Archive for February, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!!

I hope you are all having a great Valentine’s day no matter what you are doing!

We had a busy day planned so I had a quick breakfast of PB puffins and a banana in skim milk.Picture 016

After driving my sister home we went to the chiropractor, then went back to my parents house to watch “You Are What You Eat.”  It’s one of my favorite shows but it’s a British show so it’s only on the BBC America channel and we don’t get that at our apartment.  If you do have BBC America you should check it out, I know it’s on every Saturday at noon but it might be on through out the week.

After watching that we went to the dress place so I could get measured and put down a deposit for my bridesmaid dress for my cousin’s wedding.  I’m so excited to get it.  It’s a gorgeous dress,  I’ll be sure to post pictures of it once I get it.

Once we were done there we headed to the gym.  My right knee started bothering me yesterday so I took it easy and mostly walked on the treadmill today with a little jogging.  I’m trying to prevent any injuries, I think I might have to look into knee sleeves, or something for my knee.

After the gym we were decided to try a kinda new place nearby for lunch called Tropical Smoothie Cafe.

I got a “Veggie Veggie” which was southwestern rice, corn, black beans, asparagus, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, onions, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinaigrette in a garlic herb tortilla.  It was really good, I just wish they had whole wheat wraps.

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Andrew got a Jamaican Jerk Chicken wrap which I tasted it was really good, spicey, but delicious.

After lunch we came back to the apartment and took a long nap.  I can’t remember the last time I napped, it was glorious!  Definitely needed that.

For our Valentines dinner we went to favorite restaurant, Yesterdays, I have come here dozens of times growing up.  Pretty much every birthday I’ve come to this restaurant and I’ve only gotten one thing to eat.  Chicken parmigiana, as I said yesterday this is my favorite meal!  And at Yesterdays it’s amazing!  I’m glad we had the chicken parm last night because it made me want it less, but the craving was still there.  I started at the salad bar, that tri color pasta salad is so delicious!

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I decided to try their homemade ravioli for my entree.  I’m glad I did it was delicious, you can’t beat fresh pasta.

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There were 6 altogether but I ate 3 of them and brought the other 3 home for lunch sometime this week.

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It was a really great dinner, and I was happy to actually try something new.  But on my 24th birthday next month you better believe I’m getting that chicken parm.  I don’t know if I could not eat it on my birthday. 

After we came home from dinner I had 2 of my cappachino coated coffee beans from Ellie!

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Oh my gosh these were outta control delicious!  It was hard to stop at just 2, but I’m going to do my best to make these last.  Thank you so much Ellie!!  Andrew tried one and loved it as well, I’m going to have to hide this bag from myself before I eat the whole thing tonight!

Well I’m off to lay down and watch “Burn After Reading”  I hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day!

February 14, 2009 at 10:42 pm 10 comments

Friday Night Slumbey

Hey I wanted to do a quick post, my sister is here for a sleep over.  So I’m just quickly going to post my eats so I can get back to hanging out with my sister.

For breakfast I had vanilla chobani, cranberries, and granola.

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This stayed with me right until lunch.

As I was getting my lunch together to eat I got a call from the receptionist to come up to the lobby.  When I walked in Andrew was there with flowers!!!  He had the day off for President’s day and came down to visit me for lunch and bring me the flowers.  How sweet is that?

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For lunch I had pb and banana on a ww bagel.

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A few hours later I was hungry so I had some grapes and 2 clementines.

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For dinner Andrew made Crock Pot Chicken parm.  He just pounded out 2 chicken breasts until they were about 1/2 and inch thick put it in the crock pot with a jar of marinara sauce and let it cook on high for 3 hours.  After it was completely cooked he sprinkled on some part skim mozzarella cheese.  It was unbeleviably delicious!  Definitely didn’t miss the breading at all, cooking chicken in the crockpot makes it so tender!

On the side I had a serving on ww penne.

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Sooooo good!  Can’t wait to make this again, Chicken parm is my ultimate favorite food so finding a much healthier version is exciting. 

I hope you are all having a fun Friday night I’m off to hang out with Andrew and my sister.

February 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm 6 comments

Looks like a rather blustery day today

Does anyone else remember that song from Winnie the pooh, the one with the windy blustery day?  That sure does fit here.  We’ve had wind gusts up to 50 mph!  I hope you all stayed safe out there if you had some strong winds like we did.  The weird thing is, it was still pretty warm, I didn’t even need a coat when I went out at lunchtime today.

