea and started catching up on some blog reading. I came across a recipe at Iowa Girl Eats for Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal , and decided to give it a try. I’ve had a can of pumpkin puree in my cabinet for months now, dying to try them in oatmeal, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Since I was up so early, and it was so bitter cold outside, I thought they would be a perfect Saturday breakfast.

I wasn’t disappointed either! They were amazing. First of all they were super easy to make, and secondly, they made my kitchen smell so wonderful with the brown sugar and cinnimon and pumpkin smells combined. I had 1/2 of the baking dish with a spoonful of chocolate peanut butter. It was heavenly. Super creamy and spicey. A perfect breakfast, and I have enough left to heat up for another breakfast tomorrow morning! I will definately be making this recipe again ! [ I added 1 T. of vanilla protein powder to the original recipe]

I spent the remainder of the morning getting my shopping list and coupons set for tomorrow’s grocery shopping trip, and watching The Bachelor on DVR. I pretty much lounged around and relaxed.

Matt had to work a few hours this morning [yay overtime!] and by the time he got home and Kate was dropped off for the day we decided to run over to our favorite over stock store and see what we could find. I got a few things for lunches and this book for $3! I almost sent for that book for $24.00 last year!

I love diet and workout books, especially ones with recipes. I read them, take what tips I can use from them and leave the rest. I am not one to follow any specific program anymore. It never seems to work for me. I am better off gathering all the knowledge that I can use, that pertains to me.

Before we left for our day of shopping I had a mid morning snack since I ate breakfast so early. I had one of the (Re)Fuel bars I made earlier in the week, and a clementine.

While we were out Matt stopped at McDonald’s for lunch for he and Kate. I thought about it, but decided against it. I had lunch planned at home and was more in the mood for it , than a burger and fries.

When we got home I made myself a hard boiled egg / Laughing Cow Cheese / spinach / sprouts wrap with roasted garlic humus and pretzels on the side. Much better that a junky burger and even junkier fries!

For dessert I has a few handfuls of these delicious chocolate covered almonds! [ TREAT! ]

Dinner tonight was pretty simple. I had a chicken breast with leftover couscous and roasted Brussels sprouts, with my favorite side salad of spinach, feta, and cranberries.

Now the fun part! I’ve decided to make Saturday Treat Day ! I know that most diet experts will discourage the use of food as a reward. I don’t feel that way. I love food, especially desserts. I will never , ever be able to ban these things from my life forever. I would be kidding myself to even try.

For this reason I’ve decided that if I am good all week, I deserve one controlled goodies at least. I did this last year when I was dieting [and losing pretty steadily each week] and it worked for me. It kept me from feeling completely deprived, it gave me something to look forward to, and it made me happy.

I also have another reason this time around in implementing it back into my life. I’ve noticed lately, and I’ve mentioned it often, the fact that I will crave something, and then when I finally have it, realize, it’s not as great as I dreamed it would be. I really want to work on weeding out the treats that are not worth it, that I don’t totally love. I noticed over the holidays I was eating things just because I could, not necessarily because they were good, or that I even liked them ! What a waste! I am hoping that next year, I won’t make that mistake again.

So this little [huge] beauty is my treat for tonight. An Apple Crumb Muffin from Costco ! Someone brought these in for us at work yesterday, and I wanted one so badly! Instead of indulging though, I took one home with me and stuck it n the freezer to have tonight. We will see if it lives up to how great I remember these muffins to be! I will let you know tomorrow!

The plan for the remainder of my Saturday night ? A hot shower, cozy pajamas, my muffin with a hot cup of hot chocolate , and some TV! Perfect Saturday night in my book ! Have a good one!


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Posted by Susan on January 29, 2010

Warning: This post contains subject matter [poop] that may be sensitive to some readers. If you have any objections to TMI, read no further.

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I am a reformed veggie-hater. I was one of those kids who hated and refused to go near them. I hated the sight , smell and texture of anything that resembled produce. In my defense , the “produce” at our house consisted of mostly frozen vegetables. I was a child of the 70’s. Frozen convenience foods where the new thing. For my mother, who worked full-time [teacher] and ran the entire house, did all the running around with us,and most of the raising of us [my dad commuted and wasn’t home until we were in bed 5 days a week] frozen foods were a God send!

