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Moving Day!

The moving truck will be arriving soon and you know that means it the dreaded Moving Day!  Uh, the horror, well it isn’t quite the scary as we have 4 days to officially move from one house to the other.  Plus, we also are just moving down the street so that makes it much easier of course. 

However, moving is still no fun!  =(

Which, does not change no matter how many times you do it and believe me I am VERY experienced in this category as I have moved more times than I can count in my life as my Step-Dad was in the military when I was younger so we moved every 2-3 years and I also moved back and forth between my parents house several times as well.  So I can honestly say I am pretty much a moving expert at this point in my life. 

And, just in case you don’t believe me let me gives you a few little facts to prove it:

  • I officially attended 4 Elementary Schools (in two states), 1 Middle School and 3 High Schools (2 states & one country), which makes 8 different schools I went to throughout my childhood.
  • I lived in 4 different states (Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona & Florida) and 2 different countries (Belgium & England) while growing  up.
  • I lived years 0-2 with my Mom & Dad (prior to their divorce), 2-4 with my Mom visiting my Dad on the weekends, 4-6 with my Mom & new Step-Dad, 7-8 with my Dad & new Step-Mom, 8-12 with my Mom & Step-Dad, 12-14 with my Dad & Step-Mom and 15-18 with my Mom & Step-Dad.

So I would assume after reading the above you would believe me when I say I am a moving expert!?!?!

I of course learned a lot throughout the years to become a moving expert and would like to share some of those things with you:

  1. Transfer all your Utilities (Electric, Water, Sewer & Trash) prior to moving and do an “address change” with the Post Office prior to the move!  This is extremely important as you of course need all those to be on once it is Moving Day!  And, you don’t want to risk the loss of any mail as well.  The rest of your “address changes” on your bills, licenses, etc. can wait until the week after you move.
  2. Don’t be a “clutter bug” as I call it!  Clean out any items that you haven’t used in the past year or less on a regular basis in order to avoid acclimation of un-needed or used items so that you don’t have to worry about moving them on Moving Day!  I myself am pretty obsessive when it comes to cleaning things out and do it on a daily basis, a habit I picked up as a kid of course after moving so often!
  3. Be as “organized” as possible all the time!  This is extremely important on moving day as it eliminates the time being lost because you must spend it on getting things together and organized on Moving Day!  I am a HUGE organizer (have been since I was a toddler so my Mom tells me).  I have everything in nice and neat in its place and easy to find.  So when it is time to move I don’t have to shift through a bunch of junk.
  4. Stock up on plenty of boxes, bubble wrap & tape!  As you are bound to run out if you do not.  Plus, don’t forget the black marker so that you can label all your boxes.
  5. Also, don’t forget the dolly and lots of blankets!  A dolly always comes in handy during a move to move several boxes at one time or heavier ones.  And, I always end up needed blankets to lay out for projection when transporting everything.
  6. Make sure everything is “well protected”!  Wrap up anything that is breakable, easily scratched, etc. in order to avoid damage on Moving Day!  We learned the hard way during a recent move when my we neglected to properly protect some electronics and they ended up getting scratched and broken in route to our new house, so do as I say not as I did……..=(
  7. Throughly review your HOA’s Rules & Regulations (if you have one) prior to moving!!!  I did not do this and learned the hard way when our U-Haul truck was towed at the cost of $200 to get it back because the HOA does not allow “commercial vehicles” to be parked overnight.  =O

The above is all I can think about right now, but I think they pretty much cover it!

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Let’s review my EATS over the past few days to see how I did:

 TUESDAY, 5/25/10

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner was a few handful of peanuts and some cherries.

WEDNESDAY, 5/26/10

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

I also snacked on peanuts and cherries after dinner.

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Well I will be M.I.A. until next week and won’t be able to do any posting due to my move, but I promise I will get back on track upon my return and be on the look at for a new TRAINING PLAN that includes lots of ab exercises, a eating plan, a 16-week running program and tons of toning moves for the whole body during the 2nd Week of June!  =)

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

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TIP OF THE DAY!

4 Food Myths Debunked

 

 

 

 

 

If the label says “natural,” it means it’s better for you

The truth: The word “natural” is not defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and can mean just about anything, according to Oakes. Even products labeled “all natural” can be highly processed and contain high fructose corn syrup, a manufactured sugar that some researchers think is a contributor to the spike in obesity. The word “organic”? Now that’s regulated by the USDA and means the food is made without most conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, and antibiotics.

