Saturday, April 30, 2011


weight: 172.5

breakfast: 2 eggs (140c), spelt toast (85c) with crunchy peanut butter (120c)= 345c
pre-run snack: hemp granola bar=140c
during run- sugar dots=150c
post-run snack: Greek yogurt (140c), cheri bundi (80c)=220c
late lunch/early dinner: lemongrass soup (250c), 3 shrimp corn cakes (300c), seafood in red curry (600c), and 1/2 scoop green tea ice cream (70c), with 3 glasses of white wine (265c)=1485c

Total: 2340
Net:  785

long run: 11.5 miles outing
   walk warm-up: 0.25m
   run: 10.75m
   walk cool-down: 0.5m
burned 1400c

leisurely bike ride with Peter for 1/2 an hour or so, burned 155c

Friday, April 29, 2011


Weight: 173.5
(a seven mile run... to keep my eating from making me gain... ugh...)

Breakfast: cereal=130c
Snack: rice cakes (130c) and cheese (80c)=210c
Lunch: HC meal=350c
Snack: wrap (90c) with cheese (70c) and turkey (90c)=250c
Dinner: butternut squash ravioli in sage butter sauce (490c) with garlic & herb bread (50c), salad (70c), fruit salad (70c), and wine (90c)=770c

Total: 1710c
Net: 1415c

took walk with stroller, 20 minutes, burned 70c
20min on the elliptical (1.45m), burned 175c
20min strength training, burned 50c
total burned: 295c

Thursday, April 28, 2011


weight: 173.5 (thank you, candy...)

breakfast: cereal=130c
snack: granola bar=140c
lunch: HC meal (270c), rice cakes (130c)=400c
snack: fruit salad (100c) and cereal (130c)=230c
snack: iced latte (110c), 1/2 lemon bar (70c)=180c
dinner: (Ps dad's bday dinner): bread (200c), boar (150c), gravy (25c), stuffing (200c), cabbage (50c), fruit salad (200c), eggplant (100c), wine (100c), coffee (100c), birthday cake (700c)=1825c

Total: 2905c
Net: 1920c

20 minute walk with the kids, burned 70c
7m run, 69 minutes, burned 915c

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


weight: 172.5

breakfast: cereal=130c
snack: turkey (60c), rice cakes (140c), soft cheese (80c)=280c
lunch: HC meal (250c), skinny cow bar (100c)=350c
snack: veggie nugget (60c), Greek yogurt (110c)=170c
snack: soup (120c), fig newton (50c)=170c
snack: cereal and rice cakes=300c
snack: candy=400c*
dinner: wrap (330c), chips (110c)=440c

Total: 2240c
Net: 1970c

took kids for a 20 minute walk in the morning, burned 70c
took kids for a 40 minute walk in the afternoon, burned 140c
25min strength training, burned 60c

*crazy sugar craving... it was insane!  I havent had one like that in a very long time

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


weight: 174.5 (can we say "Mexican dinner"????)

breakfast: cereal=130c
snack: rice cakes (140c) with cheese (80c)=220c
lunch: tortilla (50c) with turkey (90c) and cheese (80c)=220c
snack: Greek yogurt (120c), hummus on tortilla (100c)=220c
dinner: tabouli (400c), hummus (200c), pita (150c), veggies (50c), ice cream (100c)=900c
post run snack: iced latte=110c

total: 1800c
net: 940c

walked with the kids for an hour: burned 200c
light gardening for 2 hours: burned 200c
3m run (50min): burned 460c

Tasty Tuesday: Salmon Bene

I love this for lunch, especially with leftover bread!

2 small pieces (70g) rosemary bread (I buy mine at Whole Foods, but this is a great recipe)
2 eggs
no cal "butter" spray
2oz smoked salmon

Lightly toast the bread (for my oven, it's about 3 minutes) while you fry the eggs (whites cooked/yellows runny) in the no cal spray.  Layer the toast, then the salmon, with the eggs on top.  Eat up!!

