Weigh in!

Jan. 25th, 2013 06:22 am
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Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 183.2
Current weight: 180.8
This week's loss: -2.4
Total loss: 48.0
STG: 170

Sweet! Food was entirely on track this week; I think I scored 100% as far as that's concerned. I even got out of a Tuesday night burner meetup consuming no alcohol and no fried foods. Huzzah! When the family news came in Monday, I was very tempted to walk down to Whole Foods and get supplies to make cookies. Instead I blended frozen mangoes with soy milk and had a small helping of 'ice cream'. Its really nice to be in a place where I can recognize stress eating for what it is, and take steps not to fall in that trap. 

My ass got smaller this week. I know that sound
bizarre, but its true. I was taking off some pants when suddenly I felt....less of me. This is such a trip sometimes


Training for the century has proven a tad bumpier than I would like. I got a professional bike fit on Monday, and when they swiped my credit card it didn't go through. They held my bike hostage until the next day when I was able to borrow some money to get that taken care of. I rode in to work Wednesday without incident but got a flat coming home. :( Got the flat fixed yesterday after work, and now its raining. I'm thinking about riding in anyhow; we'll see how I feel after breakfast

I really want to do this century, but in light of this week's events, I'm feel less than confident. Hopefully I can just power through and make the next two weeks really count....and make this tube last until payday when I can get gator skins for my tires. Stupid hobo village with glass strewn everywhere.

Ranch

Jan. 7th, 2013 06:45 pm
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Fat Free Vegan Kitchen had this recipe for ranch dressing, and I thought to give it a shot.

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It was fucking nasty. Seriously. In the 8 months I've been doing this, I've never run across a recipe that wasn't edible. Tonight was that night though. Ew. Just ew.

Ah, well. They can't all be winners.
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Ginger, garlic, miso, bok choy, broccoli, mushrooms, green onions,and a slice of white onion in veggie broth with mai fun noodles. Garnished with red pepper flake and bean sprouts. 

om nom nom!

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Its been an amazing, chaotic, emotionally complex, reconnecting weekend full of blessings and revelry. Tonight, though, I'm alone sitting in my apartment, all lights off, basking in the glow of my tree. Quiet contemplation on the beauty of the season is in order this evening. In many ways its my favorite part of the entire 'Christmas experience', this time where we can remind ourselves of the ability to be still and meditate on what's important (religiously or no). And if we don't need reminding, to strengthen that ability. This contemplative time in front of the colored lights is probably the closest I'll get to praying all year. Silent night, holy night.

 NOW is the time for redemption. NOW is the time when we can fulfill our greatest potential to be Who We Really Are, if we are brave enough.  For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.


Merry Christmas.

In peace and love,
Ed. 
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Making pho at home is a lot of work and not cost effective. Better to go down the street to Pho 5th Avenue and have them make it for you, the way you like it.

pho-to (see what I did there?) )

I used a 'pho veggie broth' from Whole Foods that was pre-spiced, but it was too heavy on the anise and had waaay too much sodium in it. And it cost $4, only a dollar less than my usual at the aforementioned favorite noodle joint. I may try with a low sodium veggie broth later, but probably not. Pho is one of the only foods out where I know I always have a 'safe' option, and so I'll probably save it for going out. 

There is nothing like wilted bok choy though. yumyumyum.
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Baking has always been a fun activity for me, and I love showing up at gatherings with cookies. Because who doesn't like some cookies? Also, it can be a good way to harness frenetic energy productively, especially when I'm thinking about Stuff. When I hit my short term weight loss goal I bought a few new cookbooks. Living alone has afforded me few opportunities to bake for others, but I decided to give it a shot on Saturday when I knew I could distribute goods to merry makers at the OB Christmas parade. 
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Weigh in!

Nov. 30th, 2012 06:14 am
ladyjendifi: (Bike)
Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 183.2
Current weight: 187.2
This week's loss: +4.0
Total loss: 41.6
STG:  170

It doesn't make sense. Over the last two weeks I've definitely lost inches and went down another pant size. Sigh. This better not ruin my linear progression and the spectacular R-squared value on my graph. 

I'm sure it will be back on track next week. It's just weird. 
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Today was a success in most ways. There was the usual family tension, but it was tempered with good times surrounded by people I deeply love. And beer.

