Happy and disappointed

I was so happy when I woke up this morning and saw the bright, beautiful sunshine. Because of the warmer temperatures and lack of wind, I decided it was time to try my first run outside after a very long winter inside.

I bundle up – a little too much I found out later on – and headed out. It was gorgeous outside. The streets in my neighborhood were a little slippery yet so I had to be very careful until I reached the main road. Once there, I took off on my run. It felt so good…for the first half a mile or so. I was slowly running out of breath. I think my pace was little too fast when I started. I slowed down a bit so I could keep a steady pace. 

I did end up walking – a total of three times – but not very far each time. It was just enough to catch my breath. I ended up going a total of 2.4 miles in 30 minutes. I was little disappointed. But just a little.

I was happy to finally be running outside, but I really thought I could run all of it and not have to walk. I guess that was the disappointing part. But, overall, I felt good. To be running outside instead of in my basement on the treadmill was fantastic! As the weather warms up, I hope to find many more of my days hitting the pavement instead of the treadmill!

Here’s to a better time and distance next time!

Ya gotta love Girl Scout Cookies, right?

This morning, as I was perusing the WebMD website (which I do frequently…not sure ask why…I just do!), and I came across an article about Girl Scout cookies. First off, this is the first year I didn’t buy any. Not that I did that on purpose, it just happened that way. I had the opportunity, as a co-worker’s daughter was selling them, but I kind of forgot. Maybe, subconsciously, I forgot. Nevertheless, I didn’t order any.

And honestly, that’s okay.

Anyway, so I was reading this article (www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/surviving-girl-scout-cookie-season), which was written by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD (whatever that means!) and found it to be very interesting. The article was titled, "Surviving Girl Scout cookie season: Can you enjoy Girl Scout cookies without blowing your diet?" First off, as many of you know, I despise the word diet, but I read most of the article because at the end, the author ranked the cookies. She ranked them from most figure-friendly to least, of popular Girl Scout cookie options.

Here is her rankings, which, to be honest, didn’t really surprise me:

1. *Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (1 100-calorie pack; 24 grams).
*Lowest in fat; lowest in saturated fat; lowest in calories
Fat grams: 2
Saturated fat grams: 1
Calories:100
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams:19
Fiber grams: less than 1
I tried these last year – and really, really liked them! Would definitely order them again. 2 WW pts.      

2. *Shortbread (4 cookies; 26 grams)
*Lowest in sugar; second-lowest in fat
Fat grams: 4.5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 4
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
I have never had these. 3 WW pts. 

3. Do-si-dos (2 cookies; 24 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 1.5
Calories: 110
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 16
Fiber grams: less than 1
These are okay, but wouldn’t necessarily order them again. 3 WW pts.     

4. Thank U Berry Munch (2 cookies; 25 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 18
Fiber grams: less than 1
I have never tried these, nor have I had of these. 3 WW pts.      

5. *Peanut Butter Sandwich (3 cookies, 35 grams)
* Tied with Lemon Chalet for highest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: less than 1
Um, yeah, love these. Go figure. I am a peanut butter lover! 4 WW pts.     

6. Thanks-A-Lot (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 3.5
Calories:150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1
I think I have tried these but don’t remember so they must not have been that memorable. 4 WW pts.     

7. Trefoils (5 cookies, 33 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 2.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 7
Total carbohydrate grams = 22
Fiber grams = less than 1
I have never heard of these. 4 WW pts.      

8. *Lemon Chalet Cremes (2 cookies; 32 grams)
* Highest in calories; Tied for highest in sugar with Caramel deLites; Tied with Peanut Butter Sandwiches for highest in carbohydrates
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 170
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: less than 1 gram
Um, yeah, once again, love these. They are so delectable! A true delight! Of course I love ‘em, they are high in calories and fat! 4 WW pts.

9. Lemonades (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 4
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: 0
Yep, love these, too! I would probably actually order these again and just try to eat two per day. 4 WW pts.      

10. Thin Mints from Little Brownie Bakers (4 cookies, 32 grams)
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 10
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1 gram
Hello, can you say delicious? These are my FAVORITE! And no, I would not and have not ordered these in a couple of years because I have no control with these. If I have one, I eat the whole sleeve….and yes, in one sitting! 4 WW pts.    

11. *Caramel deLites (2 cookies, 28 grams)
*Highest in sugar; Tied with Thin Mints by ABC and Samoas for the highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 140
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: 1
Just okay. Definitely not my favorite and probably wouldn’t ever order them again. 3 WW pts.      

12. Peanut Butter Patties (2 cookies, 28 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 150
Sugar grams = 10
Total carbohydrate grams = 17
Fiber grams = less than 1
Hmm, peanut butter? Yep, you guessed it….I love ‘em. Haven’t had any in a couple of years. 4 WW pts.      