1 svg=380c

Monday, April 25, 2011


weight: 172

breakfast: cereal=130c
snack: rice cakes (130), cheese (50)=180c
lunch: wrap, rice cakes, and fruit=350c
snack: (shared with kids) ice cream, pudding, and Greek yogurt=200c
dinner: (@ Mexican Restaurant) margarita (500c), rice (150c), beans (100c), stuffed cheese quesadilla (700c), steak salad (400c), chips with salsa and guacamole (200c)=2050c

Total: 2910

The Week in Review, 4/18-4/24

started out blogging with the scale reading: 177 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 172 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, and used the elliptical over 4 days.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 calories per day.
My best day logged 800 calories and my worst day logged 2800 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1782 total calories

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.  While I didnt get to workout as much (or do a long run) and I ate more than I should have on Easter, I think I made MUCH better food choices in general.

Friday, April 22, 2011

4/22, 4/23, 4/24

Good Friday
weight: 174
Day of fast
Dinner: black bean soup over rice with bread=800c
Total: 800c

Holy Saturday
weight: 172
Total Calories: 2060c

Easter Sunday
weight: 172.5
Breakfast: 950c
Lunch: 350c
Dinner: 1500c
Total Calories: 2800
Net Calories: 2390c
Jogged for 45 minutes, burned  410c

Thursday, April 21, 2011


weight: 174.5

breakfast: cereal=150c
snack: rice cakes (130) and cheese (50c)=180c
lunch: soup (160c) and sandwich (175)=335c
snack: chocolate rice cakes=120c
snack: raw smoothie=350c
dinner: shrimp, fresh veggies, fresh fruit, and tabouli=765c

Total: 1900c
Net:  1800c

walked to downtown (w/ stroller): burned 100c

Wednesday, April 20, 2011


Weight: 174

Breakfast: cereal=130c
AM Snack: yogurt=140c
Lunch: soup=160c
PM Snack: rice cakes (90c) and soft cheese (50c)=140c
PM Snack: rice cakes=130c
Dinner: Shrimp & Veggie Pilaf (500c), vegan fudge brownie w/ peanut butter (300c)=800c

Total: 1500c
Net: 1130c

walked (pushing stroller) for 1/4m (each) warm-up and cool-down, then ran 1 mile (14min) (pushing stroller): burned 170c
afternoon: walked (pushing stroller) to downtown and back: burned 100c
evening: walked (pushing stroller) to downtown and back: burned 100c
Total Burned: 370c

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


weight: 176.5

breakfast: tomato bene (english muffin: 70c, egg: 70c, tomato: 15c, sauce: 20c=175c), strawberries (50c), strawberry lemonade (30c)=255c
AM Snack: rice cakes=150c
Lunch: soup=160c
PM Snack: rice cakes=150c
PM Snack: flatbread sandwich=200c
PM Snack: coffee=60c
Dinner: white rice (180c), madras lentils (110c), jaipur vegetables (150c), honey chipotle shrimp (180), wine (90c), piece of cinnamon raisin toast with nutella (100c)=80c

Total: 1785

Tasty Tuesday: Lentil Loaf

I usually make the entire thing, parse it into 2 or 3 containers, make 1 and freeze the others (defrost overnight in the fridge before cooking). 

Lentil Loaf

4 cups water or vegetable broth
2 cups lentils (I prefer french, but green or brown will work)
2 diced medium yellow onions
3tbsp minced garlic
1/4c ketchup
1/2c seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2c chopped parsley
2tbsp Italian seasoning
2tsp chopped thyme
3tbsp soy sauce
2tbsp worcestershire sauce
1tsp brown pepper. 

Cook the lentils in the water for an hour or until done. Cool for half an hour and then mash into a paste. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well (I use my hands). Put into dishes. Baste, if you'd like. I use a combination of ketchup, mustard, A1, worcestershire sauce, bbq sauce- really, whatever I feel like at the time. I baste the loaf every 10 minutes during cooking. (cook 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees). I serve the sauce with the loaf. 

