Comfort

Yesterday was not my favorite. It was just one of those no-good, rotten, stinking kind of days. For the first time since starting this job, I had a bad day at work. I mean, don’t get me wrong. I’ve had plenty of not-good days at work. There have been many days when I’ve been tired, cranky, stressed, or just bored, but overall I wouldn’t really consider them BAD days. Well, yesterday ended up being a bad day. And all I wanted to do when I got home (which took me twice as long as normal thanks to a lovely accident on Route 50) was buy out a store’s entire supply of Cadbury Creme Eggs and lapse into a sugar-induced coma.


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Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you see it), that didn’t happen. I made it as far as the CVS parking lot before mentally slapping myself across the face and coming to my senses. Instead of binge eating 1500 calories worth of fondant-filled chocolate, I simply whined to Sean about my le terrible day (he’s so lucky to have me, haha) and went about my business as usual. I went to the bank. I got my oil changed. I got my nails did.

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Just call me Whasian Barbie.

And after all that, I indulged in a much less destructive way: with Thai food and puppies. (Schnauzers are good for the soul, I tell you!) And so another day is gone where I am reassured of how far I’ve come. I may not be making much progress on the general weight loss front lately (womp womp), but at least you can’t say I haven’t made personal progress in the past year.


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Much better.

Daily Eats – 9/2/2011

Breakfast

Repeat of yesterday:


Naner: ~70 cal

Unpictured whole wheat toast with small smear of Nutella: ~150 cal

Snack


Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal: 210 cal

Lunch


Trader Joe’s Alaskan salmon frozen dinner w/spinach orzo: 350 cal

Snacks


Wasabi almonds: ~150 cal


Krinkle-cut kettle chips: 150 cal (must stop eating free office food.)

Dinner


Mixed green salad with raw corn, bell pepper, cucumber, onion


Butternut squash potstickers (!!)

Dessert


12 oz. cup of Taro (!!!) and mango fro-yo topped with fruit, coconut, and a single mini-Twix: likely (hopeful) overestimate of ~300 cal

I met up with Ania tonight at T.H.A.I. in Shirlington for dins. I wanted to save room for frozen yogurt, so I took dinner light, and successfully avoided my delicious Thai pitfall foods (namely, panang curry and pad see ew… nommm.)

Then I ate my weight in frozen yogurt. Seriously. TARO FROYO. SO delicious. Who knew?!

Known calorie counts: ~1,380 not counting dinner. So the overall damage probably wasn’t TOO outlandish (the salad is negligible but the potstickers were pan-fried) even with the ridonk amount of froyo (which is why I love froyo. Because it’s like 70 – 90 calories per half-cup at Yogiberry!)

East Meets West (Yet Again)

You guys know that I’m not exactly what I’d term “picky” when it comes to cooking. I play pantry roulette on frequent occasion because I am too lazy to follow real recipes, and it usually works out.

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As always, the game started with a rousing round of “what ingredients do I currently have in my possession that are still okay to eat?”

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It can be a risky game. RIP, my friend.

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Pantry, pantry, what’s in the pantry?

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But otherwise, it was all chop-chop-dice-dice-cook-cook-done!

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And, lo and behold, surprise success yet again! I’m giving all the credit to my Whasian roots this time.

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Putting my new post-HLS recipe-writing skills to use…

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Green Curry Mac & Cheese
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Similar to my Sweet & Whasian Tofu, this “dish” (I use the term very loosely) has a whole east-meets-west-in-your-mouth kind of vibe to it. Creamy and zesty, this one is potentially very weird, yes, but good! You’ll end up with plenty of curry sauce leftover as well, so bring it to work and pour it over some rice for a fast and delicious homecooked meal!

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 medium zucchini, chopped
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 (6 oz.) box of Annie’s Organic Shells & Cheese (White Cheddar)
1 tablespoon green curry paste
1 (14 fl. oz.) can light coconut milk
1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
1 large tomato, chopped
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Set a pot of water on the stove to boil. Heat olive oil in a saute pan to medium heat, then add garlic and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until onions become translucent. Add zucchini and bell pepper, cook for an additional 5 minutes. Season with salt & pepper.

2. While veggies are cooking, add the noodle shells from the mac & cheese to your boiling water. Cook per the instructions on the box, then set aside.

3. In the same pot you cooked your noodles in (or a separate one if you don’t mind doing more dishes) mix curry paste, coconut milk, fish oil and cheese packet from mac & cheese over low heat until all is dissolved thoroughly.

4. Add cooked veggies and chopped tomato to curry mixture and bring the sauce to a simmer. Allow to simmer and reduce for an additional 5 – 10 minutes, or until curry is of desired thickness. Pour some of the sauce over noodles and enjoy!

Strange? Yes. But delicious? Definitely. And a much fancier take on just a plain ol’ box of mac & cheese, don’t you think?

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See? I told you there’d be leftovers.

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And judging from the way these vultures were buzzing around, it must have smelled good, too.

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No curry for you!

And just one more…

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We’re dogsitting for my sister right now, in case you couldn’t tell.

Are you a fan of fusing cuisines together? Or does this seem like it’s just a little bit too weird for you? I’m always interested in other people’s take on it, but I find it fascinating. I mean, I kind of AM fusion, you know? So why wouldn’t I want to eat Whasian food?

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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

*cry*

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!