I wrote it down…..I promise!!

I am a huge advocate of water but also I am becoming a huge advocate for writing it down. I carry this large notebook with me to work and back writing down every thing I eat and drink. It is part of the process of becoming the healthiest version of me. Tracking is a big factor in that. It is about learning what is working for me and what is not working for me. I can look back on my journal and know what I ate and if it made an impact on me.

Anyway I left my notebook at work tonight! I will do my best to reconstruct from memory how my food day played out.

Breakfast (this is easy enough) coffee with almond milk creamer. I don’t know why but I always feel like I am supposed to capitalize almond, weird. I had three cups this morning at home. Then my super foods shake was vanilla today with blueberries and spinach. Yeah I have spinach for my shakes again!

Get to work and have two more cups of coffee with the same creamer in it. I am hungry so I get a granola bar from the vending machine. It is one of those almond sweet and crunchy bars. I am sure they are not that good for you but very simple and satisfying.

Lunch was a spicy tuna roll (large, like two servings) with wasabi and ginger and a little soy sauce. I had a salad with poppyseed dressing too.

Dinner….well I get home tired and annoyed by external factors so I open an Angry Orchard and cook the turkey taco meat up. I make three crunchy tacos with lettuce and cheese. I have another hard cider and TWO more tacos!! Wow! I am such a sucker for tacos!! Hubby informs me he bought cookies so I help myself to two double stuff golden Oreo’s.

I have had 135 ounces of water today. No workout Taco Tuesday came a day late but it was good!!

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?

Friend Time!!!

Friend time is my favorite! If it wasn’t for my friend Adam today I probably would have never gotten dressed today. Try story. I had grand intentions. Workouts and filming a new video for my YouTube page and fitness group. Some food prep. My usual Sunday things. Then I slept in for the Fall Back an Hour day. Still not used to the changing of time. I was spoiled by living in AZ. Anyway I was going to be a bum all day and sit in my jammies and just Netflix and chill out. At least I got an hour walk in around the park.

So this is how my poor, poor eating habits went this day:

Breakfast was three cups of coffee with creamer. Five yes FIVE waffles. Two of them I put some home-made raspberry jam on them. Then I cooked two eggs over easy and had two more waffles. Then when I finished cooking them started putting them away I noshed on another one!! Had a glass of grapefruit juice to wash it all down with.

Lunch wasn’t really lunch. I knew I was meeting Adam at 3 and wanted to leave early to get coffees for us and try to find the park road we always meet up on. I haven’t been on a walk with Adam for a few years and I wasn’t certain how to get there from my new place. Anyway, I had the rest of the humus and as many pita crackers as it took to eat it all. Got dressed and headed to Starbucks. I ordered the new Toasted White Chocolate Mocha. It was good, had a toasted marshmallow taste to it.

Headed up to the park and walked for about an hour or so. Most of the fall leaves had fallen which was too bad for Adam. He loves to take photos.

Came home and changed back into my jammies. Opened up a Rose Hard Cider and heated up the oven for our stuffed salmon. Don’t get too excited I bought it from the meat deli. It is salmon stuffed with crab. Made red potatoes for the hubby and I had kale salad with parmesan cheese and lemon vinaigrette. Had another hard cider and then one of the Halloween bite size dark chocolate Kit Kat bars that I had hidden in the fridge.

So much for dinner and done! I know it will be better tomorrow. Work brings a bit more structure so it will provide more structure for my food too.

Water wasn’t that great either. I had about 140 ounces today. Well below my average.

Tomorrow is another day.

How did you do?

Wednesday woes……

I don’t know why I wrote woes on here. It really isn’t a tale of woe. It is just a tale of what I ate today..ha ha

As always I started my day with coffee and creamer. Then made an espresso with almond milk and creamer mixed. My shake today was chocolate with dark cherries and spinach. Tasty!

Got to work and brewed a cup of coffee with some coconut milk creamer. Ended up having two of those. Then my coworker gave a Halloween cupcake. Red velvet with cream cheese frosting, my favorite! That of course made me want another cup of coffee. So I did  a cup of half caf. and 1/2 and 1/2.

