Wednesday, April 08, 2009
So, I've been a little behind in the blog. Sometimes, life happens. I'll back up a bit. First, my great-aunt died. Yes, I knew her and had met her on many occassions, and more importantly I knew a number of her children and grandchildren (my second cousins), but this wasn't an personally impacting death for me. However, since she died in Troy, NY, and I was 2 hours away in MA, it made sense for me to go to the funeral, especially since my parents couldn't (visiting the sister in CA). We drove out on Friday night after work, meaning not getting home between, and had no internet/computers until we got back on Sat afternoon. I also definitely ate way too much. I did okay Friday night, except that I bunch a bunch of candy and ate that, then ate way too much at the post-funeral lunch, then we got home and found the dishwasher had flooded the kitchen, joy! So we got Chinese for dinner, a lot of Chinese. Then on Sunday, I succumbed to a $1 pack of cookies (10 cookies) while shopping, so I ate those and the remaining Chinese. I pretty much ended up feeling awful both Sat and Sun nights. Yuck. I need to continue to remember that food makes me sick BEFORE I eat it.
Continuing on with my life, I got back on track with eating and such, but had a choir rehearsal on Tuesday that cut me close to dinner and forced me to make most of Tuesday's dinner on Monday, essentially destroying all my blogging time. Never fear, I've been eating well and exercising for three days very well, minus some extra chocolate. I'm still working on the perfect homemade chocolate bar, and getting closer to creating it! My last version was solid, but not high enough cocoa, so I melted it down and tried to add more, we'll see if it stays solid. This one had a mix of powdered and granulated sugar, and I allowed it to cool to mix the fat back before pouring.
In continuing food news, mixing chopped apples and celery with a bit of plain yogurt and cinnamon is delicious. I also found blackberries and strawberries on sale and have been eating many. I found kale and collard greens on sale, and they are harder to eat, but I'm throwing them in dishes anyway. Tonight, I sauteed them with diced tomatoes and a bit of balsamic vinegar and oregano. Good, but still a bit bitter for Bill. He preferred them with parmesan on top. Maybe next week I'll cream the collards like spinach. They both cook into most of my dishes with no problem.
Tonight is my pilates, yoga, stretch night. I should actually do something useful for that. Maybe a combo set of yoga with a pilates mat section in between. Off to do that now!
Sunday, April 05, 2009
No long story right now. It was a bad weekend for diet and exercise. Very, very bad. And I went to a funeral in NY. I'm very tired. I'm posting my plan for next week, and I hope to get back on track starting tomorrow for a good two weeks! I'll be more chatty tomorrow.
Menu Plan Monday
Mon: Chicken, rice, and broccoli and salad
Tues: Pad Thai
Wed: Ham and cheesy potatoes and salad
Thurs: Mexican casserole
Fri: Tarragon Parmesan chicken with asparagus and other veggies in cheese sauce
Sat: Chicken over minestrone stew topped with mozzarella and Caesar salad
Sun: Beef stew
Thurs-Sun are low carb for Bill.
Mon - am: tabatas legs; pm: bodyweight circuits + HIIT
Tues - am: walking/jogging; pm: upper + moderate cardio
Wed - am: tabatas arms; pm: yoga/pilates/stretch
Thurs - am: walking/jogging; pm: lower + moderate cardio
Fri - am: tabatas abs; pm: upper + HIIT
Sat - am: walking/jogging; pm: bodyweight circuits
Sun - am: OFF; pm: lower + moderate cardio
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Ugh. I think I've found the amount of wheat that makes my stomach unhappy: 1/4 package of beef pasta hamburger helper. I used up the one box we had tonight, and now I feel jumbly and gassy (I'm sure you didn't want to hear that). Definitely no more plates of pasta for me. However, I did an excellent job of disguising a hamburger helper as a healthy meal, Bill didn't even know until I told him. I added a cup of diced tomatoes, broccoli, green beans, red and green peppers, radish greens, Mrs. Dash, garlic salt, and onion powder. I topped the whole thing with 4 cheese-Italian blend Sargento 2% shreds. Not half bad. Not that I'm ever going to be making it again though. However, I had been feeling pretty good lately, even with small amounts of wheat consistently, and wondering about how much I could tolerate, and this was it. Ugh. Give me back my fruits and veggies.
