Wednesday, January 11, 2012
This morning my professor decided to 'treat' us all to doughnuts. He dropped a box of a dozen on our table, and it quickly was passed around. I resisted the first pass around, but somehow the box ended up parked directly in front of me, my notebook brushing against it.
For the next 3 hours, I stole glances at it. 6 glazed delights sitting in front of me, just begging to be consumed. I knew exactly how delicious it would taste, how the glaze would melt in my mouth and how the sugar would give me a wonderful high.
I also knew exactly how guilty I would feel after eating it.
An hour passed, and with each stomach grumble, my resolve weakened. I became hyper-aware of the delicious scent of the doughnuts, I would see flecks of glaze sitting where doughnuts had previously been. I'd been in this position before, and I always lost.
But then, a miracle! Looking at the glaze, I realized it was probably made of just butter and sugar, and that the doughnut itself was nothing more than oil soaked white flour. Unlike other treats, this offered no nutritional value...it would just add pounds to my waist line.
I ate a granola bar instead, and shortly after left the doughnuts behind, probably sobbing in their inability to defeat my will power.
It's on like Donkey Kong, Junk-Food.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I have been AWOL recently, bought a new house and a puppy so the last three weeks has been moving/unpacking/painting/fixing/decoratin
g the new digs and loving on the new puppy. Oh, and ph.d programs suck the life outta ya.
I wanted to respond to Sparkpeople's blog on 'healthy comfort foods', because none of their listed items quite fit the bill in my opinion....when I want to eat my feelings, I don't reach for fruit smoothies, angel foodcake, or chicken soup. So, may I introduce REAL comfort foods that won't kill your waistline:
1) Pizza. Papa John's has it right when they say "better ingredients, better pizza". Instead of paying 15 bucks for a pizza light on toppings but heavy on grease, make your own. Pizza done right provides a whopping supply of veggies, fiber, calcium, and protein. Whole wheat pre-formed pizza crust, tomato sauce, low fat cheese, load up the fresh veggies and spices, and I promise you won't be disappointed. I often will make an 8 slice veggie pizza, and with each slice clocking in at only 150 calories, i can easily eat two slices guilt free!
2) Macaroni and Cheese. While this will never be super healthy, even boxed kraft macaroni and cheese can be salvaged! I make it light with skim milk and the tiniest bit of low fat margarine, and then I stir in light tuna and a vegetable [i like peas or corn best] for a decadent but relatively low-calorie/fat one pot dish. Plus: kids will gobble this up- I know I did!
3) Hot dogs. A word to the wise: soy products have come a long way. A tofu dog [morningstar farms has my vote] clocks in at about 80 calories and still tastes very comparable to a 'regular' dog. Smother it with relish, sauerkraut, or even low fat chili for a higher protein/lower fat version of the all time ballgame favorite.
4) sauce. Everyone is terrified of non-tomato sauces, and they should be, if they are premade. I love a good dill or hollandaise sauce especially, and still smother my fish in them. Look up recipes on Spark. Low fat mayo, yogurt, and sourcream can often be used in combination to replace heavier creams or full fat mayo in sauce recipes, and if you splurge and buy fresh herbs [or grow your own], you'll never miss the fat in them.
5) mashed potatoes! I have no idea why everyone is so anti-mashed potatoes on here. Last I checked, potatoes weren't that offensive. Quarter them, boil them until they are falling apart, add small amount of skim milk while blending until you get desired consistency. Add some garlic if you'd like, freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of salt. For the daring, a dollop of sour cream will make a creamier consistency. If you top your potatoes with a vegetable like peas or corn, you might even skip the tablespoon of light butter!
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
So today would be the worst day I've had in a while, diet-wise, to cap off the worst week I've had in awhile, food-wise.
My employment terminated this week [no worries guys- it was a contract position so I always knew it would happen] and my co-workers threw a potluck for the employees leaving...and then there was a staff dash to 5 Guys for lunch of my last day to get together out of the office, and then suddenly I was unemployed, wanting nothing more than to spend my free time lounging in my pjs before getting ready to go out on celebratory dinners [I'm kind of a big deal =P ].
But I swear I did okay yesterday guys! Sure, I had pizza, but I even budgeted for it by only having tuna for lunch! And it was bland tuna so I EARNED that pizza!
Today, however, was a cook-out. And a national holiday, the most dangerous of all days to be on a diet. So in true American style, I consumed a hamburger- for the first time in a year. It was delicious, don't get me wrong, but even though it was a small burger [whole sandwich fit in the palm of my hand], I couldn't finish it. I took 2-3 bites and then donated it to the hungry-boyfriend clause.
Now, this does not sadly erase the 4[!] Mike's Hard Lemonades I downed while lounging poolside, or the 3 [sigh] beers I had while playing beer pong.
But I learned my lesson, my stomach has been fighting me over this hamburger for the past two hours....so it looks like the Hamburger has joined its companion Fried Chicken over in the world of You-Will-Need-Alka-Seltzer-After-Eating-Us
I'm kind of mad at myself for even having the burger in the first place, but I'm also excited that my body won't let me eat that way anymore. I've changed so much from the person I was, that my own body doesn't recognize the food that I used to eat on a weekly basis.
