Happy Halloween

So I just realized that I probably won’t be around a computer later tonight and won’t be able to post about the holiday festivities until tomorrow.  I’ll write a mid- day today.

My sleep schedule is all messed up.  I blame it on my schedule at work.  Right not I’m working the midnight shift, but on my days off I try to sleep like the rest of the world does, which usually doesn’t work.  I wake up between midnight and 1 and then can’t get back to sleep for hours.  I often lay there frustrated.  I don’t want to get up incase I can get back to sleep, but then I feel like I should get up and get stuff done.  Last night I woke up around 1:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep until 4:00.  I then got up at 7:00 to head over to my parent’s house for breakfast.  My mom made some banana nut waffles… yummy!  I had one with 1 sausage link, 1 slice bacon and some apple crisp.  I also snagged some of the apple crisp for later.

It looks a little like mush, but believe me it's delish!

After filling myself up on some yummy food, I headed back home for a much needed nap.  My daughter let me sleep for about a hour before I had to get up and get lunch ready.  I made a salad for myself.

lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, onions, 100 cal pack of monterey and jalapeno cheese, and a few of my leftover calamari

I also had a tbs of Sesame Ginger Vinagerette on it.  I think it’ll hold me over until dinner tonight.

With that I’m going to go drink a bunch of water to get hydrated for the drinks I’ll be having tonight.  Everyone have a happy and safe rest of their Halloween.

Let me add that even though I’ve been writing down everything I eat, I don’t feel like I’m doing that well keeping up with my calories.  I haven’t been eating too much, but I don’t feel like I’ve been as strict as I have been.  I might have an extra latte, or a fun size piece of candy that I don’t calculate.  I think it’s more that it’s my days off and I want to relax.  Counting calories, measuring food, planning out my meals… it all feels like a second job sometimes.  If I want to get where I want to be though, I need to buckle down.  I can’t slack off on the weekends and ruin all the progress I’ve made during the week.  Now that I realize this, I can work on doing better.  I also did not do any exercises today!  That adds a day to my 30 day shred. Well, there’s always tomorrow…

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And so it begins…

And so Halloween begins

Mmmmm... chocolate

This is a few pieces of Halloween candy that my daughter has gotten so far.  She’s one of those weird ones that doesn’t like chocolate.  I don’t know how she ended up like that.  I would think my chocolate gene would definitely pass on to her.  She’ll eat plain chocolate on occasion, but anything else is given to Mom.  *sigh* And since I don’t waste food I’ll have to eat it.  Maybe I can eat a piece a day (or maybe not).

I’m enjoying my lazy Saturday.  I’m catching up on all my Housewives (Atlanta, Bev Hills, and D.C….the reunion).  So I feel like I’m still getting something done I do chores during commercial breaks.  Haha.  Does anyone else do that?  My day started out with the usual breakfast Apple bread, mixed berry smoothie and a latte.   I started Level 2 on the 30 day shred.  I was a little scared, but I think I like Level 2 better than level 1.  I only burned 237 calories, but my cal fat % was higher.  Does anyone know what that means?  Is it better to have a highger % of fat cal, then calories burned?

For dinner/lunch ( I got up late, so I’m eating both meals as one)  I ate a little bit more calorie wise since it’s two meals in one.

Calamari with creole remoulade sauce, garlic sweet potato fries, and for my veggie a side salad

Calamari with creole remoulade sauce, garlic sweet potato fries, and for my veggie... a salad

I was craving something not so good for me, but didn’t want to over indulge so I went into my freezer and got out the Margaritaville Calamari that was an impulse but one day at Target.  I stayed with a serving and I must say it hit the spot.  I had a fee sweet potato fries to use up, and sweet potato fries… yum.  The meal was pretty good but was even better with some wine.

Oh, red wine how I love you

And wine goes even better when I’m drinking it with my friend, Erin.  I am blessed to have my bestie live right across from me.  We met when she first moved in, and she has a daughter the same age as mine.  They are only 15 days apart.  You can often find us at each other’s house drinking a glass bottle of wine.  For a snack we munched on some popcorn.

Caramel, cheddar, and jalapeno popcorn

The day kind of flew by.  That always happens when your off though.  Tomorrow will be a day filled with family and friends.  We’re going to my parent’s house in the morning for some waffles.  Then we’ll come back home and get ready for the evening.  The evening will be filled with fire for roasting hot dog and marshmallows and of course trick or treating.  I’m sure it will be a day of fun.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

It’s Friiiidddaayyy!

