Thursday, March 28, 2013

Back from the DEAD.

That serious cold I had a couple weeks ago returned, and I finally caved and went to the doctor. Turns out, it was a double sinus and ear infection, so I was put on antibiotics on Monday. While still not at 100%, I'm doing much better than the state I was in when I finally decided something bigger must be wrong.

So, last week I weighed in and forgot to post, but I had a SIGNIFICANT 2.4lb loss! Which is fabulous.

I'm hesitant to weigh in today. At first I wasn't going to, and then I ate breakfast and went about the morning which could effect the weigh in. And then I said "WTF Nic. Just weigh in." So I did. And I gained almost all of my loss from last week back.

That's ok. I expected that. I needed time to let my body heal (FINALLY) and I'm getting there.

The Manpanion, Oro and I are headed to Portland this weekend to visit family. I know that will make for a tough weight loss week because we'll be eating out a lot, but I know we'll also be doing a lot of walking and playing, and I'm going to track as best as one can while traveling and hope that I can even out the sick damage.

Hope you're all well!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Post-weekend Check In - 03/18/2013

Howdy! Happy Monday!

It's snowed about 3" in the past 3 hours here in MN, and I watched it fly down from the sky from the safety of the giant windows at the gym. I cranked out 45 minutes of cardio this morning between the elliptical and treadmill.

This AM's breakfast is a bowl of oatmeal with thawed frozen berries and a tablespoon of Qi'a, which I bought at the coop yesterday because I'd never seen the bag before, it was on sale, and I was shopping while hungry.

Nature's Path makes a lot of other foods that I love, so I figured I'd give it a shot as a way to boost my oatmeal and smoothies since I keep reading about all the awesome ways chia is supposed to improve your life. According to their website, "This power trio of seeds and grains is full of plant-based protein, fiber and Omega 3s." Sounds like a plan!

It adds a nice earthy, nutty flavor to my plain oats and I'm a fan.

Since I'm not much of a drinker, nor am I much of an Irish person, I didn't do anything to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. I never do. I'm too old, too annoyed with people looking for an excuse to binge drink, and I just spent the day getting all the things done that needed to get done. But, not without an afternoon play date at the bowling alley with the Manpanion and the kids. I broke 100, barely, and I was super proud because I SUCK AT BOWLING.

I brought my own snack so that I could keep things in check while the boys ordered sweet potato fries and other appetizers.

Speaking of keeping things in check, I'm doing pretty well this week. Here's the rundown so far:

My week starts on Thursday, and I've already earned 41 APs after today's gym trip. I also work an 8 hour shift, which will get me work steps (usually around 8 APs on a Monday) and then tonight we're going SQUARE DANCING! Our every-other-Monday tradition. That's almost always good for about 10 APs with my heart rate monitor and it is SO FUN. 

I've been staying OP and having a lot of fun trying to come up with new and healthy meals that are easy for me to prepare and taste amazing like this Raw Pad Thai I made last night. 

How's your week so far? 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Raw Pad Thai


You've got to make this. 

I just did. I'm 100% aware that mine doesn't look as delicious as the recipe's picture, but HOLY WOW is it tasty.

Raw Pad Thai
Makes 4 servings.
1 medium zucchini
1 large carrot
1 green onion, chopped
1/2 cup shredded purple cabbage
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1/2 cup mung bean sprouts or radish sprouts (spicy)
2 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp lime or lemon juice
2 tbsp tamari (wheat-free)
1 tbsp raw honey
1/4 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ginger root, grated
1. Use a mandoline or vegetable peeler to create noodles from the carrots and zucchini. Place them in a large mixing bowl and top with the vegetables.
2. Whisk sauce ingredients in a bowl. The sauce will be thick, but will thin out after it's mixed with the vegetables.
3. Pour the sauce over the noodles and vegetables, and toss. This dish tastes even better the next day once the flavors have had a chance to blend.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Off the rails at work.

While I had an OP day (for me meaning that my daily points allowance and activity was greater than points eaten), I had a snacky day at work.

Our expo cooler (a nifty little fridge that basically RIGHT WHERE I AM MOST OF THE TIME) has been broken for two weeks, which forces my awesome snack lunchbox into the walk-in cooler -- out of sight and out of mind.

