Thursday, February 10, 2011

Daily Low Down

I'll admit it. I splurged today. Boooooooo.
But tomorrow I WILL do better. I promise.

What I Ate Today
8:00am - 1 sunny side up egg, 1 slice of potato bread toast with butter, and 8oz of 2% chocolate milk.

2:00pm - Salad (mixed greens, grilled chicken breast, grape tomatoes, mozarella cheese, organic whole wheat croutons, and Marzetti's creamy caesar dressing).

4:00pm - Starbuck's grande chai tea latte.

9:00pm - Hamburger on 2 slices of potato bread with Miracle Whip Light, yellow mustard, tomatoes, onions, and pickles.

What I Did To Get Moving
11:00am - Shopped, trying on dresses.

All around - Walking more!!!

How Much Water I Drank
About 32oz.

Calories Consumed: 1835 (Doh!)
Calories Burned: 951 - Did you know that shopping burns calories???

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Nifty Motivator

My birthday was this past Saturday (the big 2-0) and when Josh asked what I wanted I sent him straight to my Amazon wish list. He knows I'm trying to get better at moving rather than sitting all the time, so the gift he picked for me was perfect. It tracks my steps, moderate steps, calories burned by walking, and the distance I've walked each day. And it stores a whole week's worth of this information! Super nifty.

Can you guess what he got me?

That's right!!! He got me a pedometer!!! The Omron HJ-151 Hip Pedometer for Aerobic Activity is awesome. I love that I can see how many overall steps and moderate steps I've taken, how many calories I've burned by walking, and the distance I've walked. I'm so psyched. And it actually HAS been helping me to get up and move more at home and at work. What a wonderfully smart fiance I have. =)

Omron HJ-151 Hip Pedometer for Aerobic Activity

Do you have any simple technology that motivates you to move and groove more? Care to share?

Back to Daily Low Down...Starting Over

Wow! What a crazy few weeks. This past week or so has been filled with appointments, work, school, more appointments, emergency doctor visits, bridal showers, endless phone calls, and spending time with family and friends. I apologize for not posting consistently over the past...who knows how many days...but amidst all the insanity around here, I just could never find the time to sit down and post. Hopefully, now that things have settled down a little bit (and aren't expected to pick back up any time soon), I can get back into my routine. However, I will be starting over on my Daily Low Downs because for the past billion days I haven't tracked One. Single. Thing. I. Ate. And I didn't exercise either!

But I think being on the road pretty much 24/7 for the past week is kind of an excuse. And talking a lot burns calories too! So...there you go. =)

Starting over.

What I Ate Today
9:15am - One Red Delicious apple.

1:00pm - Sandwich (2 slices potato bread, 3 slices oven roasted turkey, 1 slice provolone, 1 slice chopped onion, Miracle Whip Light, yellow mustard).

7:00pm - Baked soft pretzel, no salt with dipping cheese.

8:00pm - One medium bowl of Better Homes and Gardens creamy chicken noodle soup (gluten-free).

What I Did To Get Moving Today
9:30am - 30 Day Shred, Level 1.

4:00pm - 8:00pm - Vigorous child care!

How Much Water I Drank Today

Calorie Intake: 882
Calories Burned: 1288

Overall, I'd say I did pretty darn great today. What do you think? How are you doing on your weight loss journey?

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Today's Low Down - Day 3

I'm not feeling to well today with a sore throat, stuffy nose, and major headache, so we'll see how this goes. Got any tips to keep the cold away?

What did I eat?
8:00am - 1 cup of Kashi GoLean Crunch honey almond flax with 1/2 cup of 2% milk.
11:00am - Spinach salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, turkey, and garlic vinegarette.
3:00pm - Spaghetti with fresh mushrooms, artichokes, and Ragu tomato sauce.
4:00pm - 4 pieces of Dove dark chocolate.
8:00pm - (Wang's Garden) Egg drop soup, 6 unagi rolls, 6 california rolls, 6 philadelphia rolls, and 3 small cups of green tea.

How much water did I drink?
Only about 20oz today.

What did I do to get moving?
No workout today, as I didn't feel so well. But I pretty much talked for 2 hours straight at our florist appointment (which burned about 150 calories).

How much do I weigh? What is my clothing size?
Still 169lbs. Still size 14.

I know I definitely splurged at Wang's Garden today (great new chinese/sushi place across the street...dangerous!), so tomorrow I've got to work out...maybe twice! How do YOU think I did?

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today's Low Down - Day 2

What did I eat?
11:00am - Banana with Jif peanut butter.
12:00pm - Leftover 1 cup of spinach, tomato, onion, cucumber salad with raspberry dressing.
3:00pm - HealthyChoice tomato basil soup with 1/2 cup of 2% milk and grilled cheese (multi-grain bread with Kraft american single).
3:15pm - 3 pieces of Dove dark chocolate.
9:30pm - Whole grain penne with Ragu tomato basil sauce.

How much water did I drink?
About 56oz.

What did I do to get moving?
20 minutes of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred on Level 1.

How much do I weigh? What is my clothing size?
169 pounds! Size 14.

That's it for today. How do you think I did? 

The Wonders of MyPlate

Did you know that just about everything you do burns calories?
Folding laundry. Cooking dinner. Taking a shower. Typing on the computer. Taking care of the kids.
Yep. EVERYTHING you do burns at least a few calories.

Wanna know how I know this?
1. Because I can feel the energy exerting when I do those things.
2. Because MyPlate told me so.

Who is MyPlate, you ask? Well, MyPlate is this amazing tool on Livestrong's website that allows you to track calories burned burnt burned throughout the day. It also helps you to keep track of how much water you've had to drink, how many calories you've eaten and much, much more! I'm absolutely in love with this tool and have been using it for about a year now. It's really helped me to pay more attention to my portions and to keep tabs on how many calories I'm taking in every day.

Compared to other calorie-tracking tools, I've found MyPlate to be the simplest, most thorough, and easiest to use. Take a gander! To visit MyPlate, click here.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today's Low Down - Day 1

Alrighty. I hear that tracking your progress becomes easier and more motivating if you write it down, so I've decided to track what I eat and what workout I do. Every. Single. Day. *GASP*

Keep me on track everyone! Push me to go beyond my limits! Remind me to workout and keep track!

What did I eat?
9:00am - Leftover Johnsonville bratwurst dipped in ketchup and mustard and a small cup of orange juice.
1:00pm - HealthyChoice chicken and dumpling soup with rice crackers and a bowl of peaches.
4:00pm - Fiber One oats and apple streusel bar, a handful of salted sunflower seeds, and 1 piece of Dove dark chocolate.
11:00pm -  Rare steak, tbsp of A1 Steak Sauce, small baked potato with light sour cream, and 1 cup of spinach, tomato, onion, cucumber salad with raspberry dressing.

How much water did I drink?
About 45oz.

What did I do to get moving?
9:00pm - 24 minutes on the elliptical at 3.8mph (245 calories burned)

How much do I weigh? What is my clothing size?
170 pounds. Size 14.

That's it for today. How do you think I did?