Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Motivation is here!

So today's post of my confession of my weight and sugar addiction got some encouraging emails and feedback on Facebook. It made me feel good and not quite so disgusting. I hate that I feel disgusting. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and encouragement.

I ended up going for an impromptu 20 minute power walk after dinner. I asked Holden if he wanted to go for a walk, he said he wanted to go to the park (as usual *ha*) so I took the long way, which is totally out of the way, but I got a tiny bit of exercise in, so that's good.

Today's food was only OK.

Breakfast was 2 slice whwh toast with no-sugar added jam (although it's jam, so it's still sweet, so not really a great choice).

Lunch was 2 hard boiled eggs, half of a sliced yellow pepper, and a few cucumber slices. Much better!!

Dinner was a homemade blackbean burrito. It was fan-frickin'-tastic. I added more veggies (chopped tomato, more peppers), but I found it was too much cream cheese. Next time I'll cut it in half. John and Holden loved it too!! I served it with salsa.

Here's the recipe:

Blackbean Burritos

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil ( I used waaaaaay less than this, maybe 1 tbsp)
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained (I used 1 large can for the 3 of us)
  • 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno peppers (skipped this, added fajita seasoning instead)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese (this was too much for the 3 of us)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Wrap tortillas in foil and place in oven heated to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for 15 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Heat oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Place onion, bell pepper, garlic and jalapenos in skillet, cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour beans into skillet, cook 3 minutes stirring.
  3. Cut cream cheese into cubes and add to skillet with salt. Cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Stir cilantro into mixture.
  4. Spoon mixture evenly down center of warmed tortilla and roll tortillas up. Serve immediately.


  1. The great thing about kids is that they'll never turn down a walk! Good luck Steph! I know I'm having a hard time getting motivated too. Being at home all the time doesn't help. Hopefully with the nicer weather on the way it won't seem like such a challenge.

  2. In the short article, Being Fat Is OK, Paul Campos writes about three different lies that he claims dominate the world of weight. The United States government tells its citizens that sixty-one percent of Americans are overweight based on the body mass index (BMI) system of measurement (Campos). The BMI system of measurement is a misleading source to tell whether someone is fat or not because it is based on a height to weight ratio. Pittsburg Steelers linebacker James Harrison stands at six feet tall and weighs 242 pounds making his BMI 32.8 classifying him as obese (“Player”). However, Harrison is not obese; he is just very muscular. The diet industry in the United States uses the BMI system to classify people as fat who really are not. These misclassifications lead Paul Campos to write about the truths that the diet industry try to hide pertaining to overweight people. The American public assumes that skinny people are less healthy than fat people, that overweight people would be as healthy as thin people if they lost weight and that people can choose to lose weight (Campos). These common misconceptions are not true. The majority of the population assumes that fat people are not as healthy as skinny people just because they are fat but this is false. It is possible for a person to be thin and extremely unhealthy and for an overweight person to be healthy.