Stick With It

How is it already the end of January already??  Although Tony and I are more than happy to see it go – from the snow and the frigid arctic air.  I look longingly at our gazebo and wish of warm weather.  I love coming home from work and hanging out with Tony outside – it’s one of my favorite things.

So when I got in the car yesterday to go to the gym and it was 27 degrees, I didn’t even wear a winter coat – I just put on my Chicago Bears fleece and I was good to go.  Yesterday was shoulders and abs.  Shoulders are my weakest muscle by far.  While I can do 220 pound leg presses, um, let’s just say I grabbed the 5 pound weights for my shoulder exercises, shall we?

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The strength took me 20 minutes and then I walked on the treadmill for 40 minutes on an 8% incline.

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I had a Balance Bar before working out and a coffee.  Guess what?  We are back to breakfast tacos!

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I have to tell you though, after doing legs the day before yesterday, walking 4 miles on an incline the day before yesterday and 2.5 miles yesterday, my legs were so sore!  I was so happy to get to the pool at lunch.  I use one of these floaty things and lay on my back and just use my legs to get back and forth for the first 10 minutes – it takes out all the kinks and I feel like a new person when I get out of the pool.

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Work was actually steady busy yesterday – I love that because the day goes by so much quicker.

On Sunday night I made Chicago style roast beef for dinner.   We love our meat on the rare side, so we pull the roast out at 125 degrees.  Another reason to have meat so rare, is that when you have leftovers, the meat doesn’t get tough.  I decided to make Italian beef sandwiches for dinner last night.  I put the roast in the freezer for about 15 minutes so that I could get really thin slices of meat.  Tony bought some au jus from the store over the weekend.  I just brought that to a boil, removed it from the heat, and added the thin sliced beef for a few minutes until it was heated through, but still super tender.

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I may have added a bit of sriracha to my sammie.  On the side is tempura asparagus and poblano peppers.  Yum!  I still have a good pound of beef leftover, so I think I may turn that into chili over the weekend.  I was telling Tony that we have so much food in the house, that I plan on making my meal plan from my pantry, freezer and fridge!  I still have a whole ham, chicken breasts, bay scallops, shrimp and ground sirloin for protein – I am sure I can come up with a meal plan based on what I have in the house, and maybe spend $15 on fresh veggies and fruit this week.

So Tony and I were talking about one of our favorite dinners we had at Trader Vic’s a few years ago.  I quickly pulled out my phone to find the post to remind myself what I ate that night, and was shocked to see this picture.  This was the fall of 2009.

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It’s kind of like when you gain weight, you don’t even notice it until your pants start to not fit and you find yourself getting into a bigger and bigger size.  I was probably around 185 pounds then.  The same goes when you lose weight slowly.  You don’t see any changes day to day, but then all of a sudden, you look in the mirror and see this:

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That’s me at 160 pounds.  Since I am only 5 feet 2 inches, 25 pounds makes a pretty big difference.  While I didn’t get my act into gear until June of last year, my mantra going forward is “Stick With It.”  I may not see many changes from one day until the next, but I know if I stick with it, I’ll eventually get the results I want.  Slow and steady wins the race!

I have my stats, but can’t access them – I think I have a virus on our home computer and Tony’s going to run a virus scan on it – I have all these pop-up ads and it’s driving me insane.

Updated – Stats for the Day:

  • 1589 calories, 49 fat, 241 carbs, 95 protein, 11 fiber
  • 20 minute shoulders/abs
  • 40 minute walk, 8% incline 2.55 miles
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • average blood sugar 127

I work at Zeal tonight – so when it’s a double work day, that means a workout rest day for me.  My body needs the rest today.  And if I find myself at Goodwill at lunch time, I have no idea how that happened.

I am excited to try T25 this weekend though!  Shaun T’s new workouts – each one is only 25 minutes long.  I’ll see how it compares to Insanity.

Alright, time to get my shit together and get out the door.  I have a recipe for grilled pineapple salsa for you tomorrow – perfect balance of sweet and heat – can’t wait to have it on my chicken tacos for lunch today.

Make it a great day!

Simple Fried Pork Egg Rolls

Yep, third day in a row I got my ass up and to the gym.  I have to say, just after a couple days it’s easier to get in the mindset that NOT getting up is not an option.  And it was 0 degrees when I left for the gym – I barely needed a winter coat!  Although 3/4 of the way to the gym is when the sun comes up and it’s blinding at times!

