Monday, November 12, 2012
This isn't my "thankful" blog. I'll post that this evening. This is an actual blog about things.
I have a rather big announcement that I'm sorry to say I'm not ready to reveal yet. I'll be doing that at the end of this month. So, just keep your eye out for that.
I did want to let everyone know what was going on with me and She-'mate and our 'arrangement' (cooking for both of us, splitting grocery costs- or in our case last month, splitting them very unevenly with me paying more). I did speak to her before the end of last month, and then again just to reiterate things right at the beginning of the month. It wasn't as difficult as I was expecting and she was very much more receptive and understanding of what I was saying. I chose the path of "I" statements only, so it wouldn't sound accusatory or anything like that. I basically told her that if we were going to continue this arrangement, that we needed to be very careful about splitting the costs 50/50 every time. I told her I couldn't afford to do otherwise. I told her what my grocery budget was for the month and let her know that I don't have a choice but to stick to that.
She said she totally understood. She said she'd like to continue our cooking arrangement, so from now on, we will be very careful about making sure each person is paying their fair share. We made a dinner menu for the next two weeks and a shopping list for week 1 (tomorrow starts week 2, so I'm making the shopping list for that). We went to the grocery store, each paid for a little bit of groceries, and when we came home, we each went over our receipts and totaled them up to see, and one of us paid the other back for any overages. Its a complicated system, but it works for us (so that no one person is paying out of pocket too much in a single go). So, that's solved. It's a system that'll need to be in place for only about another month, month and a half anyway.
So, last week's dinners that I cooked included turkey burgers, posole, homemade pizza, and baby back ribs. Part of our goals for the remainder of our time here is to eat all the stuff in the freezer. The ribs, turkey meat, and pepperoni were all frozen and hanging out waiting to be eaten.
Turkey burgers with baked fries and green salad
Pork ribs and potato salad (I also had green salad)
I weighed myself yesterday on whim first thing in the morning before my day got really started. I had lost another 1.5 or 2 lbs since the last time I weighed in. I'm not entirely convinced this is a good thing, though. For one, I haven't been tracking my food, but I haven't had much of a daytime appetite lately. Two days last week, I only ate dinner. All day. I just wasn't hungry. My lunches haven't consisted of very much either. Half sandwiches, leftovers (much smaller portions than at dinner), muffins or bagels. I seem to eat okay when I'm at practicum, but that's because I've usually been on my feet for 6 hours (awake for 7) by the time lunch rolls around. I pack healthy lunches, too. Almost no junk food. Last week I had a half tuna and deviled cheese sandwich on wheat- not terrifically healthy- but, accompanied it with a satsuma and kale chips that I baked myself. I also had about 1/2 cup of cream of celery soup (the facility provides a daily soup for the employees). The next practicum day I had leftover posole with all the veggies- cabbage, radishes, green onions, avocado... also 1 tostada shell and a squeeze of lime (no sour cream dollop this time). I packed a piece of fruit, but didn't have time to eat it.
The point of all that was to say, I'm not sure I'm getting in adequate calories every day or most days. And I could be not getting adequate everything else.
Also, I haven't done any "traditional" or even "non-traditional" exercise during this time. Yes, I am pretty active. My practicum days involve 2 hours of travel time to the facility, 6 hours doing all my tasks, and another 2 hours going home. My off days are spent running errands, doing household chores, cooking in the kitchen, hopefully getting back out in my garden now that it's not roasting out... I keep busy. I keep moving. But, it's not cardio, it's not strength training (unless it's a chore day). I need to get back into doing something like that. But, honestly, even though I'm busy on my off-days, I still feel very tired and I have to really push myself to get all I need to done.
So, armed with all this information, what am I going to do? For starters, I'm going to start tracking my food again. Has to happen. I'm going to aim for at least 3 days a week. Hooray if I do more, but 3 days is what I'm going for. Then, I am going to try to get some kind of exercise in, whether traditional (cardio DVD, strength video, etc) or non-traditional (1 hour of rigorous gardening, which is desperately needed out there!) I need to drink more water. When I'm at practicum I pretty much drink coffee all morning long and then nothing all afternoon. I need to limit myself to 1 coffee drink or 1 hot tea drink and then keep it water the rest of the day. So, that's what I'll be working on for the remainder of the month.
Track food 3 days per week minimum
Get in some sort of exercise 1 or 2 days a week for now
Water all day
Monday, November 12, 2012
Day 11, Nov. 11
Today I am thankful for Mexican food.
