healthy and happy. one of these days.

24 October 2009

What I meally meally meally want is zigazigahhh


*2/3 a cup of chocolate peanut butter oatmeal
*half a glass of milk


*can of V8 (ps I also had one yesterday but I forgot to write it down!)
* a cup of veggie crunchers


*wrap: large whole wheat wrap, hummus, tuna, lettuce, 6 bread and butter pickles, a few red pepper chunks
*veggies with hummus (broccoli, carrots, red pepper)


*grilled cheese: arnold’s thin, 1 LCL wedge, 1 stringed string cheese
*tastybite madras lentils soup
*1.5 cups veggie crunchers :-)

A lazy day - it was pouring all day and I read and watched TV and even took a nap :-P
bee tee dubs, here's a good review/description of veggie crunchers:

23 October 2009

Meal Love, I'm searching for a meal love (someone to set my heeaaart freeee WHAT'S UP MARY J BLIGE!)

Breakfast: Chocolate raspberry oatmeal!

*2/3 a cup of steel cut oatmeal
*handful of raspberries
*a little less than a tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
*two Splenda packets

* two cups of coffee


*string cheese
*Nature Valley Honey n Oats bars (2)


*lettuce wraps: crushed dry roasted peanuts, shredded chicken mixed with soy sauce, two romaine lettuce leafs (leaves?)
*gala apple


*2/3 cup veggie crunchers (I am OBSESSED with these. They are my new favorite thing EVER EVER EVER. They are CAPS-LOCK TASTY, PEOPLE.)


*subway sandwich: 9 inches (three quarters of a footlong!) of: Italian herb and cheese bread, turkey breast, olives, pickles, banana peppers. No sauce!
*bag of baked lays bbq chips
*diet coke

Long day for me! Up at 5am, work until 5, rush over to my friend Diane's family's house to help her youngest sister (whom I wholeheartedly adore) babysit Diane's twin boys while Diane is in OBX celebrating her 5 year wedding anniversary! I just got home. So out and about from 5am to 9pm! WOO. Long day. But a good one, I'd say.

22 October 2009

Champagne for My Meal Friends, Meal Pain for My Sham Friends

(title of a Fall Out Boy song, f to the y to the i)


(all mixed together)
*3/4 a cup steel cut oatmeal
*2/3 a cup raspberries
*sprinkling of wheat germ (maybe 1 tbsp?)
*2 packets splenda
*2-3 tbsp slivered almonds


*2 tbsp light ranch mixed with 10 drops of hot sauce
*1/3 a cup chunk chicken
*1/3 of a cucumber diced
*handful of shredded carrots

(the same combo as the wrap from yesterday, just, minus the wrap!)


*sliced gala apple
*Nature Valley Honey n Oats packet (2 bars)


*quesadilla: 2 stringed string cheeses, sprinkling of chicken, a few dollops of hot sauce, two of the wheat/low carb wraps, sprayed the outside with a little I Can’t Believe Spray and put it in a skillet with Pam.
*1/2 a cup of salsa for dippage. (Jack’s Special Gourmet, we got it at Costco. SO GOOD)

I liked my meals today. There were some veggies and fruits, I took the time to make them, I didn't go too long without eating, broke the routine in terms of flavors, I think.

Once again, no exercise. I sort of feel guilty, but as long as I'm doing something right, then I don't feel too bad. And next week I don't have to work at all so I have fewer things to balance - I can pick it back up next week. Maybe this is my regrouping week. Going like gangbusters for 6 or 7 weeks is great, and taking a week (or maybe two, since I only worked out twice last week) to reexamine is fine by me.

Question: How do you spot the difference between a BS excuse and legitimate reasons for action/inaction?  Where do you draw the line between cutting yourself a deserved break and forcing yourself to keep going? I feel like I have that "coddle v. unrealistic expectations" battle in my head a lot, and it's hard for me to figure out what side I fall on sometimes.

PS: A little Memory Lane for you. This was last year, in July sometime. I was in London for an internship program, through grad school. I was somewhere between maybe 217 and 206? Something like that...I can't remember exactly.



Also I remember liking the way I looked in this picture. I think I was kind of stretching out so I look slender, and it might be a good angle, but I just love this picture for my body - and for obvious HP Nerd reasons.