I’m so excited for it to be Friday.  With my job there are many weekends I have to work, but every so often I’ll get a weekend off, and this is one of them!  I can’t wait for the weekend to start.  Tomorrow I don’t have too much planned.  All I want to do is be at home, get things done around the house, and catch up on some of my shows that I have recorded.  I mean I have a whole weeks worth I haven’t been able to watch.  I’m looking forward to a lazy Saturday.  Then Sunday it’s Halloween!  I got a few things planned that day, but it’s all pretty low key.  I’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend.

Let me start with a little confession.  Yesterday at work I was super tired.  Like my eyes were trying to close and it was a struggle to keep them open.  Don’t you hate days like that?  So I always turn to food when I feel like that.  I guess I feel like eating will keep me awake.  I had already ate most of the food I had brought with me, so I took a walk to the vending machine.  I know, I know.  I’m ashamed.  So I ended up getting a

I ❤ white chocolate.

I ate half of the bar which was 100 calories, and decided that if I wanted anymore to eat I needed to eat my carrots.  Which I did.  So I wasn’t too bad.  But of course the scale made me aware of my treats this morning.  I won’t let it get me down though. 

So my morning started off like any other morning.  I had my apple bread, mixed berry smoothie, and a latte for breakfast.   I decided not to put up a picture since you’ve seen it every day this week 🙂 I did my 30 day Shread workout before Justine got home from school and then did a bunch of chores around the house.  I’m starting to feel a little better about my rut, but I just have to get back into a routine.

For lunch I had a morningstar chik patty… my last one in the freezer, and probably last one for a while after I looked at the stats on the back.  *sigh* I’ll miss you my friend.  I had it on sandwich thins with some lettuce and 1/2 tbs of baconnaise.  Has anyone ever tried it?  It’s pretty tasty.  It’s like bacon and mayo, but with fewer calories.  1 tbs is 35 calories.  Not too shabby.  I ate my sandwich with my baked beans and am happy to say I finished them off today.  Woot Woot!  I get excited when I finish off some leftovers and get a container out of my fridge.  It’s the accomplishment thing.  I feel like I’ve done something.  Haha.

I didn’t make it to the gym before work like I have been.  I decided to listen to my body and it was telling me… please no exercise.  I’m tired.  I need a rest.  So that’s what I did.  I stayed home a little longer and got a few more things done, and got a few more minutes with Justine, and I didn’t feel guilty.  I guess because I did do some type of workout already today.

For dinner I had chicken apple chili.

It might not look that great, but trust me it's gooooddd.

And dessert

I do think that the Mousse Temptations are tasty and for only 60 calories, they help with me sweet tooth, but I have been becoming more aware of what food I eat is made out of, and this doesn’t have the greatest ingredients.  I’m not sure if I’ll be buying these anymore.  I’m sure there are just as tasty, better for me things out there.  Anyone have any ideas??

I’m in a rut…

You ever feel like you’re in a rut, and you just can’t seem to get out of it?  I’m usually one to keep a pretty good schedule.  I get what I need to get done throughout the day and I go to sleep feeling accomplished, but lately I just can’t seem to get caught up.  I have an ongoing to do list that I keep in my kitchen.  I’m always crossing things off, and adding things to it.  Sometimes I put something simple on there like make dinner, just so I can cross it off at the end of the night and feel like I got something done.

Lately I’ve just ben feeling overwhelmed.  Maybe there is just a lot on my plate.  With work, school, and my home I feel like it never ends.  I have a hard time just sitting and relaxing because I feel like there is so much I could be doing with that time.  Even leisurely things like reading, turns into a chore.  Oh, I have 10 minutes I need to read some of my book.  If I want to watch a show, I knit.  Yup, I knit.  I’ve been working on a blanket for the past year. I’m finally on the last color, and am so excited to get it finished.  And then there is always some homework or paper I should be working on.

I just need to get my balance back.  What do other people do when they feel overwhelmed?  I daydream about getting in the car and just driving… driving until I run out of gas.  What I do when I get there, I don’t know.  My daydream doesn’t get that far.

Okay, thanks for listening.  I just needed to get that out! I’ll post later with my eats, but maybe not with the same repeating pictures.  I was looking over my posts and saw just the same thing.  I’m learning this blog thing as I go.

