Well, I haven't been perfect, but i feel a decent week coming on. I may not lose much, but I have already gotten 3 really solid workouts in, and I can see real differences in the mirror. I have been lifting a bit to try to build muscle mass to raise my resting metabolism, and then getting in the aerobics. Another cold snap has forced me back indoors, but that has gotten me to know the elliptical a lot better. Until recently the machine had been broken, but my last three workouts have been able to incorporate it and that is a very good thing. I imagine the elliptical was designed by an East Texas mother. I say that because it is very gentle while kicking my ass. I can almost hear it asking, "How's your mom n'them?" while menacing me with a wooden spoon. The low impact nature allows me to workout at a much higher level for longer, and today's session was the longest yet. I spent 40 minutes at what I would call a fairly vigorous pace, especially considering I was using one of the built in programs that adds resistance to the pedals at varying intervals. According to the elliptical and my calorie counting app that is good for 800 calories. My sweat agrees, but my head doesn't. Whatever. Honestly it was a good workout and is another step in the right direction.
It being my day off I was also able to get in a little kitchen time to prep for the week. I had been using a new Thai Basil Chicken recipe taken from America's Test Kitchen on PBS. I adapted the recipe, mixed it with a little brown rice, and used it to stuff a nice large green pepper. This is honestly one of my best yet.
The red is a little bit of sriracha hot chili sauce as a garnish. I am pleased to say I have three more servings left. Oh, and the whole meal is less than 400 calories (it's on a salad plate, so it is not as big as it looks, but that is part of the trick). That'll do.