Archive | October, 2011

Trunk or Treat

31 Oct

Trunk or Treat

Today, of course, is Halloween, so I made my way to the Airline Campus of Celebration Church for the annual Fall Family Festival, now known as Trunk or Treat.  It was fun gathering candy for my nieces and nephews who I will see next month in Arkansas.  (Yeah, that’s right.  It was for them.  I didn’t eat any of the candy.  Really).

As with every similar event, there were hot dogs and nachos.  They were really good, but I didn’t over indulge.  Honestly, I didn’t.  I really wanted to, but my wife Kathy was there to help me control myself.

I hope everyone else had a fun and safe night.  If you want to get rid of your extra candy, let me know.  I’ll take it to my nieces and nephews.  (Yeah, that’s what I’ll do it.  I won’t eat any.)

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Special K Protein Meal Bar

1 BLT on Whole Wheat (No Mayonaise)

1 Turkey and Ham Sandwich on Whole Wheat bread

1 Banana

1 Serving of Fat Free Strawberry Kiwi Yogurt

1 Hot Dog with Mustard

½ Serving of Nachos

80 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

30 Minutes of Walking

25 Push-ups

15 Squats

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Sneaking Krispy Kremes

30 Oct

Sneaking Krispy Kremes

There I was, backstage at church this morning, when I saw them.  There right before me were four boxes of Krispy Kreme donuts.  Suddenly, a plan formed in my mind.  The service is going on and no one knows that I am back here.  I could scarf down three or four of these air filled sugar coated donuts and no one would ever know.  I opened the top box and started to pick up the first donut, but then thought about how taking the donuts, eating them, and not adding them to this blog would not only be stealing but lying.  So, I closed the box tightly and tried my best not to think about them.  Fortunately, someone later removed them.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Salad with Broccoli, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, and Salad Toppers

1 Ham Sandwich on Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins

2 Slices of Pizza with Turkey Pepperoni, Orange Pepper, Green Pepper, Red Pepper and Fat Free Cheese on Whole Wheat Crust

1 Serving of Fat Free Chocolate Pudding

80 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

75 Minutes of Walking

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Best and Worst “Fun Size” Candy Bars

30 Oct

Best and Worst “Fun Size” Candy Bars

One of the most interesting descriptive terms I’ve ever heard is the term “Fun Size” describing very small versions of candy bars.  To me, that’s not fun.  The real “Fun Size” would be an extra large giant sized candy bar.  But enough of that.  For now, we’ll just go with their definition.

So what’s the best and worst “Fun Size” candy bars as far as the nutritional information is concerned?

According to the Eat This, Not That website, the worst “Fun Size” candy bar is the Butterfinger “Fun Size” candy bar with 100 calories, 4 g fat, and
10 g sugars.  The website suggests that the best “Fun Size” candy bar is the 3 Musketeers “Fun Size” candy bar at 63 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 10 g sugars.  Still not great, but better I guess.

I suppose the best would be to leave them both alone.  To see more best and worst Halloween candy information, check out http://eatthis.menshealth.com/slideshow/best-and-worst-halloween-candy#sharetagsfocus

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Ham Sandwich with Fat Free Cheese on Whole Wheat Sandwich Thins

1 Serving of Green Peas

1 Serving of Black Eyed Peas

1 Slice of Toast with Fat Free Cheese

1.5 Servings of Grilled Chicken

1 Gala Apple with 1 tablespoon of Peanut Butter

2 Servings of Mixed Fruit

12 Chick Fil-A Nuggests

80 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

30 Minutes of Walking

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13th Weigh In

28 Oct

14 weeks ago today, I walked into my doctors office and stepped onto the scale.  The digital readout declared that I weighed 226 lbs.  I was mortified.  I had never weighed that much in all of my life.

This morning, just as I do every Friday morning, I weighed once again.  Today, I weighed 192 lbs, down 34 lbs from my starting weight.

