Saturday morning the doorbell rang and the friendly neighborhood Fed Ex guy handed me a box. . .a box containing my new favorite toy.

The Body Media Fit system, complete with arm band and display.  This little sucker straps on to your arm 24 hours a day and tells you everything you ever wanted to know about yourself, just short of “What should I do with the rest of my life?”

Monitoring all sorts of bodily signals through your sweat it can tell you exactly how many calories you burn a day, the level of exertion you reach during exercise, and the quality and length of sleep you’re getting.

I’m learning a lot from this little guy.  First, I don’t eat enough!

I’ve always thought my keeping my caloric intake at approximately 1600 calories a day was good.  Well, it looks like I burn a lot more calories than I thought…just living.  In fact, even if I wanted to lose 1.5 pounds a week I could still eat up to 1900 calories.

That’s like a whole additional meal!

This could take some getting used to.

Secondly, I’m a little obsessed with the sleep tracking aspects of this device.  You wear it while you sleep and it will actually tell you how long you’re laying down, and how much of that time is actual sleep.  I never realized how many times during the night I woke up for 1-2 minute intervals then nodded back off.

This is only my third day wearing it, so I’m still all exciting by its shiny new toy factor.

Stay tuned for more updates.

In the meantime it was business as usual in my life…


Ezekial English muffin with 1% cottage cheese and tomato


Soup of the Week

Now that it’s Fall I anticipate soup becoming a more important part of my life.

Last night I made what I like to refer to as “cheater’s chicken noodle soup.”  Sure, it’s easy enough to make chicken soup, all you really need is some vegetables, a chicken and some water.  But, I went an even easier route.  Honestly I did this because it was already 11pm when I realized I needed to prep lunch for the week a head and needed to something super easy.

Basically,  I chopped up some onions, carrots, and celery and let them soften in a pot.  I then added three chicken breasts, cut into cubes.  I let all that cook a little bit, then I added 10 cups of pre-made chicken stock (that’s the cheating part).  I brought it all to a boil, then added 2.5 cups of brown rice pasta.  Cooked for 8 more minutes…voila.  Chicken noodle soup in less than 30 minutes.  It’s damn tasty too.  Added bonus you don’t have to shred a chicken corpse or skim off the layer of fat.

I had zested this orange over the weekend, I couldn’t let the fruit inside go to waste


Earl Grey latte with skim milk


Tonight was my very first German class.  It was awesome, if not a bit overwhelming.  Afterward I was ravenous, my friend and I decided to grab a quick slice of pizza for dinner.  I chose the only slice that had veggies on top.  Somehow that makes it feel like a balanced meal.

Spinach and mushroom pizza

I don’t often drink soda, but every once and a while it’s a nice treat.