NORJUNMA1's SparkPeople Blog NORJUNMA1's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Hello 2011! Tai here. I just wanted to sneak some blog time before hitting the hay and wish everyone a happy, healthy, and wonderful new year. Hopefully all those resolutions to get and/or stay fit will fall on fertile ground over the next 12 months. <BR> <BR> Me, I'm trying to stay away from resolutions. Not that I don't like them. There's something about fresh starts, the pomp and circumstance of writing a list of hopes and dreams on a fresh sheet of paper or a new word-processing file, that makes me ... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 00:06:25 EST Salad FAIL! Man I have been slackadaisical recently. As much as I love this blog, I've been playing the avoidance game big time. It's in no small part that I've set myself a bar that might have been a smidge too high. Namel, the 30 Days, 30 Salads thing. I love the concept, and dang it if it won't get done. Just not right now. <BR> <BR> I think I'm on the right track though. For the past two weeks I've been consistently bringing in a lunch and veggies for lunch. The main trick has been to eat the same ... Wed, 4 Aug 2010 14:50:26 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Home Edition - And We're Off! <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Watermelon Salad with Basil and Feta <BR> Calories: 310 <BR> Verdict: A Juicy Surprise <BR> <BR> I did it! I stocked up on two weeks-worth of produce (in retrospect, I might buy it on a weekly basis to preserve freshness), I made sure all my plasticware was clean and organized, and on Sunday night I created the first salad in the "Home Edition" series. There really is some truth to the saying, "nothing is a... Wed, 16 Jun 2010 23:12:10 EST 30D30S: Home Edition - The Apetizer So enough with the gruesome-yet-cool vegetable alien, right! <BR> <BR> Lunch: Garlicky Steamed Vegetable Medley <BR> Calories: 288 <BR> Verdict: Mild but filling and tasty <BR> <BR> No pic today, since lunch was had sans-celly (thus, no camera to take said picture). But lunch was a tasty blend of veggies I steamed up a few nights ago and some brown rice to go along with it. I finally read up on the awesomeness of the multiple functions of my rice cooker. It slices, it dices, it even has a s... Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:06:40 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads Reboot: Introducing the Home Edition <img src=""> <BR> <BR> About that picture. Disconcerting, I know. But I am a HUGE "Alien" fan (and by "fan" i mean, a simultaneously thrilled and terrified consumer), and I am also a fan of a renaissance artist named Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The brilliant digital artist Till Nowak took two of my favorite nerdy loves and combined them into a meta-nerd triumph. That it's basically a salad made me even more ridiculously happy. ˆ_ˆ <BR> <BR> Ve... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 14:41:23 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 8 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Wow Bao Cool Pad Thai Salad with Chicken <BR> Calories: 450 <BR> Verdict: Wow Salad! <BR> <BR> This one I may have had before, since I'm an avid fan of Wow Bao, a local chainlet that specializes in steamed asian buns a potstickers, and various Americanized pan-asian treats. In my family, some of our favorite outings were our trips to China Town and, closer to home, Little Saigon. Since full-blown lunches or di... Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:59:53 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 7 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Friends Sushi Yuzu Ceviche Salad <BR> Calories: 408 <BR> Verdict: Yuzuilicious <BR> <BR> I'll admit, I splurged a little on this lunch. It was a stressful day at work and the minute the idea of a sushi injection hit my brain it wouldn't leave. But sushi is clearly not a salad, as much as I'd like for it to be. So I hit the menu for Friends Sushi (one of our local sushi joints near work) to see if they had anyt... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 16:12:39 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 6 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Tuscany Cafe Caprese Salad <BR> Calories: Approx. 480 <BR> <BR> Verdict: I say approximately because that's what it clocked in at after sorting the ingredients through the handy-dandy nutrition counter. This is the first time I had checked out a Tuscany Cafe, which you see peppered throughout the city beautiful. It's a mild-mannered, unassuming little italian eatery where you can get your pizza or pasta-on at ... Thu, 28 Jan 2010 11:23:40 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 5 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Tempo Cafe Salad <BR> Calories: <BR> <BR> Verdict: This little salad was a fancied-up version of the salads that my grandmothers used to serve us alongside the rice, beans, and meat that were such a staple at their tables. Liberally anointed with salt and oil, those home versions were often just iceberg lettuce, with slices of tomato or cucumber on top. If you were lucky you got both. The carrot shreds on the... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 17:15:39 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 4 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Corner Bakery Salad Trio <BR> Calories: 405 <BR> <BR> Verdict: 30 Days, 30 Salads keeps on truckin with the Corner Bakery Salad Trio I had for lunch yesterday. When you go to Corner Bakery the trio is a good option since the "Entree Salads" are another bunch of salad grenades (see: salad bomb, jersey shore). On the whole, the side salads--three of which you choose from and which are served with some extra spri... