Friday, June 7, 2013

Fun Fact!

You now can be whoeeevvver you want to post a comment on the blog. 

That being said, don't use this for evil purposes- karma will punch you in the throat. =)

Brought to you… By you!

OK so there aren't a toonnn of comments on recipes on my previous post, but there are a ton of tweets/e-mails/FB comments. I'm just re-posting those in this massive list, but please look at the ones on this post too! =) 

So below, I give you… Your own words. =) Knowledge is power. Go cook something new this weekend!

1. Grilled/roasted veggies are my all time favorites. Simple, unprocessed and tasty!

2. http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2011/01/chicken-tomatillo-casserole/ 

3. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/shrimp-and-feta-tabbouleh-salad 


4. http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Lamb-Feta-Peppers/Detail.aspx 


5. http://recipes.womenshealthmag.com/Recipe/gingered-beef-with-broccolini-and-walnuts.aspx 


6. http://www.indiansimmer.com/2010/10/50th-post-with-madhur-jaffreys-egg.html 


7. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/honey-hoisin-pork-chops/detail.aspx


8. Avocado + Concord Foods Guacamole mix (http://www.concordfoods.com/guacamole/) sold at Safeway and Giant + optional tomatoes + optional squeeze of lime juice. 

9. Carrots + Trader Joe's tahini dip.

10. No-sugar miniwheat cereal from Trader Joe's + skim milk + sliced bananas.

11. One bag spring mix + 4 oz. goat cheese + handful sliced almonds + handful dried cherries + a couple spoonfuls of dressing mix of 3 parts oil 1 part apple cider vinegar.

12. Chana masala:
1 15-oz can of chickpeas, drained (or 2 cups of cooked chickpeas)
2 cups cubed cooked potato (russet is good, or I use frozen hash browns with no added ingredients)
~8 oz tomato sauce (or a couple of diced tomatoes or other equivalent)
half a small onion, diced
a garlic clove or two, smashed and chopped
garam masala
sugar
salt

Heat ~1 tablespoon of oil in a large saucepan and saute onion, garlic, and garam masala (start with half a tablespoon of garam masala and work your way up) until the onions are soft. Stir in vegetables. Sprinkle about half a tablespoon of sugar over the mixture and maybe a teaspoon of salt; taste and adjust seasonings as needed. If it's really dry, add more tomato sauce or other liquid.

13. Vegetarian burritos. Rice, black beans, salsa, guacamole, sometimes cheese.

14. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Bean-and-Tomato-Quinoa-238939

15. Scrambled eggs with stir-fried veggies, especially broccoli, onion, tomato, maybe spinach.


16. http://www.greenplaterule.com/

<3 
A Redhead

The Trifecta to World Domination

Pinky and the Brain brain brain brain brain!
You've got the theme song stuck in your head now, don't you? I do too, so we can commiserate together on this one.

I've talked here about eating and exercising, and here about my need for sleep otherwise I'll be a raging lunatic, and I've realized something important:

They make up the Trifecta of Perfection. Henceforth referred to as "TOP" as I'm a lazy mofo sometimes. But when one thing is out of whack, the TOP is basically screwed. It becomes a Trifecta of… Awkwardness? Imbalance? Discomfort and regret?

Remember my loooooooooong diatribe about how I need sleep? I kid you not, I'm pretty much worthless if I'm exhausted. The Bearded Wonder has learned not to ask me to make decisions or important questions if it's late at night and my lids are heavy while I kiss him good-bye. I'm truly a pathetic sight to see.

But when I don't sleep, I feel less inclined to work out. When I don't work out, I feel less inclined to make good food choices. You see how this falls apart?

Yesterday I was just plum tired. I wasn't completely hopeless, but I just didn't want to go to the gym. For the sake of being honest with myself to get better, my decision not to work out may have lead to decisions* involving Coke floats, frozen yogurt, a Starbucks drink, and a small piece of chocolate.

I'm ashamed to type all of that, but that's what this blog is here for. I need to be honest with my food choices, otherwise I'll be confused why I'm not losing weight. My weight endurance is going up like crazy, but my poundage has stayed the same for this month. Then again I don't really feel like weighing myself anymore after the loss of almost 6 inches off my body. That's a whole other post though.

