Still working on getting caught up…

July 4, 2009

Playing catch up again…




1/2 cup oats with drizzle of maple syrup/agave nectar blend, 1 Tbsp pbu, and a mini box of raisins

Physical Activity: 5 mile run in about 1 hour, which should probably be called a jog.  I felt like I could have gone farther, but I don’t want to increase my mileage too quickly and risk injury.  I think I’m going to try and increase by 1 mile each weekend.



Green Monster!


Frozen fruit (medium peach, small banana, 1/2 cup pineapple), 1/2 cup 1% kefir, 1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, splash of skim milk, and two handfuls of spinach all blended to perfection!  Very refreshing after a hot run, but I wanted some substance as well…


Enter mini whole wheat pitas with fresh ground almond butter and apple butter…



Afternoon Snack


The last of my cottage cheese (~ 1/3 cup) and a chopped golden tomato from my grandparents

I met my sister-in-law for coffee around 5 and had an iced tall skinny latte.  We ended up talking until 8:45 – whoa!  Needless to say, I was quite ravenous when I got home.  “Dinner” was on the table in two minutes flat:


Kashi Go Lean and Mighty Bites with skim milk…


…and a 100-calorie bag of popcorn, which I cooked a few seconds too long.  I was too hungry to care though!

It was so nice to have the day off, even though I didn’t do too much relaxing.  Jim and I turned in around 10:30 after watching a King of the Hill episode.  It was the one with the organic food co-op, so I actually found it to be entertaining…especially when they talk about how the organic tomatoes taste like “heaven balls.”  That’s what I thought with my homegrown tomato this afternoon!

Okay, on to today…


I was craving cereal when I woke up (imagine that…me craving cereal?), so I decided to go for it….

1 cup Kashi Go Lean, 1/2 cup Kashi Mighty Bites, 1/2 oz almonds, and 1 cup skim milk

Jim and I did some gardening this morning, and now we are going to do the P90X Back & Shoulders DVD.  I still haven’t gotten around to reading everyone else’s posts but I promise I will get caught up within the next day or so.  I don’t see how those of you with huge readerships keep up with it all – it really is a part-time job in itself!  Not that I’m complaining one bit, because I am starting to feel like a part of the blog community.  Thanks for the love! 🙂


Atypical dinner – smoothie and cereal

June 23, 2009

Do you ever wake up in total confusion, struggling to remember what day it is?  Today was one of those mornings, and I was sorely disappointed when I realized it was Tuesday instead of Thursday (my day off).  I got over it pretty quick though and moved on to breakfast by 6:30:


Overnight oatmeal (1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/4 cup almond breeze, 1/3 cup oats) topped with 1/2 oz almonds, 1/4 cup Kashi GOLEAN, and a drizzle of agave nectar AND some protein:


1/2 cup egg substitute and 1/2 oz low fat mozzarella

I had a cup of coffee at work around 7:30 with a splash of 1% milk (unpictured) to get me going.  Unfortunately, I felt the caffeine crash a few hours later, but gotta love that buzz while it lasts!


I snacked on a cheese stick at 10:00 and decided to have an early lunch at 11:45:



– 4 oz extra lean ground beef with 1 packet ketchup I “stole” from the break room

– 1/2 cup couscous with pat of Earth Balance margarine

– a pile of green beans with balsamic vinegar

Nothing spectacular, but it did the job and I knew it needed to be eaten before it went bad.  Waste not, want not…or something like that.

Dessert was perfectly sweet though….


…the last of the fresh pineapple. YUM!

One of my patients canceled, so I went for a 30 minute walk around 1pm.  Nothing like fresh air to perk you up, even if it is 90 degree air!


By 4 I was started to feel a little headach-y and hunger was starting to grow, so I had a piece of rye bread with almond butter and agave nectar.  I left work around 4:30 and then had some carrots when I walked in the door.  I debated running, but didn’t really feel up to it; Kenan and I settled for a walk in the park instead.  There were tons of geese and ducks out today!  He loved it – watching his excitement makes me beam like a proud parent…I can’t imagine what being a REAL parent will feel like if a dog brings out this much emotion in me.  Not that I’m planning on becoming a parent anytime soon…just sayin’.

I didn’t feel up to a hot dinner tonight for 3 reasons:

#1 – It’s hot outside!

#2 – Jim is out of town for work so I don’t feel compelled to cook.

#3 – I already had a hot meal at lunch.