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4 Days, 4 Pounds, 4 Miles

As I am sure you noticed I have been M.I.A. for the past 4 days

And, all I can say is it has been crazy busy in my neck of the woods lately……which will be continuing into next week as described on my Busy, Busy, Busy…. post last week.

So let me give you a run down on what I have been doing over the past 4 days and how 4 pounds & 4 miles figure into things!

First off the majority of the 4 days were spent attending my daughter’s 2010 “Girl Scout” Camporee with her and 200 other Girl Scouts & their mom’s over the weekend between Friday, 5/21/10 to Sunday, 5/23/10

Check out some of the 100+ pictures I took over the weekend at the event that I put into a Slide Show for your pleasure……..=)

We had a GREAT TIME and got tons of “sun”.  So you can imagine how beat we were upon our return home on Sunday.  Luckily, I took Monday, 5/24/10 off from work to recover and get some chores done that I missed doing while we were away.

Unfortunately, I did not get any pictures of my EATS over the long weekend while we were away as it was just so busy and I was wrapped up in taking pictures of everything else that I forgot.  But I will give you a jist of what I ate, which I will admit wasn’t the best…….=O

  • Wendy’s cheeseburger, fries & coke zero on Friday night for dinner on the commute to the camp ground.
  • 2 small pieces of cake, a cookie & soft serve ice cream for desert on Friday night.
  • Eggs, bacon, hash browns, biscuit and a banana for breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning.  Plus, coffee both mornings.
  • Hamburger, fries and an apple for lunch on Saturday.
  • Trail mix, grapes & apple slices for a snack on Saturday afternoon.
  • Turkey, mashed potatoes and green beans for dinner on Saturday night.
  • 1 smore for dessert on Saturday night at the Camp Fire.
  • McDonald’s chicken sandwich with lettuce & tomato for lunch on Sunday afternoon our way home.
  • Domino’s pizza for dinner on Sunday night.

So as you might have guessed after reading the above this is where the 4 pounds come into play. 

Yes, that is right, the scale read a “4” pound weight gain on Monday, 5/24/10 morning compared to what it said on Friday morning…….=(  Now, I wasn’t to surprised due to my above EATS and the lack of RUNNING as well over the weekend.  But I would be lying if I said it didn’t bug me a bit.

However, I didn’t let it get me down for too long and decided to hit the GYM hard on Tuesday, 5/25/10 after work in order to hopefully burn it off, which is exactly what I did after completely the following that included a 4 mile run:

  • Sit Ups
    • bicycles
      • 2 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • shoulder press
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 38 pounds
    • butterfly chest machine
      • 2 sets of 15 reps @ 45 pounds
    • tricep push down machine
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 60 pounds
  • Treadmill 
    • 4 Mile Run
      • 41:25 minutes
        • Mile 1
          • 5 minute “warm up” @ 5.2mph to 5.6mph
          • 6 minutes @ 5.7mph
        • Miles 2
          • 4 minutes @ 5.7mph
          • 5 minutes @ 5.8mph
        • Miles  3
          • 10 minutes @ 5.8mph
        • Miles  4
          • 6 minutes @ 5.9mph
          • 5 minutes @ 6 to 7.5mph

And, I was rewarded with a much lower number than the day before on the scale this morning……..as you can see on my Weekly Weigh In page! 

YES, I did ultimately gain a pound but I am not stressing it because you have to still live life and you can’t always eat great or get out there for that run you know.  Beating yourself up too much about it only leads down a negative road that I do not want to go, so I just jump back on the horse and keep riding forward!

How was everyone else’s weekend???  Any plans for the approaching Holiday Weekend???

I am MOVING of course so it won’t be too much fun but it is nice to have the extra time to move so I don’t feel rushed!

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TIP OF THE DAY!

Keeping in the 4 theme see the below “myth” (TIP)!

4 Food Myths Debunked

 

 

 

 

Dark bread is always better than white

The truth: A dark bread might just have caramel coloring but be no better than white bread, University of Scranton psychology professor Michael Oakes, PhD, says. Look for the words “whole grain” or “100 percent whole wheat” on the package: that means the bread is made from unrefined wheat, which has more than double the fiber and is also higher in selenium, potassium, and magnesium.

