Monthly Archives: January 2015

Fed Up Challenge – Wrap up

So I made it. Only a few missteps here and there and I lived to tell the tale.  I lost two pounds and I feel good. Am I going to go out and eat a pound of candy? No. But I will be putting honey in my tea tonight and tomorrow if I have oatmeal, there will be some kind of sweetener.

Moderation in all things.

Things I want to keep up: the meal planning, avoiding highly processed foods in general, trying to eat a higher portion of vegetables and fruits, trying to think creatively about cooking.

I might attempt this challenge again. It would be interesting to see if I could go the entire 10 days with no lapses.

If you’re considering doing this, I really think you have to plan it out. It’s good if you know what your trigger foods are–for instance I would avoid having nuts in the house, I think because I can scarf those down by the pound. Also, I found not having something for dessert was an issue. I found one recipe for baked apples that requires no added sugar. I’d like to try, but if I did this over, I think I’d figure out some other dessert options. But this is totally doable.

Thanks for following me on my journey!

Fed Up Challenge – Day 9 and 10

With my last bite tonight, I am done!

Day 9

Breakfast:  Instant plain oatmeal, Chinese 5 spice powder, almonds, raisins, black coffee, and my multivitamin

Lunch: Baby carrots, celery, orange peppers, hummus, apple, cashew butter

Snack: 2 Clementines

Dinner: Salad with leftover roast chicken and 1 tbsp of lemon chive dressing, 2 oz of bourbon, and 2 Clementines

Day 10

Breakfast: half a grapefruit

Lunch: leftover pork tenderloin, greens, quinoa, and roasted vegetables (leftovver)

Dinner: Turkey chili with 1 ounce of cheddar and cornbread, 2 oz of bourbon

Snacks: 1 cup grapes, 2 Clementines

turkey chili

Will sum up tomorrow!

Fed Up Challenge – Day 8

Weekends are usually hard for me and I’m over on fat again. I love almonds and cashews and it’s just too tempting not to snack on them.

Brunch: Matzo Brei – halved and I only hate half of what I made, Cara Cara orange–which looks kind of like a blood orange, black coffee, and my multivitamin.

Snack: 2 Clementines, 1/4 cup of almonds

Dinner: Pork tenderloin with quinoa (cooked in homemade chicken broth) and swiss chard sauteed in olive oil and garlic. Recipe is from the Sonoma Diet Cookbook, but I can’t find it online…

Snack: Cup of green seedless grapes and another 1/4 cup of nuts

So I am feeling much better. I think I have kicked the cold to the curb. I definitely feel less bloated and I have much more energy–I spent most of Sunday doing all kinds of chores I’ve been putting off for days.

I miss honey, though. And bread. Part of the problem with this challenge is that because it’s so restrictive, I find myself wanting things just because.

Fed Up Challenge – Day 7

No pics and no numbers. I’m under on most of them. Not on fat (this is an issue for me) and also a bit high ton the cholesterol.

Breakfast: 2 stone-ground corn tortillas with scrambled eggs, 2 tbsp of bruschetta topping, and an oz. of cheddar. Black coffee and the multivitamin as usual.

Lunch: leftovers – the roast chicken, chard, and roast veggies

Dinner: 3 oz of ham steak, 2 eggs, more swiss chard, tomatoes

Snacks: 2 Clementines, 1/4 cup almonds

I ran into a friend who wanted to know how I was feeling. Again, I’m still fighitng off a cold , so I think that’s part of the issue. I feel good–not bloated. I have energy and I’m sleeping better. I do miss sweet stuff. I would love a teaspoon of honey in my hot tea right now, but I’m not dying for them.

Another friend thought the food had to be tasteless. Aside from the matzo, it’s been quite yummy.

Really, I have no new takeaways here. I’ve struggled with my weight for most of my adult life and I no the lessons: plan ahead; if you take away fat and sugar, you need to add flavor; it helps to plate your food attractively; drink lots of water; only eat food you can pronounce. This is not new to me.

