Grillin’ like a Villain

Well, it should really be more like “Grillin’ like a family of well-behaved, helpful Anglo-Saxons” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it? Bahahaha. As I indicated in yesterday’s post, last night grill night at the Casa de Powell! The pups and I joined my ‘rents, siblings, and the rest of our extended family that are in town for a nice homestyle grill-fest. It was a lot of fun, and I even got to work in a much healthier version of potato salad than we probably would have consumed otherwise (although unfortunately, I didn’t get to pull out a greek yogurt substitution this time around.)

So, you know, a picture’s worth a thousand words, yada yada, hehe:


Lots of socializing, wine-drinking (not by me though, sad), and amusing puppy playing occurred:


Notice how much dirtier Daxter’s mouth is in that last picture compared to the first, haha.

And the spread! There was so much food — this is the first time I’ve had STEAK in quite a while, and you know what? It was delicious. But hopefully it doesn’t cause me any, ah-hem, issues later on.

I am super excited for lunch today ’cause it’ll be a nice little rerun with some extra potato salad and chicken that I snuck out, hehe. Also, check out this ridiculously seedy lemon I used for the potato salad:


Have you ever seen so many seeds in one lemon before? Ridonk!


I do love me some corn…


As evidenced by the aftermath, haha:


And after dinner was over, the fam cozied up with some ice cream and strawbs to reminisce and laugh at us younger cousins’ expense via home movies:


I cannot lie: I was a really cute baby. I’m a teenyweeny one year old in that last picture (on the left, beside Jenny’s big head. BAHAHA.) 😀

So, as you can clearly see, it was a great evening! I love grill food because it always makes it really feel like SUMMER (as do the 34729348920834 mosquitos that have finally come out of hiding. Bleh.) The night was definitely the lift I needed after a not-so-great day. I’m a little ashamed to say that I really let yesterday’s weigh-in get me down, guys. I even had to fight some pretty strong urges to binge my feelings away with a basketfull of McChicken sandwiches. But fight I did, and I didn’t let myself fall back into that trap, for which I am very proud of myself.

I really appreciate your honest and helpful comments and now that I’m in higher spirits I will tell you right now that I am done phoning it in. No more excuses, because I know that nobody is at fault for me not losing weight other than myself (despite how much I love to blame others, haha.) I am going to take all of your tips to heart, and try out a few new things with regard to exercising this week. You are (hopefully) going to see some real changes occurring soon — and not just physical ones! Time for me to grow up, (wo)man up, and get ‘r done.

What are your favorite foods to grill? After tonight’s fairly traditional fare, I have a strong urge to try out crazy things like grilled watermelon and throwing poblano peppers on the grill and stuff. Old-fashioned stuff like corn, chicken, and steak is fine and dandy, but we all know by know that I’m really quite the experimenter (and it usually works! You should have seen the looks I got from my aunts after telling them about how I’m going to be putting green apple chunks in the potato salad, but they loved it!) I’m curious to hear if you have any secret grilling weapons you’re willing to share!

Daily Eats – 6/13/11



Yogurt Mess
– 1/2 cup pineapple chunks (38 cal)
– 1/2 cup Fage 0% plain greek yogurt (40 cal)
– 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (35 cal)
– 1 tbsp strawberry preserves (30 cal)

Brekky Total: 143 calories (oops, too low.)



1 1/2 turkey patties (~190 cal)
1 tbsp Whole Food’s Mama’s Pesto (50 cal)


2 cups sauteed veggies w/ ~1 tsp Pesto (~150 cal)

Lunch Total: ~390 calories



1/2 a small blue raspberry Slurpee (heehee — at least I shared with Jenny!) (50 cal)


Some tortilla chips with homemade peach salsa and homemade guacamole (??? cals)



4 oz. steak (210 cal)
1/2 cup potato salad (~180 cal)
1 full ear of corn (I went back for another half, hehe) (77 cal)
2 oz. chicken breast (70 cal, although I actually only had like 2 bites of chicken.)
1 tbsp A-1 steak sauce (15 cal)

Dinner Total: 552 calories



1/2 cup Breyer’s All Natural Vanilla ice cream (140 cal)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries (26 cal)

Dessert Total: 166 cal

Total Total: 1,301 + however many calories of chips, guac, and salsa I ate. So probably closer to 1500+. Right on target! And I have yumtastic leftovers for lunch tomorrow (plus, the dogs ate gooooood tonight!) More details on dinner and whatnot coming in tomorrow’s post. For now, goodnight!

Reunion (Weigh-in)

In case you didn’t hear the news, I actually posted both days this past weekend! Be sure to catch up on my homemade sushi making skillz (them skillz be mad!)

As for the rest of the weekend, it was great (but felt short because it was so busy!) Aside from sushi-making when I was visiting my sister, we also managed to go for… a run!

Look how big this shirt is looking on me now!
For a comparison on how it used to look on me not that long ago, refer to this post.

Granted it was a short run, and perhaps for me it was more of a walk/run, but I did run and that’s what’s important. We even dragged the dogs along with us, and made ’em thoroughly pooped. A tired pup is a happy pup!


