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    11-20-2012, 09:47 AM
  #121
Green Broke
Well I made homemade chicken noodle soup for hubby and I this week, but whenever I make stuff like that I have the hardest time figuring out the calories in it!! I made it with chicken broth, 3 boneless chicken breasts, 2 cans of potatoes, 1 can of carrots, and then elbow macaroni. Any takers?? When I look on my calorie tracker app, people's homemade recipes range from 150-350 calories per serving, THAT is quite a range!!
     
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    11-20-2012, 10:01 AM
  #122
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
Well I made homemade chicken noodle soup for hubby and I this week, but whenever I make stuff like that I have the hardest time figuring out the calories in it!! I made it with chicken broth, 3 boneless chicken breasts, 2 cans of potatoes, 1 can of carrots, and then elbow macaroni. Any takers?? When I look on my calorie tracker app, people's homemade recipes range from 150-350 calories per serving, THAT is quite a range!!
What I usually do in this case is I track the amounts of everything I put in by weight (I have a food scale). SO, if the chicken broth was from scratch you would need to know the calories for that (good luck :P) but if the chicken broth was not from scratch, then you just write down the cals for the whole package.

So I would end up with a list like: (these are made up random numbers)
- chicken broth 500mL - 400 cal
- chicken breast 300g
- elbow macaroni - 75g
- etc. etc.

If the item has a calorie count on it, then just use that if not, mark the weight down for later to look up the calories. So afterwards I would have my handy dandy bowl and guesstimate how many servings I could get out of my pot. Or you can split it up into Mason jars which are smaller portions.

So say the total calories is 3000 cal for your soup. You were able to fill 10 jars, each jar will be 3000/10 = 300 cal. If you eat half a jar then its 150lbs. I find this is easier when sharing with someone :P because then they can use their own jar or whatever.
     
    11-20-2012, 11:57 AM
  #123
Green Broke
Thanks and actually as soon as I wrote this stuff, I basically did exactly that! Except I also converted oz. To cups, totalled the whole thing up, then figured out how many cals would be in a cup and a half (a usual serving for me)...and it came out to 175, which matched someone else's entry for something similar exactly! So I feel pretty confident that a serving is 175...which means I've been doing better this weekend than I thought!
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    11-20-2012, 12:21 PM
  #124
Foal
Sounds like everyone is doing pretty good!! Keep up the good work

My eating habits haven't been as good as I would like them to be, but they're better than usual. I made it to the gym twice last week and rode 4 times (I think), all of them were lessons but two were with a clinician instead of my regular coach so we (both me and horse) worked really hard. I went to the gym yesterday for a class that was a lot of cardio. It was super hard but it was definitely good for me - I need more cardio work. Today I'm off to my trainer around lunchtime and then a riding lesson tonight!!
     
    11-22-2012, 03:21 PM
  #125
Yearling
I'm amazed how good you guys are at calorie counting.. I can't be bothered to think to much into it. I just try and use common sense - fruit, veg, nuts. Even the whole weight watchers points system fries my brain :S lol

I've had a good two days. Yesterday was super busy, so breakfast and lunch consisted of a pear, plum and nutragrain bar. Dinner was oven baked lean sausages, 1 cup mash, cauliflour and broccoli. I also did 30 min in the gym on the treadmill and bike, and then an hour in aquafit.

Today breakfast was 2 plums and granola bar. Lunch was 2 crackerbread with lowfat mayo and tomatos. Dinner was a grilled porkchop with a side salad. I did an hour in the gym today - 25 min treadmill, 20 min bike and 15 rower.

After so much gym time this week, I'm feeling fantabulous :) Clothes are starting to get looser... but not around the spare tyre aka "have you had the baby yet" belly :( I've loads of energy this evening, so have done two loads of laundry, hung one out, washed the dishes and cleaned the kitchen.

How are you all doing?
     
    11-22-2012, 03:57 PM
  #126
Weanling
Sounds like you are doing really good Maple! And remember, calorie counting isn't for everyone. It helps me a lot because I tend to snack and want to nibble on stuff and that adds up. That being said, haven't really been counting consistently. I count a few days out of the week just to see how I am doing, plus when I'm at residence opposed to home, I pretty much eat the same thing the whole week.

I have been speed walking/ light jogging intervals to school this week. It was fun and the cool weather is giving me a bit more energy. I have been trying to dance around my room when I take a break from homework.

Clothes feel looser :) And I saw someone the other day who I haven't seen since high school. She said "Wow you have lost so much weight since I last saw you!" I thought I was about the same size as highschool, but I did tend to wear baggier clothes. Anyways I will take the compliment!
     
    11-22-2012, 05:33 PM
  #127
Foal
I'm like you Maple....I don't calorie count. Can't be bothered.

In spite that 'aunt flo' made her appearance I've eased off the 'heavy duty' excercising. I just been doing light excercises with our x-box kinect system.
I've got a program that's called ' Self Defence: training camp' and been doing some light cardio out of that. I've been eyeing 'MMA' training' for kinect and now the price on that item is pretty decent...I'll be getting it very quick here.
Once 'aunt flo' eases off...I'll be back downstairs on the treadmill and doing some weights.
I noticed now.....that I'm slowly going down another notch in my belt.
I'm sure looking foward to a flat pair of six-pack abs.
     
    11-23-2012, 01:26 PM
  #128
Foal
I just wanted to jump in and let everyone know that I'm down another 3 pounds! I've just been doing my best to watch what I'm eating, not picking up my fancy Starbucks drinks (oh, so hard!!), and exercising regularly. I got to the gym 3 times this week, for about an hour each, and I've also ridden 3 times and planning on another ride this weekend. I'm feeling pretty great and so happy to see that scale moving :)
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    11-24-2012, 01:21 AM
  #129
Foal
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Originally Posted by Tigo    
I just wanted to jump in and let everyone know that I'm down another 3 pounds! I've just been doing my best to watch what I'm eating, not picking up my fancy Starbucks drinks (oh, so hard!!), and exercising regularly. I got to the gym 3 times this week, for about an hour each, and I've also ridden 3 times and planning on another ride this weekend. I'm feeling pretty great and so happy to see that scale moving :)

Congratulations..... on your 3 lbs.
Keep up the good work.
     
    11-24-2012, 11:14 AM
  #130
Weanling
Blargh I really need to start weight training! 2 more weeks.
So last night I rode a new horse, Jesse, and holy crap he is a powerhouse. He used to be an A-Circuit jumper I think my instructor said. I have never rode such a powerful horse. My body was so sore because I really had to concentrate on doing really light posting despite being thrown out of the saddle each stride. And his jump... wow. Grab some mane because you are going to be flying for a few seconds. He is going to take some getting used to for sure, but my riding is going to really improve on him.
     

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