Thursday, March 31, 2011

3/31

weight: 179.5
(I should be happy... I lost a pound and a half over last night, but instead, I'm sad that tomorrow was my goal for 175 and I'm 4.5 pounds away!!!)

breakfast: drinkable yogurt (60c), cereal (240c)=300c
snack: nuts, goldfish, and mini rice cakes=180c
post run: cheribundi=90c
lunch: soup (160c), sandwich (200c), rice cake (45c), 2 cookies=505c
snack:veggie stix (140), rice cakes (130c)=270c
dinner: salad (90c), soup (140c), sandwich (125c)= 355c

Total: 1700c
Net:  1100c

5 mile run (5mph): burned 600c

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

3/30

weight: 181

breakfast: simple strawberry smoothie=230c
snack: mini rice cakes=130c
lunch: sandwich (180c), chips (110c), cookie (50c)=340c
snack: granola bar=140c
snack: frozen yogurt=375c
dinner: Kashi pesto pasta primavera (290c), broccoli (30c), and salad (110)=430c
dessert: cookie=50c

Total: 1695
Net: 1425

25m strength training (burned 70c) and 500m swim in 25min (burned 200c): total burned: 270c

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

3/29

Weight: 180.5

Breakfast: strawberry-mango shake=195c
AM Snack: rice cake=45c
Lunch: soup (160c) and sandwich (200c)=360c
Snack: pudding=60c
Post Workout: 6" veggie sub and apples, 2 pieces chocolate=400c
Snack: crackers=100c
Dinner: Henning's Hot Bar=est. 1000c

Total: 2060
Net: 1405

Ran 3.8m, walked .7m cooldown over 56 minutes: burned 655c

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry-Blueberry Protein Shake

(For those who don't particularly love the bananas in the original shake)


140g frozen strawberries (about 1.25c)
2tbsp hemp powder
1c unsweetened almond milk
1/4c water
70g frozen blueberries (about 1 handful)





Put the strawberries in a blender and pour the almond milk over them.  Sprinkle over the hemp powder and blend until smooth.  Add the water and the blueberries.  Blend until drinkable.  Enjoy!

1 serving=240 calories

Monday, March 28, 2011

3/28

weight: 181lbs

Breakfast: strawberry-mango shake (225c) and cheerios w/ almond milk (120cc)=345c
Snack: rice cakes=125c
Lunch: sandwich (235), cheese curls (70c), SF bar (100c)=405c
Snack: animal crackers (90c), SF bar (100c)=190c
Snack: rice cake=45c
Dinner: pork with apples, yams, and pear (250c), garlic bulger & rice (175c), roll (85c), salad (125c), quarter of a cookie (30c)=665

Total: 1775
Net: 1350

1 hour of strength training (125c) with 30 minute elliptical warmup (300c)=425c burned

The Week in Review, 3/21-3/27

started out blogging with the scale reading: 181.5 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 181 lbs
Total Weight Lost:  .5 lbs
This is better than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, walked, strength trained, biked, swam, and used the elliptical over 6 days.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 calories per day.
My best day logged 1670 calories and my worst day logged 2150 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1926 total calories

2 of 7 days were within my calorie range.
Because counting net calories does not seem to be helping, I will only log my total calories, as I did in the beginning.
This is worse than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 5.  I did my longest run EVER which was awesome but I've learned that my body, for whatever reason, cant process more calories even if I am using them for things like exercise.  I've done better with just keeping my daily calories around 1700 and exercising on top of that.  I know that I am at a second plateau as I engage the final 30 pounds, but it is tough to stay motivated when I feel like nothing is working.  On a positive note, though, I did lose half a pound overall this week.  I know that I just need to buck up and get back on track.  I'm doing really well and I dont want to lose sight of that because I'm caught up with the numbers on the scale.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Leftovers (MLAL)

(Originally posted here)


I hate leftovers. Like, really, really hate them.  It probably comes from the whole "waste not, want not" mentality that my mom had of food... If we had it, then we ate it.  And, when there isnt a lot of money to waste, that is what you do.  I didnt realize it so much then (I just hated the idea of eating the same thing over- with a few exceptions), but I do now.  With one income, two kids who have decided they should eat like teenagers now, and a husband who enjoys his meals, we need to eat what we have.  Sarah usually raids the fridge right before I'm about to toss stuff, so at least too much food doesnt go to waste, LOL.  But still...It happens, and I realize that I need to find a solution and not just toss food that could have been eaten.

