Tuna Recipe & 95 pounds lost

by Christine on October 13th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Howdy Revolutionists!

The other day I made a really yummy Ahi Tuna recipe, and it turned out fantastically. I thought I would share it with you guys in case you had any interest in giving it a try.

Seared Ahi Tuna with Ginger Soy Sauce


  • 2 (6-8 ounce) ahi tuna steaks (3/4 of an inch thick)
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or 2 teaspoons of wheat-free tamari for gluten-free option)
  • 1 Tbsp of grated fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green onion (scallion) thinly sliced (a few slices reserved for garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice


1 Mix the marinade ingredients together and coat the tuna steaks with the marinade, cover tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.

2 Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high to high heat. When the pan is hot, remove the tuna steaks from the marinade and sear them for a minute to a minute and a half on each side ( even a little longer if you want the tuna less rare than pictured.)

3 Remove from pan and slice into 1/4-inch thick slices. Sprinkle with a few green onion slices.

Can serve plain, with white rice, or over lettuce or thinly sliced cabbage or fennel. I served this with a few slices of avocado, and it was delicious. I also added just a smidgen of wasabi in the ginger soy mixture; I recommend doing that, but only use a pinky-nail of wasabi unless you know you like a lot of heat.

In other news

Alan gave me an award, thank you Alan!

Today, weight was 130.2. So close to the 120’s…I’m almost on the final leg of this journey! I’m at 95 pounds lost total now; only 5 pounds to go.  Yesterday I was hungry all day, and I ate and ate. Too much coffee (with cream and sugar).  Leftover ahi tuna (about 1 oz), a few bites leftover grilled chicken (about 1 oz), a few spoonfuls of leftover rice. I don’t really eat at all anymore; I graze. Nibble. I never DINE, I never sit down for a real meal.  My advice to you, dear dieters: Only eat until you’re not hungry. Don’t eat until you’re FULL.  Put the fork down the minute you’re not hungry anymore. You’ll probably need to pick your fork back up in an hour, and that’s fine. Don’t stuff yourself. Keep your hunger levels firmly in check.

My closet is waning. I now have four pair of pants that sorta-kinda fit me (2 jeans, 2 work slacks), only one pair of sweat pants for lounging around the house.  Very few t-shirts that fit, no long-sleeve tshirts that really fit (they are all XL or larger), only one sweatshirt that fits. I might make a run to Walmart for some cheapie long-sleeve tshirts. I’ve been freezing my ass off for the last few days.


Tuna casserole with a twist

by Christine on September 9th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

Yesterday for dinner I wanted to eat something warm. I scrounged in my cupboard until I found a can of Cream of Mushroom soup. Looking on the back it had a recipe for a tuna fish casserole. I thought, sure, I’ll give it a try! I wanted to to (1) double the tuna and (2) use couscous instead of noodles (I can’t do noodles with the gastric band).

The dish turned out delicious, kind of pudding-like. You couldn’t even tell the couscous was in there, which was pretty awesome. To be honest, I preferred the dish with the couscous instead of egg noodles, plus couscous is so much healthier for you!  The whole dish turned out to be 555 calories for the whole pan, of 185 calories for a one-third portion. A great calorie value!

Calories Protein Carb
Tuna (1 sm. can) 72 15.9 0
Tuna (1 sm. can) 72 15.9 0
diced onion 13 0.3 3.2
diced tomato 6 0.3 1.4
1/2 can cream of mushroom soup 130 2.5 10.2
1/2 cup cous cous 132 4.5 27.3
just a sprinkle of bread crumbs 85 2.9 15.6
1/2 cup skim milk 45 4.4 6.1
TOTAL for the whole pan 555 46.7 63.8
Calories for 1/3 portion 185 15.6 21.3

It doesn’t look super pretty, but it was really tasty. I have lots of leftovers now, too. (You can see how much I ate…less than one third of the pan.)  I don’t cook very often, but when I do I like to experiment and venture off the given recipe. More often than not, I enjoy what I end up creating.

Last night I was scanning in some old photos and came across these great “before” pictures. They are from 199, somewhere just above 200 pounds.  I feel sad seeing these; I was living in London at the time, and I know I could have had a much better experience if I had been thinner. I made ZERO local friends while I was overseas. I have no doubt that my weight kept people from giving me the time of day, and I was so terribly shy that it probably didn’t help matters any. Instead I spent my time puttering around Europe on my own a lot, which gave me a tremendous sense of independence.

I don’t think I look 21 years old. I look like I’m 45. (I’m the 2nd person on the left, in case you couldn’t tell.)

Me, recently, in a similar suit. I know, it’s a silly picture. I was playing “James Bond.”

Traci from Traci’s Treasures gave me a blog award yesterday! Thank you Traci! I very much appreciate it and am honored that you thought of me!

And thank you all for your comments on yesterday’s post, “Starving.” It was interesting to see how many of you either had tried a similar fast to lose weight or those of who couldn’t even conceive of doing such a thing! It was all very interesting…thank you.


When the binge-monster comes knocking….

by Christine on July 15th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

(insert “Jaws” theme here.)

Oh no! What is our herione to do?

The solution?

70-calorie tunafish.

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