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Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 272 Ain't No Doughnut Gonna Take Me Down

Today, I had the opportunity to come face to face with my one weakness, pastries. I love doughnuts more than I love most people and today, I had to pick up food for someone, only to be faced with long johns, fritters, and cinnamon rolls, they smelled like what I imagine angels to smell like. I didn't of course have any of the glaze covered beauties , I stuck to my usual lunch, a hummus sandwich, a granola bar, and a spicy V8. Tonight, I had a salad, with a ton of roasted garlic and butternut squash, it was fantabulus and my breath smells like a big ol bulb of stinking rose, good thing I live solo. Tomorrow is the Tulsa State fair and I'm not going, the only reason to go is for the food and that's out of the question, so I'm staying here, to catch up on paperwork, blah. Perhaps I'll treat myself to a new book, if I complete my neverending stack of stupid.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 270 and 271 Winter Garden Coming Soon

Today, I discovered a little surprise, my mom planted more squash after the heat wave and I picked some for dinner! Yesterday and today, I have continued my portion controlled madness and I'm not even hungry! In fact, I weighed at my mom's house earlier and I've lost 3 pounds! Yesterday I was vigilant and stopped myself before going out the door, without breakfast, planning ahead helps greatly. Tonight, before my squash picking adventure, I stopped by the grocery store because I was craving brussel sprouts, so I had those with the squash. I just cut everything up, drizzled a little oil, sprinkled some garlic pepper, and wrapped it in aluminum foil, it was seriously the best dinner I've had in awhile, not kidding. So, it's almost Fall and I've talked my mom into planting a winter garden, garlic, brussel sprouts, carrots, and I don't know what else, but I'm excited, I love growing stuff! Stay tuned for more veggie adventures.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 268 and 269 Fat And Happy Wins The Race

Well, here I am on another double up blog day, I've become increasingly resistant to this challenge in regard to the writing it all down part. Yesterday and today, I stuck to my new pared down eating plan and I'm really trying to get used to less is more. I'm going to lose ten pounds before New Years, so that I can end this thing with a bang. I've been eating less bread and have made myself eat breakfast and lunch at reasonable times, which helps with snacking, I don't have a scale so I can't obsess over it. I hate to look at labels and yesterday, I looked at the label on my tortilla chips, there are 140 calories in 7 chips! Holy monkeyshine, that's not good! I love chips and salsa and they have gotten me through many challenge nights, when I didn't want to cook, what will now be my salsa vehicle? I hate looking at calories and carbs and all of that nonsense, paying attention sucks, so does self-discipline....uuuhhg!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 267 I Thought I Was On A Diet... It Was Just A Blog

Generally, I don't diet, I think it's unhealthy as opposed to just being all around mindful of what you eat. So, I'm not calling this a diet, Lord knows I've stripped down my eating in the past year as evidenced in this blog, but here it goes. I'm fat. I need to lose more weight than I have shed just by cutting out fast food and soda, now I need to take it to another level. I'm just going to make a few changes, such as portion sizes, more nutrient dense meals, and less sugar and bread, easy enough. This afternoon, for lunch, I had a tomato, two peaches, a yogurt, and green beans, usually I would probably have a buttery grilled cheese, some chips, a yogurt, and two peaches. I know, not much different , pretty much the same amount of food, just a few tweaks. Oh, yes and I'm cutting out juice, which has become my soda, nothing but water and unsweetened tea, also no eating after 6:30 pm. Done and Done, I'll be half an ass down by Christmas.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 266 County Fair Flop

I'm still in weekend lazy mode, so this is going to be short. Today, I went to the county fair, they had two tables of junk, some really bad artwork and the rides were not running. The goats smelled like goats,and I saw not one single carnie, needless to say I did not eat any fair food, there was none. Still it was a pretty good day, I bought a best of Nirvana CD and had a chocolate truffle a while ago, also a drunk guy sitting on the lawn asked me if I wanted a beer, I declined. The weekend is going by way too fast and I need for it to sloooow down immediatly. I'm off to finish reading The Rouge, I got nothing else.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 264 and 265 Get In My Belly Food Baby

Woo Hoo! Life is getting back to normal, my car is back in it's space and I am about to hit the grocery store for vittles! Today was a supremely productive day and I'm about to start the most relaxing weekend ever encountered in the span of time and space. I am reading The Rouge on my Kindle, gonna watch the new season episodes of The Office and Parks and Recreation from last night, and I'm going to the Creek county fair tomorrow! sadly, I did not get to make my much anticipated county fair cake, due to the fact that the grocery store was too far away as was my vehicle to gather ingredients. Last night, I didn't get to blog, as I was waaaaayyyyy far away in another town, working until the wee hours of the late work day. I ate mostly cheese and trail mix all day, I was HUNGRY when I finally got home, but alas I was completely smack out of groceries, this I will remedy tonight, gonna be good eats up in my Frigidaire!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 263 Buck Wild In Aisle Five

