Things are going…

I haven’t been to the gym since last week – I have mixed feelings about if I miss it or not. I miss the work out but I don’t miss the time it took or going there. I have been coming home after work and jumping on my exercise bike instead. I don’t feel I get as good as a work out compared to the elliptical or treadmill with a good incline. But I can read a book while I ride my exercise bike and I enjoy that. Normally I wouldn’t have time to read a book but to do it and exercise at the same time… I kill two birds with one stone! I want to join a gym though and will probably look into that next week or the week after.

My eating has been okay. Just okay. Yesterday was iffy but could of been worse – I made SOME good choices. Tomorrow will be a challenge but hopefully I an do it.

The scale is finally down a bit… just a bit. I will make it official tomorrow as tomorrow is weigh in.

My water goal is coming along – drinking much more water then I was and I feel better! Next week I will try and drink even more.

I bought some FitSmart protein powder yesterday…. will talk more about that later. Also bought a great new cookbook… more on that later too!

This is just a little check in until I get time to write a good post.

Weekly Goal: Water

My water intake has been weak so my goal this week is to drink lots of water! No specific amount, just as much as I can!

I haven’t really been losing and I am wondering if that has to due with my lack of water.

I swear that water is a huge key to successful weight loss and that the more you drink the more you lose. When I was doing really well before I was drinking 6 or more liters a day! I don’t expect to drink that much again but even 4 would be nice.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos; Hold the Fat

I have recently fallen in love with a blog called ‘The Pioneer Woman’.  She has a fantastic section of recipes that all look very tasty and of the few I have tried they are super delicious but very high in calories (usually containing a few pounds of butter!).

After looking through her site this weekend I stumbled across a recipe I had to try – she calls it ‘Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Thingies. Major, Major Yum.‘  After looking at I knew I could make this one lower in calories.  So here is my version and I call it – ‘Bacon-Wrapped Jalapenos; Hold the Fat.’

Sorry there are no pictures, they were so good I ate them all before I could find the camera.

Ingredients:
Fresh Jalapenos (4 calories each)
Philadelphia Fat-Free Cream Cheese (20 calories per tbsp)
Maple Leaf Breakfast Grill Turkey Bacon (30 calories a slice)

(of course you don’t have to use these exact ingredients, but this is what I am basing my calories off)

 The instructions are the same as The Pioneer Woman.

Cut your Jalapenos in half length-wise and clean then out. The better you clean them out the less spicy they will be.

Now spread the cream cheese inside your cut Jalapenos – I try and put no more then 1tbsp in each – the more cream cheese you use the more calories.

Then cut your bacon into thirds. You only need a third of a piece of a bacon for each Jalapenos. Wrap your bacon around your Jalapenos and stick a tooth pick through it to keep it together.

Place them on a pan (I didn’t use a rack for mine since I had no bacon grease!) and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Nutritional Information per 1 Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno
32 calories
1.35 grams of fat
1.8 grams of carbohydrates
3 grams of protein

(1/2 Jalapeno, 2 calories; 1 tbsp fat-free cream cheese, 20 calories; 1/3 piece of turkey bacon, 10 calories)

In comparison hers are about 65 calories and 3 grams of fat.

For pretty pictures and step by step instructions visit the recipe on the pioneer woman website.

5 Favortie Foods of the Moment

I go through phases were I find a good low-calorie food and eat it over and over sometimes I get sick of it or find something better, but usually I keep eating it. The foods are not in any particular order – I just listed them as I thought of them. These are NOT necessarily healthy foods but foods I enjoy that are lower in calories.

1. Fresh Pineapple
In the last week I have bought my first and second whole pineapple ever. I have always liked raw fresh pineapple and sometimes buy it pre-peeled but I finally caved and bought a giant fresh pineapple. It was SO good I bought another before the first one was even gone! And surprisingly Pineapple seems pretty low in calories for how sweet of a fruit it is.