Rather than enter the walk-in, I grab a french fry here, and a french fry there, and then a slice of baguette there, and a french fry here, etc.

Unfortunately, the snacking at work took up almost half of the points I ate for the day:

I used generalized items to get a sense of what I ate, but I had a couple bites of our red potato salad which is delicious and vinegar based, so not nearly as terrible as potato salad could be. I had 3 small slices of baguette (but no butter, thank god), 12 french fries (I kept track) and a quarter of a mistake cheeseburger that I split with my coworkers. Oh, and a cold press coffee with soy milk. 

Those STUPID french fries. I'm so very glad that I'm starting my first "shift" at the new restaurant tomorrow, and that they do NOT serve french fries, but they do make housemade corn tortilla chips, which will probably be just as dangerous. However, I have an opportunity to form new habits where I just do not pick at work, and I'm going to give that my best shot tomorrow during our mock opening. 

Also, can I just say, do you realize that TWELVE french fries are 7 points? Holy hell. I hate the points values of the french fries every time I indulge, and that worst part is that I don't even like fries very much, so it's completely worthless. 

Either way, it happened. I'm done with it. I've tracked it and I've held myself accountable. 

This morning I had a fantastic full-body strength training workout and even felt so motivated that I added 20 minutes of cardio which all-together earned me 6 Activity Points (APs). My pedometer tracking at work earned me another 9 APs, so even though I ate 32 points today, I am allowed 26 and earned 15 more which still puts me at a net deficit for the day. OP!

Send me strength to ignore those delicious chips tomorrow as I embark on a new-restaurant-opening adventure. Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Lunching forward.

 You may be inundated by blog posts from me as I attempt to keep my momentum and motivation high. I've always been a fan of people posting meals because it helps to give me new ideas of things I could/should be eating that I may not have thought of.

While I doubt this lunch will inspire you, because it's mostly just a bunch of things thrown together from the hodge-podge that is my fridge, I'll post it anyway.

Here's the WW tracker break down of my meal, totally 8 pointsplus for all this food.

and of course, the meal itself.

Deli roll ups: avocado (weighed) inside deli sliced chicken breast with spicy mustard. 
Mixed greens with 1/4 cup (weighed) each of edamame, black beans and yellow pepper in 1 tbsp Annie's Lite Honey Mustard. 
1 oz part-skim mozzarella (weighed)
1/2 large banana, cut into spears

The deli roll ups are something I love to take in my lunch box. They're basically a sandwich without the bread, and easy to grab and snack on. 

As for the banana spears, this is something I've been doing in an attempt to keep eating bananas, which I love, but recognizing that they're far more calorie dense than other fruits. Because WW gives us all fruits for "free" (they have no pointsplus value), I've started halving my bananas, eating half at breakfast and half at lunch. Because I usually slice my bananas into oatmeal for breakfast, I figured why not make a lunch portion? The spears help me feel like I get more banana, plus... they're pretty inside, and I don't look at them that way very often. 

So, a HUGE lunch for low points. Lots of protein packed in between the beans, edamame, cheese and chicken. 

Big win. 

Weighing In - 03/14/2013

Previous weight: 155.4
Today's weight:  154.4

This week's results: -1.0lbs


I overate like crazy, but I also cranked up the fitness significantly. I truly have no idea how many points I would have gone over this week, but I imagine a number like 230, blaring in red, staring at me from my Weight Watcher's tracker. There is no sense in feeling guilty about it. It's just food, and it already happened. I can only look ahead. 

Now that I'm OFFICIALLY recommitted and back on track, I'm trying to think in ways that turns this into a more whole body, health-centered experience. Because I've been able to keep more than 40lbs off for more than 5 years, I can definitely be assured that I have made some serious life changes in this department. However, I play around with the same 10lbs year after year. Up and down, up and down, so I'm trying to take the focus off the scale a bit and think about the other amazing benefits of eating clean. 

For one, I don't want to be skinny. I pride myself on my curves. I love them. I think they're super hot. And I am very thankful that I was blessed with a body that distributes the weight I gain (easily) evenly. Even at 200+lbs, I never felt that I looked HUGE. I wasn't really round, I just filled out... a lot. 

