Monday, November 30, 2009

Day 77

I have read a lot of the reading I have for class tomorrow and am just about finished. When Cassi got home from school we had lunch.

For Lunch: Pounded chicken with Arugula, and fresh lime.

Cassi went our for Dinner tonight with her Aunt so I am on my own tonight. I have a small paper to write and major research to do for a final paper for my women's studies. i was going to try and tie the paper into my interest in food, but for research purposes that might be difficult. I made myself an awesome dinner tonight, and I took a picture that I will upload.

For Dinner: Blackened chicken breast on the grill, with Black beans, fresh avocado, lime and Salsa. The seasoning: Chili powder, oregano, cayenne, salt, pepper, cumin. I cooked the beans down with some chicken stock and mashed em up a bit with a spoon. It was so yummy, but I will use a little less salt next time.

Day 77

I woke up real early this morning because I had a doctor's appointment for my knee. It has almost been 6 months since surgery. It's hard to believe it's been that long, at the same time, with how well I have been doing, it's hard to believe it's only been 6 months! Dr. Larson said that my knee looked great and I even set up an appointment for tomorrow to have a special brace fitted for when I get back to playing soccer and snowboarding. I will have to wear the brace for the next year whenever I am doing contact sports or snowboarding. The good news is, he said in two or three months I should be able to start playing again, which is a lot sooner than they originally said. I am not going to rush anything, but I am excited to get my brace and see how I feel kicking a ball around again. Being able to play again will add a huge way for me to continue to lose weight. I love playing soccer.

After class I came home and Cassi fixed me Breakfast.

For Breakfast: one egg, over medium. one piece dry toast, and a small cup of organic applesauce. Coffee.

Now I am home and going to do some serious homework!

Day 76

Woke up late this morning. I decided to go shopping downtown to pick up a few Christmas gifts, or at least look. Cassi worked today so I dropped her off and got to the stores. It was crowded and chaotic. I grabbed some coffee at the restaurant so i could wake up but didn't eat breakfast. Bad Katy.I finally came into see Cassi and grab some lunch around 2 o'clock.

For Lunch: A salad with organic baby spinach, red onion, mushrooms, walnuts and a little bit of bacon with an awesome balsamic vinaigrette. I had a small piece of grilled chicken on the side for some protein.

Then back to the shopping. I got all of my siblings done and my mom, pretty good for one day! After shopping Cassi and I went home and then later, met my mom and dad for dinner over in Ballard. We have made quite the ritual out of our little Sunday get-togethers, I love it.

For Dinner: Grilled Salmon, with veggies: zucchini and carrots. I had a soy cappuccino after dinner too!

Cassi and I went home and did some homework and went to bed.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 75

Woke up this morning, it was so cold in our apartment!

For Breakfast: Two eggs, and one piece dry toast.

Cassi and I didn't bring home any leftovers, that would be too dangerous! I forhot to tell you that when I was back at my parent's house I got on the scale and I am 5 pounds lighter than last time I was there! Pretty good!

Day 74

For Breakfast: Coffee and a small slice of Apple pie.

I ate a little bit of everything during thanksgiving, and didn't feel bad about it. We all cooked all day to make a delicious dinner and I wasn't going to deny myself the pleasure of enjoying it, plus it was all homemade!

We hung around and laid low. Then we went for a nice walk outside, and before you know Cassi and I had t head back to seattle.

For Lunch: We had some leftovers, a little turkey, squash, brussel sprouts, and squash, and a little bit of mashed potatoes.

Cassi had to go to work and I stayed home and relaxed.

For Dinner: I made some brussel sprouts, thanksgiving style . . . roasted with pecans.

Day 73

Happy Thanksgiving!

We woke up early and got cooking!

For Breakfast: Coffee. A small bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch.

Cassi, Mom, Dad, and Josh and I all worked hard to make it a great thanksgiving. Lots of chopped peeling, dicing, stirring, and taste testing! We had a great day together, and a great thanksgiving. Grandmother and Gene came and we even used mom's fancy dinnerware. We took pictures of a lot of things and I'll upload them right now!