Lunch was the Fontera taco bowl pictured above. Yesterday when I was heading home I texted the hubby to see if he needed anything. He has had a sore throat and not feeling well. He said ‘gelato’. So off to the store I go, tired and hungry. A very bad combination to go to the store on. I get there and start thinking ‘hey it is Taco Tuesday I should buy some of that pre-seasoned turkey meat for tacos tonight’. They were out. So I started looking for something else taco-ish to eat or make quickly. No luck. As I was heading to the frozen food section I decided that I needed some creamer (I didn’t) Then I saw that the taco bowls were ‘on sale’ I use that term loosely. I love the salsa and even the premixed sauces so I thought how bad could it be? Answer is, pretty bad. Definitely doesn’t look like the picture on the box. Kind of bland. Glad I had my roasted broccoli to add to it. That made it better.

Snack today was one hard boiled egg, two sticks of celery and four mini bell peppers.

Started my dinner with dessert. Came home and dug into the trick or treat candy bowl. Had two sour twirler sticks. Then helped myself to a bottle of Angry Orchard Knotted Pear while cooking dinner. I had spaghetti squash with homemade sauce and an Italian sausage. Turned out pretty good. So that tracks as two servings of veggies and a protein!! Yay me!

Water was good today. 170 ounces. I did not workout and that makes me sad. I will tomorrow. I don’t want to lose that habit.

Have you tried the Fontera Taco Bowls?

How did you do?

Productive day today…

I feel like I had a productive day today. I did not work out and didn’t get any studying done for my certification but it was productive none the less. I did meal prep today.

Today I finally made the apple banana muffins for my hubby’s lunch. They are made with almond flour so very low carb and it counts as a serving of fruit and he doesn’t even know! Okay well he will now. (: I also made raspberry jam (no sugar) it is more like a runny jam but I am excited to try it. I made homemade almond milk. I am going to share the super simple recipe tomorrow on my Fitness page so stay tuned. Roasted zucchini, broccoli and a spaghetti squash. Made homemade healthy spaghetti sauce too.  I like days that I feel like I got something healthy for me done. I had good intentions to film some videos for my Cancercize page but I didn’t. Instead I took a nap and watched a movie with my hubby. All wonderful Sunday things.

Water was good today: 150 ounces total. Here is how the food for the day played out:

Breakfast was my vegan chocolate superfoods shake with spinach and blueberries. Two coffee’s with creamer and one espresso with a combination of creamer and half and half.

Lunch was more of the awesome cajun smoked salmon dip with generic Ritz crackers. Had twelve of them. Then I had steak stir fry with carrots, bell pepper, broccoli and carrots all in a teriyaki sauce.  Had half of an apple left over from the muffins.

Had to taste one of the apple banana muffins to make sure I didn’t accidentally poison the hubby.

Dinner tonight was PIZZA!! Yeah after all that food prep I was too tired to actually cook!! So I ordered pizza and salad. Had my usual, sausage and black olive and a garden salad with balsamic dressing.

Outside of no workout and not getting all my things done of my TO DO list I feel pretty darn good about myself and rested.

Oh!! And I plugged in my weight into my tracker app and I am officially 12.8 pounds lighter! I have been using my tracker since Sept 2017 and I am down. I know twelve pounds may not seem like much to you in a years time but to me it feels like one hundred pounds!! It was the boot of confidence I needed to press on and fight the good fight.

How did you do?

Buffalo burgers…oh my!

A very relaxed Sunday and nothing on my to do list really got done so what do I do? I just shut down and do even less. I don’t know why I do this to myself but I do. Which is also why I will then turn around and sabotage myself with food too.

This is how today played out:

Breakfast: coffee with almond milk (2) espresso with almond milk. Blueberry donut.

Stopped up on the South Hill to pick up some cool mittens a friend made for me, so we were so close to Target again we stopped in for another coffee. Venti caffè mocha. Grabbed the bacon egg bites for some protein.

Lunch: We went to Cabellas to shop for some winter clothes for the hubby. Stopped in there for lunch. I ordered the buffalo burger no cheese and a side salad. Choose the balsamic vinaigrette and had half of that on the salad.  Had water to drink. Not bad. I kept the top off the burger and ate all of hubby’s veggies from his burger too. I did all right until I tried one of his super salty twice fried fries dipped in ketchup!! Caught myself eating about five more after that. What is it about salt??

For my dinner I had the rest of my dinner from yesterday. That meant the salad with black olives and cucumbers and onions with, you guessed it balsamic vinaigrette! Also the rest of the sausage and peppers in marinara. It was even better the second day!

 

No workout today. Water intake was 145 ounces.

How did you do?

 

Coffee and donuts….

Well here it is Friday and I am ready to confess my ‘off the track’ healthy lifestyle diet fails….again. #brokenrecord     I will tell  you now this will be different than all the other posts because it involves the Friday donut.    Here we go…..

