Three New Items. Two Vegetarian, One Not. Two Delicious, One Not.

May 30, 2020

I can’t wait until I can get a haircut. I want one so badly.

In other news… even in a pandemic, I’m finding new-to-me products that pique my curiosity. I don’t go out of my way to explore and find new items in the supermarket, but if I happen to see something I’ve never seen before (typically in endcap displays or near items I buy regularly), chances are I’ll buy it and bring it home. Wanna read about my latest new-to-me purchases? Read the rest of this entry »

Trying New Things: 2 New Foods and 1 New Gym

February 21, 2018

Usually these posts are about new food items that I’ve tried, but I’m branching out. In addition to writing about two new-to-me foods (which I’ll get to soon), I’m first going to write about a new gym that I tried: Gold’s Gym.

I’m not in the market for a new gym, to be honest, but I got a postcard in the mail for a free trial week, so I took advantage of that and checked it out. Gold’s Gym has a Read the rest of this entry »

Chart Update (I Blame The Weekend)

September 27, 2011

Two blog posts in one day?  You lucky ducks!  (If you missed the first one, click here.)

I could have waited until tonight to publish this post, but I’ve decided to just write it and get it over with.  It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to update the chart.  And when I gain, I don’t feel like blogging about it.  That’s why I’m writing about it now, instead of waiting, so I can get it off my chest and move on.

Usually I try to build some tension before unveiling my chart updates, but I’ve already shared the outcome, so… um… I’ll just show the chart.

Up one pound.

OK.  Since I weighed myself this morning, how I’ve felt and how I’ve wanted to feel have been two completely different beasts.  I wanted to succeed at what I’m been working on over the past 6 months: not beating myself up, not labeling myself a failure, not allowing myself to feel depressed, trying to remember all the positives.  There are a lot of positives:  This puts my weight loss at 169 pounds.  169 pounds!  I’ve worked out the past nine days in a row, and am going to Richard Simmons’ class in a little while (tomorrow will be a rest day).  I passed up cake and ice cream and a birthday party over the weekend and had a banana instead.

Although I’d really like to focus on all this awesomeness, all I’m actually thinking about is that pound.  I wasn’t surprised by it, to be honest – I had a hunch I might gain.  My hunch was due to my portions spiraling a little out of control over the past week.  Even though I skipped the cake and ice cream at that birthday party, I did eat a giant piece of lasagna that had three types of cheese in it and a giant piece of bread.  The night before, I went out with my buddy Tavi to a Middle Eastern restaurant, and even though we ordered only from the appetizer menu, a lot of food came our way, and I indulged.  There was a lot of oil in that meal, and I didn’t stop when I should have.

So, let’s recap.  I had a week where I made some poor choices, and knew I might gain, and sure enough, I did.  Why am I stewing over this?  Why can’t I just embrace all the good I’m doing, get back on track, and move on?

Part of it might be because before this gain, it seemed like I was on a roll.  It had been a good solid two months where I either lost or stayed the same every single week:

Since my last gain in mid-July, when I packed on three pounds in one week, I lost 7 pounds in 9 weeks.  Two of those pounds were when I was on vacation, for fuck’s sake!  I have a lot to be proud of.

And yet my mind still keeps wandering back to that pound.  Annoying.

I know what I have to do.  I need to buckle down with my portions.  I need to plan heartier, healthy meals at home on the days when I’m eating out, so I won’t be so hungry at restaurants.  At those restaurants, I need to set aside food on my plate to either save for another meal, or just not eat at all.  I can do all those things.  I’ve done all those things before.

What I really need to work on is my attitude.  Remembering that it’s just a pound, and that I’ll lose it.  Remembering that one pound in one week doesn’t change me, make me less of a person, make me a failure.  Remembering that I get nothing out of beating myself up.  I don’t benefit from these shitty thought cycles.  Remembering to just move on.

So I’m moving on.  There’s one more picture I’m going to share.  I took it a few days ago, while driving on the freeway (kids, don’t try that at home), and then forgot that I took it, until I uploaded the above chart pictures onto my computer, and there it was.

When I was a boy, I loved trucks.  I remember a preschool project where we had to draw our favorite kind of truck, and I drew a car carrier, which fascinated me (they still do).  If I had to do that same assignment today, instead of a car carrier, I might draw this truck:

JERKY TRUCK!  Never seen one of those before, and I took the picture because I had the thought that I might not ever see one again, and I wanted evidence that they exist, so nobody looks at me funny when I tell them about it, like it’s a leprechaun or unicorn.  Jerky trucks are real.  And I presume that they’re filled with jerky.

Maybe I’ll spend the rest of the day creating a story in my head about the jerky truck: where it’s going, where it’s coming from, who ordered a truckful of jerky, and what they’re going to do with all of it.  That’ll keep my mind off that goddamn stupid pound.

Keep it up, David.

Friday Food Notes

February 18, 2011

I took my gift card and headed to Whole Foods today.  I had a relatively short shopping list – 5 items – but, of course, once I got in the store, I remembered a whole bunch of other things I wanted to buy, and ended up spending 75 bucks and filling three of my reusable bags.  Well, thanks to the gift card, I didn’t spend a penny, but still – things add up, quickly, at Whole Foods!

