Search This Blog

Sunday, September 21, 2014

my life as a vampire, week 3

Oh hai. Long time no write.

My last two weeks of day shift in August were literally crying-in-the-bathroom-at-work stressful and the month of September has been all about adjusting to being awake when everyone else is sleeping.  Plus, most of my internet time recently has been on the mobile device and I'm not good enough with the thumb typing to write actual blog posts that way. Blah blah blah excuse cakes.



But here I am now, dropping in with an update. Night shift=so far, so good.  Several people have said to me "you sound so much happier" and it's true.  I sound happier because I am happier.  I am, believe it or not, getting more sleep than when I was working days. I go to bed between 7:30 and 8 am and my alarm wakes me at 2:30. Compare that to going to bed at 10:30 or 11 pm and having to drag my sleep-deprived ass out of bed at 4:30 in the fucking morning and you will see that I'm getting at least an extra hour of sleep per day. And I am exercising almost every day. When I'm working my usual new schedule of Monday through Thursday nights, 6 pm to 4:30 am, I go to my new gym near the hospital after work, arriving just after they open at 5 and leaving just after 6.  Usually on Mondays I've been going to the gym in the afternoon before heading over to work. Most Fridays I go to 6 pm yoga. On Saturday and Sunday I've been going to the gym or to yoga or hiking/walking with friends.  This in itself all makes me much happier.

One of my new co-workers asked me the other night whether I was still going to the gym after work. When I said yes, she said (somewhat sarcastically, I think) "oh, you're so good."  "It makes me feel so much better," I answered, and she looked at me like I'd just sprouted a new arm. Or boob.  Some extraneous body part anyway. This is the same woman who refused to walk up two flights of stairs with me the other night after we'd gone to check on a patient's equipment, so, y'know, I realize she's not down with the whole exercise concept.  But I remain bemused that some people can only frame working out as "being good", as some kind of penance for eating cookies or some act of daunting willpower.

No.  It feels GOOD.

But I'm preaching to the choir here.

To reward you for your patience with my lack of blog content, I'd like to offer up a couple of recipes involving pumpkin that I've tried lately.

The first one is a pumpkin oatmeal cream cheese bake.  I got it from a friend who got it originally from a Facebook page called Kia's Fit Fare.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
2 egg whites (62g)
81g, 1/3 cup puree (canned) Pumpkin
1/4 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk or the Coconut Almond Breeze
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ginger
1/16 - 1/8 tsp salt (Just a light dash, not much needed)
½ to 1tbs Stevia (Not much, you can top with Maple or Sugar Free Syrup of Choice)

Cream Cheese Center:
2tbs, 28g of Fat Free Cream Cheese
1 tsp Stevia
1/2 tbs Silk Almond Milk

What you need:
2 Bowls
Measuring Spoons
Whisk or Large Fork
Spoon
Large Ramekin
Cooking Spray/Oil
Scale

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray Large Ramekin with cooking spray.
2. Combine all ingredients in bowl, pour in Ramekin.
3. For the cream cheese center, combine all ingredients listed. Lightly place in center of Bake without pushing down through mixture.
4. Topped with 3g (1/2 tbs) of pumpkin seeds.
5. Bake 30 mins at 350.
6. Allow to set for a few mins to cool and firm up slightly
7. Enjoy!! (Remember this is a Bake, so it will be slightly moist in center)

Nutrition /Macros for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Oatmeal Bake:
Calories: 252
Fat: 5g
Carbohydrate: 36g
Protein: 18g

The only change I make to the recipe is to use reduced fat (rather than fat-free) cream cheese and Splenda instead of stevia, because a.) fat-free cheese is a non sequitor and b.) I'm scarily not worried about getting cancer, and stevia tastes like ass to me.