21 October 2009

Wake Up Little Foodie


*can of V8
*two Curves bars


*cucumbers, red and green peppers
*handful of wheat thins, maybe 15ish?
*5 slices of cheese (about 1x3)


*wrap: whole wheat wrap, chicken breast, cucumber, shredded carrots, 1 tbsp light ranch, hot sauce
*1 cup of cottage cheese


*lemon zest and thyme orzo
*sautéed veggies (green beans, zucchini, squash)

PS MORE VEGGIES TODAY! I know that was a problem yesterday. Wasn't on purpose, promises promises.
I feel like I'm hitting a wall. I didn't exercise today. I don't feel motivated anymore. I had to go to Target and a few places today for errands, and I was tempted to buy chocolate or other various crap, and I wanted to call friends and meet them for lunch for fast food or other indulgent foods. I didn't, but I wanted to. I want to.
With this work/temp stuff I've been doing, I've been feeling like I can't catch up with anything. I try to plan and prepare and do-ahead, but I still feel like I'm not keeping my head above water. I can't devote the time that I want to, that I have been for the past month, to my efforts. I know this is a big excuse. I guess I just need to figure out how to adjust and things aren't going to go smoothly.

20 October 2009

Meal Madrid

(Get it!? Like the soccer team Real Madrid, but with an M, but not pronounced like meeel, but Mey-Aahhll. Okay, I know, it's a stretch. I'm not exactly JackSh*t with the creativity!)



*1.5 cups tuna (with the LCL wedge) and cottage cheese (um, I knew it was good for me with the protein and what not, but I could only eat about half – not that tasty)


*PB sandwich (on arnold’s thin)


*Tall iced coffee (unsweetened, didn’t add a thing) from Starbucks


*Same as breakfast.


I didn’t really exercise today, but I did get out and walk for about 10-15 minutes at a brisk pace. The level of movement mirrored the caliber of my food today. Not in any way exciting or creative. Le sigh.

19 October 2009

Hey Food (I played more Beatles Rock Band tonight, why do you ask?)


*steel cut oatmeal with about 10-15 raspberries, 1-2 tbsp of slivered almonds, 1 packet Splenda. All mixed together. Scrumptious.


*mix of baby carrots, sugar snap peas, and broccoli dipped in tzatziki sauce
*sandwich: arnold’s sandwich thin, tuna, lcl wedge, 4 bread & butter pickles, lettuce, mustard


*bowtie pasta with ragu and turkey sausage
*two pieces of texas toast garlic bread
*side salad with zucchini, red pepper, carrots, cucumber, avocado, and tzatziki sauce as dressing


*2x3 brownie

I had dinner at a friend’s place tonight, and they made it and I ate it! I brought the salad though. But boy was I the President, Founder, and CEO of the Clean Plate Club!

I don’t feel that guilty about the food that I ate, but actually more about the time when we ate it. I don’t think we ate until maybe 9? I usually eat dinner around 6 or 7. I like to think it’s better to give the food time to digest. I think I read somewhere you need like three hours for proper digestion before you go to bed? I dunno, don’t quote me on that.

I would like to take this time to point out that this will NOT be the turning point. This will NOT be the entry that I reread months from now, wondering what the hell happened, and pinpoint this post as the beginning of that slippery slope.

I will exercise more than twice this week.
I will make my own food for the rest of the week.
I will eat more fruits and vegetables!

(I know it’s only one meal, and it could have been worse, but that’s how it starts. You say to yourself “Take a break, it’s not a big deal” but then you end up saying it to yourself every night of the week. And 60 pounds later, you’re at square one. Not that I would know anything about that.)

Weight Weight Don't Tell Me

Ha, any NPR fans out there? I listen to this sometimes. Anyway.

Today's weigh in is:


So that's a .8 loss from last week. You know what? I'm gonna choose to be happy about this. Because I only worked out twice. And ate pizza and cupcakes and chips and dip.

Like football, a W is a W. Not that as a Redskins fan I know what that's like, but I DO know that a loss is still a loss (that's a Redskins' comfort zone) so I am happy to take it!


Did everyone see that Jenn over at Watch My Butt Shrink is having a Vitatop giveaway!?! That's pretty sweet. I've been looking for something different to take with me on the go and these have "solution" written allllll over them! So this is my shameless plug/attempt at a second entry for myself, haha!

