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Deflated

The boy and I got up SUPER early again to bike to the gym.  When I was getting dressed I asked the boy to check the tires and make sure everything was inflated because my tires tend to loose air.  Everything looked fine so we headed out.  We made it the 3.5 miles on the trail and then turned off to cut through a car dealership, which is where I noticed that my tire was flat. I gave the boy that look and proceeded to pump the tire back up.  No less than half a mile away the tire was flat again. Luckily we were close to the gym.  The boy was awesome and offered to bike back home and get the car since neither of us knows diddly about patching a tire, especially not at 5:30 in the morning! I walked my bike the rest of the way to the gym and got in a great strength training session (3 times around the circuit) and 15 minutes on the elliptical.  My HR monitor said ~700 calories the GoWear Fit said more like 500. 😯  Sometimes I hate the GoWear Fit! 😆

img_06731Breakfast (237 cal): I felt a super protein packed breakfast was in order after my workout.  I made a mexican omelet inspired by Danica’s Omelet the other day.  My omelet included: 1/2 C southwestern style eggbeaters, 1/4 C re-fried beans, 1/4 C FF cheddar, topped with avocado and a piece of toast on the side. By the way, I flipped the omelet sans spatula – I was super proud and the boy was very impressed. *strut* 

I have never had re-fried beans in an omelet and even though it sounds odd, perhaps even gross, it was amazing.  Loved it. Will probably have it again tomorrow. 😀

Mid-morning Snack (257 cal): A yummy yogurt bowl with blueberry yogurt, strawberriesfiber one and sunflower seeds.
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Lunch (446 cal): It has been cold and rainy hear again (after being in the 80s all weekend, go figure) so a bowl of soup was in order.  I had a can of Campbells Select Harvest Light Southwestern-Style Vegetable (I added some spinach to brightened it up) with a warm tofurkey and cheddar sandwich on the side.  Dessert was 1/2 a banana and PB. I didn’t really care for the soup, it is too watery.
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Mid-afternoon Snack (219 cal): A primal strip, teriyaki flavor, and some carrots and roasted red pepper hummus.
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Dinner (411 cal): Dinner was a hodgepodge. Started off with a garden salad with greens, carrots, cabbage, cucumber, blueberries, almonds and FF raspberry vinaigrette. Then I had some butternut squash fries and an egg over easy.  I dusted some of the fries with chili powder but didn’t notice much of a difference.
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After dinner the boy and I walked to Starbucks and I got a grande Zen. ❤ Zen tea.

My ankle is still bothering me so running is out for tomorrow. 😦

Calories in/Calories out: 1570/~2450

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YAY Recycling

As I was cleaning up today I decided to check to see where I could recycle #5 plastics and found out that I can do it at my curbside pickup!!!! This is something new.  They will take ALL plastics now.  This is just awesome.  I am always looking for ways to reduce the amount of trash we produce.  We have gotten down to about 1-2 trash bags a week. We used to have 6 bags some weeks!  

The next thing I want is a composter.  Every time I have to throw out food I think of how it will not even be able to biodegrade because it will be trapped in a plastic bag. It’s also not good to put so much down the garbage disposal, so without a composter it is a loose loose situation. Do you compost? Ever thought about it?

Exercise: We went out for a 30 minute run this morning – my first in a week.  On a scale of 1 to 10 my achilles tendon was about an 8.  I felt it sometimes, but mostly I was ok.  It sure has been irritated since.  I’ve been icing, so hopefully this is just a part of healing.  

I’ve been getting tired of our some old route, so this morning we just weaved through different neighborhoods.  It was fun to get out and do something completely different.

Run Stats:

  • Time/Distance: 30:36/3.26
  • Max HR: 184
  • Avg HR: 166
  • Max Pace: 7:41
  • Avg Pace: 9:19
  • Calories Burned: ~391 (including warm-up)

Breakfast (356 cal): Before my strawberries go bad, and because it totally ROCKS, I had Chocolate Covered Strawberry Oats with Banana and PB
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Mid-morning Snack (71 cal): Before I headed out to an appointment I grabbed some cucumber slices and a string cheese.
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img_0655Lunch (550 cal): I got to have lunch with the boy today! We went to Wegmans and I got soup and a salad.  My soup was Tomato Basil with Orzo. YUM! This was the first time I tried this soup (it was the only vegetarian option available) and it was so creamy and sweet and comforting. On the side of my soup I had 1/2 a multigrain roll for dipping in my soup.  My salad contained: greens/romaine, olives, onion, carrots, red pepper, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and I topped it with TJs Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. For dessert I had two pieces of pineapple and a piece of watermelon. Needless to say I was pleasantly stuffed.

