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Finally Ate Waffles

It finally happened. I got my waffles! After craving them for about a month, Michael took me to Shari’s for dinner last night!


Look how heavenly it was! I had a Belgian Waffle with strawberries, whipped cream, and sugar free syrup (I know, right?). Of course, the one picture of me I look cross-eyed! Oh well. 🙂

Feed Me!

One thing I do with food is talking myself out of food. I told Michael it was silly to go out for waffles and even more ridiculous to eat 129 grams of Carbs in one meal!!! But the BF said I was being silly and that we were going out for waffles. And I’m glad I did. The craving is satisfied. I devoured the food and enjoyed every bite!

Cleaned Plate

Michael has a good system for food, which I’ve tried to adopt: The 90/10 Rule. That means eat healthy and sensible 90% of the time and splurge 10% of the time. I was already kind of doing this: eating sensible and allowing myself to have treats once in awhile. It’s important in weight loss to NOT completely deny yourself food. That is a recipe for disaster.

Breakfast this morning was a toasted Sandwich Thin with cream cheese on it and two fried eggs.

Quick Breakfast

I drank an Emergen-C drink too.

QUESTION: What’s a craving you want to give in to?


Confession Fridays

Confession: I’m in a cranky mood today. No reason. Hormones probably. To get out of my “funk” I went for a short walk through the park at lunch today.


I feel like it’s been a really long week. And I wish I could take a few days off from work to de-stress. I foresee this weekend being just as busy as every other weekend. I feel obligated to train hard for Reach the Beach as well.

I’m also craving chocolate like mad. Yesterday AND today there were donuts at work. Confession: I ate 1/4 of a donut yesterday. It was good. And today I ate a 1/4 of a donut as well. Even worse confession: today’s donut was kind of stale but I ate it anyways. SIGH.

While I was walking, I passed by Cupcake Jones.

Gimme Cupcakes!

I stood at the window and drooled a little bit.

Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s taking everything in my power not to eat another stale donut. 😉

Speaking of donuts….if you’ve never heard of Voodoo Donuts, check out the website here: http://voodoodoughnut.com/ It’s kind of a Portland thing. But it was featured on “Man v. Food” not too long ago! 🙂

I’m going swimming after work tonight. I hope it helps my mood!

Okay, don’t leave me hanging! What’s your confession for this week?

Taco Del Mar

Last night we were going to make dinner but I was craving burritos pretty badly. We ended up at Taco del Mar. I had about 900 calories left for the day and I wanted to make sure I didn’t go too crazy eating out. On the way there, I looked up “Taco del Mar” in my “Myfitnesspal” iphone App. This is the App I use to count my calories and log my exercise. Luckily they have a pretty good selection of fast food.

Burrito Makin'!

The Taco del Mar website has some tips on how to watch your calories: http://www.tacodelmar.com/food/calories.html.  The tips are great:

  • Select the whole wheat 13″ tortilla (300 calories, 4.5 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat) instead of the regular 13″ flour tortillas (350 calories, 9 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat) – you’ll get an extra 5 grams of fiber to boot!
  • Choose whole beans (90 calories, 0 fat) instead of refried beans (160 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat) or black beans (140 calories, 2 g fat, 0 saturated fat).
  • Opt for chicken (170 calories, 7 g fat, 2 g saturated fat) or pork (170 calories, 8 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat) in your burrito instead of beef (200 calories, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat).
  • Cut out the cheese or ask for half the usual amount. We add an ounce of cheese (110 calories, 9 g fat, 4.5 g saturated fat) to a super burrito.
  • Go for the guacamole! (40 calories, 3.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat) or salsa (15 calories, 0 fat) instead of a scoop of sour cream (70 calories, 6 g fat, 4 g saturated fat).
  • Squirt on the color and flavor. Green, red or hot habanero sauces (5-10 calories, 0 fat) are lighter choices than white sauce (120 calories, 13 g fat, 2 g saturated fat).

Taco del Mar

I got the Mondito burrito with black beans, rice, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, cabbage, and salsa. I didn’t miss having meat in it. And even though the “Mondito” burritos are supposed to be smaller, it was super filling. I didn’t miss getting a side of chips and salsa either.