Calories (without sauce): 225c per serving (serves 8)  (**calories for sauce will depend on what you put in it)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Fighting Myself

Sometimes, my strongest enemy is myself.  You would think that realizing my issues and tackling them head-on would somehow help me keep my demons at bay... But no.

Saturday, the Respect Life Committee that Peter and I chair together for our church threw a tea party.  It was a blazing success!  And, because it was tea, there were delicious scones and fruit, tasty tea sandwiches, and outstanding desserts... And, because I should (or is this "could"), I ate them...  And long after I wasnt hungry (I wasnt hungry to start if I'm honest, because I snacked beforehand, with the thought that I could stay the hell away from the high calories at the tea itself).  In one day, the scale showed a 2.5 pound increase come Sunday morning.  I wasn't happy, to say the least.

But Sunday was my long run and, even though I'd only planned a 9 mile outing (1/2m walk warm-up, 8 mile run, 1/2m walk cool-down), I ended up running NINE miles and making it a 10 mile day!  Which had me on cloud nine.  I felt it in my muscles and joints afterwards (and this morning) no doubt, but not in a bad way.  In a "you did it!!!" sort of way.  And it was great.  Absolutely great.

I came home, grabbed a quick shower, and got prepared for the final meeting of our lenten scripture study (Peter and I hosted a 6 week study through the Sunday scriptures of Lent).  Afterwards, as was the tradition, we had a potluck.  Utter deliciousness...  My mother made a chicken marsala TO DIE FOR.  It was all good... So very good...

And so, you guessed it, I ate.  More than I should have.  Even after my stomach said "HEY! YOU!  I'M DONE!!!".  Because, really, that means, "Shove in another brownie (or two) and dont forget to finish your wine!"

I know better.  That's the worst part.  I truly know better.  And I know that I tend to struggle more in groups.  Part of it is that I dont want people to think I'm depriving myself (because I'm not).  Part of it is that the food is good and I want more (even when my body doesnt).  I lost 65 pounds in 6 and a half months by listening to my body... By making better choices.  And now, when I'm so close- 25 pounds- to my goal, I'm falling short... I'm fighting myself.  The evil monkey and the good one...  Hand to hand (or maybe hand to mouth??) combat.

My mantra has been "Today is a new day".  And it is.  A day of better choices.  A day of going back to what works.  To realizing that I am a snacker... And that is okay.  Because low calorie, healthy snacks are a good way to eat, and grazing is better for my body that sticking to meals.

But it pisses me off- in the WORST way- that my runner's high is overshadowed by my eater's guilt.  9 miles is the longest I have ever run in my life.  It is a day that I am so proud of... To let it be weighed down by bad choices is a heartbreak.

But today... today is a new day.  Today is a day that I CAN make better choices.  It doesnt need to be about the scale; it needs to be- no it HAS TO BE- about making the positive choices- the healthy choices- that got me here in the first place.  And it will be.

Because I'm stronger than this and, even if I dont know it, I'm stronger than the brownies too...


Today is a new day... Today is a new day... Today is a new day...

Weight: 177

Breakfast: cereal=120c
AM Snack: granola bar (140c), strawberry (20c)=160c
AM Snack: rice cakes=130c
Lunch: soup=160c
PM Snack: soft cheese on rice cakes=200c
PM Snack: SF bar (100c), cereal (120c)=220c
Dinner: Veal Oscar (445c) with asparagus (35c) and mashed acorn squash (70c), white wine (90c)=640c

Total: 1630c
Net: 1275c

30 minute walk with the kids, burned 100c
15 minutes on the elliptical, burned 130c
60 minute PT session, burned 125c
Total burned: 355c

The Week in Review, 4/11-4/17

started out blogging with the scale reading: 176 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 177 lbs
Total Weight GAINED:  1 lb
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 5 days.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 calories per day.
My best day logged 1385 calories and my worst day logged 2500 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 2051 total 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 3.  For exercise, it gets a gold star.  I ran NINE miles!!!  But, for food... I've got to get it together.  The weekend completely was a bust.  But, overall, my choices are slipping.  If I dont get a grip now, I'm afraid I'll get stuck around 175, and I really want to drop those last 25 pounds.

