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Saturday July 21st & Sunday July 22nd Daily

FITspiration When in doubt, work it out. Saturday Still taking it one day at a time for now. Woke up semi-early today and had this really bad craving for biscuits and sausage/gravy. So I went to the store after having looked up ‘healthy’ alternatives and found that by using whole grain/whole wheat rolls as well […]

July 14th Saturday Splurge

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Saturday

Getting up for work this morning was a little rough. More or less woke up on the wrong side of the bed and knowing I had to work 11 hours kind of put a damper on the day. First thoughts – Definitely sore, wondering what type of recovery workout I wanted to do/combination of some type of swimming. Next thoughts, food – I ended up having plans with my grandparents in between my double shift at the pool and I was absolutely looking forward to it!

I worked from 8:30-1 at the indoor pool. Didn’t want to get all soggy and nasty (my hair) before lunch, so I did some hardcore water jogging. Let me just say people, that you may only see my head above the water bobbing around, but you should see what the other half of my body is doing under the water. It’s a good workout. Probably the best ‘Rest & Recovery’ workout known to man? Well, that’s a bit of a lie… Anywho, on to lunch!

Lunch Date

Grandparents spoil me, I’m going to be completely honest. And you won’t hear me complaining.

We headed to this place close by the pool called Sweet Melissa’s. It is a pastry & bakery, restaurant, and a bar. They have been renovated a few times, but honestly I haven’t gone back since high school and boy do they have it right! Their menu is mouth watering with just reading the details! It was so hard to eat healthy and keeping in mind that I couldn’t go overboard since I still had to work night shift and a pool party and save some calories for dinner as well.

I decided on a cup of delicious Lobster Bisque, a Cobb Salad with steak, and a (teeny, tiny, baby) yeah right, Red Velvet Cupcake. And damn was it all good! The only aside to going out to eat with my grandparents is that we all try each other’s food and that more or less means that I ate waaay much more than I wanted. I had some of my Grandpa’s Lobster Ravioli, 3 to be exact, a shrimp, and a bite of my Grandma’s rice and Scallop. Yes, so so, good but bad!

Dinner was a quick run to the grocery store. I planned out what I was going to eat as I was walking around (like a weirdo) with my Calorie Counter App  trying to not over budget my calories for the day.

Now, I did go to the store after I had lunch so I didn’t think I’d buy too much. I was wrong. I don’t know what got into me, I always buy food like I’m a starving child that hasn’t eaten in days. Which is challenging and disappointing at times, not only for my diet but my wallet too. I bought a Whole Wheat Omega bagel, a few slices of turkey, a slice of swiss cheese both from the deli, a whole container of watermelon and another of strawberries from their fresh salad bar, and then a salad with sprouts, spinach, some bleu cheese, peas, edamame, and dressing just in case.

Headed back to the pool and swam before my shift started. Worked from 3:30-10:15 since there was a pool party after hours. Which in all honesty wasn’t bad. They had ordered ‘too much’ Domino’s pizza (my favorite) and I ended up getting to eat some before I headed home.

All in all, it was a decent day. Worked, played, worked out, spent time with the family. Could have eaten a bit smarter, but it’s progressing bit by bit.

Workout

At the pool all day! Water jogged for 30 minutes, burned 300+ calories, swam for 32 minutes, burned 400+ calories, and  lots of walking throughout the day burned over 100+ calories.. No exact measurement for that one.

 Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,097 calories and consumed 1,477 for the day. Started off the day with too much for breakfast. I really didn’t think about how much I would be eating throughout the rest of the day. I had a clementine, milk, oatmeal with brown sugar, a banana, and an english muffin. Lunch was the lobster bisque and cobb salad from Sweet Melissa’s and not to forget about the red velvet cupcake. Dinner was a clementine, watermelon, strawberries, a pickle, slice of swiss cheese, turkey, a bagel, cucumber, sprouts, peas and edamame, spinach, and some leftover pizza.

I know for a fact I went over budget with my calories. I know the portions had to be off and there are some bits I forgot to add to my log before I posted.

