Monthly Archives: September 2008

I’m famous!

Well, sort of…check this out!

http://www.larabar.com/secure/blog/index.php?entry=entry080914-135318

:)

What’s YOUR flavor?

Breakfast was an easy choice this morning…leftover buckwheat chocolate chip pancakes with sugar free syrup and scrambled eggs :) I had a cup of strawberries to get some sweet fruit in.


Mid-morning, I was ready for a snack and preparing for an intense aerobic session. I looked at my two bars and realized that neither one I brought had much protein in it :( I settled on this Kashi (nutrigrain-like) bar since it had fewer calories and I had a pretty dense breakfast. It held me over ok, not as much as I would like, but I managed. I want to try other flavors of these, but I do like this one.

Aerobics class was intense! The class is called “Aerobic Variety” and that it was. It involved lots of stepping, which I am starting to love; it took me a couple of classes to get used to the step, but now I’m propping mine up higher :)

We also did lots of ab work on the balance ball and lots of stretching, which I have found love for. I used to hate stretching and thought it was a waste of time but now I really enjoy it.

When I got back to work after a nice, hot shower (I usually don’t shower at the gym, but I was rather sweaty) I ate my lunch: a turkey, cheese and hummus sandwich on whole wheat bread, soy yogurt, and a V8.

I hadn’t made a turkey sandwich at home in a LONG time because I became so skeptical of lunchmeat. But I’ve been doing some reading and at the store the other day, I decided to give this brand a try: Oscar Mayer “Natural” Oven Roasted Turkey Breast:

First of all, this lunchmeat tasted FANTASTIC! Nothing like those thin, tasteless (or sometimes too salty) slices of turkey I’ve had in the past. These were nice, thick, fresh-tasting slices and 3 pieces were only 60 calories!

I was also impressed by the sodium content (410 mg for 3 slices) which was a little less than most brands I’ve eaten in the past. And with 13 grams of protein per serving, it was ideal for my post-workout recovery lunch.

The addition of the cheddar veggie cheese and 1 tbsp of roasted red pepper hummus made this sandwich so tasty. I must also brag about the bread…

I have tried MANY whole wheat breads and I continue to each time I go to the store. Basically I look for 100% whole wheat, check the ingredients list for whole wheat flour and NO hfcs and I’ll give it a try. But this particular one has worked it’s way into the regular rotation…especially because it was on sale this week, hooray!

Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This is the perfect bread for sandwiches in my opinion. When it comes to breakfast, I prefer the bigger, denser breads, but with (usually) 100 calories per slice, that makes for quite a caloric sandwich. But this bread is just right…the right size, the right texture (soft but holds up well and also toasts nicely), and just 50 calories per slice! It is also low in fat, sodium and carbohydrates, compared to other breads I have had. Two slices also get me 8 grams of protein and 4 g fiber!

From the website: “Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat is one of our best-sellers! It offers the nutritional value of whole wheat in a soft, great-tasting loaf. Like all Nature’s Own varieties, 100% Whole Wheat contains no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. Try a slice with fruit jam for breakfast or with your favorite sandwich filling for lunch or a quick dinner.”

And now…onto the inspiration behind this post’s title…

I give you, my mid-afternoon snack…the Coconut Cream Pie Larabar!

I really had no reason to buy this, other than I want to try all the Larabar flavors because there are so many. I am not a big fan of coconut and I’m pretty sure I’ve never had coconut cream pie in my entire lifetime.

When I checked the bars nutritionals yesterday, I was a little bummed that it didn’t have more protein, but figured since it was one of the ‘sweeter’ ones, it would work well as an afternoon snack, when I tend to crave sweeter things.

When it was finally time to dig in, I was a little skeptical and even thought about purchasing another snack just incase I had to throw this one away. I guess you can see where this is going…

THIS BAR WAS PHENOMENAL!

I don’t even like coconut, or so I thought. But this bar was so tasty and not too sweet, again. Some of the other ‘pie’ flavors are, but Coconut Cream Pie was just right. The bar was a little higher in saturated fat, because of the coconut and oil (ingredients list a bit longer), but it filled me up and made me feel good through the rest of the afternoon. For not expecting to like this one at all, I can’t wait to get it again.

