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18% More For Your Fat Cells! Calories in commercially prepared foods don't match the labels.

Makes me want to really re-consider bothering to add the calories up each day.  Not that I DO, but when I do, I want it to be relatively accurate!  I am not surprised though -- especially for restaurant foods -- it calories cannot be an exact science or amount without being weighed and tested every. single. time.  

The Accuracy of Stated Energy Contents of Reduced-Energy, Commercially Prepared Foods

The accuracy of stated energy contents of reduced-energy restaurant foods and frozen meals purchased from supermarkets was evaluated. Measured energy values of 29 quick-serve and sit-down restaurant foods averaged 18% more than stated values, and measured energy values of 10 frozen meals purchased from supermarkets averaged 8% more than originally stated. These differences substantially exceeded laboratory measurement error but did not achieve statistical significance due to considerable variability in the degree of underreporting. Some individual restaurant items contained up to 200% of stated values and, in addition, free side dishes increased provided energy to an average of 245% of stated values for the entrees they accompanied. These findings suggest that stated energy contents of reduced-energy meals obtained from restaurants and supermarkets are not consistently accurate, and in this study averaged more than measured values, especially when free side dishes were taken into account. If widespread, this phenomenon could hamper efforts to self-monitor energy intake to control weight, and could also reduce the potential benefit of recent policy initiatives to disseminate information on food energy content at the point of purchase.

A little extra splootch of Mac Sauce here, a smidge of cheese there, it happens.  That's why my suggestion is, OVERESTIMATE or round up.  And if you don't think this matters, because "dieters" shouldn't be eating fast food -- this study was also done on foods like "Lean Cuisine" frozen diet meals, which, also had more calories than indicated.

Fooducate Blog -

If you’re scoffing and thinking that people wanting to lose weight shouldn’t be in a fast food joint to begin with, we’ve got more bad news. The researchers also checked 10 popular frozen meals and found an average 8% discrepancy, again skewing to a lower calorie count than was actually present. Lean Cuisine’s shrimp and angel-hair pasta claims 220 calories, but clocked in at 319 (45% more!).

Let’s have some back-of-an-envelope math fun, shall we?

If a supposedly 2000 calories-a-day diet is actually 18% higher in calories, that means 2360 calories or an extra 360 calories a day consumed. Since every 3500 calories are equivalent a pound to our body weight, approximately every ten days we’d gain one pound of body weight. In one month, we’d be up 3 lbs. In one year, a whopping 36 pounds!

I wish I could blame my recent gain on poor Lean Cuisine math.

December 28, 2009

Weight - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA, you're kidding, right?  Kiss my fat ass.

About 1,050 calories right now.

Dear Internet: I resolve to not resolve. Maybe.

The New Year is here, and whether you intend to or not, resolutions are made. Do you consciously make resolutions for the new year? Or do you avoid making them to avoid breaking them?  (Nods yes to both.)


1. The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination.

2. A resolving to do something.

3. A course of action determined or decided on.

4. A formal statement of a decision or expression of opinion put before or adopted by an assembly such as the U.S. Congress.

5. Physics & Chemistry The act or process of separating or reducing something into its constituent parts: the prismatic resolution of sunlight into its spectral colors.

6. The fineness of detail that can be distinguished in an image, as on a video display terminal.

7. Medicine The subsiding or termination of an abnormal condition, such as a fever or an inflammation.

So.  Maybe I can, you know, subside my abnormal condition, of chubby?

The ASA suggests:

“A new year is a great time to think about the changes we want to make in our lives. Being and staying well is a resolution many people make for the New Year, but those resolutions can lead to frustration when we find we have set unrealistic goals,” said Philip R. Muskin, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University and Chair of the APA Council on Psychosomatic Medicine. “Making a resolution to change one thing that will make us healthier is a priceless gift that only we can give to ourselves.”

Try again. Everyone has made, and broken past resolutions, that does not mean that you won’t succeed this time. Start with a positive approach, including thinking about what has disrupted your good intentions in the past. Don’t discourage yourself with a negative outlook.

Don’t make too many resolutions. Trying to eat better, exercise more, quit smoking and reduce stress is too much to tackle at once. Pick a realistic, attainable goal with a reasonable time frame.

Choose your own resolution. Make sure this is something that you want to accomplish for yourself and not for friends or family. When you attain the goal they will benefit from your success as well.

Make a plan and write it down. Plan what you’d like to accomplish in three or six months. Achieving small goals over time gives you a sense of accomplishment and motivation to keep going. Writing your goals down is a good way to keep track of your progress.

