I made soup!

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The soup!

We roasted a chicken the other night and I decided to use the carcass and left over veg to make a broth. I have like a mass of broth in my fridge.

And today since it is so freaking cold I decided to forgo the salad and have chicken barley and veg soup!

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Ingredients!

There was chicken left over and we had pre-chopped peppers and onions for omelets and I knew we had some pearl barley in the pantry so I decided to go for it.

Basically, I used a pint of the broth I made, a quarter cup of barley, a few spoonfuls of the peppers and onions and three ounces of shredded chicken. Plus a dash of salt for taste.

I boiled the broth and barley first for 20 minutes then added in the chicken and veg and then simmered it until the barley split, about another 20 minutes.

A lot of work for one bowl of soup, but so good! And at 4 WW points for the bowl, I’m feeling pretty OK about the whole thing.

I was even super nice and let my brother have some too.

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To the surprise of no one…

I was not as active as I could have been last week since starting to wear the Nike Fuelband.

Week of Feb 17 – 23, 2014

Week of Feb 17 – 23, 2014

The start to this week hasn’t been all that epic either, I’ve actually reduced my goal from 3000 to 2500 ‘fuel’ what ever that is. Saturday and Sunday were an anomaly because it was warm and nice out Saturday and I went to Ikea Sunday for like all day with my mother.

And to clarify, Thursday is when I got the fuelband and wore it in the afternoon. So there is a reason it’s low, damnit.

I feel like this will be slightly more encouraging since it seems to be more attainable for me given my mostly sedentary life. 

But I’ve actually been more cognizant of my non-movement and have been trying to be more active and getting up every hour for a little bit. My car dancing habit has also increased quite a bit.

Anyway, this is all ten kinds of amusing for me. It’s like a game to get to the goal and not making it is kinda sad. What can you do tho? Make sure you move more the next day, which is what I’m trying to do.

It’s good times.

Ask And You Shall Receive…

Nike Fuel Band, charging...

Nike Fuel Band, charging…

A hand-me down Nike Fuelband.

Yes, thats right, yours truly has petitioned her mother for the use (and reformatting) of her Fuelband that hasn’t been used since last year!

I blame the stupid new commercials which seem so clever and tend to actually make me feel like I’m not moving. (Which I’m really not doing a whole lot of.)

But so I went to my mother whilst watching the USA v Canada women’s hockey game (OMG ALL THE FEELS) and one of the stupid Nike commercials came on and I thought to myself – Mom hasn’t used hers in a while, maybe I can reset it so I can use it?

I did my googling thang and found that I can and I can officially say that the fuelband is mine. Well, I say mine, but yeah. So I took it Thursday afternoon and given that I hadn’t done much, I wore it just to see what would happen.

Needless to say I move not a lot.

I’m hoping that this might help me in moving more often, we’ll see though. I just thought it was super cool that I had the opportunity to snag the Fuelband from my mother and use it myself. The whole idea of the fuelband is actually hilarious when you think about it. It’s a glorified pedometer with a thing that Nike created called “fuel” I’m still not even sure what that’s supposed to be, because it seems to register when I move my wrist whilst typing.

Which as we all know is something I do all day and doesn’t take a lot of effort on my part. But, yeah. It’s all a part of my mini goals and such.

Lucky for me the band is kinda cute and it seems like a lot of people are wearing them right now so maybe it won’t look so strange? I donno. We shall see what shall happen moving forward…

Mini Goals, A Continuation

First, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who sent encouragement’s to me yesterday. It was really lovely to know that I wasn’t the only one in a funk with every thing and it was just really nice in general. So thank you.

I was so far in a funk that I even stopped taking my multi vitamins and other daily nutritional capsules that I’d been taking religiously since I started this. So instead of setting weight goals, I’m going to set mini goals for the next two weeks, because I think that not focusing on the whole picture for once might help me in getting this back on track.

These mini goals include:

  • taking multi vitamins and other capsules (once and twice a day where required)
  • stretching or walking for five minutes every hour (when appropriate)
  • thinking about the food before I pick it up
  • fewer sweet things should make their way into my shopping cart
  • drink more water, less alcohol
  • use the exercise machine at least three times a week (I’m starting small shut up)
  • Track food

Some of these, like the tracking and exercise, are long term mini goals, but I’m trying to change the culture of my life and to do that I’ve realized I can’t just will them to change. Otherwise I’d have willed off the weight ages ago and gotten a raise and found a man and had a baby.

