Monthly Archives: November 2011

WIAW – The Unemployed Edition

It’s been exactly one month since I got laid off. I can’t believe it. Time really flies. I’m not even sure what I’ve been doing with myself besides applying for every job that I think I’m either qualified for or not qualified for but sounds interesting. The trips to Florida and South Carolina have made the month pass quickly too.

Once I got over the whole “woe is me, why did this happen?” thing, one of the main things that I worried about was mindlessly eating all day since I was in the house with not much to do. I mean, one of the main things besides worrying about my lack of income. It’s been sort of surprise to me, but I find that I’m actually eating less than I was when I was in an office for 8 hours a day.

Here are yesterday’s eats. Breakfast was something that I used to eat all the freakin’ time but somehow fell out of rotation for a while. It sounds gross, but bear with me, it’s good. I swear.

Cottage Cheese Bowl
1/2-3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 banana sliced
1/4 cup raw oats
stevia to taste

Mix it all up and this is what you have. I also do this with yogurt which doesn’t sound as gross for some reason.

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Lunch was leftovers from Monday’s dinner. This picture is of the actual dinner and was plated much nicer than my leftovers in Tupperware but you get the gist. This is Mama Pea’s Curry in a Hurry
from her cookbook.

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Afternoon snacks were pretty self-explanatory.

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For dinner, we busted out Peas & Thank You again. I worked on the Thai Veggie Burgers (and subsequently burned them) while Jason made some baked potato rounds. I opted to eat my burger on a lettuce wrap so I could have more potatoes. Don’t be fooled, what you see on my plate here is not all I had. Those suckers were good. I’m not sure what he coated them with.

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I think that part of the reason that I’m eating better at home is that when I was at my job, I was looking to food as boredom relief. I didn’t really have much that I could do to take a computer break besides eat a snack (it wasn’t a particularly friendly office, I couldn’t really go chat with anyone) so that’s what I did. Now I just have to figure out how not to do that when I’m employed again. Hopefully I won’t be so in need of boredom relief at my next job.

The One Where I Complain About My Weight

I feel like every few months, I do the same exact post. The one where I complain about my weight. So brace yourself, here it is again. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

For the past few months (or really years, not including the time that I lost 10 lbs for my wedding before I gained it back), I’ve been growing increasingly frustrated about my increasingly larger clothes. Yes, I’m healthy. Yes, I might not even be technically overweight. But a lot of my clothes don’t fit and I don’t want to deal with it any longer. I’m sick of seeing pictures of myself where I don’t like how I look. I’m sick of dressing in workout clothes all day because the amount of real clothing that I own that fits is limited. And I most certainly don’t want to buy a bigger size. (Plus the whole no job thing isn’t very conducive to shopping anyway.)

Some people preach moderation. I wish that worked for me. But it doesn’t. I eat pretty well. I exercise. I am basically the definition of moderation. But it’s not working for me. I don’t know if, at age 33, I can blame it on my metabolism, but it’s definitely harder to maintain a certain weight now than it was when I was 27. And I drank a lot more back then too. Actually, I take that back. I’m maintaining my weight just fine. It’s just 20 lbs more than it was back then. 20 lbs (or even 15) more than I feel comfortable with.

I’ve come up with a plan though and hopefully it will work. I tried not to get too strict because I knew that I wouldn’t follow it if I did. Here’s what I’ll be doing:

1. Limit added sugars. I know from past-experience that the pounds almost fall off when I give up the white stuff. However, I have a pretty serious sweet tooth so it’s hard for me. This means giving up eating dessert every night, which I had been doing. Granted, the desserts were Skinny Cow (low calorie) ice creams and the like, but they were full of sugar.

2. Limit white flours. See above.

3. Add protein. Being pescatarian, a lot of my calories come from carbs.

4. Have a “cheat” meal if the occasion is deserving of one, but remember that not all occasions are. What I mean by this is that if I’m at a new restaurant and there is something that I really want to try, have it. If I want frozen yogurt once a month or so, that’s okay. But I don’t really need to be stuffing my face with Goldfish because someone has a bowl of them out.

