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surprise!

so i got in the scale this morning. 135.2. lost .8 pounds. i have never been so shocked by a loss. i didn’t feel skinny. i cardio is the one thing that actually makes me feel skinnier, but i’m trying to be better about mixing it up with weight training.

speaking of cardio–i did 4 miles today under 38 minutes and it felt great. i’ve decided taking days off and varying my workouts is the key to good runs.

here’s a little look at what i ate today–

breakfast:

best breakfast of my life. for realsies.

oatmeal with bran buds, peanut butter and a banana; ww english muffin with butter and a fried egg. and i ate it in bed while watching pretty little liars. life is good.

lunch:

in process....

mmmmm.....

it’s simply a 4 oz. can of tuna, half an avocado, a little light mayo, scallions and garlic powder in a ww pita with some delicious ketchup.

then i had leftovers and this happened:

i love ketchup. no shame.

onto dinner:

look at those photography skills.

garlicky riced cauliflower (left over from dinner last night, i’ll post that recipe soon), baked tofu with garlic powder and sweet potatoes cooked in the microwave then sautéed with rosemary and thyme. the cauliflower was meh, but the sweet potato…..LOVE. so filling and warm and wonderful.

good day all in all. i was productive, ate healthy and had a good run. that’s pretty much all you can ask for!

daily treats.

this morning i had my weekly weigh in–i decided to move it to thursday because…i don’t know why. i get impatient. the scale said……136. same as last week. which is honestly what i was expecting, either maintaining or a little gain. i was feeling slumpy so i didn’t get my exercise on as much as usual and it’s the week before my lady time, so i pretty much wanted to eat everything in sight. i’m looking at you peanut butter.

but honestly i’m pleased i maintained this weight. the 130s still make me really happy.

for exercise i did a bar method dvd (as a former dancer, my personal favorite fitness dvds–no weird jumping around) since it was entirely to cold to leave the house and i think it was just what my body needed. getting stretched and worked in a different way felt great.

here’s a look at what i ate today–

breakfast:

good morning!

half a grapefruit, a ww english muffin with unsalted peanut butter and oatmeal with 1/3 a cup of bran buds plus a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa and a pinch of brown sugar. next time i’ll probably make the cocoa-sugar ratio more equal, but it was seriously amazing. like coco pebbles. but healthy.

lunch:

lunch is my favorite.

tofu baked with garlic powder in a ww pita slathered with 2 laughing cow garlic and herb cheese wedges instead of mayo and a layer of spinach. also baby carrots! yay vitamin a!

dinner:

hello broccoli, my love.

tostadas are one of my favorite fast, easy meals which you can assemble with random stuff in the fridge. for this batch i had corn tortillas, black beans which i sprinkled with cilantro and garlic powder, medium cheddar, frontera’s  mango key lime salsa and fage 0% greek yogurt.

i just toast up the tortillas for a few minutes in a 400 degree oven, add the beans and cheese, pop back in for a few more minutes until the cheese is melted, then top with salsa and yogurt. i’m thinking next time adding avocados would be an excellent choice.

the salsa was different than any fruit salsa i’ve had before, but i ended up loving it by the end! unusual but delicious! steamed broccoli sprinkled with sea salt rounded out this delicious, filling meal.

so here’s a question i’ve been pondering for a while–how much fiber is too much fiber? i get a lot. like often 40-50 grams a day. i’m thinking this may be the cause of my late night tummy aches, but what am i supposed to do? i eat fruits, veggies and whole grains just like we’re supposed to.

after my emo rant this morning, things are looking up. it’s almost the weekend and i’m running my first race on saturday! 5k wohoo! i have a few yummy recipes i want to try out this weekend and i’m looking forward to a good, healthy weekend with no alcohol-involved socializing.

bad blogger

sorry i’ve been such a terrible blogger lately.

i mostly just felt like i’ve had nothing to say.

i’ve been in winter break hibernation mode. i’ve been reading trashy teen novels (for school). and i’ve been really entirely boring. except that i learned to make omelets, which i’m actually really excited about.

but i’m on track with le weight loss–i weighed in at 136 last thursday, which means apparently i lost 2 pounds last ween. what? i still don’t really believe that’s true.

but yes. i’ve recommitted to this blog. to recording my thoughts about health and weight loss and everything else that happens in my day.

speaking of the day…..today i ran 4 miles, when i set out to only run 3. and it felt great. and i feel back to normal (i’ve had a really annoying nagging sickness for the past week or so). my head feels normal so i feel like i can finally think again.

finally!

mid-day: what i’m eating

so i decided to weigh myself this morning as tonight i have a date (!) and there will be drinks involved. and nothing makes me as frustrated as a dehydration-induced false weight. so yeah the scale said 138. back to pre-holiday weight! what up?

i’ve officially decided my goal weight is in the 125-128 range. and i want to get there by the end of the school year in may a.k.a. bikini season. soooooo yeah let’s get sexy up in here!

so here’s what’s gotten into by belly so far today

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, a banana and fage total 0% with some bran buds mixed in and a touch of honey. sorry breakfast is always boring.

lunch (so far): bruschetta! i finished my bottle from trader joe’s (sad face) so since this will not be making an appearance again soon, i immortalized it’s deliciousness with a photo.

sorry this is the worst photo ever posted on a food blog

then i was off the the gym/whole foods to pick up healthy yummies for the weekend.

my run was awesome and i ran 5 miles in 47:25. go me!

