Monday, April 30, 2007

Shame on You, Quizno's!

Not only do you not disclose your nutritional information (which I imagine is HEINOUS!), you have also changed your menu and removed the TURKEY LITE! Seriously, throw me a freaking bone here. I was just beside myself when I found myself in this new Quizno’s today and my standbye (which I believe is one of 3 sandwiches they’ve ever disclosed calories for) was not there. I ended up ordering a turkey sandwich with no sauce, no cheese….but it was regular, so I only ate half. Of course I was starving afterwards and sure I’d eaten a million points. Argh. I hate getting trapped like that! If I were alone, I would have walked out in a rage and gone hungry. Anything is better than feeling like you are making the wrong choice for nothing.
To vent further, Quizno’s has made no effort whatsoever to cater to a dieting crowd, be it low carb or low calorie. All the soups today were creamy, they were served in a bread bowl (I mean, come on, let’s add insult to injury here), half the sandwiches are served with bacon, all the salads come drenched in fattening dressings….there is literally NOTHING there for the health conscious dieter. They even eliminated the Baked Lays in line. Like the “3 ingredient” lays…potatoes, oil, salt….are better! PLEASE! I was so angry. No wonder Americans are obese. When something as innocuous as a sandwich becomes so full of fat and calories, we are all doomed.
On a more positive note, I haven’t been hit with the ravenous nighttime munchies yet. I just ate a bowl of lettuce with some Trader Ming dressing, so hopefully that has taken the edge off a little. Now, what to find for dinner that’s low in points and doesn’t involve dishes?! Man, I’m so lazy after work.
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 1
2 All Bran Bars (separated by 6 hours, I’ll have you know) 4
1 cup of grapes 1
String cheese 1
Fiberful bar 1
Quizno’s smoked turkey sandwich, 1/2 of a regular, no cheese, no sauce 8
Salad with Trader Mings dressing 1
1 cup Fiber One Flakes with 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze 3
Hostess 100 calorie chocolate cupcakes 1

Totals 21

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Couldn't Resist High Tea

I hope I didn’t submarine my day.
We were taking a beautiful walk in San Juan Capistrano on America’s oldest street when suddenly we came across this gorgeous cottage surrounded by flowers. The deck wrapped around the building was bustling with diners….so I ran over to the sign and to my great pleasure it was a tea house! Now, I haven’t had a proper tea since I went to England to visit my friend and had the works in Brighton, so I was definitely due. My husband protested heartily, but I trumped him and in we went. I don’t feel I was too bad. We ordered a pot of English breakfast tea, 4 sandwich triangles (equaling one whole sandwich), a cup of fruit, and a blackberry scone. I will admit, I had some cream on my scone….that’s how you really do a scone. Hubby ate half of everything, so that minimized the guilt I felt. I am not sure how to estimate points on this, though? Do I call it 10 and hope that covers it? Starbucks scones range from 8 - 16 points. If I say mine was 12 points total, then that is 6 for my half. The microscopic sandwiches could not have been more than 3. And my dab of cream 1? Well, I’ll call my wonderful, sinful, totally funny and whimsy teatime 10. The look of horror on my husband’s face at the portions (they were dainty) was enough humor to last a week!
Here’s my day so far. I’m thinking lots of vegetables tonight?!! I’d work out, but my knee is about ready to have a full blown flair-up and my legs are so sore they hurt to touch. I might be able to do an upper body circuit tonight with some abs, but anything that’ll earn me activity points will probably hurt too much. I hate getting old.
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
1 cup Trader Joe O’s and 1/4 cup Almond Breeze 2
1 cup of grapes 1
1/2 of the Quaker chocolate 90 calorie pack 1
Hostess 100 calorie pack cupcakes 1
High tea– 1/2 scone, 1/2 sandwich, dab o’ cream 10
Artichokes, ICBINB 0
Coldstone Like It Sinless Sweet Cream, no topping 3
Fiber One Bar 2

Totals 22
1 flex point used. 0 activity points. (Although we did walk for 20 minutes, lost, in San Juan capistrano today, but we’ll err on the side of caution)

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Product Review- Quaker Granola Bites

Just got these at Costco today, in 3 different flavors….cinnamon, chocolate, and peanut butter. Opened the chocolate tonight for a bite, and let me tell you– -one word came to mind:
Yes, they taste like the Girl Scout cookie. Maybe they don’t have the caramel and they aren’t big at all, but boy do they taste good. Somehow the granola has the texture of coconut, so I was tricked. I love them!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Just One of Those Days

I ate 1/2 of my points by 1pm, so it’s been rough tonight! I don’t know why I have days like this, but I just roll with the punches.
For lack of anything better to say, here’s my day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
TJ’s Light String Cheese 1
Dannon Lite n’ Fit Yogurt 1
Minestrone soup w/ 2 Wasa crackers 3
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
Sugarfree pudding 1
Green apple 1
1 Tbsp Trader Ming’s dressing, 1 cup Romaine, tbsp slivered almonds 1
Pria Bar 2
5 ounces chicken with 1 cup brown rice and roasted asparagus 8
100 calorie pack of Hostess cupcakes 2
Totals 23
Flex points used: 1, Flex Points Remaining: 24

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


The creative juices aren’t flowing tonight, so apologies in advance for my lack of inspiration.
Today was a day. Nothing spectacular. No weird eating urges. No binging. I went to spinning tonight and probably lost 10 lbs in sweat. Seriously gross, but it makes me feel like I worked hard. Had a huge salad for dinner with my lemon pepper tuna, slivered almonds, a slice of Jalsberg light cheese, and my sinful Trader Ming’s Sesame Ginger dressing. There’s really nothing like a good salad.
So, here’s the damage for the day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
TJ’s Light String Cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful Bar 1
Grilled chicken breast with sauteed veggies 4
Hostess 100 calorie pack (chocolate ones– YES!!!) 2
1 Klondike Slim a Bear fudgesicle 1
1 small green apple 1
1 packet of SF hot cocoa 1
2 Wasa crisps with 1 wedge laughing cow light 2
My huge tuna salad 5

Totals 20
Activity points earned: 5 (spinning rocks my world!)
Flex points: 25 remaining