Our menu:
Cornbread Stuffing
Traditional Stuffing
Roasted Brussel sprouts and pecans
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted squash: (Acorn, Butternut, Sweet potatoes, yams, Apple, and onion)
Sparkling Apple Cider, no alcohol, remember?

After dinner we had Funny cake and apple pie. Funny Cake is a family tradition, it is a pie with a moist vanilla cake and a dark chocolate layer on the botttom, it's so good!

Day 72

We woke up wednesday and both of us had horrible cramps! Cassi had to go to school, but I didn't have school so I stayed at home, in bed. I finally got out of bed to pack things up for Arlington. I had to remember to get all of our things and pack clothes for a party we went to wednesday night. I really didn't have much of a of an appetite all day because I felt so yucky. After Cassi got off work at 5:30 we finally got to head up to Arlington and the traffic was pretty horrible. We got into town and went to visit my friend from High school, Laura. It was so nice to see her and her family and they all got to meet Cassi too!

Cassi and I met up with my brother Josh for a bit and then headed out for the party. It was a Surprise birthday party for my friend Molly, who I haven't seen in a really long time. I saw so many people that I haven't seen for years. It was great catching up with all these people I used to know so well, so many people are getting married and buying houses, it's crazy! I can't believe we're at that age already!

Before Cassi and I went to the party we stopped at the local grocery store and got something to eat because we literally didn't eat anything all day because we felt to bad. So we got some multi-grain crackers and some rice crackers.

After the party we went home and were greeted by mom, who was still up waiting on her last pie! It smelled so good, like apple pie I could hardly sleep.

A big day ahead of us tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 71

For Breakfast: One hard-boiled egg, one little cup of coffee, I really wanted more, but didn't have time!

After school Cassi and I went to Whole Foods to pick some things up for our thanksgiving contribution, the relish tray. Then We went home to make dinner because we were so hungry!

For Dinner: Sourdough rye toast, dry and rubbed with garlic, and a Tuna salad, with tuna, basil, garbanzo beans, olives, capers, artichokes, olive oil and lemon and salt and pepper. There is going to be a picture, I think.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 70

I woke up today and got ready for school nice and early, I made Cassi and myself breakfast and coffee.

For Breakfast: Oatmeal.

I went to class, where my teacher told us that our due date for a very large paper was going to be extended, which made the entire class sigh in relief, including me. After class I went to the gym, i had such a good workout. I really worked hard and felt really strong. I can tell I am getting so much stronger, and my arms are feeling more and more toned. My thigh on my left leg is still a fraction the size of my right leg, because of my knee injury. I am having a hard time re-building the muscle. I am feeling more comfortable jogging and doing stable movements for a long period of time, but lunges or squats still seem far off for me.

I came home made myself a great lunch and later, I went to work where it was painfully slow, and I spent the last two hours completely by myself.

For Lunch: Sauteed Shrimp and broccoli with garlic, salt, pepper, and chili flakes. yum. I posted a picture.

I had a hard boiled egg at work, and just finished eating another satsuma. I am not that hungry and really need to delve into this homework I have stacked beside me, ugh. Goodnight!

Day 69

Cassi and I both snacked on carrots and yogurt after our huge lunch. We ate a couple of satsumas and I even had a couple of multi-grain pita chips.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Day 69

For Breakfast: 2 Eggs, over medium, One piece dry toast.

Cassi and I went to the Fremont Sunday market today, it was pretty dead, we walked around, got some Christmas ideas. Then We came home and I made a nice lunch.

For Lunch: Spaghetti squash with a tomato vegetable sauce. Completely vegan, and delicious. The sauce had diced tomatoes, artichokes, zucchini, and re-hydrated mushrooms, with garlic and fresh basil. I will post a picture. Yum. It was so good.

