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…


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!


Night.. Fail

April 7, 2011

So tonight is my first softball game of the season. You would think spring would be in full force and we would have pleasant weather, but it’s still bleh.

Breakfast was another one of the oat packets I bought. This one was Strawberries and Cream.

I added some chopped pecans and mixed in frozen berries.

My morning snack was going to be nuts and a banana.

But I ended up just eating the nuts and saving the banana to dip in my hot sauce at lunch with my lean pocket pretzel bread.

I also had a few saltines, with hot sauce o’ course…

Afternoon snack was a cup of grapes.

I call this “a vita top with a dream”.

Fitness: At work i did my pushups w4d2. I had big plans for this night, I was slated to run 4 miles and decided on doing a new out and back along main St and Manayunk canal. When I was done i planned on trying another on demand weight routine and then going to my first softball game of the season. However I got home from work and my stomach really started to bother me. I laid down in the fetal position for 10 mins, willing myself to get up. Eventually, i decided I was fine and i got ready. I even put on a tshirt I was excited about and took a pic! This is for Court!

Story on this: this tshirt is from a pub crawl I went on when I was visiting Prague two years ago. When my old roommate/ good friend Courtney and I tried on these small shirts it was after a week of eating German sausages, pretzels, and beer at Oktoberfest and they did not fit. It was like sausage casing. When I got back from Oktoberfest I was a few months into my relationship with Dan and we were going out to dinner all the time and not eating so well so I didn’t really lose the weight as quickly as I would have. I think I tried the shirt on one more time and it was still skin tight. I was excited today to have it fit! A good thing to think about before what was to follow…

So I started my run. About one mile in my stomach hurt again and I decided I needed to turn around. I tried to at least jog back but the whole thing was terrible, I ended up only going about 2.4 miles (in 27 mins :( ). Anyway I decided to just call it at that and die in my bed…. For the rest of the night. Sorry, softball team!

Anyway, despite my stomach troubles i was still really hungry thank god for leftovers.

-shake n bake and mustard pork
-mashed potatoes
-yellow and red peppers and onions

I love going to Jaes for dinner because he’s always afraid he didn’t make enough and he doesn’t eat leftovers. So I always go home with at least one other meal. thanks, Jae!

After dinner I spent the remainder of the evening in bed with this cream egg staring me down. I had too, I was so depressed about my workout, what better comfort then more calories then I need.

So now that I’ve messed up my training plan going to have to run a little more on Saturday then I had planned. Plan should have been:
Thurs- 4 miles
Fri- 2 miles and hot yoga
Sat- really fast 5k

The reality will be:
Thurs- 2.4 miles
Fri- 2 miles and hot yoga
Sat- 4 miles (going to try and hold a fast pace for these)

Missing a mile in there but I guess that will be fine.


Event

March 22, 2011

Today my company was holding a seminar at a local hotel that I had to work. The eats were tricky because of this.

I had to be there super early so lots of coffee was involved throughout the day. I was happy to see they had skim milk at the hotel.  I had 2 cups like this (skim milk sweet n’ low).

For breakfast I had some fruit and a small biscotti that was a splurge but awesome! Very moist unlike most bisoctti.

This meal did not fill me up however so later I had a banana.

And half a whole wheat bagel with jelly.

Lunch i wasn’t able to photograph since we were out with clients but we went to Maggiano’s. I was slightly unhappy with the restaurant because their nutritional information was not readily available even on the internet! My coworker who is calorie couting found something that gave the stats for a few things on the menu and we picked based on that.

I had a soup and salad combo. it was a tiny cream of chicken and potato soup, it was good but very small (hence the low calorie count haha) and a spinach salad. The salad was awesome!! I added shrimp which was warm and grilled on top of the spinach, bacon, pine nuts, roasted onions and blue cheese. I asked for the dressing on the side and used the fork dip method. The salad was awesome I would definitely go back for it. It didn’t feel too heavy once I removed the dressing. Next time I would get the regular size salad with shrimp instead if the combo.

Anyway, prerun I had a fiber one bar (a real one! haha) and another cup of coffee black with one sweet n low (not pictured).

