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So the past few days… I’ve eaten… alright.  

Friday–breakfast, snack, subway for lunch… penne w/ broccoli & chicken for first dinner… burrito, salmon triscuits… something else, apple, luna bar, wine for second dinner…  peanut and peanut butter m&ms (that way it was like crunchy peanut butter m&ms) during the basketball game…  50 push ups, 50 situps, 2 Reilly walks.

Saturday–Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage muffin & milk… Mocha Freeze from Costco…  Almond Shake, Protein Bar, Cliff Shot Bloks, Dirty Chai, Tuscan Whole Wheat Linguini (from Noodles,) Wine…?  Scrimmage.

Sunday–Jimmy Dean Turkey Sausage muffin & milk… Dirty Chai, Apple & Swiss Grilled Cheese, Tomato Soup, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese, random bites of groceries… beer, wine…  etc Push ups, situps, yoga.

So.  I finally did myself a favor and got some healthier naughty foods.  I hit Costco on Saturday. Some exciting things I got include: cut butternut squash, a huge bag of spinach (I filled five sandwich bags w/ spinach and froze them for smoothies, etc b/c last time the large bag of spinach mostly rot,) cuties, apples, strawberries, mushrooms… dried apricots! … protein bars… SALMON! (frozen filets and lox style, 1% milk… 

Today, I had the pleasure of King Soopers and Sprouts.  Oi.  On top of my usual groceries I got… Chobani Greek yogurts (and bulk vanilla toffee granola for them) to try instead of the Yoplait I usually have for snack…  Lemon and Raspberry Yogurt Pretzels.  (These are like chocolate covered pretzels, but better for you.  And definitely better than Dove dark chocolates, ice cream, or Reece’s.  …  wrap… tortilla… things.  um…  I think that’s it.  

Oh–and I filled up on ingredients for No Bake Energy Bites and made a double batch.  Between those, the delicious protein bars, Luna bars, and the yogurt pretzels… I willy stay away from the bad-for-me treats.  

I made mac and cheese with the butternut squash… I’ll post a recipe later, once I have a picture of it… hopefully it turns out good (and Tim likes it and doesn’t think it tastes funny like he did the Almond Milk tomato soup…) because I doubled the recipe and had enough to freeze two casseroles of it…  

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No Bake Energy Bites | Gimme Some Oven

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Almond Shake

Almond Shake

Blend Together:

1/4 cup Almond Butter
1 cup Almond Milk
1.5 bananas
2 tbl chia seeds
2 tbl whey protein
Optional: 1 tbl. Hershey’s Special Dark Syrup

* That’s not Starbucks in my cup…  😉

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The Vascillation Cont-inues…

Food:

  • Honey Nut Cheerios w/ Almond Milk, banana, coffee w/ SugarFree Caramel Macchiato creamer
  • Apple, Greek yogurt w/ fruit and granola
  • Subway turkey w/ avocado, all the veggies, no cheese, honey mustard, MOR carbonated water, Parmesan Sun Chips
  • Dove Dark Chocolates.  Hershey’s Special Dark.
  • Pork Chop w/ BBQ sauce, garlic triscuits, Crystal Light
  • 2 Diet Cokes
  • Bag of M&Ms
  • Oreos and Milk.  Real 1% milk.
  • Wine.

Exercise:

  • 50 toe pushups
  • 25 cobras, 25 v-ups
  • Lunch Walk, Stair Climb, etc.

I had a great day yesterday.  I worked 14hrs.  (6:45am-8:45pm. Basketball Clock.)  I really enjoyed everyone’s old school derby photos and the stories that went with them.  Plus it was cool how everyone positively responded to my idea.  By the end of the day, when Gaygan told the derby world to join us, I was beaming and felt like a total badass.  I went home and told Tim all about it.  And Tim was proud of me, too, and posted a picture from my actual first bout.  On my drive home, I felt certain the influx of chocolate would surely end, now that I recognize my own badassery.  Alas.  It was not to be.  😉

Because I had a busy day, I took a walk during my lunch break.  I felt naughty and kept looking over my shoulder.  (At one point the school’s security golf cart did take off from the school in my direction…)  Other than that… it was great!  I walked about…  2-3 miles?  I wanted to get my 10,000 steps in yesterday, even though I’d be working all day.  Then during basketball, I walked up and down the main hallway stairs between games and at halftimes.  I not only achieved 10,000+ steps, I also climbed 40 floors (a personal best, I think, and I didn’t even have to climb up to Dr. Borman’s office!)