Monday, April 16, 2007

Nauseous, yet I continue to eat

Today’s VA Tech shooting just took the wind right out of me today. My cousin and her husband are alumni, and I’m about 5 years out of school myself….and I cannot fathom showing up to lecture hall and being shot for no reason. I’ve just been stunned and nauseous all day long. It sort of puts my eating into perspective, but in the spirit of accountability, here’s my menu for the day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
TJ’s Light String Cheese 1
Dannon Lite n’ Fit Yogurt 1
Chipotle chicken salad w/ black beans, lettuce, and Tabasco (talk about not filling) 8
Hostess 100 calorie pack (chocolate ones– YES!!!) 2
100 calorie granola bar 2
2 cups of mixed veggies– broccoli, carrots, and cucumbers 0
1 packet of SF hot cocoa 1
2 Wasa crisps with 1 wedge laughing cow light 2
1 cup butter lettuce with 1 tbsp fat free feta and 1 tbsp Trader Ming’s Sesame dressing 1
1.5 cups Fiber One Flakes with Almond clusters and 1/2 cup Almond Breeze 4
Totals 24
Activity points earned: 30 minutes on Elliptical, interval…..3 pts (320 calories)
Flex Points Used: I ate 10 last night. Please don’t ask. I’m ovulating. (That’s what I tell my dear husband when he questions my binges….he doesn’t like anything having to do with girly business and just leaves me alone) Suffice it to say I binged on lots of fiberous cereals, strawberries, and jello, so it wasn’t all THAT bad. Anyway, 25 left for the week. This is day 2. (oops)

Sunday, April 15, 2007

I Heart Henry's

Amidst a slightly gloomy day (and by CA standards, that means we saw the sun most of the time but it did rain for maybe a 1/2 hour!), hubby and I hit the local Henry’s supermarket to grab some veggies for the week. And what booty I found! (Clear your minds! I mean this in the pirate sense of the word booty….arrrrr)
I came home with 2 bags of lettuce, a bag of baby spinach, two cucumbers, 2 zuchinni, a summer squash, kiwi fruit, strawberries, a bag of carrots & broccoli, and asparagus. Mmm Mmm Mmmm…’s going to be a great week. I came home and chopped up my cucumbers, then placed them in baggies with the carrots and broccoli so I can snatch them up in the morning and take them to work with me. I also made a dip with french onion dip mix and fat free sour cream. 4 tablespoons = 1 point, and I’m anticipating that this will last me two days. I also got Wasa rye crisps that I’m going to eat with my Laughing Cow light wedges for 2 point snacks. I figure they won’t be as bad for me as the 100 calorie packs, and they may actually fill me up.
Dinner tonight was chicken breast with sauteed onion, zuchinni, and summer squash in garlic, salt, pepper, a dash of EVOO, and some ICBINB spray. I also added a side salad with a tablespoon of Trader Ming’s Sesame Ginger Dressing— it’s like candy and only 25 calories for 2 tablespoons. I’m STUFFED!!! Which is a good thing, because I suspect I’m out of points in a major way. Today was just a snacky kind of day, and I never tallied my points. So, the table below might show some devastation as I reveal the day’s damage:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
1 cup Kashi Go Lean with 1/2 cup Unsweetened Almond Breeze 3
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
Trail Mix Bar 3
Hostess 100 calorie pack (chocolate ones– YES!!!) 2
100 calorie pack of Mini Butter-flavored rice cakes (quaker?) 2
Mini pistachio flavored frozen yogurt 2
2 cups lettuce with 1 tbsp dressing 1
5 ounces chicken breast 5
Sauteed veggies 0

Totals 22
Well I’ll be! I guess all is not lost.
I didn’t do yoga this morning. Slept until 11am! What has become of me? Well, I do work hard during the week and my weekends are the only time to rest and recover. I guess I deserve it every once and while. And I hit up H&M for a little retail therapy while the hubby was out at work. Got some rockin’ work pants and some cute tanks to wear under cardigans…love it. Also got some workout clothes at Old Navy. Can’t beat their sports bras for $12. Granted, they aren’t that supportive, but who’s watching me?!


…Diet secrets, that is. When a group in my office decided to do a weight loss pool, I offered one of my friends a list of snacks I eat when I need to fill me up….they were dreading their new “diets” and didn’t know where to start. I’m sure you’ve seen them all on various lists all over the internet, but I found it in my e-mail box today and thought I’d offer up my “secrets” to reaching my WW goal. (I’m copying verbatim, so apologies for WW lecturing)
Low fat mozzarella string cheese
Klondike Slim-A-Bear Fudgesicles (they are 1 point, but you can only have 1 and you have to be able to handle sugar alcohols)
Baby carrots
Snap peas with 1 wedge of Laughing cow cheese
100 calorie pack of 94% fat free popcorn
5 cups of air-popped popcorn with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray
100 calorie Pria bars (mint, peanut butter crisp, French vanilla)
Deep chocolate Vitamuffin top (I buy these in bulk from– I am addicted and they are SO good for you and sinful when nuked for 15 seconds)
Thomas’ Light English Muffin with 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
Berries— all berries are good! Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blueberries
1 Small apple
Dannon Lite n’ Fit Yogurt with 1/2 cup of Kellogg’s All Bran
15 Wisecrackers from Trader Joe’s with hummus spread
Veggie burgers— these are a great snack– and some brands taste pretty good, too!
Weight Watchers snacks…they make pretzels, bars, shakes, and little cakes that you can bring as a snack

Coolteacher's Chicken Parm recipe

Thought I would post this recipe that I got from one of our healthy-eating mentors on the Knot, Coolteacher79. Haven’t calculated the points on this yet, but I’ve made it several times and love it.
1.5 lbs chicken breast
1 egg white
1/4 c oats
1 large can diced tomatoes w/ Italian seasonings
1/4 c fat free mozzerella
Spray large pan with Pam. Preheat on stove top.
Dip each chicken breast in the egg white, then in the oats, coating each side.
In the pan, sear the chicken on high heat, about 2-3 minutes each side.
Flip chicken back to original side. Cover, and reduce heat to medium.
Flip chicken occasionally and cook until just no longer pink.
Add tomatoes. Cover. Cook on medium until they first start to boil.
Sprinkle ff mozzerella on top. Cover. Cook until cheese melts.
Remove, place on platter to serve. Sprinkle with parsley to garnish.
** This is great served over 1-2 oz. whole wheat angel hair pasta.
Just cook the pasta separately.

