Promotion

April 6, 2011

Good news! I got a promotion at work today. I am now officially Marketing Specialist. I don’t generally talk about work on this blog as a rule or even reveal where I work so I’ll leave it at that. No worries, you will still be seeing many snacking in the cubicle shots.

On that note, breakfast in the cube (as it is every morning) was cereal and milk I packed from home. I don’t do this often because I have to carry an extra container with milk (why don’t I have milk for the office.. Yeah, I don’t know. Too much work).


-last of my grape nuts, little less then a cup
-handful of blueberry muesli
-half a banana
-skim milk (I don’t measure, just like to drown my cereal in it)

I need more grapenuts. I love them. So filling an versatile. A great addition for cereal mixes.

Morning snack was the other half of the morning banana and some mixed nuts. This time I added cocoa almonds to the mix.


For lunch our department decided to go out and we went to a local place called Wild Rice. The menu was full of all kinds Asian dishes like rice bowls, dim sum, pho, and sushi. There was a lot to choose from!

I went with the Chirashi which was basically a bunch of sashimi with a little side of rice.


It also came with miso soup and a salad.


I ate almost everything and it was delicious. Also very good portion sizes. I say almost because the Ginger salad was covered in Ginger dressing so I skipped a lot of that. The rest was great.

Afternoon snack was an appale.  I also had a few cocoa almonds on the side for filling fat.


Vita top in my uggs that I wore into work this morning (I later changed into heels, no worries) Yes, it is still freezing here. In april.


Fitness: normal wed routine refer to the my workouts tab.

Dinner was a la Jae tonight. He is moving soon which makes me sad to think about :( and will probably make the blog less interesting haha. He made homemade mashed potatoes, shake and bake pork, rolls, and stir fry veggies.


-the mashed potatoes were made with a little margarine and low fat milk


-the pork was first coated with stone ground mustard and then dipped in shake and bake and baked (soooo good!)


-he had 2 veggie choices (sampled both of those)


-had half a roll. Mmmmm so flakey.


spin rant…

February 25, 2011

Morning Fitness: actually woke up early this morning (5:10am) and went to a cycle class at the gym. Unfortunately it was a Johnny G trained instructor (I have this certification also, ironically, but don’t believe in following it exactly). You can tell when you’ve gone to one of these instructors because the class will have a focus of intervals, endurance, or hills and they might talk about your cadence or rpm. Anyway the classes are boring. The teacher today was doing an endurance class and he basically just had us ride out of the saddle 3 times for 20 minutes at a time. It was ridiculously boring!

Here comes my rant… I see the point of the Johnny G method if you are spinning everyday or if you have a gym dedicated to cyclists and spinners. However at the average run of the mill gym people are doing all kinds of things. I doubt many people are taking spin everyday and if they are it is very easy in a cycle class to fit it to whatever it is your workout routine is calling for that day (I.e. if its a hard die turn up the resistance). The beauty of spinning is it is so customizable no need to make it a dedicated endurance class. Thus it is pointless to follow the Johnny G method when people are really just looking for a fun workout– mix it up, make it fun, and people can motivate themselves to make it as hard or easy as they want. The end.

Anyway, the workout was boring but it worked for me today. The lame “endurance drills”, if you can call just telling people to ride for 20 mins straight a drill, worked for me because my legs were so sore they were getting easily tuckered out and raising my heart rate. I guess it worked out but I will try to avoid that teacher in the future may only give him another chance to redeem himself.

While getting ready for work I had some instant coffee. Not as good as the starbucks via.


Breakfast was a quick grab since I wanted to get to work on time and thus leave on time. I grabbed my last slices of cinnamon raisin sprouted bread and i put a tbsp of pb and a tbsp of fluff into a plastic baggy (not ideal btw). I toasted the bread and waaa-laaa cinnamon raisin fluffernutter. I have thought of so many vehicles to consume fluff and pb these days. And sorry, still not sick of it. Sugary peanut buttery goodness.


Morning snack was an apple.


Lunch was reworked leftovers from Jae’s thursday night dinner.

  • Moroccan spiced pork
  • hot and honey mustard
  • on half a piece of whole wheat naan
  • side of butter snaps (one serving at 120 calories)

I also had a chocolate covered strawberry that a coworker had gotten for her birthday. and (the moooore you knoooow) it was 50 calories- someone looked it up. not me, I swear.


Afternoon snack was a Samoa Cookie fiber plus caramel, coconut, fudge bar. Still in love.


Before meeting my roommate for happy hour I decided to eat light because i anticipated eating again after boozing. I had a bowl of cereal with grapeNuts and fiber plus cinnamon thingys. The ,ox was a good one.


I also had a rice crispy treat.


We went to Drinkers in rittenhouse and drank some delicious pitchers of blue moon. Then my friend pat though it would be a good idea to get 10 hotdogs and 10 tacos. I think I had like 7 tacos. Sick, sick display, but delicious none the less. Unfortunately or maybe fortunately… I was three sheets to the wind at this point and stopped shooting photos


Day of crushed red

February 15, 2011

I was going to have oats again today but grapenuts were easier.


-1/2c grapenuts
-1/2 banana
-skim milk

Morning snack was, yes, the other half of the banana and a peach.


First crushed red feature: Lunch was lean cuisine chicken parm. This one is a good not but not my favorite because it’s easy to make my own guilt free version of this that tastes just as good, if not better. The chicken is the biggest piece of any lean cuisine i think but the spaghetti is really soggy and over cooked.


I had 12 butter snaps on the side since it’s Tuesday and I won’t have dinner until later, I’m trying to get a few extra calories in. And I apparently forgot to snap these.

Afternoon snack was a ff blueberry yogurt with a handful of Kashi Good Friends.


Acme brand Fiber Max bar Pre gym. Looks and tastes the same as the real thing. You’re welcome.


Fitness: tonight is a looong night. Pilates, teaching spin, and then I have volleyball starting at 9:40pm. This is waaay past my bedtime. I am usually in bed by 9:15 and try to be asleep between 9:30 and 10. What can I say, my days are less painful with lots of sleep!

After the workout and before late night volleyball, I had dinner. Other half of grilled chicken package from last night with green giant cheesy broccoli and rice.


Feature 2: Lots of crushed red.


This is one of my favorite quick microwave meals. I only wish the rice was whole grain. So delicious anyway and only 370 calories for a ton of food.

Handful raisels for dessert.


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)
-jalapeño 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!


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!