Sunday, August 14, 2011

Braving the Supermarket

Today, after gan, I decided to ask the kids what we were going to eat for supper. This was mostly because I had no idea what to make. They came up with the idea of making spaghetti for supper, which made me realize that I didn't have sauce (we usually use the jarred kind). I decided to take the kids to the supermarket. I've never done this before. I've never taken them without a stroller. I've always had at least one of them restrained.

I was fairly terrified.

My list was very limited. Tomato sauce, tivol "ground", cheese, cinnamon gum if they had it (they didn't). That's it. We walked to the supermarket pretty much without mishap. Ephraim stuck with us and didn't run away. The kids obviously asked for cookies. And here's where the fates aligned. Two things happened. One, I happened to have both cake and cookies at home (provided by Kelli), and two, my kids happened to be angels. So I said "we have cookies at home" and Kinneret said "but I want cake" and I said "we have cake at home. Kelli brought us a cake." and wonders will never cease, she stopped asking. It even worked with cereal. She wanted the cookie cereal and I said "we buy corn flakes, and we have that at home," and she didn't ask again.

The kids asked for chocolate milk and I said "another day. not today" and they accepted that... Kinneret wanted to hold the sauce, but she accepted holding the cheese instead. Ephraim wanted to hold the cheese but he accepted holding the butter instead (how did that get on the list?) It was like miracle after miracle. Which is why, when I handed Kinneret her tivol ground to hold and Ephraim asked for one to hold too, I decided I wasn't going to press my luck, and we now have an extra package in the freezer. It won't go to waste.

The line was short and the kids didn't get crazy fidgety in line. The kids carried their share of the groceries part way home. They even almost sort of walked home decently. Times like this, I think maybe parenting isn't only for the absolute strongest and bravest. I think maybe it's something I'm actually capable of doing.

For the first time since the toddler phase started, I'm starting to feel like going out with my kids doesn't leave me feeling harried and worn out. I think I actually enjoyed going out to the supermarket with my kids. I might have even laughed a little. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

A Finland State of Mind

This time last year, I was dealing with Ephraim's fourth surgery and preparing for our family trip to Finland. I've mostly repressed the whole surgery thing. I've been thinking about the trip a lot. I didn't really write about it much. I meant to. It was a mixed bag as trips go. Some of it was absolutely fantastic. But some of it wasn't.
For example, eating blueberries and lox and crusty fresh bread was great. Taking a boat to the island zoo was great. Having Kinneret stung by a bee for the first time on Shabbat in a campground in Helsinki - less good. Managing to pull the stinger out and giving her Children's Advil and having her calm down pretty quickly and her breathing remain even for the next several hours - better.
The worst moment was in Russia. (Remember, we flew into St. Petersburg, spent an overnight there, took the train to Joensuu, spent a week there, took the train to Helsinki, spent a week there, took the train back to St. Petersburg, spent three days there, and took a flight back to Israel) We had two strollers. We'd loaded our luggage on one, and Kinneret in the other. Ephraim was on my back. We walked several blocks looking for a taxi, going over several large curbs. One of the wheels popped off of the stroller that the luggage was on, and everything spilled into the street. We hailed a taxi and told him to take us to the hotel. He took us to what was clearly the wrong address, dumped our stuff out on the sidewalk, demanded his money, and pulled away. I cried.
People came out of the apartment building we'd been dumped in front of and asked what help we needed. One lady spoke some English. She helped us call the hotel we were supposed to be staying at, and the hotel sent a taxi to pick us up. The taxi came and took us all the way to the hotel. We managed the rest of the trip with the backpack carrier and the stroller.
We never did get that stroller fixed, though we did bring it back to Israel.

Anyway, I've been thinking about the trip a lot, thinking about blueberries and thinking about swimming in icy water and living in a little cabin. I miss Finland. I miss three weeks of undivided family time. I even miss cooking in a tiny little travel cooker and eating sandwiches for most of my meals. I miss the adventure. I can't wait for our next family adventure. I know it won't be next year in Lublin (EJC 2012), but maybe the year after... In the meantime, I'll be in a Finland state of mind.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mind the Jap

Today I woke up and had coffee and went to my Tai Chi class.
Then I stopped at the fruit stand for fruit and the mall for a yogurt drink.
Then I played on Twitter and blogs and Facebook for a few hours (ok, so that was actually working)
Then the maid came and cleaned the house.
I picked up my kids and took them out for chocolate milk.
Then my husband came home and took us out to dinner.
On the way home, we stopped and bought me two new hats.

I feel like such a JAP :)

Food
Breakfast: Coffee + yogurt drink
snack: coffee
lunch: lentil soup, peach
snack: fireball, coffee,
dinner: hummus with meat, 2 pitas, salad, apple-water drink.
after: fireball

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Doggy Potassium

So Poofy's kidneys are functioning well. His potassium is high. For now, I was told to try to keep him from eating anything that's not his dog food. There's the possibility of putting him on low potassium food. We'll see.

Today was a medium day. Overall, I think it was decent. The coffee is starting to get out of control...

Breakfast: 2 cups coffee,
Snack: fireball
Lunch: coffee, 1 slim-fast shake (vanilla)
snack: coffee,
snack: celery, 1 cracker
dinner: 1 chicken neck, 3 bowls lentil soup with lentils, celery, carrots, onions, and soup nuts (about 1/4 cup total of soup nuts)
snack: 1 apple

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Passed Test, Blood Test, Diet

So today's big news is that I took my written (theory) driving test and passed it. It took two tries, but I have the official pass on that, which means I just have lessons and a road test and then I can get my license. This would be a big move toward my feeling like an adult, so it's good to feel like the process is moving along.

I took Poofy to the vet today, and he got a shot of tranquilizer so he could have a blood test. I'm expecting to find out that he has chronic renal failure... which is both good news and bad news. Animals can live for years with it - that's the good news. The bad news is that his peeing on the floor is likely to get worse rather than better. I'm currently taking him out 5-6 times a day and he's still having accidents. It's not a nice situation.

On the diet front, today was a decent day. Here's the food:
breakfast - 2 coffees and a slim-fast (chocolate)
snack - coffee & peach
snack - fireball
dinner - 2 chicken breasts & 1.5 cups of rice
snack - neviot + raspberry vanilla flavored water.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Another day.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm addicted to coffee. I used to limit to one cup a day, and now it's crept up to three and sometimes four cups a day. I've also discovered that if my posts aren't posted to Facebook, nobody sees them. Since Facebook is now glitching and not allowing me to post anything, I guess I'll go back to having the notes function import my blog. It worked before.

Today's food:
Breakfast: coffee & slim-fast shake (vanilla)
snack: coffee
snack: coffee, 1.5 nectarines, 3 squares chocolate
dinner: 1 smoked beef sandwich (not quite corned beef) on light bread, w/ ketchup, many pickles,
after: fireball

One, Two, Skip a Few...

When I was a kid, there was this thing we used to say - "I can count to 100 really fast. One, two, skip a few, 99, 100." So I'm skipping a few days and talking about being back on track.

Thursday night was a really fun night out with my siblings and parents for my parents' 45th anniversary. It was also all-you-can-eat. For my mouth, it was just shy of heaven. For my diet, complete disaster. I gained a whole kilo since I last wrote. Seriously.

Today, on the other hand, was better.
pre-breakfast: coffee
breakfast: slim-fast (chocolate)
snacks: coffee, fireball, 1 bite of peach, 1/2 a passiflora, more coffee, yet more coffee
dinner: 3 veggie burgers (100 cal each), big bowl of mixed frozen veggies, microwaved, with about 1 tbs Italian dressing
snack: diet ice cream sandwich (54 calories), fireball

I know that's actually unbalanced and messed up and I'm drinking entirely too much coffee, but I'm pretty sure I kept it under 1200 calories, and I'm not starving, so it's a success.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Wednesday

Today was a somewhat better day. I'm tired, so I'm going to go straight into the food.

breakfast: coffee + slim fast shake (vanilla)
snack: slimfast bar (peanut butter crunch)
snack- banana
lunch: chocolate slimfast shake
snack: peach
snack: coffee + 5 small pieces of chocolate
dinner: 4 slices light bread, 1/3 avocado, pastrama (4.5% fat) - about 2/3 of a package, one bowl tomato soup
after: fireball

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Tuesday.

