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Guess What I Did?!?! (And Weekend Plans)

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

First of all, thank you all for your responses to my breakfast questions! I’ve got a lot of new breakfasts to try within the upcoming weeks, so that should be fun!

Yesterday I did something else I’ve never done before --- I hit ALL of my SP-set nutritional goals. In the past, even when I hit my calories, protein, and fat requirements, I’d lag behind on my carb goals…but somehow yesterday, I found a magic combination and was in every single one of my ranges! WOOT! I’m eating much of the same stuff today, so I’m on track to do it over again. One problem I had was that I felt like I was eating constantly after lunch, just trying to get everything down my gullet that I had set to hit those goals. So today I decided to start a little earlier in the day with my food intake. I ate my normal breakfast with coffee on the way to work, but after arriving I sat down with some Greek yogurt (blueberry!) and a banana. YUMS! About a half hour ago I ate my slice of Quiche for the day and I’m feeling quite good about the whole thing.

For lunch today? Another beautiful salad! Baby greens, feta cheese and almonds! YUM! I also have a Ranch Cheddar Turkey Burger (though I forgot a bun…ah-well, I’ll eat it without one!) and lots of yummy, fresh watermelon!

Snacks for later include: an apple, a cheese stick (string cheese), and a Luna bar (Peanut Butter Cookie! YUMS!)!

Then when I get home after my workout tonight I’ll have my regular omelet with whole-grain toast, and I even get to make a brownie sundae tonight with one of my little Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies, some French Silk ice cream and a couple little dollops of Cool Whip Lite! YUMS!

Breakfast – 225 calories
Midmorning Snack – 245 calories
Pre-Lunch Snack – 142 calories
Lunch – 608 calories
Midday Snack – 311 calories (I will likely split it into 2 snacks)
Dinner – 354 calories
After-dinner Snack – 396 calories

Total Calories: 2281 (range 2130-2480)
Total Carbs: 283 (range 268-387)
Total Fat: 85 (range 53-93)
Total Protein: 115 (range 60-208)

Now, let me first say that I’m not entirely happy at the after-dinner snack. Yep, it is dessert…and it has more calories than my dinner! BUT, it fits within my goals and ranges. It makes the cut because it fits into what I need to eat SP-suggested for the day, but it doesn’t quite feel right. I feel naughty, I swear! But because I’m really trying to break through this plateau (weight today – 350.2! *lol*), I’m attempting to eat a little higher than normal and eat actually WITHIN my ranges. So, while the method of delivery isn’t perfect, it’s better than yesterday and I have to give myself props for improvement.

Truth is, I burn about 4,000 calories a week in exercise, just in general and on average. So I have to really hit my calorie goals (according to Spark) in order to really reach my 2lb. per week loss goal. We’ll see how it works!

Second of all, I don’t like that my fat is still that high. I’m getting better, but I will continue to work on this one. Part of it is the regular Italian dressing I bought for my salad, which I normally wouldn’t eat, but it’s all CVS had yesterday AND it does fit within my ranges. I’d still like to work on getting this number down, but the progress of keeping that fat content within range while still getting in my calories and carbs is MAJOR improvement on my part!

Tomorrow and the rest of the week is going to be a challenge, though. I can’t just eat the same thing I always do because I have a long day tomorrow. Now, for me, it makes me thrilled because it means SUSHI! Yep, twice a month I have sushi for dinner. I treat myself and love every guiltless second of it. I get a tuna roll and two cucumber rolls which still = low calories! I sometimes also get edamame as a little pre-dinner treat, but I never eat all they give me. So I’m going to work later to see what I have to eat during the day to really round out my day right and get within those ranges again.

Friday will be off as well. I’ll be home most of the day while Logan’s at school. I think I’m going to try to get Hubs out to the tennis courts again, and then lunch out with him, our only real “date time” we ever get. After that I have to clean the car and make sure Logan and I are all packed to head out the door as soon as he gets off the bus from school. Oh, and I have a doctor’s appointment at 1:30pm. *sigh* When he gets home, it’s a 3-hour drive to my mom’s house. And, yes, I will likely stop by McDonald’s or Wendy’s to grab a bite to eat at some point, unless I can find some tiny time to squeeze in packing a lunch (I’m really going to try!). We’ll probably get there around dinner time, so I’ll be at the mercy of what Mom and I want to throw together or order for dinner.

Saturday is all up in the air. If Becks makes it out Friday night, as is the plan, we’ll likely spend the day out, doing something, but I have no clue what yet! *lol* We’ve talked about trying some new food this weekend, something out of my comfort zone, but I may reserve that for Sunday, after the race! (Don’t do new things before a race…I know that one!) We have to pick up race packets from 3-5 in Dayton and then the rest of the night is open, we just have to get to bed early.

Sunday is race day. I’m concerned about my mom because she’s stressing MAJOR! I keep telling her to chill, that even if it takes us all day and we have to stop and take a break for her, that we’ll stick by her and we’ll make sure she makes it through so she can actually say that she completed a 5k. I really want that for her! The race will be early in the morning and they’re talking pancakes to follow! YUM! (Can I sneak in some strawberries or blueberries to go on top? I guess I’d have to carry them 3.1 miles first! No thanks…)
After the race…who knows!? Mom is talking about a bonfire at a friend’s house. I’m thinking about Korean food! Something that scares the crap out of me, but I still REALLY want to try. That’s right, I might not even think about logging my food on Sunday. No clue…we’ll see what happens that day.

Monday is the return trip home, so it will be emotional (because I don’t want to leave and I won’t want Becks to leave either if she actually makes it out!). Plus, there’s the added stress of another 3-hour drive home, which could mean more fast food unless I think to plan ahead.

