January 21, 2012

Nothing Unhealthy–Days 19, 20 & 21

I hate this challenge.  AB hates this challenge.  We’ve said it over and over since Day 1.  We hate this challenge.  It’s so difficult.   If I didn’t have to be accountable to you, I would have quit week one.  I’m serious.  Week One.  Maybe even Week One, Day 2.  Quit and been “out like trout”.  Done.  Finished.  Sayonara.

And yet…

Daily Menus

Thursday, 19th

Breakfast: I didn’t eat breakfast.  I wasn’t hungry and I ran out of time.  Skipped it.  Who needs the calories?  Don’t even mention the lost brain power I needed for my day…you can only eat Wheaties (blech) so many days in a row.

Lunch: So this was fun for us because we wandered into a place called: (click pic to visit)


Oh it was delicious!  They don’t use mayo.  I figured that out real quick.  From their website, it's Mediterranean-inspired comfort food with customers' dietary concerns in mind--nothing fried with gluten-free and vegetarian options.  I had a Turkey Stack and Anton had a Grueben – which is basically a Rueben with turkey instead.  So good!  Just delicious!  Can I tell you something else?  I would have never eaten there, I don’t think, had it not been for this challenge.  I would have been, hands down, at the burger joint across the way.  Instead, I felt like we ate really healthy food, that tasted great!  Great selection and it’s all made fresh every day.  Go ZOEYS!  

One confession:  I did have a Sprite.  I know, it’s soda.  But people – honestly, I drank it and felt kinda like “anhh…whatever”.  It was good – but it’s not Coke.  Ya feel me?  And let's face it, despite the fact I avoided the Coke/Cafeinne slip-up, I still got a bunch of sugar that I didn’t need.  It was not earth-shattering and I certainly didn't feel the need to go out and buy a 12 pack of Sprite.  So…whatever.  Moving on. 

Dinner: Anton made a lovely fillet medallion, with pasta and fresh sautéed zucchini and yellow squash.  At first I asked him, “did you put a bunch of butter in this dish, because it’s so tasty…I’m just assuming it’s packed”.  Happy to report – no butter at all.  Just a small amount of EVOO and seasoning.  People – this is the good stuff.  We are red meat eaters, and have cut way back since on this challenge – so I do admit this was a treat for us.  Mmmmmm.  (p.s. – no judgment on the temperature of my steak.  If it’s not medium rare to somewhat rare, don’t even bother putting it on my plate – won’t get eaten.  Steak Snob.  Bet you didn’t even know those existed, huh?)


Friday, 20th

Breakfast:  300 calories.  That’s where I’ll start.  It was 300 calories.  {Cough}  Egg McMuffin.  Ahem. BTW, if you can read that, you’re either too healthy or too young to be reading my blog – because your eye-sight should be shot to crap, like the rest of us aging, decrepit, unhealthy people.

Lunch: Leftover Lentil Soup that AB made a few days ago.  I’m compiling requests for the recipe – so if you want to throw your name in, send me an e-mail!

Dinner:  More than 300 calories.  More like 750 calories.  YIKES.  Do I have to say?  Taco Bell.  I’m sorry!  Life gets busy – I was solo last night.  Whatdyagonnado?  What was I supposed to do?  How was I supposed to feed the little mouths?  I was solo, I tell you!  What should I have done?!?  Cook, for crying out loud!?  You would ask me to cook?!?!?  (shakes head sadly) You don’t even know me at all….do you?

Saturday, 21st

Breakfast:  A bowl of Kashi’s GO LEAN Crunch, Honey Almond Flax.  I know a lot of you just threw up a little bit, while some of you just said “oooh yum!”.  Healthy people. They’re everywhere.  (love you)  Anyway….the point is: one day…like maybe day 3 of the challenge – I don’t know, we’d have to go back and read it again, I tried this cereal for the first time.  Like cardboard.  Like freaking cardboard in my mouth.  It wanted to be Sugar Smacks (I tell myself), but somewhere on the conveyer belt, they added Flax.  People.  Flax.  I don’t even like the word Flax.  And then I went and ate a whole bowl of it and I felt like I was gonna flax it right back up.  This is all true.  