I got my gift from my secret cupid today!  Oh my gosh you would not believe the goodies I got!  But lets quickly go over my eats for the day so I can share my incredible package with you guys!

In my typical Thursday fashion I forgot my camera!  What is the deal?  I’m pretty sure I’ve forgotten it close to every Thursday since I started this blog, it’s pretty ridiculous but kind of expected at this point.

Breakfast was overnight oats, with 3/4 of a banana, 1/2 a cup oats, 1/2 a cup skim milk, 1 tbsp water, cinnamon and vanilla extract.  I also added blueberries as a topping.

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Delicious!

For lunch I had 1/2 of my leftover chicken from last night in a salad with romaine and cucs. 

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I also had some grapes!  I can’t get enough of them right now!

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Very unlike me but I had sweets again this week, my boss is on a baking kick.  She’s my boss so I can’t really turn down sweets right?  I had one oatmeal raisin cookie, it was pretty small but it was good.

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I didn’t feel like cooking so Andrew and I went out for lunch today, we went to a restaurant down the street from our apartment, I got the grilled chicken sandwich with mozzarella cheese, it was good, but not something I would get often.  The best part was definitely the roll, it was a potato roll of some sort.  It came with chips on the side that were made in the restaurant, they were similar to kettle chips and I had more then a few.

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Now on to the fun stuff!  My secret cupid turned out to be Ellie of Inside I’m Still Dancing.  She commented on one of my posts a few days ago and I began reading her blog.  She is a wonderful person and I was so happy and grateful to receive her gifts.  And she’s from Scotland so all these goodies came a long way!  I love blogging for who it’s introduced me to, I mean it connected me to someone in Scotland and that’s amazing! 

First look at this beautiful card she sent.  Inside was a handwritten message as well as some great quotes.  Such as:

“Happiness is a gift you can give yourself.”

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“Don’t let one mess-up make you think you’re rubbish.  Acknowledge the glitch and move on.  As you start again, say, ‘Bring it on – I’m ready!’”

After my not so successful attempt at a healthy dinner I was really beating myself up, this message came just in time and it made me feel so much better. Perfect timing Ellie.

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And she wrapped all the presents in pretty red wrapping paper!

 

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Here’s a shot of all the goodies I received!

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I got cappachino coated coffee beans which I wanted to rip open instantly, but I’m extremely sensitive to caffeine and can’t have it after like 7 on a weekday, so I decided to wait until tomorrow.  I can’t wait though!

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I also got “Flying Saucers” which are “sherbet filled candy shapes.”

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I had to try one of these right away. Here’s the outside.

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And here’s the inside.  I can’t explain the taste but it was so good!  The outside just melted away and the inside was the sweet/slightly sour taste.  It was delicious and a lot of fun to eat.

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I also received a cute pair of heart socks which I can’t wait to wear!

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Ellie also sent me Suma Square Soap. It smells delicious, I will definitely be using this tomorrow morning in the shower.

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And lastly she sent me a bag of Cacao nibs which are organic raw.  It is described on the package as:

“Outrageously nutritious… five times more antioxidants than any other food..Pure vibrant and genuinely raw, these nibs (small pieces of cacao bean) nourish body mind and emotion.”

How awesome is that?

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I had to try a couple pieces of this as well just to see what the taste was like.  It was really good and I can’t wait to try mixing it with oatmeal!

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Thank you again Ellie so much!  This was a great package and I’m very grateful for your kindness!

I know yesterday I asked for recommendations for places to eat in Inner Harbor for the weekend and Ashley offered to help us find somewhere to eat.  Unfortunately we won’t be going, I have a few things I need to spend some money on that I completely forgot, (ie I have to put a deposit down on my dress for my cousin’s wedding this weekend) as well as my usual bills.  So we’ll be kicking it at home for V-day I’m sure we’ll be able to find something fun to do locally though.  Thanks for your help though Ashley, maybe we’ll be able to head that way soon though and you can recommend somewhere.

I hope you all have a great night!  I’m so thankful tomorrow is Friday, I’m totally ready for the weekend.

Oh and I just found out tonight my Uncle Bobby reads my blog, so Hi Uncle Bobby, Love you!

