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I hate when I look cute at work... it is so wasted on these people. I forgot to mention that Jack and I watched Training Day the other night. It was not what I expected. It was definately more of a fairy tale by the second half than I was anticipating. It certainly had us on the edge of our seats, but some coincidences and fortunes for our hero (Ethan Hawke) are just a little too much to bear. Denzel Washington chews the scenery. He munches it right up. But not in a cookie-cutter Pacino way; I think he must have done a good job because he had me going. So, I was expecting gritty realism, and what I got was grittier, grimier realism with a weird sugar coating on it. The narrative pacing was probably the best part about this film, that I will say. So a tentative thumbs up from the girl who hates supposedly amusing slightly fantastic gritty crime drama. Probably because I liked Ethan Hawke's character so much.

I have begun a new health regime. I have thrown away all the unapproved foods (that I own) in the house. tzel took me grocery shopping yesterday, and I bought all the things that will hopefully sustain me and still be vaguely enjoyable. I am visualizing to assist myself: I am going through a door which locks behind me. On the other side of that door is all the food that slows me down and saps my energy, the food that spikes my insulin production and screws up my metabolism. It is a glass door and I can see all that food behind me, if I look (this is to represent the fact that I know I will see people around me eat this kind of food. I know I will be tempted.) but when I walk up to the door, I know it will be locked, and I know I will not be able to go back through it. So there is no point in even dwelling on the sight of that food or thinking about what that food is like. I have to look forward because I cannot get back through that door. It would only be a regression. The place I am walking toward that I must be on this side of the door to reach is a place with symbols that represent what I want: a forest with trees to climb, something I cannot do anymore. A baseball field with a diamond to run, something which currently makes me feel winded and sick. Part Two, the "exercise" in "diet and exercise" will be to DDR or something like that for thirty minutes 5 days a week after work. I hope I can remember how to hook up the playstation.

So far the hardest thing is what to eat for breakfast. Everything I have traditionally eaten is high carb, high sugar, and thusly not in the plan. (Read: danishes, croissants, and doughnuts. Bagels are out too.) This morning I am drinking a low carb SlimFast protein shake, and it is foul. Its foul wind is blowing past my nose and I feel a gag reflex. I have been chasing it with grapes but I can see it will be hard to keep this up. I have been at this one for over an hour and haven't finished it yet. There are supposedly some protein shakes that you can make yourself that aren't as bad, but I might need to look into something that's not a shake and not chalky. If anyone has any advice I would love to hear it. I do have some weird cereal but I'd have to wolf that down at home before I left or get up earlier or be late for work.

Hey look! There I am! From dinner with the girls last week. Yay!

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judithiscariot
Jan. 13th, 2004 01:57 pm (UTC)
i hear "whey delicious" is supposed to be, uh... yeah. that.
ishara
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:06 pm (UTC)
for breakfast, try stuff like fresh fruit - bananas are exellent, have lots of vitamins and are pretty filling, nuts (I love almonds) are good too,
if you have a blender, you could make smoothies out of fresh fruit, coconut milk, and iceblocks made from fruit juice.. i guarentee it's much yummier, healthier, and more filling than that slimfast crap.
ishara
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
oh yeah, and if you need more protein to help you get through the day, toss a raw egg in the bender with the rest of the smoothie ingrediants... you wont be able to taste it, but it'll give you the protien you need to get you through the day
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seth6666
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
holy hell!!!!

have you joined the Low Carb Revolution? (TM)

If so, welcome to the dark side... :)

-S
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:20 pm (UTC)
Sort of... Well, I guess yes. I am not using the Atkins guide, and I don't know what it says in there. I am using the guide set out in Hypoglycemia for Dummies which has worked out real well for tzel.

So what do YOU eat for breakfast???
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peregrin8
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
wow. that sounds hard but worthy. I like the locked-glass-door imagery. Can you eat things like Luna Bars (carby but soy-proteiny too) for breakfast or is that too sweet? Or whole grains like Kashi?
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
Kashi is the kind of cereal I bought! Yay!

I don't know about Luna bars... but apparently they have bowed to the low carb revolution too... Check it out!
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nixieq
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
it's tough to find truly low-carb breakfast food without getting up and cooking... also, bear in mind that breakfast is the one time of the day when you don't have to worry as much about carb intake, because that's the time of day when you need a boost to get going.

i had this problem when i was starting to watch my carb intake, and what i worked out with my dietician was to eat a bowl of whole-grain cereal (shredded wheat, all-bran, etc.) with milk. also, well, good for the digestion, and all that... of course, the main trick is to make sure you avoid the frosted versions of said whole-grain cereal. >;) if you're really concerned about carb intake, start out by actually measuring out a serving at a time, so you get a sense of how much a serving fills the bowl.

anyway, good luck! and that's a fabulous picture. >:D you look happy!
seth6666
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
you could make a batch or hard boiled eggs and cook up some sausage on sunday, and have them pretty quickly all week...
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 05:55 pm (UTC)
i've never liked hard boiled eggs, but maybe it's time to try...
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andthesparrows
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:33 pm (UTC)
I love waffles. Trader Joe's makes some low-carb blueberry ones that I imagine would be good (I got TJ's regular low fat blueberry ones). I eat them with sugar-free low cal syrup that actually doesn't taste that bad!!
Other than that, I would probably say eggs are always good.