Tragically, life doesn’t work that way. So, I’m re-starting (again) with mini goals and working forward from there.

not mine

not mine

C’est la vie.

So basically, I’m the worst

I’m sorry. I’ve been absolutely awful about keeping up with this blog recently.

Or actually keeping up with my diet and exercise plan. Which shouldn’t be an excuse for not posting here. I’ve just been intensely lazy recently and thats permeated my entire life, not just in my dieting life. I’ve literally give up all fucks.  (Please excuse all swears. I’m in a funk)

It’s embarrassing to admit, but there it is. I’ve just basically thrown everything – work, diet, exercise, personal interactions – up in the air and said fuck it.

Basically this has been my life for the last two weeks.

not my gif

not my gif

What caused this funk you might ask? Yes, well I’m asking myself the same thing. And when you’re in a funk as deep as mine is currently, it’s really hard to get the fuck out of it.

I’ve gained weight, I’ve done shit with tracking my food and I’ve literally given the finger to exercise. About the only decent thing I’ve done is watch the Olympics religiously. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve worked and done things, but its been minimal and under great duress. 

So please excuse me as I crawl my way out of this funk and attempt to re-establish my life in a way that won’t revolve around carbs, sugar or self pity. 

We organized the kitchen…

Once my sister moved back to college my mother took it (and the extra hours she had been devoted to watching TV shows with my sister) as a sign to clean and reorganized the kitchen.

Mom: You know how we took everything out of the cabinets and reorganized the kitchen?

Me: Yeah.

Mom: That was two years ago right?

Me: I guess.

Mom: Your sister is leaving today.

Me: Yes. Am I to take this as we’re going to reorganize the kitchen today?

Mom: You bet your bippie.

Not an exact transcription, but pretty accurate. What follows are some before and after photos of what we’ve organized thus far. It’s been a slow process, but anything you see has been cleared out, cleaned(washed/vacuumed) and had everything put back in a particular order.

The tea shelves...

The tea shelves…

Doesn't it look pretty now?

Doesn’t it look pretty now?

Gross!

Gross!

 

It's messy!

It’s messy!

How pretty it is done!

How pretty it is done!

 

The cracker drawers.

The cracker drawers.

Basically, we’ve done the most heavily traffic-ed areas in our kitchen. The last time we did this we even went through the containers and opted to pitch 90% of our plastic containers and went to Target and bought two sets of glass pyrex ones. It was pretty impressive actually.

For anyone who has a kitchen, making sure that the area is clean and stays clean is a never ending challenge, so taking the time to actually do this total clean is a big thing and ultimately takes a lot of effort.

Our kitchen isn’t done yet, but I think we’ll finish it this weekend.

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Does tea count as water?

My new fav mug with one of my fav teas

My new fav mug with one of my fav teas

With the very excessive coldness that has surrounded me for the last month or so in New England the amount of tea and coffee I’ve been drinking has increased so as to keep my perpetually cold fingers warmer.

Basically what this means though, is that I’m not drinking quite as much water as I used to because I’m not feeling overly dehydrated.

This all of course got me thinking. Does my tea count as one of my 8 cups of water a day? I mean, it’s just flavored water, so why shouldn’t it? But both my coffee and tea are slightly more than that – they’re caffeinated and isn’t that kind of a diuretic?

Being a journalist, I naturally googled this. And what I found was pleasantly surprising! The answer is yes! The massive amounts of tea and coffee I drink do in fact count toward my water intake! Which is excellent as I have watched my pure water intake decrease over the last few weeks. I feel like I can’t be the only one this happens to in the cold months of winter.

That being said, I know that I should counter balance the caffeine in my tea and coffee with the pure water and drink that to stay hydrated, but omg its so cold!

So not my gif but amazingly accurate.

So not my gif but amazingly accurate.

So the problem is, for me at least, working in the pure water with my tea and coffee.

I’m so ready for winter to be over guys.