So, because I do actually want to lose weight, I know that I need to keep focusing on fitness as central to my plan. I don't want to be skinny, and simply eating myself into a calorie deficit would only get me that. Strength training and cardio are going to firm me up into the Brickhouse I know I can be and am mostly on my way to becoming. 

Second, my skin is in a constant state of flux. When I eat too much sugar, like I have for the past week, I break out like a pubescent teenager. 

You can see that right now I've got two splats of cystic acne in the bottom half of my face. I snapped this pic before work yesterday to see how prevalent they were after I applied my tinted moisturizer and I ended up thinking it was actually kind of a nice photo, even with the zits.

I wanted to post it to remind myself that the whole is greater than the sum of its' parts. If I'm not focusing on the zits here, this picture is very Mona-Lisa-what-is-she-thinking to me, and I like that.

A change in perspective.

But I do recognize that when I am eating whole foods and not processed crap, my skin looks awesome. So, a healthier diet turns me into a glowing skinned Brickhouse. Check.

It was also a strange coincidence that Fitness Magazine's newsletter in my inbox this AM was related to this very thing, so here are the 10 best foods for good skin and the Happy Diet! 

All in all, I'm very glad to see a loss this week, however undeserved. I'll be working hard to earn the loss that should show up next week, and I'll be amping up my water and veggies intake to try to accomplish the skin glow. I've also been wondering if I'm not eating ENOUGH fat, in general, so I'm going to splurge and treat myself to avocados all week.

Any deep thoughts this week? New revelations? Goals? What's going on?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Always Something.

So, I've continued spiraling out of control.

Isn't it funny how a week (or two) of sickness can just derail you? I started the week with some poor choices, and I indulged a little too much at work on Friday. Saturday, I kept it under control all morning and afternoon because a friend was having a birthday gathering at a local burger joint. I even split the burger with Manpanion, but had 2.5 beers and was easily convinced to get ice cream to take home for the evening to share with him.

Sunday wasn't much better, though I did end the day with a healthy dinner. I didn't really track any of this, only the activity that counteracted about .01% of it.

The hard part, now, is that I'm feeling ready to get back on track and back to my routine, I'm starting a new job, and when you're in the restaurant industry, that means you have to eat and drink EVERYTHING ON THE MENU.

I did make a point to schedule my training all on one day, rather than spacing it out through the week, so today I'll be sitting in mostly one place, for 12 hours, drinking tequila and eating delicious latin street food. It should be an interesting several hours, and it will force me to keep things in check because I certainly can't get drunk at work. It's perfect.

Tomorrow's meals are already planned out to help detox the weekend and what will inevitably be a 200 pointsplus day today.

Hey, one week isn't going to kill me, but I can't keep this up. I want my routine back!


I literally had to eat EVERYTHING on the entire menu for the new restaurant. I tried to keep it to very small bites just to taste, but even THAT was about 8 complete meals. I am beyond full, I feel like I might burst, and attempting to track all of that is just not even comprehensible to me. I'm giving up for the week, not at all counting on a loss, or even a maintain. It's TOM, and I've eaten about 5 pounds worth of gain at the training session. I'm almost hilariously excited to see HOW MUCH I was able to gain this week. Ridiculous.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Weighing In - 03/07/2013

Previous weight: 154.0
Today's weight:  155.4

This week's results: +1.4lbs

Another week of sickness, another gain. 

I felt amazing on Thursday, but I quickly spiraled back into sicktown on Friday afternoon, completely losing my voice around 8pm, and staying in bed literally all day on Saturday, only to emerge Sunday evening to try to catch up on some school work. 

I ate crap, again. I didn't track. There's absolutely no reason I should have lost except that my body was working really hard to fight off an infection, but I ate more than enough to deserve this gain. Noodley-soups are FULL of points, oil and salt. Non-dairy frozen treats are also full of points, and sugar. 

I'm feeling better now, but because I had that "eye of the storm" day last week, I don't trust that I'm out of the woods with this flu. 

I am back at the gym though, because cardio helps the congestion. I've got my tracker open and I am feeling prepared to track this week because I don't like that I've gained 3lbs in 2 weeks. I start a new/second job next week, and I know there'll be a lot of food and drink tasting, but I know I need to keep my cool and make up for it at the gym. 

I'm ready!