can I get a witness

On Monday I checked out a South Beach book, because I do in fact desire a healthy heart more than, say, ice cream.

Usually.

I discovered that the first phase (the one I learned about on the internet, that bastion of accuracy) was not for me. It’s to help control cravings, which I have, but also to bring about immediate rapid weight loss, which I don’t want any part of. ¬†I’m now working towards a balance of Phase 2 and Phase 3, with some things that I have laying around worked in for the next couple of days.

I explained all that in case you were wondering why my baby food colored pumpkin smoothie of the past several days has been replaced by:

Oh oats, how I’ve missed you. Plus, everyone knows oats are good for your heart.

I don’t know how they know, but they do.

For the oats, I threw half a frozen banana in with the water while it was boiling, then added the oats, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices. I finished it off with two big spoonfuls of yogurt. The yogurt particularly was a little odd, but it worked for me today.

I had to leave the house early, so I pieced together a sort of ridiculous lunch to stick in my backpack. Cottage cheese, check. My second to last apple cheddar scone, check. Apple slices, check. (I love how the apple sort of looks like an egg in that picture. A weird egg.)

After my 9 am commitment, I attempted to go to the gym. It went about as well as you might expect, what with the cold and all.

I did see this, though.

I don’t know why I thought this was funny. Who put the towel on the sign, the people from the gym or someone being a jackass? Either way it’s kind of funny. To me.

After my very very hard two miles on the treadmill (at 12 minutes each – there is seriously something wrong with my lungs right now), I swung through the “food court” because my goofy lunch no longer seemed appealing. Of course, a tortilla station, a pizza station, the HOME ZONE (I have no idea what they serve there), a burger station, and a deli didn’t seem appealing either. A salad bar would be nice, but … actually, I was going to make excuses, but why haven’t they put in a salad bar? Can it be that much harder than keeping raw beef on hand?

My lunch didn’t quite do it, so I delved into my trusty Larabar stash that I keep in my office at all times.

After getting a rave review from my advisor on my fellowship application, (yeah, THAT happened), I finally got to take my headachey coughy self home.

One good thing about being on the road during sunset is that you really get to appreciate it.

When I got home, I had two very important chores. First, to put some beans in a bowl of water so I could take a blurry picture of them.

And then tomorrow use them to make sort-of Italian wedding soup.

Second, to put a pot of water on a very low burner and add some baking soda and some cinnamon. I just read today that the baking soda in the warm water helps absorb kitchen smells, and .. cinnamon smells good. I did this, of course, so I could take a picture in which the white balance was so unbelievably screwed that black and white was my only option.

I’m fun like that.

Now I’m eating dinner. This is roasted brussels sprouts with spaghetti squash (I baked it the other day, scraped it out, and stuck the scrapings in the fridge), pesto, and lotsa parmesan cheese.

Actually, I’m going to get back to it. Night, y’all.

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3 Responses to can I get a witness

  1. Laura says:

    Sorry, I’m behind. Here are all my comments from the past few days.

    1) You are too gracious about the breakfast. It was easy. I’m sorry I forgot fruit wasn’t in phase one. We do phase two as our standard- still no grains. I don’t really think zucchini tomato salad would have been as breakfasty, though.

    2) I’m disturbed by the picture of the Starbucks cup. It appears you are actually driving. That means you’re holding a cup, holding a camera in front of your face and attempting to keep it on the road. Ahem.

    3) The brussels sprouts look fantastic. I love those little cabbages.

  2. BD says:

    OATMEAL! I eat it at least twice a week, year ’round. Good, and good for you. I throw in some slivered almonds and/or walnuts, and raisins. If I feel like sweetening it I go with AGAVE (thank you Sam). Gives you energy in the summer, and keeps you warm in the winter. The perfect pre-ride breakfast. YUP – BD