Monday Funday

Weight this morning:  131.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout: none.

My husband had 9 hours of comp time that he needed to burn before the end of the month, so he decided to take it today!  So, we got to stay one more day at my parents–woohoo!  What a guy…

We slept in til about 10am, did a little work, then made a Publix run.  When we got home, I had two products on my mind.

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I started with a bowl of banana and Justin’s maple almond butter.

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Next, I had a bowl of Fiber One chocolate cereal, while my husband went for the good stuff–Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries.  hehe, such a kid.

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Then my dad took us for a quick little boat ride.  Fun in the sun!  I brought some of this delicious popcorn along for the ride.

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We had an early dinner at my parents before we headed back home.  Again, I focused on the veggies (and fruit)!

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We were a little hungry when we got back into town, so we stopped at a burrito-type joint.  I was craving some chips and dip, so I went with the queso starter for my “meal”.

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Overall, it was a great Monday Funday!

Food i 8 today:

  • banana + Justin’s maple almond butter
  • Fiber One Chocolate cereal + milk
  • white cheddar popcorn
  • sweet potato, asparagus, avocado, corn
  • chips + queso
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Trying out Kombucha

Weight this morning:  130.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  Body Pump

Since entering the healthy living blogworld last year, I’ve seen Kombucha mentioned on several different blogs and websites.  What is Kombucha?  Wikipedia says, “Kombucha is an effervescent fermentation of sweetened tea that is used as a functional food.  Sometimes referred to as a ‘mushroom’ or ‘mother’, the kombucha culture is actually a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast.”

The other day when I was in EarthFare, I decided to pick up a bottle and give it a try.  The taste is interesting.  It’s fizzy.  It’s a little bitter.  But you get used to it, and it’s pretty good.

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Yes, that is an empty bottle.  No, Kombucha is not a magical, invisible drink.  Ahem…so the taste grew on me and was pretty good.  It’s not something you can chug in 5 minutes, which is why it took me a few days of slowly sipping on it to finish the bottle.

This drink has 40 calories per serving (there are 2 servings per bottle), 7g sugar, billions of probiotic organisms, and loads of antioxidants and organic acids.  In reading about Kombucha, I’ve found several websites list the benefits of the drink, including detoxification, joint care, digestive and gut health, as well as immune boosting, but the medical evidence is a bit lacking.  So, go ahead and Google “kombucha” and decide for yourself whether you believe in its benefits.  I’m simply here to report that I tried it, I liked it, I might have it again in the future.  🙂

Ok, back to my EATS!  Today I started out by munching on some carrots and hummus.  I was starving when I woke up, so I just grabbed the quickest thing from the fridge!  After Body Pump, I whipped up my Sun Warrior protein smoothie (lots of spinach in this one).

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A little while later I had some more of my homemade chili.

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Then I had some more veggies and hummus.

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So yes, maybe I’m a little hummus-obsessed!  It’s been a fave snack around here lately.  I’ve found it’s one of the best ways for me to get in multiple servings of veggies!

My evening “treat” tonight was Fiber One Chocolate 80-calorie cereal.  I’m hooked!

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I might have had 2 bowls of this stuff…whoopsie.  So good!

Food i 8 today:

  • 3 oz carrots + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • protein shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • homemade chili
  • 1/2 cucumber + 100g celebry + 2TBSP Sabra hummus
  • afternoon shake –> 1 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 C blueberries, 1 TBSP dark cocoa powder
  • 2 bowls of Fiber One cereal + 1 C almond milk

canoeing and a movie

Weight this morning:  131.0
Low weight:  128.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

Workout:  does canoeing count?

Happy weekend!!!  Today I slept in and it felt oh-so-good.  It’s starting to get warm around here, so the hubs and I decided to head to a nearby lake for a little canoe action.  I whipped up a protein shake and drank it on the way to the lake to hold me over until lunch.

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After a lovely 2-hour canoe ride, we headed to a local burger joint for lunch.  I went with a bunless garden burger with pineapple, mushrooms, and pesto and a side of delicious sweet potato fries.

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I ate about 2/3 of the burger and maybe 3/4 of the fries.  Then it was time for soaking in more sunshine poolside at our apartment complex.  Afterward, I had a bowl of Fiber One chocolate cereal.

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I had this little treat since we were headed to a 7:30pm movie, but we had a late lunch, so I wasn’t quite ready for dinner yet.  Instead, I had the above cereal and snuck in a couple of my berry cups into the movies.

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Yum!  Then I had ONE more after I got home from the movie, and that’s it for the day!  (oh, and we went to see Django Unchained at the cheap theater…it was awesome!!)

Food i 8 today:

  • protein shake –> 1/2 C spinach, 1 C almond milk, 1 TBSP sunbutter, 1 scoop Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder, 1/2 banana
  • veggie burger + sweet potato fries
  • Fiber One chocolate cereal
  • 3 berry oatmeal cups

Cleanin’ out the pantry

Weight this morning:  128.6
Low weight:  128.6
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I’m down again to a NEW low!  🙂  Good things come to those who eat mindfully.  ahem, ok, on to other happenings…

This week I’m making a conscious effort to make food choices that help clean out the pantry!  Every now and then I find myself accumulating too much food in my cupboards, refrigerator, and freezer and then continuing to purchase more items that I don’t really need.  As much as it dismays me to not visit Publix this week, I realize I need to take a break from visiting that lovely place where shopping is a pleasure and try to eat up the food that I already have on hand.  I’m also leaving for somewhat of a holiday vacation on Friday, so clearing out the bulk of this food before I leave would be ideal.