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While I wasn't really tempted by most of the offerings others brought/cooked, there was a moment when my mom's boyfriend kept pushing me to eat his smoked duck (huhuhuh...ew). I felt rude repeatedly turning him down, but I just wasn't into eating it. I was more than satisfied with what Jeremy and I brought (separately): 

Stuffed acorn squash, finished product. These were a big hit, and I heard from more than one person that they were the best thing about dinner.

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My holiday plate: stuffed acorn squash, wasabi mashed potatoes, vegan stuffing (J made this and it was so freaking good!), and dijion herbed green beans.

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I was stuffed by the time I cleaned this plate, but somehow I still made room for....

PIE! )


The pie was a smashing success! So good. And so unbelievably not bad for you.

So, I feel very, very positive about Thanksgiving dinner. It was the best I had had in a good long while, and I broke through that 'never been plant based during the holidays' barrier, which feels like an accomplishment. I'm feeling so good about it that I may weigh myself tomorrow, but I'm only posting results if they're what I want. 'Cause its my blog and I said so. 

I hope you had the best holiday with your given/chosen family, and that you took a moment to contemplate the unbelievable miracle that is your very existence. :) Hugs, kisses, warm fuzzies, etc. 
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Last night, I had the opportunity to meet the Happy Herbivore herself, Lindsay S. Nixon, at a meetup at Casa de Luz in North Park. She and her husband were so laid back and cool, and it was so nice to be in a group of people at a restaurant and feel like I didn't have to apologize, defend, or explain my food choices. I found it really empowering to hear her talk about being able to stay on track with food through world travels. Very inspiring. Also inspiring was all the non-food talk. I met some cool peeps with whom I might be able to hang out with in the future, so that's also a bonus. Yay new and interest-diverse local social circles! 

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Its really not fair. She was making me laugh so hard in this photo. 

I was too shy to discuss it at the dinner table with everyone else, but I wrote her an email when I got home thanking her for being a big part of my ability to figure out this way of eating, and how it has facilitated so much positive change in my life. She had emailed me back by 7 this morning and asked me if I would be interested in being interviewed for her website (she has a 'herbie of the week' column on her blog)!!! Its hard to describe how excited I was this morning. No one really 'gets' it, but this is a really big deal to me...being able to be actively engage in this community, and share with folks how much this whole thing has changed me for the better. 

Enough gushing...off to Trader Joe's for the rest of my ingredients, then its time for some holiday cookin'! 

After two test pies, I think I understand what I have to do in order to make pie#3 a success. I hope I hope....

week 41

Nov. 16th, 2012 07:05 am
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Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 185.6
Current weight: 183.2
This week's loss: -2.4
Total loss: 45.6
STG:  170 by whenever (sophomore-in-high-school weight)

Whoo-Hoo! Feeling much better about this plateau being over. 

I took the fruit out of my oatmeal in the morning and doubled the portion size- so I'm still feeling full, but eating lower calorie density foods. 

I have a plan for Thanksgiving. This plan is making me feel empowered. Stuffed acorn squash, dijion-herbed green beans, potatoes, and veggie stuffing. Jeremy is making the potatoes and stuffing.  For desert, I am going to attempt a no-added fat apple pie. Having never baked a pie, I am excited and a little anxious as to how that will turn out. 

Copious pictures to come. :) 



Week 40

Nov. 9th, 2012 06:39 am
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Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 190:0
Current weight: 185:6
This week's loss: -4.4
Total loss: 43.2
STG: 185 by whenever (Goal Achieved!)
New goal: 170 by whenever (this new goal will put me at my sophomore-in-high-school weight)

I've hit my second short term goal! And you know what that means....


Progress pics )


Hopefully this means the two month plateau has permanently kicked the bucket.

Still riding a lot, and improving my skills, and feeling more at home in the saddle all the time.
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Banana 'ice cream' two sliced bananas (frozen), half a tray of ice, and a heaping tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Blended until awesome.

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Pad Thai

Nov. 4th, 2012 08:14 pm
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I used this recipe here. I added about a third of a block of tofu, some broccoli, celery, carrots, and snowpeas. Garnished with cilantro and green onion. 

