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Last one until Monday

Hey guys!

So after reading through your comments and giving it some serious thought, I know that I definitely still want a whole day’s eats as part of my blog. Just not every single day.

My food tends to get repetitive, especially when I make a recipe that only I will eat and I repeat a meal several times over the course of a week!

So I plan to do a full day of eats, drinks and everything one time a week…on Mondays!

The rest of the days of the week will be focused on other things like recipes, products, weight loss challenges, thoughts, etc. This way I can keep posting on the blog daily but not get overwhelmed or think it’s too boring.

So enjoy, this is the last full day for a few 🙂

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Raisin chocolate chip oatmeal.

Somehow I managed to leave my morning snack at home, so I had to break into part of my lunch early, which worked fine.

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Then an hour or so later, I ate the rest of it which was leftover chickpeas and brown rice.

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I drank a cup of Yogi Stress Relief tea but forgot to document it for you guys 😉

For my afternoon snack, I got to try a new flavor of Whole Soy & Co – apricot mango!

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This was tasty and even though I’m not a huge fan of the 18g of sugar, that is lower than a lot of other soy yogurts on the market.

I just try to only have them once in a while.

After my snack, I went to a yoga class before heading home.

For dinner, I made another Morningstar Farms Grilled Chik’n patty on whole wheat bread with mustard and a side of broccoli with Smart Balance Light.

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I think I will use my last one in spaghetti sauce again, they don’t have a whole lot of flavor on their own, but this dinner filled me up just fine.

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After dinner settled, I headed to the gym and ran a few miles on the treadmill.

I rehydrated with this! Told ya, it’s becoming a habit.

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I love these things. But does anyone know of any “natural” fitness drinks? I’d hate to keep spending $1 a pop since that is one of the reasons I gave up bars for Lent!

When I got home from the gym, I had a small serving of oats with almond butter and chocolate chips.

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Perfect end to a pretty great day. See you guys tomorrow 🙂

Day 26: Making adjustments

I just realized that today is exactly ONE MONTH UNTIL THANKSGIVING!

This has made me realize that I have been indulging in some things lately that I don’t usually and it’s time to make some adjustments before we get into the holiday season.

To start the day off, I had some healthy, filling oatmeal with apples, cinnamon and peanut butter for breakfast.

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I decided to give the Pumpkin Spice Silk another try so I heated up about 1/2 cup and then poured coffee on top of it.

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BINGO! This tasted great and what a more affordable (and vegan) way to enjoy pumpkin in my coffee 🙂 Next I’m going to have to try Mama Pea’s version!

Snacked on some peanuts for the first time in a while (for me).

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Then for lunch,  I had leftover Vegan Refried Bean cakes which I turned into a sandwich with some spicy mustard!

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I also had some carrots and a new type of hummus on the side.

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I picked this up at Whole Foods over the weekend. Once again, it was just okay. I’m going back to the good stuff after this 😉

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After lunch,  I went to class and tried not to fall asleep. I managed but I still yawned quite a bit. Exercise Science is an interesting field to me but we’re still making our way through all the body systems and I’m finding it rather dull.

Later in the afternoon, I snacked on some soy yogurt.

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This stuff was way too sweet and made me realize that I have been consuming more sugar lately than I am used to. There’s one adjustment I’d like to make. I need to find a good brand that has lower sugar. Some are better than others. And I definitely need to stick to plain and put my own stuff in it.

After work, I went for a 4 mile walk. I had it on my “agenda” to run tonight but it was one of those days where I walk just sounded like a better idea. I really enjoyed it and my legs are definitely still tired!

For dinner, I was having a major bread craving, so I made this ciabatta loaf I picked up at Kroger (take and heat):

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I also made a nice salad of Italian style greens and a drizzle of Italian dressing.

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Then I heated up some leftover Hot Tamale Vegetable Pie with a side of bread 🙂

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All together now…

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I’m so glad I took the time to figure out what I wanted and made a healthy and enjoyable dinner. The only thing missing was some good wine, but that is another thing I am trying to keep to a minimum. I am secretly hoping somebody brings some on Wednesday at Girl’s Night 🙂

With just one month until Thanksgiving, what goals are you hoping to work on?

I’ve also decided to join Caitlin, Bobbi, and many others in the Pile on the Miles challenge that begins on November 1st!

