31.10.09

By popular demand... The recipe for STIR FRY A LA SCARY TOFU!!

Yup, I'm going to post it! Be afraid... Be very afraid!!

Tofu portion:

1/2 block extra firm tofu, cut into your desired shape
2 1/2 tbsp soya sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar (not packed)
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger

Once you've cut up the tofu, set it onto some paper towel, and press it dry with more paper towel on top. (could you understand that sentence?) Leave the tofu on the paper towel while you measure the rest of the ingredients into a bowl or, for fewer dishes to clean up afterwards, a freezer bag, and mix them. (This is fun with the freezer bag... You can just smush them around!) Add the tofu into the sauce, and toss to coat. Let this marinate for a while... I left mine for just under 24 hours, but you could probably just do a couple of hours. It's pretty easy to do this the night before, though.

STIR-FRY A LA SCARY TOFUUUU!!!

Tofu prepared earlier
1 package of Udon Noodles (See the pictures in my 'picture' post for the brand... You can find them at most grocery stores, I think)
4 tsp of canola oil
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
2 cups of frozen mixed veggies, stir-fry or thai or chinese... Whatever you like
2 cup of bean sprouts

Place your frozen veggies in a Ziploc Steamer bag, and steam them for a little less time than the bag's instructions say.

Put the udon noodles in a bowl, and cover with boiling water. 

Heat the wok over medium-high heat, and put 2 tsp of oil in the pan. Take the tofu out of the sauce (sauce + hot oil = ouch) and saute until golden brown. Turn, and do the same thing on the other side.

Add 1 tsp of oil, and the garlic, ginger, sweet chili sauce, soy sauce, and brown sugar to the pan, and then add the steamed veggies. Saute until heated through. Add the bean sprouts and saute until tender-crisp.

Remove the tofu/veggie mix from the pan, and put in the remaining 1 tsp of oil. Drain the udon noodles and add to the pan, sauteing until heated through. If you'd like, you can add some of the tofu marinade in, so that the udon noodles absorb some of the saucy goodness.

Plate the noodles, and top with the tofu/veggie mix.

Serves 2-3. (I calculated out 9 points each for 2 servings, but that's probably high, since I didn't use all the tofu marinade)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!!

30.10.09

Ponderings on the Flu

It's amazing how good an excuse the Flu is to lay in bed all day. Of course, when you have the flu, you'd rather be doing anything else, but you just... can't... work... up... *yaaaaaaaawn* the energy.

Red Nyquil is much nicer tasting than Green Nyquil. I'm not entirely sure about the 'improved flavour' of the Red Nyquil though... I rather think that they slap that label on there and hope that people will be dazzled by it, and not actually realize that the flavour is exactly the same.

A 1.5 litre bottle of water keeps you hydrated, and saves you many draining trips to get water refills.

Worried relatives call when you're napping/passed out.

You will rarely feel sillier than you do when forced to wear a 'pandemic-containing' mask in public, even if it's just at a flu clinic. However, it makes for great bonding with the other 'pandemic-containing' mask-wearing patients.

Not eating all day, and then overeating when you're finally hungry, does not make you feel any better.

It's amazing how many ways you can lay on the same bed!!

The same blanket will go from not nearly enough warmth, to boiling you alive, in about 30 seconds. And then back again.

Staying home from work gives you a lot of time to ponder all the silly nuances of being sick with the flu...

29.10.09

*hack cough*

Well, my weight-loss efforts have been somewhat sidelined for a couple of days, as I focus my efforts on getting over the flu...

So much fun!

25.10.09

Tofu?! Am I going to turn into some kind of hippy...?!



The Ingredients for STIR-FRY A LA SCARY TOFU!! Note the Tofu on the bottom left, marinating its way to its DOOM!


The Tofu, sautéing in some oil... I seem to remember cringing a lot at this stage...

After turning the tofu. My fears were somewhat lessened, after seeing the lovely golden colour they'd taken on... They were a PAIN to turn though, as they were a bit squishy, and seemed to have a mind of their own.

With some frozen veggies. I pre-steamed these in a microwave steamer bag, so as to not add frozen veggies to a hot, oily pan.

I LOVE bean sprouts in stir-fry!!

I removed the stir-fry from the pan, and sautéed the Udon noodles for a little while until they were hot through. Udon noodles are delicious, and you get a LOT of them, for a little bit of points.

Stir-fry a la SCARY TOFU!!! On a plate, as you can see... Not many more steps between that and in my mouth..

A close-up shot... I really do like all those colours together! I still think that the tofu looks disturbingly like chicken breast strips though...