Response from the Chief Seafood Officer

15 04 2007
You may remember my lunch from yesterday at King’s Fish House and my subsequent e-mail to their website asking for nutritional information. While I’m a bit disappointed that they didn’t give me any numbers, I’m pretty impressed with my late night response. Clearly, these guys value their customers, and trust me….I’ll be a repeat in the future.
Hi Mtngirlincali,

Thanks for asking! Unfortunately we have just begun to work on creating a system for offering this nutritional info. We are still months away. However, this I can tell you…my recommendation is that you do what my wife, who also uses Weight Watchers does and orders her sauce on the side and her veggies without butter because this is where sso many of the calories can come from. The Seafood and fresh vegetables we use are so naturally healthful and nutritious and even without the added fats are extremely flavorful.

I hope that helps and I look forward to being able to offer more complete info in the future.



Saturday, April 14, 2007

Hostess With the Mostest

I found them. After weeks and weeks of scouring every grocery store known to man, I finally found the Hostess 100 calorie packs of cupcakes everyone has been raving about. I’m not sure why California isn’t fully stocked with this low cal wonder, but at least now I know where to go. Thank you, Albertsons! At least you are good for ONE type of shopping trip.
I’ve only tried the yellow cake, and it was only so-so. I probably shouldn’t have had anything tonight, but as I was pumping gas, I looked into the car and my darling husband was munching away on my Hostess cupcakes with a sick grin on his face. Naturally, I confiscated what was left of his pack and ate it for myself. I’ve been waiting for these for ages– how dare he eat one of mine, and first, no less!
Had an okay day today. Ate 1/2 of my points by the time we left today for our day of mixed use sightseeing. I’m trying to look at proven developments so I can get a sense of placemaking and different mixes of uses….hoping some of it wil be useful to my job. So today we hit Victoria Gardens out in Rancho Cucamonga, a result of a $300 million public-private partnership between the City and Forest City Enterprises. Very well done, I might add. They developed several “main street” type thoroughfaires lined with quality retail and including several gathering areas that were bustling with music and activity. I loved it! We had lunch at King’s Fish House, which was very health-friendly. I ordered grilled shrimp and scallops with steamed veggies and sauteed spinach. SO yummy. Have no idea what the points are, though, so I’m not journaling today. I figure I start over with flex points tomorrow and had 30 left over for the week, so there’s no way I could go over today with the meal I chose. (Unless it’s like the evil Macaroni Grill, who somehow turn an innocuous grilled scallop salad into 3 Happy Meals) As an aside, I e-mailed them tonight and inquired as to the caloric content of my meal. Let’s see how good their customer service is!
You know, I had some candy, too. I sent my husband to the candy store so I could shop in peace, but that only caused trouble on the car ride home. I ate a few peach gummy things, a black licorice wheel, a dark chocolate turtle, and 2 strips of sour tape. And it was good.
Tomorrow, I’m going to hope and pray that I get up in time to go to my very first yoga class. Everybody tells me I need to relax and get rid of stress, and yoga is usually the next thing out of their mouth. I’ve never been, because frankly, bending into weird shapes and breathing deeply for an hour is not my idea of a good time. I hate admitting that I have done a position called the “downward facing dog,” and I am SO NOT FLEXIBLE. It’s embarassing, really. That’s why I like spinning. Nobody cares about my lack of flexibility, there’s yelling, sweat, hard-pumping music, and I love it. BUT, yoga keeps coming up in conversations. Improving core strength, which will help with my knee issues and my back pain. And the whole stress thing, too. So, fingers crossed that I overcome my fear of yoga and get my booty to the gym at 9:30 am tomorrow morning!

Well I'll Be....

After all this scale frustration, I decided to take my measurements and compare them to the ones I took on Sparkpeople back in January when I tried out their program. I’ll compare them to my original weight and measurements from my wedding dress fitting in September of 2006. Here you go, in inches:

Date Weight Hips Waist Chest
Sept. 2006 178.5 40.5 31.5 42.5
January, 2007 147 38 30 40
April 14, 2007 152.5 36.75 27.25 39

So, I may have gained 5.5 lbs in the past few months, but I’m smaller. Ack!!! I guess that explains why most of my clothes still fit. I just really wish the scale would go down a little, too. It’s all boobs, really. If they’d just shrink a tiny little bit I could get back into my H&M large shirts again. (They really need to learn about women with breasts– it’s impossible to get a good fit there on the top…but check them out for pants. They do great with hips and butt)
Anyway, thought it was interesting. If some of you have gained but feel like you are working hard, take your measurements. I certainly feel like this is enough to keep me motivated for a while longer! (I was pretty down this morning)

So, What Do I Want?

I haven’t really thought this one through lately. I’m so fixated by the number on the scale that nothing else seems to satisfy me. After weighing in at 152.5 AGAIN this morning, I just about banged my head against a wall. What is wrong? Why wasn’t it this difficult last year when I went zipping past this number and into the 140’s?
But I sit here and think about the leaps and bounds my body has been through in the past month and a half. I can wear the short shorts and stand next to the skinny girls…and my legs are the ones that are toned. My poochy tummy, which is probably the reason why all those tests indicate I’m prone to future heart disease, is slowly going down. All those crazy ab exercises after spinning seem to be tightening it up and eating away at all the mush. And you know what? I may be the same “bigger” weight that I am right now, but I do feel more confident when I go out. Because I’m fit and healthy. Just a pound over the limit to the top of the BMI chart. Throw me a bone here, Mr. Scale!
So what do I want?
• I want to go on my long-awaited honeymoon with my husband and wear a bikini. Not even a string one. One of those halter types with a little more coverage is sufficient. I just want to be able to wear a two piece without thinking “do they think I’m too fat to wear this?”
• I want to not care what other people think of what I eat. Last summer I didn’t care. But those extra 10 lbs have really changed me.
• When I do have kids, I want to be the MILF! I don’t want to let the pregnancy weight get ahead of me, so I will try to use my foundation that I’m setting now to get me to MILF status in short order.
• I want to be able to do that crazy 300 Fitness test. I’d be Superwoman if I could complete it.
• I want to feel more energetic. Get rid of these daytime fevers. Feel ready to conquer the world, all the time.

