Chicken Avacado Wraps and Fresh Pasta alla Checca

So, we haven’t checked in for a few days (if you didn’t notice, you may want to sign up for email notifications when we post on our main page: 🙂, but we have been sticking to our diets. Workouts have been a bit spotty – but whatever. Hopefully, we’ll get a workout in later today…

In the last few days, there’s lots of things that have helped us keep to our diets including Subway and various snacks, but here are two of the most memorable dishes we cooked at home:

Pasta all Checca (pronounced “Kecka”) is a classic Italian dish that features fresh tomatoes simmered in olive oil. I like to throw a few pepperoncinis in there while it’s simmering! 😉

Plated Pasta all Checca. Amazingly, we were able to eat more sauce for less calories than jarred sauce! If I remember correctly, our pasta dinners came in well under 500 calories!

Lisa checking out our delicious Chicken Avacado Wraps with tomatoes and onions! We put a serving of BBQ sauce on top too. 😉


Subway Saves The Day

😦 Lisa and I were really feeling hungry yesterday. It’s getting to the point where we can really feel our stomachs eating themselves. We both did our regular workout plus quarter-mile run. I found that the pain from our ab workout was the only thing that could distract from the pangs of hunger! So, when it came to dinner, Subway really saved the day! I was able to have a nice, foot-long chicken sandwich for only 740 calories, and Lisa’s 6-inch, chicken sandwich with chips was only 680 calories – putting us at the daily totals of 1475 and 1345 calories, respectively.
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Kryptonic Devistation

When I last left off with this blog, I was contemplating skateboarding more often to get a little exercise, raise the heart-rate a little, little sun, fresh air – you know, all of that stuff. You can read about it here in my last blog. Anyway, the plan was to jump onto my longboard and pedal my way to good health.

The next day, as promised in my previous blog, I starting searching through all of our belongings stored at my parent’s house right now, and it was nowhere to be found. So, I asked my dad if he had seen the board, and he said that it had been out in the garage for weeks. Uh oh. There was no board in the garage. My precious, $90 Kryptonics skateboard had been ganked! jacked! stolen! 😦 It was so beautiful with it’s legendary poured eurthane wheels and extra-hard deck made of equally legendary hard wood. It even had the classic Krypto colors on it to let haters know what the business is.

It was shaped like this.

and it had the original Krypto colors.

After I’d realized that it’d been ganked, I lost all will to exercise. It wasn’t losing the skateboard alone that had crushed my will to be fit; it was how everything seemed to be working against my getting fit. Lisa and I are currently staying at my parents while we look for a condo, because renting and all it’s problems are getting really old. So, we’re displaced and a little depressed, and all we want to do is eat fast food every night and get drunk. Obviously, not a healthy response, but we don’t care.

My parent’s house is literally a five-minute drive from all of the following fast food franchises: KFC, Jack in the Box, Carl’s Jr, Wienerschnitzel, Wendy’s, Lil’ Caesar’s, Domino’s, Pizza Hut, Del Taco, Burger King, Subway, Quizno’s, Coco’s, Panda Express, Baskin Robin’s, Dairy Queen, Togo’s and Popeye’s Chicken.

In addition, also within 5 minutes, you’ve got the following non-chain eateries: Windy City Sanwich Shop, Las Caritas, Lili’s Chinese, Swiss Doughnut, Port-O-Subs, 2 Marios (yes, both literally within 5 minutes), The 19th Hole, that other bar, NYPD Pizza, Santana’s Mexican Food, that other doughnut shop, La Casita, that French place, Goodies Cafe, Legends Bar and Grill, that other Chinese place, and Joe’s Sushi.

This incredible convergence of fast food mayhem is partially due to our proximity to the freeway, but mainly due to the fact that my parent’s house is just within the city limits of Palm Desert. You see, Palm Desert has a law that no fast-food joint can have a drive-through! (because it’s unsightly I guess?!) So, all of the fast food places are in neighboring cities, just across the street from Palm Desert city limits. Obviously, having a drive-through is WAY better for business and kind of the point of fast food, right?

So, I’ve resigned to being a fat man for now. When Lisa and I finally find the perfect condo, we’ll probably both be ready for another diet and our diet blog will return. In the meantime, we might blog if we find some incredible food to share with you. After all, it’s still a food blog. “Healthy Professionals” might not be a completely accurate title for the time being, but at least we don’t intend to continue getting fatter and fatter for ever. In the end, I feel like that’s the difference between a healthy professional and a fatty laborer. I just hope that I can get into shape before tax season, because it’s hard not to gain weight when you’re sitting at your desk all day.

So, did you itemize on a Schedule A last year or take the standard deduction?

Day 34 – Subway Again

Yes, Subway again. Jared’s not messing around; Subway is one of the few places where you can eat out and not ruin your diet. It should be noted that you can’t just go into Subway and order something crazy. You’re best bet is to get a 6 inch sub on WHEAT bread with something plain like turkey, roast beef, or they’re “Subway Club” with ham, turkey, and roast beef is fine too. If you order anything other than wheat bread, you might find yourself in trouble – so be careful! You’re best bet is to use a Nutrition Calculator. If you don’t mind eating your sandwich without cheese, that’s a big place to save on calories too. Although, we don’t really like it without cheese.