Involve friends and family. They can support your efforts, and can motivate you to keep going. Setting a personal goal is not a “promise” which can never be broken. Don’t paint yourself into a corner by overstating what can be a realistic change you plan to make.

Forgive yourself. If you get off track, don’t think that you failed. Review your plan and make adjustments.

Congratulate yourself. Reward yourself when your intermediate goals or resolutions are met.

In the WLS crowd, a major resolution is always, â€œlose weight!”

Sure, it’s a nationwide resolution, America runs on this resolution, just look at the the big box store shelves approximately December 26th - January 5th and on, until the February CANDY hits. 

You are bound to see cases of Slim-Fast, exercise DVDs, yoga mats and boxes of fat-burner pills featured everywhere, capitalizing on your freshly chosen resolution to drop a few.   Today at Wal-Mart dot com:Picture 21

 Tell me I am not tempted to pull out my stash of protein powder and Start Today.  Tell me.  


Yesterday was Halloween and while I would like to think it was just a trick -- the scale does not lie -- and I got a serious fright.  No, I mean it.  After last weekend's NY trip, and the fact that I really did not snack at all I thought I would be hanging on to a few pounds lost!  But, oh no, we're right back to where we started, to the:

AW HELLS NAW There Will Be No Further Weight Gain From This Point Forward, You HEAR ME?

There is ZERO reason for my body to maintain ANY weight higher than this, unless I am liquefying Big Macs and drinking them for meals.  This doesn't even have anything to do with Halloween candy -- I didn't buy any -- give any out -- nor take any of the kid's candy!  This is just ME! 

I played with my BMR on the OH Weight Tracker, and it's pretty scary, seeing the calories to maintain size.   Considering:  Your Estimated Resting Metabolic Rate + Activity Factor: 2231 Calories burned?  I have only gained recently, no loss, aside from a 5 lb here, 5 lb there, and back to the same place.  Yes, it's a broken record, however, this is serious now as I refuse to slide into 14-16-18-20-22-24-26-28W, okay? 

You say, "it's not possible," but tell that to the percentage of post-ops who regain most of their weight back, it's too easy at a certain point.

The reality:  I can eat nearly any damn thing I want, most at a normal serving size, and I am hungry every 60-90 minutes.  That there is DANGEROUS. 

I can see a few in the peanut gallery out there giggling, "HAHAHAHA!  Neener neener neener!  We tole you -- Tostito Eater!"  But, lemme tell you, it ain't chips.  It may be BBQ pork.

At least WITHOUT a stomach pouch, I was only hungry at three meal times and maybe a snack or two, and I could get full (or over full of course, I was 300+ lbs!) and remain that way for a long stretch.

The fix?  Duh.  Back to planning, journaling, scheduling, choosing, or as I like to call it, dieting.  "But, it's a lifestyle, not a diet."  Uhhh, yeah, sure it is.


1. food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health: Milk is a wholesome article of diet.
2. a particular selection of food, esp. as designed or prescribed to improve a person's physical condition or to prevent or treat a disease: a diet low in sugar.
3. such a selection or a limitation on the amount a person eats for reducing weight: No pie for me, I'm on a diet.
4. the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group: The native diet consists of fish and fruit.
5. food or feed habitually eaten or provided: The rabbits were fed a diet of carrots and lettuce.
6. anything that is habitually provided or partaken of: Television has given us a steady diet of game shows and soap operas.
–verb (used with object)
7. to regulate the food of, esp. in order to improve the physical condition.
8. to feed.
–verb (used without object)
9. to select or limit the food one eats to improve one's physical condition or to lose weight: I've dieted all month and lost only one pound.
10. to eat or feed according to the requirements of a diet.

suitable for consumption with a weight-reduction diet; dietetic: diet soft drinks.

Yep. Not a lifestyle, unless it's sold to you that way.  All diet-plans are sold as lifestyles, to make them palatable -- to show The Quality Of Life As A Thin Person. 

"Nothing tastes as better as thin feels?"  Especially when you're eating rodent pellets.

Why the fuck else would one eat Jenny Craig?  "Because it tastes good?" 

And, after watching a DS'er eat dinner this week, HOT DAMN WOULD WE LOVE TO HAVE THAT LIFESTYLE?!?!

Not. going. there.  But, as I slug back a protein shake with added fruit and fiber, I will state for the record, that it's on.  Again.  And, likely again, and again.  This is the lifestyle I chose.

Without further ado today's lifestyle:

  • Espresso + soy milk (First thing to try to "cut back" the amount of milk I have been using. Gah.)
  • ISS OhYeah! Nutritional Shake, Vanilla Creme
    • 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries, 1 TBSP Flaxseed

Funky Friday

*Just because.  Do not hold me to it.