Here are the flavors I have tried so far (in no particular order – * denotes a favorite):

  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Ginger Snap *
  • Peanut Butter Cookie *
  • Apple Pie
  • Cherry Pie
  • Cashew Cookie
  • Cocoa Mole *
  • Pecan Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie

After checking the website, I realize I still have a few more flavors to go! And I have yet to try any of the Jocalat line, which I hope to do soon. Fun times!

Later before I left work, I had this messy orange, but it was so juicy and refreshing :)

For dinner, I started things of with a hodge-podge salad…romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sunflower kernels, pecans, raisins, and Newman’s Own Balsamic mist spray (great invention, btw):

My husband made real hamburgers for us, which I could not tell you the last time I had a real beef hamburger. It was just the right size and seasoned great. I had mine on whole wheat bread (toasted) with a slice of veggie cheese and a little bit of mustard. I also got a few of his mushrooms, I think we need to buy 2 packages next time so he can share more ;-)

Dinner held me over so well that even the huge amount of food we had for our Monday Night Football gathering didn’t tempt me. I made myself a cup of decaf coffee with a splash of Silk Plain Light Soymilk and honey.

Then an hour or so before bed, I snacked on a small cup of Kashi Heart to Heart Blueberry Clusters cereal. Mmm…


Hope everyone’s week got off to a great start too!

Breakfast for dinner!

Happy Monday blogland!
I always get into a better mood on Monday when I reflect back on my choices over the weekend and realize I did a pretty good job :) Even weeks where I made some errors or overindulged a bit, that just motivates me to start the next week off right! A lovely thing, these here blog is…
So here is my weekend in a (large) nutshell!
Friday
Breakfast – Banana/soymilk/chocolate instant breakfast smoothie, English muffin with real blueberry preserves, turkey sausage
Mid-morning snack – honey roasted peanuts (also a decaf coffee with Silk french vanilla creamer).

I was headed to the gym at lunch time and the peanuts burned right through me, so I had to eat half of my Muscle Milk Light bar (won’t be buying these anymore, can’t justify the trans fat when there are so many other good for you bars out there)…

Went to the gym…our aerobics instructor cancelled, so I decided to do a 40 minute walk/run on the treadmill. I warmed up for 5 minutes, walking between 3.0 and 3.8 mph; then I alternated 3 minutes of running at 6.0 mph with 3 minutes of walking at 4.0 for 30 minutes; cooled down for 5 minutes, gradually decreasing from 3.8 back down to 3.0 mph.

It wasn’t cardio kickboxing, but it was a great workout if the amount that I sweat was any proof :)

Lunch was on the fly…I decided to stop at Subway because I hadn’t been in a LONG time. I got a oven roasted chicken breast sub on honey oat bread with spinach, tomato, green peppers, banana peppers and some yellow mustard. It was awesome and just what I needed to recover from that workout!

I can’t get a sub without Sun Chips (most of the time), so I had these and saved the apple for later…Sun Chips are great because they have a very short ingredients list and they are made with whole grains. Plus they taste GREAT! I cannot stand to eat anything (chips wise) but these, seriously.


Before I left work I ended up eating the apple and a Whole Soy & Co yogurt, can’t remember which flavor…

When I got home, we immediately went to the store and then I spent some time on the phone with a friend and didn’t have dinner until really late. I was so hungry by the time I made and ate it, that I totally forgot to take a pic!

And it’s a sad thing too…because I made beautiful french toast with scrambled eggs. :( Oh well, next time.

Dessert was the last bit of my Edy’s light pumpkin ice cream and some chocolate graham goldfish (the last of those as well — I’m excited to try the other flavors)…I was pleased with this ice cream because it’s one of my favorite flavors (having had it for the first time two years ago) and it doesn’t contain partially hydrogenated oils OR high fructose corn syrup. Hooray!


Saturday

After a somewhat rough Friday night, I woke up Saturday re-energized and ready to face the day!

