Food, Cycling & Sweat

My journey to eat and live a healthy life!

Today is a good day!

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Well, aside from the rain, today is a good day. My current weight: 212.9 lbs! This is encouragement for me to keep on eating clean and pushing myself to exercise! My goal weight for Monday is 210 or less. For all you other bloggers trying to lose weight, making small goals really helps keep the motivation high!

Lunch:

Sorry, no pics today. Lunch is what I like to call enchilada lasagna. In the mix is fat free refried beans, brown rice and ground turkey layered between corn tortillas lasagna style. And of course we have low fat cheese and enchilada sauce. Top it off with homemade guacamole and salsa and this is one delicious lunch!

On the agenda for tonight is some running and a full body weight circuit. The wife and I are going to hit the gym tonight because we are tired of this dreary Alaskan weather and don’t feel like getting wet. Hope everyone is having a great day and achieving there goals however big or small.

And a question! What is your favorite type of exercise and what are your tips for keeping exercise interesting?

Update:

I got hungry… Yep, it happened. Soooo… I had to go get a snack.

Ebi Maki rolls with ginger and wasabi! Chips on the side… Two cravings for the price of one!! And of course, working on my third bottle of water which I have found to be a key ingredient to weight loss!

Ok, hope everyone has a great evening and a healthy dinner!

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August 6, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The Last Frontier…

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So, I have a new found dislike for the home I missed for two years and came running back to last summer: Alaska… The Last Frontier. Home to the great outdoors and wonderful outside activities. So what the @#$% is up with all this DAMN rain?!?

But of course, the sun wants to come out at some point… while I’m at WORK!!

The thing is this: I don’t mind getting out in the rain and doing my thing… Cycling, running, hiking, whatever! But I am constantly being thrown obstacles that require money. Like my bike needs fenders otherwise my face becomes the target for every square inch of water that my front tire can throw up at me. Or if I want to run, I need new shoes otherwise my knee, calfs and ankles give up by 1.5mi and if by some chance I push to 3mi or more I can barely walk for two days. And any other outdoor sport that I want to do (paintball, skiing, etc…) I need contacts because my glasses fog so bad I can’t see my hand in front of my face!

So I know I am just complaining right now, and things may get better eventually,  but I was so looking forward to running today. I tried my hiking shoes but apparently that was a bad idea because my shin is a mess now. Oh well, second job here I come! But wait, that means NO time in my already MINIMAL amount of time to do pretty much ANYTHING! Ahhh, life… just keeps raining on me… LITERALLY! 🙂

On a plus note… I weighed myself this morning. My starting weight was 220.1 lbs.

Current weight…

(drum roll please…)

Here it is…

(continuing drum roll…)

215.2 lbs!!

So maybe I am doing something right after all? Or maybe it’ll all come back by monday. WHO KNOWS!! I guess we all have to wait and find out!! lol

But for now, I’m off. And sorry, no food pics today. Breakfast was healthy but lunch was eaten in the privacy of my car… Can anyone guess what evilness I was eating today? Go ahead, I dare you!

Bye for now!

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July 30, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Mostly success… and a recipe!

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Well, lately I have been having a mix of success and failure in my attempts at self-improvement. Firstly, I have eaten many clean meals and I’ve even been exercising. Sadly, I worked out so hard on Monday that I chose only a mild walk Tuesday morning and have been so sore I haven’t done anything since. Hopefully I recover by Friday and I can do some workouts this weekend. So, I’ve been trying to watch what I eat and have been adequately successful except for a sliver of cheese cake yesterday (horrible, I know!) and some Costco pizza (even worse!). For those of you who frequent Costco (especially their food court), please check out this website and follow the PDF link to see the nutritional information. It shocked me at first and (until yesterday) I haven’t eaten there since. Unfortunately, I haven’t learned to navigate a social gathering’s buffet table.

But, overall, I’m voting it a job well done which is hard for me to say and harder to write because I am, naturally, a negative person. And believe me… I kicked myself hard for it! But looking at all the pictures of the good, clean food I DID eat, it is hard to say I haven’t been successful.

BREAKFAST:

I tried a new cereal today:

It wasn’t bad, but I think I prefer my Kashi Autumn Harvest. I topped it off with banana and strawberries and a delicious cup of Kaladi Brothers coffee!

Eating breakfast like this really has made a difference in the way I feel everyday. I now drink less coffee, more water and I’m not tired from the minute I wake up.

The finished product:

I had a simple snack during my day of an apple and some cottage cheese and a later snack of veggies and humus. And now for my favorite meal of the day…

DINNER:

Mexican Pinto Beans and Brown Rice (with a flair!):

2 Tbsp EVOO

1 tsp each: ground cummin, coriander, cinnamon

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 med. onion peeled/chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

2 cups cooked brown rice

4 cups pinto beans

1 1/2 to 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium)

3 Tbsp chipotle peppers, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 tsp sea salt

1: heat oil in Dutch oven (really big frying pan?) over med. heat. Add cummin through chili powder and heat until fragrant.

2: add chopped onions; cook until soft. Add garlic; cook 1 more minute.

3: add cooked rice, beans, stock, chipotles, tomato paste and salt. Mix well, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

So, I didn’t have chipotles, coriander OR chili powder so I nixed the coriander and subbed cayenne pepper for chili powder and Tabasco sauce for the chipotles. Also, I used small red beans instead of pinto (I hate pinto beans!).

