July 2008


That’s what I did this morning. 100 crunches, 100 squats, 100 calf exercises. In between my 60 minutes of cardio. 25 mins crosstrainer, 25 mins recumb bike, 10 min walk on the treadmill. Boy was I sweaty and poopered.

This, of course, was after I got up at 6:30am to get ready and go get the dog from the overnight clinic, to bring him back to our vet for 8:00. Poor guy, still not feeling too hot at all. 😦

So since I was up and in the same plaza, I hit the gym, made a dentist appointment, did my banking, and went to the post office. All before 10:30am. Oh, and stopped at Walmart to return a book that I bought in error.

I guess I should admit that I had McD’s for dinner last night. I had to work late to make up for missing morning time…then had to pick the dog up to take him to the overnight clinic….so by then I was starving and the drive-thru was just the easiest way to go. I stuck with a cheeseburger and fries…with a diet Coke that I didn’t drink (I hate that there are never any other diet choices…hello Sprite Zero people!). More points than I needed, but the fries were freaking awesome and it was a good comfort dinner. Plus I was hoping the dog would eat some fries, but no such luck…he’s still not eating.

Anyway, I’ll try to make that my take-out meal for the week instead of the one I had planned for the weekend. I suppose it will depend on how things pan out with the puppy.

Today’s menu…started out eratic, but I’m under control…

– 7am Starbucks coffee (note: NOT a latte, just a coffee…NSV!)
– 10am All Bran bar (dying of hunger after gym, this was in my purse thank God)
– 11am Source Lemon ff yogurt, fresh raspberries
– 1pm leftover Chunky soup, crackers, real cheddar
– cherries
– spinach dip and cucumber slices
– dinner will be the leftovers I didn’t eat last night….honey chicken, brocolli, salad
– milk & PB granola bar

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I always make something new for our little get-togethers….this time I wanted something that didn’t involve turning the oven on….and conveniently I had received a Hungry Girl email earlier in the week for this yummy Spinach Artichoke Dip.

She always uses fat-free everything, but I’m not a fan of most totally fat-free stuff (plus you can’t get a lot of it here) so this is my modification.

1 pack frozen chopped spinach (10 oz), thawed and drained very well
1 can artichoke hearts (14 oz) packed in water, drained very well and roughly chopped
1/2 of 8 oz can water chestnuts, drained and chopped
1 container low-fat cream cheese (8 oz), room temp
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup light mayo
1/4 cup parmesan cheese (I used the real thing instead of the fake grated stuff she recommends….make all the difference in the world)
3 tbsp minced shallots
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes would work too)

Combine cream cheese, sour cream, mayo & 3 tbsp of the parmesan. Add salt & cayenne. Stir until smooth. Set aside.

Saute the shallots and garlic in a non-stick pan with cooking spray over medium heat until soft. (I added a splash of water to help them along.) Set aside.

To the creamy mixture add the spinach, artichokes, water chestnuts & garlic/shallot mixture. Stir well.

Taste and add extra salt or pepper if desired. It says to top the dip with the rest of the parmesan, but I just mixed it all in. 🙂

You can also serve this hot by transferring it to a casserole dish and baking @ 350 for 30 mins.


Carolyn: I don’t know the points because I don’t have a WW membership anymore. The original Hungry Girl version was 2 points for 1/3 cup. This is probably 3 points….maybe 4.

I didn’t get a chance to go to the gym last night. Our dog has just not been himself at all, so by the time I finished work yesterday I decided it was time for him to go to the vet. Poor guy….he won’t eat and hardly drinks. Doctor thinks it could be anything from just a bacterial bug to cancer. He’s back there today for some IV fluids. Hope he perks up!

My evening was all out of whack because of the vet visit, but I still had my honey-soy chicken for dinner and it was pretty good. I didn’t cook a couple of the kabobs long enough, but that was OK because it was close enough to just pull off the skewers and re-grill for tonight. Because I ate so late, I was still hungry though so ended up having a bowl of Kashi Crunch after dinner.

This morning I was in a mad rush to get some work done before taking the boy in for his IV, so all I had for breaky was a granola bar. I did however go to the gym after I dropped him off since I was right there anyway and I needed to take my mind off of the possible bad news. I worked out without my iPod and I should really do it more often. I don’t know why…maybe it’s because I was working out some doggy aggression… but it was a great strength training session.

Now I have a ton of work to make sure I get done. My menu is whatever is handy at the time….