While I have no goal of winning this thing, since there are some really dedicated runners in this group, I do want to make it a goal for myself to get in lots of miles, either through walking or running, between now and Thanksgiving.

This is why I love Mondays, ends of months, and beginnings of new ones. Let’s get to it!

Day 16: Oops, my camera!

Today was a crazy day! First off, I woke up at 6:50 when I originally had my alarm set for 5:45. But somehow I managed to walk the dog, throw everything together, take a shower and get to work just a few minutes late.

I pretty much just laughed at myself and decided to not let being a little bit late take away my sunny disposition 😉

I had to eat breakfast at work and as I was preparing it, I realized I left my camera at home, ahhh! Luckily, my cell phone pics aren’t too bad (it’s what I used on my blog for a long time when I first started out).

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5 grain cereal, peanut butter and banana. This and a HUGE cup of coffee helped perk me right up 🙂

When I finally started to get settled into work, I had to walk over to a meeting about open enrollment for our insurance. It sort of gave me a headache but I am grateful to have insurance and it was a nice 10 minute walk to get over there too, so I didn’t mind!

Since I had breakfast so late (for me), I didn’t eat again until lunch, which was another artichoke burger on an Ezekiel muffin with sugar snap peas. It was the easiest thing to throw in my lunch bag in a rush!

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Not long after lunch, it was time to meet Farrah for a walk/run. We did our same 0.25-mile intervals and increased our running intervals up to 7.0 mph for the last mile (we did 3.2 or so in 45 minutes)!

At one point, I had a huge pain in my side and then I got kind of nauseous toward the end. So I’m glad we didn’t go any longer or I would’ve had to slow down for sure. I think I’ve found my threshold!

Not long after I got back from my workout, I had yet another meeting to go to!

Finally, I got to snack on some soy yogurt that was quite a treat (and on sale for 59 cents).

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The sugar content of the Whole Soy & Co brand does not thrill me but it was still a good snack. I just wouldn’t eat it everyday.

I also spent a good part of the day trying to figure out where the heck Josh and I would eat dinner tonight. We couldn’t be more opposite! I’m vegan and he eats meat. I love veggies and he pretty much avoids them (except corn and potatoes). Yikes!

In order to save money, and our sanity, we went to the mall where I was able to get Panera and Josh was able to get Sbarro. He swears when his gym membership takes effect next month, he’s going to clean up his diet. It cracks me up when people wait to start eating healthy to coincide with their new workout routine. I guess because I started with one thing first, I just can’t imagine trying to start them both at the same time.

At Panera, I got the You Pick 2 of garden vegetable soup (which I saw listed on Vegan Eating Out) and the Greek salad with no feta (and a whole grain baguette). I’m not sure about the dressing, oops. I didn’t use much of it.

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And finally, I am at home reunited with my camera!

I tried to get creative with a snack later and melted some chocolate chips and dipped some leftover bread in them. I’m so glad this bread is gone now 😉

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I’m very excited about tomorrow. A new Target opened near us and I hear they have an expanded grocery section (still not quite like Super Target) and I think I’ll do some of my shopping there in the morning!

I wrote out the ingredients of a few new recipes I’m going to try this coming week and I can’t wait. It really does keep things exciting by trying new things more often 😉

I’m going shopping early tomorrow so I can come home and watch the Texas vs. Oklahoma football game tomorrow. Josh is a HUGE Texas fan so there will be some craziness at my house for a while.

Good night friends!

Keeping it up

I had a really great day yesterday and my goal for today is to keep up the good work: with my crap free diet, running and yoga that is.

Last night, I was tired, but I still managed to get in a quickie yoga workout before bed and you know what? Everytime I do that, I end up feeling and sleeping better. Coicidence? Nah. Yoga makes me feel good. Period. Thanks again to Tina for coming up with this motivating March challenge!

Let me catch you up to speed from yesterday though…before my run, I fueled up with this Whole Soy & Co blueberry soy yogurt. It was delicious! Definitely reminded me why its my favorite from this brand (tied with cherry vanilla of course). No more strawberry for me!

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I was so pleased with my run yesterday. I think if I stay positive, focused, and realistic, I can get back to where I want to be in that area. It helps to have support and the comments I’ve received from you guys has really lifted me up, thanks 😉

Lunch was a true favorite, PB&J on whole wheat, with an orange and some veggies. I decided to do some close ups because I was tired of seeing my desk in the background, haha…

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Okay, so here is the deal. I really like chewing gum. Something about keeping my mouth busy, plus it keeps the saliva flowing and doesn’t get dry, I don’t know…I just like it. But I have a hard time with sugar free gum because it seems like I can’t stop at one piece and pretty much 99% of sugar free gums contain aspartame or sucralose. Since I’m really avoiding artificial sweeteners more than anything (except trans fat), I chose to get some of the sugary stuff.

