Friday, February 28, 2014

Gone for a week

I will be gone for a little more than a week. I'll be back on 3/12. Will post updates then. Take care... whoever is reading...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sore Today

Zumba last night was fun. I was very awkward, didn't move the way I was supposed to, and felt ridiculous! But, the class went by so much quicker than any other workout classes I had been to, so that's wonderful. I think I will be back again. I didn't feel like the workout was a big strain on me, but I was tired, slept well and this morning was sore - so I think I was using muscles that I don't usually use. Good job, me!!!

I started work about an hour and a half later than most days - it makes such a difference to have an extra hour and a half to not have to focus on work! I wish I worked shorter hours. I wish everyone worked shorter hours! We all would be much happier that way, I think.

Goal for this week, use up as much of the stuff in the fridge as we can before we leave for a week long trip to Boston. This means getting creative with foodstuff and trying new recipes. Nice! I am going to make roasted ricotta tomatoes today - basically, scoop out tomatoes, stuff them with a mixture of ricotta, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper, top with some breadcrumbs, bake at 400F for half an hour. I'll add a pic tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Kale and Zumba

I had a good day yesterday. I made three things I have never made before -
  • Kale Chips
  • Kale/Potato Gratin
  • Ricotta-Garlic baked spread w. sourdough
Kale chips are wonderful. I just tossed them with tahini, lemon juice, chilli powder, salt, olive oil and nutritional yeast and baked on low heat until they were crispy. They were FANTASTIC and so easy to make. It's unbelievable that they cost so much at the supermarkets - usually $4.99 for a 5 oz box. I'm never buying them again - I will continue to make them. This is definitely a recipe to keep!

I am going to my very first Zumba class today. I have seen zumba and once did a 5 minute zumba thing - it looks difficult and silly. Anyhow, today is my first class. I am going with my friend L. I know some of my co-workers go to this particular class at my gym. I am not looking forward to that. But, maybe when I get there, I won't care.

Goals for today:
  • Eat 3/3
  • Drink 8 glasses of water
  • Take multivitamin
  • Go to zumba class
  • Make stir-fry for dinner

Monday, February 24, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in #3

Weigh-ed in today. The scale said 234.4lbs. That means I have had my first weekly weight-gain. It's only 0.2 lbs, so I am thankful.

I went on a rather strenuous hike yesterday. Strenuous for me, that is. It was a moderate hike of 1.1 miles. The last third of the hike was rocky and I did a lot of climbing. At one point, I felt nauseous. My friend L with whom I was hiking was wonderful - we stopped for breaks a lot - which made her late for a lunch date. However, we both encourage each other a lot - which is truly wonderful. It's nice to have a hiking buddy. It felt like an accomplishment. Endomondo said that we used about 1200 calories. I estimate that it was actually a bit higher than that - for my weight. Imagine what it will be like to take the same hike with about 50lbs less weight on me!!! I'll get there eventually...

I spent the rest of Sunday lazing. I watched Julie and Julia. Nice movie - lots of food and very drool-worthy. I wish I could cook and eat like that!!! How did they manage left-overs? To cook 524 recipes a year, they must have chucked out all their leftovers or they would never be able to finish on time. Anyway, it was a good movie. I liked it.

Goal for today - 3 meals, 3 snacks. Cooking something with kale this evening. Don't know what yet.

Thursday, February 20, 2014


My goal for today is to engage in lots of self-love. I am going to try and curb negative self-talk about myself and my body. I love myself!!

Breakfast. 8.30am
Tea, Scone, Home-baked doughnut

Snack. 11:00am

Lunch. 12.30pm
Indian fried rice my sister made for me, yogurt

Snack. 4:30pm

Dinner. 7:45pm
Not sure

1 hr walk w. friend, 1.5 hr square dance class

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

3/3 again

My eating has been completely off whack these past few days. I have not been feeling motivated for weight-loss and moderate eating, and have had a couple of binges in the past couple of days. I think everytime I feel somewhat depressed, I do emotional eating. This is not good. I am going to go back and do the goal I had set for myself - limiting myself to eating three meals and three snacks each day. Here's the plan for today -

Breakfast. 8.30am
Black tea, apple

Snack. 11:00am
Piece of cheese

Lunch. 12.30pm
West African Yam and Peanut Stew, slice of pizza

Snack. 4:30pm
Sugar overload: 2 brownies, 1 cookie, 1/2 bagel w. cream cheese

Dinner. 7:45pm

Quinoa salad w. tomatoes, olives, chickpeas, feta, cilantro, lemon juice
Home-made hard apple cider (D loves brewing things)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Facebook depresses me

After a very long time not enrolling on facebook, I finally gave in and created an account a couple of weeks ago. While this has been really wonderful in terms of keeping up with people I know and love, it is also starting to depress me enormously.

People post so many pictures on there - and everyone looks so thin!! I know that many people have a distorted view of how much heavier than others they are, but in my case it is not a distortion, but a reality. Everyone posts pictures of themselves as thin beings while I shy away from the camera and hate taking pictures of myself! What a sad state of affairs this is.

I called my sister and  told her this. She said that I should use the feeling I get seeing these pictures as motivation to workout and lose weight. How do I do that? I don't seem to know how! I don't want to workout. I want to go on a binge!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in #2

The scale read 234.2lbs this morning. A very small weight-loss over the past 2 weeks. But I'll take that over a weight-gain.

I have been flagging in motivation and don't want to post on here. I wish this was not the case. It also does not help that I have been very busy, sleep deprived, and have been doing occasional binges these past few days. I really want to stop blogging, but I hope that posting something is better than quitting altogether.

