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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Today was one of those days where I was a bit out of it, so I tried to keep it to easy things. Fortunately, we got the new bulb for the epifluorescent microscope, so I sat and counted cells for 90 min. I'm used to doing that, and it doesn't require much movement (i.e., nothing to drop and break). I survived and even eventually woke up a bit.

Dinner was just a classic stir-fry with pork, bok choy, and sugar-snap peas. I ground up somme cauliflower and chick peas to give a rice-like texture. It worked pretty well.

I ate mostly typical other foods. My yogurt veggie dip is pretty good now, with onion powder, dill, chives, Mrs. Dash, and just a bit of cayenne. I've got some atkins bars that I'm munching on to keep my wheat intake while low-carbing, and I've determined that I hate the awful sweetener taste of those bars. I used to like them, not anymore. I think I like that.

I did a crazy workout tonight. Started with the bike, 3 min warm-up, and 2 sets of pyramid intervals: 30 sec fast, 1 min recovery, 1 min fast, 1 min recovery, 90 sec fast, 1 min recovery (repeat). Then I did 5 rounds of continuous circuit of 20 each of crunches, squats, push-ups on knees, and dips. Then I hopped back on the bike for 10 min of intervals 30 sec fast, 30 sec recovery. Then 5 more rounds of the above circuit.

Lost was interesting, one of the better episodes in my opinion. Now it is bedtime, because I have to get up at the usual early time tomorrow. I slept in 30 min today, so, tomorrow is early. Goodnight!


In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind

Monday, March 16, 2009

Tonight was Louisiana Red Beans and Rice found at Eating Well here: www.eatingwell.com/recipes/re
. I used a ham steak instead of Canadian bacon and my beans were pretty mushy due to being crockpot made during the day, so I didn't mash any. I also served it mixed up with wild rice. I may have been a bit too liberal with the Cayenne pepper. I thought it was pretty yummyif a bit spicy, but Bill didn't really love it, said maybe with cheese or something. He ate it with no complaints, so I'll take that. Anyway, if you like rice and beans kind of dishes, give it a try. I like that it has lots of veggies, beans for fiber, and can be done with lean meats.

The rest of my eating today is going fine. My tummy was acting wierd few times in the middle of the day, seizing up and hurting, but seems to be calm again. My wheat products today included: bisquick pancake with breakfast, wheat germ and granola bar for snack, ritz crackers with lunch, flour in cheese sauce with dinner, and I'll have wheat-including granola on my yogurt tonight after I work out.

Starting tomorrow I am back to low carb for a while. My wheat will mostly be wheat germ and atkins granola bars and puffed wheat cereal. I figure it doesn't get any more wheat than puffed wheat, and it is yummy, and low in cals and not too high in carbs. Tonight is my last tough workout day, and I have lower body scheduled, which means tons of lunges and squats, can't wait!

Other than that stuff, I did quite a bit of work at work (novel idea I realize), and was helping another postdoc who is more of a biochemist do some molecular ecology. My PCR is still giving me all kinds of trouble .... but I'll figure it out. All my machines are now in my lab though, so I no longer have 4 flights of stairs to run samples, yay! It is spring break for UMass, which means no students (yay! quiet!) but the buses run on reduced schedules (every 35-45min instead of every 15). I ran late making dinner tonight because I missed the 5:41 bus and had to take the 6:16. Tomorrow is going to be another long day because I have small group ministry, so will stay at work until 6:30-6:45 and then go to small group from 7-9 before getting home. I already have dinner made for tomorrow though, so that's good. Maybe I'll sleep in Wed. to make up for it. Tomorrow is also Evacuation Day (observed) for UMass, whatever wierd Mass holiday that is, an nicely placed on St. Patrick's Day, but I don't care about either holiday, so whatever. We're not Irish, a bit scottish on both sides, but no Irish, and we're happy to keep it that way.

Ok, I have to go plan the remainder of tomorrow's meals and then workout!


I know that balance leads to the highest good for all.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Menu Plan Monday
hosted today by 5DollarDinners.com but usually found on OrgJunkie.com. Just a sampling of my blog reading insanity.

Monday: Louisiana Red Beans and Rice and cheesy broccoli

Tuesday: Paprika chicken and a salad

Wednesday: Teriyaki stir-fry with bok choy and sugar snap peas

Thursday: Chicken with bolognese and asparagus

Friday: Chicken and white bean chili

Saturday: Chicken and corn and green beans in cream cheese sauce

Sunday: BBQ Meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Monday and Sunday are high carb/cal days, Tuesday - Saturday are low carb. Bill may or may not join me. I'm not sure how this system is going so far, it's hard to follow in pieces, but I'll have to wait until the end to really know. My biceps are starting to look nice though and Bill has nice things to say about my back end.

