tatsutahime: (Cooking)
Everything hurts. Restarting exercise hurts. It's going to be fun standing in one spot for 6 hours tonight.

Made turkey chili and cornbread (from scratch, not a mix) yesterday. Wouldn't be so bad if I didn't scarf down half the plate of cornbread. I only bought one can of dark red kidney beans as the recipe specifies, so I had to add a can of black beans that we had in the house to get a good bean ratio. Didn't turn out bad, though. Both beans have their nutritional benefits.

Beforehand, I went walking again and jogged a little bit (hence the pain today). I didn't feel so miserable afterward this time because it was way cooler outside. However, on the way back home, I got this horrible and extremely painful stitch in my side. It hurt to breathe and stretching that side didn't help much. I just had to power through it.
tatsutahime: (Ontario Fall)
215.2

Finally got my lazy butt up and exercised today. I just took the shortcut I used to take when walking/riding my bike to work and back. It's still pretty hot outside, so I didn't want to go on my usual 3.5-mile walk. I actually did a little bit of running too, but made the mistake of doing that early on. I couldn't get back to optimum level after that. I'll save the running when it's actually cooler. According to my HRM, I burned 662 calories. Not bad.

Ate some Multi-Bran Chex with 1% milk for breakfast. Haven't eaten a proper lunch, but I did snack on some garlic-parmesan pretzel thins dipped in Harris Teeter's tzaziki. Om nom nom, so good!

I haven't been as good as I should have been for the past few days. Made some attempts in making the healthier choice, but not great choices. Oh, well, back on track, eh?
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Haven't done so well thus far. I was stressed beyond belief yesterday (car stuff, don't ask) and was all over the place today. But I can get back on track tomorrow. It's no big thing and I won't make it one. I'm pet-/house-sitting for my bff, so staying on track will be easy this weekend.

Day One

Sep. 1st, 2010 10:23 am
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SW: 215.8

Goal for the end of the month: < 205

Losing 10lbs. in a month is not easy, but I've done it before. I've also started an Autumn Challenge over at 3 Fat Chicks that runs from today to Nov. 30. Yes, I know fall doesn't officially start until 9/23, but the calendar says September and that means fall to me. My goal for that one is to be 180 by the end. I don't think 35lbs. in 3 months is unreasonable.

Right now, I'm just waiting on my mom so I can go pick up my car, finally.
tatsutahime: (Sunny Road)
Breakfast/Lunch (I really need to work on my sleep schedule): 1c. oatmeal with 2TBSP flax seeds, 2TBSP natural peanut butter, 1TSP brown sugar/Splenda blend, 4 strawberries, and 3TBSP 2% milk. Whoever came up with the PB in oatmeal thing at 3 Fat Chicks, nice one.

September 1 will officially mark the start my weight loss program. I've spent the past week working on keeping my caloric intake in check. However, yesterday I went off the rails. The Renaissance Festival is not the place you want to be if you're trying to change the way you eat. I don't think an Italian ice, hard cider, a deep fried Snickers, a deep-fried Oreo, crab cake sandwich, and hush puppies are conducive to weight loss.

I'm back on track today and I'll start adding in exercise tomorrow. Depending on the temperature, I'll either walk/jog or just do a Jillian Michaels DVD. I still haven't tried the Yoga Meltdown one yet, so I might do that. My dietician wants me start exercising again, not for the weight loss, but to reduce my stress levels. I think my stress is going to massively decrease in September. I make my final health insurance payment (which means I'm insurance-free until January, but I'll be able to actually save some money, now) and my car will be repaired and inspected then, too.

I'm on my TOM, which means I don't trust anything on the scale right now. I used the weigh-in I had the day before my TOM started (which may not be all that accurate, either considering PMS) for the start weight for 3 Fat Chicks' Biggest Loser Challenge, which was 217.2.

First goal: 199lbs. by Oct. 11
tatsutahime: (Bento)
Ingredients (serves 4-6):
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 onion finely sliced
2 cucumbers peeled and finely chopped
2 green peppers, seeded and finely chopped
½ bunch flat-leaf parsley. Chopped
Several good tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1-1 ½ lemons
Salt and Pepper

Preparation:
Put all the chopped fruit and vegetables, together with the parsley, in a bowl and mix well. You can then pop this into the fridge to chill off a little. Make a dressing from the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. This is the typical dressing used for most Turkish salads, zingy and delicious, just make sure you have a very good quality olive oil that is tasty but not bitter. Just before serving, add the dressing to the salad and mix thoroughly. Feel free to splosh in some more olive oil if you think it needs a little extra.
tatsutahime: (Bento)
1 tbs. ground saffron dissolved in 2 TBSP hot water (I used a pinch of thread saffron)
1 c. fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
2 TBSP olive oil
2 large onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 tsp salt
2 tsp black pepper
3 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces
5 medium tomatoes, halved

Baste:
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 c. butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

1. In a large bowl, combine half the saffron water and the lime juice, olive oil, onions, salt, and pepper. Beat well with a fork. Add the pieces of chicken and toss well with marinade. Cover and marinate for at least 6 hours and up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

2. Start up your grill or oven broiler.

3. Skewer the tomatoes.

4. Spear the chicken.

5. Make the baste and set aside.

6. Paint the tomatoes and chicken with the basting mixture. Grill the chicken and tomatoes 8-15 minutes. Turn frequently and baste occasionally. the chicken is done when the juice that runs out is yellow rather than pink.

NOTE: If broiling, no need to use the skewers.


Super easy, and the chicken stays moist, even when reheating the next day. Goes great with saffron rice and a coban salad.

Mini Goals

Aug. 24th, 2010 03:23 pm
tatsutahime: (Beating The Habit)
  1. Stop eating fast food for a month (if I can go without for a month, then it’ll be easier to abstain).
  2. Be at Onederland by my birthday (Oct. 11).
  3. Cut down soda intake and replace with water.
  4. Cut down carbs. Go for protein/vegetable meals.
  5. Exercise 3-5x a week. It’s almost fall, so soon it won’t be so unbearable to be outside.
  6. Goal weight by New Year’s Eve.
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HW: 257
SW: 219
CW: 219
GW: 160

By the end of April, I was 203 pounds and I was considered cured by my neurologist since I lost 54 pounds. Naturally, I fell off the wagon and now I’m 219 pounds. I’m more than a little disappointed in myself because I was supposed to be close to goal weight by this time. But this just means I have to set new goals now. I’m going to do this and do it right, finally.
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