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Weekend Recap & Weigh-In

I’m sitting here eating a bowl (4 oz) of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt with 1 T of freshly made strawberry jam, trying to will myself into believing it tastes like the custard in the freezer.

It’s not that far off, actually. And the jam is delicious.

Next to me is a big bunch of grapes, because I’ve decided I can eat as many of them as I want tonight, as long as I don’t eat the custard.

Ah, the games we must play to resist the allure of salt, sugar, and fat. But this is supposed to be a weekend recap.

All things considered, I had a great weekend, weight-loss-wise. There was one minor setback, which thankfully did not show up on the scale.


On Friday, I worked from home. And thanks to being super busy with work, I didn’t have time to eat my way through the pantry. I also was able to squeeze a lunch run in. I thought that if it was less than 70 degrees, 92% humidity wouldn’t feel too bad. WRONG! I cut the run short at a little over 2 miles … but I got out there.

June 20 Run Photo

Then I went to visit my parents. Mom and Dad cooked a healthy meal.

June 20 DinnerAfterwards I took my mom to the Cherry Berry (her first fro-yo experience). We both diligently weighed our yogurt prior to adding toppings to make sure we had a 4 oz serving, and then only used fresh fruit. We had a tasty treat for 3 PPV. Here’s what Friday looked like:

Breakfast: Apple with 22g almond butter, string cheese
Snack: Carrots with black bean dip
Lunch: Green salad topped with roasted beets & 1 oz goat cheese, pumpernickel toast with butter
Snack: Grapes
Dinner: 3 oz beef (shishkabob), lots of roasted veggies, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1 cup skim milk
Snack: 4 oz frozen yogurt with fresh fruit

PointsPlus: 28
Activity Points: 5


Saturday had the start of another great day. I had a healthy breakfast, avoided all but one tiny cheese sample at the farmers market, and got some activity in. My mom got a bike last year, and I haven’t ridden one in over a decade. I wanted to see if I still enjoyed it, so I took hers for a spin. I covered 4.75 miles in just under 30 minutes, and had a blast. I’ll now be searching for a bike on Craigslist.

June 21 Bike Photo

Then I made a healthy lunch, and headed out to meet up with some classmates to work on our dissertations. That’s where the derailment happened. I was working on the construction of my survey instrument, and realized I didn’t know the appropriate statistics to use to answer my research question using the types of data I’d be collecting. This is a big deal. To cope, I ate a bag of Gardetto’s and a Twix bar. Then, I put my head down and figured out that I need to do a crosstab analysis and use a nonparametric analysis of variance. I’m sure this is all very exciting for most of you 🙂

After almost 5 solid hours of work, we convened at a local restaurant. This was a planned splurge, so I felt good about my delicious meal. I had a Mezcal margarita, meat and cheese board (shared), asparagus summer salad, and a couple bites of a goat cheese cheesecake that I shared with my friends.

Meat & Cheese Board

Goat Cheese Cheesecake

If that was the end of the splurge, I would have been fine. But we adjourned to a friend’s house and she put out snacks. And I just kept eating them. For no reason. Cheetos Puffs (which seriously tasted like styrofoam, but I kept eating them), peanut M&M’s, Jr Mints. I’m not going to break it down, but I’m fairly certain I ate at least 96 points on Saturday. Might as well call it an even 100. And I earned 2 activity points.


Woke up and had breakfast with my brother and nephews. Scrambled eggs, 2 slices of bacon, and a heaping portion of fruit salad, with a glass of skim milk. After teaching the boys all about the herbs growing on Grandma’s porch, mom and I headed out for strawberry picking. We picked 52 pounds of strawberries!

52 pounds of strawberriesWe picked until about 1:30, and then I had to head home. I was very proud of myself because I chose to get a 6-inch ham sandwich (no cheese) from Subway, instead of a burger and fries.

I got home and got to work on the strawberries. Dinner was a grilled cheese sandwich and a salad topped with strawberries (of course), goat cheese, walnuts, and balsamic dressing. After processing all these strawberries (they’re frozen, jammed, dehydrated, and soon to be turned into fruit leather), I also had a bowl of custard (maybe a cup) topped with strawberries. I didn’t weigh or track anything on Sunday. I’m guessing it was about a 45-50 point day. I was on my feet a lot of the time, but didn’t track the activity.