So I had this brilliant plan of getting up at 5am to go walking. Of course, at 3am, Ephraim soaked through his diaper and the whole bed had to be changed. So at 5am, I couldn't move at all. But I did exercise tonight. I walked for 40 minutes and then did my tai chi stretches. I'm listening to Outliers now, which I'm finding really interesting, and way fewer people get killed or beaten up than in Under the Dome, which is what I listened to previously... btw, if anyone local has a copy of Influence, I'm supposed to read that too. Turns out, it's not available in audio. I did a little better with the night time binge, but I have to improve further.

Breakfast: coffee, slim-fast chocolate
snack: slim fast bar (mint chocolate), coffee
lunch: 2 peaches
snack: 3 zucchinis with salt
dinner: 2.5 chicken breasts, 1/2 cup of rice

Monday, July 04, 2011

Monday.

So I seem to lose my drive later in the day. I'm not quite sure why this is. Today, I did great in the morning, even turning down fresh bread and butter that looked amazing. Then, as I was making dinner, I gobbled down the meat/veggie/tomato sauce and then I ate a ton of pasta. I have to get the evenings under control again. On the exercise front, I had a breakfast with a group of Twitter friends and then I walked home, which took about 30 minutes at a reasonable pace, so I got a little bit of exercise. I'm really trying to convince myself to wake up at 5 to go walking in the mornings...
Here's the food:

Breakfast: coffee, muesli yogurt
snack: slim-fast bar, coffee
lunch: coffee, 2 peaches
snack: 3 apricots
dinner: a lot of pasta with meat & vegetable sauce (sauce had fresh tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, and lots of beef)

And as a bonus, here are my kids taking a bath in new bathing suits. (They don't usually take baths in bathing suits, but they wanted to put them on b/c they were new, so I let them wear them in the bath, and then I said... aha! finally I can take pictures of them in the bath!)


Sunday, July 03, 2011

I'm ba-ack

I'd decided to stop posting all my food, but then a few things happened.
1. I didn't lose any weight. In fact, I gained back about half a kilo.
2. I started to lose motivation for the diet.
3. And this was the most surprising part, people told me they miss my daily food posts. I found this absolutely shocking. I was really grateful for all the support people gave me, and I was really happy to be inspiring people to lose weight, but finding out that people actually liked reading about what food I eat daily was.... well, unexpected. 

So I'm back. And I'm on slim-fast. And today was a not great day.

Breakfast: coffee + slimfast shake (vanilla)
Snack: slim-fast bar (mint chocolate), coffee
lunch: apple w/ 1 tablespoon peanut butter
Snack:  3 apricots and half a peach.
Dinner: 5 mini veggie hot dogs and an entire quiche....
yes, an entire quiche, which contained: 1 full container of mushrooms, 1 very small head of celery, 1 onion, 3 eggs, 1 container of 3% cottage cheese, some oil, some butter, some flour (about 4 tablespoons) and 3 slices of yellow cheese. Can we say "disaster?"
After: fireball.

I think the problems are 1. I missed my second shake. 2. Yaakov and Shlomo didn't come home, so no one else ate any of the quiche. I'm having problems with limiting servings. still. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Where I'm At Now

The past few weeks, I've been a little down, and I've been very hungry. I think the two are related... In any case, I've gotten a little off target, and I had two days where I just ate and ate. On one of those two days, I ate so much I felt sick. I thought I was past doing that, so it was really discouraging. 
I also gained back about a kilo, so now I'm only down 7 kilo. That was also disappointing. I've been doing this for so long... 

On the other hand, people say I look better, and my clothes fit much better now. I've even gotten to the point where I can't wear one of my skirts because it's too big for me. I've recently bought two new skirts and they're a much smaller size than I used to buy - like 3 sizes smaller. 

All in all, though, I've lost motivation. I've decided to try Slim-Fast to see if that gets me back on track. It's not easy to get it in Israel, but I ordered two containers from a seller on ebay. (Not everything on ebay is used.) I also ordered some of their snack bars so I'll be able to have something yummy and chocolatey. I hope this will help me. 

I think the main thing here is my motivation, which has dropped. I'm not walking at all, and only doing tai chi once a week. I need to get those numbers up too. 

My friend has basically said that losing weight has to be an obsession, and I think that I'm less obsessed with it now that I have a job which I'm obsessed with... It's hard to make room in my head for everything.

I think I've rambled enough... Shabbat Shalom all

Friday, May 20, 2011

Wanarenes and Cumber-ers

I was at the greengrocer's yesterday, buying fruits and vegetables, and I saw that nectarines are finally in season. Last summer, in Finland, we ate a lot of nectarines. Kinneret loved them. She called them "wanarenes." 

One day, we sat in our cabin in Finland, making a shopping list, and we asked the children what we should buy. Kinneret kept saying "cumber-ers" (cucumbers). 

This summer, she calls them nectarines and cucumbers. I'm glad that she's growing up, but I miss her baby-talk mistakes. 

Here is a picture of her at her cousin's bar mitzva last month:

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All of It

I'm at the point that I can eat responsibly even without posting every morsel that enters my mouth, so I've been blogging less. Someone complained that he missed it. Thanks! 

In Stephen King's On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft, he talks about his drinking. He says that a man goes to a doctor and says "I have a drinking problem," and the doctor asks "How much do you drink?" The man replies "All of it." When I read that, I didn't quite get it, but now I do.

Today, I went out with a friend, and we got yogurts with muesli and coffee. While we were sitting there, a woman came in and got some sort of roll with jelly. The roll was fairly small, but she still left a piece of it when she left. I turned to my friend and asked "How does she do that? How can you leave a piece of food?" 

I think that's one of my major issues - I eat all of it. It doesn't matter what it is. I finish it. A serving isn't the recommended serving size. A serving is whatever is available. When I first got married, I would make a pound of pasta, and Yaakov would eat half and I'd eat the other half. These days, I cook half of the pound. If I cook more, it won't leave leftovers; we'll simply eat more. 

Portion control is a huge issue for me. I'm learning to work around it. Mainly, I'm making sure that "all of it" is a reasonable amount for me to eat.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Grumble!

Today, Yaakov called me to tell me that he has to go to the USA on Sunday. For three weeks. I don't really take to solo parenting well. I'm in the process of starting a new job with many hours, so I don't know exactly how I'm going to do things like grocery shopping and laundry while he's away. So... grumble! 

Food:
Breakfast: coffee
lunch: yogurt drink (peanut butter... YUM!)
dinner: 1.5 chicken breasts, 1 thigh, 1 wing, lots of string beans
after: 1 jawbreaker candy. not as good as a fireball, but got me through the sugar craving.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Two Days in One

I missed posting yesterday, and today, I had a big mess up with lunch. I went to try out a newly mehadrin place and got hummus and meat and pitas... was incredibly yummy, but I figure it was close to 1000 calories. I decided to eat just veggies for dinner so I'm still on track, I think.

Tuesday:
Breakfast: coffee
Lunch: cottage cheese and strawberries
snack: coffee, apple
dinner: felafel (1.5 sandwiches)

Wednesday: 
Breakfast: yogurt, coffee, 3 marshmallows
snack: yogurt drink (350 calories)
lunch: hummus w/ meat & 2 pitas, very small green salad
dinner: 2 zucchinis
extra: 3 small candies

Monday, May 02, 2011

7 Down, 33 to Go

So it's official, kilo number seven dropped away, despite all of my bad eating over Pesach and the bar mitzva. I'm inspired now to go back to being really careful, so today was a no-mistakes day.

Breakfast: coffee
snack: 1/4 cup of orange juice-pineapple-mint-wheat grass juice (It was AWFUL)
lunch: yogurt (chocolate orange froop...really yummy)
snack: low cal ice cream bar (50 calories)
dinner: 1 can of tuna with 5% olive oil mayo-like stuff, 1.5 cups whole wheat pasta with mushrooms and tomato sauce, 1 big sweet red pepper

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Sunday. Better

In response to all job-related questions, the position is a marketing writer position. It's an internship, and I'm not 100% where I'll be working yet. Some of the work will probably be from home. I haven't started yet. I have a phone meeting tomorrow, and after that, I assume things will be clearer.