2. Low Fat Hot Dogs
I always have a pack of Schneiders Low Fat Hot Dogs in the freezer. At 35 calories each (4 grams of protein) you can’t go wrong. They are on the small side – I usually eat 2-3 (no bun) with something else for a meal. They are not the most tasty hot dogs in the world, but they are low in calories and have enough protein to keep me happy. I recently discovered President’s Choice Low Fat Frankfurters at the Real Canadian Superstore and I must say they taste much better and are cheaper! They are much bigger then the Schneiders Dogs and are 130 calories with 10 grams of protein. However the Schneiders has more protein and less fat for the number of calories but the President’s Choice do taste better and are cheaper.

3. Oriental Style Instant Rice Vermicelli Clear Soup
Something else I found at the Real Canadian Superstore is this soup. I don’t know the brand all I know is that I found it with the Asian food and it comes in a green package. It is cheap at less then 35 cents a package and is similar in idea to Mr. Noodles. The noodles and taste however are much different. Because it is a Rice Vermicelli noodle the whole package is only 200 calories! The soup base is a spicy garlic broth and is oh so good. A package of this with some (optional, I like it plain too) veggies/shrimp/scallops or whatever else you want to throw in makes for a very tasty low calorie meal (depending what you add).

4. Pita
A entire Pita is around 140 calories if you get the right ones. I find the Olafson’s pita’s are the lowest in calories. Pita’s are awesome. You can put or eat almost anything on them. You can put a sandwich in half of one for only 70 calories! I eat pita’s with everything but especially love them with Hummus (see food 5). I put tuna on it, dip it in dip – toast it with some pita. MMM I love pita’s!

5. Hummus
The first time I ever tried Hummus I thought it was disgusting and almost threw up. I since (years later) have become very fond of it and LOVE eating it. I usually buy it but very recently have started making my own. It is so easy to make and you can make it to your own taste and it is relatively low in calories though I try and eat it in moderation because it is very easy to use too much.

(can you believe tuna wasn’t on this list? tuna is one of best and most common diet foods there is!)

More thoughts on myfitnesspal.com

So I just added my lunch to my day. I went out for lunch today for Sushi… something that is usually pretty hard to add up but I was shocked by their selection of sushi already in their database.

Yes their food search is still very bare… but they have a ton of food that I could never find in sparkpeople. The results for ‘green tea’ were HUGE – and they even had gomae in their system as well different kinds of sashimi. Their list of Starbucks food is massive and even contains the petite vanilla scone! I didn’t eat at Starbucks today (not yet anyway, haha) but I did a search just to see.

Not only do they show the ‘recently added food’ but they do it PER meal. Awesome. I eat a lot of the same food for breakfast and then a lot of the same foods for lunch so to show me recently added foods to just lunch is very handy.

This site is for sure getting better. Of course I wish I could export my custom foods from sparkpeople, lol. There are still some features of sparkpeople that I think are awesome but I guess I could go between the two if I really had too. Maybe with time this site will be get better. I still dunno what I am going to use but I am liking this new site but not sure if it is worth the switch just yet.

myfitnesspal.com – my first thoughts

As suggested from a comment on my last post I decided to give myfitnesspal.com a quick try just now. I played with it for about 10-15 minutes; I added some of my food from today and my planned exercise.

Some of my first thoughts –

Based on my weight (182 pounds) and exercising for 60 minutes a day 6 days a week it told me to eat 1200 calories a day to lose 1.5 pounds a week. 1200 calories? THAT’S IT? That seems very very low to me for amount I currently weigh and the amount I plan to exercise. I know it is only a recommendation but it still seems low. But then I went and actually entered my exercise (that I plan to do) and I notice that my amount of calories jumps WAY UP to 1922. I really like how it adjusts your calories based on your exercise and says how much extra calories you ‘earned’, I think one problem I have is not eating enough on days I exercise lots. So that is very cool.

I guess I was kinda confused. I figured the 1200 was based on the exercise already because it asked me that information at the beginning… that was kinda weird. But I am glad it fixed itself when I actually went and added some exercise.

I like how you can ‘Remember a Meal’ – very nice touch! I also like how when you go to add a food it has a list of recently added foods (kinda like fitday.com) – However – I don’t really like their adding food system. There is a ‘My Foods’ section but I can’t seem to add food from there. I have to just search for food and ‘my foods’ then show in the list… I found that kinda weird. I find the search and the way you add food very very bare, there just isn’t a lot there, just a big scrolling list. I also really think there needs to be a search or something for the food you enter yourself.

