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I’m really making a push to get rid of these pesky 26lbs. still on my body.

So Tuesday morning I woke up to hit the gym for my Pilates class, and then I did my weights and strength training later in the day and went for a bike ride with Mike.

During the day I made myself a bowl of My Own Guacamole:

My Own Guacamole

My Own Guacamole

Ingredients:

4Avocado

1/2Onion, Chopped

1/2Cup Salsa

1Lime

Directions: I peeled and chopped up the avocados into a bowl and added some chopped onions and the salsa. I mixed it up and made sure there were no big avocado chunks and added the lime juice.

Baked Tostitos Chips

Baked Tostitos Chips

Veggie Sticks

Veggie Sticks

For dipping, I cracked open a bag of Baked Tostitos Chips and some Natural Veggie Sticks to snack on… these chips are the closest thing to natural chips I can get my hands on.

Wednesday I woke up to a brisk walk around the neighborhood… went for a bike ride in the evening with Mike. Mike made his famous Asha Reshteh for lunch and we’ve been feasting on that ever since.

  Thursday I woke up for another early morning Pilates class and then after a big lunch of Asha Reshteh we went to Carrabba’s for dinner. I had my usual Mediterranean Salad with no Cheese and Oil and Vinegar dressing, some Bruchetta and a couple bites of the Lemonchello Dessert on the menu.

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Day it seems I was in a haze for the better part of the day. And this morning I had some errands to run, so it  made for a very trying start to the day. I’m chalking it up to allergies!!

But by the time I finished with my errands, it was lunch time so I head home. Mike warmed up some left overs from yesterdays meal and I had the same thing I ate last night. Cucumber & Tomato Salad and Rice.

Not feeling any better then I did this morning… Mike and I decided to go out again. This time, I wanted to go north to St. Augustine to the outlet mall. Sunday when we were out in Orlando at the Outlets I got a shirt from Armani Exchange and it’s too tight. So I wanted to see it there was an Armani Exchange in St. Augustine, but there’s not.

So it was late… and my stomach was growling!!! So we went to Carrabba’s Restaurant.

It was just before 7pm when we walked in the door… and that means 2for1 happy hour. I had my usual House Pinot Grigio.

Carafe of Pinot Grigio

Carafe of Pinot Grigio

I had a Meditteranean Salad with Oil and Vinegar Dressing… Plus I orderd a side of  Roasted Zucchini Vegetables. 

Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

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I woke up and didn’t have the slightest urge to go for a walk around the neighborhood, or even get up and out to take a Pilates Class. I just shrugged the early morning away!!!

I did get on the scale this morning and I went from 172lbs. to 171lbs… and I felt good about myself. And for some reason I had the idea to get a Venti Mocha Frappacino.

Starbucks Indulgence

Starbucks Indulgence

 I walked into Starbucks on my way out to run errands and Sari still recognized me after 6 months of not visiting. I didn’t think she was going to recognize me, but I’m glad she did. It made the purchase all the better.

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Then for lunch, Mike and I sat down for some Fresh Vegetable Salad and Ash Reshteh. I had a scoop of each, which I probably could have gone a little easy on!!

Afterwards, we went to St. Augustine in search of my Beach Cruiser. It turns out Sears didn’t have my bike in yet, so I tood the opportunity to shop around. But I didn’t find anything. 😦

Then we stopped into Carrabba’s… big surprise!!!!

White Wine Carafe

White Wine Carafe

I had my usual Happy Hour White Wine and Insalata Fiorucci Salad… Mixed field greens tossed with marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red bell peppers and grilled eggplant in vinaigrette, topped with a hazelnut goat cheese medallion. NO CHEESE & OIL AND VINEGAR DRESSING.

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Banana Split

Banana Split

Mike and I got an early start Friday… so we stopped at  a local breakfast place so Mike could have a breakfast. I ordered a Strawberry Smoothie and had a Croisant. And Mike ordered this OH SO SWEET Apple Straudel Crepe. I had 3-4 bites of it myself and was just glad I walked hours before.

Apple Straudel Crepes

Apple Straudel Crepes

Amazingly enough… I forgot to eat lunch and so did Mike. So after I scheduled my last meeting for the day, Mike and I headed up to St. Augustine around 4:30pm for dinner. We decided on Carrabba’s Restaurant for an early dinner and drinks.

Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

I had the Mediterranean Salad with no Cheese and Oil and Vinegar Dressing and then I ordered the Penne Franco with no Cheese. 

Penne Franco

Penne Franco

This is a great dish of White Pasta, Roasted Mushrooms, Tomatoes, and some other seasonings. I was feeling generous and shared my pasta with Mike. While we were at the restaurant, it was happy hour, so I indulged in two Carafes’ of White Wine.

White Wine Caraffe

White Wine Caraffe

The meal was sooo good, I was hungry for more.  But I have to remind myself not to go all day without eating food. My juices can only do so much, and going without a meal makes me hungrier.

And being so hungry, I wanted more food some Ice Cream.

A banana split to be exact.! We drove by an Ice Cream shop and Mike and I both agreed to go home where he was going to make me a banana split.

It sure did taste good going down, but later it was like bombs and grenades going off in my stomach. And it went through the night and into the next morning. ICE CREAM IS NOT MY FRIEND AND I NEED TO REALIZE IT AND STOP EATING IT.  In addition to the Ice Cream I’m eating, I’ve noticed I’ve taken to eating more white bread! Things need to change if I’m going to succeed in meeting my goals.

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It’s been quite crazy up here in the North East. With everything from traveling to New York for a Gift Show, getting pounded by a snow forecasters dubble “The Blizzard of 2010”, losing power and until now internet service it’s been a pretty hectic couple of weeks.

