Sunday, February 14, 2010


After that rant I wrote last night, I went to bed and mulled over a lot of things in my head. Should I go back to South Beach? Maybe do phase 1 for awhile until I get some pounds off? I've done South Beach so many times and always gained the weight back later, even when I dropped 40 pounds. I was considering it... then thought I should stick with what I KNOW works which is calorie counting. Or maybe I should starve myself. Nah... I like food too much to starve myself. I actually tried to be an anorexic when I was a teenager (yes, I was clueless, and didn't have any idea how serious anorexia is, and I tried to just eat a cup of plain yogurt and an apple every day but I just could not do it). I got up this morning and thought, well, I just bought those Minneola tangelos and if I do South Beach I won't be able to eat them. Eh. I will just focus on eating "real foods" and counting calories and being active.

So I had some real food (tea, fresh local eggs from free range chickens, whole wheat toast with homemade butter made from the cream of grass fed local cows, and half a Minneola). I had my green tea, I got busy doing stuff. Lunch was leftover chicken breast, cabbage, onions, broccoli and garlic. I had a banana as a snack. I wanted a Coke something fierce but didn't cave. And I spent some time prepping a delicious Real Food dinner:

I browned some chicken wings and thighs in olive oil with rosemary, garlic, black pepper, and sea salt. I added water and simmered til the meat was tender. I strained the broth back into the pot, added carrots, onion, garlic, ginger, parsley and celery tops. I picked the meat off the bones and put the bones back into the broth and simmered it for a couple hours to make a rich stock. I strained and defatted that, then added the meat back in with some fresh chopped carrots, celery, zucchini, and potatoes and cooked until the veggies were tender. Delicious!

I also took the leftover white rice from the Chinese take out last night and made a creamy rice pudding rich with egg yolks and vanilla. I did sweeten it with sugar but not a lot. I think the kids will love it. I think I will have some myself.

So I will call today a good day: no overeating, no binges, no terribly insane cravings, no chemically processed foods except for about a half cup of low fat ice cream. Tomorrow will be even better.


Lori said...

"I will just focus on eating "real foods" and counting calories and being active."

Seems like it always come down to the basics, doesn't it? It's just so hard sometimes and we don't know why.

Congrats on having a great day :D

FrogiNater said...

Good days are good things!!! Yay! :)

Kathleen said...

I'm glad your day went better!

Seren_Sighs said...

That's awesome! Great job getting back into healthy habits.

Personally I am all about eating healthy and natural foods. I follow the "eat the rainbow" method. I really try to eat orange, green, red, yellow, and purple everyday. And I try to pack fruit and veggies into every meal. Tomatoes, spinach, yellow pepper, red apples, bananas, berries, and carrots are generally the foods I eat every day.

I've read your blog for a while and it really seems like the best thing for you, from an outsider's perspective, is to just eat natural non processed food. When you eat processed food you get into the autopilot mindset and gain weight quickly. I don't know if you would have to swear off processed foods forever but I really think to be where you want to be you'll have to avoid them around 90% of the time, if not more.

But if it makes you feel better I feel the same way about myself. I think some people are just more sensitive to chemicals and I am definitely one of those people. My friends can eat crap and be fine but I quickly gain weight and my eczema flares up terribly. It's just my lot in life. I just figure in the end I'll be better for it because I'll have been forced to be healthy and take care of myself.

Good luck!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

This whole journey of mine, I've concentrated on chasing out all the processed crap outta my diet. I'm eating cleaner and healthier, and I'm much more conscious of why I'm eating than ever before.

It takes a while, but once all that crud gets out of your system, the entire process gets much, much easier.

Autumnforest said...

Someone needs to come up with a motto "real food produces real results." It's a fact. If you really think about your body as this food processing center that evaluates for nutrients and ends up getting chemicals and going "what do we do with this?" You start to appreciate what it must go through to process that Coke or potato chips and how natural it is to process an orange or a piece of meat. Intestines go--hey, we recognize this! Yahoo! We can keep the machine going! Great job BTW! We all have crapola days, but if we're lucky, we're like you and get right back onto the saddle and ride.

Seth said...

good day!

spunkysuzi said...