Some things, of course, cant have a new life.  But it is amazing all the things that can!

Last night, we had a lovely family dinner with Peter's parents, Sarah, and us, and I made peppercorn marinated pork tenderloin, olive oil & garlic couscous, salad, snowflake potato rolls, and asparagus.  With the exception of the salad, there were leftovers of everything.  Rather than let that food go to waste, though, today has been a day of makeovers!

This morning started with my delicious spin on an old Vegetarian Times recipe (my version follows at the end of this post): asparagus & cheese soufflé .  Quite a happy breakfast!  It did mean that we didnt make the 9:30 Mass and did the 10am one at our local parish instead, but it was well worth it (especially since the homily was awesome).  For lunch, I made a pork & asparagus salad with raspberry vinaigrette.  You wouldnt know it was only 250 calories; it was extremely filling.  Simply tossed some sliced pork and diced asparagus over a bed of baby greens that had been sprinkled with julienned carrots and a few tomato wedges.  Drizzled some vinaigrette and voilà! 

Of course, couscous... What to do with that couscous...  I decided to use it to make a spin on tabouli.  I tossed in some diced or julienned veggies (including the remaining asparagus), diced up the remaining few ounces of pork, added some of the delicious sundried tomato and seasoned feta I get at Whole Foods, and then mixed it with a tablespoon each of olive oil and lemon juice.  It's delicious.  I cant wait to serve it (alongside no less, the corned beef & cabbage and soda bread I'm making for a potluck at our house tonight). 

If every leftover dinner could be turned into the next day's delicious makeover meals, I'd be sold!  I guess I should really just think about it... Today could be every day...  Maybe...

***


asparagus & cheese soufflé

3/4c unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp  unsalted butter
1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
2 large egg yolks (room temp)
4 large egg whites (room temp)
1/2tsp cream of tartar
1/2c grated swiss cheese (I actually use houlihan from Hendricks Raw Dairy)
1/4c grated parmesan cheese
2c of asparagus, steamed and diced

Preheat oven to 375. Place rack on lowest level.  With no-cal "butter" spray, spray 2 8oz ramekins and place on the baking sheet.
To make the Bechamel sauce, warm the milk in one saucepan and then, in a large pan, melt the butter over medium heat.  Stir in the flour (wooden spoon) until smooth and then whisk in the warm milk.  Dont brown or scorch.  Warm until the sauce begins to thicken (3-5 minutes), stirring often.  Stir in the salt, pepper, and nutmeg, then whisk in the egg yolks, one at a time.
To make the Souffle, beat the 4 egg whites and cream of tarter in a stand mixer with the whisk attachment until they began to make forms that hold their shape.  Do not overbeat.
Combine the cheese in a bowl.  Using a rubber spatula, stir in a quarter of the beaten whites into the Bechamel.  Pour the Bechamel into the center of the whites and fold together.  With each fold, alternate and sprinkle in a handful of cheese and a handful of asparagus.  Carefully spoon the mixture evenly into the two dishes.  Put the baking sheet on the bottom rack.   
Bake 20-25 minutes (23 minutes is perfect in my oven).  They will be puffy and lightly browned.  Do not overcook; the centers should be moist and slightly runny.  Serve hot.