And I thought Denzel was spectacular in Training Day--I saw it in the movie theater and it was not what I expected at all.
Now I need to see it again!
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
I so wish there was a Trader Joe's in PG County anywhere :P
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rob_donoghue
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC)
A good compromise on breakfast is, siimply enough, fake eggs. TH ekind the sell in the cartons. Practically speaking, they'r emostly egg whites. THey have a faction of the calories of regulare eggs, and can make for a passable scramble, omlette or quiche (and they scamble _very_ easily in th emicrowave, saving both time and mess).

When I need somethign fast an easy, I grab a lite English Muffin (90c, but if you can't find them, sourdough ones can be a low as 120c) a slice of turkey ham (35c), a slice of lowfat cheese (50c or less) and toss an egg-equivalent into a small dish and microwave it for a minute, so it comes out a muffin sized disk (and all of 40c), so you get a nice breakfast sandwhich for just over 200c. And I note, if you're tracking carbs rather than calories, take the same ingredients, but rotate out the muffin in favor of a low carb tortilla.

As to the slim fast, frankly, it does taste liek ass, btu there are a few thing syou can do for it. First off, when I make it, I cheat a little and use 1% rather than skim milk. it adds a few extra calories (not many) but the fat helps make it more filling. I also add a scoop of Benfiber, which is basicaly like metamucil (i.e. a fiber supplement) which is designed to dissolve in anything, hot or cold. Extra fiber also helps witht he filling sensation, and has aditional health benefits. I then take all that, with a cup of milk, put it in a tall cup and add about a cup of ice, then apply the stick blender tilll the consistancy is closer ot that of an actual milkshake. It's not bad at all.

That said, if you really want to do shakes (and be sure you want to - they're a tricky mistress), get abook on em. There are about a million fruit smoothie recipes out there, and you can supplement them with protein, fiber, and almost anythign else. it'll take some experimentation, and a willignness to clean your blender A LOT, but you can find some amazing combinations with a little work.

As an aside: are you taking vitamins?
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:10 pm (UTC)
We already covered the Slim Fast issue: no cans. :)

I don't have a vitamin supplement right now, but I need to go by the Vitamin Shoppe and pick something up, I'm told.
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mpeg2tom
Jan. 14th, 2004 04:18 am (UTC)
CVS has Atkins breakfast bars now. They are a little expensive (about $1 per bar).

I still don't buy the whole hardcore Atkins thing for weight loss. I lost 30 pounds, while eating spoon sized frosted shredded wheat in the morning. If you lower your calorie intake (energy in), and increase your exercise (energy out), you will loose weight, regardless of the details. Of course, fiber, protein, and fat do tend to fill you up for longer periods of time than simple sugars.
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kittykatya
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
Not about the diet
I had watched "Training Day" a few weeks ago and was surprised how effective Denzel Washington was and how I honestly couldn't see the character working with any other actor. It's not as if Samuel Jackson or Lawrence Fishburne couldn't have been that character, but it would have lacked some of the emotional punch.

Or I could be totally wrong... :D
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Not about the diet
I kind of figured that since he had me going, I really believed that the character was conflicted and not simply an out and out amoral bastard, that was a pretty good job. But I don't really know that much about the craft of acting, I'm getting a little jaded on it and people are falling more into the "personality" category than the "actor" category. :P
schpahky
Jan. 13th, 2004 02:55 pm (UTC)
Cute pic!

Do you like oatmeal, or yogurt? I'm not sure where oatmeal fits on the low-carb scale but if you put some nuts in it and/or milk on it, you won't get a carb spike-and-crash.

I have to force myself just to eat breakfast in the morning. I get bored easily and have a hard time following any sort of nonintuitive plan. So I feel for you. Oh, and Kashi is perfect with raisins and milk, but on its own I feel as if I'm eating a bowl of twigs and bark. Do what you have to to make it work for you!
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:15 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if oatmeal is OK on this plan. I will have to consult the book. Yogurt is OK if it's plain and without a bunch of sugar. We couldn't find any plain yogurt at the food lion the other day! grr.

Breakfast has always been easy for me - I usually have glazed dougnuts. But you can probably see the problem there. :) My healthy backup was cheerios, but apparently for now that's a no-no because of the carbs.
prakriti
Jan. 13th, 2004 03:07 pm (UTC)
when I went on a low sugar/no carb diet diet, my nutrionist recommended gluten free museli. I found this great museli made out of rice flakes with coconut, sunflower seeds and sesame. It took a few days to get used to, but after 3 days, I found myself craving the stuff...and since its muesli, its chock full of slow burning energy, low in sugars and very high in health and protein.

For snacky snacks, I highly recommend having a bag of raw pumpkin seeds at hand. that stuff fills you up like noone's business.
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
pumpkin seeds! why did i not buy those? excellent idea.
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larksdream
Jan. 13th, 2004 04:00 pm (UTC)
That's a great pic. :) Good luck with the eating plan!
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and thanks for coming to book club!
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ex_nostradom25
Jan. 13th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Somewhat expensive...
Myoplex Lite, made in a blender. Do not attempt to consume it if it has not originally been blended in a blender. Also use milk, not water.

It's kind of expensive, but dammit, you're worth it. :)
booyeah
Jan. 13th, 2004 05:36 pm (UTC)
I highly endorse ddr as a weight-loss/cardio fitness device for anyone without potential joint problems. 30 minutes a day will kick fat's ass with a pointy steel toe, and if you push yourself to get better/do tougher songs, it will continue to kick fat even when it is unconcious on the ground.
snidegrrl
Jan. 13th, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
I plan to use the workout mode - I am guessing that's not what you use. I can't really push myself to get better until I have a pad that works. Since workout mode doesn't grade you that is what I was going to do.
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