June 28th As Britney Would Say, Oops I did it Again

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Thursday

Morning All! Today started off with an exciting little vibe because of what the day entailed. Started off with a little bit too tasty Starbucks that I’m sure I’ll regret later on, as usual. Had a busy day at work, rushing around to do a lot of exciting things that made today feel like a Friday.. Didn’t have too much of an appetite today, but I did have some overindulgences.

We had a ‘Meet the intern’ Happy Hour and I definitely embarrassed myself. It was rough, but I didn’t have any drinks which was a plus. Then I went to get a good workout in, swimming up a storm. Managed to make it home and cooked some delicious dinner that was on the healthier side than most. Got ice cream and then ruined the ‘healthiness’. As Britney would say, Oops I did it again. I swear I’m never going to get this shit under control. I haven’t looked at the scale for a day and I’m not going to for a while I think. I’m starting to obsess and I don’t want this to get out of control.

Workout

I swam for 38 minutes total today. First, I did 15 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Then, I tread water for 23 minutes. Glad I was able to increase my total time for once! That’s kind of a big deal, if we’re looking at the positives here? Burned a total of 476 calories. Neat-o!

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,845 calories and consumed 1,159 for the day. Breakfast started off with a whole grain bagel, two clementines, and spent money on a Starbucks iced coffee but couldn’t even drink any of it. Lunch was minimal, baby carrots and ranch, red peppers, blueberries, and Greek yogurt. Dinner was grilled chicken breast with seasoning, lots of peas, rice and red beans, and cucumber salad. I did have a snack of some TLC crackers at work, and cheddar cheese cubes. And then after dinner…. Some ice cream. Yikes!

June 26th Cupcakes, Lettuce Turkey Wraps, Tortillas, OmmNomm..

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Tuesday

Today started off very fun and exciting! I got into the office and a few hours later I was sent on a ‘secret mission’ to go and pick something up from another office downtown. It really wasn’t anything exciting, just a comp’d product for a project that was being presented. Well I had two options, I could either go and walk there or take the bus/trolley. I decided to walk for a few reasons. The first, because it was beautiful! It was a cooler day! And I was happy to be outside of the office and get some fresh air rather than being couped up in a bus or something. And of course, lets not forget how satisfying it is to put in your exercise acitivity on Calorie Counter…. Let me answer that for you, very satisfying.

After I left the company I walked to this place I had been talking to my colleagues about for a few weeks or so. It was right on the way back from the office which made it too serendipitous to pass up. It’s Called Colossal Cupcakes and it’s in downtown Cleveland and I decided to be the awesome office-mate who brought some mid-morning breakfast for my mentor, the other guy in the office, and the two girls who took me out to lunch and dinner and didn’t let me pay. I think a delicious baked treat is better than a boring thank you card? Eh, it’s arguable, but if you check out my twitpic you can see how AMAZING they really were! Shoot! I do have to confess that I was so proud of myself and how portion conscious I was … I don’t like frosting to begin with, but I only at the cake of the cupcake haha sorry frosting lovers… what are ya gonna do?

So, a welcomed reception of smiling faces with cupcakes in hand was what I found myself encountering when I got back to the office. Yay! Then I plugged in a cupcake to my calorie counter and that kinda made me cringe, but the thing was, I had already eaten it and I’m starting to get to the point of if I see how many calories something is, I won’t eat it, and damnit, after yesterdays workout I think I could spare some chocolate cake-iness.

Lunch was another ‘my version’ of a turkey wrap aka Jimmy John’s Unwich. Hey, I’m hooked, at least its a healthy craving right? Then worked out/swam/tread water… And then had  a dinner date with family.

My stepmom invited me over because she had to give me keys for the house since they were going out of town and I would be house sitting and dog sitting for a bit. She made her home made tortillas. So I also watched how much and what I ate. Measured out my sour cream portions and cheese. The rice and chicken same, but the good thing is that she makes them spicy/hot so that’s great for your metabolism! Pretty good healthy choices?

And when I told you guys that my life literally revolved around food and what I eat, today is a perfect example of the truth behind it. Sad, but true.

