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My Weight Loss Journey

Green Eggs and Ham May 31, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 5:15 AM

Okay, so, obviously that’s not really ham. It’s avocado, which, as they say, is the ham of the vegetarian community.

Okay, nobody says that. But I don’t eat ham, and nobody wants green ham anyway, so this works just fine.

I originally wanted this to be an omelet. Every time I make an omelet it turns into just scrambled eggs with stuff in it, because I still can’t get the hang of omelets. Oh well.

Back to the topic at hand.

I don’t have kids but I imagine this would be a good way to get kids to eat their veggies.

– 1 egg (or egg white)

– splash of fat free milk

– 1 garlic clove

– handful of spinach

– small handful of mushrooms

– tablespoon of fresh onion

– 1/4 cup of cheese: I used Parmesan because it’s what I had on hand, use whatever you prefer.

Mix all ingredients together in a blender (I used my Magic Bullet!), pour mixture into greased/oiled/buttered/margarined frying pan and cook until all the salmonella’s gone (I don’t know how to describe scrambling eggs, so just as long as you don’t die you probably did a good job). Enjoy with some avocado. Or ham.

366 calories with half an avocado

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Wednesday Weigh-In

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 12:01 AM

Starting weight: 316

Last week’s weight: 306

Today’s weight: 306

I could kick myself for there not being any progress this week. I blame myself fully. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and I didn’t do any of the grocery shopping I needed to do to have the right foods in the house, so when it came down to it, I ended up eating not the worst things in the world, but not the best either. A bowl of cereal, 2% milk instead of fat free, some pasta, veggie burger patties (sans bun, because I’m avoiding bread like the plague), etc. It’s been a one-day-on, one-day-off kind of diet this week and I’m at least grateful that I didn’t gain weight (although I did yo-yo a little), but I’ll definitely have to kick it up a notch if I want to see more progress.

I’ve been incredibly sore. Weather changes always do this to my back. I’ve decided to once and for all start getting my back in good working order again, and started seeing a chiropractor this week. I think I will be seeing him weekly or every other week, we’ll see what happens. For anyone in the Long Beach area looking for a chiropractor, Bob the Chiropractor is so awesome. He charges $45 for the initial visit, then $25 for each visit after that, which is even less than a copay on my insurance (he doesn’t take insurance, though, that’s just his flat rate). He’s really, really friendly, and very thorough, and doesn’t pressure people. He gave me tips on what to do at home to start getting my back better even if I choose not to see him again, which I was grateful for.

I’ve also been experimenting with protein shakes because, frankly, they’re getting boring. Throwing a handful of granola or a little uncooked powdered oatmeal helps fill me up longer. I’ve also heard about putting nuts in it, but I haven’t really tried that and I’m not sure I will, the idea doesn’t sound all that appealing.

I’m going to go shopping tomorrow, and start planning again, so I can stop failing. On the shopping list: fat free milk, fat free cottage cheese, lots and lots and lots of kale for kale chips, and plenty of fruit.

 

My First Plateau May 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 9:58 PM

I knew this would happen. The idea of dieting as a project, with direct goals, making progress, sharing my progress, and so on was exciting at first, even fun. Now it’s obnoxious, boring, unpleasant. I’m not surprised, I just was hoping it would take longer to reach this feeling.

But nobody ever said self-improvement was a walk in the park. The excitement may be gone but the motivation is as strong as ever.

I’m going to enjoy a strawberry rhubarb smoothie for lunch. Losing weight may not be fun or exciting anymore but it can still be delicious.

 

Avocado Peach Smoothie

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 9:06 AM

This is a completely new creation. I love avocados, but I’ve never had them in anything sweet before, but after years of hearing about things like avocado frosting, avocado pudding and avocado ice cream, I knew I had to try something. It seemed too awesomely weird not to. So after looking up several recipes to find the right one, I did what I usually do: threw crap together and hoped for the best. I don’t know if I’d call this the “best,” but it is pretty close.

This was, like most things I make, purely experimental. The only reason I used peach yogurt was because it’s what I had. I’d have preferred to use vanilla, and may try that next time. Other flavors may go well with this too. I considered using my standard go-to food, cottage cheese, but decided that in this recipe I wanted avocado to be the flavor that stands out the most and I didn’t want anything to overpower it.

