Kat’s Favorite Snacks: “Skinny” Cheesesteak

Serves – 1 / Prep Time – 5 to 10 min

Another alternative to this is to do it without the cream cheese, which would save you about 45 calories. Alas, I am a cheese fanatic so I love having the two different cheeses 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 Toufayan Whole Wheat Smart Bagel (You can substitute with bagel thin but add 10 cal)
  • 2 oz Deli roast beef (chopped)
  • 1 slice of gouda cheese
  • 3 slices of onion (then chop)
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese

Instructions:

While toasting your smart bagel (or bagel thin), lightly saute the onion and roast beef. Add cheese on top until it lightly melts. Add to toasted smart bagel w/cream cheese.

Stats: Calories – 295 / Carbs – 22g / Fat – 14g / Protein – 24g

ENJOY!


Mark’s Pasta e Lenticchie (Pasta & Lentils)

Serves – 6 / Prep Time – 10 min / Cook Time – 45 to 60 min

Ingredients:

  • 8oz green lentils (dry)
  • 8oz elbow macaroni (dry)
  • 4oz Yellowtail Riesling wine
  • 4oz Pomi chopped tomatoes
  • 6oz onion chopped
  • 1 large stalk of celery (chopped finely)
  • 1 carrot (chopped finely)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp crushed fennel seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp pinch marjoram
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Instructions:

Add 1 tbsp olive oil to a heated medium saucepan, add the onion, carrot, celery and salt when the oil becomes fragrant. Cook for 10 minutes then add garlic, bay leaves and all spices. Raise heat to medium and cook for 1 minute, then add the wine and cook until it starts to evaporate. Add tomatoes and lentils and cover with water (or vegetable broth). Bring to a boil then bring down to a simmer, cover and cook for at least 30 minutes before adding the dry pasta then cook for another 15-30 minutes (or until pasta and lentils are both tender). Serve and finish with the remaining olive oil on top.

Stats (Per Serving):

Cal – 197 / Carbs – 24g / Fat – 8g / Protein – 6g

Slight Hiatus

I’ve been super sick this last week (sun poisoning, can you believe it?) so I haven’t been logging what I eat or working out and my diet has not been the most varied lately because of how crappy I feel, which is why I haven’t been posting. I start a new job on Monday and hopefully will start my couch-to-5k training then (as I want to run a 5k in May) so I should start my regular posts then. See ya soon!

Issues, Plateau #2

I don’t know why for the past couple of weeks I’ve had this crazy craving for soda. And it sucks because I keep indulging in it. I bought the diet Snapple so I wouldn’t drink it anymore and yet here I am writing this entry, which means the diet Snapple isn’t doing its job. Am I trying to sabotage myself? I ended one plateau and I’m at another one. After the first 5 lbs lost, I’ve been still stuck at the same weight for the past week. Grr! I know, I know, stress can have a lot to do with it (not to mention my little soda escapades) but it’s really affecting me. I need to keep motivated but it’s hard sometimes.

What do you do to feel motivated?

What I Have Learned About Fat Acceptance

I spoke vaguely about the Fat Acceptance Movement on a previous entry, but felt that I hadn’t really done it justice because I wasn’t too informed on it myself. So, instead the entry ended up sounding more like a “Waah, poor me, fat girls are mean to me” rant. Not feeling too satisfied with that post, I’ve been reading up a bit more on the subject because I feel that I need to see what the other end of the spectrum is like. So, after a whole week of researching the subject, these are the few things I have taken away from it.

Fat is NOT a Bad Word – This is something that was very clear since the beginning of my reserarch. If you’re fat, then you call yourself fat and you own it! No curvy, voluptuous, plus-sized or any other euphemisms are allowed. “Fat” is a neutral-value word that just means what it means. I find that both empowering and kind of scary at the same time. For my entire life I lived afraid of being called fat and just really hating everything that meant: a life of feeling ugly, undesirable, and depressed. To question all that now feels very liberating but it definitely takes some getting used to.

Fat Does Not Automatically Mean Unhealthy – This is a big one. As blogger Kate Harding writes: “Weight itself is not a health problem, except in the most extreme cases (i.e., being underweight or so fat you’re immobilized). (…) Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle do cause health problems, in people of all sizes.” It is definitely something that I’ve heard all my life; from doctors, my parents, family, everyone: If you’re fat then you’re unhealthy. Hell, I was a firm believer of that too. But this is something that has been questioned in every Fat Acceptance article I’ve read. It goes hand in hand with the Health At Every Size (HAES) movement; which according to author Linda Bacon, PhD “acknowledges that good health can best be realized independent from considerations of size. It supports people—of all sizes—in addressing health directly by adopting healthy behaviors.” While I agree that poor eating and exercise habits equal being unhealthy (as that is exactly what happened to me: I ate a lot of fast food and never worked out and constantly over-ate and ended at 320 lbs); I find it a little hard to believe that someone who is active and a healthy eater would be 320 lbs, you know what I mean? And I struggle, because I wonder, is that my personal belief or what I’ve been taught to believe by society? I guess the fact that I’m questioning my beliefs is a good thing, because I’m using my brain and not automatically believing what I’ve been fed all my life. But I definitely agree on the whole HAES thing, because I think everyone should practice healthy eating habits and get into exercise as well, not only do you live longer but you enjoy life, and who doesn’t love that?

