6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 2/Day 23

Breakfast @ 8:30 AM–1 fried egg and a Morning Star maple flavored meatless sausage plus intelligencia coffee @ 170 cals.

11:30 AM SNACK–celery sticks and a few kale chips–these are super yummy–I got the recipe here, and someone else did a calorie estimate here.

Also, FYI here’s some fun info on whether or not celery is a “negative calorie” food. I estimate 20 cals for few kale chips I had and 20 for the celery making this a 40 calorie snack.

At 12PM I had my first lunch course–the same butternut squash soup from yesterday @ 90 cals a serving.

Salad– 2 cups lettuce (20cals), 10 carrots (20 cals), 1/4 cup La Choy Chow Mien Noodles (65 cals), 1 tbsp of Kraft Light Asian Toasted Sesame dressing (30 cals), and 1/4 cup Trader Joe’s Mandarin Oranges (30 cals) for a total of 165 cals for the salad.

After the salad I slowly drank a pot of Lupicia‘s Lapsang souchong (one of my fav teas) with a touch of Vanilla added to it.

3:30 SNACK 1 cup of cottage cheese @ 180 cals

4pm SNACK 2 slices Wasa Light Rye CrispBread @ 60 cals

6pm Dinner–Dover Sole sautéed in 1 tsp of olive oil, 1 shallot and 1 sliced lime for 120 cals, a serving of orzo for 210 cals because I was really craving carbs before the gym. Plus I had a little bit of butter on the orzo for another 30 cals  I tried to cook some of the spinach that has been in the freezer for a while but it was too freezer burned so I had to put it in the compost bin.  Making dinner about 360 cals.

After dinner I had every intention of going to the gym but then suddenly my stomach started hurting–probably from the huge blob of carbs I just ate–and then my partner came home with a new bottle of real “L word” wine (Yes I did just write Real L-word wine)and we had a glass. . .and it was all downhill from there.  So the wine adds 100 cals. I also had a bunch of kale chips and a bit of this sweet seaweed snack that I picked up at Whole foods, so I’m going to call it a night at 1200 cals.


6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 4, Day 1/Day 22

Breakfast @ 8:30 AM–1 fried egg and a Morning Star maple flavored meatless sausage plus intelligencia coffee @ 170 cals.

Lunch @ 1pm– a serving of Pacific’s Butternut Squash Soup @ 90 cals and my self-made salad with 2 cups lettuce, 10 carrots, 1/2 a small heirloom tomato, 1 oz turkey, 1 tbsp alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 an apple, 3 peppercinis, and 1/4 c of chopped celery with a drizzle of oil and vinegar which was about 170 cals in all.

PM Snack– around 4:45 I had a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Bar for 90 cals–> 

6pm dinner–made spaghetti squash which has about 25 cals per cup, with diced tomatoes (30 cals) and 3 Trader Joes frozen meatballs (390 cals) oy–those meatballs were killer, gotta get turkey next time.  Dinner was 445 cals then. After that I headed to the gym for an hour and a half.  When I got home I had a small glass of red wine and a slice of this amazing cherry cheddar that I picked up at Whole Foods today. Today’s total: 1220 cals

Before its cooked. . .



Cherry Cheddar--YUM



6 weeks @ 1200 cals

Week 3, Day 3/Day 17

AM–I had to drive to Santa Monica to pick up some paper work this morning and I didnt take the time to make coffee or breakfast before I left, so I had a fiber one bar  (140 cals) in the car, but I still hadnt had my coffee, so I stopped into Huckleberry for an Americano, when the guy served me he actually said “I hope this wakes you up.”  I must have looked so dead.

When I got back home I made this Trader Joes frozen Tom Yam vegetarian Soup that we picked up on Sunday, it looked really good, but once I started eating it I realized that I didnt really like it.  So I didnt finish it and I ate some of the leftover Penang Bowl from last night–it kills me that I have no idea how many calories is in it and since I really dont know what the sauce is made of its really hard to estimate, but I am going to stay that I had 200 cals worth.

Around 3pm I had a cup of cottage cheese as a snack for 180 cals.

I also had a pack of Trader Joe’s Roasted Seaweed, so good and only 60 calories.

Before going to the gym I decided to make some rice and eat my Ratatouille dish from yesterday over rice.  I know that its better for me to eat brown rice, but I just cant bring myself to do it–I want white rice. So I had a cup of white rice @ 200 cals and a cup of my Ratatouille dish @ 150 cals, for a total of 350 cals.

