But it’s Saturday!


Fill in the blank Friday! I found this courtesy of Michelle, but she links up with Lauren, so here is my version!

1.  In the story of my life the actor who would play me would be:

I would like to say Kate Hudson, because she has the enthusiasm and energy I think I possess, and is just super cute,

or Kirsten Dunst, because she has a winsome attitude, a sweet disposition and quirky sense of self I believe I also have,

or Scarlett Johannson, because she exudes sexiness and has similar big old lips.

But in all honesty, it would probably be Hilary Duff, because we look so much alike.

Whoever is chosen would have to be able to play a hyperactive, enthusiastic, hard-loving,  fast-talking, ever-smiling, nerdy hairstylist nanny 🙂

2. If I could change one thing about the world it would be:

People would show unlimited kindness to one another. This would transcend so many barriers and issues. It can be applied to religion, traffic jams, helping the poor, holding elevators, letting someone with 1 item go ahead of another with 15 at the grocery store, etc.

3. Yesterday:

I bought cute clothes as a gift for Bryn, who is turning 13 tomorrow! I also ate at Taqueria Tlaquepaque, a very yummy Mexican restaurant I had never eaten at. It was a happy food dance inducing experience.

4. My favorite comfort food is:

Chocolate chip cookies. The Nestle Tollhouse recipe, with my secret ingredient added in. It’s just a package of instant vanilla pudding mix added to the dry ingredients, but it makes all the difference!

5. My new favorite blog find is:

Being Brazen I really love her blogs, and I don’t know if everyone else also reads her, but it’s fun! I love her book blog too, Being Brazen Books which is so inspiring to me 🙂

6. If I could meet any blog friend (who I haven’t met yet) in real life, I’d choose to meet:

Lindsay of Fooditude, she has so many yummy recipes and food ideas, I would love to pick her kitchen minded brain. Being Brazen, I want to know a South African with her sense of style and love of pretty things 🙂 Heather of Dooce, she has the most humorous way of looking at life, even the simplest things she writes about make me laugh! Josh of Josh’s Garage would be the best trainer ever, and I know I could fully reach my health and fitness potential with his guidance. I know it’s weird, but I totally feel like I know these people through their blogs, so meeting them in real life would be very cool.

7. My favorite breakfast food is:

Crepes!! One of my favorite restaurants is Sweet Peas in Los Gatos, and they have the most amazing crepes. I love both savory and sweet crepes, so this is good for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Food Diary


OK friends, here is the horrible food diary I have kept this week inspired by Lindsay of Fooditude. It kept me in check for the most part, but I probably could have picked an easier week to try to stay “good”! I don’t suggest trying to stay away from freshly baked chocolate chip cookies when you are about to start your period, but Billy helped by cleaning out my stash (the first one!), and I gave a good portion of the batch away. It was pretty nerve-wracking to think, ‘oh man, people are going to know what I actually eat in a week, and see my humongous sweet tooth for the terror it really is”, but here it is anyway…

My daily calorie allowance should be 1317 to lose weight. I  ran 3 miles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, so my intake can be up to 400 calories higher than days I don’t run, but I still like to keep it close to my normal allowance. I think I do better the beginning of the week, whereas the closer to the weekend I get, the worse I eat!

Monday

Breakfast: 2 scrambled egg whites with 1 piece of oat nut toast with Better n’ peanut butter, and 1/2 cup strawberries, 205 calories

Morning snack: 2 homemade (sooo delicious) chocolate chip cookies, 220 calories

Lunch: Bagel thin with left over chicken breast and laughing cow cheese wedge, 1 cup steamed broccoli, 1/2 cup fat-free cottage cheese, 365 calories

Afternoon snack: 10 green grapes, 30 calories

Dinner: Homemade mac and cheese, homemade chocolate chip cookie, 570 calories

Monday total calories: 1390

Tuesday

Breakfast: carb balance whole wheat tortilla with 3 scrambled egg whites, light sour cream, salsa and oven roasted turkey breast, 338 calories

