Wednesday, 25 May 2011

The Fellow

We finally tried out the Fellow restaurant that is right by our house and that I nearly walk by everyday. It's pretty much full with either people eating or drinking outside. I was excited to try it with my friend who had a layover from Barcelona back to Chicago.  I love having visitors even if its only for one night!
T ordered the duck leg
with potatoes and duck prepared two ways. I swear there are shredded pieces of duck under those taters.
Since T doesn't like bacon (crazy!!) so I ended up eating the fatty strips :-D yum!
side of greens
I also got the onglet steak and triple fried chips again. This steak was even better than the one I had at Market last Friday. I'm also getting used to this eating without any steak sauce kind of deal. The steak was already so flavorful it didn't need anything else.
We stopped by Gallipoli for some late night dessert and a quick show tour around Upper street. Can't go wrong w. some profiteroles
I got a biscuit crumb dessert with vanilla ice cream in the middle and hazelnuts on top. It was very delicious!

Breakfast this morning: The usual

I have some pumpkin spiced muffins in the oven right now that is perfuming the house. Mmmmm!! I'm not working out today because I'm still sore from two days again. I realize I probably pushed my body a bit too hard the other day. I'm still learning to take things slower and not push my body so hard!! Oh well.. lesson learned.

5 new slim down strategies from Women's Health Magazine
1.) Eat it if it grows on a tree (or bush, stalk, or vine)
-fruits, vegetables, nuts. Eating from a tree will also give you more omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight abdominal fat. Some great plant sources of omega-3's are walnuts and flaxseeds. A study at the University of California Los Angeles has shown that eating fruit at the beginning of a meal reduces overall calorie intake by 15 percent.
2.) I will eat protein with every meal and snack.
-Muscle growth is triggered by protein-rich foods. (for every pound of muscle you have, you may potentially burn an additional 35-50 calories per day). Aim to eat between 0.54 and one gram of protein per pound of body weight. Base this on your goal body weight.
3.) I will eat before and after exercise. 
Eating a snack of protein and carbs right before and after working out speeds muscle growth and recovery.  Have a carb and protein snack 30 minutes before working out (ie: cheese and whole wheat crackers, 1/2 a turkey sandwich on wholegrain bread, yogurt w. fruit) and a protein rich meal after.
4.) I will become a salad savant
-salads with leafy greens contain important vitamins and minerals that help with weight loss. Eat as many leafy greens as you can. Examples: arugula, kale, romaine, swiss chard, collard greens, spinach, mustard greens, dandelion greens
5.) I will never have the world's worst breakfast
-The world's worst breakfast is having no breakfast at all. If you don't eat, you lower your metabolism, starve your muscles, and wind up taking in most of your calories late in the day.  Eat 30-35 percent of your daily calories early. Eat proteins with whole grains, produce, and healthy fats.

Agenda: skip the work out, study Korean, salsa