I cooked up a large pot of turkey bolognese today and used 1/4 of it in a "lasagna" casserole, and froze 3 other portions, so that will be used on Thursday. The casserole today used cooked spaghetti (wheat since I am on wheat, but rice would work too) mixed with ricotta, on top of that was a layer of bolognese, then some mozzarella, then repeat the three layers and bake until heated through and top cheese is melted and bubbly.

I've eaten more wheat today, but all of it within diet confines. My tummy was trouble earlier, but it seems to be better right now.

Today in church was all about Jazz as a great analagy for UUism. How awesome is that? I may have also joined the music committee, I know, it is a slippery slope, but I already do a lot of music, so it made sense.

Ok, time for tea and then bed!


Fall seven times. Stand up eight.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

So, yesterday was pretty awful. All kinds of things were going wrong at work, some of them due to my own stupidity, some due to the randomness of lab life, some due to other stupid people unplugging my equipment. Anyway, I totally gave in to a serious sugar-junk-binge in the middle of the day. Not cool. I did try to go for wheat containing things (like a sugar cookie) to keep up my wheat intake (more on that later). I finally left, a bit early at least, couldn't be there for fear of breaking something else, and went home and my day improved much. I made some peanut butter mini muffins and a yummy dinner, and we had just a few friends come over for bad movie night. We watched Sgt. Kabuckiman, NYPD, great, awesome, awful movie! So, my day ended well at least.

Notes on party food: I definitely did better with party food. I was able to limit my intake, instead of stuffing myself. I also put out cut up veggies and hummus, and tried to reach for those first so at least when I grabbed, it was more healthy. But I felt in control, and not crazy about staring at the food when I wasn't eating, so I believe I am making progress. I probably ate more than I would want to if I was trying to be in a calorie deficit, but I wasn't anyway.

Notes on wheat: Friday I ate: french toast, a cookie, a twix bar, a brownie cheesecake (did I mention binge?), peanut butter muffins made with bisquick, ritz crackers, and puffed wheat. Most of the eating was during the afternoon, however, I was sickest in the evening and into early morning. Suffice to say, I didn't sleep well. Today: I had a bisquick pancake this morning, 2 peanut butter muffins, 5 ritz crackers, 1.25 cup of puffed wheat, and a bisquick snack cake. I'm doing okay today so far.

Tonight for dinner, I finally made a really good risotto, although it probably could have used more rice, but it was a calorie controlled meal. I cooked up cut-up bacon pieces and chopped asparagus, then added the rice and cooked it in homemade chicken stock with a dash of dry sherry and rice vinegar, and then added diced ham. Yummy!

I also did my crazy core workout today, and earlier I did a quick but tough upper body circuit to make up for not getting to upper body yesterday. I will do upper body completely tomorrow though, so it will all work out.

Ok, I'm tired, so hopefully I will get to bed early tonight.


Balance, you are my friend. You help me to live in integrity.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Whew, is it nice to be back at maintenance calories after 5 days in a deficit and low-carb. Technically, I'm using maintenance calories for someone 3-4lbs lighter than me, but that's where I want to be (and was once), so I'm happy there. Still, it felt like I was eating a ton.

Today's food was boring in a blogging sense, although I did have a piece of french toast for breakfast. Just added a splash of rice milk to an egg white, drenched the bread in it, and grilled. I poured a little MA maple syrup on top, perfect! Tomorrow I am going to try it with whey leftover from yogurt straining instead of rice milk. For lunch, we actually went out for a friend's birthday to a Vietnamese place, and I had a bowl of broth, rice noodles, veggies, and tofu, so not too bad. Of course, then they brought out a cheesecake for my friend! I took my slice, ate the graham cracker crust and the strawberries and whipped topping and just a bit of the cheesecake with those, and I left the bulk of the cheesecake on my plate. It wasn't the easiest thing, but not nearly as hard as it used to be to leave food in front of me in a social setting, so I must be learning something.

For dinner, I made a red potato and corn chowder with homemade stock and yogurt whey. I also used my new favorite kitchen tool: a hand blender. It is a min blender that can be put right in the bowl to help mash things up. It made the soup creamier than just the chunks, yummy! We had that with paprika broiled chicken and a salad. Tomorrow, we are having a bad movie night with friends and food, and I get to further test my skills at making food and social and tv separate items. I think I can manage. I actually enjoy breakfast without the tv on now. I prefer it that way. I think I'll notice more this time, especially in the environment where I trained myself.

Today, I did my crazy legs workout. Ouch! Lots and lots of squats and lunges with weights, some dead lifts, and leg curls, and a full set of calf raises. I am going to feel this tomorrow! Hopefully, that's where all these calories are going.

So, wheat items eaten today: 1 slice bread at breakfast, graham cracker crust on cheesecake, and about a cup of puffed wheat throughout the evening. I like the puffed wheat, low cals and pure wheat, so it will be useful. So far, I feel fine, although I did have some gas around dinner. I'm going to blog the wheat as much as possible so that I have a record for all 6 weeks of what I ate when and how I felt. Fun! Maybe.


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