Lunch: 2 slices double fiber bread with laughing cow cheese wedge and oven roasted turkey breast sandwich, 235 calories

Afternoon snack: small slice of berry pie, 250 calories

Dinner: Jack Daniels pulled chicken on 1 slice of country buttermilk bread, 220 calories

Dessert: homemade chocolate chip cookie (last one of the batch!!) 110 calories

Tuesday calorie total: 1153

Wednesday

Breakfast: 1 slice double fiber bread with better n’ peanut butter, 3 scrambled egg whites, 1/2 cup strawberries, 207 calories

Morning snack: Detour lower sugar creamy peanut butter protein bar, 170 calories

Lunch: 2 slices wheat bread, 1 tbl jiff organic peanut butter, 1 tbl sugar free raspberry jam, 305 calories

Afternoon snack: 1 cup strawberries, 1 Detour peanut caramel protein bar (amazingly good!), 247 calories

Dinner: Safeway deli Tuscan chicken sandwich, 445 calories

Wednesday calorie total: 1374

Thursday

Breakfast: Toast with better n’ peanut butter, 1/2 cup strawberries, 2 scrambled eggs, 191 calories

Morning snack: Detour protein bar, 170 calories

Lunch: Subway 6 inch turkey sandwich, 280 calories

Afternoon snack: 1/4 cup nut and fruit trail mix, 150 calories

Dinner: Sarah’s homemade pasta with tomato cream sauce, 370 calories

Dessert: 2 small pieces Claim Jumper chocolate silk pie, 410 calories

Thursday calorie total: 1571 calories

Friday

No breakfast or morning snack, the time got away from me after my run

Lunch: leftover pasta with tomato cream sauce, 370 calories

Afternoon snack: 2 sandwich cookies, Detour protein bar, 280 calories

Dinner: McDonald’s chicken nuggets (6), French fries, diet coke, 510 calories

After concert meal: 1/2 order Denny’s bananas foster French toast, 1/2 chocolate shake, 652 calories

Friday Calorie Total: 1811 calories

Saturday

Breakfast: Jimmy Dean breakfast croissant sandwich, 420 calories

Snack: Detour protein bar, 170 calories

Dinner: Il Fornaio for Michelle’s birthday dinner, 1 piece of bread, 2 pieces of bruschetta, cannelloni al Forno, strawberry cupcake with chocolate frosting, 1078 calories (yikes!!)

Saturday calorie total: 1678 calories

Sunday

Breakfast: Jimmy Dean breakfast croissant sandwich, 420 calories

Lunch: better n’ peanut butter and sugar-free jam sandwich, 200 calories

Afternoon snack: 1 slice spice cake a client brought in for me, 58 calories

Dinner: 6 homemade chocolate chip cookies (tee hee), 1 glass of fat-free milk, 750 calories

Sunday calorie total: 1438 calories

Just keep tracking


I decided to take a page out of Fooditude’s book and keep a public food diary for the week. You can read her original post about this here and perhaps join in this party for yourself? I’m not sure yet whether I will be able to track what I eat each day, or compile a blog at the end of the week, we shall see how busy I get 🙂 Keeping a food diary is a great way to pin point where you take in too many calories during the day, and can be quite helpful if you are looking to lose weight. I have been startled by the amount of calories I sometimes take in without even realizing it.

When I do track my food, which is about 75% of the time, I use the Daily Plate. TDP has tons of verified food and exercises to search through, so you can usually find something that matches what you ate or the exercise you did to get a good idea of the calories you are taking in as well as burning. You even have the option to customize your goals, such as losing up to 1 or 2 pounds a week, maintaining, or gaining weight. You can track your progress right on the site, and best of all, it’s free. I’m sure  there are a lot of sites that do very similar things, so find one that suits you, and keep track!

I’m very glad I am not starting my tracking today, I made way too much food this evening, and chocolate chip (and peanut butter chip) cookies were part of that, and those are my kryptonite when it comes to breaking the diet and healthy living mantra.

Wish me luck!