Today I'd like to share the kind of bread I like to eat, how I store it, and how I eat it!
After lots of trial and error, I've found my favorite bread. It is Brownberry Healthful 10 Grain Bread or Nutty Grain Bread. At 80 calories a slice it really makes me happy. It has just the right amount of density, a yummy flavor that goes well with both sweet and savory, and the texture is very satisfying.
Aside from the few times my husband actually packs a lunch and uses some of the bread for a sandwich, I'm the only one in my house who eats the bread. Even though I eat bread on a daily basis, the thought of moldy or stale bread freaks me out. So I freeze my bread! As soon as I buy a loaf it goes straight to the freezer. Then when I am ready to use it, I take out a slice or two and pop it directly in my toaster oven.
Every time I eat bread it is toasted. I think that toasted bread makes for a much more delicious sandwich and I like the extra crunch it offers. I think that if I were to thaw my frozen bread and try to eat it soft I would notice the difference between frozen and fresh. But toasted bread is toasted bread- it doesn't make a difference at all if it starts out frozen! This is coming from a girl who grew up in a house where we didn't do a lot of freezing. I was very skeptical of storing my bread in the freezer when my husband suggested it, but now I will never go back!
Brownberry Healthful Bread. Frozen, then toasted, then in my belly! YUM
Posted on 1/31/2012 by Silvercivic
Does anyone else do this? :
I had a good day. I pre-logged my food as usual, exercised and ate back the exercise calories as usual, and finished my dinner and was done. But then I thought "man, I would really enjoy munching on some chocolate cheerios as I watch 'the Bachelor' tonight". (ok don't judge me for watching that show...it is a guilty pleasure that doesn't make me fat!)
SO I put my HRM on and ran up and down the stairs and did jumping jacks until I burned 100 calories. It took me 15 minutes. Now I'm slightly sweaty, but I'm excited to eat those chocolate cheerios and watch some trashy TV.
I've done this many times before. I'll have a specific food in mind while I exercise. In fact earlier today I burned 72 calories so that I could add an apple that would have otherwise put me over my calorie quota. (I haven't eaten that apple yet- I'm gonna eat it with my cheerios...I'm getting pretty excited!)
"Working" for my treats makes me appreciate them more. I know that I'm going to savor each little cheerio tonight because of how many stairs I had to climb in order to eat them.
So am I crazy or do other people do this too?
Posted on 1/30/2012 by Silvercivic
My kids (ages 10months and 29months) eat their dinner at 5:30pm... and so do I!
I used to try to wait until my husband came home from work so that I could eat with him. I would always get too hungry and pick on the kids' dinner or eat a snack. By the time it was finally time for dinner I was over on calories. Many days I'd say "screw it!" and eat with my hubby anyway- and then eat dessert too. why not?!
Clearly after 7:00 is not a good time for me to be eating dinner during the week. I'm so happy that my husband supports my new dinner time. Sure, if it is a special occasion or a weekend or something I'll plan out my day, use some will power, and eat dinner with him. But on a plain old weekday our evenings look a little something like this:
5:30- dinner! I'm spoon-feeding the baby, monitoring the toddler as he feeds himself, and feeding ME all at the same time. Totally not messy at all... ha.
6:00- we all head upstairs and I give the baby her bath, read her some books, and put her to bed by 6:30.
6:30- play time with my son downstairs until daddy gets home!
7:00- Hubby and I catch up while he eats his dinner, then he takes our son upstairs for his bath, books and bed while I try to clean up the kitchen and enjoy the silence. (I've been doing some yoga too during this time - it is really nice!)
7:30- ME TIME. Usually involves an evening snack, time with my husband, and tea drinking. ahhhh
We've been doing this routine for a little while now and I have to say I'm loving it!
Posted on 1/25/2012 by Silvercivic
Little changes can add up in a big way.
My big resolution for 2012 was to give up soda FOREVER. So far, so good! I used to drink a diet coke every day after lunch. That diet coke would often get my sweet tooth going and it would lead to afternoon snacking. Getting rid of the diet coke has really helped me with my afternoon snacking problem.