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On tap was legs and calves.

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That routine took me just over 20 minutes, then I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, 8% incline for 2 miles.  Um, I may have had hat head, hence the White Sox hat.  (Kitch, don’t tell your Dad I am a Sox fan!)

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My daughter posted on Instagram that she made a bunch of smoothie packets (way to plan Hannah!) and it reminded me that I hadn’t made a Green Monster in a while.  My blender is actually in my office kitchen, so I just brought the ingredients and made my smoothie about 9:30.   I used 12 ounces of unsweetened almond milk, so all together, this was a 24 ounce smoothie – this took me over 30 minutes to drink!

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I was actually looking forward to my lunch time swim, until I realized I never pulled it out from the day before to dry.  Um, it may have been frozen in the side pocket of my gym bag!  So Plan B – another 30 minute 2 mile walk while watching The Chew.

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And, not shockingly, I had more lasagna soup for lunch – this time with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese!   I love it that my friend Louise is trying to catch up on my making of this soup – I believe she’s on batch #16!

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When I was meal planning last week, I realized I had leftover cooked white rice, which meant one thing – Tony’s amazeball fried rice.  I bought some egg roll wrappers the last time I was at the Japanese grocery store, so egg rolls and Tony’s fried rice made the menu. 

I found a recipe on Pinterest for Fried Pork Egg Rolls – while not exactly her recipe, it inspired mine.  While you are at it, go check out her blog – she’s got some good shit on there!

Pork Egg Rolls (makes 12 egg rolls – 160 calories, 22 carbs, 10 fat, 13 protein)

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1.5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • pinch of sugar
  • 2 cups of prepared cole slaw mix
  • 1 cup bean sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons Classic stir fry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sweet and sour sauce

In a skillet, cook pork, breaking it up, until cooked almost through.  Take off heat and stir in remaining ingredients.  Let cool about 10 minutes.  Using an egg roll wrapper, put about 2-3 tablespoons filling on the wrapper, use water to seal the edges and roll up.  I just put fresh oil in our deep fryer, so these were light and crispy.  I, of course, would have loved to add some sriracha or sambal golek (sp??!!), but Tony doesn’t know why everything has to be spicy!

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I only ate one egg roll because I knew I was going to eat ALL of Tony’s stir fry – so fricken good!  I could eat Tony’s stir fry every single day and never get sick of it.  And he’s used to me adding a few dashes of sriracha to mine!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1820 calories (had some wine, but I counted it!), 44 fat, 205 carbs, 77 protein and 22 fiber
  • 53% calories from carbs, 26 from fat and 20 from protein
  • 30 minute 2 miles before work
  • 20 minutes legs/calves
  • 30 minutes 2 miles at lunch
  • average blood sugar 115

Alright – off to the gym again – make it a great day!

Modernist Cuisine at Home

Obviously, it’s no secret that I like to cook.  Cooking for me brings a level of comfort that is hard to explain.  I love the whole process of meal planning, grocery shopping, chopping vegetables, etc.  I have often said that I don’t feel like my day really starts until I get home from work and get my hands Bizzy in My Kitchen.

So when I was contacted to check out an eBook called Modernist Cuisine at Home, I was immediately intrigued.  I soon realized that this e-publication is an off-shoot of Modernist Cuisine:  The Art and Science of Cooking that was published in 2011.  This is THE cooking encyclopedia – six jam packed volumes, but also at a steep price: $475!

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While I am sure that is any chef’s dream to own that set of books (all 2,438 pages!), it just doesn’t work for me, because there are lots of things I don’t cook with and I don’t bake very much.  And as much as I do read cookbooks as a novel, that would be like ready The Harry Potter of all cookbooks!

So what is the Modernist Cuisine at Home all About?  It’s an award-winning eBook by Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet.  As an interactive eBook on Inkling.com, it features 1600+ beautiful photos, 416 recipes, and easy step-by-step guides to creating wonderful dishes you and your family will enjoy.  “Not to mention, this is the only digital version of this title. To give folks a taste test, there’s a free section that includes a chapter and some tools unique to the digital version (the print version retails at $140+).”