Day 68

We woke up this morning and went to the market. Its awesome this time of year. So many different squashes, and fall vegetables. I tried a sample of organic apple cider, it was so good! I love this time of year. and everybody is bundled up. Cassi and I could see our breath when we walked around the market. I talked to Mom on the phone for a long time discussing the thanksgiving menu. Cassi and I are tackling the relish tray and we bought some Green Beans at the market. There is this stand called "Parker's Pickles" the beans and pickled and spicy and would be incredible in a bloody mary. They are so good! So, besides our superstar green beans we will have to think about what else will make the cut for our Thanksgiving relish tray.

For Breakfast: Two eggs over medium, One piece dry toast.

For Lunch: Garlic and fresh Ginger teriyaki chicken, cooked on my awesome grill pan. My aunt Lisa got me a grill pan a while back, and I haven't used it because I have a real grill on my patio, but it works great, and will definitely be using it more often this winter. I served the chicken with steamed Sugar Snap peas and tossed them with Sesame oil and Sesame seeds. I posted a picture of this one, it looks great!

Went to work, it was slammin' busy! Cassi and I both got our butts kicked and we didn't get out of there until alomst 11. I nibbled on some lentil soup while I was there. But when I got home I was so hungry I decided to make myself a little something.

For dinner: Romaine Lettuce, hard-boiled egg, almonds, and a touch of lite Caesar dressing. Then we went to bed, so tired.

Day 67

I had my Oral Presentation today, it went well. Cassi fixed breakfast for my on our way out the door because I woke up late.

For Breakfast: one Piece of Dry toast, and One satsuma orange. I love when these oranges are in season! When I got home from school I was still hungry and made myself one egg when I made Cassi Breakfast.

For Lunch: I used the same Spicy Chicken and Black bean saute and made two tacos with corn tortillas lettuce and salsa.

I relaxed for a bit and cleaned up around the apartment. then, when Cassi went to Work I went to the gym. I jogged part of the way there, which is big news because I am really getting better at running on my knee. It was so cold outside, and windy!

I had a great workout, two hours or so. Then I went home and made myself Dinner.

For Dinner: Grilled chicken and Romaine salad, with toasted slivered almonds and dried cranberries, with a homemade caper and basil vinaigrette. So good, I posted a picture of the salad, check it out!

Cassi and I went to bed so early, right after she got off work and came home, we were exhausted.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 66

For Dinner: Spicy chicken and black bean Taco salad. Diced chicken breast, garlic onion, and black beans, with cumin, chili powder, oregano, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and love. with romaine, salsa, and blue corn tortilla chips. I will post a picture!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 66

For Lunch: One cup of lentil soup, and a mixed salad with field greens, red peppers, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, hard-boiled egg, broccoli, carrots and purple cabbage.

"Red Radish" is the salad and soup bar on campus at UW. It has a lot to offer, but its darn expensive! The per pound salad bar deal sounds like a good idea, but it certainly adds up!

Day 66

I have been at school working on my project, I need to go find something to eat, I'm so hungry!!!

For Breakfast: 1 piece of dry toast. Coffee.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 65

I went to the gym today and did only cardio. I should have done a weight circuit but I was running out of time because I worked at 4 today. Plus, I am using a Book on Tape for one of my classes, so I can do things while I get my reading done and carrying around a big Walk-Man in the gym proves inconvenient while doing weights. I am home from work and Cassi and I both have plenty of homework. I have an oral presentation in my Women's Studies class on Friday and I have to do some things for that. I got home later than expected and nibbled on some 7 grain crackers before I went to work.

For Dinner: When I was at work I had a cup of Lentil soup and a hard-boiled egg, then I had a bit of Steamed broccoli. It doesn't sound like that much but it was a good amount of food.

I posted some pictures today on my "Tasty Creations" slideshow. The Sugar Snap peas, and the almond crusted chicken tenders and sweet potato fries. They were on my camera, but I forgot to post them earlier. so . . . check them out!

Day 65

Woke up early this morning, and made some breakfast.

For Breakfast: Muesli.

I am going to the gym in just a few minutes, finally!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I recently have been exploring WHY I gained weight in the first place. I love food, always have. But I started gaining weight a few years ago when lots of things were going on in my life. I am going to do some sole searching and report back with a longer post on why it is that I think I lost control of my weight . . . .

