Airport Dinner Fail

November 24, 2010

Woke up this morning out of a deep sleep very confused because it was 7am and my alarm was set for 630am. I still managed to shower, finish packing, and get to work on time! I went to bed at 930pm so I guess i just really needed to rest to get rid of the rest of this illness. I feel pretty good today. I think one more night of sleep and I’ll be 100% and ready to run the 5k tomorrow before feasting on turkey.

For breakfast I stole another of roommate Lauren’s fiber one blueberry muffins. This time I got a pic before digging in. Still delicious warmed up. Braeburn apple on the side. This one was much better than the one last week! Exactly how I like them tart and not gritty.

I’m feeling very christmasy already so this eggnog’n tea hit the spot when I started to get hungry at 1030. Caffeine is a trick I use to curb my hunger at work. Most of the time I am just sitting in my cube thinking about my next meal so keeping my taste buds busy with the appetite suppressing caffeine helps.

At 1130 I had blown right through snack time so I had a few pistachios to tide me over before lunch at noon.

For lunch I was feeling Mexican and so I had the chicken enchilada suiza lean cuisine.

Goya on top. This is always a favorite. Mix the sauce from the enchilada on to the rice and enjoy. Side note: I sometimes like to use 2 hot sauces on this. One super spicy to mix in the enchilada sauce and goya to moisten the rice. I forewent today since my stomach is probably still healing.

Left work at 230 to get to the airport via cab. I tried a new company this time after 2 bad experiences with the local co and they were late too! Annoying. Luckily I had left plenty of time. When I got to the airport it was only about 430 but I was ready for dinner. I checked online and there was supposed to be a burger king that I figured I could get a chicken sandwich at but it was user construction :(. This threw me for a loop! For some reason I got really nervous about stats (this is what not working out does to me. Even more psycho). I perused all my options and didn’t like any of them. I realized I had some time and took a walk to another terminal. A lady had bourbon chicken samples (typical). I took one and their ploy lured me in! But…They had calorie counts on the menu! I saw a cold noodle dish for few calories and the chicken dishes weren’t bad either. When I went up the lady was very pushy. There were no cold noodles and in my already freaking out mode I managed to order steamed rice, spicy chicken and was forced into a 3rd side of veggies but they were swimming in something…. Butter? They weren’t on the cal count list! I immediately threw out half the rice so I wouldn’t be tempted to eat it.

The meal…. was bad. The scoop of spicy chicken and veggies she gave me had about 2 slivers (tiny, thin slivers) of chicken and the rest was just buttery veggies. Lame. Learning my lesson about airport food. Not reliable. Packing my own.

I had a box of raisin snacky snack on the flight.

When I got to Houston (running to the gate because my time between flight was 30mins), my next flight was delayed. Of course after I sprinted through the airport like a crazy person (fitness for the day?) now I had some extra time. I wanted froyo but they only had columbo yogurt which I am not a huge fan of. I got this tall light vanilla frappuccino instead- milk serving for the day!

Now I’m in Phoenix! Colder then I expected.

Ps here is a great giveaway opp! I have been wanting to try coconut butter since I’ve seen in it the blog world. I found it at a small market near Dan’s house in NY but when I was looking at the stats the calorie count seemed pretty high and unnecessary so I didn’t buy it. Now I am having some remorse. I would love to try it! I love coconut! Hopefully I win! You can enter here if you want to be my competition!

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Running in the rain…

November 18, 2010

Woke up this morning pretty tired but I rallied to finally unpack my suitcase from last weekend and put away laundry. Productivity where I can fit it in is always good.

When I got down to the kitchen to throw my daily snacks in my purse I saw a tub of low fat ricotta I still had from when Dan and I made eggplant lasagna so i threw a few tbsp in a tupperware knowing i could use it for something.

That’s how this creation was born:

  • 1 whole whate bagel thin, toasted (slightly blackened.. oops)
  • 2 tbsp low fat ricotta
  • 1 tbsp apples butter
  • sprinkle of salt

Pear on the side but I think it would have been good in the sandwich as well. Tha sandwich was really good– apple butter and cheese combos i’ve been using for a while (i usually use Laughing Cow Light Original but the ricotta worked nicely). You could do without the salt but I thought it might be too sweet otherwise… and I love salt.

For my morning snack I again had a banana while working in my cube.

Lunch is a new lean cuisine I have never tried before! Pasta Romano with bacon.

Going to go with the crushed red pepper flakes on this one.