I started things off with a nice bowl of oats (made with water), a banana and a heaping spoon of Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin PB, probably about 1.5 tablespoons worth. I also had a multi-vitamin (not pictured) and an Adora calcium + Vitamin D supplement. Dark chocolate rules!

After this breakfast, I had some intense energy! So I decided to ‘pretend’ I was in cardio kickboxing class, since it had been cancelled the day before. I remembered most of the moves, so I set my watch and didn’t stop for over an hour. I got a full body workout and lots of cardio. I told my husband when I got down to the floor to do some abs, the carpet was wet from the sweat pouring off :) Gross to some, incredible to me!

After I showered and dressed (and chugged some water), I went to my parents’ house for a while and ate this Larabar as a snack. I think Peanut Butter Cookie is my favorite, but I also think I say that about all of them. You just can’t go wrong with Larabars. You can find one to fit your mood or craving any day :) I have almost tried every flavor!

When I got back home, I had lunch late (almost 3:00!) because breakfast, all the water and the Larabar held me really well. I’m trying to get better about not sticking to a schedule and eating when I’m hungry only.

I made a Boca original vegan burger (the best, no frills) on whole wheat bread with a slice of cheddar flavored veggie cheese, lettuce, and ketchup; also a leftover sweet potato with Smart Balance and cinnamon:

Then I did some stuff around the house and sat down for a while to watch tv. But my mind was racing, so I walked to Barnes & Noble and enjoyed an iced soy latte (tall) while I read some books to explore career options…

I came back home to eat some dinner before going out with the girls! I sort of had breakfast again: English muffin with Sun Butter and the last of the blueberry preserves; a V8 juice; soy yogurt with Kashi Go Lean crunch cereal. It was very filling and definitely kept me going the rest of the night…

Over the course of the evening, I had exactly 1 beer, a Bud Light. I was quite proud of myself. Check out this psychedelic picture!

When I got home, I thought I was ‘starving’ and thought about making a bowl of cereal. But knowing my propensity to eat too much of a good thing, I just kept the snack simple with a serving of peanut butter filled pretzels (the last of these too!). I had lots of peanut butter that day!

Sunday

Breakfast – Strawberry/soymilk/chocolate instant breakfast smoothie (again); whole wheat toast with pumpkin butter; scrambled eggs.

Coffee with non-dairy (powdered) creamer at church…

Lunch – Jimmy John’s Turkey Tom sub with no cheese and no mayo; bowl of cheddar Sun Chips (had those at home)…

Did you know? Jimmy John’s vegetables are from local sources and delivered on a daily basis. Unlike at Subway, nothing is delivered pre-sliced. Meat and vegetables are cut fresh in-house every day. (from the amazing book “Eat This, Not That” by David Zinczenko)



AIDS walk!

My friend Courtney and I before the walk

Thanks to those of you who contributed to this year’s Louisville AIDS walk. There was a huge turnout and the walk alone raised $178,000, which they said was $8k more than last year’s walk. Amazing!

The walk was great too, 3.1 miles downtown in our lovely city, plus we crossed the bridge over to Indiana and walked back. That was cool. It was a nice temperature but the sun made it a little warm. We definitely got a good workout in, I felt it!

Afterward, we decided to relax and chat for a bit at Barnes & Noble cafe. I swear, I go to this place a lot. It helps having one close ;-)

Tall decaf soy latte, hot this time…

After I got home, it took me a while to decide what I wanted for breakfast. I mean dinner. Haha. I wasn’t in the mood for meat or vegetables or anything dinner-like for some reason. So I made buckwheat chocolate chip pancakes, turkey sausage and had a double serving of V8 juice to at least get some liquid veggies in!

Until recently, I hadn’t had V8 juice in a long time but I bought some recently and now I am finding it tastes great and is a great way to get a veggie serving in if you’re feeling particularly picky somedays :)

This worked! It was an amazingly filling dinner and I didn’t crave anything sweet afterward because I had already had it!

Later in the night, after catching up on some cleaning, household chores, and blog reading, I had this banana and a nice cup of water.


