Southern Feast

April 13, 2011

I continued my productivity into the morning and i cleaned my shower before going to work. I like to clean my shower while I’m already getting in there to shower. Weird? Makes it easier I think.

My legs are super sore today from the running, weights, pilates and spinning this week. I am really hitting all my workouts this week. Recently I’ve had to modify my schedule and not do it all.

This morning I decided I needed the muscle healing protein of eggs. I had a smart ones egg mcmuffin knock off with a packet of ketchup on top. Slightly rubbery but good in a pinch.


Morning snack was a nectarine I bought yesterday at the produce stand. And a few cocoa roast almonds.


Lunch was a sesame chicken lean cuisine. Another favorite. The only problem with this one is that it seems very small. I have to cut up the chicken to drag out the eating process a bit.


Out of the microwave:


My prep:


I have been kind if hungry all day. For my snack I had my last white cheddar rice cake, some grapes (there weren’t many left) and some nuts.


Vita in a meeting.


Fitness: usual wed. Taught my kickboxing class with extremely sore legs (I think from my Jackie Warner workout on Monday).

Dinner was a new concoction Parmesan/old bay/corn flake Crusted Tilapia and inspired my southern feast.


I mixed together the parm, old bay seasoning, and crushed corn flakes and dipped the tilapia in skim milk and then into the mixture. I baked at 475 for 10 mins. For sides I did canned collard greens, super market mashed potatoes and crusty ciabatta bread (had half with spray butter).


This was delicious!! The fish turned out flakey and tasty. The only change I would have made is not used Parmesan because you couldn’t really taste it.


This was also the first time I ever had collard greens. I bought canned Glory brand that were preseasoned and they were so flavorful! They tasted slightly like hame, had a little spice, solo good. They paired great with my faux fried fish and mashed potatoes.


The potatoes I bought are the ones near the chicken in the supermarket. I am nt sure the brand but the country mash are delicious without a ton of added fat.


Great dinner!

Dessert:


I’m finally full.


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.


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.


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!


Rain and Train

February 28, 2011

Exciting day, well sort of, It’s my first official day of half marathon training! What a lovely rainy day it is for it. Hoping the rain goes away so I can run outside tonight. I am excited to have a structured plan to follow for a little bit and mix up my routine.

Breakfast: didn’t go to the grocery store last week so don’t have many options. I did have vita tops and pb though.

Choc PB Pumpkin Vita Sandwich


-pumpkin vita top cut in half and heated
-1 tbsp naturally nutty choc cherry pb

Not as good as the choc vita and pb combo but still a good easy breakfast.

Morning snack was some frozen very cherry berry blend from trader joe’s.


Lunch was a lean pocket and 20 (about 100 cals) savory herd special k crackers. All dipped in hot sauce of course.


Afternoon snack was a fat free chocolate snack pack someone had given me at work. I mixed in a few mixed nuts for some added protein and crunchy, salty, deliciousness. Good snack.


I also had a grande skinny caramel latte that my boss brought back from a Starbucks run.


Preworkout vita braving the rain.


Fitness: as I mentioned this week starts my training. At my work break i decided to move on and try my hand at W4D2 of pushups. Couldnt do it all but gave it a pretty good run. 25-29-25-25-19 (was supposed to do 36+ on the last one) with 90 secs in between. Later, I was slated to run 3 miles ended up per the garmin at 3.14 and took 26:50 (avg pace 8:33) Which is fast for me! I was huffing and puffing at the end.

Splits:
-mile 1 8:21
-mile 2 8:40
-mile 3 8:36
-last .14 8:40

30 mins is less time then I usually workout (i prefer to get in a full hour a day) so I decided I would add a weight session to days with runs under an hour. Besides, i haven’t done much weight lifting since committing to the 100 pushup challenge and i could really use it. I went with an on demand total body sculpt program. It was 20 mins long and used 10 lb weights. It was not very hard and didn’t do enough reps of the exercises to tire my muscles. Would not do this one again. To get the full our I also did a 10 sexy legs. This one was good for 10 mins and had some new leg moves I have never seen. Next time I need to kick up the weight session though- maybe go with the Jackie Werner on demand stuff as I originally planned. Off to volleyball later tonight. Last game of the season before playoffs.

While I was doing the weights in my living room I roasted some asparagus in the oven. Best way to cook it- about 30 mins at 350. The ends get a little burnt and crispy and somehow extremely delicious. Since I still haven’t gone to the grocery store I still have limited options. I paired the roasted asparagus with a hormel compleats roast beef and gravy (which is a top mashed potatoes).


