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1/19/11 Day in Photos

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Today was a hard day for me. I was extremely bored today, hence, I returned to my main issue which is boredom binge eating. It's a major problem that I have, probably my #1 issue of why I am heavier than the needs of my body frame. So, I overate in the morning and a little in the afternoon. I ate healthy food but still overate with the attention to reduce boredom. emoticon

Breakfast: My husband really wanted to have oatmeal again this morning, I think he's in a rut. So, I made him some loaded oatmeal with sliced banana, sliced dates, raisins, and mixed nuts. Additionally, I made him a blueberry smoothie with extra protein powder. No photo of the oatmeal so I added a nice photo of grapefruit.. mmmm

Snack: I snacked a lot - Japanese rice crackers, organic stash pomegranate strawberry herbal tea, and a PPK chocolate chip ginger scone. Grr to myself...

Lunch: Leftover Khao Soi Pasta Dish and a homemade inari.

Snack: Another mug of tea

Dinner: I was feeling really bad about myself for eating so much the whole day. I took a spearmint hot bath though and reflected upon the day and myself. I also read a little of the bible and I was guided out of my habit of old. So, I pushed through my personal demons, got out of the bath, and made myself a little dinner to eat along with my husband. I ate half a cup of Korean Brown Rice, organic mixed spring greens with some organic whole foods hummus and a sliced Japanese baby cucumber.

Although I'm still a little depressed about how I overate, but I'm still working through it. I have been able to get over my want of starvation and eat a healthy low-calorie dinner. Yay! Exercise was smaller than I would prefer again with only 30 minutes of wii exercise. I was able to burn off around 100 calories.

I have found a hot bath, the bible and reflection helps to reduce bad eating habits. How do you handle overeating or under-eating?

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MISSDIANITA 1/19/2011 10:34PM

    If I could cook like you do, I'd probalby overeat all the time!
I don't think I have a problem under-eating, but on days I overeat, I think to myself... I'm only human and tomorrow will be a new day. Usually the guilt I feel from overeating one day, helps with me staying on track for the rest of the week... Usually. Does that sound dsyfunctional??

It's nice that you turned to the bible - it can help give you strength and perspective.

Today was a hard day. Tomorrow will be a better day!


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ELISA322 1/19/2011 8:03PM

    If this is all you ate today, I don't think you overate at all! But I do understand if you feel like you binged, the guilt and negativity you feel afterward is a terrible thing to go through, and I know that feeling all to well. You can't dwell on it forever though, and I'm glad your faith was able to help you through it.

That hummus looks really good. Sigh, I wish I lived closer to a Whole Foods...

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CASJ57 1/19/2011 2:35PM

    The grapefruit photo makes me want that to eat. And great job on the BMI! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/19/2011 2:01PM

    I have binge eating issues myself. I don't even know what sets them off usually. Stress sometimes, but other times...who knows.
You just have to put it in the past. You recovered and had a good dinner.

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1/18/11 Day in Photos

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Day off in America - hooray!! Another day we can hide from the snow. I hear ya, EMILLER22, I too am hiding from the cold outside too. Entertainment room has a tiny heater that we are sharing among two humans and two furry babies. At least we can play the Wii and workout.

Food: DH wanted something sweet in the morning (thanks to his mother, who is now pre-diabetic, he has a sweet tooth in the morning) so I found a lovely recipe by PPK. The Bikram Yoga Chocolate Ginger Scones- British style not American. They were very tasty and around 200 calories per scone. Ah well, at least they were vegan and made with whole wheat flour instead of nutrition-less white flour. We drank freshly roasted coffee and ate scones and a half of grapefruit as we chatted it up together. Very delightful! We forgot to take photos that morning here are some that I packaged for my husband to take to work.

Lunch: Mixed Organic Salad with Whole Foods Organic Sampler hummus on top.

Dinner: Since it was our last day to a three-day weekend, so I decided that it was going to be a special dinner night. I made a special dinner of Japanese foods. I made Inari, Sesame Spinach, Spiced Baby Bok Choy, Sliced cucumber, Korean brown rice, and gingered mock "pork". These were all basically my recipes that I have veganized.

Husband Leftover Bento for Work This Next Week:

Happy New Wii-k! Hope this week is special for all of you!


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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:14PM

    I looooove scones! Never tried to make them. Maybe I should!

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ELISA322 1/18/2011 7:45PM

    Looking at your blog always makes me so hungry! Would love to eat some Inari right now.

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MONA_MONA 1/18/2011 3:28PM

    Wow! The ginger scones sound delish and way to go on making from-scratch Japanese food. emoticon

Scones are definitely on my to bake list.

