Photo by David Goldman
I somehow managed to get myself through a 75 mile bike ride a few weeks back:
 http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/twin-lights-ride/
I’d done this ride before, but the most I’d ever done was 55, so I put on my big-girl pants and went for the longer route. Considering I had not been on my bike all summer, I was pretty impressed with myself. I’m pretty sure the four days a week of body pump/cardio shred that includes all those squats and lunges definitely helped!!

Photo by David Goldman

I somehow managed to get myself through a 75 mile bike ride a few weeks back:

 http://www.bikenewyork.org/ride/twin-lights-ride/

I’d done this ride before, but the most I’d ever done was 55, so I put on my big-girl pants and went for the longer route. Considering I had not been on my bike all summer, I was pretty impressed with myself. I’m pretty sure the four days a week of body pump/cardio shred that includes all those squats and lunges definitely helped!!

The Love Diet

So. I can’t even remember the last time I posted in here. I’m guessing sometime last Spring. I’d like to say that I’ve lost 20 pounds since then and I was waiting for the big reveal and I’m going to post a bunch of pictures of my fabulous weight loss and all that. 

Sadly, that is not to be the case. Alas, quite the opposite. I think I’m probably kind of a fattie right now.

I have a good reason (in my opinion) for putting on a few L.B.s in recent months-I kinda met someone and we fell in crazy love and I’m on what I like to call the Love Diet. You know this diet. It’s the one where you find yourself in a new relationship and all you and your fella do are eat, drink, “indoor activities”, more eating, and more drinking. You drink wine with every meal, you make brunch where before yogurt was the morning meal of choice…you get my drift.

It doesn’t help that New Guy is on the slender side and can eat pretty much whatever he wants, and does. 

We cook a lot, and admittedly I have gotten him eating a lot more vegetables and healthy, hearty foods. But he also likes to bring me ice cream. And chocolate. And I like to eat it.

Thankfully, I have been REALLY sticking to the workout routine, which has helped tremendously. And New Guy is very supportive of my gym time, so he respects my need for that on the regs. I’ve even gotten him out to Prospect Park for a makeshift crossfit workout we could do together. So if nothing else, I am maintaining some sort of fitness. 

But yea, I’m not doing myself any favors. And I worked too damn hard to let myself fall back into bad, old habits. So I’m owning it and doing something about it! TODAY!!

After we meet up for drinks later…of course… ;)

Happiness is putting on the “skinny” jeans and having them hang off me. 

Happiness is putting on the “skinny” jeans and having them hang off me. 

This Time, I Mean It

Here’s a little bit of honesty: I’ve had so many false starts in the last few months, I don’t even know how to change the pattern. I think I have myself fooled that I’m eating healthily, conveniently forgetting about the non-healthy things I’ve also been ingesting. My most recent transgression was while on mini-break in the Dominican Republic last week. We stayed at an all-inclusive resort; nothing tastes better than “free”, in this case unlimited amounts of alcohol (and I was at a resort in the Caribbean, so Pina Coladas were key), desserts (the buffet was a killer) and just poor eating in general (the resort did not have a lot of things for a semi-vegetarian so I had a few protein bars as meals). The biggest offender was this chewy donut that they served at breakfast..they were ridiculously tantalizing and I succumbed to their charms.

I always reward myself when I survive a plane trip, so upon my return (after having FOUR bloody marys on the plane-I’m a terrible flyer), I ordered from my favorite Middle Eastern restaurant and got the Zataar Bread AND Muhallabia for dessert. So, as you can see, things are not looking good over here right now.

I’ve been seeing a nutritionist through my doctor and part of my “plan” is a medically prescribed shake that I am allowed to have one to two times a day. I am not generally a shake person because I like real food but they do come in handy sometimes. This week I decided that I will have one for breakfast and one for dinner for the next 5 days. Yesterday I did this, with a really good salad from Just Salad (salmon, edamame, black beans and corn, cucumbers and asparagus over kale and romaine) for lunch, some tamari almonds as a snack in the am and after my 2 hour Cardio Shred/Abs/Zumba workout. I did pretty well, no hunger pangs at all.

I’ll report back in a few and let you know how I do.

I just know that I need a kickstart after a few months of emotional eating and drinking (and just going out too much to keep myself occupied during a kind of shitty time for me right now). I lost sight of what was important which is MY HEALTH. I am going to the doctor at the end of the month for my A1C test and I am so afraid of what it is going to say.

Happiness is only using the 12 pound dumbbells during a 45 minute shred class.

My workout outfits are getting smaller-and maybe finally my butt???
and yes there is a kitty cameo in there.

My workout outfits are getting smaller-and maybe finally my butt???

and yes there is a kitty cameo in there.

Does anyone else have this problem? Everything on me is getting smaller…except my ass. 

Does anyone else have this problem? Everything on me is getting smaller…except my ass. 

lebaneseblonde:

Green curry and coconut milk. “Noodles” are made from spaghetti squash.

I’m pretty proud of this one; it’s completely fabricated by me, made with all things I found in my kitchen.
I sauteed previously cooked spaghetti squash (I usually cook an entire one and scrape out all the squash to use as needed throughout the week), kale, brussels sprouts, Indian dark chickpeas (Kala Channa, courtesy of Jyoti canned foods), and tofu.
The sauce is lite Coconut Milk, 2 heaping teaspoons of green curry paste, and some leftover muhammara that I had (but you could use some sort of hot pepper if you like it really spicy). I threw a bay leaf in there and some dried cilantro (remember, I’m using what I found in the kitchen, so no fresh cilantro for me on this snowy day!), sauteed it all up, and there you go, no-noodle green thai curry!

lebaneseblonde:

Green curry and coconut milk. “Noodles” are made from spaghetti squash.

I’m pretty proud of this one; it’s completely fabricated by me, made with all things I found in my kitchen.

I sauteed previously cooked spaghetti squash (I usually cook an entire one and scrape out all the squash to use as needed throughout the week), kale, brussels sprouts, Indian dark chickpeas (Kala Channa, courtesy of Jyoti canned foods), and tofu.

The sauce is lite Coconut Milk, 2 heaping teaspoons of green curry paste, and some leftover muhammara that I had (but you could use some sort of hot pepper if you like it really spicy). I threw a bay leaf in there and some dried cilantro (remember, I’m using what I found in the kitchen, so no fresh cilantro for me on this snowy day!), sauteed it all up, and there you go, no-noodle green thai curry!

Just used my brand new Breville Juice Fountain Crush for the first time to make a healthy green juice. Not bad for my first try!

The mixture of the kale, green apple, cucumber and ginger was perfect. It took a little prep as I had to chop everything up before putting it into the juicer, but next time I definitely won’t skin the cucumber-the juicer is really good at separating it out!

Clean up was fairly easy, the juicer even comes with it’s own “toothbrush” to get all the leftover bits out. Yay!

Goodbye sugary fun foods, it's been nice knowing you.

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