Workout

I swam for 26 minutes total today. First, I did 16 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Then, I tread water for 10 minutes. Planning on upping the time each session I go or depending on how I’m feeling. Today was not my strongest suite for swimming however, and they had to close down the lap lanes because of a class that comes in… So that’s why I swam for such a short time. And treading does get boring after a while if there’s no one else around unfortunately.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,796 calories and consumed 828 for the day. Breakfast started off with a delicious and guilt ridden cupcake, apple sauce, and clementines. Lunch was a home made version of my favorite (Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom Unwich). I had some baby carrots and a little bit of ranch and added some spinach to the turkey lettuce wrap. Dinner was my stepmom’s home made tortillas that I had to control what I ate and how much of it.. So hard to do. Didn’t do horribly for the day however, which is a plus.

June 24th Supreme Sunday..

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Sunday

Today was the typical summer Sunday. Nothing monumental, no thrilling news to report. I worked at the pool, worked out, overindulged in some foods that I shouldn’t have and cleaned which could be easily constituted as a short workout in itself. Was impressed with the bit of working out I did at the pool. As promised, I tried the water jogging and damn it’s a actually a good workout. I ended up burning a lot of calories and my legs were fatigued, more than usual after just a regular swimming workout.

I went over my friends house who was having their family over to help paint the outside of the house… So you know how much work that is….. And I went over after lifeguarding, after working out, after being in the lovely weather, just being hungry for dinner in general. And this is where I find myself in a troubled spot of friends, food, and fighting the cravings. AGAIN. This is a bad trend that really needs to stop. The only downside to today was me giving into my cravings. Killer cravings of those delicious carbohydrates, of the pizza variety, that make my mouth water and stomach do backflips. Woof. I did, had some ‘supreme’ pizza. Savored every bite too. GRRRRR.

So then when I got home, I decided to clean the bathroom. And when I say ‘clean’ I mean purify and cleanse… I went all out. What sparked this, I don’t really know, but I’m starting to notice that I have problems with just sitting around at home and not doing anything. It’s like I’m turning into my mother and criticizing and judging myself for just sitting there like a bum. Like a big ‘ol bump on a log. Fuck. I guess I’m growing up, if you want to call it that? So I got the bleach spray out, pre soaked the bath tub, took all the shampoos and soaps out and got the whole damn tub. Then, the sink, counter top, mirror, toilet, the wooden ledge around everything. I dusted, scrubbed, polished? whatever, you name it and I did it. Final touch, I vacuumed the floor, then I grabbed the good ol’ bucket of bleach and sudz and got a scrubbing brush, rubber gloves and went to town on the tiles. Let’s just say that my mom didn’t feel it necessary to have the air conditioning on, so it was literally a workout. I was dripping aka pouring with sweat. So, Mom, thank you for that and you’re welcome… for cleaning haha

Workout

I swam for 26 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Burned 300+ Calories. Water jogged for 20 minutes. Burned 200+ calories for that. I did lifeguard for a five hour shift, which burned 1,181 calories. However, sometimes I don’t necessarily consider that exercise.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,515 calories and consumed 1,386 for the day. FOOD! CRAVINGS! FU*#. I had a decently healthy breakfast; Oatmeal with honey and a Starbucks coffee. Lunch was super healthy and great also, had a Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom Unwich, bananas, clementines, and carrots with ranch. But when I met up with my friends they had ordered a shit ton of pizza, breadsticks and pop. Well, guess what, I gave into FriendFoodPressure and ate some damn pizza. and breadsticks. and had SOME pop. Not a lot, but enough to say that I cracked… willingly too 😦 Disappointed.

June 23rd I’m a Swimming and Craving Giving In Fool..

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Saturday

First day of the weekend. Didn’t sleep in too late, but getting up was a bit more of a struggle than when I usually jump right out of bed… Had to lifeguard the day shift indoors which was nice for the most part. I was most excited about being at the pool to swim and do a pool workout. I love switching up my routine because I definitely get more excited about it and it keeps me really motivated.

