Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Getting Closer

Yesterday was a successful day and I was much closer to my goal of 1200 calories.  With one minor change, I would have so totally been there!!  It's those darn potato chips................

Breakfast:  1/2 c. granola with 1 c. skim milk
Lunch:  Ham Sandwich (2 oz. ham on whole wheat bread with lettuce, mushrooms & low-fat mayo), 1 oz. chips, grape tomatoes and mini-carrots, strawberries
Snack: 1/2 c. cottage cheese, sugar snap peas
Dinner:  Salad (lettuce, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli florets, 1 oz. ham, walnuts, croutons, homemade ranch dressing)

Total Calories:  1385

Evaluation:  This is a no-brainer.  Lose the chips!!  Good news is, I carefully weighed out 1 oz. and put the bag in the back of the pantry where it cannot be seen.  Bad news is, the bag is in the pantry and it makes no difference that I can't see it.  It's yelling at me. Chips are my trigger food.  I know that!  I've known it since I was in high school.  How they got in my buggy at Sam's is beyond me...........just because they lowered the price doesn't mean I need to buy them.  Geez!  It never ends.

Earlier this spring, we had to have a very large oak tree cut from our back yard.   With a strong "save the trees, save the planet" philosophy, this decision was very difficult for us to make, but the tree was obviously unhealthy and had begun to pose a danger to both our house and our neighbors.  The positive spin is we now have years worth of wonderful firewood and a large patch in our backyard that now receives full sunlight a good part of the day.  I've tried growing veggies in container gardens a few times before, but our yard just didn't have enough sunlight, so I gave up several years ago.  We decided to try again and I am thrilled to report that within a couple of weeks, I should no longer have to buy squash, sweet red peppers or tomatoes at the farmer's market.  I am so excited!!  We're already planning what we can try next year!  Speaking of the farmer's market, yesterday's bounty included a quart box with four different varieties of broccoli & cauliflower (who knew??), sugar snap peas and purple potatoes.  I am really beginning to see the transition from early season produce to the items we will see all summer.  Local strawberries are gone, but peaches are on the way.  In Pam's blog, she recently wrote that she was going to try something new each week from the farmer's market.  I thought that was a great idea and decided to do the same thing.  This week, it is the purple potatoes.  It'll be fun to decide how to prepare them.

It is raining this morning in East Tennessee so I plan to get caught up on some reading.  It isn't supposed to last all day, so I have high hopes for getting out this afternoon to get my walking done.


  1. I struggle with buying food I don't need because it is on sale or I have a coupon or worse yet both. I try to convince myself that it is for my husband. Right!??!?!

  2. Congrats on the garden! I wish we could have one, the soil is just too poor here & wouldn't be worth the money with all I would have to put in it.
    Sounds like your Farmer's Market has some really neat stuff!
    That is wonderful about the calorie budget - you're doing great!

  3. Great job on the garden! You are doing a great job with the calories. I've done the same thing and realized that there were certain foods that I just couldn't have and still love weight.