Food: Day 6, Vegan Kickstart
Breakfast: Chai Spice Pancakes and
Dinner: Oven-Baked Chickpea Ratatouille with Always Great Brown Rice
Dessert: Summer Fruit
I was a bit leery of the pancakes, not accustomed to breakfast food being quite so spicy/savory, but with a drizzle of maple syrup and some strawberries, scrumptious! I must've been too generous in my pouring because I only got 2 large pancakes out of the mix; I ate one, saved the other for Kristyn.
As for lunch, I like fennel but my grocery store was out of it and I didn't feel like running to Whole Foods, so I just had tossed salad w/the Creamy Avocado Dressing I made yesterday. The fajitas were good but next time I'll leave out the roasted red pepper as I didn't care for them in this dish, and I'll spend a few calories on some guacamole.
I was a bit hesitant to try the dinner selection since I don't really like traditional ratatouille (cute movie, though, btw), but I was pleasantly surprised. A little bit of brown rice goes a long way when accompanied by this hearty topping, very tasty & filling.
I wasn't quite sure what to "do" with the dessert, having always seen compote served over something (ice cream, etc) and not on it's own, so I just had a bowl of (frozen) tropical fruit instead. At the end of the day, I found myself low on calories so I added another snack serving, leftover tortilla chips & mango salsa from yesterday.
Here's my food journal:
Fitness: After a long absence, I got back on the treadmill and logged my usual 30 minutes. I wasn't quite able to get back to my normal speed (between 3.5 and 4mph) but a steady 3.2 wasn't bad after so many months of near sloth-like activity! The earbud/extension cord combo worked perfectly, what a pleasure to hear every word of the tv show w/o shaking the walls. Kristyn and Jesus were awake and could hear a little of the treadmill noise, of course, but not a bit of sound from the tv. Success!
Weight: I am weighing myself daily, and the numbers are going down little by little. Tomorrow's my official weigh-in day and I should have a nice little announcement to make. *smile*
Personal: Despite it being that time of the month, I have had no uncontrollable cravings and no crazy mood swings. This is very unusual for me, and though I hesitate to give so much credit to the "diet," nothing else has changed in my life. Can it be that better food + more activity = a shift in hormonal madness?
I spent a good portion of yesterday cleaning out my closet & dresser drawers. Since we don't live here full time anymore and my daughter certainly doesn't clean my room for me (how cool would that be?), those areas of my home have been sorely neglected. Every time I opened my closet or dresser drawer, I was confronted with articles of clothing that no longer fit. I have jeans ranging from my size 6 (2005) days up to size 12 (2011), tons of size Medium tops, and we won't even talk about the drawers full of cute lingerie that I haven't worn in years. It was so freakin' depressing, I have literally been living out of the suitcase I brought down from the Ormond house. Well, no more. I tore through that room yesterday and packed up every single item that doesn't fit right now. The stuff I want to keep is contained in two Rubbermaid bins, the rest is being donated. When I lose enough weight to fit into a smaller size, I have those bins of beautiful clothes to "shop" from. I already feel lighter/happier, not being forced to look at the sad reminders of my weight gain, my failure to get and keep the weight off. Needless to say, my dresser and closet are empty. Today's task is to wash/dry/fold/iron everything that fits me, and get it put away.
Off to make breakfast and hop on the treadmill, Happy Hump Day!