Monthly Archives: September 2008

More pics than normal

I decided that it might be fun to take pictures of more of my food than just dinner. So, without further ado, here is my day, starting with lunch and minus a string cheese that I ate when I got home and was starving.

I bought this new product, Jodhpur Lentils the other day at Whole Foods.

Sorry for the horrible picture.

Sorry for the horrible picture.

I have had these boxed Indian meals before, but not this kind. I wasn’t very impressed. It was watery; almost like it was a soup and not very flavorful.  I ate the lentils with some edamame.

Looks like soup to me.

Looks like soup to me.

I was not satisfied at all after this lunch. I wanted something sweet. Badly. So I may or may not have found scrounged around the office and might or might not have found this.



Around 4, I felt a little peckish, so had half a yellow pepper with some homeade hummus. Looks like cottage cheese, but it’s not.  The hummus is good, but it just doesn’t taste better than Sabra. How do they get Sabra hummus to be so creamy and delicious?

I kind of thought about running outside when I got home, but then the hungries and tireds set in and I made dinner instead. Making a second repeat appearance, the veggie chili! Woo hoo. I topped with cottage cheese since cottage cheese makes everything better. We also used 15 oz of salsa instead of the tomato sauce and put some jalapenos in. The cottage cheese did a good job of cooling it off. Both Jason and I had runny noses after eating this.

And speaking of my chili, Lookee Here, I’m famous!


My brain feels tired and I can’t think of anything of interest to post. Here’s dinner:
It’s a variation of Hungry Girl’s Pad Thai. I think the shirataki noodles are okay. They’re kind of flavorless but I don’t think they’re bad.

Workout was good. I did 7 x 400s with a 400 walk break in between. After 5, I took a break and did some abs and then got back on for the additional two.

Jason surprised me with a new look:

No Hair!

No Hair!

The father on Intervention looks a lot like my uncle. It’s kind of freaking me out.

Hummus trio

Have I talked about my obsession with hummus? I have eaten hummus since back in high school when my mom would get it from the deli at Giant. Since then, it’s gotten very popular and there are tons of brands to choose from. Of course, when there are so many varieties, some are not good. I am pretty picky with the brands of hummus that I buy. Basically there are two store bought brands that I really like – Sabra and Hannah. Sabra can be found in the grocery store and Hannah is from Coscto.

I have tried, on several occasions, to make my own hummus. This was the Barefoot Contessa recipe and although it was pretty good, it wasn’t as good as the other store bought kinds.

Sticking to it

It’s day 5 of the SBD and I’ve managed to stick to it extremely well. Tonight was a challenge. I had a kickball game. My friend Joan wanted me to come out to the bar afterwards so I went. Despite the millions of pitchers floating around our team’s table, I stuck to diet coke. That part wasn’t too hard but as people started to get more and more tipsy, I started to get bored. Being the only sober one in a group full of drunks isn’t fun. I’m proud of myself for not drinking but I don’t want to get to the point where this diet interferes with my social life. I know that I should be able to go out and not drink, but it’s not fun when everyone else is. And besides going out to bars, I don’t really know what else to do. That’s what all my friends do for fun. I left the bar after about an hour. I needed to get dinner anyway. I stopped at Kroger and got the ingredients to make “The Usual.” “The Usual” is something that I ate all the time even before the diet, but happens to be SBD phase 1 friendly. It’s basically some sort of combination of veggies, sometimes beans, sometimes fake meat, salsa and cottage cheese. Sounds gross, but I love it.

The Usual

The Usual

Today’s eating has been weird. I had some canned salmon for lunch and then went down to the little cafe in my building to grab a snack for later. There was basically nothing that I could eat. I did get an egg from the salad bar and some cucumber slices, which later turned out to be not very good. I ended up eating the egg, 1/3 of an avocado and later some pb from the jar. Oops.

I’m getting sick of eating fish. We had salmon again last night. Maybe I need to cook it a different way or get another kind of fish or just stop eating fish all together. It’s just not that appealing anymore. We had broiled tomatoes with the salmon which were kind of lackluster in flavor, but they photographed nicely.

South Beach

Jason and I decided to do the South Beach Diet. We’re on Day 3. It’s been sort of hard; especially at “snack” time at work. I’ve been doing okay; I have ate some string cheese with veggies and the like. We’ve both done this diet before with success. I know it’s not particularly healthy to cut out all carbs but it’s only for two weeks and I think it does help control cravings. The hardest part is going to be not drinking after kickball on Thursday. I can not go out but I have a feeling that I will be coerced into going. So that will definitely be a test to my willpower.

We had salmon and green beans last night. Jason had salad also. I did not.

Salmon with beans

Salmon with beans

I was kind of tired after work but Jason convinced me to go running. He came with me. We ran into the Highlands. I love living in this neighborhood. There were tons of other runners and walkers out and we saw a whopping FOUR Golden Retrievers. We did a walk/run combo. It was a total of about 3.25 miles. We were going to go a bit further but the sun started to set. After we got home, I made a batch of chili. Perfect for the fall.

