Monday, March 09, 2009
Our DVR is having issues. Maybe it doesn't like 24, or Lost, or other things, but it seems to randomly decide not to work. Unfortunately, this means that we miss watching things when are meant to watch them. Not cool. It makes my husband kind of crazy and I'm not thrilled, but I tend to be a big (huge actually) picture person who can shrug it off, and he is a pop culture geek, so it is important to him. Anyway, it makes for no fun in our household. I need to call Comcast and suggest that they owe me money.
However, low-carbing is going reasonably well, more or less. I was super tired today, but I'm not sure if that was related to daylight savings, fat loss, or my body's inability to function. It could be any. However, I didn't crack and hunt for sugar, actually, I didn't really crave the sugar at all, I just intellectually knew it could wake me up. Anyway, the only extra food I had was 3 cherry tomatoes a half and hour before dinner.
I enjoyed what I made for dinner tonight: parmesan encrusted chicken (switched around the meal plan due to forgetting to soak the beans) and roasted veggies. The chicken was dipped in egg white and then grated parmesan (twice) and broiled. The veggies included brussel sprouts, parsnips, carrots, and broccoli, tossed in olive oil, cider vinegar, Mrs. Dash, seal salt, and sage and then roasted and broiled. I thought they were great! Bill not so much. I don't think he is used to the taste of just food, he likes salt, and spices, and other things of that nature, and so just vegetables still doesn't seem to work for him. I'm not sure I can change that easily .... oh well. Occassionally, he won't love my cooking and I will, I can accept that. I like spices too. I'm still less picky.
I'm trying to get some good cardio during this low-carb period as well. This morning, I did the Skinny Bitch workout on On Demand, they are awful, don't buy their video. It was an okay workout, but they were so annoying! Give me Leslie Sansone any day. Tonight I did 20 min of bike intervals and 20 minutes of continuous circuit of 20 of each crunches, squats, push-ups, and dips. Nice. I've lost 6.6 of the 10 lbs I gained during my wheat venture. I'm hoping to drop another few by tomorrow morning. Most of it is water, you know.
Work is getting nuts, but I'm trying to plan effectively to get things done. Our meeting tomorrow has been moved from afternoon to morning, ack, but I can manage 10:30. I also have good data that my boss says is paper worthy ... yay! However, I have to do major revisions to my latest submitted paper, joy! But, major revisions is better than a flat-out rejection, so I'll take it.
Wow, look at that, a complete update! I'm trying to be more consistent again. I don't have a goals list for March exactly, but I haven't stuck well to the other goals lists, so I'm going to wing March. Enjoy!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
My weekly meal plan, for my own purposes and anyone interested. I've finally solved my lunch/dinner dilemma, which I've never discussed before. Essentially, Bill eats a 500 calorie dinner, and I would prefer 300 cals because I have to eat more times to get through my longer day, thus using more calories. Anyway, I've decided to eat 2/5 of my dinner for lunch the next day. That way, my morning snack would be my Greek-style yogurt, lunch would be dinner, and snack is nuts and cheese. Here is dinner:
Monday: Parmesan chicken, roasted brussel sprouts and other veggies
PM: soak beans
Tuesday: Cuban pork and black beans and tomatoes
AM: beans in crockpot
PM: soak beans
Wednesday: Pasta e fagioli sans pasta
AM: beans in crockpot
Thursday: Potato and corn chowder and broiled chicken
Friday: Salsa verde chicken, rice and beans
AM: soak beans
Saturday: Ham, bacon, and asparagus risotto with salad
Sunday: "lasagna" casserole using rice pasta
Mon-Wed are low carb, Thurs-Sun are high/normal carb. Gotta sleep, catch up the hour I missed yesterday.