Fitness: 6 miles on the agenda today. I was so tired from being up early and working the event I was really dreading it but I knew it had to be done. Even though I thought it was going to be terrible but it turned out grey! Once I got started I felt good and was able to maintain and overall about 9 min/mile pace. Very happy about that! Stats:

When I finished the run the exhaustion set in. I had a dinner planned but was feeling too tired and lazy to cook it. Since I had driven to do the run completely on Kelly Drive, on my way hone I stopped at Rita’s to pick up dinner.

Yes, I had water ice for dinner. This is a Swedish fish and slenderita gelati. Love. They somehow got this to taste except like swedish fish. And the low fat gelati is so creamy and amazing with it.

Not the best dinner but I was feeling lazy and that’s what sounded good at the time. I am sure come summer you will see lots more froyo or Rita’s for dinner. Especially after hot weather runs.

Now I am already in bed at 7:00pm. Going to watch tv and go to bed super early so I don’t have another force myself to work out moment tomorrow.


Fruit-filled day

March 16, 2011

For some reason my legs are super sore after my rub yesterday. I kept waking up in the middle of the night thinking how sore I am. Weird. I don’t think I stretched enough or something. I always stretch well in my classes so will make sure to spend some extra time on that tonight.

My breakfast was chosen for 2 reasons. I have a ton of fruit as I mentioned yesterday and my legs needed some protein to recover.


-2 scrambles eggs from the cafe downstairs
-pear
-orange
-gold peak diet iced tea (bought downstairs on a whim)


This was just what I needed. I am really enjoying the array of fruit I have this week. I need to remember that in the future instead of just buying a bad of one type for the week.


Morning snack was more fruit, a banana still nursing my tea from breakfast.


And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was Campbell’s savory chicken and long grain rice soup. I added lots of hot sauce.


And had the last of my butter snaps on the side.


My afternoon snack was the same as yesterday and stuck with the fruit theme: strawberries and pineapple. Mmm.


Vita top Pre gym playing words with friend (B Suzie…challenge me!)


Fitness: Did 100 pushup challenge w4 d1 during a work break and completed it for the first time!! Indie 121 pushups total (with breaks). Moving on up! After work I taught my kickboxing class. My legs were still pretty tired and with the thought of 7 more miles left to do this week I didn’t push myself quite as hard as usual. Not sure my legs would have had it anyway. Hopefully they get it together for tomorrow.

Dinner was leftovers from Monday with a twist.


-seared tuna (reheated with jalapeño mustard)
-a few stalks asparagus
-olives
-spinach
-couple tbsp part skim mozz
-little more then a tbsp ff thousand island dressing
-small side of rf kettle chips chips for crunch and a little extra fat (not the good kind but still filling)


This was awesome! The jalapeño mustard was really what that tuna needed. I was skeptical about this salad because I didn’t have much on hand to throw into it but I guess sometimes simple works.


I decided the other day I need to add a little more fat (the healthy kind mostly) into my diet during the week. It definitely keeps me from getting hungry. Yesterday was a good example. I ate really low fat all day and was star ing at 6:30 and wanted to binge. Anyway I’ll try and add some fat here and there with part skim cheese instead of nonfat, olives or avocados or things with omega 3s, nuts, etc. I guess we’ll see if can stick with it without adding too many calories.

I had planned to have a cadbury cream egg for dessert but I actually wasn’t hungry for it. My serving of chips felt like my splurge for the night and I was satisfied.

I am currently watching the new (last week) episode of Sister Wives. I have a strange obsession with this show. Its just so strange to me I have to watch. Anyway back to Cody and fam.


Sunflower butter

March 15, 2011

Its weird waking up when it’s dark all of a sudden again. I know it’s only for a bit but I liked the sun in the morning.

My parents bought me a ton of fruit when they came last night so there will be a lot eaten in the next few days. Similar to this double serving at breakfast.

Strawberry Pecan Oats


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/2 multigrain
-1/2 banana
-splenda
-tbsp pecan pieces
-on top 5 strawberries cut up

This was a good mix of flavors. The pecans added a sweet crunch and went well with the strawberries. The banana males the oats creamy.


Missed my snack because I was in a meeting.

Lunch lean pocket pretzel bread chicken jalapeño cheddar.


This was just as delicious the 2nd time. Love.