Also, a few girls at the pool were talking about water jogging as a workout. Now, until I really listened to what they were saying and observed some of the older women doing it, I didn’t realize how good of a workout it might actually be. Not only because it’s similar to running in general, but you’ve got a water belt on so it forces you to stabilize your core and constantly keep moving or you can sink. Which led me to think of another good workout, more or less back to basics, but just simply treading water would burn up a ton of calories and not to mention, it’s a great total body workout. So for my next water workout, I’m going to tackle water jogging and some treading down the road!

I ate so healthy all day!! Super proud of myself, fighting cravings for bad food choices and staying on top of my portions. But then after work I ended up going out with some friends and that’s when the peer pressure aka friendly food pressure turned ugly. We went to Chipotle. Bad idea, instantly. Because I didn’t plan to eat THAT MUCH and THAT MANY CALS for dinner. Honestly, I was mad at myself. I was pissed because I couldn’t finish what I was eating, like I’m wasting money, and not to mention I can exactly calculate how many bites of what that I’m eating so I could be way over on my Calorie Counter App… Fudge. Then, the final deal breaker. Ice Cream. Ugh, sinfully delightful yet hit the spot. It really is a never ending battle with food. Dear Lord, Grant me the strength.

Workout

I swam for 26 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Didn’t feel like I was completely out of breath and tired like last week when I was sick, so that’s a plus. I did lifeguard for a five hour shift, which burned 1,181 calories. However, sometimes I don’t necessarily consider that exercise.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,374 calories and consumed 1,530 for the day. Well, today’s food choices were not much better than yesterdays… Breakfast was frosted mini wheats with fat free milk, the usual. Lunch was cooked broccoli, baby carrots and ranch dressing, clementines. Then at the pool I had Pomegranate juice, my version of a turkey Unwich, which consisted of turkey lunch meat, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers, and romaine lettuce. I wrapped a few up and ate them individually. They were pretty small but the calories added up towards the end of the night… When I decided to get Chipotle AND Ice Cream for dinner. I’m so dumb.  I got a burrito bowl, didn’t get the burrito wrap from hell thats 300+ calories. Didn’t suck the whole thing down. Good choice. But then I fucked it up and got ice cream. Damn cravings.

June 19th, Staying After It Without Sinking…

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Tuesday

Feeling like crap still. Could not stay awake or motivated at work = Not Good. At All. Only highlight of my day was going to lunch, which I ate LIKE A BOSS! and swimming! And damnit I’m still out there like a champ regardless of feeling like crud. Went to lunch downstairs at Bar Louie which can be tempting to those cravings in the back of my head, however I got a blackened tilapia po’ boy sandwich with a side of black beans and rice. Only at the blackened fish and lettuce/tomato off the sandwich, left the rice, and ate the black beans. Really proud of myself for that. After work, went up to the pool to renew my certifications and stayed and swam for as long as I could (definitely out of shape and hard to breathe being sick).

Body Update: Feeling sharp pain today, more nerve pain like my sciatic nerve because it’s shooting down my leg now.. awesome blossom.

Workout

I swam for 15 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. So out of breathe and felt like I was sinking when I got tired from my huge tree trunks of leg muscle mass… Also, I loved my recovery/catching my breath slowing down the pace instead of just stopping completely when I did freestyle.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,607 calories and consumed 1,209 for the day. Breakfast was delicious! I heard trying brown sugar was healthier than white sugar so I had Oatmeal with some brown sugar, an english muffin, and some orange juice. I had a snack of two baby KitKats. Whoops. Lunch was blackened Tilapia and black beans. Dinner was barely over an ounce of lean burger, broccoli, meunster cheese, and half a bun. Had a handful (which I counted each cracker) of Cheez-Its. Today was full of processed foods/snacks towards the end of the day. Gotta watch those cravings when I’m sick I guess.

June 17th Sunday Funday!

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Sunday

Last day of the weekend! Gotta make it a fun one!