After all is done and said it is all about calories and quality of those calories!! It's what i always come back to.

Tamzin said...

Sounds both yummy and healthy and satisfying! :) You can do this! No tricks, just hard work :) Its not easy, but its worth it.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog by doing a search for weight loss blogs, so glad I did. I have read numerous of your posts and I have to say I love your realness. Great work so far.

I am starting the gym and South Beach tomorrow. I am excited. I hope you don't mind my adding your blog link to my blog, if so, please let me know.

I look forward to following your journey with you. -BelieveInT

Shanel said...

that chicken recipe sounds soooo GOOD... I'll have to try it... :)

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for a while now and have enjoyed reading some of your recipes. I thought I'd share this one with you out of the "The Healthy College Cookbook" (I'm a college student):

Sweet Orange Chicken
*4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
*4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
*1/2 medium onion, diced (I used more)
*1 C. orange juice
*2 teaspoons butter
*2 Tbs. packed brown sugar (or to your liking)

1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. place chicken in a baking dish and spread mustard evenly over each piece. Sprinkle the onion over the chicken, pour orange juice over all, and place 1/2 tsp morsels of butter near each piece of chicken. bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
3. flip the chicken and sprinkle sugar evenly over each piece. bake for 10 minutes longer, or until cooked through.

Nutrition per serving: calories 210, fat 3.5 g, fiber 0 g, protein 28 g, carbs 14 g.

Anyway, I thought you might enjoy this! I made it with a side of peppers and broccoli which was excellent! The meat is sweet and juicy and quite yummy. Good job on all your progress!


Crabby McSlacker said...

Sounds like a really healthy day, congratulations!

Benita said...

I am proud of you! Eating real food is what is getting my weight off, too. Well, that and walking 10,000+ steps a day.

After eating real food long enough, you'll never be able to eat the processed stuff again - for one, it's too salty!

ctina said...

Counting calories can be tedious, but it's worth the effort! You cannot argue with the results of accurately tracking your intake.

For me, tracking every bite for over 2 years helped "train" me to naturally eat less. And, after a while, tracking didn't seem like a chore - it becomes automatic, and only takes a few minutes.

I think the hard part of tracking isn't actually writing it down, it's dealing with your food decisions and accepting the consequences. It's heavy stuff! But, it gets to the crux of the matter.

Ms. PJ Geek said...

good for you--

i'm doing the same..real food/cal counting
your rant helped me formulate a similar blog posting. Today started rough but each choice seems to be a better one ..:)

The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Focus on all of the little things that you do every day to improve your health!

I admire the fact that you push yourself to continue down a good path! :)


clickmom said...

Sounds like a great eating day to me. I noticed you didn't mention the agave or honey. I can't even slip in some of those without starting to crave like mad. Protein and veggies is a perfect day for me and my weight loss efforts. Keep up the w=good work, you are back on track!

lauralei said...

i have been feeling the same way - and i went on the low carb for 2 weeks and felt like i had the flu the whole time - and didn't lose like i used to - so now i am back on track, just trying to watch what i put in my mouth - it feels so much better (but i know how tempting it is to go on a "diet")

Just One Week said...

I think you should go back and re-read your posts from when you were feeling awesome. Sometimes when I lose motivation to work on my habits (and thus write about it in my blog) I reread what I wrote when I was successful and enthusiastic - and it makes me feel better. Good luck!

Sue said...

New blessings this morning, sweetie.
Keep up the good work...your adventure isn't just in the weight on the proud of you!!

Duddes02 said...

I don't know if I would suggest that you do south you know the first week is BRUTAL.

Also, I tend to gain a few once I leave south beach.

Esssentially, I go through 2 weeks of hell and lose 7 lbs. Once I stop, I gain 3 lbs back. My overall loss is 4 lbs with ALOT of struggle.

Rachel said...

i like that you focus on real foods and calorie counting. Try sticking with your calorie counting (which you do VERY well), but when meal planning, eat more grams of protein than grams of carbs. you won't have to give up the healthy foods like tangelos, etc., but you will see the benefits of a "south beach" type diet.

google the diabetic diet for more information. i'm not diabetic but have found it's been the best and most consistent way to lose fat (not just losing weight).