Monthly Archives: January 2013

Things I’m gaining while I’m losing!

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This isn’t me but this is what I did!!  Shirshasana (Photo credit: kellinahandbasket) 

Ok, no time for a long, well thought out post!

Since starting WW, I’ve lost 5 lbs!  Which could be mostly water weight, but feels good nonetheless.  I have been consistently going over my points per day, and using up almost all my “extra” points they give you a week.  I haven’t been starving, but I also haven’t been making the healthiest choices I could.  Sometimes I think the “points” thing makes it a little too easy to cheat.  Like, last night I shouldn’t have eaten half a frozen pizza from Trader Joe’s, but it fit within my points so that’s what I did!  This last week I didn’t really lose anything, which I’m ok with since I went to a Top Chef dinner (what?  I can’t tell you anything else about it!), ate out Indian  on Friday night and didn’t work out as much as I could.

But, this week I feel like I’ve gained something really important. I’ve gained back my hope, my motivation, and my pride. I’ve realized just how far I’ve come since starting my wellness journey 6 years ago!  I might weigh more now, but I’m so much freakin stronger than I was!  Case in point: I did 22 REAL push ups today.  I also have been ROCKING the Insanity workouts which are the hardest workouts I’ve ever done.  This has really strengthened my arms, core, shoulders and legs! I noticed when I did a yoga podcast yesterday and I did the whole plank/downdog/plank thing repeatedly with no problem.  Also, I did my first LEGIT yoga headstand! And held it for like, 20 seconds!  It was amazing.  I did another one yesterday and today just to prove I could, and because it’s a killer core builder.

I was so tired this morning I wanted to take the day off. But today’s my weigh in day for WW and I wanted to have a loss, so I decided to do the Jillian Michaels Banish Fat video.  I remember the first time I did this video, I almost died.  I was huffing and puffing and “phoning it in” for the whole second half.  Today, I picked it because it was an “easy” work out for me!  And, I added in some harder moves because I wanted to kill it.  And kill it I did.

I am super excited to be feeling strong and proud of my body again.  I think that’s the most important thing you gain during the weight loss process–your confidence and self respect.

I have 3 days to lose 1.6 lbs to win my Diet Bet! Can I do it?  I’ll let you know! Either way, I think I’ll do another one because it’s super motivational and keeps me on a schedule.

Gotta Go, Keep it moving!

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Carrot Ginger Miso Soup with Tahini Swirl

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For some reason, when I’m working, by the time I get home I’m STARVING.  Like, light headed, hunger frenzy where I eat everything in sight before and while I cook dinner.  Even if I eat a snack in my car on the way home! And I eat a decent lunch and breakfast, so I’m not sure why, by the time I get home, I’m pretty much in a blind hunger rage.

So one of my New Year’s projects is to curb the hunger rage.  I decided to make a big batch of veggie soup every weekend (that I don’t have school) so I can eat a bowl while I cook dinner.  Soup is souper low in calories (and points!) and fills you up because it’s a large volume of liquid going into your belly. Plus, they are easy to make and very flavorful!

Friday I made a kale and cauliflower soup that would have been amahzing, but I over salted it!!  Ruined.  Sad.  I ate a bowl and it still tasted good ( I have a high salt tolerance) but I was thirsty for days so I threw the rest out.  One day I will remake it with a vengeance, and it will be uh-sogood.

Deb from Smitten Kitchen opened the year with a carrot soup recipe that sounded intriguing.  I decided to make a giant batch for the week and see if eating a bowl before dinner helped curb my cravings and over eating.  Smitten had two great carrot soup recipes, so I adapted my own combination of both! I think it’s best (for me) this way.  I don’t think I would want a week’s worth of soup that has curry (cumin) undertones so I used the Ginger-Miso soup recipe.  But I couldn’t pass up the tahini-lemon dollop because it just sounded so good!  I went with a little more ginger and a little less miso, but the recipe is pretty much the same.

The soup is sweet, spicy from the ginger, and the tahini-lemon swirl adds a nutty, umami note that makes this soup a must!

