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.

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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 jalapeƱo 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.


Sore back

February 16, 2011

Woke up this morning and my back up by my right shoulder was super tight and knotted up. I slapped on a to go heat pad to help it out and have been stretching all morning but it is so tangled up there. Waa next treatment will be Ben gay patch.

Breakfast was oats with a twist. I combined this weeks’ breakfasts an adde grapenuts.


-1/2 c oats
-1/4 c multi grain cereal
-1/8 c grapenuts
-1/2 banana
– mixed frozen berries
-pinch salt, packet snl

I liked the taste of the grapenuts in this but wish I had put them in after heating because they were no longer crunchy. Next time.

I also tried a few of a new find of Leslie’s vanilla and caramel almond mix. These were really tasty! Reminded me of Starbucks latte flavors.


Since I didn’t get to sleep until almost midnight last night I had the first of many caffeinated drinks this morning. Eggnogn’ tea.

Morning snack was going to be my banana leftovers per usual. But I caved and had this deliciousness! It’s a pretzel covered in caramel and chocolate! It was salty and chocolatey and worth the splurge. I would have loved to have 5 more of these. I wasn’t hungry or the banana half later so I wrapped it up and put it in the fridge for tomorrow.


Lunch was a healthy request chicken and whole wheat noodles soup and half an everything bagel thin.


This soup was really good. The while grain noodles really hold up in the soup and don’t get soggy. Lots if chicken as well.


On my break I went and got a pedicure to trim my large talons. They had my favorite hard candy of all time. I don’t even know what they are called but they are the strawberry things with delicious strawberry filling I always go straight to chewing them. Mmmm. While noshing on that my back really enjoyed the chair massage. Great time for this.

Afternoon snack was a cup of mango. You will be seeing much more of this in the summer months. I love mango.


And I had to try out my new nut mix so a few of those. Salty mmm.


Vita in front of the golden gate bridge! This is because I booked a vacation to San Francisco in a month. Super excited!


Fitness: because of my knotted back I am taking a break from pushups. I will do it once this week if the knot goes away but I think it’s best to leave it alone. After work I taught kickboxing per usual. Get warm and moving around actually made my back feel a lot looser. It feels slightly tight now but not nearly as terrible as the rest of the day.

Than I came home to make tacos for Jae and I. There were chicken and fish. I had fish with lots of veggies.


-Gortons grilled fish fillet (1 and a half filets)
-part skim mozz (they were out of ff)
-salsa
-siracha
-wrapped in a low carb tortilla (split into 2)


-refied beans on the side
-mixed stir fry veg prepacked at the grocery store on the side

I resisted having an after dinner palate cleansing dessert. I have been having those way too much and the bites add up.

I was going to put Ben gay patch on my sore back to sleep but I’m feeling alright now. Glad I worked that out! Does anyone have a way they deal with a knotted back? Looks like its heat and exercise for me. The rubbing at the nail place helped too.


All microwave dinner

January 25, 2011

Oats for breakfast seemed cozy on this cold winter morning.


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/2 c rolled oats
-tsp pecans
-salt, sweet n low
-half banana
-handful frozen mixed berries for TJ’s (mostly blackberries tho)
-water


The blackberries in this were awesome. Delicious sour kick to the oats. I have 2 whole bags of this frozen mixed fruit so pretty excited about that haha. Get ready to be sick of reading about frozen berries.

Morning snack-a-roo: other half of the banana.


Lunch was healthy choice tortilla soup with sun chips and of course Goya. Hot sauce is another thing that if don’t mention you can probably just assume it’s there, especially Goya with my lunches.


Anyway, This soup does not have enough chicken. The tortilla strips are good but it is not very hearty.


Afternoon snack of soy nuts and cocoa roasted almonds. I also had a coffee (no pic) which quickly perked up my tired afternoon.


Ever notice sometimes what a little bit of caffeine can do to your mood? That’s why I try not to drink it everyday. I like the energy and mood boost I get with the low tolerance.

