If anyone missed my last post from this morning detailing my Beach Challenge, then please go back and read it!! Everyone that wants to join in is welcome to do so. I will be posting pics of EVERY calorie I eat, every day, for the next 4 weeks. Anyone participating in this challenge is welcome to copy this badge over to their own blog. Here's Day 1:
Breakfast was at 8am. I had a chicken sausage link and 4 egg whites.
My parents, sister, niece and nephew came over today for lunch. We ate around noon. We had lettuce tacos made from ground chicken breast & a 40% lower sodium taco seasoning packet. My tacos had chicken, diced tomatoes and onions, 2% cheddar cheese, reduced fat sour cream and black olives. They were fantastic!! The whole family loved this meal.
I enlisted my sister Amy's help with my menu planning this week. This is a simple salad that she loves...it was quite tasty!! Lettuce w/ a can of solid white albacore tuna, onions, capers & 2 Tbsp of Greek dressing. I ate this around 2pm.
After my salad, I had a Hershey's Dark Chocolate Nugget w/ Almonds. Chocolate is a MUST. lol
Around 4pm I had a Jimmy Dean's D-Lights breakfast sandwich. Whole wheat bagel w/ turkey sausage, lowfat cheese, and an egg white. I'm going to try to eat the higher sodium foods that I have earlier in the week so I have time to flush it before my weigh-ins on Friday.
At 5pm I had a banana. It's about medium-sized. I'm getting all of my calorie counts for my food off of http://www.sparkpeople.com/.
Dinner was at 7pm and Dwayne ate with me. I baked some turkey breast tenderloins for us. I had 6 oz. of turkey. Then I fixed him some Pasta Roni noodles and crescent rolls...I didn't have any of either. For myself, I had 1 c. of steamed broccoli and 1 c. of Steamfresh chicken-flavored rice. I plan on having the rest of the rice with my dinner tomorrow night.
(Here's the rice I used for my dinner)
I had a navel orange at 8pm.
At 9pm I enjoyed 2 c. of coffee w/ Coffeemate Sugar-free Hazelnut creamer. Each Tbsp. has 15 cals and I use 1 Tbsp per cup. I won't be taking pics of my beverages such as water and coffee. If a Coke slips in there somewhere, I'll be sure to take a pic of it!
Calories for 2 Tbsp. of creamer: 30
Total Calories for Day 1: 1686
What a fantastic first day!!! I'm very pleased with myself. I loved taking the pics...this is just the accountability factor I was looking for. I stayed under my 1800 calorie limit for the day, and the very cool thing is that I wasn't hungry today. You'll notice that I spaced out my food every couple of hours so there was never time to get overly hungry. I'm thrilled with this!! Preparation played a big part in today's success. Anyone who's participating in the challenge, I suggest you do the same thing. It can make the difference between a good day and a bad one. I scanned my frig, freezer and pantry yesterday with my sister Amy and she helped me come up with a menu for my ENTIRE week. Planning and prep are KEY! The only thing we overlooked is Sunday....I totally forgot Easter was coming up when we made my menu, so I'll have to make some adjustments that day. I don't even know what all Mom is fixing....there will be ham, potato salad and an array of veggies, just not sure what.
This is one little tricky thing about counting calories....things that you don't prepare yourself, so it makes it more difficult to judge the calories. I'm not sure how many calories are in potato salad, so I'll do what I always do when I'm not sure....ask my friend Pam!! lol
Water intake: (4) 32 oz. glasses
Exercise: Rest day (NO...I'm not slacking off already, lol....I exercised the last 4 days in a row, Sun-Thur, so today was already a planned rest day. :)
I hope everyone else is off to a GREAT start!! I look forward to cheering everyone on, and thanks to all who didn't want to participate in the challenge, but are still here to show us their support!! I'll be back tomorrow night with Saturday's food pics!!