After many tries at getting me to eat what I should, and a lot of wasted food and money, my mother just gave up. She made us what she knew we would eat, because it made her busy life easier. Plus, I really don’t think there was much emphasis on health and fitness back them. We grew up eating what I still think of as awesome meals. Breakfast for dinner [pancakes or french toast], hot dogs and cheese wrapped in Pillsbury crescent rolls, tater tots, oven fried chicken, frozen pizza every Tuesday night, tuna casserole with potato chips crushed on top. But not a veggie in sight!

Fast forward to the future. I am in my 40’s and I am determined to embark on a healthier lifestyle [and lose 70lbs.] and the closest thing I eat to a vegetable is iceberg lettuce and corn! I started expanding my horizons in the lettuce department and eventually moved on to raw spinach, but for a long time I was eating only salads as my vegetable.

Recently [last year] I told myself that I needed to try things. One of my resolutions last year was to try a new veggie every 2 weeks at least. I found that I will eat just about any vegetable raw, and I like spaghetti squash, butternut squash fries [thanks to the Hungry Girl cookbook] and also a great spinach recipe too [also HG].

Lately I have been into roasting veggies. I was convinced I didn’t like “cooked” vegetables, until I tried the roasting method and now I am roasting everything in sight!!!!! I am so proud of myself for introducing new things into my diet, and being open minded enough to try things.

There’s just one problem ………. my stomach is in a huge rebellion! It has no idea what is going on! I’ve never heard so many rumbles and churning sounds in my life. That I can live with. It is the mass explosions I can do without !

For the past few mornings , when I am coming to the end of my workout, my body starts making noises. There is something about doing intervals on the treadmill that really gets things going. It is always when I am in the last 5 minutes, and I really want to finish strong. Out of nowhere I have to go [poop] and I have to go BAD! Today I jumped off  mid-run and bolted to the bathroom! I was so afraid I wasn’t going to make it! This has been happening a lot lately! It comes on quick and it is so urgent that I and running bent over to the bathroom and praying to make it on time. Today it happened at WORK !!!!!!! I hate to go at work and will hold it at all costs, but this was one time I had no choice.

I hope that my stomach calms down soon and get accustom to my new eating style, because it is getting embarrassing! Has anyone else ever had their body’s react this way to good foods? Maybe, after all these years of eating processed , fatty junk, my body is just in shock! I hope it lets up soon because I love my roasted vegetables and have no intention of cutting them out of my life.

I guess my body and I are at war. I sure hope I end up winning! [Sorry for the TMI]

Here are my eats for today:

Breakfast was…… guess? No surprise ……. a breakfast cookie and green tea. I’ve been using my breakfast time to plan out my food for the day. A little multi-tasking.

Around 9;30 I had a snack. A (Re)Fuel Bar and a clementine. I am sure these bars are not helping the tummy rebellion, but I really like them and they help keep me going until lunch, so they’re saying !

Lunch today was a Peach Chobani Yogurt with Go Lean Crunch cereal mixed in. I also had my new obsession, carrots dipped in roasted garlic humus [I could eat this stuff by itself with a spoon] .

Dinner tonight was a Tilapia fillet, some left over couscous and leftover roasted zucchini. Also a spinach/feta/dried cranberry salad.

Dessert tonight was one of the carrot cake cupcakes I made on Sunday. I made them with a carrot cake mix, and 12 oz. of seltzer water. I frosted them with 1 T. each of Pillsbury Reduced Sugar Frosting. It was the perfect little treat!

Now I am off to bed! Tomorrow is FRIDAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am fasting tomorrow, and getting my hair done after work [I am long overdue for a color!] I can’t wait to get home tomorrow and relax knowing that I am free for 2 days!

Later [oh and wish me luck on the treadmill tomorrow!] 🙂

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Short And Sweet

Posted by Susan on January 27, 2010

Another decent day in the whole  “food / exercise / trying to get my mojo back after the holidays almost wrecked me” department. I’m like my old self more and more. Whew! It is such a relief ! I was having visions of myself back sliding back into the person I was so unhappy with!

My only complaint about this week is that I have been going to bed way too late! [8:30 – 9:00] That is not good for me! I am making an extra special effort tonight to be in bed at 7:00. I get up entirely too early not to be careful of the time!