You can view different chapters, and if you decide to buy it, it’s yours for only $4.99.  Step-by-step instructions and beautiful photography.  Check out this mac n cheese!  And you can also check out all their other food category eBooks here.

And I love the way the recipes are laid out – you can scale a recipe, it has instructions in both metric and ounces.  Um, turns out math isn’t my best subject, so this alone is extremely helpful to me!  And you can add the recipe to a shopping list – you can just “undo” any ingredient you have on hand to have a customized grocery list – how cool is that?

Did I mention the photography was amazeballs?

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I was just telling Tony that while I loved getting magazines in the mail, I can almost always find everything I need online – so these eBooks may fill my food magazine obsession – only in electronic form! And at the cost of slightly over 1 cup of Starbucks coffee (um, unless you are like my boss who gets FOUR extra shots of espresso in hers!) the small cost for recipes you’ll use is totally justifiable.

Alright, here’s a quick recap of yesterday before I head out to the gym.  Can I just say I am happy that it’s 3 degrees this morning! 😀  Yesterday’s start to the day was just a tad chilly!

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Yesterday was back and biceps.  I did a 15 minute warm up, then the workout took me 25 minutes, then I finished with 25 minutes on the treadmill at 8% incline.

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I had this balance bar as my pre-workout meal – holy cow is this one delicious!

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I ended up making a couple more whole wheat pastry flour pancakes for breakfast – this time I added a bit of poppy seeds.  While I don’t think this breakfast is as filling when I have egg whites and more protein, the Balance bar is so filling, I didn’t end up eating this until nearly 10:00 a.m.

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When my Mom and I were out and about last Friday, I picked up this container at Goodwill for only .49 cents.  I love it!  This normally retails for $8!

 

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It has an inside container too:

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When we were at Mariano’s, I saw this Asian broccoli kale salad that looked so good.  I am trying to give kale another try.  Turns out that I’ve been eating the center part, which I guess is where all the bitter flavors are.  This had dried cranberries, a zippy Asian dressing – so good!  I need to see if they have a recipe for it on their website.  I felt like Roz with my bento type lunch!

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Dinner was one of Tony’s favorites – Zataran’s red beans and rice with smoked sausage.  So simple, all cooked together in two cycles of the rice maker.  Dinner was ready when I got home – loved it!  I did add baby spinach to mine, and of course, some hot sauce!

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I finally watched last week’s Biggest Loser – I think makeover week is my favorite episode!  I think Rachel is going to win it all – although David is a close second.  I didn’t even recognize him without his beard!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1485 calories, 62 fat, 162 cars, 79 protein, 22 fiber
  • 42% of calories from carbs, 36% from fat and 20% in protein
  • 40 minutes cardio before work
  • 25 minutes back and biceps
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • NO WINE
  • average blood sugar 112

Time to get this show on the road – make it a great day!

 

 

Swimming Jealousy

Alright people.  It took every once of my being yesterday to get to the gym yesterday morning before work.  Want to know why?

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It was cold.  Like really cold.  Like –20 degrees wind chill cold.  I warmed up my car for a good 10 minutes before getting in it, but it was still a chilly ride to the gym.  I got there a bit later than I wanted to, about 7:20.  Weirdly, there was only one other person there besides me!  After looking at my strength training exercise program, I decided it was a bit too easy – and the Kris Gethin one is too hard, so I am back at Week 1 Day 1 of Jamie Eason’s 12 week strength program.   Yesterday was chest and triceps.  I started out with a half mile walk to warm up.

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The strength portion took me 20 minutes, then I finished off with a 1.5 mile hill walk – 3.8 mph at 8% incline.

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After only working out twice last week, it’s amazing how out of shape I felt.  But, I just have to make the effort every.single.day if I want to see results.

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I had a Balance Bar and a cup of coffee as my pre-workout fuel.  Breakfast – shocker!!  Egg white breakfast tacos! And some amazing pineapple my Mom and I got at Mariano’s last week.  So good!

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Before I knew it, it was time to head back to the gym – to swim!  OMG, the pool room and pool are so warm – it’s amazing.  Just the walk back to the locker room sucks ass.  Most of the schools were closed yesterday and today because of weather, so there were kids swimming in the next lane.  Obviously they belong to a swim club, because they were really great swimmers.  The girls looked to be around 12 or 13?   It was as if they were floating on top of the water they were so fluid and fast.  Made me a bit jealous that I am not a better swimmer.