Day 64

For Breakfast: One piece of Dry Toast. Boring eh?

I worked on this for school and only had a fat free blueberry yogurt during the middle of the day. When I got home I had some pita chips. Multi-Grain with sesame seeds from trader joes.

For Dinner: Jalapeno chicken sausage with poblano peppers and onion with brown rice. (like I have said before I am running out of certain things. I have some sausage in the freezer so I am using that, it's all natural, only 100 calories, and its in my grasp.)

I am feeling sluggish after the trip, and I just started my period. Yuck, :( I need to get in the gym and work off some of my sluggishness. After class tomorrow I will go. I am so tired right now and am going to do some reading, and I am sure I will get through 4 pages and I will be snoring. Goodnight.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 63

For Lunch: Shrimp and Sugar snap peas, sauteed with garlic, salt and pepper.

For Dinner: Homemade marinara with italian chicken sausage, olives and capers with spaghetti squash. (the sausage I use, I get from Trader Joes, it's all natural and only 100 calories per serving.)

I got called off work tonight and spent the evening hanging out with Cassi and doing homework.

Day 63

For Breakfast: One Piece of rye toast, with a spread of peanut butter and boysenberry jam. We are running out of breakfast food at the house, no eggs, no oatmeal. . .

I am home and working on all my blogs from the weekend since I couldn't post anything and then I am going to do some reading. I work tonight and have a busy school week, including a presentation on friday for my women's studies class.

Day 62

I woke up this morning, not believing that the trip went by so fast.

For Breakfast: 2 eggs over medium with 1 piece of dry toast and yogurt. Coffee.

Right after breakfast we had to say goodbye to everybody, Nana, and Aunt Lisa, Uncle Steve and his brother. Linda and Denny who came out from Seattle to see time play. I hated saying goodbye, I get to see Ally and Shay at Christmas and I am going to visit Nana in Lancaster in a month, but Aunt Lisa and Uncle Steve, I don't know when I will see them again. For the past 4 years we have had these football games to meet up at, but now, we leave with no plans made to see each other.

We got on a plane for JFK in New york and had a long lay-over so we ate lunch in the airport. I learned a very valuable lesson about eating out and asking questions. I saw on the menu "Mahi Mahi Tacos, with a cabbage slaw." I thought, perfect!

It came out and it was, deep fried fish with sauerkraut. It was horrible and totally not healthy. Mom says it wasn't sauerkraut in was just pickled cabbage . . . whatever, it was gross. That being said I ate it, because I had to eat and it was served with a lovely little salad.

Always ask how things are prepared if not specified on the menu.
and think about where you are and if that Item nakes sense in that location. Is it likely to find an awesome grilled fresh fish taco in a New York City Airport? probably not.

The flight was long, I snacked on peanuts, carrots, sugar snap peas, and a snickerdoodle cookie.

I was happy to be home and hang out with Cassi. she had some leftover dinner and I munched on that. Steamed tofu with peppers, onions and red curry. (just a little bit)

Looking back on my whole trip, I would say that I did pretty well with eating. I made some mistakes and took some liberties, but it could have been worse, a whole lot worse. I really need to get back on my regiment though, I saw pictures and realized how much more weight I had to lose. I only look good relative to how i used to look, I still have a long ways ahead of me!

Day 61

I woke up in the hotel room at around 6:30 and went down the the fitness room in the hotel. I met Ally and my dad down there and we worked out for just a bit. I did about 15 minutes on the elliptical and a few weight exercises. When we were all ready we met everyone downstairs for breakfast in the hotel, they have lots of options and a person there who makes almost anything to order for you.

For Breakfast: Coffee. Orange Juice. 1 egg over medium with a piece of just rye toast and fruit: (melon, strawberries and a banana)

We were at the tailgate by 10:30 and had a great time despite the weather, which obviously followed us from Seattle. It was low 50's and rainy, really rainy. I munched on sugar snap peas and carrots mostly during the tailgating but also had one of my nana's homemade chocolate chip cookies, which was wonderful. When we went and sat down the rain fell hard! The game was great but the rain was unbelievable. I wore my Gortex jacket which fought off the rain as best it could, but the rest of me didn't stand a chance. By half-time my jeans were completely soaked, dripping wet and I was so cold. I got a hot chocolate, which ended up not even being hot, more like room temp chocolate, not worth the calories, for sure!

