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26 to 27, day 1

16 May

Day 1 of 26 to 27 went pretty well, and was definitely interesting! Although I don’t necessarily believe that counting calories/macros are 100% needed, I’m going to post all meals eaten over the next 26 days, as well as the calorie counts and macro nutrients (carbohydrates, fat and protein). I usually track on a daily basis, but I’m posting them for accountability and to be able to better reflect at the end of the challenge.

Breakfast was eaten around 10:30, and was really simple. I waited too long to eat, and was starving! I had a bunch of mini bell peppers we picked up at Sam’s Club over the weekend, along with a cottage cheese cup, a few water crackers and a couple of Morningstar veggie sausage links. I love the Morningstar maple sausage patties, but the links just didn’t do it for me – the texture was completely off! I ate everything but one link, along with 4 cups of water. Breakfast came out to 238 calories, 32g of carbs, 5g of fat and 17g of protein.

I’m not sure if it was too light or I waited to long to eat, but breakfast didn’t hold me over at all! At 12:15, I had a double chocolate dream VitaTop, vanilla Greek yogurt, raspberry-pomegranate preserves and sprinkled with a dash of ground flax and slivered almonds. Post-photo, everything was mixed together and immediately consumed. Snack 1 was 258 calories, 47g of carbohydrates, 4g of fat and 16g of protein.

Several loads of laundry later, I realized that it was time for lunch. At 3, I helped Ev pan-sear some cornmeal-crusted Gardein fillets, and wrapped them in whole grain tortillas with a sprinkling of vintage cheddar and some spicy brown mustard. Served with a few Doritos on the side, I took a bite and had my second food fail of the day. There was just something…off….about the taste. Gardein as a whole just isn’t for me, I think, which is a shame. Super high in protein, low in carbs and fat, but I’ve only found one of their products that I can stomach. By 3:30, I was sitting down to another wrap, this one filled with refried jalapeno-black beans, a sprinkling of vintage white cheddar and some raw asparagus on a whole-grain tortilla. Much better! Lunch (including the sample of the Gardein wrap) was 265 calories, 31g of carbs, 10g of fat, and 18g of protein.

After what felt like a ton of delays, we were finally heading down the road for our night out on the town. While E refueled my car, I refueled my body with a tea I received as a (free) sample this morning – orange, passion fruit and jasmine green tea from Lipton. I usually dislike green tea, but this was awesome, tasted like Froot Loops, and brought me 3 glasses closer to my daily water goal. Win all around!

We made really good time on the drive, so we had dinner around 6:30 at one of our favourites – Tricky Fish. They use mostly free-range, organic and local ingredients, and their tofu tacos are killer. I was craving a sandwich, and ordered the free-range chicken breast sandwich with salad as my side.

Killer! The bun was soft and bready, the chicken perfectly cooked, and the veggies were so fresh. I topped my sandwich with spicy mustard and a little cocktail sauce, dressed the salad with lemon juice, malt vinegar, chipotle Tabasco sauce and a bit of Newman’s Own ranch dressing to cut the heat. Best meal of the day, hands down, by far. I also had 2 more glasses of water at the restaurant. Dinner was a total of 493 calories, 47g of carbs, 15g of fat and 39g of protein.

We had a little time to kill, so E played photographer, and we had an impromptu photo shoot. Professional model, right here!

We headed down to the Clay Center, and got ready to see David Copperfield. E was a professional magician in his early years, and Copperfield is one of his idols. It was my first time, and E’s 7th at least! We had amazing seats (3rd row, center), and it was absolutely incredible. Copperfield still has it, and is hysterical – gotta love a guy that can make you laugh. The highlight was sitting behind Gov. Joe Manchin and his family – I met them during the GMA remote at the Kitchen, and have an official photograph of me crying on his shoulder. I know how to keep my cool, apparently! Thankfully, no tears were shed last night, much to E’s relief.

We came home a little late, but I decided to whip up a quick snack since we were both pretty hungry. I ordered a bunch of different protein powder samples a few weeks ago, and decided to try one out. I made up a quick shake, using nonfat milk, ice, cinnamon and BSN Lean Dessert Fresh Cinnamon Roll protein powder. After seeing it on Janetha’s blog, I’ve been dying to try it. It took a couple of sips to get used to, but it’s actually really good! The whey aftertaste is minimal, and it has a good texture without being gritty. Snack #2’s totals were 204 calories, 20g of carbs, 3g of fat and 24g of protein.

Why do I look so nefarious?!?!

