Beef with Broccoli = Full, Upset Tummy :(

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories)

Snack: Freeze dried apples (38 calories)
Lunch: lunch meat (70 calories), 1 cup berries (53 calories), 2 cups veggies (about 60 calories), 4 tablespoons dip (80 calories), cookie (Not sure... 200?)
Dinner: Beef with broccoli and carrots (5.4 oz at Panda Express is 150 calories, and I probably had 2 servings that size, though it was from Mark Pi's not PE so I'm not sure, but it's probably very similar so let's say 300), rice (205 in a cup), and a veggie egg roll that I am regretting (200, again from Panda Express, but it was probably similar)

I feel stuffed. :(

Exercise: ran 5k, took no walking breaks, and really tried to go fast (for me, which is like a leisurely stroll compared to most runners). Nike+ says I burned 460 calories. I'm just happy that I went at all. I had to miss crossfit because of tutoring after school so I made myself drive to the rec center.

Total calories in.... which I'm rather scared to add up.... about 1494. Maybe a bit more if I was off on the cookie or the beef with broccoli. Fortunately it's not as horrible as I thought it would be.

I'll have to thaw something out for dinner tomorrow so I don't do the whole "I have nothing to cook so we have to eat out!" thing again.

On a different note, my back and neck are killing me. I'm wondering if I should go to the chiropractor or get a massage. Chiropractor is probably what I really need. I think I'll call tomorrow and see if I can get in early next week. Anyone know any home-visit chiropractors who would come visit me right now?? I got soooo spoiled growing up with a chiropractor dad!

Wednesday's Weigh In

I LOST 2.4 POUNDS!!!! :-D

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories), slice of ham (17 calories)
Snack: Freeze dried apples (38 calories)
Lunch: lunch meat (70 calories), 1 cup berries (53 calories), yogurt (110 calories), 2 cups veggies (about 60 calories), 4 tablespoons dip (80 calories), jello pudding cup (60 calories)
Staff Meeting Moment of Weakness: 105 calories
Dinner: two pieces of wheat low cal bread: 90, about 1/4 cup tuna: 70 , light mayo: Probably about a tablespoon so 25 calories, veggies (in the tuna and on the side): about 20, dip: 20
Dessert: 50 calorie skinny cow thing.

TOO MUCH SUGAR!!! And way too little exercise. It should have been a day for a long run, but I just can't do it. I'm exhausted and my back is killing me from yesterday's workout.

Total: 1156 so far. Will probably want a snack later.

Zoo Day!

The zoo was awesome! The kids had soooo much fun. It was like they had never seen an animal before, though I'm sure they've all been to the zoo many times. It was pretty much the best field trip ever and the weather was absolutely perfect! It's looking like the weather is going to be horrible for our field trip Friday though. Ugh.

One thing about the zoo sucks though. The food! YUCK! I didn't pack the usual nice lunch because I couldn't find any freezey things and the thought of warm yogurt grossed me out. I figured I could find a salad there. You can find a salad anywhere. Unfortunately the salads looked horrible! The lettuce was all brown and the carrots were so old they were all white and falling apart. Gross. My choices then were pretty much burger or hot dog, and I went with burger. Not healthy and not satisfying. I'll make sure I have an ice thingy ready to go next time we go on a field trip.

I had the usual egg-bagel thin-cheese breakfast, with a slice of lean ham. Dinner was a nice salad and tuna sandwich (chunk light with light mayo, onions, celery, and pickles on wheat, low-cal bread).

Now the husband is talking about ice cream. Sigh.

It has come to my attention that I'm not eating enough protein. Good to know!! I will work on that! I have a bunch of lean lunch meat so I'll mix up the lunch a bit tomorrow. I have been making an effort to include protein (with the greek yogurt, egg with breakfast, and cottage cheese), but I'll work on it some more. Please feel free to post comments with tips on how to improve what I'm eating! I could use the help!

Workout was good today. It was great to be feeling good again so I could work out with the lovely ladies. It was: run 1 lap, 10 snatch pushes or whatever they're called (what a strange name!), then 10 kettle bell swings, AMRAP 20 (as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes - I got in 12 rounds).