So I will get right down to business:

For breakfast this morning I had my usual Breakfast Cookie. These never get old for me! I look forward to them every morning and they are so convenient, how can I go wrong!

As a mid morning snack I had one of the (Re) Fuel Bars I made on Monday with a clementine. I really love these bars! I’ve been looking for an easy, quick, inexpensive recipe for a bar of some sort to replace the expensive Kashi bars I usually eat. Finding this recipe was an answer to my prayers! [ CNC ] Plus they taste really good, and keep me satisfied until lunch so that is an added bonus !

For lunch today I had a Laughing Cow Cheese, spinach , alfalfa sprout wrap, along with some carrots and roasted garlic humus. I LOVE this flavor humus!

When I got home from work I had a snack. I haven’t done that in a really long time but I made a decision to add snacks [healthy ones] back into my life. I had some dried cranberries and almonds.

Dinner tonight was a chicken breast, roasted zucchini, and a roasted sweet potato. With that I has my usual spinach, feta and cranberry salad.

Dessert tonight was something a little different. I made a 3 Min. Cookie with chocolate chips [see how melted they got when I cooked the cookie?] instead of dried cranberries. it was really good. Totally hit my “I need chocolate ” spot!

As soon as I hit publish on this post I am off to bed! I REALLY need to do some catch up sleep tonight. Missing an entire night’s ZZZ’s Sunday night still has me dragging!


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Intermittent Fasting

Posted by Susan on January 27, 2010

Today was a fast day for me. I’ve been asked a lot of questions about this and I figured since I am incorporating this back into my life, it was a good time to explain what it is and how it worked for me.

Before I go any further though I want to make a few things clear. This is something that works really well for me. It isn’t for everyone. There are many people who don’t agree with it, and that’s OK. I did a TON of research on Intermittent Fasting [IF] before experimenting with it last April. And that’s all it was the first week I did it, an experiment. I just want to make sure it’s understood that I am not condoning starvation, and this post is my opinion and nothing more.

Whew! Now that’s out of the way I will tell you about my experience with fasting.

The program I do is called Eat Stop Eat . Basically it is a weight loss method based on intermittent , flexible fasting periods [1-2 days per week] designed to rev up metabolism and create a calorie deficit. The method is science based, can be used with any diet program or eating style.

Last night I had a good balanced meal with dessert for dinner, and didn’t eat anything until dinner tonight [24 hours]. Surprisingly this is much easier than it sounds. I find that I am not hungry, not really hungry.It’s more of a mind game than anything else. The worse I have experienced is that “empty belly feeling” , but I keep myself really hydrated through out that day and that helps. I also indulge in a Diet Coke on fasting days because the carbonation helps my belly not feel as empty. Again, I must admit, true hunger, like starving, I have yet to feel while fasting.

The first week of my IF experiment I got some pretty impressive results on the scale. I lost not only weight, but  fat %, and lowered my BMI a little. I obviously found this very exciting and it motivated me to try it another week , in case it was just a fluke. Keep in mind that I was also exercising 1 hour a day [circuits, intervals, and SS cardio] and was keeping my calories range between 1500-1700 on non-fast days [even weekends].  I like fasting on Tues. and Fri. , dinner time to dinner time, but there is no set rule. You can do it any time frame and any day[s ]you want.

The next week I got similar results, so I stuck with it. I lost steadily until I reached goal weight, 1-2 pounds a week, and my Fat % and BMI continued to drop. Once I hit goal I fasted here and there, but pretty much stopped it all together. Something I feel I shouldn’t have done. Next time around I plan on incorporating it into my maintenance phase [with an upped calorie range , of course].

I had success with this method, but again it is not for everyone! So please ….. no hate comments :).

Here are my eats for today:

I had a turkey burger with humus and spinach [YUM!], on a whole grain English Muffin, and some Brussel sprouts. I also had my favorite salad combination: spinach, feta cheese, and dried cranberries.

For dessert I made another 3 Min. Cookie ……. soooooo good !

I am so happy to report that today I am feeling so much better. For the past few weeks I’ve felt so all over the place! On the verge  of complete panic but at the same time complacent. Today I finally feel like I am back in the driver’s seat; I am driving the food, it isn’t driving me.

