Sunday, November 23, 2014

November 23rd, 2014 I Would Love To Try

November 23rd, 2014 I Would Love To Try

I slept in really well today, although I used too much pillow. Using too much pillow can result in lesser quality sleep for me. I woke up with a headache and these days, that's very rare. A few ibuprofen and some deep breathing exercises later, and I was fine.

I enjoyed Angel Street, a live theatrical production this afternoon. It was a very enjoyable experience and it has me wanting to audition again soon.  How convenient--Auditions for Don't Dress For Dinner are tomorrow and Tuesday night. Uhg!!

I want to act in a stage production again, so much--but it takes an incredible amount of time and commitment, and honestly--I'm not sure I could do it again, at least not right now with my busy schedule. And since this is the busiest time of year for my profession, it would be a stretch to think I could pull it off. But oh, how I would love to try!

I packed my workout clothes in the car for a YMCA trip immediately after the play. It was almost 5pm when I finally pulled into the Y--and that's when I realized how hungry I was feeling. Getting up as late as I did meant a big brunch but nothing since. I decided to make a fast trip to the convenience store on the corner for something to hold me until dinner. I found a pack of almonds, pistachios and peanuts, a cheese stick and a banana. I took my 395 calorie late lunch inside the Y, sat down and enjoyed it before changing for my workout.

I turned the resistance up to 13 on the elliptical. It was a very good workout! I feel myself getting stronger. The 1 minute jog last night was an eye opening experience, too. I'm proving to myself that I can do much more than I'm doing. It's a matter of breaking out of the comfort zone and pushing just a touch harder.

I did some grocery shopping tonight. I wanted some baked chicken drumsticks. Then I had a flash--BBQ chicken!!! I made my way over to the BBQ sauce isle not expecting to find a single sauce sugar free. I picked up several bottles before I came across the only sugar free BBQ sauce on the shelf. I was thrilled! I turned it over, read the ingredients--and yes, indeed--it's BBQ chicken for me tonight! Sometimes I get really excited while grocery shopping.

When I scanned the bar code of the sauce for entry into MyFitnessPal, it came up Paula Dean Sugar Free BBQ sauce, instead of the brand on the label. I'm assuming it's a shared sauce-Like Paula and G. Hughes made an agreement with a manufacturer to bottle the same sauce with their faces on the label. You think it's different sauce, but it isn't. I could be totally wrong on that--Just my theory.

Last night I briefly mentioned possibly adding 1,000 calories to my budget for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This has been my strategy since I started losing weight in 2008. However, this will be the first sugar free holiday season for me! There are some solid rules/boundaries I keep with this extra 1,000. I will track the calories and entries on MyFitnessPal--and of course everything will be photographed and tweeted. If I'm satisfied, I'll not stuff myself for sport. There's a chance I may not use all 2700 calories on Thanksgiving day--and it's okay to NOT...In other words, I don't plan on adding things late just because "I have it coming!!" The extra 1,000 will be in place in case it's needed and considering I'll be cooking a homemade gluten free mac and cheese with real butter, cream and full fat cheese--yeah, I might need a few extra calories. Under no circumstances will I sacrifice the integrity of my abstinence from sugar.

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Thank you for reading and your continued support,
Strength,
Sean

10 comments:

  1. It sounded like a day to be proud of with your eating and exercise. Way to go Sean! Try as I may, I could not find any sugar free marinara sauce. I gave up and made my own. I think the Walmart in the States have more selection than here in Canada or at least in BC. I still have never found Joseph's pitas either. Won't give up though!

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    1. I bet making your own taste better anyway! You might be able to order Joseph's Pita online--not sure about the shipping rates to Canada.... www.netrition.com I applaud your culinary adventure! I've been told it's super easy to make--but at 3.49 a jar, eh... i just take the easy way out. I wish you could find it where you are, it's really good. But again-- I bet yours is better!

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  2. Great job! I loved the Paula Deen sugar free bbq sauce but I couldn't ever find it anymore. Might have to search the one you got out and test your theory! Have a great week!

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    1. Alati--it occurred to me, after reading your comment here--and after the MFP scan where Paula came up from the barcode of this sauce--- I bet the sauce was, perhaps, one of the things she lost amid her scandal...maybe? The sauce company then licensed it to G Hughes...That's an even wilder theory. I don't know--but the bar code nutritional data was never changed. I wonder if Mr. Hughes knows this? It is fabulous sauce! If you find it--I would be interested to know if it's the same as you remember from the Paula Deen labeled jar. have a great week, too--Alati!

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  3. I will be sugar free this thanksgiving as well so will think of how strong I know you will be :) happy thanksgiving.

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    1. Dawn-- I'm so happy you're sugar free, too!! We can do it and enjoy doing it! happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

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  4. Good morning! Hey! What do you mean you scanned the BBQ sauce for MFP??? I use MFP and I never scanned anything! I'm interested in that!
    Nice looking dinner, too. Of course your meals always looked good and I have adapted to having egg whites and one whole egg for breakfast and let me tell you I am so full all day I have a hard time eating again!
    Great workout...! Enjoy your Monday!
    Rosie

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    1. Oh Rosie--it's a fabulous feature of the MyFitnessPal smartphone app. I have the iPhone version, I'm assuming the android version of MFP does the same.
      When you go to add a food, in the lower right hand corner you'll see what appears to be a bar code. Instead of typing in the food, press that--and then point your camera at the bar code of the product---it will capture all of the nutritional data for that food automatically--then you simply adjust accordingly to how much you consumed. Anything I eat that has a bar code, I use it...it saves an incredible amount of time! And of course, once you scan it once--MFP remembers it--then entering it again down the line is easy--it'll pop up for you!
      Glad you're enjoying the eggs for breakfast! Thank you Rosie!!

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  5. Went on the Duncan Diet a while ago and made the Gillette which was made with egg whites, oat bran, yogurt - and then you could add vegetables of your choice. That held you also for many hours. The egg whites with all their protein and low calories are wonderful and healthy. I too didn't know MFP could scan with info on items.Do you use it the same as if you were scanning the barcode for adding to your daily calorie count?
    Sean - congrats on hitting 13 on the elliptical!

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! The Gillette sounds interesting. I use the egg whites as a calorie adjustment tool, really. Sometimes I'll go with whites--sometimes whole, just depends on what I plan on eating later in the day. Sometimes I want a really big breakfast--so I'll bulk it up with extra whites--and at only 17 cal each-- it's never too much in the calorie department!

      I'll copy/paste my MFP question reply from Rosie's question-- because you might get an email notification of this reply--and not hers.
      it's a fabulous feature of the MyFitnessPal smartphone app. I have the iPhone version, I'm assuming the android version of MFP does the same.
      When you go to add a food, in the lower right hand corner you'll see what appears to be a bar code. Instead of typing in the food, press that--and then point your camera at the bar code of the product---it will capture all of the nutritional data for that food automatically--then you simply adjust accordingly to how much you consumed. Anything I eat that has a bar code, I use it...it saves an incredible amount of time! And of course, once you scan it--MFP remembers it--then entering it again down the line is easy--it'll pop up for you!

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