Wednesday, January 23, 2013


YIKES delayed post what! Sorry! I bet you thought you lost me again, huh? Can't get rid of me that easily :)

Day 16:

Ate one of those baby size apples before the gym

25 minutes elliptical 9 minutes treadmill with light stretching

Instead of a shake for breakfast, I used similar ingredients I'd put in a shake and put it in (gluten free) oatmeal instead: 1/2 a cup oats, 1 cup coconut milk, a big shake of cinnamon, pumpkin, sunbutter, and a heaping scoop of protein powder. I also put a few drops of vanilla stevia on top after it cooked. Hate to say it, but I think I'd have rather had the shake.  I only made it about 2/3 through the bowl before I got too full and put the rest away. I also had half a cup of gingerbread coffee with coconut milk & vanilla stevia (took the other half to-go).

I brought the messiest lunch ever. Just assembling it took forever. I couldn't go on a reality show, if only because I'd be humiliated by the way I eat lunch at work. It's very savage-like, shoving big bites in my mouth--I'm a real mess. Anyway. I digress. I made organic romaine lettuce wraps which I filled with turkey lunch meat, roasted red pepper hummus, avocado, spicy mustard (not pictured), and tomato. You will see 3 pictured here, but I actually ate 5. A little excessive, yes. And all I could taste was the hummus. But it got the job done. I also had a few raw almonds & pecans.  Take that, late night! I won't be starving all day this time.

I'm going to my parents tonight to watch American Idol (I have too many shows recording at my house #firstworldproblems), but they don't have anything my Dad or I can eat, so we have to stop by the store on the way home. I love how I keep ALL of the food we can eat even though he kinda needs to eat too and we don't live in the same house anymore. Eh, I feed him most meals anyway at work or at my house--he doesn't need it! ;) I send him home with ingredients for a breakfast shake each night, bring his lunch to work, and he eats at my place most nights for dinner. I'd say he's fine. BTW he lost another 1.5 lbs this week. Total 11.5. CRAY.

Dinner wasn't as tasty as I imagined, but I made do: shrimp bowl with brown rice and veggies. I put a lil olive oil and lots of green tobasco for a sauce. Uh, I kind of forgot green hot sauce has corn (cornstarch) in it (the label of my old one fell off and I just replaced it today). The red kind doesn't! Ugh, fail. I hid it away for now. Hopefully it didn't eff things up too much...I highly doubt it, but JJ Virgin would probably say otherwise. Especially for me, who has already been told previously I was super sensitive to corn. Live & learn....

When I got home I freaked out thinking I had no protein for lunch the following day, so I threw a couple pieces of steelhead trout to make a salad out of in the toaster oven. Then I remembered I had turkey lunch meat, but hey-now I had lunch and dinner for the next day. Perfect! The fish came out perfect too.

Oh yeah!

Day 17:

Random workout times (as usual, I guess!): 21 min elliptical, 10 min stationary bike, 5 min treadmill, light stretching

pb&j (well almond butter and berry) shake + coffee.

Salad for lunch made with organic mixed greens, roasted red peppers, 1 kalamata olive (haha my last one), turkey lunch meat, avocado, almonds, pecans, olive oil, & balsamic. I also had a pear.

Somehow I forgot to upload this pic & I've already deleted it off my phone. Will check my trash bin in iPhoto on my desktop later, but I doubt it's there. Imagination time!

Usually I work a little past 7 on Thursdays, but I left about 5:30 to take my pup to get his annual vaccines. We were only oh, probably 7-9 months behind. He did such a good job! There was an ADORABLE maltese puppy (9 weeks!) in front of us, who of course people said was cute, but they FAWNED over Buster. Probably partially because he had a polo shirt on haha, but mostly they just kept saying how cute his face was. DUH. One dog food representative kept coming over to hug him and give him treats. Ladies man!

Dinner was the afformentioned fish, so I just had to heat it up. I was at my parents again to watch Idol. My Mom made her own dinner, so I stole a little of her (basmati) rice. I usually only eat brown and probably am only supposed to eat brown on the diet, but whatevs. I also had black beans with salsa. At the last minute I added a million strawberries. This dinner was SO SO good. About half way through I knew (and said aloud) I was probably too full to keep eating, yet for some DUMB reason I finished it. I felt sickly full all night. I HATE WHEN I DO THAT! But it was so good, did I mention that? Haha. Simple too!

Somehow I forgot to upload this pic & I've already deleted it, too...blah blah blah. At least you got to see the fish deliciousness up above!

