Toning up Thursday – recipes to save the day edition

Last week, I missed my water drinking goal three times. Yes, three. I’m having the worst time trying to settle into the routine of a new school year. We had a long weekend, but then Tuesday wound up feeling like two Mondays crammed into one day. I just feel scattered, so my water bottle and I got separated on Tuesday. I left it in the Writing Center (my office space) and then wound up working the next day out of my other office space and never made it back to the Writing Center. Let me tell you, it is not as glamorous as it sounds to have two office spaces. It’s a huge pain in the neck.

I also only exercised once. I went out in the backyard and dug one more block for the walkway. I despise that walkway. If we were in the ancient biblical times still, I would have gone, bought some sackcloth, and thrown myself upon the dirt pile in the backyard in some serious lament about my decision to ever rip up the walkway.

But, hey, I did not eat fast food – – not once.

And, I still, to my amazement, lost 2.2 pounds this week, so I weighed in at an even 143 this morning. Yay! I’ll take it.

I do think that being intentional about cooking is what really saved the week. Here are some of the recipes that I made:

  • Slow Cooker Ethiopian Chicken Stew – This is the second time that I made this, and it won’t be the last.  I didn’t have time to go to the local Ethiopian restaurant to buy the traditional injera to sop up the soup, so I spooned it over a bed of brown rice. And, this time I was eating it alone instead of with a friend who’s not a fan of spicy food, so I used all the cayenne pepper. Turn up the heat! I have a new theory that spicy foods are great for losing weight because once my mouth catches on fire, my appetite is generally quelled. If you decide to make this, make the hard boiled eggs that go with it. I know that eggs chopped into our soup is a little unique in North American culture, but the eggs blend in so well with the stew. Plus, one of my big complaints about soups is that I’m still hungry after eating them; throwing a hard boiled egg or two into the bowl helps combat that problem.
  • Then, there was the chocolate zucchini bread. Ok, this one might have not been quite as healthy, but the bread is made with Greek yogurt, so that’s something it has going for it. In my opinion, the bread turned a little too gooey and messy, so I think the next time I make it, I’ll ::gasp:: leave out some of the chocolate chips. I deserve to lose another .3 pounds just for saying that.
  • For the past two days, lunch has been chicken caesar salad with homemade caesar dressing to keep things light. Before I get hoisted upon anyone’s shoulders and declared a hero for all this cooking mojo, I’ll fess up and admit that the dressing is about the only part of the linked recipe that I followed. I caved and bought the pre-cooked chicken strips in the deli. Yeah, refrigerated chicken that doesn’t expire until October weirds me out, but the thought of dragging out the George Foreman and grilling up chicken — well, ain’t nobody got time for that. At least this week. And, I certainly didn’t make my own croutons. But, I did actually use anchovy paste. For real. It’s weird to squeeze dark brown paste out of what looks like a toothpaste tube and then to put that into my food, but I went for it, and it was good. I expect I’ll have to make another batch or three of dressing to get through all the lettuce and chicken I bought because the lettuce will not last until October.

So, let me know if you try any of the recipes and have success.

2 thoughts on “Toning up Thursday – recipes to save the day edition

    • I thought about that, but then I have a hard time tracking consumption since the goal is to finish one each day. I’m afraid more bottles would just add up to three bottles in one office and a dehydrated person in the other office 🙂 At least, my umbrella stash seems to follow roughly the same scenario…it starts pouring down rain while I’m driving to school, and all the umbrellas are inside my office or some nonsense like that.

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