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Workin' Up A Black Sweat

Friday, February 06, 2009

I missed the 12am deadline so this entry is for Thursday (yesterday)...

I did a lot of exercises today, trying to make up for my lackadaisical attitude towards my goal. I know I have to stay focused but I fall off the wagon every once in a while. I guess as long as I keep picking myself up, dusting myself off and starting all over again, it can't be all bad.

I took a five minute break at work. I took my G1 into the bathroom and set the timer to 5 minutes and jogged in place until the alarm went off. Then I stretched and went back to my desk. I need to do that more often. Since I'm the only one there for now, I have the opportunity to do it. Then after work I walked from 42nd street to 8th street. Then I took the bus home. That took about 30 minutes. It was 17 degrees. Not a day to be walking but I was dressed warm and I felt good.

I know I'm a snack-a-holic so I've taken to purchasing healthier snacks. I used to just pick up a 99cent bag of Doritos Cool ranch and eat the whole bag in one sitting--within an hour actually. 3 or more servings per bag is probably over 500 calories. But now I spend a lot of time comparing snacks when I'm at the supermarket. I know some of the shoppers must think I'm crazy. I line up 3 or 4 boxes of crackers or chips that I'm interested in, so I can see the nutritional information. I look at the calorie count. If one serving is over 150 calories, I put it back. Especially if it's something that will be gone in a flash. I always go for low fat or no fat. Then I look at the protein and fiber values. I weigh those 3 things. I choose the one that rates the best out of all three. I may choose one with 5 more calories if it offers more protein or fiber. These are the most important elements to me. Those are the things I am always lacking in.

Wednesday night I made the most fabulous mac & cheese ever to grace the planet. I got the recipe from the Food Network. My daughter loves mac & cheese. She always gets the Kraft one and I just hate that 'oh so orange' cheese powder it comes with. She's trying to eat healthier now so she bought a box of mac & cheese from Trader Joe's. I was happy because the fat and calorie count were much less and I believe they use whole wheat pasta. But I was not interested in another orange powder cheese fiasco so I went online to find a recipe to spruce it up. Or kick it up a notch as Emeril would say. I found the 4 cheese mac & cheese recipe video. All they did was melt cheddar, Monterey Jack and ricotta in simmering purred squash. Wow! That adds a vegetable without my daughter even detecting it. (I used a can of Trader Joe's Organic Butternut squash soup.) It actually looked like melted cheese. They added a little mustard powder to the cheese mixture and poured it over the cooked pasta. Then they sprinkled the top with a little breadcrumbs mixed with parmesan cheese and baked it. OMG!!!! The cheese sauce was so buttery it was like heaven. No guilt either because I didn’t use regular milk to make it creamier. I used almond milk. If I had any soy milk I might have used that, but I'm kinda liking the almond milk better these days. I topped that meal off with a tip I got from Chef Jamie Oliver about cooking pork chops. I used to over season and overcook them and they would be dry and tough and too sweet covered in maple syrup, coca cola or pineapples. LOL! All he seasoned the pork chops with was salt, pepper and sage. I had never thought of using sage on anything. I seasoned my chops with that and then he said to sear the chops for 2 minutes on both sides in a tablespoon of olive oil on high heat. Let them sit for a few minutes, to let the juices flow and let the meat rest. Then put them in the oven. Oh boy! Juicy, tender and delicious. That's my favorite protein now.

On my way home I stopped at an Asian grocery store to see if I could try a new type of food and of course, because of my addiction I could not leave without a box of Pocky. LOL.

For dinner I had beans, rice & platanos maduro. Love it.

For exercise I hit my staple--the Jump Rope Cardio workout. I love that exercise. It always leaves me winded and sweating but that makes me feel like I did some work. Then I cooled down with a stretch and a few strength exercises, since I've been slacking off for the last few days.

Workin’ up a black sweat

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    I love foodie posts. Thank you for the fabulous TJ's butternut squash/cheese idea!! Definitely have to try that. And yes, you're going to like the sage-salt 'n' pepper idea for your pork chops. I coat them with that, then sauté them in a bit of oil and liquid smoke (Wright's is one brand - just use a drop with your oil, and it'll spatter a wee bit); then transfer them to a crockpot. Pour off the excess oil and toss some thinly sliced onions (I use the thinnest slicer for my food processor) in the pan to pick up all the good brown stuff; transfer that to your crockpot.

    This is an old fave of ours.

    And you like Pocky, too! emoticon - Sara-the-foodie emoticon
    3305 days ago
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