I’m starting to notice where the deals are at Whole Foods.  And a lot of them involve Whole Foods’ store brand, 365 Everyday Value.  Wanna play a little guessing game?

Guess how much for a 6-oz Nonfat Yogurt?

Answer: 69 cents!

How much for a 10-oz jar of Raspberry Fruit Spread?

Answer: $1.99!

Final Question:  How much for a 1-quart box of low-sodium chicken broth?

Answer: $1.99!

You have to admit you’d think those were good prices in other grocery stores, wouldn’t you?  I’m a pretty savvy shopper, and I sure think so.

I came across another good deal in the meat department.  I was looking to pick up some chicken, and found that if you bought in bulk, you can get a good price.  This package of chicken thighs weighs in at over 3.5 pounds, and cost only $6.93 – that’s $1.99 a pound!

And I love that it’s separated into three bags – one went into my fridge (I have plans to use it this weekend), and two went into my freezer for future use.

It’s hard to tell in the picture, but the label boasts that the chicken has been “air-chilled” – and that’s the first time I’ve ever heard that phrase before.  Have you?  I had to look up what it meant, and basically, it means that after the birds are killed, they’re sprayed with chlorinated water and housed in cold-air chambers to prevent bacteria from forming, as opposed to being dunked in vats of iced, chlorinated water, which supposedly leeches out some of the chicken’s flavor.  Huh – good to know, I guess!

I went to Whole Foods after my workout at the pool (more on that later), and I was craving some post-exercise protein, and I ended up coming home with a product I’ve never tried before – salmon jerky!

I love me some jerky (and have blogged about a great farmers’ market jerky purveyor).  It’s a great healthy snack: high in protein, and low in calories and fat – the only check in the cons list is that it’s high in sodium, so don’t eat tons.  I’ve had beef and turkey jerky tons of times before, and even elk jerky (which I bought at the airport in Stockholm), but never fish jerky, so this was an exciting day for me!  And, it was no surprise to me that I loved it.  This particular brand’s (WildCatch) pieces were a little thick, but the flavor was great, and it was very satisfying – it hit the spot!  It won’t be a regular item in my cupboard, as it’s pricey ($7.99 for 4 ounces), but I also saw at Whole Foods bags of Ahi Tuna jerky, so I may have to pick that up at some point.

Lastly, I’ve been staring at the delicata squash that’s been on my counter for the past few weeks (ever since I picked it up on a prior trip to Whole Foods), and earlier today I decided it was time to create a destiny for it.  Here it is, next to the pummelo I bought on that same trip:

I’m happy to announce that the squash’s time is soon up – I have a plan.  The squash will become part of my dinner on Saturday night, as well as part of dinner for my aunt, uncle, and cousins, who are all coming over.  Don’t you worry – I’ll document the squashes last hours, and share the recipe, afterwards.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

OH!  I wanna share my pool workout before I wrap this up.  It was a great day at the pool – after an hour, I was exhausted, and felt very productive.  Here’s what I did:

  • 800 yards warm-up (200 IM, 200 kick, 200 pull, 200 IM)
  • Ladder, all freestyle:  1oo, 200, 300, 400, 300, 200, 100 (the final 200 and 100 were all-out sprints) – total: 1600 yards
  • 200 yards cool-down
  • GRAND TOTAL:  2600 yards!


Keep it up, David!


October 3, 2010

I have a new favorite stall at the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market.  I’ve been going most Sundays since February or March to the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market, but only discovered this booth about a month ago.  The farmer’s market takes up one long block  – with a row of stalls on each side of the street, and customers walking up and down the middle.  Here what it looks like, from one end:

About the first half of the market is straight up produce.  Then, the second half, farther away from where I park, is all prepared foods: bread, BBQ, tamales, sandwiches, gyros, and so on.  It always smells amazing, but I usually stay away just because I come for produce, and I’m not very interested in buying any of that stuff.  Last month, however, while introducing my friend Tavi to the joys of the farmer’s market, we wondered the entire length of stalls, and there, at the very far end, was the stall that I must now visit every time I’m there.  It’s the jerky stall:

The stall is run by Smokin’ Mamas Fish (visit their website here), and they make all their own jerky, and it’s all lower in sodium than store-bought jerky, and it’s fantastic.  They sell it by the ounce – 1 ounce for $2.  They have a total of 8 flavors (although I don’t think I got all 8 canisters in this photo):

They also sell delicious smoked salmon, which I’ve sampled but haven’t purchased yet.  Today, I decided to go with 1.5 ounces (cost = $3) of their Teriyaki jerky for a post-workout protein source (I had just come from a class at Slimmons).  It was So. Freakin’. Delicious.

Other than that, I mostly kept my wallet in my pocket today.  Since I cleaned up nicely at the Burbank Farmer’s Market yesterday, I didn’t have much of a shopping list, although I did pick up a huge Maui onion for $1.50.

Keep it up, David!