This was a really good lean cuisine and will most likely enter the rotation. You could definitely taste bacon in it, lots of sauce, good amount of pasta. Highly suggested.

Snack is a Braeburn apple. I like my apples tart like a green apple but the consistency of a fuji. the display at the grocery store made these seem right up my alley (sorry no pic of said display). The consistency of this apple did dissapoint. it was too grainy like a red delicious. too bad i have like 6 of these in my fridge at home :(

Preworkout snack is a PB vita top… In the loving claw of our marketing “friend” the lobster. Who is still sporting his sheriff Halloween costume.

My workout today was a 5.3 mile run through Manayunk. I haven’t run in a while but really wanted to so I was very sad when i left work and it was slightly raining. I had almost given up and started driving to the gym to workout there but the thought of running on the treadmill just sounded awful to me.  Luckily by the time i headed out for the run it had stopped raining.. there was no wind.. a brisk 50 degrees… great running weather with a few layers on.  Anyway the new path I had routed myself was quite hilly but I felt pretty good during it.  It took me abotu an hour to run which i am kind of upset about but Manayunk hills are rather steep so i’ll blame them.

Dinner is leftovers from last night heated up in the microwave and eaten while packing for NY and getting ready for volleyball and blogging.

Not so pretty to look at:

  • -quater of baked potato
  • eggplant slices
  • chicken breast and mushrooms
  • big dallop of FF sour cream over all of it
  • and of course…  chipotle Tabasco:

With a BIG glass of milk on the side because its about to go bad.

Walking over to the game- about 2/3 of a mile away- first playoff game for the Loose Seals (any Arrested Development watchers?- love that show).

This was quite a dillemma for me tonight… Would you rather run in slight rain or on the treadmill??


Blue cheese and pickles… who am I?

November 16, 2010

I was rather hungry when I woke up this morning but did not know what I wanted and was very limited in my options. Much to my “d’light”…….. when I got to work I had Jimmy D’light breakfast sandwich in the freezer that i had forgotten:

The D’light is alright.. definitely not as good as a homemade breakfast sandwich…

-Dislike: the bread is a little chewy and sometimes a bit soggy. I am not a huge fan of american cheese but seems like it would b e dry without it

-Like: great to store in work freezer. The muffin has a nice wheaty flavor and goya kicks it up a notch

*Goya- a staple in my microwave diet to add flavor- my go to hot sauce when you want to use a lot of sauce because it isn’t that spicy.

For a snack I had some kashi good friends cereal… it was a pretty big serving for a little over 100 calories so I liked that i got to gnaw on it for a while
(the picture is actually a full cup serving i had scooped out for myself this morning thinking i would eat it for breakfast.. so i cut it in 2/3 for my snack)

Lunch was an easy Lean Cuisine:

The Tortilla Crusted Fish is one of 2 of the fish lean cuisines i eat (the others i find too fishy or weird tasting).

I mixed in my really spicy (can only use 5 drops) Hot Licks Suicide hot sauce. The fish is a little dry even when bites are taken with rice but it is still delicious. Next time I will bring in Goya as a back up to add some sauce to the fish part.

My afternoon snack was the same as yesterday… I really needed to buy fruit tonight!.. and I did. and my preworkout snack was a deliciously chewy Fiber One bar (that i took a picture of hanging on the fish/toy thingy in my cubicle- yay work).

After my usual Tuesday night routine of taking 45 mins of a pilates class and teaching my spin class I stopped at the grocery store for fruit. I was starting to get ravenous so this was a terrible idea– i wanted to buy everything in the store. I ended up getting fruit and some stuff for a REALLY quick dinner tonight and some 10 for 10 items that seemed like a good idea at the time.

So dinner was frantic because i was hungry at this point but since this my first week blogging I wanted to plate paper towel everything first before i ate it.

The meal started with this blue cheese.

I put a slice on one half of an everything bagel thin. The other side of “the thin” i covered in honey mustard. In the middle were pickle spears and ham. With a side of butter snaps.

The combo was actually really good. toasted everything bagel thins are awesomely everything bagel-y, I have recently come to like pickles (my most hated food until this year) and I never liked blue cheese but this only slightly tasted like it and it worked nicely with the ham and pickle spears.

The finished product:

On an awesome note I finally passed Week 3 Day 3 of the 100 pushup challenge. More to come on this but I had been stuck on this set for like 2 months! I almost gave up and then banged it out today. Has anyone ever tried this challenge and/or completed it?