I Bless the Rains of Africa

I don’t know if that is actually what TOTO is saying, but that’s what I hear. I kicked my treadmill’s butt today. All thanks to Pandora.

Plus I moved the treadmill from my cold dark and messy garage into my computer room where I can listen to music. Yay! What a difference it made in my workout today.

Most recent recipe that involved healthy ingredients for the most part. This is a kind of broccoli noodle casserole.

Two heads of broccoli cut up

1 box Fit and Active whole wheat rotini, cooked but not completely drained

1 cup of skim milk

2 cups of leftover Thanksgiving turkey

1/2 cup cheese powder (that’s all I know. I got it from my MIL, and it had no info on it whatsoever. sorry)

I mixed the broccoli, turkey and cheese powder together in a bowl. Then I added the mostly drained noodles. The milk and the water helped to dissolve the mystery cheese powder. I spread it in a casserole dish and then went to get shredded cheese to put on top. Oops, no cheese. Went the cupboard to get some dregs of a potato chip or tortilla chip bag. Oops, none of that either. Okay, so I put the last of the mixed nuts and cashews on top. YUMMY! It actually turned out really good, considering the nature of the ingredients. I really enjoyed seasoning it with the extra spicy Mrs. Dash.

I finally got a shot of my Gun Show, which as soon as I upload the photo to this computer, I will post for your enjoyment.

Silly Me

Turns out I had stomach flu. No wonder I thought I was going to lose it! Involuntary weight loss plan.

Better now; had a great workout on the treadmill. I really need music though. What songs get you moving? I like Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push Coast” for starters.


Treadmill 1: V1ct0r1a 0

Whew. Treadmill kicked my butt today. And then my workout kicked my butt…the stretching and strength training I mean. At one point I felt like vomiting. That’s a good sign, right? So, I kept it down, and kept on working it. I guess this is what exercise is all about. And also not eating the entire can of macaroni and beef. Which I didn’t. Still drinking my water. Still trying to not eat after 8pm, but that is hard since I am exercising so much. I’m hungry at night!

Since this blog is SUPPOSED to be about food, I will pass along a great fast breakfast tip. Whisk an egg. Pour into a nice round bowl (as opposed to the trendy square ones) that has been sprayed with cooking oil. Nuke for 1 minute on about 70% power. If it’s a little uncooked in the middle, just zap it for another 10 seconds on full power. If you want, you can put some cheese on there. It should slide right out of the bowl onto your nicely toasted English muffin. Or plain toast if you’re out of muffins, which we are. Put your cooked sausage patty on there too. YUM. Fast and filling. I also had a bowl of grits to go along with it. Kind of a heavy calorie breakfast, but like I said, I was starving. And then I didn’t actually snack. Just had my one serving of Mac ‘n’ Beef and one serving of chocolate marshmallow matey’s cereal. What can I say? It sounded good, and I didn’t have it at breakfast. Not sure what we’re having for dinner tonight. Something that involves the already cooked 93/7 ground beef. Maybe a little Italian something? Except I don’t have any prepared marinara sauce. But I do have a lot of rice, soy sauce and a head of cabbage. Mmmm. Something shaping up that sounds Asian. Yes, that is the direction the meal is going. Happy eating.

The Strangest Thing

So I’ve been drinking my water.  I like to add lemons and keep it in the fridge. Last night I added a Lemon Zinger tea bag. Even without sweetener, it tastes really refreshing. But that’s not why I’m writing.

The power went out yesterday, and it was a busy day. I needed to prep two quilts for tying later that night, so I didn’t really have time for a power outage. As soon as it happened, (and I heard the transformer blow, so I figured it would take forever to get it back on) I packed up Farley and went shopping. I specifically looked for batteries, candles, that sort of thing. And since the power was going to be out when I got back home, I felt completely justified in stopping at Steak and Shake for lunch. Hey, I didn’t get Taco Bell the other day…I was easily seduced by the photograph of the Peppermint Chocolate Chip shake, and my favorite favorite thing to eat at Steak n Shake is the 5-Way Chili. A side of cheddar fries and I’m set for twenty minutes of gorging and moaning. I intended to share with Farley, thus reducing the overall calorie count.

And now we get to the strange thing. I had half the shake, and half the fries, and then I was full. I only had two bites of the chili, and I just couldn’t eat another bite. So I saved it for later (lunch today! I’m so excited!) Three weeks ago I would scarfed every morsel down, and probably would have made Farley a PB & J. So again, I think this is progress. Now, obviously I’m not touting milkshakes and fries as the lunch of champions…I just mean that I’m listening to my body when it says ‘full’ and not eating past that point just for the sheer pleasure of it.

I have been getting my photo taken at the beginning of each week by DH. So far, no visible change in my body makeover, other than my awesome Gun Show. I should get a shot of that, actually. But I have faith that there will be good changes by the end of the 12 weeks. At that point, I will unveil the before and after photos! I know you all can hardly wait.

You Won’t Believe This

I don’t believe it myself. I fully intended to stop at Taco Bell for lunch today. I had the  money; I had the time, I had the toddler (who loves Fiesta Potatoes). I had every intention. And at the last minute I got in the turn lane and drove home.