Fat People Don’t Need Your Concern Trolling – Concern Trolling refers to people who feign concern for you and give you backhanded comments such as “You look great, have you lost weight?” therefore insulting what you looked like when you were heavier. Or giving you unrequested advice to lose weight because they are “concerned for your health.” Now, I can definitely relate to this. All my life, all kinds of people (even strangers!) have felt they had the right to give me unsolicited weight loss tips. I’m not exaggerating! I’ve had people in the supermarket recommend diets to me! I’ve had people laugh at me when I’ve ordered diet soda in the past, and I’ve had people ask me when I was going to stop “killing (myself) with food.” I’ve grown up hearing “Oh, but you have such a pretty face” even from my own family. Basically saying “Too bad the rest of you is so disgusting.” Yeah, it’s fucked up. I definitely agree that no one has the right to do that to anyone. And I will admit here that I have made stupid comments like this in the past to other overweight friends, and it didn’t always come from a genuine concern for their health. It’s sad. But I can recognize that I fucked up, and I am being a lot more mindful about eradicating my judgments of people because of their size. It’s strange to think that I was part of the problem, and basically acting out and hurting others like I had been hurt in the past. I’m not very proud of that.

Fat Acceptance is About Accepting of All Sizes and the Choices People Make About their Bodies – This was almost taken verbatim from Tasha Fierce’s Size Matters Blog because it struck such a cord with me. She goes on to say: “Note ‘acceptance’ and not ‘approval’ or ‘admiration.’ (…) fat people are not expecting you to do anything but respect them as human beings and respect that they have the right to decide what they do with their bodies. ‘My body, my choice.’ Sound familiar? Fat people should be allowed agency over their bodies without you up in their faces telling them how wrong what they’re doing is. You don’t have to like it, but you do have to accept it.” I love that. I hate the fact that society has made it okay to pick on fat people. There was that whole Marie Claire Blog, where the author Maura Kelley goes on to say “I think I’d be grossed out if I had to watch two characters with rolls and rolls of fat kissing each other … because I’d be grossed out if I had to watch them doing anything. To be brutally honest, even in real life, I find it aesthetically displeasing to watch a very, very fat person simply walk across a room — just like I’d find it distressing if I saw a very drunk person stumbling across a bar or a heroine addict slumping in a chair.” So not only is she openly expressing disgust at fat people but also comparing being fat to being a drug addict or alcoholic. I was so enraged when I read that, that a magazine geared towards women would even PRINT that! No wonder people think it’s okay to pick on other fat people, this magazine just puts it out there! I think the stigma of being overweight is awful and definitely something worth fighting against.

So, in conclusion, although there are still some things about this that I don’t agree with (the side of this movement that is against any weight loss attempts), I certainly find myself drawn to this idea of Body Acceptance. I choose to still work my body into a healthier weight and that might make me “part of the problem” but I aren’t just working to lose weight but to be a healthier me. I do agree that we are not all the same and we are not “one size fits all,” which is why I think Health at Every Size is awesome. Lastly, I think we should all confront our own issues with fat and try and see where we stand on this topic.

I welcome any replies or comments that any of you have about this topic that I’m still very intrigued by.

Here are some links if you’re interested in reading more about the subject:


St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! This will mark the first year that I’m not drunk by this time on St. Patrick’s Day. Go figure.

Anyway, today started off to a not so great start: the external hard drive I had hooked up to my PS3 fell down and all the little parts fell out and basically it went kaput. It was sad. I had built up a really extensive virtual library of movies and tv shows, I can’t believe it could all be gone in the blink of an eye. I mean, there’s a chance Mark could maybe get it all back but it’s not for sure. So, I had to go and buy a new hard drive and format it so that I can use it on the PS3 and have started the daunting task of downloading movies and shows. Ugh. Of course it doesn’t help that my cable internet provider has a data gap of 250 GB a month, so I can’t go on crazy downloading sprees anymore. Grr!

The rest of the day was a lot better, though, today was a weightlifting day for me, and I was a little bit anxious after my big stall with the 50lbs last time (I was only able to do 3 sets of squats and rows, and only 3 reps of overhead presses) but also determined to finish my workout today. And I did! I was able to do all 5 sets of 5 for the squats and the overhead presses AND I was able to deadlifts 90 lbs. 90 LBS!!!! It may not look like a lot (on the picture to the right) but trust me, it is not easy. I am so proud of myself, just a few months ago I was barely able to even lift 50 lbs off the floor and now I can lift it over my head! Go Kat! Before you know it, I’m going to be lifting the 90 lbs over my head (fingers crossed).

 

To celebrate the awesomeness that was my workout and the fact that it wasSt. Patrick’s Day, Mark made a badass Irish leek soup also known as Brotchan Roy. Delicious!! We served it with some steamed potatoes on the side (very Irish!) and I even had 1 oz of Guinness Extra Stout beer (an ounce is all the little pouch can handle, and even that has to be sipped very lightly).  Then we hung out, watched some Netflix while Mark enjoyed some Irish Whiskey and I sipped on my diet Snapple.

Here are my stats for today:

Cal Consumed-1668 / Cal Burned-510 / Net Cal-1158 / Carbs-189g / Fat-75g / Protein-45g

Life is really good right now. I hope everyone enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day today!

Mark’s Brotchan Roy Soup

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!! So, to celebrate the holiday, Mark whipped up his version of this traditional Irish leek soup.



Serves 4 / Prep Time – 5 min / Cook Time – 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole leek
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 1 tbsp Irish butter
  • ½ cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/8 cup celery (chopped)
  • 1/8 cup carrots (chopped)
  • 1 sprig parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp steel cut oats
  • 2 whole scallions (chopped)
  • 1 pinch nutmeg
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

In a heated saucepan add butter and then add onion, celery, carrot, oats and nutmeg. Cook for 10 minutes then add the milk,water and leeks; and bring to a boil. Simmer for 1 hour. Add salt, pepper, scallions and chopped parsley to taste.

Stats (Per Serving):

Calories – 197 / Carbs 13g / Fat – 14g / Protein – 2g