The combination was very good. A little too salty and not the best mashed potatoes but what can you expect for something that heats up in 90 secs.


Now I am watching nova get killed by Notre Dame. Observations:
1. Where does Notre dame get so many good white athletes. We only ever have one token white kid that never plays.
2. Did the ND student section chant “shots, shots, shots…” during one of our free throw attempts? Because if they did, I can respect that.
3. Fish in a barrel, my friend. Nova’s the fish Notre dames court is the barrel. (towns the fish, people are the barrel….)


Determination

February 23, 2011

I am determined not go to the grocery store this week (maybe Friday). I had a bunch of fruit and milk (this usually drives me there) and a few items I can make into dinners. It’s hard when what you have isn’t exactly what you want but I’m going to make it work.

My point leads me to breakfast because I’m out of my morning banana. Which rules out making oatmeal or grapenuts since I need my banana with those. Well not need but like. Thus, I made a fruity fluffernutter with a side of vitamin and coenzyme q10.


-2 slices carb style bread
-1 tbsp RF pb
-1 heaping tbsp marshmallow fluff
-1 tbsp sugar free raspberry jelly

Like a fluffy delicious cloud.


Morning snack was an apple (luckily I have one more of these for the week).


Lunch was campbell’s savory chicken with brown rice soup and a bagel thin with spray butter.


I was excited to see brown rice in a soup! These Campbell’s soups with whole grains are awesome. Better sop it up now before it’s summer and I’m over soup.


Afternoon snack was a little bit of nut mixture, then the last of my yogurts (gasp!) with kashi good friends sprinkled in. This has replace my second serving of fruit lately. Going to have to get creative on snacks the next 2 days.


You’re welcome.


Vita top hard at work banging those keys.


Fitness: wed routine teaching at the gym (pronounced like dime with a g).

Lucky for me it’s Jae’s week to make dinner so that saves me a bit as far as grocery shopping.

I snacked on some really firm tasty tomatoes with salt and pepper while Jae prepared our feast.


And drank this diet pepsi.


-pork in Moroccan 35 spice
-chunky applesauce
-roll
-mashed sweet potatoes
-mixed veggies
-portobella stuffed with tomatoes and part skim cheese

The pork was thick and tender and juicy and spicy all at once.


Paired nicely with the applesauce.


The sweet potatoes were made with a little butter, s & p. Mmmm.


The roll and veg were really good too.


The mushroom could have been a meal on it’s own. Twas a delight.


I couldn’t even clear my plate. I ate a bout 2/3. Lots of leftovers. You’ll see haha.


Vita top sandwich

February 22, 2011

Despite going to bed hungry last night, I had a normal amount of hunger for breakfast this morning. Funny how I can sleep it off.

I had a banana that was on the way to being over ripe so I got creative and invented this.

Vita Top Sandwich


-1 vita top heated and split in half
-1 tbsp RF pb
-about half banana thinly sliced (I ate the other half)


This was delicious. Very messy but oh my gaaa. Melty chocolate, pb and sweet banana. Soo good. Will probably be experimenting with these again. I am thinking a vita top cornbread sandwich is in my future.

Morning snack was a tiny apple I got from panera (way to small to eat on it’s own) and some mixed nuts and soy nuts.


Lunch was a pepperoni pizza lean pocket with some special k garlic and herb crackers. Hot sauce of course.


I am realizing that lean pockets are not very filling for me even when paired with a side of crackers. I am usually still hungry afterward. I should probably try pairing with a side of veggies instead.

Afternoon snack was a yogurt and kashi good friends topping.


I had a fiber one bar and some green tea made with water and one snl before heading to the gym.


Fitness: another day of W4 D1 of pushups and my usual Tuesday routine. I did a ton of hills today in spin. Hard/ great workout.

Dinner had to be quick because i get home late one Tuesdays and don’t like to waste time cooking and still hit my bed time. Getting home at 8 and still needing to eat, shower, and blog before bed at 9:30 (when I like to at least be in bed I would love to be asleep by then also) is a time crunch.

So after that rambling… Dinner was a TJ’s pasta Italiano and Gorton’s filet.


The meal was quick, made in less then 10 mins. I sprinkled with Parmesan and crushed red.


I ate half of the package of pasta, one filet, and some toast with spray butter. This was good, lots of different veggies- not enough eggplant though!- and easy to make (just slapped on stove but could have used in microwave) but too small of a portion. I was def hungry afterward.


It drove into the arms of dessert. Last piece of dark chocolate with sea salt and a few Swedish fish.