Food: 
Breakfast: Coffee
Lunch: strawberries and cottage cheese
snack: coffee
dinner: 2 zucchinis, 2 bowls of chicken soup, ~1 cup of rice

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Another Saturday Night

The big news for the week is that I appear to have gotten a job. It's not clear when I start or whether I'll be working at an office or at home, but I was told that I'm hired. I'm very excited and more than a little bit nervous. I hope things will go well. 

Yesterday and today were better on the food front, but I'm still not back to non-eating.

Friday: 
breakfast: coffee and a granola bar
lunch: yogurt drink (300 cal)
snack: coffee and a granola bar
Dinner: chicken soup, 1 slice of challah, salad, 1/2 chicken breast, 1 chicken thigh, 1 chicken leg, 1/2 cup rice

Saturday:
breakfast: coffee
lunch: 1 bowl chicken soup, 
snack: fruit salad, 1 slice of cake, celery
dinner: 2 chicken breasts

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Another Wednesday

Food-wise, today was good, not great. We have no veggies in the house at all. I have to buy some tomorrow morning. 
Breakfast: yogurt drink, coffee
lunch: omelet sandwich on light bread, salad, coffee
snack: red pepper slice, coffee
snack: granola bar
Dinner: rice with salami (too much salami)
I need fireballs. I'll have to figure out how to get more, since they don't sell them in Israel. :(

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Getting Back on Track

I'm not 100% on track yet, but today was much better. I'm still down 6 kilos, so no damage over the holiday. Hopefully, when I re-stock the house, things will improve.

Breakfast: coffee
lunch: coffee
snack: 1 square chocolate, 1 handful potato soup nuts, 2 cherry tomatoes
dinner: 2 pitas with 1% fat pastrama


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Losing Momentum

So, again, I feel like no one's reading. More than that, I feel like I'm not really on the plan. Today was a bit better than the past few days, but I'm still eating entirely too much carbs. I hope when Pesach's over, things will even out a bit.

breakfast: coffee
lunch: roast, apple kugel (3 pieces), potato kugel (2), 1 piece of matza, avocado, salad w/ salad dressing
dinner: strawberries, 1 vanilla pudding cup. 

Friday, April 22, 2011

Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom

Today was kind of a tough day. Ephraim was home, it was raining, and Yaakov and Kinneret are away at the juggling convention. My fantastic neighbor let us come over and hang out for a while, which made the day move and stopped the constant flow of Diego videos. I'm told that Diego is the Spanish of Yaakov, so it makes sense that Ephraim would want to watch it constantly... 

I miss Yaakov and Kinneret, though I'm enjoying the lack of whining. Kinneret has a tendency to whine about things even when we haven't said no... as in "mommy I wannnt waaaater," and I'm like, "could you please ask in English instead of whine-language?" 

I've been reading "How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk" and so far, it's a good read. I'm hoping that learning the techniques in the book will help me yell less and feel more like the situation is under control even if the kids aren't exactly. I feel like I get angry too often and yell too often with Kinneret. With Ephraim, I feel like I have more patience. I'm not quite sure whether it's his behavior or my attitude. It might be a combination of the two. I perceive him as very vulnerable, while I perceive Kinneret as very tough. The truth is almost the opposite. Kinneret is very sensitive and gives up easily. Ephraim is persistent and self-assured. I'm not sure where I go from there... hmmmn. 

On a totally different subject, I think that matza makes you hungry. There's no other explanation. I never eat very much of the carbs anyway, but somehow, this week, I'm ten times hungrier. I feel like I'm in good company, though. Two of my Facebook friends said they got somewhat off track during the holiday too. Today, I had the obligatory matza brei for the chag... I discovered that I don't like it with wet matza. I like the matza crispy... oh well. 

Anyway, here's today's food:
Snack: banana, coffee
breakfast: matza brei - 2 matzahs, 2 eggs, 1 onion, olive oil, a tiny bit of butter
snack: coffee
lunch: cottage cheese & strawberries
snack: coffee, 4 marshmallows

Dinner will be whatever my mom serves, as she's graciously invited Ephraim and me for supper. I assume there will be apple kugel... yum. 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Day 3 of the Omer

I'm trying to count the omer this year. For those who don't know what that means, the omer is a period of 50 days between Passover and Shavuot. You're supposed to count off the days and the weeks in that time period. "You shall count for yourselves seven complete sabbaths" is how the Torah puts it. 
So you count each evening, after dark, for seven weeks, and when you finish, you celebrate receiving the Torah, which was seven full weeks after leaving Egypt. The counting is easy. Remembering to count... not so easy. Men who pray each evening are more likely to remember, but for women, it's a real challenge. 

Today, I tried to re-assert control, and was somewhat successful. It's very hard without my fireballs. They give me the sweet and the strong flavor and take a long time to eat, so I use them to kind of finish off the day. I miss them.

breakfast: yogurt drink (350 cal)
lunch: cottage cheese and strawberries
snack: potato chips (small bag, 100 cal), celery (a lot)
dinner: turkey meat, chicken breast, chicken soup, 1/2 slice matza, 1.5 pieces apple kugel
after: 2 small pieces of cake
problem: I'm still craving sweet.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

In which I Try to Get Back on the Wagon

I'm still not quite on the program, but today was a better day.

Breakfast: cottage cheese and strawberries, coffee
snack: 2 small pieces of pesach cake
lunch: 5 marshmallows
Dinner: 3 bowls of chicken soup, 1/2 matza, chicken breast, piece of corned beef, 2 marshmallows, 
After: 1 pear, some strawberries

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seder Decadence

So Yaakov has been talking about his grandmother's charoset for years. Every Pesach, he talks about the vats of charoset and how he spreads it on matza and he's kind of wistful about it.
This year, his cousin was here and they were discussing it. It turns out that his cousin has taken over the yearly charoset-making. She called her mother to get the recipe, and we made a quick batch of the special grandmother's extra-alcoholic charoset. In addition, my oldest brother brought us (virgin) charoset with pears and raisins. Both were deadly delicious, and I ate a lot of both on matzah. I feel like I've really fallen off the wagon. I need to reclaim control...so, starting now... I'm back on the plan.

Here's the food..

Monday:
Breakfast: cottage cheese and strawberries
Lunch: handful of potato chips, carrot
Dinner: piece of celery, piece of lettuce, 2-3 pieces of matzah, charoset, egg in salt water, gefilte fish w/ chrain, chicken soup w 2 matzah balls, 1 piece of potato kugel, corned beef, 4 glasses of grape juice

Tuesday:
Breakfast: an ice pop
Lunch: 3 pieces of matza with charoset, 2 bowls of chicken soup (w 1 matza ball and a small amount of "soup nuts") 1 chicken breast, 1 small piece of cake, salad

Dinner: 2-3 pieces of matza, 1 chicken breast, salad, lots of corned beef






Sunday, April 17, 2011

In Which I Forget to Blog for Three Days

So Thursday, I just forgot to blog. I didn't really remember to eat either. I had 3 yogurts and some cottage cheese, I think

Friday, I had coffee, then a big gigantic yogurt drink that was about 400 calories, and then I went to give blood. Apparently, I hadn't eaten enough. I got sick mid-donation and they had to pull the needle out :( Does anyone know if they can still use it if it's not a full pint?

We went away for Shabbat.

Friday afternoon, I didn't get a chance to eat until late, and then all I had was some almonds.
Dinner was a bit of a disaster. I had a whole roll, a fair amount of rice, some hummus... and dessert in addition to the chicken and fish.

Saturday was a complete disaster of a day. I can only comfort myself with two things. One, I didn't drink any sugared drinks and two, three months ago, I would have eaten more. I'm not going to list all the garbage I ate. It's too depressing.

This morning, I was up half a kilo. :( 

Today was a better day.