I just really want to wear that stupid bikini. It’s SO vain, but I’ve always been the chubby girl my entire life and have never, ever been able to wear one. It seems so silly, but it is my main motivator. Especially living in Southern CA now, where everyone is obsessed with how they look. (Don’t get me started on my forehead lines— I would never ever do Botox, but now I notice them every morning and think to myself, “I hate getting old! I want my hubby to be able to say that he’s got a hot one on his hands, not just a “smart one.”
We’ll keep working on all of that. Thanks, Fat Girl Walking (wish I could call you something else? Our Inspirational Leader? Infinitely Wise one? Sarah?), for this idea. Helps to sit down and really think about these things every once and a while

Friday, April 13, 2007

Saved By Costco

I had my mind set on “cheating” all day today. Granted, I have 30 flex points in the bank that I can use until Sunday, so it’s technically not cheating. What could have me fixated all day long, you ask? The Costco vanilla frozen yogurt. Gargantuan and creamy, it is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. DWLZ has it logged as 4 points, so it’s usually something I can plan for. Unfortunately, my day went downhill around noon and I ate a few more points than I should have in order to properly space out my day. So, the yogurt was totally going to dip into the flex bank.
Imagine my massive disappointment when the Costco food stand from hell RAN OUT OF VANILLA FROZEN YOGURT….RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY VERY EYES!!! No, I’m sure you can’t imagine it. Because it was such a huge downer– I feared I would break down into tears right then and there. Alas, I controlled myself and held it together, rejected the chocolate substitute, and then proceeded to pout for the entire night. Damn you, Costco. I love you, and I loathe you.
For those unaware, the Costco food stand is a source of much evil. One slice of pizza is the equivalent of nearly one whole day of points!!! That heinous “chicken bake” seems innocuous enough, but it is pure Big Mac in disguise. And the Caesar Salad– boy, I don’t know what they’ve done to it, but it’s so calorically rich you’d be better getting an In n’ Out burger with fries! So, there’s my PSA for the day. If you must, do the berry smoothie. Don’t let the yogurt get you, though. It’s addictive like Coffeemate….er, crack.
Here’s the damage for the day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
TJ’s light string cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
TJ’s Instant Blueberry oatmeal 3
Pria Bar 2
3 large carrots 0
3 ounces of chicken breast with marinara sauce 3
OCoco’s 100 calorie pack 2
2 cups Trader Joe O’s with 1 cup of Unsweetened Almond Breeze 5
Thomas Light English Muffin with 1 TBSP Peanut butter 3
1.5 cups Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds 4
Totals 22
Flex points: 30 remaining
Activity points: None. But surely I earned a few dashing around the new H&M grand opening today. Talk about excitement. Once those crowds go down at the cash register, I’m going to do some real damage.

Danger Zone

You know that time. Halfway through the day, when you’ve been insatiably hungry and you now find yourself on pace to bust through all your points before the day is done. Time to go home early and go straight to sleep, because there’s nothing left to do at that point.
Well, I’m there. I’ve eaten 8 points and haven’t even gotten to my lunch yet. And I’m ravenous, just ravenous. I’d like to say it’s because all my rockin’ leg muscles are needing more calories, but we know that probably isn’t the case. After all, the evil scale has placed me back at 152.5 despite my perfect behavior and obscene number of activity points for the week. What to do?? Well, I’m just going to read blogs at work all afternoon. To pass the day, keep my munchy fingers occupied, and to remind me why finding more food to eat isn’t going to make me feel better in the long run.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wordpress Failure

Yes, that would be me. Just wanted to clear the air a little. In the past hour, I’ve read tutorials and support forums to no avail….I cannot get my blogroll to show up, and I cannot get my poor little blog to register on the most active list. Now, I don’t want it to show up for vanity reasons, although I did love all the comments I used to get. No, I’m just lazy. It’s so much easier to just click on the sidebar than it is to go search for myself or log in! At any rate, this poor little blog will continue to be plain and boring. (Shoot, my Myspace is ALL pimped out— I am so ashamed of myself here)
Today was okay. We ended up going to lunch and I ordered a pulled pork barbecue sandwich with steamed veggies on the side. I only ate the bottom half of my bun, so for the whole lunch I’m estimating about 6 points. Rather than slather it in BBQ sauce, I accidentally reached for the hot sauce and doused my poor pile of meat. Let’s just say I was just a bit lit up by the end of lunchtime.
Am also sad because my favorite spin instructor is moving to Wednesday morning classes. She was absolutely fantastic– 5 minutes of stretching before and after, 45 minutes of heart pumping cardio, and then 5 minutes of abs after we cool down. Probably one of the better all-around workouts I’ve gotten. Too bad I have a job or else I’d be following her to Wednesday and the new time slot. Here’s to hoping her replacement is as fabulous as she is!
Here’s the damage for the day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
TJ’s instant blueberry oatmeal 3
Carrots 0
TJ’s light string cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
Barbecue pulled pork sandwich, 1/2 bun with steamed veggies 6
Lean burger, Wonder Lite bread, Jalsberg Lite, lettuce and banana peppers 5
Sugar free hot cocoa 1
Thomas’ Lite English Muffin with 1 Tbsp of Peanut Butter 3