When it came time to add my own food I was pretty confused. I really like that there was a spot for brand name and then food description. But then it came to entering a serving size. I don’t know how many servings there are in my box of crackers and I don’t want to do any math and it forces me to enter this information! argh, I think it is nice that the option is there but it should be just that; optional. As far as entering your serving for the food… there is just a box that says ‘serving size’ I was so excited and thought this meant I could enter ‘2 slices’ – nope, I was wrong. You have to enter something that their system recognizes – what I ate wasn’t in cups or weight, it was a slice – so then I tried to leave it blank, error – servings, error… finally serving worked. IMO if they have certain words that work, make a drop down and allow people to pick from a drop down. People don’t know what to enter, they need to be shown if they can not enter whatever they want. I make web sites for a living and I know this for fact – give some a box and they will enter what they want – you can’t let something enter whatever they want and than give then an error! If you want SPECIFIC information then you need to be more specific.

Exercise is all search based, there is no list like with SparkPeople but on the reverse of that SparkPeople has no search for strength training exercise just a bunch of dumb pictures that don’t really say much. With the strength exercises you can actually enter what you did, the amount of weight, reps and number in each rep.

Overall (after my very short visit) I think this site is pretty nice and has some nice extra features but I don’t know that I like the food entering system and since that is my main purpose behind using these types of sites, I don’t know how much I will use it… however, I think it deserves more of a chance, because I do like how the calories change when you enter exercise and it tells you how many calories you have left for the day. But it is also a super huge pain in the butt to enter all my custom foods (that are already on sparkpeople) that I eat all the time.

This is the third journaling site I have tried – they all have their strong points and their weak points; I could probably write a whole article just on that! But everything takes time and deserves a chance. I remember I didn’t much like sparkpeople in the beginning but once I got used to it I started liking a lot of the features, like the points and recipes and forums you could start with your friends.

So anyway – thank you to the person who suggested it, I have never heard of this one before and will be checking it out some more as the days go on.

Okay I need to count

My whole ‘not’ counting thing didn’t last long.

I NEED to count my calories in order to lose weight. There is no pussy footing around counting. I don’t know why I try and TRICK myself into thinking I can do this without counting and only with exercising. After all isn’t losing weight something like 80% of it – exercise actually only plays a very small part in it. Funny how your brain will make you believe whatever you want.

So I am back to logging in my food into my sparkpeople *sigh* – yes it takes time, yes it is a pain in the ass – but all hard work pays off in the end… right? I hope so.

I swear this is it. Can you believe it has been two years since I started this lifestyle change. TWO YEARS! Sure I lose 50 pounds… in the first 10 months! I spent the last 14 months goofing off going up and down up and down and then UP. I am 20 pounds up from the lightest (last year) – 15 up from a few months ago.

Crap happens, I know. Losing weight is hard – I know this for sure. But why do I keep sabotaging myself? I know what I need to do so why do I keep messing myself up?

I would rather be skinny that eat that donut or hamburger, but in the spur of the moment the donut seems like the better choice. WHY? A life style change does not mean you can not enjoy the things you love it just means you need to enjoy them in moderation – that is fine, I know this.. so why I do I keep screwing myself over.

Argh. Enough is enough, this is it. I am done. I am going to reach my goal. The scale WILL NOT, I repeat WILL NOW – I repeat again WILL NOT go back up this time. It is going down and staying down. You hear that scale? I MEAN IT!

Calories in Red Robin Menu – Nutritional Information

Updated Red Robin Nutritional Information HERE!

I know I posted about this before but I decided to post the Red Robin menu in it’s entirety. Like I posted before the Nutritional Information as provided on the Red Robin Website (http://www.redrobin.com/home/customizer.aspx) is an ABSOLUTE PAIN IN THE ASS. It is the WORST system (in terms of Nutritional Information) I have ever seen… though I suppose it is better than nothing. You can only view ONE item at a time – you can add a side to it, like fries and it will give you how many calories the total is but there is NO WAY to see JUST the calories for the first – you need to do some math. On top of that you need to keep your mouse on the information to see – if you move your mouse (to say use the calculator) the information disappears. If you frequent Red Robin I HIGHLY suggest you book mark this post.