Seriously. I grew up on the border of Mexico. So many of my tastes lean toward that food culture. And who wouldn't love it?! Well, I guess there are those out there. I mean, I don't like Indian food. So, I guess people can not like Mexican food. Anywho, the cuisine of Mexico is always a staple in my diet. Even if its really, really terrible for you. For example, I love cheese enchiladas. LOVE. THEM. I also love spanish rice, which I suck at making, believe it or not. Albondigas and posole are my staple soups, as well as caldo de pollo. I love homemade tortillas and if not for the extreme effort it takes for me to make them, I'd always only have them homemade! Rolled tacos, mashed potato tacos (papas tacos), and campenchanas are the bomb!!! Carne and pollo asado. Chile rellenos. Chicken machaca. Okay, yeah, I'm stopping here. I ate dinner and this paragraph is making me hungry all over again. I live around the corner from a 24 hour Mexican food joint that makes some AMAZING cheese enchiladas, so I gotta keep myself from going over there!
Carne adobada... get the recipe at my food blog potatoestopeaches.com
Mexican posole (first incarnation for Cinco De Mayo this year)
Homemade cheese enchiladas and my failure/barely edible rice
Chicken machaca burritos
There is an amazing concoction known as a special quesadilla in my hometown. It is a doughy, cheesy deep fried piece of Heaven. I don't have a photo, but trust me. It would be a part of my last meal on earth.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Day 10, Nov. 10th
Today I am thankful for those delicious sweet treats with a nutritional punch: fruits!
One of my roommates once said they didn't like fruit. I thought that was just blasphemy. Like the vegetable, fruit contains fiber, vitamins, some minerals, and lots of cancer fighting antioxidants. Plus, they have those simple sugars making them like portable desserts. I really do love a good piece of ripe, juicy fruit.
I have a fruit bowl in my kitchen. At the moment it is filled with pink lady apples, bosc pears, one satsuma tangerine, and a mango. Just for me. I eat one whole fruit (at least) every day, usually with my lunch. We're in persimmon season, so as soon as I can get myself to a farmer's market, you can bet I'll be feasting on persimmons soon enough! Last week I had a very ripe pineapple, and the week before that a ripe, juicy, surprisingly flavorful seedless watermelon (one of those "personal" sized ones that could still easily feed 4 people!). I grow strawberries in my garden.
Among my favorite fruits are berries of all kinds: strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Also, mandarin oranges, grapes, plums, kiwi, and my absolute favorite: PEACHES! (Also all the ones I mentioned in the paragraph above... otherwise they wouldn't even be in my fruit bowl...)
My homemade apple pear butter, thick as jelly!
Strawberry avocado salsa... sounds strange, tastes AMAZING!
Hell yeah, PIE! Okay, so the nutritional benefits of apples and cranberries are totally overshadowed/negated by the butter, sugar, and white flour found in pie...
...which also means the sponge cake and whipped cream negate the benefits of all the fresh berries in this cake I made for my baby brother's wedding. Blast!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Once again, sorry this one's late. I was so tired yesterday after practicum. 7 hours of meetings regarding weight variance for the various residents at the facility and then I came home and immediately had to start cooking dinner- ribs! Tonight I'll post my Day 10.
Day 9, Nov. 9th
Today I am thankful for the wonderful world of VEGETABLES.
And really, who wouldn't be thankful for these little powerhouses of nutrition? WORD. Even the lowly potato, who always gets such a bad rap, is packed with fiber, vitamins like C, minerals like iron, protein, and has no fat or cholesterol. Poor potato! Among my absolutely favorites to eat are beets, actual carrots (not those bleached, flavorless "baby" carrots), asparagus, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens, bell peppers, sweet corn, sugar snap peas, and my #1 favorite of all time: the white, starchy, super delicious, always appropriate, versatile POTATO! *Applause*
I get lots of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants from these little beasts. They keep me feeling full and they make sure my body is healthy and working correctly. They taste delicious. You can do a number of things with them. They go with every meal! The humble, under-eaten veggie is really a thing of beauty to be thankful for!
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas I do roasted veggies for dinner (for about 25 people)- red onions or pearl onions, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, beets, carrots, corn, zucchini, Brussels sprouts- tossed with a bit of olive oil and sprinkled with dried herbs.
Roasted broccoli tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, and pepper.
Southwestern Corn Salad (see my blog at potatoestopeaches.com for the recipe)
The artichoke that didn't stand a chance...
Kitty enjoys the remains of my green salad.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Day 8, Nov. 8
Today I am thankful that I have the internet.
For reals. There are some countries in this world that don't have internet, don't allow their citizens to access certain websites, or have the worst internet speed ever. I'm extremely lucky that I have freedom to access anything I want all at the touch of a keyboard. I can do homework, research recipes, be part of a fabulous online health/weight loss community, watch television, read stories/articles/books/magazines, and more. The possibilities are endless. I can scarcely remember a time before the internet was so widespread. I'm grateful to have the internet.
Researching Master's Degree programs in Nutrition!
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