I am now ready to do a few little things around here and get to bed ! Tomorrow’s another day!


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Insomnia = Much Needed Soul Searching

Posted by Susan on January 26, 2010

I didn’t sleep at all last night …….. not big surprise, it was Sunday night after all ! After laying there for a few hours and not feeling drowsy, I couldn’t stand it anymore and got up. I never ended up returning to bed at all !

During that time awake I had lot’s of time to think, to do some much needed soul searching. It was time to come clean with myself about a few things that I have been in denial about lately. Here are the hard realities I needed to admit to myself.

  1. My size 6 jeans are becoming snug, to the point of being uncomfortable.
  2. I have been picking A LOT these days. A bite of something here, a handful of something there, a cookie, some chocolate , some chips , you get the idea. The little bites and handfuls add up fast , as we all know.
  3. I am snacking before bed.
  4. I am not careful with my portions sizes.
  5. I am falling into the old pattern of searching for the perfect workout, and the perfect eating plan to get me back on track.
  6. I am using maintenance as an excuse to be lax in both my diet and my exercise.

I feel like I am entering the danger zone right now. In my head I am telling myself that I am just dealing with the backlash from the holidays. I will get it all back under control eventually. In my heart I remember telling myself the same thing until the day I woke up and found myself 210 lbs. ! The holidays opened a door I thought I’d closed a long time ago. They unearthed every bad food habit I ever had!

All these realizations prompted me to run downstairs and pull out all of my old food/exercise journals from last year. [yes, I am a dork! I saved them all !] Reading through them refreshed my memory. Right there in these books were the key to what works for me. It was simple and straight forward. Reading through them also reminded me of all of the things I’ve let fall by the wayside or changed along the way:

  • I ate well, but carefully. I weighed and measured EVERYTHING ! I also had dessert every night!
  • I worked out 6x a week , and on the days I didn’t workout I kept myself active with either hiking or biking.
  • I stuck with circuit training and intervals because I loved it! I was never bored . I also limited my SS cardio.
  • I ate snacks between meals to keep myself from getting hungry.
  • I repeated meals often [I never minded that]
  • I did 24 hour fasts 1-2 days a week.

In most aspects of my life my motto is always If it ain’t broke don’t fix it ! I feel this way about beauty products, cleaning products, all sorts of things. What I don’t understand it why I never adopted this motto into my maintenance mentality?

If all of those things obviously worked for me [I went from a size 16 to a size 6 for goodness sake!] why did I change them? Why was I trying to fix something that was not broken?

I realize that , before this little problem [snug jeans] snowballs out of control [and we all know how easily that happens!] I need to wake up from this dream world I’ve been living in and get back to what works for me !

When 3AM rolled around, I figured I may as well start right then and there! I put on my workout clothes and went down to the basement and got to work. I pulled out my old Turbulence Training routines and found the one I did January of 2009. The first one I ever did.

I feel sort of embarrassed having made all this noise about the commitment I was making to P90X . Obviously , for now I won’t be doing it. [ so sorry Syl :(] The main reason that I wanted  to do the program in the first place was because I read in a magazine that Pink did it …….. News flash : I am not a 20 something pop star, and I will never look like her P90X , or not!

I also mapped out my food for the day today, and added healthy snacks [like I used to] to get me through the day and hopefully stop me from picking at junk!

Even though at this very moment, I feel like I got run over by a truck I am so tired, I feel like I worked through some important things during my bout of insomnia. I was finally honest myself. I guess the real lesson I’ve learned through this experience is that I will always be on a diet! I will always have to watch portions, I can never mindlessly pick on junk food and being on maintenance means nothing really. Yes, I can indulge on a special meal now and then, but I still need to keep it in perspective. Most importantly I’ve learned, that I still have a LOT to learn about MAINTENANCE !

OK, now that I’ve gotten that off my chest , lets move on to today’s food:

This morning I ate breakfast at home. I had my breakfast cookie and a cup of green tea. I stopped eating breakfast at home because I didn’t want to snack in between. Today I ate at home and packed a mid- morning snack , needed when I eat breakfast as early as I do !

At 10:00 I ate a snack. A Kashi Raspberry Chocolate Bar , and a clementine.

