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Food Log – Sat 1/4/14

Breakfast: 3 cups of coffee with milk and sugar. 4 points.


Lunch: Chipotle salad with lettuce, fajitas vegetables, pico de gallo, tomatillo salsa, chicken and sour cream. 8 points. (Pic taken after I devoured the meal and realized what I’d done.)


Dinner: El Pollo Loco meal with chicken breast and wing, 8 oz broccoli, fresh salsa, and 2 flour tortillas. 13 points.


Total points today: 25, 1 under target. No exercise and a lot of sitting. And a lot of salt in all that take out. But it could be a lot worse.


Let me introduce you to the only breakfast I’ve been eating for — jeez, weeks now.


Two eggs very gently fried in a very little bit of butter, turned over easy and plopped on a willing piece of whole wheat toast, a banana (potassium), and, though hidden from your prying eyes, a multivitamin and a cup of coffee with milk.  For those interested in these things, that makes an 8 point breakfast (delightful!) or 417 calories, depending on the size of your banana (dirty-sounding!).  And if you take your coffee black and skip the fruit, it’s a mere 265 calories.  And 7 points, which points (ha) to the flaws inherent in the Weight Watchers system.  Look how easily I can eat half of what I eat.

I can safely say there is no more satisfying breakfast than this one.

There is nothing more delicious, more wonderful than whole grain bread soaked in egg yoke (perfectly cooked, if I say so myself: warm, clotty, but still runny, and yet free of the awful viscosity of slimy whites; I’ve made a study of how to fry an egg and I’m becoming quite the master, or mistress).  Followed by that hearty tropical fruit, this breakfast keeps me fully functional all morning, and I basically can’t stop eating it.

I probably eat too many eggs now.  My cholesterol was already high.  I bet it’s stratospheric at this point.

I try to intersperse my egg-love with peanut butter or pumpkin breakfasts: peanut butter on toast, pumpkin in oatmeal.  Those are fine.  But nothing, nothing is as good as an egg.

(End Note: Sorry.  This post is practically nonsense and unimportant and way too rhapsodic, but I’ve been reading Nabokov, and this is what he does to my writing style.  Beware of Nabokov.)

The good and the bad (and nothing is ugly).

1. Breakfast this morning was a tasty, protein-y wonder of oatmeal, peanut butter, a little maple syrup, and a hard-boiled egg for good measure.

2. I was treated to brunch today by a good friend.  Brunch, yes.  After breakfast.  A late one.  It could’ve been lunch.  And my goodness, was it good.  IT WAS SO GOOD.  A salad of romaine lettuce and avocado in a cilantro dressing, Spanish fried chicken, and cornmeal waffle soaked in maple syrup and bacon butter.  Did you know there was such a thing as bacon butter?  There is.  It’s.  It’s.  Magic.  And then a cafe au lait to make it perfect.

3. While not devastating, this brunch did take a big bite (ha, word play) into my weekly points.  It’ll have to be the only decadence of this week, or that three pound gain might stick around.  Or get gainier.

4. I did manage to bust out a run.  A real one.  Not on a treadmill, but in the streets of my neighborhood.  And in the middle of the afternoon on a relatively hot October day (85 degrees!).  I didn’t do a training program, either, nor did I worry about speed or pacing.  I just ran has long as I could before I felt I needed a break, and then I walked until I was ready to pick up again.  There were times when I was running very, very slowly, and there were times when my pace was up.  I managed just under 20 minutes of running that way (and some 10 minutes of walking here and there), in relatively long chunks of time.

5. It was really exciting.  Really.  I haven’t run that much or that far not on a treadmill, ever.

6. So that was Saturday.  What will tomorrow bring?


1. First, this exists.


2. 100 calories each.  Seems not bad, yeah?

3. But it’s basically a mouthful per serving.  I don’t have a picture because I was hungry for my mouthful.

4. And then here are the ingredients.


5. Foods I shouldn’t be eating: sugar, corn starch (modified or not), guar gum, any kind of gum, enriched wheat flour.  And probably pretty much everything else in these things.