Tomorrow is a NO CHEATING ALLOWED day, with a run planned after work. The weather is supposed to be great so hopefully I can get in a nice long run. I'm going to look into trails and see if there's someplace near work I can try. Any ideas would be appreciated!

This is starting to feel normal.

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories), slice of ham (17 calories), small banana (90).
Snack: Freeze dried apples (38 calories)
Lunch: 1 cup berries (53 calories), yogurt but I wasn't crazy about it so I didn't eat it all (probably 90 calories), 2 cups veggies (about 60 calories), 4 tablespoons dip (80 calories), jello pudding cup (60 calories).

Dinner: Grilled chicken (220), bun (180), cheese (150), veggies (25), dip/BBQ sauce (50), 1/2 small bag veggie chips (75)

Total: 1476, and will have one of those 50 calorie skinny cow treats later. No exercise today but I'll do crossfit tomorrow (after walking around the zoo all day for a field trip) and run Wednesday. I really just want to go to sleep early tonight. I'm exhausted.

Splurge Day

Exercise: ran 5.4k, very slowly in the wind, burning about 444 calories

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories)
Lunch/Dinner: We went to Bonefish Grill. We went at 3:00 and I was soooo hungry from my morning run (I had breakfast before the run and ate nothing after) that I forgot to choose something healthy. Caesar Salad: about 1 million calories, grilled shrimp and scallops with mango salsa: not too many calories, mashed potatoes: about 482 million calories (fortunately it was a small portion), bread: about a hundred million calories
Dessert: Dairy Queen Blizzard: Probably around 37 trillion calories

Total: I don't think I can count that high. :)

I just got back from the store and am ready to make a healthy breakfast and lunch in the morning, and I'm making grilled BBQ chicken for dinner. Tomorrow is a new day! :)

I ran.

It's about freaking time, but after about 2 weeks off I finally felt just about well enough to go on a run today. I took many walk breaks, but ended up doing 10k, and burned about 860 calories. I was sweating like crazy (probably because I was at the hot rec center... speaking of which, I have 2 visits left that I have paid for and after that I think I'll be joining 24 hour fitness if I can get a decent rate). We also took the dog on a little walk to the park after dinner.

On to the food....
Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories), and leftover tater tots (180 calories)
Snack: Freeze dried apples, 38 calories
Lunch/Dinner: Smashburger with sweet potato fries. I had a very difficult time figuring out the calories here. The small fries was 150 calories, cause it was small. The smashburger with onion straws and a fried egg and mayo and whatnot is 1010 calories, but from what I can figure out, the one I got was more like 800 (mushrooms and swiss, with the mayo scraped off). We'll go with 800. The chicken sandwich is something like 500 calories. Obviously chicken would be fewer calories, but that's a LOT fewer! I'll definitely be getting chicken sandwiches whenever possible rather than beef.
Dessert: Skinny Cow mini pudding thing: 50
Total: 1506 (so far.... but I think it's likely I'll have another snack at some point)

What a strange day!

It's been a weird day! It was raining most of the night and was still raining when I got to work. At work, the Internet was out, which is unusual. Then the lights were flickering, and we got a leak in the classroom and water was dripping in and soaking the carpet. The rain turned to snow and it got really bad out, so they decided to have an early release because of the weather. That means all the kids needed to call home. Of course, the phone in the classroom wouldn't work, so we had to use my cell phone. Then half the kids didn't know their phone numbers! No biggie, I can look that up online.... except that the Internet was STILL broken in my wing AND the connection I can usually "borrow" from was also out! In the end, the kids got home, and so did I. And I assigned homework for everyone to memorize one of their parent's cell phone numbers over the weekend.

It's now almost 3:00 and it has stopped snowing! I must be feeling better because for the first time all week I cleaned the kitchen, unpacked my suitcase, and straightened up a bit in the living room. Unless we get a huuuge pile of snow tonight, I'm going to attempt a workout tomorrow. It's been a week since I've done any sort of exercise. It'll be awful. I'm down to like 30th in the Nike+ contest and it'll be a miracle if I get past mile 1 tomorrow. I feel like a big fat failure/loser.

