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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!

updates

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!

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:

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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:

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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.

soup warms you from the inside…

February 15, 2014

soup

Every so often I like to make a big pot of soup for the weekend.  It goes on the stove in the morning on Saturday, by afternoon it is ready.  Whenever I get hungry I’ll have a small bowl or a coffee mug full of soup.  Sunday morning, put it back on the stove, get hungry, eat soup.  Maybe add a different veggie into it or some rice or pasta around dinnertime to change it up a bit.  Monday, take it for lunch for work then have it for dinner.  Tuesday, dump the leftovers off the porch for any animal that wants a taste (three days is my limit for eating the same things over and over!)  Two, three months later, do it again.

Extra awesome side effect?  Two days of rather low calorie consumption.

My average calorie intake is about 1700 calories a day when “dieting”.  About 1400 if I’m being really strict.  So two days of mostly veggie soup dips way below that.

The soup isn’t from a recipe per se.  Today’s version has cabbage, celery, carrots, onions, and green beans in beef broth and I am getting ready to have my first bowl!

Nutritional breakdown, per cup.  It made about 24 cups but I rounded down to 20 just because…

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neglectful

February 14, 2014

I’ve been neglectful…

I am still here, still exercising, still counting what I eat, still really wishing winter would be freaking OVER!!!

What did I do this week?  Made over 100 chocolate covered oreos, over 200 chocolate covered strawberries, and am averaging 600 – 1000 calories a day in pure junk in addition to meals…  Not that those things are connected, right?  The students where I work are fundraising for their annual school trip and for valentine’s sold chocolate covered strawberries, pretzels, and oreos…  I am the leader of the fundraising committee… lucky me.  I have multiple pounds of chocolate in my office and I can’t say I’ve been great with willpower this week.

But I am committing myself anew to stop justifying the junk.  I’m going to make a big pot of vegetable soup for the weekend and get back on track so that last week’s gain of .4 pounds doesn’t grow up and find friends.

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Since I am averaging over 10,000 steps a day I feel good about my accomplishing of the “getting off my ass part,” now to work on the “STOP EATING GARBAGE” part!!!

cookies again

January 25, 2014

I call them cookies, but really, it’s like breakfast in indulgent baked form.

This is the second one I’m getting ready to eat today:0125cookie

Today’s recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 4 oz applesauce
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 2 tblsp PBSlim (vitacost’s version of PB2)
  • 2 scoops (45g) Aro Lean Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Diet Shake

350 degrees for 12 minutes.

Yum, yum, yum!!!    Often I put them in the mini muffin pan but today I just glopped it onto the cookie sheet so it made an odd number of 11 cookies.

Nutritional Info (I track what I try to make sure I get enough of (or in the case of sodium what I try not to get too much of…) so no carb or fat info):

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My husband suggested a version with pineapple instead of banana…  I may try that when these are gone (Monday?).  I don’t think I’d add the chocolate or peanut butter powders to that batch though.

 

12 weeks and more pizza

January 18, 2014

12 weeks from today will be my first real 5K!   Timed and everything.   I am going to work towards being able to run the whole thing.  While I did do The Color Run last October, I pretty much walked it, have now idea how long it took, and from everything I’ve read it might not have even really been 5K.  I am excited!

I posted my favorite pizza the other day, using the Flatout flatbreads.  I absolutely love them and could eat a pizza every night if it was just me.  I decided to try a low carb tortilla in place of it though because the tortilla is less calories with more fiber and more protein.  So last night I made pizza with a flatbread for the husband and a tortilla for me.

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I definitely prefer the taste of the pizza done on the flatbread than on the tortilla but nutritionally the tortilla wins.  The only difference between the two was the base:

flatbread:  345 calories, 17 grams protein, 5 grams fiber

tortilla:  285 calories, 20 grams protein, 14 grams fiber

Either way, it’s pizza so it’s a win to me!

mmm cookies!

January 16, 2014

Not only tasty, but no guilt whatsoever!

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Today’s batch was actually made at work for a friend but I brought home a couple.

  • Three bananas
  • 3 & 1/2 cups Quick Oats
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • Almonds

350° for 12 minutes

This made 39 cookies (I used a tablespoon dough for each.)

Normally I use one banana & 1 cup of oats for a smaller batch.

Tonight was the first time I used applesauce and I think it was an improvement that I’ll incorporate.

You can leave out the nuts, add some mini chocolate chips, or add some peanut butter… all depending on your preferences.

Like I said, no guilt!  (well, if you add peanut butter and mini chocolate chips you will want to be cautious because then you are getting into higher calorie levels… but when it’s just bananas, oatmeal, and applesauce? awesome)

food ramblings

January 15, 2014

I will be the first to admit I am not a food photographer! This is my dinner from the other night, pizza, approximately 360 calories of yum. With a few changes in ingredients I am thinking I can get it down to about 300.  I’ve started to skip the pepperoni to see if I miss it and the answer is no.  I added a bit more cheese instead and I’ve really happy with the taste.

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For our anniversary last month I got a food processor.  Before you think, oh, how unromantic, that was actually high on my list of things I would have wanted to receive, much more than flowers!   A really good iron would have also been acceptable since I want something with heavy steam for my sewing.  Anyway, the food processor… I am still getting used to it.  I prepped green peppers and fed them through.  As I did I thought, hmmm, that looks odd, very watery.  When I popped the top is when I realized I had the blade shred side up not slice.  Green peppers are not supposed to be shredded…  So if you wonder why the pizza toppings look a little odd, that is why, shredded peppers.

In other food related news, I bought a food scale. Aldi’s had them on sale this week so I picked one up for $10. It works well enough for me at this point though it is a bit slow to react and I question its complete accuracy.  However, it has been eye opening, as everything I read online said it would be!  My normal pouring in of the creamer to my coffee? About 25% more than I thought I was using.  Only about 10 calories so no biggie but now I am more accurate as I put the mug on the scale and pour it in. Shredded cheese for my pizza?  I actually got a bit more than I had been using.

I wanted pizza tonight but my husband has his heart set on chicken and stuffing… so the house should smell like roasted chicken when I get home from work tonight.

And now, time to go walk!

high tech dieting

January 12, 2014

Losing weight in 2014 is so much more fun then 2004 or 1994! Back in 1994 I would devote a notebook to calorie and weight tracking and in 2004 I had spreadsheets.  But, now? I have websites that link to each other, feeding information into a variety of charts and graphs, and in some cases giving me the opportunity to earn discounts, rewards, donations to charity, and even actual cash. Talk about motivating!

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The weight I use on my weight journey page here is the same as I log at MyFitnessPal. That weight feeds out to Fitbit, SparkPeople, and others. That weight is Mondays, in the morning, naked. DietBet has its own weight logging and is usually a little different because that weight is when I am dressed for the photos required there (described as airport security attire) and so far hasn’t been a Monday.

My exercise page is the portion of my daily exercise that I do purposefully on the treadmill and record here. But that’s just a portion of all the Fitbit data throughout my day that then feeds into MyFitnessPal for calories and Earndit, Everymove, AchieveMint, Walgreens, and others to earn me discounts, cash, donations to charity, entries to contests, etc.

Truly amazing… In another ten years, when I am maintaining this loss, I wonder what the trackers are going to look like and do…


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