Wednesday, July 30, 2014
On a fluke I went back and read my blog from July 22, 2013. I wrote the following:
"When I got my FitBit in January, I was lucky if I got 2500 steps a day. In the last month, I've not dropped below 4,000 a day, and I average more than 5k. On weekends I do more, since I'm not bound to my desk at work. "
Last week I averaged over 10,000 steps. I've DOUBLED my steps in the past year!
Totally patting myself on the back for that one!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
I've had a pretty good week. I still haven't lost all of that water weight, but meh. It will come off in the next week.
Last Tuesday I got over 15,000 steps! I had so much excess energy I just jogged at my desk until I was worn out. It took a while, lol. So last week I averaged over 10k steps a day.
This week I'm on par for 10k average also! I got 10,428 on Sunday and 13,483 yesterday, most of which was walking on the beach! After some minor mis-communication Sunday night, hubby and I decided we would go to Cape May, NJ yesterday and spend the day on the beach. I only live an hour from the ocean, but we hardly ever go because let's face it, there are too many damn people there in the summer!
We stopped at Walmart and got one of those beach umbrellas you jam into the sand so we could enjoy the day without roasting. This was a good idea in theory. The problem was there had been a huge thunderstorm the night before and it was WINDY! I jammed the umbrella into the ground and not 2 minutes later it gets pulled out of the sand and tumbles down the beach towards other people. Yikes!!! I managed to get it before it stabbed anyone but we decided we would both hold it with one hand while we lay there. It was a tense couple of hours! At one point we decided the sun was behind clouds and the wind really picked up so we took the umbrella down to be safe.
Hubby and I holding the umbrella selfie.
The water was super rough so I only walked the beach and let the waves splash my feet and legs. I got a tiny tan even with the sunscreen, but did not burn, so it was a success! We stayed on the beach until noon, then packed up and tossed our stuff in the car before walking the promenade. See, Cape May doesn't have a boardwalk like Ocean City does, it has a promenade, which is paved! We checked out a few of the shops and surprised my boss's sister by stopping in at her little jewelry store and saying hi. Then we had a fantastic (albeit unhealthy) lunch at a little place called y.b. We each had a Belushi Burger with Duck Fat Fries. So damned worth it!!! (kobe beef / sweet onions / tomato / lettuce / swiss / brioche bun) I could not pass up the phrase "duck fat fries". I mean, come on.
We walked around a bit more, picked up some salt water taffy (which is surprisingly reasonable in calories for the serving size) and coconut macaroons. Then we took a leisurely drive home and relaxed for a while before eating dinner. We weren't hungry until after 7 pm, despite not eating any snacks after lunch! I had thrown some london broil, mushrooms and onions into the crock pot to cook while we were out, so dinner was that and a baked potato.
There was a shift bid at my husband's job, so his schedule is changing at the end of September. The bad news is he now has off Thursdays and Fridays. I have off Sundays and Mondays. He is also going from working 9:30 - 6 to working 6:30 - 3. Which at the very least means I get to see him every night. My boss also said I can switch my days if I need to. I'm a keyholder so I can pretty much work what days I feel like, as long as I don't mind working by myself, lol. So that's cool. It's also good because that means he has off Black Friday now! I have to work, but we're trying to get my MIL to visit over Thanksgiving so at least one of us will be able to be home with her.
Oh, and on Sunday night I knew we wouldn't need leftovers for lunch, so I decided I would let hubby pick out some minute steaks and I would make stir fry with shrimp for me and steak for him. I got a little overzealous with the veggies, but this ENTIRE plate of food was less than 500 calories!
Plus it was delicious. I was SO FULL when I was done eating! I hadn't been that full in a long time. =)
Another good thing happened today. I was walking Bingley in a public parking lot and I found a BRAND NEW $100 bill. There was not a human being to be seen, so I don't know how I'm supposed to tell who it belonged to. And, unfortunately if you randomly ask people if they've dropped cash they often lie and say yes to get the cash! I'm not 100% sure what to do about it, any advice?