The remainder of my lower carb day went very well. I ate about 30% carbs, 30% protein, and 40% fats, it was a bit higher carb than I was going for, but it was the first day. I had sunny side up eggs (my newest egg thing!), bacon, a small slice of cantaloupe, and a spinach, onions, tomatoes, and feta mix. My morning snack was greek yogurt, wheat bran, and strawberries with a pinch of stevia (although I'm not sure I needed it) and 1/2 oz of mixed nuts. My lunch was chicken and cauliflower in cheese sauce, carrots and celery with black bean hummus, and a slice of cheddar. My afternoon snack was half of a homemade bran bar, a mozzarella stick, and some cocoa coated almonds (I need to learn to make those!). I felt pretty much full and satisfied all day. It was a long day and I was snack hunting when I got home from tiredness, but I caught myself quickly and made a large cup of tea instead. Yay!
Now, I just need a workout. I'm think about a short bodyweight circuit followed by a chort interval training session. Five exercises, 30 sec. each, 30 sec. rest three times would be 9 min. I can warm up for 2 min before, oh, and do my push-up sets from hundredpushups.com. Jump on the bike, 1 min to warm-up to the bike, then 30 sec fast, 1 min recover 6 times, and perhaps another minute or two to cool down. Then, a complete full body yoga stretch. Yay! Now, 5 exercises, I'll pick Project Mayhem classics: lunges, flutter kicks, get-ups, dips, plank rotations. Excellent and not too over-stressful workout.
Tomorrow I have to get up early and leave early, so I need a plan now for my morning workout, and I probably should pack some of my lunch too. Good, I found a bodyweight circuit I can do for 10 min in the morning, and I'll do a jumping jacks warm-up. Now I should go make lunch.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Today's quote is from Thoreau.
Yesterday was my veggie/fruit experiment. From the time I woke up until dinner at 5:45pm, I only ate fruits and vegetables (and a couple of additions derived from fruits and vegetables). I also ate whenever I wanted. It was an interesting experiment. I never felt hungry but I never felt really satisfied either, I kept wanting more. I guess that's the protein/fat sensation of fullness i was after. I ate a ton, although it was only about 600ish calories. Here's what I had:
For breakfast I had cut-up mixed strawberries and cantaloupe and cut-up and sauteed in olive oil with Mrs. Dash radishes and onions.
For my "meals" (which I just picked at all day) I had spinach and sliced strawberries with balsamic vinegar; apples, carrots, and celery with simply orange with pineapple juice to coat them; salsa made of processed tomato, onion, and garlic and eaten on chunks of red and green peppers. I also had a bowl of cut-up carrot and celery sticks, some cucumbers and grape tomatoes, a large cantaloupe slice, and an apple. Everything tasted good.
Unfortunately, in the evening, I was so famished for the nutrients I never got, I nearly went overboard hunting for them. Therefore, I definitely need protein at least at my main meals to survive in a day. However, if I need to snack on something or I want to go a small period with few calories, I can cut my snacks back to just fruits and vegetables and eat quite a few of them.
Other than the experiment, food is going well. I'm putting my whole menu back to a lower-carb/higher-carb alternation, but not really low carb either time. I'm aiming for 40% carbs on the higher days and 20% carbs on the lower days (which is about 160-180g high days and 120-140g low days including enough fiber). I'll aim to do tougher workouts on high carb days and quick but intense ones on low carb days.
I also need to stretch EVERY time I workout. I tend to ignore stretching which then causes soreness and lack of progress, BAD!