And then we headed back to the FC to spend some time with our relatives, as this week there’s a mini Powell-family reunion going on this week! Two of my uncles & aunts, and two of my cousins are in town to see the sights and be patriotic in Our Nation’s Capital and whatnot, hahaha.


So to kick things off, we had all intended on going to the Peking Gourmet Inn for dinner, where they serve the best Peking duck everrrr. Only, we didn’t take into account the ridiculous, death-thunderstorms that riddled the area, which evidently knocked out power all over town (luckily our power only flickered a bit.) But it was wiped out at the restaurant! So that ended up being a no-go, and I was sad.

But then I was happy, as a contingency plan was quickly formed and we went to Sweet Rice for Thai instead.



So all’s well that ends well, but I do still wish I could have gotten some peking duck in mah bellah. Ah well, another time. Tonight the fam’s grilling out, so that should be really fun! Grilling always feels like summer (you know, because the 80% humidity doesn’t feel enough like summer… hahaha.)

Okay, last thing before I let you leave… it’s (finally) weigh-in time! The last time I weighed in was Memorial Day, and I was riding high off of that successful 2 lb loss. Then I made the executive decision to take a week off to try to normalize after my weekend of gluttony in NYC. So, here’s hoping that things did indeed normalize, and I won’t be too disappointed…!

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 193.2 lbs
This Weigh-in: 194.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: +.8 lbs
Total Loss-to-Date: 52 lbs.


Well, okay, I’m not really crying. But is ain’t fabulous news, let’s be honest. I guess this sufficiently answers the question “did I gain weight in NYC?“. huh? Especially since I was really quite good this past week. I am SUPER glad I didn’t weigh-in last Monday now! Hahahaha.

But! I persevere. I got some REAL exercise in over the weekend, and I plan on continuing that as well as being extra good with my eats (as is always the goal.) Hopefully by this time next week, I’ll be a loser again! 😉

What is your opinion on lowering my caloric intake for a little while? Do you think it would impact my metabolism in a positive way if I restricted myself to a 1,200 or 1,300 calorie/day diet instead of 1,500 – 1,600 like I currently aim for?

I don’t want to risk slowing my metabolism down in a bad way, but I don’t feel that my current caloric deficit is proving to be enough to keep losing weight… but then again I know that I need to be exercising harder and obviously that would impact things as well. Just curious about your thoughts!

Daily Eats – 6/12/11



1 slice whole wheat bread with PB


Lemon chobani (finally found it!!) w/Kashi Go Lean cereal



A few Kashi crackers w/a blue cheese Laughing Cow cheese wedge



Sandwich w/whole grain bread, turkey, roast beef, cheese, tomato, red onion, lettuce, mustard


Toasted whole grain bread smothered in TJ’s white bean and basil hummus 😀


Arugula salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing



Chips and my incredible mango-avocado salsa (I need to post this recipe!!)
Crackers, cheese, and grapes

(Obviously not ALL of the food pictured here, but admittedly I did not do much portioning, hehe.)



Thai food feast! (Of course I didn’t eat ALL of that, it was a family affair!)

Exercise: went for a run with Jenny & the dogs and got MORE than my 20 minutes in. HOLLER! Deets on that and other weekend joys, as well as my weigh in (finally!) to come tomorrow. 🙂

7 Straight Days of Posting ( Daily Eats 6/11/11)

When has this ever happened!?! I’ve actually posted BOTH days this weekend. I think this is the first time that has ever happened. I have to be honest, this post is mostly for housekeeping purposes, since I didn’t get to post yesterday’s eats uh… yesterday, haha. I was too busy making amazing sushi with my family to post yesterday! And I offer no apologies for it! But I’m just so proud that I’m cranking out a post every day this week that this particular DE post is making it to the homepage. 🙂 I’ll try to keep it short & sweet though, since I know you’re probably all anxious to get back to your lazy Sundays.



Subway turkey, bacon, & avocado (!!) 6-inch sub on whole wheat


Baked lays + sodie (heehee)


Super out of focus lime popsicle, haha.

Yeah, breakfast and lunch got combined into one meal because I didn’t wake up until 11 AM yesterday. IT. WAS. GLORIOUS.



15 Kashi crackers (that’s 1 serving! Holler!)
Laughing Cow blue cheese wedge
Laughing Cow queso fresco & chipotle cheese wedge



Homemade sushi, duh!



Edy’s espresso chip ice cream!

And I took the puppers on not one, but TWO walks today, so I got my 20 minutes in fo’ sho’. And on a Saturday no less!

Okay, real quick before I wrap up I have to clue you in on this awesome giveaway that my friend Bailey is doing on her blog. She’s a graphic designer who is currently helping me design a logo and new header (so say goodbye to dog food being the first representative image of HISTG, hahaha) and is offering a complete blog design package (a $250 value!) if you head over there. If you’re not a blogger, she’s also offering a small business design package instead. Doooo it!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, everyone. There’s a mini Powell Family reunion happening in Falls Church this week, hehe, so tonight the fam is kicking it off with dinner at the Peking Gourmet Inn! I can’t waaaaaaait!! Update on that tomorrow, peace out for now!