Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Monday was a great day! I started my morning with a walk. If only my son had come down and cranked and moaned during the last five minutes, it might have been a fully enjoyable workout. It felt great to get up and move. I still can't figure out why I would skip it for so long as I did. It still amazes me how one small interruption in routine and can kill a routine.

Eating was mostly good. There was a work lunch again, but it was a taco bar, so I was able to fill my plate with lettuce and tomatoes. I used a bit of cheese and built it on top of one soft taco shell, which I ate once I got to the bottom of the salad. It was tasty and based on my estimates, even with a finish of angel food cake, the lunch was about 10 Points. Dinner was pizza, but the kids wanted bread sticks and I am a sucker for garlic dip, so it was about 12 Points for dinner.

I was surprised to find out that the Crispy Green snacks, which are just freeze-dried fruit, are 1 Point for a bag. I had hoped that it was 'just fruit', but evidently freeze-drying changes it enough that they don't count it as fruit.

I finished the day at 30 Points (26 + 4 weekly).

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


Well, I was successful again on Wednesday with getting up and working out. I chose the Leslie Sansone 4-Mile Super Walk on Wednesday. As it turns out, it took almost as long as the 5-Mile Fat Burning Walk. Normally I would say that the 5-Mile is a better option, because I am moving faster, but there is the band component which gives a bit of a resistance work out on alternating miles of the Super Walk. Either way, the point is that I got up and exercised. Again, I realized how good it feels to work out in the morning. It makes me feel better the whole day long.

I started to track again today. I wasn't on top of it completely, in that I ate and then tracked. Should remember to do it the other way, so I don't eat something expecting it to be less Points than it actually is. Overall, I did pretty well. I'm trying to have a protein shake/bar in the morning after my workout to fuel my body and the challenge to me is that these items seem to be about 5 Points each. When I look at a Daily Points target of 29, this is a good chunk. The good news is that I don't eat the oatmeal typically when I have the shake/bar, so net it is only about 2 more Points than I was having...and I am working out.

To round out breakfast, I also had a banana. Lunch was a peanut butter sandwich (it was Ash Wednesday and fish didn't sound good) and a yogurt. I snacked on some chocolate (3 Points). Dinner was pasta with Arrabiata sauce. The sauce is mostly tomatoes, so that helped. I capped my evening with a glass of wine (4 Points) and a small slice of Cream Cheese Pound Cake (4 Points). I finished with a total of 32 Points for the day.

I'm planning to do a more proactive tracking approach going forward.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012


After having a crazy cold last week that kept me from wanting to do much more than drink juice and sleep, I am feeling much better this week.

In fact, I am feeling very well this morning - for the first time in too long, I got up and worked out. I completed the Leslie Sansone 5 Mile Fat Burning Walk. It was great. Now, I remember why I love to get my exercise in early. I feel energized and ready to face the day. It is also a great stress release.

Eating is mostly back on track. I made a pound cake the other day and have had a slice each day, but at only 130 calories, my guilt is not too deep. I haven't been tracking my food or Points lately, but am hoping to start that again soon.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012


It was a good day. Finally, I could breathe, even if I wasn't walking around.

Breakfast turned out to be a banana and a clementine, with coffee. I had a packet of oatmeal I had intended to eat, but with an 8:30, 9:30, 10:00 and 11:00 am meeting, there wasn't a chance to make it.

Lunch was tasty. Went with a 200 calorie DiGiorno pizza, a yogurt, and a clementine. It was very tasty - although the chicken noodle soup that a coworker had smelled amazing!

Dinner was 30 Minute Chicken - which wasn't fully thawed evidently and turned into 50 minute chicken. Bummer! It was tasty and moist, when it was finally done. We snacked on the leftover pineapple salsa from yesterday while we waited. It was tasty, although I didn't need the added calories of the chips.

I went to bed without medicine last night. I was able to breath the whole night. Maybe I really am getting past this cold.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012


I still had no appetite on Tuesday. I drank a lot of fluids again - including juice. This is good and bad. There are a lot of calories in juice, but I need to get beyond this cold. I need to be able to sleep well at night. I am hopeful that filling myself with the benefits of juice (and other fluids) will help me get past this cold. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of Points in juice and they don't 'fill' you up like food will.

So, on top of the juice, I ate more than I planned. I think it is that whole what satisifies me about food is the flavor and delivery on what I am looking for. So, when I can taste very little, there are things that I eat that just don't satisfy, so I tend to pick. I consumed a lot of fruits and vegetables (again - good source of vitamins), but I also had a sandwich with my salad at lunch - the salad had chicken and cheese on it already. Dinner was tasty and nutritious - Pineapple Salsa Chicken. It was fresh and vibrant. This was one flavor today that came through well.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Aside from the ability to breathe, Monday was a great day. I was so stuffy, all day long. It seemed that I found some relief when I was up and moving about, but you can't exactly spend the work day wandering around the place.