Although not technically the weekend, it seems to fit here. I had a normal 6-point breakfast of scrambled eggs and asparagus with cheese. Lunch was leftover quinoa and sauteed greens with fruit salad (probably about 10 points). Dinner was two types of pizza – asparagus & garlic scape and strawberry/basil/goat cheese. Didn’t figure out the points for these, but I’m guessing around 15. But … the custard bug hit me in the afternoon. Probably close to 15 points worth. Probably another 45-50 point day. I really need to weight and track.

Tuesday’s Weigh In

Weight Loss Ping Pong

Down 2.4 pounds! I’ll thank my lucky stars. Notice the ping-pong pattern of the last few weeks. It’s not doing anything to get me closer to my goal. I need to be on the ball this week, especially considering that I have another nice meal (with coworkers, this time) on Saturday, and I’ll be eating out Saturday – Wednesday because I’m traveling for work.

I’ve finished eating for the day (except for the 0 PPV bowl of grapes serving as my custard insurance plan), and I’m at 31 PPV. Not bad. No activity, though. There’s still time to rectify that if I get off my butt.

Update: I walked for an hour! 5 Activity Points 🙂

Finally, A Day Of Healthy Eating

I did it! I didn’t cave and eat a Twix bar, doughnut, peanut butter bar, cake, or other calorie-laden treat today. AND, I did it while having hardly any groceries in the house.

Breakfast: Kashi Trail Mix granola bar, light string cheese, fruit salad, coffee w/ skim milk

Lunch: Green salad topped with pickled veggies scavenged from the refrigerator (radishes, beets, green beans) and goat cheese, 1.85 oz pumpernickel toast topped with 2 T almond butter

Snack: 4 oz fat-free greek yogurt with 1 T homemade peach jam

Dinner: 1 cup quinoa & dehydrated tomatoes, roasted asparagus, baby bok choy, and sauteed greens, topped with a fried egg.

Dessert: Raspberry popsicle

Total: 30 Weight Watchers PointsPlus.

I should have gotten some activity in, but it was raining and I’m using that as an excuse. Tomorrow is a run day.

Quinoa & Spring VeggiesWasn’t dinner gorgeous? I love how orange the yolks of my Three Brothers Farm eggs are.

I feel especially good about this because I didn’t have any of my meals planned out in advance, and still managed to pull something together. Let’s see if I can repeat this tomorrow.


Back On The Horse

I took an entire week off from running after my half marathon. That wasn’t exactly planned, but I don’t feel bad about doing it. This morning I woke up without an alarm prior to 7:00 a.m., so I made a deal with myself: If I got up and ran, I could have an asparagus omelet (first asparagus of the year!). So, that’s what I did.

Temps were in the high 40’s and set to rise, so I pulled on some capris and my half marathon finisher shirt and was out the door by 7:30 a.m. I didn’t have any expectations for this run, so I set my Nike+ app to only tell me distance (not time or pace). And, for the first time ever on a solo run, I didn’t take headphones. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and I just wanted to experience it.

I headed out on one of my 5K routes. It took me a bit to get used to not hearing music. I could actually hear my breathing, and my feet pounding the pavement. Early on, I ran into another runner … and he was the only person I saw my entire run. Was it really that early? I felt great when I hit the one mile mark. I kept waiting for my knees to hurt, but they didn’t. I pressed forward. As I ran, I was thinking about the Ragnar Relay, which I’ll be running in less than three weeks. I also thought about how I want to train for my next half marathon.

As I thought more and more about running, I ran faster. Without having my pace in my ear every half mile, I didn’t have any sense of how fast I was going. I was thinking that it would be nice to PR a 5K this morning, which would mean I need to be going about 14:00 or so. Then, after mile 2, I just kept getting faster. I was thinking about Ragnar, which I long ago had estimated I could run at a 13:00 pace. That would be a stretch for me right now. I decided to push it until I reached mile 3, and then walk the few blocks home (no .11 for me, so no 5K PR).

When I saw my average pace, I was a little disappointed. Only 13:49? I felt like I was going faster than that. Then I checked my splits. My last mile was definitely faster than that. It was 1:28 faster than my first mile.

May 18 Splits

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a pace chart that continued to speed up so consistently.

