The First Day of Spring

(take 2 - Windows Live Writer ate my nearly complete post Monday morning!)

....  and I think I have gained back a few pounds. I went to Lost Wages this past weekend to spend time with family. My dad offered to cook for me, so of course I asked for turkey mole. And rice, salad, corn tortillas, mexican cheese ... my tummy is rumbling as I think about it. We also ate breakfast at Denny's both mornings, the Mad Greek for lunch on Sunday, and a snack stop at Alien Jerky.

For breakfast I made the healthiest choice I could and still get full. They have a new Blueberry Slam - whole wheat pancakes with blueberries, fruit on the side (or hashbrown), turkey bacon, and eggs (with or without cheese). To be honest, I got my eggs with cheese. They taste less powdery that way.

I still haven't found my scale. Or my measuring tape. It makes it hard to determine if I have lost or gained in the last week. Pretty sure I have gained since I am dehydrated and retaining water (it still baffles me how those two go together) and I can no longer shimmy into a size 12. My size 14 work pants needed the extra help of some shape wear this morning. Thank goodness it's chilly and I can wear a big sweater! So my goal this week is to up my water intake. I am still walking between 5-11K steps per day, and if I don't have 2000 by the time I get to work I feel like I am slacking. My morning walk to the train has also become something of a power walk, just short of making me sweat. We hoof it and make it in 7 minutes as opposed to the leisurely 10-15 when simply strolling. Hopefully that offsets some of the comfort eating and drinking I have been doing in the past week. It got a little stressful.

BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn.   Two blogging carnival participants will receive an Orville Redenbacher’s Very Important Blogger (VIB) Gift Basket which includes popcorn, exercise kit including clip n step meter, exercise bands, healthy recipe mix-ins, yoga kit with yoga mat, blocks, strap, and beginner DVD ($100 value).
Are you a sweet or savory snacker?  What do you look for in a healthy snack?
I am most definitely a sweet snacker, I love to bake. I love to eat other people's baked goods. When 3PM rolls around at work, one of the HR ladies knows that I will be there to peruse her candy platter. She lays out Butterfinger Crisps and Twix! I try to limit myself to two fun-size bars and now a Fiber One brownie. I also try to take fruit or protein bars (especially Snickers Marathon) for mid-afternoon snack rather than the candy.

In a healthy snack I look for more fiber and vitamins and less processed sugar. Which is hard for me because I know that I am a carb addict. The kind that goes through major withdrawals without something wheat based during the day. Or baked. I can eat a lot of fruit and feel more satisfied than when eating candy bars, and there isn't the sugar crash to think of later. I also love dried fruit, especially dried cranberries. I buy Costco-sized bags along with pistachios, mix in some dark chocolate chips  and voila! Sweet and salty snack that also kills the craving monster.

*Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Orville Redenbacher’s Gourmet Popping Corn  and I’m writing this to be entered into a giveaway hosted by Mamavation and sponsored by Orville Redebacher.