just not sure.

by Janetha on May 25, 2010

in meals,moves

more often than not, i am just not sure how i am going to start out my daily post.  today is another one of those days.. and the term “hello, friends!” can only be used so many times.

aw, hell, what’s one more time??

hello, friends! :D

thanks to all of you who chimed in on the issue when it comes to reading/commenting on blogs. sounds like most people would rather just read and not say a word.  you all said you get more out of blog reading when you don’t feel like you have to say something in response to every post you read.  for the record, i prefer to not receive those obligatory comments.  you can totally tell the difference between someone who is commenting because they have something to say and those who comment just to say they commented.. which is just silly.

moving on!

hope your tuesday has been fantastic.  mine’s been hectic.  let’s discuss!

the hecticness actually started last night, when i came home to wet carpet!  turns out my basement (of the house where i live, not the house that i own) flooded and consequently all the carpet in my bedroom is soaked.. and the shower is not functioning.. and as a result i have wet socks and smell like a dirt ball ;)

not really.. but i couldn’t shower this morning because of the situation. so that was great. i skipped the wakeup call challenge because i didn’t want to get all sorts of sweaty and then go all day without a shower. hopefully things are fixed soon.. and i can go back to my regularly scheduled morning plyo routine! until then i may have to utilize the gym shower.. which, by the way, i have NEVER done in my life. nope. i have never taken a shower at the gym. not even my school gym. is that weird or normal? i can’t decide.

so, i usually have physical therapy on wednesdays and fridays, but since i have a seminar to attend tomorrow, i went to PT this morning. bright and early. at 7:15. yawn. things are getting better and i think i will only need a few more appointments! stoked.

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i came to work and was busy right away.. so breakfast didn’t come until quite a bit later. i was about to eat my arm but then i realized i would probably need it sometime or another, so i made some actual food instead.

i didn’t bring anything to the office which meant i didn’t have much to work with. i also was just not sure what i felt like.. so i opened the fridge/freezer to see what my options were. i eventually made a decision:

meal 1: greek yogurt parfait-in-a-container @ 9:30 AM

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this had 3/4 cup oikos greek yogurt + 1 cranbran vitatop + 1 TB mighty maple PB + cinnamon.IMG_2258

it may not be pretty, but it is definitely one of my favorite things to eat.

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290 calories, 34g carbs, 24g protein, 8g fat

 

wow. that was a whole lot of rambling up there before i managed to get the first meal/photo out.. apparently i am long winded tonight. to minimize the nonsense, i will cut to the chase and show you lunch.

lunch.. again, i didn’t have much to work with, but i did bring my pre-baked sweet potato to work, so i decided to eat that and build a meal around it. i was just not sure what to make, but in the end.. i fell back on this bowl of goodness:

meal 2: my latest addiction @ 12:30 PM

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this was a small baked sweet potato + 1 cup low fat cottage cheese + 1 TB sunbutter + cinnamon.

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416 calories, 45g carbs, 34g protein, 10g fat

i want to get a food scale so i have a better calculation of how many grams of unlabeled items i am eating.. such as sweet potatoes and other veggies and fruits. anyone care to recommend the best brand of food scale? i’m all ears. it may seem tedious to some people when it comes to weighing and measuring food, but i think that it is important to be aware of your portions, especially when trying to get in shape for a wedding! ;)

work was hectic. the good news is we’ve hired a replacement for the gal who quit.. the bad news is i had to spend an hour on the phone with the department of occupational licensing, only to get nothing accomplished. the good news is i crossed quite a few things off my weekly to do list.. the bad news is i still have 18 piles of work and no time to plow through it. the good news is payday is this friday.. the bad news is it’s only tuesday. ya win some, ya lose some.. i am trying to stay positive through it all!

snacktime!

weird.. for the third time in a row i went into the kitchen at work to see what i could come up with to properly fuel myself. for the third time in a row i had no idea what i felt like, i was just not sure, so i just grabbed a bar to take with me on the go.

meal 3: peanut butter chocolate rice krispie treat simply bar @ 4:30 PM

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160 calories, 16g carbs, 18g protein, 3g fat

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and then it was time for a workout. i feel like i haven’t worked out in ages, when in reality it’s only been since saturday afternoon. AGAIN, right in line with all my meals today, i was just not sure what i felt like doing when it came to the moves. so i did a little of this and a little of that. sure, why not?

intervals (on treadmill @ 1% incline):

minute # speed (MPH)
1 4.0
2 4.5
3 5.0
4 5.5
5 6.0
6 6.5
7 7.0
8 7.5
9 8.0
10 8.5
11 6.5
12 7.0
13 7.5
14 8.0
15 8.5
16 6.5
17 7.0
18 7.5
19 8.0
20 8.5

THEN…

walking on incline:

25 minutes @ 3 MPH and 15% incline

while reading this book:

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you’ll be hearing more about this soon. mark my words.

workout stats: total time: 45 minutes, total distance: 3.5 miles, max HR: 175, ave HR: 139, calories burned: 303.

