Saturday, February 09, 2008

Diet Day: 7

Day 7 and all I can say is this:

NEVER go to IKEA when you are on a diet!!!

Why? Because they make you wait in line for 20 minutes while wafting the glorious smell of freshly baked cinnamon buns. $0.99 freshly baked cinnamon buns. Oooey, gooey delishiousness just waiting to be crammed into your mouth with shear delight.

They also have $0.50 hot dogs. You all know how much this girl loves the hot dog.

But...I resisted. I was very, VERY close to breaking down and getting a cb. I love cinnamon. And I love buns. See where I'm going with this?

The day (with the exception of the temptation) was ok. I ate late because I was working for the cafe and didn't get home until 3pm. So dinner was thrown off too, as well as snacks. I got all of it in though, except for 1 fruit and 1 yogurt. I think it's too late now.

I was supposed to go to the roller derby tonight, but it was snowing when it was time to leave and I hadn't had dinner yet-so I declined. I should have gone-at least there I'd be too entertained by girl on girl fighting action on wheels to ever think about cinnamon buns.

*sigh* 10 #'s gets me a new pair of shoes...gotta get me shoes...

Friday, February 08, 2008

Diet Day: 6

Today's lunch was disgusting. It was soup, which I was nervous about in the first place because I didn't think it would fill me up. But it tasted like spicy water. No flavor, no salt-just spicy. Ick. I ate most of the solids out of it and threw it away. Oh well, out of all of the food I've had so far this was the only one that sucked.

One thing I do need to tell you abou is Yoplait Light Apple Turnover yogurt.

IT'S FANTASTIC!!! Talk about being spot on for flavor. I know now that I'm going to get this flavor for almost every night I don't have a dessert. It's wicked good-and is still low in calories. I highly suggest it.

I was going to start the tricord workout today but being that I didn't get any sleep last night, I am really dragging. I have to bake tomorrow for a few hours, so I'll come home and do that before I go out for the night...I've almost completed 1 week and I feel great about it!


Yes, 1.6 IS the amount of weigh I lost this week but it's probably also the amount of sleep I got last night.  Why?  There are a few reasons, but the main reason being my neighbor.  Yes.  The annoying one that doesn't seem to understand that he's not the only person living in this building and that 99.9% of us are not nocturnal and like to sleep in the wee hours of the morning.
He's being evicted-or so my landlord says.
2 nights ago now I was woken up at 1:00am by him and 600 of his closest friends talking and laughing-about why? I dunno.  But they seemed to think something was fantastically hysterical.  At 1am.  It went on for about a half an hour and then they went to the living room which is across the way and further from my bed.  I could still hear them but not as much.  In any case, I was sick and tired of being woken up EVERY night by this jackass so I called the landlord yesterday and told him that yet again I was disturbed by this jerk.
The landlord told me that the last time he talked to the guy he said he had an argument with his girlfriend and he knew he was a "little" loud (ok freak-you were screaming like someone just murdered your dog) and it wouldn't happen again.  Well, ok-it didn't.  But his talking loudly on the phone, rolling around on his (I want to say effing) chair all night and having friends over at God awful times didn't stop either.  So, needless to say the landlord told me he was going to tell the guy that he had to vacate the apartment immediately and if he didn't leave he'd have him served with papers saying so.
He was still there last night.  The worst thing was that instead of talking in his apartment he chose this time to stand in the courtyard which is in the middle of the building.  I'm on the top floor and my bedroom overlooks this courtyard.  His voice carried all the way up and almost made it worse.  I'm surprised no one yelled out the window-it was about 1am too.  But then, around 4am I got woken up by his stupid chair.  Now really, I'm not a light sleeper, but I was a little edgy because I was afraid he'd be pissed and that he would come knocking on the door b/c he would obviously know I was home.
I'm so sleepy.  Thank God it's Friday-and hopefully by the end of the weekend he'll leave.  Buy my guess is he'll be here another month.  Arg.
Bright side: 1.6 pounds...


Thursday, February 07, 2008

On A Roll...Or Not

So...apparenlty my blog has not been loading for you all for a few days now, but thanks to Google Reader not many of you knew that. I was wondering why my stats dropped so far and why comments started to dwindle...