13. *Tagalongs (2 cookies, 25 grams)
* Highest in fat: Lowest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams = 9
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 140
Sugar grams = 8
Total carbohydrate grams = 13
Fiber grams = less than 1 gram
Yep, love these, too. Wow, I guess I love a lot of the Girl Scout cookies. Maybe it was a good idea I missed out on ordering them! 4 WW pts.

14. Dulce de Leche (4 cookies, 30 grams)
Fat grams = 8 grams
Saturated fat grams = 3.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 9
Total carbohydrate grams = 19
Fiber grams = less than 1
Never heard of these. 4 WW pts.

15. * Samoas (2 cookies, 29 grams)
* Tied with Thin Mints (ABC) and Caramel deLites for highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 11
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
Just okay. I loved them when they first came out, but I think I may have eaten too many! Can definitely live without them. 4 WW pts.

16. *Thin Mints from ABC Bakers (4 cookies, 32 grams)
*Tied with Caramel deLites and Samoas for highest in saturated fat
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 6
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 10
Total carbohydrate grams = 21
Fiber grams = less than 1
Read my previous entry for Thin Mints. My ultimate favorite Girl Scout cookie…EVER! 4 WW pts.

So, now you know the scoop on Girl Scout cookies. Do you think it will change you mind about eating them? Or does it not really matter? Let me know your thoughts.

My first day

Okay, so I started my first day at my new part-time job today. First off, I have been at my full-time job for nearly 11 years, so it was really strange to be learning the ropes somewhere new.

It seriously brought me back to the days of being a teenager and starting that first job. It felt strange, kind of stressful, yet exhilarating. The first part was simple and easy – stock the tables with product. That wasn’t so bad, but strangely, it was fast paced. Fun, really. I will tell you one thing, there sure is a lot of product – more than I thought when I was just attending the meetings.

Next, it came time to learn how to weigh people in. I watched as the person training me weighed, calculated, smiled and offered comments when needed in such an effortless manner. Just like when I attend the meetings, I am in awe of the three women who currently work there. But I thought, "Yep, I can do this." Until it was my time to step in and start doing it. O-M-G!!!! Not that it was hard, but it was kind of stressful. I mean, come on, I am weighing people in and calculating their losses – and in some cases, small gains. If my math isn’t right, I can accidentally give someone a gain of two pounds instead of a loss of two pounds. I also felt like I had to hurry so I didn’t make anyone wait. Although really, I didn’t have to because everyone was so understanding and nice knowing that I was "the new girl." 

Once we got through everyone, it was time for just a little paperwork. That wasn’t so bad.

So, what was the most amazing part? I knew when the meeting started, I heard the leader begin her spiel, but then, all of a sudden, I heard her voice again and she was telling everyone to have a good day. It was all over and I didn’t hear a single word of the meeting. Oh, I did hear her tell everyone that I was there training today and everyone clapped, which, to be honest, was way cool. But that was it. I have no idea what the meeting was about. I don’t know what tips she gave everyone. I don’t know the important information she shared. That part kind of disappointed me. Kind of. I love attending the meetings.

But, I also loved doing what I did today and I can see myself getting more comfortable each week and really fitting in. I enjoyed it despite the fact that I missed the meeting. I definitely can’t wait for next week to do it all over again.

I am still here

I apologize that I haven’t taken the time to post lately…it seems I have been busier than normal. Or wait, maybe I should have said, lazier than normal!

Things have been going very well for me, which is maybe why I haven’t blogged in awhile….I don’t have much to blog about! The exercising is going better than expected and the eating is going about the same. I have my good days and my not so good days.

I do have good new to share with everyone…I started my new job at Weight Watchers today. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time right now to post, but I PROMISE I WILL POST TONIGHT and fill you all in. It was….

I will leave it at that for right now. Check back tonight after 8 p.m. and read all about it!

Thanks for hanging with me and reading my blog, as well as becoming a fan of mine on Facebook. I really, truly appreciate each and every one of you. Until later, take care!

Cereal and serving sizes

I used to be a cereal junkie – I would not only have cereal for breakfast, but I would often times have for lunch, an afternoon snack, a bedtime snack and sometimes, for supper. Okay, not all in the same day, though. I liked it because it was quick and easy and I thought, healthy. I was wrong. Sort of.

Sometimes, I would eat the good-for-you stuff like Cheerios, Wheaties, Shredded Wheat (yes, it was frosted!), Grape Nuts, Raisin Bran and such. And sometimes, I would eat the not-so-good stuff like Lucky Charms, Cap’N Crunch (the peanut butter variety), Cocoa Pebbles, Fruit Loops and more.

