Tuesday, February 27, 2007

I Did Really Well Today!

Hooray! I counted all my points and I did a lot of extra walking today. So I earned 4 activity points, yippee! I ate smaller, smarter meals (again, I give thanks to sushi) and walked all the way home from Farragut North. It feels good.

I did have to use my AP's and 1.5 Flexies today, but that's mostly because I chose to take on some beverage points. I have some orange juice in the fridge and I really wanted to drink it. Plus, I had a skim chai from Starbucks - but I did switch from grande to tall. So, I counted these points, but I know that as I make the transition back into counting points I'll probably change my beverage habits a bit. Or maybe not, as long as I count them all. I'm still getting light chocolate soy milk and organic orange juice in my grocery delivery this week. You know, a girl can't live on Crystal Light alone!

Monday, February 26, 2007

For Better or...Hopefully, For Better

So after the lack of resounding success of my 2007 diet strategy.... I have now reupped my Weight Watchers Online membership. I hope this helps me be a little more disciplined and more focused, and at least more accountable to myself. Here's to a(nother) new start!

The Worst Ever

Ugh. Not doing so well on this whole diet and exercise thing. Isn't it strange how life sometimes gets in the way? But it's so important, I really need to try and be better. Luckily I'm getting my groceries delivered again this week and will have lots of produce and diet-friendly stuff in my house. I've got to get out and walk some more this week -- darn that snow! Oh well, I'll keep trying....

Monday, February 19, 2007

Get Out of Jail Free

Ugh, I just stepped on the scale and I do not like what it said. So I'm going to use the once a year birthday pass and just not count it until next week. So that gives me a week to shape up and reverse the sluggish trend of the last few weeks!

Sunday, February 18, 2007


I am in love. With a salad dressing! It's Drew's All Natural Garlic Italian, and my oh my is it tasty!

I picked up a bottle of it at Whole Paycheck yesterday for the simple reason that it was on sale, and that my recent bout of terrible eating had me thinking I need to start eating more salads at home.

When I got home, I cracked open the bottle and poured some over some mixed greens. Which I then devoured, and practically licked the bowl. I had some soup later.... but then, believe it or not, went BACK to the fridge and polished off the rest of the mixed greens with ANOTHER bowl of salad. The dressing is just that good.

Of course, then today I was sad that I had already used up my whole bag of greens and still had so much dressingy goodness just sitting there. So when the opportunity arose to head to a market, I grabbed two more bags of greens and came home to another yummy salad.

The dressing is super simple - just olive oil, red wine vinegar, basil and garlic. But the result is so tangy and delicious I *almost* want to drink it straight from the bottle!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

I Have Been Eating Crap

Ugh. This past week, I have just been eating the worst stuff! Between my birthday, Valentine's Day, the crazy snow/ice storm, and the fact that it's been 2+ weeks since my last grocery delivery, I've just been stuffing my face with everything bad. Cookies, cake, chips (for breakfast? oh yes.), plain pasta, and boxed/processed/frozen entrees and no fruit, veggies or even good proteins. And guess what? I feel sluggish and gross.

So on my way home from work today (yes, a Saturday) I stopped at Whole Paycheck. 86 bucks later I had a whole basket of goodies. Salads, fruit, deli stuff, things that I'm actually really excited about eating! Hopefully this will help get me through this week and feel better about everything. Cuz right now, I just kinda feel ICK.

Monday, February 12, 2007


Well, apparently eating your usual way and not exercising at all doesn't really work as a diet. Who knew?

I stayed the same this week, for the reasons I detailed above. Aaargh. I've gotta step it up a bit, but it'll be hard as this is birthday week! So I've gotta try to be a little more active, since I know I'll be eating a few good restaurant meals.