May 18 Pace Chart

There was one other thing that was on my mind during the last two miles of my run—how much my torso itched! Note to self: Don’t wear a race shirt before washing it. I’ve done this before, but that was in the winter when I had another shirt on under it. I was pretty uncomfortable most of this run, and my upper body was completely pink when I took the shirt off.

Today was a good run. I need to jump right back into a regular running schedule (3-4 times per week) between now and the Ragnar Relay, and I need to take advantage of Memorial Day weekend to do some back-to-back and/or two-a-day runs.

May 18 Run Photo

Today was a good day! I was home and showered earlier than I got out of bed on Saturday morning. Then, I made a beef curry, cleaned the kitchen, got some gardening done, and made a delicious dinner. We had garlic sea salt sourdough crostini topped with morels, asparagus, and parmesan cheese, with a side of asparagus freshly harvested from my garden.

Morel & Asparagus CrostiniWeight loss update: I weighed in down .7 pounds on Tuesday. I’m still working on the pound that won’t go away. I was .4 pounds down from that before my run today. But, even if that loss sticks around until Tuesday, I’m still .4 pounds away from my all-time low on April 8. I can’t wait to get over that hump, although I’m not acting like it. I’m consistently going over my points each week, and not tracking everything like I should. Getting back to regular runs throughout the week should help jumpstart my weight loss, I think. That, and getting back to meal planning and tracking.

Yoplait vs Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt Tasteoff

I signed up for Klout a few years ago, and occasionally I’ve gotten some cool “perks” from them, including a Weather Channel umbrella with clouds on the inside.  A few weeks ago, I received a Perk from Yoplait. They were promoting their new blueberry greek yogurt, and wanted people to try it head-to-head vs Chobani’s version of the same flavor. Last weekend, my mom was in town. Since she eats yogurt just as much as I do, I figured she’d be a good person to do the taste test with me.

Yoplait sent me a $4.00 Mastercard and explicit instructions on what yogurt to purchase. Here were the contenders:

Chobani Blueberry Greek Yogurt & Yoplait Blueberry Greek Yogurt

First, let’s explore the differences on their labels:

Serving Size: Both yogurts have the same serving size—5.3 ounces. Which seems strange to me, because a standard serving of yogurt is 6 ounces. Must make for a prettier package.

Fat: Both yogurts are fat-free, although I didn’t notice that about the Yoplait yogurt until I looked at the nutrition label. There’s a tiny “0%” on the container to the right of the Yoplait logo, but it’s so far to the side that you wouldn’t notice it on a store shelf. So that was a pleasant surprise.

Calories: Chobani has 130 calories; Yoplait has 140 calories.

Protein: Even with fewer calories, Chobani has more protein, packing in 12 grams compared to Yoplait’s 11.

Sugar: Chobani has 15 grams of sugar, while Yoplait has 18. Yogurt contains some natural sugars, but for comparison, my fat free plain yogurt has 3.3 grams of sugar in 5.3 ounces. So, Yoplait has about 15 grams of added sugar, and Chobani has 12. A teaspoon of granulated sugar weighs 4 grams. So, both of these choices provide 3-4 teaspoons of added sugar in a relatively small container. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2005) say that adults should not eat more than 32 grams of sugar per day. The American Heart Association advises that women should limit sugar intake to 20 grams per day.

Weight Watchers Point Plus: For those of you following Weight Watchers, each of these brands is 3 PointsPlus.

So, labeling differences aside, it’s time for the Tasteoff!

Yogurts in blind taste test packagingYoplait really put some time into this promotion. In addition to the $4.00 Mastercard, they sent me this taste test box. Since I set it up, I knew which yogurt was which, but my Mom didn’t. It was a blind taste test for her.

Before we even got to tasting, there were differences in preparation. When I buy a name-brand flavored Greek yogurt (which actually doesn’t happen often in our house), I buy Chobani. We like it a lot, but recently switched to a generic brand for my husband’s daily strawberry yogurt fix. Both that generic brand and Chobani are “fruit on the bottom” preparations. After opening, you have to stir the yogurt to mix the flavor into it. This isn’t hard, but if you’re a klutz like me, it can be a little messy. The Yoplait yogurt was already mixed, which was nice.

