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NYC, Day 2

Monday got off to a rough start. We were supposed to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art but they are closed on Mondays! I got really nervous, but luckily we were able to work it in for Tuesday. Still, it was a letdown. Who knew? People in New York I guess, haha.

I got up early and did 30 minutes on the elliptical, then we ate breakfast at the hotel cafe which was fine by me. They had excellent choices and I used the last two oranges from my snack stash. I haven’t had to use the stash much this week and I really feel like even though I’m eating foods I don’t normally, I’m not overdoing it, plus working out makes me feel even better. We’re walking like crazy too, my legs usually kill me before I go to bed at night ;-)

Breakfast – Honey Nut cheerios, FAGE!, oranges, coffee w/ skim milk

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I got the bright idea to mix the cereal and yogurt together…

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That was sooooo good.

It’s late and I’m tired so I can’t remember exactly what we did on Monday except for walking everywhere including Times Square, going up the Empire State Building and seeing the New York Rangers beat the New Jersey Devils as Madison Square Garden! It was a great day. We also used the Subway and the bus which I have to say, both are easy to use and fun too.

Lunch – a chicken gryo from a little place called Gyro II, which I think was somewhere near MSG. This was so good, it really hit the spot.

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I also had an (oops!) Coke Zero, the first and only one I’ve had since Crap Free Week. I only did it because I couldn’t find the unsweet tea, I promise. It was good too though. Dang it!

Dinner – @ ESPN Zone…the atmosphere was cool, but the choices were really limited. I ordered the philly cheesesteak and a side salad. Both were great, the salad was dark green, had lots of veggies (Tomato, cucumber, onion) and was lightly tossed in dressing, not drenched. The sandwich was amazing too!

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I got hungry during the Rangers game, so I had another Odwalla bar. This banana nut flavor was sooo much better than the other one from Saturday; and I would definitely get this one again, it held me well.

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When I got home, I was cold and kind of drained, so I had some chamomile tea from the hotel cafe, it was awesome! This was a repeat from the night before, I don’t think I mentioned it. It’s so good. I’m dying for another one right now but we still have to eat a few times on the way home tomorrow so time to conserve the funds.

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Well, I think that’s all I have time for now, but I will be back with the rest of NY and from the road later on. Hope you all are well, I’m looking forward to catching up on your blogs too, I’m sure my Google Reader is overloaded at the moment :)

First day in New York

So, like I mentioned in my previous post, the network reception at this hotel SUCKS! Plus my husband has been hogging what little access we’ve had because his favorite college basketball team, the University of Kentucky, just hired new coach John Calipari. He’s ecstatic to say the least; but there was some time there earlier today and yesterday where he was just going nuts in anticipation ;-)

Anyway, our New York / New Jersey trip is drawing to a close. We are leaving at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning to head back to Kentucky. I’ve had a really good time and the husband and I have lots of ideas for when we come back because we know we will! But I’m looking forward to going home, seeing my parents and friends and my sweet doggie :)

Our first day in New York was Sunday. It was cloudy and misting rain, so we spent most of the day in the car (yeah, my father-in-law drove almost everywhere). But we saw a lot of things and missed a few others (PB&Co was closed at the time we went past it and we didn’t get to go back waaaaah). Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast – Dunkin Donuts multigrain bagel with strawberry cream cheese and a coffee

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Oh my Lord, I wish we had a real Dunkin Donuts at home :)

Lunch – @ Jive Turkey. This was probably the best meal of the trip. I had a Jive Turkey Wrap with fried turkey, avocado, lettuce and tomato with a little caesar dressing spread on (not pictured). My husband and I also split a cup of turkey chili. The food there was to die for! It’s in Brooklyn, if you’re there you should check it out. YUM!

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We came back to the hotel to watch the University of Louisville guys lose their elite 8 basketball game :( But Monday night our girls won, go Lady Cards! While we were here at the hotel, I took advantage of the fitness center and jogged 2 miles and did some upper body weights and ab work. It felt awesome! Especially after not moving a whole lot on Saturday ;-)

After my workout, I was feeling dehydrated so I had lots of water and two small oranges I brought with me:

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Dinner – @ Katz’s Delicatessan, a New York classic. I got the split pea soup and 1/2 egg salad sandwich. The soup was really good but sadly the sandwich left much to be desired. It was just sort of bland, but the bread (rye) was good. The server also NEVER brought me a water so that made it a little hard to have good memories of the place. But I’m glad I tried it at least once. My husband loved the pastrami!