Sat & Sun, 4/16 & 4/17

This was a bad weekend :(  We were jam packed busy and I simply didn't have time to log my food (and I'm paying for it now) :(

I'll guestimate 2500 calories each day (UGH).

I did have a great Sunday run.  1/2m walk warmup, 9 mile run at 5mph, and 1/2m walk cooldown.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sometimes You Just Need To Run

Like today... When you (well, me) have eaten AT LEAST 3 brownies.  I say "at least" because I was eating the edges that I'd cut off and, I'm assuming, they add up to 3 for the day, but really, who the hell even knows...  Emotional eating was part of it, but part of it was just the sheer "damn, these are good" feelings.

What isn't so good?  That feeling that comes afterwards.

Which, for me, means a run.

I live about 2 miles from my gym and I've often thought about running to the gym, doing my workout, and running home.  But I've always chickened out... Running at night on uneven sidewalks, the weather, whatever: I'm the queen of excuses.  But today, after my "3" (we'll call it "3") brownies, I just told myself I was going to do it.  So I put myself in my 2nd pair of shorts (these are the same type as the ones I bought at Kohl's, but are Champion from Target and are slightly longer...), a short sleeve, neon (read "CARS, DONT HIT ME!!!") shirt, and my running vest, and took off.  6mph pace and made it to the gym in 20 minutes.  I wasn't tired and got straight away to my strength training.  (Now that I'm used to the routine, instead of 3 sets of 15, I'm on 2 sets of 20 that, in May, will move to 2 sets of 25, before reevaluating in June.)

Sarah is usually with me on Fridays and we strength train together, but tonight she was recouping from a long work trip and I was solo.  My wedding rings are too huge now, so I wear them on my middle finger and, apparently the chap in the weight room thought I was single.  And, if I were, he was my type...  But I'm not, so I just smiled and kept right on at my workout.  But I have to admit that, although it was disconcerting to feel quasi-watched during my workout (especially since I was sweaty from my run), it also gave me a sense of "OMG- that guy thinks I'm cute!", which was nice.  I'm usually cat-called on my runs by middle schoolers (where my only thought is "I'm old enough to be your mother!"), but someone in his thirties who thought I was cute?  That I can be happy with.

Forty minutes later, I strapped my water belt back on and headed out in to the breezy night for my return 2 miles.  Again, a 6mph pace.  And it was GREAT.  Awesome.  Just me and the moon.  I ran through downtown, as it is better lit than the side streets, and then down my street.  Other than slowing to avoid some dangerous sidewalk areas, it was a solid, quick pace.  (My long runs average about 5mph.  I'm hoping to work up to a solid 6mph by the half-marathon in September, but I'd be happy holding a 5mph too.)

When I got home, my heart wasn't racing and I felt on top of the world.

Since I still have my long run (8 miles!!!, a 9 mile outing with my warm-up and cool-down!!!) for this weekend, I'm hoping to have the runners high sans brownies the next time I strap my running shoes on...


weight: 175.5

snack: brownie=200c
breakfast: cereal=120c
snack: SF bar (100c), rice cakes (130c)=230c
lunch: tuna salad=250c
snack: rice cakes with soft cheese=200c
snack: brownie=200c
dinner: rotini w/ broccoli, olives, and shrimp in alfredo sauce (445c), garlic bread (150c), salad (75c), and brownie (200c)=870c

Total: 2070
Net: 1340

walked with the kids, burned 100c
ran to gym, burned 265c
strength training, 40min, burned 100c
ran home, burned 265c
total: 730c