The second recipe is for pumpkin turkey chili, and the recipe is on the Whole Foods website:

http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/turkey-pumpkin-chili



The changes I made to this were: using black beans instead of kidney beans, using 1.25 lbs of ground turkey instead of a pound (b/c that's how big my package was, plus PROTEINZ), omitting the garlic (b/c mine had dried up [sad face]), and adding a half teaspoon of cinnamon.  Plus mine's in plastic freezer containers, not a nice ceramic bowl, and there's not going to be any fancee sour cream garnish because work lunch.

I will say, if you intend to use that chili for dinner, NOT a work lunch, six servings is kinda overly optimistic in my view, even though I added extra meat to mine.  I'd say it makes three to four normal dinner-sized helpings. But maybe I'm just a glutton.

I hope to tell you all about my new gym in a separate post, but until then, just let me say this--the convenience store across the street from it sells individual Quest bars. For 3 bucks a pop.  Despite this highway robbery, I've been taking the opportunity to try out flavors I haven't had before and wouldn't buy a whole box of.  I had to buy two white chocolate raspberries ones in order to make a decision whether they were weird or tasted good. Conclusion: they're weird. But they also taste kinda good.

Oh, shut up. I just gave you a recipe for chili that has pumpkin in it. Do you trust my taste buds anyway?

xoxo



31 comments:

  1. Sleep makes happy!
    (Er, the pumpkin oatmeal cream cheese bake is missing--bunch of blank white lines there. Not that I'm going to cook anything with cream cheese. I'll eat it when other people cook with it, but I won't look it in the face.)

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

    ReplyDelete
  2. Okay, I think I fixed the formatting problem...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, you did. Now to fix my eyes: I kept reading "tbs" as "lbs", although I would probably like it better if it were topped with half a pound of pumpkin seeds….

      Delete
  3. OK, both these recipes look seriously tempting, even though they involve cooking, and have more than two ingredients. But it's so rare that I encounter any recipes that contain the ingredients I actually eat and enjoy, and these both sound kinda awesome and worth rolling up my sleeves and trying to conjure up a ramekin-like object in the chaos that is our kitchen cabinet.

    thank you!

    Oh, and so glad the new schedule is working out! I think people who can handle shift work are kinda bad-ass.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Crabby, as an aside, definitely go for a *large* ramekin-like object. I use the biggest ramekin thingy I have and the recipe still fills it to the top and it usually bubbles over a little while cooking (so I pt it on a cookie sheet in the oven.)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your idea is outstanding; Opuderm Premium Skin Care the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.really enjoyed what that you wrote actually.
    http://www.healthcaresdiscussion.com/opuderm-premium-skincare/


    ReplyDelete
  6. Resources such as the 1 you mentioned here will be extremely useful to myself! Cleanse FX I will publish a hyperlink to this web page on my personal blog. I am certain my site website visitors will locate that fairly effective.Sources like the one you mentioned here might be very useful to me! I will submit a link to this web page on my blog. I am positive my visitors will discover that very useful.http://www.healthsupreviews.com/is-cleanse-fx-biggest-scam-in-canada/


    ReplyDelete
  7. Perhaps you should think about this from more than 1 angle.
    Formula 41 Extreme Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so significantly. Its better if you think about what others may have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction to the subject. Think about adjusting your own believed process and giving others who may read this the benefit of the doubt.

    http://www.strongmenmuscle.com/formula-41-extreme/


    ReplyDelete
  8. The above writing was outstanding. Formula 41 Extreme I find it very remarkable and I will certainly forward this to my buddies on the world wide web. Anyway, thank you for sharing this.http://www.strongmenmuscle.com/formula-41-extreme/


    ReplyDelete
  9. I am definitely bookmarking this blog and sharing it with my friends. CogniQ You will be getting plenty of visitors to your blog from me!Thanks for the pleasant read! Ok break time is over and back to my homework.http://www.supplements4help.com/cogniq/


    ReplyDelete
  10. I found your weblog on google and check several of the early posts. Preserve up the excellent operate. Alpha Brain I just additional up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking forward to reading through additional from you later on!http://www.supplements4help.com/alpha-brain/