Friday, February 14, 2014

I'm back and flagging motivation

I am back from my vacation. It went well, I had a good time. However, eating was completely off whack when I was on my trip - I ate a lot, and snacked a lot more. Did not do much exercise either. Not a good combination altogether. I am waiting for my weigh-in on Monday to see how I recuperate from the week-long trip.

Happy Valentine's day, everyone! I am going to achieve two of my goals for the month today. I plan on cooking two new things today, and also am going to have a romantic Valentine's meal with D as planned. I'll post updates tomorrow.

On another note, I feel my motivation flagging. I have to push through and try and be healthy. However, I don't know that my motivation is keeping up with my goals. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Gone for a while

If anyone is reading... I will be gone for a week. I am travelling to the mid-west. I'll try to stay on track with eating. I'll be back next Wednesday and check in then about how things have been. Stay warm, everyone!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Recipes for the Month

One of my goals for February is to make 3 new recipes that I have not made before. I keep cooking the same things over and over, and it is time to expand my repertoire. Here are the three things I plan on making when I get back from vacation next week:
  1. African Groundnut Stew
  2. Tofu Piri Piri
  3. Pumpkin-Walnut cake 
The first two recipes are from Vegan Fire and Spice, and the last one is from a recipe a co-worker gave me.

Here's the nosh planned for today -

Breakfast. 7:30am
Tea w. milk & splenda
Pilot bread x1
2 oz cheese

Snack #1. 10:30am

Lunch. 1:00pm
Rice, Thai Tofu Green Curry

Snack #2. 4:00pm
Hummus & Carrots

Exercise. 5:15pm
Walk with friend - 1 hr

Dinner. 8:00pm
Tofu tacos w. salsa
Fat free-vanilla ice-cream

Monday, February 3, 2014

Weekly Weigh-in #1

I stepped on the scale this morning - 234.8lbs. That is a 1.6lb weight loss this week. I should be happy, but I have been stepping on the scale each morning, and I know at one point it was down to 232.4, so I feel slightly bad.

To avoid this, I won't step on the scale between weigh-ins. I will be gone next Monday on vacation and may not have access to a scale. However, I will be back and weighing-in the Monday after that.

Breakast. 8:15am
Plain Greek yogurt  mixed with a banana, nuts and craisins

Lunch. 12:15pm
1 slice rustic onion-herb bread
Pav bhaji
Roasted Broccoli
2 Lindor truffles

Mid-afternoon Snack. 2:00pm
1/2 cup trail mix

Mid-afternoon Snack #2. 5:45pm
Hummus & carrots

Dinner. 8:50pm
Rice, Thai Tofu Green Curry
Pilot bread
Fat-free vanilla ice-cream
(We found out that D's mother had fallen and broken an arm and a hip. She is very old and frail. We went to visit her, and dinner was delayed)

Sunday, February 2, 2014

FiberOne meal bar review


I received two complimentary boxes of the FiberOne meal bars and am going to review them here. I received the meal bars from BzzAgent - a social marketing company that gets reviews and consumer opinions about a range of products. This review is my honest opinion and not influenced by anyone else. Please do your own research before you use these products.

The flavors I received were Strawberry Greek Yogurt and Chocolate Peanut Butter. These are meal replacement bars and each contain 10g of protein and 9g of fiber. Both the bars are delicious. They are sweet, but both contain 40-60% less sugar than Special-K bars. They are definitely convenient, and a quick and healthy replacement  I am going to leave them at work so I can use them for breakfast when I don't have the time to make breakfast at home.

They can be found in the nutrition or pharmacy aisle near other wellness bars and weight management products.They retail at $5.49 per box, and contain 5 bars in each box. Allergen information - they contain soy, nut and milk products.

Feb 2nd, 2014

Nothing much to report today. I am working on a Sunday. :-( I am going to a conference and then on a 2 day vacation, so I need to get caught up on a number of things before that.

Usually on Sundays, D and I will go to a nearby town for dinner or to do something as a "mini break". I am working today and we are going on vacation soon, so we decided that we were going to get a cheap dinner in town and go watch a cheap movie. Captain Phillips is playing at the $2 theater in town.

Breakfast 8.30am
2ox cheddar cheese, 10 rice crackers

Lunch. 12:30pm

Rice, chickpea curry
1 cup Mixed nuts & craisins

Mid-afternoon snack binge. 5:00pm
4 lindor truffles
1/4 cup mixed nuts and craisins
Hummus and carrots

Dinner. 6:30pm
Enchilada Bowl (rice, refried beans, enchilada sauce, cheese)
Tortilla chips, salsa

I'll post my first weekly weigh-in tomorrow.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

February Goals

I wish I had started this blog on January 1st. I could have added yearly goals and tracked progress. Never mind, I will start in February. I am big on goal setting. I set goals each year, on each birthday, at the start of each month, at the start of each week, each morning, on Christmas, for Lent - in other words, I am big on setting goals and on new beginnings. Would that I were as keen on persisting on completing said goals. Anyhow, if I keep posting, I suppose I will be accountable.

  1. Walk or hike 3x/week
  2. Do 10 pushups each day working up to 25 by the end of the month
  3. On days I don't go walking or hiking, do a 7 minute workout
  4. Stick to eating 3 meals and 3 snacks each day
  5. Cook three new recipes this month
  6. I am going out of town for a week this month - stay on track with eating
  7. Do a romantic dinner for Valentine's Day
  8. Read one book this month
  9. Call my parents once a week at least