Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Trader Joe's shopping

So here is my first video answering one of the reader's questions. Thanks Lauren for asking me what I normally get at Trader Joe's.


Enjoy!

I just realised I forgot to add the recipe for the Harvest grain salad!! Here is the link: Harvest Grain Salad

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Food Diary 08/12

Saturday 8th December 2012

Breakfast:

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40g (uncooked) ssteel cut oats - 150 calories
90g banana - 80 calories
10g honey roasted sliced almonds - 59 calories
1/2 cup soy milk - 50 calories
4 tbsp SF hazelnut creamer - 60 calories

Total - 399 calories

Lunch:

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1 can tuna in water - 100 calories
1 string cheese - 50 calories
salad - 61 calories
balsamic vinegar - 40 calories

Total - 251 calories

Dinner:

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1 Fit n Active flatbread - 100 calories
2 tbsp Pesto - 130 calories
28g 2% sharp cheddar
mushrooms, onion, tomato - 17 calories
29g honey ham - 35 calories

Total - 362 calories

Snacks:

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110g 0% fat greek yogurt - 60 calories
70g frozen berries - 40 calories
15g sliced raw almonds - 90 calories
7g dark choc chips - 40 calories

Total - 230 calories

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1250
TOTAL CALORIES USED - 1242

Nutrition:

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Exercise:

45 minute plank
55 squats

Water:

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Thoughts:

Glad to be back on track and back doing the squat & plank challenge. I have also decided that I am going to make an effort to get to the YMCA next week.



Friday, December 7, 2012

Food Diary 07/12

Friday 7th December 2012


Breakfast:

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The muffin is under there somewhere!

1 Whole wheat English muffin - 120 calories
7g light butter - 27 calories
55g honey ham - 70 calories
1/4 cup egg whites - 25 calories
coffee with 4 tbsp SF hazelnut creamer - 60 calories
multivitamin

Total - 302 calories

Lunch:

1 90g banana - 80 calories
1 string cheese - 50 calories

Total - 130 calories

Dinner:

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112g chicken tenderloins (weighed raw) - 120 calories
3 tsp canola oil - 119 calories
65g couscous - 73 calories
butternut squash - 57 calories
brussel sprouts - 56 calories
squash, zucchini & mushrooms - 32 calories
stewed tomatoes - 35 calories

Total - 492 calories

Snacks:

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110g 0% fat greek yogurt plain - 60 calories
70g frozen berries - 40 calories
15g sliced raw almonds - 90 calories
15g Ghiradelli bittersweet choc chips - 80 calories

Total - 270 calories

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1250
TOTAL USED - 1194

Nutrition:

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Exercise:

1 x 45 second plank
50 squats

Water:

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2000ml or 67.6 oz

Thoughts:

Well after 2 bad days I am BACK! Catching up on the squat & plank challenges and not stuffing my face. I REALLY need to get back to walking but it was raining today and miserable out there.

Meh

Having a crappy couple of days. Just feeling blah. I hopefully will be back to my usual bloggin self here soon.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Food Diary 03/12

Monday 3rd December 2012


Breakfast:

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1 x TJ's Fiberful bar - 130 calories
coffee with SF hazelnut creamer - 60 calories

Total - 190 calories

Lunch:

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1 x ALDI Multigrain flat bread - 100 calories
30g avocado - 48 calories
56g ham - 60 calories
1 slice sharp cheddar - 70 calories

Total - 288 calories

Dinner:

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100g wild salmon - 142 calories
1/2 cup brown rice - 109 calories
2 tsp canola oil - 80 calories
140g butternut squash - 65 calories
steamed broccoli - 30 calories

Total - 426 calories

Snacks:

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1 Smart Ones Turtle Sundae - 140 calories

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1 small honeycrisp apple - 68 calories
2 small navel oranges - 108 calories

Total - 316 calories

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1250
TOTAL USED - 1220

Nutrition:

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Exercise:

30 squats
1 x 30 second plank
5 x 5 second planks


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Week roundup

So I haven't posted a normal blog post in a while so here I go! Just a catch up on what's being going on over the past week or so.

Well we finally got our Christmas tree out of storage and up. I like to keep the tree simple. Not too much on it:
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We also changed out decorations on top of our cabinets from Fall decorations to Christmas ones:

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I also managed to get a pair of red skinny jeans at Walmart on Saturday at Black Friday Prices!! Woo yeah! I also ordered a pair of boots on Cyber Monday which arrived today but they are too big and I don't like them and now they have a better pair cheaper so I am going to get them!

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These will be great in the snow and are CUTE!

We went and did our usual biweekly Trader Joe's shop, LOVE that place

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And YAY they have my FAVOURITE chocolates in stock for Christmas!

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Still unopened mind you!

At Target I found a really cute little bowl and a smaller plate for me to use, $1.79 each!

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I have been really good with my diet, not so much with the exercise. But my weight is going back down which is what's important!!

Billy has been working long hours and not many days off. But we need the money so that's good, but I miss him.

Hope everyone else had a good week!