Just a few more hours left and I will be in the black again, my car will be finished by Friday, and the week is almost over! I didn't really have anything substantial to eat today, so tomorrow, I'm going buck wild at the grocery store, can't wait! I'm thinking mushroom frittata and baked sweet potatoes, I'm so hungry just thinking about it. I think I'll start making carrot cookies again this week to share with my new co-workers who will be shadowing me next week. I'm really going to try and be nice to my new office mate, hopefully she'll make it easy and I won't have to run her off the first week. I'm a little short on words at present, so I'm gonna say goodnight and I'm off to shine my kitchen in preparation for next week's cook-a-thon.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 262 Shout Out To Cartec and Some Other Stuff

Well, today I'm going to have to give a little plug to the mechanics who made things right. Here's to Cartec Automotive Center in Tulsa, OK, thanks for not charging me a second round of my monthly salary for an additional repair, I am very much grateful for your consideration. Hopefully I will have my car back in the next few days and will again be able to move from place to place uninhibited by funny noises, odd smells, and flashing lights on the dash.
In other news, today, I found myself, standing in a grocery store aisle, absentmindedly stroking a two-liter of soda, I really miss brown, fizzy water, it makes me so happy. Last Sunday,  I was really jealous of the kids who sucked down four two-liters in a matter of minutes, without I'm sure so much as a blip on the old glycemic radar. Someday, my Heaven will be filled with soda fountains and a never ending supply of Coca-Cola products...sigh. Here's another shout out to soda!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 260 and 261 Pizza Envy

Just when things were looking up, it's black bean chili for dinner again. Today, I found out what I kinda already knew, that my car is only half fixed after 1700.00 in repairs! What does this mean? If I want the WHOLE thing fixed, it's going to cost an additional 1700.00, unless they have mercy on me and do the right thing by not charging me again for not finishing the job in the first place. Keep in mind that my car is probably only worth about 2000.00 anyway! I'm so frustrated right now and I'm sick of black bean chili! I want to eat something different, something non-economical, something terrible for my health, I'm also sick of water, I want soda! Yesterday, I did my work thing and played laser tag with some co-workers and kids, it was really a lot of fun, however, smelling the Hideaway pizzas on the way to the site was more than I could handle. I watched with wretched envy, the pizza madness around me, it was garlic scented insanity. Here's to better days and smooth running engines.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 259 Umm, Who Ate All The Bread?

Today, I haven't even left the house and I've been applying the feed a cold saying to my present blahness. I have actually used all of the dishes in my cabinet, in between naps, I've been eating the day away, I've had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, black bean chili, veggie dogs, Jello, avocados, chips and salsa, and grilled cheese! I think it helped, I'm feeling a little better. Tomorrow I have a work thingy, where there will be real pizza but I will not be participating in that chow down, I probably ate enough to sustain myself for the winter. I guess now, I'm off to the kitchen for a last cup of hot tea and then off to sleep the rest of this cold away, gotta get ready for laser tag tomorrow!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 258 Peppers and Puffs

Today, I stayed home and tried to drown my illness in cayenne, salsa, and black bean chili. so far, I'm still sick. I will continue with my slash and burn technique throughout the weekend and hopefully I'll be better for my Sunday work thing. Here's a kicker, pretty much everyone knows how much I loathe orange juice, but I bought some today and I drank the whole thing! I'm pretty sure it's because I can't taste it, so hopefully I've given myself a little vitamin C jolt. I'm going to have another boiling cup of ginger tea and then I'm going to bed, tea and sleep is really the only thing that makes me feel better. Here's to free breathing and the destruction of the common funk, don't forget to wash your hands!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 257 Magic Tea

So, I've apparently crossed paths with some little plague filled creature and am now sporting a growing chest cold, great! Ah well, it is merely an opportunity to test drive my natural cures for another season. Right now, I am employing my old standard of green tea with ginger and cayenne, I have added a new element for flavor, jello powder. I ate mango for dinner, hopefully this will add to my immune building experimentation here. I'm taking the day off tomorrow for one, to spare the spread of the funk, for two, I have to take my car back to the shop, as the engine light began flashing, 50 miles from home today. I just paid 1700.00, for that price, I should be driving a cloud with dinner service and piped in angel music. For three, I'm trying to kick this illness before Sunday, which is supposed to be a fun day/work day thingy. OK, wish me luck and wellness.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 256 Don't Eat The Cantaloupe!

