Monday, January 16, 2012


I am sitting at work today, and get a call that a very good friend of mine suddenly passed away last night.
Talk about a shock!

And what is the first thing my addict mind does once the tears dry a little?  Think about what type and amount of food will soothe my aching heart.
Talk about a second shock!

I have a plan meals have been precooked and are just waiting for me to warm and eat.  And it's food I LIKE and look forward to eating!
And eating random fast and easy and greasy food will not make me feel better or bring her back.

Stick to the plan Amy, that's why you make a plan.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday - the day of prep

Today is Sunday.
This is the day I plan my food for the week, make my grocery list, shop, then cook.
This week I'll have my usual breakfast at 7:30am which is two Johnsonville turkey sausages with spicy mustard rolled up in a flatout wrap and broiled to toasty, and 2 hard boiled eggs.
I'll have a snack around 10:30, which will be an orange.
For lunch around 12:30 I'm having Atkins Chili Blanco with sour cream and cheese, and three celery stalks on the side. 
Iced espresso with 1/2 -1/2 around 2pm.
For supper, around 5:30, I'll have a shake which is 3oz strawberries, 3oz ricotta cheese, whey protein worth 30g of protein, and crystal light for flavor and ice for thickening.

Total counts are:
Pro:  128
Ecc:  45
Fat:  96
Cal:  1600

Gotta go shopping and cook now.
Hope you all have a good day!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Free is sometimes more costly than paying...

We got very tired and lazy last night, so we ordered Chinese food.  My partner calls it "heaping, steaming, cheap Chinese chow". 
So I was ordering her regular items, but knew I would be ordering low carb for me so I ordered beef and broccoli.  But before I realized it, I ordered my cream cheese wontons!  I didn't even realize it until I hung up the phone.  But did I call and cancel the item?  No.
And...the worst thing of all?  We'd met some limit and so they included free egg rolls.   Darn it!

So, I ate wontons and egg rolls for supper, and to end my meal I had about 1/3 of my beef and broccoli.  I am almost incapable of letting go FREE food.

I had planned a burger and salad because we were going out to a bar. 
We were so tired from our vacation, and we haven't been to a grocery store for about two weeks because of our trip.  And we were too tired to go to the bar or any restaurant.
Free....not so freeing.

But I'm going to remedy the "no food in the house issue"!  I'm going to the store first thing tomorrow morning!

Weight:  229
Pro:  97
Ecc:  70
Fat:  105
Cal:  1657

My counts are very off, and most had to be estimated.
I don't normally eat Clif bars, but I was in a hurry and no access to anything without bread, so my carbs are very high, and my protein/cals are low.
Meals were as such:
Breakfast, 2/3 an order of beef and broccoli, no rice
snack:  clif bar
Late lunch:  tuna melt (tuna salad on fried cheese)
Supper:  tuna salad, wine

I don't normally eat tuna twice, I don't normally eat clif bars, I don't normally need a snack because my meal will be so it's an abnormal day.  I'll be back on schedule tomorrow.  Planning, preparing, things I need will be on hand.  I hate this "figure itout on the go" crap.

Hope your day went smoother!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Moving smoothly

I go to the gym about 5 days a week, but I don't workout.
I have been having knee/hip/back pain for the last two years and FINALLY I found a therapist who is sticking with me to guide me toward pain-free.
I have a crooked pelvis.  Or should I say, something caused me to tilt my pelvis and I liked it so I kept doing it, and now to hold my pelvis straight is very hard.  The muscles used to hold my pelvis straight, are very very weak.
So I've gotten multiple cortisone shots for knees and hips, and my last incident, which was sciatic, put me in bed for three days unable to get myself up and down.  OUCH.
But I've been going to physical therapy now since August, and I can really tell the difference.

But, when I tried to do some cardio, it hurt.  I asked my therapist about it and she said I wasn't ready yet, give it more time.
So...I go to the gym most day, and I do my physical therapy. 
Its good to be in a routine of going to the gym, and I look forward to when I can do a workout (be it resistance or cardio).

OH, and good news, the scale did drop, I lost my vacation-weight, YAY!

Weight: 226.5
Pro: 138
Ecc: 31
Fat: 134
Cal: 1994

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Travel weight

Yep, I got it...the blasted 5lb travel weight.

It seems just the act of traveling causes me to retain water and/or gain weight.
It usually falls off quickly, but how annoying.  At least it's never a surprise...

The main factors to the travel weight gain in my opinion...too much sitting, too many purchased foods with hidden carbs/calories, and not enough sleep.
I HOPE the 5lbs are gone by the weekend, but, since it's out of my control anyway, I will just keep on eating/acting my routine of planning my meals, eating on plan, and going to the gym as much as possible.

I think I'll talk about my gym-time in my next post.

Have a great day!!

Weight: 230.5
Pro: 138
Ecc: 31
Fat: 134
Cal: 1994

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Ice fishing

I have been off line the last couple days because I went ice fishing.
We caught about 15 fish a day, but could only keep walleye under 17". 
So we had a big fish fry while we were there, and then brought home 3 big walleye and a 14" crappie. 
We invited the neighbors over and fried up the fresh fish was great fun.
If you've never had a walleye, you're missing out...but make sure it's fresh.  And yes, it absolutely makes a difference in taste.

I will be back on track with my posting tomorrow, but I have to get some sleep tonight.  The fish only bit at night, from 10pm to 4:30 am, so I am a bit sleep deprived.

Hope you are all well!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First of the year

I'm an accountant-type and we are in the middle of an audit.
It's exhausting. 
A company comes in for a couple days and bombards you with questions and asking to see info and pull files and show them things.
Then when they leave, it's a disaster to clean up.

