I have set a goal…

I weighed in today and it was better than the last few days. I have a goal for the end of December. It is to be 141.1 pounds. Why the .1? well it means if I only get to 141.8 it will be closer or some other weird logic like that. It just looks better on paper that way. More realistic I guess.

I tried to keep a tally today on my servings of veggies. The trouble with that is two of my foods today had veggies hidden in them but I am not 100% sure if it counts as a “serving”.

Any way here is the rundown of food today:

Breakfast: Coffee and maple flavored almond milk creamer, two servings. Super foods shake cafe latte with blueberries and spinach. Added almond butter and turmeric this time too.

Get to work and have a  decaf coffee with the same creamer as above. Then I ended up brewing two more cups by noon.

Lunch: tuna salad (made with cauliflower puree and chunks of celery) One slice of Daves Killer bread (totally fits into the FFC department, fiber filled carb) cucumber slices. I had more tuna than bread so I went to the vending machine and bought a serving of whole grain Cheez-its. It also fit the FFC guidelines. 130 calories, 19 grams of carbs, 2 grams of fiber. Tasted great and I really enjoyed eating them.

Dinner was an Angry Orchard Knotty Pear Cider, the leftover burger patty from last night (it has carrot puree in it) two slices of cheddar cheese and half of a bell pepper. Hubby also made me try the new flavor of Poppable chips he had bought. I had two of them, white cheddar flavor. They were pretty good but I liked the original ones better.

If you were keeping tally of my veggies today I counted them as four; Spinach, Cucumbers, bell pepper and then for each serving of protein that had veggies hidden in them I counted as one more serving. I think that is fair, right?

I have 125 ounces of water in me so far and am half way through another 25 ounces.

I did my workout this morning: Yoga Flow. I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the Flow on the Go tomorrow with friends.

Do you have an end of the year goal you are trying to reach? How close are you? How did you do with your tracking today?

Thursday……

I am sore from yesterdays workout. That makes me happy but when I smile about that it hurts!! Ha ha! True story. I am also happy that it is Friday eve. So ready for this work week to be over.

This is how my food played out today:

Breakfast was three cups of coffee with creamer (um one was decaf) My yummy super foods shake today (pictured above) was cafe latte with spinach, blueberries, and almond butter.

One of my friends/coworkers was celebrating a birthday today so I stopped at the coffee shop to pick up a cake pop and a mocha maple spice, yes I picked one up for me too. The coffee not the cake.

Lunch was a can of tuna with a spoonful of mayo, dill pickles and black olives. One slice of fcc toast (that means fiber filled carb) Half of a red bell pepper and 20 salted cashews.

Dinner tonight was a cheese stick and a  carrot. I know so exciting! I was tired after yet another long day at work so I didn’t want to make anything. I did have enough energy to peel and slice the carrot but, yeah that is about it for me tonight.

I did do a yoga workout this morning, even though I am sore from yesterday. Today’s was a stretch and release workout. I think I really needed it!

I am currently at 125 ounces of water and working on another cup.

How did you do?

Went for a drive today..

We went for a drive today. It took us over the passes. There was snow and fog the passes. I tried to snap a decent picture while we were driving. This is the best I could get. Having the snow on the trees made me want to listen to Christmas music. It was a nice drive. Because we were traveling we ate out twice today so my food may look a little questionable. I did make sure to drink plenty of water though.

Had two cups of coffee and creamer at home. Then we headed over to Clark’s Fork for breakfast. I had the “Trapper Wrap” it was filled with egg, potato, sausage gravy, and bacon. I ate half, gave a quarter to the hubby and picked the bacon out of the remains quarter. Had a 12 ounce white mocha too.

On the way back from our destination we stopped in St. Regis for snacks. I had a bottle of water and the hubby found a snack size bag of cheese gouda crackers. We split the bag, they were pretty tasty. You could totally taste the smoky gouda.

We stopped in Coeur d’Alene for a late lunch at our favorite grilled cheese restaurant, Meltz. We decided to split a ‘Gobbler’ This sandwich is amazing! Turkey, stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes and cranberry aioli. This is my hubby’s favorite sandwich they have and it only comes out during the holidays. I hadn’t had it before. It really is very good. I had a cup of tomato bisque soup with chunks of parmesan in it. Sometimes I actually CRAVE this soup. We also had some of their homemade potato chips.

