Friday, October 29, 2010
Today is pay day so I celebrated having money again with a cafeteria lunch. I tried out the new Cooking Light offering again. Today was pan seared tilapia, mashed potatoes with shallot parsley butter, and spicy corn. It was very good, but I'm not really a fresh fish girl. I don't care if it's from the sea, a lake, or a commercial fishery, unless it's caught and then immediately frozen, I'm going to think it tastes fishy. The mashed potatoes were delightful. I kept running into lumps of whole potato that told me, "Yup, we're made from scratch!" The corn was a bit too spicy for me, but very good. The neat thing about the Cooking Light station is that I can go to Cooking Light's website and look up the recipes (and nutritional info) online afterward. I put the calories in my Blackberry just in case, though. I also got the "light cookie" to have as a snack. I actually ate it already, because a) I wasn't sure what kind of cookie a "light cookie" is and b) I was curious about how it tasted. I figured out that it's an icebox sugar cookie with a little chocolate drizzled on it. It was all right, but it definitely tasted like a "light cookie." It was as short on distinctive flavor as it was fat and calories. All in all, I'd rather have a piece of fruit or some flavored nonfat yogurt as a dessert.
I had my 7th PT appointment last night. I think it must be going pretty well because PT Jennifer keeps adding new exercises. I have to admit, though, that some of them make me think of a Buffy quote: "Okay, you're just doing this to take funny pictures of me." One of the exercises is to stand on my injured foot only and throw a small weighted ball at a rebounder and then catch it. Anyway, some of the exercises seem kind of silly, but they definitely seem to be working. I have very little pain in my ankle and I'm gaining strength, stability and flexibility.
This weekend should be pretty nice. I'm blissfully free and unbothered this evening. Tomorrow, I have a Pampered Chef/costume party. I will either be wearing my Little Red Riding Hood costume or my Rizzo from "Grease" costume. LRR is cuter, but I haven't worn it for a couple of years. I was at least two sizes larger than I am now when I made the costume. But seriously- it's freakin' adorable (and not in a "naughty Little Red" way- my costume is strictly rated G). The Rizzo costume would fit regardless, since it's just the Pink Ladies jacket, paired with jeans and a black collared shirt and Keds. I guess I'll figure out what I'm wearing tonight.
I still don't know what I'm doing tomorrow night (my cousin and I discussed have a girls' night in with her daughter, but I haven't heard from them in a while) or whether I'm passing out candy with my niece on Sunday. But those things will all work themselves out. I'm just looking forward to getting a little more sleep this weekend!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
I was just served my lunch by the Executive Chef of "Cooking Light" magazine, Billy Strynkowski! The company I work for (actually the company the company I work for works for- I'm an onsite supplier) is introducing a new "Cooking Light" station in our already pretty impressive cafeteria. To kick it off, Chef Billy came to visit and present the first lunch offerings. They had a white chili available as a soup, but I was there for the main event: cider glazed chicken, brown butter and pecan rice, and carrots, turnips and apples. I would have to say without a doubt that it was the best lunch I've had from the cafeteria. They also had a "light cookie," but I skipped it. I'd rather have my light yogurt, my light apple and my light cheese and crackers for any snacks this afternoon!
While I was waiting, I took a moment to tell Chef Billy that I cooked the chicken and butternut squash tagine (it's one of the mag's recipes) last week and how much I enjoyed it. He seemed pleased. I've prepared quite a few recipes from "Cooking Light's" website in the past several months. I think it might be time for me to subscribe to more than just their e-mails.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
~*~ WTF??? Challenge Check-in 10/25-10/29 ~*~
Last week, I totally accomplished losing two pounds.
I didn't think I would be able to because I haven't been able to do any exercise not approved by my PT and I was not always eating properly, but I did it anyway!!
I found myself making good choices when I chose to always start with my "good food foundation," and work from there.
But now it's the last week of October, and I want to get back into my regular exercise habit.
For cardio this week, I will concentrate on the stationary bike (as well as strength training and my PT exercises because that's what PT Jennifer allows me to do.
For strength training this week, I am going to get back into the habit of regular training and I won't let being tired, TTOM, or falling out of the habit stop me!
I am going to have 7 stretching sessions this week, and pay special attention to my ankle and calf muscle groups.
This week, I am pulling my motivation from finally getting to exercise again, losing weight, and keeping in shape for the day I can run again, but you can encourage me by being your own awesome, supportive self!
My go to snack/meal this week will be McCann's instant oatmeal and nonfat yogurt.
The excuse I can't use this week will be TTOM or too tired after PT.
