6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 5, Day 7/Day 35

I woke up this morning at 8AM because my mom called.  So I made coffee and talked her for two hours.  I had to get off the phone because my partner wanted to go for a ride on her new bike. So I quickly changed and we got on the bikes and headed to the LA River trail.

LA River Trail

Midway to the trail I realized that I hadnt eaten breakfast, but luckily last nights dinner seemed to get me through, glad I ate all that injera!  When I got home I was all distracted and ended up not eating until 2pm–I heating up some Hoppin John and a chicken breast for a lunch of about 400 calories. Then I realized its good that I havent eaten much today because we are going to the Wrap Party for Showtime’s Dexter where there is an open bar, dinner and appetizers.

The rest of the afternoon I was at a neighborhood cleanup organized by a local Rabbi.

Its so hard to figure out what I ate at these things, or at least what is in what I ate, but here is the list with my caloric estimate:

1 vodka tonic @ 150

2 mini kobe beef slider @ 200 x2=400

2 mozzarella tomato zucchini wrap @ 70 x2=140

1 crab cake with sauce @ 250

2 vodka cranberries @ 150 each=300

1 Stella beer=150

Then the actual dinner was:

2 slices of beef steak =150

1/4 c salad=70

Crab Cakes

1/4 c roasted corn=90

1/4 c cooked spinach=90

and a whole wheat roll=110


So total for the event was about 1900 calories, eek! So the day’s total was about 2300 calories, which is bad, but look how happy I am 🙂




6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 5, Day 4/Day 32

8AM awake and running around the house trying to pack up my stuff for my trip up to Berkeley later and I didnt get around to eating breakfast or making coffee grrrr.  So I stopped into my partners office and grabbed some coffee and a Reese’s Stick (AKA Halloween Candy) about 50 cals for breakfast before dashing off to my AM meeting–who didnt show up!?  So then I had another coffee.

1pm Trader Joe’s Chicken Mango Quinoa Salad @ 240 cals

Pirates Booty and a Coke Zero @140 cals

Plane–ginger ale–feeling icky thought it would make me feel better but I didnt end up drinking any of it

Dinner–1.5 fresh chicken tacos with nopales 450 cals @ this local all organic fresh from local farms taco place–YUM!

I also had 1 corona @ 150 nothing else would have washed down those tacos in the same way!

2 scoops of ice cream on a cone!!!!! which the internet tells me should be about 350 cals

. . .maybe I should have skipped that second scoop, but it was soooo gooood. After that it was off to bed to get my beauty rest!

@ the Shattuck Plaza Hotel Berkeley.  Total Calories for the Day: 1380 cals

6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 2, Day 3/Day 10

I had my breakfast/morning coffee at It’s a Grind in Westwood, I was going to go to Profetta, which I love love love but they recently covered up all of their electrical outlets and my computer battery is becoming weaker and weaker, so I decided to forgo good coffee for productive potential.  I had a Kellogg’s Fiber Plus bar and I realized that I forgot to bring my snacks with me today, luckily It’s A Grind is right next to Trader Joe’s so I can pop over and pick up whatever I need over there. So the bar plus the coffee is 160 total for breakfast.

I also realized that I need to start eating more earlier in the day and stop eating about 1/3 of my daily calories after 8pm.  Its hard though because I think I get scared so I stop eating so that I can make sure I can still eat something at night.  Now that I have been doing this for 10 days though, I think I am starting to figure some things out–by the end I will have an ideal minute by minute schedule laid out for myself.  But even though I realize what I should be doing I doubt I will actually just be able to implement it.

I had lunch with a friend in Westwood. . .we elected to eat at Whole Foods, which I know is a really strange place to meet someone for lunch but its actually a relatively cheap option in the area and its good food, which is super rare.  I had about 2 cups of lettuce, spinach and kale –which gets one of the highest scores on the ANDI scale–with one hard boiled egg, one heart of palm, about 1/4 cup cabbage, a sprinkling of carrot shavings and a few onion slices.  So thats like 20 calories for the greens, 70 for the egg, 10 for the hearts of palm, and 6 for the cabbage and say 5 for the carrot and onion, plus I had about a tbsp of the balsamic dressing which is about 50 cals, so in total the salad was about 160 calories.

