Birthday! …and lent

march 9 marks my 28th birthday. I am not a huge celebrator of birthdays (like people who have a bday month) but I like it to be acknowledged.. and I don’t mind gifts. haha

Today was also the first day of Lent. While I am not always the best Catholic, i do try to honor lent. Today I started 40 days of giving up peanut butter and peanut butter flavored things. I have been eating a ton of it lately so this is going to be a tough one.

For breakfast i really wanted those pb puffins but I promised to give them up, so i avoided.


-1/2 c grapenuts
-tbsp chopped pecans
-1/2 banana
-skim milk

I had the other half of the banana before going to lunch so I wouldnt be ravenous. Bad pic but trying to make it a little more interesting the just half of an overripe banana.


At work on your birthday, Lunch Club will take you out to wherever you want to go. Since I am having 2 meals out today (and this makes me slightly anxious) I wanted to go to a place where i can find out the calorie count and get something delicious, filling, and healthy. I chose Red Lobster. I don’t go there often but I love seafood and their website has an amazingly detailed nutritional information section. Dream! I planned out my meal before going and it was great.


-the highlight of trip: cheddar bay biscuit! soo melty and cheesy and fabulous.


-garden salad sans the croutons with balsamic vinagrette on the side (used the fork dip technique)


-blackened mahi-mahi with a double side of broccoli


They later brought me some ice cream with whipped cream and hot fudge.. i had a few bites of this as well. I couldn’t turn down free ice cream.


In the afternoon, I had the other half of my pint of strawberries.


Birthday vita top! In the flowers my department got me.


Fitness: i wasn’t going to not workout on my birthday!

Flashback to last year when I couldn’t work out because my eye was hit by a soccer ball and i was forced to do no physical activity for 2 weeks! I felt so guilty going out to eat. Tear.

Anyway, I taught my kickboxing class as usual.

For dinner I really wanted frozen yogurt. I love it and my life has been missing it since Saxby’s closed in Manayunk (psst, i hear a new place is opening in April!!). A quick googling earlier in the week led me to here: Sweetgreen. Not exactly close to my house, but not too far either. They seemed to have some healthy and delicious sounding salad options and more importantly tart forzen yogurt!.

I made my own salad with:


-mesclun mix
-spicy quinoa
-cucumbers
-peppers
-whole wheat croutons
-baked falafel
-curry pineapple yogurt dressing (fat free)


This was really good! The dressing really only tasted like curry, which was a good thing. The quinoa had a bit of a kick… Also good. I got the falafel which was tasty too. I would have preferred shrimp or chicken but they were out of shrimp and since it’s Ash Wednesday I stayed away from the meat.

It came with a side of wheat bread.


And as I said I really came for the tart yogurt. I splurged for the large with coconut, blueberries, and blackberries. This place was good, no pinkberry but, decent yogurt. They didn’t have that many topping choices. I think their schtick is locally grown stuff so the fruit selection was lacking.


I also had a stick of Kinder Bueno compliments of my friend Pam who just came back from Argentina and knows of my obsession with this hard to find in the US candy bar.


This was the perfect birthday dinner for me. I like to have a special treat on my birthday but if I go wild with fried food and a huge meal and tons of cake I will just feel guilty and gross. This was a good balance.

Thanks everyone for the birthday texts, calls, and facebook messages! Hello 28.

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