More food!

I did eat everything as planned yesterday. I thought it was a great day in terms of food, but comments helped me realize it really wasn’t all that impressive. Today I’m improving by eating breakfast and getting more fats via dairy.

I do want to share the recipes for a yummy dinner I made Monday night. It was really, really good!

I made these Adobo Pork Chops from Fitness magazine. I actually used extra lean, very thin sliced pork chops so the cooking times were totally different for me, but they were delish. SO GOOD! In fact, Lee ate 4 of the 6 pork chops I cooked up right there on the spot. So much for leftovers….

And since I’m trying to learn to cook vegetables, I whipped this up on the side:

Zucchini with Red Peppers and Feta

1 white onion, diced

3 medium zucchini, 1/4 inch slices

1 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp water

1/4 tsp cumin

Half cup bottled sweet red peppers (sliced)

Crumbled reduced-fat feta

salt & pepper

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saute pan, add onions and cook until golden
  2. Add zuchinni slices, water, and cumin. Cover and steam on medium heat for 3-7 minutes (depending on whether you want the zuchinni crisp or soft)
  3. Add roasted red pepper slices to heat through
  4. Add salt & pepper, feta crumbles, and enjoy!

I’m telling you guys this was really tasty. Lee didn’t love it, but he’s not a big fan of red peppers or feta anyway. I ate it UP! This makes 6 servings at around 50 calories each. I know I got the recipe somewhere, but now I can’t find it. Once I figure it out, I’ll update this post to give credit where due!

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Today’s Eatin’

I’m making it my ambition to eat more fruits and vegetables. Do you have any idea how much you can eat when it’s mostly fruits and vegetables?! Good Lord! I’ve been trying to pay more attention to how I feel when I eat certain things, particularly on days like today when I start with the gym at 5:45 am get home from class well after 11pm. Got to keep the energy up!

Here’s today’s food:

6AM: Spinning class at the gym, 20 oz water

7AM: Multiple cups of coffee, 1/4 cup 1% milk, splenda

10AM: Pure Protein Bar (S’mores)

12PM: Light Sun-dried tomato flat-out wrap, 3 oz low-sodium turkey breast, raw red bell pepper

2PM: Strawberries, Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt

3PM: Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea

4:30PM: 3oz extra lean boneless pork chop, zuchinni squash (I’ll be sharing these recipes tomorrow–YUM!)

5PM: Last 20 oz water

7:30PM: (between classes) plum

8:30PM: (during class break) baby carrots, celery sticks, 1 tbsp ranch dressing

10:30PM: (drive home) Pure Protein Bar (Chocolate Deluxe)

My guess is that I may not actually eat the celery and carrots. I doubt I’ll be hungry, and it may actually be difficult to eat that much during a 10 minute break. But we’ll see!

So for ALL THAT FOOD (let’s admit–I’m eating or drinking almost constantly!) The Daily Plate calculates:

Calories: 954

Fat: 27 grams

Carbs: 114 grams

Sugar: 45 grams (yogurt is the biggest contribution)

Fiber: 22 grams

Protein: 83 grams

I’d say this is a good eatin’ day! I certainly don’t eat this well every day, but I’m happy with how this day’s shaking out. I do think I’m a little low on the fat content, but ham (and maybe cheese) instead of turkey on the wrap could fix that.

Why is it so much easier to eat well when I’m not at home all day?! I really need to work on how I eat on weekends. But that’s another problem for another day! šŸ™‚

Itty Bits

Some good things:

  • My sister Rachel is coming with me to the conference in Rhode Island the weekend of March 28th. We’ll stay for a few days, boom in and boom out of my presentation, and get lots of sister time! We haven’t traveled together in ages. I’m really looking forward to quality time with her! (And I’m glad I won’t be traveling all by my lonesome.)
  • I’m off hormonal birth control for upcoming plastics (since hormonal birth control is a risk factor for blood clots). Being off birth control has forced Lee & I to think long and hard about when we want to try for kids, and we’re praying together and separately about this issue. But the good news is that we’ve identified a “window” of time to start trying that we can pray about. I’ll spare you the OCD spreadsheet where I worked this out, but we’ve identified April 2010 through August 2010 as an ideal time to conceive. That’s more than a year from now, which means a baby would be two years from now. And I know these things can’t really be planned to great detail, but this is huge for us. We’ve got a window picked out and we’re praying about it!
  • My scale is finally moving again. I’m 168.2 today. Still hoping I can reach 155 by May, but we’ll see about that.
  • I had a counseling appointment this week, and it’s the first time I’ve been since December due to scheduling conflicts. It was SO GOOD to get back there. I’m convinced it’s part of me transitioning into a well-balanced, healthy life! I won’t go forever, of course, but I’m grateful to have my counselor right now!
  • I’m making homemade chicken soup for dinner. I’ll be trying a whole bunch of new recipes this week as I’m trying for more fiber, lower calories for both me and Lee, and I’ll post anything that turns out to be good!

