Reducing My Calories – Part 2

I was able to do a ton of food prep in preparation for this week. I got some celery and sliced it up, then measured out 2 ounces of celery into snack-sized ziplock bags with some baby carrots. I made 5 bags for the workweek and I also picked up some pre-measured guacamole. I’m not usually a fan of this type of thing–I’d much rather have homemade (and nothing compares to Michael’s guacamole–it’s out of this world good) but I wanted something that was portion controlled and honestly, something with preservatives (gross) so it wouldn’t go bad too fast.

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Here is week two of reducing my calories. Like last week, my goal isn’t necessary to hit “1300” or less calories. But my goal is to reduce my calories more than what I was doing before, including HOPEFULLY not eating back all the calories I burn at the gym.

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Day One

Breakfast: Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries and some coconut flakes, half an English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, EmergenC drink, and coffee with creamer. Calories: 290

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Snack: Apple and some tea. Calories: 70

Lunch: Lean Cuisine lasagna and a piece of chocolate. Calories: 365

Snack: Wholly Guacamole with celery and carrots. Pre-gym snack. Loving this combo lately! It’s tasty and filling! Calories: 110

Dinner: Salad with tomatoes, broccoli, Craisins, light Caesar dressing, pan-seared tilapia, some tortilla chips with spinach dip. Calories: 621

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Dessert: Cantaloupe. Calories: 34

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Day Two

Breakfast: This breakfast did not work well for me. I thought it would be enough food but it really wasn’t and I was hungry within 2 hours. 🙁 I had a grapefruit, the other half of the English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, coffee with creamer and unsweetened iced tea. Calories: 292

Snack: String cheese and hot tea. Calories: 80

Lunch: Salad with tomatoes and light raspberry vinaigrette dressing, half a blackened salmon fillet, small piece of chocolate. Calories: 285

Snack: Wholly Guacamole with celery and carrots and some crackers. Pre-gym snack. Calories: 210

Dinner: Boneless pork chop, steamed broccoli with Goddess dressing and Michael’s amazing red potatoes (boiled and then sauteed with onions, garlic, rosemary and thyme). Calories: 470

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Dessert: Plain Greek yogurt with strawberries, dried coconut flakes and some chocolate chips. Calories: 187

Gym: Warmed up on the spin bike, did some weight lifting and my PT exercises, then the elliptical.

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Breakfast: 2 fried eggs, leftover red potatoes from the previous night’s dinner, unsweetened iced tea, coffee with creamer. Calories: 272

Snack: Apple with tea. Calories: 70

Lunch: The rest of the blackened salmon (half a fillet), one serving of quinoa. No idea why the quinoa looks green in this photo, I assure you it’s not! LOL Calories: 337

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Snack: String cheese. Calories: 80

Dinner: I saw a friend and then ran some errands and ending up getting home later than I was planning on. I needed something quick and easy! I had some chili with sour cream and tortilla chips, steamed broccoli with Goddess dressing on the side. Calories: 640

Dessert: Fun sized Snickers bar. Calories: 90

Exercise: It was a rest day but I did a lot of walking!

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Breakfast: Trader Joe’s oatmeal with a little brown sugar, coconut flakes and some protein powder, unsweetened iced tea, coffee with creamer. Calories: 358

Snack: Apple. Calories: 70 

Lunch: Two turkey slices made into wraps with a little mayo, mustard, spinach and Craisins. Guacamole with celery and carrots. Calories: 259

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Snack: Plain Greek yogurt with strawberry slices and coconut flakes. Pre-swim  snack. Calories: 129

Dinner: Papa Murphy’s DeLite pizza and two glasses of wine.  Calories: 694

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Exercise: I went for a swim and burned roughly 300 calories. Plus I did a bunch of walking during the day. Day-5

Breakfast: Saturday morning I had a grapefruit and and English muffin with cinnamon and splenda, a small glass of milk and coffee with creamer. Calories: 392

Lunch: Chili with sour cream and some tortilla chips. Calories: 417

Snack: Had a few bites of Michael’s popcorn at the movies (we saw the Avengers!) and had to estimate on the calories. Calories: 190

Dinner: Quinoa with steamed broccoli and Goddess dressing, Michael’s amazing garlic butter shrimp, 1 glass of wine. Calories: 656

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Dessert: Way too much chocolate. 🙁

Gym: I did some weight lifting and then the elliptical. Burned 577 calories. 