after i got home i snacked on a pear, some tofu from yesterday and a wee bit of yogurt dip with carrots. yummy. but now i’m counting down the minutes until dinner. SO HUNGRY. i’m planning on some simple (whole wheat) pasta with olive oil and parmesan and steamed broccoli on the side.

then it’s date time. yeah, i’m a little nervous. i haven’t been on a like date DATE in a year. this should be special.

real life: day 1.

so now it’s time to get real. back on track. weight loss mode. in this vein–i weighed myself this morning. as my friend sara says, it’s always better to know. and the scale said 139.4. so let’s round this up to 140. or 141 to be safe since i had a few lovely mimosas last night.

last time i weighed myself i was at 137.6. so yeah, i’m considering that a success. i spent 10 lovely days not thinking about calories or weight loss, but i ran almost every day and also took long walks with my mom. while my sister was home we ran 5.25 miles continuously, which is the farthest i’ve ever run without walking by over a mile. and the cool thing was we started out aiming for a 4 mile run. and then went further. for fun. what?

so today it’s back to the real world. i’m still on winter break for a few more weeks but it’s time to start tracking calories, gymming it up (almost) daily and blogging about it. so welcome back me!

and oh yeah–those resolutions. i’ve decided my “official” resolution is to be healthier and happier in 2012. because i firmly believe we control both those aspects of our lives. but i thought up two more resolutions last night.

me on new year's eve. hint: i'm the brunette.

1. read for fun every night before bed. i used to do this religiously, but now i’m much more likely to watch some streaming netflix or just ponder the day. but reading relaxes me and helps me go to sleep faster and better. plus i have a huge stack of books next to my bed that need to be read.

2. make sure every time i interact with a friend of acquaintance i ask how their day is/how work is going/what’s new with them. i have a friend from work last year who is truly one of the most caring individuals i’ve ever met, and one of the ways she shows this is by truly making an effort to see how the people around her are doing. and i really appreciated it when she would take such an interest in my life, so i want to try to emulate that in my own relationships.

and just because this is going to be the longest post ever (sorry), my time at home was wonderful. well mostly. i loved being able to actually spend substantial time at home, unlike last holiday season when i had the pressure of two jobs keeping my trips short. very short.

i baked with my mom, wrapped about 90% of the presents under the tree and celebrated a high school friend’s wedding. i’ll be honest though–after about a week of constant family time and holiday business, i kind of wanted to gouge my eyes out. i’m the type of person who needs alone time to remain sane. normally running would do this for me, but i was running with my sister since she was home too. which was actually really nice, and it was great to have her there keeping my pace steady and pushing my to go further. but i missed my sanity-preserving solo runs nonetheless.

so come december 30th, i was ready to go home. so i thought. then when it came time for me to get on the bus, i almost cried. yeah, it was weird. coming back to real life is sometimes hard. but necessary.

one last thing–this day of eating?

breakfast: banana, whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter and fage 0% with bran buds (best discover ever, thanks mom!)

lunch: spinach and mixed green salad with dried cherries, scallions, crumbled goat cheese and garlic expressions dressing (shoutout to mom again, best salad dressing ever), trader joe’s bruschetta on 2 slices of italian loaf with more goat cheese on top, and maybe some carrots dipped in cilantro and chive yogurt dip. can you tell i went grocery shopping yesterday?

dinner: spaghetti squash tacos, which were waiting patiently for me in the freezer. isn’t it nice how food does that for you?

gotta get down on friday.

friday weigh in. yay. 137.6. i’m actually really pleased. technically it’s the same as last week, but last thursday i went out for a few cocktails and consequently was dehydrated when i got on the scale friday morning.

in other news, i’ve had a bomb ass eating day. oatmeal with sliced banana, buttered whole wheat english muffin and strawberry nonfat chobani for breakfast, hummus and carrots plus my favorite portabella gardenburger sandwich (with a little mayo, red onion and feat on another ww english muffin) for lunch and steamed broccoli and some of a whole foods 365 pesto goat cheese tomato pizza for dinner. YUM.

my run was blah, but i got through it and i’m really proud i finished the amount i set out to do. looking forward to my rest day tomorrow though!

tonight i have a get together with some people from school to celebrate the end of the semester. i’d honestly rather be in sweats watching love actually and baking the delicious treat i have planned for this weekend. but i’m sure it will be fun and since i won’t be out in milwaukee again for a while it’s good for me to try new things.

which leads me to the shocking realization i had this week that i’m totally one of those people who will only go out once a weekend max. because i want to cook up yumminess and have a good run. wow i’m becoming boring and old. it just takes so much effort to put on makeup, do my hair and put on a real outfit! but i digress…….

on tuesday I GET TO GO HOME. FOR 10 DAYS. well 8, since i’ll be traveling for a day on each end, but i’m really excited. i really need some time at home to figure out my plan for next year. and just relax and enjoy the holidays 🙂

which leads me to…..my plan of action for the christmas-danger-time.

basically, i’m just planning on running most days when i’m home in michigan. the weather forecast doesn’t look too ominous so barring and ridiculous snow/ice disaster i’ll be able to get exercise in every day.

other than that, i want to make a point to fill have of my plate with veggies at most meals and stop eating treats when i’m truly full.

but honestly, it’s christmas. and my sister’s birthday. and i have my first high school friend’s wedding to go to. and new years. and the ROSE BOWL (go badgers!). so i’m just not going to weigh myself until january 6th, and hope by then i’ll break even. no sense in beating myself up during a time of the year when i have so much to celebrate. i want to be able to enjoy my break without stressing over every little calorie, while maintaining a balance with my health.

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