Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Surplus of Bacon

Unfortunately I stayed up a little later than I should have last night.  That, coupled with the cold I seem to have, along with starting TTOTM last night, and I was dragging this morning.  So I popped some cold medicine and went about my day, hoping for the best.

This is going to be a bit of a food diary post.

Breakfast:  Special K Protein Plus (1 serving) + 5 oz 1% milk

Mid-morning snack:  apple, light string cheese, water, vitamins

Lunch:  When I eat lunch at work I have no idea of ingredients, etc.  I just have to eyeball the food and make the best choice I can.  I always fill half my plate with salad.

Veggie lasagna, salad with raspberry dressing, carrots, lentil/veggie soup.

I went to the gym and did another lite workout - given the cold and all.  I also realized that this is actually supposed to be a recovery week so it's worked out kind of perfectly.  I started with 20 minutes on the upright bike, level 5.  Then I did chest/triceps/core for strength training.  I'll admit, I did my normal strength training routine instead of a recovery week version.  I have no good excuse other than I felt good.  I wrapped up with about 10 minutes of stretching/foam-roller time (67 minutes, 446 calories - why I write this down, I have no idea).

Afternoon snack:  Apple (I wanted more but that was all I had on me, chock that up to poor planning).

I had planned to make turkey burgers with sweet potato fries for dinner but the idea needed some punch.  Bacon!  Bacon makes everything better.  Bacon is one of those things I never, ever, EVER have in the house.  Like, ever.  If you are an obsessive fan of mine (and, really, who isn't?) you might recall that I like to take bacon camping and have it as a special all-you-can-eat camping treat.  But things are changing around here, a food liberation is underway, and as a result I'm enjoying things I never would have had before.  In moderation.  And I seem to be capable of a bit of moderation, which remains quite the shocker and something I'm still carefully watching given my food junkie ways.

Anyway, all that to say I picked up some bacon on the way home.  I snacked on leftover steamed green beans and broccoli while I prepared dinner.  I cooked four slices of bacon, two for my burger and two for Miguel's.  I even put a teaspoon of mayo on my bun.  Gasp!  I usually buy ground turkey and concoct my own burgers but today I had the Jennie-O Turkey Store Lean Turkey Burger Patties.  You have to be careful not to overcook them, they dry out fast. 

Turkey burger on Orowheat whole wheat hamburger bun, 2 slices bacon, 1/4 avocado, sweet potato fries, tomato salad
The tomato salad is an appreciation I gained from my dad.  He used to slice his own garden-grown tomatoes, sprinkle them with seasoned rice vinegar and add salt and pepper.  I still love eating tomatoes this way but I usually skip the salt and pepper.  You might think that's a paltry amount of sweet potato fries (from Trader Joe's frozen aisle, baked in the oven) but don't forget about the hamburger bun.  Anyway, that's my dinner.  And the burger was SO good.  The only other thing I've eaten is half of a bite-sized Take 5 bar I shared with Myra.

For those that are bored beyond comprehension by my food intake, don't despair, I'm not that fastidious of a blogger and I know I can't keep this up for long.  But I am making an effort to share "how I eat" for those that have asked.  If you are wondering about Points or calories, I'm sorry, I have no idea.  I stopped tracking at least 6 months ago, if not more.  It stopped seeming necessary and I kept losing weight, and now maintaining (so far) without it so I figured I've "learned" to eat without tracking.  So far, so good.  But if I were to go over my goal weight for more than a week I'd have to tracking just to reel things in.

Hobbs' Applewood Smoked Sliced Bacon
I'm not sure what to do with the rest of that bacon.  I actually wanted to just buy four slices from the meat department but that bacon looked like 99% fat, worse than the packaged one I chose (pictured).  I don't see this becoming a bacon-friendly household so something tells me it might go to waste.  I know, I know.  I hate throwing away good food too.  But I always remind myself, it's no less a waste to eat food I don't need than it is to throw it away.  At least the latter doesn't come with negative consequences to my body.  And as much as I hate wasting food, I've wasted tons over the years through over-eating and that never seemed to bother my conscious, so why should this?

p.s.  I still have the cold so I'm planning for a short, easy run tomorrow followed by a day of rest on Saturday. 


  1. I love that perspective- over eating IS a waste of food. I will remember that when I feel guilty throwing away unhealthy food :D

    1. Once you realize it's a worst waste to put it in a body that doesn't need it, you feel a lot better about tossing it. Or you could try to donate it if it's still eatable - my local shelter will take half eaten cakes, partial trays of food, etc, after parties.

  2. Wrap it all up in about 4-6 slices packages and freeze it. Then you can pull it out when you want a couple of slices for burgers, salad, etc.

    It won't be an "impulse" cook if it's frozen, but simple enough to thaw if you needed it last minute.

    At my house...every pound of bacon is cut in half, so we cook shorter strips. You have actually have double the amount if you want and it feels like more because while you have 4 short slices, it's only actually 2 regular sized strips.

    1. Yes! That's what I'm going to do. I always forget about the freezing option. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing the food ideas! I often walk by those sweet potato fries at TJ's and think "mmmmm..." maybe I'll get some next time! IT saves time on making your own. You are doing awesome and you seem so laid back about it all. In the meantime, I am on day 4 to the gym I go! :)

    1. I have almost no time to cook so frozen are my only option. I've also gotten the Ore-ida (i think) brand and the one I get the most is the Alexia brand. I don't see a big difference in taste.

      Day 4 is hard, when you start thinking, "This is hard" remind yourself that it DOES get easier. Hang in there, habits will form and it won't take as much mental energy to do the right thing as it takes right now. You are worth it!!! And always, always remember WHY you are doing this. For yourself, because YOU want it, and for no other reason.

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