Great Breakfast Ideas

11 06 2010

So I realized I haven’t posted anything about food on here for the health conscious dieter. Just because you are dieting does not mean you don’t get yummy food. Sure you have to cut out some food items (PUT DOWN THE CHEETOS!) but in the end you realize you never really liked them anyways.

For any diet its important to start the day with a good breakfast. I used to NEVER eat breakfast and sometimes I still have to force myself to eat it. But eating a good breakfast wakes up your metabolism after a night of sleep and therefore encourages more healthy weight loss.

Here are some of my favorite breakfasts:

1. Quaker Lower Sugar oatmeal, a banana, and a glass of skim milk. (Make the oatmeal with water, not milk)

2. Fiber One cereal with skim milk, 1 unit of Greek Yogurt, 8oz glass of orange juice. (Make sure you read the labels on juices and find one that is lower in sugar)

3. Whole Wheat English Muffin with Sugar Free jam and fresh pineapple on the side. Skim milk to drink. (READ THE LABEL. Companies cheat and use enriched wheat flour. This is just white flower colored to make it brown. Only buy bread items that have the first ingredient as WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR.)

As with everything make sure you watch serving size. Its easy to use too much of a food and not realize it. If you are counting calories make sure you log everything that you consume. I use a fast and easy online tool called the daily plate the tracks your calories and even breaks everything down so you know how much carbs, sugar, protein etc. that you consume and how much you SHOULD be consuming. You can keep calorie goals and track weight loss on a spiffy graph. Here is the link for the Daily Plate. Everyone should keep track of what they eat.

EVERYONE. SHOULD.KEEP.TRACK.OF.WHAT.THEY.EAT.

ITS FREE.

FREE.

Ok. So. I hope you guys like these ideas for yummy healthy breakfasts. I think I will go on and post about snacks, lunches, and dinners. When I get some more time to sit down and blog.

Have a great day!!!

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Run Rundown: June 9,2010

10 06 2010

Last day of 2.5 mile runs on the couch to 5k plan. We have been gradually speeding up the pace, whether we mean to or not, and I clocked an 11’32” mile last night. Pretty good. The run felt great. Not too winded, at least not until the last quarter mile or so.

On saturday I have made plans to start week 8, 2.75 mile runs. We are running at 6:30 am! I am crazy, I just know it.

We are just 2 weeks away from the end of the plan. I am very proud of my running buddy and myself. I just can’t believe I am able to go these distances and still feel great (and alive). I plan on registering for a 10k this September. An Air Force one in Ohio. I hope I will be able to do it. If I am away to basic training I won’t be upset about it though!





Run Rundown: June 7, 2010

8 06 2010

I ran 2.5 miles yesterday. Venue was the greenway along the white river. It was a nice day and we went out at about noon. It was pretty comfortable temperature wise and we had a nice breeze but man was it sunny. Like “sun beating down on us with no stop in sight” sunny. It was a good run. I took a faster pace than the last 2.5 mile run and I managed to get my fastest mile yet!

There were a number of joggers out when we went and they were a source of inspiration for me. They all had their marathon and triathlon t-shirts on and were jogging so fast! I hope that someday I can get some t-shirts like that for events that I do and run comfortably at a similar pace. I feel like I still have quite a ways to go in my weight loss endeavors, but everyday I am getting a little closer to what I want.

We have one more day of running 2.5 miles and then we go on to running 2.75 miles. We are so close to finishing this plan! 2 weeks!





Updates and Statistics and Rambling

6 06 2010

I went and updated my statistics since it is Sunday. I had a little bit of a loss from last week to today, though my weight jumps around a LOT. Yesterday I weighed in at 195.8 and then today I am in the 197s again. At least its all still below 200 pounds.

I think I need to eat more. I have a goal of 1500 calories a day and I rarely make my goal. I am almost always around 1200-1300 calories for the day. While that might seem good, its really not. I think I am not consuming enough to let my body let go of weight. I have trouble eating more though because I HATE feeling overly-full… if that makes any sense.

On a personal note:

My boyfriend is in Connecticut for the summer with a really nice internship with ESPN. I am happy that he is there and having fun and getting great experience, but I also miss him a lot. We talk daily though so that helps. And I will be flying up there to visit him in July. I am hoping I get my Coach 25% off coupon for the small window of time I will be there. I am visiting the Coach store on Madison Avenue no matter what and I want to do some shopping. I also want to get more toned and lose more weight so he can see a difference in my appearance, I want to give him a nice surprise!

My running has been in a lull because my running buddy is feeling a bit under the weather. We are waiting to run again because I don’t want her to get even sicker. Though I might go for a run tomorrow even is she is unable… I really want to get back out there after the great 2.5 mile run I had on Thursday!

I am going to post a challenge to you all (whoever reads this little blog) and I want you all to participate. Look for the super awesome challenge in the next few hours. Maybe I can come up with a prize for the winner if I get enough participants….





Run Rundown: June 3, 2010

3 06 2010

Well today was Couch to 5k Week 7 Day 1. 2.5 mile run, no walking. We went to the greenway trailhead near downtown to get a change of pace (ha… running humor). It was great to see different things and its a nice stretch of trail.

The weather was over cast and the temp was still pretty comfortable since we ran at about 7:30 am. We had a nice breeze and no sun to make us sweat too bad. It also started to rain right during our warm down walk which cooled us nicely.

We took the pace pretty slow since we had some trouble with the 2.25 mile run on Tuesday, but we had NO problems with this one. I think this weekend we will pick up the pace a bit to improve our speed and give us a little bit more of a challenge.

I am starting to actually feel like a runner now… I AM a runner.





Updated Stats

2 06 2010

I updated my stats page as promised. I put it off after I weighed in at a dismal number yesterday morning after my weekend at home. Stepped on the scale this morning after a good day of eating and running and the number was much better… so yeah. Stats are updated.

Not too much going on today. Just work this afternoon, no exercising since I will be on my feet for 7 hours being a cashier. I am running early tomorrow morning at 7:30am so look for another run rundown there. We are supposed to run 2.5 miles, no walking…. I hope I don’t die.





MIA

1 06 2010

Sorry I have been away for the weekend! I went home and I brought my laptop yet neglected to bring my charger. I have a macbook and no one else in my family has one so I was stranded with no connection to my blog. I had a graduation party this Saturday and then I went to the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. So I really would not have had a lot of time to blog anyways.

I am confessing to you all that I was bad on my diet. I didn’t go out and eat everything deep fried or anything, but I didn’t count calories or measure my servings. I was bad and ate:

Pizza ( But it was MOTHER BEAR’S!!… thats my reasoning)

Chips

Ice Cream ( But it was light/low fat ice cream)

I weighed in this morning at 201… There is NO WAY I could have messed up THAT bad over the weekend when I was 197 last week. It better just be water weight or I am going to throw my scale out the window. I will update my stats page today. I might weigh myself again in a desperate attempt to lower the number on the scale.

Anyways, I hope all is well and that everyone had a fantastic weekend!