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Too Fast

This weekend flew right by me!  After I posted Friday night (early Saturday morning really), I went right to bed.  I woke up pretty early and felt the beginnings of a nasty sinus headache.  Apparently my 3 glasses of wine aggravated my allergies.  After doing some research online I realized that there is a pretty good link between wine and sinuses.  I knew that drinking 3 glasses could not have kept me in bed until 4:30 yesterday afternoon but was surprised at how ill I felt.  Luckily I did feel much better around 4:30 and went to a friend’s college graduation party.  It was a lot of fun and I stuck to water (and lots and lots of it, probably 5 or 6 bottles worth) to combat the dehydration from the decongestants I had taken earlier in the day. 

This morning I woke up feeling 100% better and won’t be drinking any wine for a while, just to keep that from happening again.   I had a gigantic bowl of cereal this morning.

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365 high fiber and kashi island vanilla mixed with skim milk, what a perfect bowl of cereal!

After breakfast we hung around the house, and then got ready to go to the movies.  We had decided to catch a matinee of The Hangover.  Oh my, I am so happy we went!  It was so funny, I’m kinda considering seeing it again.  Did anyone else see and love this movie as much as I did?

We did get some popcorn to share but it was obviously to dark to snap a picture of it.  After the movies we had some errands to run and then went to my parents house for dinner.  We had my usual Sunday night Favorite.  Roast Beef, with Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli!

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All together:

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Perfect as usual!

I know I once again skipped a meal, but to be honest I slept kinda late today, and I ate some popcorn so although I should have planned ahead better for lunch, I’m happy I didn’t go hours without eating, although something more nutritious would have been nice. 

I’m off to do a few things before bed time!  Let’s hope Monday flies by!

June 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm 13 comments

Uh Oh…

This is my first experience with drogging, is that what we’re calling it? Caitlin? Maybe you can answer, because my hiccups might be preventing me from looking up the proper verbage. That’s not a word? Oh well.

For breakfast today in order to keep myself on schedule I had 2 waffles.  They were good but the syrup was better.  I had whatever I had left of the sugar free syrup on my whole grain Van’s waffles.

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Yum yum yum, sideways and all it was fantastic.

For lunch I had a pb and raspberry jam sandwich.  I apparently did not take a picture, although I swore I did.  Here’s what Google Image Search turned up.  Enjoy!

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Hiccup Hiccup.  For some reason this picture cracks me up . 

Dinner was a salad from SaladWorks.

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It was some kind of Fiesta,   Of that I’m sure, but I’m not sure the name of it.

I ate half of that salad without any of the dressing, I”m saving the rest for tomorrow.  I totally ate the rest of that roll though.

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And that’s about it, I didn’t eat anything else.  But I did enjoy a finely aged box of wine from my dad.  Yikes.

Andrew totally edited this post, he said it didn’t even make sense to him, at first.  Whoops.

Good Night Everybody, hope you have a great Saturday!

June 12, 2009 at 11:02 pm 14 comments

180 Degrees

I don’t know if it was the whole “fake it until you make it” from yesterday, or if  I’m finally back to my normal eating routine, or if it’s the fact that it’s my Friday, but I am in a much better mood today.  I don’t know if I come across this way on the blog, but I am usually a very happy-go-lucky person, especially around friends and families.  It’s kind of impossible to have a serious conversation with me because I’m always joking around, and today I finally feel like I’m getting back to that.  Again I have to credit you guys because of your kind words.  Andrew was reading through my comments from the past few posts today and kept saying how nice everyone was, and how supportive you guys really are.  He didn’t have to tell me that though I’ve known that since day one.

I had another successful eating day!  Planning ahead has definitely helped, tomorrow will be the real test though because I’ll be home all day.  I feel like when I am forced to eat at work on schedule I do much better, it’s definitely something I need to work on for the weekends.  For the most part my choices are healthy but my eating is sporadic, my goal for the weekend is to eat on my normal schedule from during the week and see how that works for me.