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Tasti disaster…I saw so many Tasti-d-lites when we got to NYC it was unreal. But when we were leaving Katz’s, my father in law put the name in his GPS and came up with one a mile or so from there. It was not a “real” Tasti, it was called TLC or the lighter choice. I gave it a chance because it looked so similar and even had the same flavors. But after seeing the stuff on blogs like Sweet Eats, this little cup of dulce de leche did not do it for me. I thought it was supposed to swirl up out of the cup? And I had wanted peanut butter fudge, but they were OUT OF CHOCOLATE! WHO RUNS OUT OF CHOCOLATE?!

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Luckily, I didn’t let it get me down too much. I wanted to try and find another Tasti, but since our schedule was planned pretty much down to the hour, time didn’t really allow :(

But all in all, first day in the city was amazing. There is nothing quite like New York I have to say. I’ve been to Vegas and Chicago, love ‘em both, but I could stay here forever…

Greetings from New Jersey

Oh my gosh, I have missed you guys! How are you? We have been struggling with the internet connection at our hotel, we’re supposed to have it in our room but its not working so we’ve been having to come down to the cafe and this has been my first chance to get away!

The trip wasn’t too bad, I think it was a total of 12 hours once we got here after stopping for breakfast, lunch and to use the restroom a couple of times. It was a bit cramped at times, I think next time we drive, we’ll want to ride in a bigger vehicle. But since we’re with my in-laws and they are paying for our travel and hotel, we can’t really complain ;-)

Before leaving the house on Saturday morning, I made a quick protein shake to hold me over for a few hours before we stopped to actually eat.

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I think the strawberry powder tasted pretty good but it was  4 in the morning so its hard to say really, haha. We stopped around 7 for breakfast and I was glad I had brought some backups. We were limited on the road to fast food, which this time was McDonald’s. I do love the fruit & yogurt parfait and their coffee is pretty good, so I got that and tried one of my new Odwalla bars.

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This Odwalla Superfood bar was just okay; it had some flavor but its green color sort of put me off (even though I like green monsters) and I prefer my ars to be fruity, nutty or sweet and it was none of the above. I don’t think I would get this one again. Plus it didn’t hold me over as long as I’d hoped. But at least I got some vitamins out of it :)

Oh, and McDonald’s has Nature Valley granola! This must be new or not at the ones at home…

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A few hours after breakfast, I was starving again, so I had some almonds to hold me over…

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We stopped for lunch at Subway somewhere in either West Virginia or Maryland, I can’t remember, haha. I got the grilled chicken on flatbread with american cheese, veggies and mustard. Plus I tried their chili. This lunch ruled and held me forever!

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We arrived in New Jersey last night and then went immediately to my husband’s aunt and uncle’s house for dinner. It was the first time I’d met them but they were seriously the best hosts ever. And after a long day of traveling, seeing this meal really warmed my stomach and my heart. It was almost all of my favorite foods: turkey, sweet potato, bread, peas & mushrooms, and a mixed greens salad with balsamic.

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This filled me up nicely and I was comfortable and content. A few hours later dessert and tea were served. I had a small slice of this cake, which was drizzle with chocolate icing and refrigerated so it was almost like a shell. It was very tasty. Also, my aunt & uncle in law are tea lovers like me (yay) so I had some of their African red Rooibus tea :)

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Unfortunately, I have to go again but hopefully tonight or in the morning I can post everything we’ve had today. We went to Dunkin Donuts for breakfast (don’t worry I didn’t eat donuts, haha), Jive Turkey for lunch and are headed to Katz’ for dinner tonight. Needless to say, there has been no need for snacks today. I haven’t had any fruit yet though so I may eat a piece before dinner or for dessert.

Thanks for stopping by, hopefully I’ll be back soon. Hope all is well with my friends back home and my blog friends as well :)

1, 2, 3?

An hour & a half after eating lunch, I felt so energized that I decided that would be the best time to go to the gym! Usually I wait until after work but sometimes fight with fatigue then, so this worked out perfectly.

Are any of you participating in Angela’s “Bikini Body Boot Camp“? I am!