There was also a difference in the consistency of the fruit flavor. Chobani’s blueberry flavor is a puree of blueberries, evaporated cane juice, pectin, locust bean gum, and “natural flavor.” Being a puree, it doesn’t have much of a texture. Yoplait’s blueberry flavor is a mixture of blueberries, sugar, water, modified corn starch, malic acid, vitamin A acetate, and vitamin D3. While it has more ingredients, it does include whole or only partially macerated blueberries.

So, on to taste. Chobani was what I was used to. A smooth, slightly tart, blueberry flavor. Yoplait’s was definitely different. It was creamier, and suddenly made the “slightly tart” flavor of Chobani taste more like an off flavor. The mouth feel was much better, and I enjoyed actually being able to chew on the blueberries. Both my mom and I very much preferred the Yoplait, and I bet she’ll be buying it in the future.

But I won’t, unless my husband wants it. A few months ago, I started flavoring my own plain nonfat Greek yogurt with fresh fruit or homemade preserves. The fresh fruit version resulted in no added sugar, and the homemade preserves have about half the sugar of the flavoring used in commercially flavored yogurts. I started doing this because it was an easier option on the Weight Watchers Simple Start program (I didn’t have to count the points for fat-free yogurt), and I continued because it just seemed like a more natural option. If you haven’t tried flavoring your own yogurt, give it a try. If you’re able to do so with 1-2 teaspoons of sugar, or with plain fresh fruit, and still enjoy the taste, it’s a better overall option for your health. It’s also a little cheaper than buying the little containers. I prepare a few days worth of 4-ounce servings at at a type and store them in 1-cup pyrex containers in the fridge.

Do you have strong opinions on how you eat your yogurt, or what brand you like? Share them in the comments!

Disclosure: I was provided free yogurt for this taste testing. I was not required to write this post, and I received no additional compensation for writing it.

Weekend Food Logs: Not Too Bad!

I’m pretty happy with how my food logs turned out last weekend. I indulged my sweet tooth a bit on Sunday, but overall it wasn’t too bad. I *barely* stayed within my weekly + activity points.

Friday Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana
Snack: 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1 T apple butter
Lunch: Roasted beet & wheat berry salad, carrot sticks, 2 T hummus, chocolate oatmeal cookie
Snack: apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: 4 oz hamburger on bun, 1/2 cup vegetarian baked beans, 5 oz baked sweet potato fries, 2 dill pickles
Dessert: 2 chocolate oatmeal cookies
Activity: 30 minute lunchtime walk

42 Weight Watchers points

Saturday Food Log

Breakfast: Banana
Snack: Honey Stinger Waffle
Lunch: 2 blueberry buckwheat pancakes, approximately 4 T maple syrup
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: 4 oz hamburger (no bun), 2 dill pickles, 1/2 serving roasted beet & wheat berry salad
Dessert: Chocolate oatmeal cookie
Activity: 9 mile run

34 Weight Watchers points, 25 Activity Points earned

Sunday Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, apple
Lunch: 4 oz hamburger (no bun), 2 pickles, roasted beet and wheat berry salad
Snack: Carrots & hummus, chocolate oatmeal cookie
Dinner: 7 oz T-bone steak, 1/2 cup corn, 7 oz sweet potato fries
Dessert: 2 chocolate oatmeal cookies
Activity: 1 hour walk/hike

50 Weight Watchers points, 5 Activity Points earned.

It seems to be a pretty strong pattern that I want to eat ALL THE THINGS the day after my long run.

My First Handheld Water Bottle

I welcomed a new piece of gear to my running getup today, a Nathan SpeedDraw Plus handheld water bottle.

Nathan SpeedDraw Plus Handheld Water Bottle

After about 5 miles of my Saturday run, I was parched but didn’t have an water with me. This will fix that problem, and give me a small pouch to carry a car key, nutrition, or whatever. The top looks really cool. It has a one-way valve on it so you just squeeze the bottle for a quick drink. There’s no top to open or anything. I look forward to trying it out on Sunday.

I’ll also be trying out some new nutrition on Sunday. Raisins weren’t settling well in my stomach once I hit about 6 miles, so I’m going to take the advice of many of you and try Honey Stinger Waffles. I also bought some Honey Stinger Energy Chews, which I’ll try for a different long run.

