November 2008


There’s just so much going on in my kitchen right now, I don’t know what to eat! Muffins, oatmeal, new granola. Stew, salmon, sammiches. Cheese, boiled egg, three kinds of juice. I’ll have to plan carefully over the weekend so I don’t waste anything.

I’m feeling tired and blah today. I’ve totally been staying up way too late and can’t get out of the rut. I’m a nighthawk at the best of times, but especially when DBF is away for long periods of time. It’s fine once in a while, but this has been going on almost two months. No wonder I’m always tired and unmotivated to do anything active. That midnight episode of Law & Order is so not worth it!! But even if I do try to go to sleep earlier, I can’t…because I slept too long in the morning. Vicious circle.

Anywho, at least it’s Friday!

I almost did really good on my menu yesterday. Tons of spinach and no extra snacking….yaaaieeee….until the evening….booooooo….when I was putting Xmas decorations up in the living room window and decided that I needed chocolate to help with the festivities. OK, seriously, when did a random box of Bridge Mix become a festive treat? Man I’m getting way too good at justifying this stuff. Yet another vicious cycle I’m in.

Good news is there are no treats left in the house now, and I plan to keep busy with some Christmas planning and maybe some shopping tonight so that keeps me out of the cupboards. And tomorrow I’m meeting with my lovely blog girls Angie, Lesley, and Tasha for a healthy breakfast at Cora’s, some fun shopping at lululemon, and a Starbucks coffee stop. If they can’t keep me on track, no one can!

Today’s plan:

– coffee with sploosh of egg nog (x2) = 1 point
– instant oatmeal = 3 points
– grapes = 1 point
– egg salad on crackers, with side of pickles and carrot sticks = 5 points
– apple smeared with tiny wedge of warm brie = 3 points
– leftover maple BBQ salmon filet, served with sauteed spinach “salad” (I did this last night because I didn’t want a cold salad….sauteed onion & mushrooms in a smidge of olive oil, added fresh garlic, salt & pepper, then added a couple of cups of fresh spinach, a splash of water, a bit of chopped tomato, stirred and covered until wilted. So good.) = 7 points
– tea & zucchini chocolate bran muffin = 2 points

– hopefully at least an hour of cardio at some point today

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Before:

After:
After, oozing cheesy goodness:


Eat it while it’s hot! Yummmmm!

I have to thank Angie for my current menu motivation. I just read her blog from yesterday and realized that she and I are the same number of daily Weight Watchers points but she is doing a considerably better job of using her points properly. Admittedly because I’m within my comfortable maintenance range I do estimate a lot and I’m OK with that because I’m usually pretty strict with my estimations and when I do it and I stick to it I still lose when I want to. However, lately I’ve been super slack on counting at all…and the biggest thing I realized is that although my menus look good when I write them out, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of substituting crap where my fruits and healthy snacks should be.

“ooooooh, I want some licorice so I just won’t eat my apple and it will be OK!”

Not good.

So the goal for this weekend is to stick to my menu plans and to actually eat the fruits and veggies I plan. There’s a box of Bridge Mix in my pantry, and I’m determined that it will still be there on Sunday night. That’s my goal, and now it’s in writing so I have to do it, right?

On to more fun things….

– Egg Nog has arrived in my house. Light Egg Nog…intended only for use in my morning coffee. It’s only 80 cals for 1/2 cup, so the sploosh in my mug can’t possibly be more than 10 cals (which is less than the 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar and splash of milk I usually use). I’m all good because I prefer it this way and don’t generally like to just swig back a glass of the stuff anyway. This is my new treat instead of candy.

– It’s time to break in the Griddler! Panini for lunch today. I went out last night and bought up some super yummy ingredients for some toasty grilled sammiches….PC Potato Scallion Miche bread, extra lean turkey breast, brie, spinach & tomatoes. I will squirt a little grainy mustard in there and I am betting it will be tasty beyond belief. 🙂

Today’s menu:

– coffee with sploosh of egg nog (x2) = 1 point
– zucchini chocolate bran muffin = 2 points
– hard boiled egg to tide me over until late lunch = 2 points
– yummy panini! = 8 points
– maple BBQ salmon filet, spinach salad with mushrooms and olive oil dressing (yes I ended up buying a bigass bag of spinach even after I said I wasn’t buying anymore salad!) = 7 points
– grapes = 1 point

This comes out to an estimated 21 points and I think I’ll leave it at that because I’m sure I buggered up on either the panini or the salmon.

Yup, latte…and I’m enjoying every sip. Love it! It’s so nice and clear outside that I needed to just get out for some air…even in the crazy wind…so I opted for a latte for breakfast. 🙂 (I love that my vanilla and extra espresso shot are free when I use my registered Starbucks card!)

My stiff/sore arm/shoulder has reared it’s ugly head again. Sorta. I don’t think I mentioned (I didn’t want to jinx it) that it was finally getting better. I took a break from massage and with all the time away from the gym, it was loosening up. Still a little stiff, but not so much with the agonizing shooting pain. Well, it’s trying to come back…probably due to all the shoveling…which didn’t so much hurt at the time, but this whole thing is caused by tight muscles and such so I guess it took a couple of days to kick in. Booo. So again, no gym for me as I was sitting on my couch with a heat pack yet again. Argh. Back to massage tomorrow.

Oh, just a quick product review…the Campbell’s Healthy Request Thai Chicken soup in the ready to serve bowl was NOT good. Bland and greasy. Yuck. I didn’t even finish it.

I have a TON of work to do today so I should get at it. Happy Hump Day.

