healthy and happy. one of these days.

07 November 2009

Soul for Meal

Nic did a post about things that she loved about her body, so I'm gonna share too.

+I like my general shape. Dare I say it - it's kind of hourglass. A large novelty hourglass, but the shape is there nonetheless. I carry most of my weight visibly in front on my stomach, especially the lower stomach. But I know, I just have this feeling, that I'm gonna like the shape underneath more and more as I shed pounds and inches. On that glorious day whenever it is that I have reached goal weight, I'll still have curves, and that is exactly what I want. 

+And for the most part I'm pretty proportionate.

+And my legs are strong. I actually like to do the leg press machine at the gym. It's my favorite. 9 years of soccer helped.

+I also like my shoulders. Super random, but I do. 9 years of swimming helps.


*egg scramble: onions, green pepper, egg substitute, 1 LCL wedge, a sprinkling of garlic salt, and some salsa


*carrots, broccoli dipped in sabra original hummus (individual size)
*18 all-bran crackers


*cup of veggie crunchers (keeping my serving of these to a cup or less is a constant test to my discipline. for serious.)
*sandwich: arnold’s sandwich thin, 1 LCL wedge, 1 string cheese cut up, 5 oz chicken, put under the broiler and toasted up all bubbly and delishhh
*can of V8


*mug of peppermint hot chocolate


*chicken sandwich: half a breast of the baked chicken I made the other night, half a piece of American cheese, a few cucumber slices, lettuce, mayo, and ketchup.

I was in the mood for a turkey burger but not in the mood to go out and buy ground turkey, so I just had a makeshift-chicken version instead. It was good! And it was the first time in at least two months that I’ve had a slice of regular American cheese. I ate the other half by itself, slowly enjoying the cheesy goodness. It was a nice little treat!

this post contains nothing of value.

Just thought it'd be nice to give you fair warning, so you don't come to me afterwards wanting those minutes of your life back.

First item on the agenda: I currently have 69 followers. Ha. (Yep, I have the humor of a 15 year old boy)

Agenda, Part Deux:  Apparently my handwriting is terrible. Yesterday I filled out an info card for one of those “savings rewards” card deals – and I wrote my last name out, and as the clerk was reading it back to me to put it in the system, she mistook my S for an F and my E for a U. Really?

And 5 years ago, a Fed Ex guy commented on my signature: “You must not want to get married ‘cause your signature looks NOTHING like your last name!” …to this day I still cannot understand the connection he was making. But I will admit, my B looks like a Z in my signature.

I’m an individual with special handwriting damnit!

(Haha, and that also reveals that I have an S, and E, and a B somewhere in my name! Slowly my identity is being revealed…maybe I should make that a weekly feature of the ol’ blog. Ha! PS Nobody Cares)

Third ("is a nerd with a big fat turd"...what is wrong with me) Things at which I used to roll my eyes so hard you could hear it, but now may actually sort of kind of understand: “Gym time is ME time”

I hustled over to the gym this morning because there is a 10am Zumba class that I’ve been curious about for a really long time – so I rush over there, and, you see where this is going? Cancelled. Agh! And in my haste to get over there, I left without my ipod. I did workout SANS iPod! I did 12 minutes on the treadmill – 5 walking, 5 jogging (at 5mph! I am proud of myself for doing this again – I really had to get out of my head for this one) and then 2 walking just kind of happened as I slowed after the jogging.

Then the usual weight machines. I didn’t try that lower ab/leg raise one, but I did some of them on the floor, so I’m happy with that!

I still have the 30 Day Shred DVD to finish out my exercise goals for the week, but I did meet this week’s challenge goal of going to the gym four times in a week. Hooray!

06 November 2009

Meal Sports with Bryant Gumbel (I have never actually watched it)

Today was just a struggle. All day. But I came out on top.

First of all, I wanted Chipotle SO BADLY for lunch today. Ohmahgoodness. A Fajita Burrito with Barbacoa, corn salsa, cheese and sour cream. I drool. But I stood firm against. I attempted to quell my cravings with a modified lunch. It was nowhere near the taste-level of Chipotle, but it was a fairly good lunch on its own. Oh also it wasn’t a THOUSAND calories, so…my lunch has that going for it, which is nice. (first person to get that reference is my new best friend! I’ll give you a hint – NO googling! – the real/original quote is “…so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.”)