It’s really filling. In fact, so filling, I’m going to say it makes two servings. Since the smoothies I make are intended to be full meals, not snacks or desserts, this is a plus. It wasn’t quite cold enough for my taste, though, but I didn’t think ice would be a good addition. Next time, I’ll probably do something like make milk ice cubes, or throw the yogurt in the freezer for a while first, to make a nice, refreshing, ice-cold smoothie. It was still good though.

– 1 ripe avocado

– 2 tablespoons honey

– 1 (6 oz) container of low fat peach yogurt

– 1 cup fat free milk

– 2 tablespoons vanilla

Scoop out the avocado meat and blend it together with the other ingredients until well combined.

300 calories per serving.

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I’ve Discovered the Secret to Weightloss May 24, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 10:22 PM

I think I discovered magic. Literal fairy magic.

Kale chips.

I’ve never even eaten kale before. I saw someone mention this recently and figured it was worth a shot. Oh my god. So worth it.

The wonder if these things is you can eat them all day. Literally, all day, every day. You can eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because, although you may not admit it to yourself, you’re eating a vegetable. And I don’t mean eating a vegetable like eating french fries is eating a vegetable. I mean actually eating a leafy green good-for-you vegetable. A POUND of kale has 34 calories and less than a gram of fat. And it doesn’t shrink like spinach does, so a handful of raw kale is a handful of kale chips. No trickery.

I made the first batch with no salt or seasonings whatsoever, just light cooking spray. When I did a taste test after I pulled them out of the oven, I blinked and realized I had eaten the whole batch before I even got the second oven mitt off. Oh my gosh. This is the perfect snacking food. They’re so delightfully, perfectly crispy, you think you’re eating junk food but you’re not.

What you’ll need:

– However much kale you want (I think I have about a pound) ripped into chunks about an inch big, spine not included.

– Light cooking spray

– Salt or seasonings if desired

Spray the cookie sheet lightly, lay the kale out, spray the kale lightly, then stir a bit with a spatula to coat. Season if you like. Bake at 275 for about 15 minutes (although I’ve heard overcooking can happen really easily, so try 10 minutes, eat one, if it doesn’t quite feel done another five minutes, repeat until perfect).

On the second batch I seasoned very lightly with Lawry’s. It turned out to be overkill. I’m going to enjoy these plain.

Even baby Vincent ate the crap out of these!

The pictures can’t ever do it justice, because you can’t see how crispity crunchity they are.

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Blood Red Surprise

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 9:42 PM

The coloring of this smoothie is even deeper than my red velvet couches that my dad stupidly purchased five years ago despite the fact that we had five dogs and a cat and velvet is impossible to clean.

The “surprise” in this smoothie is the spinach!

– 1 beet, peeled and cut into chunks

– 1 huge handful of frozen strawberries, chopped if they’re big

– 2 heaping handfulls of spinach

– handful of red grapes

– generous splash of orange juice

Since the frozen strawberries and the beets were so hard, I blended bits at a time. I tossed the beet in there with some juice and gave it a whirl, then some strawberries, the spinach and grapes, and the rest of the strawberries.

It’s delicious! And so pretty too. And it lives up to its name: I cut my thumb while chopping the strawberries!

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Wednesday Weigh-In May 23, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Polka Dot Robot @ 11:29 PM

If you’ve been following, you’ll know I messed up this past weekend. I’ve been kind of yoyoing since then, but officially:

Starting weight: 316

Last week’s weight: 307

Today’s weight: 306

This is disappointing because on Sunday I weighed 304. Ugh. It’s so much easier to put it on than to take it off.

Note to self: cheating is NOT worth it, not even once. It takes way too much work to make up for it.

So I got a yoga mat, and I did some fat people yoga this morning. It was hard because I am NOT limber but it was also my first time ever doing yoga so I expected it to be hard. I eventually want to get to the point where I can do an hour of yoga and an hour of Zumba each at least three times a week. For now I’m starting with 15 minutes of each every other day.

I think the hardest thing for me will be my birthday. I’ve decided not to do a cake this year. Maybe I’ll do some sort of fruity dessert that has no added sugar but no cake. Also I’m not drinking at all until I see the all the stages through.