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Split Lunch

Lunch

On Tuesday, 5/18/10 I had lunch with my best friend, Amy, at a local restaurant called Ember.  We split a bbq chicken flat, cheeseburger sliders and a Cesar salad (not shown).  

I always love having lunch with my BFF for 2 Reasons

  1. We always have a good time and have tons to talk about!
  2. We always split lunch so that we can have a variety of things to eat and save on the cost (though she treated me this time)!

Do you ever split meals with your friends or family? 

I love to split meals because I always see more than a few things on the menu that I would like to try to as it is an affordable way to do so, plus I also tend to eat less when I do this. 

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Prior to lunch I had the following for breakfast

Breakfast

And, dinner was a few handful of peanuts, a few bites of left over rice & beans and some cherries

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I visited the GYM after work on Tuesday, 5/18/10 and did the following: 

  • Sit Ups
    • bicycles
      • 2 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • oblique v-ups
      • 2 sets of 25 reps each side
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • shoulder press
      • 3 sets of 15 reps @ 55 pounds
    • chest press
      • 3 sets of 15 reps @ 55 pounds
    • tricep cable extensions
      • 3 sets of 20 reps @ 25 pounds
  • Treadmill 
    • 4 Mile Run
      • 42:10 minutes
        • Mile 1
          • 5 minute “warm up” @ 5.2mph to 5.6mph
          • 6 minutes @ 5.7mph
        • Miles 2
          • 11 minutes @ 5.7mph
        • Miles  3
          • 4 minutes @ 5.8mph
          • 4 minutes @ 5.9mph
          • 2+ minutes @ 6mph – 6.5mph

 Luckily, tonight’s run was a good “easy-going” run that I enjoyed.  =) 

I plan to do the same on Thursday night as I believe the reason I had such a difficult run on Saturday was because I exhausted myself by doing 2 Fast Runs at the gym last week. 

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On Wednesday, 5/19/10 I attended a work meeting all day long in which I “stuffed myself all day long” with all the goodies they had around! 

Check out the list of things I ate yesterday between 10am & 3pm:

 

  • strawberry breakfast cake (1 slice)
  • mini-Twix (3)
  • small sub sandwiches (2)
  • Cheetos (1 mini bag)
  • white chocolate macadamia cookie (1)
  • small slice of chocolate cake (ate 1/2)
  • trail mix (2 handfuls)

Of course I was not exactly happy with all my “bad” eating, however it happens and I tried to restrain myself as much as possible.  Though it is hard to stop eating sweets once you start I must say!  =O

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TIP OF THE DAY!

4 Food Myths Debunked

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh always beats frozen

The truth: Frozen produce can be as nutritious as fresh, Heller says, because it’s flash-frozen shortly after picking, which means it retains more nutrients than if it has to travel, unfrozen, for days before being sold. Plus, frozen often costs less. If you prefer fresh, try to buy local. (Check LocalHarvest.org to find a farmers’ market in your area.)

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Busy, Busy, Busy….

………pretty about covers it for me these days and I truly feel like I am  juggling everything in my life (work, children, husband, cooking, cleaning, running, gym, family & friends) like above right now!  =O

Do you ever feel like the that!?!?!

These days I sure do, as it seems like everything is happening at once!  Why does it always happen like that???? 

For example, I have the following on the plate over the next month:

  • Girl Scout Camping Trip (Friday, 5/21/10 to Sunday, 5/23/10)
  • Daughter’s Science Fair Project (Due Friday, 5/28/10)
  • MOVING (Friday, 5/28/10 to Monday, 5/31/10)
  • Last Day of School &  Summer Camp Arrangements (June 2010)
  • Family Reunion in Minneapolis (Saturday, 6/19/10 to Monday, 6/20/10)

Then on top of the above I have my regular Day-To-Day things that have to get done, like:

  • Cooking (everyday)
  • Cleaning (everyday)
  • Gym (2 nights a week)
  • Grocery Shopping (once a week & Saturday)
  • Homework (nightly & on Sunday)
  • Laundry (3-5 days a week)
  • Running (3 days a week)
  • Working (Monday – Friday, 40+ hours a week)
  • Misc. (appoitments, dry cleaners, Girl Scouts, etc.)

Man, it is exhausting just thinking about it so you can imagine what it is like to live it everyday and I am sure MANY of you do not have to imagine it as you live it as well!

