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Hungry and Cranky

Hello and happy Wednesday to you!  Ten days until I leave for vacation!  Should I be worried that the next 8 have rain in the forecast in Montego Bay?  That’s normal for the tropics, right?

So, for those of you who asked, I believe my sister’s curling wand is a Con Air one.  This one, to be specific, and I highly recommend it.  Apparently it also comes with a protective glove for your fingers, but you don’t really need it if you’re careful.

In other news, as awful as I know it is for me, I am dieting like a mad woman for the next ten days.  No booze, no cheese, no carbs, and a meal replacement shake instead of real food for lunch.  In other words, I am a hungry, cranky, bitch.  Making it through the afternoon yesterday was a struggle and working out felt like torture.  However, my teeny tiny bikinis arrived in the mail on Monday, and I wouldn’t mind being 5 lbs thinner and missing alcohol bloat when I go to put them on next week, so it’s worth it.

The workout was what seemed like the hardest run of my life, a hilly 5k alternating between 0% incline and 3% incline, followed by the pyramid push-up workout.  By the time I made it home for dinner, I was ravenous and ready to eat a toddler.  Unfortunately, toddler was not on the menu, but chicken and a roasted sweet potato were.  I made sweet potato wedges using cinnamon and nutmeg, and had some of the rotisserie chicken I purchased on Monday night.  I plan on having the same thing for dinner tonight.  Exciting.

I rounded out my evening sipping on some flavored seltzer water and enjoying my favorite night of TV.  Can’t wait until the SOA season finale next week.  Dar and I have are suspicious as to what may happen, and I’m hoping we’re wrong because it would make me really sad to be right.  Charlie Hunnam was shirtless and you saw his ass last night, so it was a great episode by my count.

Happy last day of November!

So. Damn. Good.

Holler friends!  It’s been a while since this happened around these parts, but today I have a new (well to me) recipe for ya’ll!  I know I’ve mentioned this a few times before, but lately I’ve made some dietary changes; for no other reason than I wanted to see if it would help me drop some weight.

Here’s the dealio, Monday through Friday I pretty much eat the exact same thing for breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast is an egg bake with bacon, peppers, and onions, and for 4 days of breakfast I use 8 eggs and 8 pieces of bacon.  During my weekly grocery shopping trip, I purchase one rotissiere chicken which I pull apart once cooled and throw on my boring salad of spinach, cucumber, and mixed bag of lettuce for lunch.  Along with my salad I eat a piece of fruit, now it’s an apple, prior to this a peach.

Dinner is what’s been the struggle for me.  Despite my Irish heritage, I am a huge fan of Italian food.  Cooking it, eating it, smelling it, etc, so trying to eliminate carbs and dairy from dinner time has been interesting.  I’m also not a huge fan of red meat not in the form of ground beef, and would rather starve than eat a piece of fish… so there’s that.  That’s why there’s been a lot of meatloaf, stuffed peppers, and shepherds pie lately.

Last night, I ventured out of my ground beef/turkey rut and cooked an absolutely amazing dinner involving chicken sausages, onions, and peppers.  I initially found this recipe online, glanced at it to get an approximate idea and went to town in my kitchen.  I used a package of Al Fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausages, and I’m a big fan.

brown the sausages on all sides in a pan with a little bit of olive oil

While the sausages are browning, chop your onion, garlic, and peppers

Once the sausages have browned on all sides, remove them from the pan, add some butter and swirl it around to make it melt.

I think heaven will smell like melted butter

Toss in your onions and garlic and let them cook for 2-3 minutes

Add all your peppers and some wine, season with oregano and basil

So the original recipe called for 1/4 cup of white wine, but I have transitioned to the fall/winter staple of red wine so that was all I had in the house.  It works JUST fine.

Slice up your sausages while everything in the pan cooks together

Side note, if you plan on serving this on a bun or with some crusty bread, there’s no need to slice that shit up.  I ate it in a bowl, so it was easier this way.

Bam, back all in the pan together

Cover and cook like this on low for about 15 minutes.  Pour yourself a glass of the wine you were cooking with, because you should never cook with wine without having a glass.  Anxiously watch the timer count down, and then stuff your face!

Yo, seriously, so effing good. I had to keep myself to just one bowl because this needs to be dinner for the rest of the week also.  You can bet this dish has officially made its rotation into my new, boring diet.  Maybe next time I’ll cut out the butter, that kind of defeats the purpose.

In terms of the goal of dropping some weight… I think it’s working.  I’ve definitely noticed some more muscle definition in my arms and stomach, and my face looks less puffy on any given day.  Granted, I do give myself permission to eat whatever I want on the weekends, be it cheese or carbs so that is probably detrimental, but I like the changes I think I’ve seen.  Although, it could all just be in my mind.

Chicken Sausage, Onions, and Peppers
1 package of Chicken Sausage (4)
1/2 of a large Yellow Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1.5 Red Bell Peppers
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Oregano
Basil
1/4 cup of wine

Heat the olive oil in a large pan, and brown your sausages on all sides.  While the sausages are browning, prepare your onion and peppers by slicing them into thin strips; dice your garlic.  Once brown, remove the sausages from the heat and set aside.  Add the butter to the pan, and swirl it around to melt it and coat the bottom.  Add the onion and garlic to the melted butter and cook for 2-3 minutes; add the peppers.  Once all of the vegetables are in the pan, season with basil and oregano and add your wine.  Cook until all the vegetables are tender.  Return the sausages to the pan (sliced or whole) turn the heat to low, and cover and simmer for 15 minutes.  Serve!

Success?

Holler, happy Friday, we made it!  I’m hoping I have only 3 more hours of work left, 5 at most, fingers crossed people, fingers crossed.  It’s once again a scorcher here in DC, and perfect weather to attend a baseball game tonight, which is what I will be doing.  Although it’s the Nats, so I doubt I’ll actually watch the game very much.  Cheap tickets and Red Porch here I come!

My lunch time workout yesterday was amazing, don’t tell anyone but I was gone for more than an hour.  Only by like 15 minutes and I didn’t have any work to do anyway, so whatever.  I snapped a picture of the new fancy gym while I was on the elliptical, so here it is.

Wall of treadmills in the front, ellipticals, stationary bikes, stair climbers, and weird ellipticals that confuse me in the back.  All the way down at the end of the gym are free weights, and the weight machines, both the spin room and group fitness room are through doors to the right.

I did 35 minutes on the elliptical while watching the Food Network, ironic I know, followed by a core workout.  This core workout to be precise, except I increased the reps to 25 for the regular crunches and bicycle kicks.  I wrapped my workout up, showered like a speed demon, and wandered back to work for the rest of my afternoon.  It was really nice to just be able to go home after work, relax, and eat dinner before 8 pm.  I brought clothes with me today in case I feel like another lunch time workout, we’ll see.

Weight Update

Ok, as you all know, I’ve been counting calories and really working it in the gym in an effort to get back in my summer wardrobe.  As you also know, I don’t weigh myself, and I haven’t since last July, which makes keeping track of whether I’ve lost any weight or not kind of difficult.  Well this morning as I was staring into my closet trying to decide what to wear when it’s 90 outside, but also work appropriate, I hesitantly pulled out my white denim capri pants.

That’s them and me in them in September last year.  (Ignore Dani’s look of pain, she was just whining).  Well this morning, I pulled them on, and they fit!  I know what I weighed then, so I have an approximate idea of where I am now, and it’s still a few pounds away from where I’d like to be, but at least it’s progress.  I think.  I should probably try on some jeans that were snug from the winter to be sure.  It was a great way to start the weekend :).

Alright dudes, happy Memorial Day weekend, have a great one!