There was another one, but I don’t remember what it was. So that’s my plan. What I won’t be doing is counting calories. I believe that’s an effective weight loss plan for some people, but not for me. And it’s not because I get obsessive about it. It’s because I’m too lazy. I’d rather follow an “eat this, not that” type of plan that do math. There’s a reason I don’t have a math degree. (Although, I’ll have you know that I did get an A in the one math class that I took in college.)

Dinner last night was “on plan”, if you will. I had turbot (pre-seasoned from Trader Joe’s) and creamed kale.

Let’s face it, there’s no real way to make creamed vegetables look pretty. It tasted good though. Although, if you were going to make this, I’d advise you not to use a blender. My food processor bowl broke and I’ve been too lazy to order another one so I figured I’d just blend it. Umm, no. Didn’t work. I have a mini-food processor attachment to my blender and ended up using that, in batches, which was a pain. The end result was good though.

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The fish was pre-seasoned with Old Bay and although I like Old Bay (I’m a Maryland girl, after all), it kind of made it too fishy tasting. Point noted.

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And now for something that has nothing to do with weight loss, but I thought was funny. I was reading Heather’s blog yesterday and she posted a picture of her dog Harper. (Picture here) Harper and Murphy are upside-down twins. Need proof? This is Murphy.

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I promise they are two different dogs! They don’t even look that much alike when they’re right side up. But it’s so funny that they both lay on the couch like that.

Will Run for Wine

After sitting in the car for 5.5 hours last night (although not in the driver’s seat), my alarm going off at 5am was not well received. I managed to drag myself out of bed and got ready for the Zooma Women’s 5K, a race that I won an entry for.

The race was about 45 minutes away at Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA. I comforted myself with the fact that I could take a nap afterward and set out in the dark. It was actually still dark by the time I arrived. I found Tina, Lindsay and Kristy who were all running the Half and we chatted for a while in the heated building before the race began.

The sun finally came up and we walked out to the start line which was in front of the Chateau.

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The race organizer told the half-marathoners to line up in front and the 5kers in back. I was a little confused to whether or not there was actually a separate start for the 5K or if we just were to follow the half marathoners. Turns out there was a separate start. I managed to figure that out beforehand (barely) but there were about ten people that ended up coming back to the start line because they’d started with the half.

I had heard that the half was hilly but wasn’t that worried about the 5k because I’d specifically asked on facebook about the elevation.

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I’m not sure what whoever responded to me was smoking because this was one of the hilliest 5ks that I’ve done! The hills were pretty steep but since it was an out and back course, what goes up also goes down and I was able to gain some speed on the downhills. I did walk up a hill toward the end. There were mile markers but no one calling out times and I didn’t have my Garmin so I think I got a little overzealous and went out too fast for the first mile.

As I approached the finish line, I saw a 29 on the clock which always makes me happy. My main goal for a 5K is always to finish in less than 30 minutes. I think I crossed the finish line around 29:20. However, the official results have my time as 30:29 which pisses me off. There were timing chips so chances are that the clock was wrong and not the chip. In either case, I came in 19th overall (out of 175) and the 2nd female in the 30-34 age group! I still like to think my time was 29:20.

I got some coffee and my North Face and waited for my friends to finish the half.

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After waiting for a little while, the first few runners came down the road and there was Lindsay.

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Then came Kristy.

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And then Tina. I’m not sure how she’s so smiley after a tough 13.1 miles!

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All three of them are pretty much speed demons!

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We headed back inside where our prize awaited: free wine!

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It was actually champagne and while I don’t usually drink at 10 am, it was pretty good! All in all, a fun race with some fun friends. Plus, the swag wasn’t bad either.

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The water bottle was my prize for placing in my age group. The egg and the cheese? I have no idea.

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