Today’s a lazy day activity-wise, but my eating is on-point. Oddly enough, I’ve found that writing this down makes me stop eating for the day unless I’ve got something planned for my menu. I’m looking forward to the cookie planned for dessert, but that’s it for treats tonight.

Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana
Snack:  1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt, 1 T peach jam
Lunch: 250g roasted beet and wheat berry salad, carrot sticks, 2 T hummus, chocolate oatmeal cookie
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: 4 oz salmon patty topped with 1/4 cup peach salsa, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup green beans, 1/2 cup squash
Dessert: chocolate oatmeal cookie

33 Weight Watchers Points

The Good Part of This Run: It’s Done

I got in 4.5 miles tonight ahead of our winter weather warning IN APRIL. I wanted to get my run in before dark, so I laced up right after I got home from work and hinted to my husband that he could start dinner while I was gone.

I didn’t really have a route planned, so I just started running. I tried to start slow, (you know—slower than my standard slow pace) but did the first half mile under a 13:00 pace. Way too fast for me! I settled into the first mile at a 13:30 pace, right as I learned how Brookhill Road got it’s name. It crosses a cute little brook , and then when you turn the corner in a direction I’d yet to explore, you go up. A lot. Well, 80 feet in about .2 miles. I don’t know how steep that is for experienced runners, but it was plenty for me! If I ever graduate to hill repeats, I know where to go.

I felt pretty terrible at this point, but I purposely turned away from my house so I’d be forced to complete the entire distance I’d planned. I did a bunch of walk/run intervals, kind of like a fartlek, but based on my splits my running intervals must have been faster than normal, because I did well.  There were four more small hills (30-50 foot climbs), and I ran back and forth in front of a house that was burning yard waste, which did a number on my lungs for a few minutes. Here’s the pace/elevation chart:

April 2 Pace Chart

At about the three mile mark, I was thinking about how horrible it would be to have to run 10 more miles. But that’s what I’m going to do next month. I’ve already started to think about what I want to work towards after this race, and I’m pretty sure that it won’t be another half marathon or any other race. I’ve been pretty terrible about following my training plan (skipped runs, haven’t done strength training in over a month, cross training is a leisurely walk at best), so I’m not going to be as prepared for this race as I could be. Once I finish, I think I want to focus on fitness/strength rather than distance. I’ll keep running, but just shoot for a minimum of 30 minutes times per week. I won’t even worry about making one of those runs long. In addition, I’d like to do two days of basic, at-home strength training per week and I’d like to get a bike and go out once or twice a week (I totally dig the idea of a Sunday long bike ride instead of a long run).

April 2 Run Photo

So, this run looks good on paper. I beat my projected Nike+ time by three minutes. I’m glad I finished. Tomorrow is a strength training day (which means I’ll probably do nothing), and then I need to get another 4.5 miles in on Friday. Because for now, only the miles matter.

April 2 Splits

Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1 T peach jam
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks, 2 T hummus
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: 2 oz pasta, 4 oz mushrooms & 2 cups kale sautéed in olive oil, 1 T garlic scape pesto
Dessert: Chocolate oatmeal cookie (Haven’t eaten this yet, but I plan to.
Activity: 30 minute afternoon walk, 4.5 mile run

35 Weight Watchers Points, earned 12 Activity Points


A Weigh-In In The Wrong Direction

It was bound to happen. I’ve been eating junk and continuing to lose weight, and I knew that wouldn’t last forever. This morning I got on the scale and was up .8 pounds. Looking back at my diet the last week, it’s pretty clear why this was. I ate all my weekly points, 37 activity points, and went in the red by 28 points.

I skipped a run, didn’t track some meals until a day or two later (which is bound to ruin my estimates), had takeout pizza AGAIN, ate a bunch of Twix bars, miscalculated the point value of the bread and cheese I had on hand (didn’t notice that until today)…. In an odd way, I’m glad I gained. I couldn’t go on eating all that junk forever. I could quickly get in a weekend XL pizza habit (instead of a sensible serving of Papa Murphy’s DeLite pizza), a daily Twix habit, and who knows what else.

So, I’ve undone one week’s worth of weight loss. Not too bad. I can be on track (or better) by next week. I’ve made some changes to my diet already this week. At the suggestion of a few readers, I’ve added more protein to my breakfast. I hard boiled a dozen eggs on Sunday night, and I have two for breakfast each morning along with a piece of fruit and nonfat yogurt sweetened with jam.