And now I just cannot wait to go back to my healthy routine tomorrow, it's going to be a beautiful day.
Thursday, June 09, 2011
So sometimes I go into the message boards and give some encouragement/tips to people who are struggling along their weight loss journey. But not everyone can easily access those message boards, and I think it would benefit myself as well to see how I got this far...especially as I am falling back on some of my tried-and-true tactics to banish fat from the Dani-kingdom once and for all!
So here are some of the things I attribute to currently looking so fiinnnneeeee:
1) Water. I can't stress it enough. I hated the taste of water until recently, but I forced myself to drink it plain. I shot for 10 glasses a day, and both started and ended my day with a nice tall glass of ice water. Diet soda is not your friend, it is that backstabbing bitch that you think is helping you out but is actually sabotaging your efforts. Drink water, it is like the Morgan Freeman of liquids.
2) Letting go. I was a chicken-nugget-a-day type of addict, and my favorite thing in the world was dunking some fried chicken bits into honey mustard with a heaping pile of mashed potatoes loaded with butter and salt. Many a diet fell to the triumph of a crispy coated chicken fiend. So rather than succumb to that slippery slope of 'eating anything, just in moderation', I changed it to 'make healthy things taste amazing'. Oven fried chicken is delicious, as are oven-fried onion rings and banana icecream [only ingredient: banana]. I still can be seen occasionally eating an icecream cone or taking a small bite of my boyfriend's philly cheese steak, but I will only order/buy/make food that is good for my heart and waistline.
I know it sounds horrible, eating 'healthy' all the time, but after a few weeks/months fresh vegetables and spices are way more flavorful then a piece of oil drenched meat. And now I don't even pause over Chili's chicken crispers when deciding to order...it's all about the black bean burger, baby.
3) Now walk it out. I eventually started jogging, but for the first 20 lbs of weight, all I did was go walking for 45 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Confession: I can't exercise without proper music. So I have a very carefully crafted playlist on my ipod for work outs that I have used [with constant adjustments] for the past 3 years.
4) Twisting vices into advantages. I was one lazy lady. I could [and occasionally still will] sit on the couch for 6 straight hours straight watching chick flick marathons. These days, I tend to throw on a sparkvideo on kickboxing, turn the volume down, and kick it out while watching Gilmore Girl reruns. I also will sit stationary while watching t.v., but use my coffee table to help improve my straddle/split...my point is, the things that you think are working against you can often help you if you just alter it a wee bit.
5) track. When I was steadily losing weight I was tracking every single day. I also would track into future: I'd input what I had for breakfast, and then immediately put in what I'd want for dinner and dessert to see how many calories I could 'spend' on lunch. I also always tried to give myself a 50-100 calorie window just in case things didn't go quite as planned.
6) I had dessert every night. Otherwise, I would have binged on chocolate cake once a week in desperation. Now, dessert does not mean a slice of cheesecake or milkshake. Examples: SF jello with FF cool whip, frozen fruit, orange juice slushies, and low fat frozen yogurt.
7) Sparkrecipes. Before I lost weight, I generally ate things that merely required a microwave or a take-out box. I fell in love with sparkrecipes after trying a salmon/asparagus/hollandaise recipe that I still use frequently, and now I probably have tried about 40-50 recipes from the site. They are healthy, easy to make, and as long as you read the reviews you'll have a good idea of how tasty they are. I'd usually pick 2-3 sparkrecipes to make over the week to supplement my normal selections of wheat-bread sandwiches and shake'n'bake with peas and instant mashed potatoes [going back to #2, if you have trouble letting go, make healthier versions of that which you hold dear and make it 4 times a week, haha].
8) Knowing failure is a step to success. It took me about 14 attempts in my lifetime [and i'm only 23] to finally succeed in losing any substantial amount of weight. The difference between steps 1-13 and the 14th step: all times prior, after gaining some weight back or eloping with a box of double stuffed oreos, I would berate myself and come to the conclusion that it was just too hard for me to be healthy; I was destined to be fat. The 14th time I decided that yes, weight loss was hard, but it was nothing I couldn't do. And I thought of it like climbing a steep hill; you might backslide a couple of times, but as long as you keep moving towards the top of that hill, you'll get there.
9) Reminders. Much to the aghast of friends and family, I made a "fat folder" on my computer. You should probably name yours something more uplifting, such as "progress!" or "drop it like its hot". In the folder I collected the pictures I had long since untagged myself in on facebook, and labeled them "starting weight". Every few months or so I would take another full body picture of myself and add it to the collection, so that whenever I felt like I had made no progress I could go back and 'see' my progress.
10) Be beautiful/sexy/handsome. It's hard to treat your body right when you mentally abuse yourself. I struggled with this the most, but as more people acknowledged and complimented my weight loss, I felt more confident and strove to become even more beautiful. So instead of looking in the mirror and thinking "today i'm less fat/ugly" after some weight loss, look at yourself, your body, and say "damn, i'm even more of a fox now!" Because well, you are.
That's all for now, I'm sure I'll add more one bored, lonely, or feeling extra inspirational day!
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