334/365

Food Diary 30/11

Friday 30th November 2012

Breakfast:

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1 x TJ's whole wheat English muffin - 120 calories
56g smoked ham - 60 calories
1/4 cup egg whites - 25 calories
7g light butter - 27 calories
coffee with SF hazelnut creamer - 62 calories
multivitamin

Total - 294 calories

Lunch:

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1 can tuna in water - 100 calories
25g avocado - 40 calories
75g shelled edamame - 120 calories
3 tbsp FF Italian dressing - 23 calories
salad veggies - 49 calories

Total - 332 calories

Dinner:

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110g chicken breast tenderloins - 120 calories
1/8 cup panko breadcrumbs - 28 calories
1 tsp canola oil - 40 calories
1/4 onion - 11 calories
butternut squash - 85 calories
mushrooms - 15 calories
stewed tomatoes - 35 calories

Total - 334 calories

Snacks:

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Smart Ones Turtle Sundae - 140 calories

Total - 140 calories

Nutrition:

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Exercise:

none

Water:

1500ml/50.7oz

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1250
TOTAL CALORIES USED - 1100

Friday, November 30, 2012

Steel cut oats

A few people have asked me how I make my steel cut oats and I have seen other people saying they don't have the time to make it every morning. So I am going to share what I do to save time.

Basically I start with these:

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You can get them pretty much anywhere that sells oatmeal. Steel cut oats are just oats that aren't rolled out. They have a chewy consistency which I prefer over rolled oats.

I make 8 servings at a time. I measure out 320g which is 8 x 40g servings. I weigh it out on my digital scales after zeroing off the bowl.

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Then I bring 7 cups of water to boil. The instructions are 1 cup of water to 1 cup of oats, but I like mine a little undercooked. I'm weird like that! But you can use the 8 cups if you like.

I add the oats, let them boil for about 5 minutes then I lower the temperature so they simmer for another 20 minutes or until all the water is gone and it's at a consistency I like.

Then I dump it all back into the bowl again and weigh it.

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Because I didn't zero off the bowl this time, I just take off the weight of the bowl, in this case it's 155g, then I divide the remaining number by 8. Which works out to 180g. Leaving a 5g buffer I weigh out each portion into small containers.

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I freeze 6 portions and leave 2 in the fridge for the next 2 mornings.

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When I want one in the morning, I just take it out of the freezer, run some hot water over the container to loosen it. Then put into a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then another 30 seconds. Then I add my fruit, nuts, milk etc.

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Some of my favourite topping combinations are:

banana, honey & walnuts
PB2 & banana
Chocolate PB2 & banana
dried cranberries and slivered almonds
pumpkin butter and slivered almonds.
blueberries and peaches

The choices are really endless.

Hope this helps!!

Food Diary 29/11

Thursday 29th November 2012


Breakfast:

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40g steel cut oats - 150 calories
12g chocolate PB2 - 45 calories
100g banana - 89 calories
1/2 cup soy milk - 50 calories
coffee with SF hazelnut creamer - 62 calories
mulitvitamin

Total - 396 calories

Lunch:

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56g smoked ham - 60 calories
75g edamame - 120 calories
3 tbsp TJ's balsamic vinegar dressing - 38 calories
25g avocado - 40 calories
arugula, baby spinach, shredded carrot, broccoli slaw, red cabbage, cucumber - 49 calories

Total - 307 calories

Dinner:

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3 TJ's turkey meatballs - 150 calories
brussel sprouts - 56 calories
165g mashed potato - 119 calories
14g light butter - 54 calories
7g bacon bits - 30 calories
1/4 cup turkey gravy - 25 calories
baby carrots - 12 calories

Total - 446 calories

Snacks:

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70g Berry medley - 40 calories
110g 0% fat plain greek yogurt - 60 calories

Total - 100 calories

Water:

8 cups / 67.6oz I downloaded a funky app where I can keep track of my water! It lets me know how much I need for my body weight. I still had 306ml left but I didn't count my coffee this morning! ;)

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Nutrition:

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Exercise:

None :(

Thoughts:

I need to get out and walk! But it's so COLD! I did really well with my eating today though so yay!

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1250
TOTAL CALORIES USED - 1249


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Last 2 weigh-ins

Forgot to post my weigh-in last week! Oops! Well here is is:

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I gained 1.6lb :( Then Thanksgiving came and I gained even more. Going up to around 158.8lb this past weekend.

But I got back on track and really stuck with it the past couple of days and this morning I weighed in at:

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So slowly getting back down there again. I REALLY want to get under 150 at least by Christmas. Fingers crossed I can!

Other weigh in info:

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Food Diary 28/11

Wednesday 28th November 2012


Breakfast:

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1 Starbucks grande gingerbread latte - 250 calories

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1 Starbucks Spinach, Feta & egg white wrap - 280 calories

Total - 530 calories

Lunch:

Nothing as we had breakfast late

Dinner:

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78g (cooked) chicken tenderloins - 129 calories
75g cooked couscous - 84 calories
1 tsp canola oil - 40 calories
broccoli - 30 calories
sauteed mushrooms - 15 calories
1/4 tablespoon butter - 25 calories

Total - 323 calories

Snacks:

110g banana - 98 calories

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110g 0% fat Greek yogurt - 60 calories
70g frozen berry medley - 40 calories
15g raw sliced almonds - 90 calories

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Salad - 35 calories
TJ's FF balsamic dressing - 25 calories

Total - 348 calories

Exercise:

A very crappy 11 minute walk.

Nutrition:

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Thoughts:

I really wanted to go for a long walk yesterday but it was so cold and I felt really cruddy. :(

TOTAL CALORIES AVAILABLE - 1293
TOTAL USED - 1201
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