Today -- I need to get on the phone with the hotel for the OH NY Event.  I booked my "ride" there for the day before my hotel reservation starts.  My ride has their room booked for the right day. Scheduling fail on my part.  Ha. 

I also need to gather some clothes, as I am frankly scared to dig out my dry-cleaned Dress Clothes from last year.  They are all size 8-10 I believe.  I would be lucky to shove my ass into a 12-14.  I have had two failed trips to the mall, so I really must shops sans Three Year Old.  She is a bad shopping companion.  It's become a run and grab thing, shopping.  Run - grab milk - run out.  In fact - I walk into a local grocery store through the LIQUOR section, to avoid the bakery, because "MAMA COOKIES!  COOOOOOOOOOOOOOKIES!"  And then I leave through the wrong door.  Wal-Mart -- walk in through the garden area, and leave the same way!  She won't cry for a leaf-blower. 

I am hoping I can go tomorrow -- if the FIL wants to deal with her and her older sister for a few hours -- he's good about that.

Picture 20


  • Weight - About that many.  I will weigh when I get in the shower.  Hopefully it's still in the right direction.

I'm licking my screen.  I can smell that cinnamon roll from over here.  Luckily I do not have that kind of food at my disposal, so the worst that could happen?  An Atkins bar, in cinnamon, which I do not like in the least.   I do, however, have pig fat in the cheese drawer.  (Maybe BLT for dinner?  Wait, I have no T and no L aside from mixed greens that the kids won't touch.  Phhhhllllbt.  I don't need it anyway.) 

Here's to another day of TRYING.  I ended yesterday within limits. 

Today,  I will attempt to end below limits.  I wish I could make a protein shake STICK in my guts, if it did, I could I so do it all day long.  I LIKE THEM.  I AM A FREAK.  My biggest problem is that they shoot through my pouch and into my 'stines immediately and it's time to eat again.  Add fruit, yum, and it lasts longer, but sometimes crashes my blood sugar, so I have to eat again!

The cure for that is to eat a side of a cow all day long.  I got through one bite of steak last night.  ONE.  I cannot eat dense meat like that.  I quit and ate cooked carrots and one-half a small potato.  Hello carbs.

It's got to be cooked in liquid, raw or shredded meat.  Enter in shredded meat?  Then I want shit on it, mayo, BBQ... killing the point of having dense meat only.  Again I get to the place where I realize turkey breast is the only way to go here, plain turkey, maybe a touch of whatever on it.  It likes me, I like it.  We're good. 

I know what I should be eating.  It's not that.  It's the calories.  I could eat meat, beans and greens all day long, but keeping it in a low calorie range is killer.  Sure, I could try to go super-low carb to screw the calories (it works!!) but that throws a lot of what I live on, out the window.  There's got to be a balance.

It's another long day, Dad has class tonight.  For those of you who rolled your eyes about it, here is the thing... he is terrified that his company is slicing and dicing due to the financial world's status.  If he loses his job, we are up the creek without a paddle, and I can't swim very well.   Because?

Even if I could drive, working outside of the house is next to impossible to consider with the cost of daycare.  Once this wild child is in school for more than a few hours a day, I could swing something, but nothing will pay me enough to pay for care/gas to make it worth anybody's time.  My hire-able skills?  HA. 

I am 'worth' about $10 an hour.  $10 per hour for what, 20 hours a week, during school?  What does care cost?  You see, I will end up negative.  I was making coffee in my last outside work, it gave me pocket money.  Yeah.  Not going to cut it to pay bills.

He started this class as a life-preserver, just in case the horrible happens, he will have at least one other hire-able option on his resume.  Why?  He has had a handful of things I will not refer to, and it doesn't seem that the grass is any greener elsewhere at this time, and he really, really NEEDS his job that he HAS.  He was turned down for one, because he asked for equal pay, and was told he was the candidate of choice, but they can't match pay.   Another is pending, but grass/green?  Who knows.  It's scary no matter what.

He is taking online courses for business and face-to-face courses for Emergency Medicine.  He never made it through much of college the first time years ago, because he came home to work to support the insta-family we had.

Edited to add:  We are lucky.  At least he still has his job.

  • Atkins Bar (180)
  • Power Crunch (190)
  • Baby Lettuce/no cal dressing 
  • Ginger Snaps 
  • Summer squash, Perdue Chicken Nuggets, two bites brown rice  
  • Pure Protein  


Weight - Meh.  It's in the right direction.  I won't post it until I see 159 again.  :P

Not in order, but written down!  The I will say this day ends at 1400 calories, I am likely to grab something at bedtime.

