Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tonight for dinner, I made black bean pizza with a polenta crust. It was pretty good! The crust was a big too mushy in the middle, and I need to find a way to either thin it out in the pan or thicken it, maybe a few more egg whites. It was topped with salsa instead of sauce, black beans and spinach, mexican cheese, and drizzled with salsa verde and sour cream. I think it is a keeper. I have been considering an all-pizza week for a while, and it will go on that menu. That would also include a buffalo/BBQ chicken pizza, a "regular" pizza the way we like it with tomatoes and provolone, I'm thinking about a rice crust with stiry-fry veggies and chicken on top, and a cheeseburger pizza. That's 5, and I need 7. Two more, any ideas? I think this will happen in May the week before I leave for ASM and leave Bill on his own for 5 days. Yeah, I blackmail.
Today was a bit of a mess in terms of my eating schedule. I had my morning snack and lunch early soI could go to a training, but I was tired, so I grabbed the Luna bar in my desk to give me a lift, and then munched on the Fiber One bar I had through the training (which I was at from 1-4) and my nuts, and then ate my afternoon snack on time. It was an extra bar, and I was just too hungry all day, but my calories have been too high the last few days so this doesn't surprise me much. I think tomorrow I need to focus on protein more. So, two full eggs for breakfast plus my pancake (1 tbsp bisquick + 1 egg white). My morning snack is greek yogurt and blackberries, no honey tomorrow, and I think I will throw in a little peanut butter. Lunch will be black bean pizza, carrots celery and hummus, and maybe an extra chunk of cheddar, then my typical apples/celery/yogurt with a few almonds for afternoon. That should keep me on track for dinner. I'm highly considering doing a detox of sorts while Bill is away in CA in two weeks, but I'm not sure if that is a good idea since with him gone my stress level is higher and my cravings might be insane. Thoughts?
Tonight is a push-ups and yoga night, which I plan to get to rather soon. I have no idea where my push-ups are at since I had trouble on Monday. I guess I will find out. I'm hoping to complete Week 4, column 2. Then I will do the Denise Austin moving yoga because I totally need to burn these calories I've been eating! Tonight for snack I'm having strawberries with a bit of cinnamon and yogurt to coat them, and maybe a bit of balsamic vinegar, and maybe I will toast up some cheese too, I haven't had one of those in ages and Bill's always smell so good!
In work news, I am now radiation safe. I have to figure out what I need to do for the last two days before the meeting. I know I have to count cells, and help some people measure uranium, but other than that I don't have a plan, which is never good. However, I also have a million sequences to play with and a manuscript to revise ... and ASM in a month! Ack!
Oh, I was listening to a podcast at work, and they talked a bit about the master cleanse, and it turns out, when you think about it, since all that is is spicy lemonade and maple syrup, it is essentially 800-1200 calories of sugar. Sure, you lose weight, but all you injest is sugar! They suggested if you want to try something like that, just have the same amount of calories in protein shakes! Saves muscle, more filling, and useful calories! Really people! Not that I'm doing either of these things ever.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I burned my crispy potatoes tonight. It was really sad, because they were spiced PERFECTLY!! They also burnt with only about 10 minutes before Bill was going to be home, and I had to completely revamp the dinner plan. We ended up with microwave baked potatoes topped with butter, sour cream, and Mrs. Dash. It worked. However, I really liked the bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with tomato, basil, and mozzarella, however, next time, I have to flip them so that the bacon crisps on both sides. I may have eaten some chocolate after the potatoes burnt. Fortunately, my dear husband noticed and stole the chocolate out of my hands and said no. Every now and then, he does something wonderful ...
We walked tonight and worked out, the weather is great, and hopefully it means it now! My arms are starting to look great, although I still need to seriously lose fat. The problem with losing fat of course, is you need a deficit, and I like to eat. Not easy.
I have way too much work to do at work, and I may need to do some work-related catching up during my travels to and from DC for my conference next week, ack. I have about 300 sequences to play with and a manuscript to revise. Tomorrow, we have to put together the poster for the conference, and I have to be radiation safety trained. Yuck.
Ok, off to bed soon!
Monday, April 13, 2009
Dude, I should never go on sugar binges. My metabolism still hasn't recovered, I've gotten dizzy on and off all day, and kept needing to eat things. I need to be more particular about pairing protein and fiber with my sugars, even if I am going to have a cheat/treat. Not good for the diet. I am going to be diligent about being on track tomorrow. I did pick up some cheap Easter candy today, but I stashed it in a difficult to get to place. I have enough treats for one a night for quite a while, and I can handle one a night without issues I think.
My meal tonight didn't quite come out the way i intended, the sauce got kind of thick and chunky, and I was aiming for something creamy, however, ham, asparagus, sundried tomatoes, and parmesan do match nicely taste-wise. My workout tonight could have been better as well, but it is hard to put in a good workout when your blood sugar keeps dropping. I did work hard though! Just not for long. I also did quite a few push-ups, though not as many I was planning on.