I finished the night off with a beer–Heineken 110 cals--and a Trader Joes Mocha Yogurt for 130 cals.

Today’s Total= 1,170

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 4

9AM: Breakfast–cup of coffee with splash of milk 10 cals

two fried eggs— 180cals

11AM: Snack–Banana 105 cals

12PM feeling kind of light headed and having trouble focusing on my work, maybe that means I havent had enough carbs yet today?  I decided to eat lunch in two parts and started with the rest of the Organic Tomato Bisque soup that I ate yesterday as well= 13o Cals.

1:30PM–ate a salad that I created myself with 2 cups of lettuce, 1/4 cup corn, 1/4 cup tuna, 1/4 bean sprouts, 5 grape tomatoes, no dressing=112 cals

the salad was good, not super duper delicious but good. . .but when I was eating it the strangest thing happened–every time a swallowed a bite I got chills and shivers all over my body.  This might be due to the fact that I dont really like tomatoes or tuna (although both have been slowly growing on me in recent years) but it was such a strange bodily reaction to the salad.  Thoughts??

SNACK:  I went to Peet’s and had a pot of Oolong tea with a splash of nonfat milk–10cals

One piece of WASA Light Rye Crispbread–I love this stuff, but usually I eat the whole wheat ones which have 45 cals each, these light ones have 30 each but they are thinner so that stinks. I also decided to put apple slices on it to add something.   100cals

Dinner:  @ 6pm I had Half of the half of a leftover Calzone from Tuesday–so 1/4 calzone. . .which would be 205 cals

Then I went to the gym for an hour and came back and ate the other half of the calzone for another 205 cals

and I finished the evening off with a Trader Joe’s French Village Chocolate Nonfat Yogurt @ 150 cals for a GRAND TOTAL of 1207 cals

6 weeks @ 1200 calories

Week 1, Day 3


9AM–coffee with a splash of milk 10 cals–thats a pic of my fav coffee mug on the right–>

Erin, Me, and Martina circa 2006

I did that thing again where I forget to eat breakfast. . .I was updating the blog and working on one of my side gigs for $$ and the next thing I knew it was 11:55AM so I just had a morning snack.

SNACK: Banana 105 Cals


1:30PM –bowl of Trader Joe’s Organic Tomato Bisque soup –1 Serving–130 cals

1 Trader Joe’s Chicken and Cheese Tamale–120 cals

Snack: Apple 80 cals

5:30PM My stomach is growling, and its very loud. . .but I have to hold out because we are going to free cocktails and h’ orderves at the Beverly Hilton tonight and I cant possibly not take advantage of that. . .I guess I will drink more water.


Do cocktails and h’ orderves count as dinner?  I would normally eat before such an occasion, something light but I would still eat.  What does everyone else do when they know they are going to face two hours of cocktails and h’ orderves from 7-9pm?  To eat dinner or not to eat dinner?

Here’s what I consumed:  I’m calling this 500 calories, I really have no idea how many calories it would be, but 500 seems fair. Plus I had a glass of wine about 150 cals worth. So the grand TOTAL is. . .1095 and I dont feel like I’m going to die. Amazing!

For the future of this six weeks I need to incorporate foods that have more nutrient density in them or else my hair is going to start to fall out!  Here’s some stuff that I checked out while I was writing this post. . .Finding the best diet for you. I also accidentally stumbled upon all of these “pro-ana” thats pro-anorexia websites which I refuse to repost here and am freaked out by the fact that my internet searches are turning up such things!

The Joys of (Good) Cookware

The latest edition to our family thanks to a great steal at Marshalls:

A good dutch oven is absolute heaven for serious home cooking. Dutch ovens have been used for hundreds of years in kitchens across the world.  Dutch ovens are awesome because you can go straight from the stove top into the oven without changing dishes.  The dutch oven is perfect for browning meat for stews, soups or saucy dishes.  After the meat is browned with the lid off, you can pop the tight, heavy lid on and it allows heat to radiate around the food and seals in condensation, surrounding the dish in moist heat.

I cook with a bare cast iron pan and I am always a little stressed about maintaining it–you cant just wash it like a regular pan, you have to clean them with boiling water and a brush, and no or minimal soap. After the cast iron has been dried, it should be given a thin coating of cooking oil to prevent rusting.  I decided to go with an enameled cast iron dutch oven to save myself the stress of cleaning, but that means that I shouldn’t use it for high heat cooking such as deep frying.