I swear I do not know how we (women) do it these days.  It is amazing more of us don’t run away from home, don’t you think???  =O

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Ok, enough complaining and onto my EATS on Monday, 5/17/10:

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Dinner was a Mesquite marinaded pork loin that I cooked in the oven at 350 degrees for about 2 hours, which was a little longer then I would have liked, but luckily it came out good and not “too dry”.  It was a BIG hit with by the picky eaters (husband & daughter) so I was happy to say the least and will be making again.

I went to bed early last night at 10:30pm and though I sort of wanted more TV time I was happy I did as I got a great night sleep for the 1st time in weeks and feel so much better today!  =)

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TIP OF THE DAY!

4 Food Myths Debunked

Separating food facts from fiction

By Leslie Barrie

Some conventional food wisdom is, well, not so wise, and other eating advice can be confusing. Here, some big untruths, plus how to make healthier choices.

 

 

 

 

 

You can eat as much healthy fat as you like

The truth: While olive oil, packed with monounsaturated fat, is better for your heart than the artery-clogging saturated fat in butter, both have 100 to 120 calories per tablespoon. In fact, all fats have roughly the same number of calories, says Samantha Heller, RD, author of Get Smart: Samantha Heller’s Nutrition Prescription for Boosting Brain Power and Optimizing Total Body Health. So go easy. One way is to try an oil mister—one spritz delivers a fraction of a teaspoon. (We like the Prepara Tabletop Oil Mister, $19.95; Prepara.com.)

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It’s all about “moderation”……

 

……..except when it comes to blueberries!  =O  

Let me fill you in a bit on the meaning behind this statement.  

On Sunday I took my daughter to Menchie’s for a frozen yogurt treat.  Later on that evening we had dinner at my mother-in-laws house and after my daughter finished her plate my mother-in-law asked if she would like some chocolate ice-cream, in which my daughter replied by saying “no thank you I already had ice-cream with mom earlier today” and as you might expect my “jaw dropped” (figuratively speaking).  

Now what child do you know that would pass up on more ice-cream or would say the above statement!?!?!    

I know I do not know to many and I honestly can’t say that I would have said the same if the question was posed to me…….=O!  

However I was of course extremely proud to hear those words coming out of my daughter’s mouth. 

But let’s not stray to far from the “rest of the meaning” behind my above statement as I must also point out another situation with my daughter and food that occurred last Thursday.  

This time it was at my mom’s house and my daughter asked my mom if she could have some blueberries from the newly purchased and un-opened pint that my mom had in her fridge.  She of course said “yes” and my daughter headed to the den to with the berries in hand.  Not even 10 minutes later she emerges with an EMTPY carton and my “jaw dropped” (literally this time) and I said “You finished all of them!” and she replied “yes” with a big smile on her face! 

Now this isn’t a HUGE surprise to me or my mom as my daughter has been known since she was a toddler to be able to finish an entire carton of berries in my sitting, however after what she said on Sunday to my mother-in-law I couldn’t help but think…………It’s all about “moderation” except when it comes to blueberries!  As far as my daughter is concerned that is!  =O 

Words cannot express how much it means to me that my daughter has HEALTHY eating habits, especially given my past issues with food that have been haunting me since my childhood!  

I never wanted her to struggle as I did when it came to weight or have the same “food demons” that I had so I started early with her when it came to implementing healthy eating habits in her in order to avoid that happening t0 her! 

So as soon as she was able to start eating solid foods I would give her several healthy options to snack on in-between the meals, like: 

  • Cheerios
  • yogurt
  • fruit
  • veggies

And, as she got older I avoided buying snacks loaded with lots of sugar & fat and continued to give her the above on a daily basis.  

Now, of course she was eventually exposed to the huge variety of sugary sweets and fatty snacks out there on the market but 9 times out of 10 she would reach for the “healthier” options (listed above) then not so I knew I was on the right track.  

I also made sure to never make her feel that she COULDN”T have something that she wanted, as I knew from experience that would only make her want it more.  

Then when she was old enough to hold to understand I began to explain the importance of eating in moderation, explaining to her how it is OK to eat what some call “bad foods” but that you just don’t want to eat them all the time (every day, several times a day)……..as it is important to make sure you eat a variety of “healthy” foods daily that include meats, dairy, fruits, veggies, whole grain and that you limit the foods high in sugar & fat! 

