Wednesday, September 09, 2009

A Day in the Life of Pam

I get a LOT of questions about what I eat in a day, or what I do in a typical day, or what vitamins I take or blah, blah, blah... My life is really kind of boring, so it always amazes me when people want to know the minute details of my day. But I'm taking the plunge today and I'm going to document my day - in words and pictures. I'll update this post throughout the day as I do some new profound thing - ya know, like eat lunch or something. LOL!

BTW -- click on the pictures for a larger version. I'm writing little descriptions on them to explain what they are.

  • 6:15 a.m. --- alarm goes off and I hit snooze several times until I finally crawl out of bed around 6:35 a.m. Grab a quick shower, throw on clothes, pack my lunch...
  • 6:55 a.m. --- stepped on the scale for weekly weigh-in (oops! forgot to do it yesterday). The dang scale reads 190.4. Right now things are fluctuating between 185 and 190. I did have a pretty carby weekend, so I know that 190.4 number is partially water weight to deal with all that carb processing. The number doesn't upset me much - I know it'll be 185 on another day. Still holding out hope it'll eventually drop below 185 one of these days - but the heavens need to open up and angels need to sing first, I guess.
  • 7:15 a.m. --- heading out the door with a Protein Hot Chai Tea in my hand. Mixed using 1.5 servings of the recipe for 20oz of protein deliciousness and included in the mix... is UpCalD (calcium) and Metamucil FiberSure fiber supplement.
  • 8:25 a.m. --- stop at Top Dog (local convenience store) and grab a "Fake Latte" which is about 4oz of Vanilla Steamer and 16oz of Vanilla Creme` flavored coffee. It's my morning $1.25 caffeine fix - love these things!
  • 8:30 a.m. --- arrive at work, top off my coffee with another couple ounces and get to work dealing with email and voicemail.
  • Coffee starts my workday
  • 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. --- I've got a couple tapes of transcription leftover from yesterday waiting for my attention. I'll sip my coffee and get to work. The morning will be filled with more transcription, many edits to what I'm about to type and fitting in time to work on the big Expo I'm organizing (only 22 days till D-Day!).
  • 9:00 a.m. --- take dose of Bariatric Advantage Calcium Wild Cherry Lozenges.
  • Morning Vitamins
  • 10:00 a.m. --- My Palm Pre reminds me that I need to eat. I often forget breakfast because I'm usually already engrossed in work or whatever... so I need this alarm to remind me it's time.
  • Breakfast Reminder
  • 10:15 a.m. --- I finally get around to eating breakfast. Today it's Carbmaster Yogurt and 1/2c blueberries.
  • Breakfast
  • 11:00 a.m. --- Morning Vitamins - Centrum Adult Chewable Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin B-50, 500mg Magnesium, Colace, Vitamin A, Vitamin D-50k (once per week), Probiotics tablet. (NOTE: Just because this is what I take, does not mean that's what you should take. My vitamin regemine has been tweaked based on my lab results and consultation with my medical team. I'm posting this list here for informational purposes only.)
  • 11:05 a.m. --- Oops! Just realized that I don't have anything to drink yet this morning, so gotta go fill my water bottle with Crystal Light so I can take my morning vitamins. Dang! I seriously just choked on my vitamins today. I usually can just throw back the whole handful and take a drink and it's done. But once in a while things don't go down right and I end up with problems. Today the handful just didn't want to go down in one fell swoop... had to empty the mouth of half-dissolved pills, and take them one at a time. Gross! I hate when that happens.
  • 1:00 p.m. --- been typing a bunch this morning and working like a good girl. Played a bit on ObesityHelp forums, when I had a minute or two. Now it's time for lunch - White Chicken Chili and 3/4 of a serving of Pretzel Crisps (I need a crunch after a soft meal, it's a mental thing, I know, but if I resist I end up grazing on crap). And another dose of Calcium after I finish eating - the Wild Cherry Lozenges double as dessert. While I'm eating I am also working on school work - I have an assignment due by midnight tonight for my online Advertising class - and I'd rather finish it now than to tie up my free time later at home.
  • Lunch & GoWearFit
  • 1:00 p.m. -- listening to some music while I eat and do school stuff. I love Pandora Radio and right now I've got my Jason Mraz station playing (loving his songs "Curbside Prophet" and "I'm Yours" right now).
  • 1:30 p.m. --- Got a call from my mom. The doctors figured out what was causing the mysterious pain my grandmother was having. Not a pulled groin afterall - but a fractured hip. Grandma sees the orthopedic surgeon on the 22nd to figure out what they'll do - either do some fusion or cement filling of the bones or maybe hip replacement. She's in pain but now has some good drugs. Keep her in your prayers as she endures he next two weeks before she can see a specialist.
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  • 2:41 p.m. -- I heard there were leftover goodies in the breakroom. I cruised by hoping for something naughty. It was too picked over and no cookies left. I ate a soggy half of a strawberry that tasted like melon (yuck!) - oh well. No temptations to resist even though I was hoping for a cookie.
  • 3:10 p.m. -- Just took another dose of calcium. (Seriously, aren't you bored with this minute-by-minute account of my dull day?) Also taking a moment to check up on my Palm Pre blog updates and checking the App Catalog to see if there's any new programs to play with on my phone. Nope, nothing new yet.
  • 4:30 p.m. -- another Palm Pre alarm reminding me about my 4:30 snack. Today, as usual, it's 1/2 cup of grapes and two Sargento Light Mozz cheesesticks. Because of my schedule there's a very large gap between lunch at 1:00 and dinner around 7:30, so I've come to depend on this late afternoon snack to keep me saited until I can get home and have some dinner.
  • 5:00 p.m. -- Ok, so it's really only 4:40 right now, but I'm posting this one ahead of time. I'll take my final daily dose of calcium at 5pm as I'm packing up to leave the office and head for home. I used to take a bottle of water with me for the drive home, but I've stopped doing that since my 4:30 snack just washes away while I drive. So instead I'll have a full 20oz glass of Crystal Light when I get home as I'm preparing dinner.
