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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.

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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

Back to Business

After such a great weekend it was awful getting up this morning.  In fact I left just in time to get to work, I had training again today so I had to quickly eat something I had another Luna Bar.  3 days in a row I snacked one.  That’s all I bought and I’m happy although I love the bars I’m such fan of convenience that I will grab a bar running out the door instead of taking the time to make something.

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I have to say this was the least favorite one I’ve tried and I probably wouldn’t get it again.

Lunch today was a 2% Cherry Fage yogurt with granola crumbs, and an Arnold’s sandwich thin with pb.

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Boring lunch but yet it was very filling.

I got out of work a little early to go hang out with my sister while my parents went to a meeting.  After everything that Jenna has been going through it has really made me realize how each day on earth is a blessing and shouldn’t be taken for granted and I need to make time to spend with my sister as often as possible, because you just never know what could happen. 

I had a left over turkey burger from last night with romaine lettuce, pickle, onion, montery jack cheese, and ketchup on an Arnold’s sandwich thin.

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On the side I had a salad.

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I also took advantage of my parent’s elliptical and was on it for almost 40 minutes and burned 287 calories.

I have no idea what to bring for lunch tomorrow so I need to go figure that out so I can get to bed!  Enjoy your night everyone!

April 27, 2009 at 8:59 pm 14 comments

Time Flies…

When you’re having fun, and this was one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time.  Between my birthday celebration last night and my trip to the city for the Blogger brunch today, it was full weekend, but a really great one!

Let’s start with my pictures from last night.

Before we went out to the bar, Laura and her fiancé Billy came over.  Somehow my favorite pickles became the topic of conversation and Laura wanted to try one.  I gave her my last one because I’m all for sharing the pickle love.  We of course took pictures.

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Right before she tried it.

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Chewing and taking in the flavors.  But did she like it?

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Thumbs up!  She shared some with Billy who doesn’t even like pickles (how is that even possible?)  and he loved them too!

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Then it was time for some presents, Andrew caved and gave me mine last night.  He got me two 5lb weights and a beginner’s yoga kit, which included a mat and dvd as well as some other accessories.

Can you tell I was excited to get the weights?

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Laura had to give them a try.

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I suppose they were too heavy for her.  After my friend Jessica and her boyfriend arrived and brought me some birthday balloons, we went off to the bar.  I drank way too much, but allowed myself to drink, since I’ve only drank one other time this year so far.  I drank diet coke and vodkas.

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Laura ordered cheese nachos (that were super cheesy) but I gladly ate a few to help her out.

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Andrew ordered Mozzarella sticks and I had a bite of one.

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Here’s a picture of me and Andrew.

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And here’s one of me Laura and Jessica.

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Once I got home last night I fell right to sleep when my alarm went off this morning I was in no mood to get up but I had to get ready to leave for the blogger brunch!  We wound up taking the 10:25 train in, took 2 short sub way rides and arrived at Counter at 12:30 we walked around in the vicinity of the restaurant until 1.  Can I just say that I seriously have the sweetest boyfriend? He knew how nervous I was and took the train ride to the city with me, calmed me down when I was nervous about meeting everyone, and waited in a park for over 2 hours for me to be done with the brunch.  Thank you so much Andrew for being so amazing today and always!! I snacked on a couple bites of a bagel while waiting because in my rush in the morning I totally forgot to eat, (never thought I’d say that).   My head was pounding all morning between my sinuses and my drinking last night, so I was just kind of miserable, but the brunch definitely made me feel better!  Everyone was so super nice!  It was nice getting to talk and listen to people that I’ve read so much about.  I was kind of quiet between nerves and not feeling well though.

I ordered French Toast for my meal.

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Do you see how thick that slice of bread in the back is? The french toast, I thought was just alright, which might have been a side effect of not feeling well so I ate the slice in the front and passed on some of the second slice to Mark and the rest to Sarah.  Mark agreed that it was just okay but I’m so glad I passed it off to Sarah because she seemed to really enjoy it!  Next time there’s any blogger event I hope to be able to talk more to both Sarah and Vani.  One thing I can say about all the bloggers is they are all super nice and come across just as sweet as they do on their blogs.  I also got tons of goodies but forgot to take a picture of them, I haven’t sampled anything yet so I’ll take pictures of those tonight and post those pictures tomorrow.

