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The Cheddar Biscuits will NOT be denied!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

I usually go to my parents' house once a week to eat dinner and catch up on the latest episode of Justified (best show EVAH!!). It does make tracking a bit difficult, though, because while they do watch sodium, they don't watch much else in their recipes. My mother isn't an extreme southern home cook as in she doesn't fry everything in lard, dish out a side helping of lard, and fill your glass with some nice hot lard on top of it all. However, she does cook a LOT of food and she channels Paula Deen in her belief that she's not going to eat anything unless it tastes good (MOAR BUTTAH!). Which is pretty funny considering she's rail thin. My dad's average in terms of weight (maybe 20-25 pounds overweight). However, my brother has the bulk and height of a linebacker without the exercise regiment, and we all know my story :)

So I went over there last night and they had baked this pasta dish. It's basically tri-color rotini, italian sausage, pasta sauce, and cheese. I normally try to convince her to at least email me the recipe so I can come up with a basic calorie count, but that didn't work for this one, so I had to make a guess. It also DOESN'T help when she alters the recipe without telling me. She's found the Red Lobster Cheddar biscuits and makes them all the time now. I did give in and have one, figuring I could work that in easily. She then says, "It's probably more than what you think because I put more butter in there." (MOAR BUTTAH!)

. Now there's no telling how far off I was with the calorie count of last night's dinner. AND I have leftovers. I did go slow during eating last night and took my time, so at least I didn't stuff myself miserably. Still not sure how bad the damage was though.

I've got to do a better job of planning on Tuesdays. At least seeing if they can send me the recipes of what they are making.

Managed to get some swimming in yesterday (YAY!). I'm starting off with some drills. One includes a pull buoy between the upper legs and swimming freestyle. It's suppose to elevate your hips automatically and create muscle memory that will make it easier for me to achieve this on my own eventually. I plan on incorporating some others like the catch-up drill. I'm following Coach Robb's swim videos on Youtube and this is where I'm at:

Rule 1: Stay "tall" in the water
Rule 2: Get your body balanced in the water
Rule 3: Breathing (can't do this successfully without achieving #1 and #2)

For those of you who are curious, the pull buoy explanation:

Catch-up drill:

Side-kick/Breathing drill:

Kicking without a kickboard:

I need to get together a set schedule of these drills so I know what I'm doing, which day, and for how long. Didn't get to the pool this morning like I wanted, but will get there one more time this week.
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  • BOPPY_
    There are so many triathletic events going on, I'm having trouble sorting them out.

    There's the swimming, and running, and biking.

    Then, there's the resisting the great food laden with great taste and great cholesterol, calories, and care (from your Mom).

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    1864 days ago
    I love those biscuits but it is the only thing I like at RL. My mom likes it RL so I venture there once every blue moon.
    1869 days ago
    Very clever blog title (& blog). It appears that you are doing as much as you can during your dinner's with parents. GREAT idea having her send you the recipes so you can calculate them. Even if she changes the recipe somewhat, your best defense is to do your best to remain in your low-calorie range in the days surrounding the parent's dinners... and , of course, do your best to increase your exercise times.

    I was always a Pauls Deen-type cook, I was known for my cooking and entertaining. It is hardest on my friends now that I'm eating healthy and concentrating on me for a change. My friends are whining... "e want the 'Martha-Stewart' Camille to come out to play!"

    Best of luck with your program and your challenges!!! I just wrote a blog about a PSYCHOLOGY TODAY article that might interest you, talks about overcoming our "inner con-artist"... STOP horsing around with our weight loss.

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    1872 days ago
    Moms just love us to death sometimes, huh? Literally to death. My mom makes this chicken and dumpling recipe that tastes amazing. Unfortunately, I had to tell her I can't eat it anymore. Too rich and over the top in many respects.

    Today's a fresh start. Woo Hoo!

    I love the videos you posted. I want to bookmark this blog so I can revisit when my pool opens.
    1872 days ago
    Everything is better with more butter, except my belly and hips.
    1873 days ago
    I should do some actual drills in the pool. The woman who teaches the 8am class on Saturdays invited me to stay some time (I come at 7 and do as many laps as I can until they kick me out, haha) - it's a triathlon training class (EEEEK!), which... I'm not training for one, but she said it's okay, I can stay and work on my stroke. Probably would be good for me.

    My normal swim routine is AS MANY LAPS AS I CAN AS FAST AS I CAN GO GO GO BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE COMES. hahahaha. I'm a maniac.

    I think I have decent form though. Would be interesting to stay for the class & see what she says about it. The only reason I haven't is, since the Sat. she mentioned it, I've been away 4 Saturdays in a row. GRR. haha.

    Can y0u cook one time, at your parents', or would that just KILL THEM? Maybe you could alternate, and then it wouldn't be an EVERY WEEK huge calorie bomb thing.
    1873 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/6/2013 4:09:37 PM
  • KITT52
    1873 days ago
    Those biscuits are killer, in ways both good and bad. Haven't been to a Red Lobster in a few years, and I can still taste 'em. I might need to look up that recipe.

    Swimming isn't, to say the least, my thing. Just haven't ever been able to put together the arms, legs and breathing thing into a coherent whole. Probably doesn't help that I can't really float, either, it's like there's a magnetic connection between my butt and the bottom of the pool. More power to ya that you're not only regularly swimming, but doing the things you need to get even better at it.

    1873 days ago
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