So, I ate tofu. I did it...

Honestly, I thought it was GREAT!! I loved the flavor, and the texture... DH wasn't such a big fan, but I think that part of that was that, if he's determined not to like something, he won't like it no matter HOW good it is!

The tofu took the flavor really, really well, and after that supper, I was full ALL night!

Now to decide what to do with the other half-block of tofu in my fridge... MWAHAHAAAHAHAAHAAA!!

*koff*

23.10.09

Tiny update...

Down 4.1 lbs to 95.8 lbs lost in total!!

That's all. :)

22.10.09

Pre-Halloween Scary Story

Right now, as I write this...

There is an unspeakable horror lurking in my fridge.

It is the stuff of my nightmares, and the thought of it fills me with terror...

Is it leftovers, back from the grave?!

No... It's.............
















TOFU!!!!

*SCREAMMMM*

Yeah, yeah, I know... A little bit melodramatic, are we? But this is my first time cooking tofu, and I'm incredibly nervous. The only other experience I've had with tofu was a bad one, eating unseasoned grilled tofu as a child at a friend's house. (Believe me, I didn't go back to that house for a meal!!) And it's taken me about 15 years to get over the slight nausea I feel at the thought of tofu, enough to let it in my house.

I'd like to eat more 'meat-free' meals, but with DH trying to get toned, and add a little more muscle, making sure he gets lots of protein is important...

Plus, I wanted to try something adventurous!!

So right now, in my fridge, there is half a block of extra-firm tofu, cut into strips (looks like chicken, which kind of disturbs me...) and marinating in a mixture of soy sauce, brown sugar, fresh ginger, garlic, and a little big of sweet chili sauce... It smells like ginger beef, which is one of our favorite take-out foods, so that bodes well for us actually eating it...

There will be blogging tomorrow about the results, and hopefully (if I remember) some pictures!!

Alright, we need to move on now... There are some kids here saying they had this spot booked for some kind of... Blair Witch Project?!

Whatever... :p

Blogging is HARD! *Whine Whine*

I know that I haven't blogged in a while, but I feel like I've just had nothing to blog ABOUT! My life has been pretty steady lately...

Thanksgiving really threw me for a loop, especially as I was in a lot of pain for the weekend, and into the week. I've now got a prescription for Percocet for the pain... It doesn't really make the pain much better, but I'm too darn tired to care!

I've been working on my beadwork for the Spruce Bog (November 21st) and the Cranberry Fair (November 29th). Previous years, I've been working up to about 3am of the morning of the show, getting only a couple of hours of sleep before a very, VERY busy day of selling and schmoozing and setting up and taking down... This year, my goal is to be done the 'making' portion of the sale a week before the actual sale, so I can get all the other parts done early too, and get a good sleep the night before.

Weight loss wise... Well, I gained a couple of pounds on my last Weigh-In, because I didn't track at all from Thanksgiving Monday to the Thursday after. I was simply in too much pain to care, and I'm okay with that. I know why it happened, and I'm compassionate with myself. I'm back on plan now, though, and it feels GREAT! I'm also trying to up my water intake again, because I feel like I just haven't been drinking enough. It's so, SO dry up here in the wintertime, and I need to take that into account, and guzzle back the water!!

The days are getting shorter up here, and I can really feel that affecting my energy level. I'm not getting depressed, fortunately, but I'll definitely be monitoring myself more actively... I got so much sun in the summertime, and it felt SO good... On the weekends, we'll be trying to get out and get some sunshine, but on weekdays, when it's dark when you leave for work, and dark when you go home, it's hard to find the time to get your vitamin D...

This past weekend I made myself really proud... DH and I decided to go for a walk, so we went to the airport, where there's a lovely walking trail around the large airstrip, which is connected to downtown by a set of stairs called the "Black Street Stairs"...


(Note: That isn't my picture... I'm going to change it when I have the chance. And there wasn't snow on the ground when I went...)

213 steps, not including the landings. I stood at the top of it and thought, "I can either do this the quick and hard way, or I can keep walking around the airport for the long, easy way... Which would I be more proud of myself for?"

So I did the stairs!

(Note: According to the Tourism Canada site, they're called the Puckett’s Gulch Staircase...?! I've never heard that before!)

Next time, I'm bringing water!!

I hope everyone out there in blog land is doing really well!!

(Only 8.3 lbs more until I get my 100 lbs, and my new iPod!!)

12.10.09

A few pictures, care of my beautiful friend Amber


 

Apple pie, with a side of cussing...