And without further ado, here is my weekly menu!
Sunday: Shrimp and veggie stir fry, white rice
Monday: Crockpot london broil w/ mushrooms, baked potato
Tuesday: Dad's Mac & Cheese, Stewed Tomatoes, Tossed Salad
Wednesday: Squash and Pierogi Stew
Thursday: Ham steak, cornbread, homegrown tomato salad
Friday: Creamy Chicken Taco Pasta, Tossed Salad
Saturday: Homemade pizza
Have a fantastic day, everyone!
Thursday, July 24, 2014
So I found out this morning that my amazing ultramarathon swimmer step-sister will be doing a SOLO 34 mile swim next Wednesday. She has already completed the Triple Crown of open water swims. This will be her longest solo swim, and quite possibly a record breaker.
I will be cheering her on, and I hope you will cheer with me!
The best thing? Elaine is a shining example at being fit at any size. You can see her here on her blog:
Anyone else feel lazy?!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Sunday - AFGHANI FOOOOOD!!! We're checking out a restaurant we haven't been to before. Looks like a cross between Moroccan food and Indian food.
Monday - French Onion Soup w/ Hummus BLTs (we use hummus instead of mayo)
Tuesday - Freitas McGriddles (Pork Roll, Egg & Cheese on a Pancake bun) with fruit salad
Wednesday - Chicken Satay Salad
Thursday - Homemade Cheeseburgers and Baked Potatoes
Friday - Jerk Pork Chops, Mango Salad, Jamaican Rice & Peas
Saturday - Tuna Salad stuffed in tomatoes, macaroni salad
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I would say that at least 60% of my success at this weight loss thing is directly related to how frequently I cook. I've been cooking most of my life, due to living with a single dad and getting sick of eating pancakes and mac and cheese all the time. (Plus my dad had this rule where if one person cooked the other did the dishes, and I hate washing dishes!)
Now I know not everyone is as comfortable in the kitchen as I am. I would call myself an intermediate cook. I'm comfortable trying new recipes, and I'm comfortable making up my own dishes. Most of my stuff comes out fairly tasty.
But, if you're not confident in the kitchen, cooking can be daunting. Food network and Cooking Channel used to be a place where you could learn how to cook (Remember that show How to Boil Water?) but now it seems it's a place to plop competition shows and shows where all they do is talk about how good a restaurant's signature dish is. Frankly, I'm sick of this stuff. I don't want to see arrogant chefs bleeding all over their cutting board while trying to make an appetizer out of cinnamon candies, pita bread and fennel.
So I have some recommendations of resources for those of you who are really interested in learning the principles behind cooking.
1. America's Test Kitchen
What a great resource! Christopher Kimball and crew guide you through the principles of cooking and test recipes, equipment and wines. The website offers videos, recipes and taste test lists, and you can download the podcast from iTunes.
2. Everything Alton Brown has ever done
Some people may find his persona irritating, but there is no better resource for learning about the SCIENCE of cooking and baking. He uses props and comedy to make even complicated processes like the Maillard Reaction easy to understand. His books are less recipes books than method books, and even if you've never set foot in a kitchen before, Alton Brown can teach you how to cook. Definitely borrow "I'm Just Here For The Food" from your local library.
3. Nigella Lawson
Okay, so maybe I picked Nigella as my third because I have a girl crush on her. This woman makes food SEXY. If you don't fall in love with food after watching Nigella cook, I don't know what will work for you. The best thing about Nigella is she's not a chef. She's a home cook. She cooks simple, delicious food. Most of her stuff can be made after a long day at work and be ready within an hour. NOTHING COMES FROM A BOX.
And seriously, this woman is gorgeous.
Remember, diet is 80-90% of weight loss. Learn to feed yourself good, nutritious food in reasonable portions.
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