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back in the saddle

14 May

I cannot believe it’s Thursday already – The week’s just flown by!

I was really bummed out from not being able to be in the gym all week, but today I bit the bullet, sucked it up, went and had a blast. I did two classes – weighted workout and express fitness, and mixed up my pre-class cardio by doing a little stair climber and cross trainer and the good oltreadclimber. I don’t know how accurate the calories burned on Fitlinxx are because today, with everything combined, it came out to 1146, which just seems crazy! I’m thinking of possibly getting a Polar or something similar to monitor calories burned and heart rate, but I still haven’t decided yet. Also, I have a confession to make: I took yoga last week and didn’t hate it. There, I said it. Don’t get too excited, though, I was under duress! It’s definitely nice to know that yoga’s there when I need it to be, instead of forcing myself to do it every week. It totally takes the stress out of “de-stress”.

We picked up my mom at the airport last night, and are we glad to see her! She brought us each some really cool gifts (which she totally didn’t have to do!), including our very first kiddush cup, some really cool books, and my absolute favourite pumpernickel bagels and whole-wheat challah rolls! Nothing says home like fresh baked goods, so they’re definitely appreciated. I just have to make sure to freeze them ASAP before I eat them all, which would definitely be bad news bears.

My appetite seems to back, which is awesome, but now I have to be careful to not eat everything in sight! I weighed myself today and I’m down another 2 pounds, so the week off hasn’t hurt me, which I’m so very thankful for.

Latest eats!


Kashi GoLean, the last of the Strawberry Glucerna, fresh strawbs, walnuts and nonfat milk, 294 calories

canned salmon mixed with dijon, a little light mayo, sriracha, herbs and paprika on a light italian FlatOut wrap with a mango and string cheese, 357 calories

Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom with extra veggies and avocado instead of mayo

with half an oz of skinny chips!
calories? 423

The day’s total was 1075 calories, which is way way way too little, even if I was sitting around all day. Not healthy!


Breakie of Kashi GoLean, the last of the Cinnamon Life, walnuts, strawbs and nonfat milk for 348 calories. Cereal just doesn’t taste like cereal without walnutty goodness!

Lunch was super-boring; a Boca Chick’n patty on whole grain white bread with garlic and herb Laughing Cow for 335 calories

I got pretty hungry right before we left for the airport, so I grabbed one of E’s crunchy granola bars for 95 calories. Maple and brown sugar = delicious!

My mom’s flight kept getting delayed and we were hungry! I had about 5 oz. of this Bud Light Lime, although it wasn’t very good.

I also had a side salad – radishes, carrots, green peppers, tomato lettuce, and red onion, pepped up with a dash of parm, some black pepper, and about a tsp of Golden Italian dressing. I also had 3 slices of pepperoni, 2 slices of thin salami and about 1/4 cup of diced lean ham on top. This ‘snack’, with beer, came out to 293 calories.

Mom came bearing trail mix! I had a giant cashew out of the bag for 8 calories

We were all starving at this point, and headed back to Bluegrass for a late dinner. I had all of the salad and goat cheese with 2 Tbsp. worth of the homemade super-chunky amazing blue cheese dressing, 2 slices of the bacon, and half the sandwich with 1 Tbsp. of sun-dried tomato mayo. This sandwich was the bomb! It had lemon-thyme roasted chicken, field greens, tomato and onion on some amazing french bread – now I know why they call it the Perfect Chicken! I wasn’t going to eat the bacon, but once I took a bite and it was seriously the best bacon I’ve ever tasted. Local and nitrate-free, it was porky perfection! With a bite of my mom’s burger (meat only), dinner, part 2 came out to 579 calories.

The day’s total came out 1657 calories – a little higher than I’d like, but still within range. I’m just glad my appetite’s back!

monday mood

12 May

Waking up yesterday morning, I was still feeling like absolute crap, and couldn’t work out due to congestion and breathing issues, which pissed me off tremendously. I was going to cancel my appointment for a hair cut, too, but figured since I waited 3 weeks for it, I should probably go. I grabbed the usual cereal before I went, but amped up the protein and fiber – the combo of the day was 2/3 Strawberry Glucerna, 1/3 E’s Kashi GoLean, 1 Tbsp. of walnuts and some nonfat milk.

If nothing else, the haircut made my head feel a little lighter and slightly less congested. I walked a couple of minutes down the street and got my weekly immunotherapy shot at the same time – gotta love a 2fer trip! I decided to walk a little bit, and somehow ended up almost a mile away when it started to pour. I happened to be in front of Fat Patty’s, so I hopped in for a bite. I had their Cobb salad, but made a few changes to healthen it up – I omitted the dried cranberries and sliced olives, got the dressing on the side and added bell peppers and carrots. I forgot to ask for no cheese, and I didn’t realize it came with garlic bread. I ate the egg whites, all the veggies and chicken, half of one piece of garlic bread and only the cheese that was stuck to the chicken and lettuce, which was about 2 Tbsp. I did 6 fork-dips of dressing, about 1 tsp. and accounted a tsp. of oil, which I guessed was about the amount the chicken was cooked in. With two big glasses of lemon ice water, it came out to 428 calories.

