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[Day 21: Happy Birthday to ME]

My preceptor got me a thing of 4 triple chocolate cupcakes (each one possessing 360 calories). Very nice gesture, so I couldn’t refuse. I ended up giving one to my financial adviser (who I saw after I met with my preceptor), and then the security guard since I was walking by him. I wanted to give one to the career service guy too, but I couldn’t find him. The remaining two cupcakes called my name too loudly as I was sitting alone in the computer lab to research some residency programs that I wanted to apply to, so one of them ended up in my stomach. Afterwards, I felt gross. It was far more sugar than I’m used to. Usually when I’m craving something “candy-like” I go with a spoonful of peanut butter and it’s a pretty decent fix cause I can savor it pretty well. But this time, it was just sitting there. It was a really good cupcake, but man so many calories for a standard sized cupcake!

I also have Thai tonight with my roommate, so let’s see if I can just not eat anything for the next six hours before it’s time for my birthday dinner with the roommate and her mom (aka my surrogate mother here in MA). It turns out that I couldn’t, I was starting to get a headache cause I was so hungry so I ate some of that gỏi gà. Lots of cabbage can’t be too bad for you right?

But I definitely had the most amazing birthday evening ever. I hung out with my roommate and her mom and step father and another friend of mine. We went to this new Thai restaurant, and it was the bomb! I got the Green Curry with Duck and coconut rice. It was DELICIOUS! My roommate was also very sneaky and slipped in a tiramisu cake (my favorite), and the restaurant gave us ginger ice cream (also my favorite). It was definitely a good evening with good company.

[The Numbers]

  • Weight: 122.0 pounds
  • Water Intake: 591 mL by 2pm, 750 mL post workout = water intake was horrible today; practically half of my usual -_-
  • Workout Time: 65 minutes elliptical (524 calories burnt), 30 minutes walking on the treadmill for a cool down and to finish my episode of Fringe (105 calories).

[The Meal Plan]

  • Breakfast: skipped; woke up at 9 and laid around in bed and ended up almost late for my 10am meeting with my preceptor
  • Lunch: Kimberly’s Triple Chocolate Gourmet Cupcake (360 calories)
  • Post Workout “Snack”: gỏi gà
  • Dinner: half an entree of Thai green curry with duck and coconut rice, with some Thai iced tea
  • Dessert: tiramisu cake with ginger ice cream; and a small bite of Thai egg custard with sticky rice

[Day 18: It Begins!]

Birthday extravaganza now begins! Let’s hope that at least I won’t gain weight. Oye…

[The Numbers]

  • Weight: 121.4 pounds
  • Water Intake: 750 mL by 10am, 750 mL by 1pm, 750 mL by 9:30pm, 750 mL by midnight = 3000 mL
  • Workout Time: None – got out of clinic an hour later than expected

[The Meal Plan]

  • Breakfast: 1 granny smith apple
  • Lunch: 6″ Subway sandwich, tuscan chicken with italian bread, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, olives, pickles, and buffalo sauce
  • Dinner: Teppanyaki hibachi-style with fried rice, lobster, filet mignon, and shrimp with veggies (zucchini and mushrooms)
  • Dessert: Ice Cream Cake

[Day 17: Meal Planning]

Today’s been one of those weird days, I didn’t quite feel like going to the gym. Which I know I’m going to regret already since I can’t really go to the gym tomorrow since I have dinner plans with everyone. I did do a bit of this cardio dance hip hop DVD that I got yesterday at Best Buy for $5 though (I had coupons). Did that, almost worked up a sweat but then dinner was ready and I was starving… sorta.

I was starving then in the process of putting together my Spicy Cabbage and Chicken salad (gỏi gà) to eat for a later date, I sort of lost my appetite. I wanted to make it because I didn’t want the chicken I bought to just be laying around. Then again, the chicken that I had thawed in my fridge was laying around, so I figured I’d make a dinner out of it (the thawed chicken not the one for the salad). So that is why I ate, this afternoon the foil packet consisted of an entire chicken breast and some veggies, but tonight it was more veggies and some chicken. I cut the thawed chicken breast in half and made two foil packets out of it. The second foil packet will be lunch tomorrow, maybe.

I’m trying to plan out my meals tomorrow so that I won’t over eat. Going out to get me some hibachi tomorrow night for my birthday with a group of friends. We’re celebrating early, just to accommodate everyone’s schedule. Then I have an Indian buffet to go to on Saturday for lunch with another friend who can’t make it tomorrow night. I’ve never actually had Indian food before, so a buffet to try a little of everything (then of course not know what I like or don’t like because I rarely look at the labels). Then finally, I have dinner with my roommate and her mom at a Thai restaurant on Monday night.