Classic Gourmet Burgers

calories fat carbs protein
5 Alarm Burger
907
58
49
46
A.1. Peppercorn Burger
1440
97
93
54
Blackened Bayou Burger
858
57
48
43
Bleu Ribbon Burger
1062
63
71
46
Guacamole Bacon Burger
1151
76
52
62
Monster Burger
1151
69
57
74
Red Robin Bacon Cheeseburger
1030
70
47
52
Red Robin Gourmet Cheeseburger
850
49
57
46
Royal Red Robin Burger
1178
82
48
60
Santa Fe Burger
1036
63
62
46
Sauteed ‘Shroom Burger
971
60
52
60
Sicillian Burger
913
58
46
42
The Banzai Burger
1054
63
69
48
Whiskey Riber BBQ Burger
1129
69
72
49

Red Robin Insanely Delicious Burgers

calories fat carbs protein
Bruschetta Chicken Burger
876
54
54
41
Chili Chili Cheeseburger
979
57
58
58
Honky Tonk BBQ Pork Burger
811
33
78
41
Prime Rib Dip
988
56
57
73

Red Robin Chicken Burgers

calories fat carbs protein
Blackened Chicken Burger
971
48
49
45
California Chicken Burger
982
62
50
53
Crispy Chicken Burger
929
56
71
37
Jamaican Jerk’d
678
34
52
42
Teriyaki Chicken Burger
900
47
65
55
Whiskey Riber BBQ Chicken Burger
954
51
72
49

Red Robin Lighten Up Burgers

calories fat carbs protein
Crispy Fish Burger
565
27
58
24
Grilled Salmon Burger
806
32
52
36
Grilled Turkey Burger
704
43
51
29
Lettuce-Wrapped Protein Burger
560
37
17
36
The Garden Burger
578
18
63
22

Red Robin Shareable Starters

calories fat carbs protein
Cheeseburger Con Queso
1577
100
106
63
Chili Chili Nachos
1183
80
66
48
Chili Chili Nachos w/ Chicken
1309
81
66
75
Creamy Artichoke & Spinach Dip
1201
69
101
69
Fresh-Fried Cheese Stick
1181
70
86
52
Guacamole, Salsa & Chips
800
47
88
10
Just-in-quesadilla
1073
55
72
60
RR’s Buzzard Wings
1023
81
4
74
Towering Onion Rings
1837
124
160
18

Red Robin Entrees

calories fat carbs protein
Arctic Cod Fish & Chips
991
60
76
36
Carnitas Fajitas
1159
63
81
61
Chicken Fajitas
1051
49
80
66
Chicken Parmigiano Pasta
1530
69
151
75
Clucks & Fries
1261
80
90
43
Clucks & Fries Buffalo Style
1486
106
91
45
Ensenada Chicken Platter
663
34
23
65
Jumbo Shrimp & Slaw Platter
1235
58
120
42
Red’ Rice Bowl
962
11
168
47
Shrimp & Cod Duo
1407
83
107
40
Southwest Chicken Pasta
1528
89
120
63

Red Robin Salads

calories fat carbs protein
Apple Harvest Chicken Salad
603
34
39
33
Asian Chicken Salad
862
24
104
49
Cobb Salad
832
46
45
57
Crispy Chicken Tender Salad
1326
83
84
54
Fajita Fiesta Pollo Salad
1238
85
67
52
Might Caesar – Blackened Chicken
980
60
61
42
Mighty Caesar – Grilled Chicken
980
60
61
42
Mighty Caesar – Salmon
960
56
60
42
Mighty Caesar Salad
784
50
60
15
Side Caesar Salad
424
26
34
8
Side Dinner Salad
217
13
15
10

Red Robin Sandwiches and Wraps

calories fat carbs protein
BLTA Croissant
1177
66
114
41
Caesar’s Chicken Wrap
1243
60
122
46
Whiskey River BBQ Chicken Wrap
1525
81
138
58