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thought I would comment and say great theme, did you design it for yourself? Pure Testo Xplode It looks really good!When I view your RSS feed it puts up a bunch of garbage, is the issue on my end?I have been meaning to write about something like this on my webpage and you gave me an idea. hanks.Thanks for the helpful post! I would never have discovered this on my own!http://www.strongmenmuscle.com/pure-testo-xplode/

    ReplyDelete
  12. I'm getting a touch difficulty I actually are not able to appear to be in a position to signed up your current feed, I'm making use of yahoo and google readers.
    Hello, do you know anything about Content Lockdown? if not visit Turbo Commissions and Affiliate Scalper!Cerebria
    Hi, maybe i'm being a off topic here, but I was browsing your site and it looks exceptional. I'm writing a blog and trying to make it look neat, but everytime I touch it I mess something up. Did you design the blog yourself? Could someone with little experience do it, and add updates without messing it up? Anyways, good information on here, very informative.
    Fascinating articles but I wanted to ask about one page, do you know Daily Deals? ciao!http://www.supplements4help.com/cerebria/

    ReplyDelete
  13. I have saved this page because I found it distinctive. I might be quite interested to know more news on this. Thanks a lot!Neuroplex Pro
    wiadomosci wiadomosci tresci zwrot podatku newsy wiadomosci informacje posty przeczytaj naklejki scienne dla ciebie aktualnosci nowosci informacje sprawdz to posty
    Daniel, yea I can see what you probably did there.http://www.healthsupreviews.com/neuroplex-pro/

    ReplyDelete
  14. You are not the average blog writer, man. You certainly have something powerful to contribute to the Synagen IQ World Wide Web. Such a outstanding blog. Ill come back again for more.http://www.healthcaresdiscussion.com/synagen-iq/



    ReplyDelete
  15. , thats a rarity for me LOL.Well I really liked reading it. This tip offered by you is very helpful for correct Synagen IQplanning.well researched will come back for moreHello folks, We found your blog and I to appoint its a amazing spot around here and We want call attention on it as it deserves all are great. Please continue the strong website.HI friends,http://www.supplements4help.com/synagen-iq/

    ReplyDelete
  16. He really doesnt know what hes talking about.Diminished of value that follows crashes, is extremelyBrainfinity unfortunate . To take up the best alternative open.Say your prayers.Say what you have to say and the first time you come to a seCheers for this posting, guys, retain up the fantastic operateYoure not going to believe this but I have wasted all night hunting for some articles about this. I wish I knew of this site earlier, it was a good read and really helped me out. Have a good oneAdding to my best bookmarks many thanks,http://guidemesupplements.com/brainfinity/

    ReplyDelete
  17. Dont give up your morals for anything. Generally this will lead to a mistaken and unproductive life.Adderinyou are aware of if facebook or twitter would just deal with their server tempo they would resolve like 905 of the issues, how tricky can it be?
    Fascinating articles buthttp://guidemesupplements.com/adderin/c

    ReplyDelete
  18. Do you have any feedback on your most recent post though?Good being visiting your site again, its been months for me. This write-up that ive been waited for so lengthy. Id like this write-up to accomplish my assignment within the college, and it has exact same subject with your post. Thanks, great share.Good thinking. Wondering what you think of its implication on society as a whole though? Prolongz People obviously get frustrated when it begins to affect them locally. I will be back soon and follow up with a response.
    I was questioning in case.http://www.healthcaresdiscussion.com/prolongz/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thank you for discussing that fantastic content material on your web site. I came across it on google. I will check to come back if you publish more aricles. Alpha XTRM What I wouldnt give to have a debate with you about this. You just say so many things that come from nowhere that Im quite sure Id have a fair shot. Your blog is great visually, I mean people wont be bored. But others who can see past the videos and the layout wont be so impressed together with your generic understanding of this topic.I am impressed, I must say.http://www.nutritionguideweb.com/alpha-xtrm/c

