Friday, March 19, 2010

Stabilization...Day 125

Hit -41.1 lbs. this morning...10.4 lbs. from my goal weight. Must have been yesterday's "raw" lunch. Still reeling from that waste of time and money.

Fear I am heading into perimenopause in earnest. Late night hot flashes are keeping me up...arrghh! And as everyone knows, this princess needs her beauty sleep.

Yet another beautiful to walk the dog and enjoy the sun.

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Stabilization...Day 124

It is a good minus 40.4 lbs. for two days now...exxxx-cellent, Smithers.

Tried the new "raw" restaurant in town (Grezzo) wedge salad with eggplant "bacon" and almond paste croutons, as well as one Thai lettuce wrap appy later and I can say with total confidence, I will never darken THAT doorway again! Not only was it expensive ($24 for just the salad and lunchtime, no less), but I was hungry again before I even left the joint! That said, the food isn't bad, it's just not what this protein loving carnivore craves.

I will say, however, the meal certainly did not weigh heavy in my could it? If I consumed more than 200 calories between both plates, I'm lucky. My fave snack of a medium sized apple and 1 tbl. of natural peanut butter has more calories, for chrissakes.

Oh, and this slays me...the server says, "Do you like olives?"
Me: "But, of course."
Her: "Great. I have a treat, compliments of the chef, just for you."

She proudly brings me two green, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy olives on one plate...and a second plate for the pitts, I'm guessing...

Me: "Doh!"

You gotta laugh. Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Stabilization...Day 121

Actually up 1.7 lbs. this morning...tho I'm not too concerned...I'm feeling very bloated, plus I'm still within my "allowed" two pound flux.

Yes, it's true, I try not to stress if I'm up a long as it's less than two pounds and when I know I haven't strayed to far from my typical diet, it's usually just water weight and comes off the next morning. Even if I've eaten something that is normally taboo, I go right back to my "no whites, no sugars" mantra and again, it comes off within a day or two...for me, this is why weighing in everyday and tracking that number is so important. Not to mention, I'm a bit obsessive compulsive anyway!

I have also decided that I need to also get more aggressive with exercise. 10,000 steps a day is good, but it's time to begin a routine that encompasses toning and strengthening...ick. I abhor exercise. It's not the physical exertion so much as I don't care for sweating (or glistening, as I prefer to call it). No. Sir. I. Don't. Care. For. It. At. All.

Making "Hamburg Soup"'s rainy and raw here in New England...a perfect day for hot soup.

It is a very tasty concoction that makes good use of many veggies, but the 1 pound of extra lean hamburger (95% if you can find it) gives it more depth, thus this less than 250 calorie lunch really sticks to the ole ribs.

Anything goes, but I usually make mine with onions, garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, celery, carrots, peas, corn (just a handful of the peas and corn...more for color and texture), black beans, tomato paste (2-3 tbl.), 28 oz. can of tomato puree (no sugar or salt added), 1 quart low or sodium free beef broth (I like Kitchen Basics), 3+ tbl. of assorted italian dried spices (to taste) and 1# very lean hamburger.

In a large dutch oven, over medium high heat, saute onion/garlic until translucent in minimal extra virgin olive oil; add hamburg. Cook until no longer pink. Add dried spices (I like Morton & Bassett's Italian mix, plus I add additional oregano, basil, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, etc.)...the amount is to your own taste, but figure at least a total of 3 tbl. of the the above suggested spices. Cook spices at least 1 minute to release flavor. Add canned puree, broth, remaining veggies and black beans. Bring to a boil, then let simmer 45 mins. Add water (to thin) as needed (again, to your preference), salt and pepper to taste. I serve with a tablespoon of shredded parmesan for extra flavor.

Calories per cup: 225 (add 21 calories for 1 tbl. parmesan)

Well, back to work for this dieting diva!

Eat and be well,

Jane Doh!