Wordless Friday

April 15, 2011

I didn’t have time to post on Friday because I had a half day at work that was filled with meetings.

A brief over view:
Fitness: 3 miles before work and a yoga on demand video

Meatless because of lent: Breakfast on the road and at my desk, snack at my desk, lunch at home, snacks on the plane, rehearsal dinner in Boston not pictured. Enjoy…


(ok some words.. Tuna salad with smart beat and jalapeño mustard!)

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Shelled peanuts

April 14, 2011

This week has flown by. So glad it is already Thursday. Dice I have a half day tomorrow I am that much closer to the weekend! Woohoo. I am eating my way through my Chobani purchases. I tried the lemon today topped with the last of my kashi good friends and a side plum.


The lemon was my least favorite flavor. Instead of being tart with mixed in fruit at the bottom it was just straight lemon flavor. No as fun. It was also not as creamy a the other flavors.

Morning snack were some shelled peanuts. yes, I eat the entire thing shell and all.


It may sound weird but if you like salt you must try it! It’s breathtaking.

Lunch was a sandwich from the cafe downstairs. For some reason I couldn’t handle another Lean Cuisine this week. I got a BBQ chicken panini with pepper jack cheese and onions.


It was on very thin bread that I liked and was very tasty.


On the side I had baked lays.


Because I had a big lunch, I skipped my afternoon snack. Instead I opted for a taste of what you will be seeing a lot more of come summer. Iced coffee. And by taste I mean a giant one. I was bouncing off the walls. Love.


Later I had a vita top. Rambvita? Vitabo? It’s a vita dressed as Rambo. You’re welcome.


Fitness: today I was had to run 4.5. After the terrible hill I endured on Monday’s run I decided to take the less hilly tow path route through Manayunk. I also secretly wanted to check on the progress of the yogurts place on main St haha. After the run I did my 100 pushups w4d2. Later I had my first volleyball game of the new season and I walked over there and back.

Dinner mission before volleyball was to clear out my leftovers from Sunday. I had pasta and sauce with the mushrooms and grape tomatoes left and I tossed in some grilled chicken strips and broccoli. Served with a side of soy crunch toast with butter.


Bad sweet tooth this week!


Southern Feast

April 13, 2011

I continued my productivity into the morning and i cleaned my shower before going to work. I like to clean my shower while I’m already getting in there to shower. Weird? Makes it easier I think.

My legs are super sore today from the running, weights, pilates and spinning this week. I am really hitting all my workouts this week. Recently I’ve had to modify my schedule and not do it all.

This morning I decided I needed the muscle healing protein of eggs. I had a smart ones egg mcmuffin knock off with a packet of ketchup on top. Slightly rubbery but good in a pinch.


Morning snack was a nectarine I bought yesterday at the produce stand. And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was a sesame chicken lean cuisine. Another favorite. The only problem with this one is that it seems very small. I have to cut up the chicken to drag out the eating process a bit.


Out of the microwave:


My prep:


I have been kind if hungry all day. For my snack I had my last white cheddar rice cake, some grapes (there weren’t many left) and some nuts.


Vita in a meeting.


Fitness: usual wed. Taught my kickboxing class with extremely sore legs (I think from my Jackie Warner workout on Monday).

Dinner was a new concoction Parmesan/old bay/corn flake Crusted Tilapia and inspired my southern feast.


I mixed together the parm, old bay seasoning, and crushed corn flakes and dipped the tilapia in skim milk and then into the mixture. I baked at 475 for 10 mins. For sides I did canned collard greens, super market mashed potatoes and crusty ciabatta bread (had half with spray butter).


This was delicious!! The fish turned out flakey and tasty. The only change I would have made is not used Parmesan because you couldn’t really taste it.


This was also the first time I ever had collard greens. I bought canned Glory brand that were preseasoned and they were so flavorful! They tasted slightly like hame, had a little spice, solo good. They paired great with my faux fried fish and mashed potatoes.


The potatoes I bought are the ones near the chicken in the supermarket. I am nt sure the brand but the country mash are delicious without a ton of added fat.