The second reason I was a Strugglesaurus today: I had absolutely no desire to go to the gym. None. I didn’t want to do cardio. Didn’t want to do weights. Classes on Fridays are crap.

Usually I go around 11am. Instead I spent the day going to at least five stores looking for that perfect outfit for something I’ve got coming up. Of course, whenever I have a vision in my head with very specific pieces, I never just walk right into a store and find it immediately. So I was out for two hours this afternoon, came home, had the aforementioned Chipotle Fakery Lunch, then went back out to drive to a store an hour away that I thought might have what I wanted.

Before I left I manned up (or womaned up, same dif) and took my gym stuff with me. I knew if I didn’t, I wouldn’t go. So after I got back, with outfit in tow!, I went to the gym. At 6pm.

This is when I tried, for a good 20 minutes, to keep from laughing out loud.

So I’m walking on the treadmill because – hey, at least I got there, and really I don’t give a shit about pushing myself today – I do 20 minutes at 3.5 incline at 3.6 speed. Then I do 20 on 3.0 incline and 3.0 speed. I’m watching Food Network on the gym’s TV. I used to think watching a food channel at the gym was a weird thing to do, because it seems like a form of torture. But it distracts me the most out of any other television programming so I’m all for it now. As I’m approaching 40 minutes and ready to call it quits, the next show starts: it’s the National Pie Championships. AND I STAYED ON THE TREADMILL ANOTHER 20 MINUTES TO WATCH IT! Fucking PIE!

There were two other people in the gym, and I really wanted to look over and say “Do you see what I’m doing?! I’m a big girl extending my workout only so that I can watch a show about PIE!” The absurdity was not lost on me.

Since I decided to stay on another 20, I pushed the incline up to 5 and the speed to 3.2. Ya know, gotta work off those calories from staring at pie. Ridonkulous.

So it was a struggle of a day but it ended well. Though I will say, looking at my food for the day, I could have gotten in more calories.


*pumpkin waffle with pumpkin cream cheese! (took a little of the leftover pumpkin puree, mixed it with a hint of Splenda and some 1/3 less fat cream cheese! It was good but for future batches – oh yes, there will be future batches – I think I’ll leave out the Splenda)
*cup of cottage cheese


*1/2 cup of Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice – Whole Grain Medley – Santa Fe flavor
*5 oz chicken breast
*a little less than ¼ a cup Mexican shredded cheese blend


*Subway 6 inch Veggie Delite on Honey Oat:

(SIDE NOTE OF SIDE NOTES: I asked the guy to scoop out some of the bread, which he did. This is the one and only thing I learned from those damned product placements on The Biggest Loser. I hate those things. Last week when Bob was having a heart to heart on that walk with Amanda and then he had to go and bust out that Extra gum...I was like “Bob, you have broken my spirit. Thanks for that.” He didn’t respond back, probably because I fix a broken spirit by fast-forwarding through half of a show. Anyway, what? Oh, Subway – I really had no idea you could ask to have the bread scooped out, and I totally did it today. So thanks, The Biggest Loser, for that. Now cut out the nonsense.)

MOVING ON: the sandwich I got veggies – lettuce, cucumber, green pepper, black olives, banana peppers, and some mustard. It was good.

05 November 2009

(ain't nobody love you) Like I Love Food

Not much else to discuss today, really. It was a good day. Good food, good workout. I'm trying to enjoy this week because next week I'm temping and work always ends up messing with my focus. So I'm relishing in this time when I can solely focus on eating right and exercising...and looking at all day. I love that web site.


*pumpkin waffle with 1 tbsp honey drizzled on top
*banana, half of which was sliced on top of the waffle :-)


*”buffalo chicken wrap”: medium whole wheat wrap, 1 LCL wedge, 4ish oz chicken, diced onion, shredded carrots, cucumber slices, a few dashes of hot sauce, 1 tbsp light ranch dressing.
*18 all-bran crackers (garlic and herb, YA HEARD?!)


*cup of veggie crunchers
*mug-o-heaven (also known as peppermint hot chocolate)


*the rest of the stir-fry from the other night (with the chicken, carrots, broccoli, spinach, onions and garlic…delish 2.0)

it's not a dream anymore, it's worth fighting for

Lyrics from Paramore's Looking Up, anyone? I think I've written the lyrics as a post before. It's kind of my favorite song right now. I always get excited when it comes up on the ol' workout playlist. Everytime I hear that line that I used above, I'm reminded that I'm DOING things right now. I know I have a ways to go, but I'm DOING it. It kind of puts me in the moment and makes me proud of my efforts. So I likez it.