The boys pulled through and wont the game and then we went to the senior banquet after the game in the gym. We mingled with players, friends and coaches and I had a couple of cookies and some veggies off the tray. Tim showed us the schools new athletic training facility which was awesome!

We went back to the hotel to dry off, and relax before our next big Italian dinner! Josh, Ally, Shay, and I went to the hot tub and thawed out, it was nice!

We met up with everybody for dinner at this great restaurant in Troy near by to Tim's school. Our party was 24 people strong and we had a great time! I Did very well with what I ate here!

For Dinner: Salad, this salad was great, greens with olives, cucumber, onion, and a great Vinaigrette, and for dinner I had the seafood platter: A filet of white fish, scallops, shrimp, and clams, broiled with lemon, and a side of broccoli. No dessert tonight!

After dinner, Shay, Ally, Josh, and I went to hang out with Tim at his house and got to chill with his football buddies and his new girlie, Katie Sue! We had a great time and those boys can certainly throw back those beers! Usually I would have been drinking wine and beer with everybody but I am, of course, staying strong on mym no drinking pact with Cassi, not a drop!

Day 60

Woke up at 3 o'clock in the morning, and got ready to go. I packed up and both Josh and I got picked up by our parents at 4 am.

For Breakfast: I made myself eat a little oatmeal so I wouldn't be hungry later and objectify myself the the limited options at the airport.

In-between flights at the Chicago Airport I snacked on Some carrots and celery that mom brought.

When we landed in Albany we went straight to the hotel and met up with Nana and Ally and Shay. They were so nice and told me I looked great! It was so awesome to heat that they noticed my efforts!

We had Dinner reservations at Augie's, a family italian restaurant that we have come to love up there when we come to visit Tim. The portions are huge and the atmosphere is crazy! I knew that this was going to be the night that I really had to think about what I was going to eat. It was the last time we were going to be there, and I didn't want to exclude myself from the experience.

This made it hard, but I decided to eat everything, in moderate portions and to allow myself to have one more big Augie's experience. . .

For Dinner: We started out with salad, I had a few helpings og this so I didn't leave too much room for the other things. The salad, was a simple family italian salad with greens, tomato and onion with a vinaigrette. We then had an appetizer that was awesome and mostly guilt free. It was Asparagus with shrimp, mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, and white beans in a garlic sauce!
For Nine people we orders three entrees and still had 4 full to-go boxes. The three entrees were: Chicken parm, Which I had a small portion of chicken, with no cheese, and minimal breading, mostly just the chicken and marinara sauce. the next dish is called mama Ziti: Penne pasta with meatballs, sausage and marinara: I had a small piece of meatball and two pieces of sausage and just a few noodles. This is the first pasta I have had in over 60 days. The last dish was a Fusili pasta with scallops, shrimp, and artichokes in a garlic cream sauce. I mostly took a few pieces of seafood out of this, and just a bit of pasta. We some way found room
for dessert too!

For Dessert: Decaf coffee. I bite of Augie's delicious cannoli and 1 bite of amazing tiramisu. It was rich and SO WORTH IT!

We went back to the hotel and went to bed to get ready for the game the next day! It was hard for me to go to sleep, and I felt sort of guilty for everything I ate. Not that I felt like I should have abstained from eating anything, but my stomach hurt and I felt gross about all that food!

Day 59

Thursday night Cassi and I went out to dinner with Nancy, the lady Cassi Paints for and Claudia, another friend of Cassi's family. They are both good friends with Cassi and me and we got together with them to catch up, it had been a while.

We went to El Camino, a great Mexican restaurant in Fremont.

