Thursday, July 19, 2007

Recipe of the month

Mediterranean Pasta

Cook angel hair pasta al dente and strain.
Chop heirloom tomatoes and add them to the warm pot that the pasta came from.
Add a splash of olive oil, capers, sun-dried tomatoes & chopped garlic.
Throw the pasta back in the pot, and toss it all together with fresh parmesan cheese & a touch of salt and pepper.

Pretend you're in Italy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007


Aloha-oe, aloha-oe, ikeona ona noho ikanipo
One fond embrace ahoea ea
Until we meet again
Until we meet again.

The first garden tomato


(I knew it was ripe when I saw Devo in the garden trying to lick the tomato. I know, it's my own fault for feeding him vegetables)!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

At the pet store

Jay and I went to the pet store so I could get some fish food. I have 2 green tiger barbs on my desk at work.

We passed the big glass cages full of mice and there was a lone white mouse, running on a wheel. I pointed to the running mouse and said, "Jay, that's you". There was an older gentleman standing next to Jay and he said, with no trace of a smile, "I'm going to buy that mouse for my snake, so if that's you, you're in trouble".

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Crudite, Devo?

When I'm at the chopping board, Devo sidles up to me and waits patiently. I never give him a scrap of meat. I always give him a piece of fruit or a vegetable and wait for the day that he'll refuse it. He never does. He does not jump or wag his tail or drool. He always has the same look on his face. "Thank you, mistress, for that delicious cherry tomato. I will wait patiently for perhaps a grape or a piece of lettuce".

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

A few training tips

2 weeks ago, when I had 4 weeks left til "the big day", I signed up at Gold's Gym. Desperate? Perhaps.

I signed up for 8 training sessions with a 21-year old trainer named Will. He just graduated from college with a degree in personal training, and he is trying to kick my butt. This is good.

I am noticeably sore today from the lunges I did yesterday with 10 pound weights in each hand.

Probably the best part about training with Will is some of the health tips he talks about while I'm sweating on the elliptical.

- Cook your pasta al dente. It will have a lower glycemic level than if you cook it all the way through.

- If you're trying to lose weight, don't eat starchy carbs at dinner. Eat vegetables (those are fibrous carbs) but don't eat pasta or potatoes or bread.

- Eat the starchy carbs in the first part of your day so you'll burn them off throughout the day (toast, oatmeal during breakfast)

- It's only safe to lose 2 or 2.5 lbs per week.

- Eat every 3 hours, or 5-6 times a day to keep your metabolism up. You burn calories when you eat.

- Skipping meals does not contribute to weight loss. Your body goes into shock mode thinking it's starving, and then stores the fat instead of releasing it.

- Avoid sugar and white bread! I now use stevia in my coffee. (Can be found at Whole Foods and some taste better than others. I like NuNaturals).

- Drink plenty of water, as it aids in metabolizing fat.

- Fruit is good. Grapes, bananas & watermelon are highest in sugar. Berries are great, as they have fiber in them.

- Avoid fruit juice - too much sugar in it.

- Eat as much salad as you can! Easy on the dressing, unless it's olive oil and lemon. I've been eating lots of salad with romaine lettuce, tuna, olive oil and lemon, avocado...

- Avocado is a good fat!

- Cardio for 35 minutes, (not including a 5-minute warm-up and 5-10 minute cool-down) 4 x's a week!

- Be active!!

- Sweat! It helps get the toxins out of your body.

- Having muscles burns fat! The more muscle you have, the bigger metabolic engine you have, and the easier it is for your body to burn calories.

More to come...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Crossing the street to go to the cleaners yesterday, I saw a 20-something girl sitting on the sidewalk, chatting on her pink razr phone. This is what I heard as I started to cross the street:

"So anyway, the very next day, she got online and signed up for eHarmony and then she went on a date...."

Walking back from the cleaners 5 minutes later, I passed the girl again and heard this:

"I'm trying to be happy for her, I really am. I'm really trying to be happy for anyone that's in a relationship...."