Thursday, April 14, 2011


weight: 176

breakfast: cereal (120c), toast w/ jelly (100c)=220c
snack: (during run) dots (130c); (after run) cheribundi (90c)=220c
lunch: flatbread sandwich (ham and cheese)=205c
snack: miso soup (220c) and choc covered espresso beans (100c)=320c
dinner: rice cakes (130c), soft cheese (70c), ham (90c), sf bar=390c
snack: 3 pieces sugar free hard candy=30c

Total: 1385
Net: 765

5m run in 55 minutes: burned 620c

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


weight: 175.5

breakfast: cereal (120c), Gk yogurt w/granola (170c)=290c
lunch@Red Lobster: lobster, shrimp, & crab (320c), salad (150c), broccoli (60c)=530c
snack: rice cakes=150c
dinner: kielbasa, pierogi, broccoli, english muffin=565c
dessert: part of a super huge cookie=est. 500c?

total: 2035

(meant to work out but was so tired that I fell asleep at 8:15!)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


weight: 175.5

breakfast: cereal (120c), dried fruit (80c)=200c
snack: rice cakes=200c
lunch: ham & cheese sandwich (185), rice cakes (130c), SF bar (100c)=415c
snack: 3 cookies=240c
after workout snack: skinny latte=150c
dinner: sweet and sour chicken over rice and veggie dumplings= 535c
snacks (and I'm bummed I gave into temptation... can I blame being over tired???): coffee (60c), beef jerky (WTF???) (210c), ice cream (110c)=380c

Total: 2120
Net: 1820

20min elliptical, burned 200c
40min strength training, burned 100c

Tasty Tuesday: Spicy Garlic Shrimp

12 jumbo shrimp (raw, deveined, and peeled)
2tbsp olive oil
1 heaping tbsp minced garlic
1/2tsp red pepper flakes
2tsp garlic & herb seasoning (McCormick)
1tbsp lemon juice
1tbsp chopped parsley

Over medium-high heat, heat the oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and shrimp until the shrimp begin to pink.  Sprinkle over the seasoning (and pepper, if you'd like).  Stir constantly and coat the shrimp well.  Sprinkle over the lemon juice and continue to cook until the shrimp is done.  (The entire meal takes about 4 minutes to prepare.)

Calories: 285 calories/svg (150g) (makes 2 servings)

Monday, April 11, 2011


weight: 176

breakfast: coffee (80c) and cereal (120c)=200c
snack: rice cakes=140c
lunch: soup (200c), choc rice cakes (130c)=330c
pre-run snack: turkey and cheese sandwich=250c
post-run snack: Greek yogurt (120c), protein smoothie (200c)=320c
snack: rice cakes=70c
dinner: braised beef & veggies marsala with tortellini, haricots vert, and salad=435c

total: 1745

jogged 3 miles pushing the stroller (45min), burned 415c
walk after dinner with Peter and the kids (Xmin), burned Xc
strength training (40min), burned 100c

The Week in Review, 4/3-4/10

started out blogging with the scale reading: 177 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 176 lbs
Total Weight Lost:  1 lb
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, swam, and biked over 7 days.

This week, I wanted to keep my calories around 1700 calories per day.
My best day logged 1625 calories and my worst day logged 2400 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 2026 total calories

1 of 7 days was within my calorie range.
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've finally busted the 175 barrier, and that is another goal under my belt, although now I'm 176!  This is the first weigh in that I dont understand.  I started my period yesterday and this is day 3 of sleeping less than 2 hours (due to either an upset tummy on my part or, last night, to Maya having nightmares and only be comforted in my arms- no complaints!)  Assuming those two things have influenced the scale and I'm "really" in the 174.5 range as I was yesterday morning,  I'm less than 25 pounds from my end goal, and am 15-ish pounds from being within a "normal" weight.  This is hugely exciting.  Even though my exercise is good, I havent been able to do a long run in 2 weeks and this is a huge downer.  My food choices have been okay, but I still need to do better.  It's a work in progress and I realize that, but it's still hard sometimes.  I'm eating more at a "maintenance" rate instead of a weight loss rate and I need to get back on track if I hope to welcome my birthday at a healthy weight.