 

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Mid-afternoon Snack (191 cal): Cereal – fiber one and puffed kamut topped with sliced banana and soy milk.
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img_06651Dinner (451 cal): Quorn Chikn Parmesan on top of a bed of wilted spinach with pasta, broccoli and a “garlic bread” flat-out on the side.  

My pasta was from Fiber Gourmet, which I ordered last week. I’ve been seeing it on HungryGirl for a while and thought I would finally give it a try.  Their pasta is 130 per serving with a ridiculous 18 g of fiber.  Tonight we tried the Garlic Parsley Fettuccine Nests.  The pasta was surprisingly good – I think I cooked it a bit too long because it was a tad doughy. I’m looking forward to trying the other items I received.

Calories In/Calories Out: 1620/~2300

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Pollen pollen everywhere

Seems that the oaks are in full bloom and my eyes are in full burn. hehe I took 2 zyrtec this morning in an effort to knock out the allergies, though it seems I have only truly been successful at knocking myself out. Whew am I tired. But hey, at least I’m not sneezing :).  Do you have allergies/hay fever?

Exercise: The boy and I were successful at finally biking to the gym AND working out at the gym.  We left the house at 5am and biked 5 miles to the gym.  It was really dark on the bike trail even though we both have headlights.  As I was zooming by there was some sort of animal on the side of the trail that I scared the bejuzes out of.  The feeling was mutual. It took us about 35 minutes to get to the gym.  Not a great time, but hey, we got there! Once at the gym I did two turns of my weight circuit and then we rode the 5 miles back home, which took us a little under 30 minutes.  It was a good workout and I just love the fact that we didn’t use any gas to get our workout in! 

img_05951Breakfast (362 cal): I have been thinking about these oats since Sunday night when I picked up these strawberries – Chocolate “Covered” Strawberry Oats. My bowl contained: 1/2 C oats, 1 T flax meal, 1 T unsweetened cocoa, and water to cook. I topped it with a little chocolate soy milk, cocoa roast almonds and about 1.5 cups of sliced strawberries.  Lovely. 
 

Mid-morning Snack (195 cal): My snack was a banana “hot dog” with chunky PB in the heal of a loaf of bread.  ❤ banana + PB.
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img_0604Lunch (472 cal): I totally spaced that I had to watch the phones during my normal lunch time today.  I usually watch them on Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30, but today the receptionist was going out for her B-day so I needed to watch them from 12-1:30.  Since I didn’t bring my lunch I went downstairs and got some American Bounty soup with saltine crackers and a huge salad.  My salad contained greens/romaine, an egg, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, chickpeas, kidney beans, peas, green pepper, onion, cucumber and a few craisens.  I used about 1T of FF ranch. Even though it was huge it wasn’t very filling and I was really hungry once I got off the phones.
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Mid-afternoon snack (191 cal): Once at home I made a open face tofurkey and cheddar melt with some carrots on the side.  It’s not much to look at but it was SO good.  A little while later I had a mock mocha for a little boost of caffeine.
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Dinner (468 cal): I was very hungry when I got home so I made the quickest meal I could think of.  A grilled veggie burger melt with green beans.  My flat-out wrap contained a MorningStar Farms Tomato Basil Pizza Burger, wilted spinach, and FF mozzarella.  For dessert I had an apple + PB2 for dipping.
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Calories In/Calories Out: 1689/2300 (edited 4/29)

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I didn’t sleep all that well last night, so I have been dragging all day.  We went to bed a little later than I like because we were out grocery shopping. Wild and crazy Sunday night let me tell you! 🙂 Paige was also up a lot during the night so she kept waking me up. This is the price I pay for snuggle pups.

