Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Make EVERY Calorie Count!!

Yesterday morning I woke up early and hit the Gym. I was sorta dreading it because I was still pretty sore "down there" from cycle class. Somehow my hips were also sore from cycle (that's a first for me). Anyway, I had a great full body workout containing lots of squats, lunges and pull ups and other fillers. When I got home I was starving and didn't feel like trying to think of something more creative to eat besides eggs so I just had a chocolate rice protein shake and a bowl of Hazelnut Coffee Oats...
I had grabbed a cup of decaf coffee on the way out the Y and decided I didn't really want it when I got home so I cooked my oats in it and then added some hazelnut stevia. Mmmmm!!! Good stuff.

For my morning snack I had a large La Tortilla Factory tortilla split. One half rolled with a chicken sausage, spinach, and mustard. The other smeared with a tbsp of peanut butter...
It was a really cold dreary day here so I tried to keep myself busy with housework before the little ones karate. I did however stop to make so more Grean Pea Guac (thanks Sarah) for lunch. Yesterday, was the first day I have counted EVERY single calorie going into my body (even the 7 cals from spinach) so I measured all the ingredients to my Guac.
I ended up with a little over 1 and 1/3 cups with I calculated to be about 22 tbsp.Here's the list of ingredients...
  • 6.5 ounces avocado (1 avocado)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • about 2 tbsp diced onion
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  • lemon juice (i didn't have lime)
Final product...
I divided it into a 2 tbsp serving equaling 35 cals, 2.5 grams fat, 2.8 grams carbs, .9 grams protein.

Here's my lunch..

For my afternoon snack I had 1/2 an acorn squash, 1/2 cup lactose free cottage cheese, 1 tbsp peanut butter and one of Gina's Macaroons crumbled on top....
Since I was counting EVERY cal today I had to do some research to find out how many cals are in the macaroons. Boy, was I shocked to find out these babies have around 230 calories in each one. That really pushed me over with my cals and I was quite disappointed when I found out I only had 250 cals left for the whole day and it was only 3:30. The macaroons are good but not 230 cals good!!! Sorry, Gina.

For dinner I had to use my cals wisely. For the fam. I made Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs (thank you Clean Eating Mag.) I simply put...
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
  • 2 oz toasted pita made into fine bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
...into a bowl and mix. Then form 24 to 30 meatballs in the palm of your hand. Meanwhile have an oven preheated to 400 with a skillet inside. Take out the skillet when heated and add the meatballs and cook for about 10 to 15 min.
When done place in desired pasta sauce until heated thru....The mans plate

My plate
a measly 250 cals. All I had left for the day :(. My total was 1800 and I was starving!!! I have probably been eating over 2000 cals a day without realizing. A lot I am sure coming from veggies probably close to 300. I am happy with my weight but I just want to become more aware of my daily totals and maybe this will help me get some abs!!! A girl can have fantasies cant she????

If anyone still has any suggestions for protein in breakfast besides eggs and protein powder I am very open????

CONFESSION OF THE DAY: As a stay at home mom I often feel really under appreciated! Men just don't see all the work it takes staying at home with a young child, keeping the house some what clean and cooking every meal. Do they think they magically have clean clothes, folded nicely in their drawers everyday??


  1. Haha. I love your confessions. My mom is a stay at home mom too! I should really refer her to your blog. She often states the same things..

    I haven't ever counted all of my calories for the day either, just sort of in my head sometimes, when I eat a huge cookie or something, but I feel that it sort of disconnects me from how my body feels and what it needs.

    I hope it works out for you though! I am working on my six pack too!

  2. Woah! The cal count in that macaroon would have bothered me too! I have been working on the abs since I was born! I just feel like no matter what I do it always looks the same...grr.. even if I lose weight - abs look the same! I have tried to accept this... but I am always open to an ab changing surprise!

    Thanks also for your notes on eating earlier in the day. =)

  3. wow that calorie count is really high! i can see why it would both you!!
    but your "measly" dinner does look really good :) lovee the broccoli


  4. Hey there! I made a new breakfast today which was packed with protein - the main ingredient is light ricotta cheese. I haven't posted for today yet but when I do, take a look. I put 1 egg in the recipe but you can make it without the egg.
    Otherwise... any kind of combination of yogurt/ricotta/cottage cheese with some nuts or nut butter would also be full of protein. Or you could use TVP and make a mock oatmeal (this is something I am planning on experimenting with soon).

  5. Thanks for your thoughts on my blog---yup, to count or not to count is the question!! And when I started weighing and counting my veggies too, I was surprised at how they contributed. I had the weight watchers mentality (even though I've never actually done weight watchers) that fruit & veggies are "zero points"--not true!

    Hmm, protein breakfasts...cottage cheese, or giant yogurt mixes?

  6. Do they think they magically have clean clothes, folded nicely in their drawers everyday??...Yes!

    Wow, you're taking your counting seriously. Yeah, those macaroons are high in calories. I did the calculations when I made them myself and about freaked out. When Gina sent me some, I just pretended her's magically had fewer calories. It worked. Chris and I ate ate them all in about 48 hours. :)

    Breakfast...la tortilla wrap with turkey, hummus and BBQ for a savory breakfast. Bananas with almond or peanut butter, lentils, bean burrito, quinoa (a vegetarian complete protein) blended with almond milk, stevia and topped with peanut butter. I'll keep thinking of more.

    Loved the coffee oats!

  7. I work from home and I'm not even a mom and I still feel like there is always something to do!! Guys definitely do not understand all of the work required just to keep the house presentable, put food on the table, and have clean clothes. I have to vacuum every day bc of our shedding cat! I really don't mind it, I love keeping everything in order, but it would be nice to get a little recognition sometimes in the form of flowers or some sort of treat :)


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