I noticed Sunday, I mostly stuck with big meals and not a lot of snacks. Sometimes this works for me because I sleep later on the weekends and as long as I keep myself occupied with stuff to do, I don’t go ‘grazing’ in my kitchen (or anyone else’s). So in my eyes, this weekend went really well.

Hope yours did too! See you next time.

Stress (mis)management

Yesterday started off great! I have had a lot on my mind this week, so I’ve been somewhat distracted to say the least. But I wasn’t letting it get the better of me.

Breakfast – Banana-soymilk-chocolate instant breakfast smoothie; scrambled egg in a pita pocket.

Mid-morning – Decaf coffee with Silk creamer (not pictured); Kashi pumpkin spice flax bar, which totally held me over through the morning and a walk/run and a yoga class!

Took it easy on the walk-run, alternating 1-2 minutes of running with 2-3 minutes of walking. Worked up a sweat but didn’t wear myself out. Yoga was great, as always and I love my instructor. We did a chair-supported shoulder stand today!

Lunch – veggie burger on English muffin with cheddar veggie cheese and ketchup; V8 juice; mixed veggies (raw); hummus; raisins.

Very late afternoon snack: soy yogurt with Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal (wow that was a mouthful. Seriously one of the best snacks ever!

This snack held me over so well that when we went out to eat for a family birthday, I still wasn’t hungry! I ordered a bowl of beef vegetable soup, which I eventually ate. It was a weird feeling! I think it’s stress…

When I got home, I felt a little hunger, so I ate some chocolate graham goldfish, always a nice treat or snack :)

I headed upstairs for the night with a cup of ecinacea tea with a splash of soymilk and honey. I was ready to relax, unwind and hit the hay….or so I thought….

I COULDN’T SLEEP! My mind was on overdrive as soon as I laid down. I have been trying to figure out what I want my next career to be (or my first really, I have just a job now) and it has been taking it’s toll I guess. I want to be a trainer or a nutritionist, or both, or perhaps something else, I don’t know. And I am being flooded with information about certifications, degrees, etc. I am overwhelmed at the moment! But it’s also exciting to think about…just not when it starts interrupting your sleep!

I finally got up at midnight because my stomach felt like it was eating itself (ew) and I made 2 Gingerbread Pop Tarts (the last two, thank goodness!) and ate about 2 tbsp of peanut butter out of the jar. I also watched the latest episode of 90210, I needed some mindless entertainment.

I think that helped because I went to bed and slept the rest of the night, just a shorter time than I would have normally. I feel better today but yesterday was definitely tough.

Note: I only ate because I really felt hungry. I was really stressed too, which can lead to emotional eating – especially from me, but I was able to fight it until I started to feel physically sick.

Now, once I started eating something, my emotions did take over a little bit (peanut butter, anyone?). But I re-gained control and took myself to bed :)

Hope everyone had a good week and enjoy your weekend!

Wacky Wednesday

My post titles are becoming less and less creative as I go along here, huh?

Yesterday was a weird day…I woke up in the morning and didn’t feel like eating ANYTHING. I went threw my freezer, fridge, pantry, nothing sounded good. And I was feeling a little under the weather in the stomach department…

So I had two Gingerbread Pop Tarts (omg, thank goodness these are seasonal, I love them), a banana and some water…also took a multi-v and a calcium supplement :)

Mid-morning, I had some coffee and a ginger snap Larabar (what’s with all the ginger? I think my body knew it was a cure for nausea, hah). This is probably my favorite flavor, or at least top 3!

I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the recumbent bike and some random weights for about 15-20 minutes. I really need to get with a trainer and get a new program going, I don’t want to lose any muscle, in fact, I want to build some more!

I weighed in today…149. It’s basically a maintenance because it’s only up 0.2, but still. I spoke with a wellness coach and she told me that she thinks my original goal was a bit unrealistic. She thinks I should work on staying between 144-148 for now and if I happen to dip below 144 (my lowest weight ever), then we could reassess. So that felt good to hear, I think my expectations have been a bit unrealistic and I need to give myself more credit.

