Monthly Archives: April 2011

Day 17 – Got My Sushi On

Nemo SushiI love seafood. I seriously can’t get enough of it. One thing you’re going to see over the coming months is that if I can make a recipe that involves seafood, I will. A few nights ago we had whiting fillets sprinkled with Old Bay and broiled. I have a bag of shrimp and a bag of scallops in the freezer. I should have known that a relationship with a college boyfriend was DOOMED when he said he hated seafood “except for popcorn shrimp.”

I. Love. Seafood. Expect there to be seafood recipes posted here rather frequently.

We went for sushi last night for dinner because frankly, I wasn’t in the mood to cook. As much as I love all the fancy sushi rolls, I’m just as content with a plate of good nigiri when the fish is fresh and tasty and practically melts in your mouth. I love the simplicity of plain rolls, particularly salmon, when they’re rolled with the nori on the outside of the roll. Bigger sushi rolls does not always mean better.

The challenge? Skipping the extras. The place across the street has the best steamed gyoza and miso soup. We survived!

…then succumbed to the “Key Lime Calypso” which consisted of the fluffiest key lime flavored mousse layered with vanilla cake. It was fluffier and lighter than the fluffiest tiramisu. And I seriously mean fluffy! It was good. And thankfully, IT WAS SMALL. The amount I had was probably about the size of a pudding cup. This was A Good Thing.

I also managed to not eat after dinner last night. I was tempted. Oh boy, was I ever tempted. I really really wanted something to nom, but it got late. Yay for some willpower yesterday?

As for the rest of it…. Read the rest of this entry

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Day 16 – Royal Wedding excitement!

Wedding BellsI will totally admit to staying up all night to watch the Royal Wedding this morning. I have no shame. The only thing I wish I could have done was throw a semi-slumber party for a bunch of girly-girl friends and family members. I’d TOTALLY have us all dress up in our finest wear, wear costume jewelry and tiaras, drink tea and scones and finger sandwiches–the works! I love that stuff!

I usually have a list of people who motivate me. I like to watch America’s Next Top Model (lovingly known as The Skinny Bitch Show) when I ride the stationary bike, or I’ll watch movies with ass-kicking female leads (Mr. and Mrs. Smith is one of my top choices) while I lift weights. I know I’ll never be waif-thin or look like Angelina Jolie, but it’s still motivating to have something in mind when I’m working out. “Someday soon I’ll have a booty like that!” or “I can see my arms taking on a nice shape like that!”

Point being, Kate Middleton Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has recently been added to my “inspiring people” list for fitness reasons! I read an article about a month or so ago that during the time she and Prince William broke up, she threw herself into an exercise regimen to get her mind off things. She joined a women’s crew team (and I know first-hand what a workout that can be!) and worked out virtually every day. She was driven, letting her work out help soothe any emotional troubles rather than plop on a couch and feed them.

It’s a known fact that exercise releases endorphins which helps your mood. Comfort food can also make you feel better, but it’s a much more temporary sensation, and way too easy to get caught in the cycle of feeling bad so you have a piece of cake…then you feel worse because it’ll go straight to your hips so you have another piece of cake to comfort yourself again…then you feel WORSE because you won’t be able to work off the calorie/fat surplus you just ate, so you have ANOTHER piece of cake because at least that made you happy….

When I’m doing my 100/200/200 program, I think of something that gets me angry or frustrated. It could be something on the news, it could be that the significant other left the toilet seat up, it could be a frustration over school work that’s just not turning out right, etc. Suddenly I can power through that set of push-ups or crunches with little problem. Funny how that works, eh?

As for my day yesterday…. Read the rest of this entry

Day 15 – Weigh in #2

Weekly Weigh InThe night of evil cramps has come and gone, and there was much rejoicing! Yay!

I realize the it being “that time of the month” is usually a reason for unwanted bloating and heaviness…not a fun thing when you’re trying to lose weight. The scale is not your friend at that point.

Other things that can contribute to gaining weight instead of losing, even when you’re doing everything right: muscles retaining water from beginning an exercise program (they retain water as part of the repair process), being dehydrated (your body goes “camel in the desert” and retains every drop it can), you haven’t…um…you know…gone #2 (some diets can lead to constipation, so make sure you’re getting your fiber), maybe your body has gone into “starvation mode” and you’ve hit a plateau. Heck, you may be putting on more weight in the form of muscle but haven’t yet lost the same amount of weight in fat. Muscle is denser than fat (hence people often say it “weighs more”) so a pound of muscle is much more compact and has less volume than fat. If you gain a pound of muscle and lose a pound of fat, the number on the scale won’t move but your clothes WILL be looser.

Point is, there is no smooth, constant, consistent success when it comes to weight loss. And weight loss shouldn’t only be about the scale. If you can get a scale that measures more than weight (such as muscle mass and body fat percentage), it’s worth the investment. Admittedly, the numbers on those scales aren’t always accurate, but if you track those as well, you should see the changes as you lose body fat and gain muscle.

Mind you, saying all that is more of a PSA for anyone else who is trying to lose weight. If you don’t see a loss, or even put on a pound, don’t give up! As for myself… Read the rest of this entry

Day 14 – Attack of the Cramps from Hell

CrampsActually, the day itself was pretty good, and it was only mid-raid that the cramps kicked in. I hate that time of the month. Point is, I need to add “Take a multivitamin” to my daily routine.

