Thursday, October 03, 2013
I was inspired to write a blog when I thought about all the food I was going to cook this weekend. I have a couple of new snacks I am taking to work and I also cook a huge batch of something to eat all week for dinner.
I need to get my snacks and lunch all ready to go (prepped and in containers) on the weekend, because I know from experience I will just not get it done if I leave it to the night before. Thanks to Taty's blog about eggs www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5502604 I was reminded how good eggs are for you and they are *protein* which I am trying to eat more of. I'm planning to buy some omega 3 eggs and hardboil them and take one or two to work each day (I will peel them at home and put them in containers).
This week I discovered a great snack or addition to lunch - roasted squash. I just cut an acorn squash in half, scooped out the seeds, put it cut side down on a non-stick pan and roasted it until tender. When it was cool, I just scooped out the flesh into 2 containers. I thought I would miss butter or at least salt, but no - it was deliciously nutty and sweet and only about 180 cals per half a squash. I think I will divide 1 squash between 3 containers next time to make the calorie count a little lower.
My standby for lunch is tofu with peanut sauce. I use Mandarin pressed tofu (I think this may be a local food - don't know it's availability outside Vancouver) which comes in 400g packages neatly divided up into 100g pieces. I dice up 100g , put it in a container and pour about 1/3 cup of peanut sauce on it. This sounds like a lot, but I make a peanut sauce that uses hot water, so that makes it go a long way without too many calories. Sorry, I don't use a recipe, but I always include peanut butter, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sesame oil. Sometimes I add garlic, onion or curry paste (mild). I have to recalculate the calories every time I make it - this week the tofu and peanut sauce had about 360 cals per serving.
Last weekend I made a wonderful beef stew with lots of ginger in it. I didn't buy enough beef though, so it only lasted me a couple of days. This weekend I think I am going to make something similar with chicken. I don't use recipes for stew, but I discovered that all stews taste much better if you brown the meat first, something I didn't always bother with in the past. I always add lots of onion and celery, to bulk it up, and usually spinach or kale as well. I like to add thin slices of ginger which become tender and mild during the cooking, and usually a whole head of whole garlic cloves which also become very tender. It sounds like a lot of garlic, but because the cloves are whole the garlic taste is very mild and sometimes nearly undetectable. I use a Dutch oven. I brown the meat and saute the onions and celery on the stovetop, then dump in everything else and put it in the oven for a couple of hours at least.
Now I better make a shopping list while I'm thinking about all this!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Yes, itís true. Sporadically throughout my SP journey and now, every day for the last month or so, I no longer eat breakfast. I didnít want to admit it, especially to my BLC team (Warriors!) because I thought Iíd get tsk, tsk and finger shaking. ďBreakfast is the most important meal of the day!Ē ďPeople who are the most successful at losing weight always eat breakfast!Ē ďYour body needs to fuel up first thing!Ē ďIf you donít eat breakfast youíll be so hungry you go over your calorie quota later!Ē
Iíve read all these things time and time again on SP and anywhere else Iíve read about losing weight. However, Iíve found for me, skipping breakfast is actually the key to staying in my calorie range.
I do sometimes get hungry early in the day, but if I ignore it, the hunger goes away until 10 or 11 when I have a small snack (yogurt or walnuts most frequently). Then I eat lunch at about noon and usually have another small snack in the afternoon. I eat most of my calories at dinner around 6.
Now get this: if I eat breakfast I am actually *hungrier* later in the day. If I skip breakfast, the hunger pangs are not nearly as bad AND my stomach fills up a lot faster when I do eat. And it is much, much easier for me to stay in my calorie range if I donít eat breakfast.
There is a popular thread in the Diet & Nutrition forum right now ďAnyone else have problems eating breakfast?Ē. PEEJMA just posted this link to an article which I feel really vindicates my non-breakfasting!
Iím not sure why I was so timid in admitting I donít eat breakfast. Iím usually quite happy to buck the trends!
Friday, August 23, 2013
So how did I do in BLC22? Not so great weight-wise, but not bad in other things.
What I did right was I got out there running more often. I have to get up at 4am to run before work (I start at 7am) but I managed to do it at least twice a week, usually 3 times. I also took my new bike out at least once a week.
The major mistake I made was eating too much while I was on vacation. The vacation was disappointing in some ways, and I let myself order whatever I wanted when I ate out - which was for every meal. I wasn't totally insane - I did not usually order dessert - but one or two "special" meals is what I usually do when I'm on vacation. Every meal should not be "special"!
I also did not do so well in the planning dept - I think I only cooked a big batch of food on the weekend once. I do much better when I have my own home cooked food in the freezer. Next weekend I will cook something for the freezer to use in BLC23.
My goal for between rounds is not to gain any weight! I will try for a loss as well of course. I plan to continue to check in with my team every day, and to track everything! And do some cooking!
That's another thing I did right - posting to my team thread everyday and participating in (almost) everything (I missed a weigh-in during my vacation). My food tracking was very good as well. Itís pretty much second nature now, but it is soooo easy to get out of the habit.
Iíve also come to terms (somewhat anyway) with the fact that my weight loss is going to be slooooow. I gave myself permission to get some new clothes instead of waiting until Iím some kind of ďperfectĒ size. During BLC22 I bought (online mostly) Ö hmmm, letís see Ö 4 new dresses, 2 skirts, 2 tops, 4 bras and a pair of shoes. Not that Iím expecting my feet to get smaller Ė theyíre size 9 for good (unless they get wider as I age like my Momís did!).
Iím also actively looking for a dress for my office Xmas party (and other Xmas parties). Saw a great one in a US online store for $68.50 Ė then I found out it will cost $32 to ship it to Canada! Still thinking about that one.
Anyway, Iím feeling pretty good about myself and how I look these days, even though the weight loss has not been happening to a great extent. On to BLC23!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
I am thankful for the chance to get to know my nephew better - he has moved in with my Dad and myself while he looks for a job (he just graduated with a BA in microbiology). One of the the things I've learned about him is he loves to cook and he uses practically every dish house while doing so!
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