- Sunday Oct 07, 2007
I read about something really cool today that measures almost exactly the calories we burn each day. It's called Body Bug and you wear it on your arm. It's REALLY pricey. No, I'm not buying it. But, it is sooo interesting! :)
Breakfast on Monday: 600 cal. 3 servings whole grain pita chips, protein scoop, 1/2 kelp noodles baked with olive oil and cinnamon/sweet and low on top. Yeah, strange breakfast indeed. I'm happy to report not going back for any other food afterwards! :)
So today was a very good day for me.
I walked about 8 miles or so. Most of it (about 7) was done all at once with a few quick sitting breaks inbetween! There's a really lovely "Greenway" or walking strip adjacent to a major roadway in Queens, NY. It's beautiful because the other side is a Marina with lots of boats and beautiful scenery/nature. I walked there both back and forth. It equals about 5 miles. Then, i also took the footbridge that crosses over the expressway into another whole park which leads into a community and other fields. It's really beautiful.
The only part of the park I didn't really do any walking in at all was the wooded area. I don't know how safe it is to be surrounded by tons of trees and bushes in an area I'm not familiar with. I wouldn't want to become another statistic. I have a few other safe areas left to explore. When i'm done, there's at least one other park I plan on going to before the weather really changes over. BTW, today was like summer again! 80s in October!
Later, I went to the bookstore for a bit and afterwards decided it was still to early to go home. I also decided I still have more energy to spare and I did a bit more walking at a park only 15 minutes from home. I walked for about a half hour there.
I'm assuming total mileage today to be 8 miles. That's an honest estimate.
Total exercise today: 2 hrs, 40 min (actually it's much more, but I cannot account for sitting or really slow walking!).
Total October exercise: 9 hours! yes yes yes!
Tomorrow I have off from work. The plan is to go to the orientation for the hospital I'm going to volunteer at one day per week. After that, it's up in the air. I'll be going to the grocery store to pick up a few things since i didn't today. I plan on some good exercise of course. The plan is to take my bike to the park. I need to lay off the walking a little or my ankle is going to get weak again.
An update, my ankle is doing well these days. The exercises to strengthen the ligaments around it are working! :)
The "oatmeal cake" as described in saturday's entry. 500 cal
1 bag mini carrots and a coffee. 300 cal
lots of water and diet drinks (I'm not planning on laying off those).
1/2 bag kelp noodles 10 cal
Dinner with family, dad's bday:
salad 30 cal
seasoned and baked potatoes with olive oil on them. very good. one of mom's usually well made dishes. 250 cal
meat seasoned with rosemary and other really good spices, baked in the rotiseree. Awesome. I haven't had meat in awhile and it's good and healthy for the body. 300 cal
olive oil and seasoned with salt/pepper asparagus baked in oven - similiarly made to the potatoes. This asparagus is another favorite food in this house, especially by my sister. 150 cal.
dinner: packet of flavored coffee. packet of some kind of cappuccino mix. around 200 cal.
I looked at the cherry pie and couldn't stomach it. The thought of wrecking a good calorie day wasn't going to happen. I worked so hard today at the park and couldn't bear to eat something that looked too rich to have only one bite. LOL.
I'm guesstimating calories to be between 1800-1900. i hope i'm not too off. This was a better calorie day than i've been having in awhile. Pretty balanced nutritionally. I like the idea of a substantial breakfast, few but healthy snacking throughout the day followed by a good dinner.
- Saturday Oct 06, 2007
SUNDAY AM edit: today I made sure to have breakfast and I ate exactly what i wanted. I had oatmeal with chocolate protein powder, egg whites, sugar free syrup, and peanut butter all mixed in. It was quite good. I didn't add a lot of water. It turns into a cake like treat and it's high in fiver, protein, good carbs, with a little fat. I also had two fish oil tablets. my skin has been a little dry...and i know increasing the oils helps. I had them in my house.
calories for Breakfast are 500.