Yesterday my TOP fell apart. It's not been blown to smithereens, as my gym bag is tucked safely under my desk and I'm eyeing the clock until I can go to the gym. But it definitely took a hit yesterday.

So here it is, Friday, and I'm hopping back on the horse. I'm feeling good with my hair down and my skinny jeans on, and knowing I'll be going swing dancing tonight.

This weekend I'm going to try to go nuts on grocery shopping/cooking so next week I can really hit the ground running on my food choices.

OH! Speaking of which. Time for dialogue. Please??? Who wants to hear me ramble all the time? NOT this chick.

I need your favorite healthy recipes. The less processed food, the better. I hate mushrooms and don't eat veal. Most other things are probably fair game. 

Go! :)

<3
A Redhead

*Note: It was throughout the day; I didn't sit at my desk or in my house with a pile of crap in front of me...

Thoughts?

Friends.

I love bright colors. I live, laugh, love them in fact.

Oh yeah. Just like that. 
So when no one else read my blog, the BRIGHT orange background was super exciting for me.

But now I see that it's time to put on my big girl pants and have a more respectable-looking blog. Despite the fact that I myself feel pretty awkward sometimes.

There is literally not enough time in the world to tell you how much this made me laugh.
Anyway. I'm testing out new layouts for awhile until I find something that screams "REDHEAAADDD!!!" in quite the Spartan-esque tone, yet makes me also look like a normal adult from a distance.

 You thought I was going to put a muscular screaming Gerard Butler gif, didn't you? Well I didn't. That's called restraint. You are welcome.

Leave thoughts/comments below on what you think though! You're the goobers who look at this thing anyway. =)

<3
A Redhead

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Sleeeeeeeeeeep

Good mooooorning love bugs.

I promise that's as cheerful as this is going to get; I'm so not a morning person. I'm so not a morning person, in fact, that one of my roommates and I had an agreement in college where there was no talking prior to 10am. Mostly because we had chapel at that time and woke up around 8:30-9a (oh, to dream…), so it's not like it was a lot of time anyway.

I hate mornings. I'm groggy, there's a good chance I still have eyeliner smudged on my cheek, my breath reeks (helloooo TMI), and I'm usually confused at how my clothes have tried to invert themselves while upon my person. I. Do. Not. Like. Mornings.

So after yet another night of not enough sleep, it's made me think about a terrible cycle I find myself in sometimes….

+ Go to bed super late (which for me is sometime after 11. Stop laughing at me, I have to get up early!).
+ Wake up at 6a (told you!).
+ Hit snooze… 3-4 more times.
+ Actually get up between 6:15-6:20
+ Rush around like a mad woman debating on Starbucks vs. Shower*
+ Decide on Starbucks
+ Get to work, coffee in hand
+ Operation Cranky Face Redhead commences
+ Snack pre-lunch
+ Eat bad lunch
+ Snack post-lunch
+ Eat bad dinner (Because I'm "tired and cranky and don't feel like cooking")
+ Go to bed hopefully earlier, but with a stomachache since I ate crap.

Story of my life.
You see my problem here? Sleep is such a vital part of my day, yet stuff happens where I can't seem to get in bed by 10:30 at the latest. Last night, for instance, I did laundry and overstuffed the washer and dryer. Now while my clothes got cleaned [we hope], it literally took 2 cycles of 60 min/ea to dry. And while a 1-hour cycle should have left me ample time to get to bed, 2 1-hour cycles did not and now I'm cranky and blaming my Starbucks.

Getting enough sleep at night has a ton of benefits. Just google it. OK fine I'll do it for you and show you my Top 10 Reasons You Need Sleep So You Don't Kill Someone Or Do Something Else Stupid:
(There may be some paraphrasing and marginal exaggeration. Don't say I didn't warn you)

10. You can maintain weight loss better! There was a study done by U. Chicago that basically proved people who get less sleep became hungry wildebeests during the day.

