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(And I’m really not that into fashion! LOL)

Check it out soon because apparently it’s only for a limited time. They have clothes, housewares, shoes…tons of stuff. 🙂

Edited to add: Apparently most of it is already sold out online. Boo, hiss.

Yesterday’s Calorie Count/Food Comments

I did well, yesterday. Adding the sweet potato in for dinner made me much fuller/happier than DH’s pasta does. However, he was upset I didn’t eat what HE ate. We’re going to have to work on that, I think.

Net calorie count for yesterday: 1676. That’s actually a little low. But not bad.

I think I was intimidated by the counting itself, and I skimped myself on my pre-workout snack. How do I know this? Because my energy level during my full body lift sucked. I need to get past the fact that the standard 100-150 calorie snack (in this case, the gala apple and peanut butter I had yesterday)just isn’t enough to fuel me through my workouts.

I don’t know why. But it isn’t. I need more than that on lifting days.

Beyond that crappy feeling while working out, my food choices yesterday kept me full/happy, so I’m not concerned about being a little low on my calorie count, for now.


Woke up feeling rough this morning. I didn’t sleep well, so I’m hoping that’s all it is and that I’m not getting my husband’s cold. I’ve had enough of sickness!!

Breakfast is unpictured. Because I didn’t feel good I was basically focused on just getting the food down, not photographing it.

½ cup egg beaters with salt and pepper

And oatmeal made with:

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ banana
  • Sprinkle of vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Dash of salt (I find oatmeal tastes so much better with a tiny dash of salt!)

Delish and kept me full. Perfection.

I wonder if you can whisk egg beaters into oatmeal like some people whisk egg whites in? I’ve never been successful with the egg whites but I just wondered. LOL


Work was insane, and I didn’t eat my Clementine-on-steroids. 😦


Turkey and provolone with spring mix on a bagel thin, Heinz baked beans (the UK variety! I found them the “European foods” section of a local grocery store. Lara at Thinspired had talked about them, so I figured I’d give them a go!), and a few pretzels for crunch.



My huge Clementine


And a Kashi dark chocolate/coconut granola bar



Today is cardio day since I lifted full body yesterday.

The plan:

20 minutes HIIT on the elliptical (I did 30 sec/60 sec splits)

Hop off and stretch

Do abs:

Planks 2×60 sec

Vertical Crunch 2×12

Reverse Crunch on Flat Bench 2×12

Jackknife with Ball Pass 2×12

Side Planks 2×30 sec

Side Crunch 2×12

Hopped on the treadmill for 20 minutes, increasing the grade 1% for each minute up to 12% grade, then lowered back down, 1% grade at a time.

HRM reports 520 calories burned.

When I got home DH handed me half his Larabar, and then I headed out the door with the pup. She was SO EXCITED that it was light, we were walking, and it was warm.


Spaghetti with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs. DH hated the meatballs, but he generally hates ground turkey. He wants everything to be beef.

Sprinkle of shredded mozzarella.


And a side salad.


I also just realized I forgot to put tomatoes on our salads. Haha – oops!


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I’ve started counting calories again. Well, I started last week, but I’m telling you this now.

I hate counting calories.

But I’ve been at 160 pounds for, oh, what…almost 2 years? Seriously. I mean, yay, clap me on the back, I’m maintaining.

But that’s all I’m doin’. My clothes don’t fit differently (maybe a smidge…I’m in a medium shirt for like the first time in my life, but I’m still hovering on the cusp between 10/12 for pants, which makes clothes shopping impossible) and I’m ‘technically’ still considered overweight with a BMI of 25.82.

My knowledge of workouts has increased exponentially over time, so I’m not sure my workouts are the problem (aside from knowing I should do more circuits/HIIT to shake things up).

So I’m counting calories for a bit – just to see what I’m putting in my mouth. Yes, I post my food here, but it’s different to see it in serving sizes and calorie counts.

So I’m doing it.

I’m giving myself 1800-2,000 calories a day, based loosely on the NROLFW calculations, as well as what I already know from other sources. Days I lift heavy, I am giving myself the high end, but it  needs to be in protein.

So far, I’m making the cut.

But I’m already seeing those places I could make a better choice, or simply pass them up.

A handful of jelly beans.

A brownie.

Ice cream for dessert.

Actually eating the ginormous amount of pasta my DH feeds me when he serves me dinner on Monday night.

2 Girl Scout cookies after dinner

I’m not saying those things once in awhile aren’t fine, but I can count 5 nights last week I had completely-devoid-of-nutrition-dessert (Ice cream, cookies). Seriously. hehe

So if I am a bit cranky about my food for awhile, bear with me. And if you see me eating things that you have a healthier option for – speak up – I’m all ears. Although I am an amazingly picky eater, so I may not try everything 🙂 But I certainly won’t be offended by the suggestion!

I’d also like to start focusing more on my macro nutrient percentages.

Any advice?


Red Berry rides again (1 cup), with 1.5% milk and ½ cup fresh strawberries

*I already see here I can alter my milk and get some savings. I’m not willing to give up the red berry, though.



This snack is kind of half-assed. I’m the first to admit.

¼ cup yogi strawberry medley granola clusters and ¼ cup pistachios (measured in shell)


Big, delicious salad. I discovered a variety of veggies in my fridge and used them all: spring mix, broccoli slaw, sprouts, red pepper, cucumber, carrots, and cherry tomatoes. 1 TBSP of light Vidalia dressing (again, I can do oil and vinegar or lemon juice here, but I wanted the Vidalia today)


And a leftover slice of white pizza. No savin’ that one. LOL


Apple (small, organic gala) and 1 TBSP peanut butter


I’m doing 3 lifting days this week, and 2 longer cardio days. Lifting days will be full-body, and will consist of 3 sets of 10-12 reps per exercise, unless noted otherwise on the day.

I am excluding abs/back from my lifting days. I did abs/back on Sunday and will do them Tues/Thurs as well, which are my cardio days.

15 minutes moderate intensity cardio (elliptical today)

  • Barbell Chest Press
  • Lat Pulldowns
  • Standing Military Shoulder Press
  • Barbell Squat
  • Seated Calf Raise
  • Dumbbell Bicep Curls
  • Tricep Bench Dips
  • Abductor/Adductor Machines
  • Leg Press

HRM says 470 burned in 1h15m – I was dragging today (I guess because I cut down on my snack??)


5 oz. Filet mignon (grilled)

1 medium sweet potato

Green beans

DH normally serves me pasta tossed with olive oil. *I love it* But the pasta is so calorie dense.


I’m not trying to eat low calorie – I’m just trying to get the most bang for my buck on the calories I consume. And since I was still hungry after dinner when I was eating the pasta…

I traded in my pasta for a sweet potato tonight, to see if it helped.

I did feel fuller, but DH basically pouted that I didn’t eat pasta.




Just hanging out at home!

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