Tuesday, August 11, 2009
So -- Bento is defined on Wikipedia as "a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal common in Japanese cuisine." To read a whole lot more about the history, yaddayadda visit the full Wikipedia page here:
The appealing things about bento to me are:
1. Portion Control from the size of the bento box
2. Time and attention to making an attractive meal (AND CUTE! KAWAII!!)
3. The concept of balance!
Here are a couple of other links that are useful for those interested in bento - they are both blogs by bento makers that share recipes, tipes, and answer FAQ's :)
I got into it a while back and for a time was making a bento nearly everyday! :D Not always super cute, but I was doing it... I even stormed a SparkTeam called Bento Buddies but... I haven't even LOOKED at it in AGES... hahaha. :P I've been watching a community on livejournal in which people post pictures of their bentos lately and it's been slowly working on me making one again. SO!
Here's what I made today!
First my box - yes it has a bunny on the top and matching bunnies on the bag - my sister brought it back for me from Japan:
And my LUNCH!
The top tier is Cottage Cheese w/ a sliced Nectarine, a hard boiled egg and a Hershey's Bliss Dark Chocolate. :)
The bottom tier is Steamed Rice, Broccoli, and Garlic and Herb Marinated Chicken Breast cooked in a skillet w/ nonstick spray. MMMMM. In the bottom photo there is an added sprinkling of Yasai Fumi Furikake on the Rice and Broccoli -- this is a seasoning made with dried veggies, sesame seeds, and Nori (seawead) mainly. Just to make it a little prettier. :)
The nutritional Value of this box is: 497 cal/ 12g fat/ 51g carbs/ 50g protein !!! WOWIE! :)
P.S. -- the rice and broccoli looks a LITTLE darker in the picture than it actually is, but yeah -- that's the seven grain rice blend and it definitely got a darker red color throughout after it was cooked. It looks gorgeous and I tasted it and it tastes good. :)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Feeling pretty rockin after a great workout this morning -- an awesome row with the women's 8boat. ALTHOUGH - we did have at least one sub... and they swapped my position... I'm assuming it'll be back ot the regular lineup once everyone is there... but it was awesome.
We rowed all 8's for quite some time and while it was pretty rough and rocky at parts, there were also a few beautiful strokes in there that were just so nice it's worth working for. :)
Then I headed over to a park I've never been to cause I needed a new place to run and this place had trails. After searching online for trail maps and not finding anything I was like, screw it, I'm going anyway.
I had no idea where I was going, but I have a pretty decent sense of direction and tried to stick to one direction out so I could come back the same direction and know in the grand scheme of things where I was... and it worked.
I have to say - I FELT SO FREAKING COOL running through the woods! And there wasn't a soul out there to contradict my mental image of myself looking awesome and hardcore. HAHAHAHAHA :D I have no idea how far I went, I'm gonna estimate it for my shoes tracking sake at like... 3-3.5 miles? somewhere in there? But yeah I honestly have no idea. It was really fun, though. :) WOOT.
So right now I have rice in the rice cooker...
Chicken on the stove (sorry no picture)
And drinking a super awesome smoothie...
So anyway -- I'm really posting pictures cause there are a couple from my recent trips I wanted to share. :)
Here's that top that I was telling you about of my Grandma's:
Well -- first the pants-suit hahaha :)
And just the top:
Me and my brother about to go running:
I think I mentioned before the giant robot sleeping statue thing that I ran by before on campus at UA???
Here we are napping together... :)
At the flea market ZOLTAR told me that while hard work pays off in the long run, laziness pays off today and to RELAX! :) HAHAHAHA
This one's blurry but I like it anyway cause I was trying to take a picture of me and Henry and we got the giggles...
A nonblurry one as game night lasted into the wee hours of the morning!
We made delicious homemade pizza the next day! To be fair, MIL made the dough and sauce, I cut peppers and stretched dough and assembled. :)
That's all for now!!!!!!!!!!!! PEACE! :)
Monday, August 10, 2009
I feel SO out of the loop and wacko.
I ran and did ST one day this weekend - which is good.
I should have had another run.
