Donuts and Beer…

I’m writing my first blog post on the road! We’re driving back from KC as we speak — err type. Since I’m not on my computer using my spreadsheets to compute my meals and calories I’m just gonna use a list.

Cereal
Almond milk
Spinach & fruit salad
4 tacos
1/2 funfetti donut
4 Stella Artois
Total
1227

The spinach and fruit salad was our usual bed of spinach topped with fruit, feta, sunflower seeds, and raspberry vinaigrette. It’s always delicious!

Then we went to Porter’s Bar for those 50 cent tacos. Of course. We went with my friend Sushu. Afterwards we walked by Varsity Donuts and I couldn’t resist their enticing aromas. I picked a funfetti donut with sprinkles. I shared it with Sushu and Daniel so I didn’t feel as guilty eating it. It was tasty but to be honest I liked the frosting better than the actual donut.

After hanging with Sushu we left for Topeka to stay the night at Daniel’s sister Kelly’s house. I don’t know whose idea it was but Daniel and I stayed up late with her husband Nelson drinking some Stella, watching Shark Week, and playing darts. It was fun but left me pretty tired for our big day at the amusement parks. I’m exhausted and we’re still an hour away! I’m going straight to bed after a thorough shower. What did you do for fun this Friday?

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Swai Hello There

Yesterday I was finally able to get back on track.  And lots of cooking was involved! And by that I mean Daniel did lots of cooking! As it should be.

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Cereal 140
Almond milk 30
Snack Fruit smoothie 220
3 sushi rolls 132
Lunch Whole Grain Elbows & Vodka Sauce 280
Dinner Breaded lemon pepper swai 276
Spinach salad 120
Rice & veggies 140
Total 1338

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For my protein I either use greek yogurt or I add Herbalife Formula 1 Healthy Meal Shake Mix. It’s a mouthful. I have the french vanilla flavor I believe. For 2 scoops it has 9g of protein. Not bad!

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I don’t know how it happened, but we have a lot of pasta.  Daniel decided we needed vodka sauce to go with it. We used the Superior Selections brand of Vodka sauce since it had less calories per serving. I wasn’t really sure what vodka sauce tasted like but it’s delicious! There is vodka listed in the ingredients but you can’t taste it (at least I couldn’t). It’s basically a creamier version of regular pasta sauce. If you haven’t tried it, just do it! You won’t regret it.

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It was so good I had to go back for a second bowl. Daniel added orange peppers, spinach, cucumber, and basil to it to round it out and make it more filling.

For dinner we started off with a nice fresh salad.  On top of a bed of spinach we added cucumber slices, strawberries, granola, feta, and drizzled a little light raspberry vinaigrette. It’s actually a recreation of the amazing salad I had with my friends the other day at a local bistro. So simple and tasty!

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For the main course we had bought a big pack of swai fillets that we needed to use up before we move at the end of the month. That’s right, I’m moving! But just down the street. My room mate recently moved to Las Vegas (jealous) so Daniel and I found a one bedroom. The building is only a year old and reasonably priced. And you can’t beat a close location to campus. So our meals are basically going to be random stuff in our fridge/pantry so we have less stuff when we move.

So for the swai, Daniel found this recipe to try. We altered it a bit to better suit our tastes. We also only used 2 swai fillets because, well, there’s only two of us. So we cut everything in half.

Here’s what we added:

  • .5 Tbsp butter
  • 2 swai fillets
  • 1.5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • .5 cup Panko bread crumbs (makes it crispier)
  • Lemon pepper
  • Lemon juice

We followed the directions except we mixed in the lemon pepper with Panko bread crumbs. We probably added a tablespoon. I like a lot of lemon pepper. When the fish were done baking we drizzled the lemon juice on top.

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For the side dish, Daniel heated up some leftover brown rice we had previously cooked and added orange pepper and cucumber with a blend of soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, and teriyaki sauce. Saweet!

This was all relatively simple assuming you already have these things on hand. I love making dishes from what we have. I don’t feel like I’m super skilled in the culinary arts (baking is more my thing, you know, with that whole Bakery Science degree) but I enjoy seeing (and tasting) what concoctions Daniel comes up with in the kitchen. It’s giving me more confidence to put different things together to make something delicious.

For my workout yesterday I ran 2.5 miles! Up hills! And it was HOT! That has to 300 calories burned. I was so hot and tired by the end that I thought I was going to pass out. I chugged so much water when I got home. I also made sure to stretch thoroughly afterwards. Today, I avoided the heat with a nice but challenging strengthening work out. I’ll give you the deets tomorrow!

High School Reunion

So yesterday was absolutely fabulous. As you know, a good friend was married yesterday.  Afterwards, my friends and I met at a local bistro for lunch.  I had this amazing fresh spinach and fruit salad with vinaigrette. There was granola and feta in it. Yum!

