Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Weigh-in Tuesday, plus a springtime salad recipe

It's Tuesday, and you all know what that means... time for my weekly weigh-in!

Because of my medical hoopla this week, I didn't exercise as often (or as hard) as I usually do.  I did eat very carefully, though, knowing that I wasn't burning as much.  It appears that my body is adjusting after two slower-paced weeks... I am down 4.4 pounds from last week, bringing my total to 46.4 lost since January 11!

I find myself doing something I haven't really been doing before.  I've wanted to remain patient with the scale, because really, this is a life-long process that we've begun, and I don't want to pressure myself into panicking, disordered eating, or anything else that isn't balanced or moderate.  But I do seem to feel a little focused on hitting 50 pounds lost in 4 months.  (That's next week's weigh-in.)  I know it's just a number, and just a day.  I know it isn't any more impressive than 46.4 pounds lost in 3 months and 3 weeks.  I'm tossing around the idea of not weighing in next week, so that I don't stress myself about that number.  We'll see.

One thing I will be doing this week, to keep healthy moderation in check, is indulging a small craving I've been having since Thursday.  I wait a week to indulge cravings, so... more on that this Thursday!

I don't know what the weather is like for those of you elsewhere, but here in Los Angeles, it's decidedly springy.  And when Los Angeles gets springy, the citrus and the veggies get even more delicious.  So today I have a salad recipe to share with you: Beet and Blood Orange Salad.  Tom first heard about this blend of flavors online, and made the recipe up himself.  It's now one of my favorites.

We avoided beets for a long time because we thought they were hard to prepare.  They're not!

The first step is to wrap 3 beets - as is -  individually with foil. 
Pop them into the oven at 450, for about 90 minutes (for fist-sized
beets; a little less for smaller.) Let them sit until they're room temp.

Once they're cool, take a paper towel and rub off the skin. 
Use a little elbow grease and it should come right off.

This beet has been flayed like Warren.

Discard the two ends, and then slice into sticks
approximately the size of orange segments.

Orange segments!  Aren't these blood oranges beautiful?
Peel and segment 3 blood oranges - use 2 navels if bloods are unavailable.

Toss the beets and blood oranges together with 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar,
3 chopped green onions, and a dash of salt & pepper.

Wha-la!  It's a lovely, tangy side dish for any meal.  Let me know if you decide to make it!   Or if it's not your style... what is your favorite spring salad?

All right, lovely people.  Take care of you, and I'll be back tomorrow with Adventure Wednesday!


  1. Those blood oranges are gorgeous!

    50 pounds in 5 months has a nice easily divisible by 10 ring to it.

  2. Ah! I've been so obsessed with beets as of late too! I usually just throw em in a big pot and boil them, then cool a little and peel the skins with my bare hands - also super easy.

    Currently my fav salad: tuna in a mix of any of the following: greens, romaine, spinach, kale, and or arugula... carrots, corn, peas, BEETS (golden or red or both), strawberries, blueberries, celery (a must), cucumber (sometimes), tomatoes, macadamia nuts (minimal - sometimes almonds just get played out, you know?), avocado (as an alt pinch hitter - with the nuts and fish it can be a bit much)... balsamic or sesame dressing (sesame was a surprisingly good one - the fat free one from TJ is especially tasty and low in cals).

    I'm glad to see you are doing so well. I really enjoy your blog!

  3. Brendan, I like the way you think.

    Joyce, yum! I haven't tried the boiling before, I'll have to give it a shot. That salad sounds delicious... we do fruit with a less-populated salad, but I haven't tried it with a nice array of veg like this. I'm definitely going to try it out. I know what you mean about fish/avo/nuts... there's such a thing as too many natural oils, heh. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog - I've been having a lot of fun with it. Miss you!

  4. I can attest to the deliciousness of this salad! (But don't be alarmed of your pee turns pink.)

    My current favorite salads:
    White beans or Garbanzos, Orange Mint, Capers & roasted red peppers in an orange garlic vinaigrette.

    Fennel, arugula, toasted slivered almonds, kumquats, blood oranges in an orange-shallot vinaigrette.

    My made-up, easy lentil salad:
    Lentils, Fresh Basil, small tomatoes, goat cheese in a garlic-balsamic vinaigrette.

    My neighbor has a loquat tree that is bursting. I'm going to experiment with these little guys this week.

  5. Mmmmm, Spring Salad, what a good idea!

    Bad idea? The numbers game. Yep, this is a vote for skipping next week's weigh-in. Numbers are just numbers. Easy to deal with for birthdays and anniversaries and fluff stuff - but careful when applying them to progress.

  6. oh, beets. can't beet 'em.

    two days into my desert ranch apprenticeship, a flower child named kotrina (i keep meeting her doubles in ann arbor) threw some beets, pears, apples, lemons, and ginger root into a juicer and out came the most heavenly ruby red elixir i've ever tasted. i can't wait to give this salad a try.

    i am so astounded with your numbers, heidi - i can only dream of losing my forty pounds of goal weight in a five-month period of time. they've been eluding me for five years. you're inspirational, and reading your journal makes me want to take my health and happiness in hand, too, and be earnest about trying.

    and i dig what the first commenter said. fifty pounds in five months sounds just right!

  7. Yummy salad! I'll have to give that a try.

    My current favorite is a simple salad I had at the mom and pop cafe around the corner from my office:

    Portion of lettuce (I buy bagged lettuce and prefer the Trader Joes herb blend but any will do, of course.

    Portion of mango
    Portion of avocado
    Any other veggies you like (I leave it just mango and avocado)
    A dash of sesame seeds
    Tossed with either Italian or balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

    Lisa - I loveeee loquats. My parents used to have a tree.

  8. I understand what you mean. I put goals on myself all the time just so that I can work harder. Nothing wrong with that as long as you are ok if you dont reach it. This was the hardest part for me. Sometimes I just wanted to throw my scale into Beyonce's face!