When I go home I ate three of the Girl Scout almond butter chocolates. Not a lot veggies today that is for sure. Tomorrow will be better. I HAVE to do better the next week. Doctor appointments coming up. Oncologist, DECA and yearly breast exams. Yes, I had mastectomy, no that doesn’t mean I can’t get breast cancer again. Yes, that means I have to still get checked out. Bleh.

I had 160 ounce of water total today.

How did you do?

It’s a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving….

… My husband was worried that he missed the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special the other day. He kept asking me if we had missed it. He was so happy to find out it was on tonight. I got home after work AND running to the store the night before Thanksgiving (crazy like that) Hubby said that no matter what he was watching Charlie Brown tonight and I was welcome to join him. So I did.

When I was listening to Darren Hardy today for my PD he shared something that stuck with me today: When in doubt choose the harder task. The one you don’t want to do is usually the one you SHOULD do. So much truth to that!!  If I want a trimmer waist line then I MUST do the hard things. Like NOT going to the coffee shop for the special today. Which by the way was hard for me. It is maple spice latte, my favorite and I wanted one so bad……talked myself out of it. I will admit it took a lot of talking but I did talk myself out of it.

Anyway, here is the breakdown of food today:

Breakfast: Coffee with creamer, two cups. Today’s super foods shake was vanilla with spinach, mango almond butter and a splash of turmeric.

Got to work, SKIPPING the coffee shop mind you, and had four cups of coffee with the amazing maple almond milk creamer that I am now officially addicted to.

Long day at my desk waiting for FedEx to call me back, they didn’t so I snacked on some of the Girl Scout sea salted Cashews that I had just bought from one of my staff, you know to support their kid… (sheesh I am a sucker) had 1/2 cup of cashews.

Eventually I went to lunch about 2:30 because my team made me go. I wasn’t really hungry and I wasn’t super excited about my lunch either. I ate some of it; half an apple, 2 cups of spinach with pumpkin seeds and more of that dijon dressing.

After my “quick run” to the grocery store I settled into home for my dinner. Hubby made himself a couple of cheese crisps, I had veggies and an Italian sausage with one cup of the roasted veggies (they are so good still) and Wicked Green Apple cider the whole bottle.

Watched Charlie Brown Thanksgiving with the hubby and am currently cuddled up in a warm bed watching Monk on Amazon Prime. I am very happy in my little world right now.

Water is 150 ounces today. No workout.

 

How did you do?

Free bacon and Free coffee in the same day!….

It is Wednesday and I am here to confess my food journal to you. My back was still hurting when I woke up this morning from my yoga injury this morning. It is actually better now. I went ahead and did a yoga workout this morning hoping it would work out whatever it worked in yesterday. As the day progressed it really did start feeling better. When I started my workout this morning every time I went into downward dog I could feel my back starting to spasm. Bleh.

Anyway this is how my day played out:

Breakfast: two cups of coffee with that amazing Maple flavored Almond Milk creamer. Did you know that my spell check does not like the word creamer?  Made my  super-foods shake. Today was cafe latte with spinach, dark cherries and turmeric.

Wanted to get to work earlier so I left earlier. Leaving earlier means I get to go to the coffee stand for a latte. Stopped and got a 16 ounce Maple Spice latte. AND it was FREE today!! Cool.

I am at work trying to work through my emotions and stresses from the day before keeping my head down and catching up on what I left behind from yesterday. Next thing I know my co-worker Mike taps me on the shoulder and says ‘on my desk’ I walk over  and there it is; perfectly crisp lovely bacon on his desk. AND IT WAS ALL MINE!!!Five perfect pieces of bacon. FREE bacon and FREE coffee in the SAME DAY!! Oh what a wonderful world I exist in!

As the day progressed I did need to have another cup of coffee with half and half. Yes, I said need.

Lunch time rolls around and I have my cabbage, broccoli salad with the greek vinaigrette, green olives and shredded chicken. Dang it I still can’t spell vinaigarette! Tomorrow will be the last day of that salad. The bag is empty. I will buy it again though, I really like it! Anyway I was still hungry so I ate all my snacks too. That was a piece of string cheese, cucumbers and pita crackers.

