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Catch Up!

Well things finally have settled down for me, however, I am finding myself playing catch up!  Luckily, it is Friday so I don’t mind so much as the weekend is almost here.  =)  

So to stay on topic let me catch you up on the past two days starting with……….  

 WEDNESDAY, 3/3/10  

The day pretty much went the same as all my Wednesday’s, including my meals so you won’t see anything new and interesting in my daily EATS today!  

One of my usual breakfasts were had this morning as you can see below.  

Breakfast

Then another recent occurence was had for lunch.  

Lunch

And, dinner was no be surprise either as it has been had the last few Wednesday nights.  

Dinner

So if you haven’t noticed by now (if you read my blog regularly) that I often eat the same foods each week, even on the same days each week!   

This is done for a few reasons:  

  1. It helps my busy schedule greatly to have a few (3-4) go to meals that I know like the back of my hand that can make quickly & easily.
  2. I always have the ingredients for these meals on hand so I never have to worry about running to the store to pick up something for it, which can cost me wasted time in my busy schedule.
  3. I know my family likes these dishes, even if they may get sick of having them every week.
  4. All these dishes are extremely affordable in my VERY tight (currently one income) budget!

These meals are typically only eating during the weekdays (Monday – Friday) only as I only have a limited amount of time once I get home from work to get dinner ready each night and I try to mix it up on the weekends if possible.  

Do you ever cook several of the same meals on a regular basis?  And, if so why do you? 

Guess I want to see if I am not alone as I sometimes get complaints from my husband & daughter about this, which makes me feel bad at times but then I realize I have to do what I have to do in order to survive in this busy world of mine! 

 THURSDAY, 3/4/10  

Thursday was VERY BUSY as I mentioned yesterday and was shown by my lack of a post yesterday! 

The day started smoothly and all but by the time I got to work it quickly revved up……….=O 

Luckily, I ate at home prior to coming to work otherwise I might have had to skip breakfast all together.  I had on of my recent usual again. 

Breakfast

What can I say I am a creature of habit!  =O  However, lunch was different today as I had plans to eat with a fellow co-worker/friend of mine.  We met at the Wall St. Cantina  and I had their chicken & black bean taco salad with salsa ranch

Lunch

 It was as good as it looks! 

The gym was hit after work today as my mom did not have OT to do so she was able to pick up my daughter for me so I could go.  =)  I did the following on tonight’s trip: 

  • Sit Ups
    • Bicycles
      • 3 sets of 50 reps
    • Flutter kicks
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • Frog crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • Knees up crunches
      • 3 sets of 25 reps
    • Sides
      • 3 sets of 50 reps
  • Shoulder, Chest & Triceps 
    • Bench Dips
      • 3 sets of 10 reps
    • Lateral Raise
      • 3 sets of 10 reps
    • Overhead Press
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
    • Overhead Cable Triceps Extension
      • Missed (Machine Broken)
    • Plank
      • 3, 1 minute poses
    • Stability Ball Leg Lift
      • 3 sets of 5 leg lifts each side
    • Stability Ball Push Ups
      • 3 sets of 15 reps
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 30:15 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.7mph to 5.8mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.9 mph
        • Mile 3 – 6.0 mph
          • Last 5 minutes @ 6.1mph to 7.5mph

My run was not as good as Tuesday’s but it was still good, just a bit more difficult as I started running faster earlier this time.  I think I will be able to start out at 5.8mph soon and then 5.9mph soon after that and finally 6mph…….hopefully by the end of the month (fingers crossed). 

Dinner wasn’t quite a meal for me tonight as I just finished off some left over chocolate pudding I had in the fridge and took a few bites of the meat spaghetti sauce I heated up for my hubby after I got home from work. 

NO, not the healthiest and most satisfy meal but I just was not in the mood for much of anything nor did I want to make anything either.  It just goes that way sometimes! 

Do you skip dinner sometimes?  If so what do you eat to hold you over until the next day? 

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TIPS OF THE DAY!!!

50 Ways to Cut 500 Calories a Day

17. Kick the soda habit. A 12-ounce soft drink has about 150 to 180 calories. If you down two or three a day, you’re getting lots of extra calories. Quench your thirst with water and save as many as 540 calories.  *I have never been a big soda drinker luckily! 