Anyway, at least I managed to not avoid the Food-A-Thon that happens every Friday morning in the teacher's lounge.

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories). I love this breakfast! It's yummy and keeps me full for a long time.
Snack: Freeze dried pears (39 calories)
Lunch: Shrimp w/cocktail sauce (4 ounces of shrimp is 80 calories and 1 T of cocktail sauce is 15, so 95 total, but I didn't eat them all so I'm kind of guessing here), 2 cups veggies (about 60 calories?), 3 tablespoons dip (60 calories), 1 cup berries (53 calories), jello pudding (60 calories)
Total so far: 655

Dinner: Will update later. We're having turkey tacos with homemade guac. Yummm! EDIT: I decided not to count calories from dinner. I cooked lean ground turkey with organic seasoning (and also drained off any fat), made fresh guacamole with avocados, salsa, and garlic, which might have a lot of calories and fat but it's good fat, some light sour cream and cheddar cheese, and taco shells, which are 50 calories each which isn't bad. It was GOOD and I don't feel "icky" like I do after eating unhealthy stuff. It will annoy me half to death if I have to count every one of those calories. :)

Not too bad.

I am most definitely NOT going to post every calorie I eat every day, but I think I will for a while just to help myself stay on track and to help me remember what a healthy meal looks like, what measured portion sizes look like, etc.

Breakfast: Bagel thin (110 calories), egg (78 calories), cheese (100 calories), small banana (90). More than yesterday and I stayed full a lot longer.
Snack: Freeze dried pears (39 calories)
Lunch: 1 cup berries (53 calories), cottage cheese (90 calories), 2 cups veggies (about 60 calories), 4 tablespoons dip (80 calories), jello pudding cup (60 calories). I caved and bought a coke zero to go with it. It looked so good I took a picture:

It looks like a ton of dip in there but I did measure out 4 tablespoons, though I suppose that is a lot.

Dinner was basically left over from yesterday: Lean ground meat (130 calories), mini buns (180 calories), cheese (about 100 calories, I think I may have been off on that yesterday), organic oven tater tots (220 calories).
Dessert: Weight Watchers ice cream brownie thing, 200 calories

Total: 1590. I think that feels about right, though I am really full! I didn't exercise at all today. I'm still sick, still coughing, and workout was canceled anyway. I'm hoping I'll be back in the swing of things on Saturday.

Double Dessert Wednesday

Breakfast: Bagel thin w/cc (170 calories)
Snack: Fruit snack thing, just fruit, no sugar (50 calories)
Lunch: Yogurt (100 calories), berries (53 calories), veggies (25 calories), dip (100 calories), pudding (60 calories) (EDIT: I checked the dip this morning, and it was 80 calories so I was a little off there)
Dinner: Ground meat extra lean (130 calories), mini buns (2 @ 90 calories), cheese (100 calories), veggies (25 calories), dip (60 calories)
Dessert: Skinny Cow Mini Pudding Bar (50 calories)
EDIT: Snack of 8 shrimp and a little cocktail sauce. I think around 110 calories.

Total: 1,133 calories.

Overall it went pretty well. I enjoyed all the fresh fruits and veggies! The only bad part was that I was starving at 10:17, so tomorrow I'll add an egg and a little cheese to breakfast. And I suppose dessert with lunch and dinner isn't so ideal. On workout days, I'll need an afternoon snack and more for dinner.

So far, so good! I know the calories for today were a bit low but I wasn't hungry other than the 10:17 thing. From the basal metabolic rate things I've checked out, it seems that more of a 1500-1700 calorie range would be right for me.

Off the wagon. Big time.

Well, first the positives. I did attempt to stay active on our trip to Minneapolis and we had a wonderful time! I went for a short (5k) run on the treadmill at the hotel Friday morning. We went on a 2-hour bike ride on the Pedal Pub Saturday afternoon, which was a BLAST and actually ended up being harder than we all expected (the thing is HEAVY so going uphill was a challenge). Sunday we walked all around downtown, and I'm thinking it was about 2-3 miles. I did something, even if it's less than usual.

