Taking the full measure of life

Gotta eat even when you’re busy, right?

June 10th, 2008 · 13 Comments

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I owe you (and myself) the time to write out a variety of posts that have been floating around in my head the last couple of weeks.  And I’m gonna work on that . . . tomorrow. In the meantime, I did want to post my meals for this week, most of the ingredients of which are sourced locally from organic (methods if not certified) sources.

As far as my weigh-ins go, I have been at the same weight—almost to the 10th of a pound; it’s 163.6 nearly every time–for the last month or so. It’ll dip up or down for a day and then restabilize.  And honestly, though I’m looking forward to when it nudges downward again, I’m okay with that for now. I’ve been working out a lot.  Even though my weight has not been changing, I feel stronger, my clothes look better on me, and people have been commenting again that I look thinner. (It’s very funny to me right now to bump into people who haven’t seen me in six months or a year or two years. I get amusement from watching them struggle with what, if anything, to say about how different I look.)

Here’s my meal plan, which is, as always, free of casein/dairy, soy, gluten, and eggs.


Dinner: local pastured beef meatballs (with gf breadcrumbs and flax egg replacer) with zucchini in a tomato sauce over brown rice pasta

To Do: Work late; no exercise class for me 🙁


Dinner: Go out for Ethiopian food


To Do: Work-out class from 5:30-6:30

Dinner:  Grilled salmon over pureed fava beans and grilled Vidalia onions


To Do: Swim class @ 7

Dinner: Watermelon salad with olives and toasted pecans


To Do: Work-out class from 5:30 to 6:30

Dinner:  Rosemary-white bean dip with crudite (carrots, green beans, cucumber, zucchini) and potato chips; strawberries balsamico


To Do: Work 1/2 day at Habitat build site. Send Dan to farmer’s market.

Breakfast: Dan’s granola

Lunch:  Salad with (leftover) grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, Vidalia onion, and honey mustard dressing on garlic millet flatbread

Wine-Tasting Party: Viognier with corn chips with pineapple salsa, grilled shrimp with tomato jam, goat’s milk cheddar cheese, and grilled peaches or macerated strawberries (depending on what’s at the farmer’s market)


To Do: Relax! Swim?

Brunch: TJ gf waffle mix waffles with bacon crumbled into them and a fruit-maple topping

Snack:  Acai smoothies

Dinner:Black beans and rice, pan-fried plantains, green vegetable

I’ll be submitting this (belatedly) to the gluten-free menu swap being most by Asparagus Thin.

Tags: meal planning · quick meals

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andrew is getting fit // Jun 11, 2008 at 12:23 am

    It is very funny (and a bit weird) bumping into people who haven’t see you for a while once you’ve lost a significant bit of weight.

  • 2 Kristen // Jun 11, 2008 at 8:35 am

    my husband thinks he’s developing an egg allergy — any tips on what to use in their place?


  • 3 sally // Jun 11, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Depends on the recipe. I usually don’t try to convert recipes that call for more than 2 eggs. Per egg, I generally use 1 T ground flax seed mixed with 2 T water and allowed to sit for 2 minutes. I sometimes add a bit of oil if I think it needs the fat, and I sometimes use club soda in lieu of water if I have it around (adds lift to baked goods). There’s also Ener-G egg replacer powder that works pretty well, too.

  • 4 Kay // Jun 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Missed you! It’s a busy time of year for all of us. I’ve been replanting gardens that were washed away by our recent floods. It’s okay. Some crops will be late, but I’ll be glad to eat them whenever they are ripe.

    I think holding at your “skinny jean” weight is a fine accomplishment!

  • 5 Kara // Jun 12, 2008 at 6:39 am

    How do you feel about people commenting on your body? I feel a little weird. My son was born 8.5 months ago. I worked out (gym, walking, hiking, yoga, etc.) pretty much until he was born–we have great picture of me at the top of a fire tower on my due date! I ate plenty but very healthily and gained 25-30 lbs. I immediately lost about half of it and shed the rest in the next couple of months by exercising and eating well consistently.

    I’m not writing this to brag–I know many people struggle with their pregnancy weight–but to say how weird it is when random people say, “oh, you don’t look like you’ve had a baby,” etc. It seems like such a private thing, your body. Sometimes I feel like they’re unconsciously judging themselves or other women who haven’t lost their baby weight. That doesn’t make me feel good, because I know not everyone has (or are interested in having) the firmly entrenched eating and exercise habits I do. Sometimes I feel like they think it must have been easy when, in fact, I worked darn hard to lose the weight. And I never know what to say–“thank you”? That seems weird, too.

    In any case, good for you for keeping with it! I think summer makes everything easier.

  • 6 Arlene // Jun 15, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    Yummmm Ehiopian food. And yaaaay TJs.
    Stabilizing at a weight you’re okay with for awhile is probably a good thing for your body. I think the continual stress of losing (or gaining) as I’ve been doing these last several years is not such a good thing.

  • 7 Trisha // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    I wished I could be more organized with planning my meals! I try, but I can’t quite stay organized enough.

  • 8 KL // Jun 26, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Sorry I’ve been a sucky blogger (and a suckier friend). Sounds like you’ve been great! Aren’t the vidalia onions yummy this time of year! Max and I have been going through one or two a week. I’m trying to get back on board, so I’ m blogging again. Thanks for being so awesome!

  • 9 Mark Salinas // Jun 29, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    Great job in the charting dept.! You are definitely on task and I love your food choices! 🙂

  • 10 IzzyBeth // Jun 29, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I look forward to reading more of your blog – thanks for your comment and the heads up on the book I’m going to check out!!

    Have a great Sunday!

  • 11 marc // Jun 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I know what you mean about people giving you compliments. That’s what I need on my diet.

    Lean meats, fruits, veggies, and compliments. I’ll be in great shape in no time!


    sorry I haven’t been updating much. Kind of fell off the bandwagon 😛

  • 12 marc // Jun 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    btw, is it OKAY if I link you up?

    Too late, already did 😉

  • 13 KFJ // Jun 30, 2008 at 4:12 am

    Sounds like you have a very healthy lifestyle 🙂 Keep it up!!! I’ve learned that the number on the scale isn’t near as important as how you feel in your own skin!!!

    As a nurse, I feel for you with the Celiac Disease. Your positive attitude is amazing…….you are an inspiration!!!

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