Archive for March, 2014

back on track.

March 22, 2014

I had to be so crazy strict to meet that last 4-week Dietbet that as soon as I successfully weighed in I went semi-crazy.  I’ve kept at logging my calories and hitting 10,000 steps a day so the damage isn’t as bad as it could be.  I averaged about 1925 net calorie intake a day which is about my maintenance at this weight or a little above… Like I said, it could be worse.

But today I hit my goals and I’m back on track.

So, to review my last two Quest bars:

Vanilla Almond Crunch. 190 calories, 20 grams protein, 18 grams fiber. Another “good, but nothing so awesome it makes my top three” list.

Double Chocolate Chunk. 160 calories, 20 grams protein, 16 grams fiber. Yum. Yum. Yum! A definite add to the buy list!

I am almost out of my protein powders and my husband is out of his vitamins so I see a Vitacost order including some Quest Bars happening soon-ish!



March 7, 2014

First, the banana oatmeal cake was good.  It stuck to the pan so the next day when I made it again for breakfast and lunch I thought, “oh, I’ll use my mini-muffin pan since it’s non-stick.”  Bad idea… instead of sticking to one big pan that could easily be scraped and washed it stuck to 24 little holes in a pan.

Dietbet.  Yay!  I won $45 and that is pure “profit”.  It was close though.  During this 4 week / 4% bet I had really slacked off.  I was losing weight just not at a rate of 1% a week.  I had to weigh in Wednesday and happened to be off Monday and Tuesday for a four day weekend.  So I spent all four days eating next to no processed food so not a ton of sodium, then I limited to 1,000 calories, drank a ton of water, and made sure I got my 10,000 steps in.  I made my goal.

Yes, I know, 1,000 calories is low but it was fine for four days.  I average about 1,700 – 1,800 normally so I am far from starving!

Quest bars!  I’ve had two more since I worked Wednesday and Thursday.

Chocolate Brownie.  170 calories, 20 grams protein, 19 grams fiber.  Ohhh! These are freaking incredible.  I can’t say enough about how much I liked these.  I think they may have moved firmly into first place for the bars (the peanut butter cups still hold the top spot overall).

Cinnamon Roll.  170 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  These were good.  Nothing bad to say about them, I’d eat them again.  This is a flavor I might want to try warm since I’ve heard such good things about eating the bars warm.

I don’t know which flavor I’m going to take for my morning today…  But for now, time to get up and get some steps in before work!

Are they really all that? Quest Bars. Yum!

March 2, 2014

So, I recently discovered Quest Bars… OMG!  bars

My November Foodie Penpal sent me a Coconut Cashew bar.  I left it on the kitchen table at work and it disappeared so I didn’t try them then.

They seem to have a cult following!  So I decided to stop at GNC and buy three to try.  First off, the nutrition makes my day… so much fiber and protein!  Since I track calories, protein, and fiber, these are great!  I’m going to review them in the order that I’ve tried them.

Chocolate Peanut Butter.  160 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  My first Quest Bar.  It was pretty tasty.  I would buy it again.  I was surprised at the softness of the bar, it is kind of malleable.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  190 calories, 21 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  And this is the bar that made me into a cult follower too!  It was so good!

Peanut Butter and Jelly. 200 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  Nothing special, I wouldn’t buy this one again.  It was tasty but not that amazing to be worth 200 calories and almost $3.

At this point, after three days, I was now out of my initial three bars that I purchased…  so no more for a few days.  Come the next week, I stopped into a Vitamin Shoppe on my way home and spent almost $30.

As I continued on my drive home couldn’t resist breaking into the bag and I ate a package of Quest Cravings Peanut Butter Cups.


Oh My!!! 240 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  They are kind of an odd texture, they seem powdery and I found myself worried they would crumble away to dust but I really liked the taste.  Do they taste like a Reese’s Cup?  No, but they are good and I didn’t regret eating them 15 minutes afterward like I would have if I had eaten two Reese’s!!!  (I am so glad I bought two packages!  One is still in my cupboard for a later date)

Lemon Cream Pie.  160 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  Not my favorite.  When I first bit into it I thought “Lemon Pledge.”  The second bite tasted better, then by the time I finished it, I thought it was okay but I don’t think this would go on my buy again list…

Cookies and Cream.  180 calories, 21 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  Yum again!  Little chunks of things that taste like chocolate cookies.  Absolutely want this one again!

Strawberry Cheesecake.  160 calories, 20 grams protein, 17 grams fiber.  Honestly, I don’t remember eating this one.  It was Thursday morning and that is an early day to get to work…  Mindful eating? Nope.

Banana Nut Muffin.  170 calories, 20 grams protein, 16 grams fiber.  Pretty good.  Considering how many bananas I eat in general, I don’t think I’ll get this one again because really, more banana stuff?  No thanks!  But it isn’t going on the no list for taste.

I still have five more bars and a pack of peanut butter cups in the cupboard.  Vanilla Almond Crunch, Cinnamon Roll, Chocolate Brownie, Double Chocolate Chunk, another bar of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and one more pack of the Cravings Peanut Butter Cups.

For sure these have entered my diet for now and the future.  I want to try all the flavors and then decide which ones I want to buy as boxes of 12.


(Two posts, in one day?  Well, I started this one three days ago but didn’t finish it until tonight)

Banana Oatmeal… cake?

March 2, 2014

I am in the home stretch of my current 4 week/4%  Dietbet…  so every calorie has to count this week because I don’t want to lose my money!!!  (I’m doing fine on the six month one because its percentage goals are easier)

Breakfast this morning, I thought about another smoothie like I did yesterday:


Then I thought about making the pancakes with 1 banana and 2 eggs, or banana oatmeal cookies.  Then I decided to just create.  So I threw a bunch of stuff into the blender.  It’s in the oven now.  It might be cake:


I hope it’s good since it is breakfast / lunch.  The calories are a bit (!) higher than the smoothie but it is big enough to cut in half and eat half now and half in a couple hours.

I am trying to make sure I eat at least a banana a day because I have been having horrible leg cramps.  Mostly in my left calf but also my toes, and then last night, after having a calf cramp, a couple hours later, a weird ankle cramp too.  So, potassium and making sure I increase my water too.

Speaking of potassium, I saw the demo of the new food label where potassium is going to be required not optional.  I like that part of it.

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