Pink Tights Count Down Day 26

Well it’s Monday again. I was surprised to find I lost 2 lb after all the festivities of the weekend. It was so good to spend time with Rachel Monigan and her new husband Ethan – well, new to me. Once I ever settle down and buy a house, I would like to get some art work from the two of them to hang on my walls…and paintings from my own mother too, of course.

I love this time of year: cooler weather, the colors of the changing leaves, gatherings with friends, playing Scrabble inside with a hot cup of coffee and Bailey’s, flannel shirts and sweaters coming out of the closet, a glass of good brandy, orange pumpkins and squashes, golden apples baking with cinnamon… and the quickly approaching holiday season. I love any food with the color orange, and they’re good for you too- all that carotene and vitamin C. This snack/trail mix is my most recent attempt to pacify the health-nut with the candy-whore in me:

(Great for using those seeds from the jack-o-lantern and left-over Halloween candy)

Roasted Pepita Energy Mix

  • raw pumpkin seeds
  • teaspoon of olive oil
  • salt
  • mini M&M’s candies
  • dried, sweetened cranberries

Heat oil in a large stainless-steel skillet over medium heat. Toast the pumpkin seeds, turning to coat. Sprinkle with salt and continue to turn constantly until pepitas began to pop. remove from heat and let cool (or mix in chocolate now to melt). Transfer to a bowl and mix in M&M’s and cranberries if desired. Try to limit yourself to 1/4 cup serving if you’re working on weight control!


Pink Tights Count Down Day 30

One month till I have to perform in pink tights. I am feeling more ballet-fit, but still don’t look like it. Having a hard time staying away from eating at night when I get back after a full day of classes, rehearsals and work too. I pack my lunch and dinner and stick to my meal plan all day, then bust it at night – not anything unhealthy, just too much. I wish I weren’t finding myself saying this, or worse, writing it, as if someone will read it and give me the secret answer to sticking to my plan. I’ve tried everything, it seems. I just need to execute control and willpower. Maybe focus less on pink tights being my goal, since I don’t see that as lasting anyway. I need a long term goal, like to perform with a contemporary dance company – now that’s possible. I just want to be able to tell people that yes, I am a dancer, without feeling self-conscious. I will try to stop making this a hash of all my complaints. Trust me, it can go on for hours. Once I get done with this performance I will return to actual blogging.

Pink Tights Count Down Day 31

Went to the grocery store tonight to stock up, and I tried to buy some ingredients for recipes I wanted to experiment making. This salad was inspired by one I saw in Earthfare’s salad bar.  I think I did a better job recreating it than I expected!

Becca’s Broccoli-Cran Salad

  • 2lb broccoli, cut into florets
  • 2/3 cup craisins
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup lite miracle whip or mayo
  • 1/2 cup nonfat or 2% milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup + lemon juice

Steam broccoli in a large sauce pan (it may take 2 batches) and remove to a large bowl, sprinkle with craisins and almonds. Toss with creamy dressing: whisk together mayo through lemon juice, adding more lemon juice and milk as needed. Don’t over stir, as mixture will thicken. (You might end up with excess dressing. use it for a dip or something creative.) Refrigerate and enjoy!


Pink Tights Count Down Day 37

I’m thinking, “Gosh, I hope no one reads this…” Now that I have incriminated myself however, I will continue to give a description of a boring day and very unuseful information. 😉 My count-down is already winding down faster than I would like to admit. Today is the first day of my fall break weekend! It’s really just two extra days off, but it is a welcome and much needed break in the semester! I am planning on catching up on my reading and papers for my classes, and resting. Now, the latter I’ve already managed, but the prior is yet to happen. One paper is due Tuesday, so I really can’t slack off.

Relaxing for me includes sleeping and sitting outside in the sun, but it also includes getting exercise and spending time outdoors, preferably both at the same time. Add talking to the Lord and meditating on His Word to the Mix, and I’ve got a complete rejuvenation package! This morning I biked down to the river walk, locked up my bike, and went for an 8-mile run, then biked back. This is the perfect weather, even during the middle of the day; I think my favorite month in Columbia is October, because it’s still pleasant outside, but just beginning to cool down. The smells of the trees and flowers or whatever is making that pumpkin-spice-smell so reminiscent of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice lattes is heavenly, and the array of leaves changing colors and falling to the ground adds such a crisp and golden touch after a long Columbia summer. Running 8 miles is not my norm, but I find that if I can get past 5, it’s easy after that, and today I had the energy since I didn’t have to save it for school or work or dance. Stopped by the bike shop on my way back to check in on my hours and John gave me the rest of the day off and said to come in tomorrow.

In the last three years, my body has come to look more like a biker-girl than a ballerina-girl, although I’m almost certain “biker-girls” aren’t quite as hyper-aware of their bodies as dancers. I have been living the biker-girl mentality for way too long, and feel much more comfortable in a saddle than in tights. Let me rephrase that: I feel less self-conscience in a saddle than in tights. Dance absolutely comes second nature to me.