And now I’m off to study and have a great weekend. šŸ™‚

Stolen from Dooce

A meme about me & Lee:

What are your middle names?
Ernest and Louise. According to our middle names, we’re approximately 85 years old.

How long have you been together?
8 years, 2 months, and 1 week since our first date. Just short of 5 years since we got married.

How long did you know each other before you started dating?
The first time I talked to Lee was when he asked me out. Apparently, he had been “studying” me for months, but we never talked to each other. Which is weird since we went to the same high school, worked in the same store, and had a few mutual friends. I just totally never noticed him before!

Who asked whom out?
Lee asked me out, but first he had several people ask me what I was looking for in a guy, if IĀ  liked anyone, blah blah blah. So he had friends do the preliminary work and then he asked me on a date.

How old are each of you?
I just turned 27. He’ll be 28 in April.

Whose siblings do you see the most?
I have one sister who lives in Jacksonville. Lee has 5 sisters and a brother who live within 20 miles. You do the math.

Which situation is the hardest on you as a couple?

Something that’s hard on both of us is dealing with our extended families. On my end, I cannot deal with some of the drama and selfishness of his mom and other relatives. From his perspective, my side of the family demands way too much time… get-togethers for every occasion and often for no occasion at all!

Did you go to the same school?
We went to the same High School but didn’t know each other then.

Are you from the same home town?
Yep! We both call Apopka, FL home although you could safely say we had two entirely different experiences of the same city.

Who is smarter?
In terms of reading people or “street smarts”, it’s Lee. I’m naive and would probably get us killed in two shakes. In terms of “book smarts,” definitely me.

Who is the most sensitive?
We’re both sensitive about different issues, but I’d definitely say Lee is more sensitive than I am. I have a background full of security–I know that no matter what happens, I have people who love me, that I’ll be fine, and that life goes on. Lee has been through a lot and doesn’t have that underlying calm that comes from a solid, peaceful upbringing. Because of that, he reacts to lifes ups and downs a bit more than I do. At least that’s how I see it! Now if somebody called us both ugly, he’d forget about it and say “screw them!” and I’d be worried I was ugly for three days. So maybe it’s a tie?

Where do you eat out most as a couple?
Wherever Lee wants. He’s so picky! He loves Chili’s. I’m sick to death of Chili’s.

Where is the furthest you two have traveled together as a couple?
South Carolina. Gawd, we need to get out more! (I’ve been to Nicaragua and Spain, but poor Lee has never left the Southern US and Caribbean).

Who has the craziest exes?
Lee and I both have only 1 significant ex, probably since we met so young. Neither of us talk to those exes, and I don’t think either of them are crazy! In fact, they’re both nice people! Lee has had, however, a crazy stalker. She worked at Chick-fil-a where he used to get lunch, took a liking to him, and started following him to work. He had to have management escort her out of his store, at which time she threw BBQ packets at his car. That chick was bananas.

Who has the worst temper?

Another hard one! I have a temper in the sense that I can get irritated pretty darn fast, and then I’ll be all snippy and pissy. But I don’t ever get, like, mad. I’ve never really seen Lee with a temper, but that that’s probably because when he gets upset his response is to LEAVE THE SCENE. If he’s mad at me, he’ll go for a drive or something. But I have seen him almost rip a guy’s head off once. That was a pretty scary experience. I know Lee could protect us if needed!

Who does the cooking?
I do basics like daily dinners, but Lee makes fancy meals, desserts, and big breakfasts. So I do the daily stuff, he does the good stuff!

Who is the neat-freak?
Lee loves everything to look spotless. SPOTLESS! But. If you open his dresser drawers, they are INSANELY DISORGANIZED. I am the opposite. Things may look askew, but I know where everything is, and there’s an order to it, and each item has its place.

Who is more stubborn?
I am.

Who hogs the bed?
Neither of us, now that we have a King!

Who wakes up earlier?
Lee gets up for work pretty early, but if it’s a day we’re both off I will always wake up first. I’m a morning person!

Where was your first date?
An arcade at the mall, McDonald’s, and a movie. He tried!

Who is more jealous?
Neither of us. I know he works with skanks who would love nothing more than to ruin his marriage. He knows I’m getting more looks now that I’ve lost a lot of weight. We both know we’re coming home to one another at the end of the day, so it’s all good!

