Archive | July, 2012

1.5 Months of No White Stuff

31 Jul

After 1.5 months of my strict diet (to recap: no flour, sugar, grain, starch), I have learned a few things.
A. I am clearly not a size 10 or a large anymore in most stores
B. Sometimes it’s about patience
C. I need some outside help sometimes

I guess this might be TMI for some people, but it’s a fact of my life so I wanted to share… Maybe it will help someone else.

I haven’t been going to the gym as much as I wanted to and my eating habits have been all off. I’m always full and I always feel bloated or queasy. I haven’t been losing as much weight as expected. The reason for all this? I have been having severe digestion problems, which has led me to not want to update. I’m doing the right things but I feel like I’m getting no where. (This is where patience comes into play.) This isn’t necessarily a new development — I think I’ve always had some stomach troubles but it was never continuous or pinpointed to one particular food (ie: not lactose intolerant).

Luckily, I talked to my aunt who is super into homeopathic remedies. She had a few suggestions, including an herbal tea to promote regularity (sorry again if this is oversharing). I’m starting to feel normal again, and even took a long hike on Saturday!

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This is my drug mug for my tea, bwahaha.

Anyway, my dress fitting (because I’m getting married in a few weeks!) is Saturday and I think I’ve lost about 10 lbs since I started this whole no white stuff diet. Hopefully the dress will fit beautifully!

One thing I’ve been enjoying as I’m losing more weight is the few clothes I’ve managed to purpose in the right size and how I manage to put together outfits for my very corporate work environment.

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(cropped black pants from Gap, top from NY&Company, black target wedge sandals and a blue junky necklace from an Eastern Market stall in DC)

Although it’s a corporate world, I still try to be young and fun with my clothes. I like how my butt looks in these pants and I think my arms and face look thinner than even how it looked in June! It’s good to fit into a size 8 again and feel like I look good.

Hopefully I’ll continue to feel better and will be able to get more gym time in this week! Starting to feel more normal — love that feeling!

Salty Kale Chips

20 Jul

It is possible that I made two batches of kale chips in one day. I’m just saying, these babies are addictive.

Salty, full of fiber, and totally hitting the snack spot, I am so obsessed with kale chips.

Kale Chips
Inspired by Melissa d’Arabian’s recipe

All you need is:
a bunch of kale
Olive oil cooking spray
Salt
Garlic powder if desired

1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees.
2. De-rib the kale and pull apart into chunks
3. Place kale on baking sheet (use two if you’re making kale for a crowd!)
4. Lightly mist with olive oil spray and sprinkle with salt and garlic powder if using
5. Bake for 20 mins, tossing once.
6. Serve! Remake immediately. At least if you are a kale freak like me.

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Nomnomnoms

It sort of seems silly to post a recipe this simple, but I want everyone to experience the delish kale-ness I’ve been into lately!

Enjoy!

Bacon Guacamole — aka, the Meaning of Life

7 Jul

I’m sorry, I’ve been bad.  I’ve held out on you since Tuesday night with this recipe. 

This is seriously the most life-altering dish I have ever made.  But it isn’t my fault.  And I know, it’s not quite “diet.”  BUT IT IS WORTH IT. And if you haven’t noticed, it’s not like I can “indulge” in some ice cream right now – -so bacony avocadoey dip eaten with a fork will have to do.

A few months ago, Chris and I went to a local restaurant and had the most life changing guacamole — BACON GUACAMOLE.  Unfortunately, the rest of the food wasn’t that great, and despite my pleading, Chris doesn’t want to go to the restaurant to just order their guacamole (silly man).  “Why don’t you just make it yourself?” he asks.  I was convinced it wouldn’t be the same.

I was right. My version is better. 

And unfortunately, I didn’t expect it to be such a raging success.  Sorry for the poor picture.  I snapped this after Chris and I had eaten almost the entirety of the bowl.

Bacon Guacamole

Serves: 4 (2 if you are me and Chris…) Points per serving: 5 WW Points Plus

Ingredients:

  • 3 slices raw bacon
  • 1.5 Tbsp crumbled feta cheese (Israeli feta is what I used)
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced finely
  • 1 medium avocado, chunked and peeled
  • 6 small cherry tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 1 Tbsp red onion, chopped finely
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • salt and pepper to taste (if you have a saltier feta, watch the salt when adding more to the guac!)