Great dinner!

Dessert:


I’m finally full.


Productive

April 12, 2011

Really having a variety of breakfasts lately vs my normal routine of eating the same thing for weeks. Today I had Chobani Pomegranate Greek Yogurt and mixed with Kashi Good Friends cereal.


I love this yogurt! It is thick and creamy with tons of protein. It is basically plain tart Greek yogurt with the flavoring on the bottom you mix in. It’s delicious. Paired with some crunchy cereal I really enjoy it.

Morning snack was an apple and some mixed nuts.


Lunch was a tortilla crusted lean cuisine. I think it’s official that this is my favorite lean cuisine. The fish is so tasty and the rice has lots of corn and peppers and a delicious sour cream sauce. Perfect for hot sauce transport also. Out of the microwave:


Close-up:


My preparation:


I had a dr apt today and left work at 2:30. I had some grapes on the road.


Afterward it didn’t make much sense to return to the office for like 20 min so I ran some errands before my nightly gyming. I picked up some awesome cheap produce at this obscure stand on Ridge Ave which you will be seeing this week, got a pedicure for the wedding this weekend, went to the bank, and other odds and ends. Feeling productive.

I snacked on a fiber one bar and a small Dunkin donuts coffee with skim milk and sweet n low while running aforementioned errands.


Fitness: usual Tuesday routine of Pilates and teaching my spin class. I even had time to knock out my pushups which was not as difficult as i thought they would be since I lifted yesterday. I am still on w4d2 and in at 25-29-25-25-25. The last set should be 46 so I’ve got a ways to go.

Dinner was planned out to be quick (I’ve learned my lesson about starving on Tuesdays and needing food fast). I had spaghetti and meatball leftovers from Sunday.


-whole grain pasta
-baby Bella mushrooms
-grape tomatoes
-sauce
-pineapple teriyaki chicken meatballs
-some RF Parmesan
-side of sprouted soy crunch bread with spray butter


It was actually better today because the sauce had a chance to thicken up. Muy delicioso.


Embrace spring

April 11, 2011

When I heard on the news this morning it was going to get up to 80 this weekend I knew flops and short sleeves were in my future. I can’t wait for warm weather! I am willing it with by open toes and no jacket today.

Breakfast was cereal.


-cup ff milk
-a little less then 1/2c grapenuts
-1/4c blueberry muesli
-5 cocoa almonds

I recently fed Dan grapenuts and he discovered even though he hated these as a child he enjoyed then now. If you haven’t tried them in adulthood… Do it!

Morning snack was a banana.. In hot sauce. “well, it needed it” -don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead quote… No?


Lunch was eaten outside… of my office. It Lean cuisine chicken enchilada Suiza. As always the chicken in this is weird mush. I need to try smart ones brand I am told. (apparently I only tok a pic of the box. Oops)


Afternoon snack was baaaad. And by afternoon I mean right after lunch. It was baad but it was really delicious and left me feeling guilty! It was someones bday so they had brought the most delicious cupcakes! You know I love icing! This icing was amazing and tasted like vanilla ice-cream. Sooooo good! The cupcake was moist and amazing as well.


Why have I started my week with a cupcake binge?

Preworkout I tried to hold out since I had the cupcake but I ate a handful of nuts so I wouldn’t die on my run.


Fitness: today I was slated for 4.5 miles. From this week on out my mileage starts to get big. Makes me nervous with the running and my classes how my legs will feel by the time saturday rolls around and I have to do my long runs. After the run I was excited to try out my new DVD.


I tried some of Jackie Warner’s weight training on demand but they are no longer on there so I ordered this one that has 5 workouts to do on days when my run isn’t so long. Besides I have been doing the pushups for so long now I miss weights in my life. I did the 50 min total body circuit and I really liked it. It wasn’t hard enough to do on it’s own but coupled with a run I felt good about it. The ab and arms sections were the hardest parts.

After a hot run, hot dinner did not sound appealing so I made a salad. Modeled after the sour apple salad I had at Couch Tomato recently that I enjoyed.


