FOOD

OK  in last few days – I started back on my ‘Lose It’ app to track, in last few days I got back into habit of tracking …it is easy – a few minutes and I’m not a crazy person about it.. Just generally  know what I’m  shoving in my mouth calorie-wise.

The upside of cutting  the meat out for last couple of years…I did naturally lower my bad cholesterol by about 65 points!  So I am closer to Normal on that stat..and I must say I was impressed that my doctor  was actually impressed!!  So it worked.  But now the poundage has to go along with the cholesterol.

SO again – just like I tried before… Cutting the dairy and sugar is my best bet.  I do feel better even these last few days….

 

SO on the big do over food plans…….it is of course back to basics.   Ill likely  use my ‘Lose It’ app to track.  It is so incredibly quick and easy and man it makes you think about the quality of the calories that you consume…because of the empty calories it will show you!

As far as what I’ll eat.  I need to cut out the dairy.  It really doesn’t agree with me and lets face it….if I stopped eating meat two years ago because I wanted to lower my cholesterol… that doesn’t really matter if I still pound the cheese and milk and cream and butter….it’s really kind of a no- brainer.   Oh and Ice cream!

milk

So along with the no-dairy…so goes my coffee.. I’m a big cream and sugar gal.  No more.  Now, it’s tea…I still need the caffeine.

peaches and rasp

Ill post thing that I know were very satisfying and still allowed for solid weight loss.  I do love many of the simple recipes I used from my Skinny Cookbook.    But for the most part…of course lots of fruit and veggies and a gallon of water a day…blah blah we’ve all heard it.  I guess if I type it Ill do it???   I like fruit and veggies.

 

  from my last go around……archived below::from my 2014 effort..

Week Eight Eats.

Warning – don’t look on this page this week for any inspiration.  This week it should be kind of a confessional.  Although I ate several of the great new recipes from Bob Harpers book I’d mentioned last week….I managed to shove in several really unhealthy snacks.. And frankly I really only felt fine with the decision after just one of them…the cream and berries.  I mean…too incredible.  But the fat is a huge thing to over look more than once in a while.

I ate Pizza…and not “incredible Pizza”…Just Pizza…you know that “was just there”.. UGH!

pizza slice

I ate Berries and HEAVY CREAM.  yes that is right Heavy….

berries cream

I ate Cinnamon and sugar toast with butter.   Yup!

cicn toast

I all but polished off an entire container of dark chocolate covered raisins  from Trader Joes.

choco rasins

Yet…. some how I dropped a tiny bit of weight.  So next week can only get better.

 

 

June 7, 2014

So I’ve not posted a new weekly report of “What I Ate” for 4 weeks.   I figured….really??   I have not lost the expected weight for last few weeks and I know it is because I added bags of Popcorn or the  Pizza while in NY etc.  I just had lots of extras and too many calories.  I actually didn’t document for over two weeks.      I decided that It would be way more helpful to actually do the right thing….especially using some of Bob Harpers new recipes from  his new SKINNY MEALS Cookbook…and make these posts helpful!

So this week I’m doing just that!  Yesterday I tried Bob Harpers Avocado Toast – only 220 calories….and SOOOOOO Good.  I made enough to have it again for breakfast this morning.

avocado

I’m staying below 1,400 calories per day.

 

 

Weekly Report for week of June 2, 2014 

pistachios

What I Ate:

Monday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries), Coffee with milk

60 pistachios, 2 cups Trader Joe Herb Popcorn

8 steamed  shrimp with cocktail sauce

Tuesday:

2 eggs fried with canola spray, 1/2 strawberries, Coffee with hh

Veggie Burger on grilled WW bun, spinach salad with side sour cream

8 steamed  shrimp with cocktail sauce, 1/4 slice of Chicken pot pie (no chicken)

60 pistachios, 2 cups Trader Joe Herb Popcorn

Wednesday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries),  Coffee with milk

1/4 cliff bar  – 4 ounces ginger ale

1 slice Cheese Pizza

2 cups Trader Joe Herb Popcorn, 2 servings B&J frozen Greek Yogurt.  This was an unhealthy day…not good sources of calories.

Thursday:

Coffee with Milk,  1/2 serving B&J frozen Greek Yogurt

2 small corn tortillas, 1 tsp. grape seed oil, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 tablespoons Lite Sour Cream, 2 Tablespoons salsa, 1/2 brown rice

1 Popcraft popsicle, 80 pistachios, 1 cup herb popcorn, 3 servings B&J frozen Greek Yogurt…Again, not smart.

Friday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries),  Coffee with milk, 1/2 cup cantaloupe

Veggie Burger on grilled WW bun, spinach salad with side sour cream

80 Pistachios and An entire pint of  B&J frozen Greek Yogurt. I KNOW!   They were two for one at the grocery store and they were lurking in my freezer. OMG. 

