I have a secret. A dirty little secret that I keep trying to ignore but it haunts me just the same. It forced me to face it last night and deal with it. It is this: I love gorgonzola. The way the deserts love the rain. No? What? Deserts miss rain? Oh. Uh…I love gorgonzola the way…um…monkeys love coconuts? The way everyone in the world seems to love bacon right now? I think you get the idea. And a cheese like gorgonzola seems like something I should stay away from at the moment…far, far away. But like a kept woman cannot stay away from her sugar daddy, I caved. I ran to gorgonzola last night; it had been so long and we missed each other so much (ah, there is where that desert thing belongs!). (I am just full of these metaphors today! Or are they similes? Or reasonable facsimilies? I’m confused.)
Dinner was gorgonzola risotto. And it was amazing. And I was pretty proud of myself for making it. I cut calorie corners where possible. Like omitting butter that the recipe called for. I only use extra virgin olive oil in my recipes. And I omitted cream; I did need to add about 1/4c of milk (1%, yo!). I decided to portion it so that I wouldn’t be eating too much (I had about 1/2c, maybe a little less). I paired it with some chicken and spinach cooked with fresh garlic (4 cloves, minced. What can I say? Garlic is another love of mine.) and grated ginger. I also added mirin, sesame oil and a little bit of soy sauce. Heaven in a pan, folks! Almost as good as Sex in a Bowl…but I digress…
In the end, I put the recipe in both WW and MyFitnessPal and although it was scary when I saw the total numbers, once I broke it down into portions, the points and nutritional information was not as bad as I thought! Not numbers that are low enough that I would want to eat it very often, but a little less than I was expecting. Moderation is the spice of life (and I thought it was variety! Or paprika. Boy, was I wrong!).
I am also a lover of spinach. When I have it in the house, I add some to my smoothies in the mornings. Which I did today. Just a handful, blend it in and you can’t even taste it. At all! I do the same with kale if I have that in the house. There. There is my random tip of the day. Perhaps I should start doing that. Just pop a random tip in that is not really related to anything else I am saying. Right in the middle of it all. Just to keep you all on your toes!
Well, today is the day that our Japanese groceries get delivered! I cannot wait. I might even unpack them all then lay down and roll around in them! Ok, maybe not. I don’t want to crush my Bonchi Rice Snacks (and no, that is not some dirty euphemism!). Lots and lots of low-cal, low point, high nutrition goodness coming my way!
Until then, I am off to make a huge dent in my daily 10,000 (steps)!
While Tuesdays are supposed to be my weigh-in days, I couldn’t resist the temptation to jump on a day early…ok, who am I kidding…I have been jumping on my new scales constantly. Bad idea, I know because as fascinating as it is to see how much one’s weight can fluctuate day to day and even within one day, it can also be a little depressing. Depressing when I see the scales go up, thrilling when the numbers go back down. But mostly depressing because being able to obsessively check my weight that often reminds me that I really need a life!!!! Seriously, it sometimes is just something to do! I did the same sort of thing a few years ago when I was in hospital for a week when I lived in Japan. Next to the bedside, in a little holder on the wall, was a thermometer. I took my temperature about every 10 minutes just because I had nothing else to do! But I digress…
So, I was sad to see that as of today, I was up 1.5lbs. On one hand, I am disappointed, on the other hand, I am reminding myself not to stress, I am sure to lose that and maybe a little more by next week. I am actually feeling more determined than discouraged! Determined. Not stubborn. Not at all. And no need to ask my husband and family about their opinions on that.
I am happy to report that I am no longer pedometerless any more!! (<–I don’t always use odd words, but when I do, I use words that aren’t real.) I hit Walmart and plucked that $9 pedometer from the little pedometer section like I knew what I was doing.
I also got one step further in getting organized for the week. Yeah, I portioned and packed up crunchy snacks. Like a boss. I measured and ziplocked like nobody’s business! I had purchased some corn chips with flax seed (because flax seeds make them super healthy, of course.) and some sunflower seeds. Now, I know sunflower seeds are supposed to be evil because of their high fat content, despite the fact that it is mostly good fat. But I measured out 1/4c portions as opposed to the 1/3c as outlined in the nutritional information (and once I saw it in the wee snack sized baggy, that 1/4c is a little more than I usually eat anyway).
As for prepping actual meals for the week, well, I bought groceries. That is a start, right? I am still on the spontaneous side of the fence when it comes to meals. But I swear, one of these days, I will take some stuff out of the fridge and maybe cut some of it up. If I feel like it. And if I can find the knife. And the cutting board. And if I feel like it (did I already say that?). When it is cut up, then there is no turning back…something will have to be made.
And in case of the event of actually making something after said cleaving of food, I did buy containers that were the perfect portion size, so that is something! I have decided to make a few large batches of food on Sundays, then freezing/refrigerating them in single sized portions. Easy for days when we don’t feel like cooking up something good!
We also don’t have a car. Which means, to make a long story short, we spent almost three hours on our feet today, walking around. That earned me a fair few WW points! Part of that errand-running was to get my new pedometer, so I have no idea how many steps I took today but I am guessing the tally would be anywhere between 10,000 and a lot!
I am now also competing with a friend. She is getting back in shape and has set herself a goal for May 1st. I decided it would be great motivation to compete with each other and see who can successfully reach a decided-upon goal for that date. She is eating right and has started at the gym. She also has been using “My Fitness Pal”, which she encouraged me to use as well. I checked it out and love the food database…so much food info in there, and it tracks calories! I love my WW program but the database for food leaves a bit to be desired, I think (anyone else on WW feel the same way? Or not??). I think these two programs could work very well for me.
Well, it is another week, and another shot at getting even further along in my journey! Loving life this week!!