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Falafel Friday

When I was getting ready to leave work, I was completely stumped about where to get some food for dinner.

Josh and I had decided earlier in the day that we’d go to separate places and get takeout since our diets and favorite foods are quite different 😉 He got pizza…surprise, surprise.

But where do I go? I went to Twitter and asked my near-Louisville friends to get their ideas. They both mentioned Shiraz!

Now, I just ate there two weeks ago but what the heck 😉

I thought maybe I would try something different but on the drive there, all I could think about was falafel and sweet potato fries!

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Next time, I SWEAR I will get something different, ha ha.

I usually eat the whole order of falafel but since I have made a commitment to be more in control of my portions for the Pound for Pound Challenge, I divided the falafel in half.

I also decided to skip the hummus this time. But I did eat all the sweet potato fries since there weren’t that many. Using my small dinner plate helped!

It was delicious!

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I’m perfectly full but I foresee some form of chocolate chips & peanut butter in the next couple of hours!

Now it’s time to watch “The Hangover” and hopefully not fall asleep on the couch before 9 p.m. 🙂

Enjoy the weekend!

7 years ago

On Friday the 12th, it was seven years ago that Josh asked me to marry him!

(I haven’t been able to wear my engagement ring for a long time, but it looks something like that one, ha ha)

It’s hard to believe it has been that long but then sometimes, mostly due to all the changes I’ve made in my life, it seems like a lifetime ago!

Anyway, Friday was an awesome day in terms of food. I was off work for a dental appointment so I got to take my time with breakfast 🙂

Oat bran with PB and banana.

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Then before I left for my appointment, I had a good lunch of leftover vegan meatloaf in a pita pocket with cauliflower and a tangerine (yay, vitamin c)!

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After my appointment, I was able to get in a really good workout and then came home to snack on some “homemade” peanut butter crackers.

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And a vitamin water, which tasted okay but I didn’t care for the ingredients (like Sucralose and a few others I couldn’t pronounce, never good).

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Luckily, I also enjoyed a nice cup of tea as well!

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Friday night, I went out with Courtney for dinner and a movie!

We ate at Shiraz Mediterranean Grill, which no matter how hard I try, I can’t resist the falafel!

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I ordered mine without the tzatziki sauce (contains yogurt) and they graciously offered hummus instead 🙂

I also had some sweet potato fries but managed not to photograph them, so sad 😦

After dinner, we went to see the movie “Leap Year” which was cute but sort of silly. My favorite parts were definitely the ones taking place in Ireland 😉 I thought Matthew Goode was a hottie in this movie!

I also had some Twizzler nibs during the film!

Friday was definitely the highlight of my weekend. You’ll see why soon enough 😉

Day 3 – Coming out

Hello friends!

I am so tired and yet feeling so great. I had a great day out with my friends today at the St. James Court Art Show, an annual thing here in our city that I have been attending for the past few years. It’s such a beautiful area.

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Jim, Courtney, Renee, Me, Carrie and Beth. I love Fall clothes with sunglasses. It was a beautiful day today.

To get the day started I had some pumpkin oats with peanut butter 🙂 I just totally forgot to get a picture of it even though I finally replaced the batteries.

On the way, we stopped at Starbucks where a friend and I took the VIA test challenge and we CORRECTLY identified which one was which. However, I’m still a fan of the VIA and I used the $1 off coupon the guy gave me to buy some for home! I also had a tall soy vanilla latte to warm up on a crisp Fall day.

Also on the way there, we discussed my recent decision to go vegan for a while. For the most part, my friends are supportive, but I know it is not easy, so I’m not expecting them to bend over backwards. I am totally capable of peeling off cheese and whatever other exception I may have to make from time to time when we all eat together (like Wednesday night dinners).

I know it sounds cheesy but I’m sort of glad to be “out” to my friends now. My family is next I suppose 😉

Obviously, there were lots of food options at the art fair:

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But I just decided to eat a Nature Valley bar and a banana while I was there. We also got a free can of La Croix which was totally awesome! I had the orange flavor and now I hope I can find it at a store somewhere 😉

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My friend Jim ate for us though…I believe he had a cheeseburger, two hot dogs, a big cookie and this bratwurst. We love Jim!

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Then after the fair, we went to one of my favorite places in Louisville…Shiraz!

I got hummus, of course.

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And I also ordered the falafel, minus the tzatziki sauce. I just used hummus instead 🙂

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I ate just about everything as I’d worked up quite the appetite from walking around all day. It was such a good meal and a great day with friends.

After this, I went home for a while then went grocery shopping for the week. We are sort of under a tight budget this week, so it made things interesting. But I think we will manage, we usually do.

For “dinner” I wasn’t too hungry, so I just had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich…love this blueberry! It’s Smucker’s Simply Fruit, which I believe to be vegan as I examined the ingredients list 🙂

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My internal clock must be out of whack because I am ready for bed now, ha ha. I’ve gotta try and stay up a little longer to see Ryan Reynolds on SNL but I’ll most likely record it too because I know I won’t make it very far 🙂

Hope you all had a great day and a wonderful weekend!

p.s. I realize I did not have a Day 2 post but it was rather unremarkable (and with no pictures). Except for the awesome 3 mile run that I did in 29:30 with NO WALKING! Woo hoo.