I have all but decided I’m going to quit using the scale as my only means of progress. I also need to realize that just because other people my height weight 125-135, doesn’t mean I am going to. I need to focus more on staying healthy and toning up and working on improving my running. And most of all, keep having fun! :)

I have no idea what happened to my lunch or snack pics. For lunch, I had tuna (3 oz) in two pita pockets, a V8 can (5.5 oz), a serving of cheddar Sun Chips. I had been thinking about peanut butter M&M’s off and on for a while, so I finally decided to get some. Let’s just say, they were NOT as good as I remembered and I have realized now more than ever that junk foods like that do not cure anything. So I learned a good lesson.

I stayed full the rest of the day mostly, just eating a peach before I left work, which held me over almost 3 hours til dinner!

Potluck dinner was very colorful…we had Morningstar Tomato-Mozzarella burgers on wheat buns (with ketchup), side of tomato soup, and baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon and Smart Balance. I loved it all! :)

Then for dessert, we had sugar free Jello pudding cups in dark chocolate topped with raspberries! I went back for more berries when these were gone. Like I have said before, I do not usually buy sugar free stuff or Jello because it contains milk but this wasn’t too bad. Moderation is the key to everything.


The weekend is almost here, hooray!

Help the fight against HIV/AIDS

My best friend Courtney and I are participating in the 16th annual Louisville AIDS Walk on Sunday, September 28th. We both feel that fighting the HIV/AIDS pandemic is a very important issue and one that our generation needs to give even more attention to; this walk is only a small step, but we are searching for more ways that WE can help the fight. We have decided to start locally.

The Louisville AIDS Walk was founded in 1993. It is Kentucky’s largest fund raiser for HIV/AIDS. Funds raised at the event ensure those in need continue to receive the food, medication assistance, housing, emergency financial assistance, housing, counseling, legal assistance, transportation to and from medical appointments, educational / healthy living / life skills workshops, a monthly fellowship dinner, spiritual retreats, support groups and other support services provided by a diverse group of local non-profit organizations.
Kintera is a 501(c)3 Public Charity so all donations are tax deductible. Thanks to the generosity of the business sponsors, every cent raised through individual donations and fund-raising events goes directly to direct client services!

I have set up a web page for donations if any of you are interested in donating. I appreciate your consideration. Please forward this to anyone you think might be interested in the cause.

http://louisvilleaidswalk.kintera.org/sfrankel

Thanks!
Sarah

Just another Tuesday

Sorry I’m a bit behind this week! Just a regular Tuesday, from what I remember :)

Made an iced coffee with leftover hot coffee from Monday night (stored in fridge overnight)…with 1/2 cup soymilk and about 1 tsp of honey…


Breakfast was iced coffee with an English muffin with 1 tbsp peanut butter and a banana sliced on top! Oh yeah and some turkey sausage, hehe…

Mid-morning snack was a decaf coffee with Silk creamer and a Banana nut bread Clif bar..this one very much tasted like banana bread, which got me to thinking, why didn’t I just eat banana nut bread instead, hahaha…but very good fuel and high protein!

Went for a run, almost 30 minutes straight! We only stopped to walk once for 3-4 minutes. I was tired and got nice and sweaty but it felt great.

Lunch was leftover chicken ‘n dumplins from Monday, some broccoli, a corn muffin, and a nice iced tea from Starbucks (so good, I haven’t really had it before, just plain black tea)!

I finished the broccoli, only ate half the muffin and ate all but two big chunks of the dumplins. I was impressed with myself, I stopped eating when I was full. I’m one of those people that usually finishes everything but I didn’t this time :)

Except the tea, I got every last drop! ;-)

Eating lunch later in the day has held me so well, I usually don’t need a snack until much later, sometimes not until right before I leave work for the day!

Peach and peach soy yogurt…very peachy!

For dinner, I started with a nice romaine salad with grape tomatoes, pecans, sunflower kernels and some Newman’s Own Balsamic mist.

Small portion (just shy of 1 cup) of whole grain pasta with 1/4 cup Emeril’s sauce and two turkey sausage links (for protein)…

Volleyball was intense! We played for two hours but I felt like I was out of breath most of the time and did a lot of running around, so I know I got a good workout.