I haven’t shared a food log since Thursday, and I promised to do that publicly to hold myself accountable. So, let’s play catch up! I’m just going to warn you; the weekend was pretty ugly. I get 26 Weight Watchers Points per day, 49 weeklies, and earn about 35 activity points a week. If I were to eat all of those evenly throughout the week, I’d eat about 38 points per day.

Friday Food Log

Breakfast: Morning glory muffin, low-fat string cheese, unsweetened apple sauce, ginger tea
Lunch: Chickpea salad with greens, 1/2 cup ff yogurt with apple butter
Dinner: Dinner out at a nice restaurant with a friend. I had 2 glasses of red wine, a few bites of a fish & chips appetizer, half of each of the plates pictured below (pickled beet salad, arctic char in potato cups, squash pasta, cornmeal cake with rhubarb), and half of another dessert not pictured.
Activity: 30-minute brisk lunchtime walk

64 Weight Watchers Points

Wolf Peach DinnerSaturday Food Log

Brunch: Homemade chicken salad on a piece of wheat toast topped with micro greens, 4 mandarin oranges
Snack: 40g raisins (this was long run fuel)
Dinner: 1/4 of a 16″ pizza with pepperoni and pineapple
Activity: 8 mile run with warm up & cool down walks

30 Weight Watchers Points, earned 24 Activity Points

Sunday Food Log

Breakfast: 1/4 of a 16″ pizza with pepperoni and pineapple (I know, this was dumb)
Lunch: Homemade chicken salad on wheat toast topped with micro greens
Snack: Shredded mini wheats (didn’t measure, approximately 1.5 cups), 1/2 cup skim milk, 20g raisins
Dinner: Chickpea tomato soup with pesto, half a grilled cheese sandwich
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie, apple, low-fat string cheese
Activity: Nothing

49 Weight Watchers Points

I made the chocolate oatmeal cookie recipe from the Runner’s World cookbook in an attempt to replace my 7-point Twix habit with a 4-point cookie made with healthier ingredients. The only problem is that they’re so good, I want to eat more than one per day!

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Runners WorldMonday Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, 4 mandarin oranges, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt w/ 1 T apple butter
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks & 2 T hummus, chocolate oatmeal cookie
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Snack 2: 1 oz lentil chips & approximately 2 T hummus (this was a surprise snack at staff meeting that I didn’t turn down)
Dinner: Asparagus ravioli with peas & tomatoes topped with parmesan cheese, beet & goat cheese salad
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie (the second one was calling my name!)
Activity: 30 minute lunchtime walk

38 Weight Watchers Points

Asparagus Ravioli

Beet & Goat Cheese SaladTuesday Food Log

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, banana, 1/2 cup fat free greek yogurt with 1 T peach jam
Snack: Chocolate oatmeal cookie
Lunch: Rice bowl (1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/2 cup corn relish), carrot sticks & 2T hummus
Snack: Apple, low-fat string cheese
Dinner: Chickpea tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwich
Activity: Nothing

39 Weight Watchers Points

Those cookies are calling my name, but if I publish this post without writing it down I should be able to resist!




Another Off Day

I didn’t run today for no particularly good reason. Yes, it was raining and cold and we eventually had thunder and lightning. But I have a gym membership for 1 more month (I cancelled for the summer, but it’s good through April 30). My stomach didn’t feel too well after dinner, but I was fine by 7:30 or so. I just stayed on the couch and researched the candidates for next week’s city & county elections. On the bright side, I know who I’m voting for now.

Food Log

Breakfast: morning glory muffin, low-fat string cheese, applesauce, ginger tea (are you sensing a pattern here?)
Lunch: 1 piece cheeseburger bacon pizza, chocolate chip cookie, diet Dr. Pepper
Dinner: small pork chop, 1/2 cup brown rice, 1/2 cup sautéed kale, 1/2 cup acorn squash, 1/4 cup curried apple chutney
Dessert: single serving chocolate Haagan Dazs ice cream

39 Weight Watchers points. No activity points today.

I had the same chickpea pasta salad & greens lunch planned for today, but I had a strong craving to eat junk—like to add french fries and chocolate to my lunch. I decided to just go for the junk, but some filling junk, so I’d end up eating less points overall than if I ate that AND my planned lunch. I also skipped a snack because I didn’t need the extra points (and I wasn’t that hungry). Considering that 12 of my points came from junk, I managed to keep the total at a manageable number.