Makes 2 servings: 365 calories each serving

3/27

Weight: 180 (UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Breakfast: asparagus & cheese souffle=365c
Lunch: pork & asparagus salad with raspberry vinaigrette (250c) with cheribundi skinny cherry (90c)=340c
Snack: rice cakes (70c) and candy (25c)=95c
Dinner: (Potluck) corned beef (150c) and cabbage, potatoes, onions, & carrots (200c), tabouli style couscous (200c), spanish rice (300c), soda bread (200c), dessert combo (250c), coffee (50c)=1350c

total: 2150

Saturday, March 26, 2011

3/26

weight: 180

breakfast: cereal (140c) and yogurt (140c)=280c
lunch: Franconia Heritage breakfast bar=est 1000c (pre-long run)
postworkout: Cheribundi skinny cherry drink=90c
dinner: pork tenderloin (150c), potato roll (85c), asparagus (50c), couscous (200c), salad (150c), peaches over angel food cake (100c)=735c

Total: 2105c
Net: 995c

8.5 mile outing!!!  .5m walk to warmup, 7.5m run (5mph pace), .5m walk to cooldown: burned 1110c
My longest run ever!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Plateauing.... Again

Back in January, I had hit a plateau... I was hanging out at around 200 pounds and wasn't really getting anymore results doing exactly what I'd been doing.  Except, I wasn't exactly doing what I'd been doing.  There were some moments of mindless snacking... perhaps a few issues with portions (not so much with individual portion control but more adding more food when I wasn't really hungry)...

It seems like getting closer to goals equals self sabotage.  The first time, I was struggling to get beyond the 200 mark.  And now, it's getting into the 170s.  I had set Apr 1 as my goal for 175 (that most likely wont be happening!)

I'm trying to figure out my issue here...  I havent been in the 170s since 2000, when I got pregnant.  I was 150-155 when I met Peter, gained the traditional 10-15 pounds during the year after our wedding, and then got pregnant and gained... and lost the baby and gained some more... and...  Part of me wonders if I'm struggling to get back on track because, subconsciously, I'm feeling like dropping these 10 pounds is somehow trying to erase 10 years.  I know that isn't true, but I cant help but wonder why I eat a cookie when I dont need it...

Perhaps part of it is passing Peter's weight.  My next 'major' goal is to pass Peter's weight.  He's 6'2 and weighs, give or take, 165-170.  We've set "170" as his general weight, so, for me to pass it and hit that goal (I'm 5'7 and shouldn't weigh more than him); am I somewhat afraid to do that?  To pass him?  I can already wear his jeans (which amazes me); you'd think that it wouldnt be more frightening to weigh the same or less...

I dont know... But I am struggling and the first step to fixing my January plateau was to give words to it.  2 months later, I'm 20 pounds lighter.  So, it worked!

Hopefully, it will work this time too!!

3/25

Weight: 181 (getting FRUSTRATED!!!!!!!!!!)

Breakfast: strawberry-banana hemp shake=260c
Snack: rice cakes=100c
Lunch: tuna sandwich (250c), soup (70c), cookie (100c)=420c
Snack: greek yogurt=150c
Snack: rice cakes=100c
Dinner: homemade sauce with veggie meatballs, eggplant, and olives (200c) on artichoke pasta (210c), with ciabatta (130c) and salad (100c)=640c

Total: 1670c
Net: 1305c

35min on elliptical burned 330c; 20min strength training (1 set with 5min kickboxing warmup/cooldown) burned 35c=365c burned

Thursday, March 24, 2011

3/24

Weight: 180.5 (again??? ugh!)

Breakfast: yogurt (100c), cereal (140c)=240c
AM Snack: rice cakes=70c
Lunch: sandwich (250c), chips (120c), brownie (110c)=480c
Pre-Workout Snack: rice cakes (40c) and drinkable yogurt (60c)=100c
Post-Workout Snack: mango protein shake (190c) and granola (140c)=330c
Dinner: fried cutlet (220c), tabouli (220c), and Mediterranean veggies (35c)=475c
Dessert: cookie=100c
Late Night Snack: fruit bar=60c

Total: 1855
Net: 1585

biked 30min, 10.75 miles: burned 275c

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

3/23

Weight: 180.5

breakfast: coffee (40c), cereal (140c), icelandic yogurt (100c), 1/2 slice (37g) banana bread (100c)=380c
lunch: sandwich (250c), chips (90c), 2 cookies (200c)=540c
post-workout snack: strawberry hemp smoothie (250c) and rice cakes (100c)=350c
dinner: raw delights!  marinated mushrooms on salad, "cheez stake", dill potatoes, toona & cheez on raw crackers, salad=est. 500c
dessert: brownie=200c