– Fibre Source granola bar
– lotsa water
– Chunky Prime Rib soup, with a piece of multigrain toast spread with light Laughing Cow
– grapes
– double tall vanilla no-fat latte
– All Bran bar
– leftover honey-soy chicken, steamed brocolli, and salad with chickpeas
– cherries
– homemade artichoke & spinach dip with cucumber slices when I get snacky later on

It’s so nice out today! Sunny but not too hot or humid. Thank God! That will keep me motivated to work out after work. Of course, it makes me NOT motivated to work. hehe.

I can’t believe I binged on that cake last night and buggered up my first day on track. Meh. I did get out for a quick walk with the dog, but he is sick so it didn’t last too long. Oh well, today is a new day and hopefully my evening workout will keep my mind off the snacking. I threw out the last of the chips and snacks, so I don’t think there is anything terribly bad left for temptation. I even cut up all of my strawberries and cleaned up all the grapes, pulled them from the stems and put them in little containers so they are all ready for snacking. I wrote out my menu plan for dinners this week and I have to say I’m pretty stoked. I planned in a dinner out, but so far I don’t have anything special on the horizon so I might take that opportunity to try the lobster sub at Subway or maybe a McLobster (so ridiculous I just have to try!).

Today’s big plans…

– coffeeeeee
– Bolthouse Berry Smoothie
– choco chip All Bran Bar
– strawberries with last of the yogurt
– salad (made a big bowl last night) with chickpeas and grated cheese
– pre-gym – toast with pb & honey
– dinner is a new recipe for Honey-Soy Chicken Kabobs, with steamed brocolli
– grapes & cherries for a snack

– gym after work: cardio and strength training….I’m going to start riding the recumbant bike as my cardio on strength days (instead of always using the treadmill). Maybe a walk if the dog is up to it when I get back.

Good: I had a huge salad for dinner.
Bad: There was cheesecake in our fridge, leftover from our party.
Ugly: There is no longer cheesecake in our fridge, but there is lots in my tummy.

You know what’s stupid. I’m not even that big of a cheesecake fan. If that box had been closed and in the freezer I never would have given it a second thought. But because DBF opened it and it was staring me in the face, I just couldn’t pass it up.

Boooooo.

Total free-for-all, no holds barred weekend. WTF?! Sometimes you would never know that I am actually knowlegable about nutrition, portion control and mindless snacking. Sometimes you would never know that I have willpower and know how to use it. Sometimes you would never know that I have a gym membership that I usually like to use.

Well, it’s over. And the scale has leaped back up to 157lbs. Up exactly the same 3.4lbs I had lost last week. WHEN WILL I LEARN?!!

So DBF left this morning for ONE MONTH at sea. Booooo. The only upside to it is that for the next four weeks I don’t have to worry about planning “family” meals. I can focus on ME ME ME. I can eat more salads, I can skip red meat, I can work out every day if I feel like it. Look out world, watch me goooooooooooooo!

He had to be at work early this morning, so I ended up with extra gym time so did extra cardio to get my week off on the right foot. I’m going to change my strength days to Tues/Thurs/Sat instead of Mon/Wed/Sat just for something to do. I need to shake up my routine in order to get me motivated to go in the mornings. I will sit down tonight and write myself a weekly schedule for gym and activity, as well as work on combining my two strength training routines into one power-routine. Weeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

After the gym I stopped at the grocery store to pick up some fruit and granola bars. I found new All Bran bars….Cinnamon Oatmeal & Chocolate Chip. Same NI at the original and Honey Nut.

My menus for the next couple of days will definitely be “clean out the fridge” menus as we had a party this weekend and there are remnants that need to be eaten up. I really need to stop loading up the fridge right before DBF goes away!

So today…..

– water
– Bolthouse Berry Burst Smoothie
– coffee
– All Bran Bar (choc chip, pretty tasty!)
– lunch will be homemade spinach artichoke dip (a variation of Hungry Girl’s recipe) with crackers, carrots & orange pepper strips
– blueberries & strawberries with a bit of yogurt
– dinner will involve a huge-ass salad with real cheddar
– hummus with crackers
– grapes or cherries
– tea

My workout…

– Treadmill: 5 minute incline warm-up, running 2 mins each @ 3.5, 4.5, 5, 5.5, then repeated, 5 minute cooldown
– Elliptical: interval program, 2 mins @ level 4 – 2 mins @ level 10, repeats for 20 minutes, 5 minute cooldown
– various strength exercises…calf raises, squats, side bends, planks

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