 

18. Drink sugar-free. A 20-ounce tea with added fruit juices can have 400-plus calories. And Southern-style sweet tea isn’t much better than soda: a 16-ounce bottle of syrupy sweet tea has 180 calories; three of those are 540 calories. Choose sugar-free sips and save more than 400 calories.  *My two favorite drinks are water & iced tea w/sweenter!

 

19. Skinny up cocktails. Syrups, sour mix, sugary fruit juices, and creamy additions turn drinks into desserts: an indulgent Mudslide can have more than 800 calories. Order drinks mixed with club soda, tonic water, cranberry juice, or a squeeze of citrus; or try distilled liquors on the rocks. You’ll save up to 800 calories.

 

 

20. Eat less pasta. One cup of pasta is just 220 calories. But typical dinner portions at restaurants can be as much as 480% larger than that 1 cup, according to New York University research. That’s 1,056 calories. Even if you eat 2 whole cups of noodles, you’ll still save 616 calories.  *I have been eating less “pasta” ever since I started my journey several years ago and I continue it through today!

 

 

 

Pasta Anyone!?!

Yes, please………I will have some!  =) 

Here is a little secret of mine…….I LOVE PASTA (& BREAD)!!! 

 

However, during my 100+ Pound Weight Loss Journey I stayed away from them as much as possible as I followed a “Low Carb” diet in the beginning and even though I stopped dieting around the middle of my journey that way of eating pretty much stuck with me throughout the rest of my 4+ year journey….and through today! 

I found through the years that I have a difficult time saying “NO” to carbs (pasta, breads, baked goods, etc.) and found it was best for me to stay away from them as much as possible, especially in the beginning.  

Throughout the years however I learned that I could eat carbs but that I just needed to do it in two ways

  • Eat “Healthy/Good” Carbs
    • Whole-grain cereals
    • Whole-grain wheat bread
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Whole-grain rice
    • Oatmeal
    • Dried Beans
    • Whole-wheat pasta
  • Eat “Bad Carbs” in MODERATION!!!

This approached helped me a great deal during the last part of my journey and today as well!  I do not feel deprived this way and benefit from eating healthy (good) carbs that are not only good for me but also taste really good!  I now prefer whole-grain/wheat breads & pasta’s over their white counter parts, eat fruits & veggies on a daily basis and oatmeal almost every other day. 

What is your take on Low Carb vs. Healthy (Good) Carb eating!?!?! 

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Onto my EATS for this fine Thursday, 2/18/10! 

Breakfast

Late Morning Snack

Lunch

The above, Baked Ziti, was YUMMY and courtesy of my mother-in-law and the reason I posted about “pasta” today….I swear I could eat twice as much as I ate above!  =O 

Afternoon Snack

Dinner

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I almost didn’t make it to the gym tonight as my mom had to work late and couldn’t pick up my daughter, however I was able to get out of work a bit early so I was able to hit the gym for about an hour…….so I was in a mad rush to get everything done and I “almost” made it!  =) 

Here is what I did Iron Pumping Challenge wise on Day 2 (Thursday) of Week #5 and Running wise as well: 

  • Sit Ups
    • Seated Leg Tucks Off Bench
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Stability Ball Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Straight Leg Pullover Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Toe Touch Crunch
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Weighted V-Sit Twist
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
  • Legs, Back & Biceps 
    • 21s
      • 2 sets of 21 reps w/10 pound dumbbell
    • Hammer Curl
      • 2 sets of 20 reps w/10 pound dumbbell
    • Hamstring Curl
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
    • Lat Pull Down
      • 2 sets of 20 reps @ 60 pounds
    • Leg Extension
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
    • Lunge & Lift
      • 2 set of 10 reps 
    • Stability Ball Back Extension
      • 2 sets of 20 reps
    • Stability Ball Ys & Ts
      • Ys & Ts
        • 2 sets each of 10 reps each
    • Step Ups
      • Skipped, ran out of time!
  • Treadmill 
    • 3 Mile Run
      • 30:45 minutes
        • Mile 1 – 5.7mph
        • Mile 2 – 5.8mph
        • Mile 3 – 5.9mph (5 min.) & 6mph (5min.)

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TIP OF THE DAY! 

 

20 Ways to Get Healthier for Free 

 

17. Try a new sport
You’ve always wanted to try cross-country skiing, right? As part of its anniversary sale Jan. 9, WinterTrails.org will help you try it for free at a location near you. 

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Girl Scout Cookies

STAY TUNED!!! 

The “Girl Scout Cookie” Giveaway Winners will be announced Friday, 2/19/10 in the afternoon!!!  =)