Not Getting Things Done

This is one in a series of food photo diary posts in which I track my food in pictures. I’m also counting my calories. Read all about it in this post or click here to view a detailed breakdown of my calorie intake in a nifty spreadsheet.

Today, Tim and I were talking about our goals, past and present, and it prompted me to pull out some old journals to see where I was in 2005.

On one of the pages I listed my goals for that week. One of them read “figure out a resistance training routine.” I had to laugh out loud because this is almost word-for-word one of the items on my current to-do list. Since 2005, I’ve been sitting on this “goal” and although I’ve made small strides here and there, I can’t seem to get my head around “resistance training.”

Tim’s suggestions: do pushups, sit-ups and squat thrusts. That’s a good start, but I have no idea how to structure these workouts. How often should I do them? How many reps / sets? Does it matter?

I’m starting (ok, re-starting) with the 100 pushups challenge and I’ll see where that takes me. I like that I get a plan with the pushup challenge. What I need is a more well-rounded plan that works my whole body. Until then, that pesky task in my to-do list will remain unchecked.

Food and Exercise Log

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Calories In: 1,569
Calories Out: 1,900
Deficit: 331


Vegan Buckwheat Crepes with a Cuppa Decaf

Vegan Buckwheat Crepes

The crepes are filled with banana and apple cooked in a bit of grapeseed oil with cinnamon, then topped with fresh strawberries and toasted sliced almonds.

Calories: 312
Protein: 10g
Fat: 11g
Carbs: 48g


Took a long walk with Tim around Clissold Park, ~4 miles.

Dog Walkers on Mass Plus Basset

Calories burned: ~300


Not Managoey Enough Mango Smoothie

Mango Smoothie

I got my ratio of mango to ice and tofu wrong. I added a banana and a bit of honey to make up for it.

Calories: 285
Protein: 12.3g
Fat: 5g
Carbs: 53.5g


Portobello Mushroom Sandwich on Fresh Home-Baked Baguette with a Simple Salad

Portabello Mushroom Sandwich

Calories: 296
Protein: 10.8g
Fat: 5.7g
Carbs: 55g


Two PB on French Bread Mini-Bites with a Cuppa Assam Tea with Soymilk and a Satsuma

(Tea and second mini-bite not shown.)

PB Mini-Bite on a Homemade Baguette


Calories: 183
Protein: 7.4g
Fat: 4g
Carbs: 31.5g


Week 3, Day 2 of the one hundred pushup challenge

one hundred push ups.jpg

Set 1: 14
Set 2: 19
Set 3: 14
Set 4: 14
Set 5: max (25)


Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran

Red Lentil Dal with Greens, Carrots, Peas and Basmati Rice

Carrots and Peas with Ginger and Green Coriander

Served with steamed spinach, basmati rice and Madhur Jaffrey’s Carrots and Peas with Ginger and Green Coriander

Calories: 357
Protein: 18.7g
Fat: 6g
Carbs: 60g


Grapefruit and a Brazil Nut

(Nut not shown.)


Calories: 135
Protein: 2.6g
Fat: 3.6g
Carbs: 26.8g

9 thoughts on “Not Getting Things Done

  1. Nachos

    All of your photos of crepes really inspired me to give them a go, so I whipped out my Veganomicon cookbook on the weekend and made them for brunch. We had two vegan guests up at our house for the weekend and they went down a trea! They were A M A Z I N G! I was SO impressed, especially since the first 5 recipes I’ve tried out of that book were EXTREMELY disappointing and needed alterations.

    We filled our crepes with some naughty stuff because we were all hungover:
    -whipped soy cream, strawberries & vegan chocolate spread
    -bananas, peanut butter & agave nectar
    -lemon juice and caster sugar

  2. Monica Shaw

    How cool! I’m soooooo glad you liked the crepes! Your fillings sound DELICIOUS (perfect hangover fair). I’ve been wanting to try banana & PB (I love it on toast – why not in a crepe?). I also really love orange marmalade in crepes. Mmmm….