Food-wise, it’s good to get back on track. I made the Shoyu Chicken yesterday, so between that and the leftovers from the day before, cooking was really easy. I like being able to put together quick meals.

Exercise-wise, I’m stepping it up. I’m adding in 20 minutes of cardio to Tuesday and Thursday (and possibly Saturday) and will build up from there. I want to establish a routine so I don’t burn myself out.

With the exception of the excruciating pain at night, all thanks to my ovaries, it was a pretty simple day. Read the rest of this entry

Shoyu Chicken

Bento: Shoyu Chicken, rice, carrots, cucumbers, tomatosI found this recipe from Hapa Bento, and had been wanting to try it out since it looks like a good thing to keep in my freezer stash.

On it’s own it was a little salty (even with using low-sodium soy sauce), but having it with rice made it mild and tasty. I also added in a little bit too much of the Chinese 5 Spice because it was a new jar and I opened it over my cook pot so a little extra spilled out. Oops!

However, it’s definitely one that I’ll be doing again, and in the meantime I have lots of chicken for bento lunches ready to go! This was a REALLY easy recipe, too! (I took a better picture with my real camera, but need to find the cord to upload to my computer. In the meantime, enjoy a picture from my phone’s camera!)

Shoyu Chicken

Ingredients:

2 pounds free-range chicken thighs and legs ( it doesn’t matter if it’s boneless or skinless)
1/2 to 1 cup soy sauce to taste
1/2 cup mirin
1 tbs or more to taste of grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5 spice Read the rest of this entry

Day 13 – Getting back on track

Nike - Just Do It“A body in motion tends to stay in motion, while a body at rest stays at rest.” Same goes for dieting. After a bad weekend, it’s really easy to want to stick with the bad habits. I have to admit, I had some moments this weekend where I wanted to give up already, but that’s more from the support aspect of it than the eating. I’ll spare you the details here.

But yesterday was all about getting back on track. It wasn’t easy. I got up and did NOT want to do my workout. I did NOT want to fix something healthy. And I knew that I would have to go to the grocery store, which would involve a shower, and I did NOT want to go over there. I had other things I wanted to do, and most of them involved being on the computer. (Classwork and drawing, mostly. And checking in on Twitter. >.>)

My mom had a saying, “Put on your Nikes and ‘Just Do It.'” So… Read the rest of this entry

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes

Tonight’s dinner…with leftovers for tomorrow!

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes

Posted by Editor at The Food Channel Jan. 05, 2011

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Serves: (6, I’m assuming…the original post didn’t have servings listed! We split it into 4 servings, though, because of the packaging of the chicken thighs.~Aili)

Recipe courtesy of McCormick®. (Hence the specific-brand products. ~Aili)

Nutrition Information (per serving): Calories: 264, Fat: 12 g, Carbohydrates: 19 g, Cholesterol: 64 mg, Sodium: 334 mg, Fiber: 3 g,
Protein: 20 g. Read the rest of this entry

Day 12

Sunday = Grind Day. My homework is due by midnight, so despite getting a lot done this week, I still had one short paper to write and had to double-check edit my work before turning it in.

This means I get up and immediately hit doing my work.

I like being focused. I get a lot done.

I also hate that I forget to eat, drink, and I’m pretty sure there are moments that I would forget to breathe. Oops.

So when I finished my homework and other things I needed to take care of? Oh yeah, it’s WAAAAAY past lunch time, almost dinner time, and I think I had a granola bar and a bowl of cereal at that point.

It didn’t help that we were out of fruit and other healthy snacks that I could grab and take back to the computer.

The result? Read the rest of this entry

Day 11 – Ow, my head!

Drunk Mage - from WowEh.comI actually made Friday’s post (Day 10) before I ate dinner, so I left out one detail: We had wine with dinner. Not just wine, but two bottles of wine. I’m glad I got in all my water, because that helped the hangover I had on Saturday. Oy! My tolerance just isn’t what it used to be…

I know drinking alcohol is actually bad for a diet. It messes with your metabolism because your body re-prioritizes what gets metabolized first. Anything leftover? Well, that just refuels your fat cells. Ugh.

However, I believe this is a lifestyle change, not a punishment. (Trust me, the raging headache was punishment enough!) I don’t drink often, the same way I rarely drink caffeine. As I said, this blog is to post successes AND failures. Well, there you go. I’m not perfect.

And it affected Saturday’s eating as well… Read the rest of this entry

Day 10

Brian screams at a baby...who deserves it.Due to the previous night’s inability to sleep, I did something I don’t often do: Took a Tylenol PM to help knock me out. It worked, but I hate the groggy feeling in the morning. I don’t drink caffeine, so it takes me a while to shake it off.

“Thankfully” the neighbor children decided to bounce themselves off the walls we share and scream like banshees, so the grogginess was quickly replaced with the urge to murder.

Then I did my workout and got a shower and felt MUCH better. ^_^

Today was rainy and grey, which I love when I don’t have a bunch of errands planned, so I began taking stock of what I have in the kitchen for healthy dieting. Read the rest of this entry