I guess all my hard work paid off, huh!?!?!  

Wow, it still amazes me!  =O 

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Once again I am behind (so busy these days) so I will give you a quick overview of my EATS over the past 3 days……… 

Friday, 5/14/10 

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Saturday, 5/15/10 

Breakfast

Lunch

The dip featured in my lunch above was the below, that I HIGHLY recommend as it is super yummy! 

 

Dinner

Sunday, 5/16/10 

Breakfast

 

After breakfast my daughter and I headed out to Old Navy where I looked for a new swimsuit as my one from last year that is still in great condition is just to big for me, man the breaks, that is just my luck!  =(  

Just kidding, I was of course happy to buy a SMALLER swimsuit, even if I had really didn’t want to spend the extra cash on it.  Though I sort of knew I wasn’t ready for them just yet, I tried on two bikini’s just to confirm it.  They looked good on the top but I still need to lose a few down below and do some more tighting as I am not one to flat my “unflattering” parts if you know what I mean.  I then came across the one piece black swimsuit that I loved and just happened to look really good at me!  =) 

Afterwards we ventured to Menchie’s for some cups of YUMMINESS!!!  =) 

 

Take a look at all the toppings you get to choose from………=) 

 

We filled our bowls to the rim of course! 

 

The price tag came to just over $10 for both.  Luckily, my daughter had a Gift Card that we used towards it otherwise it might of broke the bank.  However, it would have been totally worth it as they were SO GOOD!  

Believe you me I will be heading back there quite often this summer as how can you beat “lowfat” and some “no sugar” delicoius frozen yogurt that you can serve yourself with TONS of amazing and several healthy topping options…………ahhhhhh Menchie’s is my new best friend! 

As you might have imagined after my filling breakfast and then a big cup full of the above I wasn’t to hungry for the rest of the afternoon so I skipped lunch as I knew I would be having dinner at my mother-in-laws at 5pm. 

Dinner

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The rest of my weekend was spent doing the following: 

  • 4 mile, 50 minute “super slow” run that I felt completely drained through and pretty much had to force myself to complete from the beginning!  Hate those kind of runs but sometimes they just happen…..=(
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Lots of Laundry
  • PACKING!!!  As we are moving in 2 WEEKS…..=O  Luckily, it is just down the street into a 3 bedroom so it shouldn’t be too bad.
  • Helped my daughter with her Egg Drop “Science Project” that is due next week.  We got the actually lander put together (shhhh, I stole part of the idea from someone online that listed what they did on their blog) and she will start the hyponisis next. 

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TIP OF THE DAY!

8 Healthy Office Snacks

 

 

 

 

 

Veggies with Ranch

Beat the high-fat, high-sodium snacks featured at the convenience store and pack a container of fresh veggies like carrots, celery, and grape tomatoes. Raw veggies fill you up because of their high water and fiber content. If you struggle eating veggies in the buff, try dipping them in 2 tablespoons of low-fat Ranch dressing (80 calories), hummus (70 calories), or salsa (10 calories).

Lots of Compliments

Who doesn’t like compliments!?!

I know I do!!!  And, recently I have received LOTS of them!  =)

For example:

At the at the gym on Tuesday night after I finished the “shoulder press” machine and was heading to another I walked by trainer (a very nice older man who typically trains elderly women) and he told me that I looked really good and was doing a great job!!!

Then later after I finished my run on the treadmill and was leaving the gym he says out loud to a fellow new trainer that was standing by him “doesn’t she look good” with a big smirk on this face!  =)

Wasn’t that super nice of him to say!?!?! 

He has given me compliments in the past as well, like when he saw me doing a difficult move and commented on how well I was doing it or stated how a move I was doing was difficult telling me “good job” for being able to do it.

And, yesterday I got lot of the following statements from my fellow co-workers while attended a birthday lunch:

“Hey, Skinny!”

“Looking Good, Skinny!”

“You need to stop losing weight, Skinny!”

So I guess I am SKINNING, huh??? 

It is hard for me to look at myself as “skinny” after being overweight for so many years and especially since I still have a few more pounds to lose but I am trying to look at myself through their eyes more so I can truly see how far I have come and not always focus on the additional amount of weight I want to lose or on needing to tone this or that up more you know.