The salad filled me up really well, so I didn’t snack much at all. Around 5:30, I got munchy and grabbed 3 almonds and a yogurt pretzel and dark chocolate almond from my candy stash. With the starlight mint I had at the salon, it came out to 87 calories.

I was out of ideas for a creative and yummy dinner, and was way too stuffed up to make anything time-consuming. I didn’t want to order out, so I threw something quick together. We had some It’s All Good Chick’n Bites Provencal sauteed with spinach and shredded carrots with a half each of Kashi’s Mayan Bake and 1 3/4 baked corn tortillas with Blue Smoke Salsa. I liked the plantain in the bake, but the sauce just wasn’t my thing, and could’ve used something to brighten it up. The chick’n bites were good, but a little too springy for my tastes, so I gave 1/4 of them to E, bringing dinner to 375 calories.

I wasn’t too satisfied from dinner – it just didn’t work for me! Around 9ish, I heated up a strawberry Bagelful for 200 calories, bringing the day’s total to 1359. It’s under the daily range that I try to hit, but the protein was high, the carbs were low and the fat was right at range, so I decided not to eat any more. With a very random appetite, it’s hard to eat properly when you’re sick, so I did the best that I could, and I’m okay with that.

recap – friday

12 May

I apologize for the last few days’ absence – somehow, my lungs, throat and sinuses teamed up and planned a siege against me. Yup, that’s right, once again I am Sickey McGee. I had to miss out on boot camp on Saturday, and I haven’t been able to work out since Thursday. Hopefully, the villagers and I will reach a truce very soon!

Looking back on Friday, I probably should’ve realized that I’d be sick very shortly; I couldn’t stop eating! Sure, it was very here and there, but it was still more than normally. We were up pretty early, since we had to head to Charleston for a 9 a.m. meeting with US Citizenship and Immigration Services for fingerprints and such as part of the process to get my permanent residency. Expecting to be stuck in horrendous traffic, we left the house at 7:30 with some Banana-Nut Baked Oatmeal in hand, and set off.

Traffic wasn’t too bad, and we made it with 20 minutes or so to spare – a very good thing, because we drove by the building, and almost missed it! Biometrics was over and done within 15 minutes, and was definitely the shortest step in the entire process. With nothing planned for the day, we headed in the mall to zone out and relax, we were both a little out of it. We saw an old friend, and couldn’t help but stop for a snapshot.

We said our goodbyes, and headed to Starbucks. I tried the Wild Sweet Orange tea with a little honey, and it definitely hit the spot, along with 1/4 of E’s croissant.

We also stopped by a candy shop, where I picked up a little something special.

I’m really glad I chose the smallest size (probably 1/3 of a cup’s worth), because I would’ve gone overboard with more room. I got a yogurt pretzel, a chocolate pretzel, a chocolate pecan, a few dark chocolate almonds, a nonpareil, some raspberry, blueberry and blackberry gummies and a chocolate raspberry jelly bar. We were getting pretty bored at the mall, so we decided to go grab lunch. On the way there, I had a little snack of a blueberry gummy and a chocolate pecan.

This is probably the point when I should’ve realized something was up – I never eat on the way to eating! We went to our all-time favourite, Bluegrass Kitchen, and were just happy that there wasn’t too long of a wait. My second clue that something was up should’ve been that E and I ordered a bunch of items and split them – everyone knows that I’m not good with sharing, even with my main man. We each started off with a soup – spicy vegan red bean for me and corn chowder for E, of which I had a couple of bites. I also had one of the whole grain crackers that came with my soup.

I also had a bite or three of the amazing mac and cheese that E ordered a cup of. Every time we’ve gone to BGK, we’ve tried to get this dish, and they’re always sold out. Needless to say, it was every bit as delicious as we thought. With farfalle, peas, cottage and monterey jack cheeses, I’ve got to try making this at home.

We shared our mains, and chose
the Bluegrass Veggie Burger house-made with special blend of organic grains and veggies, perched on a Charleston Bakery brioche roll and topped with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato and onion.
the Beefsteak Portobello Burger braised marinated mushroom with tomato, smoked gouda, pesto mayo and organic greens on a ciabatta roll.

Definitely two of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had, veggie or not! I also ate the half dill pickle spear, and 3 or 4 of the chips with about a Tbsp. of salsa.

After lunch, . we headed to the YWCA Secondhand store to see if we could find any treasures. We didn’t buy anything, but we both fell in love with this little guy, who held bananas in a previous life.

