Archive for May, 2009

As previously noted, I tend to be healthy and active during the week when I am on my own.  Then, I spend the weekend with my boyfriend and there is at least one day of unhealthy eating and drinking and general laziness.  

This had been the pattern for a year and half of living 2 hours apart.  I started tracking what I was eating earlier this year, and tried to do a realistic and honest count for the weekends.  It helped me be more conscious and to at the least try to make healthy substitutions wherever possible.  

Chris moved at the beginning of March. And since then, I have dropped 5-8 pounds.  In part, this is because I have more time by myself, which means more time for physical activity. Also, I was taking a long walk each week to train for a 50K hike I did with Liz.  But, the biggest change has been in the weekend food and alcohol consumption.  I certainly have enjoyed a beverage or the occasional fast food meal (exclusively In-n-Out or Chick-fil-A).  And I have visited Chris a couple times and celebrated weekends with other visitors.  Overall, though, it has been a healthy 2 months.  I wouldn’t say that my body looks significantly different, but I do feel better – especially on Mondays. I feel relaxed, energized, and positive.  

I am moving at the end of June.  This time it will be different because instead of only having weekends together, we are going to be living together for the first time. That means my regular food for the week all will be available on the weekend. Also, where we are staying has a small gym and the weather is much more mild than here – so I plan to continue regular exercise.  But, I am curious to see if the scale changes. The number is not so important to me as what patterns I keep up or change and how I feel.  

As an end note, since I have reached my “target weight” and anticipating the new living arrangements – I have stopped tracking calories.  Because I don’t move until the end of June, this gives me time to listen to and trust my body and continue making healthy choices.


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I’ve been drooling over Gena’s raw zucchini pasta, so I tried my own version using the mandolin my parents gave me for Christmas, and it worked out beautifully.

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The raw sauce consists of :

1 tomato

1 clove of garlic

2 mushrooms

pinch of sea salt


finely chopped sun dried tomato

a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (so this isn’t technically raw…)

pinch of crushed red pepper (…neither is this…)

~1 T of tomato paste (…I guess this isn’t either)

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Okay, so the sauce isn’t completely raw, but it’s healthy and yummy!

I’m having this for dinner later, and I plan to top it with some raw goat’s milk jalepeno cheddar cheese.

I anticipate that I will make this meal many times in the future!

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