Unable to breathe, working out was not an option that I explored. I feel a need to be able to breathe easily when I exercise. I know that often times working out can help me get through a cold quicker, I didn't think this would apply in this case, since it had been a few weeks since I had a regular routine and was worried that I would find myself winded and make things worse rather than better. So, it was just my extra wander around so I could breathe routine for exercise on Monday.

Eating. Well, when I can't breathe, I don't have much of an appetite I learned. I was trying to stay hydrated and think that over 1/3 of my Points consumed were in the form of drinks.

Of course, with no scale, it is hard to gain perspective on what that meant.
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Monday, February 13, 2012

the weekend

The good news is the weekend was much better than the past week. I was about 80% on tracking, doing much of it after eating, but at least I was back to tracking. This should be a huge help for me. I know that I simply do better when I keep track. Of course, entering the Points before I consume them is a great way to help me control my intake.

The bad news is that now I am fighting a head cold. I had hoped to get up and work out, but when you can't breath it really makes working out not an option. I'm hoping that if I throw enough Vitamin C, Zinc, tea and honey at this cold, it will diminish quickly and I can get back to working out. *not that this head cold was the cause, but it kept me from returning.

My scale is out of battery. Guess I had better pick up a new battery or I will not have that portion of my feedback available.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012


Friday was a much better day. Finally the scale is starting to get back to where I was. I didn't have the chance to exercise in the morning as I continue to be challenged with motivation in the cold, dark of morning. I know that I will get back to it and just need to make sure that I am not beating myself up about it.

Eating was reasonable Friday (although, I did sneak in a fun size Twix - I have a weakness for them). Breakfast was a banana and oatmeal. Lunch was a taco salad with a bit of grilled flank steak, I even skipped the sour cream (got it, just didn't use it). Mid-afternoon I had a clementine and later that Twix I mentioned. Dinner was spaghetti and some bread. Not a very exciting today, but at least I wasn't overeating. I probably should have added some more vegetables to the day. I did not actually track my day, I know that I need to resume that, but figure I will get a fresh start on Saturday. It will be the last day of the week for me, but if I get in the groove again, then next week will start out better.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

the weekend, or why I have disappeared....

Why is it that once I finally start to get into some good eating habits, one hundred things fall into the same weekend and not only do I splurge, I go overboard.

Friday night was my son's school carnival. I wasn't excited by the carnival food choices, so I went with a Super Pretzel. Not the worse thing for me, but certainly not satisfying. This of course left me hungry, so I nibbled at the nachos and had a taste of the kids' cotton candy. When we came home, after a very full, very exhausting weekend, I needed to unwind. I had some (4 weeks!) coupons to clip, so I poured a glass of wine and sat down to clip. Not the worse day, I used 34 Points and left myself with only 9 Weekly Points to finish the weekend.

Saturday we spent with my parents. In the complete lack of healthy food pursuit, I started my day with a cream stick. This clocks in at 9 Points. Ouch! Of course, I didn't look it up until later. If I had done like I intend and check before I eat, I probably would have gone after a bowl of cereal instead. Lunch was more reasonable, although still quite a bit of Points. I had a deli meat sandwich with sliced bell peppers and a little bit of chips and dip. So much more volume and only 14 Points. So, here I was after lunch, with only 3 Daily Points and 9 Weekly Points remaining. What did we do that evening, go out for dinner! We went to the Japanese Steak House. I had to make a few guesses on portion size and by my calculations, dinner came to about 18 Points. Finishing the evening with a glass of wine, made me -11 Points for the week! Not a great way to end a week, especially when there was a likelihood that Sunday would be no better.

Sunday was no better. I started my day with cereal and milk and a banana. A much more reasonable 8 Point start to my day. Not only was it one less Point, it was way more filling. Lunch was out with friends. I evidently was not worrying about what I ate, as I chose the Country Fried Steak with Gravy which was a whopping 17 Points!!!! I added two eggs and shared an oatmeal with my son. I wound up having the whole days Points just at lunch - 29 Points. I guess I need to reconsider how I order when I eat out. Then, of course was the Super Bowl. We made Buffalo Chicken Rolls, which actually aren't too bad, but still 2 amounted to 6 Points. Then, we had some nibbles out for the game. Goldfish, Brownie Bites, Fudge and carrots. I had a couple pieces of Fudge and a few picks here and there of the Goldfish. Add to that a glass of red wine that was probably more like 1 1/2 servings.

