Good start, bad finish

by spiceaholic on February 18, 2010

I’m entering dangerous territory here.

I’ve been doing pretty good about getting up in the mornings and getting exercise in.  My eating hasn’t been stellar, but it’s a lot better than what it was a couple months ago.

So what’s so bad about that?  The scale refuses to acknowledge my efforts.  On some level I know that until I really work on my eating and attempt to keep track of it, I won’t see any results, but another more impatient part wants some recognition for what I’ve been doing.

I know, I’m not supposed to let the scale dictate my moods.  I know I shouldn’t weigh myself every day. But when you’ve been battling the scale for half your life, it’s hard to let go of bad habits.

And so once again, I consider starting a different way of eating.  I know exactly what’s going to happen here.  I will be swayed and tempted by something like the South Beach Diet (which isn’t a bad thing), I will probably attempt it for a few days but will feel rebellious at having to give up certain foods even if it’s only for 2 weeks, and then I will experiment with not dieting but just eating healthy, and then slowly that too will fade.  And then the scale will begin to move up again and the panic will set in and the whole cycle will start over.

How do I break this cycle?

Enough babbling, on with the eats.


No exercise today, but I wanted a substantial breakfast nonetheless. I made a 2-egg omelet with spinach, mushrooms, turkey sausage, cheese, and salsa.

Before lunch I went to weigh in. Big mistake having that pizza yesterday . . . oh well.

Today I decided to try out one of the new Eat Smart Grab n’ Go cups I received as a sample recently. This time I tried out the Simple Noodles cup – Kung Pao flavored. The prep was the same as for the soup — put the noodles on top of the veggies, add water, and nuke. The difference here was you drain the water afterwards and add the sauce packet. I liked this one — the sauce had the right mix of sweet and spicy.




The portion is a bit small to have by itself, so I paired it up with some Morningstar Buffalo Wings.


I wanted my snack to include protein today — I find that those kinds of snacks hold me better. I bought a packet of Jay Robb whey protein powder to try out after reading good things about it. I decided to mix it up with some unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze. No blender at work, so I had to mix it with a spoon. It was kinda clumpy but eventually it mixed. Kinda.




I don’t know if it was because I didn’t use a blender to mix it, or because I used almond milk, but I didn’t like this very much. There was a bit of a weird aftertaste to it that I can’t put my finger on. I might give it another shot and try making it in a blender next time. Good thing I just bought a sample and not a container!

Since that wasn’t very satisfying, it’s not a surprise that later on I went on to have some strawberries and some almonds.



OMG, these almonds were good! Not too spicy, but they had a nice smoky kick.

After an annoyingly long drive home, I wanted something “bad” for dinner. I know you’ll never believe me, but tonight’s crap traffic was due to a zebra getting loose from a circus trailer and running around midtown and downtown Atlanta! I’m not lying!


I heated up a frozen spicy chicken patty and some frozen garlic fries I bought on the way home. Yum.

And by the way — Lays new Cajun-flavored potato chips? EVIL.

Let’s end the night with some recent acquisitions. Don’t tell Mr. Spice! 😀


My Eating Well subscription finally started!


I snagged these magazines while I was at Kroger tonight.


These were waiting for me when I got home — Amazon had them on sale and I’ve been wanting to read them for a while now.


This was part of the Amazon order — I got it to qualify my order for the free shipping. It’s the second in a culinary mystery series. Love this kind of stuff!

Time to peruse some of my new reading material.  Good night!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Christina (Dinner at Christina's) February 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Oh yum that omelette looks delicious! I love hearty savory breakfasts like that! Mmm the strawberries look good! I can’t wait for Spring to finally get here and really delicious and ripe veggies and fruits in the store again!

Too funny about the zebra!! That’s not something you hear everyday, now is it!? Oh! And you’ll have to let me know about that culinary mystery book! I LOVE books like that. I’ve checked out a TON of the food/craft/fashion “mysteries” from my library – but haven’t seen that one yet!

Nicole (dishin') February 19, 2010 at 11:30 am

You have lots of reading to do! Looks like fun though. Have you read other books by Joanne Fluke?

Priyanka February 19, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Hey Girl, don’t be so disheartened. I know how you feel, but you know what focus on the other parameters like ,Are your clothes fitting better? Do you have a better endurance and stamina then before. I am sure the answers must be yes. So don’t let the scale dictate your mood, just let it be your “by the way” tool to a healthier you.

I saw the zebra incident on tv today,it is so funny, not for you since you had to battle the traffic.

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 19, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I just tried those almonds last weekend, and you’re right: so good!

Biz February 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I need to get those jalapeno nuts!! Nice! I just picked up a couple South Beach cookbooks since I am trying to reduce my carbs – I’ll let you know if I find anything interesting!

I got my EW, Cooking Light yesterday and today I got Bon Appetit!!

Enjoy your weekend!

spiceaholic February 21, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Christina and Nicole — I read the first book in the series and liked it, and there seems to be quite a few books in this series, so I have high hopes for it!

Priyanka — you are absolutely right! There are so many other factors to consider when it comes to being healthy. I put the scale away so that I’m not tempted to get on it.

Meredith and Biz — I also got some wasabi and soy sauce almonds and boy do those have a kick! Target has some dill-pickle flavored cashews that are very addictive, if you want to try something else.

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