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CHERWHOAH 1/18/2011 3:24PM

    all your food looks so delicious. are you in japan?

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BREW99 1/18/2011 11:07AM

    scone recipe is at:

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CLALIZ 1/18/2011 10:40AM

    You have the most delicious looking food! this morning those chocolate chip ginger scones looked delish! I think I may need to bake something sweet today :)
Looks like you had a yummy day!

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NATPLUMMER 1/18/2011 10:25AM

    Wow!! That all looks really tasty.
Can I get the scone recipe...chocolate and ginger.....yummmy!!

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Weekend in Photos: January 15-17th

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Is there anything better than a three-day weekend? My husband teases me since I am one of the greediest wives in the world – since I extremely dislike sharing my husband with others. Hence, an extended weekend with my husband and furry babies is just one of those blessings from God that is priceless!

Exercise: Friday night as I had planned a cold walk to the gym with the hubster, I got a surprise from my husband stating that he was taking me to the store to pick up a present. The present was the new Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board kit that I have been waiting patiently to receive. Yay! (Jumping up and down) For those of you that are unaware, the Wii Fit Plus is the second addition to the Wii Fit. The back of the pkg suggests it has more than 60 games that are for active-minded players. It is not a “sit down with a bag of chips” type of game. So, as expected, you can tell what we did the whole weekend. Let’s just say we didn’t get out in the freezing temperatures outside to run but rather only left to go to the coffee house and also church.

Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food. Last week we went ahead and had an entire menu list full of You Are What You Eat Cookbook recipes. It was our first attempt at the cookbook recipes since we bought the book over Christmas holiday; we found that the recipes were more bland than we generally prefer… So, this week we are going all out with flavor and delighting in Asian cuisine. MMMMmmmm

Saturday: DH woke up with a slight stomach ache, no wonder due to the frozen menu we had the night before – really bad choice once you start to eat healthy again. So, I made Irish Oatmeal. Mine I put a little pour of organic unsweetened soymilk and some brown sugar. Husband had a sliced banana, sliced dates and the cow-friendly milk I used.

Lunch: Salad with Whole Foods Natural Organic Hummus – four kinds. Sliced cucumber and a few glasses of water… Also, I believe I had a Japanese rice cake that is sweet on one side and salty on the other.

Dinner: Khao Soi (a Thai Pasta) which is similar to pasta with coconut curry sauce. It was slightly too creamy for me but I loved the curry flavor it in. DH loved it! He has been impatiently waiting for curry again. The noodles were pre-packaged from our local Asian store – more of a udon style noodle instead of ramen (egg filled) that the recipe called for in it.

Sunday: Today we had some homemade bread toasted. The bread has sprouted sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. Additionally, it is made from Whole Grain Flour instead of white.

Lunch: I had a trivial time after church because my husband wanted to go out to eat but I thankfully convinced him into having a healthy meal at home instead. His stomach was rather bad this last week, so I wanted to make sure that he had the right nutrition to build his immunity back up before work on Tuesday. General leftovers…

Dinner: Vegan Bibimbap was on the menu. It is a mockup of the traditional bibimbap that I used to make before going vegan. This time we made it veganized. It turned out a little different but it was a good healthy alternative to the original. It does not have meat, or sesame oil, or a generous portion of sesame seeds. First Photo: DH bowl with extra spicy tofu (nasty smell so we threw out) and second photo: mine with extra Korean Red Pepper Paste.

It was wonderful to have this weekend together with the husband and furry babies. We had tasty meals and healthy portions. We stayed indoors away from the cold weather and got exercise through the wii fit plus.

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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:13PM

    Love the cartoon! And I am the same way, greedy with the hubby but I think my hubby is more greedy with me;)

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ELISA322 1/18/2011 7:47PM

    Vegan bibimbap looks great. I may try that some day with tofu.

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BREW99 1/18/2011 11:10AM

    Haha, thanks. The DH does loves all my food (or so he says)... crazy since before I met him he wouldn't eat Mexican even since it was "foreign". I guess that is what you get for marrying a translator. haha You would think that he would weight about 500 pounds but at last I'm trying to "fatten" him up since he is underweight. So hard!

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CLALIZ 1/18/2011 10:41AM

    emoticon Love the cartoon!
Also -- Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food.--- I figured that one out. Your husband is soo lucky! all your food looks delicious!
Have a great week!