When I got home, I made myself a small bowl of Kashi cereal with soymilk. I put my hand next to the bowl to show you the proper size, I didn’t think you could tell just by the picture sometimes.


Hope everyone’s week is going great so far!

What happened Brett?

So the Jets lost majorly last night…my husband is a huge Jets fan but I am slightly annoyed by Brett Favre and all his “I’m retired”, “I’m coming back!” ways so I found it kind of funny (sorry). But as always, Monday Night Football was enjoyable :)

Yesterday for breakfast, I made a yummy, creamy smoothie of 1 cup soymilk, 2/3 cup frozen strawberries, and 1/2 packet of Jay Robb’s vanilla protein powder. I also had two eggs poached on a whole wheat English muffin.

When I got to work, I wasn’t feeling so hot so I kind of just sat here for a couple of hours. I think I wore myself out on Sunday with running and doing hours of housework. So I took yesterday as a rest day.

Mid-morning snack…decaf coffee with Silk creamer and a Kashi nutrigrain-type bar…taste just like it, but much better ingredients!

I had lunch with my aunt at Cracker Barrel yesterday…I ordered the chicken ‘n dumplins with carrots, green beans, applesauce, and corn bread muffins! My eyes were WAY bigger than my stomach…I ate all the veggies, 1 bite of corn bread, and 2 bites of applesauce; only about 1/3 of these dumplins went anywhere!

Luckily, I have leftovers for another meal, always a good thing! After lunch, I was quite full and it held me over for more than 4 hours, which is so unusual for me! I was glad though. I went for a walk over to the bank and bookstore to get up and move my feet for a few minutes. I didn’t want to be a complete bum! ;-)

Before I left work, I had a Whole Soy & Co lemon yogurt (WOW, love it! Very flavorful but not too lemony, just right) and a peach:

Dinner was awesome as usual…husband made some small barbecue pork chops (I have two here), with a side of broccoli and a piece of whole wheat toast with Smart Balance (I think I’ll get the kind with olive oil or Omega 3′s next time since I’m using it more now).

Then we had our group over for MNF. Surprisingly again, I did not get hungry or even have a craving for anything other than water until 4 hours after dinner! I had a cup of decaf coffee with soy milk and a squirt of honey; then I had this banana with some peanut butter.


Even though I went to bed late, I still had a very comfortable, restful sleep and I am feeling much better today than yesterday. Sometimes it pays to rest, I just have to force myself to do it sometimes! :)

Happy Tuesday!

Whirwind weekend…

Sorry for the long hiatus guys! It was a wild and crazy weekend once again. Today I have been so tired and unable to focus for very long, I definitely wore myself out yesterday. Looking forward to an easy relaxing night at home…

Friday

Breakfast – Blackberry-blueberry-soymilk smoothie; toast with PB & PB (peanut butter and pumpkin butter)


Mid-morning I had some decaf coffee with Silk creamer (French Vanilla this time, much better!) and later headed to Cardio Kickboxing, love this class! Sweat up a storm and came back ready for lunch…

I’m not big on frozen dinners these days, but I was in a hurry this morning and didn’t have much food at home (Friday is usually grocery day in our house) so I grabbed this Amy’s Veggie Loaf meal since it was on sale and sounded pretty good…

It tasted good too! The only thing ‘weird’ was the texture of the loaf but the taste was amazing and the meal itself really filled me up…I also had a peach (later) and a Snapple diet green tea…

This green tea rocked! Yes, it has artificial sweetener, which I don’t care for, but it tasted so refreshing and made a nice break from water :)

There was a meeting at work in the afternoon with some leftover fruit kabobs…this picture came out so crappy! But this is strawberries, grapes and pineapple!

Then I had my last dark chocolate caramel Werther’s

I stayed late at work and when I got home it was time to hit the store, so I grabbed a quick snack of a mini Luna bar, these things are so nifty, I just wish they came in more flavors than the chocolately ones…believe it or not, I do get sick of chocolate after awhile ;-)

When we got home, my husband went to go pick up the pizza we had ordered ahead of time, but he was gone for nearly an hour! The place we went to doesn’t have great service and quite frankly their pizza is overpriced, but my husband loves it and I sucked it up so he could enjoy it for one night…I won’t say where it is because I’d feel bad, I’m such a softie.

