Posts Tagged ‘food’

Well, needless to say, I’ve been slacking at blogging lately. My last post was what? 2 weeks ago? About a raw diet that I never actually tried? I went to the store and bought the ingredients (veggies, fruits, etc) and then after talking with Andrew, decided it wasn’t the best time to try a new thing… especially when things are going so well and there’s just so much else going on…

So, where are we two weeks later? Well, I’m down about 9lbs. since joining myfitnessplan.com. I love it. I love just looking at portions and calories and having a nice big salad for lunch so that I can “indulge” on dinner… I know, I know. I’m not supposed to be saving all of my calories for dinner, but as long as I switch it up, it’s ok right? And as long as it’s working? I’ve been eating a homemade salad every day that I’m at work for lunch— I was using romaine because I like the crunch and the way it cuts up (dumb I know), but I recently switched back to Spinach- better flavor and better nutrients. My salads consist of some mix of: spinach, celery, carrots, cucumbers, tomato, mushrooms, leeks, scallions, pepper, etc. This week I bought a bag of radishes— I never used to be a big fan, but WOW, how much my opinion of them has changed! Phenomenal little buggers that pack a punch!

Anyway, we also found some ranch dressing made with yogurt that has about half the calories of regular ranch but tastes just as good…that combined with some low fat garlic croutons and I’m set for life. I love it. I never thought I’d look forward to my salad every day, but I do!

So this past week I stayed the same weight- didn’t gain any, didn’t lose any and I’ll take it.. .even though I was frustrated about it. I did splurge a lot over my birthday weekend- we went to an Italian Restaurant on Friday, then on Saturday we were at my parents for GINORMOUS burgers and roasted potatoes… and of course, chocolate cake with peanut butter icing.  Sunday we were on the road again after eating Easter Dinner and then snacking on I don’t even remember- probably Chicken Nuggets because we were too tired to cook. Anyway, despite splurging, I worked out a lot (at least I thought I did), but I guess not enough to balance out!

So, I’m back on it this week even though I have splurged a couple times. Despite the splurging, I got up to 3.1 miles on Sunday! We walk about 4 miles on Saturday too- so the weekend was balanced with decent mileage. I also walked about 2.5 miles on Monday while at work (took a break with a coworker to enjoy the weather) and then today, I ran about 2.5 and walked about 2.5… I forgot socks, so running was vicious.

I even signed up for a 5K on Sunday!!! I’m not going for any time, I just want to complete it and feel confident about running again- I’m definitely getting there, I just need to cross train and make sure that I’m not pushing it too far too fast.

Well, I will blog again soon but it’s 9:30 and I haven’t eaten dinner yet… more soon, I promise!

A little over two days to go until the federal government will shutdown. Technically, because the house passed a 72-hour rule any budget that was to be voted on should have been presented by midnight last night (Tuesday). As of now, we, meaning the fed employees, haven’t heard that much from our higher ups about what’s going on. As we continue to pour through news articles, blogs, and posts, we have received one email from the Administrator today followed by a request from our immediate supervisors for our at home non work contact information. Even if there is a government shutdown, we’ll still have to come in Monday morning to get the official paperwork. So we’re basically waiting it out to see what happens.

In other news we finally finished level 1 of the 30 day shred… definitely can tell a difference since we started it, but now we’ll have to go from ground zero all over again because of moving to level 2. We were supposed to start this morning but we slept in- just feel really worn down today for some reason. I think we may just take today off from exercising- bad I know, especially because it appears to be sunny out, but sometimes you just need a break. We can start back into it tomorrow. I’d really like to continue with the working out in the morning (doing shred) and then going for a run in the evening– I have yet to be that awake/with it to do both of those things, but I would like to! Perhaps tomorrow I can try it out.

Tonight we’re doing burgers and roasted wedges- we had plain whole wheat pasta with artichokes and spicy tomato-basil sauce last night. Because I may be furloughed and we’re not sure for how long, we’ve planned out a budget in the event that I am not working for two weeks. I highly doubt we’ll go that long (fingers crossed) but we are prepared anyway. Setting up the budget together has been the best idea we’ve had so far– we have a joint emergency fund that makes me at least feel a lot  more comfortable about things. In addition, I have a separate savings account just to pay off my loan in June- I’ve been putting money into it (including my tax returns and what not). I should be ok paying it off– it’s $3500… eeks! But once it’s gone, I will have less than $3000 in student loans left. AWESOME! Of course if I go back to school I’ll probably need a loan- I wish I wouldn’t, but probably will. blah- loans are overrated! I’m hoping that I can get my work to pay for a class or two in the upcoming year but we’ll have to see how it goes.

