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May 2011

These are a few of my favorite things -- what are yours?

Ever since I more than doubled my editing hours, I've been really bad about blogging regularly (Sorry!).

But staying off the computer is kind of a deliberate act. I'm trying to spend more time cleaning the house and exercising -- things that have me moving more.

So yesterday's Motivation Monday never happened. I don't have a "label" for Tuesdays so we'll just discuss a bunch of stuff.

Like the fact that the scale is still stuck, even though I have been wearing my wonderful Bodymedia FIT around the clock and faithfully logging all my food. Looking at last week's stats, I averaged a 1,186-calorie deficit. In theory I should have lost 2 pounds. In reality, it was around a quarter pound.

I must have the metabolism of a garden slug, and because of that, last week's 1,600 calories a day is now 1,500 calories. And don't tell me to exercise more -- I've already got it up to five days a week and I'm not going to make my self nutso.

I'm not disappointed, discouraged or angry. (I have my "weight loss shrink" to thank for that, for lack of a better term.) Instead I'm intrigued at how few calories I can eat. (Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be dieters.)

Seriously, I think my decades of being "on" or "off" something completely screwed with my metabolism. And it can be remedied, but it's hard, hard, hard. I'm like a big science fair project:

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My assignment this week is to compile a list of my "most bang for my calorie buck" foods, and they have to be part of my "only eat what you love" foods. So, sorry celery sticks, you didn't make the cut. Here's what does:

Yogurt plain Greek yogurt: Flavored, unflavored, it doesn't matter. Nonfat Greek yogurt is at the top of my list because it fulfulls many needs -- protein, whey protein, calcium, convenience, creamy mouthfeel and versatility. Fruit flavored ones are great for breakfasts, snacks, travel foods, brainless protein boosts. Plain Greek yogurt with ranch dressing mix and raw veggies (raw green beans are my latest obsession) is a great snack or a low-calorie lunch if I'm hurtin' for calories.

I'm all about cultured dairy, aren't I? Kefir is wonderful stuff. A cup of the fruity stuff is 140 calories and plain is only 100. It's like a premade smoothie if you want a great breakfast or a snack, and if you want to really pump up the fruit, you can blend in frozen fruit and ice for a thicker smoothie. The plain kefir also can sub for buttermilk in recipes, plus it makes a great salad dressing when mixed with (my beloved) ranch dressing mix. And if your stomach is feeling wonky, kefir will fix you right up because it's loaded with healthy bacteria -- more than yogurt. For the uninitiated, it kinda tastes like melted Pinkberry.

Spinach_quiche Eggbeaters: My go-to "oops, ran out of calories meal" is Eggbeaters, baby spinach and either reduced-calorie feta or a Laughing Cow Light wedge. It's really low in calories but big and fluffy. If I can spare the extra 80 or so calories I'll wrap it all in a low-carb tortilla. (At right is my "Ninja Quiche." I named it that because I make it in my Ninja food processor, and you can find the recipe HERE.)

Almonds Almonds and pistachios: "What?" You say. "Those are fatty nuts!" Yes, but an ounce of pistachios or almonds is like 130-140 ish calories and will shut my hunger off like a faucet. Plus, it's a great way to get your fats. When you eat nuts instead of drizzling oil, you're getting fat and fiber and protein.

Bettylousballs Betty Lou's Peanut Butter Balls: Geez, I love these things. They're 180 calories, 15 grams of whey protein, no artificial anything and come in the shape of a big ball of candy. Also a go-to meal for when I'm time and/or calorie crunched. And they won't melt like some protein bars because they're not coated with chocolatey substance.

Spinach strawberry salad Baby spinach: I always have a huge clamshell of Organicgirl baby spinach in the fridge because you can do so many things with it. Eat it as a salad, stuff it in a wrap, fold it into an omelet, use it as a bed for chicken or fish, stir it into pasta sauce. Plus, for some reason, the Organicgirl stuff never seems to go funky in the fridge, and it's triple washed (shout out to the lazy moms!). At left is my baby spinach and strawberry salad that I made for dinner last Sunday.

Now, my question to you: What's your Diet Champion food? And here's an incentive to leave a comment below. I will randomly choose one of your comments and send you a copy of the brand-new book Carrots 'n' Cake (Sterling Epicure, $14.95) by fellow healthy living blogger Tina Haupert. The subtitle of the book is "Healthy living one carrot and cupcake at a time," so you know she's all about balance. Get your comment in by Mother's Day (May 8) to be eligible to win the book.

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