Total: 1970
Net: 1610

Swimming, 20 minutes: 500m freestyle, moderate pace & 100m backstroke, average pace:  burned 210c
1 hour of strength training: burned 150c

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

3/22

Weight: 180.5

Breakfast: salmon bene=330c
Lunch: sandwich (330c), cheetos (120c), cookies (200c)=650c
Dinner: 2 lamb chops (250c), onion roasted potatoes (250c), red cabbage (150c), roll (140c), salad (150c), banana bread (50c)= 990c
Snack: yogurt=60c

Total: 2030c
Net: 1310c

Gym: ran 4.5 miles (with a cooldown of 0.3 miles, so 4.8 total): burned 720c

Tasty Tuesday: Irish Soda Bread

Turn your oven to 375 degrees.

Stir together:
1 2/3c all purpose flour
2tbsp sugar
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt

Then add:
1 cup dried currants

In a measuring cup, mix together
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup melted butter
1 large egg

Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients, stirring until combined.  Make a bread ball and place it on a well greased baking sheet.  Cut a cross in the top of the bread.  Bake for 40 minutes, or until done.  Serve with Irish (or my favorite- Icelandic!) butter.


Bread (without butter): 200 calories/serving (recipe makes 10 servings)

Monday, March 21, 2011

3/21

weight: 181.5

breakfast: cereal (140c), drinkable yogurt (60c), applesauce (60c)=260c
lunch: salmon bene {70g rosemary bread (150c), 2 eggs (140c), 2oz salmon (90c)}(380c), cookie (100c)=480c
Snack: yogurt (140c) and salad (160c)=300c
Dinner: soup (200c), goldfish (100c), cake (200c)=600c
Equinox Celebration: egg (70c), apple (70c), wine (20c)=160c

Total: 1700c
Net: 1550c

1 hr of strength training: burned 150c

The Week in Review, 3/14-3/20

started out blogging with the scale reading: 181.5 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 181.5 lbs
Total Weight Lost:  0 lbs
This is worse than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, walked, strength trained, and used the elliptical over 6 days.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 calories per day.
My best day logged 1680 calories and my worst day logged 2875 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1706 net calories. (2054=total calories)

5 of 7 days were within my calorie range (net calories).
This is worse than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 6.  I did a personal best for a my mile: 9:15.  But, food wise, I tried keeping my net calories under 1700 and I didnt see an increase in weight loss.  I think I need to be more diligent about keeping my total calories below 1700, and may need to do an adjustment down to 1650 or 1600, until I hit my goal weight.  This week, there was no change in weight, which is a bummer, but at least I didnt gain.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3/20

Happy Ostara!

Weight: 182

Breakfast: cereal (140c) and cookie (100c)=240c
AM Snack: goldfish (55c) and rice cake (45c)=100c
Snack: buffalo steak=125c
Lunch: roasted chicken (300c), rosemary bread (200c), roasted root veggies (200c), salad (200c), deviled eggs (140c), green bean casserole (250c), cake (300c), wine (50c), coffee (60c)=1700c
PostWorkout Dinner: yogurt (140c), chicken (200c), veggies (150c), green bean casserole (150c), deviled egg (70c)=710c

Total: 2875
Net: 2275
Workout: elliptical (300c), strength training (100c), run (200c)=600c

Saturday, March 19, 2011

3/19

weight: 182

Breakfast: cereal (140c), yogurt (140c), coffee (60c)=340c
AM Snack: shared snacks with kids (raw toona/cheez, yogurt, rice cakes)=100c
Lunch: sandwich=300c
Snack: strawberry-blueberry smoothie=240c
Dinner: spicy garlic shrimp (100c) and buffalo sirloin steak (200c) with parmesan rice (200c) and herbed broccoli & carrots (50c), glass of wine (50c)=600c
Snack: cookie=100c

