Tuesday, August 11, 2009

From the Freezer

When I went shopping yesterday, I picked up four Lean Cuisine meals for my lunches. They're quick, and I like the fact that they have the number of calories and fat grams right there on the front of the box. I've had good, bad and so-so luck with boxed meals before, but the one I had today (Salisbury steak, potatoes, gravy and carrots) was actually pretty good for the world of frozen meals. A good size meal for only 270 calories. It was enough that I didn't get a big hungry spell mid-afternoon. I only had a tiny snack to tide me over until dinner. I know they're high in sodium and carbs, but I'm focusing mainly on calories to see how this approach works for me long-term.

Right now, Lean Cuisine is even running a sweepstakes on their site to win free meals for a week or the grand prize of free meals for a year. When you sign up, you can also indicate if you want them to send you coupons and other info. But here's a tip whenever you're signing up for something like this -- you might not want to use your main e-mail address. I use one I set up especially for this kind of thing, anything that might generate junk mail if they sell my address.

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Today's Progress:

Calorie intake: 1,007.17

Exercise: 55 minutes yard work, 45 minutes house cleaning, 15 minutes step aerobics

Steps: 10,403 (Didn't make the 12,000 I was shooting for today, but I did make up an extra 400 that I missed yesterday. Just need 1,200 extra over the next couple of days. Tomorrow will be difficult since I'll be spending most of my day in a car. We'll see how it goes.)

17 comments:

Tami Brothers on August 12, 2009 at 7:43 AM said...

I love Lean Cuisine! They are definitely my favorites. They work great, especially the pasta ones. I LOVE pasta and they really fit the bill. Hubby likes the pizzas and Paninis...

Great job! Keep it up!

Theresa Ragan on August 12, 2009 at 8:39 AM said...

I love Lean Cuisine too. I like most of those boxed dinners. I guess I'm not too picky. I like the pizzas when I'm dying for a pizza. Keep up the good work, Trish. Sounds like you're doing pretty good. Have you tried the Endulge bars by Atkins? When I need to lose a quick five pounds I do the no carb diet and the Atkins chocolate carmel bars keep me away from sugar. Yummy.

Michelle on August 12, 2009 at 10:48 AM said...

I've found Lean Cuisine and Healthy Choice meals helpful in the past, often much healthier convenience food alternatives to fast food - though they never taste as good as "real food" does to me, and I think they're a little expensive at times. I actually can't remember the last time I had a store bought frozen dinner.

I do follow a similar concept now in that I tend to cook one day for the month and spend a day or two over a three-day weekend, planning for, shopping, preparing and cooking a whole bunch of meals and then freezing them in individual containers. The last time I did this, I made about 70 individual meals. I eat better when I do this and it's great for time management.

Marie-Nicole Ryan on August 12, 2009 at 12:32 PM said...

Ah, Lean Cuisine. I try to avoid them a few days before my weigh-in because of the sodium. I wish they had more protein which will keep those mid-afternoon hungries at bay.

One of my favorite Lean Cuisines is the Chicken Suiza Enchilada. A few baked tortilla chips and some Pace's Picante Sauce and it's a meal. Oh, and a salad would go nicely, but I confess I sometimes forget it.

Michelle on August 12, 2009 at 6:37 PM said...

The mid to late afternoon big hungry spell came up yesterday at my WW meeting. The consensus was basically to plan for it. If your body was nearly always hungry 3:00 - 4:00, around 4:30, whatever time it was - you should have a healthy snack that you can eat at that time. I think the typical calorie amount suggestion for a healthy snack is 100 - 150 calories.

Natalie J. Damschroder on August 12, 2009 at 7:27 PM said...

I prefer the Smart Ones to Lean Cuisine, though I admit I haven't eaten that many LC. I'm VERY picky, especially about meat, but have found the pasta and vegetables to be nicely cooked in Smart Ones.

They also sometimes have really huge sales from time to time, where each one costs a dollar or two.

MaryC on August 12, 2009 at 10:19 PM said...

I like both LC and SO because of the portion control. Much easier to let them tell me how much 210 calories is than for me to have to measure it all out. I'm lazy that way. ;)

Natalie J. Damschroder on August 12, 2009 at 10:32 PM said...

Me, too, Mary! It's why every one of my attempts to lose weight by diet has failed. If I have to spend extra time and effort weighing, measuring, and looking up calorie counts, I give it up very quickly.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 13, 2009 at 9:07 AM said...

Tami, I haven't bought the pizzas yet, but will try since normal pizza is so high in calories.

Theresa, I've not tried though. I tried Adkins one time, and I got really sick. I'm just that not into meat, and my body just freaked out with no carbs at all.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 13, 2009 at 9:11 AM said...

Michelle, I'm so impressed by your weekend of cooking and freezing. We're talking about buying a small deep freeze, so I might try that when we get it. Our fridge's freezer is kind of small. I had dreamed of getting one of those big fridges with the huge freezer, but the way our kitchen is built, there is only so much space for a fridge inside a nook in the cabinets. So when we had to buy a fridge this summer, we really only had one choice. We started talking about getting the deep freeze because I like grilled shrimp so much that we're thinking about buying it in bulk.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 13, 2009 at 9:12 AM said...

Marie-Nicole, oh, I love Mexican food so I'll try that one. Honestly, Mexican food is probably one reason why I've gained so much weight. We were having it at least once a week.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM said...

Michelle, I'm glad you shared that info about the afternoon snack. That's what I've been buying the 100-calorie snack packs for. And it usually is between 3 and 4 that I get hungry.

Natalie, I'll have to check out the Smart Ones too, do a calorie and price comparison. (LOL, I almost typed "prize comparison", like it was a box of Cracker Jacks.)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) on August 13, 2009 at 9:15 AM said...

MaryC, I'm so with you on loving how they do the calorie counting for me. :) Sometimes I've eaten things and had to do mental gymnastics to figure out how to count the calories.

Theresa Ragan on August 13, 2009 at 12:39 PM said...

Trish, what's so interesting to me is how DIFFERENT everyone's body is and how each body reacts to certain foods. For instance, three of my sisters can just eat less and lose weight but me and another sister can not eat carbs and lose weight. I'm serious. The only way we can lose is too completely lay off sugar and bread. If I eat a half a sandwich and barely anything else for the day, I will not lose weight. Take out the bread and I lose. Weird!!!

MaryC on August 13, 2009 at 1:29 PM said...

Theresa, that's really interesting. I was having a conversation with one of my sisters about that the other day. I was saying that I have indigestion issues if I try to eat salad or green vegetables. She said she had to give up carbs almost completely - at least those with simple sugars - before she could eat salad, veggies, etc. Once she gave up bread, cake, etc, she was fine although she does need to be careful not to eat much fruit.

Theresa Ragan on August 13, 2009 at 10:21 PM said...

Thank you, Mary! Yes, I have to watch how much fruit i eat, too, because of the sugar. Anybody who wants to lose weight should closely monitor everything they eat for a few weeks to see how their body reacts. It's made all the difference for me. My mom can eat sugar, bread, butter, you name it, and not gain weight! That stinker. :)

Michelle on August 14, 2009 at 11:02 AM said...

The only trend I've ever noticed is that the more vegetables I eat a week the better I tend to do at the scale. Unfortunately, I often have to work to incorporate veggies into my diet. Fruit happens "naturally" - no pun intended - but veggies are tougher.

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