Thursday, April 22, 2010

It's finally here!

My DietMinder Personal Food & Fitness Journal, that is! I ordered it a couple of week's ago after Prior Fat Girl, Jen, talked about it on her blog. Yes, I know that many of you can journal and track in any kind of notebook. But the NERD in ME likes columns and boxes and stuff like that! I also like a written food tracker, as opposed to an online version.

SO, now... in addition to eating healthy food (or striving to... more on that later) and walking, I will now be tracking my food starting today. Baby steps...  (even though in my messed-up, all or nothing mind I still feel like I need to be doing more, faster...)

I am not setting a calorie limit... yet. Right now, I just want to get in the habit of writing everything down and being accountable for what I am eating. Let me tell you, I have NOT been doing well in the eating department this week. I do well in the mornings, and I do well in the evenings (basically, I do well when the kids are watching me). But while I am at work - not doing well at all. Ugh. Yesterday was better... Today I am hoping that with the tracking I am more aware.


Today is my last day of school for this semester, and I already have everything ready to turn in! Yay! I have officially taken my last on-campus class, so I no longer have to factor that into my already crazy schedule. I will still be taking online classes to finish my Master's (hopefully in December).


Has anyone else noticed the overabundance of perfectly ripe, tasty strawberries?

I have been eating them like crack for the past week!

Guess what else I tried this morning? SPINACH in my smoothie! Most mornings, I make a smoothie for breakfast that has:

1 c. water
1 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
1 c. frozen berries (strawberries or blueberries)
1 tbs. flaxseed oil

This morning, after getting the idea from several blogs, I decided to add spinach. I put two big handfuls (~2 c.) of spinach, 1 scoop protein powder, and 1 tbs. of flaxseed oil w/ 1 c. water and pureed.

I have to admit... this didn't look very appetizing. But after I added 1/2 c. frozen blueberries and 5 frozen strawberries, I got a smoothie that was absolutely delicious! I couldn't taste the spinach at all, and felt really good that I had found a way to sneak 2 servings of veggies into my day!

Did you see what else is in the background? That would be my crockpot!

I have two soccer practices tonight, so instead of rushing to make dinner, I was PROACTIVE and put some frozen chicken breasts and BBQ sauce in the crockpot so I will have BBQ chicken all made and ready to eat when I get home! Score!

I am going to shred it up and serve it sandwich-style with broccoli and sweet potato fries. Hopefully, there will be leftovers for lunch tomorrow.


If you haven't checked it out already, go over to my other blog so you can see how my first week of "operation healthy family" went.


I might come back later with more... I have had a LOT on my mind for the past few days. I had a situation at work (involving my oldest child) on Tuesday that I am having a hard time "letting go". I also had a heated discussion with my not-so-ex husband this morning. Things have been going REALLY well between us, but sometimes his *sshole side creeps out and really p*sses me off! (There, Clyde... now I have officially mentioned you on my blog:))


  1. That journal looks great, I hope it works for me! Yum, strawberries! I'm heading to the grocery this've made me hungry for smoothies!

  2. I am going to have to try out that smoothie. I could always use more veggies in my life. Thanks

  3. I want to try the "Green Monster" so bad.... Since you did it I may have to try it out now

  4. Love the fact you aren't setting a calorie goal yet. It will be good for you to see where you are currently before setting any goals. Maybe you will see adjustments you can make over time and work on those instead of a calorie goal. I find that focusing on the quality of food is much more important. When people focus on calorie limits they tend to focus on how to sneak in crap and still stay in the range, which in my opinion sets people up for failure in the long run when it comes to health. I don't count calories and didn't when I was loosing my weight. I just focused on cutting the crap, eating whole foods, and just making sure I was full but not stuffed.

  5. Try kefir in your smoothie... super nourishing...super healthy... yum! I make my own kefir, If you go to my profile page, you can see my skinny blog, frugal blog, and kefir blog... Easy and healthy! Yum!

    We use 1/2 cup dairy kefir (per person) + fresh spinach, bananas, and berries of choice (strawberries or mixed black,rasp, and blue).

    I need that journal! We just keep track of our eating in a small notebook... this foods my type A personality much better!

  6. Looks like a great journal ! There is something very satisfying about doing things the old fashioned way sometimes.

  7. I am going to have to make that smoothie. Also where did you get that journal I would love to have one.

  8. That's a serious journal. I don't know if I can handle all that. I'm sure it'll keep you organized though.

  9. I want to eat dinner at your house tonight : )

  10. I love the idea of your diet book. As a complement, it may be helpful for you to also recording your cravings--or food urges. Here's something that may be of interest to you:

  11. Thanks for posting the great tip about the spinach smoothie! Time for me to dust off my blender! :-)

  12. What a great smoothie idea. I'll have to try that one. :)

    When you mentioned your crock pot I noticed the crock pot bag. There is nothing I hate more than having to clean dirty crock pot. I guess I should get some of those bags...thanks for the reminder!!

  13. I guess I'm a nerd too because I just love your new journal! I got all tingly inside just looking at the pictures! lol I'm currently using the 3 month tracker from WW, but as soon as I'm done with it, I definitely plan on ordering one of these. ( :

    Great idea on squeezing in the spinach in your smoothie! Hey, I'm game for whatever works so we can get in those healthy guidelines! lol

    And kudos to you for using that crockpot! I know it's a life saver for me at times! So much, in fact, I have 2 of them! lol

  14. Hi, Hollie! Love your blog. I, too, have recently decided to change my lifestyle. I'm wanting to lose 40 pounds - something I've tried to do before but have never had much success with - so I'm looking for blogs by people who are on similar journeys. Glad I found yours. =) Stop by my page and say hello sometime! And best of luck to you with your healthy lifestyle/weight loss journey.

    Take care,

  15. so glad you finally got the journal! I hope you love it!

    No matter what happens, just record it. Yesterday, I had an 800 calorie craze and you know what? after I came otta the fog, I sat down and with my head held in shame, recorded the damage. I believe in you, journal or not.

  16. Hey...I have that food tracker! I suppose that great minds think a like! have given me the motivation to make a smoothie with spinach in it...I will do it this weekend! Woot woot for new recipes!

  17. I love that journal! I'm just using a plain notebook but it definitely helps me keep track. I've never thought to put spinach in a smoothie but if I can't taste it, I'll definitely try it! :)

  18. Smoothies are awesome. I love strawberries and basically any type of berry.

  19. hey there! just wanted to say nice job on the spinach in the smoothie!! way to sneak the veggies :)

  20. Good for you to eat healthy. But spinach smoothie? No thanks. I stir-fry my spinach with fresh mushrooms, yummy!

  21. It sounds like you're really thinking about your food choices. Excellent!

  22. Journal looks awesome and your smoothie looks tasty!!

  23. I love your blog and I love the journal! I have been doing something called the Kristi Approved system and LOVE it! I am actually doing a giveaway for a free one that they sponsered. YOu should check it out. The giveaway ends on Wednesday the 28th.

    I know you don't know me, BUT I have had great results and LOVE the program. Worth checking out!

  24. Wow I am so glad that I found your blog. It sounds like everything that has been going through my head. I am just starting out on my weight loss journey but you are welcome to check out my blog! (not sure how motivating it will be but I try)!
    I totally want that journal! I am headed to Barnes and Noble to pick it up tomorrow!


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