Calorie goal: 1,560 • Consumed: 1,270

Food Item Servings Cals
Kraft Finely Shredded Mozzarella 1.00 80
ISS Oh Yeah! Protein Wafer (chocolate/chocolate) 1.00 180
Tofu 3.00 51
365 Organic Organic Miso Broth 2.00 50
Atkins Chocolate Coconut Bar 1.00 170
Oh Yeah! Chocolate & Caramel Good Grab Bar 1.00 190
Espresso 4.00 8
Starbucks Unsweetened Soymilk 1.32 106
Special K Tomato And Herb Crackers 1.00 90
Red Potato With Skin 1.00 100
Great Value Canned sliced Carrots 1.00 20
Beef London Broil-top Round 0.15 27
ISS Oh Yeah! Protein Wafer 1.00 180
Pea Pods 1.00 11
Mushrooms 0.15 2
Bok Choy 0.50 5
Totals: 1,270

A don't.


Do not try the new miniature Kellogg's Chocolate Mini-Wheats. I warned you.

Even if the serving size is 54 little pillows of shredded love, don't. I just had to put the box AWAY, because I really do not require 27 carbs for breakfast. Step BACK from the cereal.  I ate about half a serving, dry, because who needs cow breast milk anyway- EWW.  Of course I did not plan to eat them, it's the hand-in-box syndrome that happens only when you are preparing food for someone else.

"Get a grip, woman."


Your mind: 

Just one, oh, those are GOOD!  What's the serving size?  54?!  Wow.  A handful and a half?  100 calories!  Woot.  Wait, you said these are carb-o-licious?  Oh, yeah.  Oops. 

In the scope of all things breakfast, 100 calories of shredded wheat is nothing, but it does spark the blood sugar and start the day rollin' badly.   *thumbsup*


Nothing to see here.

Pay no mind, just move along.  I never, ever finish these.  Nor do I finish my intake logs online if I choose to log that way, even when I have a super-great day, I don't remember to write everything down.   I notice that others on those sites with public records also don't follow-through or log in very often either.  I have never been a fan of counting, measuring or logging, only when needing to check in and get a grip.  Like when?

It's healthy to KEEP YOUR MUFFIN OFF(Study)

Continue reading "Nothing to see here." »


I sneeze oddly.  I say, "hugachoo!"  The kids make fun of me.

I had a cohd in my node I think.  It's been forever since I have been sick, so it's only right that this starts on the first day of spring!   I'll take it.  I am hoping whateverthehell was wrong with Mr. MM last night is NOT a virus.  He ate dinner - and a while later was doubled over in a state of I AM GOING TO DIE NOW, following by unproductive wretching.  I asked if he thought I poisoned him via turkey burger - no.   Sat in a fetal position for about an hour, and it passed.  Musta been a RNY thing.  I laid upstairs watching THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING WOMAN,  thankful that I don't have that kind of skin, only in miniature.  Although if I gain at the rate I was  - I will at some point.

I stepped on the Wii and it told me to get the fuck off, showing me my BMI increase.  Super.  Then it asked me "Have you seen Bob?  Does he look LIGHTER OR HEAVIER?"  WTF?  I played hula-hoop not well, running, did okay, and stepping, FAIL.  I cannot follow the patterns.  It makes me apeshit.  The eye-brain thing does NOT translate.  I am probably more suited for Mr. Simmons and Sweatin'.  :x  Let's grapevine!

PS.  I know I never finish these food logs.  All hell breaks loose at 3pm.  I never follow through.  I might put you know, ACTUAL PAPER out to food journal.  And forget it if you think I can remember what I had a day before - going back to finish the log - I barely remember what day it IS.

Weight - JUST UGH.  BMI = overweight.

  • Unsweetened soy cappuccino.
  • Chike Protein, 5 strawberries, ice, water.


11:52 - Stopped cleaning up a disaster, because I am shaking.  Blood sugar 64.  WHAT THE?!  It's NOT time to eat!  I just ate 59? minutes ago?!  Stabs again, lower. 

Photo 1
Liquid day FAIL.  I have to back up the glucose with complex carb/fat/protein.

  • 1 slice cheese, 1/4 cup brown rice
  • Like five bites brown rice 
  • Pure Protein Bar  

On that note.

Picture 14
And, I haven't entered a damn thing on this Daily Plate chart in forever.

So.  Yeah.

Own it.  I will.

I don't wannnnnnnnna.

  • 6:30-10am - Soy Slender Chocolate Soy Milk in Espresso
  • 10:00am - 1 Light Wheat Roll, Chicken Breast, Celery, Mayo.
  •  11:30am - Feeling shaky and HUNGRY.  I don't want to eat yet.  DAMN IT.  Blood sugar 65mg and dropping.  This is why Beth eats constantly.  (I have not been testing unless symptomatic.)
  • 11:30am - Glucose tabs.
  • 11:50am - Pure Protein Bar

Freaking Friday.

