Sunday, February 27, 2011

How to calculate calories?

As I mention in my long, slow quick update, I've been working out less to lose weight than to quit smoking.  So I haven't really been focused on losing weight.  The funny thing about exercise though is that almost by default you start to lose weight.  Well, actually not weight per se, since it seems that I have stayed pretty much the same weight, but I have certainly gotten thinner.  The jeans I wore yesterday are a testament to just how much I lost. Trust me on that.

Anyway, even though I haven't been focused on losing weight, I am more conscious of what I'm eating particularly since all of my numbers were elevated thought probably not death sentences yet.  So I've been eating items with more omega-3s, fiber, etc., etc., yada, yada, so forth and so on.  I've largely switched from drinking milk to soy milk, for example.  In fact, I'm probably drinking the soy milk more than I ever drank milk.  But I'm also replacing milk in recipes with soy milk, at least sometimes.  

I've also recently downloaded a bunch of 'droid apps that hook up with web sites that help you track your workouts, calorie intake, etc.  But the one thing I don't get is how to calculate calories for something home made.  Most of the apps have pre-defined calorie counts and other nutritional information available because the food they are referencing are commercial products and provide that nutritional information.  But  what about the omelett I made for breakfast this morning?

My Breakfast Omelette
  • 1/4 cup egg substitute ( = 1 egg)
  • dash of soy milk (1/4 cup? less?)
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 1 green onion chopped
  • 1 slice of small onion chopped
  • 1/4 green pepper chopped  (if you think of the green pepper as having 4 corners, the 1/4 is just one of the corners)
  • 1 garlic clove chopped
  • handful of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 strips bacon cut in half
  • 1 tablespoon Canola oil
  • 1 slice of bread
So how do I calculate the calories contained in the above?  I know the cheese and the bacon are my real gotcha's on this ingredient list, but you just gotta have them or it's not a proper breakfast!
Note, along with this I would have some fruit and probably some yogurt.  Those I can figure out, particularly the yogurt.  But what about my omelette?  How do I get the nutritional information for that? 

So I'm headed off for a workout to burn off probably 300 calories(?).  I'm guessing, no hoping,  that'll use up the calories from my breakfast.  Then I'll be sitting pretty on the calorie count front today.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


このあいだ、ジョージが日本語能力試験合格通知が届いたと投稿しました。そのときに僕とケンも試験を受けたにも関わらず、通知が届いていないことでちょっと気になっていたんです。 気にすることはなかったですね。 昨夜、仕事から帰ったら僕とケンの通知がとどいていたんです。

Monday, February 21, 2011


ジョージょが合格しました! 12月にシカゴへの旅について記事をアップしましたが、主に旅の内容でした。 でも、もともとシカゴに行った理由は日本語能力試験を受けるためです。 ジョージだけではなく、僕とケンも試験を受けました。 ケンとジョージは同じN3レベルに挑戦しました。 僕はレベル1を挑戦しました。僕とケンはジョージが先にもらい合格ということで後で届くというのは不合格になるじゃないかと心配しています。 しかも、今日は大統領の日という祭日なので郵便配達がないわけで早くとも明日にならないと届かないので余計に結果を気になります。


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Bread Mix

Today, I'll be making Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Bread Mix. It's been kneaded and has been set aside to rise for the next 90 minutes.



Sunday, February 13, 2011

Bangkok Thai in Lyndhurst

昨日、ジョージがウインターフォーマルという学校主催ダンスパーティに行っていました。ケンがもうシニア(4年生)なのでウィンターフォーマルに行くと逆に恥ずかしいということで行かなかったです。ジョージはAlfredo's at the Innというレストランに12人で行ったそうです。半分はカープルですが、実際に「付き合っている」カープルが一つだけだったらしいです。残りのカーブルが「友達カープル」でその中でジョージが入るそうです。ありさがジョージから聞いたらしいですが、相手の女の子が他の男にシツコク誘われていて、その男と行くのが嫌でジョージに助けを求めたらしいです。可愛いインド系女の子に助けてあげるジョージが可愛い。


Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Long, Slow, Quick Update

I started this post out as a quick update several weeks ago. I kept getting interrupted and it never made it out the door to be published out here on these internets. So I changed the title to The Long, Slow, Quick Update from simply Quick Update.

Tuesday, I officially enter my fifth>sixth seventh week of no smoking. 33 39 days ago I quit smoking and since then have not smoked 674 788 cigarettes. It's astounding to me to think of it in those types of numbers. It would have never crossed my mind. I have also saved $204 and 54 cents $239.66.