18 October 2009

I got a Little Red Foo(d)ster


*whole wheat wrap with 1/3 a cup egg subst. and 1 LCL wedge, ketchup, a little bit of garlic salt (this is clearly my new obsession…I should just go ahead and tell you this will be my standard breakfast for the next two weeks)
*2/3 a cup cottage cheese
*can of V8

*grilled cheese: 1 arnold’s sandwich thin (multi grain), 1 string cheese sliced/cut up, 1 LCL wedge, heated/melted in a skillet with Pam. It was DELICIOUS.
*1-2 cups of Progresso French onion soup (I end up pouring out half the broth b/c I like a smaller broth/solid ingredient ratio, and maybe I can filter out some of the sodium that way too)


* a cup of the chicken salad from earlier (chicken, honey mustard, diced gala apple, craisins, and a little bit of plain yogurt)

Pretty bland day. But that’s good. My headache/migraine has basically subsided. Do migraines or headaches usually last like 40 hours? It started around 10pm Friday night, was at its worst 10pm Saturday night, and is now almost gone, close to 8pm on Sunday. Oh well, let’s hope I don’t have to encounter it ever again!

Today I felt hungry most of the day. Maybe I should have had a snack or two in between meals, because I felt like I was restricting myself from food. Even after lunch I didn’t really feel full. Did my stomach capacity stretch from yesterday’s eating? Who knows.

No exercise. I can’t believe I only did something twice this week. I did do more walking/moving around than normal in a general sense, but I don’t really count that. Except for when I took the stairs up three flights to my friend’s apartment instead of taking the elevator. I’m totally counting that! But I’ll definitely have to make an effort this week to get moving again, for real.

Oh, other food tidbits:

*I tried to make cauliflower mashed potatoes tonight for dinner. I don’t know if the cauliflower wasn’t good anymore, but…they tasted like butt. I used cauliflower, a little splash of skim milk, two LCL wedges, a little salt and pepper, and when I heated it I sprayed it with a little bit of the I Can’t Believe stuff on it. BUTT, I TELL YOU. I think it might be the cauliflower. I’m gonna have to get some more and try again. Because a healthy vegetable in mashed potato form?? Sign me up.

*Speaking of potatoes, I’ve been wanting sweet potatoes recently. Those things are delectable. And I finished up the butternut squash – so I need a sweet orange-y healthy food to cook! Or bake. Probably bake. Or roast.

Wow I am obsessed with fall flavors. And colors. And weather. And clothing. Except for all the rain we’ve been having, that gets an F. Which in this case, does not stand for Fall.


One of the blogs I read voraciously, the last twenty, gave me a lil award!

Here are the rules

1. Thank the person who nominated me. [Thank you Nic!! For the award and all your comments – they make my day!]
2. Copy the award and place it on my blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated me.
4. Name 6 things people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 bloggers.
6. Post links to the bloggers I nominate.

Before I get to the other rules, I also want to point out that nic’s other blog is GREAT. Nic, I llurrrrrve your sense of style and your outfits. Is it weird to say that I want dress exactly like you? Haha. I’m such a creep.

On to #3 in the rules, here are 6 things – “interesting” might not be applicable.

1. If I am writing, or for some reason need to be creative, I listen to Sam Cooke. He brings out my creativity. Maybe it’s my own perception of myself that changes, or the sweet simplicity of his music, I don’t know. But I love it and it helps things flow. I also have fake hipster glasses that I sometimes wear. Sam Cooke and hipster glasses got me through a lot of my grad school projects. I’ve actually never told anyone that. And in the interest of full disclosure, I’m doing both right now. If you never talk to me again after reading that, I’ll understand.

2. Speaking of glasses, I’m pretty sure I need real ones. I’m definitely nearsighted. The last time I got my license renewed I had to take an eye test and this is what it sounded like as I did it “E…N….S?……..R?? that a W? Oh wait, no, that’s an M…M….” Seriously. I think I just got a representative that didn’t care. As soon as I get health insurance, I’m forcing myself to go to an eye doctor. Even though I would rather just stay in denial.

3. I was a Girl Scout for 9 years. Next to band, it was the best thing I ever did. I would love to get a job with GSCNC (Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital)

4. I get nervous when Christmas rolls around. I kind of don’t trust the holiday anymore. Last year was a good one, but two years ago (2007) my maternal grandmother died and we spent Christmas and almost New Years in the hospital, and it was our first Christmas without my fraternal grandmother (who passed in August of 07). Christmas of 06 my uncle died. Christmas 05 my fraternal grandmother had some words and opinions for me at dinner and made me cry on Christmas Eve. AWESOME CHRISTMAS MEMORIES.

