Desserts on a Diet

I’ve never really had a sweet tooth (I’m more of a fried food fiend, a firm believer that french fries should be included on a dessert menu). That said, sometimes the female urge hits to ingest some CHOCOLATE. During my diet of the last few months, these have been my defaults:

Healthy Choice Fudge Bars (80 calories, 2g fat, 13g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugar, 3g protein)

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds (pretty dense so I limit myself to 3-4)

So Delicious Mini Neopolitan Soy Ice Cream Sandwiches (80 calories, 2g fat, 18g carbs, 2g fiber, 8g sugar, 2g protein)

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“Spaghetti” with Turkey Bolognese

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Apparently there exists a vegetable called a spaghetti squash. It’s squash but when you bake it, it turns into a shell full of thin pasta-like strands. Supposedly you can also microwave it or boil it with the same result.

Because of my (relatively) low carb diet, I don’t eat any pasta. So I thought I would conquer the mythical spaghetti squash beast and make enough portions for dinner and 4 days worth of lunch (in lieu of my regular Crockpot meals). I smothered the “spaghetti” with a lovely garlicky turkey bolognese sauce.

One hearty serving came to 241 calories, 15g carbs, 11g fat, and 20g protein. (I accidentally bought 7% lean ground turkey meat which drastically upped the fat content of the sauce. You could easily drop to 5g of fat with a leaner meat.)

Another Fitness Update…because this is my life

Things with my fitness and diet have been going swimmingly. I continue to lose weight, feel stronger, and workout better. I attribute this success to many factors. Here are a few I’d like to share:

1.) MyFitnessPal.com – MFP has helped me track my calories in/calories out everyday since March 1. It’s easy and has given me great perspective on what I put (and do not put) in my body.

2.) 24 Hour Fitness strength training classes and Bikram yoga at Funky Door Yoga – Doing structured workouts keep the calories burning longer (60-90 minutes) than I could push on my own. They also are FUNdamental ways to embellish my daily cardio with strength and stretch workout components.

3.) Yelp FitClub – A number of women in the office have decided to start a group to get fit together. We send around motivational emails, tips, recipes, workout together during lunch.

4.) Boyfriend – It’s a lot easier to maintain my diet/workout regimen with positive encouragement at home. Plus he’s also on the fitness train and gives great advice!

5.) “Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle” by Tom Venuto – This ebook has been integral in helping me plan my food intake and reframe the way I think about “dieting”. It’s all about boosting the metabolism by eating enough of the right stuff.

6.) Crockpot – I make lunches for the whole week on Sunday night in my Crockpot. This allows me to plan ahead and avoid temptation of the many lunch restaurants (taquerias, sandwich shops, Asian food, etc.) in downtown San Francisco. It’s also very easy healthy cooking

7.) Polar RS200 Heart Rate Monitor – Though I haven’t been able to use all of the functions that this heart rate monitor is capable of, this device has had the same effect in helping me better understand effective cardio routines as MFP had in helping me better understand effective eating habits. This wristwatch model offers dynamic readings on heart rate zones during workouts and stores my workouts in a weekly report.

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8.) Water – I drink a ridiculous amount of it. At least 80 oz. a day.

Fitness Progress Update

Created by MyFitnessPal – Free Calorie Counter

Alright! Things are really on a roll now. Down to 138.8lbs as of last night. Also, I started recording my weight at MyFitnessPal after losing 2.5lbs so really I’m down almost 10lbs! It’s not muscle loss and it’s not water weight loss (I drink about a gallon of water a day) – this is real fat loss.

I’ve been keeping steady with 6-7 workouts a week, trying to vary my routine with elliptical, running, biking, strength training classes, and BIKRAM YOGA. Bikram is pretty much the most difficult thing I’ve ever put my body through, with the 110 degree heat and 90 minutes of nonstop stretching, but afterward I feel like a superhero. I also burned 693 calories last time I went. That’s Hot.

Homemade Chicken Curry

Chicken curry with sweet potatoes

Chicken curry with sweet potatoes

Rien de special but a solid chicken curry dish a la Rachael Ray. I think I just wanted to show off our new Calphalon non-stick skillet.

The Onion – Area Man Already Knows Which Chicken Tender He’s Saving For Last

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Upside down hot dogs?

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Went to the Metreon this week to see Watchmen and noticed that all of the hot dogs at the concession stand are stored upside down. Clear plastic containers with upside down hot dogs. There has to be a reason…and I’m going to get to the bottom of it.

Popcorn, Coke, Snocaps and upside down Hot Dogs

Popcorn, Coke, Snocaps and upside down Hot Dogs