I know what I need to do. This is good for forcing me into better habits and reinforcing those lessons.

Fed Up Challenge – Day 6

No pics. I feel good. Not amazing, not terrible, but good.

Breakfast: half a grapefruit, coffee and the multivitamin

Lunch: Baby carrots with 1 tbsp of hummus. I also had about a cup of raw sugar snap peas and an apple cut up into pieces with 2 tbsp of cashew butter (organic, no sugar added). And a sheet of whole wheat matzo. 2 Clementines

Dinner:  3 oz of roast chicken breast, skin removed, with a medley of oven-roasted turnips, potatoes, and beets. Swiss chard sauteed with olive oil and garlic. 2 Clementines. 2 ounces of bourbon over ice.

Really under on all the bad numbers and up on the good ones. It’s a good day.

Fed Up Challenge – Day 5

Okay, I am calmer now and attempting to remain so. I am not really trying to do a cleanse. I’m trying to learn better nutritional habits. So, another day, another year, it’s a fresh new start.

No pics.

Breakfast: 2 stone-ground corn tortillas with scrambled egg beaters, 2 tbsp of bruschetta topping, and a cup of fresh avocado. Black coffee and the multivitamin as usual.

Lunch: I wasn’t terribly hungry so I had a whole wheat matzo with more avocado and an orange.

Dinner: 2/3 cup corn (frozen); fresh red tomato chopped with fresh basil,  a tsp of balsamic vinegar, and a turkey patty with a tsp of Weber’s mustard, wrapped in a lettuce leaf.

Snack: 1/4 cup of raw almonds

  • Calories: 1266 (under my daily goal)
  • Carbs: 118 (under)
  • Fat: 70 (over – I knew it would be with 2 avocados and the nuts)
  • Protein: 55 (under)
  • Sodium: 576 (lowest it’s been in months)
  • Sugar: 25 (really under, but considering my sugar high of yesterday, I can live with that)
  • Cholesterol: Really under
  • Potassium: Under
  • Fiber: Over
  • Calcium: Under
  • Iron, vitamins A & C: Over

So there you have it. Back on the proverbial wagon and back to somewhat respectable numbers.

Fed Up Challenge – Day 4 (or why I should never make stir fry)

Day 4: And I was doing so well.

Seriously, I was totally on target. And then this. I am not even going to run the numbers today. They’re all in the red by pretty huge amounts. I’m over in all the wrong categories.

And I had sugar. I lost my mind at some point around 11PM and devoured several pieces of marzipan candy–I don’t even like marzipan. I didn’t enjoy it either. It was too sweet and it was nasty, but pretty much from 10PM on, I felt like I was under a compulsion.


Breakfast: Instant oatmeal (plain, no sugar added) mixed up with 1 tsp of Chinese Five Spice Powder, a tbsp of raisins, 1/4 cup of almonds, and hot water. Coffee and my multivitamin.

Lunch: Leftovers from dinner: two slices of pizza with some homemade marinara, fresh mozzarella, fresh mushrooms, and basil, about 2 cups of lettuce, tomatoes, and radishes, and 1 tbsp of Annie’s Organic Lemon Chive dressing.

Snacks:  microwave popcorn (just popcorn, nothing added) and 2 Clementines.

Dinner: 1/4 cup dry of brown rice, chicken stir fry with carrots, mushrooms, sugar snap peas, orange pepper strips, scallions, ginger, and garlic.

Binge-eating session from hell: 3/4 cups of cashews, multiple pieces of marzipan

Up until the binge-eating session, I was doing fine. I meticulously measured out enough for 2 portions of stir fry. I weighed things. I divided in half and I entered each ingredient. And before I lost my mind and self-control, I would have been under for everything but fat, and even then only by a tiny bit.

But it’s done and there’s no more candy in the house. If I have learned anything from years of trying to practice good nutrition it is that you just have to square your shoulders and decide you will do better the next day.