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OMFG. That's a definite keeper. Not something I can have everyday, since its got a little more fat in it than my normal fare, but it will be in semi-regular rotation for sure. 

Week 37

Oct. 19th, 2012 08:15 am
ladyjendifi: (Bike)
Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 189.8
Current weight: 189.0
This week's loss: -0.8
Total loss: 39.8
STG: 185 by whenever


So, yeah. Losing, but the same weight I gained last week, and not all of it. I'm telling you, there's something about the bike commute that makes my body not want to give up the weight. On the day after I didn't exercise, I weighed in a full two pounds lower than today. I know everyone hits plateaus, but this is very frustrating. 

In researching what might be going on, I have been looking up stuff on the Dr. McDougall forums. His plan for weight loss includes, not only the elimination of the stuff I'm already not eating, but also limiting flour and servings of fruit. This is based on the princliple of eating things lower in caloric density to lose weight. I really wasn't eating that many flour-products, but I did switch out my whole wheat pita for a microwavable potato at lunch time (it travels better in the backpack, anyhow). I do eat a lot of fruit: berries in the oatmeal at breakfast, an apple for a post-ride snack, and usually some either with dinner or in my salad dresing. So....I can make dressing with other things instead. Not sure I'm willing to take the berries out of oatmeal, and I don't know what could replace that apple. It's sounds nit-picky, but tiny changes like this do make a difference. When I stopped eating .25 cup of walnuts everyday I lost 10 pounds. I lost another 10 when I stopped putting honey in my tea in the morning. That's another thing...probably going to have to give up caffienated teas. Sigh.
...........................
Training went all right this week. I'm doing it. Ride is tomorrow w00t! 

Should I workout today or no? Thinking about spin class....

week 36

Oct. 12th, 2012 07:03 am
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Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 188.8
Current weight: 189.8
This week's loss: +1.0
Total loss: 39.0
STG: 185 by whenever

Grr. Argh. 

I've been biking a lot, and for some reason that's made my body not want to shed the weight. I was on track food-wise: the cutting back on beer was a success at both the burner meetup and when Tru came over to hang out Wednesday night. I plan to drink very little, if at all, this weekend. It's frustrating, but I know its just a function of messing with my activity levels and still dialing in how to calorically compensate. 

Today I'm taking a day off from work, because a) I have to, and b) I'm so bored at work right now I want to cry. Its raining here today, so I'm going to try to hit spin class at the gym at 9:30. Then I'm going to drop those prints off at the framers, get a hook and rod for that tapestry I want to hang, come home and nest a little bit. Tonight: [livejournal.com profile] gingersnapps comes to town. YAY!

week 35

Oct. 5th, 2012 05:40 am
ladyjendifi: (Bike)
Starting weight: 228.8
Last week's weight: 189.6
Current weight: 188.8
This week's loss: -0.8
Total loss: 40.0
STG: 185 by whenever

Finally!

Not bad considering my trip to Austin. I didn't go much off the rails, but I did eat a lot of oilier things, and drink lots of beer (duh). All the socializing may be slowing my progress, but I never want to put this weight loss thing above spending quality time with people I love. The trick is how to do that without drinking so much. Maybe its time to go from two beers at Tuesday night meetup to one, and not drink at all on Fire Friday. I keep telling myself I'd like to dry out for a few months, but Halloween is in a few weeks, then the holidays. Maybe I'll just be a sucker and wait until January like everyone else. 

Only 3.8  pounds from my second short term goal! That's kind of cool. 




Training

Oct. 4th, 2012 05:57 pm
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This week, so far, I've logged approximately 35 miles, after taking about 6 weeks off from riding. 

I am in far better shape than I anticipated.

Two back to back commutes to work, I was able to climb both ways without having to stop, nay, even entertain the idea of stopping. I'm not sore at all, save for my ass. Ass training is all I think I'll need to pull this off really. My times are good (for me), and I should be down another few pounds this week, which will help with that. On the ride in and back, I've been attempting to focus on basics, like better posture, breathing, becoming more comfortable out of the saddle and down in the drop bars, etc. 

The bike is running tip-top. :) 

In other news, every time I eat a baked potato, its like giving the finger to that horrible nutritionist who said I was going to gain weight and go diabetic if I kept eating them. Bitch, please. 

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