Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Is it Friday yet?


So, we’re on day 2 of eating on the South Beach plan and so far, so good!  I’m following it mostly because I’ve had some crazy sugar cravings lately and have found myself eating things that don’t usually find themselves on my plate (or in my purse).  Baked goods, particularly, haven’t been a part of the regular rotation for years but suddenly I have one lousy muffin and BANG, I want more.  What?  Cookies are a different story…I LOVE cookies (and so avoid them as much as possible), but for a little while there, I was eating a huge oatmeal-white chocolate-cranberry cookie every. single. day.  Again…what? 

So, the thing about sugar is that the more you have, the more you want.  Know what that means?  That means that the less you have, the less you’ll want it eventually, once those addictive beasties have left your system.  Some people have more difficulty with cutting out sugar and generally, if it’s hard for you, that’s a good sign that cutting it out is the right choice!  Your body doesn’t receive any benefits from sugar consumption.  And no, “it tastes so good” is not a benefit.

The South Beach plan cuts out all sugars (including fruit, for the first few weeks), flour products and starchy vegetables (there are other things, but these are the biggies for me).  Once the initial phase is over, the “rules” become more lenient.  All in all, it’s one of the most sensible plans out there (in my opinion), as it really pushes the consumption of vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats.  And NO cookies.  No big, chewy, delicious, oat-y, chocolately cookies.

Sigh.  OK, I’m over it.

As I said before, so far, so good.  Today would be Day 3 and avoiding my favorite little coffee place (where those cookies are, enticing me from the confines of a big glass cookie jar) was no problem yesterday.  I crunched away on my celery sticks and roasted chickpeas (more on that in another post) and felt surprisingly good for a sugar-free day.  I had some minor aches and pains last night, which are a good sign that my body is going through a bit of a detox.  Success!

Today’s meals:

  • Breakfast: two organic eggs scrambled with 1/2 cup chopped onions, with a splash of tomatillo salsa
  • Snack:  organic cherry tomatoes!  YUM.  With some roasted chickpeas and a light Babybel.
  • Lunch: leftover chicken cooked with onion, garlic, artichoke hearts, kale and veggie broth.
  • Snack:  same as the morning snack, minus the cheese.
  • Dinner:  steamed broccoli and…something yet to be determined.  Kind of not into chicken twice in one day, but I’m not going to lie to you…it might come to that.

I am totally procrastinating my morning routine, so I better get to it.  Those eggs aren’t going to cook themselves.


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Two years ago today…

THE big moment.

My man put a beautiful ring on my finger on an amazing deserted beach in the middle of nowhere, Mexico. Happy engagement-aversary to us!  And yes, that’s really us in the photo.  The whole thing was so well planned that my Mom, who we were vacationing with, sat at the other end of the beach with her telephoto lens and captured the entire thing with the most beautiful engagement shots ever.  I still get excited when I look at them.  🙂

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My internet service keeps cutting out because the Rock is currently being pummeled by hurricane-force winds, which are no friend to wireless service.  This has been going on since yesterday evening and at one point last night, the rain against our bedroom window was so loud that we were both laying there at 4:30 a.m., wide awake and contemplating just getting up and watching a movie or something, since sleep didn’t seem like an option.  Somehow  I managed to get back to sleep eventually, but my better half spent an hour or so playing Tiger Woods on PS3, waiting for the wild weather to die down.  Poor guy. 

It seems like roads, bridges and schools are open today, so we’re going to slowly make our way into work in the car.  No scooters today – they are our usual method of transportation.

I’ve been eating SO badly this week.  I blame a stressful week at work, but that’s really no excuse.  February always seems to be a low point for my normally healthy eating habits.  I don’t know what it is about this month that makes it so blah, but my body seems to crave things in February that it normally rarely thinks about…like cookies.  We’ve committed to a healthy eating plan starting this weekend, loosely based on the South Beach Diet.  Has anyone tried SBD?  I know so many people, and read the blogs of many, many more (including the fabulous Fitnessista), who have had a lot of success on the plan, especially with curbing cravings (which obviously, I could use some help on right now).  Anyways, I have had (and loved) the cookbook for awhile now, so we’re going to give it a shot.  It really is a very sensible eating plan, and VERY close to how we eat when we’re doing well with meal planning and cooking…which we’re currently not.

Anyways, wish us luck.

In other news, time for work!  Fingers crossed that my connection doesn’t cut out as soon as I hit ‘publish’….

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Local Harvest.

Yesterday morning, I dragged my man out of bed at the crack of dawn (also known as 8:00 a.m. in our house) and dragged him to the local farmer’s market.  We’ve been before but never went early enough to score the good veggies and were left staring at a few tables of brownish bananas and wilted spinach.  I never gave the market very much credit after that but decided, on the urging of a co-worker, to give it another shot.  And guess what?  Fabulous.

The Rock is unique for a lot of reasons, one of which being that the soil isn’t very deep (it really is a rock), so there are a lot of vegetables and fruits that simply can’t grow here.  However, there are a lot of vegetables and fruits that definitely can and I came home yesterday with a shopping bag full of them.  Observe:

Unpictured is the dozen organic eggs that I bought from the same farmer.  Cost-wise, the market was no real difference from the grocery store…maybe a few dollars more, and about double the price in the case of the eggs.  However, I got to chat with the farmer and his wife and they told me a bit about their farming practices and what they would have  next weekend, which was cool.

What wasn’t cool was realizing that I have WAY too much stuff in the fridge, so I had to get a bit creative there.  Carrots in the butter compartment.  Oh well.

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  After the market, we went for coffee and then made our way back to our apartment, which we attacked with sponges and soap until it was sparkling again.  We haven’t given it a really good clean since before Christmas and it definitely needed it.  I also put in some more time with The Shack because I’m super anxious to get to the next book in my pile!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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