Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Do you know what today is?

Fat Tuesday.

And without further adieu, I shall announce to you, my internet peeps, that I have dropped 3 pounds this week!
No, I didn't mistake 'pounds' for 'ounces' this time.

And for my success I have prepared a thank-you speech:

I would like to thank all of the little people who made my week a success. 
Thank you gym childcare workers. Without you, I would not work out. 
Thank you incredibly fit women who exercise at the gym. Without you, I would have thought that taking a one-hour class was good enough. Watching you, I see that it is not. And I am impressed that you finish a spin class and then stay for the "Boot Camp" class. I am not there yet, but I am inspired.
Thank you non-digital scale, that allows for some interpretation between a 2-plus and 3 pound weight loss. I will interpret as I wish. 
Thank you computer. If it weren't for you keeping my fingers busy in the evenings, I fear I would be snacking more often. 
Finally, thank you to my children. If it weren't for you, I would not have burned those extra calories at each mealtime, when you needed "one more thing, some ketchup, another napkin, more to drink, a different utensil" and everything else under the moon. 

So there you have it. I managed to work out 5 days this week, which doesn't happen often. And I got my new ColorFUEL recipes.
I like this collection of meals and snacks better than the previous ones, so I'm excited to try them all out.
There were a few foods on the list that I had a hard time finding. I had never bought polenta before, or eggplant either. I still haven't managed to find any jicama, thought I did manage to find out that I was pronouncing it wrong (supposed to be said hic-ama).

Jicama! If you're out there, find me! Even the lady at the health food store didn't know who you were. 

And for today's nugget of goodness, allow me to introduce you to the Larabar.

Last week, I was running jogging walking briskly on the treadmill and one of the TV's was showing The Doctors. I don't usually watch daytime television, but let's face it, anything is better than watching the screen on the treadmill.
The program was about healthy eating, and the doctor was giving some examples of things he regularly eats.
These Larabars were one of the things he mentioned.

Then I stopped watching because I was too busy panting for breath, and then my treadmill sentence was over.

I thought it was a funny coincidence when I got my new ColorFUEL recipes, and there on the grocery list were larabars.

So I picked some up.
There are only three ingredients in the bar: figs, almonds, and unsweetened cherries. (There are different flavors out there, but each contain only raw, un-processed ingredients.)

They are pretty tasty in my opinion, and very filling as well. There are 200 calories in each bar, along with 5 grams each of protein and fiber.
One morning when I didn't have time to get a real breakfast together, I grabbed one of these and was able to work out and feel energized and not hungry.

So try one sometime.

Every Fat Tuesday makes me feel like I should be pursuing a career in advertising.

Instead of my current career of being an internet specialist. (Requirements: read blogs, check Facebook, shop online.)
Too bad it's a non-paying position.
Don't worry, I'm not in it for the money. I just like knowing that I'm helping people.

Namely, me.

Happy Fat Tuesday to you all!



Taylor said...

Nice work on the 3 pounds! Loved your acceptance speech!!

Rachel said...

Hey, jicamas are usually readily available at our commissary and at Henry's markets if you have them near you. They are actually pretty tasty. They taste like a bland apple. Didn't I sell it well? If you cut it up first and don't tell the kids, you can probably trick them into eating it.

The Mains said...

Larabars rock. Local grocery store: $1.89 each, Target: $1.39 each, Walmart: $1.29 each OR ScottAFB Commissary (drum roll please): $0.89 each!!! Boo-ya! Could it be any cooler? I think they're kinda high on the glycemic index... quick rise in blood sugar. Oh! But sooo yummy!

Anonymous said...

Eggplant is fabulous. You can grill it or cook it to eat with spaghetti sauce (that's my favorite way). I can't believe you've never bought one! But I hear you on the jicama - what the heck is it?


Sandy@Life Began In A Garden said...

Congrats on the 3 lb. weight loss! Soon Taylor will have to rename it Non-Fat Tuesday..

Marla said...

Awesome, job. :)

And I love your internet specialist job. Really, I think I have a new career path.

Marla @ www.asthefarmturns.wordpress.com

Jennifer said...

Yea for you! Wish I also had lost 3 lbs this week. I have cut out the Flat Out bread so that should help ;)

Jicama -- they are abundant in Arizona. Come on over! It's also 110 and a bit humid. YUCK! So I've forwarned you... ;)

Joyce said...

Wow, fantastic! Jicama is delicious but I haven't seen any in my stores here. Do you have Whole Foods or Fresh Foods because they'd probably carry it? Not sure if its seasonal but I like it.

I love eggplant...it's really good just sliced and grilled with a little olive oil and salt and pepper.

Dressed-Up Dots said...

allow me to state the obvious: you rock.

Sunk Costs said...

you are a beast!! but a healthy snack bar and some string cheese? i don't know how you do it. i would cry into my unsweetened cherries.

Laurel said...

I think the commissary has jicama. It looks like a tree root and tastes like crunchy water with a hint of dirt. Delicious in salads! congrats on the 3 lbs.