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Quick Update

Monday, September 10, 2012

Things in school are ok -- it's a challenge but I am not going to give up! I really want to stay in this accelerated program, so I just need to keep plugging away at it each day and keep trying to catch up.

Weight-wise, I am doing great. I've lost about 2 lbs in the past week and a half despite being crazy busy with school. I am now at 345, which I haven't been for a long time :) All of the walking on campus was rough for the first two weeks, but it's getting easier now. . . the trickiest part is not ordering delivery when I am dead tired and need to study. To get around that temptation, I've been using my slow cooker much more frequently (I've started filling up the bowl in the evening with the ingredients, then keeping it covered in the fridge overnight and taking it out and setting it to low the next morning before I leave). It's sooo convenient!

I've also re-evaluated some of my snacking options, replacing the empty calories with wholesome ones. I've been smarter about my carbs, eating oats, potatoes, and beans instead of rice flour, sugar, and gluten-free bread, and making sure I hit my protein(150g) and fiber(40g) goals each day. All of the sugar I eat now comes from fruit, honey, or almond milk (in sensible portions!). Finally, I've been really focusing on meeting my potassium goals and keeping sodium down as close to 2,300 mg as possible.

Some things that I've been eating!:
Breakfast things:
-Green tea latte made with low-sugar almond milk, honey, and matcha powder (every morning instead of coffee -- it's a gentler boost and full of antioxidants).
-Breakfasts are usually steel-cut or rolled oats with cinnamon, honey, berries, bananas, walnuts, and some form of protein (greek yogurt, protein powder,or Chef Meg's breakfast "sausage.")
-On weekends I usually eat southwest eggs with salsa and veggies and pan-fried potatoes, frittatas with seasonal veggies, or protein pancakes (made of oats, flaxseed, butter, and yogurt) topped with berries and a bit of sorghum.
-Sometimes I indulge in a BLT with fresh summer tomatoes and avocado mayo (no nitrites in my natural bacon!)

Lunch/Snack things:
-turkey breasts in the slowcooker (for sandwiches), or low-sodium nitrite-free lunch meats in a pinch. I like to serve with avocado mayo and sliced cucumbers and spinach.
-curried tuna or chicken salads with cilantro, grapes, and almonds
-different kinds of hummus created in the bullet blender (because I'm too lazy to clean the food processor--lol) with cucumbers, bell peppers, and flax seed crackers for dipping
-nut butters mixed with crushed flax/chia seeds with apples, celery, and carrots for dipping
-Kale Chips (sprinkled with curry or mexican spices and baked)
-fruit and veg smoothies
-Roasted squash (butternut or acorn) with cinnamon and brown sugar or baked apples (delicious desserts)

Dinner Things:
-boiled potatoes, green beans, and eggs -- I keep these on hand for snacking, side dishes, or eating altogether as a quick dinner with tuna, olives, tomato wedges, and vinaigrette.
-different kinds of salad dressings on mixed greens-- experimenting with champagne vinegars and walnut and roasted hazlenut oils.. also recently became fond of a blood orange vinaigrette served over asian veggies and avocado -- delicious with my favorite, miso-glazed salmon.
-pan-seared steaks with roasted potatoes, bell peppers, and snap peas -- yummy and quick to cook.. sometimes I will serve the steak over greens with a chimichurri sauce made in the bullet blender.
-burgers (lean beef, bison, or turkey) with avocado, tomato, greens, etc. I like to eat corn on the cob and baked beans with these.
-slow cooker taco meat/beans, served with avocado slices and cilantro lime vinaigrette on salad greens.
-sauteed napa cabbage in chicken stock with onion, zucchini, carrot, and bell pepper. I love cabbage, and I really wanted to get more of it in my diet since it's so high in fiber and sulphur. This also forms the basis for an easy thai curry (I just sautee the curry paste and oil for a minute, add coconut milk, cook whatever meat in it, then add the pre-cooked veggies and it's dinner in 10 min!).
-Slow-cooker vegetable/lentil curries (I just steam fish in the microwave for 5 min and it's dinner!)
-Homemade soups (lately it's been leek and potato, cabbage veggie, zucchini spinach, and butternut squash apple. I make them on the weekend and enjoy all week).
-Mashed cauliflower -- tastes like mashed potatoes!

