life and times of a lazy cook

figuring out life and my way around the kitchen, one misadventure at a time.

Archive for the tag “winter break”

so how IS real life going?

i’d have to say….pretty swell.

it’s winter break so i get to read a lot of fun books in preparation for the upcoming semester and lay around thinking about going to the gym!

just kidding, i actually have been doing well fitness-wise. yesterday i ran 4 miles straight in under 40 minutes. wohoo!

then i dragged my butt  to the gym again today (after laying in bed for a few hours debating health vs. laziness) and did a 5k in 29:03 and 30 minutes on the treadmill.

both runs this week have been really awesome and i’m feeling almost back to normal after the extended holiday celebrations.

however, i’m having one of those weeks when i want to eat EVERYTHING. it doesn’t help that my lovely roomie brought me back a (hello kitty!) advent calendar from oman, complete with chocolate.

but i think i have managed to keep my eating under control, just on the higher end of calories i allow myself. think 1500-1600 a day. sometimes you just need to eat.

breakfast: whole wheat english muffin with natural peanut butter and a banana

lunch: 3 spaghetti squash tacos topped with scallions and fage 0% plus a salad of spinach and baby romaine topped with goat cheese, scallions, my amazing garlic expressions dressing and a sliced up pear (i only put about half the pear on the salad and i chomped on the rest plain). also yes, i LOVE scallions.

dinner: baked (sorta) tofu and garlic/balsamic vinegar brussels sprouts

this dinner was a little bit of an adventure. i got the idea for the brussels sprouts from this recipe: http://www.theschellcafe.com/?p=2183, which my family made for christmas.

i simply sautéed the sprouts with in olive oil with garlic until they were browned and tender. about an hour before dinner (i.e. when i got hungry) i sliced up a package of tofu and put it in a bowl to marinate in trader joe’s soyaki sauce a.k.a. my absolute fav.

i was determined to bake my tofu, but i didn’t pat it off enough before i started marinating it so even after 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven they were still soft so i used my brussels sprouts to fry them for a bit to crisp them up.

i plan to use the rest of the tofu on salads and sandwiches etc. throughout the rest of the week 🙂

delicious and filling if i may say so myself!

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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?

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