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When I got back to the office, my office supplies were delivered.  Every time I order more than $100 worth of products, we get a free bag of Matt’s cookies.  If you have not had a Matt’s cookie, you are missing out – they are so soft and delicious.  The oatmeal cranberry is my favorite, but the chocolate chips are a close second.  But with two workouts under my belt for the day, I just walked away.  NSV!!

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And over the weekend I made batch #57 of lasagna soup!  This time with bow tie pasta.   If you make a pot of this, cook the pasta separately.  I added both the raw spinach and cooked pasta to the soup right before heating up for 3 minutes.  Perfect!

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I had my meal plan all written out, and conveniently threw it out while I was cleaning up yesterday.  I knew I had ground beef, so I ended up making burgers.  On the side I thought I’d try to make tempura zucchini fries.  Um, no – these tasted like ass – like baby puke covered in tempura batter.  I guess I needed the strength of bread crumbs to not cook the inside to shit?

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But the fried jalapenos were amazeballs!  And then I added hot sauce to the burger and Tony said “you are putting hot sauce ON TOP of your jalapenos?” To which I said “don’t worry about it, it’s not your burger!”

I logged all my food, but for some reason my spark people log in isn’t working and the password is on my home computer – I’ll update my stats later today.

UPDATED STATS:

  • 1432 calories, 43 fat, 175 carbs, 69 protein, 12 fiber
  • 51% of calories from carbs, 28% from fat and and 20% from protein
  • 35 minute cardio before and after strength
  • 20 minutes of chest and triceps
  • 30 minute swim at lunch
  • NO WINE!

And here I am about to leave for the gym, Week 1 Day 2 – back and biceps.  Right now the air temperature is . . . .- 14!   And with the wind chill feels like –30.  If I wanted to live in Alaska, I would have moved there! I AM SO DONE WITH WINTER!

Make it a great day!

Overwhelmed! (but in a good way!)

All I can say is just. . . WOW.   When I asked if you could help me pay it forward to he children’s ward at the hospital Tony stayed at for the first 8 days of 2014, my original goal was to be able to donate 20 DVDs.  It seemed every day for a string of days, I’d have package after package from Amazon.com and directly from readers.  It was like Christmas in January!

I am the type of person who always tries to spin something negative into a positive thing.  My glass is always half full.  Yes, I have my moments when I think I can’t handle another thing, and then all I do is ask if you’ll help me and you all will make some sick kids VERY happy when the are recovering in the hospital to see movies that are new releases!  Not only did I receive dozens from Amazon.com, I was able to buy lots of DVDs from people who sent me money, checks and paypal.

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Yep, I received 87 DVDs!!   I still can’t believe it.  So thank you from the bottom of my heart who sent DVDs to me.  I did have several that I couldn’t identify who they came from, so if you don’t see your name listed below, please email me so I can give you props!

I feel like I am missing a piece of paper I wrote names down on . . . but THANK YOU to everyone who participated!  I plan on contacted the hospital this week to drop them off.  I did think this was funny though – from two different parts of the country – one in Pennsylvania and one in Texas, and from two different companies, I got DVDs mailed like this!  So thank you for thinking I am awesome!

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So this week I am calling a “do over.”  Last week my blood sugar and/or work got in the way of me getting to the gym.  I need to fix that by getting to the gym Monday through Thursday, and if my blood sugar is stable at lunch, to also get in my swim at lunch – it does my body good to swim after doing weight training.  So I am starting over the 12 Week Program, but I am switching it up.  Looking forward to Kris Gethin’s workouts, um, let’s just say that they are a bit much!  While I do like the idea of doing cardio before and after the strength, the workouts were just too intense – I looked ahead to week 10 and it looked as if I’d be spending close to 60 minutes on the strength portion alone!

So I am doing this new 12 week training program.   While the reps and sets are shorter, I plan on using heavier weights.  My other goal this week:

  1. No wine Monday – Thursday
  2. 100 ounces of water every day
  3. Strength Train 4 days at the minimum
  4. 210 minutes minimum cardio

I also have to switch my schedule around a bit – spending an extra 30 minutes at night packing my food/blogging for the next day, etc., so that when I wake up, I just need to spend 15 minutes getting out of the house to the gym.  My hope is to get to the gym by 7 – leaving me with 90 minutes to workout, shower and drive the minute to my office.