Today is my dad's birthday and there's fruit pie. I guess i should have some, why not? we'll see. Parents are making dinner.
had a scoop of protein blended into ice to make an "ice cream"
calories i think are around 2200
taco bell at 2pm steak chalupa, nachos and cheese, caramel apple empanada, cinnamon twists.
pizza at 4pm- assorted stuff (the leftovers were sitting on my kitchen countertop when i got home. I took them to my room and ate everything that my family left over.)
3 plum tomatoes and grapes after the pizza.
exercise: 2 hrs.(1 hr walking, 1 hr elliptical at separate times during the day.)
basically, because life is so rocky right now (even though i'm probably in a much better situation than half the people in the United States!) it becomes really easy for me to make poor health choices and not care about myself the way I should.
I guess I should remember that I AM worth it...and that I do have the potential to be and look the best I can.
Once again, I need to write that I am not a garbage dump.
- Friday Oct 05, 2007
exercise: 55 min.
total exercise: 4 hrs, 20 min :)
wanna know something really scary? my average calories for the past 30 days = 3237 per day.
those calories indicate an approximate 10 lb gain in 30 days.
- Thursday Oct 04, 2007
I weighed myself after not doing so for around 2 weeks at least. I looked at the unexpected scary number: over 120 lbs. The last time I weight this much was waaaay back 5 years ago. I do believe I still know what to do to loose the weight.
workin at it...
walking to get my car and the train station and then heading over to the gym. by for now :)
exercise: i did 1 hr, 25 min :)
total oct exercise = 3 hrs, 25 min.
- Wednesday Oct 03, 2007
exercise: 65 min.
edit: binged after school.
after the soup...instead of having dinner later at subway, i had:
2 servings tam tam whole grain crackers: 240
entire pint of cottage cheese: 480
chocolate pudding: 120
egg crackers: 175
peanut butter: 300
small binge = 1315 calories + rest of day = 2770 calories. well, i'm actually fine with it. (don't ask!)
Breakfast: oatmeal with one scoop of chocolate protein powder and one egg in it...as well as some maple syrup on top. this dish was like an oatmeal pudding/soft cake. 300
snack 1: 1/2 pb sandwich 200
snack 2: 1/2 pb sandwich 200, packet of juice mix - 20
lunch: black beans and lettuce with olive oil 380?
snack 3: tortilla soup with kelp noodles and a plum. 340
snack 4: whole grain tam tam crackers. this turned into a small binge.
exercise: exercising at the university. update to come.
- Tuesday Oct 02, 2007
today's exercise = 1hr :)
thanks for the continued support in times of need! :) I'm feeling better! :)
today was a good day. i'm just soooo tired today! I actually came home and layed down for a bit after work. going out to exercise soon! :) I will also do some reading! I keep saying that, but it never gets done! haha. and i enjoy reading, once i get into it.
I was so disgusted by the somewhat dirty carpet in my room that i ended up vacuuming it this morning! haha...before work! :)
today was good...tomorrow will be even better! I have really exciting goals ahead for these 3 months. I plan to update with my success.
basically, the reason i have some good days and some not must be because any change in schedule and uncertainty causes me to sometimes fall back on food. food is sometimes treated as my comfort and that i believe is why i have some good days and some bad. however, these next three months, i'm sticking to my plan (unless i find it doesn't work!). I plan to update with fitness and weight loss success! :)
- Monday Oct 01, 2007
did horribly today. ate great in the AM and lunch too. binged when i got home. 4800 calories.
exercise will be at least one hour.
i'm dying dying dying...going deeper, deeper, deeper. not sure what to do!
i cannot seem to eat ordinarily anymore. it's so difficult lately. don't know what to do.
it will HAVE to be mind over matter for me. there's just simply no other way.
