Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Misc and What I Ate: Wednesday, December 30

Good morning, world. Are you all indoors and warm today? I finally opened up the valves on my radiator in my bedroom last night, so of course was awakened at 5 am by the clanking sounds and the stifling heat. (Granted, I went to bed with multiple layers on, under all the covers, with an extra fleece blanket on top. There was a 0 degree wind chill last night, people, and my windows are drafty!) At least tomorrow should be warmer for New Year's Eve revelry.

That said, I'm laying down the law: NYE is off limits, WW-wise. I will eat, drink and be merry, and maybe even extend that into New Year's Day, as I may need recovery time. And by recovery time, I mean tacos.

Still, today is today, and here's the plan. It's pretty much identical to yesterday's, but one must form habits intentionally:
Breakfast -- coffee, Honey Bunches of Oats, skim milk (4)
Lunch -- turkey and swiss on sandwich thin with L&T, Miracle Whip light and mustard; apple (5)
Dinner -- brown rice with vegetable tomato sauce and cubed chicken (7); romaine salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, homemade vinaigrette (2)
Snack -- low fat yogurt (2)
TOTAL = 20 points

What's especially exciting about my sandwich today is that I am using non-expired mayo. The last time I bought a jar (of Low Fat Hellman's), I only realized after getting home that it had just expired. My grocery store is a fresh hell every time you enter, so rather than try to take it back, I just figured it'd be fine for awhile after the "best by" date. So I used it...until yesterday. That's when I realized how many months had passed, and how it tasted a little weird, and decided to WASTE the few tablespoons in the bottom of the jar (I know) and buy a fresh condiment. So I got my Miracle Whip Light at Target, and this will be a good day.

In other news, I spent a good chunk of the last 30 minutes attempting to track down my work crush on Facebook, but was unsuccessful (though I did think I had a lead, but after looking through that person's friends and work connections, I decided he wasn't my target.) Oh, I should mention that none of the matching FB profiles had his picture clearly visible--obviously that would've made my job easier. As I'm cyberstalking, who should call into the office to ask me to transfer him into his voicemail, but Work Crush himself. I felt like I was caught red-handed...though we played it cool. Actually, I asked if he was going to be in today (as phone-answerer, I get to know these things) and he said maybe tomorrow or maybe not until next week. Lies! Before Christmas, he told me he'd be back from vacation yesterday! Also, I felt like it was awkward because I wished him safe travels back...I think I was trying too hard. Anyway, we're still deep in Phase 2 of my romance plan: Awkward Flirting. I can't wait for Phase 3: Skilled Flirting.

Otherwise, the day is uneventful. I've not really done any work yet, though there isn't much to do, and not many people are in the office. I'm looking forward to prepping some appetizers tonight for my shift at hosting our Progressive New Year's Eve party tomorrow, and I'll do some cleaning around the ol' apartment.

Also, I just ate 4 bite-sized chocolate candies: Twix, Snickers, and 2 Reese's. I'm not counting those points, just chock 'em up to Flexies.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

What I Ate: Tuesday, December 29

I should've mentioned that I'm following the Weight Watchers points plan, though not attending meetings. I really hate moral support, you know?

So I'm allowed 20 points per day (at my weight level) plus 35 flex points per week, to be distributed however I'd like. I can "earn" more points per day with exercise, too. I will weigh myself weekly and report in, and I'll lay out each day's food plan specifically. I'll also confess any cheating.

Current weight: 150 pounds
Goal weight: 130 pounds (or less...we'll see)
Other goals: wear a bikini again this summer; meet new, emotionally available man

Today's food plan:
Breakfast -- coffee, Honey Bunches of Oats, skim milk (4)
Lunch -- turkey and swiss sandwich on Sandwich Thins bread, with lettuce, tomato, fat free mayo and mustard; tangerine (5)
Dinner -- brown rice with vegetable tomato sauce and cubed chicken (7); romaine salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, homemade vinaigrette (2)
Snack -- low fat yogurt (2)
TOTAL = 20 points

Was going to bike at the gym but a good friend who I haven't seen in a few weeks offered to drive us to Target. I can't pass that up.

Food tip:
I made a yummy, low-point dinner last night and had enough leftovers to freeze for 9 more meals. Here's what I did: Chopped 4 carrots, 1 smallish eggplant, and 1 large onion. Sauteed the onion in olive oil until soft (with salt & pepper), added carrots (and a dash of dried oregano), waited another 5 minutes and added eggplant, then 2 large cans of Hunt's diced Basil, Thyme and Oregano tomatoes. I let the whole thing simmer for about 30 minutes until all veggies were cooked. Separately, I browned some cubed chicken breast in a bit of olive oil (and salt, pep, oregano), then added the cooked pieces into the sauce in the last 5 minutes to heat through again. I cooked my brown rice in a mixture of fat free chicken broth and water, and voila, a very healthy and cheap dinner that I'll be eating for 2 weeks! I love being frugal and eating well.

More later, lovelies!

Inaugural Post

Hello, internets. Here I am.

I'm giving this blogging thing a shot, mostly to help make me accountable for my "new year, new me" food choices, but also perhaps to vent a bit about other goings on in my life. The title, while not very original, does describe my intended subject matter. And yes, you will quite literally read about what I ate...but hopefully there will be some other entertaining tidbits as well.

Let's get something out of the way now. Here are things I never intend to accomplish with this blog:
1. Getting a book deal
2. Reaching more than 10 readers
3. Using it as an online personals ad (or at least not yet...)
4. Substituting it for regular communication with friends

So, as a newbie, I'm going to play around on here and have fun, but as it's a PUBLIC forum, I will have to be honest and know the world will judge me if I stray...right, world?!