Friday, March 06, 2009
My doctor's appointment went as I expected. I spent about 3 min. talking to the doctor about thing I already know, and went and got blood drawn, and will get the results next week. I'm incredibly glad the wheat thing is over, because last night I got really sick, almost like back in Nov., and felt awful and didn't workout, and didn't want my snack. I know it's bad when I don't want to eat! Fortunately, I slept and this morning I feel good, and I'm not eating wheat at least until I get those results back. I'm pretty convinced wheat and my digestive system don't mix, no matter what the tests say, but if I get negatives then I am likely to try a "normal" (non-gluttonous) wheat containing diet for the next 8 weeks until my follow-up appointment (or until I get really sick again, I'll only go so far for positive results).
The good (maybe?) part about the doctor's appointment is that I had some time while waiting for transportation (2 buses!) to check out this used bookstore in Florence, MA (Florence is a village, 3 pizza places, a diner, and the used book store were pretty much it). I found a book I've been hunting for for years by David Gerrold, When Harlie Was One, great classic AI science fiction. I also bought two other Gerrold books (about Vampires in space!) and two Mercedes Lackey books, and one Indigo Girls piano book, all for just under $20! Yay!
Well, I've been eating junk all week, so I have very little to discuss in terms of food, but I made an awesome dish last night: salsa hamburger pie (adapted from Living on a Dime website). I browned ground turkey with diced tomatoes, onions, and jalapenos and a little ground cayenne pepper and poured that into a baking dish, and put mexican shredded cheese over it. I made cornbread batter (1/5 cup cornmeal, 1/2 whey leftover from yogurt making, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp sugar, 1 egg) and poured that over the top, and then baked at 350 for 25 min. Expect a full meal plan for next week this weekend!
Other than last night, I've also been exercising doing split body supersets with enough reps and weight to make my muscle sore. I'm hoping to put some of those extra calories to good use building muscle. however, Wii Fit tells me I've gained 10lbs since Sat. I know that most of that is water weight, but it doesn't make me happy anyway. That's ok, because Sat-Wed is low carb, so I should lose it all again in that time.
The only major downfall to going back on diet after 5 days of eating lots fo food and especially quick sugars is that my metabolism is still running on the old system, and my blood sugar just took a dramatic drop which I was unprepared for. I had lunch, but lunch was a crust-less quiche and kielbasa, so I'm not sure if it will bring my sugar back up or if i will need to eat half a larabar. I'll give it 20 min and see what happens. Fortunately, that should adjust by tomorrow, plus I won't be running around like a crazy person tomorrow using up sugar that isn't replacing.
Yay for back on diet!!!!
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I know, it has been a while.
So, first thing's first, why has it been a while 1) I am sometimes a busy person and 2) I'm doing a gluten challenge. So, my whole wheat thing is getting exciting, because I finished my double blind study which taught em two important things first, that I am pretty able to tell within 6-24 hours that I have injested as little as 1 tablespoon of wheat and second, I have issues taking notes, so I lost two of my last three data points due to bad note taking, oops. But the remaining ones were perfectly on. Now, my doctor's appointment is tomorrow, and so since Sunday I've been eating a lot of gluten, mostly in the form of yummy sweets I won't likely be eating again, possibly ever. This means that my calories right now are awful and I don't feel that great. Not nearly as bad as back in Nov, but a few months of healing probably dampened the issue. Still, I will be glad to get off wheat again after tomorrow.
In terms of being busy, I had my birthday last week, and did some mini celebrating on Wed. and we went out to dinner on Sat. that was fun. I've been working on a new procedure at work, while also still fixing an annoying piece of equipment, while also working on two current projects, so work is crazy.
This weekend, I bought a chicken to play with! Stop and Shop had roasting chickens on sale $0.99/lb, so my whole chicken was about $7, and first I cut off the breast meat while raw and put three meals worth in the freezer. Then, I put the remaining carcass and legs and wings in the crockpot and cooked it until the meat was done. I put another 3 meals worth of cooked meat in bags in the freezer. Then, I added water and cut veggies to what was left in the crockpot and overnight simmered a whole lot of stock (like, 3qts worth). So, my chicken was quite worthwhile, practically a whole week's worth of food.