Another resolution for 2012 is to be more consistent with the house cleaning. Our new routine is every weekend I spend 2-3 hours cleaning the whole house while my husband watches the kids. I wasn't living in piles of dirt or anything before, but I definitely let a few weeks go by before tackling the master bathroom or the base moldings. Now that I have a clean house with sparkling bathrooms every weekend, it sets the tone for the week. A clean house looks much better when things are put away, so I've been taking more time to keep up with the tidying up. This digs into my afternoon snacking time, which is a good thing! It is great to stay busy instead of mindlessly eating.
The last recent change is adding mini yoga workouts to my days. I noticed that when my husband took my 2 year old up for his bath and bedtime every night I got the urge to snack. Now when I have this alone time I wind-down by doing some yoga instead of eating. It helps me relax after a full day with the kids without ruining the good eating I did all day.
Most of the changes I've made have been small enough where I think I can keep up with them. I really hope I can because I'm feeling pretty good right now!
Posted on 1/24/2012 by Silvercivic
I wish I was a sipper! I'm envious of the people who can get a cup of coffee and nurse it for hours. They take elegant mini-sips of their wine. They take the time to enjoy the aroma of their tea and drink it so so slowly.
I am a fast drinker. I try to slow down but I can't do it! I probably drink hot drinks the fastest. I like my hot drinks hot- and there is a very brief window where my coffee is the perfect temperature. I really enjoy my coffee as I'm drinking it, but it doesn't last very long and then I miss it.
So to all you sippers out there- you have my admiration!
Posted on 1/22/2012 by Silvercivic
I've been getting a little down on myself for my lack of control when it comes to eating. But today I'm going to put it into perspective. Because while I have my fair share of issues, it could be worse!
Condiments: I'm not a fan of ranch, mayo, sour cream or butter. I really can't stand creamy salad dressings and I always go light on the dressing.
Chips: I like them, but I'm just not drawn to them. I don't tend to snack on them, I don't really buy them, and I don't ever crave them.
Soda: I LOVE that I can now put this on my "not my problem" list! I've never been a regular soda drinker, but I am offically off the diet stuff now too. Water, tea and coffe for me!
Vegetables: though I should probably eat more of them, I LOVE veggies- especially brussels sprouts! I'm glad I don't have to find ways to force myself to eat my veggies.
Working out: I am so lucky that I found a way to fit going to the gym into my weekly routine. I go 5-6x a week and I never have to force myself. It is just what I do!
Fast Food: I'm a SAHM so I really don't have an excuse not to eat at home! I schlep the kids to the grocery store with me and I make breakfast, lunch and dinners throughout the week. (weekends are another story... perhaps for the "problem" list. haha)
So yeah...I have a cereal addiction. Yeah, I tend to let loose on the weekends and eat more than I should. But when I look at the big picture I can see that overall I'm doing alright, and it helps me stay on track. When I focus on what I do well, it puts me in a good mood. The power of positive thinking is pretty great!
Posted on 1/20/2012 by Silvercivic
Here's a little background- I started taking the cycle classes at the Y back in September. I was TERRBILE. I had to stop at times, I couldn't push my gears very high, and my average watts were pretty pathetic. (like in the 120s)
I almost decided to never bike again because I was so bad at it in the beginning, but I'm so glad that I pushed through! I hung in there, doing about 1 class per week.
This morning I got to the Y early so that I could get a bike in the "popular" class. People start lining up outside the door 20 minutes before class starts! I was wearing my HRM and my heart rate was in the 90s because I was so nervous that I might not get a bike! (it is NUTS!) The last 2 weeks the class was full, but today I was there early enough to get a bike. (phew!)
I hopped up on a bike in the very front of the class and I could tell I was going to have a good workout. I pushed the gears high and kept up my RPMs. I was able to see myself in the mirror and I looked strong. I kept up with the instructor and I finally felt like I belonged.
I smashed my personal best for average watts today with 162!! I never thought I'd be able to perform like that in a cycle class. It feels awesome :)
Posted on 1/17/2012 by Silvercivic
The day after Christmas I stepped on my brand new scale and saw a brand new number: 121.5! I logged that number right away. (haha) But, now it is January 12th, and I haven't seen that number since. I've been hovering between 122 and 123. Today I weighed in at 122.6.
I've been going back and forth about whether or not I should log the "weight gain". I've decided not to log it. I'm just gonna keep on trucking and I know I will see 121.5 again. I think a few things are contributing to the higher number on the scale- holiday eating being a big one!
