Thursday, September 29, 2011

Why is it?

Eating healthy is so stinkin' hard.  Why is that, anyway?  I swear I have the best of intentions but success is allusive.  I'm about finished with tracking calories because I can never seem to do anything right.  If I'm on target with calories, then I'm too high in fat, or sodium, or didn't get enough fiber, or had more than one egg so my cholesterol is through the roof.  I understand these things aren't an exact science by any means, but it still really irritates me and I think I might be better off with a good old fashioned food diary that I write in daily.

I've been quite interested in the Paleo Diet lately, as I had heard about it from some of the girls from my wedding month club.  I started doing a little bit of research, but it's hard to get definitive answers as to whether is is healthy or not.  It does seem that many people have had success on this "diet" (more like life style), but I just don't know if it is right for me.  The basics seem healthy enough - comprise your diet of the basic fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts & berries that early people may have eaten before agricultural times.  Grains and dairy are eliminated from the diet, grains 100% and dairy for the most part.  I have read some articles which state that butter is sometimes used in this diet, and some full-fat dairy products are also substituted.  Potatoes and other starches are also eliminated for the most part as they wouldn't have been eaten raw in the paleolithic times, apparently.


If I do dabble in it, I would continue to consume dairy products - and probably not full fat ones, either.  Getting rid of grains is bad enough, you can't expect me to not have milk, cheese, or yogurt!  Those items are like three separate food groups of their own in my personal pyramid.  Giving up potatoes would be awfully hard for me too, but I'm sure that would be for the best.

PS - my only accomplishment in healthy eating and exercise lately was eating 3 pounds of apples in two weeks.  I don't know if I should consider that a success or not...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

My cat has a shoe fetish

Anyone know what is up with this? Every single night my cat curls up on the rug by the front door and cuddles with our shoes! He's been doing this on and off for a while but lately he's been totally consumed by the shoes. I'm guessing it's the scent? Sometimes he'll stick his face in a shoe for a moment before hugging it and dozing off to sleep. Such a weird one.


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Healthy (ish) eating, days two and three

Day two didn't go so well. It started out okay but I was super hungry! Plus it was my longest day of the week (interning from 8:30 to 5 and then class from 5:30 to 9) so there wasn't much of a choice when I got hungry and ran out of food - I had to stop somewhere :(

Breakfast: crackers, a banana (running super late)
Snack: homemade apple sauce from a coworker
Lunch: turkey sandwich with miracle whip, doritos, baby carrots, apple
Snack: McDonald's grilled chicken honey mustard snack wrap, small fry
Dinner: homemade burger, sour cream and cheddar chips, dill pickle, glass of milk

I suppose my lack of a proper breakfast kind of ruined things. I managed to end up under 2000 calories, but over my 1700 calorie goal.

Today has been much better :) I even managed to stop by the rec center at school after working! 30 minutes on the elliptical burned just under 300 calories (which was about how much that McDonald's was yesterday, woo hoo!)

Breakfast: banana, strawberry yogurt
Lunch: turkey and swiss sandwich with miracle whip, doritos, apple
Snack: nature valley cinnamon granola bar
Post workout snack: crackers (that were still in my car from yesterday)
Dinner: Meatloaf, oven fries, peas & green beans, garlic bread, and a glass of milk

Net calories for today: 1554! Nice job, me!
(Note: net calories is calculated based on calories consumed minus calories burned. So even though I technically consumed more than the 1700 odd calories that is recommended, I still came out okay because of my work out).

I know so many people out there are in the same spot as me - working hard, eating healthy, avoiding temptations as best as possible. I hope you all have success & become healthier, happier people.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Healthy (ish) eating, day one

I've decided to start blogging about my "get healthy" efforts again. Today was the first day of getting back into the swing of healthy eating and so it wasn't a perfect day, but it wasn't half bad. I've decided to try and employee the 3 meals/2 snacks or 5-6 small meals/ whatever you want to call it and see how it works out.

I didn't eat much throughout the whole day and surprisingly didn't feel hungry until I ran out of snacks and had to wait until my class got out to eat dinner. And then of course since I was so hungry and since it was late, I didn't feel much like cooking, and the husband had apparently picked up a pizza sometime earlier today - so there is my explanation for that!