Frustration

Don’t you hate it when you do everything your supposed to do.  You exercise 1 hour and 27 minutes.  You eat right, and when you wake up in the morning and go step on the scale, fingers crossed, hoping that it will say something less than the day before, only to find it says more.  That happened to me this morning.  I just knew I had lost a little more weight.  I stepped on the scale fingers crossed, eyes closed and when I looked down I wanted to grab that scale and throw it out the window.  I have a love/hate relationship with that thing.  On the days I lose weight, I love it.  Other days not so much.  Now, it did only say that I gained 6 ounces, and I know that my weight may fluctuate from day-to-day. I’m one of those people who must weigh themselves every morning.  I can’t help to feel a little frustrated.  I wanted to throw up my white flag, grab a bar of chocolate, and be done with this unrelenting journey.  Instead I turned my dvd player and started my 30 day shred workout, even though the whole time I was thinking what’s the point.

Then it was time to grab a bite to eat before I had to run out the door.  I bet you can’t guess today’s breakfast….

Apple Bread with some Iced Coffee

Haha.. today I opted out of the smoothie though and decided to try the bread heated, which was pretty good.  I had some iced coffee for the road and then I was off.  I chose to opt out of having a smoothie because I needed those calories else where.  I went to my parent’s house and had a few Bud Lights with my Dad.  I just can’t let him drink alone.  We headed over to our grocery store, Wegman’s, and I got my dinner which was sautéed veggies and Asian Bbq Tofu.  I had every intention of breaking out of my camera in public thing, but instead started eating  inhaling my food.  Maybe next time.  It was very tasty though.  Once we got back to my parent’s house, yes, going to the grocery store is a family affair, my mom brought out something I just couldn’t refuse.

Oh my goodnes... so good!

It was a chocolate, caramel, nut covered pretzel and I enjoyed every bite.  That however was an extra treat that I did not include in my calories, but hey I couldn’t not eat it.  After the beer and chocolate pretzel I knew I had to drag myself to the gym, even though my energy was slowly fading away.  I didn’t workout as hard as I wanted to, but I still burned 658 calories while I was there.  After my workout I munched on…

Cup O' grapes

and drank

Noni Berry Diet Snapple

It was pretty good.  I usually drink water throughout my day, but after working out I always crave something with some flavor.  I’m not sure why, but today this did the trick.  For dinner I’ll be having

Hawaiian pizza with side salad

My last piece!  Woohooooo!  So I’m going to try not to let that darn scale get me down.  And hopefully with my splurge today it won’t affect me too much tomorrow.  Sometimes I don’t even want to get on the scale, but then the curosity gets the best of me.  Here’s a pic to leave you with…

Two Deer in front of my parent's house

Headaches and workouts

So my morning started out with this

Homemade apple bread, strawberry/mango/pineapple smoothie and coffee

and a headache.  I had to pick Justine up from school today, so I made sure to get up early enough to get my 30 Day Shred in.  I forgot to say how yesterday I was feeling so sore!  It’s hard to believe that a 20 or 27 minute workout can make you hurt the next day.  I could have used my headache as an excuse to skip the work out, but I decided to push through and I was so glad I did.  I’m thinking that I’m going to start Level II on Friday.  Yikes!

For a snack I had some homemade applesauce.  It has bigger chunks of apples then regular applesauce, but that’s how I like it.

Homemade applesauce.... Scrumptious!

The rest of the evening was spent running around the house.  I was trying to get my dinner packed for work, help Justine with her homework, and clean up my house.  Lately it just seems like I can never get my house straight.  It’s like a train wreck that you don’t want to look at, but have to.  One of these days I’ll get it done.

Morningstar Chik Patty on sandwich thin and Boston baked beans with apples

As you can see my meals kind of repeat themselves for the week. I pretty much live on leftovers most of the time, and I just try to use up what I half to first before moving on to the next.  I’ll be eating new stuff soon, so for now it’ll just be repeats.  Also let me mention that one of the classes I’m taking this semester is on nutrition.  We had to write down our diet for three days, which wasn’t really homework for me since I do it all the time!  Anyways, once we kept record of what we ate we had to analyze how it works into our diet and our daily nutrition.  In doing this I paid more attention to what was in the things I was eating and noticed  how much sodium was in the Morningstar products!  I don’t really eat Morningstar because they are meatless… since I do eat meat, but I eat itfor the taste.  After looking at the ingredients though, I’m going to have to think twice next time I’m thinking about buying my beloved chik patties.