How long did it take to get serious?
Well, we immediately started dating each other exclusively and we spent every waking moment together. But it was probably 4 months before it was, like, serious. We got engaged after dating for two years.

Who eats more?
Lee. He always has.

Who does the laundry?
Me unless Lee is looking for a beat-down! Seriously, I hate when he attempts laundry. He washes my stuff all wrong, stuff shrinks, he puts it away in the wrong drawers… disaster! (ok so maybe I’m the neat freak.)

Who’s better with the computer?
Me.

Who drives when you are together?
Depends. Usually Lee, but if he thinks people are driving crazy and he starts getting upset, he’ll ask me to take over.

A Case of the Mondays

The worst thing about Mondays? It will be another 5 days until I can get outdoors and do my thang*. A tribute to my dear bicycle:

*I’d like to note that I ride my bicycle fully clothed, thankyouverymuch!

Any given day

Kim was asked to describe what she eats on any given day and passed the question along to all the Cut & Paste Girlz. I’m happy to oblige!

Honestly, I don’t have nearly as much variety in my diet as I should. I’ll list the reocurring foods I live on.

Anytime Foods / Snacks

  • Pure Protein Bars: I eat these constantly. They are the #1 most-consumed food in my diet! I buy them at Wal-Mart at $6.27/6 bars. Chocolate Deluxe is my favorite flavor but I also keep Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Smores on rotation. Each bar = 180 calories, 20g protein.
  • Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt: I eat these about 3 times per week as a snack. I usually mix in fresh fruit. 80 calories for a serving, but they’re not sugar free. They work fine for me though!
  • Jello Instant Pudding: I buy the sugar-free, fat-free instant variety, whip it up on weekends, and snack on it all week. The milk has carbs, but it’s better than some other alternatives. My favorite concoction? Mix Vanilla pudding with canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar-free caramel syrup. Mmmm. (I think this came from Kim’s Cuisine!)
  • I use variations on this protein/whole grain cake recipe from Eggface about once a month.
  • Fruit: I eat two servings of fruit most days, and that would typically include bananas, apples, strawberries, blueberries, nectarines, grapes, plums, or grapefruit.That’s my typical fruit rotation!
  • Dry Roasted Peanuts: too bad the calories add up so quickly!
  • Popcorn: This is a problem food for me so I keep it at a minimum, but I probably eat popcorn a few times a month.
  • Crackers: when I’m not being careful, I eat Kashi crackers, cheez-its, wheat thins, and triscuits. I have to keep these out of sight or I will definitely, 100% overeat on them. Same goes for pretzels. And tortilla chips (except tortilla chips kinda make me feel sick).

Breakfast Foods

  • Special K Protein Plus Cereal: Honestly, I eat this very rarely but always keep it in the pantry. I probably have it twice a month because I don’t normally have a sit-down breakfast.

Lunches

  • Flat out wraps: If you haven’t tried these yet, buy them this week!! A light sun-dried tomato wrap has 90 calories, 9g fiber, 9g protein, and reasonable carbs. I add cold cut turkey, some cheese, and fresh veggies for a yummy wrap. I’ve had this lunch for the past 3 days!
  • Kashi frozen meals: I don’t eat these often (few times a month) but always keep them on hand. Most of them are low-sugar and good on protein, but you have to watch out for carbs. I like the Lemongrass Coconut Chicken and Southwest Chicken.
  • Deli turkey and cheese: I just roll it up, dip in dijon mustard, and munch away! I like to keep pepperjack and swiss cheese on hand for this purpose.
  • Leftovers from dinner

Dinners

I make the following foods over and over and over and over:

  • Eggface’s chili recipe
  • Slow-cooked chicken & salsa (throw frozen chicken breasts into the crockpot with a container of salsa and can of cheddar cheese soup–easy!!)
  • Slow-cooked southwest pork
  • Shepherd’s pie (I avoid the potatoes)
  • Pizzas made on the flat out wraps
  • Tacos
  • Macaroni & Ham (I use a delicious Southern Living recipe that’s pretty light, and I use Barilla protein plus pasta… not exactly healthy, but whatever)
  • Pita breads filled with salad and broiled chicken
  • Chicken stir-fry with brown rice

Beverages

Here’s how I get that 64 ounces!

  • Coffee–I know, only non-caffeinated beverages are supposed to count, but whatever. And for me, coffee always includes creamer and torani syrups and splenda.
  • Celestial Seasonings Teas: I drink these at work between meals. Cinnamon Apple Spice is my favorite. Yumm.
  • Fuze Slenderize. Delicious. 40 calories for a bottle.
  • Chick-fil-a Diet Lemonade. Mmmm. 30 calories, 3g sugar.
  • The occasional Coke Zero or Diet Ginger Ale. Yeah. I said it. I do sodas.
  • Oh, and plain water. That too.