I made myself a salad of romaine, raisins, sunflower kernels and Newman’s Own Balsamic mist (like the other kind I had only without the nasty ingredients)! Love it!

Either the salad filled me up or we ate so late that I wasn’t as hungry anymore (?) but I just had one piece of mushroom pizza and a piece of cheesebread (I don’t usually but the hub insisted). Of course, I had to take a Lactaid pill beforehand…the things you do for love ;-)

Later on, while watching “Be Kind Rewind” (which kinda sucked, I’m sad to say), I had some pumpkin ice cream with semisweet chocolate chips :)


Saturday

My favorite has returned! Banana-chocolate smoothie using soymilk, 1 whole banana, no sugar added chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast (generic), and some ice, woo hoo!

Simply the best…I also had an English muffin with PB & preserves…

After breakfast, I went out for a walk-run: 5 minute warm up, alternating 3 minutes running with 3 minutes walking, then 5 minute cooldown. It was great! I definitely felt like I got a good workout in. It’s always good to do that early in the day too.

I can’t remember eating a snack Saturday morning or drinking coffee for that matter. I went to Whole Foods and got some sushi for lunch, I had been craving it all week!

This is avocado-cucumber vegetable roll with some soy sauce and wasabi on the side. This was all I ate for lunch because it filled me up fantastically!

Then I felt a huge nap coming on, so I took advantage! When I woke up, I had one of these bad boys that I also picked up at WF…thanks to Jenna from Eat Live Run for the recommendation, she was right, these things are heavenly!

After my nap and snack, me and my guy went to my parents house to work on our cars. Him and my dad did some under the hood stuff and I cleaned the interiors of both cars: windows, seats, dash, etc. I have to say, our cars are lookin’ pretty good. Unfortunately, my husband’s car battery decided to die the same day :( Stuff happens!

When we got done, I was starving! We went to eat at Brownie’s The Shed, a local German bar & grill…I got a chef salad with no cheese or croutons…it tasted very good and I was glad to get some good protein with veggies in. I had light italian dressing on the side, I didn’t have to use much :)

After we got back home, I didn’t feel full and I was craving something sweet, so I had some chocolate graham goldfish…I love that these are made with whole grains!

Couple hours later, I went with my best girlfriend to Barnes & Noble, one of our favorite past times and I enjoyed a grande coffee light frappuccino but almost forgot to take a pic, hah:

I also had a bite of her spinach pretzel which had real spinach in it, I was impressed! When we got back to my place to watch SNL (way better than last week’s James Franco ain’t bad), I had some 94% fat free popcorn (2 of the bowls pictured)…

And two dark chocolate kisses :)

Sunday

Breakfast – Even though I was in bed a little after 1, my body still woke me up at 7 for some reason. I made some buckwheat pancakes (omitted oil, they tasted drier this time, perhaps because of no chocolate chips or blueberries?) and topped them with dark chocolate PB and a banana — as good as this looks, it didn’t hit the spot the way I’d hoped it would. Next time I’m just going to make chocolate chip pancakes again!

Also had a few links of turkey sausage…

Went out for another walk-run! Same as Saturday, I made sure to sprint the last minute, it felt really good to get the heart rate up…

Stopped at “The Bucks” (aka, well, you know) on the way to church…got a tall decaf soy latte! Breakfast held up really well and with this, I wasn’t hungry until much later…

We went to a fellowship with our Sunday school class at someone’s house and I forgot to take my phone in for pics. I had a small roll with a scoop of chicken salad, a little spoonful of ramen noodle slaw, and probably about a cup of some other kind of slaw that had green beans, red peppers and some kind of oil or dressing — it was cold, which threw me off, but it tasted good. I also had a cup of (regular) coffee with a ‘pod’ of french vanilla creamer.