Exercise: Today was a walk day.  I had meant to pick up some walking poles this weekend, but I forgot.  Have you ever used walking poles?  I thought they would be a good way to get my heart pumping a little more on our walks.  Perhaps next time.  We ended up doing about 3.5 miles at a pretty good clip.

Breakfast (319 cal): I picked up some bread yesterday so I could have a egg white spinach sammie with laughing cow today.  Oh how I have missed these!  I also, for the first time, had a Medjool date stuffed with PB.  They are as good as everyone says.  I would have loved a few more. Try them if you haven’t already.
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Mid-morning Snack (280 cal): I created a lovely bowl of yogurt for my snack – Wegman’s FF blueberry yogurt, sliced strawberries, fiber one, a few cocoa almonds and a few slivered almonds.
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img_05721Lunch (419 cal): When we were at the store last night there was a woman who picked up like 8 packages of Hickory Smoked Tofurkey.  I asked her if that was the flavor she liked the best.  It is actually her husbands favorite, but she said she liked it and the roasted.  I commented that I had never tried tofurkey, only Yves.  She said it was much better than Yves, so I picked up a package of the hickory smoked.  So for the first time in a year or more I had a luncheon “meat” sammie.  I also picked up a bottle of honey mustard.  Now, I have never been a fan of mustard, but I have enjoyed honey mustard salad dressing the few times I had it, so I figured I would get some and try it out on my tofurkey sammie.  I swear this was honey wasabi not honey mustard – it had that nose burning quality of wasabi.  So I think the tofurkey was good, but I’m not all together sure. 😉  On the side I had some carrots and cukes with TJ’s roasted red pepper hummus for dipping and an apple.

Mid-afternoon snack (191 cal): When I was home for lunch I threw together this “salad” for my snack.  Broccoli slaw, red cabbagecukes, edamame, cabbot cheddar, sunflower seeds and a drizzle of FF Italian.  It was ok, but not quite filling enough.
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img_05851Dinner (439 cal): Taco time!  I had two hard tacos stuffed with re-fried beans, Cabot cheddar, lettuce and avocado.  On the side I had a salad with carrots, cabbage, cukes, sunflower seeds and blueberries. 

Do you like your tacos hard or soft? I have always liked hard and not soft.  I do like burritos though, strange I know.

Calories In/Calories Out: 1647/2364 (edited 4/29)

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Tricky Websites

My goodness the day went quickly.  I’m sad to see Monday come. 😦

Exercise: I was a little sad about not joining the boy on the run this morning. I did, however, enjoy sleeping in with the snuggle pups.  I woke up naturally due to the sun – LOVE THAT. Once I woke up I loaded some songs on my iPhone and headed out for a long walk.  Right when I got outside the boy was returning from his run and he asked to join me on my walk.  We took about a 3 mile walk.  There was a triathlon going on and we wished the racers well.  We had actually thought of entering it – I guess it was a good thing we didn’t as I would have been injured.  My tendon has felt great all day, so hopefully I’ll be back to running on Wednesday.

 

Breakfast (389 cal): Once we got home I made myself some Chocolate Cherry Oats with Cocoa Almonds. YUM.  The cocoa almonds were a GREAT addition.
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 Mid-morning Snack (216 cal): Finally got to try the infamous “crack wrap.” I filled a La Tortilla Factory Wrap with TJs Roasted Red Pepper Hummus and a Deli Thin slice of Lite Swiss and grilled it until it was all melty. I had tried this with provolone before, but the swiss really does make it.  On the side I had some broccoli slaw and a touch of FF italian dressing.
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Lunch (407 cal): This butternut squash has been sitting on my counter since last weekend, today I finally hacked half of it up and made some butternut squash fries.  They turned out so good today – really firm and a little crispy. On the side of this huge mound was a boca with pickles and ketchup on a sandwich thin. For dessert I had the rest of my mango from yesterday.
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Mid-afternoon snack (241 cal): I finally tried “sweet” cottage cheese today.  I put a dollop on each half of a super ripe pear and sprinkled it with a little cinnamon.  I couldn’t go all out however, and had a little savory as well pairing the rest with Ak-Mak crackers. I wouldn’t be opposed to trying more sweet applications, but at this point I prefer savory.
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img_0545Dinner (488 cal): So what did I have for dinner now that the Salad Challenge is over? Ummmm, salad. 😯  We needed to go to the grocery store, and I wasn’t in the mood for creative dinner making.  So, we decided to head over to Cosi and try it for the first time.  I got the Greek Salad (no tomato or dressing) and the Hummus Dip appetizer.  I looked up all the nutritional info before we left, but when I got the hummus dip it looked like it was way too much for the calories.  I figured I would go the safe route and only eat half the hummus and a few of the pieces of bread.  When I got back home I checked the nutritionals again it serves two or more.  So I’m not really sure how many calories it was.  Tricky Websites and Companies!