Other things that stock my kitchen

  • Splenda: can’t live without it!
  • Torani syrups: I currently have Irish Creme, Carmel, Vanilla, Raspberry (FAV!), Coconut, English Toffee and Kahlua. I buy them at a local World Market for about $5 a bottle on sale.
  • Pure Protein shakes. If I have pouch pain for some reason or if I need the liquids, I fall back on the shakes. I have 6 cases in my pantry right now! I’m sure I’ll be using these again before and after my plastic surgery since protein is so important for healing. I but them when they’re on sale at Vitamin Shoppe.
  • Nuts: almonds & walnuts are always on hand for mixing into pudding or yogurt. I like to keep a reasonable amount of healthy fat in my diet.
  • Frozen veggies: I eat Green Giant Immunity Boost and just-for-one Broccoli, Carrots, and Italian Seasoning constantly. Like almost every day. I have never figured out how to cook vegetables well, so I rely on these and they’re gooood!
  • Kim’s recipe for Merry Marinated Veggies. I swear, I’ve made these at least twice a month since the recipe was posted! I like to make it on weekends right after I grocery shop and then I’ve got yummy veggies to munch on all week!

In terms of an eating schedule, I like to stick to the following:

6:00 AM: Go to the gym / 20 oz of water

9:00 AM: Coffee or hot tea

11:00 AM: Pure Protein Bar

1:00: Lunch

2:00: hot tea

3:00: Snack 1

4:00: some kind of drink. If I have a diet soda, this is when it would happen

5:00: Snack 2

6:00 (drive home from work): 20 oz water

7:30: Dinner

And then I try not to snack too much after dinner. As you can see, I’m either eating or drinking pretty much all day long! šŸ™‚

I totally fainted

I want to write about this mainly for documentation. I *hope* it doesn’t keep happening!
So I’ve noticed that sometimes when I’ve been sitting awhile and I stand up, I feel a little faint, as if blood is rushing away from my head. I have to kind of stop, wait a second, and then walk wherever I’m going. This is my new normal, no big deal, I’m used to it.
Last night, Lee & I went out to dinner with some friends. Before dinner, I was trying not to snack, so I made coffee in the afternoon. I had 3 cups of coffee between 3pm and 6pm, and I knew I’d be over-caffeinated.
Dinner was at 8 at Kiku, a Japanese steak house. I had a few bites of rice, veggies, chicken, and steak and got full. I brought the rest home and munched on leftover rice while I was packing Lee’s lunch for today. Then I had a banana because I was dying for something sweet. (Hello high glycemic index: rice + banana!??)
So I finished watching CSI and went to join Lee in bed. Since I was so hyped on caffeine from earlier, I started reading in bed to fall asleep. Once I was sufficiently drowsy, I stood up to turn of the lamp.
And that’s all I remember, until Lee came rushing to my side. I woke up on the floor. I could see that I set my book on the night stand, so I remembered I had gotten up to turn off the lamp. I could feel that I must have hit my head on something because it hurt like crazy. I fell so that my face was actually touching the carpet! This was not a graceful fall! I still have no memory after standing up.
I guess I fainted?
Then all could do was laugh about it. So as I lay there in bed, all caffeinated, I started wanting to write this down. But now I was feeling sweaty and shaky, as if I was on the verge of fainting again. I’d sit up, wait to see if I could stand, and have to lay down again. If I stood up, I was going to pass out.
Eventually, I woke Lee up and asked him to bring me an apple and some paper so I could write (the caffeine was making me want to write to-do lists!) When he got frustrated with me because I kept waking him up, I felt bad and started to cry. Then I couldn’t stop laughing again. I have no idea if the emotional state of this whole incident is relevant, but I don’t do a whole lot of giggling or crying over stupid stuff, so it seems relevant to me.
So. I ate my apple. I had my paper. And as started writing, I noticed my handwriting was ridiculously shaky. Like kindergartener-style. Obviously, I was in worse shape than I realized. After the apple, I felt a bit better and was eventually able to stand and turn off the lamp.
I slept like a baby the rest of the night.
So. Is this low blood sugar after rice and banana (STUPID me)? Does that make this reactive hypoglycemia? Is this a “swoosh”? What the crap is happening to me? (Beth, what do you think??)
I’m suddenly feeling the urge to get in to see my primary doctor and have some labs done to see if anything substantial is “off.” But if it’s just low blood sugar, maybe I can just prevent it by eating how I’m supposed to and all will be well?
Can you imagine if something like this happened right after my brachioplasty? I could seriously burst my arm stitches! I’m not having any surgery until I know I’m 100% healthy!