Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Debbie Downer, But I Save It With Dessert

Hey blog peeps, sorry for lack of post yesterday.  To be honest, I was in a bad mood all day yesterday and didn't really break out of my pity party till this evening.  I feel stressed about a bunch of stuff right now, not the least being that I have been working out like crazy and trying to eat as healthy as I can and my weight is not budging.  No joke, I've worked out consistently for 2.5 months straight and when I weighed myself yesterday morning, I realized that I weigh exactly what I did when I started.  I have not lost one single pound.  I have been over and over in my head what the reason could possibly be for this.. am I eating too much or too little?  Am I working out too much or too little?  Do I have some sort of medical issue preventing me from losing weight?  Why have I been busting my ass at 6 am at the gym for so long and I don't have ONE POUND to show for it?  I have 40 to lose.. I can't continue like this.  I don't understand why it can't be as simple as, "Eat well and work out."  Trust me, it's not.  And definitely not as simple as "calories in, calories out."  If that were the case, I would be halfway to my goal by now.  What is the problem??

But enough of that.  That was yesterday.  This is today, the third sleep-deprived day in a row, the day when I dragged myself to the gym yet again at 6 am and completed what was possibly the most pathetic elliptical workout ever.  I know the elliptical gets a bad rap, but I always make sure to put in 110% on it, and according to the super accurate calorie counter, I burn almost 700 calories in an hour sometimes.  (In addition to drenching a towel.)  I was so tired this morning that I just didn't have the energy to push myself to the limit.  At least I went, so I am happy with that.

After sleepwalking through my workout and showering, it was time to head to work.  Want to talk about food?  Because I do :)  Breakfast was another Plain-Chobani-mixed-with-too-sweet-vanilla-trying-to-mimic-vanilla-Chobani, strawberries and granola.

Sorry, recycled pic.  Replace berries with strawberries and this was breakfast.

Lunch was another great Trader Joe's find!!

This is a flatbread topped with mushrooms, truffles, and mozzarella.  I took a picture of the baked version, but I don't know where it went :(  Anyway, it was bigger than a dinner plate!  A serving size is half the flatbread, so I ate half last night and washed it down with a green smoothie.  I had the other half for lunch today with a side of red pepper slices and sugar snap peas dipped in TJ's cilantro and chive dip.  Again.. buy this dip now.  It's like crack, but not wack ;)

After work I was starving.  I need to remember to buy snack type foods at the grocery store because sometimes I am totally fine after lunch, and other times I could devour the entire vending machine.  Good thing I didn't have any change on me today or else I would have been in trouble.  I came home and decided tonight was going to be a pasta night.  I haven't had pasta in a couple of weeks and it sounded perfect.  Enter Jenna's recipe for shrimp in a creamy tomato sauce.  You have seen this on the blog before, but I don't think I have made it since I posted about it last in August.

Another recycled pic.  Tonight's dinner was about half this portion.

I paired it with a piece of garlic bread and it was perfect.  Unfortunately I only had enough shrimp for tonight, so no leftovers for lunch tomorrow :(

After eating all that garlic I was in the mood for something sweet.  This is where the blog gets good, so I hope you are still reading.  It all started when I was making the cream sauce and I was eyeing the heavy cream.  I was thinking hmmm, homemade whipped cream sounds good, and I have strawberries.  I mulled this over during dinner, during cleanup, during Bethenny Ever After and my walk with Molly.  The idea eventually blossomed into something much better than whipped cream with strawberries.

Start with a frozen banana in the food processor.  Pulse until you get frozen yogurt consistency.  ( I know I didn't invent this idea, but I've seen it on so many blogs that I'm not sure who to credit with the original idea.)

Banana soft serve


Top with strawberry slices

Melt a few chocolate chips and drizzle over strawberries

Blend up a couple tablespoons heavy cream and pile on top

It was as delicious as it looks.  I also was nearly guilt free eating it because it's mainly fruit.  The cream is literally only a couple of tablespoons, I promise.  It expands a TON while whipping it up.
Due to my lack of sleep the past few nights, I think I am going to turn it in early this evening.  This girl looks like she is ready for bed too.. somehow she is sleeping while laying on the floor with her head up on the bed.  She is too cute :) 

Goodnight everyone!