Fake fiber one bar Pre gym in my cozy ugg that I wish I was wearing…


…instead of these heels.


Fitness: I tested myself in my pushups today. Instead of doing a routine I I’d as many as I could and then did and easier day. What I ended up with was 44-14-10-10-24. I can’t believe I’m only at 44 after so many MONTHS of doing this! I still plan to stick with it though… I will get to 100 one day! Aside from cursing the 100 pushup challenge, my other fitness was my regular Tuesday routine (see the my workouts tab).

Dinner was back to my roots aka totally prepared in the microwave– thanks to a few Trader Joe’s items.


Tuna in red panang curry sauce and Thai style lime pilaf.


Took a total of about 6 mins to put together and made 2 meals at about 420 calories each.


1. I started by heating the rice 2 mins in it’s pouch. Not sure why I bought this rice because its not whole grain, must have thought it was.
2. Mixed the TJ’s tuna pouch with a 100 calorie can of tuna (it didn’t look like enough meat and there was extra sauce so this was a good choice especially to be able to stretch it into 2 meals) and heated in microwave 2 mins.
3. Toss green beans in salt, red pepper flakes and garlic powder then heat in microwave 2 mins.

The rice was good but nothing special. If it were whole grain I’d buy it again but it wasn’t worth the lack of fiber.


The tuna was really good! It was in no way “hot” as described on the package (note the Goya addition. Would have been better with siricha (sp?)) As I said before I was glad I added more tuna to it!


Always enjoy French cut green beans.


All in all a good meal. I will enjoy it again… Probably tomorrow.

2 fish for dessert.


Btw When I eat this small serving of fish, I don’t really consider it dessert. Its basically just a palate cleanser after dinner. I’m not a psycho, I know what dessert is and I would not consider 2 fish it. But anyway its nice tonhave a touch of something sweet after dinner haha.

Gnight, pals.


Yogurt Party!

December 16, 2010

I was selected to host an Athenos Greek yogurt “house party“. I apply for these all the time and this is the first one I was selected for! Yay! I ran to Walmart (only place near me they sell the Athenos yogurt) before work, aka really early so I could still arrive on time. They were in stock but only had honey and blueberry flavors. That was the start to my morning.

At work I made holiday oats that were a version of a blog I follow. Kath’s ComfOat and Joy. I stu,bled upon this recipe and as you can tell from recent binge eating of mints, I love mint! I used the mints you’ve seen and crushed then up.


-1/2 c rolled oats
-3 starlight mints crushed
-1 tbsp crushed pecans
-sprinkle of vanilla extract
-sweet n low
-pinch of salt
-water
-1/2 c silk nog

I then poured on silk nog but I poured a little too much without thinking. I like my oats to be a tad dry and these were swimming in nog. I do love nog though! They tasted awesome still, minty and delicious. 2 changes i would make 1 use the nog while cooking instead of poured on top and less of it. 2 pour the mints on at the end. Many of them melted into it which was good but I wanted crunchy prices of mint. Later these will be perfected!


I skipped morning snack since I overindulged with the nog. But when a coworker offered me a homemade green olive covered in a meatball and fried. I had to eat it. This was amazing Mmmm.


For lunch I put out the yogurt spread for the party complete with free yogurt and swag.


Instead of yogurt for lunch, I microwaved up a lean cuisine margherita pizza. I’ve enjoyed their pizzas in the past and this one did not disappoint. It was tomato, had some onion, cheesy and the crust was thin and crispy. I cut it into 4 slices to make it last longer and added some garlic salt and Goya. I love pizza, even if it’s a tiny lean cuisine serving.


Coworker Brian enjoying the yogurt. Haha


For my afternoon snack, I finally tried the yogurt! I chose blueberry because it only had 100 calories vs the 160 for the honey (I actually don’t like honey anyway). It was good. Very creamy and the blueberry topping was a good compliment for it. If I feel like yogurt it isn’t my favorite but I might buy it again if it comes to my acme. It had 11 grams of protein which is awesome!


