Weekend Update

Mmm, breakfast. Only 244 Calories.

This weekend was great! On Saturday we celebrated our anniversary, hung out all day (it was a cheesy lovefest around here) and ended up going fishing with some friends which was an awesome way to end an even more awesome day.

Sunday was my grandmother’s birthday get-together so Mark and I spent some time eating some Colombian food and hanging out with my family. My niece and nephew are beginning to be a handful, to say the least. I didn’t really count calories yesterday (bad Kat!) but I am back on track today. My back has been bothering me because of Thursday’s work out so I’m waiting till tomorrow to start working out again, I don’t want to injure myself.

I hope everyone had a great weekend as well, I’m off to eat this delicious breakfast and start my day. I’ll be updating more soon!

Seeing a Difference

So, I was looking in the mirror without a shirt on today and there it was … my waist! It’s definitely way more defined now! I’m also starting to look more toned overall, so that makes me very happy. All the weight training and calorie counting is showing results super fast! Who knew? And I haven’t felt like I was dieting at all, not even once.  I am aware I probably have to up my cardio, but I just love weight lifting sooo much!! Blogging is definitely helping with this process, though, and I love that people are reading and showing support. Thanks, everyone!

Today is Mark and I’s first anniversary, so we plan on going out to dinner tonight and having some drinks and just a good time. It’s been a cheesy love fest all day. I love it!

Everyone should be in love today ❤



Silver Lining (The Plateau Is Over!)

Today has been a very tough day, to say the least. I received some bad news this morning and have been feeling depressed for the majority of the morning/early afternoon. The worst thing is that whenever something bad happens and I’m sad, my first reaction (yes, even now) is to eat. It’s hard. I want to run to a store and buy some ice cream and cookies and chocolate and you name it. That’s what I’ve done the majority of my life. That’s always been my first solution. Post-op, this is not really an option, anymore. It’s weird. I’ve attempted to binge post-op only twice and it was AWFUL. But, I still think it’s curious that food seems to be my number one go-to thing, even knowing what I can and cannot eat. Anyway, so feeling as shitty as I was I went to the supermarket and I was able to pick up some groceries without going too crazy. I did pick up some dark chocolate because I need something sweet to make me smile (there I go again with the crazy food fixation). While I was there I weighed myself and noticed that I’ve lost 3lbs since I started counting calories and have been keeping up with my blog.

So, that’s my silver lining. After seeing the numbers on that scale I was able to smile, and things have gotten better throughout the day. I didn’t have to go and pig out to feel better, all I had to do is see what just a little bit of effort and encouragement had made me accomplish. It’s tough, my attachment to food, but I think if I keep working at it I’ll soon be able to have another reaction besides eating whenever I’m feeling sad. How about you? Do you think you run to food the minute things don’t look so good?



Oh, the pain.

Yesterday I spent most of the day super sore from Tuesday night’s workout. I seriously could barely get out of bed. I had some breakfast and cleaned a little bit then totally passed out on the couch for about an hour. I was just exhausted. Knowing I had to go my friend Dora’s house to ride bikes for 10 miles that afternoon, I had a substantial breakfast and a nice lunch. I also snacked on some nuts a couple of hours before going to her house.

Well, it was not enough calories, I tell you. After 6 miles (1 hour) we had to stop because I felt like I was dying! My legs, my hips, everything was killing me! So we stopped and then I didn’t even have time to rest because I had to hurry back home and pick up Mark so he could go play in his company’s weekly softball game. We had to stop at a gas station so I could get some beef jerky, sunchips and an apple. I was so out of it I couldn’t even drive straight. Mark lectured me about getting in enough calories if I was going to be working out; that I couldn’t force my body to lose weight by depriving it of calories and then doing crazy workouts. So, I guess he’s right. The game was nice, I hung out with Mark’s dad and his step-mom and it was a really fun time. Mark’s team didn’t win but I did get to see him score a run (and I got it on tape!).

After the game we were both starving so we stopped at a Miami Subs and I ate half a gyro pita sandwich. Not the best thing to eat but it was after 11pm, we were both super tired and did not feel like cooking, plus I still had a lot of calories left to eat on my day. Even with that I still managed to eat well beneath my allotted calories of the day so I don’t feel too guilty. I slept like a baby to say the least. And today I could barely get out of bed. I have to do weights again tonight, so I’m trying to eat a little bit every two hours but it’s hard. All I wanna do is lay in bed. From my neck to my ankles I’m just horribly sore. If I don’t feel any better by tonight I may have to postpone my workout till tomorrow. Oh, well, these are just growing pains while I get used to this whole working out hard business.

Stats for yesterday:

Cal – 1099 / Carbs – 124g /Fat – 63g / Protein – 60g / Cal Burned – 473

Wish me luck today, hopefully I’ll feel better and get my workout in.

Kat’s Tuna Salad

I had the yummiest tuna salad for lunch today!

I want to share with you how I made it, so here it is:

KAT’S TUNA SALAD

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pouch (2.6oz) of Starkist Light Tuna (In Water)
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Onion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Scallion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Red Apple (with Skin)
  • 1 Tbsp Mayo
  • 1 Tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • Salt & Black Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

  • In a bowl mix the chopped onion, scallions and apple.
  • Add the tuna
  • Ignore the cat begging for tuna 

 

 

 

 

  • Mix all together
  • Add the mayo
  • Mix again
  • Add the vinegar, salt & pepper to taste

Serves: 1 or 2 (depends on how hungry you are)

Stats:

Cal – 218 / Carbs – 15 / Fat – 11 / Protein – 16

Served w/ 4 Keebler Export Soda Crackers (as pictured below):

Cal – 296 / Carbs – 28 / Fat – 13 / Protein – 17

Mmmm, delicious. Enjoy!


Mark’s Kidney Bean Stew

So, another reason I started this blog was to feature my boyfriend Mark’s awesome cooking.

Tonight, I will be sharing the recipe to his delicious Red Kidney Bean Stew:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup red kidney beans (Dry)
  • 1 cup raw chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped cubanelle pepper
  • 1 smoked pork neck (4 oz.)
  • 1 clove (3g) raw garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 small cachucha peppers
  • 1 russet potato (in chunks)
  • ¼ Cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 1 tsp hungarian paprika
  • 1 dash ground black pepper

Prep Time: 15 min / Cook Time: 2 hrs / Serves: 4

Stats per Serv (4oz): Cal – 184 / Carbs – 37g / Fat – 2g / Protein – 17g

With 4oz of white rice (as pictured): Cal – 287 / Carbs – 59g / Fat – 3g / Protein – 20g

Instructions:

  • Wash and soak beans overnight (or at least 4 hours) in three cups of water.
  • Pour beans and soaking liquid into a sturdy saucepan and bring to a boil for one minute. Then, cover and simmer for one hour.
  • After simmering, add the bay leaf, chopped onion, garlic, dried oregano, cubanelle pepper, sliced cachucha peppers, smoked pork neck and russet potato chunks.
  • Toast cumin, paprika and black pepper in a hot, dry pan until fragrant. Then, add to simmering liquid.
  • Cover and simmer for an additional half hour to hour. Longer if necessary.
  • Add chopped cilantro.

So, there you have it, a delicious dinner and not bad on the calories, either. Enjoy!