Tuesday, March 17, 2009
So today's been alright...
Some stressful bits at work but it was actually nice to have something to ENGAGE myself with rather than the endless slog of normal day to day garbage. Ya know?
It was BEAUTIFUL outside today!!! I was going to the gym but on my way out to the car (bag packed, lunch with me, all that good stuff) I was like WOW, it's gorgeous, I NEED to go run today. So I got to the gym, put my stuff in my locker, and headed out for a run around campus. JUST under 2 miles, it was nice. SO gorgeous -- we're talking sunny, mild breeze, birds tweeting, blue skies. :)
Last night's Healthy Meal night was delicious -- made a recipe from the Best Life Diet Cookbook -- Cottage Pie
For the Potatoes - 2 Potatoes, 2 tsp olive oil, 1/4 tsp of salt.
For the rest - 1lb 95% lean ground beef, 2 carrots chopped fine, 1 onion chopped fine, 4 cups of Spinach (about 4 oz)... and I'm pretty sure that's IT.
It might have benefited from a bit more seasoning, I added a bit of white pepper to the meat/veggies, and added a touch of salt afterward, also added a sprinkle of parmesan cheese before cooking but BASICALLY.
You boil the potatoes till tender, maybe 20-30min. While those cook, you cook the onion and carrots in nonstick spray till they get somewhat tender, then add the ground beef and crumble and brown it all up. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach. Then you put that in a 9inch pan.
Drain the potatoes, mash em up with the oil and salt. Cover the beef mixture with the potatoes and bake in a 375 degree oven for 10 minutes -- then broil for 5 minutes (this is when I added the parm) to brown the potatoes a bit and get a nice crust on top.
SO GOOD PEOPLE!!! This is my first attempt at cooking anything like this and I REALLY liked the Spinach in it! That was an unexpected twist for me and I loved that I had something green in there, not to mention it tasted good.
Scale at the gym said 166 so I know I'm right in the ballpark of where my weighins have been recently on that oh most accurate of super fancy schmancy brand new digital scales. :D haha.
Also had a nice bowl of the homemade granola today -- got that recipe from the "Food Matters" book and it is very good. :)
MUST DO PUSHUPS TONIGHT. Did not do yesterday. Grr!
Monday, March 16, 2009
SO! Scale back Alabama is over, and this morning at home I weighed 167 (I KIND of trust that scale) and at work, dressed, I weighed 164. HAHAHA :D
So anyway -- according to my "official" starting weighin that was a loss of 17.2 lbs in 10 weeks, BUT... my week 2 weighin was 169.4, so you can really kind of tell that that first weighin was VERY misleading. It was more like 5.4lbs lost. Which makes more sense with the change in my body which was smaller, but I feel more like me again these days.
THE JERK CHICKEN! :D SO GOOD! I actually was less thrilled with the chicken itself and more thrilled with the accompanying veggies -- they really soaked up the jerk seasoning!
Here's how to make the jerk rub:
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 jalapeno - seeded, de-ribbed, minced up
3 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 Tbsp Ground all spice
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
You cook up the jalapeno and garlic in the olive oil till the garlic gets golden, then add the spices till it gets super fragrant.
THEN! cool a bit and into the blender.
Add 2 scallions, chopped up
1/2 tsp ground ginger I think...
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 Tbsp dried thyme I think...
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/6 cup of lime juice
(I think that's right... vinegar and lime juice might be switched in measurement...)
BLEND IT UP!!! Rub half all under the skin of a chicken and add some fresh thyme in there. ALSO -- a head of garlic with the papery skin removed and 1/3 cut off the top is stuffed in the chicken's cavity.
For the veggies we have chopped up into 1 inch cubes 2 yukon gold potatoes, 1 sweet potato, 1 onion, 1 parsnip AND ALSO 1 pear (also listed in recipe 1 quince, which I couldn't find, and decided not to add an extra pear since I don't LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit with savory stuff and figured one pear would be enough for that flavor)
SO! Oven's at 350 -- put all the veggies in the roasting pan tossed in the rest of the jerk rub mixture. Leave the pear out!
Place the chicken on a roasting rack over the veggies.
Roast for 45 minutes.
Add the pear (and quince if you got it!).
Roast for 20-30 minutes or until chicken is DONE.
