Another good food day in the books!

1/2c oatmeal w/3/4c milk, apple, cinnamon, 1T peanut butter=9
1/4c milk (included in above)
Morning Snack
tuna pouch w/1T relish and 1pk fat free mayo=3
(boy was I craving salt and protein after my spin)
3 dates w/1t peanut butter (total)=1
Afternoon Snack
1t peanut butter=1
4oz chicken=4
1c potatoes=2
1c green beans
4T bbq sauce=4
1c milk=2
Late Snack
1/4c oats=2
1/2c milk=1
1T peanut butter=3
2 dates
(all mixed together with cinnamon and microwaved for 2 min-yum!)
 Posted by at 9:15 PM

Today, I warmed up with some ab work (2 sets of 40 reps at 105 pounds) and some back extensions (2 sets of 10, holding a 6 pound ball and doing side twists at the top of each rep).

Then, SPIN class with Beth.  Beth had a different mix today and it was great as usual.  I did have one problem.  I had to use the bathroom about 1/2 way through the class.  I decided to hold off until it was over, but it was quite the distraction.  I spent most of the class debating whether I should run down stairs to the bathroom or wait until class was over.  I wasn’t sure that I’d want to come back in the middle, so I just stuck it out.  I did bolt out once we finished.

Next week, Beth will be on spring break in Costa Rica.  She told us that she’d be thinking of us.

Next up: trainer session with Chelsea in the AM.

 Posted by at 7:40 PM

The JCC, J, Jewish Community Center, and The Mandel Jewish Community Center are all names for the same place in Beachwood where I go to workout.  All are welcome at the J.  You don’t have to be Jewish to be a member.  But, since it’s a Jewish facility, certain things are different.

  • They have woman’s only workout room and several gender specific swim sessions to help accommodate the Orthodox Jewish members.
  • The only Kosher Subway restaurant resides in the J.
  • They sell Challah bread on Friday.
  • They do not conduct any financial transactions on Saturday (and the Subway and Kid Kare is closed that day).
  • They celebrate the Jewish holidays, but don’t close for as many as they used to (probably due to the competition).
  • They are open on Christmas.

But, the thing that I notice the most is the crowd on Sunday (due to the religious schedule for the Jewish faith).  It’s like a typical Saturday at other facilities.  Sunday is my least favorite day to go to the J (especially in the morning).  It’s the only time that I go to the J that I feel like I am waiting for equipment or that the different areas are crowded.

Sunday is also the one day that I can take the kids while I work out and my husband is at home.  He enjoys the couple of hours at home without us around and that makes it worth the trip (most of the time :-)).

Today’s workout:

  • 30 minutes of high intensity elliptical
  • 5 min in the sauna
  • short bike ride around the neighborhood later in the day (@2 miles).

Next up: SPIN with Beth in the morning.

 Posted by at 9:42 PM  Tagged with:
Mar 202011
1/2c oatmeal made w/3/4c milk, 1 apple, cinnamon, 1T of peanut butter=9
2 poached eggs=4
1 piece of Naan=6
salad w/blue cheese, red pepper, 1T raspberry vinaigrette=4
Afternoon Snack
3 dates w/1t peanut butter each=3
yogurt parfait=3
chicken breast=4
green beans
cream corn=4
Late Snack
1 apple chopped w/2T oats, 1/2c milk, 2t peanut butter, cinnamon and nutmeg=4
drank the other 1/2c milk=1
 Posted by at 9:05 PM

Today was a day off from my workouts, but I was still active.

The family went to Lake Farm Park this morning to see the animals and maple sugaring.  It’s fun to visit this time of year because so many of the animals have babies.  Some of them were even born this week.  We spent a little over an hour at the park walking around and exploring.

This evening, I had the pleasure of an “on track” dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s with my sister.  She was visiting from out of town.  We ended the evening with a walk around the mall (and maybe a little shopping :-)).

I’m a little sore from yesterday’s workout, but I feel great emotionally.  I had a great food day (even with the meal out).  It feels good to be on track.

 Posted by at 10:08 PM
Mar 192011

Today was another good food day.

1/2c oatmeal w/3/4c milk, 1/2 banana, 1 apple, cinnamon and 1T sunflower butter=9
1/4c milk (included in above)
Morning Snack
(large one, but shared with both kids)
salad w/fresh local greens
red pepper
2 poached eggs=4
sandwich roll=4
blue cheese=2
vinaigrette (probably less than 1pt, about 1/2T)=1
Afternoon Snack
banana w/1T fresh honey roasted peanut butter=3
later: date w/1t fresh honey roasted peanut butter=1
McCormick & Schmick's for dinner:
blue cheese wedge salad (w/bacon and crumbles)=10
steamed broccoli
roasted potatoes=6
 Posted by at 9:59 PM
Mar 182011

So, I had a good food day.  I won’t say “perfect” because I didn’t get all of my healthy guidelines in from a Weight Watcher perspective.  But, I didn’t eat JUNK, I measured and drank water/milk and tea.  I’m a happy camper.

