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My girlfriend from New York decided to come visit me this weekend, after I visited the last weekend. I was excited to continue our weekend visitation, so Mike a I got up early and picked her up

I made my 1tsp. of Barley Max Powder mixed with 4-8oz of Distilled Water and started on my Mid Morning 8oz Juice of Carrot, Celery, Spinach and packed the Barley Max and Bottles of water for afternoon drinks.

We were supposed to be at the Baltimore Airport at 8:40 but got there after 9am. We thought her flight would be delayed, but she forgave us anyway for making her hang out for and extra 20 minutes.

To make it up to her, we took her out to Chesapeake Bay and went over the bridge to the Outlet Mall.. and spent the morning there.  Then for lunch we headed over to Annapolis  to eat at the Marriott Hotel along the Bay. It was a perfect day to sit outside and watch all the boat activity. My girlfriend and I ordered the same Pusser’s Salad:

Ingredients:

Green Leaf Lettuce

Carrots, Grated

Red Onion

Grilled Pineapples

Oil & Vinegar

Then I ordered the Crab Cake Meal and ate the Steamed Vegetables off the plate and drank my Glass of White Wine . In addition to the Carrots, Broccoli, Green Beans, and Cauliflower on the plate, I picked a couple of bites off the Crab Cake and gave the rest to Mike. Because like me, my girlfriend is also a vegan on this eating plan… but like me she cheats.

So we tried to be on our best behavior, but i just got so carried away with the alcohol again this weekend. We stopped off at the Hyatt Hotel in Bethesda and had some cocktails at Morton’s Steakhouse. Then we walked around a bit more in the lovely afternoon weather and ate dinner at Hanaro Restaurant. To may surprise, this is an asian inspired restaurant where we split some Edemmome and Baltimore Crab Sushi Roll. Mike and I indulged again with alcohol, me with some cold Sake and he with a draft beer. Then I ordered a Seaweed Salad and a Vegetable & Shrimp Tempura…. Oh Soooo Good!!!

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I did a lot of snacking today… I guess I thought I deserved it after my Pilates class this morning.!?!?

I took a small bowl of Almonds, Cranberries, and Raisins Trailmix… then I got a taste for some of my favorite Hummus. I found a box of Ritz crackers… the new ones that are mixed the ritz cracker and pretzel. I had probably about 20-30 crackers and several spoonfuls of Hummus.

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Ritz Crackers & Hummus

Then Mike got back from Jacksonville, where he dropped off his son at the airport and picked me up a new Beach Cruiser Bike. I took it for a spin around the neighborhood, and I really need to get used to it. It’s not really the bike I want.. plus I still have the bike at Sears that needs to be picked up. There’s been one delay after another getting it delivered to the Daytona Beach Mall and then they have to assemble it still.

After the bike ride…which was so nice we came home and I made a Fresh Vegetable Salad again with an Oil and Vinegar Dressing.

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad

Fresh Vegetable Salad:

Ingredients:

1Cup Snap Peas

1 Red Bell Pepper

4Sticks Asparagus

3 Green Onions

1 Avocado

3 Sticks of Celery

2 Carrots

5 Mushrooms

2Tbls Olive Oil

2Tbls White Wine Vinegar

Cumin

Paprika

Dried Onion Flakes

Garlic Powder

Parsley

Directions: Wash and Cut Vegetables and mix into bowl. Add Oil & Vinegar and Seasonings.

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Outback Margarita

Outback Margarita

Woke up and went for a walk around the neighborhood again this morning… I took a couple of days off monday and tuesday. So I had to play a little catch up with my exercise.

I did step on the scale this morning and found out…. I’ve gone up instead of down in numbers. I weighed in at 173lbs… I’m so frustrated and embarrassed about this it’s not even funny.  So unfortunately, I didn’t eat well and I didn’t care. Because I feel at this point what the heck is the difference.. I’m not losing any weight!!!!!!

For lunch I had some Stacey’s Pita Chips and Hummus.

Hummus

Hummus

Stacy's Pita Chips

Stacy's Pita Chips

Dinner we went out for Outback Steackhouse… where I had the Blue Cheese Pecan Chopped Salad and Steamed Vegeables. I asked for NO Cheese and Dressing on the salad and opted for Oil and Vinegar for the dressing. ALSO… I ordered a House Margarita. 