Total: 1680
Net: 1580c

Strength Training, burned 100c

Friday, March 18, 2011

3/18

Breakfast: coffee=60c
Snack: granola bar=150c
Snack: goldfish crackers=150c
Lunch: @ Arnold's Way- 1/2 gorilla wrap (collard green leaf with veggies and avocado)(250c), side salad (125c), key lime advocado pudding (150c), raw coconut pie (150c), smoothie (250c)= 925c
Dinner: lasagna=550c
PostWorkout Snack: yogurt=140c

Total: 1975c
Net: 1285c

walked downtown and back with the kids, pushing stroller: burned 200c
35 min on elliptical, burned 340c
40 min strength training, burned 150c
Total Burned: 690c

Thursday, March 17, 2011

3/17

Happy St Patrick's Day!  (and a bad food day all around...)

breakfast: cereal (140c) and yogurt (140c)=280c
lunch: @ Arnold's Way... a bevy of raw delights!  est. 750c
dinner: soda bread (200c), corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, & carrots (400c)=600c
after run: 2 Guinnesses (300c), shared a shepherds pie platter with Sarah (est. 700c)=1000c

Total: 2630c
Net: 2320c

Ran the 1mile Get Lucky run in Lansdale in my personal record time of 9:15!! WOO HOO!!  burned 130c
Walked there (90c) and back (90c)=burned 180c

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

3/16

weight: 180.5

Breakfast: cereal (130c) and yogurt (140c)=270c
Snack: mini rice cakes=70c
Lunch: sandwich (300c) and snacks w/ kids (100c)=400c
Snack: smoothie (250c) and candy/rice cake (200c)=450c
Dinner: Kashi Lemongrass Coconut Chicken (300c) and cookie (100c)=400c
After Workout Snack: yogurt=120c

Total: 1710c
Net: 1350c

Elliptical for 15 minutes burned 160 calories; worked out with personal trainer for an hour, burned 200 calories.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

3/15

Weight: 182

Breakfast: yogurt (120c) and cereal (130c)=250c
Snack: goldfish crackers=150c
Lunch: sandwich=300c
Snack: smoothie (240c) and rice cakes (90c)=330c
Snack: goldfish crackers=150c
Dinner: gourmet salad=500c

Total/Net: 1680c

Tasty Tuesday: Strawberry-Banana Protein Shake

140g frozen strawberries (about 1.25c)
2tbsp hemp powder
1c unsweetened almond milk
1/4c water
80g banana (1 medium banana)



Put the strawberries in a blender and pour the almond milk over them.  Sprinkle over the hemp powder and blend until smooth.  Add the water and the banana, torn into chunks.  Blend until drinkable.  Enjoy!

1 serving=250 calories

Monday, March 14, 2011

3/14

Weight: 181.5

Breakfast: cereal (130c) and yogurt (150c)=280c
Snack: drinkable yogurt=60c
Lunch: sandwich (250c), cheese (40c), chips (130c)=420c
Snack: strawberry-banana protein shake=250c
Snack: goldfish crackers=50c
Dinner: 2oz steak diane with mushrooms (285c), rice pilaf (250c), peas (50c), 1/2 cookie for dessert (80c)=665
After Workout Snack: yogurt=100c
Total: 1825c/Net: 1455c

First meeting with the personal trainer!
30 min on elliptical (2.81 miles), burned 370 calories

The Week in Review, 3/7-3/13/11

started out blogging with the scale reading: 183.5 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 181.5 lbs
Total Weight Lost:  2lbs
This is worse than last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, walked, and used the elliptical over 5 days.
This is the same as last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day and I decided to start counting "net" calories on days that I exercised.
My best day logged 1145 net calories and my worst day logged 2200 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1453 (net calories). (1843=total calories)

6 of 7 days were within my calorie range (net calories).  (3 days=total calories were within range)
This is better than last week.