For breakfast I relied on my favorite go-to food.  Chobani of course.  I had a vanilla chobani with Kashi Vanilla mini wheats.

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Such a delicious combo.  I’m absolutely in love with this cereal.

Lunch was a pretty great, and I was looking forward to one component of it pretty much right after I finished my breakfast.  While shopping the other night I bought some sliced deli chicken, I put 2 slices (it’s pretty thick) and spicy brown mustard on a “Deli Flat”.

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See the slight green in the upper right corner.  That was the part I was looking forward to, it was of course another one of my favorite pickles.

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I will never get tired of those pickles. Oh and Laura that pen is totally the swag (stuff we all get) from the bridal show last week, new favorite pen, peace out purple advair pen.

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Such a simple but perfect lunch.

And for a snack around 3 I had a braeburn apple.  God I missed these, and they were on sale the other day so you know I picked up a few.

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Ok for all of you in the Northeast, what is up with this weather?  I’m so sick of fog, rain, and cold.  It’s almost the middle of June where’s my sunshine and 80 degree temps?  Ugh.  This weather is making me crave some serious comfort food, so I decided to have a quick bowl of angel hair pasta. 

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I was going to make a salad but really wasn’t feeling it, so instead I just chopped up a green pepper and some cucumber on the side for some crunch and green.

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Yum yum yum.

All together:

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This looks like I ate around 9:30 because of the lighting but it’s just so dark here, I ate around 6:30 but you’d never guess.

After dinner I drank some unpictured coffee, and watched some trash tv.  I have a lot to catch up on.  Who else watched this week’s Real Housewives of NJ?  Ok for real, how is next week already the finale?  I’m sad but at the same time I’m so looking forward to the episode!  I also watched Kathy Griffin’s Life on the D List, am I the only maniac in blogland who absolutely loves this show?  I laugh until I cry and rewind parts over and over again, that Kathy is a very funny lady.  If I could fly out to LA and be her assistant I’d be the happiest girl in the world. 

What is your guilty pleasure tv show?

Well I’m off to watch other shows I have DVRed and haven’t had time to watch, I hope you all have a great night, and I’m hoping all your Friday’s go by quickly.

June 11, 2009 at 8:15 pm 16 comments

I Gave In…

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I finally jumped on the bandwagon and started a Twitter.  You can click on the button above to see my page.  If you have Twitter you can follow me, and I’ll definitely follow you too.

I have had it for less then 24 hours and I think I’m already slightly addicted to it!  Why didn’t I start doing this sooner?

June 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm 3 comments

Positive Spin

I decided to take a couple more days to regroup and think about everything.  After reading Tina’s post this morning about having a positive attitude, and “fake it until you make it”  I realized that it’s something I need to give a try.  My life is fabulous, I have an amazing family, and a fantastic fiancé (that feels so weird to type, and even weirder to say, after 4 and ½ years of calling him my boyfriend it feels weird calling Andrew anything else), and such a great group of friends.   So what if I skipped some meals last week, like so many of you said in the comments, it’s okay to mess up, as long as you realize it and move on.  I beat myself up and you guys helped me move past it.
Yesterday  Rose left a comment and invited me to email her to chat more about everything.  After just a couple emails back and forth I felt better.  She gave me such obvious advice I felt stupid for not thinking of it on my own.  It’s still amazes me that the blogging community is so supportive, I get comments that make me smile, and make me think.  Rose did not have to offer to talk to me through email but she did, and put a lot of things into perspective for me.  So thank you Rose for all your help yesterday and this morning!
I finally restocked my fridge and pantry, also thanks to Rose.  I won her contest a little over a month ago and she sent me $50 dollars in gift cards to Shop Rite.  I bought so much fresh produce and other essentials and wound up only spending $17 of my own money!!