With a side of 20 butter snap pretzels and the other half of my morning banana. All dipped in hot sauce. Yes, even the banana. It’s good. Try it.


Afternoon snack was some amazing pineapple and strawberries from my parents.


Prerun vita top hugged by my birthday bear.


Fitness: I have volleyball today (so i cant teach my class) and a bachelorette party Saturday (difficult to fit in a long run) so I am mixing up my workout schedule this week. Today I ran my long run which was 5 miles. Mile Stats:
1- 9:27
2- 9:11
3- 9:26
4- 9:11
5- 8:59
Last .21- 9:39
Total: 5.21 48:12

Not great but not terrible. I am starting to see I will just be proud of myself for fishing the half instead of shooting for a time goal. It is my first one, I should try and enjoy it. Just a random thought.

After the run I had about a half hour to shower and get ready but i was oddly starving so i ate dinner instead.


-1/2 c grapenuts
-1/4 c blueberry muesli
-skim milk


I was still hungry after that so i thought i would try my newest purchase:


I made it into a fluffernuter.


-Slice of whole grain white bread
-tbsp sunflower butter
-tbsp fluff


Sunflower butter is delicious! The taste of sunflower seeds is subtle and it’s very creamy. I really like it as a pb stand in. I almost feel like I am cheating by eating it during Lent when I gave up pb… Almost.

More fitness: After, I walked with my friend Mike to the game. Some stats for that haha: 15 mins .76 miles. We won the game and walked back. So logged an extra mile and a half.


I forgot…

March 10, 2011

I forgot… To write my post throughout the day. Weird. I almost always blog throughout the day as I eat things or to plan what I will eat. Today I got to the iPad and there were no drafts. I was so confused. I had forgotten to blog. Blaming this on being very busy at work today. I had a few meetings, some small task and one big project that I was really getting into. The project is what I am calling Marketing Department: Buried Alive. I am de- and organizing (and throwing out stuff in) our space and I’m feeling very productive. I need to do this to my stuff.

Anyway the eats of the day…

For breakfast I was craving yogurt didn’t have any. I picked up a fruit n’ yogurt parfait at McDonalds and I added some cocoa roast almonds to bulk it up a bit.


It think I’ve only had this one other time but it is delicious a great fast food breakfas option.


Banana morning snack on top of the rain boots I had to wear to work today.


Lunch was one of the last diet-to-go meals, Chicken Philly Sub.


-whole wheat roll
-tiny piece of grilled chicken
-onions and a tiny spec of pepper
-slice American cheese
-honey mustard mayo
-peach cobbler


This was a disappointment. The chicken was minuscule, there were barely any peppers, mayo…really?! and A slice of yellow cheese. Bleeh.


I put some mayo because I thought it might be too dry without on the other half of the bread I put hot sauce.


The alleged peach cobbler was just yogurt with canned peaches so I gave it away.


I ate these baked tortilla chips instead.


Unsatisfying meal. :(

Afternoon snack was half a pint of strawbs.


Vita top dreaming of the beach.


Fitness: I had volleyball today at 6:30 so not too much time to workout. My training had me due to run 3 miles. It was miserable out so I was forced to the treadmill. I managed 3 miles in 26:34. Not too bad but felt pretty painful to me. The treadmill is so boring and for some reason I am much slower on it then I am outside. I chalk this up to being able to set your own run/jog pace outside which actually has me keeping a faster overall pace vs the steady staring at the clock treadmill. Anyway after the run I did W4D1 of the 100 pushup challenge. Recap of this day for ya: 60 secs in between 21-25-21-21-32+. I totaled 111 today doing 21-25-21-21-23. Slowly sloooowly sloooowly getting to the 100 in a row mark. After that I went to volleyball playoff game. We won in 2 games (best 2 out of 3).

I was starving when I got home for dinner! I had to think fast. I went into the freezer and pulled out….


-5 chicken meatballs I bought at Costco
-a TJ’s pasta eggplants dish that I had made, split into 2 portions and frozen one
-carb style wheat toast


I also added olive bar olives, crushed red pepper, “no salt”, and rf Parmesan.


This was a very filling I probably ate a few too many meatballs but they were stuck together so I thought why not.

Now I’m getting to bed early. I most likely have another terrible treadmill workout in the morning. Unless it stops raining PLEASE!