Monday, February 08, 2010
I decided to see how my nutrition is going by actually tracking as part of the The Spark challenge. I'm still pretty impressive with getting the right calories in the right places. I got really good at estimating over the last few years. It is nice to track once in a while to remember certain things, like how quickly peanut butter calories add up. Fruit is better than peanut butter every time.
I did my workouts today. Even my stairs at school a little late because I spent a long time on the phone with the tech for my (least) favorite machine which needs to be sent across the country. Oh fun!
Anyway, not an awful day, not a great day. Aiming for some serious sleep, and then a great Tuesday ... because I said so! Plus, I have a phone interview tomorrow ... ahhh!
Okay. Onward and upward!
Sunday, February 07, 2010
I bought some miso at Whole Foods. It's a locally made, unpasteurized fermented paste of black soybeans, brown rice, and various spices. You dissolve it in water to make miso soup, like at Japanese restaurants. I've been using it recently during my at-home really hungry but shouldn't be times to make soup. Today, I sauteed some chopped onion and added hot water and miso and sea salt. Super low calorie, but takes time to eat and is really filling, plus increases my liquid intake. Works fabulously.
Today was a typical Sunday for me, running around like a maniac to choir, church, shopping, and laundry. I did my morning workout, but nothing in the middle of the day. I plan on doing my evening workout soon. Then having a snack of cinnamon apples and yogurt and either nuts or peanut butter.
My weight gain from yesterday was 1.8lbs, not bad for a post-high cal day since even minor dietary changes can cause me to seriously pick up water weight. I suspect I'll be down a pound tomorrow and then slowly throughout the rest of the week hopefully to end on Sat. morning under where I did this week just in time for an anti-V-day board game party a.k.a. another 'cheat' evening.
I made my mother's spicy BBQ sauce recipe tonight with pork for dinner, I also posted that recipe in my recipes since it's one I use often. I tried a Parmesan cheese sauce for vegetables tonight, but it had a few minor issues so I still need to work out the kinks to making it effectively creamy. I think a key might be shredding before melting, because even small pieces of Parmesan don't melt that well.
So, general notes for today, food: pretty good, exercise: pretty good, me being awesome: awesome.
Who's ready for Monday? My husband is starting to work full-time on Monday, which changes both our morning and evening schedules, so I will have some adjusting to do.We can do it!
Onward and upward!
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Sort of. I had the microbiology "retreat" today! Retreat, in science speak, means listening to talks and looking at research posters, but it also means free food. So, I had a calorie indulgent day, accepted and planned. Here's how it went down.
I ate normal breakfast like a good girl. Between 1pm-4pm I had my own snacks, cherry tomatoes, a clementine, nuts, and my yogurt-pb-fruit. At 4pm, they had an open bar (two free drink tickets per person) and veggies and dip and cheese and crackers. I had plenty of veggies but no dip* and probably a few two many pieces of cheese. I had one glass of Cabernet Savignon, and gave away my second drink ticket before trying to think too hard about having a second*. For dinner, I had 1/4 plate of salad, 1/4 plate of green beans almondine, 1/4 plate of roasted potatoes, and 1 largish slice of beef. It was an excellent example of the bikini diet* www.sparkpeople.com/resource/
nutrition_articles.asp?id=432 (and I told that to my amused table-mates). There were no obvious gluten-free desserts, and I allowed myself two forkfuls of my friend's key lime pie, carefully avoiding the crust.
I'd say even for a high-calorie day, that was definitely a success. I then came home, worked out, and had a typical post-workout evening snack (apple, peanut butter, cheese), and the only other addition to my day was 3 Hershey's kisses.
I also experimented with a new baked good: blueberry cornbread, gluten-free, vegan, sugar-free. It came out too crumbly though, so I need to figure out how to fix that before I post the recipe. I sweetened it only with pureed peaches and lots of blueberries. I like it. My husband says it needs sugar. He asked what my beef with sugar was. I told him it was essentially poison to my body, and that when I eat it (or too many other sugar substitutes) I become addicted to it. Therefore, it makes sense to learn to avoid it now. Too much diabetes floating around in my genes to mess with sugar.
Speaking of sugar, I saw an interesting talk today about the relationship of the bacterial community in the mouth and periodontitis (gum disease). I noticed that a number of species were present in healthy mouths and not diseased ones, as well as vice versa. I wonder if the bugs in the healthy mouth prefer more complex food sources, i.e., plant materials, and if the ones in the diseased mouths preferred simple food sources, i.e., sugar. That would be a most interesting relationship, right! Someone should do that study. Not me, I'm an environmental microbiologist. I clean up water, not teeth.
Wow, lots of talk today. Should sleep, have to sing in the morning!
Onward and upward!
Friday, February 05, 2010
I bought some blackstrap molasses in December to make gingerbread cookies. Now, if you have used molasses before, this is not light, sweet molasses, it is dark and has a bite. It made some interesting gingerbread cookies. I enjoyed them. Anyway, I used it twice tonight. I put it in the spicy peanut sauce for the stir fry and I mixed just a little with peanut butter and dipped my apple slices in it. I'm not convinced I'd call it a sweetener exactly, but I like the flavor.
Today was my first fast day since ending Dax's meltdown, so I've eaten all week. Last night after dinner, I refrained from any munching during the game and fun, and didn't eat again until my yogurt, peanut butter, and berries that broke the fast at 4:30pm. I am pretty pleased with how the fast goes. Today, I totally noticed my stomach rumble at 11am when I usually have my first snack, and I was like, really? I'm that attached to the clock? I even did my stairs in the afternoon and felt great.
I am still sticking to my goals, lots of fruits and veggies, blogging like a maniac (you're probably tired of hearing from me), and working out every morning (plus some middays and most evenings).
Tomorrow is my first "free" day in a while because I'm going to a retreat for my microbiology department. Of course, what retreat means is 3 scientific talks, a poster session, and dinner. I am still limited by trying to avoid gluten, so that keeps me from rolls and many desserts. I will also bring at least one healthy snack since I will be there from 1 and dinner isn't until 5:30. I'm thinking fruit (probably clementines) and nuts, plus I should put a larabar in my purse just in case. I should also bring one large tea mug, the cups they have are never enough.
Okay, I have a plan, I'm set. I can do it and so can all of you!
Onward and upward!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
It was so cold today in my office that I must have drunk a ton of tea. That's okay, I like tea.
Tonight is D&D night, so I just did my workout before dinner (which is crockpot baked ziti). I am really getting good now at the headstand! I still stay near the wall because I would tip over when kicking up, but I held straight up away from the wall for a count of 5, woohoo!
Okay, not much else to say. I'm fasting tomorrow, so after dinner, no more food until dinner tomorrow. That should help keep my wandering hands busy vs last week when I munched all through the game.
Okay, no more time tonight. Tomorrow is Friday! Yay!
Onward and upward!
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