Ok, short post today :0)  I’ll catch you later!

So I’ve been following myfitnesspal for a couple days and I will dedicate an entire post to reviewing it but in short, I’m really enjoying it. I will continue tracking with it for another week or so before ending my ww subscription- just to be sure the calorie intake and exercise burn and what not seems on target. I think the extra working out this past week helped out a lot- I was down 1.5lbs! That brings total since about mid-feb. to 8.9lbs. Not as much as I had planned but it is a good loss and I’ll take it and go with it.

Friday was a very productive day- it was my compressed day so I had the whole day off! I’ve been really itching to go for a bike ride lately and I knew Franklin wouldn’t just let me leave him at home, so I took him for a walk- just a 1.3 mile loop near the apartment, but I think it was enough to get him sleepy again (he’s always slightly sleepy anyway). I got back and made my go-to breakfast of a 1 egg, 1 egg white, a 1/2 cup of spinach and about 1/8 cup of broccoli. This time, I threw in some onion and mushroom too. I scrambled it up, sprinkled some Chalula on top and walah. Deliciousness. That and some green tea and I was ready to go. I left Franklin to sleeping in his usual recliner and headed out. It was a pretty nice day– not too hot, not too cold. I was hoping to ride the Mount Vernon bike path to Mt. Vernon (about 9 miles or so from our apartment), however when I got down the path a ways I noticed that it was completely blocked off because of construction! What’s more, about 1/4 mile out I realized that my tires needed air pretty barely… but I kept going anyway, I ended up biking a total of about 5 miles- nothing too crazy, but it was a lot of hills so still not a terrible work out. I got back to the apartment and Franklin was sitting there wagging his “tail” (I say “tail” because it’s more of a nubbin).

I spent the remainder of the day cleaning the apartment- moving things out of the rooms, vacuuming, swiffering, wiping down, organizing, washing, cleaning, making beds, and trying to contain Franklin’s toys and bones… he is a spoiled dog! The place looks really good – ready for the walk-throughs that the apartment will undoubtedly do over the next few weeks as they prepare to find new tenants. I took a break to heat up some stir fry that I made the night before for lunch.. I ended up basically working out all day between the walk, the bike ride, and cleaning. Not a bad way to spend your day off- active and accomplishing things! I even had time to prep some things for dinner: homemade roasted red peppers, poached chicken, and rosemary garlic potatoes. All were delicious and I’ll probably post the recipes this weekend. We ended up making red pepper, chicken, and mozzarella grilled paninis and rosemary garlic potatoes for dinner. Awesome.

Today we got up fairly early and did Level 1, Day 7 of JM’s Shred. Still intense and painful and I still am terrible at push-ups and find myself doing the altered versions of them, but overall I feel like I am improving on all of the exercises– and my stamina seems to be improving immensely. 3 more days of Level 1 and then it’s on to Level 2! After working out, we made breakfast (1 egg + veggies and chalula with a fruit smoothie for me and 3 eggs + veggies, sausage, and a fruit smoothie for Andrew). We headed out to Calvert Cliffs around 11AM— it’s state park in Maryland on the bay where you can hunt for fossils and shark teeth. I have been twice before during college and was excited to go back— my how much it has changed. The beach is so much shorter and skinnier, half the cliffs are right up to the ocean— where there used to be wide beach front. We did however, find some shark teeth, some skate teeth, some cool shells, and a some cool fossils. Unfortunately, our exploration of the beach was cut short due to a huge thunderstorm with lightening and thunder. The hike was about 4 miles roundtrip- not too bad for a Saturday. The trail actually runs right along a wetland area and there are a lot of wooden bridges, birds, beavers, etc. We’ll have to visit again!!

So here we are- finally clean, dry, warm, and relaxing on the couch. Grilled cheese and soup for dinner just hit the spot! Tomorrow we’re heading to our new apartment to check some measurements and do some planning– and of course, we’ll head to the grocery store for the week’s supplies. Fantastic Weekend!