I had to take a few things off of my sidebar-one of them was my blogroll. It must have been something with the code-but the site is down so I can't get a new one. :( So...for a day no one will be linked here-but hey, think of it this I can make some additions. :)

If you visit me secretly and I don't know you, leave a comment to let me know you want to be rolled...

**Ok, it's not just my blogroll-I went to a few of your sites and your isn't working either. However, it caused my blog to die, so I took it off until blogrolling is back up.

Diet Day: 5

Today a few more people at work found out I was on Jenny Craig, which is ok but I'm always afraid of sharing goals just in case I don't make it. I suppose that's part of why people share...

I did well with food and water and such and didn't cheat one bit even though TONS of good food was right in front of me...chocolate covered strawberries, pastries, sandwiches...yum. But I resisted. And it paid off.

I lost 1.6 pounds in 6 days. :)

I also bought a tricord set. It has 3 resistance cords and a workout video. I can't afford a gym membership b/c I joined JC and I don't get out walking as much anymore because of work. I figured this would be a good workout during the week. We'll see...hopefully next weeks numbers will be great!!

Stainless Steel Reflections

I was just reading an article from a daily culinary email I get and I was suddenly hit with this:

~I miss culinary school~

In no way does this mean that I am unhappy with my current life-I just loved school so much. It was a dream come true (literally) and it seemed to go by so fast-too fast. I miss the cold, sterile work benches and the unlimited pots and pans. I miss the challenge of making a dish from another country or a classic dish from ours. I miss the competition, the comradery-the fun. And I miss my chefs and the pride that we could so obviously see when they looked at us.

I've tried to stay in touch with my favorites, and I've heard back from a few when I emailed them about my move. But they've got new students and most of the have other things going on outside of teaching too, so it's hard. But man do I ever miss them. No matter how sad or how tired I was, they always knew how to make me smile-without even trying.

And they expected me to excel. They didn't call me a teacher's pet, or think I was sucking up-they just KNEW that I was passionate about cooking and that I had waited so long to get there. And I liked that. I liked that I was surrounded by people who understood what it is like to love the sound of a saute or the way lemon zest brightens a dish. I loved that they didn't laugh when they saw the twinkle in my eye when they demonstrated how to do something because they understood what it's like to want to use your hands, your nose-your every sense, really.

For the rest of my life I will forever remember them. And I'll probably always miss my spot in kitchen 1 on Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursdays.


Wednesday, February 06, 2008


Say "Hello" to my little friend...

This is one of my boss's dogs-the other one looks exactly like her but for little markings on her face. This one (I don't remember her name-it's weird-and also, I wouldn't know which one she is) stayed by my feet all night while I was baking.

I <3 her. The little grunting puppy.

Next stolen photo-op...their shaved Himalayan cat-who's head is the only part with hair right now. She's pretty cute, actually.

Diet Day: 4

Grrrr....I just got home from baking and went to get my cheesecake-and they didn't give it to me! Arg. I'm mad b/c I don't have the calories and also b/c I really wanted it today after baking brownies!

Losers. And I'm sure they won't give me credit for it tomorrow when I tell them I paid but didn't get it.

Overall the day was good. My lunch was suprisingly good. It was a turkey burger with bbq sauce-yum. Everything else was fine-I baked brownies and crisp and then heated up my food and ate while they baked. I didn't have brownies, but I did taste the crisp base b/c I've never made it before and I had a bite of a chocolate chip cookie b/c I thought they were overdone, and they were.

Overall not bad-especially b/c I I had extra calories with that cookie bite.

Weigh in tomorrow-but it won't be huge b/c it's not been a full week yet...just 5 days!


Why do people say, "Wink, wink..." when in real life, no one would ever wink twice in a row-that would just look like a nervous twitch.
It's weird when you think someone is going in for a hug when they're just really a close talker.
Funny is when your friend says that they want your situation to improve not for you but for them.
Shabu style dining is fun-but sometimes a little weird b/c most of the time you're sitting at a bar type seat and are next to the person you're dining with.  Conversation is awkward.
Also awkward?  Dropping everything b/c it's slippery (with chopsticks) and splashing stock everywhere-on the stranger sitting next to you.
That's really all I've got today.  I'm just focusing on really trying to not eat brownie batter tonight.


Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Diet Day: 3

Today was great hunger wise. I wasn't hungry at all during the day until my ride home-when I was thinking about my Shabu dinner. I think today was different because of the breakfast-though it was cereal like yesterday, I had to have cottage cheese and fruit instead of milk and fruit. That bulked up how I felt and then for snack time, I wasn't hungry...if it's the same way tomorrow, I'll switch around the snacks so breakfast is a bit bigger.

Dinner...well, I had red meat-which was ok because the diet doesn't restrict it, but I told myself I'd only have the pork-which I researched and made sure the calories were ok. I ate a lot of veggies and all of the pork and most of the beef. Overall it was not a bad meal for the diet, I just think I ate too much. It's so hard when you're talking and laughing-you eat much more that way.

Tomorrow I have to eat dinner at my boss's house (cafe boss) and that worries me a little bit. Only b/c of the embarassment factor. I know I shouldn't be embarassed about taking steps to make myself healthier, but still...I am. Luckily, he'll be gone after I get settled, and so I'll eat then. I'm most worried about brownie batter...mj brownies rock and the batter is better. Yum. Good news-I planned this day to have my chocolate cheesecake...pretty smart of me, huh? :)

Toosdae ?'s

Guess what?! Only 9 days until pitchers and catchers report to spring training!!! Wahoooo!!! I'm so totally going to be comfortable sitting in Fenway this year with my new ass. :)

Here are this week's Toosdae ?'s....enjoy!

1. What accent is hardest for you to understand when it is spoken to you?

2. What is the most imaginative thing you have done as an adult?

3. How often do you read your horoscope? Do you believe there's any truth to it?

1. I know I've been talking a lot about the Asians lately, but truly, an Asian accent is very hard for me to understand when they are speaking English. If they are on the phone-fugettaboutit.

2. I planned a treasure hunt across Walt Disney World and surprised a friend at the end. That's pretty imaginative, I'd say.

3. I read my horoscope daily. Actually, I just started doing this again because I stopped when I thought the universe was out to get me. And yes. I believe. (Do you hear the bells?)

Monday, February 04, 2008

Diet Day:2

I spent most of the day being hungry. Well...full then hungry. I'm full when I am eating but then when I'm in between meals, I'm hungry. I figured out that it's because I'm thinking about the next snack, the next meal the next glass of that I don't forget them. I'm hoping that this changes after I get into the routine more, because being hungry sucks.

Tonight I had lemon cake as a last snack. Yum. It's my favorite thing they have at JC for a snack. I'm a fan of lemon anything, so it's right up my alley. I'm also proud of myself for drinking the milk. That's one part of the diet I never did-I substituted cheese or more yogurt because I don't really like milk.

Ok. I pretty much hate it, unless it's with warm chocolate chip cookies.

But enough of that talk.

I've decided to put the prepackaged food on real plates along with the veggies. It makes it feel more like a "real" meal, and in my head that's better. Today I came home and made dinner and watched the news. I realized (again) that I eat WAY too fast-a leftover habit from when I was younger and didn't want to be at the table with my dad. So tonight I made a major effort to eat slowly and to drink lots of water in between eat bite. Hopefully I'll teach myself to stop eating so fast.

Another thing I had to stop doing for the time being is watching the food network. It makes me want to cook and cooking is bad because I taste what I cook. Later, that will be ok. But for now, thinking about food more than I need to has to stop. It's bad enough I am planning menus and baking-watching fn constantly is just not going to cut it.

Tomorrow night I am going out to dinner so that I can review a new restaurant. I'm not too worried about it because it's a shabu hot pot restaurant and I'll be cooking my own meat in stock. It's served with lots of veggies and I'll choose the chicken option. I'll also opt to not have the noodles. It'll be ok.

The real pressure will be the drinks. I'm going with the two girls I know and we always have fun drinking...I'll just have to tell them about my diet-and they'll be supportive.

So overall, day two has been a success in my opinion...though I still have a few hours to go (and I have to resist the urge to snack) I think I'll be ok.

Manic Monday: Blue

Monday's are MoMoLicious!

It's very weird to live in a city that goes from believing in a curse to pretty much expecting a win...needless to say, there are a lot of people who are feeling blue today after last night's loss...It's also very interesting because all of the main streets were closed and there was a parking ban in effect until 2am this morning-even in my outer neighborhood-and even in places like Cambridge and Sommerville, which aren't "technically" in Boston.

