The Adventures of Miss Crankypants

Weightloss Fun

Posted in food,weightloss by mixmasterschmoopy on March 5, 2010

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.


Food and other stuff

Posted in cooking,food by mixmasterschmoopy on March 5, 2010

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.