Steamed Vegetables

Steamed Vegetables

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Almond Covered M&M's

Almond Covered M&M's

Saturday night, we went to go see the movie “She’s Out Of My League”… Mike’s son wanted to get something at the concession stand.

And so I graciously obliged and got a little something for myself too… Almond covered M&M’s.

The M&M’s with maximum blocking power… I was bloated the minute Mike and I finished the bag off until tonight (Sunday).

But that didn’t stop me from getting up this morning to take my early morning brisk walk!!! I felt really really really bloated doing it, but I knew it had to be done if I wanted any kind of relief.

So… we ended up going down to Orlando for lunch at Bahama Breeze Restaurant again.

Coconut Onion Rings

Coconut Onion Rings

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Breeze Salad and Cheese Less Quesadillas

Chicken Kabobs

Chicken Kabobs

It’s turning into our Sunday afternoon thing of  St. Thomas Crab Claws, Breeze Salad with Cheese less Quesadillas and Chicken Kabobs. This time, we added Coconut Onion Rings to the mix (I was overwhelmed with the desire for them). Luckily, Mike’s son was there to help eat the Onion Rings. I managed to eat only 3 of them… yeah!

Again, we ran into rain while we were down there, so it put a little damper on our shopping trip to the outlets. But I did manage to pick up some good buys and some red-hot ticket items. Because of the rain, it seemed like we were on the road forever… and combined with all that shopping made for some hungry bellies on the way home.

Handfull of Trailmix

Handfull of Trailmix

So we stopped off at a gas station along the interstate and I got some Trail Mix filled with some goodies: raisins, almonds, sunflower seeds and some other goodies.

When we got home, Mike’s son wanted his fathers world famous

Turkey Cutlets

Turkey Cutlets

 Turkey Cutlets :

Ingredients:

1 Pkg Ground Turkey

3 Potatoes

1 Egg

1 Onion

Tumeric

Pepper

Salt

Directions: Boil potatoes to a soft touch, drain and  peel then add into bowl with Chopped Onion, Ground Turkey and seasoning. Mix the ingredients together and mold into patties and cover in flour. Then place patty cutlets into Coleman Grill with Olive Oil until nice and brown.

Turkey Cutletsfor dinner and I just put out my Fresh Chopped Vegetables I made Saturday and put the left overs from lunch on the table to munch on.

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Quesadillas & Fresh Cut Vegetables

Fresh Chopped Vegetables:

Ingredients:

Broccoli

Mushrooms

Green Onions

Red Bell Peppers

Carrots

Celery

Directions:  Chop up all the vegetables in order listed… and mix into a bowl. Leave the vegetables clean with out any dressing. Add your own at the table, I used Oil & Vinegar with some Paprika, Dried Onion, Dried Parsley seasoning.

It’s amazing how much junk you think you can get away with kids and company around.. and it’s not something I enjoy admitting to either. Because just at dinner, Mike’s son was so proud of his efforts to help his dad with the cutlets he gave me one to try. So I had to try it, even though I didn’t want to. And the M&M’s… that was just me thinking like a kid.! Every time there’s someone around I do bad, as if I needed an excuse, because I can make bad decisions all by myself.

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Mike decided to make another meal form his mother’s book of recipes…. this one was even better than the last time he made this same dish three weeks ago. In Persian (farce) it’s called Asha Reshteh… which is basically a vegetarian dish. And Tuesday afternoon we sat down with his daughter and enjoyed the dish with some Whole Grain Wheat Bread. The reason I think this last preparation of the Asha Reshteh is so much better, because it was soupier. Otherwise with the noodles, vegetables and beans get so overwhelming the dish really needs more soupiness. 

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike's Asha Reshteh

Mike’s Asha Reshteh

Red Kidney Beans

White Beans

Chick Peas

Lentils

Spinach

Kale

Onions

Carrots

Celery

Whole Wheat Noodles

Directions:

Wash and Chop up vegetables and put into pot with drained beans and lentils. Add 8 cups of water and put on heat for 1 or so. Boil noodles and add them at the end of the process.