For lunch today I had a Blueberry Chobani Yogurt with 1 T. of vanilla protein powder and 1/2 c. Go Lean Crunch. I love Blueberry flavored Chobani !

I am exhausted tonight, so I dug into some leftovers. A chicken breast, 1 c. of couscous, and 1/2 c. Brussels sprouts. Along with that I had a salad….. with spinach, 1 oz. of feta cheese, and 1 T. of dried cranberries. I used a small plate tonight so it looks  [deceivingly] like a ton of food 🙂 !

When I got home from work I made these Protein bars. I got the recipe from Tina over at Carrots n Cake. I’ve been dying to find an easy recipe for these things, and today I found some that were quick , easy and delicious! I wasn’t planning this for dessert, but I had to sample them! EXCELLENT ! I will probably eat them for snacks.

So that’s it! I am going to bed now. I know I will sleep tonight. Right now I am running out of gas. I hope this post is making sense!


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Making The Commitment

Posted by Susan on January 24, 2010

Sunday already ! I love them, but they are bitter-sweet. Monday is always around the corner. But that’s OK! I still enjoyed every minute of it!

I have a lot of things I want to talk about, so I am just going to jump in!

First of all, I was really inspired by Syl , I’ve decided to commit to giving P90X another go. I tried this two years ago, and became so frustrated with it, I gve it up. I am so uncoordinated, that I had a really hard time with the cardio routines [Kenpo, Plyometrics, etc…..] they really don’t give much instruction, they pretty much just throw you in the pool and expect you to swim ! I’ve made the commitment to myself to complete all 90 days of this program.

This morning I did my first session [DVD], but first I had breakfast!

This morning I was in the mood for something I don’t get to have during the work week due to time constraints. Since Sunday morning is the perfect excuse to indulge in a leisurely breakfast, this is what I went for! A spinach and Laughing Cow Cheese [2 egg] omelet, a whole grain English muffin with real butter [ the butter [fat] was included to help keep me full longer] and 2 clementines.

After breakfast I got to my workout! I did P90X Kenpo Karate. Honestly, what a mess! I got through the workout, I was able to keep up, it is my coordination ! I felt that if I could at least figure out the moves, I would have had a better workout. I wanted to just say forget it right then and there! BUT ……I changed my mind. I am going to learn the moves, and perfect this program if it’s the last thing I do !

That being said, I added an extra 40 minutes of cardio because I didn’t think that I got enough out of the Kenpo. Don’t get me wrong, the Kenpo kicks some major butt…… but I feel like the time it took me to get used to the moves took away from the effectiveness of the workout.

After my marathon workout, I was ready for lunch! Today I had Progresso Classic Vegetable soup with a sprinkle of FF grated Parmesan Cheese and a humus,spinach, alfalfa sprout wrap. I also had  a Kashi Pumpkin Pie Bar.

Once I finished my lunch, it was time to do some preparation for the coming week:

  • I made a lot of chicken breasts
  • Packed Matt’s snacks for the week and lunch for tomorrow
  • Packed my lunch for tomorrow
  • Baked carrot cake cupcakes
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts
  • Made a batch of couscous
  • Made Breakfast Cookies for the week

Whew! By the time I was finished with all that, it was time to make dinner.

On the menu tonight …… shrimp with couscous and roasted Brussels sprouts. With that I had a spinach salad with low fat feta cheese.

Dessert tonight was one of my little carrot cake cupcakes with 1 T. of low sugar frosting [about 160 calories each]. Cute huh? I made them with a carrot cake mix , and unflavored seltzer soda. They taste great. They are just a1/2 c. little cake but it satisfies  my sweet tooth! I made about 2 dozen, so some I froze and some I kept in the fridge for desserts during the week.

So, at this point I am done eating for the night. Tomorrow morning I will be doing P90X : Chest and Back . I am really tired from today’s workout. I think I will be getting into bed to read and hopefully fall asleep.

Later !

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Saturday : Back To The Beginning

Posted by Susan on January 24, 2010

Well, today I am going back to basics. I know what works for me, and I am going back to that in order to achieve a new goal! It’s kind of exciting, actually. I woke up this morning ready to go for it with all of the motivation and determination I had the first time around!