I actually started this process on July 31st, almost 3 months ago.  At this point, I intended to have lost about 15 lbs, which would have put at about 211 lbs.  Fortunately, I’ve lost weight quicker than I thought I would.  All along, I’ve imagined my weight loss slowing down to about 1/2 lb to 1 lb per week.  I may have reached that point.  If I have, it may become more tempting for me to quit before I reach my goal of 175.  Please keep me in your prayers that I will persevere.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Special K Protein Bar

1 Bowl of Tomato Soup

2 Corn Tortillas with Grilled Chicken and Fat Free Cheese

1 Serving of Black Eyed Peas

1 Serving of Green Beans

1 Gala Apple with 1 tablespoon of Peanut Butter

70 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

50 Minutes of Walking

25 Times of Chest Press

125 Crunches on Ab Machine

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Unusual Weight Loss Tip

27 Oct

Unusual Weight Loss Tip

Today, I heard an interesting weight loss tip:  Eat the tastiest part of your meal first.  If you do, you will naturally save the least tasty foods until the end of your meal.  By doing this, you will end your meal on a more boring note and notice that you are feeling full at the same time and therefore be more likely to skip a second helping.  However, if you eat the tastiest part of your meal last, you will be more tempted to eat a second helping even if you are starting to feel like you’ve had enough.

Shhh…  Don’t tell Mom.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Grilled Chicken Salad with Lettuce, Almonds, Tomatoes, and Cucumbers

1 Serving of Nonfat Strawberry Yogurt with fresh blueberries and blackberries

2 Servings of Mongolian Barbeque

2 Servings of Mixed Fruit (Grapes, Oranges, Kiwi, Pear)

1 tablespoon of light Raspberry Cream

2 Chicken Wings

110 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

30 Minutes on the Elliptical machine

22 Push-ups

40 Minutes of Walking

25 Times on Chest Press

125 Crunches on Ab Machine

15 Squats

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When You Want To Quit

26 Oct

When You Want To Quit

Today, I wanted to quit this weight loss stuff.  I wanted to kick back, eat a Snicker’s Blizzard from Dairy Queen and drink an entire 2 liter Coke.  But I didn’t.

Instead, I thought about the reasons why I’m trying to lose weight.

I want to be a healthy person.  I want to live a better life.  I want to be a better husband to Kathy.  I want to be a better steward of the body that God has given me.  I want to reduce my chances of contracting diabetes later on in life.

But, even more…  I didn’t want to be the fat guy.

I still want to quit sometimes, but thinking about these things helped me stick with the plan.

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

1 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bar

1 Middle Eastern Salad

2 Servings of Chicken Swarma

1 Serving of Pita Bread with hummus

1 Chick Fil-A Sandwich

1 Slice of Whole Wheat Toast with Apple Butter

2 Scrambled Eggs

85 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

Exercise:

30 minutes of walking

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McRib is Back!

25 Oct

McRib is Back

Many years ago, Kathy and I lived in Central Asia for an entire year.  At the end of that year, when we returned to the United States, our first fast food stop was at McDonald’s where I ate my very first McRib sandwich.  To someone who had been out of the country far from the golden arches, it was marvelous.

Little did I know that it was all a big tease.  Later when I was craving that boneless pork patty on a bun with barbeque sauce, chopped onions, and pickles, it had been removed from the menu.  I was crushed.  However, my spirits revived a year later when it returned to McDonald’s.  But, by the time I actually visited a McDonald’s, it was once again off the menu.

Today, it returned.

“Look!” I cried out to my friend Stephen from Zimbabwe, “McRib is back!”

“What’s a McRib?” he asked.

“It’s a pork sandwich from McDonald’s.”

“Is it made of ribs?”

“Not exactly.”

Nutritional Information on the McRib Sandwich (No, I didn’t eat one)

Calories = 450

Fat Grams = 24

Sodium = 890 mg

Carbohydrates = 34 g

Here’s what I’ve eaten today:

2 Snackwell’s Protein Meal Bars

1 Turkey Sandwich with fat free cheese on whole wheat sandwich thins

1 Red Delicious Apple

1 Ham Sandwich on Whole Wheat with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and green pepper

1 mini-slice pepperoni pizza

1 Serving of Strawberry Nonfat Yogurt

97 oz of water

Supplements I’ve taken today:           

1 Fish Oil Pill

1 Multi Vitamin

1 Vitamin C Lozenge

Exercise:

33 Minutes on the elliptical machine

25 pushes on the chest press weight machine

110 crunches on the ab machine

20 minutes of walking

*Disclaimer:  The nutritional information for the McRib sandwich was found at http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-mcdonalds-mcrib-sandwich-i53939

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