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14 May

I cannot believe it’s Thursday already – The week’s just flown by!

I was really bummed out from not being able to be in the gym all week, but today I bit the bullet, sucked it up, went and had a blast. I did two classes – weighted workout and express fitness, and mixed up my pre-class cardio by doing a little stair climber and cross trainer and the good oltreadclimber. I don’t know how accurate the calories burned on Fitlinxx are because today, with everything combined, it came out to 1146, which just seems crazy! I’m thinking of possibly getting a Polar or something similar to monitor calories burned and heart rate, but I still haven’t decided yet. Also, I have a confession to make: I took yoga last week and didn’t hate it. There, I said it. Don’t get too excited, though, I was under duress! It’s definitely nice to know that yoga’s there when I need it to be, instead of forcing myself to do it every week. It totally takes the stress out of “de-stress”.

We picked up my mom at the airport last night, and are we glad to see her! She brought us each some really cool gifts (which she totally didn’t have to do!), including our very first kiddush cup, some really cool books, and my absolute favourite pumpernickel bagels and whole-wheat challah rolls! Nothing says home like fresh baked goods, so they’re definitely appreciated. I just have to make sure to freeze them ASAP before I eat them all, which would definitely be bad news bears.

My appetite seems to back, which is awesome, but now I have to be careful to not eat everything in sight! I weighed myself today and I’m down another 2 pounds, so the week off hasn’t hurt me, which I’m so very thankful for.

Latest eats!

Tuesday

Breakie!
Kashi GoLean, the last of the Strawberry Glucerna, fresh strawbs, walnuts and nonfat milk, 294 calories

Lunch!
canned salmon mixed with dijon, a little light mayo, sriracha, herbs and paprika on a light italian FlatOut wrap with a mango and string cheese, 357 calories

Dinner!
Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom with extra veggies and avocado instead of mayo

with half an oz of skinny chips!
calories? 423

The day’s total was 1075 calories, which is way way way too little, even if I was sitting around all day. Not healthy!


Wednesday

Breakie of Kashi GoLean, the last of the Cinnamon Life, walnuts, strawbs and nonfat milk for 348 calories. Cereal just doesn’t taste like cereal without walnutty goodness!

Lunch was super-boring; a Boca Chick’n patty on whole grain white bread with garlic and herb Laughing Cow for 335 calories

I got pretty hungry right before we left for the airport, so I grabbed one of E’s crunchy granola bars for 95 calories. Maple and brown sugar = delicious!

My mom’s flight kept getting delayed and we were hungry! I had about 5 oz. of this Bud Light Lime, although it wasn’t very good.

I also had a side salad – radishes, carrots, green peppers, tomato lettuce, and red onion, pepped up with a dash of parm, some black pepper, and about a tsp of Golden Italian dressing. I also had 3 slices of pepperoni, 2 slices of thin salami and about 1/4 cup of diced lean ham on top. This ‘snack’, with beer, came out to 293 calories.

Mom came bearing trail mix! I had a giant cashew out of the bag for 8 calories

We were all starving at this point, and headed back to Bluegrass for a late dinner. I had all of the salad and goat cheese with 2 Tbsp. worth of the homemade super-chunky amazing blue cheese dressing, 2 slices of the bacon, and half the sandwich with 1 Tbsp. of sun-dried tomato mayo. This sandwich was the bomb! It had lemon-thyme roasted chicken, field greens, tomato and onion on some amazing french bread – now I know why they call it the Perfect Chicken! I wasn’t going to eat the bacon, but once I took a bite and it was seriously the best bacon I’ve ever tasted. Local and nitrate-free, it was porky perfection! With a bite of my mom’s burger (meat only), dinner, part 2 came out to 579 calories.

The day’s total came out 1657 calories – a little higher than I’d like, but still within range. I’m just glad my appetite’s back!
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weekend – sunday

12 May

Since it was Mother’s Day, we headed down to E’s hometown to visit the family. We wanted to surprise E’s mom with hanging baskets, so we tried to leave ASAP (well, after watering the patio garden and the lawn, that is). We didn’t really have time for breakfast, so I grabbed a Cliff bar on my way out It was good, but I’m so used to Larabars that this just didn’t do it for me. The texture was too stiff and crunchy, and it was just way too sweet. I ate what I could stomach, and gave the last quarter to E, who really liked it. On the way out of town, we stopped at Mickey D’s for some of the worst coffee I’ve ever had, and E picked up a meatless Egg McMuffin for his breakie. I had a bite, bringing my breakfast total to 257 calories.

Lunch was really good, and full of my favourites – grilled corn, bbq grilled chicken breasts, fluffy yeast rolls, Toodle’s Noodles, and boiled potatoes and green beans, with homemade pecan pie for dessert. I ate everything here, other than 1/3 of the corn, plus another piece of chicken and another serving of green beans and potatoes. With 2 bites of pecan pie, this came out to a whopping 731 calories! I definitely didn’t need the extra servings, and I probably only really wanted 1/2 the roll.


I was totally grazing, and had a snack of two bites’ worth of pecan pie, a tablespoon of crumbled feta, and a serving of roasted turkey deli meat, which came out all together to 189 calories.


We ended up being around when the church’s youth group came over for dinner. They ordered pizzas from one of our favourite places, and I just had to have some. I had about 1 1/2 slices’ worth of squares for 398 calories.

The day’s eats were not the best, but it wasn’t the worst, either. I think this is where the learning curve of wellness comes into play. Sure, I could’ve not had the second helpings at lunch, or pizza for dinner or pie at all, but I can’t help it. I have never been one of those people who could pass up food and just not think about it. I actually was treated for an ED when I was younger, and I will do practically anything to avoid a binge, even giving in to my ‘cravings’. At the end of the day, I’m calling this a draw. Totalling up to 1574 calories, the eats were mid-range caloriewise, high in protein, low in carbs and mid in the fats department. It could’ve been better, but it definitely could’ve been much, much worse. I want to lose weight, but I also want to eat like a normal person, without being so fixated on food all the freakin‘ time, and worrying about eating too much or too little. Hopefully, this way will get me there!