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I’ve been doing really well with my running lately but my body could use some toning, especially my midsection. So I said, what the heck?

But I started today’s workout with a 3 mile run. It’s funny how Wednesday I did 1 mile, yesterday I did 2 miles and today 3. Does this mean tomorrow I’ll do 4? Who knows…I doubt it though since I”m spending most of the day in the car ;-)

Time: 35:00

Distance: 3.30 (I ran 3 miles in 33:58 which is 11:19/mile, then I walked for a couple minutes)

Calories: 300-ish

Man, have I said it enough times yet? I need  a heart rate monitor! It’s driving me nutso. ;-)

By the way, I don’t recommend running without socks on! I left mine at home this morning but I just couldn’t bare not working out (that’s how you know you’ve got it bad) so I went ahead without ‘em. Surprisingly, I only have a couple of small blisters and they aren’t bad. But I need to be careful. I’m always forgetting something. Wednesday, I forgot my t-shirt, but thankfully I had a full-length sports bra, so I just made due and showed a little more skin.

After the run and per Angela’s instructions I did 3 sets of push ups and 2 of Wigg’s Ab exercises.

For the pushups, I was on my knees for the first 2 sets and the wall for the last 1. I would’ve done them all on the floor but my arms are still kind of sore from Wednesday’s crazy weight lifting! I did one set of 12, one set of 10 and one set of 20. Can you tell which one was on the wall? I suck at pushups but maybe that’s something that can change.

The two ab exercises I chose were 1) regular crunches and 2) Side to side abs. For the regular crunches, I timed myself for 1 minute and just did as many as I could. Repeated 3 times. Then for the side-to-side ab exercise, I timed myself for 30 seconds. I originally intended to do 1 minute, but these are HARD. Repeated 3 times.

So needless to say (but I’m gonna), I feel pretty good today and I’m ready to go home and start my crazy long weekend. New York, here I come (tomorrow)!

Just to reiterate, I am going to keep up with blogging on my trip, so don’t go anywhere ;-)

New York Survival Plan

So tomorrow is the big day!

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The last time I went out of town for any length of time, it was to Nicaragua (in Central America) last summer for 10 days. That was such a fun and spiritually rewarding trip — I was just looking through the pictures last night because my husband is preparing to go again (without me) this year and is sending a couple of our best photos out to people who gave us money to go last year. It was fun reminiscing. For those of you who might be curious, I have decided not to go this year for many reasons. First, I did not get that spiritual call to go this year as I did last year. I’ve also really been working with my family lately trying to get them healthy. Lastly, the trip takes place at the same time my family members (6 of them!) from Texas come to visit and I did not get to spend much time with them last year at all. The Lord has made it clear to me that this year, my family is my mission. :)

When I went to Nicaragua last year, I did not have a “game plan.” It was my first mission trip and international trip, so I was very nervous and excited at the same time. I was also very sleep deprived because my husband and I would stay up late playing Rummy (after a long day of work in the heat) and then get woken up at 4 a.m. either by the rooster or the kitchen crew because our room was right by the kitchen and our window had a big hole in it. Plus, if you read my Nicaragua food post, you see the good food we were served there (with the exception of the lunch sandwiches of course). I actually gained weight on that trip and it took me a LONG time to get it off.

So, this trip is not nearly as far or as long, but before I leave for New York tomorrow, I definitely need to have a “game plan” in mind. Don’t get me wrong, gaining a pound or two on a trip is almost to be expected. You are away from home and therefore not able to eat home cooked meals or pack your lunch. Oftentimes you aren’t able to get in your same exercise routine either. And since it’s vacation there is the urge to splurge! But there’s no reason you have to put on multiple pounds in such a short period of time (I gained 4 last year)!

So here is my game plan:

Workouts – Our hotel in New Jersey has a gym and an outdoor jogging path. No excuses! It will be an experiment seeing when the best time to go is, but my plan is to wake up an hour earlier than everyone else and get in a workout (most likely running or elliptical, plus 1-2 days of weights over the course of the trip) shower, and then grab some breakfast. Since I usually wake up starving, I’m prepared with my stash of mini Larabars and some other tiny snacks to eat before my workout that won’t ruin my “real” breakfast. We’re also bringing our laptop, so I can surely pack a workout DVD or two in there and I’ll have my Yoga Downloads as well.