Do you have a hard time looking at yourself the way that others see you!?!?!

For example, while at the lunch yesterday a gentlemen that I have only met once before and who found out about my weight loss from my co-workers told me how “he just couldn’t believe that I had lost so much weight” and another girl I often bump into in the restroom at work said the same to me after she found out about my weight loss as well! 

I found it interesting how they never thought I was so overweight in the past and wondered why they would think that????

My answer came when both had said it was the way I “carry myself“!  What does that mean exactly, I thought?  I don’t try to carry myself a specific way. 

So I had to ponder that one a bit and then finally it came to me………I guess now that I have lost so much weight, work out regularly and eat healthier I am ultimately happier and that shows in the way I carry myself now!

I realized that I do in fact carry myself with more confidence now then I did in the past, now that may not surprise someone looking at me then and now but it surprised me because I am technically am still the same person on the inside so I did not see myself in a different way.

I am sure that many people that lose a lot of weight have felt the same way.  And, I guess even though you may not feel like a different person you are…….inside as well as outside.  As you now live your life differently then you did back then so it is not only your “exterior” that changes but your “interior” as well…..even if you don’t realize it.

For example:

  • I always heard that runners are typically more confident people, I just never looked at myself that way……BUT I do more now!
  • I am now much more educated on nutrition and exercise then in the past, which obviously shows when others ask me questions or for advice.
  • I walk taller now compared to before, which is a direct result of all the toning (weight lifting) I do every week.
  • I feel better about myself overall, which I believe is a direct effect of taking better care of yourself!  As my mom always said, “you have to take care of yourself 1st above everyone else (kids, spouses, bosses, etc.) to truly be happy in life“.  This is SO TRUE!

Ok, I hope you do not take all of the above as an “od to Laura” or something…………as it is not by any means, just putting my thoughts into words is all!  =)

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Well I am once again I am few days behind so I am going to sum up my EATS for the past few days below for you.

 Tuesday, 5/11/10

Breakfast Late Morning Snack

Lunch

Dinner

 Wednesday, 5/12/10

Breakfast

I had a bbq chicken salad for lunch today at the co-worker’s birthday lunch I went to, sorry for lack of the picture but I totally forgot……however I remembered when the below dessert arrived!  =) 

Dessert

Dinner

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And, let’s not forget my visit to the GYM on Tuesday, 5/11/10…….I did the following while there:

  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 2 sets of 50 reps
    • flutter kicks
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • frog crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • knees up crunches
      • 2 sets of 25 reps
    • oblique v-ups
      • 2 sets of 25 reps each side
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Shoulder Press
      • 2 sets of 15 reps @ 55 pounds
    • Butterflies
      • 2 sets of 12 reps @ 65 pounds
    • Chest Press
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 60 pounds
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 40 pounds
    • Tricep Cable Extensions
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 30 pounds
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 31:10 minutes
        • Mile 1
          • 5 minute “warm up” @ 5.2mph to 5.6mph
          • 5 minutes @ 5.7mph
        • Miles 2
          • 5 minutes @ 5.7mph
          • 5 minutes @ 5.8mph
        • Miles  3
          • 4 minutes @ 5.8mph
          • 4 minutes @ 5.9mph
          • 3+ minutes @ 6mph – 8.5mph

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TIP OF THE DAY(S)!!!

8 Healthy Office Snacks

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Pitas with Hummus

Use mini pita pockets to scoop up creamy hummus. Whether you make your own hummus or choose a favorite brand at the grocery store, hummus is made from chickpeas, a great source of soluble fiber. This soluble fiber helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Pair one serving of hummus, 2 tablespoons, with 3 mini pita rounds for a 150 calorie snack. If you want a protein boost, fill the mini pita pockets with an ounce of low-sodium deli ham or turkey. The fiber and protein combo gives the snack some staying power to keep you feeling full longer.

 

 

 

 

 

Snack Bars

If you’re having a sweet attack and are looking for a healthy “bar” that isn’t loaded with sugar, reach for one that is all natural. Brands like LaraBar and KIND are good sources of fiber, contain no added sugar, and are made from whole, natural ingredients like dates, almonds, cashews, and cranberries. These bars are rich in fiber, low in sodium, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and run around 200 calories per serving. Pack these convenient bars in a purse or pocket for an instantly sweet and filling snack.

