Why my pics aren’t the best

February 10, 2011

My day is going to look pretty similar to yesterday food wise so bear with me…

I really wanted grape nuts for breakfast again… Soooo good.


-1/2 c grape nuts
-1/2 banana
-skim milk
-diff from yesterday, I had a coffee with sweet n low and the extra milk

Morning snack: 1/2 banana and instead of a peach, a nectarine.


Lunch was the lean cuisine pasta Romano with bacon.


With crushed red of course!


This one is good but I wish it had some chicken in it. The pieces of bacon are actually pretty substantial and the sauce is tasty but it’s missing filling protein and/ or some veggies.


Afternoon snack was an apple again but this time I spiced it up and made it a hot cinnamon apple


…and a handful of soy nuts.


Today I remembered my vita top! And I put it behind the camera (taking the pic with my iPhone 3G).


Thought I would show you what I was working with and why many times my pics have bad lighting or are blurry.. Especially compared to other blogs. As a new blogger, I am just using what I have. Right now my focus isn’t on how professional the photos look but more to give glimpses of portion sizes and show off good creations. Eventually… maybe… I will invest in a DSLR but for now my little point and shoot is serving it’s purpose. So I apologize if you think my blog is hideous to look at… But actually I’m not sorry at all.

Fitness: W4D1 100 pushup challenge. By the way you can find the challenge online at hundredpushups.com. Later I went to the gym psyched to do a spin class. I checked to make sure the instructor was good and it was someone I had never heard of so I thought I would try it out. This was the worst instructor I have ever had!! I feel bad saying that (usually i think of instructors as just somebody elses taste) but its true, I don’t think she took a spin class ever on her life! She didn’t even adjust the bike… so she was low riding. Then her class consisted of her pretending to ride in a neighborhood on a mountain. Visualizing the houses and the sites… Yeeeeah. I could only take 10 mins and I hopped got the hell out. Pretty much everyone else in the class did as well. It’s annoying me now thinking about it. I would have gladly taught! I then ran 3.4 ish miles of fartleks on the treadmill in 30 mins. It was kind of rough and I wanted to do more but I just wasn’t feeling well. Bad workout week. I have those every now and again :(. I also had a volleyball game later in which I was kind of awkward, but we won overall.

Dinner was yesterday’s leftovers with some additions.


-mango chicken sausage
-roasted portobella and asparagus
-garlic toast (slice carb style bread, garlic powder, spray butter)
-jalapeƱo mustard
-buttery pretzel snaps

The additions:


Handful of raisels to get the spicy mustard to stop burning my tongue. It’s so hot! And so delicious!

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February 9, 2011

Breakfast I haven’t had on a while… 1/2c grape nuts cereal and half banana with skim milk.


I love how these sink to the bottom of the bowl and are so crunchy. Combined with the soft banana delicious.


Morning snack was the other half of my banana and a peach. Mixing up the fruit!


For lunch I tried a new Tasty Bite I have never had before. Malaysian Lodeh.


It had tofu (really deliciously spiced) and veggies. I think the veggies were carrots, baby corn, and okra or green beans, not really sure. It was soooo good!


I dipped half of my everything bagel thin in it to sop up the awesome curry-like sauce.


Afternoon snack was an apple and a green tea while watching a webinar.


I forgot to pack my vita top of the day and had no backups in ny work stash so i spread a tbsp of naturally nutty choc cherry pb on the other half of my bagel thin (hence why I saved it).


Fitness: usual wed routine (as always see my workouts tab). I was really tired going into the class and had a very hard time pushing myself today. Twas rough.

Dinner was thanks to a sale at acme. Asparagus was super cheap and is something I don’t make often. While I was preparing the meal I snacked on some special k crackers and hummus.


-roasted asparagus and portabella mushrooms
-mango chicken sausage from TJs
-sans spicy mustard for dipping
-small serving of leftover mac n cheese


All I did was spray these with cooking spray and slap the asparagus and mushrooms in the oven for about 15 mins on broil. When they were done i topped with some salt and rf Parmesan. This was such an easy way to make asparagus! I especially liked the crispy ends.


The sausage I just sizzled up in a pan on the stove to get some crispiness outside.I microwaved for a bit to make sure it was hot. This sausage was really good. There were actually chunks of mango in it which was a pleasant sweet surprise.


For dessert, I have been craving dark choc. I had a square of lindt dark with a touch of sea salt. Soooo good!


Hot run, not so hot yoga

December 2, 2010

Breakfast this morning was oats again. I’m on an oats kick. Probably cause it’s so cold out side and they are warm and cozy and filling.

Today I spruced them up and made peanut butter banana oats!


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/8 c multi grain
-1 1/2 tbsp PB2
-1/2 banana
-pinch salt
-packet sweet n low

These were peanut buttery and bananay- which makes them super creamy- and crunchy from the steel cut.

For snack I broke out my final fruit natural. I don’t really like these. And I don’t really like grapefruit. I have always wanted to like it, it looks good, it’s good for you, you get to eat it with those fun spoons, but it’s too bitter. I drained the juice and tried to like it. No go.


I sprinkled with sweet n low. Still no.


I got 2/3 through and gave up. I just don’t like grapefruit. I washed out the bitterness with the other half of my banana.

Lunch was tuna noodle casserole leftovers with some added Goya.


The leftovers were not quite as good as the orig. The soup got a little mote watery. It noodles were still good tho, maybe better.

Afternoon apple.


Preworkout vita. I despise the movie elf but going with my holiday theme, here ya go:


Fitness: I went back to MLS Fitness for running and hot yoga. I hopped on the treadmill for a 5k. It was rough. I did it in about 8:57 pace. The treadmill is so boring! I liked this one had a loop you watched yourself go around but I was staring at it so the time passed very slowly. It was also waaay too hot in the gym so I was dying. It was pleasant. I just kept telling myself only .6 miles left… .5…. .4, you get it. Ew.

I was extremely ready to stop and go to hot yoga. Well it was yoga, with a heater- not necessarily hot. I think it was hotter in the gym. Regardless, the class was really good! Moved quickly, lots of hop openers (which I like), and some of the hardest balancing poses I’ve ever done! Anyway I like the combo of running and yoga even if I was expecting it to be hot yoga. I just need to run outside and I can take or leave the heat but I really need some triangle poses and it would have been perfect.

For dinner I had Jae over so I cooked up a bunch of whole wheat pasta and chicken snausages.


My plate:


-little pasta
-sauce
-crushed red
-salt
-parmesan

Pasta= 1 c-ish:


Sausage covered in sauce:


-biiiig scoop salad mix
-tomatoes
-balsamic vinegar
-ff feta

I’ve been drinking about 2 cups of milk with dinner every night. Kind of boring for pictures so just FYI.

Rest of my night… Couch/ tv with friend Jae and roommate Lauren – shower – pack for NY – bed.

While I was packing I ate a few of these… It’s an addiction I need to get rid of them!


(more holiday ambience… Busted out my snowflake blanket haha)