Breakfast: 2 eggs, 1 small potato roll, salad, coffee
snack: coffee, cherry tomatoes, red pepper
lunch: cottage cheese
snack: shesek (loquat)

I haven't figured out dinner yet. I'll update the post when I get there.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

In Which My Neighbor Feeds Me

So the fridge is steadily emptying. I've really gotten over my desire to eat anything because of the mess involved. Today, my neighbor told me that I need to eat lunch, and I said "but I don't have any food in the house..." so she invited me over. So sweet of her.

breakfast: cottage cheese and strawberries, coffee
snack: coffee
lunch: 3 kebabs, peas (at neighbor's house)
dinner: 1 hot dog, 3 pieces of pastrama (1% fat), tomato soup
after: fireball

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Fridge and Freezer are Almost Empty

Actually, the freezer's full again. I just got a delivery of meat for Pesach. I keep thinking that string beans don't qualify as kitniyot. They really shouldn't. They're wet, they don't come in burlap bags, they don't expand when you cook them, and they're not that small. I do, however, value my marriage more than a week of eating string beans, so I won't be buying them this year.

Today was a weird day. I just didn't feel like eating all that much.

breakfast: cottage cheese and strawberries, coffee
snack: coffee
lunch, eaten very late: yogurt drink (400 cal)
dinner: steak and string beans.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday, Driver's License Woes

Some of you know that I don't have a driver's license. I had one in the US and I let it lapse and it's beyond renewal now. Today, I went to take the written test and they told me I can't because the doctor had marked something as "yes" on the medical form. I asked the doctor not to mark it and he said it's no big deal, but it actually is. The form now has to go to a special doctor for approval before I can take my written test. Annoying. So I was in a rotten mood today. Usually, when I'm in a rotten mood, I eat. So I actually went to McDonald's today. I got a burger, a salad, and a diet coke, which is about 600 calories total... not as dreadful as it could have been, I guess. I found out that I don't really miss the fries that much. That was a total shock for me. I thought it would ruin the experience, but actually I enjoyed the salad, and the burger was heavenly. I obviously can't do it on a regular basis, but it really didn't wreck the day's eating that badly. Dinner at my parents', where they're trying to use up the chametz, on the other hand, was less than optimum.

On a totally different subject, Ephraim fell asleep holding two of my fingers tonight. So sweet. 

Breakfast: yogurt
Snack: yogurt
Snack #2: yogurt (we notice a theme?)
lunch: McRoyal, salad, Diet Coke
snack #3: carrots
Dinner: sweet potato soup (less than 1 cup), mixed vegetables, 2.5 pre-made schnitzels, 2 mini-borekes
after: fireball

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday. The Cupboard is Bare

I ate really badly today because there simply isn't any food in the house. 
Breakfast: 2 granola bars, coffee
Lunch: can of beans in tomato sauce
Dinner: chicken soup (left over), string beans, 2 slices beer bread, turkey pastrama
after: fireball

Friday & Shabbat

I feel like I should say something interesting, but I can't think of anything. I practiced juggling for about 20 minutes today. That's kind of like exercise.

Friday: 
Breakfast: Halva flavored yogurt drink (400 cal), coffee
lunch: cottage cheese & strawberry & banana, 
snack: 2 granola bars, 1 can baby corn, 2 tablespoons couscous, 10 chocolate chips. coffee (I had a little bit of a hunger attack)
dinner: chicken soup w/ lots of zucchini, chicken breast, 1/2 cup rice

Saturday: 
Breakfast: coffee
lunch: sweet potato soup, 2 turkey schnitzels (the kind from the freezer), lots and lots of zucchini, fruit salad (yummy yummy)
snack: coffee (w/ soy milk)
dinner: chicken breast

Friday, April 08, 2011

Missed Thursday

I fell asleep at 6pm... Guess I was tired out. 
Here's the food:
morning snack: granola bar, coffee
lunch: coffee, sole fillets with couscous and broccoli
afternoon snack: 4 cookies. (oops)
fell asleep. 

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Week's Almost Gone

Today was a good day. I skipped breakfast because I woke up late, but the rest of the day was good. I'm stressing a little, because I finally have work to do and it's exactly the wrong time of year... Pesach cleaning is ... well, going slowly. My job search is in full swing... I have some promising leads. In short, I'm busy busy busy.

Here's the food:
Morning Snack: Granola bar
lunch: cottage cheese and strawberries.
afternoon snack: yogurt
munching: 1/4 veggie burger, handful of string beans, 1/8 avocado
Dinner: chicken soup with veggies, including 2 chicken breasts
after: fireball. 

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Tuesday

I didn't manage to get out for a walk today, which is really bad. When I was thinking about my eating today, it seemed awful, but now that I've written it down, it doesn't seem so terrible. Though I did eat around 250 grams of ground beef.

Breakfast: coffee, cottage cheese & banana
snack: granola bar
Lunch: miso soup, 2 sushi rolls, 2 nigeri
snack: yogurt
dinner: ground beef mixed with mixed vegetables and a little tomato sauce, 3 taco shells

Monday, April 04, 2011

Another Manic Monday

So today, I'm in full-swing. It feels like I'm eating too much, I'll be shocked if I actually lose any weight this way.

breakfast: cottage cheese, coffee
lunch: fish (sole), mixed veggies, pasta
snack #1: granola bar
snack #2: granola bar + coffee
dinner: cottage cheese, pasta, asparagus
after: fireball

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Sunday - Really Trying the New Plan

So I'm still feeling upset about the new plan, but I'm really going to try. The scale showed me down a full 5 kilo, so yay! All I have to do is make that happen another 7 times and I'll be home free ;) I walked for over an hour today. 

Breakfast: missed it - woke up too late
Lunch: cottage cheese and fruit salad 
Snack #1: granola bar
Snack #2: strawberry yogurt
Dinner: fish & frozen veggies  in the toaster oven, 3/4 cup rice, soy sauce

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Shabbat.

I'm feeling all messed up by the new plan, and I'm not sure how I'm going to manage it. I really dislike vegetables  for the most part. Raw veggies make me seriously sick in large quantities and I can only eat so many string beans and zucchini which is pretty much all I like cooked. Shabbat was neither here nor there. I wasn't on the new plan, wasn't on the old... just tried not to eat ridiculously. Tomorrow morning, I start the dietitian's plan. I have a stomach ache just thinking about it. It makes me want to quit entirely... but I'm going to do my best to give it a chance.

Breakfast: coffee, granola bar
Lunch: salad - mix of beans, rice, & ground beef, fruit salad
snack: 1/4 apple, coffee
snack: fruit salad, 1/4 apple, 2 crackers, peanut butter (about 1.5 tablespoons)
Dinner: mix of beans, rice, & ground beef. fireball


Friday, April 01, 2011

Friday, April First

Today, I finally saw the dietitian. It was just what I feared. She wants me to change the way I eat and I'm scared of it. What I've been doing seems to work for me. The new plan involves 5 meals a day with 3 proper meals and 2 snacks. I'm scared that it requires me to eat stuff I don't like (vegetables) and that I'm not going to lose weight on it. 

Today, so far
Breakfast: Coffee, yogurt w/ fruit and granola
Lunch: 2 eggs, 2 slices light bread, tomato, cucumber.
snack: granola bar, coffee

tonight will be mushroom barley soup, chicken, salad, and fruit salad.

Some Thoughts on Dieting

So here are some things I've learned, in no specific order:

1. Never eat anything that doesn't taste good. If I eat a food that doesn't taste good, I feel like I need a do-over for the meal, so I will eat something that does taste good, meaning the first food was just a total waste of calories.

2. Eat things that take a long time to eat. An artichoke is very little food, but it takes forever to eat, so two artichokes takes longer than a meal, leaving me feeling like I ate a very big meal.

3. 100 calories per 100 grams... I aim to eat foods that are 100 calories or less per 100 grams. The fewer calories per 100 grams, the better. I love the yogurt drinks. The melon flavored one is 58 calories per 100 grams. The peanut butter is 111cal/100g. If I drink a 500 ml drink, that's a difference of  265 calories, and I really am just as full. The peanut butter one does satisfy certain cravings though.... It's hard to remind myself how much those calories mean.

4. I eat real sugar. I tried agave, b/c it has a lower glycemic index. Unfortunately, it's less sweet, so you need more, and the calorie count is just as high. Plus it's loads more expensive. Sometimes, I'll use nutrasweet for something, but it does feel like deprivation, and deprivation is a lousy feeling.