I hope my sugars stabilize overnight, but my contingency plan for tomorrow is going to be prunes and almonds if needed. Right now, I need tea, and a good night's rest, and maybe some mind over matter on my blood sugar!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Today, I learned that too much sugar definitely affects me ... but not the same way too much wheat does. I ended up in a serious chocolate situation while sorting out the 15 thousand pages and schedules involved in MA and IN state part-time resident tax forms (yes, I know, serious procrastination, it happens). Anyway, I got my typical sugar-high issues, dizzyness, light-headedness, etc., and my stomach was fine, no issues with digestion or even feeling sick. However, I wrecked my blood sugar stabilization for the day, and spent most of the evening with low sugar trying to get off of the sugar fixes. It really is like a drug in my system. I go through withdrawal and crave it, insanity. Fortunately, I seem to be back on track now with a nice low-carb dinner and some sugar-stabilizing snacks and exercise.
I made an interesting bread substitute tonight. Ground up cooked black beans and shredded cheddar, mixed it with egg, and poured that flat onto a pan and cooked up a nice crispy flatbread with it. Bill agreed it was good. I'll have to play with those more, make flat"bread" low-carb pizzas and tostadas.
Now, onto this week's menu plan. The workout plan is the same as last week, I like it. I'm also repeating week 4 of hundredpushups.com because I only did it twice last week (but my max was 20!), only using the second column this week. I also bought some new 15-20min cardio DVDs from Border's, 50% off all DVDs, so I got 5 workouts for $15. They are Denise Austin, who I have another DVD from and don't hate, so she will do just fine. Anyway, menu plan:
Monday: Ham, asparagus, and sundried tomatoes in bechamel sauce with a salad (low carb)
Tuesday: Bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with tomato, basil, and mozzarella, crispy potatoes, veggies (not sure what yet)
Wednesday: Black bean pizza on a polenta-crust and a salad
Thursday: Chinese General Chicken with collards and broccoli and asparagus
Friday: Asparagus and kale spaghetti chicken alfredo and salad
Saturday: BBQ pulled chicken (going to finally thaw and use one of my frozen chicken quarters), with buns, mashed potatoes, veggies
Sunday: Camper's stew, ground turkey and vegetables and rice
Next week I will be out of town so I also need to think of things to plan for Bill for then. If I crockpot-cook the chicken quarters, then I will have cooked chicken to leave him. I also have some frozen burritos, and I could make some extra Camper's stew and turn it into a Shepherd's Pie, that's 2-3 of 4 meals right there. Woohoo, meal plan done! I plan to eat the same things I have for lunches (hummus and veggies, yogurt and fruit, homemade bran/Fiber One bars, cheese pieces, nuts). Hopefully, my little off-plan bits this weekend weren't destructive to my weight, but I'll find that out tomorrow. See you then!
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I made hot cross buns for church tomorrow. Gluten-free, vegan, and other allergen-free hot cross buns. They look pretty good, I will have one tomorrow. My husband never heard of hot cross buns before I made them today. He never even heard the song, which I have known forever, but he had also never seen the buns anywhere. I had never eaten one before, but I've seen them in the supermarket. I'm not a big Easter person, but I like things that match up, and hot cross buns go with Easter! My crosses are yellow though, because the frosting was made with orange juice, and it was a dingy yellow so I brightened it with some food coloring. They look really good!
I ate mostly good today, except I had a whoopie pie from the local shop, homemade! I like a small cheat now and again, and a single whoopie pie is way better than the box of cookies last weekend (although $0.79 more expensive! See, cheaper to be fat!). I had to do my food shopping today because with Easter tomorrow the stores are either closed or open funny hours, and it wasn't worth figuring out. I found a great deal on Fiber One bars today, they were 4 boxes for $6, and I had two $1 off coupons and one $1.35 off coupon. Less than a dollar a box, which is less than a quarter a bar. Woohoo! I bought other stuff too, but nothing else I recall right now as important or exciting. More cheap strawberries and blackberries, and some basic stockpile items.
Today I also cleaned out the fridge and blanched (boiled briefly) and bagged and froze asparagus, broccoli, kale, and collard greens. My freezer is now stocked. At least I may not have to buy vegetables until the farmer's market reopens in May! I also aquired a loas of empty,cleam glass jars to put things in like yogurt, applesauce, canned tomatoes I haven't used, salsa, etc. They were from freecycle, sometimes I do really well with freecycle!
Tonight I made a yummy chicken based on a recipe I saw in a magazine. I had thinly sliced chicken brests, and made a mix of sauteed spinach, parmesan, and greek-style plain yogurt which I rolled into the chicken. I then baked the chicken rolls. Once they were done, I cut them into slices, laid the slices flat, and spooned crushed tomatoes on them and topped with mozzarella cheese and baked and melted the cheese. Bill said it was good, yay!
I should throw a fiber one bar in my purse for tomorrow after/during church just in case I need it, choir starts at 8:15 and the service isn't until 10!
I also continue to work out daily. Tonight I did 10 min of basic cardio, 10 min of continuous circuit of 20 of each: mountain climbers, crunches, dips, and squats, and then 10 min of tabatas using kickboxing moves, and 5 min of stretching. Whew!
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