When I ate cereal, I would grab a bowl out of the cupboard – the one that came with our set of dishes, not some mongo bowl we bought separately because ours were too small and we wanted mongo-sized bowls. Nope, these were "thee bowls" that came with our set. Every time I poured the cereal, I never really paid attention to how much could actually fit in those mongo-sized bowls. I have one word: WOW!

Until yesterday. I was reading something on the Hungry Girl website about the serving sizes of different food items and I think cereal was mentioned, which made me think a little. (Yes, I do that from time to time.) Have you ever actually looked at what the serving size is for the cereal you’ve been eating? I was shocked. The ranges of serving sizes for the five boxes of cereal we have in our cupboard (my son and husband are still cereal junkies!) went from a half a cup to one cup, but the serving size most used was three-fourths of a cup. Yep, just a measly 3/4 cup. Really, who eats just three-fourths of a cup of cereal?

So, just for fun, I took out one of our mongo-sized bowls and poured a typical "Celeste-sized" amount of my son’s Lucky Charms into it. Then, I took the cereal and poured it into a giant-sized measuring cup. Giant-sized as in a glass, four-cup measuring device. Want to know how much was in that typical "Celeste-sized" bowl? You might be surprised.

First, I will tell you that I was shocked. I mean really, I thought our bowls were averaged-sized bowls. Like I said, they came with our set. But I guess looking back on it, we did go out and buy smaller – yes, I said, smaller – bowls because the ones we had were good for soup and such, but when we used to eat ice cream, we could go through a whole 1.5 quart container after serving up three bowls for my husband, my son and myself. So, yeah, I guess they are THAT big, which is good and bad I guess, depending on what you are eating. Ice cream, bad. Broccoli, good.

Anyway, the serving size on the box of Lucky Charms was three-fourths of a cup. 3/4 of a cup. The amount in the bowl? Three cups. Yes, 3 cups…….four times the serving size. FOUR! I seriously couldn’t believe it. A serving size – the 3/4 cup one – has 110 calories, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of fiber. OK, the fat and fiber aren’t that bad, but take the calories and multiply that by four and it adds up. Especially, when sometimes, I wouldn’t eat just one bowl. Hmmm, no wonder I was at the store buying cereal what seemed like all the time. I really was buying it all the time. And no wonder I wasn’t ever losing weight.

After finding out how much was in the bowl, I immediately went to my Weight Watchers website and punched in a typical serving size – 3/4 cup – of Lucky Charms. It was only two points. Not bad, I thought. Then, I typed in three cups, which is the amount in the bowl, and it was 8.5 points. YIKES.

I honestly believe that cereal is one of those foods that people just eat and don’t even think about. I don’t think there are too many people out there who actually eat just one serving of their favorite brand. I mean, really, why would anyone eat just 3/4 cup of Lucky Charms. If I am going to eat cereal, I want enough to make it worth it. Come on, really? Three-fourths? I don’t think so. That’s like eating three bites, isn’t it?

Now, I should have mentioned I had no intentions of eating the cereal, I was just using it as an experiment. So, I poured it back into the box, closed it up tightly and put it back in the cupboard. My son will have no clue I tampered with his cereal! :-)

After checking out the Lucky Charms, I decided to check into a few others. Here’s what I found. A serving size of Grape Nuts consists of 200 calories, 1 gram of fat and 7 grams of fiber. I used to eat Grape Nuts on a regular basis, not only because I thought it was uber healthy, but because I really loved the taste, especially when I would cut up a banana on it. A 1/2 cup serving has 3 WW points. I guarantee you that I never ate just a 1/2 cup portion. Two cups of Grapes Nuts, however, has 15.5 points and three cups, which I am sure I ate on more than one occasion, has a whopping 23.5 points. Seriously, and I used to eat it all the time. Thank goodness I don’t anymore. 

Here’s some more: Wheaties – 3/4 cup = 1 point, 3 cups = 7.5 points; Cheerios – 1 cup = 2 points, 3 cups = 5.5 ponts; Cap’N Crunch, 3/4 cup = 2 points, 3 cups = 9 points; Frosted Shredded Wheat – 1 cup = 3 points, 3 cups = 10.5 points; Cocoa Pebbles – 3/4 = 2 points, 3 cups = 8.5 points and Raisin Bran, 1 cup = 3 points, 3 cups = 11 points.

So next time you reach for a box of cereal, just out the facts first and make sure your measuring cups are nearby or, just make sure you’re not using a mongo-sized bowl!

P.S. Check out the Confessions of a Fat Girl Facebook page and see what people have to say about the question I posted on cereal.