Totals 22
Flex points: 30 remaining
Activity points: 4 earned/not touching them

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

All in a Day's Work

I have managed to have a good day thus far, but for me, the nighttime is the most dangerous time. I’m sometimes alone, and at times that leaves me without control. Sometimes I crave a tablespoon of peanut butter. Other times, it’s a bowl of Honey Bunches of Oats without milk. Or every once and a while, it’s chocolate. I’ll take it any way I can get it.
There are no “triggers” for me, unless you want to call PF Changs’ crab cheese wontons “triggers.” (Seriously, if I order them, the wontons didn’t do the triggering– I already made my mind up to abandon the day!) I think I just get bored and need something to keep my fingers occupied. If I’m not typing, I must shovel food into my mouth…..and the time I’m most likely to be inactive is a few hours before bed. Danger zone! I haven’t quite mastered the art of eating a satisfying dinner so that I don’t go desert happy and munch until bedtime. I’ve tried brushing my teeth when I’m done with dinner. This works– it’s the brushing the teeth part that proves difficult. I’ve also tried the “drink a bottle of water before you eat anything” tactic. I find that after I down the bottle, I’m still ravenous and lack the control to wait and see if my hunger changes in 10 minutes. I’ve even tried going to bed early, but my DVR is so full right now that I can’t record any more 10pm tv shows until I catch up with the ones I’ve already missed!
Excuses, I know. But one day, I will learn the secret. Trust me, I’ll share it when I figure it out.
Here’s my today….mind you, I haven’t had dinner yet, but this is what I intend to eat:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
TJ’s instant blueberry oatmeal 3
Pria Bar 2
TJ’s light string cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
Mini chocolate bunny 2
TJ’s Ricotta stuffed chicken breast, 4 ounces 4
1 Baby Artichoke with ICBINB spray 0
100 calorie pack Wheat Thins with 1 wedge laughing cow light 3

Totals 19
You bet I’ll eat the other 3 points tonight. Maybe treat myself to the Skinny cow ice cream sandwich? Score.

The Temptation to Forget

Every once and a while, I’ll have a day where I’ll sneak a Hershey kiss, an extra tablespoon of barbecue sauce, a squirt of Miracle Whip, or a little handful of almonds. I know that in that very instant, I’ve probably consumed a point, or a half a point at the very least…..but somehow I choose to leave it off my daily points table and “forget” about it. Only I never really forget. It always lingers in the back of my mind, and somehow I’m back to being 10 years old and have just gotten away with sneaking an Oreo from the cookie jar. I don’t feel joyous and triumphant because I cheated the system. I just feel….guilty. I’ll admit that the frustration I feel when I step on the scale and don’t see a loss is immensely profound. But rather than blame myself, it’s always easier to just blame the system. But today, I’m going to fess up. Because today I gained a pound, and I only have myself to blame. Yesterday, I did not count a handful of nuts or my Salad Spritzer dressing that I had for lunch. I ate 6 full-size carrots, and they surely were not 1 point. And my 1.5 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats was probably more like 2, but I wouldn’t know because I was too lazy to measure it!
So there. I’m guilty. Guilty of forgetting….intentionally

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sweatin' Away the Pounds

…at least I hope that’s what I’m accomplishing these days! Today was a great diet/exercise day for me. Not only did I really stay on program and feel good about what I ate, but I also made it to the gym and had an absolutely fantastic spinning class. And thanks to all the water I downed during the workday, I was sweatin’ up a storm! Woohoo! This was one of my very first days where exercising was a release and the adrenaline rush I needed to get me through the rest of the night. Just the thought….er, the hope…of having a rocking hot body is enough to keep me going here. Only then will I go on my long awaited honeymoon.
So, started the morning off with some blood tests. I have this chronically high temperature 3 weeks out of the month, and I’ve finally figured out the pattern after 6 months. I really don’t feel so hot during this time, I’m cold, and of course I have gained nearly 10 lbs since moving to California. FINALLY, I have a Dr. who is willing to dig deeper into the thyroid. So, fingers crossed they figure something out. I’ve been a human pincushion for too long.
Thanks again for all the encouraging remarks about my “obsession.” My friend and I had a good talk today and both felt pretty bad about it in retrospect. I vowed to try to talk work at work, and she vowed to respect my need to watch what I eat. Works well for me.
No pearls of wisdom today. Just hope I stay on track tonight. Here is my day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
TJ’s light string cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful bar 1
TJ’s Instant Blueberry oatmeal 3
Pria Bar 2
3 large carrots 0
1 cup of salad w/ salad spritzer (not enough to register) 0
Sugar free hot cocoa 1
1 ounce salami and 1 slice light Jalsberg in a spelt wrap 5
2 cups romaine lettuce with Trader Ming dressing and 1 tb slivered almonds 2
1.5 cups Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds 4
Totals 22
Flex points used: 5/30 remaining
Activity points earned: 4/5? Who knows. I’m not eating them, though!

The Doctor's Office Scale

I can’t go to bed without a diatribe on the scale at the Dr. office. Does anyone else live in fear of that extra bar that takes you instantly 50 lbs up? Oh my gosh… freakout this morning when we had to go to 150 for the first time in ages. Up until now, the 150’s had been a thing of the past and just a figment on my home digital scale. Possibly a rounding error! Or maybe just off kilter because they are inherently flawed and not tared? Yeah, well, that second bar really set me off. The lady weighing me tried to make me feel better by saying that it had to be way off because there was no way I was 151 lbs, but somehow her bewilderment only made me angrier. I suppose that was the impetus for my day, but I just had to mention it.
And now I shall stop my experiment to see why my blog is no longer on the active list. It was actually pretty good motivation for a while— must post every day so my name shows up on the home page. Then I don’t have to remember the name or web address to my blog. How lazy am I?!

