Last week I was at work getting coffee, talking about wanting to lose weight with a co-worker. I was saying how frustrating it was that I haven’t been successful. She’s one of my favorite co-workers. She leaned over to me smiling and said, “Sometimes Miss Fran, you just have to buck the f__k up,” which made me laugh so hard I almost spit. She would know, she’s been a single mom for years.
But it’s so true. My half-hearted attempts at losing weight fail because I’m not pushing myself hard enough, and I know it. Simply put, I eat too damned much and haven’t been exercising enough.
It’s so easy to blame everything and everyone else, but if I really wanted to lose it, the weight would be off. My life is everything I’ve created it to be up to this point. If I don’t like it, only I can change it. That’s both liberating and depressing, if you really stop to think about it.
Stupid discipline — it was my father’s forte, but apparently isn’t mine. I have it in spurts. I even went running last night just to prove I could do it. So, I’m attempting to hone more discipline so I can drop this 10 pounds I’ve gained since I started working at a job where all I do is sit and write.
In keeping with my new ninja-like determination, I’m trying to create healthy lunches like the one I had today. It was made of farro, zucchini, green onions, and sundried tomatoes, sprinkled with a little Parmesan cheese.
Farro is an ancient grain that apparently has great health benefits and has been hip for a while after falling out of favor for a few hundred years. In 1/4 cup of uncooked farro there are 7 grams of protein, 160 calories, no cholesterol, 3 grams of dietary fiber, no fat and no sugars! It’s really good and kind of chewy, and filling.
Trust me when I tell you, I will never become one of those obnoxious people who forces her health crap on you because she’s seen the light. I’ve had people do that to me with food, religion, alcohol, you name it and it drives me nuts. My blog will always contain healthy stuff and trashy stuff because life is no fun if you don’t let loose every once in a while. Be good and take care of your health, but when you do decide to have something trashy, REALLY ENJOY IT!!! Then go back to being good again. I live by the good 90% of the time, bad 10 percent of the time motto. It keeps me mostly sane, even if I am usually 10 lbs. overweight.
And when you can make something like this Farro Zucchini dish, that tastes good and is good for you, well that’s proof there is a God, and she likes to eat too!
Farro with Zucchini, Green Onions and Sundried Tomatoes
1 cup farro
2 cups water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bunch of green onions chopped in 1 inch pieces
2 small zucchini, cut lengthwise in half, then chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
8 sundried tomatoes, choppped into small strips (I get big jars of sundried tomatoes at Costco and they are great!)
Parmesan or Romano Cheese
Farro cooks much like rice. Just put the farro in a pan with twice as much liquid and add a pinch of salt. Let it come to a boil, then let it simmer until it’s tender (about 20 minutes). When it’s done, set it aside
In a medium skillet, saute the onion, and zucchini in the olive oil about 5 to 7 minutes, or until slightly golden on the sides. Then add 1/2 of the farro (save the other half for the next night!) to the zucchini-onion mixture. Toss to mix and add the sundried tomato pieces to the mixture. Mix thoroughly, and pour into a bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan or Romano and serve.
You can also add chopped parsley, or chopped black olives, feta cheese, or whatever sounds good to you. I made it again with leeks and zucchini and it was fabulous! I’m sure whatever you choose it will be good!