Instructions:

  1. Bake in a 400 degree oven the bacon on a baking sheet for 15 minutes.
  2. Let bacon cool, and crumble the slices.
  3. Add the avocado, tomato, garlic, cherries, lime, onion, and olive oil together in a bowl, and mash together.
  4. Add the feta and mash a little more.
  5. Finally, add in the bacon and combine til everything is all bacony and lovely.
  6. Taste. Add salt or pepper if needed (we needed a little pepper, nothing else!).
  7. Devour.

Legitly, we ate this with a fork.  And moaned. (Normal people could eat this with veggies or some tortilla chips. I envision this with a fried egg for breakfast. Nomnomnom.)

The feta and olive oil gave it a creaminess, and the bacon gave it this meatiness. So good.  Even Chris, who basically does not like avocado or tomatoes (I know, what is wrong with him?!?!???), scarfed this.

Happy guac-ing!

 

No White Stuff Week III

7 Jul

No white stuff, week three.  How did it start out?  Well, at my weigh in last Saturday, after a trying, tempting few days (lots of cravings, lots of work-related stress with no food/ice cream outlet), I jumped on the scale and thought it was a fluke:

However, on my weigh in day on Wednesday (official weigh in day for Weight Watchers), I was down even more!  148!  148!!! 148!!!!  I couldn’t even believe my eyes.  I have no idea when I was in the 140s last — probably in the beginning of my relationship with Chris or even before then.  Do you know what this means??? Over 25 lbs lost since I started Weight Watchers about 11 months ago!  I’m so blessed!

This no white stuff has radically changed what I was eating, and I’m no longer feeling ravenous from eating whole things.  I’m not missing bread, I’m not missing pasta, and I’m feeling satisfied with eating weird things at night in lieu of our old frozen yogurt runs. 

Some things I’ve been eating recently:

  • olives
  • spaghetti squash (with pesto, with olive oil, basil and tomatoes, with brie melted in!, etc.)
  • lots and lots of gourmet cheese
  • cherries
  • watermelon

And here is a typical work week without the white stuff:

Monday 6/25:
breakfast: greek yogurt and strawberries, skim milk in my coffee
lunch: chicken tikka masala in the slow cooker (4 pts)
dinner:caprese salad, pollo in potacchio, fruit salad
snack: banana
 
Tuesday 6/36:
breakfast: 7 almonds, greek yogurt and raspberries, skim milk in my coffee
lunch: pollo in potacchio
dinner: pork tenderloin with peppers, spaghetti squash with pesto, roasted parmesan green beans
 
Wednesday 6/27:
Breakfast: pesto spaghetti squash, skim milk in my coffee
lunch: salad with refried beans, a bit of guac, carnitas, etc. from Chevy’s (work lunch)
dinner: pollo in potacchio
snack: banana
 
Thursday 6/28:
Breakfast: skim milk in my coffee, 1/2 tbsp butter, 1 cup uncooked spinach, 2 large eggs and a 1/2 tbsp of goat cheese (breakfast scramble)
lunch: pork tenderloin with red and yellow peppers, roasted parmesan green beans
dinner: parmesan buffalo burger, asian glazed chicken thigh, cheese
snack: cantaloupe and cherries
 
Friday 6/29:
breakfast: skim milk with coffee, raspberries, greek yogurt
lunch: asian glazed chicken thighs
dinner: 6 olives, parmesan buffalo burgers, pesto, plenty of arugala
 
I try to keep things interesting with my meals, and I always try to make things that I’m going to be excited to eat!
 
Which isn’t to say that there have not been trying moments this week.  As a kid, we lived in Columbus, Ohio, and there was a GREAT ice cream shop there (best in the world, in my humble opinion).  My mom found out that they have started to distribute ice cream and picked up a few pints, including my two favorite flavors.  So there we are, fourth of July BBQ at my parents house, and everyone is eating my favorite ice cream – -ice cream I haven’t had since I was 15.  I didn’t cave.  I stayed strong.  I am ready to keep losing this weight.
 
This week has been very trying at work, so no gym to speak of.  There is always room for improvement, and as I’m sitting here on a Saturday, taking a break from doing even MORE work, I realize I’ve been making excuses for the gym.  So, I will try to do at least THREE gym sessions this week.  Although work has been crazy — and I absolutely NEED to get my wedding invites in the mail — I still need to take at least a half hour three times a week and move my body.
 
A few more lbs and I will be at my Weight Watcher’s goal — and I will reassess from there.  I’m so ready to do this!