February 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm 11 comments

Creature of Habit

Hey bloggies!  I am in such a better mood then I have been the past few days.  This weather today was just ridiculous.  Hard to believe last week we had 6 inches of snow here and now it was close to 70 today!  Oh my gosh it was gorgeous, I wish I wasn’t at work the whole day but I know that weather like that for everyday life is just around the corner.  Tomorrow it’s supposed to be colder and rainy but now that I have a taste of springtime weather I can’t wait for it!!!

I’m glad so many of you have a favorite color M&M you like to eat.  I typically get made fun of if someone is eating M&M’s and I ask for an orange one, good to know that many of you have a color preference.

Thank Goodness for the nice weather because my eats were seriously bland and boring today.  I really need to mix things up soon.

Breakfast was my “old reliable” vanilla Chobani, with Bear Naked Granola, and dried cranberries.

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Big Surprise right?

Well get ready for some real excitement, I had another ww bagel with pb today, but it wasn’t toasted like yesterdays.  Just trying to mix it up.   I’m in lunch time rut.  I also had 2 clementines today.  So at least there’s some color there.

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Later in the afternoon I had a braeburn apple.

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I was starving when I got home, I couldn’t wait for dinner to cook, so I had a string cheese while I got everything ready.

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For dinner we had grilled chicken, with brown rice, broccoli, and a side salad.

I ate all the chicken, all the broccoli, and most of the salad and rice. 

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I need to redeem myself tomorrow.  I already made lunch for tomorrow and it’s not a bagel but it’s nothing exciting either.  After dinner we went to the gym another good session but my arms are already sore, I can’t imagine what they are going to be like tomorrow!

So Valentine’s day is coming up this Saturday, we’re really late making plans but I believe we’re going to go to Baltimore for the night to hit up the aquarium, does anyone live in or near Inner Harbor Baltimore and have a good suggestion for some great places to eat? 

Well I’m off to read and go to sleep, if it was warm where you are today I hope you enjoyed the weather! 

February 11, 2009 at 10:05 pm 9 comments

If You Seek Amy’s Dinner

Thank you for all “feel better” wishes.  I woke up feeling a whole lot better this morning.  And although the sinus pressure is still there atleast today was bearable.  I’ll have to see what happens when the temperature shoots up to 60 tomorrow.

  I finally found blueberry Chobani at my local food store, typically they only carry, plain, vanilla, and occasionally peach.  This time they were all in stock.  I mixed in a 1/4 cup of Bear Naked Fruit & Nut Granola.  It was so delicious, although I think peach is still my favorite fruit flavor.

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Before lunch I got hungry but wanted something chocolatey if you know me at all that’s a big surprise, it is so rare that I crave anything chocolate.  I know I don’t have it often so I have no problem indulging in chocolate when I do want it.  Luckily my boss is a chocolate fiend and always has some for me to steal when the mood strikes.

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Orange M&M’s are my favorite, I know I know they all taste the same, but oh well, I’d pick an orange over any other color.  : )

Lunch was a bagel with pb.  I’m in a serious lunch time rut.  I need to have something different but I just love this combo.  I’m going to try to think of something different to have tomorrow.

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On the side I also had a gala apple.

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For dinner tonight I didn’t feel like coming home to an empty house again, while Andrew was at work until 9 at the pharmacy, so I called my mom to see what they were having for dinner.  They were having left over stuffed peppers and there was only enough for my parents.  So I stopped off at the store and grabbed some much needed produce, and an Amy’s Shepherd Pie.  Thus the corny name of this post.

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Can Amy’s do anything wrong?!  This was as delicious as everything else of the brand, that I have tried. 

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They may not look appetizing, but seriously it was delicious!

On the side I had a blurry romaine salad.

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Any my mom’s a real weirdo and like stuffed peppers but doesn’t like to eat the peppers.  So I happily took her empty pepper and ate it myself.

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Well it seems that I’m posting later and later these days.  I’m going to lay down and read my Shape magazine that I bought today.  Hope you all have a great night and thanks again for the sweet and wonderful comments yesterday, you guys are all so sweet!

February 10, 2009 at 10:29 pm 9 comments

A Case of the Mondays

With the weather fluctuating again I am in some serious pain when it comes to sinus pressure.  It’s bad enough that’s it’s making me a tiny bit nauseous.  I feel like I complain about sinus pressure a lot so I’m going to move right along to my eats today.

For breakfast I had some overnight oats, this contained, 1/2 a cup oats, 1/2 a cup skim milk, 1 teaspoon water, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and 1/2 a banana.  Oh and of course peanut butter!