Bad part.... um, I kind of ate a lot. At times I made some attempts to be "good" but other times I wasn't so successful. There was the Izzy's ice cream, which, to be fair, was totally worth it. There was also the cheeseburger-and-nutella-shake incident and yeah that was also fantastic and I shared the shake soooo that's not too bad right? Right? I'll stop there because I am all out of excuses already.

Overall, I think I gained almost a pound. BAD. And overall for the last couple months, I've been remaining stagnant at the 20 pound loss since August. I'm in something like 27th place in the current Nestie Nike+ running competition, which is a FAR cry from the 8th place I ended up placing when the first contest ended a couple weeks ago. I'm sick again so I took another day off workouts, and I can't pretend like the colds are unrelated to eating crappy food. It's time to get the ball (of fat) rolling (off my body), and no matter how much I exercise I know it isn't going to happen unless I get serious about food.

I have decided to blog about food. Every day. I have got to be accountable to someone or something. I was able to lose weight well on weight watchers because of the accountability, but I don't want to have to go to weight watchers meetings my entire life, or ever really, cause they suck. I'll blog about my food and exercise here, and weigh in once a week and report any losses or gains (and NO I am not posting my weight! HA!). Let's make Wednesdays the day. I went to the store today and stocked up so there are no excuses. This starts tomorrow.

In the words of Brenna... LET'S DO THIS!

Dear Glee:

Oh how I love you! My obsession has gone a bit overboard this week in anticipation of next week's new epiosode. Here are a couple awesome links for any Gleeks out there.

Tons of footage from Glee on Oprah

I'll try to add more later. Enjoy, my gleeky friends.

This Week

Today was crossfit:

21 - 15 - 9 - 15 - 21
box jumps (or step ups)
sit ups
lunges (per leg)

So it's 21 box jumps, 21 sit ups, 21 lunges per leg (so 42 total), then 15 of the three exercises, then 9, then 15, then 21. Sounds easy and took less than 19 minutes, but my legs are SORE.

Yesterday was an off day. The day before I ran 4.5 miles (well, stumbled through 2 awful miles then did 2.5 much better miles), but I took 2 off days before that because of a sore knee. The 2 days before that I did over 6 miles both days. I don't think my knee was sore from the distance... I think it was sore because the second day was running outside on concrete and my body has gotten used to the treadmill. I'm sure I'll get used to the concrete again with a few more outdoor runs. Hopefully the weather will stay nice for a while now. I'm really looking forward to running more on the Highline Canal trail, which fortunately is not concrete. The Cherry Creek path is so close to home and is fine, but it's all concrete and is quite exposed whereas Highline Canal is a bit of a drive, but the dirt is easier on the knees and it has tons of beautiful trees. I think HC will be my running spot this summer, and Cookie and I are greatly looking forward to it!

Gear Review:
I got a CW-X sports bra. Exciting, right?! Ha! Okay so clearly it isn't the cutest or most beautiful bra out there. But the thing is SUPPORTIVE. I thought one of the seams was rubbing, but it turns out I'm an idiot and it was the tag. I removed that and there is no more rubbing. It's excellent for running and I like the racerback style. I still like the Moving Comfort Fiona, and want to try MC's new Juno which should be arriving at Runner's Roost soon. I would say the CW-X is even better than the Fiona for running (for me at least) because it's soooo supportive, but I prefer the Fiona for cross training.

Wow. What a fascinating blog post this has been. ;)


The Nike+ challenge that I've been participating in ends today. I got 8th out of 24 participants. WOOT! The challenge was from 1/5/10-4/5/10 and even though I was out sick for about a week each month, I ran 224.75 kilometers in that time, which is almost 140 miles. Seriously? Is this ME we're talking about???? Cause I can't run and it is IMPOSSIBLE that I can run 140 miles in 3 months. Yet, there I am, CookieLover, #8.

I'm feeling extremely guilty because I'm taking a second day in a row, off but I am completely exhausted from our first day back after spring break. I'm seriously considering going to go to bed now, and it's only 6:18. I'll hop back on the wagon tomorrow. For now I'm just happy about EIGHTH PLACE!

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