Red Robin Soups

calories fat carbs protein
Chicken Tortilla Soup Bowl
346
19
22
20
Chicken Tortilla Soup Cup
173
9
11
10
Clamdigger’s Clam Chowder Bowl
693
37
51
26
Clamdigger’s Clam Chowder Cup
329
18
29
13
French Onion Soup Bowl
561
18
55
22
French Onion Soup Cup
262
9
27
11
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili Bowl
424
27
22
25
Red’s Homemade Chili Chili Cup
212
13
11
14

Red Robin Desserts

calories fat carbs protein
Birthday Sundae
312
17
49
6
Hot Apple Crisp
838
14
176
9
Hot Fudge Sundae
673
37
119
12
Kid’s Sundae
324
18
52
5
Mountain High Mudd Pie
1390
69
205
21

Red Robin Kids Menu

calories fat carbs protein
Carnival Corn Dog
490
20
62
14
Cheesey Mac ‘n Cheesey
481
22
57
14
Chick-Chick-Chicken Fingers
481
24
44
22
Chick-nCheese Quesadilla
763
35
60
Grilled Cheesewich
635
38
56
18
Grilled Chick-N-Parmesan Noodles
518
28
44
24
Rad Robin Burger
541
24
52
24
Red Robinetti Spaghetti
614
15
95
21
Red’s Pizzeria Pizza
561
26
54
31

Red Robin Sides

calories fat carbs protein
Garlic Parmesan Steak Fries
534
33
55
6
Onion Rings
575
30
69
7
Red Robin Steak Fries
390
17
53
6
Focaccia Bread
370
14
29
10
Texas Toast
65
0
14
1
Side Caesar Salad
424
26
34
8
Side Dinner Salad
217
13
15
10
Apple Slices
40
0
16
0
Celery
11
0
2
0
Chipotle Beans
150
0
29
8
Coleslaw
264
19
1
0
Melon Wedges
61
0
15
1
Steamed Veggies
134
1
31
5

Red Robin Salad Dressing

calories fat carbs protein
Asian Dressing
128
0
29
3
Baja Ranch Dressing
393
41
3
1
Balsamic Vinaigrette
180
15
9
0
Balsamic Vinegar
180
15
9
0
Blue Cheese Dressing
480
54
0
3
Creamy Caesar Dressing
438
44
3
3
Dijon Vinagrette
293
25
18
1
Honey Mustard Poppyseed
390
36
21
0
Italian Dressing
262
25
9
0
Ranch Dressing
448
47
1
1
Thousand Island Dressing
120
30
21
0

Updated Red Robin Nutritional Information HERE!

Just can’t stay on track!

It’s bad. The scale is up. WAY up. Somewhere around 15 pounds up *gasp* – my clothes are tight *tear* and I can see the fat in my tummy area *more tears* – but – I CAN FIX THIS.

To be honest, I am sick of counting calories. I know it works, I know i need to do it – but I am SICK of wasting time logging my calories. *sigh*

But I need to count them.

But I don’t want to.

So I am not going to.

BUT I AM going to watch what I am eating – eating healthy – lots of a fruit and veggies. Small portions of bad stuff (like the homemade lasagna I made on the weekend) – and limiting the drinking, been doing too much drinking lately.

So eating the last few has been okay.

What about exercise you ask? Well I can drive now (yay! finally…) so gym here I come! Monday I went to the gym at the rec center for about 25 min and then did water aerobics (fun!) and yesterday I rode my exercise bike for 30 minutes. Today I want to go to the gym an hour before water aerobics. Tomorrow I have an appointed with a REAL gym – I got a two week free pass so I am going to give that a shot and go everyday! They have a good special if you sign up before the end up the month you get a good price for 3 months. It is nice to just commit to 3 months rather then a year… so I will probably do that.

I am going to really focus on exercise, lots of exercise… this might sounds nuts, but AT LEAST one hour a day! probably take one day off a week…

anyway exercise is key I think.

What about this blog?

Posting food is boring but I will post. I also wanna post more nutritional information for my reference and for yours eventually (sometime soon?) I hope to start a nutritional section with just all kinds of nutritional information for different places… but it is time consuming to gather so we shall see….