So imagine my surprise, when 21 days into the challenge,  (and 21 days without a Coke, I might add…just dropping that like it’s hot, folks)  – I had my second bowl.  Ahem.  Are the Healthy Kashi people reading this?  I….ermmmm….I kinda…well…I kinda liked it.  A little.  Ok, I liked it a lot more.  This time, I tasted the honey.  I tasted the almonds.  I wasn’t secretly writing letters of disgust to the manufactures of Kashi and I wasn’t loathing all things healthy.  I tasted the friggin’ flax too, but it was kinda like “oh Hi there Mister Flax – get in there and make me healthy”…like that…instead of “why must you control me, you insanely healthy strange little black seed of doom”.  Yes…so, like that.    What is happening to me?  I think I know.  It’s called DETOXIFICATION. I can actually taste real food again.  Imagine that?  Did you know your tastebuds are under hypnosis?  I think we have lost ALL TOUCH with what real food - natural food - tastes like.  So sad for me...I can't eat raw veggies without thinking there is something missing....cheese, salt, cheese.....did I say cheese?  But I digress...

On another note – if you want to be deeply disturbed?  BEFORE you eat your next planned meal out – look online at their website where they provide dietary info and be prepared to be totally and utterly FLOORED by the amount of calories and fat, sugars and salts, that we consume in a sitting or a meal or a day or whatever floats your boat.  (and by we, I’m still referring to the “aging, decrepit, unhealthy people  who own mounds of stock in McDonalds and Dunkin’ Donuts…am I right?  Can I get an amen?  Anyone?  (crickets)  Up high?  Let’s here it for Mickey D’s?  No one?  Ok…just me then…whatever.)  Let your mind wander to the countless meals you have eaten, and by you and I really mean “me”, without any regard for what you were shoving in your pie-hole or how much.  When you really honestly look at the numbers – it’s no wonder at all that we are so deluded and continue to be the most obese nation on the PLANET.  People, on the PLANET.

Lunch:  Leftover Lentil Soup that AB made a few days ago. I’m compiling requests for the recipe – so if you want to throw your name in, send me an e-mail!  (are you having deja vous?)

Dinner:  BBQ Chicken, rice pilaf (but just about a 1/2 cup) and green beans.  Oh!  And pineapple chunks.  Mmmmm.  Wish I had a picture - it was delicious!

I have not worked out all week – shockingly, I am five pounds down.  How did that happen?  Back at it next week! 

Only ten days left in this Challenge – make them count, friends!!!

Need some inspiration - check out this story!


Anonymous said...

We all have those "run to Taco Bell" days, even if we aren't a solo parent! I keep track of the calories I'm burning while I exercise and it quickly puts things in perspective ... i.e. I just burned 400 calories and it all goes to waste if I eat that cupcake!

Keep up the good work, you're doing great!

Jodee said...

You go girl! Way to hang in there! I am soooo proud of you!

I am starting Day 15 tomorrow and so far, so good. I haven't drank any pop and haven't had anything unhealthy to eat either. I exercised 14 days in a row! I hate to exercise so I am very surprised!

The hubs and I are going to MX in March so that helps my motivation tons!

I can't wait for your next post!

Kim said...

You are doing sooo well.. the one thing this will do is shrink your stomach and that helps a lot.. I eat smaller portions now due to when I changed the way I ate.. and the soda is HUGE.. just don't drink any.. believe me I look at it daily and want it.. but don't.
Love ya

Leggio said...

Haha. Love it!!!!!!!!!!! Especially the Egg McMuffin and the Taco Bell. What else can you do when you are busy and it is quick. LOL!!!!!! Your so good for trying to do nothing unhealthy. Hope you have a blessed Sunday.

Anna said...

Heeeeeyyyy...I had that Kashi cereal this morning! When I had it a few days ago I thought it was okay and then this morning I thought cardboard. I had a second bowl anyway.

You are doing great! Especially on the Coke front. Don't go back when this is over. You can do it!

Love you guys!