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I’ve decided to try and lose some weight before my trip to Bali, in July. I don’t have a set amount of weight because I think it’s stupid to do that. I just want to be thinner so that I can buy a bunch of sun dresses for the trip and look somewhat cute in them. I think that having a goal date might work though. Trying to lose weight with no date has just caused me to have an idea in my head that I want to be thinner right NOW dammit, and when I see that I am not thinner I get frustrated and give up. Having a date that I want to be thinner by (and thinner is ambiguous. I don’t have an amount of pounds I want to be thinner by) seems to be less frustrating because sure, I’m not thinner today. But by July I should be! I don’t know. This is a theory. We’ll see how it goes.
To reach this goal I have a few ideas. The obvious one is to stick to Weightwatchers and not cheat. But to make that happen I’ve decided to try and eat smaller portions when I can, and use more of my points each day for healthy snacks throughout the day. That way, hopefully, I won’t be as hungry all the time, and this should, in theory, make me less likely to cheat. We’ll see how that works during class tomorrow. Saturday is always a big cheating day because I am in class for 6 hours and am usually starving by the time it’s done. This time I am going to bring a small lunch with me. Hopefully it will help prevent me from breaking my diet in a gigantic Indian buffet related tragedy. Also, I think having more meals throughout the day is supposed to keep your metabolism going. And I could use help with that. Some of the medication I take has the lovely side effect of turning my metabolism into molasses.
I’m also going to up my cardio. I’ve been jogging on my trampoline about 3 to 4 days a week, and I see my trainer twice a week for weight lifting and some cardio. Also, since the weather is starting to get nicer, I am going to start jogging outside. Now don’t get me wrong. I hate running or jogging of any kind. But I think it will be useful in burning calories. Sadly. So I may try that couch to 5k thing. Which means I should probably get one of those arm holder things for my iphone and a comfortable set of ear phones.
As the weather gets nicer I’ll also be able to start back up on my bike. Unlike jogging I absolutely love biking, though I think running might burn more calories. I’m not sure on that though. But I really can’t wait to get back out there and bike a bit. Honestly I’m just glad that winter may be slowly ending, finally. I’m well and truly sick of it.
The great thing is, even if I don’t lose as much weight as I would like, doing all of these things should keep me healthy, and it’s worth it just for that. I’ve already found that when I don’t work out enough I just don’t feel right. And in the past, when I’ve consistently eaten healthy, I definitely feel better. So uh…yeah. That’s cool.
The other day I roasted a chicken for the first time. This seems like something very boring to post about, but it was very exciting for me. I cook a lot, and occasionally it is even wonderful, but the roast chicken seemed more like grownup food than I normally cook. I’m not sure why. It was delicious though, and exciting, because roast chicken is very good for you if you take the skin off once you’ve cooked it. I tried this recipe and it was amazing. Dave ate so much that he could barely move for a while. I have another chicken in the freezer and I’m planning to try some more recipes out next week.
But, all of this got me thinking… Maybe I should try a turkey next. After all, being able to cook a holiday feast is definitely grown up cooking and turkey is really healthy and low fat if you skip the skin. But turkey… that’s a little more scary than chicken. For starters turkeys are huge. And should I brine it? Put stuffing in the middle or not? And if yes to the stuffing is there a good low-fat stuffing out there? I’m determined to lose some weight before going to Bali this summer. So far I am most interested in trying out the Alton Brown recipe here but I am a little scared that Dave won’t like the aromatics. And I am also a bit concerned about how to fit a brining turkey in my fridge. And is it maybe a little weird to make a turkey in the spring? Do I care? Probably not.