    ReplyDelete
  20. Well, I really liked your blog, it is in my bookmarks. I think my site you will like it too. Im considering foregoing the Big Sur leg of our trip in lieu of the Northern Coast all the way up to Super CBD the far north redwoods and back, but hope that Im not making a big mistake, knowing that we may not make our way to California ever again.http://www.healthcaresups.com/supercbd/

    ReplyDelete
  21. it was very informative and helped me very muchThe design of this website looks awesome, not bad Super CBD content either.Your responsibility is your response to His ability.I'm having a weird issue I cannot seem to be able to subscribe your feed, I'm using google reader by the way.Very interesting idea, its all so pretty.http://www.healthcaresups.com/supercbd/

    ReplyDelete
  22. your site, you explained some good quality points. I want to bookmark your post. I saved you to delicious Intellux and yahoo bookmarks. I will attempt to revisit to your webpage and examine more posts.Your friend,NiamhJust to let you know, this post seems a little bit funny from my android phone.http://www.healthcaresups.com/intellux/

    ReplyDelete
  23. I will tell that youre very knowlegeable. Im launching an internet site soon, together with your information can be very helpful for myself..Cognimaxx XL Thanks for your help and also wishing everyone the achievement in your business.http://www.supplements4help.com/cognimaxx-xl/



    ReplyDelete
  24. That was an interesting read! I would love to read more posts from you ^^b Bookmarked this page =]Oro Lift Skin Cream
    The moment I saw your blog was like wow. Thank you for putting your effort in making this post. Conversion Prophet Review
    Hello,i must tell your my phonenumeber: 607064931 It means: tanie pokoje w pobierowie, nawet bardzo tanie mam w ofercie.
    Hey I like your post ! Visit Traffic Reloaded Reviewhttp://www.healthcaresups.com/oro-lift-skin-care/

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is a good posting, I was wondering if I could use this write-up on my website, I will link it back to your website though. Cognimaxx XL If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right awayhttp://www.healthsupreviews.com/cognimaxx-xl/


    ReplyDelete
  26. I completely adore reading your blog posts, the selection of articles are smashing.This blog was academic, Ive needed to bookmark your site and subscribe to your feed in ifeed. Your theme appears lovely.
    Awsome article and right to the point. I dont know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you people have any ideea where to employ some professional writers? Thanks Evermax
    hi everyone, my itemize is wiener and i honourable require to say that this is an fantabulous blog accumulation and i real recovered it utile, would it be alright if i submitted posts to this blog virtually topics i recovered newsworthy?
    Do you by any chance have a top posters page to honour your best blog commenters?http://www.bewareofhealth.com/evermax/

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great article. This was informative. Enjoyable to read. Im looking forward to an office 2010 key or office 2010 software . Intelluxoffice key
    Zecco Review Opening a Zecco Trading brokerage account is quite straightforward. The application process can be done entirely online without involving any paperwork. At the beginning of the application, you will have a chance to select what type of account you want to have, including Individual Account, Joint Account, and IRA Accounts.
    Handy writinghttp://www.healthsupreviews.com/intellux

    ReplyDelete
  28. Running is great cardiovascular Magna Force Plus exercise. It's not only good for burning calories, creating lean muscle and helping both your heart and your lungs, it's also great for your brain. Aerobic exercise keeps brain tissue healthy by sending the brain oxygen enriched with blood. Studies show that benefits to your cerebrum from running could be as useful for depression as drugs.

    http://www.tophealthbuy.com/is-magna-force-plus-safe/

    ReplyDelete
  29. Olive oil provides Muscle XTX healthy fats essential to skin health. It is great as a moisturizer. Its antioxidants help keep you young and healthy from the inside, out and work to keep your skin smooth and young, too. A little bit is all that you need daily.

    http://www.musclehealthfitness.com/muscle-xtx/

    ReplyDelete