Peggy, Week 15: How Our Sunday Mornings Have Changed

Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Syrup

Sunday mornings are usually the one morning when we can all relax.

Before the challenge, they looked like this:

I rarely sleep more than an extra hour from my daily schedule, so I am typically up before the rest of the family; I tend to be out of bed by 6:30 am. A typical Sunday morning begins with a cup of Earl Grey tea. I run out to the local Wawa for the Sunday paper, and a 16 o.z. vanilla low fat latte with half and half and Sweet and Low, for Peter. By the time I would get home from the store, everybody would be looking for breakfast. Breakfast was homemade chocolate chip waffles with fresh strawberries, bananas and whipped cream–and a side of bacon. Or cheese omelets with toasted bagels and Taylor Ham. We’d read the paper, and do the crossword puzzle.

Since the challenge has started, they look like this:

Lately, we go to Tilton gym, as a family, and work on the gym challenge. Everybody works on their cardio challenge, before moving on to the weights upstairs. Peter and I tend to end with core exercises.

(Teenagers are terrific at putting any accomplishment at the gym into perspective. I do two push-ups, having previously not been able to do any, and a few sit-ups, with nobody holding my feet, and Amanda tells me that she had to do that in third grade.)

We still go to Wawa for the Sunday paper, but Peter has traded in his low fat vanilla latte for a 16-ounce plain coffee with Sweet and Low and 2% milk. We go home for breakfast, stopping by the fresh fruit market on the way home. Scrambled eggs or egg white omelets with a lite multi-grain Thomas’ English muffin and fruit salad have replaced our high carb breakfast. Although we still have to have bagels, they have become an occasional food, not a weekly choice.

Nutritional difference in our Sunday choices:

Before the challenge:

  • Bagel (1 whole): 280 cal, 1 fat, 59 carbs
  • 2 eggs: 140 cal, 0 carb, 5 fat
  • 2 slices Taylor ham: 260 cal, 2 carb, 22 fat
  • Cheddar cheese 2 %: 80 cal, 0 carb, 6 fat

After the challenge:

  • Thomas’ Light multigrain English muffin: 100 cal, 1 fat, 26 carbs
  • 2 eggs: 140 cal, 0 carb, 5 fat
  • Fruit salad: (approximate) 120 cal, 20 carb, 0 fat

Before: 760 cal, 61 carbs, 34 fat
After: 360 cal, 26 carbs, 6 fat

Savings: 400 calories 35 carbs 28 fat! Plus we worked out at the gym!

What healthy diet changes have you made? Share your accomplishments in the comments below.