Breakfast/Meal One: Thomas's 100% Whole Wheat Bagel with 1/3 reduced fat cream cheese
Side note: these bagels are awesome! I'm usually hard pressed to find a whole wheat bagel that doesn't taste too...healthy. But this one is really good and has 10 grams of protein to boot!
AM Snack/Meal Two: Banana
This wasn't really an AM snack. I ate breakfast at about 10:30 so it was after noon when I had my snack. But you get the picture.
Snack/Meal Three: Yogurt
Snack/Meal Four: Apple, Cheddar and Sour Cream Ruffles
The plan was for the Ruffles to be my one cheat of the day.
Snack/Meal Five: Nature Valley Bar (Oats and Honey)
Dinner/Meal Six: 2 slices of pizza, glass of milk
Oh well.

I did really great with drinking water, and the only downside was that I didn't get a chance to work out. I was supposed to this morning, but with so much studying that I'm trying to keep on top of it just didn't work out.

Speaking of which, I should probably remove the computer from off of the textbook I'm supposed to be reading - I literally am smashing all of the pages with my beautiful little laptop. Here's to hoping tomorrow will be healthier!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Commence Craziness

Blogging has taken a back burner for the time being, as well as much of my internet activity unless it has to do with academics because....GRAD SCHOOL HAS BEGUN!

I really like it so far but I'm a little overwhelmed with the course load. I am going full time though, so if necessary I can either cut back on classes or cut back on work hours (I'm working about 30-40 hours per week between both of my jobs). I'm really liking how I have an entire class focusing on getting us introduced to the profession of counseling and all of the different realms of possibility that we could study and eventually become employed in. I'm still leaning towards school counseling, but there are so many options that I know it will be hard to choose!

We also got our professional wedding pictures back and are in the process of working on sifting through and finding the right ones for albums, frames, and all of that stuff. I haven't shown off many yet but here is one of my favorites (our grand entrance!) - 


Friday, September 2, 2011

Versatile Blogger

Yay! Thanks to Frizby from Fun, Food, and Foolishness! for awarding me with The Versatile Blogger!

Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Anyone receiving The Versatile Blogger award must follow the rules and share the award with other versatile bloggers.
Rule 1 - Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in the post.
Rule 2 - Tell your readers seven things about yourself.
Rule 3 - Give this award to fifteen other Versatile Bloggers
Rule 4 - Contact those bloggers and let them know about the award 



Seven Things about Me!
1. My favorite colors are pink and yellow
2. I love singing and consider it a hidden talent even though some people have heard me sing before.
3. I've been to Disney World 3 times in my childhood and am dying to go back ASAP
4. I could watch the movie Mean Girls over and over again.
5. I have never been to another country, not even Canada or Mexico.
6. I am the oldest of six children
7. Fall is my favorite season and I'm super excited for it to begin


Now, I'll pass the award on!
Mr. vs Mrs.
Our Transatlantic Love
Something Old, Something New
The Domestic Dugout
Mommy in waiting
It's Just the Beginning...
Forever and A Day
Chic Fit Geek
Aaron's Blog 2.0
[Iron] Bowled Over: House United
TwentySomethingLady
The Couple That Cooks Together
For the Love of Words
Wife on a Budget
Bride in Waiting

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pinteresting!

I've been neglecting my blog a little bit more than usual, which I'm truly sorry for.  Every time I log in and get set to write something, the inspiration just does not come.  I used to have so much to say when wedding planning was in full swing, but life has slowed down quite a bit apart from working.  I have umpteen stories from my internship that I could share, but none of which I feel comfortable sharing due to privacy reasons.

A new way to use my time has surfaced, however.  I have discovered Pinterest. And I am in love. This is about the coolest thing I have ever seen.  It is an inspiration wonderland for just about anything in life.  SO neat!

In just a short 12 hours I have already found my future bedroom...(via sparklethots.com)

I've started designing my pseudo-baby's nursery...(via blog.buknola.com)

And I've stumbled upon countless pretty and adorable little quotes and pictures...


It is love.
Follow me, if you would like! http://pinterest.com/sammichele/
If you are interested in getting your own pinterest, please let me know and I'd be happy to invite you.