The first thing I did was dust off my old tools for success. My measuring cups, spoons, and my trusty food scale. Also my food journal, calorie book and calculator.

I know that a lot of people don’t agree with the whole calorie counting deal. They view it as obsessive, and time consuming, and some even think it to be unhealthy. I personally don’t agree. The entire process , for me, is very easy and helps me keep things [food] in perspective. It is too easy to eat more calories than I intend to.

I think also calorie counting suits my personality. I am a planner,and an organizer by nature. [control freak?] I make lists constantly. I like order. It is comforting to me. That’s probably why I don’t mind writing it all down and counting it all up!

Instead of looking at this decision to start dieting again as a failure, I choose to look at it as damage control. In working to maintain a weight loss, I am probably going to have to do damage control now and then. And it’s OK. I am not going to beat myself over it .[even though I am tempted to!] I am not even going to over think it. I have to do what works for me. Just like everyone has to ultimately choose their own path.

Anyway this is my plan:

  • I have found that I am good with 3 square meals a day plus dessert. So I am hoping to eat 3 500-550 calorie meals a day.
  • Record everything thing I put in my mouth.
  • Continue working out 5x a week, strength, intervals and cardio.
  • Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • I would like to lose 10 pounds by my wedding anniversary in June.
  • Weigh in every Saturday morning

So there ya go! Today was my first day back in the game!

I was not feeling well all day on Friday. My stomach was killing me! I was bloating, and uncomfortable. I generally felt like crap. We had our date night, but cut it short. All I wanted to do was get home and put my feet up!

But this morning I was back to my old self. I had a lot of cleaning planned for myself today, but first I needed to have a good breakfast to start off my day.

Today, I had a hot breakfast , since I had the time. I had some plain oats with 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 3/4 c. of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal, and a T. of chocolate peanut butter.I wasn’t really crazy about the combination, but  I love hot oats on a cold morning!

I eat my breakfast too early this morning so I was hungry around 10:00 so I had 2 clementines.

For lunch today I had a chicken salad, alfalfa sprouts, and spinach wrap. I also had some carrots and the best humus EVER!!!!!!!! I had a Kashi Bar with lunch too.

This is going to be my new addiction! It was on sale this week , plus I had a $1 off coupon! Score! It is the best !

Dinner tonight, a chicken breast, a roasted sweet potato, roasted zucchini [I am so into this roasted veggie thing!] and a spinach salad with feta and some dried cranberries! Yum! Yum! Yum! Great meal!

I ended my night with my usual sweet treat! A toasted English muffin, with peanut butter and chocolate chips.

I am happy to report that I stayed within my calorie range for the day. It was a little harder than usual. I am not sure why. Although I’m really not eating anymore than any other day, it felt more difficult. Maybe it is just a mental thing, or maybe it is just the fact that every bite counts now. I am sure I will get used to it.

On the agenda this evening? A quick trip to Target, and then home, hot shower, and then I am going to lay in bed with the TV remote, my lap top, and a cup of herb tea. I don’t want to snack tonight. I never eat in bed, I just don’t associate the bed and snacking the way I do with longing on the couch watching  TV! I’m hoping this will fake out my urge to late night snack !

I want to get a really good night’s sleep tonight because I am starting something new in the workout department ……… I’ll fill you in on that tomorrow!

Later for now ………….. 🙂

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A Confession

Posted by Susan on January 21, 2010

Wow ! Another week has flown by. Like I said , once I make it through Monday the rest of the week is a breeze.

I have a little confession to make …….. I was planning on coming clean with this after the month of December was over. But silly me, I never took into account the damage the holiday’s would actually do! [ 4 lb. gain :(]

I stopped tracking my calories on December 1st. I was doing really well. I was actually on the lowest side of my weight range. Then the Holidays hit, and hit hard! Now I am having a hard time getting the 4 lbs. I gained off!

The only solution I can see is going back to calories counting for now, and maybe in the spring after I’ve stabilized my weight again, try the non-tracking experiment again. I am kind of disappointed , because it was a great feeling to know I was able to maintain my weight without it. Oh well. The only solution I can think of at this time is to go back to what I know works, and that is calorie counting. A part of me feels like it is taking a step backwards, but rationally I know that in order to be comfortable with my weight, it needs to be done.