Saturday:

Grilled vegetable Sandwich, side of coleslaw ( Yum!  At Breakfast House on Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota! two weeks in a row! ) Iced tea, 3 sugars, 1  and 1/2 cup strawberries

Small plate spaghetti and meatballs, 2 pieces sour dough bread with butter.

1 serving B&J frozen Greek Yogurt

Sunday:

Coffee with Milk and sugar, an onion bagel with cream cheese, butter and tomato. ( See what I mean…I truly did not make thoughtful smart decisions on food this week and still managed to lose 2 pounds!)

3 servings eggplant Patties ( These are a super decadent lunch but I should just eat one instead of  three ( They are over 200 calories each).  Ingredients include:  Eggplant, garlic, shallots, crushed crackers, eggs and shredded gouda cheese..OMG soooo good.)

An entire pint of  B&J frozen Greek Yogurt. ( The last pint in the fridge..note to self.. DO NOT BUY IT ANY MORE!!!), 1/4  cup fresh coconut.  

So you will  note below in my Lose It! report…that I was OVER in calories more days than not. And still managed to lose 2 pounds.  So 3 pounds  lost a week is possible with actual focus and discipline!

Daily Summary
Date Budget Food Exercise Net +/-
6/2/14 1,461 978 0 978 -483
6/3/14 1,461 1,489 0 1,489 28
6/4/14 1,461 1,278 303 975 -485
6/5/14 1,461 1,947 0 1,947 487
6/6/14 1,461 1,985 303 1,682 222
6/7/14 1,461 1,722 0 1,722 262
6/8/14 1,448 2,345 0 2,345 898
929 calories over budget for the week

Weekly Report for week of May 26, 2014            

 

What I Ate:

Monday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries), Coffee with Pure Cane Syrup

Sautéed red peppers, shallots, in grape seed oil, whole wheat pita, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/4 cup hummus, 1/4 fresh coconut, 1/2 blueberries

Glass White Wine, Green salad, 2 Tablespoons Italian dressing, 12 Almonds, 4 cubes cheddar, 8 WW crackers

Tuesday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries), extra scoop Vega Protein, Coffee with milk

1/3 cup hummus, Whole wheat Pita, 4 slices tomato, 4 slices cuke, olive oil dressing, 3 ounces feta 12 kalmata olives, onions,

24 Almonds, 1 cup sweet potato chips, 45 (pretzels with Peanut Butter centers ( YIKES WHAT WAS I THINKING?? THERE IS 630 Calories…Pointless Calories.

Wednesday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries),  Coffee with milk

1/3 cup hummus, Whole wheat Pita, 4 slices tomato, 4 slices cuke, olive oil dressing, 3 ounces feta 12 kalmata olives, onions,

1 Popcraft popsicle, 30 pretzels with Peanut Butter centers – (Again Yikes…bad news)

Thursday:

Coffee with Milk, and Tea with Honey

1/3 Hummus, I Whole wheat pita, 1/2 tomato

1 Popcraft popsicle, 8 Pretzel thins, 2 cups Cheddar popcorn.  Another Popcraft popsicle…I was off the track…all the way this week.

Friday:

1 egg fried in canola spray, coffee with milk, 1/2 blueberries

1/3 cup hummus, Whole wheat Pita, 4 slices tomato, 4 slices cuke, olive oil dressing, 3 ounces feta 12 kalmata olives, onions

4 Cups Homemade chicken/vegetable broth and 1 Popcraft popsicle

Saturday:

Coffee with Milk

Grilled vegetable Sandwich, side of coleslaw ( Yum!  At Breakfast House on Fruitville Rd. in Sarasota!)

An entire package of dehydrated Onion, Flaxseed, Sunflower crackers from Raw food vendor at Farmers Market.  YUM!!   But almost 500 calories 😦

1/2 cup wild rice, I cup steamed broccoli, 4 cups chicken/veg broth, whole wheat pita

Sunday:

Coffee with Milk

4 ounces Egg salad from Whole foods, 2 tablespoons Feta cheese, Beanitos ( if you have not tried these… do!  They are tasty.)

2 cups Chicken/veg broth, 1 cup brown rice, 1/4 grated parmesan

2 ounces dark chocolate, 2 tablespoons cashews, Tea with Honey

THIS WEEK WITH SEVERAL BAD CHOICES IS REFLECTED BELOW IN CALORIE LOG from my LoseIt! App.