You know, i think in some ways i can prove stronger than most people. and that's it - I will have to prove to myself and others this fact just one more time! :)
- Sunday Sep 30, 2007
so, like i said, the guy really DOES play catch by himself!!! LOL, he goes to a raquetball court and throws the ball against the wall and catches it! crazy! or, that gets boring!
anyway. today was a good day exercise-wise. I did some walking and elliptical. 2 hrs total!! yesterday was also great! (2 hrs yesterday as well!) I did the elliptical at the gym by me and ran into someone i know. it was nice, because she exercised next to me and we got to talk to each other. she doesn't mind and lets talking while exercising.
so, tomorrow my plan is to go to the hospital after work to try to set up an interview so i can get a part time weekend job. I don't need another job during the week - teaching is enough.
total sept: 34hrs, 45 min.
this equals 69.5 minutes per day. :)
- Saturday Sep 29, 2007
sunday edit: my lust for that guy is surpisingly over. it turns out he is waaaaay tooooo independent. He enjoys doing most everything on his own. I don't see how someone can live their life only going to movies, playing catch, and ice skating with themselves. It's hard to believe in my opinion. Those activities to me seem like ones you do with people. Of course, i have went to a movie by myself, in the past, but all in all I enjoy a pal to be with once in awhile!
I have a small problem on my hands.
Today was a bad day, another bad day amongst many this week and these past two months.
up until 10:20 or something I ate 2450 calories.
at 4:30, i came home and was going to eat soup for around 340 calories. well, i didn't just eat soup, of course. I proceeded to eat 2570 calories. if you're interested, the foods included: soup, italian bread, chocolate chip chocolate cake, milk, chex cereal (2 cups), granola (4 cups) and peanut butter, again.
worst part, i didn't realize how many calories more i actually had until i added it up after i ate that second "meal."
I just have to stop. I am looking to get the part time job at a hospital on weekends. they get hundreds of applicants each week...so i will have to go in person next week monday after school to see what i can do.
now, as for tomorrow, i naturally want to not eat. as you can see, i've had what could easily be 3 days worth of food in one day. It adds up to 1673 calories a day if i were to divide today's total by 3 days. this is definitely a bit out of hand.
like i said a bazillion times, i know what to do but i can't seem to do it. meaning, i can't seem to eat right even though i know pretty much what i need to do. and, i've done it before.
since everything i ate just now is sooo high in carbs, i'm nervous how i'll feel when i wake up tomorrow morning, probably ravenous!
btw, the guy i have been talking to online i know from college. we hung out once a few years ago. then, he moved and somehow we started talking again, i think he imed me! haha...and i see he just signed onto aim. i'm NOT going to im him now though. that would be way too strange considering its the middle of a saturday. i was thinking of calling him today. alright, i'll hold out till tomorrow.
- Friday Sep 28, 2007
2nd edit this morning: binge. but i'm stopping after this ice cream. haha
breakfast: pb on bread: 550 cal. (8am)
binge: 10:20am: red pepper, brussel sprouts (which i didn't finish bc they weren't good, with 4 slices of cheese, 3 pieces deli ham, 2 english muffins, 5 tablespoons pb, 2 cups ice cream.
total so far: 2540 cal.
Saturday morning edit:
Well, i don't have set plans for today. I don't do well on days like this one...or tomorrow (no set plans either.) I wish I was in a relationship because then i could do things with my partner. ok, this may sound so strange...and it is. I want to take myself to an afternoon movie. lol, such a loner i'm becoming. but, i doubt i'll go. it's not worth it..to pay just to go to a movie with myself. i'd rather rent one...and hope that i don't binge during it.
ok, i have one plan. To eat about 1200 cals or low cals...and to exercise for 8 miles walking, not all at once. that is my plan but it sounds boring. a better plan would be to walk to the library, do some reading, walk home. (10-15 min walk one way.) next, i could bike at the park or bike around the university on the outside track they paved a couple years ago. I've never used it, so that would be fun. AND, its like 3 miles around, so it makes for less boredom. well, that's my plan. i don't want to binge. one factor that really helps to prevent this is that my pants are all a bit small. and i'm not buying bigger ones. i've already done that...and the end of last year!
Friday evening entry:
overall sept exercise: 30 hrs, 45 min :)
overall a far better day than yesterday.
breakfast: some 90 second microwavable seasoned rice pilaf with beans and all sorts of things in it! awesome and satisfying mix of carbs, protein, fat.
snack/dinner: HUGE 24 ounce green drink from a health food store, kashi bar, followed by the leftover pilaf from breakfast...salad...tomatoes...a diet 7up...i think that's it...it was definitely a slight, but healthier, binge.
snack after workout: decaf iced coffee and a cup of light ice cream.
calories are actually low