Sunday, September 18, 2011
Not a domestic diva . . . never have been. Weekends are for getting to the gym, reading, relaxing, and quite often overflow work from the office.
But yesterday, I did manage to get the routine laundry and grocery shopping done. And took care of a little wardrobe re-organizing too: the summer sandals have now been moved out and replaced with fall shoes/short boots. (Last weekend I had substituted some more fall-appropriate items for the summery pastels/florals: not too woolly yet, but shifting into the brown/rust/olive green range. I'd also successfully laundered some silk shirts in cold water on the handwash cycle . . . . big cost savings and when hung out to dry, they do smell so much better than when they've been dry-cleanedl!)
This week in soup: an Italian-inflected chicken vegetable brown rice, with celery, carrot, wax beans, diced tomatoes, yellow zucchini, garden peas, Roma beans, oregano, basil and rosemary. Had a test bowlful after the gym . . . mmmmm, gonna enjoy this all week.
And I finally got around to making a small pan of apple crisp for dinner, using tart MacIntosh apples (so fiddly to peel: but Charlie loves the peel) with brown sugar, large flake oats, butter and plenty of cinnamon! Served hot, with a little vanilla icecream!
The house smells good when apple crisp is baking in the oven. (First course: a huge salad with low fat feta and lean chicken, to compensate for the higher calorie dessert . . . ). And yes, it was worth the calories in that delicious crunchy crisp, every one of them!
Off to the gym again this morning, and then I hope to the golf course later in the day when it's a little warmer out there. The leaves are just beginning to turn colour on the course, and there are wild asters and goldenrod in full bloom. DH got a hole-in-one Friday night: his second, the previous one having occurred well over 30 years ago now: so that was definitely a red-letter round for him!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Breakfast this morning was a Greek omelette and two exquisite blue plums. Which called to mind one of my favourite Willilam Carlos Williams poems:
This Is Just To Say
by William Carlos Williams
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
When I see a poplar shimmering in the sunlight, do I enjoy it more because I remember the Monet paintings?
When I eat a sweet and juicy plum, do I enjoy it more because I remember this succulent poem?
Uh, maybe that's too precious: but at least the poem has no calories at all!! And may help me be feel more satisfied with the calories I've eaten!!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I'm experimenting today with a slightly different salad from my usual spinach/arugula/mesclun with crunchy bright veggies and lean protein.
Last night I shredded up half a red cabbage, added a stalk of chopped celery and a cup of grated carrot, stirred in a can of chickpeas (drained, rinsed) with half a cup of Greek yogourt, some caraway seed, paprika and sea salt.
It's packed into a container with a couple of slices of low fat chicken.
Should be a nice change, and there are enough leftovers for tomorrow as well.
(Plus, of course, chopped fruit: peach, kiwi, a few cherries, a tiny clementine and some frozen mixed berries).
Breakfast was a microwave omelette (half eggwhite, half Omega + egg with low fat salsa, arugula and Greek seasoning) and a small fresh pear.
Dinner will be "this week in soup" Asian chicken pho.
Cocktail event will involve a virgin Caesar for me . . . and I'll be staving off munchy temptation in advance with some fat free sugar free yogourt before I go.
Charlie will get a walk (cardio for both of us) when I get home!!
OK, day: bring it on!!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
When I'm motoring at level 8 on the elliptical cross trainer, at my current weight of 137-138 pounds, it takes me a full minute of sweaty effort to burn just 14-15 calories.
One minute of all-out exercise is what it takes to use up the calories in four sweet cherries.
It's just over two minutes to burn 1 serving of fat free sugar free yogourt.
Four minutes to dispatch a serving of low calorie hot chocolate. Or two slices of low fat chicken.
Just over five minutes to equal the calories in a medium apple.
A moderate 10 piece serving of potato chips, say 200 calories? That would be over thirteen minutes of continuous hard work! But would I stop at 200 calories worth, once I'd started?? As if. Not remotely likely.
If nothing else, time at the gym is time when I'm not eating. But even better, watching the calorie burn on the cross trainer at the gym helps me think all day long about not putting food mindlessly into my mouth.
To stick with what I've pre-tracked.
Because: I just can't ever exercise enough to begin to burn off the quantity of calories in the type and volume of foods I'd (still) like to eat.
And if I eat "those" foods (potato chips, full fat ice cream, chicken pot pie with double crust and gravy, full fat cheesy macaroni, french fries, all of that) there's no hope of getting the nutrients I need within the calorie range I'm able to permit myself: the protein, carbs, good fats, minerals, vitamins my body really craves. And really needs for optimum health.
Hunger is not an emergency. Hunger is a great indicator that I'm really going to enjoy my next meal! When I'm hungry, I don't stand in front of the fridge asking myself what I "feel" like eating. Because the hungrier I am, the better my pre-planned carrots and tomatoes and spinach and radishes actually taste!
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Found in the freezer:
half a bag of shelled edamame
a full bag of mixed Asian stir fry vegetables
three boneless skinless chicken breasts
Found in the fridge:
red bell pepper
half a bottle of President's Choice Memories of Szechwan
And in the cupboard:
whole grain spaghetti noodles
2 large cartons of chicken broth
Chinese five spice
red chili pepper
low fat peanut butter
I heated the chicken stock to boiling with about 3 tbsp soya sauce, the PC Szechwan (diluted with water to get every drop out of the bottle) and the spices, and added three stalks of the celery, chopped, while I was defrosting the chicken breasts: diced those and added to the boiling stock with the noodles, broken into 1 inch lengths (used about the amount I'd make for 2 servings of spaghetti . . . maybe a bundle an inch in diameter or so). Simmered till the chicken was done, the celery tender. Stirred in the grated carrot, about a cupful. (Rinsed out the bag with water and put that in the pot too . . . ).
Added the frozen edamame and mixed Asian vegetables (love those tiny corn cobs!). And then half a red pepper, diced, and about 10 snow peas, sliced. Brought it just back to the boil.
Mixed about 3 tbsp of peanut butter with boiling water and stirred it in: creamy, peanutty!! But the veggies were still bright and crunchy . And my soup pot is full again!
I'd guess the calorie count is well under 300 for a generous 1.5 cup serving, and there's gotta be a reasonable hit of protein from the chicken, edamame and the peanut butter.
That'll be my supper soup this week. Tried an "advance" bowlful after the gym for a late lunch and I like it!! Yeah!!
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