One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Yesterday was Snack-tastic Zoo Day!

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Yesterday I took the boys and met Big Phat Mama at the Zoo. We had a blast!

I decided to pack a bunch of snacks instead of buying lunch. It worked out great. When I got hungry, I just grabbed another snack out of my bag. Sometimes I think we focus too much on structured meals. There’s nothing wrong with skipping a big meal now and then and replacing it with functional snacks. At least it works for me.

When I got home it was dinner and then workout time. My run was great.

Chart from Nike+

It’s amazing how 2 miles starts to seem like a cinch once you get into the 5 mile range. I did 4 miles on Tuesday and it nearly killed me. I walked a bunch, slowing my pace down to about 12 and half minutes a mile. Last night? I breezed through the run. Stopping only to turn around. I felt fantastic!

When I got home I was HUNGRY! It was late, around 10pm and I stared at the pantry wondering what I could grab quick. Popcorn? Cheese and crackers? Granola bar? DORITOS?

No, no, no, NO!

Instead I decided to make this…

A whole grain sandwich thin topped with some leftover skillet veggies, a bit of leftover chicken, and an ounce of muenster cheese on top.

It. Was. Delicious. And way more satisfying than anything I could have pulled out of that pantry. I haven’t officially calculated the nutritional info, but I’m estimating it to be about 250 calories. Do you know how fast I could have ate 250 calories of Doritos and been left still unsatisfied?

Umm about 2.5 seconds.

I’ve been snack grabbing instead of getting creative and it’s definitely affecting my weight loss and motivation.

Anyway. Here’s yesterday’s food journal. I was planning on posting it last night, but it was just too late. I can not BELIEVE how fast the day seems to fly by anymore. It seems like every second is accounted for.

Food Notes
1 egg/1 egg white with onion, zucchini and bacon bits I always feel better when I start my day with eggs.
strawberries my first snack at the zoo
Larabar second snack at the zoo
carrot sticks third snack at the zoo
twist ice cream cone fourth snack at the zoo
That’s It Bar fifth snack at the zoo
small steak, sweet potato fries, roasted veggies Great dinner with the family! :)
banana Pre workout snack
“pizza” made on a sandwhich thin with leftover skillet veggies, leftover chicken and 1 oz of cheese Hungry and didn’t want to go nuts on the snacks. Instead I made this and was totally satisfied!
2 mile run and weight training
ok and totally forgot.

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There are 8 comments so far.


    July 28, 2011

    Hi Roni, fantastic looking day, and fantastic looking snack!! Hope today is equally as good!


    July 28, 2011

    I miss days out like that when my kids were little! I do much better with real meals then a lot of little snacks – we are all so different. I need a good bit of protein to feel full.

    What a wonderful day with the boys!


    July 28, 2011

    great job! I am struggling with running! The 1st mile I run in 11:45 and then I run a half mile in 9 minutes! Any suggestions ?


    July 29, 2011

    At first I thought this was something I make semi-regularly, but it looks equally delicious!!! (I make portobello pizzas- just clean them, top them like pizzas, and bake!)


    July 29, 2011

    I am so impressed you made a healthy snack so late. I would have totally grabbed a box of crackers or some other lazy food! Plus, it’s awesome you are running at night. I am sure it’s tempting to come up with a 1000 reasons why you are too tired after watching the 2 kids all day! You are a great inspiration on all counts!!


    July 29, 2011

    Like the veggie skillet. Looks delicious. I tried my first Larabar yesterday. Peanut Butter Cookie. It was really good. I can’t believe it only had 3 ingredients. I am going to look for the pumpkin ones I’ve seen on Amazon.


    July 29, 2011

    Tara – Time. Give yourself time. I still bomb out on the second half of some of my runs. Your stamina will increase the more you do. One thing that helps me immensely is sprinting the last 100 or so yards. Doesn’t wonders for your pace over all.


    July 31, 2011

    Great job on your run. LOVE going to the zoo. Your little guy is getting so big!