Needless to say, by the end of the first day, I was already 3/4 of the way through my weekly Points, having consumed about 58 Points for the day. Ouch!

So, whereas I have been doing some tracking, I haven't been that good at it - I figure that I am going to be over this week's Points too and so Sunday killed my motivation. The good news is that I am 'recovering' from the crazy weekend and the scale is moving in the right direction. I need to just hop back into it and not worry so much about what happened on Sunday, but I am finding that easier said than done.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Wednesday and Thursday

I'm starting to notice a pattern of 'group' posting my 'daily' log. Ahhh! Such is life. The reality is that if I had all the time in the world, then I don't think I would have to worry so much about managing my weight and being more active. Let's take running for example - if I didn't have to get to bed at a reasonable hour, I could run inside in the evenings. But, I know that if I run at 8 pm, I'm probably not going to be able to fall asleep at 10 pm. Exercise just energizes me too much. So, I have to stick with the mornings, which means outside. It's still a little too dark and too cold for that. I thought I might get outside on Wednesday morning, but there was that little pitter-patter of rain drops that kept me from choosing that activity.

Wednesday - Wednesday was a good day for me. I started the day with breakfast at my son's school. I had one pancake and one piece of bacon. That was 4 Points. Then, mid-morning I snacked on a banana. Lunch was a frozen meal, a steak and ranch grilled flatbread - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't as flavorful as I expected. I will skip that flavor next time. The thing that rings clear to me now that I am really watching is that if something doesn't deliver, I don't want to 'spend' the Points on it. I think of the other things that I could have had with those 8 Points and I'm even more disappointed in the product. I rounded out lunch with a yogurt and some clementines. Dinner was cube steak and rice - now that was flavorful! It has been a while since I made cube steaks and they just really hit the spot. Totally reminds me of childhood. I snuck in a snack of Pretzel M&Ms, finishing my day using up just 1 Weekly Point.

Thursday - What a crazy day (do I say that a lot - I feel it a lot)! I was out of bananas and even though I brought along a clementine, I wound up eating nothing in the morning other than my coffee (which I didn't 'eat' really). I simply ran out of time to make the oatmeal and without the fruit sitting on my desk, I just never thought to grab it. I was very hungry at lunch and that was evidenced in the 12 Point lunch I had - a taco salad with flank steak, built on a bed of tortilla chips with a side of sour cream and a cookie to finish it off. I had a work happy hour, I had one glass of wine, one egg roll, one cocktail shrimp and several pieces of fresh pineapple (a favorite treat). It was an 8 Point affair. Dinner was a mess. I forgot to take out the chicken and so, even though my husband took it out around 4:30, it was still pretty much frozen solid when I started to cook. I figured a few extra minutes would be enough, but it wasn't. I kept pulling it out and putting it back in, so we ate in stages. We started with salads and then had rice and the kids had yogurt. Then we sat and waited, after the third time of '5 more minutes' I finally just zapped a couple of pieces so that we could eat. We tried the new Fresh Take product from Kraft. It was tasty. The topping amounted to 3 Points per serving, so my dinner came to 9 Points. So, for the day, I wound up using 4 Weekly Points. The good news is that I still have 17 Weekly Points going into Friday. So much better than last week. My hope is that I don't need to use all of those and will have a good week on the scale.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Monday and Tuesday too

Monday was a good day. It was an uneventful sort of day and sometimes that is best! I ate right to my Points for the day (even with a handful of M&Ms thrown into the mix! The best part was that I didn't find myself feeling hungry. Spacing out my breakfast and lunch really helps me keep from getting hungry, which allows for me to be in better control of my eating.

I'm not sure what I was thinking, other than I guess I thought it was Tuesday, turns out it is Wednesday, so here is the Tuesday news too!

I did really well the first part of Tuesday and then I went to dinner with a friend. Having 24 Points at dinner certainly caused me to use some of my Weekly Points. But, it was worth it. We went out for Greek food. When I came home, I was able to find a site that listed all of their nutritional data. If I had known ahead of time, I'm not sure that I would have changed my approach. My meal was this toasted pita that was rolled around spinach and feta. It was served with a salad and I added a little bit of dressing. I had a glass of wine and we shared a dessert called the Chocolate Bomb. The desserts weren't listed, so I did a search on Chocolate Bomb and found one from a grocery store that had nutritional data. I am not sure if it is completely right, but figure that half a serving being 7 Points, if I wasn't right, I was likely pretty close. The meal was super tasty and the company awesome. I had planned for the day and kept my breakfast and lunch Points at a minimum and I only used 8 Weekly Points in the end, so really it was only dessert that put me over. I think that is pretty good. As expected, the scale reacted to the added Points yesterday, but I know it is only temporary.

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