Tune in next week to see how it goes!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Fairly Tasty

Today I tried these little South Beach Diet wraps. They make for a pretty good quick lunch.
When you open the box, you'll see you that there is some assembly required. There are 2 small whole wheat wraps, a package of chicken pieces, a package of shredded parmesa cheese, and a packet of lite caesar salad dressing. Mix it all together and you've got 2 fairly filling wraps. It would be a little better if you added in some of your own shredded lettuce or something green.... but overall I was pleased. Bonus - it comes with a little cup of Sugar-Free cherry Jello to satisfy your sweet tooth.
I did learn an important lesson, though. It is clearly marked on the front of the package DO NOT FREEZE. Store in the refrigerator. Oops. Somehow I missed that -- but no worries, after a few hours sitting on the counter even the Jello thawed out! ;-)

Monday, February 05, 2007

Feel the Burn!

Well, pushing myself to do three full reps of my abs workout yesterday must have had a real impact. Cuz by the end of the day today, my abs and side muscles were SORE! That's a good sign, right? I can see why they say to do these kinds of focused workouts every other day, to give the poor muscles a rest. But I look forward to doing it again tomorrow! (That's *if* I can wake up early enough to do it - this cold weather is not making it easy!)


I stayed the same on the scale this week. Bah humbug. I guess it's better than gaining, but I was *really* hoping to lose at least 1 pound. Phooey. So like I said below, I guess it's time for me to recommit to the whole exercise component of the plan. And if the thermometer stays below the freezing line like this, it's gonna be time for A LOT of soup! Here goes for another week....

Sunday, February 04, 2007

The American Diet

In case you missed it... The New York Times Magazine had a great article last week about the problems with the American diet. "Unhappy Meals" covers everything from the history of nutritionism to the reactionary tactics of the food industry to how the soil has been affected by modern agriculture to poor Americans' confusion about what in the heck we are supposed to eat to stay healthy. It's a long article, but set aside some time for it cuz it's full of interesting info.

Revisiting My Own Strategy

Even though I'm still sore with that knotted shoulder I discussed in a previous post, I think the whole DC winter cold thing is *finally* behind me. That was about 2 weeks of feeling like crap and just being exhausted overall. This weekend, I finally was able to go out and do social things without it totally wiping me out, whereas I'd cancelled everything the 2 weeks before. Thank goodness, I was ready to rejoin the world!

Which means I need to get back on track for my whole plan for this year. The plan for 2007 is to make better food choices overall, but really to work to introduce exercise into the program. (Or programme, for my metric friends.) I've really let that latter part slide over the last few weeks. Bah.

But, today I was just inspired and did a whole SELF Magazine abs workout that is also pretty good for cardio. Woohoo for heavy breathing! ;-) And my goal for this week is to keep working on introducing just more activity in general, even if it's going for a short walk at lunchtime or taking a little longer walk as part of my commute. Wish me luck!

Saturday, February 03, 2007


I just ate the most fiber-filled dinner ever! Well, certainly the most fiber-rific meal I've had in a while.

I sliced up some mushrooms and zucchini and sauteed them in garlic and olive oil, then stirred in some tomato basil pasta sauce and let it all simmer and get tasty. Then I poured that all on top of some Barilla Plus angel hair pasta. Yummy. (Check out the nutritional stats for Barilla Plus here.)

I admit, though, that the portion was bigger than it needed to be, but it was pretty darn healthy and I loved every bite.

Now? Well, now, I just about feel like I could burst. That's a lot of fiber!!!!

All Tied Up in Knots

Ow. I woke up yesterday morning with kinda a stiff neck.... and then I had to sit and my desk all day and then went to a movie where I had to keep my head up to watch the screen... and after a night of semi-comfortable sleep, I just woke up and can barely move my head and shoulders. I have huge knots in my shoulders - ouch! This has happened this bad once before, about a year and a half ago, so I already had some generic Ben Gay on hand. So now my skin and my clothes all smell mentholated. Sexy. And I'm trying to slowly stretch.... hopefully a shower will help. Any suggestions?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Yummy Treat

I am a big fan of the cookies-and-cream genre of desserts.... ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, smoothies, shakes, Oreos in general. So I am very excited to announce that the Weight Watchers "Giant" Cookies & Cream ice cream bars are super-tasty! It's a vanilla ice cream bar coated in little cookie sprinkles. It might get a *little* messy, but the sprinkles are good and chocolatey and the ice cream is the way it's supposed to be, sweet and cold. They are a pretty decent size, and they're only 2 points! Hooray!