6. Here’s my hypocrisy.  Trader Joe’s rolled out all its fall pumpkin stuff recently, and today I spied (between the pumpkin toaster pastries and the pumpkin granola) pumpkin spice chai latte mix.  And I thought, wow, hey.  How awesome would it be to have this as an occasional afternoon treat?  How wonderful would it be, after a long morning of teaching, to sip a nice pumpkin spice chai latte before girding up for the post-lunch frenzy?  Well, I take a look at the ingredients and I spy shit like carrageenan and other corn- or soy-based sugars and I get all high and mighty and dismiss the latte mix as a sugar bomb I don’t need.  And then I walk over to the freezer section, notice this for the first time, and despite the fact that it’s made almost entirely out of crap, I buy it without blinking.

7. Somehow, in my delusion, I rationalized that the chai latte mix would’ve been enjoyed mid-day, and that’s bad because it would crash out my blood sugar, which can’t happen because I’m responsible for minors until 6 pm.  But the ice cream will be enjoyed post dinner, when I’m responsible for nothing but myself, so it’s OK.  This is delusion!  Delusion!

8. But I’m also not going to get rid of them.  They’re delicious.  I’ll eat them one by one until they’re gone.

9. I’ve been eating Primal-ish for lunch (meats, avocados, vegetables, fruits, deliciousness), and I’ve been feeling pretty good through the afternoon.  The key is the avocados, I think.  And they’re freaking delicious, and they make things taste good, and I feel happy and satisfied, and I believe that the fat in them, plus the chicken protein, and the relatively low amount of sugar I take in (only the fructose in the small portion of fruit I eat), all contribute to more stable blood sugar and less crashy crashy in the middle of the afternoon.

10. Dinner was awesome tonight: giant salad of mixed bitter greens, kumato tomato, and cucumber, and then a portion of filet mignon steak.  Primal!

11. Of course the ice cream bar pretty much ruins my Primalishness.  SUGAR.  WHY CAN’T I QUIT YOU.

12. Yoga last night!  It was great, lots of lunge poses that worked the quads and hams and the adductors and abductors.  Big milestone: normally, I have a hard time moving from Warrior 2 to Half Moon without stumbling or needing to balance myself — it’s usually a two or three step transition instead of a smooth single move — but last night, I managed to do it!  It wasn’t beautiful but I did it.

13. Staying in alignment is getting increasingly important to me.  Mostly because my teachers have been drilling it in.

14. And that’s all I’ve got for now.

Back at it.

Fitness News

Tuesday night I felt the mysterious urge to run, which unfortunately I had to do on a treadmill.  But fortunately, I was able to gauge my speed and did a lot of running very fast and then walking and then running very fast and then walking.  It was a nice workout that frothed up my sweat and got my heart pounding.  (And, guys, weirdly, I’ve been feeling the desire to run — for real — out in the world.  So I think I’m just gonna go with that for now.)

I followed that with using the weight machines for a leg routine: squats, step ups, the seated press that works your quads (sore), the butt machine (don’t know what else to call it), and that fun machine for your adductors and abductors where you open and close your legs and try to avoid the eyes of the men around you.  The last machine I did was the butt one (what do you call it??), and afterward I felt an odd, not good pinch on the inner part of my right knee, so.  I guess no more butt machine for a while.

Wednesday night I went to yoga and despite having to step out for a minute halfway through to clear my head of mucus, I did quite well.  For the first time in a long time, I managed the side plank and was able to incorporate a backbend into the mix.  (Side plank + lift top leg + grab foot with hand = back bend and terror.)  Today I’m feeling it in my abs, which is awesome, since my abs are weak and puny and need musclifying.

No workout tonight (Back to School Night at work), but tomorrow maybe something awesome like… well, probably the gym.  But who knows, maybe I’ll surprise you.

Nutrition News

I’ve been moseying over to the Primal side of things for my lunches.  The past couple of days, I’ve had cold roasted chicken, various tasty vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, lovely), avocado with lime juice (fresh, of course) and salt and pepper, a little fresh fruit, and a few almonds.  Man, is it good.  I don’t miss the bread at all.

Note: I am not going totally Primal.  Breakfast this morning included toast (topped with poached eggs, yum yum), and yesterday’s burrito bowl was noticeably inclusive of white rice.  I can’t get rid of grain.  Not yet.  Maybe not ever.

In Conclusion

I like not being sick.


Not that kind.

I needed to get off the high carb, high sugar, crashity crash breakfast I’d been eating (the ever decadent peanut butter and jelly on wheat toast with a banana), so this morning I tried this:


That’s two poached eggs, 2 oz smoked salmon, and a handful of apple slices.  6 points.  290 calories.  Not freaking bad.  (The two cups of coffee with milk I had to accompany it boosted up the calories to 400, but who the hell cares, I need my morning coffee.)

