Making my own brunch

Sometime back Curt and I were watching the Food Network and a restaurant that was visited had Peanut Butter and Banana Stuffed French Toast on the menu. It looked and sounded so good. I made my own version.

For some reason when I came home from the gym today I was craving it. My version is much healthier. Probably doesn’t taste as good. But I think it is pretty tasty.

I use Sara Lee Delightfuls bread; crunchy peanut butter (I am normally a creamy girl, but for this recipe crunchy works better); banana; egg whites; fat free milk; and a little cinnamon sprinkled in the egg and milk.

I spray the pan with Pam and cook away. They are easy to make and cook up quickly. Once ready to eat I added a little syrup, though that really isn’t necessary. I use Smucker’s Sugar Free syrup. A serving is 1/4 of a cup. That’s a lot of syrup. I only drizzled a little on mine.

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Keeping up with the spin bike

Today was Day No. 21 in a row of me doing some form of exercise. I believe you should take at least one day off each week to break from exercise. I don’t feel like I have been going overboard and I feel good with my workouts.

I know Thursday I won’t be hitting the gym or the yoga studio as we have friends in town for one night only and I want to see them. So I will get my break then. (And probably take in a ton of calories, too.)

Today at the work gym I did an interval spin on the espinner. It’s a great routine as you get a variety of training on the bike: climbing; sprinting; jumps; endurance; hills …

I was so dreading exercising today. I debated on whether I wanted to do spin or yoga. And I really didn’t want to do either. I went with the spin as it was easier to get it over with while still at work then come home and still have to convince myself to go to the studio.

It was a tough workout. But it was good. And I am glad I did it … at … Continue reading

Seasonings save me almost every time

I indulged at lunch today. So I am trying to keep it simple and low calorie for dinner.

For dinner tonight, I am having “tuna salad.”

Some Spring Mix Greens went on a plate. In a separate bowl I dumped a can of light drained tuna, which was stored in water, not oil. In the bowl of tuna I added some garlic (I like to buy the crushed garlic in a jar), a small tomato from our garden, salt, pepper, Kick’n Chicken and onion powder. (The onion powder was a mistake buy about a month ago. It ended up being a great seasoning mistake.)

I dumped the tuna on top of the mixed greens and spritzed with Ranch Salad Spritzer.

The best part of this meal is all the seasonings I added. My staples are the crushed garlic in a jar, crushed pepper, salt, Kick’n Chicken and onion powder.

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Sweaty Friday evening & Saturday, Sunday mornings

Since getting back from vacation I got back to my exercise routine pretty quickly. The careful caloric intake came on the following week and I think I have done pretty OK this past week.

The past 12 days I have exercised. And I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon, though I am sure something will come up.

Friday evening I went to my regular Forrest Yoga class. That class is normally a pretty sweaty class. The class on Friday was the sweatiest yoga class I have ever taken. Wooo!

Saturday was my regular two hours at the gym: spin; abs/core; and body conditioning. That’s always a tough and hard workout with lots of sweat. Lately by abs I am already starving from all the calorie burning.

Today Vinyasa Yoga class was pretty small. It is summer, it is a holiday weekend and it was a gorgeous day. But I try to keep with my routine. If it is a gorgeous day it’s not like I am gonna go for a hike or a bike ride. I will, however, sit outside at Barclay’s with Curt and have brunch and a beer.

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BYOB

Today at work we had an early Fourth of July barbecue. As I have been trying to limit my caloric intake and bringing my own breakfast and lunch to work this week I didn’t want to fall off the wagon on Day 4.

I brought my own bread. (I have been known to go to barbecues with my own bread and portobello mushroom.) I brought a Sandwich Thin with me.

I was careful with my choices at the barbecue buffet. I had a little helping of coleslaw and potato salad. I grabbed a huge portobello mushroom, a slice of cheese, onions and a little barbecue sauce. I did grab a cornbread muffin. For dessert I skipped the pie, ice cream and bread pudding and went with a piece of watermelon.

I planned to take a photo of my not so unhealthy barbecue plate. I didn’t remember until my plate was empty. Woopsie!

I was a little late to my 6:30 p.m. spin class at the gym tonight. But I still made it. I needed a good workout as my points were pretty much depleted throughout the day, despite my careful efforts at the barbecue.

