Food Journaling Monday

February 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm

This morning Chewie and I walked the boys to school.


It’s warm and humid again. I’m thinking our cool, dry days before summer are really numbered now. Another reason to lose some weight…tank tops all summer. Last summer I declared it to be the “summer of bare arms”, and I embraced my chunky arms like never before. Now that I have faced the fear of baring my arms to the world, there is no turning back. Getting older (and wiser) really does have its benefits.

embrace your body

Yesterday, I declared my intent to go back to tracking my food for a while in my effort to lose a little weight. You can all thank Jill, who said, “Please!” for getting to see my food on the blog again, at least for a while. I’m just going to include it on my main page because updating my “I Eat” page just seems like too much work right now. I am way behind in updating my “Still Running” page, I know.

So, breakfast:


Eggbeaters scrambled with onions and mushrooms, topped with salsa. Cantaloupe and strawberries. Two pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Three cups of coffee, each with one packet of Splenda with fiber and a dollop of skim milk. Approximate calories: 386.

Today is my rest day (except for walking), and I also blew off the Principal’s List bowling fieldtrip that Cal was invited to go on based on his grades last semester. I didn’t volunteer to drive. I’ve gone on many Principal’s List bowling trips and I just didn’t want to do it. I just wanted to stay home, do some things around the house, make a meal plan for the week and basically be a slacker. Thanks to the other parents who took up my slack and went on the fieldtrip! You are better people than me.

I spent the morning cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, and scrubbing the bathtub and shower (my cardio for the day).




Salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, arugula, feta cheese, turkey bacon, kalamata olives, sweet mini peppers, salad spritzer and lite blue cheese dressing. Caffeine free Diet Coke. Approximate calories: 310.

About the Diet Coke issue. It’s a problem, as illustrated by our recycling bin which is about 50% Diet Coke bottles.


I go through phases with caffeine free Diet Coke. I’ll give it up for a while, but I always come back. It just tastes so damn good! I know it’s bad for me, both in that it leaches calcium from my bones (phosphoric acid), and in that it makes you crave sweets, which I do. Carrie recently wrote a blog post about soda and I’ve been thinking about it since then. I think I’m going to try to give it up again (at least as my regular beverage at home). I have a six pack left in the house. I’m going to make a pitcher of decaf iced tea and try not to buy any more Cokes for a while. We’ll see. I do love the stuff.

Before picking the boys up from school I went by Publix.


Strawberries are super cheap early this year.


I heard a story on NPR this morning about how the warm winter has screwed the strawberry farmers because they have a bumper crop, driving down prices. Sorry strawberry farmers. I stocked up.

My favorite Dunkin Donuts coffee was also on sale.


I stocked up on that too. I’m not even going to think about giving up coffee right now. Or maybe ever.

After Publix I picked up the boys and we came home for homework/snacks/reading/etc.

My afternoon snack:


Salmon left over from Saturday night’s dinner (which Chad made), remoulade sauce, reduced fat Wheat Thins. Approximately 310 calories. Same as lunch. I guess this was lunch #2.

This afternoon I’m just doing more laundry and making phone calls to doctors regarding a wart on Cal’s foot. My life is not as glamorous as it sounds. Dinner will be leftovers of chicken curry and rice that Chad made last night (awesome) for the boys and leftover turkey tetrazzini from the freezer for me. I’ll post a picture of it, plus my total calories for today tomorrow. There may be a family evening walk tonight if it doesn’t rain.

Do you think it’s annoying when bloggers end every blog post with a bunch of questions in bold print trying to drum up comments? Do you find that more or less annoying than when they ask you what you would like them to write about? Are these things written somewhere in a Blogger’s Bible as things you must do in order to be a popular blogger? Why did I never get a copy of this book? Do you realize that all of these questions are rhetorical?

I read tons of blogs, and lots of bloggers that I like very much do these things. Generally, I just don’t even read the questions at the end. Sometimes I do and sometimes I answer them. Sometimes I think the questions are good and heartfelt and are genuinely seeking help with something. Sometimes I think the questions seem really dumb and pointless. I love comments and I love when people who read my blog ask me questions or give me ideas of what to write about. I just don’t want to seem like I’m pandering.