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Recipe Reviews, Learning, and Attempts at Forgiveness

Sunday, November 18, 2012

It has been a rough week. To recap, I gave a presentation and had two interviews for the same job. I had no idea how stressful this all was until I woke up on Thursday feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. I was exhausted and run down.

By Thursday night I was rocking a cold sore, and weigh-in on Saturday showed the result of falling back on food to help me when I'm stressed. I've already excused myself for the eating, but not for the refusal to work out. It is going to take me a while to unlearn a lifetime's worth of dealing with stress by eating lots of crappy food. But I know the exercise helps me. Even if I eat too much, exercise is still a good thing. Not only because it is good for weightloss, but because it relieves tight muscles and provides endorphins.

Swollen glands and all, I decided to change course and took the dog for a 90-minute walk yesterday. My eating was still out of control, but I enjoyed the rare November sunshine, spent time with my dog, and relaxed. I even watched a movie and did some heavy cleaning. (Cleaning is stress relief.)

And swollen glands but quickly-healing cold sore and all, I met an acquaintance in the suburbs today, and I rode my bike instead of taking public transport, which gave me 15 miles and 74 fitness minutes. I sweat, I woke my muscles up and released the endorphins. I also really tuckered myself out.

And the eating today? Completely under control, healthy, self-cooked, tasty and appreciated. Am I completely back on track? I don't know. But I'm on track right now, and I've got my morning workout planned. And tomorrow I'm going to take it hour by hour.

Speaking of food, here's the review of what I cooked this week - and what is waiting for me in my freezer to eat this week in convenient portion-sized containers:

1. Cinnamon raisin slow-cooker oatmeal - This isn't in the freezer. In fact, I will be making more tonight. I eat this most every morning and I love it.

2. Mediterranean baked fish - tasty! It freezes well. I think the recipe needs black pepper and some salt. Next time.

3. Supreme Squash Casserole - this is wonderful! Be sure to squeeze out the zucchini before baking though or the casserole will be soggy. I switched out the egg for egg beaters. This dish also makes a great breakfast.

4. Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup - note to self: read the recipe CLOSELY! Now, I really like this soup, a lot, and I'm going to make it again. But this time, I'm going to know that the recipe calls for ONE chipotle pepper and not a WHOLE CAN. Good thing I like spicy food. But this one? YOWZA.

5. Quinoa Stuffed Peppers - This recipe makes two servings, and since I was low on calories and high on hunger, I hate both servings. The filling is really good. The pepper part wasn't so good. I'm thinking that spraying some cooking spray on the outside of the pepper will help it cook better. But really, the filling is good enough to eat by itself.

My freezer is now full. I have no choice but to eat from my prepared bounty - well - no choice except to include fresh vegetables with those meals.
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    Wow. That food sounds great... I'm coming over to your house for dinner! emoticon As far as the stress, I have to fight overeating when I'm stressed - I was always an emotional eater -- so I have to really work at finding other ways to get rid of the stress energy. I think you're doing great, Michelle. better than you probably realize.
    1766 days ago
    No take backsy only moving forward!!! God bless, Dee
    1771 days ago
    The food sounds great! Good job getting yourself back on track! You can do it!
    1772 days ago
    Sounds great. Hey at least you are not beating yourself up. You'll get the stress monster under control.

    Food sounds great! And so does the time outside. Congrats!
    1772 days ago
    Way to go on the long bike ride! emoticon
    1772 days ago
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