The other big factor is that I've stopped breastfeeding. I've adjusted my calories accordingly (I don't get any extra calories anymore...so sad...), and even though I haven't nursed in about 2 weeks my body is still in a weird hormonal state. I'm not completely dried up yet, I still haven't had my period, and I'm just a wacky mess of hormones in general. I'm hoping that in a few more weeks my body will finally be back to normal.
I have a little reward planned for when I reach 120: I am going to chop off my hair and have my cute short flippy hairstyle again! I've been enjoying the long hair for a while but it just takes way too long to style. Time for a change!
So between the hormones getting regulated, holidays being over, and an exciting hairstyle incentive, I am totally on track for seeing 121.5 and then saying goodbye on my way to the teens!
Posted on 1/12/2012 by Silvercivic
I am definitely a creature of habit. Some of my routines are great and I've been doing them for years. My bedtime routine for example involves flossing, mouthwash, washing my face, and applying face cream and body lotion. Another good routine I've developed is I empty the dishwasher every morning while I make the kids and myself breakfast.
My favorite routine is taking the kids with me to the YMCA every morning during the week. It is excellent to have healthy routines that you don't have to even think about. I never have to mentally prepare myself to get ready for bed, empty the dishwasher or go to the gym- it is just what I do!
It is easy for me to get into habits- good or bad. If you look at my food journal you'll notice that I tend to eat the same things over and over. My apple, carrot and almonds habit is probably way better than my cereal habit!
I've been trying to shake things up a bit in 2012. Change is good for me. It keeps me on my toes. I started by saying goodbye to soda. I am a non-pop drinker now and it is very liberating. I love that I don't have to think about whether or not to allow myself a diet coke- I just don't drink any soda anymore! It is that simple. I've replaced pop with water and it was actually really easy. (I wish everything was that easy....<sigh>)
Another thing that I changed is my food journal. Instead of having 3 separate categories for snacks I made one big "snack" category. I'm hoping this will help me cut down on snacking a bit and add more calories to actual meals.
I've also changed when I eat lunch. Way back in 2011 (haha), I used to not eat lunch until after my kids went down for their nap at 1:00. Now I eat my lunch with them at 11:45ish. This has helped me let go of the association between 'kids sleeping' and 'me eating'. I used to think "ahhh! the kids are sleeping! now I can eat!" and I'd be really tempted to eat everything in my house. Now that I eat lunch with my kids I can focus on other things while they are napping. (I still have a snack during this time but I feel like I have more control)
If only I could figure out how to make cleaning the bathrooms part of a routine! I HATE cleaning the bathrooms and they tend to get way too dirty before I get around to actually cleaning them. I'll keep that in mind for my 2013 resolution. (that is of course if we are all still here and the world doesn't end) ;)
Posted on 1/11/2012 by Silvercivic
Ladies, I hit the jackpot!
I've been married to my husband for 5 years now. I knew he was a keeper, but I had no idea he would be this wonderful!
There are so many reasons why I love my husband, but the one I want to blog about today is his incredible way of supporting me through my issues with food, weight, and body image.
My husband is 6'6'' and weighs about 195. His body is completely different from me at 5'0'', 122lbs! Though he has never struggled with weight or food issues, he finds ways to try to relate to me and empathise.
Yesterday when I binged in the middle of the day, I felt comfortable enough to tell him about it that night. He listened, asked appropriate questions, didn't judge, didn't offer solutions, and said things like "I've had times when I just mindlessly eat too...I can sort of understand"
He supports my (sometimes obsessive) MFP usage, yet he doesn't ever give me a hard time if I decide to "take a day off" and not log my food or not really worry about calories for the day. Last weekend I had a craving for Chipotle, and he didn't say anything like "are you sure you should be eating that?" He just said "ok! lets do it!" (I ended up changing my mind and getting soup from Panera instead- I guess he knows that I usually make the right choice anyway!)
He tells me I look good but he doesn't make it a huge deal. I truly believe him when he tells me he loves me no matter what and at whatever weight or size I am. (Though I know he is enjoying this version of me- last night he was massaging me and he ran his hand along the curve of my waistline and said "mmm....you are like a really nice car...such pretty curves...") hehe
I am so lucky to be married to such a supportive man!!
Posted on 1/05/2012 by Silvercivic
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