I don't want to go into Halloween weekend and mess up all my hard work this month, so I am hoping a good week will prevent me from throwing it all away this weekend.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I made that chicken and butternut tagine on Friday and I have to say it was pretty incredible. Apparently, "warming spices" are a hallmark of Moroccan food and this suits me just fine! I like spicy, but I kind of hate hot. Hot spice always seems to overpower other flavors. Also, it hurts my tongue! I like to keep my tastebuds healthy and undamaged so they can be in tiptop shape for my next food adventure! Instead of the usual couscous, I paired it with Trader Joe's Harvest Blend grain, which is mostly Isreali couscous, with baby garbanzo beans, orzo, and red quinoa.
I may have put a bit more squash than was strictly called for. After all that chopping and peeling, I kind of forgot to measure. Anyway, the recipe can be found here: find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefin
=10000001932643 As prepared to the recipe, the tagine is 309 calories per 1.25 cup serving.
Also on Friday, there was gratuitous kitty cuteness.
This is my Dinah. She's an old lady cat and is very curious about whatever I'm cooking. She always thinks it's for her.
On Saturday, my sister's family and I went to Greenfield Village for the day. We had a great time and even though there was a lot of walking, I didn't have too much trouble with my ankle. The most notable thing for me was that I finally got to ride the frog on the carousel- after years of trying, I might add.
On Sunday, I slept late and so had a bit of a crazy brunch. I love cheese and antipasto to a ridiculous degree. When I visited the olive bar at my market to get olives for the tagine, I found marinated whole roasted garlic on the bar. Naturally, I had to buy it. So I paired it with some marinated artichokes, leftover olives, the last of my garden tomatoes, a bit of Toscano cheese with cinnamon from Trader Joe's (fantastic!) and the last ounce of a small wheel of Zingerman's Sharon Hollow raw cow's milk cheese I bought at the beginning of the month. (Not shown in this picture, three Alexia French rolls.) I've been parceling it out by the ounce. I figured that if I weighed and measured everything, it wouldn't be too awful. There was no chance it was tasting awful, but I worried about the fat and calories. I didn't quite squeak by, but I didn't blow it by too much. One of the perils of letting me choose lunch, you might get nothing but marinated stuff, cheese, bread and tomatoes!
I also finished knitting my hat last night. It's adorable and warm, but the yarn I used had a bit too much body to it, so it's not quite as floppy as expected. Yesterday was a "pajamas all day" day, so there are no pictures of me wearing the hat yet.
All in all, a great, productive fall weekend. Tonight is my last night of tagine leftovers.
Friday, October 22, 2010
I seem to talk about the same subjects all the time lately. It's all PT blah ankle blah blah food blah blah blah. But this is my life lately, so what else should I blog about, right?
Today was my last morning PT appointment. From now on, I get to use it as an excuse to leave work early instead of an excuse to be late. I'm still going to have to wake up at 5:30 (or earlier) because I'll need to get to the office earlier to make up for the lost time. My PT keeps adding new exercises for me to work on at home, so the sessions keep getting longer. She seems pleased with how well I'm progressing. I'm supposed to work on leg/ankle strength for next time. One of the exercises is just standing on my injured leg because I'm pretty wobbly on that leg. Before my ankle injury, I could do a standing quadricep stretch www.sparkpeople.com/resource/exercis
es.asp?exercise=60 on my right leg completely unsupported, but on my left leg, I always needed to hold on to something for support. The wobbliness is not new and I'm wondering if it has something to do with the cause of the injury.
My ankle has now gotten to the point where sometimes I have no pain at all, which is awesome. As I put it to my PT, "I feel good enough that if I was still that dumb person who had never been to PT and didn't listen to advice, I would try running on it. But I listen to my PT, so I'm not going to do that. I'm sticking with the bike like a good patient." Last night I did 15 minutes on the upright bike, did a bunch of core/upper body ST, then another 15 minutes on the recumbent bike. My quads got tired on the upright bike. It felt so good to be back at the gym.
I'm sticking with my WTF diet no-nos, too. I haven't had any fast food or alcohol. I really want a glass of wine with dinner tonight, but I'll have a juice spritzer instead. I did have a snack bag of chips on Wednesday, but that's just because between 7:45 AM and 5:30 PM, all I had was a piece of adoption celebration cake. My sister and her partner had to go to parent teacher conference that night, so the whole day was gather, courthouse, tears of joy, cake with case workers, help get dinner ready, say goodbye to the new parents, feed everyone else. As my sister put it, I was the auxiliary hostess. Anyway, everyone was starving so they passed around some bags of chips. My mom is a diabetic, so it wasn't good for her, either. Next time, I'll make sure to pack sandwiches! (And there will be a next time. They're looking to adopt one more child in the next year or so.
Tonight I am cooking the chicken butternut tagine recipe from "Cooking Light" magazine. I'm pretty intrigued. It's Moroccan, so a little exotic for me. I usually have an orange for dessert, but I think I may get some tangerines to continue the theme. Ooh! Maybe some mint tea, too!
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