The big meals came at lunchtime and then no real dinner - just munching on random stuff -- meant my food was kinda weird... I stuck to pretty good breakfasts, though.
Just feel totally out of sorts.
Lost $30 that I don't understand how I lost it... it was in a pants pocket. I looked at it AT HOME to make sure where it was. Now I can't find it. UGH.
This weekend I did have some very fun times -- game night w/ the in-laws is always mega-fun.
Meeting my sis-inlaw's boyfriend was cool... I'm still semi-undecided about him. I really liked him at first but then on the last day we were there he REALLY got on my nerves... so as a whole I kinda got left with a bad taste in my mouth but when I think back I don't think it was a fair overall impression to just remember that part... so??? I dunno. He's not awful. That's for sure. So that's good!
I went to a running store on the last day -- they didn't have the running fuel belt I wanted but I think the visit and looking at similar items and items from the same companies I was thinking about helped me make a decision. I picked up some nuun to try as well since no place here sells it.
I ALSO got my gait analyzed again. I still overpronate -- but it's not as bad as when I first had my gait analyzed back in the day. Because I've lost so much weight, I don't need as much support apparently? But anyway. I think I'll still get a stability shoe when I eventually get one. I tried on a bunch of shoes and one of them felt like it was MADE for my foot (Brooks Infiniti) but I'm not buying yet (I still want to read more about THAT SHOE since I never have and maybe it's just a comfy shoe that won't do what I need in the long run) -- still it was nice to talk to a knowledgeable running salesperson and go through that whole thing. I kept going outside to run up and down the sidewalk. hehehe. My legs looked so skinny and cool running on the running gait analysis video. I feel like I know enough now to feel more confident about maybe ordering my running shoes online later on, same with some other stuff like the fuel belt. So STUFF wise - not so productive. Knowledge and research wise - I feel like it was worth going.
Due to my actions of overeating at lunch while I was away and eating kind of crap the rest of the day -- I feel all wonky and fat. I also had some serious allergy issues there, too! And I'm not allergic to DOGS so I dunno. I wonder if I'm allergic to one of their dogs that has longer softer hair more like a cat? Seriously, that dog's hair feels like cat fur. Hmmm anyway. That contributed to my wonky feeling all weekend, too.
I just can't wait to really feel back on track and while I will make my best efforts this week, I'm having a hard time being optimistic about how my weekend will go this time around as well since I'll be visiting my family again. I will try, though! I really will.
I found out the rowing lineup for the fall -- I'm in the Women's Racing 8+ in seat 3!
This means I'm in the bow of the boat and I kind of did NOT like rowing that spot the ONE time I rowed it -- it was harder to focus with so much going on in front of me. Also it felt more difficult to stabilize? Maybe I should take this as a compliment because it felt more difficult to me yet I'm being put there? I dunno, but in any case -- I'm excited to start working together with those who I'll be racing with and really kicking the rowing up to the next level. I'm also happy because the girl I liked to row behind in 7 seat (with her as stroke) is rowing 4 seat! :D YAY! So I'll be rowing behind my favorite person to row behind which is awesome. I think it's just going to take some time to get used to being in the bow 4 since I've only ever done that once since I started rowing. Unfortunately I will have to miss our second practice together but at least it's only the second one as well -- instead of being well into the season. But this also means that I may only be rowing once a week unless I also row on Sunday's or can get to row on Fridays -- which is a bummer. I'm gonna have to work on that and see what else I can do rowing wise -- BUT! It's also kind of a plus because I'm gonna be doing my marathon training as well and I have to worry less about rowing taking up all my time cause of it being competitive I guess??????
Lots of unknowns. August feels like such an overwhelming month so far. I just can't wait until this weekend is over.
I'm gonna be trying to learn to drive stick shift! We've been using my sister's car to have two cars while she's been gone and now she's back so I've got to give her her car back but with DH's schedule having one car was going to be AWFUL. So my dad offerred for us to borrow the truck they got that they don't really use until we are able to get another car (just SO not in our budget right now), but neither of us drive stick and since I'm the one going on this visit the plan is for me to learn while I'm there and drive it back! We'll see.
OK I think I've got enough out. *phwew* Wish me a good week!
