Do You Ever Just Crave a SALAD BAR? I Did All Weekend… and Did Something About It!

November 18, 2018

I love salad bars. I get the freedom of putting together my own meal, while knowing that it’s super easy to make delicious and healthy choices. It’s win-win!

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A Week With My Mom

September 8, 2014

What a fun week it’s been. My mom has been in town since Tuesday, and she’s leaving today. She’s on a little tour visiting most of her children – first my sister and her family in Colorado, then me, and next up to the bay area to see my brother and his family. (I have a sister in Chicago that didn’t make this itinerary, but they saw each other a few weeks ago).

The Los Angeles leg of her tour coincided with a wedding we were both invited to (my dad was invited as well, but he was unable to come out), so on Saturday, we got spiffied up to celebrate the nuptials of our friends Greg and Ali. I clean up good!

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New York, New York (Part Two)

May 16, 2012

This post is a continuation of yesterday’s post, which is appropriate titled “New York, New York (Part 1)”. In it, I shared tons of pictures and discussed how I kept active during my 4-day trip to New York City last week. Click here if you missed it.

Since I’ve already discussed exercise, this post is gonna be about the other major part of health and weight loss: food. There have been times, when I’ve been traveling, where I’ve started to worry about when and what I’m going to eat, because as anyone who’s tried to lose weight knows, this shit is HARD. And it’s even harder when you have less control over your food, like you do when you’re traveling.

I’m happy because I don’t think I ever worried on this New York trip, which is thanks, I think, to the successful creation of new habits and a major shift in thinking when it comes to restaurant menus: I used to dread looking at menus, because I’d see all sorts of delicious items that I would love to eat but probably shouldn’t, and now, I consider finding healthy options on menus a fun challenge. What used to be a chore is now a game, and it’s a game I rarely lose.

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Tan Lines

July 14, 2011

You know how you can still get a tan even if it’s cloudy?  It’s true, especially in southern California.  It was cloudy yesterday, and guess who got a little color?  And by ‘a little color’, I mean ‘sunburned.’  I have some fantastic tan lines to prove it:

Yep – I was wearing a v-neck t-shirt – how could you tell?  Lesson of the day: wear your sunscreen, boys and girls!

That photo reminds me of the two blog posts I’ve written about my collarbones (read them here and here) – I love my collarbones, and I went a long long looooong time without ever seeing them!

On the plus side, I’m pleasantly surprised by my traps.  Which are, of course, the back muscles that extend from the spine to your shoulders and up to your neck.  Trap is short for… um… I don’t know.  Someone help me out?  I’m pleasantly surprised because I’m just starting to notice that I have them, and I happen to think developed traps on a guy is hot.

I mentioned the other day that I used to watch Passions for years, and they found every reason to get the guys on that show shirtless as often as possible, often for days at a time, and I remember watching Eric Martsolf, who played Ethan, and admiring his traps.  They’re easy to admire:

Speaking of Passions, remember when Ethan accidentally slept with Teresa, thinking she was Gwen?  Ethan ended up impregnating Teresa, but the thing was, Teresa was already pregnant: she had kidnapped Ethan and Gwen’s surrogate, assumed her identity, and tricked a doctor into implanting Ethan and Gwen’s embryo in her!  Which meant Teresa was pregnant with the craziest set of twins ever: one was her and Ethan’s baby, and the other was Gwen and Ethan’s baby.  Science, schmience!  Damn, that show was good!

Anyway, I’m sure Eric Martsolf continues to have fantastic traps – he’s on Days of Our Lives now, which I don’t watch.  Oh, and he’s a really nice guy – I met him once.  When I volunteered at a Passions fan event.  Yep, I was a total Passions nerd!

Okay – the soap hunk tangent is over.  Let’s get back on track, David!

Even though the sunburn will surely ache tomorrow, it was worth it – I had a really nice day yesterday.  I headed down to Long Beach (via the Metro, LA’s subway/light rail system – the longest Metro excursion I’ve ever taken), and met up with my friend Karen, who I’ve known through Slimmons for some time now.  She lives down in that neck of the woods, and we went to Seal Beach, and took a good long walk.  First, up and down the beach, then, up and down the pier, which, at a 1/4 mile long, is a long pier:

Here’s a couple pictures Karen took of me:

I look at these photos and think, ‘Man, do I need a haircut!’  There’s an appointment on the books for next week.  I should have shaved yesterday, too… oh well.