 That was my night last night, making pies... I started at about 6pm, and the second pie came out of the oven at (Oh God) almost 2am... Why so long?

Apparently, low humidity doesn't make for an easy pie-making first time. I followed the recipe, I really did! And after leaving the dough in the fridge so it could hydrate, I came out with... crumbles. So after hydrating the doughs 3 and 4 times respectively, I finally ended up with actual pies, but they aren't so pretty... :-S

But they're done, darnit! And I'll know for next time (will there be a next time?!)

Kudos to my poor husband, who had to put up with a very annoyed Chantel all of last evening...

10.10.09

Mantra for the day


*no more hershey kisses*

*no more hershey kisses*

*no more hershey kisses*

Oh! Chris took them out of the room? Phew!

No more hershey kisses!

9.10.09

*ahem*

So, I just told off someone I've known for a long time, and then unfriended them on facebook.

Do I feel badly about it?

HELL NO!

This person... He used me as an emotional crutch. He would come around only when he was feeling crappy, and would get mad if I said ANYthing about myself because he was busy telling me what a wreck he was.

He would never be happy when he talked with me, unless he was drunk.

Why did I put up with him for so long?

God, I don't know.

But I'm done putting up with his melodrama, and his wallowing. He needs to get help, and I told him such (in a nice way! I promise!)

(And then maybe in a not-so-nice way when he went off on me for suggesting that he might want to talk to someone...)

Anywho, I just needed to put this out there. I feel really strong right now.

Life, the Universe and Everything... I have the answer!

And that answer is 42!

Well, actually, that's the number of points I now get to eat per day... I went down one!

I've been stuck in the 360's for a while now. Months, actually! And today, after this week where I went 14 over my total points allowance (Flex and activity included), I lost...

3.4 lbs!!!

Bringing my weight loss total to 94.1 lbs since January 12th.

Bringing my BMI down another point to 54, from 69 on January 12th.

Leaving me only 5.9 pounds to power through before I hit my goal of losing 100 lbs this year!! Can you believe it?!

I can't!

Not only that, but this is post #175 on my blog! That is an AWFUL lot of posting, don'tcha think? I think we're ALL amazed that I haven't run out of things to say by now!

Thank you, all you readers, for being with me through all these pounds... I'm so excited to have you guys along for the ride!! I can hardly wait to bring you more milestones in my life!!

4.10.09

Who are you, and what have you done with Chantel?!


Yesterday, I bought new walking/hiking shoes.

Well, when you buy new shoes, you really do need to break them in, yes?

I suppose I could have just gone for a stroll, meandered around, but we had just bought a book about hiking and biking in the Whitehorse area, and I SO wanted to try one of the trails, so I picked the first one in the book.

Easy, it said.

Perfect, I thought!

1 1/2 hours of real HIKING later, including at least 10 minutes of breathless up-up-up hill climbing, we got back to the car, and I realized... I just did that! That was me, hiking, climbing, enjoying herself!

That was ME, earning 14 activity points in one day!

The old me would have stopped at the first hill, even when I was previously 360 lbs. The old me would have said, "no way! Too hard! Not worth it! I can't do it! It'll hurt! I'll be humiliated!"

It's amazing, how much healthier I am now than I really have ever been before. I may still be VERY heavy, but I haven't been this active since I was a kid!

Was it hard? Yes. My ankles were sore, and my hip joints were sore, and my knees said, "what're you doing?!"

Was it worth it? YES!!! It was SO much fun!! I hope we get the chance to do more hiking before it gets too cold!

I'm so grateful to my wonderful husband for being so patient with me... He's so active, and I've been such a bump on a log... Though I think he's now reaping the rewards of his patience!!

2.10.09

Kame-Sama?

I e-mailed you, but maybe not to the right addy?

E-mail me? :D I know you're reading this!!

I miss you, Kame-Sama!!

Another Milestone Day in the North!

It's Weigh-In day in the North, and the animals are very hungry...

Wait.

Wrong book, sorry!

It's Weigh-In day in the North, and Chantel is now down 90.7 lbs, meaning that she has lost juuuuuuuust over 20% of her initial body weight!

20%!! That means that I'm now 4/5ths of myself! I find that absolutely incredible, personally.

And to reach my 100 lb goal by the end of the year, I actually have to lose less than a pound a week! That is exciting, exciting news to me!

It's wonderful, all the changes that I've gone through in the last 9 1/2 months...

Down 3 pants sizes (from a 32 to a 26!), and my BMI has gone from 69 to 55. I think a BMI of 69 is pretty much "spontaneous death" territory.

Onwards and Downwards!