Tonight I am having fruit for dinner, but NOT cantaloupe! It's so strange that today I was actually telling someone about how dirty cantaloupe is and that you should never eat it, unless you have cleaned and cut it yourself. So, what's all over the news tonight? A flipping cantaloupe recall including the state of Oklahoma, icaramba, good thing I read. Today was a really long day of putting out fires and lunch was a long time coming, I had potatoes and corn, I know, super nutritious right? I'm ready to be done with this challenge, day 365 cannot come soon enough. On Sunday, I have a work thing and am going to have to sit and watch people eat again, uuhhhhgg! I wanna eat restaurant food again!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 254 and 255 J-E-L-L-O

Woo hoo! I have my car back, and If I hadn't just handed over all of my money to the mechanic, I could drive to the grocery store anytime I want. I did actually go to Whole Foods on the way home and bought spring rolls and tofu for dinner. I love being free! I love my pre-set radio stations, I love my vanilla air fresheners, I love turning the key and actually rolling! Today is a good day, I was feeling lazy last night and had peanut butter and jelly for dinner, not too exciting. This morning, I went to my mom's and she made me a fried egg sandwich with the fresh eggs, my aunt collected, it was delicious and filling and got me through pretty much most of the day. Tonight, I'm contemplating Jello and the time it takes to set up in the fridge, two or three hours probably, I don't know if I have that kind of time, I'm kind of an instant gratification type of girl. Tomorrow is mucho busy, lots of stuff, all to be done before 9:00, probably no time for breakfast, unless it's the Jello, is that legal, jello for breakfast? I deem it so, Jello it is.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 253 Pretty Good Sundays Rock

Today was a really great day, I hung out with my mom, went to church, had a nap, met up with my cousins who I never ever see, and now I'm back at home in my big comfy chair. I'm pretty sure that today was supposed to happen just as it did and now I'm looking forward to a great week. Tomorrow night, I think I'm going to make tortilla soup and freeze some of it for future chowage...is that a word? Tonight I'm just kicking back with some iced tea and Sun chips to round out the day. Oh, I did eat cake today, which I promised myself I wouldn't do, due to my blood sugar content being right up there with a pitcher of Country Time lemonade. I think, tonight I'm going to do some research on natural blood sugar cures, I love me some all natural Pagan voodoo solutions....not really into voodoo, just wanted to see if you were paying attention, herbs are not magical, they're practical. Here's to a fabulous Sunday and the best week yet!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 252 I Need A Kool-Aid Fetcher

Right now, a giant iced tea, followed by a frozen lemonade, and a liter of full sugar soda would be perfect. I'm so thirsty, I'm waiting for my old fashioned ice trays to solidify to have yet another glass of ice water, probably my tenth one today. It's not hot outside at all, I would just rather consume liquid, rather than food today. I have been uber busy for the last twelve hours, doing laundry and researching stuff, tomorrow is more of the same I suppose. I am intent on Fall cleaning and am contemplating cleaning the baseboards, what can I say, it's a wild and crazy time here at Chez CircusGirl, who wouldn't want to get down with some of this? Sigh...really nothing left to say, I can't see much from my weekend autoless perch, perhaps next week will be more interesting and fulfilling.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 250 and 251 Ooops, Sugar And Swearing

I'm back, yesterday I was not in the mood to share my thoughts with the world, but I was willing to share them with the mechanic who STILL has my car! I worked really long and hard yesterday, I forgot to eat lunch and by the time my friend Christie suggested stopping at the grocery store after work, I was all game, I got my dinner on with an Amy's Vegan pizza and some potato salad, I know, doesn't really make sense but it was good. This long day of hunger and hard labor was punctuated by calls from the car place, feeding me bits and pieces of bad news, which is to say that they fixed the wrong part? I'm pretty confused by that one. Anyway, it's probably close to 8:00 and I just finished THIS workday a few minutes ago, thankfully I had time for dinner and some of my step-dad's birthday cake, which was a treat because I've cut down on the sugar in the past couple of weeks. In other news, my recent bout of clean language was ruined yesterday and today, guess I still need to work on cleaning up the old potty mouth, I see serious meditation in my near future.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 249 That's No Chunk O' Cheddar

Today, my mom brought me two bags of groceries, which was kind of a moot point, since I had just been to the store moments before she called, thanks nonetheless Mom! For lunch I had my long awaited guacamole, salsa and chips, it had been too long! OK,  I'm about to look a gift horse in the mouth but the cheese must be addressed.  In the grocery bag was a big block of what I took to be cheddar cheese, but was in fact, Velveeta consistency, spongy, off brand, American. If I had been prepared and not expecting something else, perhaps I would not have been so surprised when I broke a chunk off and popped it into my mouth, oh well I can melt it down and make nachos with it I suppose. I am eternally grateful for anything other than beans and peanut butter at the moment! I shouldn't be so snarky about cheese, I can't help it, I love cheese but I do not love processed cheese like foods. I like what I like. OK, done complaining about the kindness bestowed upon me by my loving mother, life could be worse.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 248 Fizzy Yogurt, That Ain't Right

