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My Daily Food Diary: 7/20/12

Posted Jul 23 2012 3:11pm

Breakfast #1

Today, I started the day the way I typically do, with 2 big glasses of water because I wake up so thirsty living here in the desert. This was quickly followed by  a half a banana with a little almond butter (2 PPV) I forgot to snap the picture, so here’s the one from yesterday…

Half Banana and Almond Butter

Half Banana & Almond Butter (2 PPV)



I then got in my morning exercise, a 20-minute walk with Francie, followed by a 30-minute walk on my own. I also added 10 minutes of yoga stretches and a few minutes of deep breathing and contemplation. By the time I got home I was ready for some breakfast.

Ready to Walk

Ready to Walk

Breakfast #2

I had a slice of sourdough toast with peanut butter (4 PPV) and 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt with some chopped peaches, drizzle of honey and 1 tablespoon sprinkling of granola (4 PPV)…

Toast & Peanut Butter and Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Peaches

Toast & Peanut Butter, Nonfat Yogurt and Peaches


Then it was off to get ready for my 12:15 Weight Watchers At Work Meeting where we started a new 10 week series. I look forward with my Fridays with this group so much. The participants are fun and nice and so enthusiastic about the program. (In the first 10 weeks, they lost over 260 pounds!)


After the meeting I did a few errands, including stopping into Sprouts for a few things. While I was there I grabbed one of their great freshly made $2.99 sandwiches, ham & cheddar on wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, red onion, sprouts and mustard.

When I got it home, I added extra sliced cucumber and avocado. I split it with Rod and decided to splurge, adding in a serving of potato chips. I love love love potato chips but need to weigh out my 1 ounce portion and tuck the bag away in the pantry so I don’t end up eating more than I intend. The days of eating directly from the bag are long gone if I intend to stay happy, healthy and slim! (Total PPV = 11)

1/2 Ham & Cheese Sandwich with Chips and Iced Tea

1/2 Ham & Cheese Sandwich with Chips and Iced Tea (11 PPV)

After lunch, I did a few chores around the house and then got to work on the computer, preparing my post for my first Recipe Redux challenge. The topic this month was no-cook meals, so I chose this yummy simple no-cook Weight Watchers friendly tuna and white bean salad .

Then I curled up with a book I haven’t been able to put down since discovering it:   French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters . It’s a fun informative look at the vast differences between American and French eating styles. I’m glad that for the past several years I’ve been practicing eating and drinking more like a French woman, slowing down and really savoring my food. It makes sticking with the Weight Watchers plan so much easier.


Before I knew it, it was time to whip up some dinner. I had leftover chicken in the fridge and everything I needed to make this deliciously yummy creamy pasta with chicken, broccoli, and basil. It’s based on a recipe I found in The Perfect Recipe for Losing Weight and Eating Great  and was much better than this picture suggests…

Skinny Creamy Pasta with Spicy Chicken Broccoli, and Basil

Skinny Creamy Pasta with Spicy Chicken, Broccoli, and Basil (10 PPV)


With a glass of chilled light Italian white wine (4PPV), it was the perfect way to close a fun and productive day!

The Day in Review:

Activity: 45 minutes walking with Francie (3 PPV)
Multivitamin: Yes
Water: 8+ glasses
Fruits & Vegetables: 4
Whole Grains: 1
Low Fat/NonFat Dairy: 2
Lean Protein: 3
Healthy Oils: 2
Total Daily PPV: 35

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