    I’ve actually had a lot of luck with recipes from Veganomicon… cornbread, lentil soup, baked beans, grilled tempeh… all big hits. I wish the book had more pictures though…

    Thanks for letting me know about the crepes. It makes me giddy to share my crepe fever with someone else. =)

  3. Nachos

    I was thinking about giving the V’con baked beans a try… I’m also going to have a go at the cornmeal/popy seed roti sometime this week. Will let you know how I go!

    The recipes I didn’t like in V’con were chickpea cutlets (lots of front flavour but no depth if that makes sense, they just tasted like thyme and dough, the chickpeas got lost osmewhere in there), tamarind lentils I found I had to add things to because they were bland and the lemony roasted potatoes – I *really* wanted to love that one but the potatoes were mush and the parsley turned to a weird, gross slime (and texture means a lot to me). The ingredients were all right but I think the directions needed to be written differently for this to be a star dish…

    Hah, well after seeing your amazing photos, I don’t know how anyone could resist, really. I check your blog while I’m at work and it makes me sooo hungry!

    P.s. Is your cauli dal (pictured) the recipe from fat free vegan?? Yum.

  4. Monica Shaw

    One thing about the cornbread – it’s not the kind of sweet fluffy cornbread you get out of jiffy box. The V’con cornbread is denser and not sweet at all, but more true to traditional southern cornbread (which is why I like it!).

    It’s a shame about those chickpea cutlets… I always wanted to try them, but I can’t find vital wheat gluten here in the UK.

    Yes, the“ rel=”nofollow”>dal is from fat free vegan. I LOVE her“ rel=”nofollow”>Cauliflower Dal with Panch Phoran. It’s become a staple in our household. I don’t always add the cauliflower, but sometimes use spinach instead.

    Thank you for the compliment on my photos. ::blush:: 🙂

  5. Nachos

    Nice work! I normally smoosh together the Veganomicon and FFV cauli/lentil curry recipes to get the perfect curry. Haha. I can never just do anything the way I’m supposed to!!

    I’ve never had cornbread so I wouldn’t have anything to compare it to, so hopefully it’s just good on its own merits!

    I made the cornmeal/poppy seed roti last week and it came out pretty delicious! I loved the actual bread and the crunchiness that came from the cornmeal and poppy seeds. I could see the merits in folding/oiling/rolling out and repeating with the dough, but thought adding the crumbs mixture was excessive.

    And BTW the crumbs mixture isn’t actually crumbly like the description says it should be because of the oil – so if you make this recipe I’d suggest leaving out the oil to make it more user friendly and… lower fat! But seriously, I think the roti could skip this step altogether and still be amazing.

    If you want some vital wheat gluten I’d be happy to send you some! You can just email me your postal address or PO box and I’ll organise it later in the week…


  6. Monica Shaw

    Nachos, Thanks for the tips on the roti – I’ve tried making them before from a different recipe and it was a total disaster. I’m not sure if I’m mentally prepared to try them again but maybe. I mean, it totally fits into my love of Indian food.

    You are sooo sweet to offer to send me vital wheat gluten! I’m actually going to the States tomorrow for three weeks so will pick up some while I’m there. BUT, I may take a rain check on your offer for the future when I run out. =D

  7. Nachos

    Wow, congratulations! Have lots of fun!!! I hope you’re still posting from over there?

    Raincheck = no worries 🙂

  8. Monica Shaw

    Thanks! I’m visiting family in Chicago then friends in Austin. It should be pretty chill and I’ll have my laptop so I hope to have plenty of time to post. =D

  9. Stephanie

    hi~, well i’m just this random girl who is also trying to gain some weight (i’m 162.5cm and 41kg) and i was just wandering around websites on tips of eating healthy and ended up in this blog.
    Just skimming through your food diaries, i noticed it’s lyk SUPER HEALTHY and SO PERFECT, but i just think ur portion sizes are just too small. maybe u r lyk me who cannot really eat much because u get full easily, but seriously u are eating lyk half of what u should really eat…u should double the amount of ur dinner..i mean i’ve done that for last month but haven’t succeeded much in gaining weight either.
    my last chance was peanut butter..i had half cup of peanut butter, or a cup of trail mix with melted cheese every night for a week, and that helped me gain lyk 0.4 kg…well; yeah,
    i just wanted to say u should eat more!!!


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