Breakfast: half a cup of coffee because the Keurig would only brew A HALF A CUP!!!!! #blerg Vanilla shake with spinach, almond butter and 1/2 cup of blueberries

Decided to day to surprise my work team with donuts so I ran by the grocery store on the way to work to get two dozen donuts. Picked up a twelve pack of Mt. Dew to surprise the hubby with when I got home.  At the store I annoyed a lot of people because it took me forever to pick out the two dozen donuts for the guys. Wanted to get all their favorites.

Since the Keurig disappointed me I stopped by the coffee shop and got the special Maple Spice is still going. Very good.

Work: A cinnamon roll donut thing. I HAD to have one since I brought them, right? Had a meeting at work. Came down, ATE ANOTHER DONUT!!!!WHAT!?!?!?!? Yeah that is two donuts in a one and half hour span! Yikes!!

Then I drank 75 ounces of water in the next two hours to ‘wash out the donuts’

Lunch: Didn’t;t eat. Two many donuts. Too full.

3PM: ate my carrot sticks

Dinner: baked potato with butter and  a large grilled steak! Potato is a veggie, right? Brewed a sweet raspberry tea with Tito’s vodka added to it. Then for dessert I made a decaf coffee with Patron XO Cafe Dark in it with the last of the vanilla almond milk..

and that brings us to now….

Not the best day. But it is what it is and I am being accountable to you.

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?

 

 

I am just going to leave my soul right here…..

Here comes all the word vomit. IF I wasn’t doing my 3 day Reboot I would be drinking right about now…

It begins with another repeat of a painful body. Swollen joints, twisted hip, knee and elbow. The pain is quite awful and it will be an ibuprofen and CBD oil kind of night. I think it is the change of weather.  It is making everything inflamed.

A very ‘productive’ morning at work didn’t help either. Mel Robbins said to change your verbiage from ‘busy’ to ‘productive’ gives you more energy and less excuses. I was behind for hours. Had to talk to an employee about an error made and they mouthed back to me. Not a fan of a grown man who can’t own up to a mistake. It happens. Own it. Be done with it.

It may not have affected me so much if I hadn’t just been ‘bothered’ by a truck driver. I have already told my co-workers that I will not wait on him anymore. He says things that make me uncomfortable. When I saw him out on the dock, I kept walking and didn’t make eye contact. (my self-defense mechanism)  He saw me walk by and proceeded to follow me. Kept calling me ‘Miss Renee’. He asked me if I ever get tired of hearing ‘ow’ . I was confused, told him I don’t hear that often when I am walking up and down the dock talking to my team. He again repeated the question; Miss Renee do you ever get tired of hearing ‘ow’? I again had no idea how to respond because I had no idea what he was talking about. He continued to walk beside me and ask the same question. Finally he said “Miss Renee do you ever get tired of hearing ‘ow’? You know because they say ow when their necks snap when you walk out on the dock?” I was dumbfounded! I tried to say that is inappropriate or unprofessional but all I could get out was sheepish stammering. I was very uncomfortable. He left, only to come back and say ‘Miss Renee, sorry if I was being a poop’ and he left.

In that moment, that very moment I lost it. Despite being ‘productive’ and in pain and super gassy from all the extra fiber I have been eating/drinking but now I feel ashamed. Ashamed that I couldn’t stand up for myself when it mattered. Ashamed and disappointed in myself for not speaking up and telling him that it WAS inappropriate. That he was a poop..in fact a shit for talking to me like that. That is not OKAY to talk like that to someone you don’t even know. Embarrassed that I just couldn’t get the words out.

Other than that, this is how my food played out today:

Coffee with vanilla almond milk (two of them) Chocolate shake with dark cherries.

Work: two cups of plain black coffee. Fiber Sweep.

Lunch: protein shake, super greens salad with golden beets and tomatoes with oil and vinegar for dressing. Half an apple

Snack…like at 6PM tonight: humus and celery.

Dinner: Protein shake with a handful of spinach in it. I was tired and did not want to make my dinner of veggies tonight.

Funny story.. Last night the hubby came into the bedroom and made a face and asked ‘what is that you got going on in here?’ I told him farting, lots of farting… He said “Yep!” and turned around to go sleep downstairs for the night!! Thank you 3 day reboot for that giggle.

 

Still gassey tonight but I am actually hurting too much to even care at this point in my night.

Friday HAS to be better!! It has to!

How did you do?