And here’s Karen on the beach:

After the beach-walkin’, and the pier-walkin’, we walked up and down Seal Beach’s Main Street, which has lots of cute little shops and restaurants, and then we walked through an adjacent neighborhood of gorgeous, big beachfront homes.  In total, we walked around for probably 2 hours or so.  We worked up a nice appetite, too, and guess where we ended up?

This Whole Foods in Long Beach is, I think, the 6th Whole Foods I’ve been to since getting that kick-ass gift card, and it’s one of my favorites – too bad it’s an hour away!  It’s open and bright and newly renovated.  Here’s the produce section:

I was tempted to pick up a few things, but I didn’t want to lug anything home with me for an hour on the train.  So, instead, Karen and I just got lunch.

Wanna guess what’s in the take-out container?

SALAD BAR is in the take-out container!

This Whole Foods has a Wednesday salad bar special – it’s $5.99 a pound, $2 cheaper than the other days.  I wonder if all Whole Foods do that, or if it’s special for the Long Beach location? 

I loaded up on:  arugula, chard, kale, cucumber, tomatoes, scallions, red pepper, artichoke hearts, pepperoncinis, kidney beans, tuna, carrots, sunflower seeds, a little scoop of a rice/kamut blend, blueberries, and blackberries.  And some apple cider vinegar.  It hit the spot.  I wolfed it down – Karen even commented on how fast I eat – but I was hungry!

I got home in the late afternoon, took a little nappy-nap, noticed my horrible sun-burn, and then, after some dinner (veggie burger, English muffin, condiments, veggies, fruit), it was off to the gym for some fun with weights.

Keep it up, David!

Chart Update, Salad Bar, and a Run!

May 25, 2011

Just in case you’re wondering, YES – I did use my new RediSetGo for the first time, and YES, it was fabulous, and YES, I did document it, and YES, I will be sharing the photos and blogging all about it.

But that’s gonna happen tomorrow.

There’s some other things I was planning on sharing today, starting with…

1) Chart Update.  For a long time I didn’t have a set weigh-in day – I would just weigh myself every 5-7 days or so and then update my chart accordingly.  At some point during the past few months, I got into a rhythm of weighing myself on Tuesdays – I think primarily because my sister in Colorado has Tuesday weigh-ins (she’s lost 10 pounds!), and we got into the habit of talking about our progress on Tuesdays, although we haven’t chatted in a few weeks, and so I should really call her and how did I let this sentence get so freakin’ long?  My friend at work recently pointed out a couple terrible run-on sentences in one of my reports.  Use your periods, David!

Anyhoo.  Since yesterday was Tuesday, I stepped on the scale.  And… I stayed the same.  238 pounds.  And I was fine with that.  My week had been good, both food-wise and exercise-wise, and all I can do is continue to work at this, and not go nuts about the numbers.  Chart updating time!

Hmmm…. staying the same at 238 pounds seems awfully familiar…  I wonder why that is…  OH!  Maybe it’s because I stayed at 238 pounds for about a month not too long ago!

For everyone keeping track, weighing 238 pounds represents a weight loss of 164 pounds.

HOLY CRAP!  In honor of the The Biggest Loser finale last night (a show that I don’t watch), I just crunched the numbers for the first time in months, and figured out that my weight loss of 164 pounds represents 40.79% of my original weight!  I usually save it for the end of my posts, but now seems like a great time to say… Keep it up, David!

2) Salad Bar.  Right near my office is a cafeteria that has a salad bar, and it’s often the source of my lunches.  It’s a good salad bar, but not mind-blowingly awesome.  What I like most is that there’s usually a couple good lean protein options – beans, like garbanzos or edamame, grilled chicken breast, and, if I’m lucky, tuna.

Here’s today’s salad:

There’s spinach, carrots, mushrooms, cucumber, corn, black beans, cauliflower, beets, tuna, and a few peperoncinis (which I love).  And I splashed some red wine vinegar (no oil) over all of it.  The reason I show my salad today (in addition to sharing how I manage a healthy lunch at the office) is that today’s salad was the most expensive salad I’ve ever purchased from that salad bar.

The salad bar charges by weight.  It’s $6.25 a pound.  They have 2 different size containers – the one pictured is the larger one.  Anyone want to guess how much I paid for that salad?




$12.01.  My most expensive salad by, like, a dollar or more.  That’s 1.75 pounds of salad!