Monday, April 9, 2007

The Cravery: Sinful and Worth Every Last Point

I had the very best lunch today!! My honey picked me up and we headed over to a new chain called The Cravery. They make handheld pot pies, fresh salads, and the most amazing soups you could possibly imagine. If you don’t have restraint, the Cravery probably isn’t for you. But there were so many options for me that I was pretty excited. My meal was just a bowl of tomato basil bique. Yes, a bisque. Yes, it was topped off with heavy cream whipped in. I’m sure it was evil. But the soup was dark red enough that I figure it couldn’t have been that bad. And if there were lots of cream, I would have been violently ill all afternoon. Anyway, this is the best soup I’ve ever had in my life, with the exception of Ruth’s Chris’ French onion soup. (I have dreams about that one) Anyway, thick from the pureed squash they add, and spicy, too. I felt like I was having a major cheat day! Hubby agreed and thought his cup of soup was almost better than his pepperoni pizza pot pie. (He is an evil man, we can all agree on that)
Anyways, to feel better about this unknown wonder, we hit the gym tonight and I did 40 minutes on the treadclimber thing. (Like an elliptical, but it has a vertical component in addition to the resistance) It’s hard work! I feel good, though, and worked up quite a sweat. Hubby and I came home and took turns putting eachother through our ab routine. I will see that six pack one day if it kills me.
My friend and coworker today said that I obsess about food like an anorexic person does. I have to say, this has been bothering me. She isn’t entirely incorrect. I mean, Weight Watchers has consumed my life for well over a year. But unlike her, I am not naturally blessed with skinny genes and every decision I make has to be carefully measured so that I don’t lose my grip on my weight. I’ve vowed never to get to 178 lbs again in my life. This is going to be a challenge. I feel bad that I’ve made her think I am obsessed, but I feel like I only talk about my diet if people ask! I suppose from now on, I’ll just tell people I’m allergic to butter and I’m just not hungry. Ugh. Is having a blog about what I eat really that obsessive? Can’t it be informative and helpful to people on their journey without me being labelled as an obsessive freak? Now, my husband’s parents came out and visited us last month and all they talked about was protein. They were downing protein shakes and avoiding the saltwater taffy store I took them to, constantly talking about how unhealthy everything was. I’m pretty darn healthy, so it really incensed me when they kept going on and on, like they held the monopoly on good eating. His mom even went so far as to tell me that I was “eating like a big girl” because I ate all of my vegetarian enchilada (mind you, I ordered it without cheese and gave half the tortilla to my husband) while she could barely touch her massive burrito. After THAT lovely visit, I swore I’d never make people feel as guilty around food as they made me feel. I hope my coworker doesn’t think I’m trying to be virtuous or preachy!! I suppose I need to be more mindful of this in the future.
OK, here’s another vent. My lovely S&P 500 company has chosen a new health insurance provider who insists on spamming us with health information. They had the nerve to send me a 24 page Powerpoint presentation on exercise, because obesity was causing the health care premiums to rise and that hurt our company. Um, when is it their right to harass us about exercise? I was forced to take a survey for a reduced premium earlier in the year and I said I exercised 3-4 times a week. They told me I was at risk for obesity and heart disease because I was not exercising 60 minutes every day. Who do they think they are? No wonder I am obsessed with food and my weight. I’m being harassed by my own health insurance provider. Maybe they should comp our gym memberships and bring in onsite WW meetings?? Nah, that’d be too nice of them.
Anyway, sorry for the digression. Here’s my day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
TJ’s light string cheese 1
TJ’s Fiberful bar (I found them and bought a case! Yes!) 1
1 Bowl of Tomato Basil Bisque 7
Pria Bar 2
3 large carrots 0
1 cup of salad w/ 2 Tbsp Trader Ming’s Ginger Sesame Dressing (so good) 1
Parmesan-crusted red snapper (made a mistake yesterday) 3
Balsamic roasted asparagus 0
Klondike Slim a Bear fudgesicle 1
1 Tbsp peanut butter 2
Totals 21
I ate 5 flex points last night. Had a bowl of strawberries and a Fiber One bar. Flex Point used: 5/30 remaining. Activity points earned: 4

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Stocked for the Week

Happy Easter! I can’t say that I encountered nearly as many challenges today as some of you who had the big family gatherings with ham dinners and East egg hunts. I merely slept in and went about business as usual. However, I did get forced to stop at a new gelato shop this afternoon– Piccomolo’s. Apparently, Italian ice scream has half the fat and calories of regular ice scream. A small serving (3 ounces) contains 158 calories and 4 grams of fat, according to the poster on their wall. So I ordered a small peanut butter, because of course my willpower was gone. Thankfully, I really wanted to eat dinner tonight, so I handed it over to my husband after only a few bites. Even if the poster on the wall was lying, I probably didn’t sabotage myself.
On the plus side, I had my two week non-WW weigh-in this morning. (I’m trying to solidly get back down below goal before I officially weigh in and get back to regular meetings– I would be too embarassed to put this weight down in my maintenance book) I’m down from my high this week of 153.5 to 151. This is all very good news and keeps me motivated to continue with all the hard work. 151 is goal weight, so I still have a good 3 or 4 lbs to go before I feel comfortable walking back into the meetings again. So, I’m resetting my flex points and hoping I can hold it together! (I was 143 on my wedding day, and even then I couldn’t wear a bikini— I bet something in the 130’s is a good lean weight for me, so I just want to see it!)
I had a great shop at Trader Joe’s this afternoon and stocked up on a bunch of meal ideas. I got these ricotta stuffed chicken breasts with marinara sauce– 180 calories— that look delicious. Also got some fresh flounder filets I hope to have for dinner tonight, a la Roni’s parmesan-crusted recipe she posted a week or so ago. Then I got some extra lean burgers– 150 calories each— because I know that both me and my husband will eat them. And to top off this smorgasboard of lean protein, I got a few pounds of beautiful scallops. Mmmm….love scallops. So I’m looking forward to trying to pull this off this week! I also have an acorn squash that I have no idea what to do with… I HAVE to do the brown sugar thing, or is there some other yummy way of preparing it?? And I got a mini artichoke. It looked so good, but I have never eaten an artichoke before and have no idea what to do with it, so it’s just sitting in my fridge looking all pretty.
Here’s my food for the day. I’m adding my dinner, too:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
Banana 2
3/4 cup Kashi Go Lean and 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond Breeze 2
2 slices Wonder Light bread 1
Small chicken breast with 1 tbsp BBQ sauce 4
100 calorie pack oatmeal cookies 2
2/3 cup of Gelato 2
Parmesan-crusted tilapia 3
Balsamic roasted asparagus 0
3 small chocolate eggs 2