Irregardless of the reason, I decided to make a big smoothie and a bowl of cereal:

DSC01992Pineapple-Strawberry Dream Smoothie

– handful frozen pineapple &- handful frozen strawberries

– 1 to 2 Tbsp lemon juice

– water to preferred consistency (I think I used 6 oz???)

– 1 scoop unflavored whey protein

– few drops vanilla extract

– small chunk of brown sugar (?1 tsp)


I was trying to recreate the sorbet consistency of the glaze I made Sunday night, but it didn’t turn out as thick.  I think I should have used less water and a food processor.  It was still really good though; a perfect summer “treat”!


My cereal bowl contained about 1 cup total – it was a mixture of Kashi Mighty Bites, Kashi GOLEAN, and the last of my Peanut Butter Bumpers (!!!) in skim milk.  I’m going to have to buy another box this weekend for sure.

This may not be typical dinner fare, but I was very pleased and am feeling quite content at the moment.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with the rest of my night.  🙂

Poor Kenan…

June 20, 2009

Kenan has thrown up twice again today – I wish I knew what was wrong with my baby!  He’s been eating grass, which I’ve heard dogs do to induce vomiting when they don’t feel well.  Jim googled it this morning, and some of the sites said we should give him boiled chicken breast and white rice.  I only had brown rice on hand, so I figured couscous would be less fibrous and easier on his stomach:


Best darn meal he’s ever eaten I bet…


It was gone in less than 30 seconds!

Since I already had the couscous cooked, I decided to pair it with leftovers from last night:


Salmon, veggies with slivered almonds, and couscous with a pat of Earth Balance margarine


Just as good reheated as it was last night!  Kenan barked at me several times during my meal; apparently, he wanted seconds on the couscous.  It would have been better cooked in low sodium chicken broth, but I was trying to keep it plain for his sake.


I had a side of fresh pineapple for dessert – by far my favorite fruit!  This one was cut at the peak of ripeness, too!


…and now I’m sipping on some coffee with a splash of 1% milk.

I think I’m going to go to the Farmer’s Market on Kings Street after I shower, and then I’ll make the usual Target/Trader Joe’s run.  Might stop by Harris Teeter as well since they have milk, eggs, and Kashi GOLEAN on sale this week.  Better get showered up, I think I still smell from this morning’s excursion!

Catch up…

June 19, 2009

I didn’t have time last night to post dinner – after running my errands, Jim and I decided to watch the Carolina/Arizona baseball game downtown.  I grabbed a super quick bite to eat – leftovers…


Panini with tofu, hummus, and mozarella cheese along side sauteed green beans in olive oil and balsmic vinegar.

We met up with his best friend and girlfriend (Chris and Donna from the wedding last weekend) at none other than…Hooters.  Classy, right?  I had two Miller Lite draft beers.  The alcohol spurred my hunger, but I resisted the appetizer temptations and ordered carrots with light ranch dressing instead.  Decided I’d be better off with that and a small snack when I got home.   The game ended up being a blow out, so we left during the 7th inning.  Thank goodness, because it was already 10:30 by then and way past my bedtime.  I ate this once we made it home and was in bed by 11pm.


1/2 slice whole wheat Tuscan Pane bread and ~1 Tbsp light whipped cream cheese

I hate getting in bed that late when I know I have to be up at 6am.  Not only was it a late bedtime, but Kenan woke up four times throwing up during the night.  He’s fine now, but needless to say, I’m feeling pretty tired today.  So tired in fact, that I made my breakfast this morning while drinking a glass of 1% milk….


…but forgot to put it in my bag after I took a picture!  This is what I had planned on eating:


Overnight oatmeal with almond breeze/yogurt base topped with almonds and Kashi Go Lean….looks good, right?  Well, that didn’t quite happen. I realized it when I got to work – luckily, I keep a stash of stuff there, so this was what I had instead:


1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt, drizzle of agave nectar, 1/2 cup Kashi GOLEAN and a Kashi Honey Almond Flax bar at 7am, followed by a snack at 10am:


Coffee with ~2 oz skim milk (caffeine jolt!) and a cheese stick

I went for a 25 minute walk at noon and then had lunch:


1 can chunk light tuna, ~1 Tbsp reduced fat mayo, ~1 Tbsp TJ’s relish, and a small chopped apple


Leftover veggies from the party on Wednesday – I didn’t eat the tomatoes because the first one was mushy and had that nasty off taste.  I was planning on eating my other Kashi bar as dessert, but I was too full off the veggies and tuna.  It ended up being a snack at 2pm:


and I had the rest of my carrots in the car on the way home at 3:45:


…followed by a dinner appetizer at 4:20


whole wheat Tuscan Pane bread and light cream cheese

I’m not sure what we’re going to do about dinner tonight.  Both of us are beat from the interrupted sleep, but grilled salmon sounds really good to me.  I’d like to get in a workout before then, at least some strength training since I never got around to it yesterday.