  • 4:52 p.m. -- I was just fiddling around with my FitDay log to try and plan dinner. I should have caught this much earlier today, but I just realized it. I am going to be WAY low on calories today. I'm tentatively planning a turkey mignon and oven roasted carrots for dinner - which is a great choice, but it will also only put me at 1060 calories. Which means to hit my daily target of around 1500-1600 I'd need to find another 500 calories to eat between 8pm and bedtime around 11pm. Ok, I CAN do that pretty easily if I want to throw junk at my day, but it's much harder when I'm shooting for healthy. Well... at least I know I've got a 90 minute drive home to think about it and figure out a plan. But since I'm doing the Day in the Life thing here, figured I'd let you have a glimpse of my thought process at the moment.
  • 6:31 p.m. -- Ok, just got home and I'm about to head out again. I changed my clothes (capri cargo pants and black long sleeved t-shirt - I feel like I work for Ranger in Janet Evonovich's books). On the drive home I decided to head out on a scouting mission. I'm taking my nephew's senior pictures this weekend and need to find some cool locations for good shots. Also want to hit the library (it's open til 8 - I checked while I was driving) to look at the yearbooks from his school for the past couple years and see if there's some trends in pics I need to be aware of. So I'm grabbing a Chocolite Protein Bar and a bottle of water and will be back in a bit.
  • 6:45 p.m. -- heading out of town and passed this little house that has a veggie stand in their front yard - overflow from their garden. It was mostly tomatoes and peppers (which I didn't need) but found the cutest little acorn squash. Dropped my money in the box and I was on my way.
  • Garden Overflow
  • 8:30 p.m. -- just walked in the door - that took longer than I wanted it to. I am starving! I ate a mini Payday candy bar (leftover from the last long race) and 4 mini Quaker rice cakes. Turkey Mignon is on the George Foreman and should be ready soon. The photo scouting trip went well, I think. The library was a bust, latest yearbooks were from the 80's, but I got a couple books and audiobooks, so all was not lost. There's this really cool building down by the river that I love - it's abandoned and needs to be demolished - but the texture is amazing and the sunset shining through the broken windows is beautiful - I scouted for a way to get inside the fence, but it was locked up tight. Found a few other interesting location possibilities. I'm suppose to meet my nephew tomorrow for some "official scouting."
  • Score at the Library
  • Wish I could get inside
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  • 8:50 p.m. -- dinner time! It is a little late, but not really all that unusual for me. If I have a meeting or a workout after I leave the office, this is a typical dinnertime for me. Tonight it's Turkey Mignon (found 'em at Aldi's but it also looks like you can get them at Sam's Club) - these things taste like little turkey steak and I even eat them with A-1 sauce. At 31g protein, you can't beat it! I'm also having some leftover veggies from the pot roast I made over the weekend. It's carrots, mushrooms and onions that cooked all day in the beef drippings and diet coke mixture that I cooked the roast in. Super delicious. Plus I'll add a small side of the black bean and lentil salad I made for yesterday's support meeting (recipe coming tomorrow).
  • Dinner
  • 9:30 p.m. --- Ok, time for some schoolwork. My plan to get that assignment done at lunch didn't work out too well. The assignment required more reading and concentration that I was willing to give it earlier - so it gets done now instead.
  • 10:40 p.m. --- This will be the last update of the day. I'm fading fast and my eyes are sleepy. But I've got a mountain of laundry piled on my bed that needs attention before I can crawl in for the night. I'll take my bedtime vitamins (Centrum Multi-vitamin, colace, B-50, zinc) and try to get another 16oz of liquid in before bed.
  • 11:30 p.m. --- Ok, after I signed off here last night I ended up putzing around online and doing stuff around the house for another hour. The laundry piled on the bed never got dealt with - just moved the pile back to the chair for another day's task. Then I crawled into bed around 11:30 and read for a half hour. I'm in the midst of a pretty good book - The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards - it's pretty good so far and I'm anxious to see what happens in the end. Finally turned the light off just after midnight.
I'll update my total GoWear Fit tally tomorrow after I get the final reading. Calories are low today - I haven't been tracking my food in the past month or so but todays eats were pretty typical for what I've been doing lately. So it makes me wonder if that's the root problem with the scale -- my target calorie deficit of 500/day isn't being hit like I thought it was. I'll need to continue to track food for another few days until I get back up where I need to be (1500-1600 calories/day is my goal based on my current activity level).
You'll notice today that I didn't have any formal exercise. That was on purpose. I am officially "off workouts" for right now. My knee is bothering me so badly that even walking in and out of my house (the porch stairs) is a killer. That stupid staircase at the library today almost had me ... I should have known better and just taken the elevator. So instead of formal workouts right now, I'm trying to be more active in my life overall. I'm just laying low for now ... but I'll be back eventually.
PICTURES -- there are more! I didn't post all the photos I took today. If you want to see the rest, here they are.

Calorie Tally So tally

Calories: 1355 Fat: 34g (22%) Carbs: 137g (37%) Fiber: 28g Protein: 143g (41%)

Calorie Burn Tally (from GoWearFit) So Far:

10:00 a.m. -- 848 11:00 a.m. -- 945 1:00 p.m. -- 1133 2:42 p.m. -- 1261 3:13 p.m. -- 1306 4:40 p.m. -- 1431 8:58 p.m. -- 1977 11:59 p.m. - 2217

Caloires burned: 2217 Steps taken: 6580 Moderate Activity: 58 minutes


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