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Later that night we headed to Dhithya’s house for the sleep over.  Crazy side story, but Dhithya’s family lives in the house I grew up in. No lie! My parents decided it was time to move and it just so happened that at that same time Dhithya’s family was looking for a different place too! She ended up having my old room (with my pastel yellow walls and all) and it has been awesome being able to go back over there.  That was 10 years ago! But back to the party. So her mom is an amazing cook and feeds me well every time I come over.  I can’t properly give the names of everything but we had potatoes, yellow and white rice, and vegetables. Be jealous.

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It was so much fun catching up with all those ladies. Unfortunately, I don’t have any pics from yesterday but I’ll post pictures tomorrow of the lake adventures! 

Let’s take a gander at my food diary from Saturday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Corn flakes 120
  Skim milk 80
Dessert Cake donut 200
Lunch Spinach and fresh fruit 300
Dinner Pasta and sauce 310
Snack Banana & honey 120
2nd Dinner AMAZING Indian Cuisine 230
Total   1360

That’s right, a SECOND dinner. I mean, dinner is always good, so why not capitalize on it when you can? Plus, all my friends know I can’t pass up free food, especially Indian. Mhmm! 

I also didn’t work out at all yesterday. I fail! I’ve always had trouble incorporating workouts into my day when they’re so jam packed like this. I suppose I could have woken up early before the wedding to workout but I was already getting up at 8am just to get ready and that’s early enough. HA! I must sound so lazy. And truth be told, I am. Seriously, I love sleep way too much and will not compromise it for working out. Which, is probably why I don’t lose weight very fast. To optimize on weight-loss I know I should schedule specific times to workout and stick to it. I need to plan ahead more. I’ll get on that. I definitely plan to have a good workout tomorrow! I promise!

Sorry for the delay on this post, by the way. I was continuing the reunion at the lake today! It was SO much fun boating, jet skiing, and tubing… until I got home and realize I got BURNED. My whole back is lobster red. Totally worth it though.  Time to shower off the smell of lake now!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Errr… I mean Breakfast at Rachel’s. There’s no fancy jewelry, dresses, or Audrey Hepburn sadly, but there is breakfast in bed! That’s right, my handsome man made me breakfast while I slept in.  Pancakes with strawberries and bananas and scrambled eggs. And no, the pancakes weren’t from a mix. That’s right, he had to go to the store and get the ingredients to make it from scratch. What a guy. He found the recipe at allrecipes.com.  They’re called Good Old Fashioned Pancakes. They were so fluffy and, well, good! I’ve also just now decided that I cannot consume pancakes unless there is fruit cooked into them. Yum!

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How could I even think about working out after a meal like that? Ok, I was lazy. But I was productive in other aspects like working on re-staining those chairs I had mentioned yesterday.  I have a wood table with 4 wood chairs that have fabric/padding on the seat. I inherited them from my cousins who were getting a newer set. It has done me well the last 5 years but it’s time for an update.  So I spent a good portion of the evening sanding and staining a couple of the chairs with Daniel’s help. In fact, I was just working on them some more before I came inside to blog.

After working on the chairs last night we made a delicious dinner with pollock and rice.  We cooked the pollock on the stove for a few minutes adding some greek rub and lemon pepper and then covered them with pesto and parmesan and baked them for another 5 minutes.  They broke apart as I put them on my plate so that’s why they’re all crumbly looking.

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We served them with a fabulous side salad (finally getting those fresh veggies!).  The salad included a bed of spinach with green peppers, cucumbers, bacon bits, craisins, and some light raspberry vinaigrette on top.

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Here’s the full calorie break-down from yesterday:

Meal Food Calories
Breakfast Strawberry/banana pancakes 175
Eggs 200
Sugar free syrup 50
Lunch Left over Noodles & Co. 150
Snack Graham crackers 120
Dinner Pollock with pesto, parmesan 290
Rice 100
Salad 165
Total 1250

Not too shabby! I mean, with all that sanding I did I’m sure that makes up for the 50 calories I went over, right? Yeah, we’ll go with that.

Ok, here’s the defining moment of whether this new lifestyle has helped me get into shape. My current weight is…..134.2. Whomp whomp. Not much considering my starting weight was 134.6. It’s a little disappointing but I’m staying confident. This is all about being healthy and happy.  I already feel more energetic and more awake in the mornings from when I first started. That is definitely worth it.

Now for my measurements. They were all taken at the widest point.

Measurements Inches
Neck 13
Waist 30
Love handles 36.5
Hips 39
Right thigh 23.5
Left thigh 23.5
Right calf 14.5
Left calf 14.5

That’s right, I’m measuring my love handles. They have always been a troublesome spot for me even back when I was dancing a lot. This time they’re going down! Literally, that measurement is going down (I hope!).

Has anyone else seen some progress in a new diet/workout/lifestyle you’ve started? Let me know what has been working for you!