1/2c oatmeal made w/ 3/4c milk, 1c blueberries, 1T sunflower butter, 1/4c pumpkin spice granola=11
1/4c milk (counted a full cup and drank the rest)
Morning Snack
hard boiled egg w/yellow mustard=2
(while I was making lunch for the kids and getting them to naps)
whole wheat Tandoori naan=6
(worth every point)
1c of mushrooms w/leftover sauce=1
2T Parmesan cheese=1
Afternoon Snack
1oz Swiss cheese=3
iced mint tea w/Equal
lentil sloppy joe (made w/lentils, onions, peppers, Manwich)=4
sandwich roll=4
1 1/2c cauliflower w/1T Parmesan and 2T Italian bread crumbs=2.5
Late Snack
yogurt parfait=3
hard boiled egg w/mustard=2
3 dates (first time trying them)
1t sunflower butter=1
1/2oz blue cheese=1.5
mint tea w/Equal
 Posted by at 9:47 PM

I had my regular trainer workout with Emily this morning.  It was great!

5 min warm up on the elliptical


  • single arm chest press- 1 set, 30lbs, 10-12 reps each side  (my left arm is stronger than my right, it’s obvious with single arm work)
  • push ups off the BOSU-2 sets of 10
  • single arm chest fly-1 set, 30 pounds, 10-12 reps each side
  • double arm chest fly-1 set, 70 pounds, 10-12 reps
  • bicep curl/overhead press combo using 8lb dumbbells while standing on Dyna disks-15 reps
  • PLANK – 46 sec.  YEAH!  2 min here I come.
  • medicine ball squat swings- 2 sets of 15-20 using a 12lb ball
  • dead lifts, straight leg, feet together – holding 20lb dumbbells, 15 reps
  • walking lunges holding 15lb dumbbells down the walkway and back
  • lunges w/body weight and knee lift while balancing on the other leg

I followed up the workout with 20min on the elliptical.

Later this afternoon, the kids and I ended up walking a trail that was just under a mile.  My son walked and was exhausted at the end.  My daughter was happily pushed in the stroller.  The trail had a couple of small hills and was nicely paved.

Now, it’s 8pm and I still have points left to eat and I’m not hungry.  It’s truly been one of my best food days in a long time.  :-)  I’ll make a good choice for a snack in a bit and be ready for bed.

 Posted by at 8:11 PM

Happy St Patrick’s Day!  I hope you all wore something green for the occasion.

Today was a busy day for the kids and I.  We started out at the License Bureau.  I hate going to the license bureau because I always seem to be missing one piece of paper that is needed to complete the transaction.  Today, I was over prepared and everything was smooth.  I ordered my amateur radio license plates and renewed my driver’s license.

The Weight Watcher meeting is in the same plaza, so we headed there after taking care of our license business.  We didn’t go to WW last week.  The staff started reserving the seats in the back corner for the kids and I.  It’s really our only option for seating at the new location.  It’s just hard to expect two toddlers to sit still for 45 min under any circumstances.  Today, Sally figured out the she can run from the seats to the door and back.  It was not fun for me since I was the “chaser”.  I’m not sure how long I will be able to attend the meeting since I can’t have them being disruptive week after week.

I gained 3.8 pounds.  I’m still playing with the same 10 or so pounds.  I really need to take the time to recommit and focus.  Lately, I’ve been eating more junk, estimating points more, and measuring less.  This is not a good combination.

So, for this week, I am going to concentrate on WATER, MEASURING, and JUNK.  I’m going to drink water, herbal tea and milk (without chocolate syrup).  I’m going to measure everything I eat.  I’m not going to eat junk.  Junk lately has been things like jelly beans, ice cream, crackers and other nibbles from things the kids have, etc.  I just need one great week so I can turn that into 2 and so on.  Weight Watchers allows for treats, but I need a break from them.  My husband will also be out of town.  So, I need to do some extra planning on the food front so that the kids and I don’t end up eating at McDonald’s or similar venue unexpectedly.

As for activity, the kids and I walked to the park, played and walked back.  The park is about 3 tenths of a mile away.  I also vacuumed the car.  It was nice to clean out all of the cereal, goldfish and other snack items from the car seats and surrounding areas.

Next up: trainer appointment with Emily in the morning.

 Posted by at 8:30 PM
Mar 172011

This will be a day of no point recordings.  I didn’t measure and it would be hard to guess.  To continue with my transparency, I will list the stuff that I ate.  It was not the best of days.

oatmeal w/milk, sunflower butter, apple, cinnamon, pumpkin spice granola
Whole Foods Market:
shared chips with the kids
shared a piece of pizza
shared a mini tart
can of cherry soda
small piece of Swiss cheese
Afternoon Snack
mini tart
sauce w/shrooms
green beans
Late Snack
jelly beans
peanut butter egg
 Posted by at 8:14 PM