Totals 21

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Burrito Bandito

As is usual for a Saturday, my husband and I went out on the town and ended up having a late lunch/early dinner at El Torito. He’s impossible, I swear. You think we could go to a seafood restaurant or maybe a salad place? Nah, he likes to make it hard on me. Anyway, turns out El Torito has a few good options for those trying to not gain 20 lbs by the end of the meal. I took Roni’s advice on Mexican food stand-by and ordered their vegetarian burrito. It was just a flour tortilla filled with vegetables…..zuchinni, summer squash, tomatoes, onions, and a little bit of corn. No sauce or filling. No cheese. A side of beans, which I don’t think were too bad. (Or even refried) No rice, just a side of melon. I hate melon, so that saved me a few calories, too.
At any rate, aside from being pretty tasteless, I was happy that it didn’t put me over my points for the day. According to DWLZ, the El Torito beans were 1.5 points. No information on the veggie burrito, but I figure it’s just the flour tortilla (slightly larger than the 3-point versions, so I’ll call it 4 points) and maybe some corn. 6 points altogether? And I abstained from the chips!!! I kept shoving gum into my mouth before the meal and when I was done with my dinner to prevent me from eating more. My jaws ache.
Anyway, that was the big excitement for the day. Here’s the dirt:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
1 cup Kashi Go Lean w/ 1/2 cup of Unsweetened Almond Breeze 2
1 cup strawberries 1
2 little Hershey eggs (darn you, mom!) 2
Pria Bar 2
Thomas Light English muffin with Boca sausage patty, slice of 2% cheese, ICBINB spray, and 1/4 cup of egg whites 4
El Torito Vegetarian Burrito with hot sauce 6
1 tablespoon low fat peanut butter 2

Totals 22
Flex points: 35 used (yesterday!! bleh)/0 remaining
Activity points: None. I slept in and missed the classes this morning

Friday, April 6, 2007

Cheater, Cheater, Easter Candy Eater

Of course I would never buy Easter candy and consume it all on my own. But I didn’t plan on my mother shipping me a box of peanut butter eggs in the mail today. Seriously, the woman knows I have weight issues. Why?! And when did this start up? I’ve been grown up and moved out for years now. I’m 27. I can’t handle chocolate bunnies and Nestle eggs!
So I’m so embarassed I can’t even tell you….how I feel, how much I ate, what my brain is thinking. So I’m not going to. I’m going to consider all of my flex points gone for the week, though, as punishment for my mini binge. I’ve handed the box over to my husband. And now I’m going for a haircut. Maybe after that, I’ll hit the gym and then go to sleep so I don’t eat any more tonight!!!
Insanity, I tell you. Why can’t it ever be easy?

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Golden Spoon = Yummy Goodness

Another good day! Well, the evening is young and I still have some urge fighting to do, but I still feel happy about pretty much everything I ate today. My first day without a 100-calorie pack or fiber bar in a long, long time. To top all this off, I started my day with the first downward scale movement I’ve seen in months — 1 whole pound! Granted, I am almost certain this is water, but it is still a triumph for me. It marks my one-month anniversary of spinning classes twice a week (diet AND exercise combined did not help my weight loss cause for some reason), and finally gives me a little assurance that I might be doing something right. I was a Weight Watchers ACE last year at this time. Surely a year of age hasn’t messed with my metabolism so much that going back to the basics won’t make a difference.
OK, done rambling and feeling sorry for myself. I packed my lunch again today, and when my husband called and asked if I wanted to go out with him, I said sure! and stashed my deli wrap into my purse….and away we went. It helps to choose a restaurant with outdoor tables and limited service. Then I don’t feel so guilty when I don’t order and just nosh on my tortilla. So yet again, I was able to have lunch out without the guilt, bloat, sodium, fat, and horror of the unknown nutritional information of restaurants. I did splurge after lunch and have a 3-point Golden Spoon frozen yogurt- 1/2 pistachio, 1/2 cake batter. Mmmm!! For those of you in the Midwest or the East coast who are doing without, imagine Coldstone, but with fat free frozen yogurt that comes in a million different sizes and fat free flavors. It’s a controlled dieters dream. I was just a little over the Coldstone sinless sweet cream, let me tell you.
So, that was the day. Came home and instead of going to the gym, hubby and I clipped our cat’s toenails. Scruffing him is worth an activity point! So now, we are pulling out the free weights and doing our ab routine…..and I’ll be doing my PT on my knee, since I’m starting to feel the workouts getting to it. Tomorrow is spin class with the instructor that does the full body workouts– can’t wait!
I made a little bowl of Barilla Plus pasta tonight, with a side salad and some balsamic vinegar-roasted asparagus. I really outdid myself on this asparagus. Little balsamic, little salt, little pepper….I could have eaten pounds of the stuff. It was like candy. My pasta and salad weren’t so good, but I am definitely full.
Now all I need is the strength to abstain from the evening munchies. So the challenge begins….. Behold, the daily journal:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
Banana (small) 1
Small apple 2
1/2 of Hershey 100-calorie chocolate covered pretzel 1
La Tortilla Factory wrap with 2 ounces light turkey and 1 slice light cheese 3
Small Golden Spoon frozen yogurt 3
1 1/2 cups of lettuce with sprinkle of slivered almonds and 1 tbsp dressing 2
1.5 cups Barilla pasta and 1/4 cup marinara sauce 5
Balsamic roasted asparagus 0
1 Thomas Lite English Muffin w/ ICBINB spray 1

Totals 21
No flexies eaten today, no activity points earned. (although we could argue about that one!)
Edit: 10:30pm
I didn’t make it through the night. Ate a tablespoon of peanut butter and a 100 calorie chocolate pretzel. Flex points: 10 used/25 remaining. UGH!!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

