Archive for November 7th, 2008

Busy, busy Friday.  It sure makes the day go fast.  I head home almost everyday to have lunch with Ted. Today, the doorbell rang.. interupting our intense crossword puzzle concentration. It was the “Leaf People” back AGAIN!  Can U believe it?!!! They came by yesterday, first to borrow the tarp to use on someone elses lawn, then looking for work, then simply just asked for money. Today, they wanted to know if they could borrow a push mower if we had one. PLEASE!!! Good thing Shane doesn’t really like one of the guys and that particular guy is not crazy about Shane.  I think we’re safe. I have pictures of them and their vehicles anyway. 

On to FOOD!  I was hungry at lunch time so I made a salad which really should have been for at least 2 people but ate it all myself.  I picked on baby carrots with hummus while making the salad which included:

Salad and quorn

  • Baby Spinach
  • broccoli slaw
  • 1/2 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 of a small cucumber chopped
  • 4 sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup brown rice
  • 1 Naked Quorn Cutlet (topped w/ 1TBS Annies Lite Ginger Vinegrette + few squirts of BRAGG Aminos): microwaved 1 minute.
  • 1 TBS Feta Cheese

I added about 1 more TBS of Annies Dressing and 1 TBS balsamic vinegar.  The total calories were about: 380

 In regards to calories, protein, fats, carbs, I track them every WEEK day (never on weekends). Dinner usually always consists of protein and fiber and if I haven’t eaten enough during the day, I will snack on healthy snacks to make up for it.   It’s usually carbs or fat that I have to add to by the end of the day(rice cakes, nuts…).  If I have anything starchy for dinner, it is either squash, or beans.  My typical calorie intake for a weekday is as follows (doesn’t include the nibbles of nuts & raisins throughout the day):
  • Breakfast between 400 and 550 calories.
  • Mid Morning Snack between 200 and 300 calories.
  • Lunch between 350 and 400 calories.
  • Mid day snack about 200 calories and
  • dinner around 300 – 450 calories (my “make-up” snacks are not included in these calories).

Friday’s we go out to dinner and,  because I eat SO MUCH BREAD (I luv bread in any way, shape, or form) with my Friday dinner, I request vegetable instead of starch. I don’t eat bread Mon. – Thurs. unless it is sprouted 100% whole grain.  Friday at 5PM becomes “Cheat Day” and I stop counting and tracking for the weekend. I rarely weigh myself, just go by how I feel in my clothes.  My weight is maintained between 116 and 120 lbs. If I go below 116, I don’t feel good, and think my head starts to look too big.  



In regards to the calories I consume, every day I exercise and with exercise alone, will burn anywhere between 600 to over 1000 calories. I REALLY have to pay attention to what I eat in order not to lose muscle mass. When I first started running, I didn’t change my diet and my weight dropped. I listen if Ted tells me I’m on the thin side. I think women in general tend to focus on particular features that we don’t like in an attempt to somehow change them and therefore neglect the whole picture. That’s why it’s important to listen to our loved one’s opinions because we all see things from a different perspective and others may not even see those little bumps, bulges that we are so focused on.

So that’s my blurt for the day.  I am reading about foods that will give you a “kick” in the morning if your eyes just don’t want to open as well as some tips for running more efficiently.  There are a couple of new running routines I might try as well.  I’ll post them if they’re really worth while. 

Have a great… CHEAT DAY!


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A Nut Butter Kind of Day


SGT, Theodore Ayoub III
SecFor, Company F, 4th Platoon
Unit 43504
FPO AP 96426-3504


Up an hour later this morning. Cut a banana in 1/2 and spread on 1 TBS of Naturally Nutty Vanilla Almond Butter then set off on a long, brisk walk, about 4 1/2 miles.  It’s very mild today and about 55 degrees.

For breakfast, I felt like oatmeal but with a little “chew”. That called for Bob’s Red Mill G/F Steel Cut Oats. I took 1/4 of the left over 1/2 of a banana and chopped it into the 1/4 cup dry oats with about 1/2 TBS of Natural Peanut Butter, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 cup water.  Let it boil (we had spill over because I forgot about it while getting Shane’s breakfast) then let simmer while cleaning up for work/school/play…, about 20 minutes.  I don’t make my oatmeal creamy because sometimes my stomach doesn’t like creamy. So I flavor my oats with spices…1/2 tsp cinnamon and fruit, either dried or fresh.  I use water and make them more watery than most people.    Back to this mornings breakfast, the oats were accompanied by 1/2 a grapefruit and a Met-RX chocolate shake with the 1/4 of a banana remaining, added in.  Truly satisfying!

I must be feeling a bit “nutty” today because along with the AB on my banana, and the PB in my oats, I have 1TBS Naturally More Peanut Butter w/Flax to accompany my mid morning apple.  Hopefully the “nutty” doesn’t go to my brain but there is a good chance being that its Friday.   Have a great day!

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