After dinner we went to ice berry.  I got a small original with strawberries and blueberries. I ❤ tart yogurt.
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Calories In/Calories Out: 1765/2187 (edited 4/29)

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Still amazed

Still amazed at hitting goal today. I managed to get up early enough that we could walk to the meeting this morning. It doesn’t happen too often.  It was such a beautiful morning, cool and sunny.  My achilles tendon still hurts, so we are going to delay our 10 mile run until next week.  I’m not pushing it.

Breakfast (369 cal):I made a little sandwich of peanut butter and apple on a sandwich thin and had the rest of the apple on the side to take to the WW meeting.  After the meeting we walked by Starbucks and I got a tall skinny cinnamon dolce latte.
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Lunch (637 cal): Lunch was quick, but yummy. First a bean burrito made with FF vegetarian re-fried beans, FF cheddar and taco sauce on the side I had the last of my carrots and a apple smeared with a combo of PB/wheat germ/honey.
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Mid-afternoon snack (198 cal): After lunch we decided to walk to Trader Joe’s and pick up a few things, but after 2 blocks we decided it was too hot for walking and turned around and grabbed the bikes instead.  Trader Joe’s is probably 2.5 miles from the house, so it wasn’t a long ride, but it was nice to get out.  I love biking on hot days because there is built-in air conditioning. 😉  I picked up a passion fruit flavored fruit leather and chomped it before getting back on the bike to head home. 
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And then when I got home I had about half a mango and a piece of string cheese.  The mango was just ok. Does anyone know when mango season is?
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img_0496Dinner (460 cal): We went over to the in-laws and celebrated my goal with Noodles and Co! I had a small Bangkok Curry with whole wheat linguine and a Chinese Chop Salad with Tofu for the last day of the Salad Challenge

I’ve really enjoyed the challenge, but I am also glad it’s over. I love salads, but I prefer them as sides than as an entrees. I did try out quite a few new combos, some I will repeat, and others, well not so much. 
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I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend.

Calories In/Calories Out: 1663/2263 (edited 4/29)

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WOW!

I was SHOCKED this morning when I finally hopped on the scale and saw I was down 4 pounds! SHOCKED! The boy commented that I didn’t seem happy about it.  I was, but I was also in complete disbelief.

img_0471When I got to the meeting I did indeed reached and exceeded my goal weight.  So I finally, after 16 months, I got the coveted Maintenance Book. 😀 Now I have 6 weeks to figure out how to maintain and after that, as long as I’m not 2 pounds above my goal weight, I will reach Lifetime. The perk of Lifetime is that I will no longer have to pay for meetings (as long as I’m not more than 2 pounds over of course).

The leader made me stand up in from of everyone and talk.  I had been practicing in my head what I wanted to say – about my revelations about not eating enough fat and the resulting skewed points and tracking everything, etc. Unfortunately, I get so nervous talking in front of people that I ended up just babbling, but I think I got out what I wanted to say.

Of course, a big part of this was my introduction of the GoWear Fit and tracking my calories.  If you are interested in the data that this device tracks, here is a summary log of my past week.

I’m changing my goals this next week from consuming 1500 calories to 1700 calories and my weight loss goals down to 1 pound from 1.5 pounds per week.  It should make it a bit more livable as I work towards my final 5 pounds to get to my personal goal weight.

And a big congratz to the boy who also lost 4 pounds this week and has lost a total of 109 pounds!

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