Sunday, November 03, 2013
Well, I got a great deal on some veggies from the farmers market, so I decided to bring back an old go-to. I use to make this for when I was hungry but it wasn't time for dinner yet or didn't have many calories left for the day. It's got a ton of vegetables in it that some people don't like, so it's not for everyone, but lucky for me I love pretty much all vegetables so it's a good choice for me. Also it's incredibly cheap, filling, and low calorie. The only thing that's not natural is the chicken bouillon but for me it's an example of not making perfect the enemy of good. The chicken bouillon is cheap and tasty and I always have it on hand, so that's why I use it, but you can always use natural chicken broth too.
Here's what I used:
A big pot of chicken broth (made with the bouillon)
5 stalks celery
1 big spoon of minced garlic
1.5 pounds of carrots
1 small head of cauliflower
1 half of a big head of cabbage
1 package of mushrooms
1 can diced tomatoes
Lots of random seasonings bay leaves, basil, etc
Simmered on the stove on low while I went for a run. Yum! I think I will put some in the freezer in individual containers to pull out for when I need them.
Stats Per Cup:
Worked out to 28 cents per cup thanks to the great deals I got on veggies.
Also, I noticed it's very high in vitamins, especially vitamin C (one cup has 25% daily value).
I usually tend to eat 1-3 cups depending on how hungry I am. I like knowing that theoretically I could eat this entire pot and it would only "cost" me 700 calories.
Don't mind my messy stove, I have been cooking and baking all day and tend to get a little messy. Have a nice evening everyone
Friday, November 01, 2013
Well, narrowly avoided plunging off the deep end after a lapse in nutrition judgment this morning. After realizing I was out of eggs and then running out of time, I somehow managed to leave the house without eating anything more for breakfast than black coffee, which I never do. By the time my brother and I made it to the farmers market/flea market, I was hungry, and after walking around in the wind and cold for a couple hours I was ravenous. One of the buildings was filled with the aroma of fresh, warm donuts and we were quickly lured to the stand where Amish girls were serving up homemade donuts and fritters fresh from the fryer to an insanely long line of eager customers. Before we knew it we were in that line and then I had a huge, warm, crisp maple-glazed on the outside, cakey-goodness on the inside, plate of delicious homemade fried dough in my hands, and then it was gone. Inhaled. I went from ravenous to full satisfaction to guilt and then to major sugar crash! The rest of the day I had no energy and had major cravings, but after multiple struggles i managed to salvage the day and make it through on my remaining 600 calories, but it wasn't exactly fun. Plain tuna with hot peppers on spinach for lunch, and big salad with plain venison burger for dinner (no bread, cheese, or condiments, and none of the homemade Mac n cheese or baked beans for me). Final stats for the day: 1291 calories, 135g carbs, 57g fat, and 76g protein. Not bad considering how close I was to plunging off into weekend of gluttony. Yay for saving the day! Now to never do that again!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Well, yesterday I managed to get out of work early. I was feeling great and it was a BEAUTIFUL fall day, so I had the idea to go to the park where the 5k I am training for will be held, and do a trial run.
It was the best and worst idea I ever had. What I mean is that while it was pure joy to be out there under that fall sky in my running shoes again, its been probably 6 months since I was running consistently at all, everything else has been just intermittent bursts of inspiration. I definitely wasn't prepared to run 3.1 miles. Did I also mention I was still hobbling around from my Jillian Michaels workouts earlier in the week? Yet in my mind I feel like I should be able to jump up and run 13.1 miles like I did on the day of my HM. I can't. I actually only made it through a little over a mile before I had to take a walk break. Embarrassing! For pretty much the rest of my run, I had to use 30 seconds of walking to 1 minute of jogging-- and my jogging was pretty embarrassing.
But, at least I have somewhat of a starting point for my 5k times: a whopping 38:31 for 3.3 miles. I know a 5k is 3.1, but I've found that the actual distance you run during an organized race tends to be slightly longer, the reason being that you weave around people and don't perfectly cut every corner, so I tried to account for that during my trial run.
Despite being exhausted and a little down about my time, I actually kept doing run intervals until I reached four miles, and then walked two more.
I'm a little bummed at my time, not going to lie, seeing as the last 5k I actually trained for I ran in 29 minutes and it was snowing and had a lot of hills. I can't believe I'm 10 minutes higher than that now, but I know I can make some pretty big improvements in the next few weeks. I think based on this I will make my goal for this race to be under 34 minutes. Time will tell. Anyway, here are a few pictures from my run!
Annnd just for fun, my costume I wore to work today. Arg, mateys!
Have a great Day and Happy Halloween!
Monday, October 28, 2013
Well, my first day back to "sparking," and the night-time cravings have already rolled in. Apparently this is war right from the start. I tried 2tbsp of mint chocolate chip ice cream that I had in the freezer (I need to clean out my cupboards) hoping it would cure my cravings, but it didn't seem to do a thing but make me want to eat the whole tub.
Then I remembered something I had read by my favorite female fitness trainer/blogger. I've grown to respect her and her husband (her husband is a doctor who studies the effect of hormones on your metabolism and weight loss--too bad I haven't been putting into practice all the stuff I've been reading, right?!).
Anyway, the one blog she wrote basically sold me on trying a drink made of raw, organic cocoa powder that is supposed to work on a chemical level to stop cravings and increase the "feel goods" in your body, like dopamine and endorphins. I also remembered that because of her advice, I had picked up a canister of it the health food store. So, I figured, what could it hurt?
2 tbsp of cocoa and some boiled water, and voila!
First sip.... not going to lie, it made my lips pucker. Added a packet of Stevia. Second sip... better, but still a little bitter. Another packet of stevia, a dash of cinnamon, and a couple drops of vanilla, and it was palatable. Not like a candy bar by any means, but still not bad. 5 minutes later and it was gone.
I think it's going to take a couple weeks to determine how I really feel about this drink, and if it seems to work for me, but I can say right now I have no desire to go back to that tub of ice cream. I feel like I wouldn't even want to eat it if I could. This could be in part from now feeling a little satiated from sipping on a hot beverage in general, but whatever the reason, I am grateful.
I will keep you updated on how it goes. And if you'd like to read one of the articles I'm referring to, here is the link! www.metaboliceffect.com/bust-your-cr
Monday, October 28, 2013
Right now I don't have the energy to full process or explain the hows and whys of why I went from
153 pounds in Oct 2011
To 128 pounds in May of 2012 (High Bridge Trail, Farmville, Virginia)
And now back full circle to 154 pounds in Oct 2013! Taken in Pittsburgh, PA (The real 500 pound gorilla in the room isn't the 40 foot tall Rubber Ducky, its the stomach I am sucking in with all my might!)
Seriously, I look and feel horrible! Want more proof? (we were trying to look tough while walking in the Allegheny National Forest, but ended up mostly laughing)
Okay, one more just so you know that despite my weight gain, I don't always look like a sweaty slob, although this is about 2 months old
All I can focus on right now is getting back into it, focusing on two small goals:
1. Lose 5 pounds by Thanksgiving
2. Train as best I can for a 5k on Thanksgiving Morning.
I think if I can manage to get back on track enough for those two things, I will have a good (new) start!
Also, I cleaned up my friends list by deleting people I don't talk to much or who are no longer active in the site. Just for the sake of actually interacting on a reg basis with my Spark Friends, nothing personal. If you would like to be friends (again or for the first time) add me or send me a message.
Have a great day and wish me luck!
Have a great day!
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