Breakfast – We have a cafe in our hotel that will most likely be the source of breakfast unless we make a special trip somewhere I don’t know about yet. I am taking 4 Odwalla bars with me (which I have never tried before!) just incase the healthy options are limited. Hopefully I can find some fruit & yogurt to go with them. I’ve also brought my own tea bags and our hotel room has a coffee maker so I should be covered there.

Lunch – My in-laws don’t eat lunch! But my husband informed them that it is a must for us, so we will be stopping while we’re out sight-seeing. I refuse to grab a hot dog from a vendor (no offense, they just don’t agree with me) so hopefully I can find a Subway (the restaurant, not the train) or something comparable for a healthy lunch on the go. There’s a rumor that we might get to stop at Peanut Butter & Company and I’m hoping it will be around lunchtime one day, haha.

Dinner – Dinner will be at various restaurants in the city. I know at least one night, we will be heading to Katz’s Deli, where I think I have finally settled on what to get after perusing their menu online. They have HUGE sandwiches, so I decided to do some soup with half a sandwich instead. Another night, my husband and I will hopefully be trying out Jive Turkey. That one will be tough because turkey is my favorite meat and all the dishes sound amazing! I’m leaning most toward the the Jive Turkey Wrap or the Turkey Meatloaf :) The rest will be sort of up in the air; I have a feeling the night we go to the Rangers game, we’ll just be eating at the Garden, so I will just have to make due.

Snacks/Dessert/Etc – I have an entire Ziploc freezer bag full of snacks (some of them sweet) going on this trip with me. I made sure to bring enough but not too much. What happened last time is I brought too much and I ate them all too quickly out of emotions. No can do this time ;-) I’m also hoping to find a Tasti-D-lite while we’re there.

Overall, I feel very prepared for this trip, moreso than my last one, but that was mostly because I didn’t know what to expect. I will also make sure to get some quality rest tonight if I can. It’s going to be hard with all the excitement and having to get up at 4 a.m., but it can be done.

This may seem like a lot of thought and work to some, but for me its better than going in unprepared and then feeling awful by the time I get home from not taking care of myself. And I really do enjoy living this way, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it ;-)

Last day

Well folks, its my last day in Kentucky until next Wednesday night!

This morning, well yesterday actually, I had a hankering for a good protein smoothie, so I picked up some protein powders at Whole Foods yesterday to have before and when I leave. Since we’re leaving so early in the morning and I’m always hungry no matter what time I wake up, I’m going to make myself a smoothie in the morning to hold me over until we stop somewhere for breakfast. But I have lots of snacks packed with me just incase where we stop is somewhere like McDonald’s. Ick, I just can’t do it anymore, I know too much ;-) But they do have good coffee! I hope they don’t inject their coffee with sodium, haha.

Breakfast this morning was a chocolate-peanut butter-banana smoothie; I used this powder which was awesome and packs 20+ g protein:

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I added 1/2 frozen banana and 1 cup of 1% milk from the fridge. This was so creamy & filling, what a great idea it was :)

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I made one Kashi 7 grain waffle topped with PB to round it all out. I swear, I don’t know what I would do without peanut butter. My life would suck.

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I actually haven’t packed lunch yet and I may even buy it today because we’re just about out of everything. Either way, you’ll have to wait for a later lunch post or perhaps combined with the dinner post.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)

Update

Lunch – Cashew butter & preserves sandwich on whole wheat; broccoli w/ cheese sauce; applesauce. Snacks – oranges, granola, Fage 2% with strawberry.

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The Fage 2% with strawberry was so good. I liked it just as much as the cherry! I’m going to have to get more of these :)

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Friday night for dinner we had Subway; I got a black forest ham sub on wheat with cheese, veggies and mustard; plus some Sun Chips!

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We went to drop off our doggie at my parents’ house :( So on the way home, I emotionally ate some ice cream. No really, I actually wanted it and I got just a single scoop of the lowfat,  no sugar added turtle caramel chip in a cup from Baskin Robbins. I couldn’t find this flavor on their website, but I assume its the same nutritionally as the other “BRight” choices.

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I’m pretty sure I went to the gym after work too, but I couldn’t tell you what all I did. I think I ran 3 miles and did some abs and stretching, haha!

