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
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Back on track

Weight this morning:  132.4
Low weight:  129.4
Goal weight:  125
Height:  5’6″

I wasn’t thrilled with the number on the scale this morning.  I thought I did better than that!  I know it will go down as I get back on track with my normal eating schedule this week, but I need to be sure to keep up with the mindful weekend eating.  OK, I started today with a treadmill run (250 cals burned) and a Body Pump class (270 cals burned).  Then I ate a bowl of my Quaker Puffed Wheat cereal and a sliced banana.

This combo is actually growing on me, and I find myself actually looking forward to it!  Ok, next I moved on to the 100-cal guac packets I picked up at Publix.  This time, I mixed it with Publix salsa and used a couple slices of 100% whole-wheat bread to dip into the mix. It was yum!

Overall, the food i 8 day looked a little like this:

  • Quaker puffed wheat cereal, almond milk, medium banana
  • 100-cal guac, 2TBSP salsa, 2 Toufayan smart pockets for dipping
  • three bean chili (recipe here)
  • leftover Pei Wei meal (veggies, tofu, brown rice)
  • tablespoon of almond butter

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!