For Dinner: We started with a salad with mixed greens, pepitas, and a light lime vinaigrette. Our table also shared an order of the crispy plantains with guacamole. And for My entree I had grilled Salmon, with mashed sweet potatoes, and sauteed Chard. It was good, but I haven't eaten that much food in a long time, I was so full!

We came home and I got ready for the trip!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 59

For Breakfast: Oatmeal. (today I made the oatmeal with rice milk and applesauce)

Those almond crusted baked chicken tenders last night were really good! I am home from school and doing laundry. Josh is coming and staying here, so Mom and Dad can come pick us up and go to the airport tomorrow at . . . 4 in the morning! I have lots of chores to do before I go to bed. Lots of laundry, and homework to finish up and get in line for the plane ride. I am really excited to see everybody!

I am not bringing my computer with me on the trip. I will only be gone for the weekend but I probably won't be able to blog. I will have to write down everything I eat and take notes on my activities and such.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 58

After we got back from our walk I made a quick lunch.

For lunch: Steamed Tofu and Broccoli in red curry.

I went to work and am now back at home, it was so slow! My parents came in and ate tonight. It was nice that they came in, they were so busy when i stopped in at work today, dang they work hard! I am cooking dinner now, and thinking about doing some laundry for my trip.

For dinner: I am waiting for it to come out of the oven but I'll tell you what I made: Sweet potato fries and almonds crusted, baked chicken tenders. I have never made chicken this way, I will tell you how it is!

Day 58

Day off today! Cassi and I just got back from a walk, we walked from Biosonics and back, said hi to my parents. I don't know how long it is, but it took about two hours.

For Breakfast: Omelette with zucchini, spinach and basil. Coffee.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 57

For Breakfast: oatmeal. Coffee.

Had a big day today, lots of class, but tomorrow is Veteran's Day and we don't have school! yay! I think Cassi and I are going to go to the gym!

For Lunch: During class I snacked on some carrots, radishes, and an apple, it was a really good apple!

For Dinner: I went into Il Fornaio to visit Cassi at work and had a couple of things to eat. The Polipo Con Patate, (Griddled octapus with poatoes, red onion, and celery with parsley lemon and olive oil) and an Insalata Della Casa (mixed greens, shaved fennel, carrots and croutons with a light house vinaigrette.)

Later Cassi And I made some baked sweet potato fries. literally just sliced with a drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and in to the oven!

Day 56

For Dinner: I had the last bowl of Chicken, Vegetable and Brown Rice soup with some grilled tofu.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Day 56

For Breakfast: An omelette with zucchini, jalapeno, and cilantro.

I had a soy latte today, it was a splurge!

For lunch: half of an acorn squash. I roasted it with some salt, pepper, clove, and cinnamon.

I have plenty of reading to do tonight, but I am not feeling very well. I think I will make some hot tea and get to work. I have a really long day tomorrow, three classes, plus a meeting with my project group for my women's studies class.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Day 55

After the soccer game, Cassi had a coffee date with her mom, and my parents came down to Seattle to stay in the Condo. They picked me up and we went out to dinner. It was so nice of them to come hang out with me.

For Dinner: Blackened Halibut with a mango pineapple salsa and veggies (medley of winter squash) I also had a small salad to start, with mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, and a couple of croutons with a vinaigrette on the side.

I have just 4 days until I go see my family and my brother play football in New York again. I can't wait to see them all. I am blessed to have a family that I love to be around.

Day 55

For Breakfast: Omelette with spinach, basil, and All natural Sun-Dried Tomato chicken sausage. Coffee.

Woke up and did some homework this morning. Cassi and I just got back from the soccer game. We won 5-0 and Cassi had an awesome goal!

Day 54

Last night after work we drove up to Arlington to hang out with the Parents. We didn't get up there until mid-night and went straight to bed. Cassi and I woke up and listened to a bit of the RPI game. Tim still isn't playing because of an injury from last weeks game.

I have only weight myself a couple of times and only on the scale at my parents house. I don't want to bring numbers into my psyche but when I hoped on this morning, I was pleasantly surprised.
I was nine pounds lighter than I was last time I was in Arlington. I lost 9 lbs in, I don't know . . . a few weeks! This makes me feel really great!