Daily Calorie Summary
Date Budget Food Net +/-
May-26-14 1,466 2,109 2,109 643
May-27-14 1,466 1,765 156 1,608 142
May-28-14 1,466 1,405 1,405 -61
May-29-14 1,466 1,293 1,293 -173
May-30-14 1,466 1,446 1,446 -20
May-31-14 1,466 1,447 1,447 -19
Jun-1-14 1,461 1,404 1,404 -57
456 calories over for the week
156 exercise calories burned this week

 

Weekly Report for week of May 19, 2014                                                                      greek-salad-topview

What I ate:

Monday:

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries), Tea with Honey

Celery & Tomatoes

Black Bean Cake

3 cups Popcorn ( Trader Joes Herb) & 15 Almonds

Tuesday

1cup blueberries, 30 Almonds, Hot tea with Honey

Greek salad with 4 sautéed  shrimp

4 Ounces Cheddar Cheese, 24 Almonds 2 Cups popcorn (Trader Joes Herb)

Wednesday

1 egg fried with Canola cooking Spray, Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries & strawberries)

1 apples, celery/tomatoes, 3 tables spoons lite sour cream, fresh dill, 1 cup blueberries,

cliff bar

1 cup black beans, 2 ounces cheddar cheese, 24 almonds, 2 cups popcorn (Trader Joes Herb)

Thursday

1 egg fried with Canola cooking Spray, 1 cup Blueberries , coffee with Milk , cliff bar

Greek salad, crab cake, 10 almonds

1/2 cup Fresh Coconut, 15 almonds, 1 artisan popsicle  (www.popcraftpops.com)  , 2 cups popcorn (Trader Joe Herb)

Friday

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries & strawberries), cliff bar, coffee with milk

1/3 cup hummus, Whole wheat Pita, 4 slices tomato, 4 slices cuke, olive oil dressing, 3 ounces feta 12 kalmata olives, onions,

1/2 cup fresh coconut, 5 ounces Mahi sautéed in grape seed oil, 1 cup green beans, 2 Tablespoons sour cream with fresh dill

Saturday

Green Shake with Vega Protein ( Spinach and blue berries & strawberries), cliff bar, coffee with half and half

1/2 brown/wild rice, 1/2 black beans, 2 ounces feta

1 hard boiled egg, 1 tablespoon mayo, 2 cups Beanitos  (killer chips made from beans)

Sunday

Coffee with milk, Frittata with 3 eggs, black beans, shallots, 1/4 parm cheese and red peppers, 3 tablespoons salsa verde

1/2 fresh coconut, 1 cup beanitos, 1/2 blueberries, 1/3 cup hummus

4 steamed shrimp, cocktail sauce, 1/3 cup hummus , 1/2 whole wheat pita

CALORIES this week:

Daily Summary
Date Budget Food Exercise Net +/- Weight
May-19-14 1,508 1,133 357 776 -732 212.4
May-20-14 1,508 1,798 1,798 290
May-21-14 1,508 1,472 1,472 -36
May-22-14 1,508 1,481 357 1,124 -384
May-23-14 1,508 1,504 1,504 -4
May-24-14 1,508 1,510 1,510 2
May-25-14 1,466 1,447 1,447 -19 206
882 calories under for the week
714 exercise calories burned this week
Lost 6.4 pounds this week

 

Nutrients
Date Fat (g) SatF (g) Chol (mg) Carb (g) Fib (g) Prot (g)
May-19-14 17* 4* 40* 83* 8* 35
May-20-14 105* 37* 214* 109* 14* 68
May-21-14 46* 18* 291* 118* 24* 61
May-22-14 98 37 581 108 18 51
May-23-14 62 17* 225* 135 7* 104
May-24-14 58 21* 604* 187 21* 65
May-25-14 69 25* 724* 141 31 65
Totals 455 159 2,679 881 123 449
Daily Avg 65 22.7 382.7 125.9 17.6 64.1
Percent 43% 37% 19%

* some foods logged on this day are missing this nutrient data

 

Note:   Here Ill be posting the weekly reports from my LoseIt! App.  It helps track what I’m consuming with a decent amount of detail. But keep in mind I often have to enter what I eat in a deconstructed manner…because of course the app does not have every possible dish that can be made.  Again, none of this is perfect science…just a guideline.   I am educating myself as I move along…learning what percentage of what is a healthy level…I’ll share as I learn.

In a nutshell the LoseIt! calculates how many calories I should consume to keep me on track to lose 2 pounds a week, based on my weight, age, activity etc.. There is an option to add in your exercise each day and it will add those calories in for your budget that day.  So, I figured as long as I stay under the budget…and exercise I am sure to lose between 2-3 pounds a week .  Just my theory.

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