 

Andrew and I have been discussing what to do in the event that the Federal Government shuts down next Friday and I am temporarily out of a job. We’ve been discussing making payments for rent in May (we’ll have two rents due during the latter two weeks of the month due to moving), my Verna Butterer Loan being due in June ($3500 eeks), and a everyday expenses. As we’ve been discussing these things, I’ve also been thinking about my lifestyle… my exercising (sometimes lack there of) and my eating/cooking habits. I seem to do really well on the weeks- I enjoy cooking and eating fresh ingredients and have no problem with these things… until the weekend when we/I lose all control. We seem to eat meals out (well take out really) and just completely crash. This needs to change…and we know it and we talk about it, but we have yet to follow up on it. We’re hoping that getting out more to hike and kayak and explore will cut down on this unnecessary spending and eating.

Along with that, I’ve been thinking about food; my struggles with staying “on point” with Weight Watchers, my ability and happiness in starving myself so that I can go out and get a donut… it has finally hit me that this is dumb. I’m not sure why it took so long for me to reach this conclusion, but it did and I accept that. I think instead, the focus should be placed on eating fresher, healthier, (and more sustainable) ingredients and foods. Food as it was intended to be… will I splurge now and then on other types of junk? Probably, that’s part of life… at least my life :0). I am excited for our farm share to begin in May— fresh veggies every weekend and hopefully we’ll get back into canning and preserving!

Anyway, all of these things bring me to thinking that perhaps WW is not a necessary part of weight loss. There are plenty of programs and free tools out there that can do the same thing as WW- what it comes down to is me following a diet plan that will work for me and that I can be successful in following. That being said, I was reading some blogs yesterday and came across “life’s little epiphanies.” It’s a blog by a fellow ww-er who tested tracking on WW for a week along with tracking on MyFitnessPal.com. I was intrigued but didn’t think much of it since there are 100s of “tracking” websites out there. Well, I took a look around and it seemed pretty interesting and cool. The most appealing part of the site is that the database contains a lot of great foods- not just some foods, not just a pinch here and a pinch there— but a TON. Plus, users can vote on whether they think the nutritional info is accurate! So I created a profile and am going to try to follow it to see how it goes. I think this will be a good way at not getting hung up on “points” but rather what’s actually going into my body (fat, calories, protein, and carbs). I do wish it also calculated fiber, but I can do that on my own.

I’ll be sure to include a synopsis of how it’s going and what I’m seeing— just wanted to share.

Well, it’s been a week since my last post! I have now been working at my new job for 9 days— I love it! I’m enjoying the projects that I’m working on and it feels great to learn new things and be back in my “niche” so to speak. I really missed the Clean Water Act side of things! Along with work, my food habits have been good for the past week, minus of course, the weekend. I’m attempting to follow the points plus program and it’s going fairly well, although I tend not to count on weekends which is an easy way to slip up and ruin all the hardwork done the rest of the week. Luckily, I got enough activity points this weekend that I could pretty much eat whatever I wanted lol. On Friday, Franklin and I walked into the city from our apartment to meet Andrew for lunch. The entire trip was about 19 Miles. We are out from about 9:15Am until around 5:30PM… it was a day full of exercise… and blisters. Ouch! But it felt good and I’m glad we did it- the weather was absolutely goregous.

The weekend was a rather lazy one which was nice because of the not being able to walk thing, but we didn’t get to go camping which was a bummer. We were successful, however, with planning our meals for the week and going grocery shopping on Sunday. We used up the majority of the ingredients this week and our effort to be less wasteful is definitely not going unnoticed! The refrigerator is looking emptier than usual which is a great feeling! We have some veggies still that will be incorporated into veggie paella on Sunday most likely. We talked about getting dinner from a really good Italian place tonight but instead, opted to make tacos in with some pork that I had slow-cooked with cumin, salt, pepper, lime juice, etc.

Also, on Tuesday, we decided to try out the Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred Series. It’s basically a workout circuit that consists of three levels. You commit to completing the workout everyday for 30 days… 10 days at each level. The workout is only about 27minutes total which is nice because it’s easy to fit into the day. BUT MAN IS IT TOUGH! It combines cardio, strength, and abs and it’s nonstop always switching up what you are doing to confuse your body and keep your heart rate up. We just finished Day 4 this morning. You can use weights or not depending on how god you are at the program- we’ve trying to use weights but ouchies does it make you sore! We’re enjoying it though, so  more on that as we hopefully, stick with it!