Then I was cold so I made a cup of decaf coffee with more half and half

Came home from work ON TIME (holler) it was a 7:30AM to 5:45PM day. That makes me happy..ish…

I poured out a glass of grapefruit juice (throat is scratchy) added Tito’s vodka to it, you know to kill the germs. #justify Then I made the hubby dinner which was prosciutto stuffed ravioli with pesto sauce. Caught myself eating them out of the pan. A total of sixteen out of the pan to be exact. Asked my hubby to rub my head, neck and shoulders for a bit. Everything is starting to knot up again. Talked myself into having another Angry Orchard Easy Apple.

Now I am calling it a night.

165 ounces of water (after I drink this cup sitting next to me) and the yoga workout this morning. Outside fo the carbs for dinner I am pretty darn happy with myself..I mean come on, free bacon and coffee today!

How did you do?

Hurt myself during yoga…..

I think I am the only person I know who has injured themselves during a yoga practice. Once I fell out of a pose and injured my shoulder. Another time I fell out of a pose and injured my hip so bad I couldn’t teach Zumba for a month. Today I think I must have done one of the poses incorrectly and now pulled something in my lower back. It keeps locking up in a painful way..bleh.

Any way this is how my food played out.

Breakfast was coffee with almond milk creamer, two cups. Cafe Latte super foods shake with dark cherries and spinach.

Went to work and brewed a cup of coffee with half and half. Then I needed something stronger so I went to the vending machine and got a bottled Starbucks Mocha frap. I was feeling cold so I brewed a cup of decaf with more half and half.

Lunchtime I had shredded chicken with a Greek vinaigrette and cabbage, broccoli salad with green olives. Half of an apple, pita crackers and humus. It was all very good!

Had an incredibly stupid stress fun day at work. Guess I should call it a day at grade school instead! I don’t understand when it happened but at some point people stopped understanding how to listen and follow directions OR when they are “grown ups” but are acting like they are thirteen and have no common sense of what a work environment should be. Okay I will stop… I was just giving you a back story to explain my dinner.

My dinner was two Angry Orcahrd Easy apples and 3 mini bell peppers.

Yep. That is my “fitness coach” nutrition at it’s best.

I am proud to say that I did at least accomplish “dinner and done”

150 ounces of water today and Yoga practice that tweeked my back.

How did you do?

What’s in a glass of water…

There is so much in a glass of water. The more I continue on my journey for health and healing I am learning this. I have always been a big advocate for water and it’s benefits and now the more education I have in health and nutrition I will become an even BIGGER pusher of the water!!

It helps your skin and your lungs and your normal poop cycle. It helps flush out toxins and bad tasting food. It makes you feel full so you don’t eat more than you should. Many people do not drink enough water throughout the day. In fact, the majority of the time you feel hungry you are probably dehydrated and just thirsty for water!! It is true!

When you are thirsty something triggers in your brain to tell your body….meanwhile your body like to play tricks on you and tell you that it really needs a cup cake STAT!! (not speaking from experience at all!)

Anyway, I have had a lot of water today. I know this because I tracked it. So far I am up to  140 ounces!! Now if all that water would ease my hot flashes that would be awesome!

There is a rumor going around that menopausal women (like me) can’t lose weight. I am going to prove them wrong. Will it be overnight? Ha! Nope. Will it be next month? Well possibly but not enough for anyone to notice except the scale. Will it be overtime little by little with lots of trial and error? YES!!!! Logging my food on here has helped me a lot. It shows you and me that no one is perfect no matter how much fitness and health and behavior classes they have taken. That we all eat foods for a reason: Comfort, emotions, socializing. That we speak negatively to our selves about ourselves and there is no success in that EVER.

So with that said here is the food for the day for me:

Breakfast: vanilla shake with 1 cup spinach and 1/2 cup blueberries. Coffee with 3 tablespoons of vanilla almond milk, then an espresso with more almond milk.