Today’s menu plan:

– triple grande vanilla non-fat latte
– zucchini chocolate bran muffin
– egg salad on crackers
– grapes
– homemade beef stew, ww bun w/ butter
– tea & another muffin

I just can’t find the motivation to do much of anything right now. Work, chores, Christmas decorations, gym, baking…blahhhhhh. Every day I write out what I need to do, and every day I’m lucky if I accomplish one thing…which is better than nothing, but I have the time to be doing more than that. Even right now I’m procrastinating by writing this blog when I should be working. I guess it’s still that snowed-in hermitting feeling that’s gotten it’s roots into me…I’ll have to pull out of it soon!

Yesterday went fairly well foodwise. There was some licorice at the end of the night but not enough to really wreck the daily point count. Otherwise I stuck to the plan. Oh except my salad greens weren’t looking too good so I opted for steamed brocolli & carrots instead…which I prefer anyway now that it’s not warm outside. I don’t think I’m purposely going to buy salad anymore when I’m home alone…that’s at least the third package that I’ve had to throw out because I never get it used up before it goes bad.

Oh, I remembered to weigh in this morning (one day late) and I’m down .4 pounds. Nutty. My body never ceases to amaze me. I ate so much crap this weekend you wouldn’t believe it. Thankfully I don’t seem to have weight issues related to sodium otherwise it wouldn’t be this pretty. I guess maybe the two awesome workouts I did get in early in the week held on and helped me out.

Due to my lack of motivation I didn’t get the muffins made last night…so maybe today. I’m out of granola bars and such snacks so maybe now that I actually need the muffins I will feel more like making them. You know I’m in a slump when I’m not in the mood to bake. I’m always in the mood to bake!!

Anywho, I really need to work…so today’s plan is to just take it as it comes and to stick to the menu plan again. I still could really use that trip to the gym for cardio and stretching so I’ll try my best to stay on task and make the time to get there.

Today’s eats…

– coffeeeeeee
– instant oatmeal (there’s a box in the cupboard that should be used up), apple, natural PB
– juice (again, there’s a bunch in the fridge that I need to work into my days so I can use it up)
– Healthy Request Thai Chicken soup bowl, ww bun, cheese
– (no afternoon snack…late start on the eating today)
– Nutrigo chicken nuggets, homemade baked sweet potato fries, light mayo dip
– zucchini muffin, hot chocolate

Who needs the gym when you have snow to shovel?! Yes siree, I’m stiff. Probably not the good kind of stiff…like the kind you get from a good workout…but more the bad kind you get from bending and lifting inappropriately. Either way, it’s a workout!!

I’m not going to go over what I ate this weekend, because it was truly too much. I forgot to weigh-in this morning so I don’t know what damage I may have done…so for now I’m not going to worry about it.

The good part about a snowy weekend is that I had time to do some cooking. I had finally gotten close to the end of the frozen meals I had been working my way through for the last little while and it was time for some more stocking up. Thankfully I had thought of this before the big snow came so I had all the ingredients on hand. I made a batch of Smackeroni & Cheese (from Eat Shrink & Be Merry), some beef stew (cooked all day in my crock pot), and a batch of those Chicken & Bean Rollups that came out of a recipe book from DBF’s nutrionist. That should keep me going for a while! I also boiled off some eggs for lunches this week and tonight I’m hoping to find time to put together a batch of zucchini & chocolate bran muffins too. Yum-o.

I’d like to head to the gym for some cardio and good stretching tonight too (stretching is so much easier and better when you are all warmed up from a workout)…so hopefully time allows. Other than that, I got nothin.

Today’s eats…trying to be more mindful of what I’m shoving in my yap:

– coffee (I’ve been enjoying a bit of cream lately instead of skim milk and loving it!)
– whole wheat roll with egg salad
– small serving leftover beef stew (made too big a serving for last night’s dinner)
– grapes
– tea & Leclerc granola bar
– Smackeroni & mixed green salad
– muffin if I make them…otherwise probably hot chocolate

Ya, so I didn’t go to the gym again yesterday. Boooo me. I ended up having to come to work a bit after my chiro appointment, plus for some reason I decided I needed to bake cookies before going to my neighbor’s last night so that pretty much sucked up the little bit of spare time I had.

At least the cookies I made were low-point. They are these light little meringue things that I found in the new Rachel Ray magazine…if they are a whole point each I’d be surprised…mostly just egg whites with some coconut and Rice Krispies. Turned out pretty good, but I definitely need to tweak them a bit as they weren’t quite dry enough.

Anyway, so I ate a few of those plus had a couple of Cosmopolitans…and I did end up eating dinner because I realized I’d be starving if I didn’t. It was just a leftover piece of chicken & veg pie that I had in the freezer. So not so much as I’d planned my day, but I don’t think I did any serious damage.

Today hasn’t been very good thus far, but hopefully I can reign it in for the evening. I slept in so I was hurrying like crazy to get work done this morning and I was just going to skip breakfast and get something while I waited for my Winter tires to be put on, but I ended up way too hungry so had a bowl of Kashi Crunch. That was fine. But then I went to Tim Horton’s while I waited for my car (it was either that or Burger King, ewww)…and for some reason I ordered two cookies with my coffee. I’m a cookie fiend lately!! But that is all I’ve eaten so if I stick to a proper dinner and maybe some tea tonight I should be all good for the day.

I’m settled in and all ready for the storm we are apparently supposed to get tonight so again…no gym. Gah!! (I did tell my Mom that I want that Jillian Michaels DVD for Xmas so that on days like this I still have something to do at home…of course, that doesn’t help me right now!)

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