5.  I haven't learned to listen to my body yet. I still feel like I'm always hungry or at least could always eat. I almost never feel full because I don't allow myself to eat to that point - though soups help, because if a soup is relatively healthy, I'll allow myself pretty close to unlimited amounts of soup, even if it has lentils or barley in it. 

6. The scale is unreliable. If I weigh myself twice in an hour, it says different numbers...

7. Some of my clothes are already fitting better! 

8. It's been 6 weeks, which feels like a bazillion years, roughly speaking.

9. I don't like fish very much. In the early stages, I tried making fish, but I really didn't like it. 

10. When I drink water through a straw, I drink much much more water. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Thursday

At this rate, I'll be getting new clothes next week... I said every 5 kilo, I get some new item of clothing. I'm at 4.5 now. At 15, I'm going to get sushi at the David Citadel. Right now, it feels impossibly far away though. 
I'm meeting with the dietitian tomorrow. We'll see what she has to say about my life.
In the meantime, here's what I ate:
Breakfast: coffee, yogurt drink (300 calories)
lunch: coffee, a little bit of broccoli soup, cottage&yogurt&strawberries&banana
snack: 1 bite of a cupcake (Ephraim ate the cupcake. I just tasted it.)
Dinner: chicken soup w/ 1 breast, 1 cup (before cooking) of pasta. 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday - Why Eating Dairy Out is a Bad Idea

Sunday was my anniversary. It was also Yaakov's anniversary by some odd coincidence. We decided to go out, but it didn't work out on Sunday. Today, I had an *interview over the phone, so I had to get a babysitter to watch my kids and keep them from making the interview impossible. Since we already had a babysitter when Yaakov got home, he decided that we should go out.

The problem is that Yaakov keeps mehadrin and there are no meat mehadrin restaurants in Modiin. So we went to a cafe. Cafe Cafe to be precise. Yaakov had the tuna salad, which sounds all healthy until you see how much tuna and how much mayonnaise is in that tuna. I had the shakshuka, which isn't really bad - it's tomatoes and tomato sauce and peppers and two eggs, served with fresh cut tomato and cucumber on the side. The problem is the bread. They give you a smallish loaf. each. My **compromises were that I got the whole wheat (I strongly prefer white), and I left about an inch of it uneaten. I did spread a little butter on it, but I had less than half a pat, and a pat is 36 calories...

All in all, I'm not sure if it's actually worse than the steak, baked potato, and salad I would have had in a meat restaurant, but it was so much less exciting and filling. 

*I think the interview went pretty well. The company does interesting things, so I'm kind of psyched about it.

**compromises: I was given a piece of advice by a dietitian. She said that whenever you eat, you should always compromise on something, give up something. I don't buy it for most of what I eat, since most of what I eat is genuinely healthy, and there's no reason I can't allow myself a full cup of strawberries or whatever...


Today's Food:
Breakfast: yogurt drink
lunch: coffee
dinner: shakshuka with salad and bread and a tiny bit of butter.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday

So today, I had chocolate. That is good stuff. If I were a god, I'd make chocolate calorie-free. Heck, with the anti-oxidants, it would be a health food... "Eat your chocolate, honey, it'll make you grow big and strong..." Actually, the whole way that food works is pretty awful. We're hardwired to enjoy calories. You'll never hear someone say "wow, I can just go for a whole bunch of broccoli" or "I'm really jonesing for some celery." I mean, don't get me wrong, strawberries are absolutely delicious despite being low in calories, but they're the exception, not the rule. Anyway, I certainly crave white fluffy foods like potatoes and pasta and marshmallows... 

A poll... Someone recommended that I try to eat five different colors of food in each meal, so I ask you, readers, just one important question... skittles or m&m's?

I didn't get in any exercise today. Will hopefully go walking tomorrow. Any readers interested in being a walking buddy...? Kate? 

Food:

Brunch: cottage cheese and yogurt (1.5%) and strawberries and banana, coffee
snack: celery, 3 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 a carrot, coffee, 1 piece of kinder chocolate
dinner: chicken soup w/ chicken, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato 
after: fireball

Monday, March 28, 2011

Monday

Today I woke up with a fever, but tried to live a normal day anyway... that was a moderate success.

breakfast: yogurt shake (600 calories)
lunch: coffee
snack: 1 red hot
dinner: 2 slices of light bread with salmon spread (starkist - not amazing), 1 cup creamy broccoli soup, cottage cheese and strawberries.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday

I'm down another kilo, which makes 4. That means I'm 1/10th of the way there! What's even cooler is that one kilo from now, I'll be 1/8th of the way there, and come on, after that, it's easy peasy ;)

I'm now job hunting as I've decided that a salary would be a nice thing. If you hear of any jobs for mattress testers, sleep-lab training assistants... no wait... sorry, I'm looking for writing work, web oriented stuff. 

I did the long walk (about 4K) today, and it was really hard, but I didn't give up, so those calories are burned and muscles are exercised even if it was an uphill (literally and figuratively) battle.

And here's the food: today was a coffee day. and by whipped cream, I mean the fake stuff that's about 30 calories for the amount that goes on a cup of coffee.

breakfast: coffee w/ whipped cream, 3% cheese with fruit cocktail
lunch: coffee w/ whipped cream
snack: coffee w/ whipped cream, 1 egg, fried in olive oil. 1 bite of tomato
dinner: 1 chicken thigh & 1 chicken wing, broccoli, 
post-dinner: fireball

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Od Shabbat Avra B'Sheket...

It was a quiet Shabbat. Yaakov and I weren't up to going to shul Friday night. In the morning, Yaakov took Kinneret, and I went later and backpacked Ephraim so that he couldn't get down and spread germs among the children. He didn't have a fever all day, so despite the fact that he still has a cough, he's going back to gan in the morning. 

An hour before Shabbat, I decided to make chicken soup. I put chicken pieces, zucchini, and barley in the pot, added chicken soup mix, and cooked for the hour. Then I left it on the platta until Shabbat lunch. It could have used some celery and carrots, but it was pretty good. Those powders really do taste good even if they don't have msg to make your tastebuds dance anymore. Since Yaakov and I both have colds, it was nice having soup for lunch. The chicken from the soup was... mechubas (laundered!), meaning little flavor, but that's ok.

So here's what I ate today...
Breakfast: coffee
lunch: 1/4 slice of bread, soup, 1 chicken breast
snack: 2 red hots
seuda shlishit: 1.5 corn thins, celery, 1 glass orange juice
melaveh malka: chicken soup, 1 chicken wing, 1 thick slice of challah.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday - Craving Sugar

No time to post anything interesting...
Breakfast- cottage cheese & yogurt & fruit cocktail, coffee
lunch - slice of apple, 1 handful of popcorn, 1 animal cracker, 1 square of chocolate, cup of coffee
dinner - will be chicken, rice, and salad

Friday - Craving Sugar

No time to post anything interesting...
Breakfast- cottage cheese & yogurt & fruit cocktail, coffee
lunch - slice of apple, 1 handful of popcorn, 1 animal cracker, 1 square of chocolate, cup of coffee
dinner - will be chicken, rice, and salad

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Thursday, No Sushi

Tonight I went to the Jerusalem Twestival. It was a really nice event. I think I've discovered why I'm not into twitter. I have nothing interesting to say. Indeed, my life is so very boring that I blog what I eat. Oddly, people are willing to read this, but seriously, what's wrong with me that I feel the need to post every morsel that goes in my mouth? It's because, plain and simple, I have nothing interesting to say. I'm feeling a little depressed about this. I thought I was clever and interesting, but really... not so much.

The speakers at the Twestival were great, and it was fun to put some faces to the names I've known, especially Safra-knit. Overall it was a great evening.

 For those who are reading to find out what I ate... 

Breakfast: cottage cheese, yogurt, fruit cocktail, coffee
lunch: coffee w/ whipped cream, yogurt w granola
snack: handful of peppers at the Twestival
dinner: turkey pastrama sandwich on light bread, 1 cup of beans


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Still No Movement on the Scale

There's still no movement on the scale. I'm down 3 kilo, but it just won't go any farther.
Today, I was craving junk all day, especially sugar. I stayed in control though, on the sugar count, at least. I did an hour walk (around 4km), so despite going a little overboard at dinner, not a terrible day.