I’m hoping to get back into running training again. I would like to do a 5K in the next two months which should be doable and then train for a half marathon within the next year… take it slow so that I don’t injur myself and stay motivated :0) This morning we weighed ourselves again. Although I’m still frustrated about Andrew losing weight, I wasn’t as frustrated today :0) Stupid boys!

I am happy to be down 1.9lbs. That’s about two pounds for last week and this week. Now I know I can do this!!

I really love glee. It is fantastic. In the most recent episode, they wrote two of their own songs for Regionals competition. One of the songs is called, “Loser Like Me.” It is awesome and a feel good type of “bring it, I can handle anything” song. Anyway, the title of this post is a line from that song (I know, grammar, ouuuucccchhhh).

Anyway, I got up this morning and went for a run! I took a dive about 7 minutes out, landed on the cement and rolling into the woodchips. Luckily, it was dark out so not that many people saw it happen. I got up, laughed at myself, turned up the music, and hustled off. I do this fairly frequently, believe it or not. So I got in about 1.5mile jog… everytime I go I realize how out of shape I am, my bmp is WAY too high and I feel WAY too uncomfortable, but I’ve been here before. I know if I keep pushing and slowly pushing further I’ll get better and better and eventually, 2 miles will feel like a short walk. I can’t wait for that feeling again!

I weighed myself this morning too, down two pounds from last week. I’m really happy about it, but I’m frustrated that it’s been about a month and I’ve lost only 5lbs. It used to come off so much faster. DIJFOSIDFJOISDFJOI. :0) I was able to make breakfast this morning and Andrew and I sat down for the second time this week (!) and ate before work. I have off tomorrow and then we’re going camping this weekend! It’s been so long, I’m so excited! Plus, it will be the first time for the pup to go camping, so we’ll see how he does. I’ll provide a full report on Sunday!

Last night, we made a Thai salad with peanut dressing that was adapted from a recipe from the Moosewood cookbook. It was fantastic and pretty easy to make. I’ll get to posting the recipe on my recipe blog soon. By the way, you can visit my recipe blog at: itsnotjustaboutthecupcakes.wordpress.com. Maybe I’ll add it as one of my pages on this blog, so it’s easier to find. We had the salad along with some rotisserie chicken. Perfect meal. Before bed I threw together some pears, apples, kiwis, honeydew, and grapes so I could bring a green salad to work for people. I’m pretty sure no one ate any though- they’d much rather have green cookies or brownies or cake or something like that. Oh well, at least I tried!

Today is St. Patty’s day, but rather than go out and spend money and drink too much beer, we are going to make TACOS! Yayyyyy! Favorite day of the week! That’s all for now!

It always feels good to make a dinner plan for the week, go grocery shopping, come home with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and make that first homemade healthy dinner. There’s such a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction! Tonight was one of those nights :0)

The new job started today… it went well and by the end of it, I had a computer and phone set-up and working! Now onto the tough stuff- learning what I’m supposed to do and trying to answer questions. I can’t wait- I feel like a just graduated from undergrad student who just started at my first big career job… unfortunately, I’m a few years older (you know, 5 years older…). I’ve had that “new job feeling” three times… and each time it feels just as good! My coworkers from when I worked over there before set-up a little lunch get together and they all brought in pie for pie day. So, we had pizza, key lime pie, fruit tarts, mini whoopie pies…and salad (my original lunch plan haha). It was a good day.

After work we went for a jog/walk to try to loosen up the muscles because it’s been a while. We also went to Men’s Warehouse so Andrew could get measured for his suit for Austin and Mariah’s Wedding- so exciting! We picked up the pup from doggie daycare and we even got the week for free because we posted reviews of Your Dogs Best Friends online! Not too shabby. We stopped by PetSmart to get some more pup food, some treats for the pup and of course, crickets for Roxy!

For dinner we made veggie grinders and Brazilian Black Bean Soup. It was a delicious combo!! I’ll try to post the recipe tomorrow- it’s already after 10PM and I’m sleeeeeeeepy. What a fantastic day!

Blurry but delicious- Roasted Veggie Grinder and Brazilian Black Bean Soup