5. In 6th grade, I subscribed to the American Girl doll magazine. Also in 6th grade, we had an Invention Fair as a class project. I came up with a winter undergarment that basically had gloves attached – you know, no snow up the sleeves onto your skin! A few months after the fair, I am looking in my AG magazine, and there is a little featurette about a girl my age who invented THE SAME THING and WAS MAKING MONEY OFF OF IT. I was so mad. I still am.

6. The first time I ever heard Ray Lamontagne sing, I got goosebumps. It was at a Guster concert and he was the warm up act. He started singing and my jaw dropped and I thought….”OH…I’m gonna need to be pay attention now.” I have been in love ever since. I want my first dance at my wedding (with that boyfriend I don’t have yet) to be to You Are The Best Thing. I know you’re supposed to pick out a song that you and your partner share, but I don’t care. I’ll work it into the relationship so it fits. This song choice is a closely guarded secret, I haven’t told this to my friends - much like how Monica on Friends didn’t want to tell Rachel her favorite baby names out of fear that she would use them first. And then Rachel went and took the name Emma – so you tell ME if I’m crazy! (Oh, I am)

Now for the lucky 7!

Miss 266
Someday Skinny Minnie
Scarlet Simple
Deb at Shedding My FatSuit
Karen at Not Just Celery
Christa at Our New Weigh of Life  
Tiffany at From 12 to 6  

When people stop being polite and start getting meal...The Meal World.

Well, I can still feel my headache, but it’s much more subdued than it was yesterday. And it makes me wonder what caused it! I definitely ate well yesterday – three solid meals, most of them healthy, and snacking in between. But it still felt like my brain was going to explode from my skull. Maybe I did too much thinking ;-)

*whole wheat wrap with 1/3 a cup egg subst. and 1 LCL wedge (This was BANGIN' I'm gonna have it again this morning!)
*2/3 a cup of cottage cheese


*whole wheat wrap: spinach, honey mustard, chicken salad (the same wrap as yesterday), 1 LCL wedge


*two slices of CiCi’s pizza – 1 pepperoni and 1 spinach/parmesan cheese of some kind
*1/4 a cup of pretzel chips

Those were the three solid meals, but in between lunch and dinner I had a lot of stuff! The birthday party was so much fun. I started out playing it safe, I got some veggies (carrots, red and green pepper, cucumber) and dip, a few pretzel chips. And then I just gave myself a pass. I wouldn’t be a total glutton but I wouldn’t hold back, either. So I had:

a few triscuits, wheat thins, crackers, and a slice of pepperjack cheese.
Another piece of cheese later
several bites of spinach artichoke dip with pretzel chips.
one tortilla chip with salsa (only one because I got salsa on my white tank top and had to borrow one from my friend so I didn't want to get hers messy too :-P)
one tortilla chip with this chili/cheese /sour cream dip.
1 diet coke - this had caffeine which I thought would help abate the head-pounding, but no...
1 diet wedge (wegman’s brand soda, calorie/caffeine free)
two cupcakes.

The party was fun. I even teared up a little bit when the boys were eating their very first cupcakes. As I mentioned before, I have known their mom, Diane, since we were maybe 10 or 11 years old? And now she has kids, and I met those little buggers when they were two days old. And have seen them almost consistently once a week for the past six months. And they’re just going to get bigger and older and smarter. And I can’t wait to see it happen. I know those of you that have kids are like, “Yeah, welcome to the club” but this is my first real experience with knowing children from (almost literally) day one. And they are so great.

Also, another friend of mine, Roo, had a baby yesterday – she and I have also been friends since 4th grade. And she is best friends with Diane (mom from yesterday). And now their babies have the same birthday. It’s like we plan these things. See how tight knit my group of friends is? I think Diane and I might plan a trip to go visit Roo and the new baby in the next couple of weeks, if we can.


So yesterday was great. I don’t really feel guilty about the food. I do, however, feel a little guilty that I haven’t exercised as much this week. I’ve only been to the gym twice so far this week. I usually aim to do something four times a week! We’ll see how I feel today with the headache. But I’m not gonna force myself to do anything, and accept the consequences of the scale if I have to.


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