Breakfast: cheese (3%), gil, strawberries, banana, coffee w/ fake whipped cream
Lunch:  1/2 cup creamy broccoli soup w 1/4 cup added milk, a package of the tiny little sour pressed candies (winkies, smarties, fizzers, whatever you call 'em)
Snack: coffee
Dinner: ~2 cups pasta (I know, I know), lots of broccoli, lots of sauce with meat. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Back on the Wagon

Yesterday, I walked 40 minutes. Today, OneTiredEma and I walked for about an hour. I tried to map the walk on google maps, but either I'm not patient enough or it's not friendly enough. It did confirm that the walk was over 4 kilometers, but I couldn't get much more than that out of it. I'll have to try again later. A lot of people have suggested that I should try Weight Watchers either online or in group... I hate to spend the money on it, especially since I can see a dietitian for free...I have an appointment in a little over a week. My neighbor across the way has been giving me pep talks. She lost substantial amounts of weight working with a dietitian, so I guess I'll try that. 

Food:
Breakfast: Coffee, cottage cheese & yogurt & strawberries & banana
lunch: 1 cup creamy broccoli soup, 1 yogurt with granola (this is the danona kind that's 150 calories including the granola), 1 red hot, 2 pickles
snack: 1 cup coffee
dinner: 1 can condensed tomato soup (prepared, of course), 2 pastrama (1%) sandwiches on light bread.
snack: 1 fireball

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday, Shushan Purim

I'm feeling absolutely defeated at this point. I'm still down 3 kilo, but I was hoping for more and it's just not happening. Today was a better day than yesterday, but I feel blah about it.

breakfast: coffee, cucumber, 2 tiny cottage cheese w/ strawberry things.
lunch: celery, celery w/ peanut butter and raisins (1/2 stalk of celery),
snack: yogurt drink w/ acai berry...not noticing appetite suppression
more snack: american smarties/winkies/whatever they're called (sour compressed candies), 1/2 cookie,
Dinner: 2 bowls chulent/goulash soup.

Could Have Been Worse

I'm not going to detail everything I ate over Purim, because it's a mess. I don't even remember everything. There were wafers and hamentaschen and chestnuts and a mini chocolate bar...It was baaad, but not nearly as bad as I've been in previous years, so that's something.

The two main meals were
1. 1/2 a bagel w/ lox and 5% cream cheese and lots and lots of veggies.
2. a lot of roast beef, salad, beer bread, lots of potatoes

And today will be a better day.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Just One (off the wagon) Shabbos

Friday Night: 2 bowls goulash/chulent soup, 1 slice challah, 1 chicken breast, 1 chicken wing
Shabbat Day:
breakfast: coffee
1 piece bissli
lunch: 2 bowls goulash/chulent soup w/ kubeh,
snack: 1 muffin (180 calories), 1 red hot
dinner: 1 banana, 1 yogurt w/ granola (150 calories)
post megillah reading: 4 carob butter-chocolate chip cookies, 1/2 slice carob-almond cake, 1/2 hamentaschen

I'm afraid of what tomorrow brings...

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's (Almost) Time to Say Good Shabbos

Today's exercise consisted of a walk in the sun to donate blood, followed by the discovery that the bloodmobile was on the other side of a parade route and a somewhat dejected walk home.

breakfast: coffee, yogurt drink
lunch: coffee, 2 yogurts with granola
snack: 1 cup broccoli soup, 1 bowl chulent/soup, 1 kubeh, 4 little puffy things (like bissli, but puffy), 3 little runts candy...
and shabbat is still to come with chulentish soup, chicken, and salad.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Fast of Esther

Today I didn't eat.
After the fast was over, I had
1 red pepper
cottage cheese+gil+pineapple chunks+strawberries

so, in all, a good day.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Week's Almost Over... Wednesday

no exercise today :(
tai chi is canceled tomorrow because tomorrow is a fast day.

breakfast: coffee, cheese (3%)+gil+pineapple chunks+strawberry
lunch: 2 bowls creamy (non-dairy) broccoli soup.
dinner: 1.5 cups pasta w/ tomato sauce, 1 can tuna w/ low fat mayo, some cucumber slices, yogurt with fruit and granola
snack: 5 small candies

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Tuesday

Breakfast: Coffee, yogurt w/ strawberries and banana
lunch: 2 veggie cutlets, tomato, cucumber
snack: diet ice cream bar (37 cal), 8 adashim (like M&Ms)
snack: 2 pieces of bissli, 1/2 veggie burger
dinner: 2 chicken breasts, 1/2 can of corn

Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday #5

I should have weighed myself today, but the scale I bought less than two weeks ago was already malfunctioning (it said it was low on battery), so no weight today. I replaced it, but too late in the day for a weigh-in. I got medium exercise. I walked to the mall, back, to the mall again in one go, because the postman showed up as I was arriving at the mall and I had to go back to pick up a package. I also walked the long way (as opposed to the seven+ flights of stairs way) to Kinneret's gan, and just to make things fun, I backpacked Kinneret to Ephraim's gan and then Ephraim the rest of the way home. I also took Poofy for a slightly longer than usual walk. so all in all, it probably adds up to 30 minutes of walking... something, but not fantastic.

Food:
Breakfast: Coffee, cottage cheese & gil & strawberry & banana
Lunch: coffee, peanut butter and jelly sandwich on light bread. I think I'll have an avocado sandwich tomorrow.
Dinner: omelet with 2 eggs, fried mushroom and onion, and one slice of 9% cheese. tomato, cucumber, cottage cheese, 3/4 of an orange
After: fireball

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunday, Week 5

Today, I got some decent exercise. I had to take K to gan in the morning, so I took her by cab and walked home, then I did a 40+ minute walk in the evening. Thanks to Rachel, who picked up some low-fat luncheon meat for me. It was quite delicious.

breakfast: yogurt drink (550 calories)
snack: coffee
lunch: coffee with fake whipped cream (the fake whipped cream is 200 cal per 100 grams, so it's actually not so terrible)
snack: more coffee, string beans, cucumber, cherry tomato, pepper (noshed at a friend's house)
Dinner: 1 bowl mushroom barley soup, 2 slices of light bread, about 200 grams of low-fat luncheon meat
snack: fireball

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Motzei Shabbat

There are so many thoughts swirling through my head right now. A lot of anger, outrage, and sadness about the pigua in Itamar, a feeling of impotence, a feeling like I should be feeling more, but somehow, I've managed to cap my emotions in some way, which I guess is a coping mechanism, but somehow I'm upset that I can cope, that anyone can, that we can sit in front of our computers and check our facebook and eat our food and drink water and just keep living when something so horrible has happened. On the other hand, I realize that the opposite response would be worse. Our country cannot be paralyzed by acts of terrorism. I just don't know what to feel or how to express it.

Onto the usual daily food run:
breakfast: cottage cheese&gil&strawberries&banana, coffee
lunch: mushroom barley soup, chicken, some mayo/ketchup dressing on the chicken
snack: 1/2 apple (kids got the rest)
dinner: chicken breast, chicken leg
snack: fireball

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday, not Great

So today I was invited to a simchat bat. I made a deal with myself that I could eat up to 400 calories there, which I think I stuck to ok. Problem was that it was supposed to be instead of breakfast and lunch and I got seriously hungry at around 2... I did do a 30 minute walk (back from the party), so that helps a little.

breakfast: coffee (2 cups), cucumber, pepper, salad with a little bit of bulgarian cheese (3 cubes), one bite blueberry cake, 2 bites strawberry and cream, one small serving of chocolate creamy cakey goop.

lunch: 2 cherry yogurts.

dinner will be mushroom barley soup, salad, chicken, and rice. 

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday.

No exercise today. I was tired and rain was falling. (that somehow sounds better than "it was raining" - which it was raining? I know that's how the language is used, but it sounds awfully weird.) Difficult moment of the day: Yaakov had made Ephraim a hummus sandwich. I handed it to him, and he refused it. I almost bit into it. I should lose 2 lbs just for not biting!