Basically, things are good, and I am forming some great habits and learning to incorporate them in a busy life. I'm learning how to cook GOOD food even on days when I have no time, and that is what is keeping me on track (because I would never stick to it if I did not enjoy what I was eating!). We are still eating out 1-2 times per week (mostly at Japanese, Thai, Indian, or Korean restaurants), but because we do it less often, we are choosing quality restaurants and really enjoying the experience.

I really appreciate the support you have shown me! I have not forgotten about this site or any of you -- and I will be back... once I catch up in school. Take care!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SIRENSONGS 9/23/2012 9:53AM

    You are doing amazingly well! Your food choices sound not only healthy, but delicious! I wish I had that kind of determination to make myself more interesting things to eat. I usually eat the same old thing day in, and day out and not only does it get boring, but I'm sure I'm not getting all the nutrients I need. Keep it up, and congrats on your weight loss so far! :)

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RACEWELLWON 9/22/2012 12:47PM

    First Congrats on the two pounds - a little late but , been hitting the books myself. The potassium is so important to track. Do you track selenium ? A ton of studies on the value of selenium for Cancer. Hugs LIL Racer emoticon

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ELLENBERRY 9/18/2012 12:21PM

    Great Job! emoticon You are doing amazing!

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    Wow, glad to see you're doing so well!!! Your diet is eat SO healthy, even with such a busy schedule. Even though I plan out my meals/snacks ahead of time, I'm still not eating anywhere near optimally. I envy you! But yeah, it's super inspirational to see you do so well even amidst such a busy lifestyle. Thanks for the update and sharing how things are going :-)

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CORVINESQUE 9/17/2012 11:44AM

    My mouth is watering! That all sounds so good.

Great job on keeping up with eating healthy while being so busy! I hope school goes well for you.

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    Ummmmm, make me some menus. :D Glad to hear you're on top of school AND losing weight! It's proving to be challenging here too! Full time work and school sucks! Why'd I do this to myself?! lol :P

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BOOKWORM27S 9/11/2012 11:49AM

    Excellent menu! I applaud you for taking the time and planning your food. With such a crazy schedule like yours, so many people lose hope and give up. I've always said the "secret" to weight loss is LOTS of planning and tracking. Congrats!
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NINJA_SMOO 9/11/2012 11:44AM

  Slowcookers are awesome! I was just thinking the other day that I haven't used mine in a while and it's time to pull it out again. Thanks for another reminder :)

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VLL723 9/11/2012 10:25AM

    Good for you!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/11/2012 1:06AM

    AWESOME!! Keep going girl!

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SMILINGTREE 9/10/2012 10:52PM

    Sometimes the slow cooker is a life saver. Congratulations on your weight loss, you fab meals and managing to balance everything. Those are feats!

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WINDSONG27 9/10/2012 10:04PM

    Glad to be hearing from you! The slow cooker is the best invention in the world, and good for you on using it! emoticon

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KIPPER15 9/10/2012 9:32PM

    Nice to hear from you. School is important too. Keep working on your health. You are doing great. emoticon

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MIDNIGHTER1 9/10/2012 9:29PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Your menu items all sound really good and healthy. emoticon You inspire me to cook different types of healthy meals that i have not thought of before. I enjoy your blogs .How you manage to incorporate all the things you do is amazing.

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SHANSHE 9/10/2012 6:41PM

    Great to hear how well you are doing health wise! Best wishes on catching up in school, I know what that is like!

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KALANTHA 9/10/2012 6:33PM

    It's sounds like you have yourself very well organized. The slow-cooker is a great idea!

Keep doing what you're doing and you will succeed - both with your health AND school!

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