The burrito I got was just under 500 calories. I’m happy with that number!

QUESTION: When you go out to eat, do you find it hard to make good choices?


Hunger is generic: you need food, any food that’ll make hunger go away. Cravings are specific: you want a particular food. [“Eating the Moment”, pg 21]”

The next time you are faced with the desire to eat, ask yourself “Is it HUNGER? Or is it CRAVING?” Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish the difference. 

I crave sweets. Like I posted in a previous entry, my trigger food is sweets (candy, cookies, ice cream…anything sweet). QUESTION: How do you resist your cravings? Something I did was to have sweets in the house that can’t do too much damage to my waistline. Small dark chocolates that satisfy my sweets craving but aren’t 300 calories a pop. I do NOT have things in the house that I cannot resist! For example, my boyfriend LOVES M&M’s. He’ll buy a huge bag from Costco and it will taunt me the entire time it’s in the house. Michael says, “Well why can’t you just have a serving of it?” Why can’t I? I have no idea. If it’s in the house, I will think about them ALL THE TIME! 

If you have ever been on a diet, you will understand this next comment. How many times have you realized you have overeaten or “cheated” and you just give up and say “Oh well, I might as well just keep eating! Today is ruined anyways!” It’s happened to us all. Don’t fall into this trap! Many, many times I’ve felt guilty after I’ve slipped up. Try not to beat yourself up to badly. It’s not the end of the world to have one bad day. You can make up for it the next day. Go for a walk during lunch in addition to your regular workout, or instead of having dessert, have some sweet fruit (like strawberries) to balance it out.

I’ve never done Weight Watchers but friends of mine have and they’ve told me a bit about it. Apparently you get a few “extra” points each week that you can use one day when you go over your allotted points. I think that’s a good system! 

Note: The above picture was taken last summer when we were having dessert at Papa Haydn’s. http://www.papahaydn.com/ It is THE best dessert place in Portland!!

Slip Ups & PMS Cravings & Other Random Stuff

Last night we went to a friend’s house for dinner. They made really yummy bean soup! I now want to try making my own soups. The sad news: I slipped up and ate way too much bread with dinner.

Bread is definitely one of my weakness. I had three pieces of french bread — with butter. And boy, it was good! I didn’t need three slices. I should have stopped with 2. But I can’t beat myself up for “slipping”; and starving myself to make up for those calories isn’t the solution either. Today is a new day and I’ll make better choices–and listen to my body when it says it’s full.

Michael (the best boyfriend in the world!!) bought Girl Scout cookies last night! *Squeal!* We opened the box of Samoas and I ate a serving size. A serving is 2 cookies for about 150 calories. Not bad! The Thin Mints are 4 cookies for 160 calories (I think–or maybe it was 150). That’s not too bad, calorie wise. The secret is to only eat a serving size! Hopefully I will have the willpower to refrain from eating the entire box. 🙂

Which brings me to PMS and cravings! How do you get through PMS and cravings when you’re trying to eat healthy? I usually crave salt during that time. To make better choices with my snacks, I pick salty food like pretzels (a serving is like 30 pretzels!), pickles (salty and crunchy and only 5 calories!) or my favorite: Trader Joe’s Sea Salt Pita Chips. Mmm… When I crave chocolate instead…I eat Snackwell’s cookies (I like the Devil’s Food cookies), dark chocolate squares (dark chocolate is so rich you only need a few pieces), or the single serving ice cream (no risk of eating the entire carton!)

On a side note, I ordered a Foam Roller. I can’t wait to get it. Runner’s injuries can be many: shin splits, runner’s knee, pulled muscles, etc. The one that scares me even more than Runner’s Knee is tearing to the IT Band (the outside of the thighs). I’ve noticed my thighs are usually stiffest after a hard run so I’m really hoping this foam roller will help prevent an injury. I will post an update after I try it out.

UPDATE: The Sweet Potato chips were just ok. Nothing too special. 😦 Disappointing!