I was taking classes this morning and I was cold and tired so I made another cup of coffee with almond milk. Then I wanted something sweet so I added two pumps of the sugar-free salted caramel syrup to a cup of decaf with , yes almond milk.

Lunch today was the last slice of pizza from yesterday and more of the greek salad with the balsamic vinaigrette on it.

I was feeling restless and bored so I had a snack today. Had humus and a serving of the Ritz Pita crackers. They are pretty good and I like the salty crunchy aspect of them today.

Dinner: Water first of course. Had shrimp that I cooked in olive oil and a little butter with some fresh garlic. Served it more of the greek salad (almost done with the salad enough for my lunch tomorrow)

So far today I am feeling pretty good about my food. Feeling full and emotionally satisfied too.  I have pooped today and as I mentioned 140 ounces of water.

No workout today. It was a lazy watch Netflix with the hubby do some studies and classes on-line kind of day.

How did you do?

Doctor today…

Had a doctors appointment today. Not one of my favorite things to do. (don’t know why ha ha) This was my yearly appointment with my primary care doctor. I actually like her and can talk to her freely. She is also a breast cancer survivor like me. In fact she was the one that insisted that I get my mammogram done because she was fresh out of her “adventure” and knows the importance of getting squished.

Anyway, I was a bit hesitant about going this time. Let me explain. It happened about two months ago. I needed a refill on my Symbicort for my asthma. I had two on hand but they were out of date so I went online to order a refill. It had been so long since I had it filled that they deleted it from my profile. I had to call them and ask for it. They called my doctor and she told them I was not her patient anymore and that I had moved away. WHAT!?!!?! long story short, the new girl in the office deleted my file because she thought I hadn’t been there in three years. Good thing was they were able to fill my prescription, find my previous records and forgo the pap smear. Thank goodness!

When I got there and they weighed me it was, yet again, five pounds heavier than the scale at home. This happens every time no matter what doctor office I am at. So frustrating. When the nurse pulled up my file she told me that I am actually DOWN ten pounds from last year! TEN!!! Woohoo. It is a small victory but it is a victory. Yeah me.

With that said here is my food intake for the day:

Breakfast: coffee almond milk. Espresso with vanilla almond milk and half and half (2) Cafe Latte superfoods shake with 1/2 cup of blueberries and spinach.

Work: coffee three cups with half and half.

Lunch: 1/2 apple, spinach salad with tomatoes and bell peppers and homemade dressing. two hard boiled eggs.

Dinner: 1 quesadilla and three corn tortillas with melted cheese. Then I made an adffogato with the Tillamook Sm’ores ice cream and decaf espresso. So all in all my day was good until dinner. I need to work on that. I AM working on that.  I will be down ANOTHER ten pounds next year too!!!

Water was great! Had 100 ounces today. Also did yoga core and salutations today.

How did you do?

 

 

Acid Reflux for the win…..

I didn’t sleep well last night. I had acid reflux the first couple of hours when I went to bed, (too much to eat after my 3 day reboot) then the painful aches started up again with a vengeance.  When we soaked in the hot springs for hours it felt so good. When I went to bed it did not. I don’t know why the hot springs made all the pain activate again.  When I went in for my massage and Clay Foot Detox session the therapist implied that my body was probably clenching on to tight to my joints trying to protect themselves from the relaxation. She made it sound better and it made sense the way she described it.

Anyway it was the best message I have in a very long time!!! I actually jogged along the road a little to take a picture of Coffee Creek (I had too) I feel good! So thankful for Sage at Ainsworth Hot Springs.

Today I was planning on getting back to my healthy track and do some yoga, have my shake for dinner and a nice big salad……this is how my day play out instead..

Breakfast: coffee and creamer….lots of coffee and creamer. Two eggs over easy with bacon, fresh fruit, and sour dough toast.

Stopped at Oso Negro in Nelson BC for a double mocha and a small bite of the hubby’s chocolate cake.

Lunch: Half a bag of pig skins.

Late lunch: a slice of hubby’s left over scicillian pizza, a cup of vanilla latte decals and a whole bag of red licorice.

Tomorrow I see the doctor and I am sure I will be told that my weight is too high and so will my cholesterol.. Oh well. I really enjoyed my self and feel wonderful today.

How did you do?