Just got back from the gym AND the pool! Take that, goals I set for myself! Only two more gym sessions left and a little quality time with Jillian and her shredding. For the week, anyway :-P

Gym was good. 11 minutes on the treadmill, like 4 of which were jogging. WAH WAH WAHHHHHHH. (game show fail noise) I haven’t really been challenging myself too much with the jogging. Ever since I discovered that jogging outside doesn’t have you staring at a clock as each unattractive-panting-filled second ticks by, I can’t get jazzed up about that treadmill. Even when I cover up the display with a towel, I can't always talk myself out of peeking...every 20 seconds. Of course, have I been jogging outside this week? Of course not. Anyway, back to today’s gym time. I did weights. And I upped the weight on a lot of them, so yay! I even attempted this one:

I brought my knees up to my chest, but I could only do it THREE TIMES. I can’t support myself on that thing quite yet. There’s certainly room for improvement! Yeesh. Other than this machine’s disaster, the workout was good.

Pool was good too. I swam for 35 minutes! I didn’t take any big breaks either.

And here is the waffle recipe from yesterday! I love that it uses whole wheat flour, and it's very simple and quick and easy. Those are always my qualifiers for baking now! It is:

1 ½ (1.5) cups whole wheat flour
3 tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tbsp “pumpkin pie spice” (OR 1 tsp each of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg)
1/8 tsp salt
2 eggs
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 2/3 cups milk
¼ cup canola oil

I mixed the dry ingredients and then added the wet ones. Instead of eggs I used egg substitute, and for the brown sugar I used about half brown, half Splenda. And I just realized, but didn’t do it, I could have replaced the oil with applesauce.

It made 10 waffles in my iron. And they freeze well and toast up nicely!

PS: This is suuuper random, but can LOST come back on now?! I can't wait until January. I want it now! (said with Veruca Salt accent)

04 November 2009

The Meal Slim Shady

I think I’m growing as a person, you guys. Well, shrinking, actually, but you know what I mean.

I went to the grocery store this morning (my fave one, Wegman’s. Best. Store. Ever.) and I hadn’t eaten anything yet – I wanted pumpkin waffles for breakfast and would settle for nothing less! – and I managed to come out of there with only 1 off-list item.

I was wandering the aisles, as one does when one has not eaten breakfast yet and is in the land of delicious deliciousness, but I managed to not go crazy. I won’t lie, I looked at a few things and searched for a few things and considered them, but thought better of it. I examined: garlic naan, like four different kinds of soup, pretzels, muffin mixes, cheese, mushrooms (I mean, I like mushrooms but what the fuck?) and I looked for vitatops but didn’t find them – it’s probably better that way. Granted, I was looking at/for things that fall right in line with my efforts here and all, but I know better!

The off-list item I did get was All-Bran crackers. I think those are the one that Christa eats sometimes, no? Haha, first veggie crunchers, now all-bran crackers. I’m such a copycat. (see below for snack and dinner foods - totally stole from other bloggers!)

Anyhoodle, I got the Garlic and Herb kind, and I had one to taste when I got home…WOW. They are GOOD. And great nutrition stats to boot. I feel NO shame for going off-list for these. They are scrumptious.

Gym? Check. 40 minutes on the elliptical. Whew!

*Oh I’ve also decided another goal for this week’s challenge is to DO LAUNDRY. It’s bad. Real bad.*


(ha, I’m inventing a new genre. The Pre-Breakfast. For when you are starving and can’t wait 30 minutes. It’s either a Pre Breakfast now or a XXXXL Breakfast later, ya dig?)

*A little over ½ a cup cottage cheese
*One all-bran cracker (had to try it!)


*two pumpkin waffles (whole wheat) According to SP Recipe calculator, each waffle is 163 cals, 3g fiber, 5g protein. I’ll take it!


*1 serving all-bran crackers (18)
*1 tbsp salsa cream cheese dip
*cup of peppermint hot chocolate

Okay, so Nic over at the last twenty had a delicious post about her fave “free” drinks and one of them was Swiss Miss’ Sensible Sweets Diet hot chocolate. 25 calories, peeps! AND THEN – in the comments section, the woman I now owe my life to mentioned that she makes the hot chocolate but uses Peppermint Tea for the water, so you get a peppermint hot chocolate mug-o-heaven.

