Unwind and Write – Journal Entry 5/14/15

Another crazy day of running around. Isn’t is supposed to be summer time?! I think I did pretty well today despite the lack of being home.

Breakfast (262 cals):

  • 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg
  • Light and Fit nonfat Greek yogurt with 1/8 c. gluten free granola
  • sugar free french vanilla creamer in coffee

Lunch (350 cals):

  • Tim Horton’s Turkey Bacon Club on a whole wheat bun

Snacks (530 cals):

  • Gluten free pretzels and mild cheddar cheese
  • White cheddar cheez its (at my father’s house, boo!)
  • 2 Dinosaur Fruit Snacks (gotta love ’em)

Dinner (237 cals):

  • Salmon with parmasean and butter
  • Roasted broccoli
  • Salad with light Ranch


  • 21 Day Fix Cardio (30 minutes)

Today’s Totals:

  • 1,379 (food) – 211 (exercise) = 1,168 cals
  • Carbs 44% at 169 g
  • Fat 31% at 51g
  • Protein 25% at 95g

Motivation to MOVE

I find it hard sometimes to get my booty off the couch to do a work out. It’s much easier to stay watching the my favorite tv show than to change my clothes, put on my sneakers and start a work out video. However, recently I’ve been looking forward to my work outs using these motivation strategies:

1. Put on some feel good music. Whatever works for you. I personally (and embarrassingly) put on some hard core rap booty shaking music to get me motivated to work out. I’ll add my work out playlist later for you all.

2. Have your work out planned ahead of time. If I have to search for a work out video or think about my work out that’s more time I have to spend thinking about how much I don’t want to work out

3. Buy fun and comfy work out clothes you’ll want to put on. If I have cute work out clothes, I’ll want to be in them all day, but don’t want to waste them by not working out that day.

4. Try taking a pre-workout. Only if you’re not sensitive to caffeine though! This will get your energy up so you’ll want to work out! There are sooooo many out there so do your research and talk to a professional.


Journal Entry 5/13/15

So today was a bit slower! I got to sleep in, worked out, babysat for a few hours before having dinner with a good friend!

Food diary:


  • 2 egg whites + 1 regular egg
  •  2 tbsp. sugar free french vanilla creamer in coffee
  • 1 whole wheat mini bagel
  • 1 tbsp. Sunbutter
  • 12 raisins


  • Lebanese chicken and brown rice with leban and cucumbers


  • light string cheese (Aldi brand)
  • 7 pepperoni slices
  • Smoothie: Designer Whey protein powder, 1/2 banana, 4 strawberries, 1/8 c. lowfat cottage cheese, 1 c. spinach


  • Applebee’s House Salad – no croutons, no bacon, no cheese
  • Applebee’s Chicken Tortilla Soup


  • PiYo Sweat workout DVD (Beachbody OnDemand)
  • 20 minutes 3.0 mph walking

Calorie totals (goal is 1,420):

  • 1,512 (food) – 166 (exercise) = 1,346 calories
  • 50.4 g fat (31% of macros) (goal is 30%)
  • 133.4 g of carbs (37% of macros) (goal is 30%)
  • 116 g of protein (32% of macros) (goal is 40%)

Overall not a bad day! Stayed pretty close to my macros despite going out to eat! yay!! Let me know how you’re doing!

Journal Entry 5/11/15

So this is going to serve as my food journal for today. Today I went on a field trip with 4th graders, then spent my afternoon at the hospital waiting for someone close to me to come out of surgery, so bare with me. My food log is not too great today.

Breakfast (226 calories):

  • 2 tbsp. sugar-free french vanilla creamer in coffee
  • Gluten free cinnamon raisin granola in light and fit vanilla greek yogurt
  • Handful of blueberries

Lunch (238 cals):

  • 2 slices low carb bread
  • 4 slices Oscar Meyer turkey breast lunch meat
  • 1 tbsp. light olive oil Mayo
  • 1 gala apple
  • Light string cheese (Aldi)

Snack (560 cals):

  • Brown sugar cinnamon Poptart
  • Garlic parmesean Pita Chips

Dinner (338 cals):

  • Wendy’s Chili
  • Romaine lettuce with 2 tbsp. light Ranch

Snack (100 cals):

  • Yoplait Greek 100 Whipped Strawberry Cheesecake yogurt

Exercise (-307 cals):

  • 30 minutes walking
  • 20 minute HIIT workout (Chalene TurboFire)

Food 1,462 – Exercise 307 = 1,155 cals

Carbs (53%) 201 g

Fat (28%) 46.5 g

Protein (19%) 74 g

So not the greatest on my macros, buttttt it could be a lot worse!

Journal Entry #1

So this is the way I generally enter my food in to a food log before entering it in to MyFitness Pal so my work out buddy and I can track each other’s food easier and hold one another accountable. It also makes me feel more guilty if I have to write down something that did not have any nutritional value.


However, it can be a pain in the butt when I am short on time (which seems to be more often than not). I am now going to start using this main page as my journal entries so all of you can hold me accountable for what I am putting in to my body!

How exciting!! Let’s begin with the basics!

By starting off, I want to introduce myself.  I am a Michigan State University graduate with a degree in Education. I am going on to the fifth year internship that MSU requires of their Teacher Preparation Program students. This means student-teaching full time for a whole year, without the ability to have a job. Oh, on top of being a full time Masters student at MSU as well. I have been a full time student for the past four years and have done my best to commit myself to eating healthy and exercising. I have struggled relentlessly the past four years to be able to stick to a healthy diet and regular exercise. I am not a body builder or fitness professional, only someone who has experienced many trial and errors in the journey to a healthier life. Only recently, I learned that it is imperative to write down foods you eat and how you feel and to track work outs in order to make that commitment to yourself. I found that I want to share my journals, recipes, and workouts with other people who could gain from having the resource!

I created this blog so that I can hold myself accountable with my diet and exercise but also to inspire others who think they cannot do the same with a busy schedule. I want others to be able to get ideas from me and share their comments and concerns and have the ability to have a supportive community on this blog. I will share insecurities I face and want this to be an open site because WE ARE ALL ONLY HUMAN. We all have things about ourselves we do not like, including myself but I am doing my best to improve my confidence and perception of my self.

Okay, we all know how hard it is to commit to a diet, work out, and not binge at the end of the day when the fridge/pantry is calling your name. I fall guilty of that time and time again. However, mistakes you make in your diet and exercise do NOT define you. You can only make the commitment to yourself that you will make the change to a healthier lifestyle. No one else can tell you to do something, you must make the first step. So I hope you decide to take it with me. Check back to the blog periodically. Comment on things you like or may want to try. Give me feedback. Who knows, maybe something on here can help!