 

 

Peanut Butter

 

Why I Heart Peanut Butter… and You Should, Too! 

There are plenty of reasons to love peanut butter, check some of them out below:

  • For starters, it tastes great with an apple or a banana, on toasted whole wheat bread, as a sandwich or by itself.
  • Peanut butter packs a mean punch when it comes to protein and fiber, which helps you feel more full and satisfied.
    • A study conducted by Purdue University showed that participants who ate peanuts “every day” didn’t go overboard in their daily calorie allotment.
      • Research indicates that because it’s a stick-to-your-ribs offering, you’re less likely to feel hungry after snacking on a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter than rice cakes or pickles. But don’t expect to get all the protein you need from peanut butter – two tablespoons has just 7 grams of protein which isn’t much. To give yourself an added boost, drink a tall glass of milk with your peanut butter and jelly sandwich — so you’ll get more bang for your protein buck.
  • Many people don’t realize that in addition to tasting great, peanut butter also brings plenty to the table in terms of vitamins and minerals.
  • Another thing — peanut butter is actually rich in mono-saturated and poly-saturated oils.
  • In general, nuts have the properties to improve heart health.
    • One ounce of nuts a day can lower your risk of heart disease. It helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and increase the amount of nutrients such as folate, fiber and magnesium.
  • This childhood favorite also has zinc, which boosts the immune system.
  • Peanut butter contains between 92 to 93 percent peanuts, leaving little room for other ingredients.
  • It’s important to enjoy this tasty treat in moderation as its chock full of calories.
    • In fact, two tablespoons make up one serving for a total of 188 calories.
  • While critics may be quick to point out that peanut butter is indeed a fatty food, it is not a source of unhealthy trans fats, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Do you “heart” Peanut Butter!?!?!  If so why??? 

In addition, to the above reasons why I “heart” peanut butter I wanted to add that during my entire 100+ pound weight loss journey I ate peanuts nightly as they satisfied my hunger pains and need to snack, plus they were low in carbs and high in fiber.  I acquired this snacking habit from my husband who has been a body builder for 10+ years and ate them nightly as well.   

I also, ate peanut butter daily as well with fruit (apples or bananas), on whole wheat toasted bread or crackers and I know mix it into my oatmeal sometimes as well. 

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So let’s review my EATS on Monday, 5/10/10 shall we………. 

Yesterday’s breakfast was a “childhood favorite”, Raisin Bran with 2% milk, cut up melon and a glass of orange juice on the side. 

Breakfast

What did your mom give you for breakfast when you were a kid!?!  

My mom used to give me the pretty much same for breakfast when I was a kid.  It was either Raisin Bran or cream of wheat every morning along with a slice of melon and a glass of orange juice.  And, “surprise surprise” I give my daughter close to the same every morning now……..either waffles or cereal with melon and a glass of juice.  Unfortunately, she isn’t big on cream on wheat so that isn’t an option, but I will continue to work on her. 

As stated above I love me some peanut butter & banana so that is what I had as a late morning snack of course…………=) 

Late Morning Snack

Lunch was a toasted Boar’s Head ovengold turkey, white american cheese, sliced pear and honey mustard on high-fiber whole wheat bread

Lunch

So I am finding that my “orange” plate doesn’t portray certain pictures too well so next time I will have to use a white one, though ultimately I really need to buy some new dishes. 

It was Taco Night last night so I had a HUGE taco salad that I ate every bit of for dinner.  It included the following items: 

  • romaine lettuce
  • diced cherry tomatoes
  • corn nibblets
  • black beans
  • taco meat
  • mexican rice
  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • torita chips

Dinner

After dinner my daughter and I took a long walk with the dog as it was so nice outside……..in the upper 60’s, cool & breezy.  This kind of weather is not common at all this time of year so we are trying to soak it up as much as possible.

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TIP OF THE DAY!

8 Healthy Office Snacks

 

 

 

 

 

Instant Oatmeal

When you’re in a rush at work and want something warm and comforting, heat a packet of plain instant oatmeal (just 110 calories) in the microwave for a quick and satisfying treat. Choose plain oatmeal and add your own flavorings to control the calorie and sugar content. Top with a 42 calorie mini box of raisins for a sweet flavor and added nutrients or sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. Doubling as a fiber-rich breakfast or daytime snack, oatmeal helps lower cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart disease.