 

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i came home and, wouldn’t you know it.. just not sure what to make for dinner. but, a girl’s gotta eat, so of course i threw something together using what i had in the fridge and freezer.

meal 4: spinach & meatball “carbonara” @ 7:00 PM

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not bad for throwing random ingredients together, eh?

here is how it all came together.

first i sauteed 2 cups of spinach with salt & pepper (only using cooking spray on the pan), then covered the spinach right at the end to keep it warm:

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next, i boiled 1 cup of carba-nada pasta:

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i also separately heated (in the microwave) four spinach & fontina meatballs and 1/2 cup of mushroom marinara:

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THEN.. i tossed together the pasta, spinach & meatballs~
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and at the last moment decided it would be a good idea to add an egg to the dish.. to make it carbonara“ish” :)

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poured the sauce over the pasta and topped it with the egg.. voilà!

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let’s face it.. i can NOT manage to make an egg over-easy without breaking the yolk. i’ve never been able to. what’s the trick?!

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315 calories, 23g carbs, 31g protein, 11g fat

the one thing i am sure of is that i will be having some protein ice cream for my meal 5. it just feels right.

needless to say (but i will say it anyway), it’s been a weird, blah, ho-hum day! i have no idea where my cooking and workout inspiration has run off to, but i hope it comes back in time for waffle wednesday!

one thing i want to start doing every day is keep track of my BLTs. BLTs mean “bites, licks & tastes” that i don’t blog about. with my wedding (and cabo honeymoon!) inching closer, i need to be more accountable. SO.. each day, i will post a list.

things consumed today that weren’t shown:

  • 1 gallon water
  • 16 oz black coffee
  • multivitamin
  • CLA x 2
  • vitamin B pill
  • calcium chew
  • 4 pieces trident tropical twist
  • 10 mini bell peppers
  • 15 sugar snap peas
  • 15 nuts (almonds & peanuts)
  • 4 trader joe’s gorgonzola crackers

soo.. aside from the crackers, the above list is nothing to cry about. i am hoping that by making this list, daily, i will be more inclined to NOT have any mindless munching throughout the day. i will also be able to make sure i remember to take my vitamins/supplements and drink my water!

Qs~

1. do you use the gym showers? have you ever? nope. not me. not ever.

2. do you weigh/measure your food? if not, how do you determine your portion size? i use the fist/palm method. but i do want to get a food scale so i can be more accurate.

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Whole Body Love May 26, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I use the gym showers when Ihave to but I work out at the community center and it was recently renovated so it’s no biggie :) Mallard bought me a food scale a few months back and I love it!!!!!!!!

Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife May 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

Sunbutter on a sweet potato; holy shit I think you just changed my life. I wish I was kidding, haha :-)

Kelly May 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I’m having the same ho-hum kind of time w/eats and workouts.. just not sure. Hoping it ends soon!

1 – I showered at my trainer’s (one of those one-on-one gyms with a solo bathroom/shower) for like a month after I moved, it was in the same complex as my work so it didn’t make sense to drive 20 min home when work was right there (I used to live 2 min from work). Haven’t used the one at the new gym.

2 – I used to measure all my food w/measuring cups & spoons, now I weigh everything! I have to say my food scale made tracking soooo much easier, I totally love it. I have the very popular EatSmart Precision scale.

Marina May 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Just found your blog! Love it, will be adding it to my blog roll. :) I also like to post my daily eats!

I don’t weigh/measure food anymore, because in my case, it is ED related behavior.

lisa May 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

hi! i just found your blog off of Jenny’s- it’s great!!
i love my new scale, its digital and weighs in both ounces and grams. plus you can 0put a bowl on it, and then set it equal t zero and measure from there. super easy! it’s by Taylor, with “The Biggest Loser” logo on it. I would def check it out!!
-Lisa

sophia May 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm

“you can totally tell the difference between someone who is commenting because they have something to say and those who comment just to say they commented”

Yeah, true. I get a few of those “obligatory” comments too. But sometimes, I get surprised, because those people sometimes will respond in such a warm way that shows that they actually read…perhaps some of them just don’t have much to say at times…but they are still reading.

I don’t go to the gym, so never used the showers there…but in Korea, I know ladies who shower and then just walk out naked. It’s a Korean thing. lol.

Oh, and I don’t actually really recommend getting a food scale…I mean, the stuff you eat are pretty generic…I guess I say this because having had a history of ED, I think it’s just pretty obsessive to weigh your food like that.

Susan May 27, 2010 at 4:36 am

I ate mini bell peppers for lunch yesterday and thought of you! Dang, those things are tasty. That sucks about the flooding :( Hopefully it’s getting fixed up! Oh! And I keep meaning to ask you, did your HRM start working again? I remember you were having troubles with it a while back…

1. From Jan-April I showered at the gym more days than I showered at home! About 5-6 days a week. Saved me from having to scrub out my shower at home ;) I definitely recommend doing it next time you try working out in the morning. Packing a shower bag sucks, but going straight from the gym to work is reeeeally easy, especially if you’re already eating breakfast there :)

2. I have a cheap food scale I bought on eBay and I’ve never had problems with it. I don’t think you need to go fancy – just something that can spit out accurate numbers at you. I use it most for nut butter, as there can be a huge calorie difference in my heaping tablespoons. I still have portion distortion, so it’s handy for other things like pouring out cereal, yogurt, cottage cheese, that way I don’t have to dirty a measuring cup :)

actorsdiet May 27, 2010 at 8:59 am

when i was just getting back into working out (years ago, obviously, since i don’t work out anymore!) i bought an upgrade package at my gym that allowed me access to their fancy locker room, to get me to work out more. i showered there. it kinda worked…for a few months….

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