Brian=-655          Lisa= -3,519

5/26/2011 Brian Lisa
Oatmeal 130 0
crystal light 20 0
goldfish 420 0
Jerky 70 70
Subway 820 470
Soup 70 70
Mustard 10 0
V8 Juice 87 0
100 calorie pack 0 200
Jerky 0 0
Cheerios 0 110
Carrots and Celery 0 50
Popchips 0 120
Coffee Creamer 0 60
Apple Chips 0 58
Fruit by the Foot 0 80
Total Calories Consumed: 1,627 1,288
# of Steps 7,718 12,879
# of calories for steps 270 451
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,710 1,891
Net Effect for Day -83 -603

Day 28: Dining Out, Counting Steps, and Calorie Scoreboard

Lisa had to work late, so we decided to visit our favorite healthy dining location, Subway on Thursday. You can calclulate the number of calories in your favorite sandwhich (including veggies and conditments) at:

Friday we splurged again and went to Little Ceasear’s. Wings have 50 calories each and the regular cheese slices on a large have 223 calories a slice.

In other news, Lisa’s work is offering the Global Corporate Challenge to its employees. We formed teams and for the next 16 weeks we will be “stepping across the world.” The challenge begins in New Zeland, and we will periodically update you as we “march” across the world. Our goal is for each team member to take at least 10,000 steps per day!

In conjunction with the GCC, we received 2 pedometers. Brian and I will begin including our number of steps with the daily calorie chart. We also thought it would be neat to include the number of calories we are burning each day, so that we could tell if we are loosing, maintaining, or gaining weight.

A little research revealed that people burn between 300-500 calories for 10,000 steps. For our purposes, we will use 350 calories for 10,000 steps or 0.035 calories per step. Everyone burns calories just by breathing. Lastly, the “calorie scoreboard” takes into account any gains or losses from the previous day(s) to determine the calorie winner! Red numbers indicated negative loss (burned more than consumed) and black numbers indicate positive gains (burned less calories than consumed.)



Lisa: -963

Brian: +1,272


 5/19/11 Lisa Brian
Oatmeal 160 0
Special K Chips 110 0
Apple Chips 96 0
Honey Nut Cheerios 110 0
Fruit By The Foot 80 0
Carrots & Celery 50 0
Creamers 65 0
Jerky 70 0
Subway 385 720
Soup 90 190
Sunflower Seeds 0 90
Total Calories Consumed: 1,216 1,000
# of Steps 8,652 7,662
# of calories for steps 303 268
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,743 1,708
Net Effect for Day -527 -708


 05/20/11 Lisa Brian
Oatmeal 0 170
Special K Chips 110 0
Apple Chips 128 0
Goldfish Crackers 0 280
Honey Nut Cheerios 10 0
Rice Cakes 15 0
Carrots & Celery 50 0
Creamers 75 0
Jerky 70 140
Beer 0 330
Vodka 260 1,300
Pizza 669 1,115
Wings 50 450
Buffalo Sauce 15 15
Total Calories Consumed: 1,452 3,800
# of Steps 12,819 10,866
# of calories for steps 449 380
# calories living 1,440 1,440
Total Calories Burned 1,889 1,820
Net Effect for Day -437 1,980

Day 24- Comments on Dining Out and Lisa’s Nightime Snacking

We are certainly learning this weekend, that it is difficult to eat-out on a diet. For exapmle, we used to always enjoy a treat from the Costco snack bar. However, a little research prior to leaving the store revealed these “treats” contain 500-800 calories. When your goal is only 1,000-1,200 you are looking at a 40-80% of your daily intake in one meal. We’re also finding these foods do not leave us full for more than 3-4 hours.

Nonetheless, there is still hope. We’ve discovered a great Subway sandwhich calorie calculator online. You can completely customize your sandwhich, even down to the lettuce! You can even add chips, drinks, cookies and sodas. Don’t be fooled by the “C’mon its just one” for the cookies at Subway though! They easily add 200 + calories to your total. Since Subway is one of our favorite healthy dining options we decided to dine there today. Helpful hint, we find that a double meat six inch has less calories than a footlong regular sub. 

What is your favorite healthy dining option? Share with everyone in a comment below!

Lastly, Lisa had a night snacking binge, and is certainly left feeling guilty. Night snacking is the culprit! 😦

Subway Calorie Calculator

  Lisa Brian
Oatmeal 160 160
Coffee 25 25
Special K Chips 110 110
Sandwhich 405 780
Apple Chips 116 0
100 cal. Pk. 300 0
Rice Cakes 70 0
Goldfish Crackers 105 140
Honey Nut Cheerios 110 0
Fruit By The Foot 160 0
Wheat Thins 65 0
Cream Cheese 0 60
Total: 1626 1275