Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Daily Choices

This was an interesting day.

Breakfast: Chai with skim milk and agave, homemade breakfast burrito (Egg beaters, turkey sausage, baby spinach, salsa, light cheese in a Carb Balance tortilla) with a Clementine and green tea.

Then I proceeded to do a marathon cleaning on the house, because it suffered a bit while I was sick for 9 days. I cleaned the bathrooms, kitchen, living room and my bedroom. I sorted bills and paperwork. I did laundry. I got my heart rate up a LOT. I got hungry.

Snack: string cheese, 6 almonds, and an instant peppermint mocha (50 calories)

Worked some more, played with my daughter, got a lot done. Then I was starving. I was soooo hungry and wanted something fast.

Lunch: Lean Cuisine butternut squash ravioli with "double the vegetables"

Husband came home. It went OK. Then I saw the sun come out (it had gotten cold again and snowed) so I darted out the door and walked at a good pace in the sun for about 15 minutes. Heavenly!

Snack: apple

Was getting hungry again, but had to run errands. I had already planned a Tater Tot Casserole for dinner. In the past, I could eat a half pan of the stuff easily. It's too yummy. So I did two things.

1) Made it much lower fat/sodium: used 1 lb 96% lean ground round, cooked it, added 1 can each low fat/low sodium cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soup and a can of low fat evaporated milk, seasoned this with garlic Mrs Dash instead of salt. Simmered 5 minutes. Poured it in a pan, topped with the lowest calorie tater tots I could find (12 for 170 cal) and a little sprinkle of cheddar cheese, and baked at 450 degrees for 28 minutes. Usually this has green beans the bottom but my kids HATE green beans so I serve them on the side with other veggies they like.

2) I overwhelmed myself with vegetables at the dinner table: the green beans, raw baby carrots, raw cauliflower, and raw broccoli. It is hard to eat a lot of Tater Tot Casserole when you are munching down 2 or 3 cups of raw veggies and a cup of cooked green beans. I had one serving of the casserole and was completely satisfied.

Then, after I got my kids settled, I rode my bike for 20 minutes. I usually do 30 but it was enough at 20 (heck I was ready to quit at 2 minutes but I made myself stay on for 20).

Total calories today: 1589
12 glasses of water
Activity: my monitor says I burned more calories today than any other day so far... over 2500 so far. The pedometer registered 9043 steps (my highest ever... and pretty good for a fat lady with bad knees!) and I registered 56 minutes of activity (this thing generally underestimates a bit... when I ride 30 minutes, it counts about 17 minutes).

I'd call it a success. On another note, several of you mentioned that oatmeal can be a binge trigger. I think you're right!! I think I need to have a protein or produce snack instead of a carby, sugary snack. I do eat oatmeal for breakfast at least half the time and it never seems to cause a binge... only when I have it as a snack. I have noticed that I really don't get the binge signal in the morning, usually. It's almost always in the afternoon. My worst urges come between 2 and 5. Knowing that, I can plan ahead for healthy snacks (but no oatmeal!)

And I do read all your comments every morning with my tea, and it helps me find strength to get through the day. Thank you :)


moonduster said...

Ypu had a good day. Now have another one. Taking it one day at a time will help. (((hugs)))

Meg said...

YEAH!! I love it! Getting your groove down--yes ma'am!!

Ria said...

Congrats on what sounds like a totally on-plan day! The breakfast burrito sounds really good - I'm going to try making one of those.

I REALLY ought to follow in your cleaning-dynamo footsteps . . . my apartment is badly in need of a marathon like you describe, but it just sounds more interesting to try making a breakfast burrito :)

Here's to making today another great on-plan day, and I hope things continue to go smoothly with your husband during his visit.

Ron said...

Tatertot cassarole sounds yummy, sounds like you had a great day!

spunkysuzi said...

That was a great day!! And oh how busy you were :)

Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

I thought I'd unlurke and say thank you for always being honest with your feelings & daily struggles as well as successes. I'm speaking for a lot of us in saying, THANKS FOR BEING YOU!!! Ok, i'm goign to stop being mushy now. :)

Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Great job!

Juice said...

Wow - what an awesome day! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Debbie said...

I recently found your blog. I have found it incredibly inspiring. Keep up the fabulous work. I find your honesty and openness about your successes and failures so wonderful. Thank you.

Interesting about oatmeal being a binge trigger. This is all new to me.

Since you're eating lots of produce (yay!) perhaps something like an apple with nut butter would be a great snack? Good protein to keep that full feeling a little longer.

susie said...

Thank you so much for your blog. I can completely and totally relate to many of the things you write about. Maybe I'll get brave and post my weight on my blog (seeing that number in black and white is way scary!. Here's to another good day for you and yours,

new*me said...

You burned some serious calories yesterday. I was into the marathon cleaning thing yesterday too :) I even did my fridge, freezer, and pantry :)

Karyn said...

You are doing so well, Lyn!

I'm glad you are feeling well enough again to tackle housework, etc. 9 days is a long time to feel sick.

Congrats on a great day!

Anonymous said...

If you can eat all that, including Tater! Tot! Casserole, for 1500 calories, I totally bow down to you. That is awesome!! I would not have thought it possible.