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I think I like overnight oats more then any other kind of oats.

For lunch I had the last 2 of the lasagna rollups.

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Around 3 I snacked on 2 clementines.

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  For dinner I had a Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger for the first time.

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I was surprised that I could see all the veggies in there.  It was really delicious.  Probably my favorite veggie burger that I’ve ever had.  I topped it with Organic ketchup.

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I also had a side salad of just romaine lettuce.

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And a part skim mozzarella string cheese.

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I feel like such a downer today but I’m really not feeling good.  I know it’s just my sinuses and not my sister’s flu or anything.  I just hope this goes away quickly.

I think I’m off to lay in bed now, I don’t like to complain but all I can think about is this darn headache, I can’t even think of other things to post about.  I hope you all have a great night, and I’m hoping my headache is gone tomorrow, although it seems the weather is going to be kinda wacky for a few days so it could potentially last for awhile yikes!!!

February 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm 10 comments

3 Day Recap

Since I haven’t posted any of my eats since Thursday, I have a lot of recapping to do.  I can’t believe this weekend is over already and another week of work starts tomorrow.  I still have a few things I’d like to accomplish before I go to bed tonight so I’m going to try to do this as quick as possible.

Friday for breakfast I had 2 clementines and a peach Chobani yogurt. Of course it was amazing!

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For lunch that day I had an Amy’s burrito, I forgot to take a picture of the wrapper but it was a Cheddar Cheese and bean burrito.  Once again I was not let down by Amy’s.  It was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be buying many more of their meals to try!

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After work and before the gym I ate a Clif bar while watching Thursday night’s Office episode.  There’s Michael Scott in the background.

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After the gym and before our friends came over I ate a bowl of PB Puffins and blueberries with skim milk.  Delicious combo. 

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We had a lot of fun with our friends Friday night, and once I again I decided to partake in any drinking and just chugged some water. 

Saturday was a busy day I had laundry to do, I had to pick up a couple more things for my blogger who I got in the exchange for Valentine’s day, ship it out (don’t worry it should be there Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest I shipped it all priority), and go to the chiropractor.  I didn’t have much of an appetite but I planned on going to the gym so I finally forced myself to eat some oatmeal around 12.

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I made these at my parents house while doing my laundry and I just didn’t put enough milk in, they were really dry but once I mixed the pb in there it was delicious.  I still can’t believe I’m eating oats!!!

After the gym I still wasn’t hungry.  Something was just off, I was afraid I was getting sick but but my appetite was back in full force today.  For dinner we went to SaladWorks.  I got their Fire-Roasted Fiesta salad without tortilla strips and no dressing.    We brought it back to my parents house while I was still waiting for my laundry to be done.   I put a couple tablespoons of Salsa on the salad once I got to their house.  I also had a whole wheat roll from there.

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Like I already said my appetite was back today and I woke up this morning craving an egg sandwich.  I had one “pam” fried egg with 3 pieces of turkey sausage all on a multi-grain roll.

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After breakfast we cleaned up around the apartment and then went to the gym.  I had a really great sweaty session again today.  I’m so happy that my workouts have been pretty consistent so far.  And I love seeing the changes to my body.

After the gym I went to my parents house to pick up my camera, but when I got there my dad was washing off their cars so I took the opportunity to clean some of the salt off of Cocoa.   She looks so shiny and happy now.

After my parents house we were heading to Andrew’s parent’s house to visit.  Before we went though we stopped at Panera because I was really craving their Low Fat chicken tortilla soup.  I got a “you pick two” with the classic cafe garden salad, the soup, and a whole wheat baguette.

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I used about 1/2 the dressing and ate every morsel of the rest.

After our visit to Andrew’s parent’s house we headed home.  I have been craving pizza since late last night.  I gave in today and made a pizza the same as last time.

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It was delicious and I ate this plus the other 2 slices. It was perfect for my craving.  It definitely hit the spot!

Well I hope you all had a great weekend!  Sorry about my lack of commenting and posting this weekend.  Everything should be back to normal during the week.

February 8, 2009 at 9:12 pm 6 comments

M.I.A and Random Pictures

Hey I was just sitting down to write a long post after being absent yesterday and all of today.  Well I realized I left my camera at my parents house and don’t have any of my pictures from the past 2 days.  Talk about a crappy food blogger!!  Obviously tomorrow I will be making up for it but to make this post a little interesting I thought I’d post some other pictures I have on my computer so you can get to know me a little better.