Now this goes against the whole non-diet mentality thing I was trying out for the week, but I feel that I need to do what I have to do. Calorie counting works for me, and it is time to dust off the calorie counter and the calculator and get back to it! Beginning Saturday, I am officially a calorie tracker again !

Now on to today’s eats:

Breakfast , was my beloved Breakfast Cookie. I am going to have to tear the recipe apart to figure out it’s exact calories now ! Bummer!

Lunch today was a Peach Chobani yogurt with 3/4 c. of Go Lean Crunch , and 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder. I also had a clementine and was planning on having this Kashi Bar ……..

But life had other plans for me! it was the boss’s birthday today and one of my co-workers made this fabulous cake from scratch. I decided to have a small piece. It was AMAZING ! Worth ever single calorie it had in it! I love when I decided to indulge in something , and find that it is worth it. From experience I know that most things I think I want are NOT! This was not one of those times though.

Dinner tonight was a piece of Tilapia, some couscous, and roasted Brussels sprouts. I am totally into these little veggies roasted!

Dessert I decided to try The 3 min. Cookie that Tina of Carrots n Cake loves so much. This is my first try……I definitely messed it up BIG TIME! Typical me!

My second try was a success!!!!! I messed up the measurements of the ingredients on the first one. I added some protein powder and dried cranberries to my cookie. My verdict: YUM! It makes a decent size cookie, definitely quenches that cookie craving. I will absolutely add it to my dessert rotation, but I think I will also use it as a breakfast item as well. Oh and I added a little smear of peanut butter to my cookie too. 😉

My workout today was great! I am really impressed with the difference taking rest days split up during the week makes. I have had great workouts all week. I wish I’d thought of this sooner! Usually by the last workout of the week [Fri.] I was really not at my best. With the rest days split up like I’ve been doing, I feel like I ahve more energy and I am getting a better workout because of it. I also notice that I have the motivation to push myself harder.

Today was my cardio day:

  • 20 min. SS / spin bike
  • 20 min. Intervals / treadmill
  • 20 min. Resistance Program / elliptical

I am really excited for tomorrow. For one thing , of course it’s FRIDAY !!!!! The other reason is that it is Date night !!!!!!! Matt and I decided that one of our New Year Resolutions was to have one date night a month, and tomorrow is January’s date. We used to go out every Friday night for dinner when we first got married and just relax and talk about the week. then money got tight and I was dieting anyway , so it was one of the things we cut out. I’ve really missed it though, and I’m happy that we are scheduling it in once a month.

OK ! Off I go to relax before going to sleep !


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Not Much To Say About A Tuesday

Posted by Susan on January 20, 2010

Today was my wonderful rest and recovery day ! I love being able to sleep in and take my time getting ready for work! A little piece of me misses my morning workout ……. but not THAT MUCH !

I thought you would like to see what I wear to work everyday. And I mean EVERY DAY! Shapeless scrubs! Bleh! I never bought new ones after I lost the weight because I needed so many other things, I didn’t want to waste the money on work clothes. Looking at this picture though, I am beginning to see that I am in desperate need for scrubs that at least fit!

Once in a while we get a casual day on Fridays. Sometimes I will wear jeans, other times I just want to be comfortable and opt for my old trusty scrubs.

I’m still working on my non-diet mentality. It is so tough! I find myself constantly weighing my food choices in my mind. This task is going to take a whole lot of work! It’s hard to change a thought pattern you’ve had half your life!

Let’s get to my food for today:

I had my Breakfast Cookie when I got to work this morning. I was hungry by the time I got to work and couldn’t wait to dig in!

When lunch rolled around I was also really hungry for it! I had my mock egg salad wrap, made with 1 hard boiled egg and a wedge of Laughing Cow Cheese and some spinach. I had some carrots with my wrap , a clementine, and a Kashi Bar. Someone made homemade cookies for us today. There were two kinds, and one wasn’t my favorite so I chose 1 chocolate chip cookie [I love those].

Dinner tonight was AWESOME !!!!! Penne pasta with chicken and roasted zucchini ! I threw all the ingredients into a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil and some Fat Free Parmesan Cheese. The oil and cheese , plus some garlic ,and other Italian spices made a perfect coating to the pasta! I will definitely making this again  It was so good! I also had a spinach salad with reduced fat cheddar, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. It was a perfect meal !

