Confession: It is really hard to have a food blog when you’re trying to lose weight. There’s a Biggest Loser competition going on at work, and we’re in the home stretch. The final weigh-in is about two weeks away. There’s some pretty great prizes at stake, so naturally, I want to win! And since Shawn just left, now is the perfect time for me to kick it into overdrive. I’ve made a commitment to hit the gym hard and track every calorie with MyFitnessPal.
But like I said, it’s hard to have a food blog when I’m dieting especially because I tend to eat pretty boring – lots of egg whites, Kashi Go Lean, protein smoothies, chicken breast, broccoli, green beans, peanut butter, same ol’, same ol’. And eating out? Yeah. Usually doesn’t happen because I lack this thing called “self-control”.
I had the most amazingly productive morning the other day.
I got up and prepped some short ribs for braising, then headed to the gym with Ashley. We knocked out the first workout of The New Rules of Lifting for Women and a little Ab Ripper X. I came home, showered, curled my hair, did my make up, braised the short ribs, and threw them in the crock pot. I topped things off by doing the dishes and making the bed.
I’m just going to come right out and say it: I hate chicken salad. And egg salad. And potato salad. Actually, I think the more precise thing to say is that I hate any sort of “salad” that involves globs of mayo. Ewwww. Just gross.
I’ve been kinda sorta on a diet lately. My boyfriend will be home soon (yay!), and I can be a little bit on the narcissistic side at times (gasp!). So for the past few weeks it’s been lots of lean protein, lots of veggies, and some healthy whole grains here and there. But a girl can only eat chicken breast so many times before she’s ready to fly the coop (too cheesy?).
I dusted off my crock pot this weekend, y’all. I think I can say it’s officially fall. I no longer want to kill myself when I run outside, and tomorrow the high is 75. I could get used to this.
Naturally, the first thing I wanted to make the second the temperature dipped below boiling is chili. And since it’s OMGFALL and I’m a blogger eating ALL the pumpkin things, it was time to give pumpkin chili a shot. And Lord knows I love a good dump-it-all-in-the-crock-pot recipe… Especially on a Sunday after a horrendous failed long run.
This craving has been going on for weeks. I don’t really eat red meat all that often, but every month or so, I’ll get an insane craving for a juicy cheeseburger or a mouthwatering steak. But this time? It was all about pot roast.
I know. I’m lobbying hard for this Fall-thing to happen. Pumpkin cookies yesterday. Sweet potatoes today. I’m really hoping my efforts aren’t like a Gretchen Wieners-esque attempt to make “fetch” happen. I just want cooler temperatures, y’all.
I also really want to sound coherent today. I’ve got this cold – sore throat, coughing, sneezing, headache… the whole nine yards. I’m practically mainlining Excedrine, cough syrup and Emergen-C. Needless to say, I’m totally rocking the medicine head thing. Oh, what fun.