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 12:16:19 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 3 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Cosi Lighter Side Signature Salad <BR> Calories: 371 <BR> <BR> Verdict: OK, OK, the jig is up. I missed yesterday due to poor planning. I was craving something new and different for lunch and decided to go to a local Armenian place that everyone at my office raves about. I was even going to get the jajik, a luscious cucumber salad with yogurt dressing, and pair it with their famed red lentil soup in order to m... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:42:58 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 2 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Subway Veggie Delite Salad <BR> Calories: 50 <BR> <BR> Verdict: I have to hand it to Subway. It's kind of hard to walk into one where I live without being haunted by the knowledge that a Jimmy Johns--or better yet, Potbellys--is probably right around the corner. Throw in the fact that you'll be doing away with the bread part and all sorts of lunchtime free-form anxiety starts to manifest. But they kind of broug... Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:28:07 EST 30 Days, 30 Salads: Day 1 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Salad: Yum Woonsen (Thai rice noodle salad) <BR> Calories: Approx. 500 <BR> <BR> Verdict: Alright. Alright. As salads go this was definitely not what I was referring to as "vegetastic." It was pretty tasty though, and while a few recipes online clocked it at around 500 calories it certainly seemed a lot lighter than that. The noodles were tasty and non-greasy (they don't stir-fry these), and there weren't all that ma... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:50:56 EST And So It Begins Salad n. <BR> 1.a. A dish of raw leafy green vegetables, often tossed with pieces of other raw or cooked vegetables, fruit, cheese, or other ingredients and served with a dressing. <BR> b. The course of a meal consisting of this dish. <BR> 2. A cold dish of chopped vegetables, fruit, meat, fish, eggs, or other food, usually prepared with a dressing, such as mayonnaise. <BR> 3. A green vegetable or herb used in salad, especially lettuce. <BR> 4. A varied mixture <BR> <BR> So, in the hopes of ... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 13:28:25 EST On to the Next One So it's become a sad but true fact that I'm posting to this blog about once every six months, and I really have no excuse other than the pervasive and continuing "trying to get my s**t together" mantra. So, In an attempt to get this partay started (right) I'm beginning my own challenge today. I'll be posting right after lunch with the deets, and the only clue I'll give is it's "vegtastic"! <BR> <BR> P.S.--Not digging that you can't use basic tags when you post. I've consigned myself to usin... Tue, 19 Jan 2010 09:26:32 EST Reboot These are the times that try men's souls. <BR> <BR> I'd just finished writing a pithy, wondrous entry about focusing on your own needs as a tool to bring balance into your life and better help others. The corollary to enlightened self-interest, which requires that you care for yourself as well as you would care for others. <BR> <BR> Then I manages to erase it. I am not pleased. <BR> <BR> And so I am trying to practice some patience and not fling my laptop across the room. A) that would not... Fri, 31 Jul 2009 11:46:08 EST Munchies I think it goes without saying that a majority of sparkers have had, at some point in their storied diet careers, encounters with food that was eaten more out of habit than out of an absolute need to stop ones stomach from collapsing on itself like a ravening black hole. Who hasn't looked at their clock and said, "It's 11:30 pm. Time for lunch. Not really hungry, but who cares, I just want to leave my desk." <BR> <BR> Regardless of the frightening universality of this experience, it's been ... Tue, 27 Jan 2009 23:08:11 EST Curses! So I'm going to take just a moment here to wallow in a bit of thoroughly unattractive self-pity here. New Years resolutions, such as they were, haven't been quite as successful as I had originally anticipated. Part of my less than stellar application of discipline probably stems from the fact that I avoided making any outright resolutions at all. The first few days of January found me avoiding the strict observance of hard-and-fast goals, since this behavior has often felt, well, limiting. Wh... Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:26:28 EST In With the Newness So to say that my blogging here has been less than consistent would be a huge understatement. So inconsistent have I been that it's been almost a year since my last post (gasp). Odd as it may seem, I think part of my problem was that I didn't see all that much use in it. But over the past year I've become quite attached to some stellar blogs out there (Zen Habits, Afrobella, and Guanabe just to name a few) and in doing so have become enamored with the idea of doing it myself. <BR> <BR> Last... Mon, 5 Jan 2009 19:06:10 EST The Lunch So Nice, I Did It Twice So I ate about half of my lunch yesterday, which worked out fairly well. I was totally hungry until I hit the gym, but once I got back my stomach wasn't protesting as much. I had a great snack too. Laughing Cow light, but the garlic flavor (yum!) and an Asian pear and sparkling water. Not bad. <BR> <BR> So I kinda bombed on dindin. Sushi a Tanoshi was SPECTACULAR. Some of the yummiest neuveau-sushi Andersonville has to offer. Their Italian Roll taste like a delicious sub in miniature. Lots o... Fri, 25 Jan 2008 12:38:39 EST A little catchup So my friend Gus was kind enough to give me a buddy pass to the Crunch Gym she goes to near our office. It's good for a week, and one of the reps, eager to sell me a package, was kind enough to extend it to 9 days. I'd consider joining since it's so close, but the hubby and i are both committed to weight loss in '08, so we're planning on buying an elliptical soon. (I'm hoping it's soon, at least.) But for those of you looking for a gym in with a month-month plan in the $70 - $80 range, I reco... Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:39:26 EST