So I made that today. And it was indeed a mug-o-heaven.


*salad: baby spinach, shredded carrots, cucumber, 2 tbsp tzatziki sauce
*1/2 pumpkin waffle with 1 tbsp 1/3 less fat cream cheese


*4 oz baked chicken (breaded in panko, tarragon, onion, and a little garlic – idea totally stolen then adapted from meals and moves’ Janetha B!)
*mashed sweet potato
*steamed broccoli


Challenge Wednesday!

So The Fall Into Fitness Challenge 09’s official WIs are Wednesdays. So this morning Taylor and I had our first Wednesday meeting.

Stupid Tangent!: I have now just named my scale. Unoriginally so, I must say. Taylor is the brand. But the Taylor I know in real life makes me smile, she is a symbol of comfort, and I could never be mad at Taylor, so I’m going with it!. End Tangent!

So this is what Taylor had to say for me:


…..what? (don’t you love in movies/TV shows when they use the title in conversation?!)

(sorry for the video quality!)

On the one hand, the scale is going down: yay! On the other hand, why is it down so much in two days: eep. I know I didn’t eat a lot yesterday and I’m sure that contributed, but I didn’t think it would contribute that much. Yeesh.

Well, today will be better. I WILL go to the gym, and I don’t like going to the gym unless I’ve eaten something of substance.

Today will be better.

PS I'm gonna go ahead and keep my inches/measurements as they were before. I'm only gonna see what those are at the end of the Challenge to get maximum "wow!" results for myself!

03 November 2009

The Foody Blues

Today certainly took an unexpected turn. I got a call this morning to do some temp work for the day as a last minute favor (um, and for money, OBVI) I guess. So I barely had time to shower and dress in a manner appropriate in which to face the general public – and pack an actual lunch? Forget it. For lunch I managed to snag some veggie crunchers and string cheese. Seriously. Based on the nature of the work I had literally no time to stop and get anything else, nor did I have the common sense and non-frazzled brain this morning to pack anything of substance. I really don’t do well with spontaneity. Breakfast was good, I even got in a snack before I left. Lunch was no bueno. I mean, it was tasty, but in terms of nutrition and not being starving by the time I got home, I’d give myself a big ol’ F. I redeemed myself with a damn good dinner though!

(And you’ll note, it’s Tuesday, and still I have yet to exert any energy re: physical exercise. This will make the rest of the week quite sweat-tastic, methinks.)


*half a slice of homemade whole wheat bread (toasted with I Can't Believe spray)
*glass of milk


*gala apple


*2/3 cup veggie crunchers
*string cheese


*glass of milk
*biiig stir fry

I used fresh veggies for this one. I sautéed onions and minced garlic in a little bit of sesame oil, added broccoli (fresh) and then some shredded carrots and then finally a couple of handfuls of baby spinach and let that all mix. Meanwhile I cooked a chicken breast (in chunks, boneless skinless of course!) with a little Pam. Then I put 1.5 tbsp of black bean sauce in the veggies, let that sit for a minute or two then added the cooked chicken into the mix! It was a huge batch and I had a little less than half.

‘Twas tasty.

02 November 2009

Blogger help?

Can anyone tell me if/how I can create a separate page within this blog? I am thinking about moving my "meals" to a different page completely because, well, I think they kind of clutter up the rest of the blog. And I've been antsy to change the look of the blog, but I don't exactly have the money to pay for a visit from The Blog Fairy!

If anyone can help, can you email me? Thanks!

Food Girl Gone Bad

I’m Dumb, 100in12 Edition.

Okay, I made dumb mistakes in my earlier post! First of all, I realized in my goals I wrote going to the gym four times, and then separately doing the dvd and swimming – I meant to say exercising four times in the week - and kind of assuming that two of them would be the dvd and the swimming. But since it’s already written out there in the bloggernetscape, I’m gonna try and do it all!! I did the DVD and the swimming in one day last week, I can do it again! Plus the gym four times. So it’s gonna be a hell of a week! Yikes.

(Oh, but did I do anything today? NOPE. Wanna know why? My hair and makeup were done (for an interview I had this afternoon – fingers crossed!) and I didn’t want to undo all of it. I have to say, it’s a new excuse for me. But my hair really does look nice. I did my eye makeup with Almay’s Intense I-Color for green eyes (mine are a sometimes-hazely olive green) and it looked pretty darn good if I do say so myself.)

