Thursday, November 4, 2010

Days 73-74 Partially on the Wagon, but Dragging a Leg

Ok, so I'm not that motivated this week. I said I'd be back on Monday night, and yet here it is Thursday and I haven't written a thing...


I didn't make it out to run Monday night, or even Tuesday for that matter. Hubby and I did manage a walk yesterday evening for about 2 miles, but that hardly makes up for the last week.

Feeling pretty disconnected and discouraged right now. Wish I could get my mind and my motivation on the same wavelength.  I'm not really feeling like eating a lot, I just don't have the motivation to do much of anything else.

Food recap for the last couple days:

Monday night: Roast pork tenderloin marinated in garlic and herbs, couscous, and baked acorn squash

Tuesday lunch: leftovers from Monday night
Tuesday dinner: (Can't remember!! AACK!!)

Wednesday lunch: Boar's Head Salsalito turkey sandwich (no condiments, no cheese), apple cider to drink
Wednesday dinner: mediterranean chicken salad on pita with hummus

Coffee and water to drink, and I fell on my face and drank pepsi on Tuesday.

In any event, here is the recipe we made last night. We all loved it. NOTE: I could not get baba ghanoush at my regular grocery store, and didn't feel like running all over to find it, so I used roasted red pepper hummus, from Garden Fresh.

Chicken Salad Pita with Baba Ghanoush

Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine

Prep Time: 10 min
Inactive Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Level: Easy
Serves:  4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons dried mint, crumbled
  • 3/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 4 chicken scallopine (4 to 5 ounces each)
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 unpeeled kirby cucumber, chopped
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 4 pocketless pitas
  • 1/2 cup baba ghanoush (eggplant spread, sold near hummus in the refrigerated section)
  • 2 cups chopped romaine lettuce


Whisk the vinegar, mint, red pepper flakes, 1 clove garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow dish. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons olive oil. Add the chicken and marinate about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix the tomatoes, cucumber and the remaining 1 clove garlic in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill the chicken until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board and slice into 1/2-inch-thick strips. Toss with the vegetables.
Brush the pitas with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt. Grill, turning once, until marked. Place a pita on each plate and spread with baba ghanoush. Top with lettuce and chicken salad and drizzle with any juices from the bowl.
Per serving: Calories 342; Fat 15 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 74 mg; Sodium 587 mg; Carbohydrate 24 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 29 g


I have no idea how many calories I've actually eaten in the last week. I just know that I am emotionally struggling with keeping up any kind of motivation. I've told others in the community to "fire the committee" when they are struggling with demotivation and negative self-talk...I need to take my own advice.

I can do this, right? I can make the changes. I can make better choices. I can eat better, feel better, live better. I can exercise more.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.



  1. All things considered, it’s not like you’ve ate that bad really.. I don’t see hamburger, fries, pizza, etc. So I wouldn’t feel too bad about it. After a rough week it takes time to get back to the groove of things, but don’t be discouraged, you posting this is a step in the right direction.
    Have a good day and keep at it. We need you here. Hehe :0)

  2. Great minds think alike... Looks like we've made a couple of not so good choices but we're holding on and that says alot. Jump on the scale. That's what I did. It's better to know than not know.

    Hang in there. To keep me going, I thought on the days I don't have a late zumba class,I would NOT eat after 7 pm. If I can do that at leat 4 days a week then I will have cut down my snacking.

    I'm right next to you hanging on to that wagon...

  3. oh and I love your recipe. I've just recently discovered baba ganooj.