Withdrawal Wednesday

February 29, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Happy Leap Day!

Happy Sweet 16 to my mother in law!

My dinner last night:


Lamb and mushroom barley risotto (with parmesan, rosemary and arugula)…450 calories. It turned out really good and everybody liked it better without the lemon zest. The recipe also calls for a balsamic reduction drizzled over the top. Nobody but me would eat that, so I just drizzled regular balsamic vinegar over it and I really couldn’t tell any difference from last time I made it and actually made the reduction. I love this barley crock pot risotto method. I typically like to follow a recipe, but I could see that you could make many variations on this easily.

I ended up not joining the boys on the family evening walk last night because Chad got home from work kind of late and there was not time for me to walk before I was supposed to meet the IRunMommies at 7:30.


That’s me with the jazz hands in the back. Why must I always be the fool? We did a five minute warm up and then 1 minute fast/4 minutes recovery intervals. I started out strong, but faded fast. By the end, my “fast” intervals were pretty indistinguishable from my “recovery” intervals. Oh well. I was pretty beat from excessercising all day. At least it was three more miles, and I tried to do some fast running.


When I got home Chad and I watched Smash on Tivo and I ate dessert.


Vanilla frozen yogurt, one Samoa and two Do-si-dos. 320 calories. Total approximate calories for yesterday: 1650.

No caffeine free Diet Cokes yesterday! All day I felt sort of head-achy, kind of like a mild caffeine withdrawal, but I know it wasn’t caffeine that I was missing. Maybe it was aspartame withdrawal? I use Splenda in my coffee and just a little bit in the decaf iced tea that I am drinking now (I use five packets for a gallon pitcher). Maybe it was just a calorie restriction headache, since it was the second day in a row that I didn’t overeat. I don’t know, but today I feel normal so far. However as I write this it’s only 9 a.m. and I’ve just had my three cups of coffee and that always makes me feel pretty good. We’ll see how the day progresses.

We walked to school this morning. It was kind of gloomy and foggy, but warm. We had to run the ibis gauntlet.


Crazy ibis.


Wednesdays are nice because I don’t have to rush when I get home. I cleaned the kitchen and made breakfast. When I am tracking my food, I use my scale for almost everything. If the nutritional information says that one serving is 1/4 cup or 28 grams, you would be amazed at how much those two measurements can differ. The weight measurement is the more accurate one, so I weigh everything. Another benefit of weighing everything is that you don’t have to dirty measuring cups or spoons. It is so much easier to weigh peanut butter than it is to measure out one tablespoon.


I have the Oxo kitchen scale and I love it.

My breakfast:


Eggbeaters scrambled with mushrooms, onions, sweet mini peppers, topped with salsa. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter. Cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries. Three cups of coffee, each with one packet of Splenda with fiber and a dollop of skim milk. Total approximate calories: 432. I use Calorie King to look up calories. I like that it has a “grams” option for almost everything, so I can look up the calories by weight. Also, I use Pam to sauté my eggbeaters scramble, so I estimate 20 calories for the amount I use (I spray the pan once for the veggies, then again before adding the eggbeaters).

This is my high-tech method of keeping track of calories throughout the day:


I’ve tried phone apps and online tools to track calories, and honestly none of it was as easy as pen and paper. It’s a PITA, and after doing it for a couple of weeks I realize that I know how to eat right and what an approximate 400 calorie meal looks like, so I stop doing it. I generally only go back to tracking when I feel things sliding off track and need to get serious for a while. This is how I’ve basically maintained a 100 pound weight loss for over three years.

After breakfast (and writing the above…now it’s afternoon and I’m writing this part) I headed to the gym on my bike.

bike to gym2-1

It was overcast and kind of gloomy on my bike ride there. Then Bodypump. Then sunny and beautiful but hot on my bike ride home. Lots of cruiser bikes at the gym today.


On my way home, when I was just two blocks from my house, I saw that the intersection was blocked by several cars, police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance. As I got closer I saw that they were strapping an older woman onto a gurney and that a bike and helmet lay in the grass on the side of the road. Probably 10 people were milling around, including all the public servants, probably the driver of the car, and maybe a relative of the woman on the gurney, because she was comforting her. I already had my camera in my hand, but it didn’t feel right to take a picture of the accident.

As I rolled past on the sidewalk I asked a police officer if a bicyclist was hit by a car, and he nodded. I was practically home, but I had a very heavy heart those last couple of blocks. I hope she wasn’t hurt too badly. I didn’t see any blood and I could see that she was conscious. Such a bummer. Be careful out there all my cycling friends!