Oh–Almond Milk for breakfast.  Apparently dairy is bad for me.  I have a consultation w/ Cruelie coming up, and I think she will say it is bad…  Sunny seems in agreement.  So I bought Almond Milk to try it out.  It was fine on my cereal until I got to the bottom and tried to drink it.  Okay, I succeeded in drinking it but it was all thick and creamy like whole milk and ew.  EWWWWW.

Anyway, so I went to bed feeling a total badass and then I woke up all bleeeehhhhhgh again.  *Sigh.*  This is getting so old.  It’s draining.  Regulate, damn it.  Maybe if I stop eating chocolate all day long.  I emailed Sweets asking her to help me prioritize my derby goals.  I start one and never master it then work on something new, etc.  Plus Blew & I need a Cont training plan, so I’d like some help with that.  Maybe prioritizing will help and I won’t feel so “what’s the point.”

I would argue the only person I see working harder than me is Sweets herself.  That doesn’t mean everyone else isn’t doing it, just that’s what I see at practice.  She’s also there early, but she does more than roll around aimlessly.  She also focuses on drills, etc.  So it’s hard feeling like I work harder than a bunch of people that just moved above me.  And I got this “Most Improved” award, right?  And everyone thinks that means I’m doing well.  Well.  Based on the current layout of things, I think it means I must have really really sucked a year ago and I’m “meh” now.

Everyone else thinks I’m a badass.  Why can’t I?  Or, I do… for a bit…  then I just don’t see it anymore.  Why is it so fleeting?

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Dinner tonight?

Stir-Fried Chile Beef & Broccoli Recipe | Eating Well.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups bite-size broccoli florets (12 ounces), stems cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces flank steak, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced, fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon Shao Hsing rice wine (see Notes) or dry sherry, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce (see Notes)
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha or hot chile sauce, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil or canola oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced

PREPARATION

  1. Steam broccoli over an inch of boiling water in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket until bright green, about 1 minute. Transfer to a colander to drain.
  2. Cut steak with the grain lengthwise into 2-inch-wide pieces. Cut each strip across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine the steak, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, 2 teaspoons rice wine (or sherry), cornstarch, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Mix hoisin sauce, chile sauce and the remaining 1 tablespoon rice wine (or sherry) in a small bowl.
  3. Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok over high heat until a bead of water vaporizes within 1 to 2 seconds of contact. Swirl in 1 tablespoon oil. Carefully add the beef in one layer. Cook undisturbed for 1 minute, letting it begin to sear. Then, stir-fry until lightly browned but not quite cooked through, about 1 minute. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Swirl the remaining 1 tablespoon oil into the wok, add onion and cook until just translucent, about 30 seconds. Add the broccoli and stir until just combined, about 15 seconds. Return the beef and any juice to the wok. Stir the hoisin sauce mixture again and swirl it into the wok. Stir-fry until the beef is just cooked through, about 1 minute. Season with more chile sauce, if desired.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Shao Hsing (or Shao xing) is a seasoned rice wine. It is available at most Asian specialty markets and in the Asian section of some larger supermarkets. If unavailable, dry sherry is the best substitute.
  • Hoisin sauce is a thick, dark brown, spicy-sweet sauce made from soybeans and a complex mix of spices. Look for it in the Asian section of your supermarket.

NUTRITION

Per serving: 246 calories; 12 g fat ( 3 g sat , 5 g mono ); 53 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbohydrates; 2 g added sugars; 22 g protein; 3 g fiber; 655 mg sodium; 627 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (135% daily value), Vitamin A (51% dv), Zinc (25% dv), Folate (19% dv), Potassium (18% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 2 1/2 lean meat, 1 fat

 

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