I also have been self-sabotaging again and I really need to get my emotional self under better control.  Easier said than done at times...

Sunday, April 10, 2011


weight: 174.5  (YAY!!!!  Less than 25 pounds to go!!)

breakfast: cereal (130c), english muffin (70c) with jam (10c)=210c
lunch: rice cakes with cheese and sandwich=270c
snack: dried fruit (40c), open face turkey (45c) with hummus (40c) on multigrain (70c)=195c
dinner: empanada (200), baked ziti (150c), salad (100c), bread (60c), fruit salad (100c), veggies (30c), cake (250c), coffee (60c)=950c

total: 1625
net: 1525

Walked kids around a few blocks for 30 minutes, burned 100c

Saturday, April 9, 2011


weight: 175.5

breakfast: drinkable yogurt (60c), cereal (130c)=190c
snack: rice cakes (140c) and soft cheese (70c)=210c
lunch: wrap sandwich (200c), soup (100c)=300c
snack: teddy grams (90c), blueberry smoothie (115)=205c
snack: Rita's misto=280c
dinner: steak (500c), salad (100c), broccoli (50c), potatoes (50c), broc/caul bites (250c)=950c

Total: 2135
Net: 1875

walked, with stroller, over several trips 1.25 hours and 3 miles: burned 260c

Friday, April 8, 2011


weight: 176.5

breakfast: cereal (120c) and yogurt covered dried mango pieces (80c)=200c
snack: rice cakes=140c
lunch: tuna sandwich (225c), tomato soup (150c), rice cakes (100c)=475c
snack: coffee=60c
snack: greek yogurt (170c), rice cakes with soft cheese (140c)=310c
dessert: spanokopita (155c), mixed veggies (35c), chipotle sweet potatoes (90c), english muffin (150c), brownie (140c)=570)
post workout snack: blendini=350c

Total: 2100
Net: 1690

Gym: walked on treadmill(30 min) burned 310c, strength training (40m) burned 100c: total burned=410c

Thursday, April 7, 2011


weight: 177
completely of my own doing.  I'm so pissed off.  completely self sabotage.  I was so excited to see 177 today and instead, I'm up a pound and a half due to the all in out candy fest.  UGH!!!

breakfast: cereal (120c), rice cakes (130c)=250c
snack: rice cakes=130c
lunch: soup (200c) and sandwich (185c)=385c
pre workout snack: fruit smoothie=250c
post workout snack: rice cakes=140c
dinner: soup (120) and wrap (450c)=570c

Total: 1725

stationary bike (20 minutes) burned 190c; swam (20 minutes) burned 160c; strength training (40 minutes) burned 100c)= burned 450c

Wednesday, April 6, 2011


weight: 175.5

Breakfast: bacon (100c), english muffin (75c), eggs (140c)=315c
Lunch: soup (120c), sandwich (175c), cookies (100c)=395c
Snack: rice cakes (130c), cereal (120c)=250c
Snack: (with kids) Greek yogurt & goldfish=140c
Dinner: hamburger (450c) with salad (150c) and  cookies (100c)=700c
Snack: went nuts on the candy dish- no reason why, but I wanted to, so I did...=600c

Total: 2400c

walked downtown and back (1.5m), pushing kids in stroller=burned 140c

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


weight: 176

breakfast: cereal (130c), grapes (30c), CL fruit punch (20c)=180c
snack: rice cakes=150c
lunch: wrap (350c), chips (110c)=460c
after workout snack: soup (120c) and rice cakes (120c)=240c
snack: candy=130c
dinner: broiled sirloin (335c) with gravy (5c) and mushrooms & onions, cooked in butter (75c), mixed veggies (35c), mashed potatoes (115c)=565c
dessert: cookies=150c