Once home I got cleaned up, flipped some laundry, did a little prep for dinner, and made lunch.


Salad with romaine lettuce, spinach, arugula, feta, turkey pepperoni, sweet mini peppers, hard boiled egg, salad spritzer and lite blue cheese dressing. 360 calories. Same salad as yesterday but I used more blue cheese dressing today.

Dinner prep included marinating some tilapia filets in buttermilk.


I’m basically making the recipe for Crispy Parmesan Chicken from Joy Bauer’s Slim & Scrumptious cookbook, but substituting tilapia for chicken. We had a $3 off coupon for Publix seafood this week. I’ve made the Crispy Parmesan Chicken recipe twice and everyone loves it. I hope they like the fish. I’m going to also make green beans and roasted potatoes. Photo and calories of my dinner tomorrow.

I totally love this cookbook.


After lunch I picked Mack up from school, then a little while later we both went to pick Cal up. He had book club after school. The usual afternoon activities ensued.

My afternoon snack:


Chobani pomegranate yogurt and pretzels. 200 calories.

Time to make more tea. This is what I hate about tea. You have to make it.


I made a gallon of tea Monday afternoon and now it’s almost gone. Honestly this is why I usually end up going back to Cokes. It’s much easier just to open a bottle than it is to make tea. I have to get out the Brita pitcher, fill up the pot, put in the tea bags, turn on the stove timer, and refill the Brita pitcher. Then I have to run tear-assing back into the kitchen 10 minutes later when I realize that the timer has been going off for a minute and the tea is boiling over. Then I have to let the tea cool and steep while I clean the stove. Then later I have to pour the cooled tea into a pitcher, put the Splenda in and stir, put more Brita water in to bring it up to a gallon, refill the Brita pitcher again and put both pitchers away. Then I have to wash the pot that I boiled the tea in. All of that is a PITA. Yes, two PITA’s in one post.

I wish I could buy decaf iced tea in pitchers at Publix, but they only sell regular caffeinated tea in the gallon jugs. We’ll see how long I can stick it out before I go back to Cokes. I need flavor and plain water is not going to cut it for now (I do drink plain water at the gym and when biking, etc…I’m not anti-water, but I want a flavored drink with my meals). Also, I do not like Crystal Light or most other fruity-type non-caloric drinks. The SOBE drinks, watered down, are probably my favorites, but I like iced tea better. Anyways.

Time to go the pediatrician to have the wart looked at for the third time.


She gave us some medicine which will be a PITA (third!) because it has to be applied twice a day and the application process involves soaking, drying, applying, drying again, reapplying, drying. I am not sure how we are going to fit that into our morning routine, since I already get up at 5:30 and we have to leave at 6:30, and every minute of that hour is a hectic mess. It has to be done once in the morning and once at night. I already made an appointment with the dermatologist but they can’t see us until March 22nd and this thing is driving Cal crazy. It’s right on the ball of his foot. He’s driving me crazy complaining about it.

Back from the doctor’s office and writing my third installment of the blog post. I generally write it throughout the day whenever I have a few minutes to sit down.

Dinner’s in the oven…


Planning on a family evening walk tonight, then TV with Chad.


Willpower Tuesday

February 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

There ended up being enough chicken curry leftovers for me too, so I had that for dinner last night instead of the defrosted turkey tetrazzini, which Chad ate. My dinner…


with decaf iced tea! I’m guessing the calories at 400, although that is probably on the high side since there were no carbs involved. The boys got all the leftover rice.

Although at 5:00 p.m. yesterday they were forecasting a high likelihood of rain for the evening, by 6:00 it had completely disappeared from the forecast without a drop ever falling (of course), so we were able to get in our family evening walk. Chad and I watched two episodes of How I Met Your Mother and one Big Bang Theory on Tivo and I had dessert:


Vanilla frozen yogurt and two Samoas, 340 calories. That puts my total calories for yesterday at approximately 1750. I’m just trying to stay under 2000. With my level of exercise, I should be able to lose weight as long as I stay under 2000. I’m not in a hurry.

This morning we walked to school. Chewie’s excitement for the morning was a flock of ibis in our neighbor’s yard…


which he promptly startled and they took off.


Breakfast #1 before running:


Three slices of turkey bacon, one Cutie, 1.5 cups of coffee with skim milk and Splenda. Not including the coffee (I’ll include that later)…110 calories.