Vita with holiday lobster:


Fitness: I was going to take a spin class tonight but when I got into the room the sub was a teacher I despise. There are only a few teachers that I absolutely can’t sit for a minute in their class and I stumbled into this. I then family guy style slowly backed out of the room and then ran away. I switched it up on the fly and started by banging out my week 4day 1 pushups… Yup been on this set for like 2 weeks now, not even close to completing it. Afterward I did the fartlek workout I did on Tuesday. 3.5 miles in 32 mins. It was a ton harder today. I think it was a combo of new treadmill, hotter in the gym today, and end of the week so my legs must me a little more tired right? Not sure but strange how it can be so easy one time and hard the next. After the running I jumped on the step mill (the stair master that is the actual steps) for 30 mins. I plugged in the weight loss program and it had some heart rate raising intervals in there but wasn’t as hard as the preprogrammed speed intervals that I normally choose when I am on this machine. That was alright with me after the fartleks though.

I was nervous about dinner… I really couldn’t bring myself to eat that rice from last night but when I got home I realized I had just scooped then veggies on top, so I was able to separate the 2. I reheated a chicken from last night, lots of beans and veggies, and a tiny bit of rice to try.


I put no salt, hot sauce and garlic on the veggies and a tbsp of light ranch dressing for dipping the chicken.


This was much better then yesterday. That variety of veg called “soup vegetables” is really good. It has okra, green beans, carrots, onions, corn, potatoes and tossed with the garlic and hot sauce was really good. The addition of beans makes it hearty. The chicken wasn’t as crispy since it was reheated but is still so good.


I still don’t know how I feel about the rice. I can’t really get passed the weird smell, which is out of character for me (well the only other thing I can think of is tofu shirataki that smells weird but I like that). I don’t hate it… But I also won’t be buying it again. I transferred all the veggies into one Tupperware and saved some the rice so we can try again after a few days haha.

For dessert I had 3 starlight mints. Now I’m packing for my cousins wedding this weekend and watching Charlie Brown Christmas. I am actually not a huge fan of the CB movies but it’s the only Christmas thing on right now and I really wanted some Christmas. Definitely need to watch Christmas Vacation this weekend! I usually watch it a million times and I’m I haven’t seen any of it this year!

Is there a Christmas movie you watch a million times during the holidays or can’t go without watching?


Lauren’s birthday, wooo

December 14, 2010

I tried to make my oats less boring this morning. Started with this rosey bowl that gave them a rosey glow. Just kidding that just happened.


-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c multi grain
-cinnamon, salt, sweet n low
-1/2 banana
-frozen pomegranate seeds on top

Frozen fruit on top makes it tons less boring.


1/2 banana for morning snack.


Fitness: since today is Lauren’s bday I had my spin class subbed for the night and got my gyming done at lunch. Fartlek training. Wikipedia calls it “Fartlek, which means “speed play” in Swedish, is a form of conditioning which puts stress on the whole aerobic energy system due to the continuous nature of the exercise. The difference between this type of training and continuous training is that the intensity or speed of the exercise varies, meaning that aerobic and anaerobic systems can be put under stress.” I did a variation of this but with 10 min warm up and 10 min cool down at 6.5 instead of 6.0.

I’ve only done this workout a handful of times and it’s usually pretty hard. Today I ran it quite easily. I was waiting for it to get hard but it never really did. Probably should have pushed myself a little more. In the end I went about 3.6 miles on 32 mins. Pretty slow but that’s what the workout was set up as.

Ate a soup at my desk for lunch post workout. Healthy choice lentil with goy a in it. It’s just ok. I like the plateful spinach initial but I really prefer Indian preparation of lentils as opposed to soup. Has good stats though and filling and conveniently heats in it’s own container.


Afternoon snacks were cut up pear and 100 calorie bag of popcorn.


I love popcorn and I always want it when people make it in the office which is inevitably at least once a week. However, if I eat it before a workout thats all I taste the entire time. Same deal with hummus, can’t eat it before a workout. Do you have anything like that, that just doesn’t sit well with you while working out?