 For dinner, Mike and I were out and took a ride down to Daytona. I wanted to check out a movie (Bounty Hunter) and we were an hour too early for the next showing. So Mike decided to go across the street to Chili’s Restaurant where we had Happy Hour cocktails and some munchies.

Carafe of White Wine

Carafe of White Wine

I had of course the white wine 2 for 1 and a small Asian Salad with no cheese or creamy vinaigrette dressing. I asked for Oil and Vinegar instead and Mike had the Chicken Nachos. While we waited for our food, we snacked on some chips and salsa.

Then when we got back home…. I felt so overwhelmingly hungry and had a small dish of the Asha Reshteh with a piece of Whole Grain Wheat Bread. Maybe not such a good idea because I felt so heavy in my stomach… it was uncomfortable.

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Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple Salsa

OMG!!! I can’t believe that I did this.

Mike and I went to my girlfriend Robin’s house for a house warming she was having Saturday Afternoon.  So, I got up with every intention of making some salsas with the VitaMix to take to her party!

I made the Tropical Avocado Salsa – Again. Which turned out even better the second time???

Plus, I made a Pineapple Salsa:

Ingredients:

1Can Cut Pineapples

2Tbls. Olive Oil

1/2Small Onion, Peel

1/2Orange Bell Pepper

2Tbls. Cilantro

1/2 Lime, peeled

1/2Tsp salt

1/4 Jalapeno Pepper

Directions:

Oh they tasted soooo good. I also brought along some Tortilla Chips and some Ritz Crackers for dipping. After finishing the dips and running some last minute errands, we arrived at Robin’s house around 1pm.

I met Robin’s parents, her in-laws; it was such a lovely time. And Robin had out her appetizers (my salsas) and then a lunch which consisted of grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, shrimp gumbo, and a big Strawberry Salad. I had every intentions of eating. In fact I was snacking on my dips that I had brought. But as the afternoon went on, my glass of wine kept getting filled (Not once was my glass of wine empty for more than 10 seconds) and before I knew it, it was around 7 or 8 pm in the evening. 

Well, Mike had to pull me away from the festivities which had winded down to an almost screeching halt and drive home. Needless to say, I jumped right into bed and passed out when I got home.

The next morning, I woke up feeling sluggish and brandishing a headache from the night before. I didn’t do much, but watch movies and drink some Fruit Smoothies, Juice and water. I did have enough energy to get up and make my own version of a Strawberry Salad for lunch and for dinner, Mike got take out from The Outback Restaurant. I ordered a Baked Potato and had some more of my Strawberry Salad.

Barbara’s Strawberry Salad:

Ingredients:

Baby Green Lettuce

Spinach

1Cup Cut Mushrooms

3Green Onions

1Carrot

1Small Bunch Broccoli

6Strawberries Fresh Cut

Oil & Vinegar Dressing

Directions: Wash, cut up all vegetables and fruit and mix into salad bowl. Pour Oil & Vinegar on individual serving.

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It seems as if I’m on a self-destructive path to destroy what I’ve been doing for the last 5 months. I obsess about foods I know I shouldn’t be eating, like Hershey’s Chocolate Bars, Cheese Pizzas, and Ice Cream. And every piece of food I look at, regardless of the nutritional value, I have this overwhelming desire to eat it!

I know that I have a goal to lose weight and become a healthier person, but my alter ego steps in and just wants to eat everything in sight. The worst part, I don’t know why I’m being so ravenous about food now, whereas before, I couldn’t care less! 

I’ve been walking 30 to 45 minutes every morning for about a week… and doing piloxing too. Maybe I’m working my body and this urge is my body’s way of getting food. I think now I need to learn to eat better foods, and not the sugars and other BAD foods in front of me.

I did pretty well for lunch today; I ate my Green Salad I made the other day with some Whole Wheat Bread.  I had a late start to drinking my Carrot, Beet, Celery and Apple Juice and after I did so, I snacked on Organic Flax Maple Pecan Crunch.

Then for dinner, Mike and I went to Carraba’s Italian Restaurant where I had a Mediterranean Salad with Oil and Vinegar and Riggotti Martino with Tomato Red Sauce. Plus I had a glass and a half of White Wine. 

Now I’m drinking my second Carrot, Celery, Beet and Apple Juice….

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