There. I'll post more tonight when I get back to a normal schedule of sorts, since I had a small group ministry meeting yesterday, I didn't get home until late, and then we took a walk, ack! Maybe I'll even go home a bit early today, as I have to come in early tomorrow, we'll see.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Ah, Sundays. It is my day of rest and relaxation, for an hour of church, however prior to that is an hour and a half of choir rehearsal, and after that is food shopping, food taking care of, laundry, cleaning, and anything else that needs to be done. Although, I usually still feel pretty good because it is very much a system for me, and the OCD in me likes the process of having the same things happen every Sunday. Today, though, was a little more annoying than usual. I had some issues finding the sales I wanted at the grocery stores, and had to buy some non-sale essential type items, which always annoys me. Fortunately, with my stockpiling, those items are fewer and fewer. Anyway, I got a little stressed out and did a little impulsive-shopping-eating with a marked down Reese's brownie (oops!), and I had already had a few too many goodies at church coffee hour, and I feel a bit bad about getting off diet, ack. However, I have a plan to try an increase my fruits/veggies now that things are coming back into season (in season somewhere anyway, we still have a few snowpiles in Mass). I am going to spend 1 day this week (Tuesday) where between waking up and dinner I can eat whatever I want, so long as it is a raw, non-starchy vegetable or fruit. No cooking, no dried fruits, but no limits. If I'm hungry, I eat more. I'm going to allow carrots, but other starchy veggies like corn and potatoes are out. I have no bananas, but they would be out too. However, I do have red and green peppers, tomatoes, cucumber, radishes, apples, strawberries, and a cantaloupe ($0.79! couldn't resist). It should be an interesting experiment. I won't be having any extra proteins on that day until dinner, so we'll see how I feel. However, if I feel hungry, I can just eat more. It could go either way. I like experiments.
This week's shopping trip was disappointing money-wise because my savings weren't that great. I bought some printer cartridges at Target because they were on sale with a gift-card deal, so that cost a lot, but less than if I waited for the cartridges to run out and had no deal. I also needed a prescription, so I did use my giftcard right away and it was like getting the prescription for free plus a couple of cans of Bill's low-cal Progresso soups (with coupon). Whole Foods keeps putting on sale the Food Should Taste Good Chips for $2, and I keep printing the $1 off coupon, so I got another bag of $1 awesome chips! Most of my WF run was veggies and bulk items. I have chickpeas again though! They did have organic apples for $0.99/lb, which is an awesome price for conventional apples, so I bought some. It is apparently second apple season where stored apples aren't going to make it much longer and need to be sold off quickly. Whatever, I like apples, and I could always make more applesauce. I think I may need more applesauce soon.
My Big Y trip was annoying, because the sales I saw didn't seem to match my notes from their flyer quite right. Only one type of colgate was on sale, and it was gone. There were no colgate tootchbrushes on sale. the wrong brand of hummus was on sale. I also hit two sales I wasn't prepared for and had to search for the coupon (fortunately, I bring the whole coupon organizer and it is somwhat alphabetical, but still annoying to hunt in the middle of an aisle!). However, I did buy a number of important BOGO sale items, and found these great chocolate coated almonds from Emerald Nuts (sale and coupon) that are delicious! Just one or two is perfect for a chocolate craving too. Between store sales ($33.71 saved) and coupons ($7.75 saved) I still saved 49% off wholesale costs. My Stop and Shop experience was all about the items I had to buy because I need them, and I had coupons expiring for some of them, and all of them are expensive, but will last me months and months (so I keep telling myself that while looking at the bill!). I did manage to use my save $4 for a trip over $40 quite easily! Stop and Shop also had the meat deals, ground turkey for $1.99/lb and boneless, skinless chicken for $1.79/lb (wow!), so those were bought in excess, but are now in the freezer. They also still had 2lb of strawberries for $3.99, so I bought those again, and quite a few red potatos ($0.99/lb). Overall, I saved $18.91 on sales and $12.25 in coupons and reusable bag credits (even though the stupid bagging kid couldn't figure out how to use my bags well, and put things in the plastic bags which I then had to put together in the cloth bags, aah!), which was 33% saved. Not too bad, not too great.
Anyway, time now for Menu Plan Monday. This week is all old favorites, I'm tired of new recipes for a while, and I think Bill is too.
Monday: taco salad with black beans in the meat (Low carb for Bill)
Tuesday: oregano chicken, mac and cheese, salad
Wednesday: beef pasta hamburger helper (gotta use it up while I'm on wheat!) with lots of veggies (trying to make it healthy as possible)
Thursday: couscous using frozen zucchini and grape tomatoes and radish greens
Friday: chicken, rice, and broccoli using the white sauce I froze a few weeks ago
Saturday: chicken parm with spaghetti and salad
Sunday: Pad Thai (always a favorite!)
Mmm, lots of comfort food. That's good, I could use comfort food this week (TOM!). Time to get laundry and start dinner!
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