For breakfast today I had a vanilla Chobani with a crushed up Luna bar.  I am going to try to refrain from eating to many bars for now, because I’m eating them way to much.  But I have to say this combo was fantastic, like a cookies and cream Ice cream cup.  Yum.
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Here’s the bar all crumbled in:
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And all Mixed up:
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For lunch I had an easy but favorite meal.  I was looking for my Arnold’s sandwich thins last night at the store, but they didn’t have any instead I found Pepperidge Farms “Deli Flats”  pretty much the same thing, and dare I say I liked them a little better?  I’ll need to do a side by side comparison in the future.  I had an open faced pb sandwich with apple slices on top.  This might taste better to me then a banana and pb sandwich. 
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Around 3 my tummy started to growl so I had a peach.  My first one of the season!  It wasn’t quite ripe enough yet but it definitely was delicious!

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I came home from work and got changed to go out to dinner with my family and Andrew.  My sister graduated yesterday!!!!  I’m so happy and excited for her, and I definitely shed a few tears at the graduation yesterday, I’m so proud of my little sister!  Before I left I just had to break out the pickles I bought yesterday.  They’re Baaaack!

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My mom wanted us all to go out to dinner and I offered to pay since my parents have taken us out so much lately.  We decided to hit up Applebees.  I got the Fiesta Lime Chicken but apparently I had a little trouble reading the menu.  It said:

Grilled chicken drizzled with zesty lime sauce, topped with Mexi-ranch and Jack-cheddar, and served with crisp tortilla strips, seasoned rice, and pico de gallo.

For some reason I completely didn’t see the Mexi-Ranch in the description and thought it was just going to have fresh squeezed lime juice on it.  It tasted pretty good, although I am not at all a fan of ranch dressing of any kind.  This totally skewed what I would have estimated the calorie count at.  I ate just a few of the tortilla strips, ate about 1/2 the chicken and 1/2 the rice.  It was tasty but definitely something I would completely modify if I got again, sub in some steamed broccoli for the rice, and tell them to leave off the mexi-ranch and cheese.

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Thanks again for all the support these past few weeks!  I hope you all have a fabulous night!

June 10, 2009 at 8:21 pm 19 comments

I’m Embarrassed…

Not only have I been a horrible blogger, I haven’t been living by the title of the blog either.  I don’t know what happened but since coming back from vacation I’ve gotten kind of lazy. 

I haven’t been eating fast food, or junk of any kind really.  It’s been more like I’ve been skipping meals.  On Thursday I completely forgot to bring food to work and instead of running out at lunch time and grabbing something or getting instant oatmeal from the vending machine I decided instead to just wait until I got home to eat.  That of course is not healthy.

I’ve chosen bars too often for a fast and easy meal, I’ve been lacking in veggies, and fresh fruit.  And each day I come home and decide not to blog because my choices were not good and I was embarrassed.

This weekend was full of bbq’s and family dinners, Friday I ate a healthy breakfast and tried to get back to my normal routine and then had to run out to get my dress for my cousins wedding from the bridal shop.  As soon as I walked in the lady who worked there commented on my weight loss and she said there was no way my dress would fit.  The dress was so big I was able to keep a hoodie and my jeans on and slide it over my head without unzipping the back, and I was still swimming in the fabric.  My friend joked that she could have gotten in there with me, and I kept calling it my parachute.

That should have reminded me of how far I’ve come this year and how eating healthy and working out was clearly working for me.

Instead I decided I was far too busy to stop and eat lunch and didn’t eat again until 10 that night, and again that is a horrible choice.

Saturday I skipped breakfast and decided to eat at 1, I had a grilled chicken sandwich and then we went to a BBQ at Andrew’s aunt’s house, I had a burger.

This morning I completely skipped breakfast again, and instead ate ANOTHER burger at his Grandmother’s house. 

My parents and sister took Andrew, his mom, dad, sister, brother, and myself out to dinner tonight to celebrate our engagement.  I finally had some fresh veggies with a salad and then a chicken parm dinner, since I told myself I could have one on my birthday but then gave up meat for lent I decided I could have it tonight.  I had about a 1/3 of the chicken and none of the pasta it was served with. 

