Monthly Archives: July 2012

Healthy Beef Hot Dogs?

Hello All.

I love beef hot dogs. When summer rolls around, I find myself craving that big beefy taste of great barbecued hot dogs with mustard and ketchup. I have tried turkey dogs, and they are just not the same. They leave me longing for those beefy wonders. This year, I may have found the solution.

Hebrew National (One of my favorite brands) now makes a 97% fat free kosher beef hot dog! There is only 1 gram of fat per link in these things!  I decided to try them, and tell you all if they are good, or too good to be true.

To complete my ‘healthy hot dog,’ I used Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat hot dog buns, French’s Classic Yellow Mustard, and Heinz Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup (with only 5 calories per TBSP).

In all, each hot dog, completely assembled, has 3 grams fat (0 saturated or trans) , 155 calories, 11 grams protein, 3 sugars, 25 carbs, and 3 grahms of fiber: pretty good for a barbecue meal.

They looked good, but it was time for the test. How did the taste measure up?

To my pleasure, these hot dogs were wonderfully good. They had the same beef taste as the hot dogs I missed. The only drawback to these is that they are not as juicy as the full fat hot dogs of my past. No worries, though. I have gotten as close as I believe I can to the yummy hot dog qualities I like most. It is still not the best meal for you, thanks to sodium and a higher than should be ratio between carbohydrates and proteins, but if you are doing a backyard barbecue, and desire a healthy alternative, this is the way to go!

 

loving the lake

I live near a lake in the North of Raleigh. You can kayak, bike, run, play tennis on the courts, basketball, volleyball, etc. This is really an apartment complex that encourages an active lifestyle. I love it here! The one challenge that I have had recently is what I feel is sweltering heat. I lived in Idaho a year ago, and find raleigh very hot and humid. It is hard for me to deal with this heat when I am exercising. Even if I get up in the morning before work to run, it is in the upper 70s, and the humidity is killing. I miss idaho weather! I will adjust to the heat out here, I am sure.

I went to the flea market out here today and walked around for a few hours. I bought some carved bone earrings, and a large conch shell. It kept my mind off of the heat as I walked around all afternoon.

Healthy eating is very healthy as well. exercise will get you only so far. I have seen, with myself, that if I spend a lot of time exercising, I desire healthier food, but there is also the excuse that comes up sometimes of “I exercised today, so I can eat this.” Do not get caught up in this excuse or any excuse for that matter. You are working hard! Learn to reward yourself in other ways.
Lastly, I have lost another pound this week!!! Honestly, I do not know how it happened. It should not have happened. I went out too much, but I am glad it did, and I will try harder next week. The heat cannot be an excuse for me.
I was reading Simple Living magazine and they had an idea for outdoor parties during the summer that I believe may come in handy. They said that using mini ice packs and putting them on areas such as your wrists can help keep your core temperature low. I found a couple small ice packs that can be strapped to the wrists, and I am going to see if they help keep me cooler while I am working out this week. (I know I can work out indoors, but I much prefer to run around the lake to using a treadmill.)

Hope for Haiti

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A year ago, it was hard to walk at 2.5-3 mph continuously. Now, I have done 2 5k races, and am excited to find and sign up for a third! I finished my last race at 14.30 minutes per mile. A year ago, I was doing about 25 minutes per mile.  big improvement! I still have quite a way to go. I have about 85 lbs to lose as an approximation, and I can run for a little over a minute at a time.

I am proud of how far I have come. A year ago, I could not run for more than 15 seconds. now I am running for over a minute. I have figured out that I do better in competition, so I will sign up for as many races as I can find. So far, I have done Hope for Belize (a color run) and hope for Haiti (a regular 5k). I love them, and, although it has only been a month, I miss them. I cannot wait to find another and race!

I love the way that 5ks help people. You can make a difference, and get fit! Never underestimate yourself. You can do so much more than you ever thought you could! I have asthma, and have been able to push myself to half walk, half run two 5ks! Push yourself! You are able to do so much more than you believe!

July 14th

I woke up on thursday of this week feeling a bit like I had gained some weight. I was a bit down for several hours thinking that I felt puffy, and possibly a bit bloated. my chin was looking less defined, I thought, and my arms might be getting bigger. I finally reached home after work and decided to weigh myself. I was sure I would be a couple of pounds up from about two weeks ago when I last weighed, and I prepared myself for the bad news. Much to my suprise, when I looked down at the scale, I was a pound down! Imagine my joy! I was shocked, and became a bit upset at myself for beating myself up so much at the beginning of the day. I now have renewed faith that, even on my gross feeling days, I may not be looking as badly as I am feeling. Yaay!

31 pounds

I have to look to see what my rewards were listed as because I have not rewarded myself. I am now 31 lbs down! I also have run two5k races, and am feeling a whole lot more healthy. I have noticed that I am able to do so much more than I did last year. When I am with friends, I feel like a competitor, not someone who is going to slow the group down. I have been watching what i am eating, and I just moved close to a lake, where there are many activities to be active in. We have a tennis court, volleyball court, trail around the lake, gym(although I prefer outdoor activity).

I am a size down in pants. I wear an 18 now, and I am getting closer to another downsize. I am also about two sizes down in shirts.

Here is a little tidbit that makes me happy. About a year ago, back in Pocatello, Idaho, the college (Idaho State University) that I attended was giving out shirts. (they did this regularly) I asked for an extra large, and someone thought I may need a size larger, and rudely told me this. It hurt, but I knew that I could eventually change this. At my race a couple of weeks ago, Romal and I had ordered two shirts. I got a large (I like to run in baggy shirts), and he ordered a medium( he likes to show off his manly chest), and they tried to hand me the smaller one!!! That was a small victory. I KNEW I had changed! There was no doubt in my mind.

I was looking through pictures the other day at my sister’s wedding, and saw a picture of myself last january. I realized just how much weight has come off of my body since then. I am so much more confident than I was. I still have a ways to go, but I am confident that I will get there. I do need to watch my dinners more than I have been. I am really good all day long, and then I lose track of my goal at dinner. I have never been a salad person, and probably never will be, but this is my next thing to work on. I have to get my dinners out under control!