Then came the dreaded department “welcome back” reception where one of my lovely cohort members divulged that she has been following this blog 😉 These things are terrible for the calorie counter, its so hard to know what you are eating!  I had a slice of bread with some duck pate on it–and American duck pate is sooooooo much better than Cuban pork liver pate–which I later found out is on this dieter website of French foods to AVOID because it has 260 calories for 2 OZ!!!!! Who knew!?  I also have no idea what an oz is when I think in terms of “reasonable-amount-to-spread” quantities, so I will say I had 1/4 oz for 32 calories plus the bread for 50 cals.  Then a friend took a glass of prosecco before remember that she cant drink right now, so I took it for her @ 50 cals, and I had 5 strawberries and a hand full of grapes for 65 cals.  So the afternoon’s total was 198 calories which doesnt sound so bad except that I did not feel full at all.  An hour later I went back to Whole Foods for more snacks–a Whole Foods brand organic lemon yogurt @ 140 cals and two sheets of seaweed @ 10 each.  Adding another 160 to my afternoon, it seems to be my magic number today.

On the way home I was awestruck by a sudden rain shower and this baby:

Well I didnt see it from that angle, in fact I think that my view of it was even better than this, but you get the idea.  THe more important point is that the rain and subsequent rainbow inspired me to skip the gym, which is lovely.

Dinner was Trader Joe’s pre marinated Mahi Mahi, corn, and the french lentil dish from  the other day for an even 400 calorie dinner followed by a glass of white wine @ 150 cals making the day’s total 1228 calories.

6 weeks @ 1200 calories

Week 1, Day 5

9AM Coffee with a splash of milk 10 cals

Trader Joe’s Soy and Flax Clusters with Skim Milk 280 cals

12Pm SNACK Banana 105 cals

1:30PM Lunch–I think that this was the yummiest meal I have had all week–Trader Joe’s Mango, Quinoa, and Chicken Salad–OMG soooooo good, and the best part is that  its A LOT of food and its super low-cal  @240 cals with the dressing!

I also sort of cheated and got a Diet Cherry Pepsi when I was out running errands (buying this month’s mags with foodie pieces in them: Unte, Ms. and Harpers) 0 cals but still cheating

3:30 Snack–Wasa Light Rye Crispbread 30 cals

I started feeling tired/crabby/lightheaded around 4:30 so I had a Trader Joe’s Chicken and Cheese Tamale 130 cals.

Tonight we are joining neighborhood friends for a special Sukkot Shabat dinner, its a potluck and we are brining Kosher wine, not sure what else will be there and I wont really be able to know for sure how many calories are in the dishes, but I will estimate the dinner total anyway… I’m going to say, between the food, the wine, and the challah that it was 1500 calories alone.

Making today’s total 2, 295 a total and utter bust.

Lemon and Artichoke Chicken

My partner is always on a 1200 calorie diet, and she gets frustrated with me when I am always whipping up all kinds of meals and desserts and making her try them.  So tonight I made her a great Low-Cal, High Protein Dinner which is actually only about 200 calories if you eat it alone, or you could add 200 cals worth of veggies and carbs.

You will need:

Olive oil

1lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

3/4 cup chicken stock

2 lemons–the juice of one lemon, and the other thinly sliced

2 tablespoons capers

1 jar/can of marinated artichoke hearts

salt and pepper to taste

First heat a layer of olive oil in a skillet, once its hot add the pound of boneless skinless chicken breasts.  Cook about 5 minutes on med/high heat, on each side or until golden brown, add lemon juice and scrape any of the browned bits that have stuck to the pan.

Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, turn down to med and add the lemon slices–try to place some above and some below the chicken. Add the capers, cover and simmer for about 10 mins.

Add the artichokes, cover and cook for another five minutes.

Remove the chicken and lemon slices from the sauce, sprinkle in about 1 tablespoon of flour to help the sauce thicken.  Cook uncovered for another five minutes or until you have the desired thickness.

If you just eat the chicken with the sauce its about 185 calories per serving! and its super yummy too.