On the train I ate the rest of the bagel I got, minus the other half I dropped on the ground.

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It was a really nice sunny day, here’s a view from the train on the way back.

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I used my dad’s monthly train pass to get into the city today so we went to my parents house to drop it off to him.  As soon as I walked in I was hit with a fantastic smell.  My mom was roasting a whole chicken, and during the meatless lent that has been the only thing I’ve been craving.  Whole roasted chicken is my favorite Sunday dinner that my mom makes so it was really hard to resist, but I did it.  I have recently heard that you can have whatever you gave up for Lent on Sunday’s but I figure if you’re going to do something, do it right.  So I didn’t cave, although I really wanted to.  I had all the side dishes though.   My mom makes some banging mashed potatoes, after she’s done making them she puts them in the oven under the broiler with a little butter and paprika sprinkled on top.

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Drool!

My plate consisted of mashed potatoes:

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Broccoli:

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And a side salad of just romaine lettuce with a little Light Caesar dressing.

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And here’s what I missed out on:

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Now I’m ready to lay down and get some sleep.  How does riding on a train for a few hours make you so tired?  Tomorrow is another busy day I have work all day then out to dinner for my 24th Birthday with my parents and then some ice cream cake and more presents!   Goodnight everyone!

March 22, 2009 at 8:43 pm 9 comments

Saturday Night Celebration

I just finished getting ready to go out and celebrate my 24th birthday, I wish it was my actual birthday but that’s not until Monday, I think it’s so much more fun going out on my actual birthday then before hand but oh well, there’s no way I’m going out on Monday night. 

Friends will be arriving in 15 minutes so I need to rush this post out.  I didn’t get to post yesterday because I was asked to work from home this weekend for some overtime.  I can’t turn down extra money but I had such a busy weekend planned I needed to get it all done last night.  I wound up working from when I got home until after midnight.  But I got some extra money and the rest of the weekend was not interrupted by work.

Friday Breakfast after my oats Thursday morning I knew I wanted them again on Friday, it was 1/2 a cup oats, 1/2 a cup skim milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and pb.

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For lunch I took the easy way out and brought an Amy’s Santa Fe Bowl.  Not the best looking lunch but it was good, and filling I only wound up eating 3/4 of it.

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On our way home from work Andrew and I decided to just go right to Harborside grille for dinner.  I did not feel like cooking and wanted a little more time out of the house before I was glued in front of the computer screen.

I got a house salad to start with balsamic dressing on the side.

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I love the dressing there!

For dinner there weren’t many meatless options but once I saw thin crust pizza, I was sold on that idea.

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It was on either Lavash bread or something very similar, it was so good.  That’s really the only good picture I got the rest were blurry, but it was just a normal size personal size pizza, and I ate it all.

Then it was time to work, I couldn’t believe I was up so late on Friday doing work, what a boring Friday night right?

I woke up bright and early this morning and the weather was so deceiving, it snowed yesterday morning, and I had heard the weekend was supposed to be nice, with all the sun pouring in I thought it would definitely be warm out, unfortunately it hovered under 50 pretty much all day.  I got back into bed and read for a couple hours.

By the time I got around to eating I decided to make it a brunch and had pb and raspberry preserves on double fiber bread.

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Before going to the gym a little later I decided to snack on a pickle, I only have one more left in the jar.  So sad. 

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Another blurry picture I don’t know what’s up with my camera lately. 

After the gym my sister called and asked me to stop by to hang out, so we stopped by there and watched TV.  Then it was time to go home and eat and clean.  I wanted something I could cook in less then 5 minutes, in the fridge we had leftover pasta from the other night so I made a Bolognese sauce with jarred sauce and morning star veggie crumbles.  Delicious!

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On the side I had a gigantic salad with romaine, spinach, and 4 mini sweet peppers.

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Then it was time to start getting ready, I’m trying to convince Andrew to give me my presents tonight.  He kept telling me no, but then he left the burner on the stove on and melted my silicone colander into one of my pots.  He felt pretty guilty and then told me he’d give me my presents tonight, but he salvaged both items and now I’m not sure he feels guilty enough to give in to me.   Oh well it’ll only be 2 days if I have to wait.

Oh and in other March Birthday News today is Dori’s birthday so stop by and wish her a great birthday!

