life and times of a lazy cook

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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!

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guess what?

today i just don’t care. at all.

i counted my calories and ate 5 servings of produce.

i didn’t binge. or eat chocolate.

i worked out.

but i simply just do not care. if i stay the same weight this week. if i gain a pound. i just don’t.

what matters more is my life. and my education. and my sanity.

hopefully i’ll see that number go down, but if i don’t, i know why. i took in more than i put out.

hopefully i’ll snap out of this mind set. i want to achieve my goal weight. i want to lose these last 10 pounds.

but tonight, i just do not care.

dear bloggie,

the past four days have been an emotional roller coaster of both terrible and amazing life events

in the terrible column:

  • going to happy hour the night before your first 5k. subsequently drunk ordering pizza (especially when you’re lactose intolerant), and meeting friends at the neighborhood bar.
  • running a 5k hungover. i thought my tummy was going to explode after the first mile

    after finishing. ready to kill someone..

  • an emotionally draining letter from my ex-boyfriend.
  • subsequent mean emails from my ex-boyfriend.
  • spending $250 on textbooks
  • unreliable car betteries.

now for the amazingness that has been my life:

  • finishing my first race in 28:49. not bad for a hungover runner!
  • this idea:

    individually packaged cheddar bunnies in correct portion sizes. then have your roommate hide the big bag from you. keeps me from eating a whole box in one sitting!

  •  my classes! i LOVE them! well, mostly
  • nice guys who are attentive and respectful and wonderful.post-5k wine and dance parties. i highly recommend it.
  • the weather. this winter has been wonderful in terms of not having a blizzard yet.
  • homemade cookies.

i’m busy getting into the swing of things with school, but life is looking up in pretty much every way.

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!

non-scale victories.

so it’s monday after a lazy weekend, and well i’m still feeling lazy. but luckily i’m still on winter break so i can afford to be a little lazy.

the weekend was quite enjoyable, i saw an old friend, discovered the best piano bar in milwaukee, relaxed and started a new (for fun) book.

i had a good eating day, complete with my oh-my-god-i’m-so-obsessed-with-this salad: baby spinach, baby romaine, scallions, goat cheese, garlic dressing and a lovely pear on top. simply amazing! dinner was straight up baked tofu and roasted cauliflower and brussels sprouts with homemade garlic salt i got in my stocking. yeah, there’s a reason i put my laziness in le blog title.

so onto those non-sale victories–i realized for the entire weekend i was pretty much living in a pair of boxer shorts i bought senior year of college that used to be to small for me. i mean like, uncomfortably too small. as in i didn’t wear them until about a month ago.

well i’ve been wearing them around the house for a few days now (i TOLD you it was a lazy weekend) and they are maybe even verging on too big. victory!

second nsv (abbreviations are just easier sometimes)–my legs. seriously. if you want great legs, start running. i’m not yet completely happy with other parts of my body (*cough* love handles *cough*) but the legs, i’m SO good with.

third nsv–i totally got checked out at the gym on sunday. this just made me happy because no make-up, post run hair, spandexed alice does not expect to get checked out.

in other news i officially declared my commitment to reach my goal weight by may on the website stickK.com, which i absolutely adore. you pick a goal–it can be weight loss, quitting smoking, working out 5 days a week–WHATEVER and then set a time limit to reach your goal. you check in every week and if you fail to reach your goal you have to give money to a charity you disagree with. excellent motivation!

so for the rest of the night, i’ll be soaking in the bachelor and pretty little liars, probably just pretending to get reading done. sounds perfect!