I'm also doing a new diet/exercise routine for March. I'm doing a muscle building-fat loss switch off throughout the month in 10 day intervals. So, for March 2-6, I'm eating higher cals (this week much higher, but typically maintenance) and doing heavy weight routines every day. Then from March 7-11, I'll eat very low carb and with a calorie deficit and do a lot of cardio. Then I repeat that system twice more for 30 days and see where I'm at. This should be interesting.
Ok, that's a good enough update for now. I'll try and be better!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I was MIA yesterday, but I've eaten a lot of great food lately, so I have a few recipes to share.
Last night, I made a great stir fry. I used cubed round steak (8oz), broccoli rabe (2 cups flowers and stems), and shredded cabbage (1.5 cups). I cooked it all up in a 3 tbsp of lite soy sauce and 2 tbsp of teriyaki, and served it mixed with brown rice (1 cup) for me and my husband. I have lots of stems and leaves from the broccoli rabe left over, and I boiled and sauteed some with garlic and red wine vinegar for lunch today. It was good, but the broccoli rabe is a bit sharp, so I'm thinking next time I should carmelize some onions to add to it, yummy!
My eggplant casserole for lunch was also great.
I made a few changes, I made half the recipe, but I used twice as much cottage cheese as was called for. I didn't have any tomato paste, and I didn't simmer the sauce long enough (it came out a bit too liquidy), but it still tasted good.
Tonight for dinner, I made a ham and scalloped potato dish. I made a cheese sauce like I do for mac and cheese, but added some sour cream to it, and poured it over sliced red potatoes, diced ham, and crumbled bacon. I topped the whole dish with crushed rice chex. It was gluten-free (maybe, it was part of my double blind study, but it could be GF). If you want the whole exact recipe, leave me a note or something.
My Monastery lentils were good too.
I'm also going on a yogurt making spree. My Greek style was so great that I used it up and had to make more, plus I've been eating yogurt at night, plus Bill has been eating yogurt, and buying premade stuff was breaking my budget. I know I can use the homemade because I eat plain, but I need to experiment a bit to make some fruited and sweetened stuff for Bill for the right number of calories. I suspect it will be a breeze, but take some tweaking, hello weekend! I've got the yogurt making process down to a science, I heat the milk/nonfat dry milk mix on the stove while cooking dinner (to 180F), then I let it cool to 100F (takes about an hour to cool), then I put it in containers in the cooler with a container full of very hot water and a blanket. In the morning: yogurt! If I want Greek style, I dump it in the colander with coffee filters underneath in the fridge, and it is strained when I get home from work.
Tomorrow I'm going to test my crockpot for real, because I'm going to cook a few packages of split chicken breasts for 6 hours and then let it switch to warm, and take them out when I get home from work. Then I'm making pizza for dinner, gluten-free, and probably caesar dressed salad (no croutons).
I did an aerobic/plyo workout and an ab workout off exercisetv.tv, I felt worked out, 40min total, plus my arms/abs circuit this morning 15min.
In other news, tomorrow is my birthday, and I'm going out to karaoke in the evening, yay! I also bought a Friendly's Reese's Peanut Cup sundae cup for dessert. We are going out for real off-diet dinner on Saturday (weekdays are too crazy).
Today, I think I ate a few too many little caramel things that my office mate brough it. I had two yesterday, and a few today, but my digestive system was unhappy this afternoon, so I think perhaps I should avoid them for a while. They didn't have an ingredients list, so they may be gluten-contaminated, oops. GI appointment coming up on March 5th! I plan to gluten-up the three days prior to 1) further test my point and 2) hope to get a positive blood test of sorts, but at least 3) be personally convinced that wheat makes me feel like crap. Even if nothing else is true, if the wheat makes me feel bad, I'm quitting it anyway. The people I've talked to with "Celiac" have mostly not had positive tests, they simply discovered the problem, like me, and fixed it by eating gluten-free. Therefore, I'll be in good company.
That was quite a bit of update, but I doubt I'll update tomorrow, too busy with Karaoke!! I'm going to practice songs I may use for American Idol in Disney, might as well multi-task! Speaking on multi-tasking, the food eating mindfully bit is going quite well, and I'll do a complete update on that later.
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