When I got back home, my husband went out to get a new battery for his car (meh) and I started cleaning our apartment like a crazy woman! I was working so hard and that added in with my morning run, took a toll on my knees and feet. I had to make myself sit down for a bit. Then mom came over and I took a break over to B&N (I live really close to one in case you were wondering, haha).

While there I decided to try the other Vivanno smoothie, Orange Banana Mango. It was actually really good! I got mine made with soy milk and it was really creamy and fruity, perfect if that is what you are craving. Since I had only had a banana with breakfast, I knew I needed some more fruit for the day, this worked out perfectly!

Went back home and got to work again! I basically cleaned and scrubbed an entire floor of our apartment (we live in a townhome) including vacuuming, sweeping/mopping, dusting, plus the dishes and laundry. I don’t know what got in to me!

By the time I was done, I was so worn out that I sat in my husband’s recliner and watched a few episodes of Season One of “The Ultimate Fighter”…they had a marathon last weekend and I recorded the whole thing, haha…I heart Forrest Griffin! Plus, Chuck Liddell, who was his coach :)

A few hours later, I was ready for some dinner but nothing sounded good. I actually wanted to try to make up for my non-impressive breakfast. So I made a spinach-peppers omelette with mozzarella veggie cheese and ketchup, plus a piece of whole wheat toast with Smart Balance. It was pretty much great!

Close-up…yum-yum!

Later, I had 1/2 cup (measured this time!) of pumpkin ice cream with a fun size packet of M&M’s…so far, I think this is my favorite combo, don’t know why I can’t just eat it plain, haha…

I was up watching the Emmy’s (boring, but how funny was Josh Groban?) and felt some hunger coming on, so I had 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean crunch cereal, that did the trick.

You know what’s amazing? When I was reflecting on the weekend, I thought I had slipped up a bit but when I posted it here and included my exercise and everything I did moving around, I don’t feel bad at all. I think I did great actually. Weird how that happens…

Hope everyone else had a great weekend! See ya tomorrow :)

Active Thursday

Yesterday was quite an active day for me! But I am glad, I think I needed it.

I started things off with another bowl of cereal, this time the Kashi Heart to Heart Oat Flakes w/ Wild Blueberry Clusters. This kind had a lot of flavor and the flakes were crunchy and did not sog in the soymilk! My only complaint was that my particular bowl didn’t have enough blueberry clusters ;-) Topped with a banana and soymilk…

Decaf coffee with 1/4 cup soymilk…love the mug?

Mid-morning snack / pre-run fuel: Clif Mojo bar, Peanut Butter Pretzel…

This one was so much better than the ‘dipped’ Peanut Butter & Jelly bar…I read the ingredients and quite agreed that it tasted like what it promised to. It was also good fuel and held me over through a run and an hour long yoga class!

The run today was a total of 25 minutes…we ran for over a mile, then walked for a few minutes and then ran the rest of the way (little over 2 miles total). Afterward, I went to yoga and realize now what a great idea it is to stretch like that after a run, I’m not sore at all today! We did some pretty challenging stretches and poses though, my arms and shoulders are sore today.

Lunch was leftover minestrone soup and two Wasa sourdough crackers…

Werther’s original dark chocolate caramel candy (one piece=40 calories)…

Gingerbread spice herbal tea with 1/4 cup plain soymilk…

Late afternoon snack…strawberry soy yogurt and an orange (I’m so ready for orange season, this was so tasty!)

Dinner – Chicken breast (w/ ketchup), cauliflower, whole wheat bread with Smart Balance. Perfection! To me at least ;-)

After dinner, my husband surprised me by saying he wanted to go for a walk! So of course I said yes…I think we were gone about 30 minutes. It was more of a stroll for me, but it was still nice to get the legs moving (and the husband’s too!) and enjoying the nice weather.

When I returned, I did some housework and then sat down to finish The Biggest Loser episode I recorded from Tuesday. While watching, I enjoyed some pumpkin ice cream with sugar free chocolate syrup (won’t buy again, it tastes too fake)…


I think I am rooting for Ed & Heba, but I also like Amy & Shellay a lot too. So we’ll see how things turn out, sometimes people’s personalities take a while to develop on the show ;-)

Happy Friday!

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