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?

hey there, 2012.

so i’ve finally emerged from my holiday coma and all of a sudden it’s 2012. i honestly never even got used to it being 2011. can i have 2010 back please? still in college with no real responsibilities….those were the days.

the funny thing about days like new year’s eve is that it’s really just one arbitrary day. yet we give it so much power. resolutions, traditions, superstitions. but really, why january 1st? if you want to make a change, any day will do.

although i started my so-called “fitness journey” last year in january, it really had nothing to do with the new year. or holiday indulgences. i was just unhappy and sick. and fat. i was talking with my family while i was home over the holidays and realized last year i was sick pretty much straight through from october until february. i must confess i worked with young children, but still. that’s excessive.

i don’t really know the point of this post. honestly while i was gone over the holidays i didn’t miss blogging. maybe because i turned my brain off. and because i’m still new to this whole thing.

tomorrow i’ll post a re-cap of sorts since i’ve been gone for FOREVER. but tonight, i’m being emo about life, drinking mimosas with my roommate in honor of the rose bowl i’m actively not caring about and watching the bachelor and pretty little liars. winter break is in full force.

why running is awesome.

so i’m not really sure what to write about today–i’m having leftovers for dinner, doing nothing fun (aka finishing my last final paper) and in general not feeling too fancy. probably because i’ve been wearing sweats, glasses and zero makeup for about two weeks now. thanks grad school.

so. i’m writing about why i love running. i never thought i would think about loving running, let alone write it. in a blog.

i literally hadn’t run since my 9th grade p.e. teacher forced me to do a (very slow) mile until this august. now i’m planning on doing a half marathon in september.

so how did i get here?

well i discovered running is awesome for these reasons:

1. it makes me feel like a boss.

2. it’s a handy excuse to be outside in the 4 months a year milwaukee has  bearable nice weather.

3. running = meditation/alone time/emotional breakdown time (yes, i have cried on a run)/general sanity.

4. unlike most things in life, i actually keep getting better at it.

5. it makes me more confident i can escape muggers/rapists/kidnappers/serial killers. i literally thought about this today on the treadmill. like “oh yeah, i can run so fast now i’ll definitely never be murdered.” yes, i know.

6. it drastically changed my body for the better.

7. i am truly tired at the end of the day and sleep like a baby.

8. as much as we complicate it–it’s simple. one foot in front of the other. repeat. just run.

backbone. i.e. getting one.

while this blog is generally geared towards the outward trappings of a healthy lifestyle; balanced diet, exercise, etc. i firmly believe that a healthy lifestyle comes from the inside. more specifically, from the mind. i feel like we can all attest to the fact that our outward bodies reflect how healthy our mental state is. i know on my road to good health, i’ve become a much happier, more confident person. i’ve worked through a bunch of that emotional ickiness tied up with extra weight, but here’s my big remaining issue.

people pleasing. first of all, i find it odd i am such a people pleaser. i’m a very outgoing, assertive, opinionated person, but when it comes to interpersonal relationships i am such a baby. honestly i’m  such a non-confrontational pushover it really bothers me. but i can’t seem to be able to do anything about it.

if it only took awareness of our faults to fix them, wouldn’t the world be awesome?

with friendships i often let things simmer slowly until i blow up. right now, i’m living with a girl who had a lot of little habits that really bother me/piss me off, and yet i have done nothing about it but bitch to my friends, which ultimately does nothing but become a big wedge between me and my roommate

in romantic relationships, it’s really just ridiculous. with the guy i was most recently seeing, my best friend was basically beside herself with joy when i actually managed to have a “what are we doing here” talk with him. while that whole situation didn’t turn out the be a fairy tale (as i’m very much single at the moment), i was also really proud of myself for bringing it up. for the first time ever.

i had a serious boyfriend for a few years in college, and since we still keep in (occasional) touch and are on good terms he’s told me that one thing about me in our relationship that bothered him a lot was that i didn’t/wouldn’t stand up for myself. his point was that the person he fell in love with was the assertive girl who says exactly what’s on her mind, even when it’s the “wrong” thing. when your ex-boyfriend tell you that, it’s bad.

i’ve talked it over with said best friend, another close friend, my guy best friend and my own subconscious time and time again and i simply just don’t understand.

fear of confrontation? fear of abandonment? fear of being yelled at? all of the above?

whatever it is. i need to figure out how to fix it. functioning adults tell people what’s on their mind. and the whole goal is to actually become an adult as i get older, not remain a pathetic little non-confrontational baby.

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