Tyson Corner Shops

Tyson Corner Shops

Blizzard 2010

Blizzard 2010 Aftermath

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Neighborhood Road After Blizzard

Through it all, I’ve managed to indulge, over indulge, come back to my senses and to reality for Team RawToLose40. Today, was my first day back to pilates and boy did it show I hadn’t been in the studio since last week.

In the course of these 13 days I’ve stayed off the blog, I did managed to make some great meals.

A Layered Vegetable Salad which takes nothing but imagination to make. Then I consulted the cook book and made the Vegetable Soup Stock because I saw some recipes in there that I wanted to make which required the Soup Stock.

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad

Layered Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Red Bell Pepper

1Yellow/Orange Bell Pepper

5Mushrooms

1/2lb of Green Beans

2Stalks of Celery

1Tomato

1/2Can of Kidney Beans

1Cup of Broccoli

2Carrots

4Green Onions

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Paprika

Cumin

Garlic Powder

Dried Parsley

Directions:

Wash and Chop up all the Vegetables and place in a bowl. Add the ingredients for Oil & Vinegar Dressing and toss.

On a more serious note…. These last 2 weeks have been particularly difficult for me to bear. I’ve been eating recklessly and with no cares about the foods I’m eating and what they’ll do to my waiste line and health. Speaking of which, I’ve noticed the scale moving in the wrong direction and my waiste not getting any smaller. I keep saying these words, “that I have to buckle down”, “I have to eat right”, but the words have just not meant anything these past days. I know I have to find the will power in me to move it forward. Hopefully with the availability to pilates again, I will have the power back!

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Since my girlfriend left on Sunday afternoon, it’s been a leftover eating frenzy. I was eating the Better Than Tuna with a slice of Whole Wheat bread and a side of the Almond Cheese for my meals.

Almond Cheese

Almond Cheese Spread

Better Than Tuna

Better Than Tuna Bread Slice

PLUS…. as a gift my girlfriend brought some chocolates with her. And guess who’s been eating them!!!

Tuesday we hit the road at 7:30am and got to FLA. At 7:30pm. I think I did really well at the beginning. I poured the remaining Carrot Juice into a travel tumbler and drank that and didn’t even want a Starbuck’s. YEAH! I also packed a zip lock bag full of Almonds and a couple of flat bread pieces made with White Flour.  

Then for lunch we stopped at an Arby’s in South Carolina. We just crossed the state line and we were hungry, so I got a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese and ate some Curly Fries. To go along with the Turkey eating, I had Mike stop at McDonald’s about 80 miles later to get an Oreo McFlurry. As soon as I ate it, I knew there would be serious backlash.!!!! When we finally got home, unloaded, unpacked and relaxed, I made myself a plate of Better Than Tuna, Almond Cheese and a couple of pieces of Whole Wheat Bread. Just enough to fill me up and not too much to lie in my stomach.Wednesday, I Juiced some Carrots and Apples because that’s all we had, and rushed out of the house for an appointment and then to meet a girlfriend for lunch. She took me to a small little sandwich shop in Daytona Beach. A place we’ve eaten before, so I knew there would be a lot of meat sandwiches available. I didn’t really trust the Salad making skills of the place, so I ordered a Turkey Sandwich with no Cheese, Mayonnaise on Wheat Bread. I did get an order of Sweet Potato Fries and an Orange Soda Pop!

Dinner was at the Outback Steakhouse, where I seriously indulged with a Margarita and since it was happy hour, I got one & the Second One was Free. We ordered for an appetizer Shrimp on the Barbie of which I had 2 pieces and a couple pinches of the Dark Rye Bread.  And here’s the worst part… once we got home from the restaurant I started eating the Cherry Filled Chocolates my girlfriend gifted us in Washington.

Knowing I ate more Chocolates than I should have, Thursday morning I woke up early and took to the streets for a brisk 45 minute walk around the neighborhood. After I got back, Mike poked his head into the Chocolate box and shouted who ate all the Chocolates? Apparently it was obvious I had a few. And he said the box is almost empty?? I fessed up and said I ate more than I should have last night!

I was able to properly Juice Carrots, Celery I bought from the store yesterday and some Apples. I finished the first 8oz Juice this mid morning and am rushing up to drink my second one now.

Potato & Carrots

Potato & Carrots

 

Green Salad

Green Salad w/ Kidney Beans

But before that we stopped at Golden Coral for lunch. It’s a place I hate to go to, but Mike likes it! So I said what the heck. I ate a great Green Salad with Kidney Beans, Chick Peas, Red Onions, and an Oil & Vinegar Dressing. I also added a Baked Potato, some Boiled Carrots and Salsa to put on my Baked Potato.

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To the best of my ability, I’ve been taking my Barley Max 2 times a day. I’m supposed to take the Barley Max 3 times a day, the morning, 30 minutes before lunch and again dinner. But it never fails,  I’m out of the house for one of those meals or I just forget. For example, all day Tuesday I did not take my Barley Max or drink Carrot Juice.

On the Carrot Juice front, I’m drinking at least 1 to 2 glasses regularly. I’m not going to say a day, because it’s so speratic. Because of this irregularity with the Barley Max and Carrot Juice I don’t feel like my body is processing food as quickly or filling me up as much. Because believe it or not, I got filled up drinking the juice.

Onion Pizza & Salad Lunch

Onion Pizza & Salad Lunch

For lunch, Mike wanted to get a Pizza at Tally Ho Restaurant. So I went to the post office to mail his express mail and picked up the Cheese & Onion Pizza.  I asked him to order a part of the Pizza with no Cheese on it… and they made it like that!!!!

So I mixed up my Garden Green Salad and Oil & Vinegar Dressing to go along with the Pizza. I also added the Grilled Peppers, Onions & Zucchini to the Pizza too. It was quite good.

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