I ran some errands after work (feeling productive!) and then met Lauren at home to drive to McCormick & Schmick’s in center city where we met Jae to celebrate Lauren’s 28th birthday. We drove past the infamous “Christmas Village”- actually made me was to check it out. Looks amusing.


I started with some wine, bread, and a single chilled shrimp. Delicious. Wish the bread was warm though :(


I was very excited that they had calorie counts on the back of the menu! The menu changes daily so not everything was listed but this gave me a good base. I chose the cedar roasted salmon with Northwest berry sauce. It was on the back (partly why I chose it) and it had 470 calories.


The sauce was really good but I wished there was more of it. Veggies were good too and lightly sauced which was refreshing.


I also had some of the mashed potatoes Jae and Lauren ordered and they tasted really whhhhhipped, buttery, and amazing. had to pry myself away from those.


For desert we shared the upside down apple pie with cinnamon ice cream. It was lacking in the ice cream serving department. Def needed more! The pie was good though. The crust was really mushy, in a good way, and blended into the apples.


Jae got a foamy cup-o-kine-o.


He’s so “cool”. Haha


It was freezing out tonight. Especially annoying we tried to be good and parked not with the valet but in a parking garage down the street. We trudged over there shaking and complaining. At the end of the night they ended up both being $18 grrrrr. Anyway now I am cozy in my bed. Mmmm


Burning off weekend feasting

December 13, 2010

First off, I bought this at Starbucks yesterday and I love it:

Other than that, seems like a boring day today, at least until my loong gym sess. And all my pics are from the iphone because i was charging my camera battery and left it at home.

Breakfast of oats. These smelled delicious but were a little boring compared to my oat experiments last week.

-half banana
-1/8 c steel cut
-1/4 c multi grain
-salt, cinnamon, sweet n low

Morning snack other half of the banana.

Lunch was a chicken carbonara lean cuisine with crushed red pepper.

This is one of my favorite lean cuisines! Delicious cheesy, bacony sauce and lots of chicken. Spiced up with crushed red.. Looming in the background.

Afternoon baked apple snack. I got this apple in one of my lunch boxes last week. I don’t usually eat red delicious, I think they are grainy textured and not tart enough for me but thought maybe I would like it better “baked”. And by baked I obviously mean in the microwave. it was def better baked. I still need to get some cinnamon to keep at work!

Holiday vita top:

Fitness: went to MLS in Bryn Mawr to use more of my Philly dealyo classes. I got there early enough to run 5k on the treadmill…I was pretty slow and did it in about 27 mins. I don’t care for the treadmill but this was less painful then my last treadmill 5k. I finished by walking for .8 mile and made it a nice round 4 miles. After that went to boot camp. Another pretty good bc. This class was completely different from the last one, which i have mixed feelings about. I missed the kettlebells, she used two 5 lb weights instead and did a ton of reps. I thought 5lbs wouldn’t be enough but she really pumped out lots of reps. Again, there were some good cardio moves but they still used the step class moves more then I like. I hate step class! The ones she used today were easier and less dance-y, so i liked that. I got in an hour and a forty today which was needed after the binge this weekend. I have a feeling this may be a theme of the coming month. Now I am feeling really tuckered out so hopefully I will sleep really well tonight.

Snappy dinner since I was starving post gym and had a longer drive home since I went to MLS. I popped this Trader Joe’s spicy Kung pow chicken in the microwave. Drink was skim milk as always.


It had chicken, white rice, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, and peanuts in a Kung pow sauce. It took about 5 minutes to heat up… It was recommended to heat for 8 mins and then let sit for 2 but I was way too hungry and impatient for that.


It was good. I especially liked the peanuts in it. The mushrooms were delicious too but there weren’t enough of them. The broccoli was plentiful which was nice, as was the chicken. It was not spicy…I had to kick it up myself with this:


I was still a little hungry afterward so I had a handful of raisins. About 50 calories worth.


Now in bed really tired with tired legs. Goodnight!