Archive | December, 2012

Quick Dinner Ideas (and Cobb success!)

4 Dec

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I’ve been so busy recently, and outside of trying to fanatically plan my meals for the week and making something hearty on Sunday to last for a good part of the week, I’ve been trying to develop an arsenal of quick meals.

While hopped up on Benedryl last night after an unfortunate incident with an eggplant, I made an easy cobb salad. Now, the husband was categorically opposed to salad-as-dinner before last night. Another quick meal is fajitas, which I make pretty frequently as a two in one meal, meaning he gets fajitas and I get a salad — chicken sausage, quickly sauteed bell peppers and red onions, some shredded cheese, some romaine lettuce, some black beans, a little sour cream/greek yogurt… voila! He can make tacos, I can make a salad, and we are both content (plus it usually makes 4 servings with one package of chicken sausage). So, while I am fully a fan of salad for dinner, he believed that he would be hungry.

Not so, with this quick, easy and SUPER FILLING Cobb salad.

What you’ll need:
rotisserie chicken
1 avocado
cherry tomatoes
1 can pitted black olives
1 English cucumber
1 head of romaine lettuce
2 hardboiled eggs
blue cheese crumbles (mine had dried cranberries in them – yum!)
4 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 lime

1. Peel all chicken from the skin and put in a bowl. I usually get between 2-3 cups of chicken out of one rotisserie chicken (tip: get the kosher chicken; not sure why, but it always tastes better). There will be leftover chicken, you only need maybe 1/4-1/2 cup of chicken per serving.
2. Rinse the tomatoes and rinse/drain the olives.
3. Chop: the cucumber, the avocado, the cherry tomatoes, the lettuce, the hardboiled eggs. Put them into their own little containers if you have a picky husband. (Chris dislikes olives and uncooked tomatoes, and is indifferent towards any avocado). Put the juice of half a lime over the avocado to prevent from browning.
4. Assemble! I put the romaine down first, and then make little segments with everything, as seen in the photo.

Husband’s verdict? He liked it and definitely said he would eat it again!

Love a good, quick meal that is so easy a girl hopped up on Benedryl can make it 🙂

Besides fajitas, I like to make a quick stirfry, breakfast for dinner (with chicken sausage and eggs), burgers or quick gyros. Any other ideas?

Changing Your Mind

3 Dec

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I took a yoga class at my gym on Saturday. Let’s be honest here: I’ve been going to my gym for months and I have stuck very firmly to the rare zumba class and the elliptical. I have fear of not knowing what to do and failing (I can admit that I have slight perfectionist tendencies.)

On Saturday, after writing my blog post, I realized that I should push myself and try something new. The last time I tried a yoga class was with a friend at a new yoga center. It was the hip place to go. People raved about this yoga center. Me? I felt totally judged (I probably wasn’t, but still!) by all the hot young thangs standing on their heads and I felt no serenity at the end of the class, instead feeling like I was going to pass out… and my car got towed. It was not a good experience. Although I had been to other yoga classes at different places and I had either hated them (bikram yoga) or mildly enjoyed them (hot vinyasa), it never spoke to me the way it spoke to other people.

I figured I just wasn’t a yoga person. And that’s okay. I could be a foodie-sometimes-elliptically-sometimes-hiking person.

But, I wrote about this journey on Saturday. And I put yoga pants on and went to a yoga class at the gym. Then something amazing happened — I absolutely loved it. I’m not sure if it was the instructor, or if it was the class, or what it was, but it absolutely spoke to me.

I was going to go to yoga again tonight but I had a bad allergic reaction to something and was on Benedryl instead… Hopefully I can make it before next weekend. But even if I can’t, this has sort of confirmed in my mind that I need to have an open mind on this journey — try new things, retry old things, and never stop searching for progress.

If I cannot make it to a yoga class before the weekend due to the schedule, maybe I’ll try a different class and push the boundaries even more.

Journey Update

1 Dec

The holidays are a hard time to recommit to changing your life. Halloween hits you in October with its sweetness, and then there is Thanksgiving with its license to gluttony (my personal favorite holiday) and there is the holiday season (which somehow lasts for an entire month with cookies and cakes), followed by decadent new year celebrations. No wonder most people recommit to their health with new year resolutions — after a whirlwind of overindulgence, I always feel the need to too!

But here is the thing — I participated in a clothing swap right after I got back from Europe and got rid of all of my size 12 and most of my size 10 clothes. Getting ready for work is super difficult, and I’m not able to wear my cute new size 8 clothing because I’ve indulged to the point (with the wedding and honeymoon and holidays) that it can no longer be considered a cheat. I totally fell off the wagon, I hate the way I feel, and I also hate the way I look again.

I want to get back to the way I felt before the best events of my life happened.

So I’m recommitting, during the holiday season. I’m exploring my options — should I stick with online Weight Watchers?, should I start going to meetings?, should I start tracking calories instead?

One thing I’m going to do is make it to the gym three times a week. I went on Wednesday and felt good, and I’m getting ready to go today.

I’m also not going to beat myself up. This is a journey, and I floundered for a bit. Life got good and then it got crazy, and now I’m entering the holidays with a determination not to gain all my weight back. Journeys can take a lifetime and I’m starting to realize that this one probably will. There will be no miraculous point where I’ll need to stop watching — unfortunately, I love food too much for that.

It’s a matter of having one small moment of indulgence followed by resuming the healthy lifestyle, not just saying eff it and eating like a crazy person for a week because I overindulged at one meal.

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I want to feel the way I felt on this day — at peace, content with myself, and about 10 lbs thinner.

Here is to fighting the good fight, even with temptation all around me in the form of hot chocolate and Christmas cheer 🙂