March 21, 2009 at 7:18 pm 11 comments

Flip Flops

I was finally able to break out the flip flops today after work!  It was close to 70 and completely sunny, my feet felt to happy to be out of my typical winter Uggs!  It’s really late and I’m really tired so I’m just going to get to it.

For breakfast I had a 5% Plain Fage.  So not worth the 9 grams of fat!  Don’t get me wrong it was good but to be honest I didn’t taste the difference between the 0% to the 5% maybe a little creamier but I’m definitely going to stick with 0%.  I had brought a container of my POM juice and mixed that into the yogurt to give it some flavor.

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I used about a quarter of the juice in my yogurt and drank the rest mixed with some water. 

For lunch I grabbed a can of soup this morning quickly, it was once again Progresso which I bought months before I started eating healthier, the stats are good it’s the lengthy ingredient list that gives me doubts.  I’d much rather have a different brand that’s not full of ingredients I can’t pronounce, but I bought them and I’m not going to let them go to waste, so I grabbed a can of Tomato Rotini, it tasted like chef Boyardee which I never liked even as a kid.

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On the side I had the last of my Kashi crackers.

Andrew’s mom invited us over for a Corned Beef and cabbage dinner tonight.  I came home after work and made myself a grilled cheese with 2 pieces of double fiber bread, and a string cheese, and of course I had a pickle on the side. 

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At Andrew’s parent’s house I enjoyed some unpictured salad and some roasted potato pieces.  It was good but I still haven’t told them about the blog so I didn’t snap any pictures.

After that I went to my parents house to pick up my Girl Scout Cookies!!!  I got 2 boxes of tagalongs and as soon as I got home I had to rip open the box and eat 2!  Those little devils are so good!

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Well I’m off to bed!  Hope you all had a good day and don’t forget tomorrow is Thursday!  We’re almost to the weekend!

March 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm 14 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

I hope you all had a fun St. Patrick’s day!  I completely forgot to wear green today, but luckily nobody pinched me!  I had a pretty busy day at work which made the day fly by.  I’m happy tomorrow is Wednesday because I’m pretty excited about the weekend and can’t wait for it to get here.  3 more days!

For breakfast today I enjoyed a Fage 2% with honey, I’m not the biggest honey fan, so I used less then a 1/4 of what was given to me.  But I did mix my usual granola in there.

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Around 11 someone at work offered me some Sunchips, apparently someone must have tried to purchase it from the vending machine but it got stuck so when she went to buy them she got 2 bags.  I haven’t had Sunchips in probably a year, so I was not about to turn down a free bag.

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For lunch I had an old favorite, peanut butter and raspberry preserves on Arnolds Double Fiber bread. 

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For dinner I didn’t know what I wanted, I had bought some irish soda bread while food shopping over the weekend so I knew that needed to be a part of my meal tonight.  While I was deciding I decided to snack on something green outside in the sunshine.  It was of course another one of my favorite pickles.

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I got a couple questions about what kind of pickles they are.  First off these are by far the freshest pickles in the world.   They are Ba-Tampte Half Sour Pickles, but the website doesn’t give much information.  I know they are from New York and I also know it’s not always common to find them so bright green they do start to look more pickle-y after a few days (but they typically don’t last long in my house)  it’s like biting into a fresh cucumber.   I wish I could invite all you pickle lovers to my house and let you sample them.  Last summer I went through so many jars, and always offered them to my friends, everyone has agreed these are the best pickles ever.  When they are this fresh they don’t taste sour or even half sour at all, that flavor comes on once the pickles sit around for a few days.  I do know they have no preservatives and have only all natural ingredients.  The sodium content is high but no higher then other pickles on the market as far as I can tell.  They are in the refrigerated section of the store, hope that will help some of you find it!

Finally I decided to have “green” eggs, roasted potatoes, and my irish soda bread serving as the toast.  I figured potatoes and anything green would make it in an Irish meal.  I’ve never liked corned beef so even though I couldn’t have had it since I gave up meat for Lent, I really wasn’t missing it at all. 

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Scrambled eggs with a handful of spinach.

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Toasted Irish soda bread with a small amount of butter.

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And roasted potatoes.

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Delicious dinner.