Also made a yogurt dip -- basically you make yogurt cheese and then do a similar start to the jerk rub, only with minced ginger and less garlic, then you add cumin and coriander instead of the other spices. You blend the yogurt cheese and the oil/ginger/jalapeno/garlic/spice mixure together and then fold in parsley and cilantro minced up. (did without the parsley and cilantro)
SO GOOD with the chicken.
The veggies were AMAZING.
I have leftovers for lunch today.
Haven't changed my tracker settings yet but will be doing that shortly.
Since the work scale said 164 and home scale 167 I have no qualms about moving my little ticker back to 165 like I had before when OFFICIALLY in maintenance. I set my calories to maintain at that weight so it works.
Tonight is a healthy meal night, will be making "Cottage Pie" which I guess is like Shepherd's Pie? I'm excited. I think I'll do day one of Week 4 Pushups Challenge today since I will have to retest my max this week before next week and if I wait it will give me less time to recover to do that. SO!
All good things.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
... I made a jerk chicken today. It has like 10 minutes left in the oven. I am so excited!!!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I've actually been back within my maintenance range for a while now, but still being there makes me feel great and I appreciate all the enthusiasm on my last blog anyway. HAHAHAHA! :D
Tomorrow is the final weighin for Scale Back Alabama and that's when I'm going to change my calories back to maintenance EATING officially.
The past few weeks have been slowly going from the top of my maintenance range to the middle, in spite of some random splurging.
This is kind of big news for me -- there's this move in pilates called the Rollover? o something? And a variation is called a jackknife? I think?
Well I've never attempted these in class because I was like WHAT I don't think I can do that and I don't want to look like a bozo.
WELL. I tried them yesterday at home and VOILA! I CAN DO BOTH!!! I don't even need to use my hands behind my back for balancing!!?!? Can you believe that? Anyway. I was thrilled.
Basically the rollover you are on your back and you keep straight legs together, point them back over your head, so your lower back gets raised off the floor and your legs are parallel to the ground over your head, toes past your head.
Then you'd bring legs shoulder width, flex feet, and slowly lower hips back to the ground, rolling slowly "one vertabrae at a time" as they like to say in pilates, back to the mat.
With the jacknife, once your legs are parallel you start raising your hips higher and opening the angle of your legs with your body so your feet get pointed more and more straight to the ceiling until your toes are directly over your eyes, and THEN the lowering begins.
The gym is not having classes starting yesterday through this coming Saturday due to Spring Break (the annoyance of using a University Rec Center) and modified hours, so I couldn't go to the pilates class yesterday.. .BUT!
WAYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyy back when I was starting SparkPeople a lovely sparker sent me her pilates video/manual because I mentioned I was interested in it and she wasn't using it. I had never really attempted to use it, but went for it yesterday and got all my ab work in. There was none of the rollover/jackknife in the video, and none of the lower back work we usually do in my class on your stomach, but the basic power series was in there as well as a couple of things we haven't done in my class since I've been going to it. I just attempted the rollover/jackknife on my own later.
I basically woke up, MADE GRANOLA (which is awesome, BTW), did the pushups challenge, ate an apple, did pilates, ate granola, and then I tried to do a day of MTC at home.
I did all the pushups as normal but from the knees since I already did the pushups challenge, I skipped some abs stuff since my abs were already screaming... and then in a set of surrenders I SURRENDERED. I was almost to the point of crying. It felt SO HARD. I did two reps of the first two circuits and was on rep one of the third when I got overwhelmed. I checked my HRM and decided I had done enough for one day. If I had JUST done MTC it may have been a different story, but I do not feel ashamed or bad at all for calling it quits. It felt like the right thing to do for me at the time. And today my muscles are alllll screaming. :) hahaha Especially my abs! YIPES!
Can't wait to go to pilates again and show off my mad skills. ;)
Friday, March 13, 2009
This morning's weighin was down .5lb from Monday. Rock on!
I am so happy to be back in my maintenance range and hangin in there you do not even know. :) hehehe.
Catfish and slaw didn't happen last night -- I was reminded by DH that I promised we could have the grilled cheese w/ sliced gouda and the Campbell's Tomato and Herb soup soooooo we had that. SO GOOD. :)
I was planning on going on a walk today but it was looking kinda gross outside when I got to work. Hopefully it'll be a little nicer when it's time for my lunch break!
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