The other mistake was in the serving size of those meatballs I want to make – I read through the instructions for the serving size, the recipe makes TWELVE. Haha, so 40 won’t exactly work. But I think I can maybe squeeze out twenty instead. But I’m definitely still going to make them. They look so good and hearty.


*gala apple (can you tell we bought a TRAY of them at Costco and now I must have at least one a day?! Geez!)
* ½ cup egg subst. scrambled with a sprinkling of garlic powder, 1 LCL wedge and topped with 2 tbsp salsa
*can of V8


*1/2 cup veggie crunchers
*meatloaf sandwich: 1.5 slices of meatloaf, ketchup, wrapped in a medium whole wheat tortilla.


*Nature Valley Honey N Oats pack (2 bars)


*2/3 cup cottage cheese
*steamed broccoli + chicken + soy sauce (good but once again I used too much soy sauce. I must remember a little goes a long way!)

Life is a HighWeigh

Ha! Sometimes I crack myself up - this post title is one of those occasions.

And I'm happy to report, it's also not representative of this week's WI! I'm at:


So that brings me at an even 2 pound loss from last week! It's a good way to start the Challenge. I think I was eating more this past week (not badly, just more) so I am definitely pleased with the results!

Speaking of the Challenge, fellow contestants, has anything been decided about rules and what not? I read Kathryn's earlier post. (PS Chai, if you read this, I love the Fall Into Fitness: 8 Week Challenge. Heh :-)

There was some discussion as to whether to change the Challenge to % weight loss (TBL style) or stick to 20 lbs, but I haven't heard anything official - either weigh (HAR HAR) I'm happy with how I've started things off!

Okay, one more challenge thing and one other thing. We'll start with the Challenge thing. Kathryn suggested writing a post at the beginning of each week that states your goals for the week and how it fits in to the larger 8 week-goal picture.

I guess my goals for this week are to:

Keep on keepin' on.
Go to the gym 4 times this week.
Swim at least once.
Do that stupid 30 Day Shred at least once. (haha, I'm fake-mad at it because it made me sweat and work hard!)

These are my goals for the week. Also, at some point in the near future, I would really like to go hiking. Just spend a day walkin' up a mountain and pack some fruit and (low fat) cheese and (whole grain) bread and have a simple lunch with a beautiful view?! I love this stuff. Gotta find people to go with me and also do it before it gets too cold!

In the next few weeks, I'd also like to make these. According to the SP Recipe Calculator, if I make 40 per batch, they are only 43 calories per meatball (and I'll probably make a few changes like whole grain bread and egg substitute). I want.

Okay now on to the other thing:

I twitterytweetletwitted about it, but I realized last week's weigh in of 234.4 got me to a 10% weight loss! That's pretty cool, I think.

01 November 2009

Hello Foodbye

Not much to say about today. I never changed out of my pajamas. I managed to not take a nap, which I consider to be the most impressive thing I accomplished all day. Ha!

In other news, I finally got some more peppermint tea in the house. It is my FAVORITE. I had a huge smile on my face just looking at the box. Peppermint is one of my most favorite flavors in anything, but aah, the tea is's clean, christmas-y, wintry snow in a cup. I had a very "autumn" lunch today, but with this tea I'm already at Christmas.

Holiday season hooray!


*1/2 cup cottage cheese
*Arnold’s Sandwich Thin with 2 tbsp 1/3 Less Fat cream cheese and 3 sliced strawberries on top


*gala apple


*4 oz chicken breast (cooked in Pam and a mix of cayenne pepper, black pepper, a little paprika and cumin, garlic powder, and salt, spicy!)
*a mash/mix of: sweet potato, onion, gala apple.

I roughly chopped half an onion, a medium size sweet potato, and one gala apple. I sprinkled a little nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and pepper on them, and coated the mixture with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Baked it at 400 degrees for 30ish minutes, maybe a little less? I did it in 10 minute intervals and stirred the mixture each time.

I mashed the whole thing up just a little bit to really blend everything together. I ate half of the mixture for lunch. It was SO GOOD. And tasted like fall. And it was sweet, so eating it together with the spicy chicken was an excellent combo.


*individual size sabra hummus with cucumber slices and broccoli florets


*the same thing as lunch. Heh!


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