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 7.  I am VERY happy with my exercise and even ran a 10K (okay, well, I walked/jogged/ran 6.27 miles on the treadmill at the gym!)  I also make my first personal training appointment so that I can get strength training help to work on my thighs, arms, and abs, since I need some assistance figuring that out.  I plan to go monthly for a few months to get things explained and to figure things out.  Food wise... I still find that I fold to peers when eating.  I make my plates look like theirs and, inevitably, eat too much.  I have to work on this and figure it out.  I saw 181.5 on the scale earlier in the week and gained weight back by making bad eating choices in a group setting.  I know that I need to work on this better.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

3/13

Breakfast: cereal (130c), coffee (40c)=170c
Snack: granola bar=140c
Lunch: sandwich (210c) and cookie (100c)=310c
Dinner: veggie rice pilaf (300c), meatballs (350c), salad (200c), bread (150c), banana bread (350c)=1350c
Snack: yogurt=100c

Total: 2070
Net: 1145

Ran 10K (6.27m actually!) in 70 minutes, burned 925c (varying paces between 4.5mph and 8mph)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

3/12

Breakfast: cheerios w/ almond milk (130c), lemongrass tea (0c)=130c
Snack: (completely raw/vegan) flax-carrot bread (85c) with nut "toona" (75c) and nut "cheeze" (120c)=280c
Is it bad that I dont remember lunch?  Dinner was pretty bad... TOO MUCH food.

I'm guestimating 2200c for the day-easily...  Thank you dinner and 6 cookies.  :(

Friday, March 11, 2011

3/11

Weight: 182

Breakfast: cheerios w/ almond milk (130c), coffee (40c)=170c
Snack: granola bar=140c
Snack- rice cake=30c
Lunch: tuna and crackers, yogurt, leftover salad=450c
Snack: 16oz strawberry smoothie=300c
Dinner: eggplant parm (525c), salad (200c), chocolate cake (175c)=900
Post Workout Snack: Skinny Vanilla Latte=130c

Total: 2120c
Net: 1145c

3m walk with kids, outside: burned 325c; 65min elliptical, burned 650c

Thursday, March 10, 2011

3/10

Happy 18 month birthday, babies!!!

Weight: 181.5

Breakfast: coffee (40c), apple (80c)=120c
Snack: SF bar=100c
Lunch: sandwich (250c), rice cracker (50c)=300c
Snack: Greek yogurt=120c
Dinner: lasagna (300c), salad (150c), garlic bread (150c), wine (90c), coffee (40c), cake (200c)=930c

Total/Net: 1570c

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

3/9

Ash Wednesday

Weight: 184

Meal 1: 2 hardboiled eggs (140c), 1tbsp mayo (25c), 1tsp mustard (10c), 3 flatbread crackers (90c), rice cracker (45c)=310c

Meal 2: 1 hardboiled egg (70c), 1 apple (75c), 1 rice cracker (45c)=190c

Meal 3: (shared a plate of food with Peter and the kids): hummus and vegetables (100c), rice (100c), spinach (50c), salmon (250c), pudding (250c)=750c  (I think these calories are way higher than what I ate, since the four of us shared one plate, but I'm trying to err on the side of too high).

Total/Net: 1250

No working out today, in deference to Ash Wednesday

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

3/8

Weight: 185
(WTF???  I do NOT get that!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c) and coffee (60c)=190c
AM Snack: Greek yogurt=140c
AM Snack: rice cake=45c
Lunch: ham & cheese sandwich (250c), tuna fish on crackers (185c) 1/2 cookie (50c)=485c
Dinner: asparagus saffron pasta= 750c
Post Dinner: coffee=60c

Total: 1670
Net: 1190

Ran 3.2 miles in 33 minutes, burned 480 calories
(my 5K time, which included 1 minute of warmup walking and 1 minute of post walking, was 31:53!!!)

Tasty Tuesday: Tomato & Turkey Bene

We are big fans of any type of "eggs benedict".  I'm sure our "bene's" will make several appearances!


Tomato & Turkey Benedict
1 sprouted grain english muffin  (I love this brand)
2 large eggs
2oz thin sliced turkey
1 small roma tomato
cooking spray

Toast the english muffin.  Over medium heat, spray a pan and saute the turkey and tomato (separately) until warm.  Top the 2 muffins equally with the tomato then the turkey.  In the same pan, spray again and fry the eggs, keeping the yolks runny but fully cooking the eggs.  Top the muffins with one egg each.