-salad mix
-grilled chicken pieces
-apple chunks
-rf blue cheese
-pomegranate blueberry vinaigrette


The salad was delicious! Apple and blue cheese go really well together! This dressing was one I saw and snatched up a while ago and never opened. It only has 25 calories per 2 tbsp. It was a little vinegary but very light and refreshing.

On the side I had some everything bagel pretzels.


Determined to have a productive night tonight. I need to start packing for my trip to Boston this weekend. (My good friends are getting married and it should be really fun.) But before then I have a busy week of sports and working out.

I wish the warm weather would stick around…


Moshulu

April 11, 2011

So this weekend was much more relaxing then the last one of staying up until 5am and boozing. Not that I didn’t enjoy that but it’s always nice to not be hungover some weekend mornings.

Saturday (fitness) I woke up and did a take 2 on the trail run that was interrupted by my stomach ache on Thursday. I did 4 miles and averaged about a 9 min mile. it was a gorgeous day and I was glad to start it running outside.

Here are some eats from the weekend. I was pretty good about snapping photos.

Prerun: I had a fiber one that I forgot to snap a pic of.

Post run light brunch (bread and fresh mozz) at Agiato Bread Co in Manayunk:


I also had quite a few sips of Dan’s beer. Never heard of this brewery but this was really good. Hoppy but not too hoppy for me.


Coffee light frappuccino with extra coffee and half a rice krispie treat (not as good as they look! Too hard).


Special dinner at the Moshulu pre Mary Poppins… Aka we’re on a boat.


I had the most amazing scallops, lots of the delicious warm crusty bread, and tastes of all the sides.


Espresso with frangelico…mmmm


After dinner Sweet Endings yogurt:


Sunday was used for running some errands and lazily lying around.

Breakfast at Ruby’s. They had turkey sausage!


I made spaghetti and meatballs.


Later Lauren and I took a stroll for dessert and wound up with these cupcakes from LeBus split. Mmmmmm icing.


Taco day

April 8, 2011

After last nights debacle I really want to get a good workout in tonight. Going to try and run 3 miles before hot yoga. Well see if it happens.

I am missing Pb and fluff lately. I gave up pb for lent and I an actually out of fluff. So this morning I made toast with sunflower butter and banana.


-2 slices sprouted soy crunch bread
-tbsp SFB
-banana

This was delicious and hit the spot.

Morning snack was a piece of cold and doughy Philly soft pretzel. .


Lunch was provided by work today. It was a challenge because it’s Friday and I can’t eat meat… And also taco day. Luckily they had veggies and beans. My plates:


-1 flour tortilla
-refried beans
-tomato
-lettuce
-black olives
-pickled jalapeño
-salsa
-guacamole
-little bit of cheese

I also had some chips on the side.


And a diet snapple.


For dessert I had a little coconut chocolate bite thing and a cookie.


The cookies were deliciously soft and under done. Love.

I tried to get back on track in the afternoon but not after pcketing 2 cookies for tonight haha. Cup o’ grapes.


Low fat chocolate chunk granola bar.


Fitness: I hadn’t been to hot yoga in a few weeks and I got another sweet living social deal for the studio near my house so tonight seemed like a good time to return. I was slated to run 2 miles but since I have rescheduled my week a little bit I rushed over to try and get 3 miles in before class. This didnt really work. I only had time for 2. I really pushed it though! One was 8:05 an the next was 8:32. I hurried and went in just in time for class. I really appreciate hot yoga as a great sweaty stretch session during my half marathon training.

Dinner was at home.

Wile I made my salad, I snack on some tribe hummus and everything bagel pretzels. The Tribe Origins is just as creamy and delicious as sabra. Excited other brands are stepping it up!


Dinner…


-greens
-blue cheese
-grape tomatoes
-green beans (uncooked for crunch)
-baby bella mushrooms that I stir fried for a bit
-some of my roommates RF cilantro dressing
-couple scoops of everything bagel pretzels on the side

The salad was good. I made it without eating meat on Friday and did not resort to pizza!


For dessert I had one of the cookies I hoarded from lunch. Still so soft and amazing!