For breakfast: Mom made an omelette with spinach and scallion. Coffee

Cassi and I had to race back to Seattle to go to work. We stopped in at home to eat lunch.

For lunch: A bowl of the Chicken and Vegetable with Brown Rice soup.

Tonight at work I had three people ask me I have lost weight! Man, that feels good! Work was pretty busy again tonight and I did pretty well. I didn't have time to eat a big dinner and settled for a cup of soup at work.

Cassi and I met up with some of her friends from college and went to a Birthday Party for a friend of ours here in Seattle. We ran into a lots of Cassi's friends who are all so wonderful to me and make me feel right at home!

A late night for us sober girls, Cassi and I played Designated Driver and didn't get home until 2:30 in the morning!

Day 53

For Breakfast: Omelette with jalapeno and Cilantro with homemade pico de gallo, from last nights Mahi Tacos. Coffee.

For Lunch: Leftover Mahi Taco, with black beans. Yum.

I got called in to work and didn't have chance to eat dinner. It was busier than it has been lately and I finally made a little bit of cash. A much needed thing. I had a hard boiled egg at work. Sometimes I snag one from the pantry line.

Friday, November 06, 2009

Day 52

For Dinner: Mahi Tacos with Black beans.


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Day 52

I am home from school and feeling really great about the week being almost over. I feel like the quarter has flown by so far and I am staying quite busy. One of Cassi's best friends is coming over for dinner tonight and I am making Mahi Tacos again. I made a comment earlier about how I had to use up what I had open. Well, I think it's a good thing to think about. If I am cooking with all of these great fresh and local ingredients then its is obvious to say that these things have an expiration date, so often I make a series of dishes that use similar ingredients. Like how the past few days I have used lots of swiss chard and tonight I am using avocados and cilantro and peppers that I need to use. In a way it's like this. . . I look into my fridge and what's inside staring back at me, tells me what I am making for dinner. It's my job to take those same ingredients and tweak them so we don't get board.

I told you I was going to make a chicken soup to have around, and I did! It is really good and has plenty of good veggies in it. With a Brown Rice medley that has Long Grain Brown Rice, Black Barley and Daikon Radish seeds. (I got the mix at Trader Joes of course!)

Chicken and Vegetable with Brown Rice Soup:

Chicken Breast, diced and precooked
I medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic crushed and diced
3 carrots
3-4 celery stalks
4 red potatoes cubed,
two big handfuls of washed baby spinach, (you can run your knife through this if you like)
Chicken stalk: you'll need to use quite a bit, because the rice soaks a lot up!
1 cup of rice medley, dry.
Spices used: Bay leaf, thyme, salt and pepper, parsley . . . I think that's it.

Get you're garlic and mirepoix going in a large pot, and then add the potatoes. Everything should sweat down nicely and then add your precooked chicken. Add your Stock and then your Rice, bring to a boil and let it cook away. Cook until rice is done and potatoes are tender. Add the spinach ad it'll cook up in seconds. You can always add whatever you want to soups, that's kinda what soup is, right? You could add swiss chard, kale or any other leafy green if you don't want spinach. It's a great way to get those extra dark greens down without noticing them, so if you don't like the taste all that much but you want all that nutrients, throw it in a soup.

Yes yes, when in doubt, make a soup.

For lunch: I was at school but I packed some lunch snacks: oatmeal (I burned my hand really bad with this today :( Carrots and radishes. Some Trail mix (cashews, almonds, and cranberries)

Day 52

For Breakfast: Just a Banana today.

Went to class and then to the gym. Had another awesome workout.

It's pouring down rain here and I am finding doing some school work before my next class at 2:30.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Day 51

For Breakfast: Oatmeal

For Lunch: All Natural Sun-Dried Tomato chicken sausage sauteed with garbanzo beans and swiss chard with fresh basil. I know it sounds repetitive,. but I have to use the things I have open. I need not be wasteful.

Afternoon Snack: Granola with non fat vanilla yogurt and a banana.