We decided that we both needed to walk around and take in some fresh air, so we headed to Capitol Market, where they have absolutely everything.

fresh stevia!

every varietal of herb you could possibly want

salad burnet, a green that tastes just like cucumbers

some amazing pineapple mint, which is sweet and minty, perfect for fruit!

I ate a chocolate pretzel while browsing

The Wine & Cheese Shop’s wall o’ beers

a vanilla truffle bar that I shared with E

our favorite browsing stall, which only sells local products, from foodie gifts

to pottery

to flavoured honeys

and jams, jellies and butters

even pepperoni rolls!
nothing says West Virginia like one of these babies.

plus all things ramps, a local delicacy

We stopped and shared a seltzer water and picked up some hard red winter wheat so I can finally make wheatberries! I accidentally deleted the pictures of those, sorry! We decided to pick up some herbs and plants for our soon-to-be garden, and headed back outside. While we were browsing, we spotted these guys, which totally reminded me of space aliens and their tentacles.

loved the colors and the smell of these guys in the air!

Part of our bounty: sweet basil, spicy basil, compact basil, opal basil, pineapple mint, spearmint, mexican oregano, cilantro, curly leaf parsley, stevia, mortgage lifter tomatoes and black prince tomatoes. We also bought japanese long eggplant, crookneck squash, peter pan (patty pan) squash, yellow and red striped heirloom tomatoes, tumbling tom and sunsugar yellow tomatoes and black beauty bell peppers and gypsy bell peppers, all as plants.

We ended up at Outback for a E’s dad’s birthday celebration with the fam. I started off with a big glass of lemon water and a slice of bread (1/8 of the loaf) with a little butter.

For my main, I had Chicken on the Barbie with the bbq sauce on the side, a sweet potato with some cinnamon and some steamed veg and 2 more big glasses of lemon ice water. The sweet potato wasn’t planned, but it was delicious!

Despite the after-dinner rainstorm, E and I headed to our friend Bill’s wrestling match. It was my first time watching wrestling, and I was pretty excited! While waiting for the show to begin, I had a raspberry and a blackberry gummy and another dark chocolate almond.

Thankfully, that was the last thing I ate for the night – I don’t know if it was the weather or the way I was feeling, but I could’ve eaten all night that day! I’m glad I was able to just sit there and enjoy the ‘show’. Bill was awesome and definitely in his element – I’m really glad we were able to come out and support him.


23 Oct

Since E and I were both under the weather, no household chores were getting done. I was way too sick to clean the house top to bottom, so I did some tidying up. It didn’t really help, but it did make me realize that if I just laid in bed all day, I would never feel better.

I decided to beat this into submission! I wasn’t up to cooking a full meal, so I asked E to stop on his way home from work to pick up some Naan and basmati rice from our favorite Indian restaurant, and I made some roasted asparagus and some spicy lentil daal to accompany it.
This turned out really hearty, earthy and delicious, and was definitely what we needed!

Spicy Lentil Daal
Adapted from 28 Cooks
makes 4 servings

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 T ginger paste
  • 2 t Balti seasoning*
  • 1/2 t crushed chili flakes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup eggplant, cubed
  • 1 cup summer squash, diced
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried red lentils
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 T fresh cilantro, minced
  • 3/4 t kosher salt
  1. Heat olive oil in large pan.
  2. Add onion, ginger, Balti seasoning, crushed red pepper, and garlic.
  3. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add in eggplant, summer squash and tomatoes (drained, reserving liquid) to pan, and stir. Saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add tomato juice, water, and lentils. Bring to a boil, stirring well.
  5. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 20 minutes, or until lentils are tender.
  6. Stir in peas, and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and cilantro. Taste for salt, and add in more if necessary.
  8. Serve over basmati rice.

Roasted Asparagus

  • 2 1/2 lbs. asparagus, trimmed
  • about 1 1/2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 T lemon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Lightly drizzle or spray a baking sheet with half of the olive oil.
  3. Sprinkle with seasoning, and redrizzle or spray with the remaining olive oil.
  4. Roast for 30 minutes.

*can be substituted with curry powder of your choice, or with 1 t turmeric and 1 t cumin seed

Mr & Mrs Sickey McGee

13 Oct

Dear Readers (and my beloved 3 subscribers),

E and I had a long and involved week, including a concert, a certain senator from Illinois, and a dear friend’s wedding. Somewhere along the way, we both became Sickey McGees, and may be out of commission for a few days.

I do have a couple of back-up posts and a vat of ‘chicken’ soup waiting in the wings, hanging out and getting ready to go. In the mean time, I’m curious to know:

  1. What soothes you when you’re under the weather?
  2. What brought you to my blog?

I should be back to fighting form in a few days.