I finished off the meal with one of these ! Pretty self-explanatory ! My recent sweet treat addiction!

Off I go to bed. I have an early workout in the morning along with another full day of running around at work!

Later 🙂

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A Week Of Non-Diet Mentality

Posted by Susan on January 19, 2010

Monday is over and I am one happy camper ! 🙂 I think the most difficult part of the first day of a new week is reestablishing my weekly routine after a few days of having the luxury of winging it! Although I love routine, thrive on it really, weekends are heavenly. They allow me to slow down and relax. No clock watching and no pressure. Now that I’ve survived the dreaded Monday, the rest of the week will be a breeze.

This morning I dragged myself out of bed while the husband slept soundly without a care in the world. He had the day off today. I wasn’t bitter though [not much!] I got straight to my scheduled workout:

  • Fat Burning Free Weight Circuit ( x5)
  • 30 min. Resistance Program / Elliptical

The first circuit was a little choppy. I wasn’t fully awake yet. But once I got through the first one , the rest flowed smoothly.

As I mentioned before I have been reading the book Intuitive Eating . I think it is an interesting idea, but not al all sure it is for me. The program is made up of Principals that if followed , supposedly lead you back to eating intuitively, like we were all born doing in the first place.

I thought I would take a Principal a week and work toward perfecting it. I am not really sure it this entire program is for me, but I would love to have a better relationship with food, and learn to eat without guilt, and when I am hungry, not for emotional reasons.

Principle 1 is to Reject the Diet Mentality. Wow! That is a tough one! I have dieted since I was a teenager. Even the thought of not monitoring every single calorie that goes into my mouth either by tracking or in my head makes me feel panicky! I instantly have visions of spiraling out of control and eating everything in sight!

The book explains why diets don’t work. How yo-yo dieting ruins your metabolism. How deprivation diets ultimately turn to a major binge session. I get all that. I even agree with it. But I am still wary about stepping out of the comfort zone of the Diet Mentality.

The theory is that if you allow yourself what you want when you want it, and eat it until your satisfied, not eat it like it’s the last meal before your execution, you’ll be less likely to binge on it. The knowledge  that you can have it again , anytime you want it ,guilt free, allows you to enjoy it, and not feel the need to eat it in excess.

Interesting, yes. Am I evolved enough to put it into action…….hmmmm not sure. There is something inside me that really fears that kind of freedom. At the same time, I am sure that if I’d had  non-diet mentality over the holidays, I probably would not have eaten so much. I think there was a part of me that thought I should cram it all in while I had the excuse. Once January hit, I knew it was back to business.

I am still keeping an open mind, and I will work this week to let go of the idea that certain foods are good and certain foods are bad. I will ask myself  this :

  • Am I hungry for it?
  • Do I want it?
  • Will it be satisfying?
  • Does it taste good?

The bottom line  is………… NOTHING is off-limits. I’m willing to at least give it a try…………we’ll see how it goes.

Now on to today’s eats:

I had my Breakfast Cookie as usual for work today. I love them, they taste like I am indulging, and they fill me up for a good long time, so I think they are a good choice, whether eating intuitively or not. I was not hungry for the rest of the morning.

I had lunch at 2:00. Blueberry Chobani Yogurt with 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder, and Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal. I also had some whole wheat pretzels dipped in peanut butter. [yum!]

I tried to think about what I really wanted for dinner tonight. This is what I came up with. A turkey burger on a whole wheat English Muffin, some french fries, some grilled zucchini [awesome BTW], and a small spinach salad with some reduced fat cheese and sunflower seeds.

I had no thawed [I keep them in the freezer] English Muffins left , so I settled for something a little different tonight. I had some sugar-free oatmeal cookie bites with a smear of peanut butter on each. They were so good! I didn’t miss my usual chocolate/peanut butter dessert that much at all!

I felt satisfied after dinner tonight. Not stuffed , not full, but good none the less. I don’t feel as though I deprived myself today, everything I had today tasted good, and I don’t feel guilty. I think I did pretty well.

Tomorrow I get to sleep in [4:00 AM]. It is my Rest Day so no workout in the morning! I am off to bed to read and hopefully to sleep!


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