Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A day in the life..

I started this blog to help anyone that wanted to get healthy and eat right, so please forgive me if I say something I've already said before, bear with me! This is for you Le-ann!

Never miss a day of logging in my food I need to, I need the accountability of it.

We started at not knowing what to expect, I just trusted that my daughter, Melissa was loosing weight and she didn't have that much to lose, that's hard. More importantly, she was eating really good healthy foods. Plus it was free, what did I have to lose?

I can have 1511 calories a day based on my height, weight and age to lose 2lbs a week...I may change that soon to 1lb a week. The daily plate sets all that for you.

For breakfast I eat a Fiber One bar, Breyer's Light with natural probiotics yogurt (Walmart), Bigelow Earl Grey green tea and I take vitamins. Sometimes I have granola and 1% milk and an apple or banana.

Lunch varies, Dick loves to go get Subway a lot...any of their 6-inch 6 grams of fat on wheat. We love the sweet onion sauce or honey mustard. Love turkey on wheat with cucumbers or baby carrots and fat free Lays potato chips. Cottage cheese with pineapple, Ezekiel 4:9 bread. Lean Cuisine Butternut Squash Ravioli is a favorite.

Dinner is so much fun now! We love to grill chicken, salmon, boneless pork. Baked sweet potatoes with Brummel and Brown butter and Splenda brown sugar. Any veggie we are in the mood for, love asparagus. Baked potatoes with salsa, or stir fried brown rice. Lot's of salads with Kraft low-fat dressings. I get recipes from ,, anything that has the calorie count with the recipe is great.

Snacks are usually fruit, rice cakes, natural peanut butter (Kroger's), unsalted nuts carefully measured. Thomas 100 calorie wheat English muffins..loaded with fiber, Pepperidge Farms baked naturals...a serving is 17 crackers or Triscuit Thin Crisp...serving size 15 with a wedge of Lite Laughing Cow Cheese. We love cranergy drinks...and lot's of water.

Desserts are angel food cake, strawberries and whipped cream, sugar free Jello and puddings, McDonald's ice cream cones ( low-fat 150 calories!).

I found starving myself doesn't work, you have to eat to lose weight. Your body uses about 1200 calories a day to just be. Plus, using a food scale is a must...eye balling food does not work. It also helps to have a calorie limit, then you have the freedom to eat what you want...if you need chocolate, have it, just add it into your total.

I keep my sodium under 2400gm and fiber above 24gm. It's easy to keep track of it with on-line dairies. They have groups and forums that let people help people...awesome!

I'm still losing about 2lbs a week ...some weeks none at all, but not to worry, the weight is coming off. In the beginning we didn't eat out much and now only at places that post their nutrition on-line. Like Panera, Chick-Fil-A, Salsarita's. Most restaurants have grilled meat and salads...I just smell the bread now!

When we started, we walked 2 miles a day, now we walk 3 miles a day during the week. On the weekends we walk 5 to 8 miles a day. We quit the gym because it wasn't working for us, we do free weights at home, but I'm going to go back now to tone up some.

I'm here to help, just let me know!


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Maree,
Thank you so so much for this. I just have not been wanting to join WW again and pay $40 a month for what I already know. Your tips have really helped me and I am going grocery shopping tomorrow. I love baked sweet potates, I have never tried the Splenda brown sugar, I will definitely get some of that. I too like you figured out you have to eat to lose weight. Thanks again. Have a beautiful blessed day. Talk soon.


Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

Thanks for sharing your menus. I need some suggestions about breakfast especially. It seems like I get busy and then have to go to meetings and before I know it half the day is gone and I am starving. Then I overdo. I also love sweet potatoes, but didn't realize there was Splenda brown sugar. I must get it this weekend. Thank you for these posts. I appreciate all the help I can get. I, like LeAnn, don't want to go back to WW for things I already know about. You are inspiring to me and I do thank you for your dedication and inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Maree,
Hey I have a question for you. Do you also need to count your fat grams? I am going to Panera for lunch today and I was on line looking at their menu......wasn't sure. I mean I know I need to eat low fat and healthy but just wasn't sure about fat grams. I have joined the website you told me about.