The daily totals were 1458 calories, 176g of carbohydrates, 37g of fat and 114g of protein, or a ratio 47.3%, 22.1%, 30.6%. Not bad at all! Feeling really satisfied and hydrated, thanks to the 9 glasses of water I drank. Onto day 2!

cinco

5 May

I finally got into the gym today after being without for a couple of days – it felt so good!!! I’ve finally figured out the magical formula:

weighted workout + pool cardio = happy carly

I’ve decided that I’ll always be the kind of person who needs to work out. No matter how many or few calories I eat, the only time I don’t gain, and do lose, is when I’m putting in the gym time. On gloomy days like today, it feels really good to get in and sweat; there’s no rush quite like it.

Yesterday’s eats:


kashi golean waffles w/ smart balance – flax and lime marmalade, 2 giant strawberries and half a nanner


shrimp and hummus with shredded carrots, red bell peppers and spinach, all wrapped up in a flatout light italian herb wrap, with lemon and cayenne jicama on the side.

My camera kept dying yesterday, so missing in action is afternoon snack (a slice of Colby Jack, celery and almond butter), dinner (Subway 6 inch. chicken with FF honey mustard and 1/2 oz. of Lays Light) and a nigh time smoothie (True Protein milk isolate, 1% milk, maple syrup, PB2, cinnamon, vanilla extract and 1/2 a fresh nanner). Hopefully, it’ll cooperate from now on!

Pssst….check out Danica’s Annie’s Mac&Cheese Giveaway!

curried along

2 May

I should really learn that when I promise to do a food post, I need to actually do it!

Breakfast isn’t pictured, because I didn’t think I’d like enough to eat, but lo and behold, I enjoyed it – it was oatmeal! I heated up some milk with 1/2 of a (defrosted) banana in it, added the oats and cooked for a few minutes. I topped it off with some pure Quebec maple syrup and some chopped walnuts. I swear, it tasted like banana bread and was really freaking good. One food hangup down, another 30ish to go!

I went to the gym, came home and decided to perfect the smoothie. I did better…kind of. I decided to omit the spinach until I’ve gotten the hang of it, and just did milk, yogurt, 1/2 a frozen banana, some frozen blueberries, True Protein milk isolate and mango flavoring. This one came out as beige with lavender tinges, didn’t really taste like anything and was so thick I could eat it with a spoon. However, I wasn’t smart enough to do that, and instead took my sweet time drinking it. After an hour, I’d downed two-thirds of it, and gave up.


Lunch was a spinach salad with mushrooms, carrots, green pepper and chopped walnuts, topped with herb-baked flounder and balsamic vinegar. Surprisingly, the combo worked and was both tasty and enjoyable. I ate it with 2 thin slices of roasted turkey and a half slice of Colby Jack.

Dinner was not so satisfying – we had Mushroom-Spinach with Coconut curry, Jyoti Jaipur Karhi, brown rice and roasted carrots, celery and green peppers. The mushroom-spinach curry was flavorful, but something was missing to make it great, and the Jaipur Karhi was way too salty, so I gave my portion to E.

I could tell I wasn’t satisfied, because less than 30 minutes later, I reached for a frozen one of these.

I gave half to E, and an hour later, reached for raw almonds, a piece of dried mango, and a sugar-free jello.
I couldn’t stop eating, and I didn’t want to mess up my day any more than I already had, so I called it a night and went to sleep. I finally tracked this morning, and strangely, I was in the low end of my range for the day. No wonder I was so hungry!

smooth

30 Apr

It’s a good thing that I didn’t have anything planned for dinner, because E came home starving, and me? Not so much. I don’t think it’s healthy to skip a meal, but I also don’t like to force-feed myself, so I figured that a smoothie was a good compromise. All I can say is that I’m glad E was there for troubleshooting, because lord knows that I couldn’t make a proper smoothie to save my life!

We blended up:
1 cup nonfat milk
1 cup 1% milk
3/4 cup nonfat yogurt
60 grams of True Protein milk protein isolate
5 grams of premium protein strawberry-banana flavoring powder
1 cup frozen berry blend
1 frozen banana
3 cups fresh spinach
a handful of ice

Let’s just say that my smoothie isn’t going to be winning a beauty contest anytime soon. This could be the very first time in my life that I’ve made something gray. You’d think it’d be impossible to make something so devoid of color, but it’s actually much easier than you think. This made each of us about 24 oz. of smoothie, which is a whole lot to drink down. It was pretty good, until you got to the bitter liquefied spinach parts, of which my second cup seemed to be full of. For 40g of protein, though, I may be willing to suffer just a little.

A couple of hours later, I got a little munchie, and decided to do a rehash of the dip from lunch. I mixed up some salsa, nonfat yogurt, cilantro, shredded cheddar and Tabasco, warmed it in the microwave for 30 seconds, and Ta Da! I ate it with a few baby carrots, and a small handful of Garden of Eatin’s Beet & Garlic tortilla chips.

Seriously, though – am I the only one who’s smoothie-challenged? Do you guys have any pointers for me?