Thursday, August 06, 2009
I feel like I had a positive and productive morning -- although I was a tiny bit late to work!
Last night I did NOT make any of the rice -- DH talked me into doing something quicker instead since we had the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE finale performance show to watch.
So we did Kim & Scott's Stuffed Pizza Pretzels. Those things are SO GOOD and as far as a frozen meal goes, not too shabby nutritionally speaking. I mean, it's a frozen stuffed pretzel, so it's not like it's health food, but relatively speaking it's good.
I even had enough room to eat some chocolate. YAY. I came to exactly my cal max. :P hahaha I'm not thrilled with being at my max twice, but at least I stayed in and I'm tracking again.
Tonight is a big question mark because I'm going straight to a party after work. I will have to be very mindful and smart! I intend to track EVERYTHING I EAT TONIGHT. No freebies because I am NOT counting this party as my "cheat meal" this week. I will be having enough of that while I'm away, I'm sure. I will have my gum on hand to cut myself off. Luckily the party thrower is a Sparker so I'm hoping there will be some healthy options available.
ANYWAY - this morning!
I ran - 2 miles, EASY pace. I didn't want to push myself after my brief pain yesterday (which felt like the IT band knee pain I experienced before) even though the pain went away very quickly I just figured tomorrow is an off running day and so I could just take it easy today, off tomorrow, and then get back at it this weekend. I am trying to be VERY careful because to finish my marathon, I've got to make it to the starting line fit and healthy. :)
So then I came back - showered, started laundry, did some strength training, ate some food, folded laundry for an eternity. Then hurriedly got ready for work, packed a lunch, etc.
*PHWEW* I wish I could've done a bit more before I left but I really crammed it all in there and the laundry HAD to be done before this weekend so what can you do. I may be sparking a bit this weekend, but if I don't talk to anyone - HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
... and I also said TOM was due today?
HAHAHA What was I thinking??? Anyway.
Got up -- did a speedy run with Ms. Speedy -- sooooo hard today. It was like... 2.28 miles in 24 min or something like that - and we walked JUST a bit right at the beginning, too. The big mistake was going straight into the car with almost no cooldown/stretching to follow her to the gas station to make sure she didn't run out of gas. When I got out at home my knee was hurting. BLAST!
I was feeling kinda beat and cramps started kicking in so I just took a shower and went back to bed instead of doing my abwork.
When I woke up - YAY no more pain! :) I didn't hurt at all WHILE running, so I guess it just needed some time to loosen up I dunno, either way, I'm happy, and no more skipping my cooldowns/etc.
SO! Tomorrow - run and then ST at the Aquatic Center. Upper Body and Abs! WILL GET DONE.
I was like... 12 calores below my range yesterday. HAHAHA :) I went a little over on fat and carbs, but again those are my prescribed NARROW ranges so I'm not too worried about it. YAY for tracking and being within range again! :D haha.
So far today I'm in a little better shape than yesterday caloriewise, and somehow even more protein and less carbs! So I'm thining I'll be carbing it up tonight, we'll see what I come up with. I don't feel like planning anything in particular, but I did get some really cool varieties of rice at Target the other day cause they were on clearance.
I had been LUSTING after them for a while but always said - nope, too expensive. So yay patience!
I got the bamboo rice shown in this blog:
The Thai Red Rice shown here:
Some teeny tiny baby jasmine rice that I can't find a picture of, a wild rice blend, and a seven grain rice blend. :) I'm excited to try ALL of them, so maybe I can get that started tonight...
Also YAY only one more work day for me this week -- tomorrow is my Friday since I'm visiting the in-laws. :) Will be very vigilant this weekend about actually sticking to my phenomenal vacation meal plan of two healthy in plan meals and one free meal. I devised that ages ago and I still think it's awesome, I just haven't actually STUCK to it lately. If I can track everything, I will. If we go out to eat somewhere, I'll make that my free meal. Everything else will be healthy and fit! And I will run! And do Strength Training!
P.S. -- the Skinny Cow Skinny Dippers are good -- they're like ice cream popsicles dipped in a thin shell of chocolate most of the way down the pop. I got the mint and vanilla variety pack. :)
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