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Heading back toward healthy lifestyle

Today I got back to a complete healthy lifestyle with exercise as a regular thing and tracking my food again.

Since Wednesday I have worked out every day: yoga or spin with a little abs and body conditioning thrown in on Saturday.

And today I started tracking my food again. I didn’t weigh myself today so I am not sure how many pounds I need to lose to get back to my goal weight. I should weigh in tomorrow and will have a better idea of the road ahead.

I am tracking food on my own and don’t have all the information on the Points Plus program. So on the old points plan … with my points today I was still able to include a glass of wine with dinner tonight. Oh yea!

I have to say I had to use a lot of willpower today to stay on track with food. If I really wanted to eat something I would eat a piece of fruit, some carrots or chew on a piece of sugar-free gum. But I am proud to say I stayed on track all day.

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Unplanned hiatus is done

Go Fit Girl! was on a mini unplanned hiatus. But no worries. I am back!

I have been trying to keep my calories in check. I have been doing OK.

Exercise was OK, except for the past three days. But today I started back up with a Hatha Yoga class. And it was a great and fun class as Baxter’s classes always are.

In class, we experimented with some standing poses that I had never done before. They seemed to be modified asanas. And they were amazing openers.

Baxter also had us set an intention and asked that we focus it on someone we knew who needed it as he was setting his for a friend having surgery. This is something I tend to do quite often. I set mine today for a friend who needs it.

When I came home from class, Curt and I prepared a fairly healthy and quite yummy dinner. I marinated chicken breasts in light Italian dressing and then cooked them up in the George Foreman grill. We heated up some corn and made a salad with lettuce from our garden. Curt added a little bit of delicious and creamy cheese he got at the … Continue reading

The Pelvic Pumpkin

Huh?

In yoga sometimes the instructor will tell you to imagine certain things are happening with your body. It is hard to describe.

Today Baxter had us imagine that our pelvis was a hollowed out pumpkin and then proceeded to tell us that our sacrum was the A section of an audience facing a stage and to the left and right of that were the B seats and so on and so forth. Sometimes visualizing helps you to get deeper into your practice or pose.

We held some lunges for quite some time. And man,I could really feel the back of my thighs burning from the endurance ride I had yesterday. I had to back off a couple of times. And Baxter even praised me once for finding and recognizing my edge.

When I came home from yoga tonight The Husband informed me he purchased dinner at Market Hall (gourmet type food in our hood). I asked if it was healthy. And his response was, define healthy. I must not have told him I am being really careful with my caloric intake these days or apparently he doesn’t keep up with Go Fit Girl! as often as … Continue reading

Getting beach ready by tracking food

I have a little more than three weeks until Curt and I head to Barcelona for a a glorious week.

So that means I have a little more than three weeks to get back to my goal weight. I have 5 pounds to lose. I would love to also be toned as I will be frolicking on the beach. But that is just not realistic, especially since there are certain foods I am just not going to give up. (Not to mention how much harder I would have to work than I already do.)

Today marked Day 1 of trying to limit my calories and eat in moderation. I am back to tracking my food and really thinking about what I put in my mouth before I do.

So far Day 1 has gone well. I just have to keep this up about 25 more days or so.

I worked out in the work gym today on the espinner. I rode for 55 minutes, 18 miles and according to espinner I burned 696 calories. That seems like a lot. I know spinning burns an immense amount of calories, but I am not sure if I burned quite that many.

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Exercise is my drug of choice

I saw this on a license plate frame yesterday. It gave me a chuckle. Even though I regularly exercise, exercise is definitely not my drug of choice. Mine is probably alcohol and then high fat, high calorie food. So in the end I need exercise.

One of my regular readers and good friends asked if I could recommend a yoga class that is gentle with some good stretching.

I wasn’t quite sure, so I did a little research …

I do take a Hatha Yoga class on Wednesday nights and I would say it is much more gentle than the other yoga classes I take. The Yoga Journal Web site gave me an actual gentle yoga routine. Restorative Yoga is also a gentle practice and so lovely and juicy.

Another link with gentle yoga poses. This search link on the Yoga Journal Web site also has a bunch of options for gentle forms of yoga.

In my Vinyasa class today while I was in Downward Dog my instructor came over and told my that my pose was great. If you know Downward Facing Dog you know that it is a pretty simple and easy pose. … Continue reading