Tuesday Bites & Curried Tuna Salad

June 16, 2009

Needed a caffeine jolt once I got to work:


~6 oz coffee with 2 oz 1% milk

Morning Snack


1 oz mozzarella cheese – quick and easy


DSC01864Curried Tuna Salad

– 1 can ( 6 oz) chunk light tuna

– 1 Tbsp light mayonnaise

– 1 mini box raisins

– curry powder to taste

Mix and enjoy.  How easy is that?

Nutrition Stats:  ~ 225 calories, 5 g fat, 11 g carbohydrate, 33 g protein

I had some veggies on the side:


fresh zucchini and mushrooms with TJ’s balsamic vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack(s):


Kashi chewy bar around 2 – lunch didn’t quite fill me up.  Went for a quick 25 minute walk with Arielle and Renee at 2:30 since I had a patient cancellation.  I’m really enjoying getting out for a bit during the day, instead of staying holed up in my office.


~1 Tbsp of freshly ground almond butter at 3:30


…and a handful of carrots on the drive home around 6pm.  I find this helps me make better choices at dinner instead of walking through the door ravenous.


DSC01870Random “Chef Salad”

– 85 g extra firm tofu

– 1 hard boiled egg

– 1/2 oz shredded 2% colby jack

– mixed greens & carrots

– 1.5 Tbsp balsamic vinaigrette

I usually don’t like un-marinated tofu, but this was pretty decent mixed with the salad dressing.


…and a slice of my homemade pizza.  Still tasted great, but I may have freeze the rest so I’m forced to cook something different before the end of the week.

Afternoon Grazing

June 14, 2009

The coffee waited until after my nap – decided sleep was a better idea at the time.  I dozed for about 45 minutes and then had the following “pick-me-up”:

DSC01825– 1/3 cup cottage cheese

– 1/4 cup Kashi GOLEAN Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal

– 1 kiwi

– drizzle agave nectar

Perfect combo of sweet & crunchy!


…and a lukewarm cup of joe with a splash of vanilla soymilk.  I enjoyed these on our back porch.

After my snack, I made the Target/Trader Joe’s run.  We are officially restocked for the week!  I picked up a loaf of Whole Wheat Tuscan Pane for the first time.  I’ve looked at it several times, but always put it back because it’s so much higher in calories than TJ’s low calorie bread – 100 per slice versus 40.  The slices are large though, so I decided I’d give it a shot…


I must say, this bread is awesome!  I had a slice with ~1 Tbsp fresh ground almond butter and a drizzle of agave nectar when I got home:


It has a wonderful chewy texture and reminds me of sourdough – I will definitely be buying this again!  Totally worth spoiling dinner…

Unsure what we’ll do tonight.  Jim is watching the college baseball world series with Chris, but should be home sometime soon.  We had talked about trying out a Thai restaurant, but I also picked up ingredients for homemade pizza and burgers; not to mention, I’m really not that hungry after that bread and almond butter.  Too many choices!

Sunday Brunch

June 7, 2009

Breakfast was the perfect combo of sweet , crunchy, and savory: overnight oatmeal with almond/Kashi topping and an egg substitute omelet:


Overnight Oatmeal Base:

– 1/3 cup  multigrain cereal  (I usually use plain oats but I was out)

– 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze

– 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal

Mix base ingredients and refrigerate overnight.  Add desired toppings immediately before serving.

DSC01634Today I added the following toppings:

– 1/2 oz raw sliced almonds

– 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereal

…the perfect amount of crunch and sweetness!

Nutrition Stats: ~ 320 calories, 14 g fat, 34 g carb, 12 g fiber, 14 g protein

DSC01644Cheesy Egg Substitute Omelet:

– 1/2 cup Kirkland egg substitute

– 2 Tbsp reduced fat colby jack cheese

Heat skillet on medium heat; coat with non-stick cooking spray.

Add egg substitute and flip once it begins to bubble.

Plate omelet, sprinkle cheese on one side, and fold in half.

I added a sprinkle of sea salt today.


Nutrition Stats: ~100 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g carb, 16 g protein

And of course, Sunday brunch isn’t complete without coffee:


I used Guatemalan Green Mountain Coffee and a splash of Silk Light Vanilla Soymilk with 1 tsp of raw cane sugar.