June 1st, 2009
Things have been great. I haven’t even had a chance to hit the gym in about six weeks, but I am playing a lot softball — and winning tournaments with my amazing team. My son and I have been having a blast doing the summer thing. I find the whole dieting thing to be especially easy in the summer, what with all the watermelon, salads, and tons of activity. I have stayed at about 134-137 for a couple months. No gain after eating pizza probably about eight times in the last month alone. It’s all my son who is a picky eater will eat voluntarily. I don’t sweat what I eat at all anymore because I am staying under my caloric mark and always outside. I haven’t even food journaled for six weeks. It’s been a nice break. I am off to wash my jeep in an empty lot outside my house because it is gorgeous outside.
May 9th, 2009
Thought I would do a post about some of the specific foods that have kept me on track. Without these foods, my food journal would look a little less healthy.
I think I have gone through five large potato sacks of grapefruit in the last two months. It would probably be more if they weren’t so time consuming to slice up. I do a fine sprinkling of sugar, to the point where it is still healthy.
McCann’s Steel Cut Oats
Alone, they have a really nutty, richly creamy taste and texture. But after I add butter and brown sugar, what is a beautiful blank canvas transforms into pure magic. The only downside is the time it takes to cook, about 45 minutes all in all. I have not tried the five-minute kind this brand makes because it is pretty hard to mess with near perfection.
About 11 years ago I began working at this really great orthobionomy/Reiki/yoga/health center, and I learned a lot. A tip my boss shared with me was slicing little bits of ginger root up with a slice of lemon and adding that to my water. I ate healthy and was well hydrated that whole summer. I learned so much while there, but other than the free lentil meals they fed me every day at lunch and the 10 pounds I shed, this was another reason I loved working there. These days I am too lazy to throw in the lemon. Sometimes I chop up a bunch of ginger root and throw it in a strainer and drink it in hot tea form. Once in a while with honey. Loves it.
May 4th, 2009
So baby daddy and I saw State of Play. That is the best political thriller I have seen since Enemy of the State. I snuck in a big bag of sea salt popcorn and a homemade Chex mix.
I wanted to include a list on my page of what I am currently snacking on these days, since that is one of the foremost questions on my mind when I visit other blogs.
- baby carrots and grape tomatoes with sour cream and Ranch mix
- Pink Lady apples sliced like potato chips with PB2
- cottage cheese and strawberries
- any kind of melon, and lots of it
- SF popsicles — usually around 15 to 20 calories apiece
- bowl of cereal
- toast with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter spray and SF jam
- Skinny Cow strawberry ice cream sandwiches
- pita with 1/3 less fat cream cheese, bell peppers, tomatoes, and turkey
- broth-based soup
- berries and homemade whipped cream
- thin slice of homemade angel food cake and berries
- string cheese
- salad with Olive Garden dressing
- grapefruit with a thin dusting of sugar
- Pringles fat free potato chips
- Hostess snack cakes
August 26th, 2008
Mom took me to Costco today — Woohoo! I had seen these little fruit snacks before and thought about getting them, but they are a little pricey for as light as the box feels. So I let her buy them for me. Moms are the best. Well, her intention was that I would give them to Baby Boy as a snack. He is just going to have to share. The particular ones I got — can’t wait to try the pinapple — are strawberry and banana; 45 calories with 2 grams of fiber and no fat! They aren’t exactly filling, but if you just want to do something like stuff your face during a movie, they’re perfect. They are just little pieces of freeze-dried fruit. Hardly worth what you pay — or your mom pays, but very handy in a pinch. I guess this is going to be one of our new splurges with our grocery money.
August 24th, 2008
I got this recipe from Real Simple magazine years ago, and it is my favorite soup recipe ever! I will get in the mood for this and eat it for a week straight. Canned black beans, salsa, sour cream, and canned chicken broth, and lime is all it takes. I always buy fresh salsa from the my favorite little mexican bistro. I never put in the dry sherry, because I don’t think it needs it. It is super quick. I actually double-up the recipe usually. It is okay to freeze too since it reheats so well.
1 cup salsa, jarred is okay, plus extra for garnish
2 (15 1/2 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups chicken broth (I use low sodium)
4 tablespoons sour cream
4-8 tablespoons dry sherry
1. Heat salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about five minutes.
2. Stir in the beans and broth, then heat to boiling; reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Cool slightly, then spoon half the soup into a food processor or blender and puree.
4. Return the pureed soup to the saucepan and heat through.
5. Serve with sour cream, additional salsa, and a squeeze of lime or two. Or, stir in 1-2 tablespoons of dry sherry to each bowl.
Since I’m on WW, I always eat this with a bunch of blue corn chips. I know the pointage on this is very low. Without the sour cream, it is probably around 1.5 or 2 points. Tons of protein and fiber.
August 16th, 2008
I wasn’t sure where to file these sublimely, but addictive little morsels; under “favorite weight-loss things” or “guilty pleasures.” These little guys pack quite a punch. Although you chalk up 4 points (WW) for a one-ounce serving, they have benefits aplenty. They contain 13 times more of the antioxidant, lutein, than the next highest nut, hazlenuts. Taking in lutein is associated with a reduced risk of age-related macular degeneration. This is the principal cause of blindness among people ages 65 and older.
Thing is, I have a real problem just staying at one serving once I get started cracking those shells. Then again, when I hit 60, I am going to need my eyes to be in fabulous shape when I am crushing a batter’s in-the-park homerun dreams.
August 14th, 2008
I have nine heirloom tomato plants growing in my garden. I have all different varieties. I am more than a little disappointed by a couple of them though. My Isis, which are supposed to taste like candy — well, they don’t. Stupice are the BEST for my tomato and cheese sandwiches. I feel so Adam and Evie when I can go outside and grab what I need for my sandwich or salad. Usually all the little ones are gone by the time I get back in the house because I stuff my face in the twenty steps it takes to get inside.