This breakfast filled me up way better than toast and peanut butter, and so far, no crash.


It’s my birthday today!  I celebrated by going back to work (officially).  I was in meetings for seven hours, and that is exactly as exciting as it sounds.  I’m eager for the kids to show up.  Teaching a room full of kids is far and away better than any meeting about teaching a room full of kids.

As you might imagine, birthdays often involve food celebrations.  From Friday afternoon through last night (all weekend, in other words), I was spending time with friends and family.  Lunches, replete with champagne, charcuterie plates and tarts!  Afternoon teas, with blocks of cheesecake and eclairs and more champagne!  Dinner, with cake!  Most of these meals and indulgences were surprises, and it’s kind of hard to say “no” when your friend thoughtfully has the waiter bring a lemon tart with a candle in it to your table, or when your other friends show up at your front door bearing champagne bottles and wedges of cheesecake.  So I took it all in stride.

And you know what else I did?  I tracked every single bite.  Even though doing so ground my weekly points into dust.  Even though I’ll be lucky if I break even this week.  It was tough to do, but I did it, because I’ve learned the hard way that pretending that I didn’t indulge in a treat or fall into a binge doesn’t mean that it never happened.

Sidebar: when I was a kid, we had this big, dumb yellow Labrador named Mocha (he was a great dog but an idiot), and whenever he did something wrong, which was often, and we’d admonish him, he’d stick his head under the nearest table and stay there for a while.  He was actually hiding.  And I think he thought that if HE couldn’t see US, then WE couldn’t see HIM, and then inevitably reality ceases to exist and whatever transgression he committed (stealing food was up there) is erased.  So whenever I go on a bender or get caught in a binge or else just eat the whole piece of cake at a birthday party and then pretend it doesn’t happen, I’m basically no better than my idiot but beloved Mocha.

I had an active weekend.  A nice long hike on Saturday stirred up my muscles, and then a speed interval workout and arms/back at the gym on Sunday finished the job.  Right now I’m nursing my sore arms and legs after a good hour and a half of yoga class.  Starting out the school year right, I think.

Food Log – Thu 7/18/13

Breakfast: 1 slice toast with 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 tbsp jam, 1 banana, and coffee with milk. 7 points. (Quickly becoming my favorite breakfast, by the way.)


Lunch: 6 oz top sirloin, salad of baby greens, spinach, tomato, cucumber and homemade vinaigrette. 10 points. (This was a bit decadent, more so than I’d expected!)


Snack: 1 cup coffee with milk and sugar. 2 points.


Dinner: 1 cup pasta with fresh mozzarella and garlic, basil, capers, tomato and zucchini sautéed in olive oil. 10 points.


30 points today, 2 points over target.

I earned 3 activity points with a swim today.

Food Log – 7/17/13

Breakfast: 1 slice toast with 1 tbsp almond butter and 1 tbsp jam, 1 banana, and coffee with milk. 7 points.



Lunch: 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup black beans, 2 oz turkey and Tapatio hot sauce on a soft taco tortilla, a salad of baby greens, cucumber, and apple with a homemade vinaigrette. 13 points.


Snack: 1 cup coffee with milk and sugar. 2 points. (Not pictured)

Also not pictured is dinner. I ate at a friend’s place and the food was plentiful. While healthy (salads, vegetable dishes), the points added up. 28 points!

That’s 50 points for the day, well over the target of 28 points.

I earned 6 activity points with 45 minutes of cardio (running!) and a core routine.

Food Log – Tue 7/16/13

Breakfast: 2 poached eggs on 1 slice toast, 1 small chopped apple, 1 cup coffee with milk. 7 points.


Lunch: 2 salmon burgers on a salad of lettuce, tomato and cucumber with a homemade vinaigrette, 1 mango cream bar (not pictured). 10 points.

Photo on 7-16-13 at 2.24 PM

Dinner: 1 cup pasta with 1/2 cup zucchini, 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, 2 tbsps capers, basil, and garlic sautéed in olive oil. 10 points.


Dessert: 1/2 cup fat free vanilla yogurt with banana. 2 points.


29 points, 1 point over target.

I earned 2 activity points cycling.