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Keeping busy

July 30, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
It’s difficult to catch up after being away for a week, but here’s a brief rundown.

With my husband out of town, I’ve been busy keeping up with the everyday goings-on at home. This means, cleaning the pond filter, watering the hanging baskets, feeding the dogs and keeping their watering jug filled, as well as doing my own cooking.

That’s the hard part.

I managed to sneak away for the weekend with friends since I would have spent the weekend home alone anyway, so instead of sitting in front of the television or computer, we went for walks, watched the deer frolic in the backyard of their weekend cottage and did a bit of shopping. One thing we didn’t do was cook. I won’t go into the details, but let’s just say, everyone slips off the track once in a while and I am no exception. Fortunately, the important thing is to get right back on track, and I did that…somewhat.

Today began with a great breakfast that was very low in calories, filling and easy to make. I whipped three egg whites until they were foamy and poured them into a pan where I already sauteed one jalapeno pepper and a tablespoon of chopped onion. As the eggs set up in the pan, I added a half-cup of sliced mushrooms already pre-cooked for a minute or two in the microwave and a tablespoon of shredded cheese. Top this off with a cup of hot tea and the entire breakfast was less than 200 calories.

Lunch was equally filling. It included a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole-wheat homemade bread. To the plate I included a half-cup of baby carrots, which I dipped into a 100-calorie package of guacamole I found at the store. I prefer my guacamole on the chunky side, but this was pretty good. I tossed in a peach for dessert.

But trouble began about an hour after lunch when I was craving something else. I wasn’t even hungry, just wishing I could get away from my desk for a few minutes and as a result, I made the mistake of walking to the Dairy Queen directly behind my office. I make this trip about twice a year and today was it. What’s worse is, if I had to do it, I should have gotten the small vanilla ice cream cone, but instead I went for a medium. After checking the nutritional information online, I realized I could have saved myself 100 calories if I had made a better choice. Let this be a lesson to me…and to you if you’re thinking about ice cream. The cone was 340 calories. While it won’t do me in for the day because I plan to have a light dinner at home, it didn’t help. Nutritional information is easy to find online for nearly all chain restaurants and fast food eateries. One site I like to frequent for information is The woman who created the site is a fan of Weight Watchers and has listed hundreds of restaurants with nutritional information.

Because of the ice cream cone, which didn't hurt my calories although it didn't help with good nutrition, I wasn't ravenously hungry at dinnertime. I'm also on my own this week and have to cook for myself, so I tossed an Amy's rice mac and cheese in the microwave along with a two-ounce can of tuna and about a half cup of frozen peas. A filling dinner, quick, easy and barely any clean-up. My kind of meal.


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Breakfast: 2 ounces meat; 1/2 cup vegetables; trace milk; 30 discretionary calories. Total breakfast calories: 145