(This is delicious to share or, for a very filling breakfast that will run you from 6am to noon without hunger, have both pieces!)

2 servings: 185 calories per serving (or 370 calories for the entire thing)

Monday, March 7, 2011

3/7

Weight: 183.5

Breakfast: coffee (40c), cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c), and Greek yogurt (140c)= 310c
AM Snack: granola bar=140c
Lunch: minestrone (100c), ham & swiss on teff (250c), watermelon & strawberries (60c) with chocolate chewie (100c)= 510c
Preworkout Snack: 20 jellybeans=100c
Postworkout Snack: 2 rice crackers (90c), Greek yogurt (120c)=210c
Dinner: meatloaf (300c), salad (200c), baked potato (100c), veggies (50c), cookie (100c)=750

Eaten: 2020
Net: 1670

35 minutes on the elliptical: went 2.6+ miles and burned 350c

The Week in Review, 2/28-3/6

started out blogging with the scale reading: 187 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reads: 183.5 lbs
Total Weight Lost:   3.5 lbs
This is the same as last week.

I started out the week hoping to do at least 4 days of exercise.
This week, I ran, walked, and used the elliptical over 5 days.
This is better than last week.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 per day.
My best day logged 1650 calories and my worst day logged 2565 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 2094.

1 of 7 days were within my calorie range.
This is worse than last week. (And I didnt think that was possible!)

On a scale from 1-10, with 10 being a complete success with no regrets, I would give this week a 5.  I had several "celebrations" this week, which didnt lead to me making great food choices, although they could have been a lot worse.  I'm starting to wonder if I should take "net calories" into consideration when I work out.  Right now, it's a lot to figure when I am struggling to maintain my food journal as is.  I also started my period, which made yesterday's run a pain (figuratively and literally) and ended it sooner (the rain didnt help).  So, all in all, not a great week.  Hoping this week will be better. :)  One day at a time.


On a good note, I was able to finally fit into a pair of skinny jeans AND a pair of hoochieboots! :)

Sunday, March 6, 2011

3/6

No breakfast or lunch
AM Snack: Bothouse Farms Vanilla Latte protein drink=320c
Dinner: Spanish rice (400c), relleno (250c), Spanish pork (450c), roll (150c), tostone (50c), "twilight forest cake" (250c), cookie (150c)= 1700

Total: 2020c

Ran/Walked for an hour, burned approx 400 calories

Saturday, March 5, 2011

3/5

Weight: 184
(I'm happy for no change because, after yesterday, I was thinking that would NOT be the case!)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c) and banana (45c), half a container of greek yogurt (80c), plain Irish breakfast tea (0)=255c
AM Snack: granola bar (140c), 2 flatbread crackers (60c), 2 thin slices jack cheese (100c)=300c
Lunch: 2 pieces of pizza (450), 4 chicken pieces (200c), 1 chicken wing (50c), ranch dressing (50c)=750c
Dinner: Rosary gathering: spanokopita (300c), veggies and dip (200c), roasted chicken (200c), Greek salad (200c), rice crispy treat (300c), coffee (60c)=1260c

Total: 2565

UGH.... If I dont workout, there may be hell to pay tomorrow... BUMMER!

Pushed the stroller for 2 walks, totaling 20 minutes: burned 75c

Friday, March 4, 2011

3/4

Weight: 184
YAY!  No weight from last night! :)

Breakfast: cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c), fruit cup of strawberries/watermelon/grapes (100c)=230c
AM Snack: greek yogurt (160c) and cookie (80c)=240c
Lunch: ham and swiss sandwich on teff bread (275c), fruit salad (80c), cookie (100c)=455c
PM Snack: jelly beans=140c
Dinner: cornmeal crusted flounder (450c), herbed root veggies (175c), dirty rice (200c), cornbread (350c), banana pudding (250c)=1425c

Total: 2490

Spent an hour at the gym: 1/2 hour on the bike (11 miles in 30:30 aka 21.6mph) burned 500 calories; 1/2 hour on the elliptical (2.4 miles) on intervals, burned 335 calories: total: 835 calories