I am still not used to staying up so late.  Friday night I didn’t get home until 12:30 and Saturday I didn’t get home from the restaurant until 11:30 – which isn’t bad, but I am usually not sleepy right away, and I ended up staying up until after 1:00 watching Girls on the DVR.  I still have so many shows to catch up on – never watched American Idol, or Biggest Loser.  Which means we slept in both days, which I don’t necessarily mind, but it feels like the weekend goes by in the blink of an eye.

Tony had been planning my Sunday breakfast for over a week.  He saw in passing on one of the myriad of cooking shows I watch huevos rancheros and thought “I haven’t made those for my Biz before!”  He bought a small chorizo sausage, in the casing, removed the casing and sautéed that up with some canned potatoes.  Made two fried eggs on top and some marble rye toast with jalapeno jelly.  This was both breakfast AND lunch and you bet I ate the whole thing.  Although I thought Tony was going to choke while cooking the spicy chorizo!

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I wrote on my Healthy for 2014 that if I tracked my calories for 7 days straight, I would reward myself with a manicure.  Well, my weekend eats weren’t the greatest, but I tracked it all.

Saturday:

  • slice of toast with 1 pat of butter for breakfast
  • Tony and I quickly changed our mind of having Chinese food and instead went to the Texan.  Split 1/2 a smoked sausage sandwich, 1/2 a bbq beef sandwich and small sides of baked beans and cole slaw
  • a cup of creamy tortilla soup at work
  • after work – 8 Triscuits with port wine cheese
  • Total:  1311 calories, 167 carbs, 41 fat and 43 protein

Sunday:

  • that amazeball breakfast up above for breakfast/lunch
  • afternoon snack of 8 nachos
  • dinner was classic roast beef with mashed potatoes and carrots
  • Total:  1170 calories, 125 carbs, 47 fat and 65 protein

So last week I weighed in at 159.8.  This morning?

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So I basically maintained.  Given my lack of exercise last week, I’ll take it!

We are back to bitter cold the next couple days.   Right now at 6:20 in the morning, it’s –3, but with the wind chill feels like –22.  Tonight’s low?  -22!  Ugh.  Off to warm up the car though and head to the gym.  Stay warm my friends!  Make it a great day!  And um, I promise to do something with those toes next week!

Banana Pecan Whole Wheat Pancakes

Shocking, I know, but I did not have any type of breakfast taco yesterday.  While going through Pennies & Pancakes site last week, I printed out her recipe for her favorite whole wheat pancakes.  I typically am not a huge fan of whole wheat pancakes, because they taste too dense to me.  But when I was cleaning out my pantry – oh my gosh!  I forgot to show you the before and after of my pantry!

Here’s the deal.  I have a daughter who is a neat freak – long time readers know this.  In fact, I recognized her love of cleaning at an early age.  When she was about 7 I had a woman meet Hannah at the school bus and bring her home and stay with her until I got home.  It was so nice not having to go pick her up at a day care center.  I would ask her to call me when she got home, and I’d say something like “well, all I have to do is mop the kitchen floor and clean the bathroom and then we’ll have fun time!”  Well, I knew full well that by the time I got home she would have mopped the kitchen floor and cleaned the bathroom!  The babysitter would tell me “I’ve never known a child who likes to clean so much!”

Well, Hannah has been gone for over a year and a half.  I am not sure I fully appreciated her cleaning skills as much as when she wasn’t here anymore.  I tend to never put anything back in the same place twice.  I figure I’ll remember where I put something, but that rarely happens.  It drives Tony nuts!  So I finally looked at my pantry and realized I needed to get my act in gear.

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Tony actually built this pantry for me because our storage space was limited.  Well, you’ll be happy to know that it now looks like this!

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I even have labels on things!!  And it’s been over a week and it still looks good.  So back to the pancakes, I found in the way back when I was cleaning it out a bag of whole wheat pastry flour I bought in bulk from Whole Foods.  Probably because it was .99 a pound and I’d figure out how to use it.  Um, it might have been bought back in early December!  So I ended up using 1 cup of whole wheat pastry flour and 1 cup of white flour, and I loved the texture of these pancakes.