Today was an overall decent day, I managed to work, workout, and get out and about! Had lifeguarding for a good 5-6 hours, then swam, then went to see That’s My Boy! Which was a good laughing/ab workout hah! Lifeguarding was a bit nicer today since I was indoors, it ended up storming, but I didn’t have to worry since we were inside and thankfully could get a good swim workout in too! The movie was a good break from working this weekend, getting me ready for the work week more or less, but I snuck in some guilty pleasure snacks!! Bad news bear!! I had panera for lunch; tuna salad on whole grain & a cup of french onion. Then a few hours later, I got some buttery/salty & DELICIOUS popcorn at the movie, but I drank water, so that might be a bonus? And then had a single scoop waffle cone of pralines and cream. BAD! haha fudgeeee….

Body Update: Feeling significantly less sharp pain today which is surprising! I was expecting to have a bit more pain from working all weekend long, but it does seem to be getting a bit better. Woo-hoo!

Workout

I swam for 15 minutes this time! Moving up a couple minutes each time, still doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. It was a little bit easier than on Saturday, Since I’m not a particularly proficient swimmer, I get more of a workout since my form is not streamlined per say so I have more resistance from the water. Also, alternating between each style allows me to get a bit of recovery or catch my breath slowing down the pace instead of just stopping completely.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,280 calories and consumed 1,972 for the day. Breakfast was Honey Nut Cheerios with Milk.  I had a snack of Greek yogurt, strawberries, and a banana. I had a small cup of French Onion Soup with a whole grain baguette and a whole Tuna Salad sandwich on whole grain with tomato, lettuce & onion. I didn’t eat dinner but I had pralines and cream ice cream in a waffle cone and movie theater popcorn. A little too good for me!! Bad@@

June 16th Sun, Swimming & Sunburn!

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Saturday

Weekend! Woo, Finally! It was nice to not have to deal with rush hour traffic today! I ended up lifeguarding (weekend job during the summer) today for the morning shift. I made a promise to myself that I would pack some healthy food to eat and carry my water bottle around like a crucifix because it was going to be a hot one! I made sure to put sunscreen on my shoulders and some on my arms because I know I burn easily however I failed to realize that when I got out of the water from swimming and cooling off that some had washed away. So I’m left with splotchy sunburn all over!!

I have it on my thighs, back of my neck, and my face. Lookin like a hot pig or a lobster, whichever visualization you prefer. I did manage to go swimming around the pool during the rest periods and do some lap swimming as well! Definitely  a great workout!

I didn’t eat a huge amount during the day, but I did go to Chipotle for dinner and out for a few drinks as well, so I had my cake and ate it too! I was also craving a shamrock shake from McDonalds because (as sad as this is) we were sitting outside at Chipotle eating and there was a sign on the McDonalds across the street that said try a shamrock shake and I LOVED them around St.Patricks Day, I was practically drooling even though I had just ingested over 1,000 calories and then I took out my iPhone and googled how many calories are in a shamrock shake… HOLY SH*T! A small shamrock shake has over 580-600 calories. WOOF! Definitely did not get one! Go me! Hah..

Body Update: Feeling significantly less sharp pain today which is surprising! I was expecting to have a bit more pain from working all weekend long, but it does seem to be getting a bit better. Woo-hoo!

Workout

AyyyeeYYoooo Switch uppp!!! Yeah, you heard it right. Finally started swimming this weekend! So lucky to be at the pool and on breaks or when I’m done with my shift I can go and swim around the pool and swim laps for however short or long.

Workout

I swam for 12 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Since I’m not a particularly proficient swimmer, I get more of a workout since my form is not streamlined per say so I have more resistance from the water. Also, alternating between each style allows me to get a bit of recovery or catch my breath slowing down the pace instead of just stopping completely.

Food

According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,361 calories and consumed 1,852 for the day. Breakfast was Honey Clusters Cereal with Milk, some orange juice, and an english muffin with butter. I had a snack of leftover couscous and fresh cut kernel corn. Lunch was chipotle!! Yikes! I had a burrito, steak, rice, black beans, mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, and guacamole. I drank a ton of water all day to help smooth over me getting that calorie and salt overload. I didn’t necessarily eat any dinner, I just went out for drinks, but I DID manage to avoid binge eating after all that drinking. Proud of myself for not hitting up taco bell!

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