wheel of fat-tune

The magic number is 195.6. The good news is I haven’t gained weight.

I almost cried this morning. Usually I weigh myself multiple times because the floor in my apartment is uneven. First, the scale said 195.6, then it said 194.4, then it said 190.4. I was so disoriented. When I got to work, I went to the gym and the scale there said 198!!! It’s one of those scales that you step on and then move the bars until the middle bar finds balance, and I don’t usually trust those, but that was my tipping point. I was sad until afternoon, and I was sad to eat but I did anyway. After work, I went to my gym and the analog “professional” scale there said 191. I told the trainer to check it 3 times because I thought that was crazy. Although my mood was significantly improved, I wasn’t convinced. I think I would have “felt” 191. On a different note, today’s workout really tired me out. Not sure why. I don’t think it was more difficult than yesterday’s.

When I got home, I found several flat surfaces and the most prevalent weight was 195.6 (other variations were 195.4 and 196), so I’m calling this my weight. The good news is I haven’t gained weight. I don’t feel terrible, perhaps because I spent most of the day feeling quite awful. I lost 3/4 – 1 inch all around. I was surprised that I lost anything in my waist. My body fat loves to hang around there and show itself off.

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the rabbit and the finish line

Day 30, June 30

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Breakfast: 2 scotch eggs, 1 banana, 8 strawberries, half avocado

Lunch: Boring cafeteria salad

Dinner: Roasted rabbit with asparagus, brussel sprouts and carrots.

Impressions: Day 30! I did it, I did it!!! I feel like doing a little jig. Today was surprisingly more difficult than usual. I had to remind myself several times that today is not Day 31. In other news, I made the worst scotch eggs ever. I used the same recipe I used for the meatballs last night, and it was quite ugh. Basically over seasoned for scotch eggs, but fine for meatballs.

Alright, the rabbit: It doesn’t look much different from chicken, but it tasted subtly different. It has a delicate flavor. You might miss it if you’re not looking for it. I cooked it a little drier than I’d have liked because I forgot to set my gas oven 25 degrees lower than the recipe called for. All the same, it wasn’t dry dry, probably because I spent a lot of time basting it. It was quite tasty, really. Here’s my step-by-step(ish).

I layered the veggies in the roasting pan, drizzled a little under 1/8 cup of melted clarified butter over it, sprinkled with salt and pepper, gave it all a good shake, then laid the onion rings over it.

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Then I rubbed clarified butter all over the rabbits, sprinkled with salt, pepper, thyme, dried parsley (because I stupidly used all my fresh parsley in my meatball/scotch egg mixture). I noticed they had a tiny little cavity so I stuffed 1 large smashed garlic and a few sage leaves in each one, and 1/6 of a lemon in 1 of them, just as a tester. I laid the rabbits in the pan and sprinkled some more sage and onions over them because I had just noticed that sage smells amazing, and I needed to use the leftover half onion, and I figured neither would hurt the flavor of the rabbits.

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I loosely covered the pan with foil and threw the lot of it in a 325 degree fahrenheit oven for an hour and a half (basting every 15 minutes or so), turning the temp up to 450 for the last 15 minutes to give it a nice gold-brown tone. That reddish-looking part sticking out is the neck (not the butt). I didn’t bother to cut it off. The asparagus is obviously a quite overcooked, but the other veggies surprisingly held their own.

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That’s it! Not very difficult. I think some dry white wine would have cooked nicely with this, as well as some mushrooms. I have a good mind to make some soup too, but I’ll probably be too lazy. Yay! Whole 30 done!!! I hope you guys will continue to follow me on my weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey. Other than having a semi-stalker trainer, knowing that there are people who read this keeps me accountable.

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fat is good for your heart (and for your waistline)

Day 25, June 25

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 2 carrot sticks, 1 banana and half avocado.

Lunch: Boring cafeteria salad with half avocado.

Dinner: Efo riro over cauliflower.

Impressions: The chocolate was offered again today, and today my “no” was so much easier.

I felt pretty full after my large breakfast, and a tad sleepy for a short while, but it paid off. I wasn’t hungry until lunch, and after lunch I wasn’t hungry until I was almost home. Bigger breakfast = full even in the afternoon. More fat during the day = fuller longer. I’m really drinking the Whole30 kool-aid now! Dinner filled my plate tonight. At first I thought it was too big, but it was literally veggies, protein and fat, so I feel just okay.

I was supposed to work out today but my workout buddy flaked on me. I haven’t felt like working out much this week. It must be PMS. Tomorrow would have been ideal, but I need to go in to work pretty early. 5 days to go!