I have 25 weekly/activity points left right now, and I’ll probably earn 15-20 activity points on my Saturday long run. That should be enough for me to enjoy a dinner out with a friend tomorrow night, as long as I stay away from cocktails (that will be good for the wallet too).

If I can work really efficiently tomorrow, I’ll try to squeeze in a brisk walk over the lunch hour. Normally taking a break is not a problem, but I have lots to do and I’m leaving early to make it to the east side of Milwaukee for my dinner plans.

Please Consider Supporting Jess, Boston Marathon Charity Runner

My friend Jess is running the Boston Marathon next month! She’s a member of the Dana-Farber team, so she’s been offered a race bib in exchange for meeting a fundraising target of $4,000. All the money she raises goes to cancer research.

Jess is someone like me. She’s run both the Chicago and NYC marathons and she still calls herself a nonrunner. She runs a little faster than me, but is not a track star. When she ran the NYC marathon, I watched her tweets and parked myself in front of the TV to watch the coverage in its entirety because I knew someone in that race! We tweet to each other about Weight Watchers. She inspires me, because she just does things like run the NYC marathon and then run the Boston Marathon on only a little over three months notice.

I’ve been meaning to donate to Jess’s run (and another friend running on that team), for a few months. I just didn’t get around to it. Then I realized that Boston is less than a month away! Jess still has just less than half of her minimum of $4,000 to raise, and I know she’d really like to raise $10,000. Her job is to run, and I’d like to help her raise the money. My other friend that’s running hit her fundraising goal a few days ago, so today I donated to Jess to help her reach hers. I’d like you to consider donating as well. Any amount is fine. If you want to learn more about Jess, visit You can designate your donation in honor of or in memory of someone. My donation is in memory of my cousin Michelle. She was my favorite cousin, and she died while I was a teenager. She was only 30 years old, and she had brain cancer. Your donation can help fund research so awesome people like Michelle don’t have to die young. Please consider it.

I have other things I want to write today, but that was the most important.

Food Log

Breakfast: Morning glory muffin, light string cheese, one cup homemade unsweetened apple sauce, black tea
Snack: FF greek yogurt with apple butter, Diet Coke
Lunch: Chickpea & olive pasta salad with feta cheese, over salad greens and kale micro greens. Twix bar (I really like chocolate)
Snack: Four mandarin oranges, water
Dinner: Baked chicken (leg & wing), 1/2 cup brown rice, half a small baked acorn squash, sautéed kale, Crystal Light

Chicken Dinner

Total: 34 Weight Watchers Points
I also went on a 30 minute walk with a coworker at lunch, for a whopping 2 activity points.

How Much Am I Willing To Change The Way I Eat?

In general, I eat pretty well. I eat a lot of vegetables and lean proteins, many from local sources. I drink a good amount of water. I hardly consume alcohol anymore. That’s better than a lot of Americans. After posting my food log yesterday, I got some feedback from friends on Facebook. One bit of advice was to eat more protein and complex carbs for breakfast so I don’t have a ravenous-at-10AM moment. I think that’s a good idea, but my challenge is to find a breakfast I can eat in the car (I commute an hour each way and value my sleep too much to eat before heading out to meet carpool). So maybe some hardboiled eggs, or some kind of a wrap that I can make really quickly (or even better, ahead of time). This is a change I’m willing to make over time.

Someone else mentioned that Diet Coke might actually make me hungry. I’m already aware of that, and the fact that the artificial sweetener is horrible for me, but I keep drinking Diet Coke. I’ve quit drinking soda before for months at a time, and the fact is…I like it. I don’t need it, but I like it. I also probably shouldn’t eat Twix bars or ice cream as often as I do. But I like it. I’m not sure I’m willing to take every single unhealthy thing out of my diet, especially while I’m still successfully losing weight. If that changes before I get to goal, I’ll reconsider. If I decide that I don’t want artificial sweeteners or chocolate or whatever in my body, then I’ll make a change. But I’m focusing on small changes, and right now Twix & Diet Coke aren’t on the table. 🙂