I actually slept terribly last night, so in an attempt to gain more sleep, I turned off my 5:30 alarm for 6am Body Pump.  Unfortunately, I didn’t fall back asleep.  Darn it!  I hate when that happens!  So I finally rolled out of bed around 7:30 and went to my little apartment gym for some treadmill and elliptical (325 cals burned).  It was a boring workout, but it got the job done.

As expected, most of the food i 8 today is pretty standard (stuff you’ve seen on here before), with one minor exception…THIS:

Yes, that would be a slice of good ol’ Publix cake!  Someone in another department at work retired today, and they had some leftover, so I figured, “Why not?”  If a girl can’t go into Publix, then Publix will find its way to the girl!  🙂  It was the perfect afternoon snack.

Ok, below are the lists for today.  On to watching American Horror Story–scaaAAaaarrRRRYyyyy!

  • dip chip carrots + 2TBSP hummus
  • Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • slice of Publix cake –> YUM!
  • Texas caviar (recipe here) and wholly guacamole on whole wheat bread
  • oatmeal, freshly ground peanut butter, half a banana (I have some frozen ones stashed away) –> this was an AWESOME mix, so good!
  • the last few bites I had left of my homemade applesauce (recipe here)

Measurements Matter

Weight this morning:  129.8
Low weight:  129.0
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I often measure what I eat.  It makes a world of difference to bust out a measuring cup and see exactly what 1 cup of cereal or 1 TBSP of almond butter looks like (both of which I could eat countless amounts).  I started today with a Body Attack class (measuring my 420 cals burned) and then had some cereal, which I also measured out……along with some almond milk, which of course I had to MEASURE!

In the evening, I went back to the gym for my usual Tuesday night Zumba, but the instructor had to cancel and they had someone teaching Body Attack instead!  Ah well, I did Body Attack for the second time today (425 cals burned).  At least it was a different release from the one I did this morning.  I had a couple of “leftover Texas caviar + wholly guacamole” sandwiches for dinner and, again, measured everything!

When it comes to dessert, portion control and exact measurements are also my friend, which is why I picked up these guys a while back:

I went with the cookies and cream variety tonight, and I have to say it really hit the spot!  I had to get over the “this should taste like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream” thoughts I had when I initially started eating it, though.  Actually, after the first bite, I thought it wasn’t great and I could probably be OK with just half the carton.  But, it really grew on me, so by the end I was left with:

Measuring things out and buying items that are already nicely packaged and portion-controlled make counting calories (or WW points) and losing weight much easier.  The only downfall to this method is that it leaves me constantly wanting to go to restaurants and buy foods where the calories or “measurements” are clearly available.  In reality, the mom ‘n pop type of places and the baked goods your friends make are often more desirable than chain restaurants and pre-packaged desserts.  It’s a trade-off, but it seems that the more days I measure, the more I feel ok about indulging in those foods where the calorie count may not be clear from time to time.

Ok, here’s a summary of all the food i 8 today along with the calorie count.  Happy measuring to you!

  • the LAST of the three-bean chili (recipe here)
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, + medium banana
  • carrot dip chips + 2TBSP hummus
  • a spoonful of freshly ground peanut better (pre-workout)
  • 2 Texas caviar (recipe here), wholly guacamole, and whole wheat bread sandwiches
  • a few bites of my homemade applesauce (recipe here)
  • Skinny cow low-fat ice cream – cookies ‘n cream

Almond milk and…

Weight this morning:  132.2
Low weight:  129.8
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I never have milk in my fridge!  I’m not a cereal-for-breakfast type of person and I have been off my smoothie kick for a while, so other than that, I don’t really have need for it.  Last week, however, when baking my special pumpkin treats for the tailgate, the recipe (er, box mix) called for milk, so I had to go to the store and get some!  A little while back when I was flirting with the idea of going vegan, I gave up cow’s milk and switched to almond milk.  While cheese has entered back into my life with a vengeance since this flirtation with veganism, almond milk is actually something that stuck.  So, what am I to do with all this “leftover” almond milk from my baking???

After much research and contemplation, I selected a CEREAL to pair with my almond milk.  I read online that Quaker Puffed Wheat, while an excellent cereal choice, is difficult to find at most grocery stores.  I found a box right in my local Publix, woo hoo!  Anyway, at a mere 50 calories per 1.25 cup serving (a cereal phenom), I was doubtful I would enjoy puffed wheat.  So, I paired it with a sliced banana and my 1 cup of almond milk, and the final review?  It’s good…not great, but good!  It serves its purpose as a VERY low-cal cereal impersonator, but it doesn’t exactly offer the same punch as some of the other healthier cereal options.  Paired with some fruit, it’s fairly good.  Alone, it would probably be bad.

Ok, enough about cereal, tonight I made a couple little English muffin pizzas using another recipe from GreenLiteBites:

And then not much later in the evening, I re-heated a slice of this:

Did I eat a healthful version of pizza and a not-so-good-for-you-at-all version of pizza, both in the same night?  Why yes, yes I did.  Haha, and I really enjoyed/loved BOTH!  Hey, I could spare the calories, why not?

OK, here’s all that i 8 today:

  • chickpea and tomato salad (recipe here)
  • broccoli, carrots, and hummus
  • 28 lightly salted almonds
  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, sliced banana
  • English muffin pizzas (recipe here)
  • slice of leftover Marco’s Pizza
  • spoonful of almond butter

And here’s how the calories worked out (below).  Oh, I went to a Body Pump class and did some jogging at the gym this morning (470 cals burned) and then went to a Spinning class this evening (400 cals burned).  Overall, it was a good fitness and food day!