For Dinner: Tuna with Artichokes, capers, and Kalamata olives with lemon and Olive oil on a bed of Spinach.

I just got home from work and I am going to make some soup for the next couple days. I think it's going to be a hearty Chicken and vegetable.

I had a really good workout today. I spent 2 1/2 hours in the gym and I was going strong. I have started to jog a little bit and tomorrow I am going to go for a bit on the treadmill, we will see how it goes.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Day 50!!!!

For Dinner: Grilled Tofu and Sauteed Swiss Chard with Basil, Garbanzo Beans and Kalamata Olives. Very good. and An apple for dessert.

I am home, watching the Biggest Loser and doing tricep dips and knee rehab exercises. Fun Stuff!

Day 50!!!!


I woke up this morning early enough to make myself breakfast and coffee, and pack a lunch for my long tuesday.

For Breakfast: Two eggs, over medium, and 1 piece of dry sourdough-rye bread.

I went to class today and got my mid-term back from last week. Guess who got a 4.0? This girl right here! I am so happy! I never get 4.0s and it might be my first on a midterm here at UW, I feel really good about myself, usually I don't feel so invested in my grades but I am super proud of myself. After class I did some reading, and ate most of the lunch I packed for myself.

For Lunch: Non-fat vanilla yogurt and granola, one apple, one banana, and I am going to munch on some carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower in just a bit.

After my next class I have a meeting about my thesis project and then I am going to go to the gym, then home to watch "the biggest loser" and msake myself dinner. Cassi Works tonight so I will be flying solo.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Day 49

I have had a very productive day. I woke up nice and early, well. . . I had help from the clocks changing over, but still. And I made a nice breakfast:

For Breakfast: Jalapeno and cilantro omelette, with salsa.

The bad part of the morning is that while I was chopping the fresh cilantro I accidently chopped the tip of my thumb off, whoops. Not a big deal, but t hurt really bad and is quite sore now.

Then I went to class, where I continue to find myself surprisingly intrigued. And then off to the GYM! It was way too long since I had been there and it felt good to get back in and sweat. I had a really nice workout, did an hour on the elliptical and then worked on my arms mostly, but my knee too.

I stopped by the flower shop today and got cassi some Lilies. We both love them, and it has been a long time since I got her any, so I figured it was a good day to do that. Now our whole apartment smells amazing. (not that it usually smells bad, just not like lilies)

For Lunch: leftover turkey burger, this time with fresh sliced tomato, Habanero jelly and peppery arugula on a whole wheat bun.

I just got back from work and am about to settle into a long night of home work. I just made dinner and it was really good tonight, my advice to you is: MAKE THIS DISH.

For Dinner: All natural Sun-dried Tomato chicken sausage (Trader Joes) sliced on an angle, sauteed with fresh basil and swiss Chard with organic Kidney beans and garlic. I also had a side of sauteed zucchini. This dish was so good!!! and healthy too. I will put up a picture, it's not a gorgeous dish, but it was really good.

I now have to read until my brain explodes. Goodnight lovelies.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Day 48

For lunch: We had leftover, spicy chicken and beans and sauteed peppers and onions.

We had a major grocery store run and got so much fresh produce. I love the produce stand!!!!!

For Dinner: homemade turkey burgers with grated zucchini and carrot, on a whole wheat bun with sweet and hot mustard, spinach and radishes. I made peas to go with, as a tribute to my Halloween costume!

For dessert: An apple. yum.

Day 48

November 1st! man oh man!

For Breakfast: two eggs over medium, 1 piece of dry toast.

Time to get back on track! Halloween is over and it was a rough weekend when it comes to my health regiment. I ate some candy, not a lot, but i had a few pieces. It was good, but it made my stomach hurt and my teeth felt so gross after I ate it. Cassi and I are going grocery shopping and then I am going to go to the gym, or on a bike ride. I think I am going to start trying to jog, my body is telling me it's time.

Only two weeks until I go back to New York to see Tim's final game and all of my family. I need to have a long series of "Last Chance Workouts" so I look smokin' hot when I am there.