I'm Packin'.....Lunch, that is

3 04 2007
I finally am proud of myself today. And no, this is not weight-related. I curbed my mad morning hunger by giving myself milestones. NO, you cannot eat your 3-point trail mix bar this morning. But if you drink another bottle of water and wait another 1/2 hour, you CAN get a yummy string cheese. I baited myself along all day, and lo and behold, I had enough points leftover to actually satiate my hunger tonight!
I packed my lunch, but was disappointed when my coworkers proposed we go out to eat. A nice compromise was the sunny, outdoor food court by our office. I grabbed my tortilla sandwich and shoved a pudding into my purse, then headed out to enjoy lunchtime. I’ve missed out on the social networking in the past because I didn’t want to eat the calories. This was a much better solution! I think I may do it from now on……gets me away from my desk and now I get to have my eyes on them at all times. Hahaha…the life of a corporate female climbing the ladder!
After work, I headed to the gym for my one-hour spinning class. Admittedly, I’ve only ever taken 1/2 hour spin classes before. An hour petrifies me. If I don’t time my endurance just right, I end up with no juice left and am desperately trying to bring my heartrate down while the rest of the class gets to do a sprinting finish. Today was one of those days. My legs were weary from the elliptical/cross train thingie yesterday, and I just ran out of steam. I finished, as always, but it was a rough one! I earned every last activity point out of that one, let me tell you.
Even more exercise awaited me at home when some idiot parked in my parking spot and I had to drive back out to the road and park. I’m annoyed by my twilight hike, and I’m ready to tow, baby! (I had to vent to someone. I know all anyone wants to read about is the food and exercise, but this explains why I ate so many brussel sprouts tonight)
With that lovely sentiment, behold my food!
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 3
Banana (small) 1
TJ’s Light String Cheese 1
Trail Mix Bar 3
La Tortilla Factory wrap with 2 ounces light turkey and 1 slice light cheese 3
Sugar free pudding cup 1
1 cup snow peas and carrots 0
Bowl of Unsweetened Almond Breeze (1 cup) with 1.5 cups of Kashi Go Lean 4
1.5 of Honey Bunches of Oats (I heart this cereal) 5
Brussel Sprouts with 10 sprays ICBINB 0
1/2 of a Hershey 100-calorie chocolate covered pretzel pack 1
Totals 22
Flex Points: I was a bad girl last night and ate 2 pieces of Wild Oats white bread. 5 points. And then I ate something else, but I don’t remember. Oh. Kashi Go Lean. 1 cup. Flex points: 7 eaten/28 remaining
Activity points earned: a lot. Probably 4 or 5. But I’m not eating them, so too lazy to go get the points slide.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Not All Eateries Are Evil

Well, I started the morning off with some massive disappointment. 152.5. This is up a pound and a half from a week ago, and I just don’t know what to think of it all? I mean, it’s possible I messed up on some of the restaurant items and didn’t allocate enough points to them, but I at least expected to see some movement. I also got AF this past week, so I thought surely that weight gain would be gone by now. If it wasn’t my TJ’s stir fry (I hydrated and DID NOT use soy sauce), then I’ve just managed to gain weight by exercising and eating healthy. If I weren’t so stubborn, I’d give up. Next up is the endocrinologist. I found a local one and I’m SO there.
Now, on to later today. Hubby came by to take me to lunch today. We usually make it a once a week occurrence, but I’ve been so busy the past few weeks that he resorted to just dropping a Subway sandwich off at the front desk! So today, we set some time aside and headed to ZPizza. I know, pizza is the kiss of death for dieters…. But this particular restaurant has a menu full of appealing salads that you can order with the dressing on the side. I ordered the pear and gorganzola salad, and I picked out all of the candied walnuts because I’d rather not count those calories. The nutritional information on their website has this salad, without dressing, listed at 200 calories. I figure 50 of those have to be the candied walnuts. At any rate, I dipped my fork in my dressing and probably only managed to eat a tablespoon, if that. I was amazed! So amazed, we continued our extended lunch hour with a trip to Golden Spoon for a mini frozen yogurt. 68 calories and 0 grams of fat. Sure, sugar, but I was craving it after my healthy lunch. All in all, I think I made it through my lunch hour with just 6 points eaten! Ok, maybe I’ll log it as 7 just to be on the safe side….
So, that was that. We hit the gym after work and I did 40 minutes on this bizarre elliptical machine that actually is more like a treadmill. I started out doing the fat burning, but wanted to sweat a bit more so changed it to “interval.” if anything can boost a metabolism, interval training should!!! We shall see….
Here’s the day:
Food Points
Coffeemate creamer with coffee 2
Banana (small) 1
TJ’s Light String Cheese 1
100 calorie Pria Bar 2
Z Pizza salad with 1 tbsp dressing 5
Golden Spoon mini yogurt 2
1 cup snow peas and carrots 0
1 packet sugar free hot cocoa 1
1 serving Barilla pasta with 1/4 cup sauce 4
Salad w/ 1tbsp slivered almonds and 2 tbsp Newman’s light balsamic 2
1 tbsp reduced fat Skippy Peanut Butter (I’m obsessed) 2
Totals 22
Flex points remaining: 35
Activity Points earned: 3

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Checkin' In...again

Not much commentary to add to my daily menu, except I probably had too many simple carbs in there than is acceptable. I ended week one with 15 flex points remaining, so we’ll see based on my weigh-in tomorrow morning whether I can continue to eat them or if I have to control myself some more. 25 points a day is really what satiates me, and I have trouble getting down below 22. We shall see….
So, here is today. I could probably claim 2 activity points, as we did a one-hour hike before dinner, but I feel guilty taking points when I don’t gasp for breath or sweat away a few pints of water! So, they get added to the activity points for the week:
Food Points
1 Tbsp sugar and some skim milk for my coffee 1
1.5 cups Honey Bunches of Oats 4
1 banana (small) 1
1/2 of 100 calorie dark chocolate bar 1
Turkey burger with light bread and 2% Kraft single 5
Coco’s 90-calorie pack 2
1 small apple 1
Trader Joe’s shrimp stir fry w/ 1 cup veggie fried rice 5
Fiber One Bar (I know! So bad) 3
1 tbsp reduced fat Skippy Peanut Butter 2
Totals 25


Strangely enough, I saw an add for these in Weight Watchers Magazine this morning. Imagine my surprise when I found them in the cookie aisle at Henry’s this afternoon! (I believe it’s the equivalent of Wild Oats elsewhere) These are 90 calories, 2 grams of fat, 1 gram of fiber, and are basically cocoa-flavored crips sprinkled in sugar. Now, I would not suggest adding these to a regular regime, but these certainly take care of the chocolate cravings. I’ve been dying for the past few days and devouring as much chocolate as possible. The cocoa flavor is a nice mix between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, and it was very satisfying. Not to die for, but certainly good for dealing with cravings. I’d recommend them! The very best part about O’Coco’s is that they don’t have any sugar alcohols in them….good news for my poor intestinal track. (Still recovering from the Chewy Fiber One bar earlier in the week–so good, but soooo bad)