Sunday, January 16, 2011

The 17 Day Diet -- Days 14-16

1/14/11

We had a huge snowstorm Tues/Wed with about 10 inches on the ground (in addition to the 6 that were already there), and now the temps are in the teens. I've rapidly lost my momentum to work out because all I can think about right now is staying warm. I was going to go to the gym this morning, but John's had a stomach bug for the past couple of days--yesterday he slept from 11:30-3:30--and I want to make sure he's 100% before I send him around other kids again. Childcare at the gym is closed on Monday for the Martin Luther King/school holiday. Plus, Sam hasn't had a nap in three days (it looks like his napping days are gone for good), so my exercise-when-the-boys-are-napping schedule has been blown to hell. And add to that the fact that I stepped on a lego yesterday and now the arch of my foot is a lovely purple-lego-shaped bruise. I tried to do an elliptical workout and it just wasn't happening. Life's a moving target, right? I guess I'll be changing my exercise schedule *again*. I went back to my good friend the wii and got some step aerobics in.

Anyway, I'm still feeling good and positive and all that stuff. Still have a lot of energy and am getting things done around the house. I'm not looking at all forward to going out in a few minutes and hauling wood in from outside though. *brrrr* At least once I get the fire going, I can sit back and enjoy the tourism packet I just received from Bermuda... Just over 3 months now. Yeah! In the meantime, I'm making Kira's recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad for lunch. I don't know where she got it, but it is delicious! With modifications (in parenthesis), it's perfectly 17 Day Diet acceptable.

Chinese Chicken Salad

3 cups cooked chicken cut into bite size peices
3 cups romaine lettuce sliced
2 cups chinese cabbage (nappa cabbage), sliced
1 cup green onions sliced
1 bunch parsley
1 package rice sticks (omit)
1 cup salted peanuts, chopped ( omit)

for marinade/dressing (I didn't use dressing on the salad and just halved the recipe for the marinade)

4 teaspoons sugar (I used 4 Truvia packets)
2 teaspoons sesame oil
dash pepper
4 tablespoons oil
4 tablespoons oyster sauce
4 tablespoons soy sauce
8 tablespoons rice vinegar

To make the marinade/dressing, mix all marinade ingrediants together. Pour 1/2 over chicken to marinate. Save other half for dressing. (The longer the chicken marinates the better.)

Mix greens together
Deep fry rice sticks in oil. Break up rice sticks first and add to oil in small batches at a time. (omit)
Add 3 extra tablespoons of rice vinegar to reserved dressing
When ready to serve, mix greens, marinated chicken (with marinade) rice sticks and nuts (omit rice sticks and nuts)

What I ate today:

Breakfast
hot water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
apple
Snack
yogurt with sugar free cherry preserves
Lunch
chinese chicken salad
Snack
strawberry, kefir, and sugar free cherry preserves smoothie
Dinner
caprese salad*
*I was to the point that I just couldn't gag down another egg/piece of chicken/fish/turkey. All I wanted was some vegetables (and a little cheese...and some balsamic vinegar...) But then I was starving so I ended up having some turkey lunch meat, too.

1/15/11

This morning I made up for the lethargy of the last couple of days by braving single-digit temperatures and heading to the gym at 8am. I've come to the realization that if I want to get a workout in, I need to be physically at the gym because trying to do it at home isn't gonna happen. I'd been having so much fun doing step aerobics on the wii that it inspired me to try a real step class (intermediate-advanced level at that). I swear the wii is a gateway drug... Let's just say that wii step does not equal step in the real world. Me+step class=not pretty. Anyway, after class I decided I'd get a short run in too, so I did the whole walk five minutes-run five minutes-walk five minutes-run five minutes-walk five minutes thing. Surprisingly, I was still standing after that. In honor of my killer workout I treated myself to a salad at Chipotle: lettuce, chicken, grilled peppers and onions, tomatoes, medium salsa--and here's my naughty piece for the day--a small sprinkle of full-fat cheese. (I'm going to hell, right? LOL) Interesting observation- after going without soda of any kind for 15 days, my body reacted to the carbonation in my Coke Zero with immediate disgust. I should have gone with the tea... Enjoyed the spiciness of the salad though, and really really enjoyed the peppers and onions. Had never thought of putting them on a salad before, but they were yummy and filling. Afterwards we went to Sam's club for meat and I got some chicken burgers with swiss cheese and carmelized onions. Only 10 grams of fat and 180 calories, so I figured that wasn't too crazy. I need something to break up the chicken monotony if I'm going to last another 19 days on this all chicken/turkey/eggs/fish all the time diet. My diet got all out of whack today since I screwed up my schedule by going to the gym and I'm really hungry. Just goes to show how important timing is when eating like this

Breakfast
strawberry/kefir/sugar free cherry preserves smoothie on my way out the door*
*I used frozen strawberries and it was so cold outside/in the car I only got a few sips in before my workout. I had to put it in my locker and wait for it to defrost (after my workout) before I was able to drink it--and by then I was starving! No hot water w/lemon or green tea this morning.
Snack
No snack
Lunch
Chipotle salad w/ chicken
Snack
apple
Dinner
chicken buger w/swiss cheese and carmelized onions (yum! by the way)
sliced tomatoes
roasted brussels sprouts (yeah, I know... what a shock.)
green tea w/Truvia

1/16/11

One day to go until the end of this cycle! Man it went by fast! This morning I registered for the Freihofer 5K women's race in Albany. It'll be June 4th, which is an ironic date if ever there was one, since John was born on June 3rd and it was my post-partum body after his birth that inspired me to start running in the first place. I'll admit I am a bit panicked at the though of running three miles, since I can only manage a half mile right now, but it's five months away, so that's plenty of time to train (I hope).

The scale seems to be on slow motion right now, and I don't have a whole lot of hope I'll lose another 2 lbs by tomorrow. Boo. Oh well. Anything greater than zero is successful.

Last night was one of the meals I dread on this diet. I made the boys Hamburger Helper. Tom had Cincinnati Chili. I had my dinner. Three meals. Not fun. I've got to figure out a way to feed the entire family one diet-friendly meal or I will eventually lose my mind.

Today's menu:

Breakfast
hot water w/lemon
2 hard boiled eggs
yogurt w/ sugar free cherry preserves
Snack
apple
green tea w/Truvia
Lunch
chicken burger w/caprese salad
green tea w/Truvia
Snack
strawberry kefir smoothie w/ sugar free cherry preserves
Dinner
asian chicken salad
brussels sprouts
green tea w/Truvia

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