Keep Kickin’

Back from a week’s vacation up to Stowe, Vermont. We do this pretty much every year, and it’s one of the highlights of the year. I usually try to climb Smuggler’s Notch (VT State highway 108), and it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been successful.

Made it this yearOn top

Can’t say I set any speed records, but I made it. Up in the better part of an hour, down in about 10 minutes. Rest of vacation was focused mainly on relaxation, which was fully accomplished.

Now that I’m back, my next big goal is the New Haven Road Race (Today’s the last day to register for cheap). That also means I’ve got my annual meeting with this guy (which isn’t often enough, but the internet world and the real world work at completely different speeds, and, despite being early bloggers, I know I’ve chosen to stay rooted in reality, family, and stuff I can touch).

Anyhow, we’re both working on getting svelte, and by coincidence, we’d both landed on MyFitnessPal.com. I’d used it last year to drop about 5 pounds and get consistiently under 181 (though it looks like age-related shrinking is setting in, and 175 is probably safer). But it’s got a great iPhone and android app – track calories where you are. Scans barcodes, has most chain resturants, and lots of user-generated data. Always in my pocket, so I remember to use it.

What’s interesting to me is that it doesn’t look like the site has a business model… Just works, and works well. (Can’t figure out how DailyMile makes money, either, but still love them, too)

Enough. Time to sneak in a lunch run and earn a sandwich.

SUS Eat Diary, Day 10

Breakfast:
Mmmm, blowout.
Banana
Yogurt
Whole Wheat Bagel, egg, ham, and cheese sandwich, ’cause I was giving a guy a ride and he treated
Total: 760 cal

Lunch:
Whopper Junior
Half an order of onion rings
Diet Coke
Total: 530 cal

Supper
Baked Tilapia (fish)
Whole Grain and Spinach bake
Total: 500 Cal

Day 10 total: 1790 Cal

Remarks: Good Day Today

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 9

Breakfast:
Yogurt
Apple
Granola Bar
Total: 420 cal

Lunch:
Italian Sausage Sandwich
Whole Wheat Buns
Turkey Sausage
Sauteed peppers and onions
Good, low-fat sauce
Banana
Total: 620 cal

Snack
Granola Bar
Total: 160 cal

Supper
BBQ Beef Sandwiches.
No, ones that are actually good for us:
Whole Wheat Buns
Stew Meat in the crockpot with sauce
Green Salad
Dessert? Oatmeal Cookies (4 ea)
Total: 720 Cal

Day 9 total: 1900 Cal

Remarks: Good Day Today

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SUS Food Diary, Day 8

Breakfast:
French Toast
Total: 320 cal

Snack 1
Dried Apples, Nuts, and Yogurt Raisins
Donut (Boston Kreme)
Total: 570 cal

Lunch:
Green Salad, no dressing
Granola Bars, Crunchy
Total: 200 cal

Snack
Nada, nada, enchilada
Total: 230 cal

Supper
Italian Sausage Sandwiches.
No, ones that are actually good for us:
Whole Wheat Buns
Turkey Sausage
Sauteed peppers and onions
Good, low-fat sauce
Dessert? 120 cal of low-fat ice Cream.
Total: 720 Cal

Day 8 total: 1700 Cal

Remarks: Today? I’m f’n starvin’. Trying to fight it off. Running at lunch will help lots.

But the scale was at 169 this morning, for the first time in a long time. I’ll try to keep up 1900 cal (give/take) for a couple more weeks, then go up to about 2100 which should put me at a lb/week until I can get down to target of about 150.

NB: Boston Kreme Donut? Only 240 cal, 9 g of fat, and tons of satisfaction. Less than three miles each!

Epilogue: 1700 cal, and I’m feeling full before bed…

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 7

Breakfast:
French Toast
Maple Syrup
Total: ~520 cal

Lunch:
Grilled Cheese (Wheat and 50% cheddar)
Progresso Lentil Soup
Diet Coke
Total: 350 cal

Snack
Ice Cream Sundae
Total: 330 cal

Supper
Barilla Super Pasta Spaghetti
Spicy Red Pepper Sauce
Meatball
Salad
French Dressing
Total: 1200 Cal

Day 6 total: 2300 Cal

Remarks: The math is kind of screwy. Kind of the blew diet today, but, according to FitDay, I should be allowed 2500 calories a day. The upside is that I wasn’t chowing out of hunger, but out of habit. I’m actually feeling kind of bloated tonight…

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 6

Breakfast:
Yogurt Burst Cheerios
Skim Milk
Total: ~250 cal

Lunch:
SUBWAY Roast Beef and Swiss on Wheat
Sun Chips
Diet Coke
Total: 540 cal

Snack
NONE
Total: 0 cal

Supper
Pizza while watching the Final Four
Pasta Salad
Ice Cream
Total: 1130 Cal

Day 6 total: 1910 Cal

Remarks: Non-idle hands make it hard to snack. Busy day at drill today.

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 5

Breakfast:
Kashi GoLean Crunch! (got to love food with Apostrophes!)
Skim Milk
Yogurt
Coffee
Total: ~500 cal

Lunch:
Mustard roasted Chicken Breast
Asparagus, steamed
Small Dinner Roll
Total: 450 cal

Snack
Chips and Salsa Iced Tea
Total:300 cal

Supper
Noodles and Veggies
Baked General Tso’s Chicken
Sugar Cookies
Total: 700 Cal

Day 5 total: 1950 Cal

Remarks: Still at 171 this morning. Snack in the afternoon and dessert really added up quick.

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SUS Eat Diary, Day 4

Breakfast:
6 oz Yogurt
Banana
Granola Bar (oats and honey)
Coffee
Total: ~400 cal

Lunch:
Salad
Fries
Diet Coke
Total:630 cal

Snack
Granola Bar
Total: 180 cal

Supper
3X Taco Bell Crispy Tacos
Total:510 cal (no, honestly, see for yourself!)
Day 4 total: 1750 cal, give or take.

Remarks: Didn’t run today. Whatever Jake brought home from school has been giving me cold sweats all day.

Regarding a lunch of McD’s and supper of Taco Bell: Fast food isn’t all necessarily bad. But, if you’re watching what you eat, it’s far better to download nutritional information before you go than to count on being able to make smart decisions at the counter.

Taco Bell is a great example – I love me the “Grilled Stuft Burrito” with steak. Tasty, warm, satisfying. But the darn thing’s got 720 calories, and I usually would order a taco to wash it down, putting me in spitting distance of 1000 calories for a single meal! Three tacos – same satisfaction, more crunch, half the calories. Plus, more time to eat them, giving your feeling of fullness more time to catch up.

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Food Diary, SUS day 3

Breakfast:
6 oz Yogurt
Banana
Granola Bar (oats and honey)
Coffee
Total: ~400 cal

Lunch:
Turkey, Provolone, and mustard (mmm, spicy brown mustard) on a multi-grain roll
Baby Carrots
Small bag Lays
Total:480 cal

Snack
Snickers.
Total: 280 cal

Supper
Taco Bell
Total:600 cal (no, honestly, only 600 cal)

Day 3 total: 1750 cal, give or take.

Remarks: I’m feeling a little hungry, but running at lunchtime helps knock down the afternoon munchies.

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