Oh my sheesh-a-loo, how long does it take to fix a car? Now that they have the first 1000.00, I guess they think they can take their time....so ready to be able to drive again. Today, I had grapes and cheese, and apple juice that smelled like jailhouse wine and after that a giant jug of Keifer. My mom was kind enough to make white cheddar pimento cheese and to fashion me a sandwich on the hood of her car, she also brought me the Keifer. The sandwich I ate on the way to an appointment, but had to lug the jug of gut tonic around to two different schools, before finally stowing it in my office fridge. How am I supposed to drink a liter of yogurt? It was also a little fizzy and I can't really figure that one out. Oh well, I am grateful to have had lunch and to have been home almost before it hit my belly. Tomorrow is another day, this time it will end in a trip to the market, hooray!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 247 What In The Woot Woot Is A Whoopie Pie

This is going to be the best week ever, I get my car back, I get to grocery shop, and my new co-worker may surface sometime soon, can't wait! Today was the most beautiful, productive day ever, I cleaned my entire house, caught up on some work work, and made plans for this week. The weather is gorgeous, I wish it would stay like this forever, it's like Fall already!!! On the food front, I can't say that there's much going on there, I walked to the little complex store today and bought apple juice, it was the best apple juice I've ever had, after drinking nothing but water for the past few days. Tomorrow will be tricky, I have ten dollars left before payday and I'm rapidly running out of bread, I've been saving the last of the pasta, which should last me through tomorrow night and then I will be home free again. I need everything, I'm out of oil, butter, flour, sugar, milk, cereal, everything. I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait, should a person really be this excited about shopping for staples? My step dad's birthday is this week and my mom is making Whoopee pies, whatever those are, I won't be eating any, as I'm trying not to consume obvious sweets like cakes and cookies, I hope I can hold out!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Day 246 Frittata Daydreams

I'm so bored, I'm back to reading cookbooks and day dreaming about the day I can leave my house to go to the grocery store. I have at least a full day, and depending on how I get to work on Tuesday, it's a toss up on actually stepping into a grocery store. So, here's what I found in my Mediterranean Food of The Sun Cookbook, Greek spinach pie, a potato and onion tortilla, and Moroccan vegetable soup, I can't decide what I'll want to make first. Maybe the weather will have started to cool off by the time I re-emerge into the world and I can bust out the soup? I keep running across recipes for dishes with courgette and I have no idea what this is, I think I need to do a little research because the sweet pepper and courgette frittata looks amazing, I heart any type of frittata. So, I was cleaning out my cabinets today and I found a variety of beans, (in addition to the nine bags of white beans left in my cabinet), that I had originally used in art projects. They are really pretty with speckles and lovely colors, I think I'll soak them and make bean pies with them tomorrow, I really can't eat another pancake or peanut butter sandwich. Here's to better days and a full pantry!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Day 245 Breaking Out The Squash Stash

Today, I have done nothing and I mean......nothing. I watched part of a movie, read part of a book, ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, turned on the dishwasher and that's about it. I'm trying to conjure up creative things to do with freezer squash from the garden, green beans, and baking mix. I have a little bit of oil left, so I guess I could use the baking mix to fry the squash and have some green beans and pasta made with garden tomato sauce? Ya that sounds pretty good, I cannot wait to have my car back and to get to get past this pay period, where every cent went to two stupid head gaskets. I'm looking at this as a good opportunity to re-focus my food challenge energy for a turbo boost at the end. My mom says yesterday how she couldn't wait for this thing to be over so that we could go to Cherry Berry for frozen yogurt, I'm with ya ma! One thing I have decided not to go back to is soda, it's like I've finally kicked a nasty habit and January 1st will be my out of soda rehab day, so I'm saying hells no!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Day 243 and 244 Damn Sammiches

I have never been so happy to see a three day weekend... ever. As soon as I finish up my paperwork and clean the house, and about eleventy-billion other things, I'm going to take a really long nap. I may not wake up all weekend, I haven't decided yet. Yesterday was not great, I had pancakes for dinner, not because I love pancakes but because there was nothing else to eat and not because I didn't have money for food, but because I could not get to the grocery store. While my car is in the shop, I have dreaded asking people for rides, it's the worst feeling in the universe! So, yesterday I felt so bad that my boss had to take me home, that I asked her to let me off about 1/2 mile from my house so that she would not be late to where she was going, it was quite the journey. Today, my mom loaned me her car so that I could get around and actually do my job and I was able to go to the grocery store! I am in no position to buy a butt load of groceries so I  bought, the fluffiest, softest loaf of bread for to make peanut butter and jelly sammies with. We are down to the culinary nubs here world, here's hoping good food and unrelenting joy is around the next corner!