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Not my best day this week… 🙁 The movie theatre popcorn and chocolate for dessert got me. SIGH.day-6

Breakfast: Bowl of Rice Krispies cereal, an English muffin and coffee with creamer. Calories: 389

Lunch: Turkey sandwich with cheese on gluten free bread. Calories: 491

Snack: Blueberries. Calories: 83

Dinner: Homemade burger with cheese on a sandwich thin, pickles and baby carrots and Laughing Cow cheese on the side. One glass of wine. Calories: 636

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Fitness: Went for a 5.72 mile hike. Burned 542 calories.

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Dessert: Some chocolate pudding. Calories: 162

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Stay tuned for next week when I post about my thoughts and weigh-in.

Fajitas

My recent Saturday morning workouts was one of the best workouts I’ve ever had. I felt strong, happy and pain-free during the entire workout. There wasn’t a single moment where I was bored, or lost steam, or felt tired and slow. It was one of those workouts that you don’t want it to end because it was so dang good! First, I did something new on the elliptical. Instead of the same ol’ same ol’ routine (manual with 10-12 resistance), I did intervals. It was so much fun! The machine went from Incline 4 with 6 Resistance to Incline 10 with 12 Resistance. I did that for about 45 minutes and burned more calories than I do when I us do a straight 60 minutes.

Then my run was the kind of run where I could have gone forever. I hated that I had to stop when I did. Even if I could DO more, I had to listen to my body and take it slow. Adding too much mileage too soon is how I’ve gotten into trouble in the past. My 1.38 mile run was fast and FUN. That’s the best part. I felt so good! And so bummed when I stopped.

After my run, I spent a good 40 minutes doing a circuit routine with free weights and full-body exercises. I increased the free weight amounts and I felt strong while I lifted. See that above photo? My butt seems to have entirely disappeared! I have no idea where it went. Talking with Suzanne later that day, she suggested that I need to increase the weight that I’m lifting even more. I also need to look at what I’m eating and I might need to change that up a bit.

GYM STATS:
Time: 1:41
Calories Burned: 875

We spent the rest of the afternoon trying to get caught up on our DVR’ed shows. We’ve been so busy lately we’re about three weeks behind on everything! Then we made dinner together.


I was craving fajitas and guacamole so that’s what we made. I didn’t want to eat tortillas though, so I made us salads. I prepped all the ingredients while Michael made the guacamole.


If you want to try some amazing guacamole, try Michael’s recipe. It’s delicious and spicy. The secret: TONS of garlic and some jalapenos. We don’t add salt to the guacamole at all because the tortilla chips are pretty salty themselves.

I had some ulterior motives for suggesting fajita salads for dinner. Not only was I craving Mexican food, but I wanted to use up some stuff from the pantry. My last visit to World Market produced this:

It was time to use it up. Michael wasn’t too enthused about using the fajita sauce. His stance: he could make the same flavors with spices and it wouldn’t be some pre-packaged crap. Yes, I know…I’m trying to get away from the processed foods and we totally didn’t NEED this stuff to make yummy fajitas, but sometimes I’m weak and I give in to impulse shopping! I can’t help it!

For the veggies we used one small yellow onion and a sliced up yellow pepper. The sauce thickened up in the skillet and when it was ready I topped the salads with the fajita mixture. It smelled pretty good. I topped the salads with the guacamole and some sour cream.


How was the fajita mix? It was just okay. My first bite of the salad and I said “Wow this is really salty!” and then “And it’s really sweet too.” There was way too much sodium in the mixture. I think Michael was right, as much as I hate to admit it! We could have made the same flavors ourselves without using the processed food and without having a TON of salt in our fajitas.

I’m not saying that dinner was awful in any way. The salt was more than *I* like but the dinner was still really delicious. We had some of the sauce leftover and I just dumped it out. In the future we’ll just use our own spices. Lesson learned!

QUESTION: Do you use a lot of prepackaged items and sauces when you cook?