On top I fried some steak meat and red pepper in garlic, pepper and cilantro and served that over top with a fresh pico de gallo.

Overall, a little mellow at first, spicy near the end and oh so delicious! The recipe was modified from The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, pg. 354.

Also, I have been thinking about posting my weights and measurements soon so that I can better track my progress. My last weigh in was 220 lbs and hopefully I have lost something. But if nothing else, eating healthy and drinking lots of water (more water info in later posts) has leveled my moods and made me a much calmer and self-confident individual. Ahhhh the power of FOOD!

And for the question of the post: What foods in your life are your vice (the ones you can’t “live” without)? For me, it’s chips and pizza. So I decided healthier chips dipped in salsa (veggies in disguise) and I try to “clean” my pizza as much as possible! And now, off to bed!

Not feelin so good… sort of…

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OK, well mentally I’m feelin’ GREAT! After last nights workout and only 6 hours of sleep, I am surprisingly awake and eating my post exercise breakfast! YUP! I pounded out another 1.75 painful miles this morning on a day I should’ve rested (last nights workout really kicked my @$$). Leme tell you, NOW I’m sore!

But strawberries make everything better! Like this mornings oats (which I haven’t eaten in a LONG time):

My Oats:

1/3c oats

sprinkling of chopped dates

boiling water

1 heaping tbs each of:

wheat germ

ground flax seed

soy protein powder

and of course: STRAWBERRIES!

Add the cup of cottage cheese, fresh brewed kaladi brother’s peru blend coffee, and water and we’ve got a nice healthy breakfast (with no sugar required!). Now hopefully my muscles will heal by tomorrow from all the many, MANY squats we did in that Group Power class last night.

And speaking of the class, it was kinda weird being the only guy in there. I don’t know, but I think I might need to go back to my normal weight lifting routines. I guess we’ll see come next monday!

OK, well I’m off to get ready for work!

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July 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

Feelin good…

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WOW am I tired! Running AND an aerobics weight class? That is simply amazing for me! The sad part is it made me realize just how out of shape I truly am. 😦 But that’s also a good thing because now I know how much I need to work. So lookout gym, here I come!! On the agenda tomorrow: bike to work (without rain please!), and hit the gym on the way home to do some weight lifting!

And so, tonights dinner! Another big fat WOW! Better than last night! Shrimp fajita’s with peppers and onions, guacamole, fresh pico de gallo and doused with lime juice! The key ingredient missing from yesterday’s dinner… cilantro. Did it ever make the meal tonight!

OK, here it is cookin’ up:

And here we go with the final product:

And just because I like pictures today and food is making me happy:

A fruit basket that is actually FULL! And to continue my spirit of trying new things I got myself some red plums because I can’t ever remember trying them. I tried to get some figs (another fruit I haven’t tried) but they looked really bad… 😦 Oh well! Life goe’s on!

Also picked up the current issue of Cooking Light, so I’m hoping for some interesting new recipes to cook. Am I ever having a blast eating clean! OK, that’s about all I’ve got for tonight!

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July 26, 2010 at 9:31 pm

Sweat… or rain?

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Well, as I’m sure most of you know, I’m more than a little out of shape, but this run was actually short even for me! Only ran 1.75 miles! Granted, I was a little short on time as I have to be home and ready for the wife when she gets here because it is family photo day with her parents and sibblings! (OK, I’m trying to sound thrilled but really, I hate getting my picture taken!). So anyways, back to the run, I actually came home dripping in what seemed like sweat but it could’ve been rain (although rain is an overstatement… more like drizzle). I’m just confused because it really didn’t seem like the kind of workout that would get somebody sweating a lot.

Oh well, I am simply proud of myself for actually getting out in this nasty weather we’ve had ALL weekend and tonight is going to be a Group Power class at The Alaska Club. (I’ve been talking about this a lot, I know. I am simply tricking my brain into wanting to go so that I actually do go!! So far it’s working!). The gym is right after the family pics so it’s gonna be a busy evening and a late dinner. Hopefully I’ll be posting shrimp fajita’s tonight using our leftover tortilla’s! OK, I’m off! Stay healthy everyone!

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July 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Dinner anyone?

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Well, it’s a late night post for me, not very tired at all and just finished watching the last season of Hell’s Kitchen! Gordon Ramsay is absolutely CRAZY! I just think it’s funny how much insanity he puts those poor chef’s through. But for a restaurant and 250,000 dollars, the hell would be worth it! OK, enough said about T.V. dinner and on to my delicious meal. Tonight we cooked up some steak fajita’s cooked with onions/peppers and topped with fresh guacamole and salsa. This meal was simply amazing!

Here it is cooking in the pan:

And here is the finished product:

They aren’t the greatest pics, but one of these days I might start using a camera that actually has a flash and no phone attached to it! 🙂 Tonight’s a short post, it’s almost 1:00 a.m. and I’m now really tired. Tomorrow is a new day with new food to cook and also my first ever Group Power class at The Alaska Club! I’m very eager to start trying new things in a new life instead of the same old comfy mess my life has been.

And of course, a question: What is important on your life’s goal list (big or small) and what are you doing to achieve that goal? OK, have a good night everyone!