Part the First: On Dieting.
I've always liked Chinese food. As a child in University City Missouri, I used to revel in the times we would get to go to the Magic Lantern Restaurant (which we always called Wong's, because we knew the owners (who were named Wong)). Their WonTon soup is still the bench mark by which I measure all WonTon soup. Few come close.
I loved their Beef with Broccoli and Snow Peas. Now everyone makes either Beef with Snow Peas OR Beef with Broccoli. Can't get both veggies together any more. That's so unfair. Someday, I'll learn how to make that incredible brown sauce, and then I can make my own.
I also loved their Chicken Almond Ding. I've never seen it anywhere since.
And I loved, as an adult diving into a plate of Chinese food, that Chinese Food is supposedly healthy. For years now I've been hearing how HEALTHY Chinese food is. Folks go on and on. And they say things like "NO one gets fat eating Chinese food."
Have you taken a look at the calorie and fat count in that plate of delectible food? Likely not. How do I know? Because it's almost impossible to FIND. Last night, at my daughter's finally polite urging we yielded to the temptation and ordered Chinese take out. Since I'm on this food watching kick, I investigated to learn just what I was eating. I googled, I searched, I searched SparkPeople, I searched all sorts of sites... nowhere could I find a hint about the nutritional values of the "four seasons" meal we had (beef, pork, chicken & shrimp with chinese vegetables (including broccoli, green beans, baby corn, and snow peas) in a brown sauce.) No hints at all. And though I could likely calculate that I ate about 0.3 oz each of beef, pork & chicken, I can't get that close on the veggies and have NO CLUE about that brown sauce. Grumble
I ate sparingly, and focused more on the veggies than the meat, but still... I finally gave up and just pretended that I'd eaten the closest "fake it" food choice I could find in spark's list (Beef & Broccoli) Have you ever checked out the nutritional values for beef & broccoli? Have you? I did. I'm appalled! Admittedly, I can't tell if the Chinese food I ate last night was made the same way as the calorie counter stuff was, but here's what Spark People's Nutrition listing tells me:
Chinese Beef with Broccoli, with 4.4 oz flank steak has 1061.8 calories per "serving!" and 91.2 g of fat, 1704.4 mg of sodium, 27.7 g of carbs.... Now, we all know that no one eats enough beef & broccoli to consume a full 4.4 oz of flank steak at one sitting, (right?) But still, you probably eat 2 ounces worth of meat before you're done, right? So that's about 1/2 a serving. I can almost live with the calorie hit of 530 calories (over 1/3 of my daily calorie intake, but whatever) -- but there are still 45.6 g of fat in that one serving! That's easily an entire day's worth of fat right there .. more than a day's allocation if you're watching your fat intake. OUCH
And that didn't let you have any pot stickers, or crab rangoon or...
Worst of all, even after you've savored the delicious allegedly healthy fat filled plate... you'll be hungry in an hour! What is WITH that?? There are those who say that MSG, which appears in SOME restaurant's food, is, in addition to an alleged flavor enchancer, an appetite stimulant. But I don't think our folks use it....
I hate Chinese food!
Part the Second:On Exercise.
I've been doing fairly well, despite a rash of missed days last week. I usually get a work out in during my lunch hour. Last week, however, I had networking lunches -- good for my career, bad for my waist line. And the trend looks to continue (I have one booked for next week already).
Even so, I did managed to put in 6.14 miles walking and 7.6 elliptical miles. I WILL make it to 100 miles by April 1. I will, I will. I've even started logging in on Run-A-Go-Go. I posted my progress to date, and logged my mileage. I've begun to wonder just how to track my elliptical miles -- some folks' elliptical machines seem to track running miles. The one I use claims to track "bike miles". What's the difference? When I've time, I'll try to learn.
Part the Third: On Resolution Progress
Among my new years resolutions was the decision to clear up my desk and its surrounding area. I'm feeling more than a little discouraged on this front. Today, I spent most of the day fighting through the pile of paper that had grown on my desk. I tried. I really tried.... I dealt with EVERY single piece of paper as I came to it in the pile. The only things I put off to other piles are a) things that I dealt with but now need to move to the tax folder (which DH has taken downstairs); b) things that need to be filed (only a few, cause I did do filing) and c) things that belong elsewhere, which I'll take there when I get up.
I wrote the emails, I paid the bills, I balanced the accounts in Money, I filed, I tossed...
It looks like this!
At least the teetering pile that was threatening to bury the computer has been significantly reduced:
See, you can even see a touch of wood grain if you look closely....
Tomorrow, the Divine though Blogless Elizabeth and I will take steps towards flashing and selling our stashes. Me... I'll be photographing so I can flash.... and sorting through to try to sell some of it off. I really must force myself to admit that yarn I've harbored for ten years is unlikely to be knit by me... Perhaps it will be knit by YOU!
Perhaps I'll flash my UFO's too... (scary boo)