Carrot Ginger Miso Soup with Tahini Swirl

Adapted from these SmittenKitchen Recipes: Carrot Soup with tahini and crisped chick peas  and Carrot Soup with Miso and sesame

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Nutritional Information Per 1 cup serving with drizzle of tahini:

Calories: 95  Fat: 5g   Carbohydrate: 11g  Protein:  2  Points+: 2

Ingredients for the soup:

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, diced
  • 1 lb. carrots, diced
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp yellow miso, or to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic

Ingredients for the tahini drizzle:

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • juice of 1 1/2 lemons, or to taste
  • water to thin

 

  1. Heat a large stock pot over medium heat and add sesame and olive oil.  Stir in onions and ginger, and let them cook over medium-low heat while you peel and dice the carrots.  Let them caramelize real nice!
  2. Add garlic and continue to cook for another few minutes, until the mix starts sticking and browning.
  3. Add carrots and raise heat to medium high.  Let them soften for a few minutes before adding the broth.  Bring to a boil and let simmer for another 15 minutes, or until carrots are nice and soft and fall apart when stabbed with a fork. DO NOT SALT anything until you have blended it all up and added the miso!
  4. Use food processor or immersion blender to puree soup until smooth.  Thin with water to desired consistency.  Add miso to taste and use blender to stir it in.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together tahini and lemon juice, and add water until it’s a thin, creamy consistency.
  6. Serve soup in a bowl with a dollop or drizzle of the tahini!  Enjoy!

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New Year, New Favorites, and least favorites!

Hello, everybody!

Well I suppose it’s time for the obligatory new year’s post where I go into how this year is going to be different, I’m going to be different, and so are you! Well, I’m with Roni here on the “stateless diet”, so I am just moving forward on my path to better health and cleaner living.  Which really means, of course, that I haven’t lost weight!  Another reason I haven’t posted on my healthy living/weight loss/cooking blog.

Well, cynical self, I hate to break it to you, but things ARE going to be different year.  Why?  Well, because I’m going to be quitting my job, moving back to Santa Cruz for a month (or two!), and finishing grad school!  By this time next year I’ll have a masters and be on my way to a BCBA!  So yeah, I actually feel confident that this year is bringing some big changes for me and my boys.

Ok, and I confess, I jumped on the New Year’s band wagon and joined Weight Watchers. I’ve had success on their plan before (a long time ago) so I thought I would try it again.  So far so good, but we’ll see! I’ll keep you posted.  I like that fruits and veggies are “free”, which encourages me to eat them!  But, I don’t really like that traditional processed “diet” foods are low points while wholesome things like grains are pretty high.  I’m definitely trying to stick to the Skinny Rules but it gets tricky!

Another first? I joined a Diet Bet! 

I’m not really a betting gal, but I am all about rewards.  And response cost!  I bet 20$ that I will lose 7 lbs. by the end of the month! If I do it, I get to split the pot with everyone else who succeeds.  So far the pot for my bet is over $12,000!  I definitely don’t want to lose 20 bucks, and I definitely want to win some cashola!  It may sound silly  but 20$ is a small price to pay for motivation!

I guess instead of New Year’s Resolutions, this years I have New Years projects!  I also am on a mission to DIY make-over my bedroom into a fabulous chic boudoir!  Here is my first step:

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New vintage side table, lamp and table hippo!

What are your New Year’s projects? Anything big on your horizon? I”d love to hear!

And now, a few favorites to start this year off right!

Gerber Daisies!

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Anything mint or pistachio colored!

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This creepy abandoned zoo in Griffith Park.  Haunted? Probably.  Reminiscent of the Lost bear cages? Yes.  Instagrammers heaven? Totes.

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And, I can’t really afford to eat this on my WW plan, but this soda bread and these empanadas sound SOOO GOOD!

Finally, a truly terrible invention that is another first for me: a LEAST FAVORITE!  Don’t you sometimes wish Facebook had a thumbs down button? Well now you can hate all you want with a least favorites list!

This machine lets you eat all you want and then sucks it out of your stomach so you don’t get fat.  Everyone’s dream come true! Honestly, it just makes me so mad that the capitalist market encourages schemes like this instead of treating the problem.  Instead of coming up with creative ideas to encourage healthy living, let’s make tons of money off letting people consume as much as they want and not change their lifestyle at all! Ugh.  Anyways.  Signing off, for a better and brighter 2013!

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