Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I did it and I changed my mind

So what did I do may you wonder???
The first accomplishment of the day is that I went to see my counselor (finally) and figured everything out to start school Feb. 17 -yay! I also (drum roll) got a JOB! I will be working at a local organic Cafe/coffee/tea house! I am not sure if it all set in stone but I am going in for training on Friday and I hope it all goes well. I am very excited that I will not be jobless when I start school.

Now moving on to my eats! For breakfast I had a big bowl of cold cereal: 1 cup Kashi Go Lean, 1 cup Quaker Oatmeal Squares, 1 cup Peppermint Chocolate soy milk, 1/2 cup unsweetened Almond milk, 1/2 shot raisins, 1/2 shot Bare Naked Granola, 1 med banana chopped on top. This combo is so good, the mint-chocolate flavored soy made it very rich, thick and creamy, just what I wanted. I also had a cup of joe (not pictured).
After bfast I felt in need of some exercise!!! Not having signed up for yoga classes or a gym membership yet, I did the next best thing. I turned on my TV and flipped through OnDemand's fitness TV. If any of you have not discovered the beauty of free exercise TV, I highly recommend it! There are boat loads of programs, some better than others, and it's FREE! You can choose to pay to rent some versions but why? Today I chose a 26 min (odd number eh?) Yoga Cardio, and a 12 min Yoga Abs. I was sweating for sure! I forgot to put on my HRM so I am not sure of the calories I burned, but it sure felt good :)

I showered and then started on lunchies: WW wrap with light Havarti, leftover Lime Chicken, 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard, green beans and lettuce. Sorry for the repeat wraps these days but I am really enjoying the simplicity and filling qualities.

On the side I had two Spanakopita's cold (really good cold I must say!) and 1 orange.
The "I changed my mind" bit in today's title is about the Lime Chicken. Last night it was just ok, almost not good. BUT today it was soooo tasty! I am not sure if flavors needed to settle or if the mustard was the perfect compliment but I really liked it in the wrap. Sean agreed so I am posting my recipe. It is adapted from Cooking Light.
Lime Chicken- serves 4
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into tenders or 1 pound tenders
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (but I think it would taste better omitted)
  • 3-4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh course ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in large zip lock bag, add chicken. Close bag and toss to coat. Marinate for 3 hours minimum (remember I marinated over night) Drain and throw away marinade. Broil, grill or pan fry chicken until done.

I will for sure give this chicken a second chance and so should you!

To drink with my lunch I had made some Lemon Ginger tea and Calm tea (which is a mix of Chamomile, Rose petal and other herbs) for Sean and me last night and never got around to drinking them. So combined the 2 into a container and popped it in the fridge so I could enjoy a cold tea great for digestion! The color is a bit off putting but I assure you the flavor was delish!

After lunch I went to school and my job interview and somewhere in between I had 1/2 of this lovely bar:
For dinner Sean and I felt like celebrating the new job, so we went to our fave Mexican Restaurant in Los Angeles:
I have been going here since I was a little girl and the same waiters, owners and tortilla makers are there to great us everytime! Yes you heard right TORTILLA MAKERS! They make them fresh to order, homemade right infront of your eyes! I really should have snapped a pic for you, I'll try to get one next time.
Fun fact: This restaurant is featured in the movie Jerry Maguire "Show me the money!!!" LOL.
Here are the addictive chips: I had 4 with lots of hot and spicy salsa, I counted:)
I also love their pickled carrot, onion, garlic mix! I can polish off a whole bowl myself, but tonight I had maybe 1/2.
And to celebrate I had to have a Margarita!!!! On the rocks, no salt. I usually don't order this type of drink due to the calories and sugar, but tonight I felt needed a splurge! (oops on the "no alcohol" for 2 weeks :)
My favorite thing to get is quite simple really: side of flour tortillas (they are to die for) and a side of rice and beans. But since I hit puberty my health conscious side won't allow me to eat a whole plate of lard ridden re fried beans, rice and buttery tortillas.....SO now I order a little lighter. I get the Chicken Tostada salad on a corn tortilla-not fried, with no beans and extra lettuce. You could do even better and say no cheese, but I was in the mood for some cheese so I kept it on. This is a huge salad and the chicken is whole chunks of white meat, very tender and tasty but I could only eat 1/2.I was quite full when we left and we needed a few things from Costco so we walked the aisles and digested before heading home. Once I got home I had a hankering for something sweet so I dug into the Christmas stash and pulled out this little morsel: White Chocolate Truffle!
Now that I have officially broken my 2 week detox plan, I am heading to bed to dream of a healthy tomorrow and probably more sweet treats! I am not handling this detox plan very well.
Do you think it is better to cut out the "bad" food completely to detox if you have binged over holiday's or still enjoy the treats you crave????? Let me know your thoughts!
Gnight ya'll
C

5 comments:

  1. definitely enjoy!! at least a little bit. but some things i find i shouldn't keep in the house, it just helps sometimes! =)

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  2. I struggled with this when I got back from vacation and the holidays were over, too. I decided to just return to normal eating with the occasional treat. Most of the time I don't think a hard-core detox is necessary, but I did feel kind of gross. Looks like you are doing a good job of balancing. I think the important thing is to generally get back to healthy habits, which you are doing :)

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  3. Congrats on the new job!! And getting your school stuff sorted out!

    That restaurant looks kind of awesome, I am jealous of your On-Demand chips!

    And hurray Costco! My favorite store, lol!

    Oh and re the detoxing.. I can't 100% cut something out of my life without it coming back to bite me in the butt.. so I just cat WAY back and that usually works.

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  4. Thanks for the input guys! Sometimes I just need to hear that I am on the right track!

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