Monday, February 28, 2011

Lego Bonanza Weekend!

After a trip to the mall, and a couple of hours, I've got
zombies on my lawn. :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 02/25/2011

Weight: 123.6 
Body Fat: 19.2% + 3% = 22.2%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33"-17.5" 

What is it about showers that get your brain churning?

I read several articles about the fat acceptance movement yesterday. Like a cow with its cud, I've been mulling it about in my brain ever since.  One of the articles pointed out that humans evolved as a hunting and gathering species. Obviously, we no longer expend as much energy as we used while hunting and gathering food and it was posited that we as humans should just engineer less nutritional foods to accommodate this.

Really? That's hardly a solution.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Tips: Want to accomplish more?

Did you make a resolution this year to get healthy?

Is it not going so well?  Are you so focused on the big picture that getting healthy seems like a daunting task?

Next time you feel overwhelmed by your goals, sit down with a pencil and some paper and make a list.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Top 5 Gym Sins

I frequent the gym quite often. Most of the time I'm in my own world, ignoring everyone else there.  However there are days when I can't help but notice people committing what I consider to be cardinal gym rules.

5. Poor posture on the stair stepper/treadmill/etc.

This is the least frustrating of Sarah's Cardinal Gym Sins. Don't hunch over the machines or slouch while you're working out. Don't you do enough slouching at your desk job?  Posture is important; it makes you look taller and confident. Stand up straight people! Also, stop gripping the supports like your life will end if you let go. You won't die if you loosen your grip. It's okay. I promise!

4. Doing completely ineffectual workouts (and complaining to your girlfriends that you can't lose weight)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Kitchen Adventures: Ginger Cream Scones

I decided to stick with the scones and make the remaining scone recipe from Baking Illustrated. These were even easier than the oatmeal scones, as there was no oat toasting involved.

The Lone Scone

Monday, February 21, 2011

I made tasty wontons!

I recently made an impromptu purchase at the grocery store checkout line. It was a Cook's Illustrated on Soups and Stews, and as I was leafing through it, I came across the recipe for wonton soup. I thought to myself, "Why not? I have the perfect critic for this soup even!"

The only time-consuming part of making wonton soup I found is making the wontons. The filling I used was a pork and green onion mixture. I documented the process for your viewing pleasure. :)

Step #1: Lay square wonton wrapper out on clean, dry surface.
Keep remaining wonton wrappers in a damp paper towel.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 2/18/2011

Weight: 124.2 
Body Fat: 19.1% + 3% = 22.1%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33"-18" 

I've been thinking a lot about myself lately.

Yes, I know that sounds incredibly egocentric. You'll just have to bear with me for the duration of this post.

I'm a perfectionist. I believe it's one of my inherent qualities; one that has been exacerbated by nurture. I rarely ever think that I did a good or great job at something. My internal barometer for success is severely skewed.

That is why I'm embarking on a personal challenge to fix my internal success barometer.  Whenever I find myself thinking I did a poor job of something, I will stop and ask myself, "Could I have reasonably done anything more?"

If the answer is no, then I will learn to let it go and consider the situation a success. Otherwise, I'll try to reflect on what could have gone better but not obsess about it.

They're lofty goals. I know it'll take time to really stick, but I'm putting this out there so that I will have a reminder in the future when I feel badly about something.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's not a diet; it's a lifetime commitment.

There was a post recently on the CalorieKing forums discussing how rude some of the members of other weight loss forums can be when people post.  Ultimately, I can see both sides of the coin on this one; the poster is looking for help and gets snapped at and the responder is sick and tired of answering the same questions over and over again.

Personally, I'm not a big post-responder on the forums.  Mostly because I have a rather tough love, no nonsense approach to weight loss and maintenance. To that end, I'm going to put a few points out there that may offend (or not, I don't really know) about how I feel towards most things weight related.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Kitchen Adventures: Cinnamon-Raisin Oatmeal Scones

The only scone that I've ever had has been a scone from the cafeteria at my work. I'll  freely admit that that is not the best concept of a scone to base an opinion on. So what exactly is a scone then? According to Wikipedia:
The scone is a small British quick bread (or cake if recipe includes sugar) of Scottish origin. Scones are especially popular in the United Kingdom, the United States,Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland, but are also eaten in many other countries. They are usually made of wheat, barley or oatmeal, with baking powder as a leavening agent. The scone is a basic component of the cream tea or Devonshire tea.
Given that the scone recipe is found within the Quickbreads chapter of Baking Illustrated, that certainly makes sense. The next question I had about scones was their shape. Every scone I've ever seen has been wedge-shaped, but Eric pointed out that the scones he's had in the UK in the past have been round. Wikipedia says:

The original scone was round and flat, usually the size of a medium size plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle (or girdle, in Scots), then cut into triangle-like quadrants for serving. Today, many would call the large round cake a bannock, and call the quadrants scones. In Scotland, the words are often used interchangeably.[3]
I guess that settles that! I made scones, and not a "bannock."

Mmm, delicious scone!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Ringing in Year 26!

Family gathering for the birthday!
I made oatmeal scones! Come back
tomorrow if you want to see the entire process. :)
I am totally rocking Nate's hat right here.
We may have been comparing guns.
Thanks Natey! This is going towards some books! :)
Training Shoes from Mom & Dad!
In addition to my birthday gifts, my parents
gave me an Edible Arrangement with this cute
balloon attached to it. :)
Eric and I demolished the fruit arrangement!
The evening of my birthday, Eric and I went to Chez Henri.
It was delicious. :)
After we got home, I got to open my gift.
A Garmin Forerunner 405CX! Eee!
Trying really hard to relax the eye area and not
have the crazy eyes...
FAIL! Crazy eyes! Oh well. :)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 02/11/2011

Weight: 124.4
Body Fat: 19.1% + 3% = 22.1%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33"-18" 

For the record, should've posted this yesterday!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Tips: You do have time to exercise!

Do you know what the most common excuse for not exercising is?

Any guesses? I bet you probably already know what it is!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Kitchen Adventures: Lemon-Glazed Blueberry Muffins

I really wanted to make doughnuts this week, but alas, I lack a candy thermometer to take the temperature of the oil.  I decided to go with Lemon-Glazed Blueberry muffins instead, having just purchased a bag of frozen blueberries.
Left: Preglaze - Right: Postglaze

Friday, February 4, 2011

Weekly Weigh-In: 02/4/2011

Weight: 124.0 
Body Fat: 19.3% + 3% = 22.3%
Measurements: 34"-26"-33.5"-18" 

It's been a rough couple of weeks. My weight is still in the safe range, and I haven't been slacking on my workouts, but my diet just feels out of control. I'm eating more sweets than I'm used to, and I know too much sugar isn't good for me.

I'd like to blame most of this on work and snow, but honestly? 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I run for happiness.

When I tell people that I'm a runner, I'm often met with an odd stare and a hearty "You're crazy."

After all, why would anyone want to subject themselves to planned discomfort?

But isn't that what all exercise is? Planned discomfort?

Running transcends planned discomfort for me.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Kitchen Adventures: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

After spending an entire week away from my apartment, I returned last night ready and quite eager to bake. However, I didn't have much energy or time so I had to choose something simple from Baking Illustrated. I thought, "Why not make the best chocolate chip cookies ever?!"

And so I did.