I get a lot of email.

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Weight - ?

I'm aggravated today. Writing down my intake.  I have been trying to cut down, really.  I have stopped the random bread-carb eating.   That is, until 2:30pm today.  Snort.

When all hell breaks loose, I should just put a gate on the kitchen.

  • Pure Protein Bar (180, 20 protein)
  • Pure Protein Bar (180, 20 protein)
  • Chef Jay's Protein Puffs (198, 19 protein)
  • Hot Pocket
  • Rice Cakes
  • String Cheese + 1/2 granola bar


I started out feeling good this morning.  Did some cleaning, laundry, avoided a child poop painting, all the usual stuff.  I now have a one-sided headache.   And, I had a reaction after snack/lunch, I have a feeling it was just too many carbs.  I did not check my blood sugar, again because I was concerned it was pre-seizure feelings.  It wasn't low blood sugar, I am thinking I FEEL rapid glucose changes in my head, I might you know.  Because these swooshes - or whatever happens usually does not include sickness, it's always a bizarre head feeling. 

Real DUMPING is different.  I have to stop the world for a while when I dump and sit or lay down. 

I didn't have to do that just now, I just waited for it to pass.  It happened twice yesterday.  Once in the afternoon, then in the evening.  I even swoosh-posted yesterday (much like drunk-dialing) and do not remember pressing "submit." 

  • Soy Slender Chocolate in coffee (I'm out of espresso beans, THE HORROR.)
  • Breakfast - ISS Oh Yeah Protein Wafers 
  • Keribar by Nugo
  • Strawberry_chocolate_chip
  • Lunch - Power Crunch Bar + String Cheese
  • Snack - CLICK + Chocolate Metromint in the CocoMotion
  • Dinner
  • Snack

Thursday's Food.

Weight - Haven't.

I actually wrote everything down yesterday, I will go back and finish calculating, but I think I was juuuuuust at my limit.  Certainly ending the night with bread was awesome, but, whatever. 


  • 7am - CLICK, ice, water, 2 ounces unsweetened soy milk, cocoa powder
  • 10am - 1 low fat string cheese
  • 12pm - 1 Atkins Peanut Butter Cup (Wait, were these recalled?)  :x  1 sample pack Syntrax Protein
  • 1:30pm - Small green salad, olive oil, 1 low fat string cheese
  • 2:00pm - ISS Oh Yeah Good Grab Almond Fudge Brownie
  • 3:30pm  - Soy cappuccino
  • 4:00pm - 2 low fat string cheese 
  • At some point - white roll, butter. 
  • 6:30pm - Turkey burger, 1 slice 2% cheese, dip of ketchup 
  •   1400 calories here.

What am I eating? Sunday.

  • Unsweetened soy cappuccino + 2 low fat string cheese (200)
  • Medium Iced Coffee, dark with cream (50)
  • BK Burger Shots 2 pack (220)  (These, could be deadly.  Although the pack of them could feed a few of us.  I don't like all the bread -- too gooey -- so I picked the bread off from around the burger.) Onion Rings - (150) 
  • Leftover vegetable tofu soup (100?)

Feeling like JELLO.

I am need to quit eating badly.  I have these - and a cabinet full of other healthy goodies.
And, what have I been eating?  I won't tell you.  It isn't pretty.  Nah, it's not that horribly bad, but... GAWD.  QUIT IT.  I told you that if I bounced up a lot of pounds it was because I am off the Topamax.  Yup.  The effects of THAT have worn off.  I am eating the walls.  HUNGRY. HUNGRY. HIPPO.

MAKE IT STOP.  I am right now blaming the new med.  But, that won't fly for long.  It gives me JELLO brain.  It makes me sleepy, lethargic, and just jello-y.  Good news, no seizures, nothing.  I felt something coming maybe once or twice, but once it was after a very carbolicious food and lots of caffeine, so I can't blame my brain.  Anyway - this must end.  I think I may dig into the protein cabinet and quit this bullcrap before it gets worse.

I got on the scale.  Holy shit.  That is fast.  Last week - I ate meals every day nearly three times a day at the hospital.  Since I got back I have been a grazing moo-cow.  It shows on the scale.  (Don't ask what I saw.  I am appalled.)

I am not a fan of the "Five Day Pouch Test," however, as of tomorrow morning I am getting back to basics, or something like it.  I can't follow rules like the "pouch test" but I can stop the screwing around.