There is no excuse for skipping meals and not trying harder to work in the veggies and fruit.   I need to do some major food shopping and bring all my favorite fresh produce into the house so I have it at my fingertips,  I need to meal plan for the week and stop making it easy for myself to skip meals.

I’m sorry I’ve been kind of flakey on the blog lately but I hope this explains everything.

 

Have you ever found yourself making more unhealthy choices then healthy ones?  Do you have any advice for me?

June 7, 2009 at 8:41 pm 20 comments

I’m Back!

Thanks for all the comments about my mom.  She came home Sunday and is healing and recovering perfectly.  Her appendix hadn’t ruptured so the surgery was pretty simple and not really invasive, here’s a little blurb I found online about the type of surgery she got:

The laparoscopic (minimally invasive) surgical technique involves making several tiny cuts in the abdomen and inserting a miniature camera and surgical instruments. As many as three or four incisions are made. The surgeon then removes the appendix with the instruments, so there is usually no need to make a large incision in the abdomen. The camera projects a magnified image of the area onto a television monitor which helps guide the surgeons as they remove the appendix.

They actually sent her home with pictures of her appendix before they removed it.  It’s so weird.  She’s happy to be home and was touched by your comments, thoughts, and prayers.  

I really missed blogging but to be honest my meals were far from “blog worthy”, too much convenience food for sure.  I stepped on the scale positive I gained a pound but luckily I stayed the same.  Time to kick my butt into gear.  I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, and plan to correct that soon.  I am pulling out some cookbooks and looking for some fun new recipes to try out because I feel like every week I’m eating the same thing and I’m getting bored with it.  I really need to refocus on eating better and exercising more often, the weather has been nice in the mornings when I’m leaving for work and I think I need to get out of bed early and get a run or walk in bright and early so I don’t have any excuses, I just need to make myself a morning person.

For breakfast this morning I had the usual Chobani and a Heart Thrive Energy Bar

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I picked that package up (the flavor was Raisin Spice) when I was at the hospital Sunday afternoon and absolutely loved it, unfortunately that’s the only place I’ve ever seen them so I might be sneaking into the hospital coffee shop to pick them up every so often.  The flavor was perfect and they are very dense.

The nutrition facts are pretty great!

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INGREDIENTS

OATS, BROWN RICE SYRUP, RAISINS, BROWN RICE FLOUR, SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SOY FLOUR, RICE BRAN, INULIN (CHICORY ROOT EXTRACT), NATURAL FRUIT JUICE, DRIED PLUMS, DRIED APPLES, DRIED PEARS, CALCIUM CITRATE, CINNAMON, NUTMEG.

Lunch today was pretty boring I had a sandwich Thin, this is a recycled picture, I forgot to take a picture of my lunch, I did not have an orange but a Mcintosh apple that a co-worker gave to me.  He brought a whole bag in and put it in our fridge and told us to help ourselves, so I of course did, I wound up cutting a few slices of apple and placing it one of the halves.  I wish I had some granola to sprinkle on, but I’m all out.

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This did not stick with me long by 2 I was hungry luckily I started to put bars in my purse for those more snacky days.  Something I should have been doing all along but oh well.

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Favorite bar ever!  I need to restock because I’m pretty sure that was my last one.

Dinner tonight was an easy one, I had plans to go on a walk with my friend Jessica, so I wanted something fast.  I used my last piece of ww naan and made a pineapple, meatless meatball pizza.  A flavor combo I’ll never get sick of.

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Naan bread is the perfect size for a personal pizza.

In fun news I just bought a new phone Sunday night.  I’m officially addicted to my blackberry.

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I couldn’t get a good picture of it, but this is the exact one I got.  Look familiar?  Rose just got the same one as well. I don’t know how I ever functioned without it. 

Well I’m off to snuggle and watch tv, see you tomorrow! 

June 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm 23 comments

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