Total: 1875c
Net: 1240c

4.5m run: burned 635c

Tasty Tuesday: Veggie Lasagna

9 lasagna noodles, cooked according to directions
10oz frozen spinach
8oz shredded, whole milk mozzarella cheese
8oz feta (I prefer the Whole Foods spicy feta salsa)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 jar (17oz) prepared alfredo sauce
1 jar (14oz) prepared spaghetti sauce
8oz sliced portabella mushrooms
4oz Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to the package directions.  In a large bowl, combine the spinach, 1.75c mozzarella cheese, the feta cheese, and the egg, and mix until well blended.  In a 13x9 dish, spread a bit of alfredo sauce (about 1/2c); place 3 noodles over sauce.  Spoon half of the spinach mixture over the noodles and cover with half of the mushrooms.  Spoon half the spaghetti sauce over the mushrooms and then top with 3 noodles. Repeat with remaining spinach mixture and mushrooms; cover with the remaining alfredo sauce and noodles.  Cover with remaining spaghetti sauce, followed by the remaining mozzarella.  Sprinkle the parmesan cheese over and cover with foil.  Bake at 375 degrees for half an hour.  Uncover and bake for 5-10 more minutes until hot and bubbly, and cheese has melted.

460 calories/svg (10 svgs per dish)

Monday, April 4, 2011


Breakfast: (6:30am) simple strawberry smoothie=250c
Breakfast: (9:30am) @ the diner with the kids/in-laws: grilled pork chop (130c), 2 eggs (140c), homefries (300c), biscuit (150c), coffee (5c), crystal light punch (20c)=745c
Lunch: tuna fish salad (150c) and rice cakes (100c), cookie (50c)=350c
Snack: soft serve ice cream=500c
Dinner: wrap (350c) with slice of watermelon (80c) and handful of grapes (50c)=480

Total: 2325
Net: 1850

Not a great food day... And I'm so wiped out (could be crap in=crap out but I dont know)...  We walked to the local ice cream place, so I can at least say that mitigated eating some of the soft serve, but really...  We all know the truth...

Walked 2 miles: burned 200c
Elliptical warm-up (15 minutes) burned 150c
Personal Training appointment, 1 hour: burned 125c
Total burned: 475c

The Week in Review, 3/28-4/3

started out blogging with the scale reading: 181 lbs
As of this morning, the scale reading: 177 lbs
Total Weight Lost:  4 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, 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 1695 calories and my worst day logged 2245 calories.
My average calories, per day, for the week, were 1985 total calories

2 of 7 days were within my calorie range.
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 7.  While I wasnt able to log a "long" run, I am happy with my exercise.  Food wise, even though 5 out of 7 days were outside my calorie range, I feel like I did better.  My problem times are definitely weekends, but I still feel like I am making better choices overall.  I did have a bad day and ended up eating 3 cookies at once.  (And 5 for the day).  I didnt feel better afterwards (I felt worse) but I just couldnt seem to not do it (even though, as I did it, I knew I shouldnt).  But live and learn...  Every day is a new day...

I seem to have moved over the plateau and broken the 180 mark, which is nice.  I'm hoping to hit around 170 by Easter... Just a goal... But since I had set April 1st to be 175 and that didn't happen, I'll admit that I feel a little saddened by not making that (because of my own self-sabotage) and would feel newly inspired by the hope that Easter could bring me around 170.  I'm still feeling positive of being between 155-160 around my birthday in early June, and hitting the 150 goal by the end of the month.  But, it's not just about being positive.  I have to remember that it's my choices that make a huge difference too.  While I've made the choice to stay active, and that helps, I also have to make the choice to make positive food choices- no matter what happens in the lives of others, no matter what impacts me directly, no matter what makes me sad or angry.  That is still a work in progress...