I do know that I’ll be taking my scale with me this weekend. Good or bad, win or lose, I have to know what my body is doing.

So…what are you doing this holiday weekend? (It’s Columbus Day for those of us in the States. For our neighbors up in the cold country, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving.)
How do you plan to use this holiday as an example for some of the more difficult times coming up? (I’ve already broken out the Peppermint Mocha coffee creamer because they aren’t selling any Pumpkin Spice variety here! BOO Krogers!)

Have some happy holidays, all!
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  • FEARLESSFATLESS
    Congrats on hitting your nutrition goals!
    3863 days ago
  • BTINTERNET
    Congrats on hitting your numbers! I feel your pain - I'm always low on something or a smidge high on something.

    Have a great race!
    3864 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3035359
    Sounds like a wonderful weekend.

    I will be here in "cold country" LOL (it was about 70 degree here yesterday, and not a leaf has fallen from my trees yet...) celebrating Thanksgiving with my family.

    Haven't thought too much about dinner, may just be "thankful" we can go out to eat since my inlaws will be away...

    Otherwise, my hubby has planned a poker night with his buddies so I planned a "ladies" night with a chick flick!
    3864 days ago
  • ELAPOINTE
    look at you - all full of accomplishments and good stuff! woo hoo! keep it up!
    3865 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    That's a GREAT update. Congrats on eating.. I mean MEETING all of your nutritional goals. I haven't reached that level of awesomeness yet. Way to go!!!
    3865 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Keep up the good work! Unfortunately neither hubby nor I gets Columbus Day off anymore...budget cuts in California. :-(
    3865 days ago
  • THOMS1
    You are doing great, keep up the momentum! Good luck in the race. emoticon
    3865 days ago
  • KITHKINCAID
    Hey Pretty - so does it have to be McDonalds or Wendy's on the way, or will your kids eat Subway? At least it's a better bet than fried. Just a suggestion. I still eat a footlong every Wednesday night after my swim and work it into my calories, so I'm sure you could too!

    Congrats on hitting all your SP numbers! That's a big deal - and look at the scale - it totally rewarded you. That .2 pounds is GONZO next time!

    Can't wait to read your race report from this weekend - for you AND for your mom!

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3865 days ago
  • HARMONYBLUE
    Good job on hitting ALL of your nutritional goals. It's hard. Fells sometimes like I need a chemistry degree to get it all right, but by the way you can eat the edemame. The nutrition counts you see on SP for edemame is SHELLED, so really a typical restaurant serving is about 100-150 calories and has tons of protein. Very good for you...and it sounds like you are sticking to the normal rolls (its the fancy ones that will get you into trouble with their sauces and tempura!)
    3865 days ago
  • ATROTTIER
    Great job on hitting your SP goals - I think I've done that once. Your weekend sounds awesome!! I'm going camping with some friends, you know how camping food goes...yep, usually bad but I'm going to bring some good choices and maybe squeeze in some bad choices in small amounts - it's all about moderation right? =)
    3865 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1223914
    I'm treating myself to chicken on 10/11!
    3865 days ago
  • MAIA2011
    You have a great plan and you will rock this race! I know your mom can do it, too!

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    3865 days ago
  • GRANDMABEAST63
    You are doing AWESOME, keep it up ! Best of luck on your race, seeing your Mom and sister. I know road trips are not the best but if you can prepack some snacks you should be ok. Have a great long weekend ! For myself, Thanksgiving weekend with hubby now working shifts he won't be coming to our family dinner on Sunday. Apart from that no plans.
    3865 days ago
  • KAREN_NY
    Wow - fantastic!

    I'm heading to Toronto with my (Canadian) BF for Thanksgiving. We'll be at his (beautiful & very fit) cousin's house overnight. Sweet people, but I'm a little intimidated. I'm not intimidated by much in this life, but this... It's not because they are his family; it's because I don't want to spend my weekend feeling like The Fat Girl stuck in a Womens Fitness layout. (sigh) BF is so supportive and his family has been so nice, but I bring this feeling on myself.

    On the upside, I know my portion control will be amazingly dead-on, and that there will be a major walk to brunch on Sunday morning. :)
    K:)
    3865 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3543611
    Don't worry about your fat, provided it's mostly monounsaturated (fat from almonds and olives, etc).

    Good luck on your race!
    3865 days ago
  • MAMADWARF
    man, you make me tired just reading that!! i have a great after dinner desert for you.
    Get the sugar free vanilla pudding cups, cut up a banana (or half a one) and crumble a graham cracker.. it is like banana pie and super yum! Have a great weekend. Im proud of you!!!
    3865 days ago
  • CRAVINGLIFE
    Isn't it amazing how much food you really need to eat when you eat the right kind of food?

    Glad you found a good plan for you. I don't eat as many calories as you (I'm only 1200 - 1500 per day) so I don't have as much trouble staying within all my ranges.

    Hope you have a great day! I can feel the excitement from your blog. You are doing a great job!!!
    3865 days ago
  • 40PLUSANDFIT
    Now when you hit your potassium, then you're rocking... hahaha, good job on hitting all those goals.
    3865 days ago
  • KARVY09
    Aw, sounds like a fun weekend ahead!

    You will love Korean food. My favorite is bimbimbap cooked in the stone bowl. It makes the rice really crispy and it's served with beef or chicken and vegetables. A really good dish!
    3865 days ago
  • no profile photo FRIENDOFBACH
    Congratulations! I have done this once or twice, but rarely does everything fall into place,
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    3865 days ago
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