January 18

Breakfast shake. These are pretty good now, I hate to admit! Not that I'd want them every day for life, but they're no longer powdered torture like in the beginning

My dad and I were about to head out to the gym, but he had checked his blood sugar and it was really high for him (he technically has diabetes, but his blood sugar is usually only about 10 points or so over "normal" if that which isn't bad. In this case, it was over 100 points higher! Still not necessarily scary-emergency-bad, but it certainly freaked us out)--so he left my house and we quickly got ready for work instead and he rushed back to get me (we go into work together), and rushed to his doctor. His doctor said he'll be fine, but he's lost too much weight too quickly and isn't eating enough sugar (even healthy sugar in fruit, etc), so his body thought he was starving and started dumping sugar in his blood to compensate. He didn't change his medicine or act terribly concerned, so that's good. Crazy how certain dietary changes can affect the body that much and that quickly.

I guess even though JJ Virgin says to eat every 4-6 hours (and she says this diet is great for those with diabetes), his dr. said diabetics need to eat something closer to every 2 hours! I'm glad he's ok! He's still planning to follow the diet (he's under 200 lbs now! I don't think he has been in YEARS), but he has to add in snacks and just compensate with smaller meals. IMO probably healthier anyway, as I've kinda been saying all along.

For lunch I had a salad with organic mixed greens, blueberries, turkey lunch meat, avocado, pecans, almonds, & olive oil/lemon juice dressing. I also had an apple.

My brother came over to spend the night so we could watch movies, but I kept falling asleep! That always happens, but only with him for some reason. Sorry Ryan! It was only 10 pm! We made it through about half of Gremlins 2 (his pick...). I go to bed earlier on weekends than week days. Bad!

For dinner I made baked chicken (it was like a quarter leg chicken thing...I guess a leg attached to a thigh?) with baked sweet potato fries. It was good.

I also made a dessert! It wasn't the best in the world, but it was tasty enough. They were kind of cookie-like, but more crumbly. I just combined gf oats, 2 diced squares of 90% dark chocolate (cocoa powder would have worked--I intended to have chunks in the cookies but they melted into the batter), sunbutter, coconut oil, I think some almond butter?, a little flax seed, a little coconut flour, stevia...mixed together & baked for a few min at 350 degrees. Not bad, not bad.

January 19

Again, I cheated and didn't have a shake. Sue me. I was starving and I know shakes are fast, but this was faster. I had a bowl of knock off organic cherrios with almond milk & blueberries + the last 3 slices of turkey lunch meat for protein.

I also cheated and had a snack 2 hours later. Screw the meal timing. I concede with that. I had 1 brown rice rice cake topped with sunbutter & "jam" (heated frozen strawberries in the micro for 1 min and mashed them together...good, but next time I may add a pinch of stevia) and the rest of some hazelnut coffee from earlier.

I think I need to stop drinking coffee so many days in a row. I seem to do fine with it some days and feel meh some days. If I spread it out, even every other day, I think it would be better than say, 4 days off 3 days on. We shall see, I s'pose! Diet experiments within the diet experiment....gotta love it.

For lunch I had 10 minutes to come up with something while a repair man was at my parents house and my Dad could only break away for a second to pick food up, so I had to think fast and creatively! I quickly threw together a butternut squash soup (the squash + almond milk, chicken broth, salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika) + a salad with leftover chicken on top and avocado + evoo/balsamic/pink salt/pepper. Pretty good!

I can't believe I'm almost through with Cycle 1 of the plan! 2 more days!

I assumed the gym would just be skipped today, but just after I got in the bath my Dad called and asked if I wanted to join him around 6 pm. I still considered it--and definitely said yes after I, sadly, realized I had never washed the tub out after I bathed my dogs in it a couple weeks ago. GROSS. I REALLY didn't want to workout, but if I had to shower anyway I really had no excuse not to go!

I think I did 35 minutes elliptical,  5 minutes stair stepper, 5 minutes treadmill, and light stretching? May have been 30 min elliptical, 10 min stepper.

B-T-Dubs: Now that I've told myself I can eat when I'm hungry, I'm not really hungry. Imagine that.

Had to run to the grocery store for dinner after working out and didn't even have dinner made until after 9 and I STILL wasn't hungry. But I ate anyway to refuel my muscles...or something like that. Forget that I did cardio...

Turkey burger with rice cheese, saurkraut, organic mixed greens, and mustard on a gluten free english muffin + strawberries. SO GOOD!

January 20:

I had an idea for protein pancakes using a chia egg. I wasn't sure if they'd bind together, but I wanted to check it out. I mixed gf oats, a chia egg, vanilla sunwarrior, pumpkin, almond milk, coconut oil, and sunflower seed butter together. They crumbled a little when I flipped them, but I think that was more due to me using a pan than the actual ingredients (usually I use a griddle, but mine burnt out recently). I topped them with almond butter and strawberry jam (frozen strawberries heated in the microwave and mashed with a lil vanilla stevia added). I also made nitrite-free turkey bacon. FINALLY. I've been craving it for a week. My dad and I both LOVED this breakfast. He kept raving about it all day. He had hazelnutcoffee, but I gave my stomach a rest and went with english breakfast tea with almond milk & stevia. Close enough.