Came home and had multi-grain bread and turkey sandwich with horseradish sauce and some salt and vinegar potato chips. And of course, my lemon water. Not sterling, but much better than fast food. Wow. I can do this.


On the Upside

I realized I forgot to mention some of the good things going on with my 12 week plan.

When I started, my resting heart rate was 72. Not terrible, but now it is 66. Awesome. And I am using 5 lb weights in my strength training; I’ve graduated from the 3 lb weights.

Dinner tonight: Chicken strips ‘fried’ in cooking spray with rosemary, cumin, parsley and garlic powder seasoning. Potato pellets (YUM) and a lovely bean/carrot medley steamed. I HAD to make a gravy for “Tori” who loves her mashed potatoes and gravy. I used Smart Balance and Skim milk…honestly, I can’t believe it actually thickened up. It was too good, by the way. But I did not eat the rest of it with a spoon even though I thought about it.

A word about deprivation. I know I can deprive myself of overeating bad-for-me foods. How do I know this? Because I regularly deprive myself of doing things I love to do, like scrapbook, read or quilt. I’m going to start doing those things instead of eat.

The Body MakeOver Update

I love how the home scale says one thing, and the doctor’s office scale another. For example, my home scale says I weigh 142, and the doctor’s office scale says 151. Nice.

I want to thank those who came up to me or otherwise told me that I am not fat. That is very kind. What I mean by fat is, I have reached the limit of how much I am going to allow myself to weigh. And I would also like to thank the person who asked me cheerfully if I was ‘gaining weight’ (wink wink!) thinking that maybe I was pregnant. I can’t think of a better way to motivate me to get my butt moving with regard to exercise.

So have you checked out “Calorie Counter”. It is a super easy tool online to use. You plug in the food you eat, it tracks your calories for you. Also, you can plug in your activities, and it will count what you’ve burned as well. Kind of cool. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Here is a rundown on some of the meals we’ve had since I started this program. Keep in mind that I am feeding six other people beside myself who don’t necessarily need to lose weight, with the possible exception of DH who has some cholesterol/blood pressure/sodium issues. FUN! We’ve had baked ocean perch seasoned with lemon pepper. Lots of romaine salad with French dressing. I didn’t buy the lowfat version. Having salad is the upgrade for us. Snacking on dried cranberries, cashews, E’s Halloween candy, carrots, cottage cheese, string cheese, garlic bread toasts with whipped chive cream cheese. Lots of high fiber breakfasts like steel cut oats, bran flakes, frosted shredded wheats, whole grain or multi grain toast. Turkey lunch meat. Jimmy Johns one night…that was thanks to DH, and I was completely fine with it. It was so stinkin’ good, in fact. I ate all the leftovers the next day for breakfast.

I am struggling with this feeling of always being hungry. I’m trying to pay attention to serving sizes according to the Nutrition Facts label, and the quality of the calories I’m eating, and honestly, I feel hungry most of the time. So, am I truly hungry, or just at a point where I have eaten past the full feeling for so many years that I think I’m not full, when I am. Oh, I am going to bump up my water intake too. I have a 32 oz water bottle, and it is almost half empty. I need to finish it and fill it again by the end of the day to get my water quota. This is hard; I’m not going to lie. I love food. I mean, duh. I don’t ‘mommy blog’ like other women, I write about FOOD. So I am also struggling with a feeling of deprivation. More on that later. I have made myself so hungry, and it is finally lunch time. Good choices! I can do it! Did I write before that one night I chose a milk instead of Coke at McDonalds? I know I have it within me to conquer myself.

Healthy Food Choices. Boring.

Okay, not really. I wanted to document a healthy choice. DH and I were on our ‘hot date’. Read: Walmart and then McDonalds. (We like to party hardy.) I really wanted a Coke. Oh how I love my coke. But I got a milk chug instead. How awesome is that? I left McDonalds feeling like, ‘hey, I can do this.’ That was one of the reasons I decided to go ahead and start the 12 week Total Body Makeover program. I keep telling myself that I am going to like the way I look at the end.

This morning’s breakfast was Steel Cut Oatmeal. I probably went overboard with the brown sugar, but man, it was so good. It helps that I’m going to bed hungry, and waking up ready to eat a horse. The exercise is helping me fall asleep too, which is a huge benefit. I have been really tired, but struggling with insomnia.

Also found out that DH needs to cut the sodium intake. NOOOOOOO

I will be boning up on low-sodium cooking now. barf.

Food, Faithful Readers

So, uh, it has come to my attention that I’m fat.

Nobody said anything, of course. But I have some ‘fat’ pants, and my gut is hanging over the top of them. That is called ‘muffin top’, by the way. I picked up The Total Body Makeover by Bob Greene, and read it, and hemmed and hawed and procrastinated, and finally, signed a contract with myself. I started November 1st, because really, is there a better time to start depriving yourself of treats than right after Halloween and right before Thanksgiving?

I will be making healthier food choices. I have been exercising an hour a day. And I, uh, have also snuck some candy bars from my daughter’s stash. We’ll see what happens. I’ll be posting my progress.

Tonight’s dinner is ocean perch, salad and curly fries.