Saturday, January 10, 2009

:: MJ Meal Plan 01/10-01/16 ::

All recipes by Peter Berley unless otherwise stated.

Saturday, Mikee's family Dinner
Lunch: Garam Masala Tofu Scramble (H. Swanson)
Slow-cooked Lamb Shanks in escarole
Chicken Mole Negro
Vibrant Tasty Green Beans (H. Swanson)
Millet Cauliflower Polenta with Crispy Shallots

Mushroom Casserole Recipe (H. Swanson)

Spicy-roasted Winter Squash
Garlic Kale

Barley Mushroom Soup
Sauteed spinach with Red Pepper and garlic

Creamy and Crusty White Beans (H. Swanson)
Lemon-thyme tofu with roasted cherry tomatoes
Millet Cauliflower Polenta

Leftovers from Wednesday

Otsu (H. Swanson)

:: Day 6 - 01/10/09 - Summary ::

Happy Birthday Mikee!!! I tried to make him a special birthday remix of granola last night but totally failed. I just don't have what it takes to make granola apparently. :(
But I'm going to be spending the rest of the day cooking for his family birthday dinner.


Post-farmer's market 5.0 mile run
[update] ended up spending all day in the kitchen so long run postponed to sunday instead.

1 apple. Random samplings from farmer market.

Random snacks during the day:
Raw carrots, nuts, seeds etc. Not eating much during the day, look below and you'll know why.
[update] Eric ended up coming over for lunch so I whipped up a tofu scramble and some chicken parm on salad for the 2 boys. I tried to keep it light for myself though.

Mikee's Birthday Dinner
Slow-cooked Lamb Shank with Spinach (P. Berley)
Vibranty Tasty Green Beans (H. Swanson)
Chicken Mole Negro (P. Berley)
Millet Cauliflower Polenta (P. Berley)
MIL's Chicken Chow Mein
SIL's Green Onion Buttermilk Biscuits

Friday, January 9, 2009

:: Recent reads ::

I love Mark Bittman's new york times blog. Some of my favorites this past week...

What to ditch in the kitchen
"OUT: Bottled salad dressing and marinades. The biggest rip-offs imaginable.

IN: Take good oil and vinegar or lemon juice, and combine them with salt, pepper, maybe a little Dijon, in a proportion of about three parts oil to one of vinegar. Customize from there, because you may like more vinegar or less, and you undoubtedly will want a little shallot, or balsamic vinegar, or honey, or garlic, or tarragon, or soy sauce. ... "

Recipe for crunchy Granola (very similar to Heidi's)

Green beans with walnut miso

:: Day 5 - 01/09/09 - Summary ::

5pm Run 45 mins
6pm Strength training for chest and arms

The husband is out skiing today. I'm going to eat raw today. 120% warrior diet. My body needs to rest and get goodies, after yesterday's beating at A&J.

Blend of apple, carrots, slice of beet, 1/3 banana, blueberries, kale and spinach
I'm down to my last 6 persimmons of the season! BAWWWLL!!!

Random snacks through the day
Nuts, Oats, Seeds, Carrots, Apple, Banana, Spinach,Blueberries

Main meal @ home
persimmons, apple, nuts and seeds, cheese and some left over millet with an egg

Oh I also had a couple of handfuls of iris popcorn at the theater. :P

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

:: Day 4 - 01/08/09 - Summary ::

5pm run, 47 mins, 525 cal, HRa 163, HRm 176
I did intervals of 2 min run, 1 min sprint and cycled through 47 mins. I am spent.
I really like how I've set up my routine. One 24 episode per run - a very exciting run indeed!

Usual morning blend. yawn. But did I ever say I love love love the vitamx? I"m trying to get a 220v version for my dad in Singapore so if anyone has any intel, please let me know!

Random snacks through the day:
Almonds, sunflower seeds, pepitas, raisins, carrots, winter vege soup (last serving!!), fuji apple, small orange

Dinner with my dear friend, Miranda
Chinese comfort food. Yum. Looking forward to a hot bowl of taiwanese style beef noodles.
Update. Burp. I ate. Alot.

:: Day 3: 01/07/09 - Summary ::

I came back from work famished and tired. Ate dinner and vegged for 2 hours before deciding the workout must go on. It was a sloppy effort, but still an effort. No more post-dinner workouts!
9pm KB workout swings with pushups and planks, 44 mins, 384 cal burnt, HRa 141, HRm 155

Juice blend: Carrots, apple, slice of beet, persimmon, spinach, blueberries, kale

Random snacks:
1 apple, home made seed and nut mix, bowl of winter root soup

Main meal @ home
3grain pilaf - wild rice, brown rice and millet, mixed with sauteed onions, garlic, kale and carrots

2 servings of organic salad veggies, no dressing


:: Scary reminder ::

Came across this last week. Yikes. Never going back there again.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

:: Day 2: 01/06/09 - Summary ::

4pm 46 min run, 542 cal, HRa 167, HRm 181

Blend of apple, carrots, beet, kale, spinach, banana, blueberries, persimmon

random snacks:

2 apples, snack of {sunflower seeds, almonds, pepitas, oats)

Bowl of winter vege soup

Main meal @ home

Pressure-cooked azuki beans in White Wine with Spinach

Millet cauliflower "polenta" with crispy shallots (Oh this was absolutely divine!)

MIL's beef shanks with carrots



The scale has moved... only slightly up. I'm nowhere near my 01/29 goal of 140 lbs. I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised. While I looked at my anti-weight gain plan for the holidays, I probably only followed it with 30% discipline due to various reasons. Not to mention, diet wasnt all that clean either. There could also be that I'm just at the "wall". And that I have to maintain this weight for awhile, before I can get over the darn wall.

The new year is here. There isn't any time to lament and blame. Only time to look forward. I might actually start blogging about my daily consumption/activities again. For 3 reasons:
a. Accountability WORKS! (Please keep reading!!)
b. I kinda miss it!
c. I love having a record of what I've accomplished.

I also picked up two new books. Ori Hofmekler's companion book to the Warrior Diet, "Maximum Muscle, Minimum Fat" and Mark Bittman's "Food Matters: A guide to conscious eating". Mark Bittman's book has months of meal plan-style menus which I love. More new recipes to try! I'm curious to see what else Ori has to add to the warrior diet and maybe identify the blockage in my routine.

Onward, soldier.

Monday, January 5, 2009

:: Day 1: 01/05/09 - Summary ::

I've lost track of the day counting. Starting back at 1.

5pm: 45 min run on the treadmill (watching 24 on my ipod!), 504 cal burnt, HRa 163 HRm 180

ABC Blend, made by mikee
small bowl of congee-style oatmeal

1/2 banana, 1 apple

12pm: Small bowl of oatmeal

Main meal @ home
Small life of leftover phyllo pie with lemon greens and tofu
creamy and crusty great northern beans on the side
Bowl of creamy winter root soup