Getting there

I’m not completely packed up yet, but I’m making some progress! My husband laughs at me every time we take a trip because he thinks I pack too much. I’m really not that bad, I just can’t stand to wear the same thing two days in a row like he does ;-)

Dinner last night was part leftovers, part frozen veggies. There was half a serving of baked spaghetti left over from Wednesday and I heated up some Green giant veggies to go with:

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Yes that is a half serving, the servings were LARGE. I guess you should say the recipe serves 4-6.

We went to a girl’s get together last night and I wasn’t planning on eating anything but when I saw these, I had to try one. It was warm right out of the oven!

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It was like a turtle (chocolate + caramel) something or other. YUM!

When I got home, I actually felt some hunger, so I finished off my box of banana nut cheerios. We are literally using stuff up each time we eat, its awesome!

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Take that X 2.

I can’t believe we’re leaving tomorrow morning, I’m starting to freak out! I’m excited but I always get nervous before we leave, just in anticipation of it all.

I will be back later with today’s stuff and then after that it will be Saturday night from a hotel room in Jersey! :)

Happy Friday!

Black bean soup day!

When I do get to go to Panera its usually on the weekend, which is never black bean soup day. I have been craving that soup forever and since today is Thursday, I finally made it to black bean soup day!

I chose the You Pick Two again, but this time got the black bean soup + 1/2 Mediterranean veggie sandwich and an apple. Its called you pick two but technically you get to pick three, since it comes with a side ;-)

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Here’s a close up of my sammie — I was going to get half a salad but quickly decided to take my veggies in sandwich form :)

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Before lunch though, I tried my True Delights bar. Oh…my…gosh. This was so good, it reminded me a lot of the Kashi bar that has dark chocolate in it (dark chocolate cherry?) only this one has slightly different ingredients. Still nothing too bad. I would definitely get this one again; it was really chewy and practically a flavor explosion in my mouth. It held me over for 2 hours, unfortunately I needed it for 3 but that was my bad since I had a later lunch than usual. I highly recommend this bar — I’m going to have to try other flavors ;-)

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After lunch, I went to the doctor, then stopped by Whole Foods for some more natural gum and a yogurt to eat tomorrow. I wanted to stock up so badly but I can’t since we’re leaving Saturday morning. Hopefully I can find some decent food to eat for breakfast and lunch while we’re out and about in NYC. I’m really excited about working out at the hotel gym and possibly using their outdoor jogging path, assuming its not freezing when we’re there!

After my errands, I decided I needed something warm and sweet, its been raining off and on all day which has made it slightly cool. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it ;-)

Tall nonfat mocha, wanted something different than my usuals…

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Its been a good day!

Now that I’m finally back home, I need to get some real work done around here and some packing too. Be back later for dinner and stuff. I’m going to a get-together with some friends tonight, so it should be yet another fun girl’s night out. I feel bad for leaving my husband so much this week but we’re going to be together for five straight days so I guess it’s a good thing right now ;-)

See you all later! Thanks to those of you who suggested names for my friend’s team, I have passed them on to her :)

Calling for Creativity

Hey guys – quick question!

My friend is going to be the team captain of her department’s weight loss program (yay) and she needs some help coming up with a team name. They are in insurance, so it has to be something incorporating COBRA. Its both men and women so no Queen Cobras or anything ;-)

Lay it on me, what do you think she should name the team?

Short day

I have a short day today because I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon! So its likely that I will be back later for a separate lunch post from home :)

Breakfast this morning was a downright repeat. But I’m happy to say we’ve used up all the bagels (and bananas!) in the fridge and its getting more and more empty, which is good because we’re leaving for New York early Saturday morning!

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At the gym this morning, I ran two miles. I wanted to do more but I’m trying not to wear myself out and I was short on time yet again. I’m thinking if the weather is okay I might take the doggie on a long walk this afternoon. We’ll see! Lots of other stuff on the to do list.

Time: 25:00

Distance: 2.12 miles

Calories: 212

For a mid-morning snack, I brought this Quaker True Delights bar I got in the mail as a sample. It looks delicious and I’ve heard rave reviews about it from other bloggers so I can’t wait to dig in!

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Check it out: Tina @ Carrots ‘n Cake is giving away Pure Bars! I have never tried them but I hope to soon. Yay, more giveaways :)

See you all later!

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