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This is Andrew and I after his graduation from college back in May, my hair was gigantic from the humidity, and I was so tan from just returning from vacation.

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What my super curly hair looks like under control.

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This is a picture of Andrew and I at a display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.  It was a bunch of mirrors which in turn makes it look like I have 20 sets of eyes.

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We went to Lancaster County in the Fall with Ms Informed and her Fiancé.  We took a train ride on an old steam locomotive, this is before we got on.

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We also went to a corn maze that we got lost in for like 2 hours.   This is at the beginning before we got completely frustrated.

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After my car accident in July I had to get a new car.  Here she is!  Her name is Cocoa, (as you can see on the license plate), I love her!

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Here is Andrew and the infamous Michelle.  2 of my very favorite people.  I’d be lost without either of these people.368

I love the beach.  This is me walking along the beach in Outer Banks North Carolina.  It is my favorite spot to vacation.

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Andrew gave me this poster last year for my 23rd birthday.  It is my very favorite thing hanging in out apartment.  It’s from Great Britain during WWII although it was never actually hung up because the war ended before they got a chance to.  It’s my favorite saying.  It’s how I’d like to live my life.

February 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm 2 comments

Exhausted

I had my training again tonight and it seriously wiped me out.  I hope you all don’t mind if I make this a terribly quick post with just my eats.

For breakfast I had overnight oats! I can’t believe how much I love oatmeal now!  This one included vanilla extract, cinnamon, 1/2 a cup of oats, 1/2 a cup of skim milk, and a tablespoon of pb.  I didn’t have any more bananas and I definitely missed it.

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This held me over until lunch.  But I actually did have a sweet inbetween this and lunch.  My boss made nutella cups.  I had to sample one.

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It was good but really sweet.  And you all know I’m not the biggest sweets fan.  One was more then enough for me.

Lunch was left over Snobby Joe’s over a little more then a serving of brown rice.

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And 2 clementines.

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I had an afternoon snack of the last of my grapes and some pistachios.  As much as I love pistachios I can’t wait for the bag to be gone, I can’t help snacking on them.

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Dinner tonight was a salad from whole foods before my personal training, it was kind of lacking and was nothing special.  It had a couple raviolis, pad Thai, Caesar salad, edamame salad, 2 potato fries, rotisserie chicken, and I’m sure I’m missing something.

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I ate this at my parent’s house since they are closer to my gym. 

Okay I know this post really stunk.  I’m aware and will try to make up for it tomorrow although I believe we’re having an impromptu party at our apartment to get rid of all the damn beer in the fridge, so I might be short on time.

To make up for my less then stellar blogging today here’s another picture of my dog Bailey.  Here she is begging for food from Andrew.

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Have a great night everyone!  Tomorrow is Friday!

February 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm 5 comments

Winter Wonderland

This morning I woke up to the prettiest snow I’ve ever seen!  Andrew found out last night, he had a delayed opening today. The roads were pretty bad so I decided to go in with him and go in a couple hours late.  It was a good choice because the roads were still pretty icy in spots.  Here are some pictures I snapped on the way in this morning.

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I had planned on eating my “overnight oats” but for some reason we were running late even with the extra time and since I was going in late I didn’t want to eat my oats so late in the morning.  I had a Pecan Pie Larabar on the way there.

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It was just okay, definitely not my favorite flavor.

For lunch I had 2 more of my lasagna roll up leftovers.

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I also had some celery and pb but I guess I forgot to take a picture whoops.

Towards the end of the day I had my usual snack of pistachios.

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Here’s a view of what was near our front door when we came home tonight!

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How big are those icicles?!  They are some of the biggest I’ve seen!

For dinner tonight we had Snobby Joes from Veganomicon.  I made the lentils last night during my mass prepping session.  The only thing I omitted from the recipe was the maple syrup because we didn’t have any.  Otherwise we made the rest following the recipe.  This was my first time trying Snobby Joes and as most of you know it’s freaking amazing!

I had mine over brown rice and with a little mexican blend cheese. 

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All mixed up:

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Andrew ate it and he said it was “delicious, I thought they were really good.”  He’s an extremely picky eater so if he liked them, it must be good!

Well I’m off to make some Keurig Hot Chocolate and lay down to read.  Hope you all enjoy your Wednesday night! 

February 4, 2009 at 8:34 pm 5 comments

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