Veggie Chili in the Pot

Veggie Chili in the Pot

Chili with Cheese

Chili with Cheese

Coincidently, I got an email about the Romp & Stomp 5K in November which is part of the Chomp & Stomp chili cookoff. Jason said that I should enter this chili but the problem is that it’s not mine. So, I need to think of something to change about it that would make it better and mine.

Back to reality

I just got back from the 5-day cruise. We had a ton of fun. I had reservations about going on a cruise. The last one that I went one was with my mother and grandmother and a bunch of senior citizens. It was completely catered to the nursing home set. This cruise was much better. There was a variety of different age groups and there seemed to be a lot of variety in the activities.

We started out in Ft. Lauderdale and sailed to Key West.

The next day we went to Cozumel.

The next day was Belize.

Now I’m back and even though I didn’t gain any weight, I am still trying to lose those damn 15 pounds for good!


I’m back. I didn’t disappear. Instead, I went on a cruise for some much needed R n’ R. I will be back later to tell all about it. Now I’m too lazy and tired to type.

Oatmeal Disaster

I am on this kick of trying to make oatmeal more appetizing. Truth be
told, I like the instant, sugary kind just fine, but when I make
regular rolled oats, not so much. The other day, I was looking for
recipes and came across this – Butterscotch Oatmeal

What stuck out in my mind was that there was an egg in it. I thought
that maybe the egg would give the oatmeal a more cake like
consistency. Except, unfortunately, I didn’t make note of the

This morning, I mixed together 1/4 cup egg beaters, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2
cup milk, 1/2 cup water and 1/2 banana in the hopes that it would turn
into to magical butterscotch yumminess, despite there being no butter
nor brown sugar. Instead of a delicious meal, I got some very frothy
gruel that tasted like eggs. I put a packet of sugar in the raw in
there and then added some dried fruit and almonds but it wasn’t enough
to save it. I choked it down, but just couldn’t get past the weird
eggy taste. I guess I put too much of the egg beaters in there.

Of course, my co-worker Andrew, who apparently has a sensitive nose, kept saying that
something smelled like eggs. I gave him my most innocent look and told him that it wasn’t me, I was eating oatmeal.

I kind of feel a little bit naseous right now.

Lazy Sunday

I spent most of the day being incredibly lazy. I woke up late, around noon. I had a craving for sushi, so went to Whole Foods and picked some up. After I ate, I took another nap and spent some time reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma. I did, however, make dinner.

Spicy Tortilla Soup

Spicy Tortilla Soup

I can’t remember where this recipe is from; I had it saved on my computer, so it came from somewhere online.

Spicy Tortilla Soup
Makes 5.5 cups
Nostick Vegetable oil spray
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste (i used ketchup)
1 tsp cumin
4 cups vegetable broth
4 6-inch corn tortillas, cut into half inch strips (I used ww flour tortillas)
1.5 cups chopped tomatoes (I used canned with jalapenos)
2/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed
2/3 cup chopped zucchini
1.5 tsp seeded jalapenos

Spray large nonstick saucepan with spray. Add onion and garlic; sover and cook over medium-low heat until almost tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste, cumin and chili powder. Add broth, tortillas and 2 tbsp cilantro; bring to a boil. Add tomatoes, beans, zucchini and jalapeno to soup. Cover, simmer until zucchini is tneder, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

The reason I was so pooped was because I had quite a busy day yesterday. It was Jason’s birthday. We went to Nakato for dinner. It was really good.

Hibatchi Chef

Hibatchi Chef

Onion Volcano

Onion Volcano

The meals all came with soup, salad, 4 shrimp and noodles. I chose scallops and shrimp for my entree. The scallops were awesome. They were very tender. All in all, it was a great meal.

After dinner, Jason’s inner rockstar made an appearance.

Rockstar Jason

Rockstar Jason

I don’t learn

Yesterday was the first day of the fall kickball season. So, in typical Lee style, I stayed at the bar a little too long. I did not, however, take part in any drinking games, nor did I do any shots. But since I’m now officially an old person, I had a hangover from hell this morning. I just don’t learn. I cannot drink like a college student anymore. I simply can’t. I don’t know when I’m going to learn. The pain of the next day is simply not worth it anymore. I was a useless blob at work today.

Funny story – apparently, and I think this has to do more with being asleep than being drunk, last night I got up at about 2:30 to go to the bathroom. For reasons that I don’t recall, instead of coming back to bed, I went downstairs and slept on the couch. Jason came downstairs and asked me if I got lost. I said yes and proceeded to say something about catalogs and chocolate. I have no recollection of any of this.

I brought my workout clothes to work even though I felt horrible. Fortunately, my circuit training class was cancelled. I took that as an opportunity to take a lunchtime nap. Still, it didn’t help. After getting home, napping some more and eating some cereal, I finally felt a little better. So I went for a run. I did about 2.5 miles. I wanted to do more, but it was getting dark. I love running in my new neighborhood. My old neighborhood was on a bunch of main roads, one of which is somewhat seedy. This new neighborhood is just a road up from one of my favorite running areas – Morningside.

I feel better now, especially that I ran, but I just can’t keep doing this to myself. I need to learn to alternate my beer with water, or really, just drink water.

In other news, I’ve realized that i just don’t like oatmeal that much. It always looks so good in other bloggers pictures, but I always think it tastes more like gruel.