Banana Pecan Whole Wheat Pancakes

makes 10 pancakes – each one:  183 calories, 5.9 fat, 28 carbs, 3.0 fiber and 4.6 protein

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 2 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (she used regular milk)
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • I left out:  2 tablespoons of canola oil and the 2 tablespoons of vinegar – um, not sure what the vinegar would have added but it made me nervous so I left it out
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 3 ounces of chopped toasted pecans

Mix everything together (except the banana and pecans) in a large bowl, just whisking until combined and not too lumpy.  Let the batter sit 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  Once you pour the batter in the pan, top each pancake with some sliced banana and pecans and once you see the bubbles on the top of the pancake, flip.  I love having the bananas like this because on the flip they start to brown and caramelize.

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I had 2 ounces of deli roast beef on the side for more protein.  I loved these pancakes, but I have to tell you – without my protein packed breakfast, I was starting to get hungry around 11:30!

My Mom met me at my office at 12:30 and we headed out for lunch.  The Assembly is known for its amazing burgers.  But my Mom said the best burger she’s ever had is in Richmond, Virginia at a place called Burger Bach.  They use New Zealand beef in their burgers.  So the bar was set a little high.  Stephanie, have you been there before??

I ended up getting the bacon and mozzarella char burger with sweet potato fries.  I cut the burger in half, ate half, and then took another bite of the second half and couldn’t eat another bite.  The sweet potato fries sucked ass though. They were not very crispy, but in retrospect, that was probably a good thing – if they were stellar I would have eaten them all!

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My Mom got the bionic burger – with . . . .GRILLED ONIONS!  They were everywhere!

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She really liked the burger, but the burger at Burger Bach is still #1.  The we were off to Goodwill.  Tony always jokes that people pee in these clothes, die in them and then their families donate them to Goodwill.  He always tells me not to buy any more khaki pants (I haven’t in years!) but I still like to give him shit and sent him this photo:

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Mom and I goofed around in between looking for good finds:

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And then she found this.  Charlie and Jennifer, pretty sure she’ll hang this up in her bathroom so everyone can see it when they visit.  You’ll just have to get over the fact that I am Mom’s favorite.

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I found a dress that I bought.  It’s a size 10 and doesn’t fit me – but this is going to be my inspiration to get my ass to the gym (that apparently didn’t happen much this week!).  It’s an Ann Taylor dress, it was $6.99 cents.  One of the things on my bucket list for 2014?  Wear a dress out in public!

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The Dominick’s store by her is going to become a Mariano’s next year.  So we made a pit stop there so she could check it out.  Um, no trip would be complete without the $1 snack size of gelato!  I got the hazelnut and it was amazeballs.  Um, maybe I’ll have to leave the gelato off the menu on my next trip if I want to fit into that dress. Open-mouthed smile

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Before I knew it, it was time to head to the restaurant.  It was great seeing you Mom – have fun in Key West with Aunt Martha!

The weather, of course, was shitty again.  Blowing snow, cold, but we had a decent crowd.   The only bad thing was I was sat a table at 9:30 and they were the last to leave, so I didn’t get home until 12:30.  Not too bad I guess!  I made $165 dollars, and after tipping out, walked with $145.  Better than a poke in the eye.

I ended up having a slice of pizza and a cup of creamy tortilla soup for my “dinner.”   I put this picture on Facebook and Instagram – this is the Forknado Potato – a spiralized potato that’s flash fried and served with a choice of seasonings or sauces – this one is the Vesuvio sauce.

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The Website is up too!  Zeal for Food.  We are having our grand opening the weekend of February 21 – and I think the Chef said we are close to a sell out for reservations that weekend.  And tonight I think we have 200 covers on the books.  I much prefer being busy!

Stats for the Day:

  • 1631 calories, 61 fat, 163 carbs, 77 protein and 15 fiber
  • 43% from carbs, 36% from fat and 20% protein
  • no exercise

A couple things I am going to switch up in my schedule next week. 

  • Prepare the night before.  Last week I only downloaded my pics for the blog.  Next week, I will need to take the extra 20-30 minutes to write the blog for the next day and pack my food so I can get to the gym in the morning.
  • Get to the gym a minimum of 4 times next week – Monday through Thursday.   I have to get my hour of cardio/strength in before work, otherwise blood sugar issues, work, etc. gets in the way
  • Ditch the wine during the week.