Food:
prebreakfast: carrot, coffee
breakfast: frozen yogurt drink, ~350 calories
lunch: celery and 2 bowls of lentil soup (w/ meat)
Dinner: 2 bowls lentil soup.
After: there will be a fireball later.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Another Wednesday

The house is mostly unstocked... thinking about it makes me hungry.

breakfast:
cottage cheese+gil+ strawberries (we're out of bananas)
lunch:
yogurt + fresh fruit + branflakes (prepackaged - 230 calories before Ephraim ate about 10 bites of it)
dinner:
chicken, zucchini, sweet potato, 1 vegetarian chicken cutlet (not breaded)
After:
1 fireball

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Tuesday, Week 3

Today, I got myself out for a walk. Tomorrow is a Haifa day which is a big mess on every score. I hope that I'll be able to manage ok.

Breakfast: Coffee, Frozen Yogurt
Lunch: baked chicken breast & zucchini
Snack: Fireball
Dinner: baked chicken breast, zucchini, sweet potato
Snack: runts candy (1), fireball

Monday, March 07, 2011

Monday yet again

I've noticed my readership dwindling. I guess no one really cares what I eat. I really need the accountability though. Knowing I'm reporting to a group on every bite I eat helps me eat less. So the question is, should I move  my diet to a separate blog, and hopefully some of you will come check up on me a bit?
Let me know.
In the meantime:
breakfast: Coffee w/ milk and agave
Cottage&Gil&strawberry&banana& agave
Snack: fireball
Lunch: 2 cherry yogurts
Dinner: 3 veggie burgers w/ ketchup, string beans, pickles,


Sunday, March 06, 2011

Sunday Week 4

the scale isn't showing any progress at this point. I'll have to check tomorrow morning, maybe threaten the scale a little...

Food today:
pre-breakfast: coffee w/ sugar and milk.
breakfast was eaten at a tfillin party: 1 bagel with cream cheese, some vegetables dipped in cream cheese, 1 small slice cheese cake, 1 chocolate chip cookie, 1 pickle, 1 cup of coffee.
mid-afternoon: 2 coffee yogurts
late afternoon: cup of coffee (yes, #3 for the day)

Dinner: 1 bowl mushroom-barley soup, 2 slices light bread, 100-140 grams corned beef, ketchup. One orange-flavored candy (runts type)

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Shabbat

Does anyone know if pomelit (jaffa sweetie) is bad with statins?

So Friday night dinner was: challah, salad, 2 bowls of mushroom barley soup, and 1 chicken breast (shake-n-bake) salad had a dressing of low-cal mayo with lemon juice. was not great.

Shabbat:
Kiddush: breadsticks with hummus (about 1 breadstick with 2 tablespoons hummus)

Lunch: 1.5 bowls mushroom barley soup, 1 chicken breast, salad, 3 pieces of pomelit.

Snack: 1/4 can apple pie filling

Dinner: Cottage cheese+gil+strawberries+banana+ agave syrup.

Friday, March 04, 2011

Friday, up to Shabbat

No exercise today...
Food:
Breakfast: Yogurt drink
Lunch: cottage & gil & strawberries & banana
Snack: carrots and celery
more snack: 1 bowl mushroom barley soup

Planned for dinner: Mushroom barley soup, chicken, rice, salad

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Thursday. Almost through 3 weeks.

This morning, I had tai chi class. I was running late, so I took a bus, and I walked back, but the short way. Still, the class counts as exercise.

Food:
pre-tai chi: 1 large cappuccino

Breakfast: 1 large cappuccino (yes, a second one), 1 frozen yogurt with mostly fruit toppings

Lunch: 2 vegetarian chicken cutlets (the non-breaded kind), asparagus, a cherry yogurt

Dinner: 1 cup macaroni with sauce, tuna (quite a lot) w/ mayo.

Overall not a great day. And I will probably have one fireball before I go to sleep.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

And Wednesday...

Today, with Rachel's help, I bought a digital scale (it was on super-sale only if you have a certain credit card, which she has and I don't). It confirms that I've lost about 2 kilos.

Today, I got some exercise. I did the full kid pickup on my own, which is 7 flights up, add Ephraim to my backpack, then go up another 3 flights of stairs with him on my back, then walk back home with him still on my back.

Tomorrow is tai chi.

Food was decent today. I went out for breakfast, which threw things off a bit, but not terribly.

Breakfast: muesli/yogurt/fruit/honey - about 400 calories, I think. Cappuccino w/ sugar.
Snack: Fireball
Lunch: 2 eggs, fried in olive oil with lots of onion and mushroom.
Dinner: 1.5 chicken breasts, string beans, 3/4 cup white rice w/ soy sauce
+1 more fireball




Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Tuesday #3

So I'm seeing a definite drop of 2 kilo, even though my scale is... blah. I want to get a new one - a digital one.
I didn't get much exercise today, and I can't go walking now because Yaakov isn't home yet.

Today's Food:
Breakfast: coffee
cottage cheese w/ strawberries and banana (we were out of gil)
Lunch: 1 yogurt
Snack: cup of coffee
fireball
Dinner: 2 steaks (400 grams total) + 4 zucchinis, steamed.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Monday Again

I didn't go out for an exercise walk, per se, but I did some wandering to the post office, the mall, and then to pick up the kids, which was almost successful except that Kinneret wanted to be carried home, so I ended up taking a taxi from Ephraim's gan - there's no way to carry her and still not have him run over by a car, and she was crying hysterically every time I put her down...

Breakfast: Coffee & Yogurt drink
Snack: 1 Tbsp peanut butter
Lunch: 2 artichokes with mayo dip.
Dinner: 1 can tuna w/ a teaspoon of mayo, 1 can baked beans, 1.5 cups rice. 

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday, Week 3

I think this is officially the longest diet I've been on since high school when I lost 20 lbs in about 4 months, except then I just stopped eating and didn't even notice it. After a week or two, I went back to eating whatever was available, but most of what was available didn't appeal to me then. What was great was that I didn't gain it back until college (10 of the freshman 15), and then took it off before the end of my first year (pneumonia).

Since then, the only other time I've lost weight (other than giving birth) was when I went on a medication that had  weight loss as a side effect. I'd love to go back on it, but it has loads of serious side effects, including kidney stones.

Anyway, some things I wanted to share...
First, my brother asked me an important question. He wanted to know what you do if you're having a dream, and just when you get to the good part, there's a commercial, and then another and another... I told him that I download all of my dreams and there are no commercials.

Second, same brother wore a windbreaker to shul. I have to wonder if you wear those when you break wind...

And onto our regularly scheduled program....

Breakfast: Yogurt (fruity)

Morning snack: coffee

Lunch: cottage&gil&banana&strawberry

Snack: coffee

Snack: yogurt

Dinner: 2-3 bowls of chicken soup from Shabbat, 1/2 cup brown rice, 200 grams "steak", 1/2 cup cranberry juice

*the steak was ... well, it ain't a proper steak, but it helped ease the burn of Yaakov making hot dogs and french fries for dinner. I should automatically lose a pound for refusing the fries!

I'm pondering going for a walk now even though it's 9:30... think I might.


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Friday & Shabbat Again

Friday:
Breakfast: 2 fruit yogurts + coffee w/ agave & milk
Lunch: 1 yogurt drink (400 kcal)
Afternoon: cottage & yogurt & banana & strawberries
1/2 slice sourdough bread w/ 3% cheese
Dinner: 1.5 chicken breasts, 1 cup rice, soup, 1 slice bread, salad,
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Shabbat:
Breakfast: coffee w/ agave and milk
Lunch: soup, salad w/ olives, chicken, 3 slices of pomello
3rd meal: 1/4 avocado, 1/3 cup orange juice
Post Shabbat:  cottage & yogurt & banana & strawberries
fireball

Got minimal exercise both days. :(
For those who have asked: a fireball is a hot cinnamon candy. I like them because I usually drink about half a liter of water with each one, so it's kind of a filling snack, despite being a small piece of candy.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Ten Interesting Things I've Done (That I'm Willing to Admit to)

In the interest of writing something that isn't a list of foods... Here's a list of interesting things I've done.