9. You can keep your car insurance lower. How? YOU WON'T GET INTO AS MANY CAR ACCIDENTS. I've driven home a time or 2 when I should not have, and I found myself drifting into other lanes. Thankfully it was usually closer to 3am (post-swing dance diner visits. I had to stop for this very reason), so the roads were pretty clear. Being sleepy while driving slooows down your reaction time.

8. Getting enough sleep curbs your depression. It can help you take off your cranky pants and put on your happy to be alive culottes (just kidding; culottes are never OK).

7. Sleep makes you look like less of a jerk due to forgetfulness. That's right, if you sleep enough at night then your brain has a better chance of storing memories and making you look like a hero for remembering your boss' kid's name and all about their hamster Skippy.

6. You have a better shot doing physical activity and not laying on your couch watching Netflix all day and debating ordering Chinese food. I have no link for this one, because, well, this was my life on Saturday. I was so exhausted due to my 5 hours of sleep I got, that I literally laid on the couch aallll day and didn't shower until 5 because I had a birthday party to go to at 8. (Remember, we pinky promised to not judge each other back on blog 1).

5. You won't look like you've been punched in the face. Ever seen someone with bags under their eyes? It's because they're EXHAUSTED. Homie needs some sleep!

4. Your immune system needs some rest too, friend. It needs time to catch up, patch up the battle armor, and rebuild your internal fortress so you can fight off infection and other nasty things. Are you getting sick all the time? Well, are you sleeping enough? Now, if you have small children sneezing into your mouth (this has happened to me. *shudder*), then sleep may not be your #1 issue.

3. YOU COULD BE IMMORTAL!!! MWAHAHA! OK that's not true. Please remember I'm writing this while sleep-deprived. Whatever. Sleeping more could make you live longer though. Especially if you never sleep and get sick all the time. Shoot, you could die from the sniffles. (That's not true. Just ignore me on this one.)

2. Improved performance. In everything. You tend to be more alert and ready to go when you're well rested.

And the number 1 reason you need sleep so you don't kill someone or do something else stupid…

1. Because then you'll write respectable blog posts instead of weird rambly ones that are a hybrid of facts and caps lock shock.

Soooo…. Now that that's done…. I'm gonna go… I need to focus (you know, be alert and all) on my day. It would probably be easier with some more sleep, but that's why I'm hanging with Mr. Iced Coffee today.

<3
A Redhead

* Please note: It's not like I go days without showering. Calm down, don't think you can't hug me anymore.

Monday, June 3, 2013

What it's all about...

I started this blog on May 1, and I thought it might be good to share my progress with you guys. It's what we're all here for, right?

As you already know from this post, I've lost 5.5 inches total off my thighs, waist, and hips. I don't want to weigh myself anymore, because you know what? I haven't lost a single pound. In fact I think I gained one. But you know what else?

These numbers* don't lie:





On the far right are my "PRs", or my "Personal Records". So if you'll notice, I haven't lost any weight, but my lat pulldowns have increased by 20 lbs in 8 days. My V-squat has increased by 30 lbs in 1 month. My seated cable row, which makes me feel like a sissy girl, has gone up 10 lbs in a month. And my plank, my shaky, shaky plank, has lasted 10 seconds longer than usual. 

I feel good! I'm getting a lot of really positive feedback thanks to the blog, and I think the combination of fun gifs + Fitocracy + being point-blank honest with myself and others is absolute perfection.

I don't lie or fudge anything on this blog, because frankly I still feel anonymous on this blog despite the growing number of hits and more people I share it with. I'm completely and totally honest with you all, because it keeps me honest with myself (which, no offense, is really more important). But I know things are changing since I put on a pair of my stilletto skinny jeans yesterday and a sleeveless top, and noticed my hourglass curve go BOIIIIING! The Bearded Wonder saw me and even went:


Haha!

Bottom line is, I've finally found something that I've hunted for for years: something that works. It's easy to follow, it's tough on my body (in a good way),and I'm seeing results after just a month. I definitely think things will be different since starting this journey. =)

How was your weekend? I did not want to go to the gym, and darnit I did not. No regrets though: we all need lazy days.

<3
A Redhead

*Note: Sorry the numbering is wonky; I pulled them off different days on Fitocracy….