Saturday, March 16, 2013

First day of DietBet and Daily Checklists

Today was a pleasantly busy day. I still have more grading to do -- I can only do so much at a time before I start dozing off. I am still getting better and my energy level is a little low.

I also got a few things done around the house, did a big grocery run to stock up with healthy food, and of course, did a morning workout. I did not love seeing such a high number on the scale again, even if I could rationalize about clothes, sodium, etc. It took several tries to get the scale photo right, because the Tanita annoyingly flashes the scale number so sometimes it looks blank in the photos. This is one of the rejects -- I didn't like the drawstring in there. But the one I did send in has my thighs from a weird angle that makes them look like tree trunks.

At the gym, a nutrition consulting group brought a big crockpot of breakfast quinoa with a bunch of different toppings for us to try -- fresh fruit and nuts, mostly, but also agave, raw honey, and cinnamon. I tried a tiny little sample cup with some berries, nuts and cinnamon and it was so good. Turns out they cooked it in apple juice, so I'm glad I didn't add any sweetener.  I cooked a batch in water today to try for breakfast tomorrow with berries. I will have to see if it's as good without the apple juice. I have been even more careful to avoid added sugars since I read Fat Chance.

I planned meals for the week and made sure I had everything to make them. Tonight for dinner, I had enough calories for a bigger meal.  I ended up just at goal for the day, which is great considering I never felt too hungry or like I was missing out on anything I really wanted. I'm finding I do better with slightly bigger meals so I don't feel snacky and find myself cruising the cupboards. Tonight when I did have a snack, I looked at how many calories I had left and thought about how to fit the kinds of tastes I wanted in with that amount. Basic stuff like that is easy to ignore if you're telling yourself you "should" be able to do this stuff naturally with no effort.  It's important for me to stay aware if I'm going to get anywhere with this.

I missed a couple of things on my checklist. I have found it harder to remember my supplements now that I'm taking antibiotics and probiotics -- just too many things to remember. Taking the probiotics has seemed to keep away the yucky side effects I usually have after taking antibiotics.  I am taking the Acidopholous Pearls about 2 hours after my amoxicillin.

Checklist for today:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Pilates Circuit class (one hour) plus a short walk (20 minutes).
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone":Hit my goal exactly.
  • Take my supplements: Forgot them and it's too late now.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: banana, a few berries with the quinoa, and an apple for fruit. Celery, carrots, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, green onion, and romaine (probably at least 3 and maybe 4 servings total) for veggies. 
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 32 grams.

Checklist for yesterday:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: 30 minute walk.
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over budget by 329.  
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Spinach, avocado, mixed baby greens, carrots, cucumber, tomatoes, onions (added up to 3-4 servings at least).  Fruit was an orange -- missed it there, unless you want to count the wine I had at dinner (I don't).
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: About 30.


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    1. Mussels. They are one of my favorite foods.

  2. I have never had them. Where/how do you buy and prep and cook and eat please.

    1. The ones I usually buy are precooked and vacuum-sealed in the freezer section. You can buy them fresh, too, but I have only done that once, because you have to use them right away.


"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07