Remember how close I am to downtown? During the first quarter I heard helicopters. Lots of them-and they sounded close. Well, that's because they were close-they were circling (5 of them) from a block away from me all the way to (it looked like) the Prudential Center. Cops were on the streets in riot gear...

That's so nuts...when I was watching the news, it seems that they weren't going to have many problems-most Patriots fans were too sad to riot. Literally, they just shuffled out into the streets and went home. Poor things.

But, it's really hard for me to be blue right now...why? Well, besides living in a very cool city and loving my decision to move here, I actually start baking this week at the cafe. I also planned a catering menu for a private party they are having and impressed them so much that they want me to create tons more. I have a feeling this is going to really take off.

Another reason is that last night I won $100! Pretty Boy (from work) did a football table thingy and we could buy squares for $4. So, truth be told, I won $80-but still, not a bad thing at all, considering I have the WORST luck with gambling...what do you think I should do with the extra coinage? Should I hire a clown? Hee hee hee...

(Trust me, I don't underestimate the creepiness of it!)

But, right now, the best reason for me to not feel blue is that I was offered a "pro-bono" (read: I don't get paid) position as food writer for a lifestyle/news website here in Boston. Once a week I will either review a restaurant or write an article about a recipe.

So, while my life in Connecticut was sometimes sad, lonely and blue, right now I'm on cloud 9 looking out over the sunrise, and all I see are reds, yellows, oranges and pinks. And maybe a little green...

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Day 1-Too Full

I've started a diet-again. The realization that spring and summer are on the way gave me visions of myself hiding behind bushes in the public gardens while cute little college girls romp around in dental floss.

I so don't want to feel ashamed of myself. I'm a pretty confident person and most of the time I don't worry about things like this. I think I carry myself well, and I have a good personality, so I think it kind of balances out the flub factor. But I know that I have weight to lose, and it's gone on for far too long. Almost everything is falling into place here in Boston, and this is one of the things I vowed to change about my life once I got settled.

I joined Jenny Craig again. Several years ago when I was married I joined because my ex-husband told me I was too fat. I managed to lose some weight on the program, but then he told me it cost too much, so I had to quit. Sometimes, it was impossible to please that man...but that's water under the bridge.

Knowing that my lifestyle isn't one that dictates me cooking for myself, JC works well for me, b/c in the beginning it's all pre-packaged with the addition of yogurt, milk, salad and veggies...once you reach 1/2 way, they have you eat partially on your own, and then when your goal is realized you are all on your was day one.

First-I don't eat enough. I sometimes go half of the day and realize I haven't eaten breakfast or lunch. No good. So eating 3 meals plus 3 snacks is actually HARD for me...right now, I'm so full that I can't even take my meds b/c I have to take it with water.

And I have one snack left still!

They say I have to journal my food intake-but right now that's silly b/c it's a planned menu. So I'm going to try to just write a quick little post each day about how I felt and what obsticles I faced, if may bore you and if it does, simply skip those posts...I have a lot of weight to lose, so hpefully this will help me stay on track.

Day 1:
Breakfast was easy, and one of my fav's of JC's food-Sunshine Sandwich. It's filling and easy to make. Also easy to take to work, which is important to me. I was worried about lunch and snack b/c I had to go to the cafe today at noon and knew I'd be there for at least 2 hours. I also knew they'd push some sort of coffee drink on me.

I decided to switch the snacks and have milk first instead of yogurt and I brought a banana with me. That seemed to work. When I was offered a drink I opted for a nonfat coffee, which they were ok with. I walked to the farther T stop to get a little excersize in and went home for lunch.

The rest of the day was fine. I have to go shopping b/c I don't have a weeks worth of yogurt, milk or salad-so on the way home I stopped at the pizza shop to get a house salad without dressing. They are huge and that will last me until tomorrow night.

But holy shit-do NOT go into a pizza shop when you are on a diet. It's just not a good idea. :) On the wall at JC they have a saying...

"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels." They obviously haven't ever had a grilled cheese...

Hoping for 2# loss this week-but it's a short week for weigh in b/c I went in yesterday and will start weekly consults on Thursdays. Either way, I'm hoping...