Even though my calories are way high, I'm at 1655 net ones, so I guess I should be happy... Next time, I should stop eating when I'm done!!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

3/3

Weight: 184 lbs

Breakfast: 2 eggs (140c), 2 pieces (15g) of bacon (85c), 78g walnut-wheat bread (200c), coffee (40c)= 465c
Lunch: ham (50c) and cheese (50c) on sprouted bread (100c) with mayo (25c), salad of watermelon (15c), strawberries (15c), and grapes (60c), greek yogurt (110c)= 425c
Snack: Greek yogurt=140c
Dinner @ OG: Guinness Draught (125c); minestrone 100c, breadstick (150c); 1/2 Venetian apricot chicken (200c); slice of cake (205c) and espresso (0) =780c

Total: 1810c

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

3/2

Weight: 186

Breakfast: cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c) and greek yogurt (120c)=250c
Snack: SF bar=100c
Lunch: @ Starbucks- 1/2 sandwich (200c), fruit cup (90c), skinny vanilla latte (120c)=410c
Snack: 30 jelly beans=140c
After workout Snack: soup=250c
Dinner: sandwich (250c) and soup (250c)=500c

Total: 1650

Ran 2 miles with the kids through the park and walked 1 mile in warmup/cooldown, over an hour: burned 400c

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

3/1

Weight: 185.5

Breakfast: banana (35c), cheerios (110c) with almond milk (20c), Greek yogurt (140c), coffee (60c)=365c
Lunch: turkey and swiss with mustard on walnut-wheat bread (350c), chips (140c)=490c
Post Workout Snack: Greek yogurt=140c
Dinner: fried chicken (450c), veggies (100c), rice (200c), yeast roll w/ butter (200c), cupcake (200c)=1150c

Total: 2145

30 minutes on the elliptical burned 350c

Month in Review: February 2011

I began February 1st weighing 194 lbs with a BMI of 30.4.
As of March 1st, I weigh 185.5 lbs and have a BMI of 29.1.

Overall, I have lost 54.5 lbs and 8.5 BMI points.
For the month of February, I worked out 15 times, with a mix of running, walking, and biking.  This averages to more than every other day!

My calorie goal per day for February was to consume 1700 calories.  I averaged 1890 per day.  This is 190 over my increased goal, and is a significant increase from last month.



I thought that February would be a hard month; there are 3 important birthdays in February.  In addition, 3 of my children died in February: Nicholas, Sophia, and our first miscarriage, P.  So, I anticipated a hard round of eating, but, overall, I am happy with my progress.  I "only" lost 8.5 pounds, but seeing as February is 28 day month, that is still approx. 2 pounds/week, which is a healthy, steady weight loss.  I am still consistent in exercising and, for the most part, eating.  I find that eating with others is very difficult for me, and is something I will probably be working for most of my life.


Welcome March!  Here comes Spring!

Tasty Tuesday: Lime Drizzle Cake with Coconut Frosting


Lime Cake
14 tbsp butter, softened
3/4c sugar
1 1/3c all purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
3/4tsp salt
3 eggs
grated peel of 2 limes

Lime Drizzle
1/2c confectioners sugar
juice of 2 limes

Coconut Frosting
8oz neufchatel cheese
5tbsp unsweetened coconut milk
6tbsp confectioners sugar
grated peel of 1 lime
1tbsp coconut flakes

In a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar until well blended.  Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together and add to the creamed mixture, along with the lime juice and eggs.  Mix well; the dough will be thick.  Spray a large round pan (9"-12") and spoon in the batter evenly.  Make at 350 for 50 minutes or until done.  Remove from oven and, using a skewer, poke holes in the cake.  Pour over the lime drizzle.  Let the cake cool completely in the pan and then turn out onto a cake plate.  Spread the frosting over the top (but dont frost the sides) and then grate the lime directly over the cake or sprinkle the pregrated skin over it.  Sprinkle a few flakes of coconut on top as well, if desired.

12 servings: 350 calories/per serving