And that's why I didn't post Thursday.  I left for work at 6:30am, worked 11hrs, then went for a drink with a coworker and walked back in the house at 10:30pm.  It was a long day.
Friday was more of the same.

Food/weight for Thursday:
Weight: 229
Pro: 115
Ecc: 36
Fat: 132
Cal: 1977

Friday I took one of the auditors out for sushi for lunch.  Not something I normally eat because of the carbs, but I tried to eliminate most of my other normal carbs in a day.
Food/weight for Friday:
Weight: 229
Pro: 122
Ecc: 58
Fat: 114
Cal: 1793 

I have planned my meals for today.  I have a full day of meetings, which is why it's so important for me to plan my meals!!
Breakfast:  3eggs with cheese, 1 clementines, turkey sausage
Lunch:  Unwich from Jimmy Johns (Club Lulu with extra turkey) and a pickle
Supper:  8oz steak, salad with feta, almonds, balsamic dressing
snacks will be iced coffee, 2 cream cheese clouds, and 1oz mixed nuts

Weight: 226.5
Pro: 143
Ecc: 38
Fat: 175
Cal: 2554 (hm...that's a lot, I will try to cut some back)

Hope you all have a great day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Alfredo lasagna

I made what I call "Alfredo Lasagna" for lunches this week.
It's so good it makes me happy!

7oz Dreamfields lasagna noodles
1 can mushrooms
20oz chopped cooked chicken breasts
1 jar Ragu cheese Alfredo sauce
3 cups mozzarella cheese
sprinkle Parmesan cheese

Put 1/2 noodles down as the bottom layer, then cover with 1/2 the mushrooms, mozz cheese, and Alfredo.  Then make a second layer using the rest of the noodles, and the rest of the mushrooms, and Alfredo sauce.
Before the final cheese topping, sprinkle with about 1/3 cup water (to help cook the noodles).
Add rest of mozz then sprinkle with parm.
Bake at 350 for about 30-40minutes.

I cut it into six servings and can be stored in the freezer.
I thaw it in the fridge at work, then put it in the microwave for about 45seconds.
Then I put it in a ramekin and twice-bake it in the oven (350 for about 15 minutes).
It's so yummy!  It makes me happy!

Weight: 229
Pro: 142
Ecc: 26
Fat: 142
Cal: 2107

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Feed a cold, right?

I am an addict.  And when I am sick, I want to eat.
Eat to coat a sore throat.
Eat to clear a stuffed nose.
Eat to calm a crazy stomach.
Eat to block a cough.

All silly crazy ADDICT thinking...I know.

I have a cold.  Well, I have half a cold (it's only in one sinus).
So I want to do things like drink orange juice, and sip soup, and eat crackers (with butter).

But none of those items are part of my food plan, therefore they are not going to be eaten (or drank) by me.  Not today.  And today is the only day I have to think about.

I will follow my plan, and drink lots of no calorie fluids.  Change my addict behave from FEED a cold to FLOOD a cold!

Weight: 228.5
Pro: 133
Ecc: 45
Fat: 157
Cal: 2260

Monday, January 2, 2012

Sneezing and eating

I am fighting a cold.  It seems one sinus is trying to plug.  Just one.  The other is fine and clear. 
The crabby sinus has that "I'm about to sneeze" feeling ALL. THE. TIME! 
A bit annoying...

But today I wanted to tell you what I've been eating for breakfast.
Tuna melts!! 

I take 2oz of shredded cheese - the most natural has the least amount of carbs.
Sprinkle it in a small frying pan.
Melt it on med-low heat.
Let it bubble throughout and cook down until it gets darker.
I turn off the heat and lightly tilt it to wipe off some of the excess cheese grease.
Let it cool and put it on a plate.  If it doesn't pick up easily it isn't cooked enough, fry it some more.
Cover it with the mix of one can tuna (with 2Tbsp mayo and chopped celery).
Cut with a pizza cutter, or pick up and eat. 

For lunch I'm having a strawberry, ricotta, protein powder shake.
For supper I'm having a steak and Claussen dills.
At some point today I will have 2 cream cheese clouds and with supper I'll have a glass of wine.

Totals for today:

Weight:   228.5
Pro:  125
Ecc:  43
Fat:  128
Cal:  2064

It's the last day of the three day weekend, and I'm looking forward to doing almost nothing!  Watch movies.  Boil eggs for breakfast.  Go to the gym.  Yep, that's it.  Three things on my plate, and nothing else.  Ahhhhhh.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Ringing in the New Year

I crawled into bed at 11:50pm last night.  That's right, I'm a party animal.

I did actually go out last night.  We went to a concert at a casino.  We spent 45minutes gambling (I'm not much of a gambler) then to the steakhouse for supper, then to the concert.  We talked about going out dancing afterward, but we were hit with a wet sloppy snow and ice storm, so we all just went home.
It was a great night overall.

I followed my food plan yesterday with a few less items.  I didn't have any wine, and didn't have as many cream cheese clouds as I thought I would.  And I was rewarded this morning with another pound missing from my body!

Today I sat down and planned my food, and so far I have followed it.  We are heading out now for a few drinks, then to the movies.  I will NOT have popcorn.  I'm not worried about wanting popcorn, but sometimes when the smell hits me, I do desire it.  I can have popcorn, but I haven't planned for it today, so I won't have any for today.

12/31/11 - weight: 228.5
                 Protein:   124
                       Fat:    139
                      Ecc:       33
                      Cal:   1976