Blogging is therapeutic

I’m starting to feel the stresses of the holidays and trying to get all of my work finished before I am off for two weeks, which is why my (picture) blogging has been somewhat non-existant the past couple of days. But no worries…instead of letting it go on any longer, I decided to take a break from everything and focus back on my food and the blog, which I have found to be a very therapeutic process so far πŸ˜‰

Tuesday (the rest of it)

I had 1 cup of coffee with skim milk + Equal in the a.m. and later on before my workout, I had 1/4 cup of mixed nuts, mmm hmmm…I ate them so quickly that I forgot to take a pic…here is the empty bag!

My workout kicked butt! I got on the treadmill and did 30 minutes…I started out walking 1 minute and then I alternated speeds for every minute after that until I reached a mile and then I walked for another minute and repeated the process. I didn’t quite make it to 3 miles, but I was concerned more about time than anything. I did some great amounts of stretching after this too, which felt so good. I can’t believe how, when I first started exercising regularly, that I didn’t do this at all!

When I got back to work, I dug into lunch which was a veggie burger on an English muffin w/ Laughing Cow cheese, a side salad (romaine, cucumber, pumpkin seeds, parm cheese, balsamic vin), and a clementine. These are my favorite kind of lunches because it seems that I have hit every food group in one, hehe. Nerd alert!

In the afternoon, I was cold and in need (want) of something sweet, so I had a packet of sugar free spiced cider, perfect!
My real afternoon snack was a Kroger light yogurt and some Oatmeal Squares cereal πŸ™‚

Close-up…or what some of you refer to as “food porn” haha…

I managed to not eat anything else until dinner, hooray! I’ve noticed that when I stay busy I don’t think I’m hungry when I’m really not. That is a challenge for me day-to-day but I’m doing better this week.

Dinner was a hamburger (using lean beef) topped with mozzarella cheese (1/2 stick, split with husband, we were all out of cheese slices), ketchup and some green beans on the side.

I was feeling rather energetic, so I went to volleyball again…two weeks in a row! Usually I am ready to go home after an hour and a half, but this week, we stayed for 2.5 hours! I was exhausted and hungry when I got home, but it was so much fun.

For dessert/snack, I had the rest of the no bake cookies, just three little ones πŸ˜‰

Then it was to bed with me. Tuesday was a great day.


For breakfast, I was really craving protein, so I made two scrambled eggs, some turkey sausage and a smoothie (skim milk + frozen strawberries). It really hit the spot and was a nice change.

Mid-morning, I had a clementine and a mozzarella cheese stick, yum! I’ve noticed that fruit + protein (cheese, nuts, PB, etc.) is probably the second best snack, next to just nuts πŸ™‚

Wednesday’s workout didn’t come until after work because I went out to lunch with my aunt! We went to our regular place, Cracker Barrel, but I was in the mood for something other than a salad…

I ordered the Grilled Chicken Tenderloin, which came with three sides, so I got carrots, green beans and applesauce. I ate everything on the plate and also a small corn bread muffin with whipped butter (not pictured).

This lunch held me for a LONG time. Sometimes I wonder if I ate bigger meals, maybe I wouldn’t feel the need to snack as much? I still needed one though, just not until much later and mostly to make sure I didn’t crash during my workout πŸ™‚

Kroger carb master yogurt (vanilla) + Kashi Go Lean — yogurt + cereal = third best snack option.

This held me off until dinner again, yippee!

I went to the gym after work and did 20 vigorous minutes on the elliptical trainer and then did some upper body and ab exercises. I am really starting to notice a difference in my abdominal muscles, they are starting to feel a lot stronger and I am able to hold my stomach in a lot more than normal — I think even though they say ab exercises alone won’t flatten your stomach, they certainly do help a little bit!

Instead of having our girl’s night potluck on Wednesday night, we decided to have girl’s night out, so we went to Penn Station. I went the low-carb route and ordered the Philly Cheesesteak salad and had about 1/2 packet of light ranch dressing on the side.

After dinner, we walked around a bookstore, then hit up Starbucks (I got a tall nonfat Peppermint Mocha twist–not sure where picture is) and drove around the rest of the night listening to Christmas music and looking at lights on people’s houses. It was a good time.

When I got home, I had the smallest nibble (literally, less than a tsp) of the Kroger brand hazelnut spread that I just bought…I was curious to see if it really compared to Nutella (aka crack…this stuff is worse than reindeer chow, haha). Well, I don’t think my nibble really helped, but it certainly smelled and looked like it. But it has 30 less calories per serving. Interesting…

Be back with Thursday’s (today’s) eats later on! Thanks for hanging with me πŸ™‚


About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on December 18, 2008, in Breakfast, coffee, Dinner, exercise, Lunch, products, restaurants, Snacks. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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