Andrew didn’t go into his second job today because his allergies are driving him nuts so together we watched some TV and I snacked on a little more then a serving on Fro yo (that I never wound up having last night) with some chocolate chips and  less that a tablespoon of pb.  Such a great combo!

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Well I’m off to read and go to bed.  Hope you all had a fun night, and I hope some of you enjoyed some green beers for me!

March 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm 22 comments

Stuck in a Pickle

Monday’s over the rest of the week should fly right by I hope.  Hope you all had a pleasant Monday.  Mine wasn’t bad, but I’m starting to feel my allergies hit me.  The weather was warm this morning but the the time I left work it was freezing.  I’m hearing that it’s supposed to be pretty mild for the next few days, so I hope that’s true.    I had such a hard time getting up this morning I just had to throw some things in my bad and hoped my meals would work out for the day.

For breakfast I grabbed a blueberry 0% chobani, and mixed in my usual granola.

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It was the end of the bag so it was probably a little more then a quarter cup but it was delish as always.

For lunch I grabbed some left over cavatelli that Andrew had made, with an all natural sweet tomato and basil sauce.  The sauce was definitely the star of the show.

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This lasted me until I was leaving work, then I got super hungry super fast.  I snacked on a mcintosh apple on my way home.  I snapped this picture before I even pulled out of the parking lot.

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As I was reading through so many of your blogs today I kept seeing some delicious sandwiches, I knew I had to make myself one for dinner tonight.  I decided to have 3 of the meatless “Meatballs” with lettuce and spicy brown mustard on Arnold’s Double Fiber bread.

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On the side I toasted up a whole wheat tortilla and made chips.

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I also had my favorite pickle!

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And a piece of string cheese.

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All together:

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I may have had another pickle while I was cleaning up the kitchen.  If I did it probably looked like this:

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I can’t get enough of these pickles!

I’m just relaxing now, and then I’m going to make some lunches for Andrew and I for tomorrow and then as soon as he gets home from work I’m hitting the hay.  Or I may have a bowl of fro yo before I go to bed,   I am a tired girl but I’m also a little snacky.

Hope you all have a great night!

March 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm 9 comments

Lazy Friday Night

Oh my gosh I’m so happy it’s the weekend!  We had another round of layoffs today at work.  I knew who was going to be laid off ahead of time so I knew I was safe but it’s hard to see co-workers go.  I had a meeting with my boss’s boss today, he reassured me that I was not going anywhere and that they are actually spending a ton of money to get me some more training next month.  I was also told I will be getting a nice raise next month because right now I’m doing the work of 4 different people who were previously laid off.  I was also told I have to write my own review next month.  Has anyone ever done this?  I have a feeling it’s going to be pretty hard.

This morning I remembered my breakfast and had my usual 0% Fage the last of my peak protein granola, and some dried cranberries.  I don’t know that I’ll ever tire of this combination.

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I had some carrot sticks a little later.

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I ate about 1/2 of this baggie.

Lunch today was something I was really excited about.  I had 2 servings of brown rice and 4, 1 ounce meatballs, I made the Monday night.  I was afraid these meatballs weren’t going to taste that good because I had started making them when I realized I didn’t have an egg to mix in.  So I poured a teaspoon of olive oil to bind them and that did the trick.  I baked them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees and they came out really moist and delicious,  I definitely didn’t taste a difference without the eggs.

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I think I actually liked the meatballs and sauce better over rice then pasta.  Weird.

This held me over until 4 and then I had some grapes.

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For dinner tonight we made turkey burgers using the same recipe as last time.

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I topped it with a mozzarella string cheese. 

I topped it with some organic ketchup, pickles, and lettuce.

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On the side I had some steamed French Cut Green Beans.

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I had another serving of the green beans after this.  I love steamed green beans they are so yummy.

I feel like I had a definite lack of veggies today so I’ll be making up for that tomorrow.

Tomorrow morning I plan on making Oatmeal again, do any of you have a favorite combination you think I might like?  I’m going to make myself eat oatmeal until I love it.   I’m kidding of course, but I know how filling, and how good it is for you I definitely think I’m only doing myself a favor by trying it over and over again.

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday night!  Andrew and I were supposed to go out for a friend’s birthday but it was canceled, so we decided to stay in.  I love lazy Friday nights after a long week of work.

See you tomorrow!

January 30, 2009 at 10:20 pm 4 comments


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