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Celebrating 10 pounds lost

We already had a word-heavy post today, so I will keep the word count down for this post.

Breakfast was a half an apple.

Lunch I had some egg, ham, and kinda had some salad. I  put some spinach, cucumbers, and carrots dressed with basalmic vinegarette in a bowl… and then proceeded to eat the spinach.

Dinner I had taco salad, but it sorta got ruined by the spoonfull or two I had of leftover chocolate icing. The important thing, though, is that I stopped eating when I was not hungry anymore.

Anyway, I promised pictures of my TKD stuff, so I arranged it all for your viewing pleasure:

 

All self-explanatory, except the top sheet, which is my "grades" -- A's in every category, even though I don't think I deserved them.

So there’s my certificate, my yellow belt, and my broken board. On top is my grading sheet, with A’s circled for every part of the test. The tester suggested that I do my kicks higher (not waist-high, though I really do think that’s all I can do for my in-out and out-in stretch kicks…). The writing at the bottom also said I had good blocks during my forms. 🙂

So now we come to the title of the post.

As you know, I weighed myself at the beginning of the week and was disappointed to see the 180 glaring back at me from the scale. I posted here, and wrote it off to water weight, sick weight, and other such things, as did most of my commentors. While I still believed that, it tasted sweet victory when I hopped on the scale this morning, out of curiosity, to see a nice sweet 175.

 

Still sexy.

Let’s face it. I’m still a sexy beast no matter what that scale says, but it’s pretty cool — I have reached my first milestone.

10 pounds down, 40 to go.

Woot. 🙂

The Past Two Days…

…they haven’t been busy so much, but with the boy in the house, it’s hard to motivate myself to write about food.

Anyway, yesterday Anthony and I put our brains together to decide what to do for dinner.

I took a recipe from http://mypaleokitchen.blogspot.com/ and modified it a bit.

Essentially, you get some chicken breast halves and pick some kind of seasoning, fry it a bit till it gets a bit of a crust, and then back for thirty minutes.

Our spices:

Garlic, of course, was a must.

It is essentially: garlic powder, paprika, oregano, curry, salt. What you do is “bread” the chicken with the spices and fry it up a bit until it has a crust. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

Spiced chicken with magic salad photo-bombing

If you’re looking to do this recipe, I recommend leaving out the Paprika, or keeping it really light, as it tends to over power the rest of the spices. It was okay, overall.

Today, I had two adventures in cooking. I didn’t really want a raw fruit for breakfast, so I decided to test out the blender and make a smoothie.

It’s true that one of the rules is to not drink calories, but I think I can make an exception for smoothies.

Anyway, I invented a smoothie, and it’s called “Blood of My Enemies.” Observe:

1 cup raw strawberries
1/2 cup raw blueberries
1/2 blood orange, slices peeled off
1 strawberry daquiri no calorie sweetener
8-10 cubes of ice (not pictured)

I based the recipe on the “too good, two-berry smoothie” from hungry girl, and I did some improvisation seeing as how I didn’t have the frozen fruits necessary.

My enemies are fruits...

Dissolve the sweetener in 1/4 cup of water and put in blender. Add ice cubes and blend till desire consistency is reached.

A couple of notes: because I didn’t have frozen fruits, I neglected to put ice in my smoothie, so it turned out to be more of a fruit pulp blend, albeit a very tasty one.  Also because I haven’t myself put the ice in my smoothie, I am not 100%  sure about the number needed. Adjust when necessary.

The smoothie gets its name for its very very red color, and its pulpiness.

See the little black flakes? Those are the souls...

For lunch I had the last of the second Easy Tomato and Basil chicken and a few grapes. I headed down to pick my roommate up from the airport.

Much, much later after I got back (in fact, I only just now finished eating it), I was very hungry. The leftovers I had from the Spiced Fried/Baked chicken were no good, as I had accidentally left them out overnight. So I had to cook something, and I had 0 patience to go scrounging around for recipes and wait another hour for it to cook.

I resolved to just cook up some ground sirloin and throw some taco seasoning on it and eat that, when my awesome roommate suggested I serve it over lettuce.

The lettuce I bought during the Great Food Purge was, surprisingly, still good, so that’s what I did. It wasn’t a taco salad worthy of Suzie at Waste and Taste, but I still thought it was nommy (and spicy!). I might have had a little too much…

The lettuce-to-meat ratio is embarrassingly small…

Tomorrow I am prepared to meet TWO big challenges. Firstly, I am having lunch with my friend in Evans, which has all sorts of nommies from ice cream to breads to dairy all for free. Additionally, the amount of good stuff to eat (for me) is rather small. So… that will be hard.

The second challenge is much harder. My chorale professor is having rehearsal from 4-8 and after that she is providing dinner. I am not sure what this means, but I have a feeling that Chick Fil A will be involved.

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I know that eating bad stuff every once in a while is okay, but I am really worried about triggering a slippery slope. So that if I did it this time and the world didn’t end, then the next time it’d be okay and the next time after that. I am also concerned because I will also be indulging myself at my birthday party, more for the reason that I can’t afford to feed 20+ people paleo food than anything else.

I can do this. I can resist, and I can keep eating well.

Gina