Oh no wait – I lied.  I didn’t pay $12.01.  I paid $12.00.  As I was fishing some cash money out of my wallet, the cashier said she had an extra penny.  How kind!

3) A Sunday Run.  Somehow it got to be Wednesday, and I’m just now getting around to talking about my Sunday run.

My interest in running has been slip-slip-slipping lately.  In the fall, I was super gung-ho about running – I set a goal to run past all six strip clubs in my neighborhood (seriously – I figured out a route; it’s a 6.4 mile loop), and then ran almost once a week and slowly improved.  Then, in mid-April, I went running with two of my cousins, and my 16-year-old cousin Aaron (who’s on his school’s track and cross-country teams) pointed out that my form is shitty (my words, not his) and not good for my body.  Read about that running lesson here.  About a week after that, I tried running again, focusing on my form, which Aaron taught me, and it was hard.  Having good form is much harder than having bad form!  But I don’t want to destroy my knees or get shin splits or anything, so I’m not going to revert to my old form.

The only thing is that now that running is more difficult, I like it less.  Isn’t that always the case!  My most recent run, which was that outing a week after my lesson with Aaron, was tough and frustrating.  I caught myself reverting back into my bad form, and I only went about 18 minutes before walking the rest of the way.  It was so tiring and frustrating that I opted not to even blog about it – the run only got a quick mention, in passing, in this post.

I don’t want to give up on running though.  I like the idea of keeping it in my exercise arsenal – because I can do it anywhere, without needing equipment or a gym membership, and I really would like to reach my goal of running past all those strip clubs.

So, on Sunday, a full month (to the day!) since my last run, I laced up my shoes and hit the sidewalk.  I focused on proper technique and caught myself  a bunch of times before absentmindedly reverting back to my old form.  And when all is said and done, I was pleasantly surprised with what I accomplished!  Here’s my route:

I walked to Point A as a warm-up.  I ran from Point A to Point B (2.3 miles) in 25 minutes.  I was really exhausted, so I took a little breather, and walked from Point B to Point C, and then resumed running from Point C to Point D (1.2 miles), before running home (sorry, stalkers, but I’m not saying where that is!).  So add it up, and I ran 3.5 miles in 40 minutes.  That equals a pace of 5.25 mph.  It’s been a while since I’ve dusted off the ol’ running chart, but here it is:

  • 9/21/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 41 minutes.  MPH: 4.53
  • 9/27/10: Distance: 3.3 miles.  Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 4.4
  • 10/5/10: Distance: 3.2 miles.  Time: 40 minutes.  MPH: 4.8
  • 10/12/10: Distance: 3.8 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 10/16/10: Distance: 2.9 miles.  Forgot to note time and MPH
  • 11/1/10: Distance: 3.1 miles.  Time: 36 minutes.  MPH: 5.16
  • 11/6/10: Distance: 5.1 miles. Time: 60 minutes.  MPH: 5.1
  • 11/14/10: Distance: 3.9 miles. Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 5.2
  • 11/28/10: Distance: 4.2 miles. Time: 46 minutes.  MPH: 5.47
  • 1/4/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes.  MPH: 5.3
  • 1/24/11: Distance: 4.4 miles.  Time: 45 minutes.  MPH: 5.86
  • 2/1/11: Distance: 1.9 miles.  Time: 20 minutes.  MPH: 5.7
  • 2/9/11: Distance: 3.5 miles.  Time: 38 minutes.  MPH: 5.52
  • 2/16/11: Distance: 2.9 miles.  Time: 33 minutes.  MPH: 5.28
  • 2/27/11: Distance: 5 miles.  Time: 60 minutes.  MPH: 5.0
  • 3/3/11: Distance: 5.4 miles.  Time: 57 minutes.  MPH: 5.13
  • 3/10/11: Distance: 3.0 miles.  Time: 34 minutes.  MPH: 5.29
  • 4/10/11:  Distance: 4.5 miles.  Time: 47 minutes.  MPH: 5.74
  • 5/22/11: Distance: 3.5 miles.  Time: 40 mintes.  MPH: 5.25

A few runs are missing on the chart: my two most recent runs before this one (the lesson with Aaron and the one a week later), as well as another run in March, just because I didn’t note distance or time during any of them.  My 5.25 pace isn’t my fastest, but I wasn’t expecting it to be.

Keep it up, David!