I was fine right after eating, but got a minor stomachache an hour or so later. May have been the tea?

My Dad had made my mom nitrite-free pork bacon and I wanted to try one. It was kind of ok, but still not my thing. Phew.

We had a good family & business talk and then off to grocery shopping all afternoon. Took much longer than expected. I also randomly bought a mini trampoline. I love those things. Who knows if I'll actually use it, but I envision myself jumping while watching tv lol.

For lunch (2:30) I quickly put together tortilla pizzas made with brown rice tortillas, pizza sauce, daiya "mozzerella," garlic chicken sausage, roasted red peppers, broccoli, fresh basil, and onion. OH pizza! FINALLY! We loved it.

For dinner I tried out this red curry. I used a Thai Kitchen paste as the base. It said to use 2 tablespoons worth mixed with a can of lite coconut milk, BUT luckily I had read online (unfortunately AFTER I bought it), that this product used to be amazing, but is now bland and you need to use the entire container to get it to taste even semi-flavorful. I started out with just the 2 tbsps, but quickly realized the whole bottle would be needed after all. I also squirted in a bunch of sriaricha. Then, I added shrimp, an entire head of broccoli diced up, and the last of the frozen peas I had on hand.

I've only ever had Thai yellow curry, never red, but this was pretty good. I don't think I'd buy this product again, but I would order red curry sometime at a restaurant or perhaps try another brand. Maybe. I just love yellow so much! But I can see red being good. Okay, you get it.

I also made dessert! I saw TrulyJess' vlog about her protein apple and gave it a try. You can go to her website/youtube page if you want the recipe, but I really liked it. I want to swirl in some almond butter next time (let's be honest, probably tomorrow night). I also want to try making the chocolate protein part into candy bars, sans apples. We'll see. So many ideas.

I got a little overzealous with the first half, so the last half didn't get quite covered enough.

Day 21:

We made it!! After tonight, cycle one is complete! Holla.

Tomorrow we get to add soy back in for 4 days to see how/if we react. To be honest, it feels anticlimatic so far. Number one, I don't really feel much diferent (read: better) health-wise. And two, I'm not especially missing soy anyway. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy soy sauce, tofu, edamame, soy milk, etc. as much as the next person, but I'm not dying over it. I'd much rather be able to add goat cheese to a salad or have a runny egg for breakfast. 

25 min elliptical, 7 min treadmill, light stretching

What are shakes, again? :-x. For breakfast (9 am) I finished off the extra protein pancakes from yesterday, but I made up a protein jam to go on top! It's kind of a mix between protein frostings that all health bloggers seem to use & my healthy jam. I warmed up the frozen strawberries with about a teaspoon of coconut oil, mashed that together with a few drops of vanilla stevia, and mixed in about 1/3-1/2 of a scoop of vanilla sunwarrior protein powder--enough until it became a paste/icing with chunks of strawberries peeking through. That sounds kind of disgusting the way I wrote it, but it was pretty good! Who knew coconut oil and protein powder go SO well together? I bet pumpkin would work well too in place of the strawbs!

Oh yeah, I had turkey bacon too. Obsessed.

 I tried to convince Dad-Boss that it was un-American of him to make me work on Inauguration Day (nevermind Martin Luther King Jr. Day!), but he didn't bite. I did get to (sort of) watch via live streams, but I was pretty distracted.  Such a proud day!

On the (sort of) plus side, we realized we have to work almost a full day Saturday (6 hours) due to new groups beginning and a few other things, so I asked if I could have 1 day off this week and he agreed. I get to leave "early" (5:30 or so pm, not exactly early for most, but we usually leave at 7:30) on Thursday and then take off Friday. WOOHOO.

I ate lunch a little after 1 pm. Leftover shrimp and veggie red curry. Kind of wished I'd brought a turkey sandwich instead, but it was good. 

For dinner we used up a Groupon that was going to expire next week. We had a mediterranean buffet at this place called Dimassi's. It's really good, but I totally overdid it. You can't tell by my massive plate topped with meat, but I did mostly eat veggies/hummus/baba ganoush. I also had 1 or 2 vegetarian dolmas and 1 piece of eggplant (that did have molasses as an ingredient), a few bites of rice, and a sample of the lentil soup. Obviously the meat was HIGHLY unlikely grass fed, but I only had about 3 bites of beef, 1 piece of lamb gryo, and then a couple bites of fish. I drank iced unsweetened iced tea. It wasn't a perfect meal, and far too much (though I left some), but moving on!

I REALLY wanted some coffee with hazelnut creamer and a small piece of baklava, but I skipped those :-P.

NO MORE FOOD for the rest of the day. I think you can tell why. But aside from being a little too full I didn't feel sick or anything.

Cycle One: CHECK!


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