  1. Was a magician's assistant. I helped K-Mar, the Discount Magician (of Letterman fame) set up before and clean up after his act one evening at a resort hotel in the Catskills
  2. Got my picture in the paper for being one of the top 4 readers in a kids' summer reading contest.
  3. Worked in a falafel/shwarma stand cutting vegetables. I did it for a week on a volunteer basis and for a long time afterward, whenever I'd finish classes for the day, I'd come to the place and do their dishes and get a free shawarma.
  4. Ran a 'recording studio' which did all of the recording for an animation that was over 10 minutes long and had at least six actors. I did this as part of an otherwise terribly boring job. All recordings were done on my work computer, which had a special sound card and microphone.
  5. Jumped out of a plane. Well, that anyone can pay to do, but it was incredible.
  6. Am featured in an English textbook (pictures and recorded interview) for jumping out of a plane.
  7. Participated in a blind taste test of chocolate (isn't that everyone's dream?!)
  8. Have been far enough north in summer that it never got dark. (Finland)
  9. Have ridden a horse bareback (as a kid. I had friends who had a horse. They took us to the stables late one evening and there was no one there, so the saddle was locked up. We rode anyway, though it was really slow and for a short time.)
  10. Appeared on stage (and talked) for audiences of several hundred people (as the juggler's assistant). 

I'm not tagging anyone specifically, but it would be cool if other people would do this too.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Again

Today, I had Tai Chi class. I walked there and back, but pretty much the shortest possible way, and I stopped and chatted with friends on the way back, so exercise today was.... well, weak.

Food:
Breakfast:
Coffee w/ sugar and milk
Yogurt drink (about 550 calories)

Lunch:
fish stir fry (1 fillet of sole, 1 pepper, mushrooms, onion, cabbage, soy sauce, 1 tbsp olive oil)

Snack:
1 fireball
1 coffee w/ sugar and milk

Dinner:
1 sandwich w sliced pastrama (turkey junk, not pastrami) on light bread.
1 can baked beans
1 bowl lentil soup

A note to everyone who thinks I should eat more lunch... I'm not really that hungry at lunch time. There must be a blood sugar thing or something, but I get ravenously hungry around 7pm. I tried to stave it off with a cup of coffee around 6ish, but I think I hit too late.



Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wednesday, Week 2

Today, I was really tired. Exercise didn't really happen, though I walked down 7 flights of stairs taking K & E home from gan.

Breakfast:
Coffee
Cottage cheese/gil/banana/strawberry

Lunch
2 yogurts

Snack
Fireball

Dinner
drumstick & thigh of chicken
~2 cups brown rice
1 cup of string beans
1/4 apple

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Week 2: Tuesday, I Like Lentil Soup!

I woke up late and immediately left the house, so I missed breakfast (except for coffee). I didn't get in any exercise today, and I'm immensely irritated to find out that Kinneret needs to get glasses. She apparently has astigmatism in her left eye, to a fairly serious degree. This means the glasses will be very expensive, and since she's 3, there will be many many pairs of these... yuck!

Onto the food portion of our program:

breakfast: coffee w/ milk and nutrasweet
lunch: cottage cheese/gil/banana/strawberry
dinner: lentil soup, recipe courtesy of K.B. (thanks!), with beef. - 3-4 bowls.
extra: atomic fireball
water: at least 1.5 liters

Again, I made a healthy supper but ate too much of it... I probably need to eat something in the late afternoon - around 3:30 or 4 to keep me from getting ravenous at supper time.

And today's entry comes with a video

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Monday, Can't Trust that Day

I started out well today, but dinner was a bit of a mess... I went for a 45 minute walk, which mitigates some of the damage I guess.

Breakfast: 
Coffee
The usual cottage cheese/gil/banana/strawberry thing

Lunch
2 fruit yogurts

Dinner
1.5 chicken breasts (on the bone, including wing from one, including skin)
About 3 cups of brown rice with onion and mushrooms (that's where I lost control. I meant to only have one cup... but I was so hungry. I actually had to leave the table and go to the other room and call someone to get myself to stop eating. looks like 600 calories just for the rice... EEP!)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday, Week 2

Today was a bad day for exercise because of the rain.

Breakfast:
Coffee w/ milk and agave syrup.
oatmeal w fruit, nougat, and honey. This was at Re:Bar where they'll put toppings on oatmeal or yogurt for you. I will not repeat this as I never got un-hungry between breakfast and lunch.

Lunch:
Stir-fry: 1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, 1/2 onion, mushrooms, tofu, 1 tablespoon canola oil, lots of soy sauce and ginger

Dinner:
2 corned beef sandwiches on low-calorie bread. (about 400 calories total, now I wish Yaakov had brought back more of the corned beef...It's 6% fat, which is completely acceptable. There's one pack left - and a pack is about 175 grams.)

Made an appointment to see the dietitian, but the first available appointment is April 1st... oh well.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Friday & Shabbat

Friday, I didn't manage to get in exercise.

Breakfast: Coffee w/ milk and sugar
Lunch: cottage cheese, gil, banana, strawberries, raspberries (frozen)
Snack: bowl of vegetable soup
Dinner: 1.5 chicken breasts w/ skin (shake'n'bake), salad w/ olives, 1/2 cup rice
other: celery sticks, 1 fireball, 1/2 can baby corn (amended to add)

Shabbat
Breakfast: Coffee w/ agave and milk, 2 yogurts
Lunch: 2 bowls vegetable soup, salad w/ 1 tomato, cucumber 2 tablespoons olives + 100 grams salami
Dessert: 1/2 pomelit

Now I'm going for a walk, and then I'll have cottage cheese+gil+fruit.
Walk was 45 minutes, mostly at a good pace.
Also ate 1/4 apple.

Tomorrow I weigh myself. Praying to see at least one kilo lost.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday - day 5

Thursday was a good day for exercise. I walked to my tai chi class and even took the long way back.

Breakfast:
coffee
cottage cheese, gil, banana, strawberry + agave syrup.

Lunch:
2 vegetarian cutlets (the non-breaded kind)
1 tomato
1 cucumber
1/2 avocado

Snack
30 calorie chocolate popsicle (tofutti brand, sugar free, no fat)

Dinner
sushi -
bowl of miso soup
2 full rolls (16 pieces) + 2 nigeri
drank soda water with it.

So far, the scale isn't showing anything, but I know it takes time.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wednesday, Day 4

No exercise today, because I had a major muscle spasm in my back so bad that even breathing was hard. Tomorrow is Tai Chi, though.

Breakfast
Cup of coffee w/ sugar & milk

Lunch
cottage cheese + Gil (plain yogurt) + strawberries + 1 banana + 2 tsp agave syrup

Snack
1/2 apple (this happens because Ephraim eats the other half)

Dinner
3/4 cup couscous + soup + a bit of meatloaf + a thick slice of salami (couscous soup is now finished, will have to make more, I guess, to use up the rest of the couscous, meatloaf is also finished)

other - 1 fireball.

To answer some of the many comments - yes, fireballs are sugar, but they help me drink. I usually drink about 1/2 a liter with the fireball.

I do track my water, kinda. I usually drink from a cup that's 650 ml, so every "cup" is about half a liter (I don't fill it all the way to the top) I go through 3-4 a day these days.

The reason I've been exhausted is that Ephraim has taken to getting up 5x a night. It doesn't matter what I eat - it won't make up for the lack of sleep. I am currently discussing options with his doctor. Today, I missed breakfast because I woke up at 11:00 trying to make up for lost sleep.

The reason I'm trying to eat very little and space out the food so much is that I'm still in the detoxing phase. I'm trying to shrink my appetite as much as possible now.

Cereal was a one-time glitch. I'm doing cottage cheese + gil + fruit instead, as it's much lower glycemic index overall and lower calories for a lot more food. I've moved to 3% cottage cheese. I won't go lower than that, because I think a little fat is a necessity. I added strawberries because it adds more stuff and flavor with a minimum amount of calories.

One rule I'm trying to keep to is as much as possible, to eat foods under 100 calories per 100 grams. At dinner, I eat a normal portion of normal-er food, though, because otherwise it gets to be impossible. Hence the meatloaf and salami (though salami is actually evil - the 3 bites I had were probably close to 200 calories.)

The good news is that today was a much easier day. I'm hoping that I'll be able to settle in and keep to it long-term.

Tomorrow I hit goal 1 which is keeping to it for 5 days. Reward is sushi at Atza, because sushi is decent diet-wise, but wicked on the wallet...