The dieter in me doesn’t want to eat, but the foodie in me is like “OMG FOOD!!!” So I just gotta plan smart with how much I eat and know when I should stop eating (particularly with the buffet). This week has been a rough week I think, in terms of weight, I’m still not back at Monday’s weight yet. But I’m slowly climbing down… I hope. This whole Diet Bet is now making me nervous, but hey, after Monday, I can diet to my heart’s content. I’m also going to have a lot of leftovers to last me at least until half way though the week if I eat right.

[The Numbers]

  • Weight: 122.0 pounds
  • Water Intake: 750 mL by 10am, 750 mL by 1pm, 750 mL by 9:30pm, 750 mL by midnight = 3000 mL
  • Workout Time: 20 minute Cardio Hip-Hop

[The Meal Plan]

  • Breakfast: 1 slim fast bottled smoothie and 1 granny smith apple
  • Lunch: Foil packet with chicken, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, and pesto
  • Dinner: Foil packet with chicken, onions, zucchini, tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, and pesto
  • Snack: 1 granny smith apple when I got home, one teaspoonful of peanut butter with a couple of dark chocolate chips for dessert

[Day 4: Sometimes You Just Gotta Do It]

I almost skipped the gym again today. Almost. This time it was more because of the lack of food in my system and what I wanted to make was going to take me a few hours. I usually don’t like to go to the gym or work out right after eating. But I grabbed a subway and devoured it cause it had been 6 hours since I ate breakfast. I was just going to go home and start cooking dinner because cháo vịt (duck rice porridge/congee) was going to take a while to cook since I made the base from scratch with beef bone. That whole process took at least 3 hours before I added the rice to make rice porridge, but man, was that bowl of duck congee so good. Funny thing was, I didn’t really have a recipe for it and I had never made it before. I always ate it when my mom made it or at the restaurant. I remember there was a really good restaurant that specialized in duck congee back in Vietnam, it was over by my bà ngoại’s place. Man was it good.

The weather today, especially in the morning, called for a sort of soup or warm dish with the off and on gloomy weather and rain. So it all worked out, because I originally was going to make the duck congee yesterday but didn’t get a chance to because I didn’t have the time to. All I had to work off of was an ingredient list (just list of ingredients no measurements of any sorts) and the general order of how things should happen. Ingredients included bone, duck, ginger, garlic, onion, fish sauce. So yeah, I’m really happy with how it turned out. I should have used less rice though my porridge is definitely more oatmeal/porridge texture than the watery porridge my mom makes. Live and learn, next time I’ll just use 1.5 cup or even 1 cup of rice instead of 2. Still so good though, so much flavor!!!

But I regress, working out. I finished rotations at 1pm today, and I went to Target and ended up getting a racket and balls for racquetball. I didn’t like the racket they let me borrow yesterday because it got my hand all dirty and black. I also got a more active wear swim top. I wanted a one piece, but I swear my body’s too oddly shaped that I had the hardest time getting them on. I opted for a tank that i’ll wear with my batman bikini bottom. That way it won’t show my midriff. I always found it too weird to wear a string bikini to the pool to swim laps. My intent with all of this is that I’ll start swimming too, once Auntie Flow leaves. I ended up eating subway afterwards cause I couldn’t ignore my hunger anymore. I was planning on holding off until working out, but realistically working out for nearly 2 hours when famished… totally not a good plan. I already get woozy enough getting off a treadmill after I’ve been on it for a bit. So I was about to give n and decide that there was no gym today. Nope, after I devoured that 6″ subway, I felt okay and went straight to the gym. Man was it worth it. I would have stayed a little bit later, but I was wanting to come home to make that congee.

[The Numbers]

  • Weight: 122.6 lbs
  • Water Intake:  750 mL by 12pm, 750 mL after work out, 750 mL by bedtime = 2250 mL total
  • Workout Time: 40 minutes playing racquetball, 40 minutes in the weight room, 30 minutes on treadmill = 110 minutes

[The Meal Plan]

  • Breakfast: Chobani greek yogurt, 6 oreo cookies
  • Lunch: Subway cold cut 6″ sub – lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, olives, pickles, cucumbers, and chipotle sauce
  • Dinner:  cháo vịt – duck congee (or rice porridge); definitely homemade and satisfying as expected
  • Snack: N/A