Tonight I cooked up the black beans I had been soaking, along with some rice (rice and beans= a complete protein), 2 pans of corn bread, peas and carrots and invited a couple neighbors and friends over to eat it. I find that if I eat with people, I eat less, as well as being the hostess, because I’m concerned about my guest’s welfare. Also, my roommate is out of town, and it’s just nice to have company. I enjoy cooking, but I often just won’t bother if it’s just for me. I know I should, but it’s easier just to microwave a veggie burger or make a pb &j sandwich. Anyway, now I have leftover bean soup to eat tomorrow, and lots of cornbread to feel guilty about eating.

Pink Tights Count Down Day 39

Today started off well. My scale even readjusted to what it was to what is was, er…last week. Not that numbers are what I am going by, but looking more fit in those darned tights and leotard is the goal. Just for future reference, buying local, organic-baked bread does not mean it will not add to your waistline if you proceed to eat the entire loaf over the course of the day. I need to be careful I don’t let old bad habits of binge-starve cycle creep up on me either. I don’t know why I am being so personal on this blog all of a sudden, and who cares but me, anyway. It is a fact that blogs tend to be more self-reflective in nature than any other type of public rhetoric. I learned that from my Advanced Writing class, by the way. Here’s a link to my blog for that class: It’s full of useful reflections of digital rhetoric. As you can tell, I do much better with this whole free-style, anything-goes blog thing than actual academic writing. I promise soon I will start writing real blog posts again. I just have this thing on my mind in the meantime about not feeling like an elephant in a tutu…not that I’m obsessed. Ha!

Pink Tights Countdown Day 40

I met with my nutritionist this morning – she has been helping me try to stick to a plan to lose weight since she knows my goals, well, obligations, to be performing again. I love Deborah; we have a great time chatting (and if she ever reads this, know that I think you’re great and have meant the world to me!) but even she had to tell me to take it seriously today. It’s funny how much my personality has changed so that I forgive myself maybe a little too much now and don’t let slip-ups bother me hardly at all. When in all seriousness, I don’t want to look like a buffoon onstage… so I need to be (I never thought I’d say this) harder on myself, and execute some discipline, at least for the next month before this show. It’s a pretty short amount of time, but 5 pounds is 5 pounds, and will make a difference in pink tights! Speaking of, I have to ask my mom to dig a pair out of my closet at home and send them to me. I have to say no to sweets and abstain from baking for the meantime. I won’t say no to my newly found love, fudge sickles, however. They’re harmless, I tell myself: they’re pre-portioned, and much better for me than ice cream. Anyway, I won’t rant on any longer. I need my sleep. Running in the morning!

Pink Tights Ballet Count Down…

This is the first of a series of posts counting down the weeks till I have to appear in pink tights onstage at the Koger Center in Raymonda and Great Galloping Gottschalk! I have six weeks, as of today, Saturday October 9, 2010. Call me crazy, but I am trying to wrap my head around this and get the motivation from somewhere, anywhere, to get as skinny as healthily possible in six weeks for this performance. I never thought I would ever be performing in pink tights again! Last time I wore them was, um, almost 3 years ago! While I’m elated to be dancing and potentially performing again, I was not prepared for this. Trust me, it takes some mental preparation to appear in pink tights and a tutu after a sabbatical from ballet. I am hoping that writing about it will do the trick for me since seeing myself in a leotard in front of the mirror everyday clearly isn’t enough.

Day 42: Walked to Earthfare and bought organic produce and walnuts and maple syrup for my salad (below) in efforts to begin eating mostly a diet of plant foods. It worked all day while I was home catching up on school work, until I felt the need to do something with the rest of the brownies I made for my friend’s birthday but was unable to deliver them because she decided to go out of town!!! I find that if I prepare food on the weekend for during the week when I have no time to cook, I eat better. So here are some of my recipes that I thought I’d share, just in case someone is crazy enough to read this blog of mine; they better get something in return:

Beet, broccoli, and goat cheese salad:

  • 4 medium beets, trimmed and scrubbed
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 Tbs pure maple syrup
  • ½ cup frozen orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar and evoo
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 head of broccoli, rinsed and cut into florets
  • Boil beets for 20-30 minutes in a large saucepan. Blanch the broccoli in another saucepan until tender and remove to a large stainless steel bowl. Toast walnuts in a saucepan and stir in maple syrup until evenly coated. Remove and let cool. Drain and chop beets into chunks and throw in with the broccoli. Whisk together oj, vinegar and evoo in a small bowl to make dressing. Pour over broccoli and beets and sprinkle with nuts and generous dabs of goat cheese. Makes a large bowl that will last all week.

(Above recipe adapted from my nutritionist, Deborah Zippel)

    Mediterranean Salmon Wraps

  • 1 can/pouch salmon (or albacore tuna)
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 Tbs chopped Kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • 1Tbs. lemon j
  • 1 Tbs evoo
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Romain lettuce, sprouts, or cucumbers if you want
  • 2 large ww torillas
  • ¼ cup roasted red sweet peppers
  • ½ large tomato, sliced
  • Combine salmon through evoo. Season with pepper. Serve rolled up in torillas with lettuce leaves and ½ salmon salad. Top with red pepper and tomato. Makes 2 wraps.

MMM Lemmmonaid

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
  • 2-3 cups H2O
  • Stir and serve with ice cubes! Makes 2 glasses.