Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ha. Ha. I Win!

Oh yes, I did. I totally scored the treadmill last night. I beat the bane of my C25K existence, "The Walker", by 30 seconds.

I walked into a gloriously empty "gym", set my stuff on the treadmill, climbed aboard, and started my 5 minute brisk warm up walk when he entered. He was bitter, I could tell. But, HA! I beat him fair and square. And as bitter as he makes me turnabout is fair play and all that. (yes I'm aware that I'm probably inviting Karma to come around and give me a swift kick in the ass -- but I'm reveling in my treadmill win last night.)

So I did Week 3 Day 2 last night. The last 3 minute jogging sprint was still pretty hard to complete but I powered through it. Went over 2 miles again last night and was marinated in my own sweat (yes, doesn't that paint a pretty picture?). The room has no a/c, no windows, and it gets super humid hot -- so I'm pretty sure I'd be "glowing" even if I wasn't working out.

I made Microwaved Potato Chips yesterday. OMG, the turned out so well I had to make more for a snack. I love them because you can control how much fat they have, what flavor you make, and they taste so much better than Kettle Chips. So as promised here is the recipe:

Microwaved Potato Chips

1 medium to small potato*
1 tsp olive oil*
1 tsp red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp lemon juice
parchment paper

1.) wash potato and depending on preference peel or not peel. Cut potato in half (horizontally) and use potato peeler to slice paper thin circle slices of potato. (*Because I don't want to peel my fingers or hands I end up with only about 1/2 to 3/4 of a potato sliced which is what the serving size is for)
2.) in a ziplock bag combine olive oil*, vinegar, and lemon juice -- put in all potato slices, seal bag, and shake em up. (*You can control the fat by not using olive oil at all and using PAM nonstick spray instead -- but I like the flavor of olive oil and into every healthy diet a little healthy fat must fall)
3.) Take a piece of parchment paper, the size of your microwaves turntable or bottom and spread the potatoes out one slice at a time without over lapping. (where they've overlapped won't get crunchy) -- I also suggest parchment paper as opposed to a dish because they'll stick to a plate but slide right off parchment.
4.) Microwave on high for 3 - 5 minutes or until golden brown. For a full parchment sheet it takes 4.5 to 5 minutes or a partial sheet is 3.5 to 4 minutes in my microwave. But as all cook differently keep an eye on them not to overcook but it's essential they be golden brown to be crunchy.
5.) Repeat step 3 and 4 til all your chips are done
6.) sprinkle with whatever seasonings or spices you like. (I did sea salt and pepper yesterday which was super good)

**You'd have thought the chips would've tasted like salt and vinegar chips but they didn't. Basically the vinegar and lemon kept them from turning that heinous purple that potatoes turn. There might have been a hint of the vinegar but it mostly just tasted like a plain kettle chip.

I'm going to try making jalapeno chips today. Adding jalapeno juice to the oil, vinegar, lemon mixture and seeing how those come out. Other seasoning suggestions: taco seasoning, ranch packets, onion dip packet, cheese powder (you know the stuff you can sprinkle on popcorn), really any flavor you can imagine just sprinkle on and give a go.

And they're perfect because you can make as many flavors in one batch as you want because they're plain until you sprinkle seasoning on them before you eat them!

1 serving about 1/2 to 3/4 potato
86 calories
2 grams fat (if you use olive oil -- none if you just spray the potatoes on both sides with PAM)
15 carbs

vs. regular potato chips

1 serving about 11 chips
160 calories
11 grams of fat
14 carbs

--Previous Day Tracking --

Exercise - Week 3 Day 2 of the C25K program -- approximately 459 calories burned.

Water - Day 48 of no soda.

Breakfast - Scrambled Eggs, slice of toast, banana slices
Lunch - Cajun Turkey Sandwich, 2 pickle spears, and homemade potato chips
Mid-Afternoon Snack - more potato chips, 100 calorie pack of cookies, 1/2 peanut butter sandwich
Dinner - Tacos made w/ whole wheat tortillas, ground turkey, fat free sour cream, onions, tomatoes, and salsa

total calories = approx. 1350
total days = 53
total pounds lost = 20.7


Turkey Lurkey said...

Olive oil is SOOOOOO much better for you than the artificial chemicals in PAM. Glad you are using it instead! Those look yummy! I'll need to go to the grocery store to get some lemon juice and parchment paper. Also, would I be able to slice the entire potato using a mandolin? (Googles and checks)

Thanks for posting this!!

Melanie Avila said...

Those look awesome! We were just talking about sweet potato fries the other day so I'll have to try this with sweet potatoes. Yum.

CONGRATULATIONS on hitting 20 pounds!! In less than two months, too. That's so awesome!

Lisa Dovichi said...

Turkey -- a mandolin would be SOOOO much easier to use than a potato peeler. LOL I had to be all ghetto fabulous and use a potato peeler because I don't have a mandolin! LOL

Hoo -- OMG I bet sweet potatoes would be so epic as chips!! I'm going to have to try that!

I'm totally stoked on the 20lbs. I officially weigh in tomorrow but I couldn't be more happy with how things are going!!! :D

I love your new shoes, btw!!! :D

LM Preston said...

Okay you are making me hungry :-D and I totally understand about the gym. I have the same challenges.

Lisa Dovichi said...

LM -- You should totally try the chips. They're wicked good. I've been marinating some in jalapeno for almost 24 hours. I'm excited to see how those turn out! :D