I went to the gym before worked and burned 716 calories.  That means with my 30 day Shred workout and my gym exercises I burned a whooping 972 calories.  Woot Woot!  My heart rate monitor is the best!  I must say it’s going to be bittersweet for me.  I was so worn out towards the end of my workout, but I knew where I wanted to be at the end, so I pushed myself a little harder instead of slacking off.  It’s a good thing, but I’m going to be bitching and moaning when all I want to do is take it easy, and that damn watch won’t let me!

Domino's Hawaiian Pizza with side salad

Hahaha…. pizza again.  This is why I don’t eat pizza too often.  When I do it seems to last FOREVER.  I have one more piece to eat tomorrow and then I’m finished.  I feel accomplished once I finish off a container in my fridge.

For snacks tonight

Cup O' grapes

 And for my treat…

Archer Farm Honey Cinnamon Almonds

Oh these babies are so good!  Whenever they go on sale at Target I make sure to stock up!  I never want to be without them.  I ❤ Honey Cinnamon Almonds.

Tonight I was driving to work and saw that the McRib was back at McDonald’s.  Now it’s been forever since I’ve had one.. I remember being little and asking my mom if I could get a McRib and she said I could but I better eat it. She didn’t have to worry I think I was licking the wrapper clean.  So I mentioned to my bestie, Sharele, when I got to work and she went out and got one.  I took a small little bite and savored the taste.  Yummy!

It’s All About Choices

My day started off like most mornings that I’m off.  I woke up and was ready for breakfast.  I’m not one of those people that say they can’t eat breakfast when they first wake up, or that they aren’t hungry.  I am starving in the morning, so for breakfast I had…

Homemade apple bread, strawberry/mago/pineapple smoothie and coffee

I also added five squirts of I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter.  Pretty good.  I used the Yoplait frozen fruit for smoothies, and although it is tasty, I was looking at the ingredients and well there are too many.  I mean shouldn’t it just be some frozen fruit?  But no, it was a whole list and as I reading ingredient after ingredient thought… I’m sticking to just regular old fruit and milk for a smoothie if that’s what I want.  I bought a few bags with some coupons I had cut, so of course I will finish them, cause I am never one to waste food.

So after breakfast I drove my lovely daughter to school, because she does not ride the bus (my rule not her’s).  I came back home did my 30 day Shred and burned another 258 calories and then was off to the doctor.  It was just for a yearly check up *cringe*, but I love my doctor and nurse, so it wasn’t too bad.  After the doc’s I was meeting a friend for lunch.  At first we were going to go to The Olive Garden, so I got on the internet last night to plan out my meal.  I figured lunch would run me around 370 calories… not bad.  We had a last minute change though, and decided that Panera Bread would be better.  I whipped out my handy dandy Droid and looked up Panera Bread.  For just about the same calories I had budgeted for I got a cup of black bean soup…YUM, and half a BBQ Chicken salad…Double Yum.  Sorry there are no pictures.  I am just starting out and am a little camera shy in public.  I’m sure it’ll pass but for now I’ll just have to let you know what I munched on.

Once I got home I had about an hour to squeeze in a nap, and when I woke up I needed

Iced coffee

This two, three, (or yesterday four) cups of coffee a day is not my usual.  I’m just needing an extra boost lately.  I went and registered for my Spring semester classes and then picked Justine up from my parents house.  I ran back home to get a quick dinner

Domino's Hawaiian Pizza with side salad

It’s a repeat of last night, but when you only eat one slice at a time pizza will last a few days.  I have two more days to go!  I got everything together to run Justine back over to my parent’s and I was off to the gym.  After a hour there, and 700 calories burned ( I know, right?) I was ready for a night at work.  I brought a few snacks with me, but since I already ate my three meals I don’t try to eat anything big.

Cup O' grapes

Carrots w/ 1 tbs Green Goddess dressing

Slim Fast!

On a side note, I wouldn’t be able to know the exact calories burned if it wasn’t for a great get together I attended this past weekend.  I was so excited to win a ticket from Jen, to a get together she was hosting.  I learned so much information and met wonderful people.  Well, in her great goodie bag everyone attending got a Polar Heart Rate Monitor.  I love it!  Seeing the calories you are actually burning gives me that extra motivation I need.

Here’s a little laugh to leave you with… Justine had me pick out her clothes for school in the morning.  I picked a t-shirt that has a little heart cut out in the back and lace over the cut out.  I brought it to her and she said I think that’s illegal for school.  Haha.  She gave up on me and went to pick out one on her own.