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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Things that have helped me a long the way....And what has helped you?

Hi Ladies!

I wanted to make a post about things that have REALLY helped me along the way. 
Hope all these pictures aren't confusing! :) or the format!

I am really focused to get to my goal for Florida. I have been making sure I am drinking my water (80 oz) Getting my 60 grams of protein and getting in the habit of working out 3-4x a week. And have gotten back in the habit of writing down what I have been eating to make sure I am around 1,000 calories and my protein is up.

My scale, best $15 I have ever spent.  I always make sure my total portion is not more than 6oz and when I am measuring chicken/fish it's always 3-4 oz.
My plates on the left, my husband's on the right.  They are salad plates, makes my brain think I am not missing much! The hubby feels left out and on some occasions will eat on small plates with me :)

 Next is my bowls that I use, they are exactly a cup of food, I got 6 of them at Target for $1.99, Kristen just went out and bought them after I told them about her and she measured out her chili for the week.

These are measuring scoops I have from weight watchers, I love them one is 1/2 cup and one is a full cup. Really helps me scoop out my portion correctly.

When my husband has pizza I a pull this from my freezer, It's frozen salmon from trader Joe's and is 6oz, 340 calories, 27 grams of Protein. It's delicious

During the work week for lunch I love lean cuisines! This one is one of my favorites totally band friend chicken and spinach! 22O calories, 18g protein.

And Kashi meals, this is I believe the only one that doesn't have pasta, this is delicious I believe it 280 calories and 22g of protein. Most days I can't finish the entire Kashi meal.

My favorite protein bar, Chocolate Peanut Butter 210 Calories 14 grams of proteins. I eat this for breakfast some days, always have one with me in case I need food stat!  

What are some of the food/thing's that have helped you "Work" your band?????


  1. I have been wanting to do a post exactly like this! I even have some of the pictures saved up. I will have to do it this weekend since I have found many great things and it would be hard to put into a comment.

    I love the measuring spoons!! I have little bowls too, but I got my from the baby section and I love them since they hold exactly a cup and have a lid. Plus they are the disposable, but reusable so if I take them somewhere I don't have to worry.

  2. Thanks so much Nicole! This is so very helpful to a baby bandster like me :)

  3. Great post! I'll have to start taking some pics. Love the scoops!

    *I couldn't live without my 1/2C gladware bowls with lids. Package up leftovers and I take a protein one and a veggie one and there's a meal (yeah, I need to work on the fruit).

  4. Great post Nicole! I have similar bowls and spoons and definitely want to try some of your food suggestions.

  5. Loved this post!! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

  6. I love the peanut butter Zone bars - they are my breakfast lately. Did you know you can get them in big packs at Costco? I also use 1 cup gladware for my lunch.

  7. Great post...I actually have the same bowls from Target! Thats funny, at my Dr.s office they sell portion size bowls for $10! Crazy. These are great ideas!

  8. Wow! Great advice. Thank you so much. I'm totally going to Target today!!

  9. Those are all wonderful ideas! I really need to get some smaller bowls. I'm putting that on my to do list this weekend. I couldn't survive without the individual servings of vegetables that I get in the frozen section. They are super easy to bring to work.

  10. I use all of those! And, I love love love zone bars, they are like fortified protein candy. One other thing I do, is use a tiny spoon (I still have baby spoons from my now five year old). I will have half a cup (one serving) of really good ice cream, and eat it super slowly with a baby spoon. Same concept as the little plates and cups.

  11. Weighing every day and counting calories are pretty much musts for me. And exercise is what i need for weight loss. I stop and I stop losing, it's that simple. I also found a local soup place that is divine. I love that too! Great post!

  12. This was great - I love the format and all of your ideas! Thank you. A target trip is in order for me this weekend. :)

  13. Nicole!! Thank you for all these great ideas! Im Kristen by the way :) I stumbled upon your blog today and now I am a follower haha! I have a blog as well so visit mine when you get a chance! And I have been thinking about getting a food scale but have held off because I didnt know how much I would use it! You enjoy yours I see! Thanks again for the tips!

  14. This is a great list, Nicole. I am newly banded (January 19th) so can use all the tips and tricks I can get!
    I really love that scale. Where did you find it? I think that would be really useful to have.

    I am finding that the small glass Pyrex containers with the lids to be useful. I like the 2 cup sized ones. They are great for soup; I can put them in the freezer and the microwave at work.


  15. Thanks for this insight!!! I don't know how well they'll work for me pre-surgery, but I KNOW I'll need them with the band.
    There's SO much to think about. Thank goodness for you ladies! I'm a band-blog-newbie.

  16. Thanks so much for the tips....you are doing really well. I just found your blog today!!!

  17. Thanks for the reply, Nicole. I had no idea Walmart carried such things! I've probably walked right past them a hundred times and not noticed. I will check it out next time.

    Thanks for the almost 24# down congrats. I've got just 2 oz to get there, but have been stuck on the same number for a few days. Sigh. I'm still waiting for my first fill, so as long as I am not gaining, I've got to be grateful.


  18. Nicole I was just banded on 12/20 and am reading your past posts. So helpful! You have done so amazing and should be so proud!!!! I live the lists of what you eat.

    All the best,