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BUT…I have limited myself to 1-2 pieces a day; usually one after lunch is a given and perhaps another if I need to get a taste out of my mouth or something like that. It’s not the best ingredients list in the world, I know that. And I definitely don’t plan on making this long term. In fact, I’m going to check out some gums at Whole Foods this weekend. Do they have it there?

That lunch kicked so much tail that I didn’t need a snack for quite a while and I had brought this bag of almonds and a cheese stick and ended up only needing the almonds. I love being intuitive!

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Usually on Wednesdays, I’m quite hungry by the time we sit down for dinner around 7:30-8, but I was just regular hungry. I must be doing something right 🙂

Here’s the recipe for the French toast I made for me and my peeps. I hadn’t gotten to use my big family-sized griddle in forever, so I was excited!

Easy French Toast

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

6 slices bread of choice (I used whole wheat of course)

Mix the egg + milk until well combined. Then add spices and mix again. Dip each slice of bread in the mixture coating on both sides. Then cook on each side 3-5 minutes until well browned. Enjoy!

Here’s the finished product, topped with strawberries and some veggie (soy) sausage and instant regular grits on the side!

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It was quite a breakfast dinner! I was comfortably full and satisfied after this meal and also enjoyed a nice cup of hot peppermint tea while we watched “Grey Gardens” (the documentary of the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis) which if you haven’t seen, it’s a hot mess. Haha. It’s like you don’t know whether to laugh, cry or run out of the room afraid for your life. Those poor ladies.

Anyway, hope your guys’ Wednesdays rocked as much as mine did. Be back soon!

p.s. Out of curiosity, I have been keeping a tally on my daily calories and most days since CFW, I have stayed between 1500-1700, which is a bit less than previously, when I was clocking in around 1800-2000 most days. I think by eating things that are better for me, I haven’t been dealing with cravings or any feelings of dissatisfaction which lead to late night pantry raids. This rules.

Chocolate is not a snack

My lunch lasted me about 4 hours yesterday! I really think choosing to bulk up my breakfast and lunch has been beneficial. Eating more during the day does seem to keep me from going overboard at night. I know when I go lightly all day, I am ravenous at night, hello tortilla chips! 😉

When I got hungry, I dug into my Whole Soy & Co strawberry yogurt. Sadly, this wasn’t as good as I remembered…

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It tasted good (blueberry & cherry vanilla are my favorites though) but it was very runny and when I was done eating it, I knew it wasn’t going to work for holding me off until I could eat a snack during my evening class. It has 7 grams of protein but it just didn’t help 😦

Luckily, around 4:00, I had this to bail me out!

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And it worked like a charm! I suppose if I have the soy yogurt again, I need to use an add-in like nuts or cereal to give it some more power?

Dinner was another weird mixture. Apparently, I crave beans & rice on Mondays, haha…I made a cup of the Minute brown rice, topped it with 1/2 cup black beans, cooked some Italian style veggies on the side and then had two little squares of wheat-oat bread with Smart Balance.

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It was great!

After some housework (no, I didn’t do the dishes after all, haha), I sat down to watch the 2-hour episode of “24” this week and man was it intense! It’s pretty much one of the only shows I watch anymore, mostly because its time spent with my husband 🙂 I love Kiefer Sutherland too. Doesn’t hurt.

Around 9, I felt a snack coming on, so I made a cup of orange herbal tea and ate a piece of my Ghiradelli dark chocolate:

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It was really good but my stomach needed a real snack, so a little while later, I had a Quaker Apple Cinnamon rice cake…

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That did the trick!

Before bed, I did about 25 minutes of yoga, just doing my own flow of moves that I have burned into my brain (down/up dog, child’s pose, sun salutes, tree pose, triangle, warriors, half moon, and of course Savasana) which ended up being pretty great. But its better for me to be more structured, so I think tonight I will use a DVD program again.

Hope your Monday was fabulous!

p.s. I accidentally went meat-free yesterday, haha. It’s funny when that happens unintentionally 🙂