Sunday, April 3, 2011


weight: 177

breakfast: cheerios with almond milk (130c), lemonade (10c)=140c
snack: Starbucks skinny vanilla latte (150c) and rice cakes (140c)=290c
lunch: sandwich (190c), chips (120c), CL lemonade (20c), SF bar (100c)=430c
snack: rice cakes=140c
dinner: spanokopita (85c), 6 greek meatballs (800c?), salad (150c), bread (60c), pie (150c)=1245

Total: 2245

Saturday, April 2, 2011


weight: 177.5  (WOO HOO!!!)

breakfast: 2 eggs (140c), toast (40c), bacon (160c)=340c
snack: cheetos=120c
lunch: salad (225c) and cookies (100c)=325c
snack: peach smoothie=250c
dinner: rice & beans (200c), fried pork chop (495), cornbread (175c), carrot cake (260c), snapple (40c)=1170c

Total: 2205
Net: 1805

Jogged 4.5m in 70m... wasnt really feeling it, but burned about 400c

Friday, April 1, 2011


Weight: 179.5

Breakfast: simple blueberry shake=250c
Snack: rice cakes (130c), 2 3-muskterer minis (50c)=180c
Lunch: tuna sandwich with feta (250c) and tomato soup made with almond milk (135c), cookie (100c)=485c
Snack: coffee and cookie=100c
Snack: drinkable yogurt (60c), rice cookies (65c)
Dinner: cornbread (175c), roasted fingerlings (140c), herb & tomato roasted orange roughy (125c), salad (125c), avocado pudding with whipped cream and chocolate cookie (210c)=775
Moment of Weakness... Ate 3 Whole Foods Chocolate Chews... I wasn't even hungry.  :( = 300c

Total: 2215c
Net: 1860c

Walked 2.34m on the treadmill, burned 295c; strength trained and stretched for 30 minutes, burned 60c; total burned 355c

Month in Review: March 2011

I began March 1st weighing 185.5 lbs with a BMI of 29.1.
As of April 1st, I weigh 179.5 lbs and have a BMI of 28.1.

Overall, I have lost 60.5 lbs and 9.5 BMI points.
For the month of March, I worked out 40 times, with a mix of running, walking, using the elliptical, strength training, swimming, and biking.  This averages to more than once a day!  (sometimes strength training and cardio took place on the same day, hence the 2-to-1 ratio on some days)

My calorie goal per day for February was to consume 1700 calories.  I averaged 1893 per day.  This is 193 over my increased goal, and is a slight increase from last month.  I tried keeping track of net vs total calories, thinking that simply keeping my net calories below 1700 would be enough, but, for me, that is not the case, and March became a time of plateau for me.  

March was, weight wise, a bust.  I had a large plateau and couldnt seem to get below the 180 mark for weeks, when I felt that I should have been able to.  I was very disappointed in myself and felt that I was self sabotaging by eating.  I tried to exercise my net calories below my daily goal, but that didnt work for me.  It helped me to maintain, which will be good for me in a few months, but for right now, 1700 total is what is helping me lose.  I am less than 30 pounds from my final goal and, although I've missed by 175 lbs/April 1st, goal, I am working hard to reach that by the first full week of April.  I'm hoping, still, to reach my large goal by the end of June.  I'd love to do it by my birthday, but I dont think that is realistic.  

Exercise wise, I'm very happy.  I workout 6 times a week, on average.  I have added strength training 3 days a week and consult with a personal trainer.  3 times a week (at least) I do cardio.  I try to run at least twice a week.  I made a huge distance goal of 7.5m running (8.5 miles on the entire outing with warm up and cool down).

I feel that I'm learning how to modify recipes to make them healthier.  For many things that I bake, it is using whole wheat or nut flours instead of plain white flour.  I also have been experimenting with alternative sugar sources.  

I feel good.  I really do.  I'm proud of myself and believe that I am SO much healthier... and not just for my family, but for me too.