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Wii Fit Addict

Sunday, January 16, 2011

This Friday my husband surprised me with the Wii Fit Plus, the one that I have been waiting to get for a while now. Let's just say I played for about two hours that night! I would have played longer however the DH got the idea that he wanted to play also and wanted to go to bed at sometime in the middle of the night.

My first week impression is that it is addictive! I am loving a few of the games more than others such as the Hoola Hoops and the running. So much fun! There is also Kung Fu (which I aced on the first try), pilates and yoga! I'm excited to try out the options for creating training plans also that I must keep to everyday. There are a lot of games, I'm impressed and I'm having so much fun working out with it more.

emoticon Food has been a slight eyesore this weekend. I haven't been really paying close attention to what I am eating as much. My hatred for the cold is affecting my eating habits - so I would like to convince myself. Seeing that we have a three-day weekend, I will have photos on Tuesday for everyone.

emoticon Exercise has also been a downfall this weekend. It is so terribly cold outside that I look outside and grimace at the mere thought of going out to the gym. At least that is what I'm telling myself, it could also be that I'm addicted to the wii yoga and other exercises at the moment. Unfortunately running on the treadmill works off more calories than the wii fit plus does... haha

Pretty happy though to have gotten some things around the household done - such as rearranging our entertainment room (so that we can play with the wii without punching things...). Also, I have made some new recipes that I will be sharing with everyone this next week.

Oh, and I am getting ready for Aussie Day on the 26th and CHNS New Years on the 4th of next month. Yay! Is anyone else planning for these two events?

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SUGIRL06 1/18/2011 9:12PM

    I am actually loving the cold! Ha! I got some cold gear for running and after that horrible dreadmill run, I refuse to run at the gym! Luckily my running buddy agrees and we hit the bike path together, cold or not! We've actually found today we were a little hot and sweaty! Ha!

Have fun with your Wii Fit!

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ELISA322 1/16/2011 8:56PM

    I know I hate this cold too. I don't even want to go outside at all, I'm just miserable -- I have the space heater on me all the time.

Wii Fit Plus sounds pretty cool with the kung fu! I thought the first Wii fit was fun, now I'll have to try this one. Although for xmas we bought ourselves the Xbox Kinect and the game Kinect Sports. That's also a lot of fun and gets you moving too.

Can't wait to see your new recipes. I really enjoy your food blogs.

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CFMOSS 1/16/2011 6:12PM

    cheers to you.

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NATPLUMMER 1/16/2011 5:49PM

    There are worse things to be addicted to. At least it gets you moving.

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1/14/11 Day in Photos

Friday, January 14, 2011

Today was a very strange day... My husband has been feeling very tired lately so he came home at lunchtime. I had a lot of things planned but being a wife comes first. So, I didn't eat the right types of foods and didn't get any exercise in that I had so wanted to get in today. But, life goes on...

Brekkie: Again I had one of my "go-to" meals which is a rice mixture with cabbage and kale. Mmmm It is seriously one of the best recipes that I have come up with that is satisfying to the taste-buds and stomach. I use mild soy sauce which has much less sodium than most other Kikkoman types so it is a healthier option. It does taste a little less strong but it does the job. For DH, I add in kidney beans and more rice since he is trying to gain some weight.

Lunch: The DH came home at lunchtime so I was trying to be really quiet. I went ahead and had some blue corn chips and some baked vegetables from last night's dinner. No Photo. Also made some homemade whole wheat bread with flaxseed and sunflower seeds and had one roll.

Snack: After the DH had some good quality sleep, ate a hearty lunch and was feeling better we finally got out the door. It was grocery shopping night so we picked up some little snacks at the Chinese store - rice sticks.

Dinner: Again, since we were very stretched for time, we picked up some frozen items (which we haven' t done in about 6 months) from the Chinese grocery store. We chose Korean vegetarian gyozas and veg spring rolls. I hate the idea of MSG being in almost all Asian food - the world would have been a healthier place if Japan hadn't come up with that invention. For health purposes, we had a large plate of salad and some ginger dressing on top. We also had a baby cucumber between the two of us.

Calories: I was within my calories but I was very close to the top end of them. I'm not sure about the total calories per Asian food item though since the pkg's said very low amounts (spring roll = 8cals?). Sounds very strange so I just used pre-listed items on SP for calorie counts.

Exercise: None.

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CASJ57 1/14/2011 11:38PM

    Have you tried coconut aminos? Kind of expensive, but less sodium than soy sauce and really tasty.

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2011 2:23PM

    That breakfast does look really good. Can I have the recipe?

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KIMHALLMARK 1/14/2011 8:26AM

    like the 'laft over' emoticon

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