As soon as I could scarf that down and change into my running stuff I went for a five mile run. I decided to try to do intervals, as I really want to try to get faster before Ragnar next January. I’ve NEVER attempted any “speed work” or interval running before. I’ve kind of skipped all the interval training with the IRunMommies. My main focus has always been just to be able to keep going for whatever distance was required. But now I want to get faster.

My plan was to do one minute as fast as I could, then four minutes recovery (slow jog mostly, but later on I would walk for a half a minute or so right after the fast interval…it was hard!). This is me feeling pukey at the end of the five miles:


I ended up doing the five miles in 58:52.29, which is about 40 seconds faster than the five miles I did last Tuesday (when I let you inside my head), which was all running at a more or less even pace (which I would call a tempo run, but I have read articles about what constitutes a “tempo run” and people use the term to mean different things).


The point is that over time doing short intervals faster will make you faster over all. You have to run fast in order to run fast, as our IRunMommies team leader Christie likes to remind us. She knows her stuff.

When I get home from a run I always stretch out my hip flexors as I walk up our steps.


Yes, that is just a gratuitous photograph thrown in for me to show off my awesome runner’s legs. Hey, they used to look like this:


Sorry…low res photo and I’m too lazy to go scour our desk top looking for the larger original. Anyway, I love those legs too, as they got me to where I am today. But still, I think I’m entitled to a little exhibitionism.

I felt really good after this run. The intervals were hard, but I didn’t die.


This is a reminder that I need to take down our Valentine’s decorations. I took that off of our gate as I came back to the house.

I felt so good that I decided I wanted to bike to the gym instead of drive. That meant really hurrying to wash some of the sweat off, change clothes, and eat breakfast #2.


Bran flakes, 1/2 cup skim milk, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 banana, strawberries, 1.5 more cups of coffee with skim milk and Splenda with fiber. Calories (including all the morning’s coffee): 292. I would just use all almond milk because I like it, but it doesn’t have much protein, so I included some skim milk. I know I need the protein to help tide me over until lunch.

Biking to the gym…


It was such a beautiful morning.




I sweated buckets at Bodyflow today. I also had no strength left in my legs after running and biking. Before noon today I walked 2.3 miles, ran 5 miles, biked 6 miles and did an hour of yoga/tai-chi/Pilates. Are you thinking that excessercising is totally back? I have three thoughts on that.

  1. I had a strong urge to bike after I got done running. Willpower is a limited resource. I am already resisting the urge to drink caffeine free Diet Cokes and the urge to eat all of the many girl scout cookies in the house. I wasn’t going to waste any willpower resisting the urge to bike.
  2. It was an unbelievably beautiful day and I wanted to take advantage of it.
  3. Shut up.


Tons of people on the golf course today.


How could you not want to bike here?



When I got home I showered and had lunch.


Salad with romaine lettuce, arugula, spinach, hard-boiled egg, feta cheese, turkey pepperoni, sweet mini-peppers, salad spritzer and lite blue cheese dressing. I like creamy dressings, but in order to cut down on the amount used, I use the salad spritzer too. Total calories for this salad: 275.

After I ate lunch I prepped dinner for the crock pot. I’m making Lamb and Mushroom Barley Risotto from Clean Eating Magazine.


I made this recipe once before and the boys more or less liked it except for the lemon zest. This also made Chad not want to/not able to eat it, so this time I’m leaving out the lemon zest altogether. Vegetarians, look away.


Okay, the vegetarians can come back now.


I got everything in the crock pot then went to pick the boys up from school. Homework/snacks/making lunches for tomorrow/blogging/etc. Time for karate.


While the boys were in karate I went to Target.



I meant to eat a yogurt before we left the house, but I got distracted by editing photos and forgot. Editing photos makes the rest of the world fall away. It’s like a black hole or something. So when I was at Target I realized I was starving and I bought this:


200 calories. I really liked it. I thought it tasted like peanut butter fudge. Of course it is all fake food like soy protein isolates and fractionated palm kernel oil. But it was yummy, had 14 grams of protein, and I would buy it again. Caroline eats fake food.

So now I’m sitting in the car at karate and finishing up this blog post. Tonight I plan to finish the lamb risotto (you add parmesan and a ton of arugula right before serving…I’ll post a picture and calories tomorrow), go on the family evening walk, then meet up with the IRunMommies for some more interval running. We’re just planning to do 30 minutes. I know I’m crazy.

Should I ask a question at the end to entice you to comment? Do you eat fake food?