So that’s the plan.  I doubt I lost any weight this week, but hopefully I maintained – WI on Monday. 

Alright, time to get my grocery list together and then Tony and I are going to get some Chinese food for lunch.  Have a wonderful weekend and stay warm! Open-mouthed smile

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Tony and I have looked at the weather forecast for the next 10 days and it doesn’t seem like we’ll see temps near 30 degrees anytime soon.   Luckily I had my warm hat from Shelley to keep me warm!

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It actually matches my coat!  I’ve had that coat for over 15 years.  It’s an Eddie Bauer down coat and I bought it at a thrift store in Chicago one March when they were getting rid of their winter clothes and stocking for spring and summer.  Every winter item, no matter what it was, was .50!   It’s the warmest jacket I’ve ever owned.

Guess what I had for breakfast?  More breakfast tacos!   This time with the last piece of citrus from my PIL.  I try to ration out the oranges and grapefruit they give me, and that was the last one.  Still delish!

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So yesterday with my blood sugar being normal at lunch, I decided to take ONLY TWO units of insulin with breakfast.  When I woke up my blood sugar was 120, I took 2 units of insulin and when I checked it at 11:30 – it was only 124 – what the hell??!!  I contemplated what I could eat in order to work out, but then all of a sudden I got slammed with work and I didn’t even leave the building for lunch.  Around 1:30 I finally made my lunch – another flat out pizza – this time with pickled jalapenos!  I forgot I had those in the office fridge.

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Tony and I each have strong food memories from our childhood.  One meal my Mom made that was delicious was so simple.  She cooked up bacon, and laid it criss cross on a piece of white toast, then topped it with mozzarella cheese and put it under the broiler.  I have no recollection of a fruit or veggie side dish, but the outside of the bread would be crispy, the center was soft and the saltiness from the bacon and cheese was heaven to me.  She also made fried tacos that were always a hit.  And when we had steak and baked potatoes, our Dad would patiently “make” each one of our potatoes.  He would cut it in half, put butter and salt and pepper and would mash it around until the butter melted.  I also remember asking for the fat side of the steak and I could literally remember putting a piece of steak with the fat on it and leaving it on the side of my mouth to savor the deliciousness.

There are some dishes my MIL make that I will never make as good as her, and I am okay with it.  Banana bread for instance.  The first time I made banana bread for Tony I put chocolate chips in it and he thought I was crazy!  I still love the banana/chocolate chip combo, but quickly learned Tony is not a fan.  I have learned how to make her risotto – so I am happy about that one.

Split pea soup is one of Tony’s favorite soups.  His Mom made it with smoked ham hocks.  I couldn’t find smoked ham hocks, so I just found the meatiest ones I could find.   There is no true recipe for this one.  I talked to my MIL on the phone on Sunday, and she basically added broth to split pea, smoked ham hocks and covered it with enough broth to cover the hocks.  I added chopped carrots and potato.  I am not sure Tony was a fan of the addition of potatoes, but I loved it.  And after all was said and done, there wasn’t a whole lot of meat of the hocks.  I seasoned it simply with salt and pepper.  I of course chose to top mine with a bit of cheddar cheese and sriracha.  You know because everything is better with sriracha.

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I made Tony a salad on the side, while I made half a grilled roast beef and Swiss cheese grilled cheese on the side for me.

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I realized after dinner I’d only had just shy of 1050 calories, so I had a couple cups of cheese popcorn that Tony bought – that stuff is like crack! 

Stats for the Day:

  • 1275 calories, 46 fat, 136 carbs, 58 protein, 13 fiber
  • 45% of calories from carbs, 34% from fat, 19% from protein
  • no exercise
  • average blood sugar 102

Today I work a double day, but it won’t be too bad because I am taking a half day today.  My Mom has such a busy social calendar that Thursday and Friday’s are her only days that she has open.  We are going to be eating the most delicious burgers at The Assembly and then thrifting in the afternoon.  Then I will go straight to the restaurant to work tonight from there.  Right now it’s –4 degrees, so I am hoping it warms up a bit so we get some customers tonight!

I actually have time to make some pancakes this morning – whole wheat banana pecan pancakes as a matter of fact.  I have never used whole wheat pastry flour to make pancakes before – wish me luck!  Make it a great day!

Question of the Day:  What is your favorite meal from childhood?