Friday, July 30, 2010

Suddenly tomato and some pictures.

Just another Friday and I am being over run by tomatoes! which isn't really a bad thing right? Last year I planted three lowly tomato plants and got a few decent sized tomatoes off of them before the blight hit so this year I figured try four plants to see if I could get a few more and boy have I! For the last week or two I have had to pick tomatoes almost daily and my wife's response was "thats ok you are the tomato fiend I am sure you will get em all" truth be told I have too many now! I daily get a handful of grape tomatoes and two to four better boys and I just can't keep up! perhaps I will make a tomato salad today because I have three left from Wednesday and this morning I picked another four along with the handful of grapes. My neighbor was happy when I dropped some off to him that were picked yesterday morning and I have a feeling that he will get some more over the weekend. This is much better than the blight stricken bunch from last year and I am going to try and talk wify into letting me expand my garden a little bit next year, to expand it means that I will encroach further into the front yard than I already am with my current set up.

Just a shot of some flowers in my yard.

My honeydew melons are starting to pop up in my little melon patch as well, I have two pretty good sized melons out there now and a bunch of smaller ones and since the melon patch was an experiment to see if I could grow them I am happy with whats out there. I only have three pepper plants and that is the reason that I want to expand the garden, I eat peppers pretty much daily and three plants just isn't holding me over, I eat loads of peppers. This all ties in with my better health program because hey! if I have a ton of free fresh veggies 30 feet from my front door it makes things easy in the getting them into my day thing. My daughter and I head out each morning to see what is ready to pick and bring it on in for the table, I have three eggplants out there right now that should be ready all about the same time so I will plan on perfecting that stuffed eggplant recipe from a couple posts ago when that happens.

This is today's pile O Maters fresh from the garden, literally 5 minutes off of the vine.

One of the three eggplants that is growing right now, yes yes, I do know that I need to weed around my eggplants!

One of the Honeydew melons from my tiny little patch, I am very curious to see if these turn out to be as big as the store bought melons.

My intake for Thursday came in at 1830 calories because of a skinny cow ice cream sandwich that I had with my daughter, 1830 is a little bit high but not so much that I am worried about it, especially because I got to the gym last night. Somehow I feel like I have focus again, staring through the things that would stand in my way and I can see that line in the sand with "300" carved next to it and I am aiming for that spot. Here is a look at my menu from yesterday, it was not the best of the best but I am just barely over on my calories so its a good one to me, and yes it says that I had a Coolata from Dunkin' donuts! A 16oz Coffee Coolata made with skim milk is 140 calories and Wify did get whipped cream on it so I added 30 for that but it falls within my caloric range so no worries, here is the whole menu.

8:00 AM
5 egg whites/1 whole egg 145
8oz red potato 200
Whole grain English muffin 100
smart balance/onions 50

12:30 PM
1 banana 105
1 T peanut butter 95

1:45 PM
1 tomato 25

3:45 PM
1oz Cheddar chips 140

4:30 PM
16oz Coffee Coolata 170

6:15 PM
4oz turkey burger 160
1oz American cheese 110
2 slices whole wheat bread 140
2oz Lays light chips 150
1 deli slim 100

7:00 PM
1 Skinny cow ice cream sandwich 140

I mentioned that I made it to the gym last night, this is not optimal but I figure going late and then being all energy before bed is better than not going so that's that. I also noticed that there were 7 comments from yesterdays post so that's 70 push ups that I owe you guys that left me the comments so they will be done today and I am going to do an extra 30 which is what I was going to do anyways for an even 100 push ups for today, wish me luck on that one. The past few days I have been trying to clear my head and I seem to be VERY motivated to keep this train rolling I'm looking for some good losses so that I can finally and once and for all bust through that 300 pound mark and finally see what the 200's feel like.

Thanks for following along with me as I go up and down learning what I need to do to take off and keep off the weight that has held me back long enough, the support is more than appreciated. If you read this all the way to here then you owe yourself a big ol glass of H2O so hop on up, go grab yourself a bottle or fill a glass in your sink and drink it up Johnny!

That's all I got.

As Ever


  1. On my way to get my water now! You sound like you are in a better way lately, T. Good for you. Keep it up!

  2. Thanks for the motivation (again)! Your father is in my thoughts and I'm praying for a speedy recovery for him. The main reason I wanted to comment is because you've totally motivated me to drink water and it's making a big difference! I know you take a lot of flack for drinking 2(or more) gallons per day so I did some research to find out how much I should really be taking in. What I read recently is to divide your body weight in half - that's how many oz of water you should drink per day. I've started getting more H2O "down the hatch" and I'm finally rid of those 5 stupid lbs that I would lose & gain (for the past few months). Hopefully this trick I learned from you will get me back on track! I have another 68lbs to lose to be half the person I used to be. I can't wait!

  3. Since you do a lot of cooking one thing you can also do with all those tomatoes is make tomato sauce/paste. My mother did this when we had a garden. Then you just freeze it and thaw as needed :) Your flowers and foods look great though! I started a garden this year and I LOVE how beautiful my flowers look :)

  4. Wow!!! You're getting 'maters already?!? Lucky you! Trust me, you'll wish you had planted more... I usually plant 50-70 plants - but, there's ALOT of canning, dehydrating, and eating going on hereabouts (two teenage boys - need I say more?).

    One of my favorite ways to eat tomatoes is in a panzanella - bread and tomato salad. Chop up tomatoes (and maybe a cuke, too), add a wee bit of salt and sugar...let 'em sit for a bit. Saute slices of garlic (I LOVE garlic and use at least 3-6 cloves) in olive oil, let it cool. then add balsamic vinegar, some ground black pepper, and shredded fresh basil. pour over the 'maters, and toss together. To this add croutons (or, slice up italian bread, toast, rub with raw garlic, chop up and toss in the salad). The bread absorbs the juices from the tomatoes and the cukes & the dressing...Yummers

  5. By the way, I didn't mean to imply in my earlier comment that you should reduce your H20 intake - I hope you didn't take it that way. Keep up the great work!

  6. So jealous. My tomatoes are slow going and won't be ready for another month or so.... just babies on there now. Same with the eggplant, peppers, squash, zuchinni, beans, etc. Trade some eggs or fresh goat milk for tomatoes?

    Vee at