Sampling Sunday

July 5, 2009

The husband didn’t feel like P90X today, so I decided to run instead.  I managed 3.5 miles at a slow pace; not bad for post-alcohol.  Post-run I made lunch:

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Cereal (what else?) – 1 cup Kashi Go Lean, 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s O’s, 1 cup 1% kefir, and 1/2 oz almonds…

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….and some fresh pineapple.  I planned on this being my entire lunch, but I was still hungry 30 minutes later.

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I decided a Banana Smoothie would hit the spot.  It contained 1 scoop Unjury unflavored protein powder, 4 oz unsweetened Almond Breeze, frozen medium banana, and 1/2 packet of PureVia (leftover free samples).  It tasted like ice cream with the added stevia! 🙂

Obviously (if  you read my earlier post), my afternoon was spent baking zucchini bread/muffins.  I had 1/2 of the following muffin and might have licked a spoonful of batter.

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I also made some dark chocolate chip oatmeal cookies for Wednesday’s bible study group.

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I let these cook for too long, so the bottoms burnt…boo.  I couldn’t resist trying one, so I took this one with the ooey-gooey Ghirardelli:

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Burnt bottoms aside, it was delish!

The cookies used the last of my oats, so I made a trip to Healthy Home Market for some bulk bin goodies – wheatberries, oat bran, rolled oats, and cashews.  I wanted to try my hand at some homemade cashew butter:

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6 oz cashew pieces into the mini food processor

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5 minutes later

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10 minutes later

I thought my poor processor was going to overheat, but it’s still alive.  I sampled a Tbsp to make sure it was edible – and oooh buddy, it’s edible alright!  Can’t wait to use this stuff over the next week!  After all my “samplings” this afternoon, I decided my 30 minute run wasn’t going to cut it.  I hopped on the elliptical for 45 minutes and then showered.  By 7, I still wasn’t hungry but didn’t want delay dinner much longer.  I settled on another banana smoothie (unpictured, since it’s the exact same as earlier) and a plate of leftover grilled tinfoil veggies with Parmesan cheese:

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YUM YUM – the Parmesan makes this dish!

Now it’s time for some relaxing with the husband.  Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend! 🙂

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Still working on getting caught up…

July 4, 2009

Playing catch up again…

Friday

Breakfast

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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.

Lunch

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Green Monster!

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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…

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

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YUMMY!!!!

Afternoon Snack

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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:

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Kashi Go Lean and Mighty Bites with skim milk…

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…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…

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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! 🙂


Monday’s Bites

June 29, 2009

Today started with a slice of Trader Joe’s low calorie bread and ~1 Tbsp of light cream cheese before my 6:30am workout:

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Jim and I lunged and squatted out way through the P90X Legs & Back DVD (~1 hour) and then completed the 15 minute Ab Ribber segment.  Very intense, but in a good way.  Post-workout, I refueled with a mixed up bowl of cottage cheese, kiwi, sliced almonds, and Kashi GOLEAN Crunch cereal:

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I love kiwi!

Breakfast lasted me until about 11:30, but I knew I didn’t have time for lunch until 1pm – cheese stick to the rescue!

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Lunch was leftover tofu and veggies from last night:

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I chopped up a cheese stick for a little more staying power, and also had an apple on the side (unpictured)…

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…followed by one of these guys for dessert!

By 5pm, I was starting to feel a tiny bit hungry, but not enough for a real snack.  I settled on raw zucchini:

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This held me until dinner at 6:45pm:

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Egg & mozzarella panini (TJ’s low calorie bread with a smear of Earth Balance margarine) heated on my panini press.  YUM!  I might have had a piece of bread while this was cooking.  I wasn’t feeling up to veggies due to a rumbly stomach, but wanted something munchy – enter 100 calorie bag of popcorn:

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I feel totally satisfied and won’t question my sweet tooth’s current disappearance…I’m sure it will reappear soon enough!  Jim and I might be bowling with friends tonight, but I plan on abstaining from the pitchers of beer that will be floating around.  This girl is too tired for alcohol tonight!  Hope everyone else is doing well and full of energy! 🙂


P90X is here…what’s a wife to do?

June 26, 2009

The husband and I tried out the P90X chest & back DVD after my post last night – boy, am I sore today!  LOTS of push-ups – I did the majority of them girly style on my knees and have the bruises today to prove it.  Today’s tape was pyelometrics (lots of jumping around) and both of us worked up a good sweat.

I’ve decided to follow the exercise program with Jim, but I’m not so sure about the nutrition part.  The first phase is 50% protein – ridiculous!   I’m having a moral dilemma here – following it would go against everything I’ve learned as a dietitian about balance BUT I want to be supportive of the hubby.  What’s a wife to do? Suggestions or advice anyone?

Moral dilemmas aside; it’s time for today’s bites…

Last night’s post-workout snack:  Kashi Mighty Bites in skim milk

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BREAKFAST

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Breakfast cookie (1/2 cup oats, 2 Tbsp PBU, splash of Almond Breeze, 1/2 tsp cocoa powder) topped with another Tbsp of PBU – HEAVEN!

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Egg substitute with reduced fat mozzarella

MORNING SNACK

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cheese stick

LUNCH

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Salad with romaine, carrots, tofu, egg, almonds, and balsamic vinaigrette.  I planned on an apple for dessert, but decided on this instead:

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KASHI! 🙂

AFTERNOON SNACKS

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Lowfat plain yogurt with 1 Tbsp PBU

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Microwaved rye with 1 Tbsp PBU

DINNER

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Stir fry with edamame, tofu, sesame oil, garlic powder, and the last of my mozzerella cheese…

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1/2 cup total Kashi Mighty Bites/GOLEAN Crunch in skim milk…

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…and another slice of rye with PBU – I’m officially obsessed with this stuff! It is soooo good.  🙂

I had a DEXA scan today to retest my body composition (I hop on there every now and then for free – one of awesome perks of my job) – I’m down 2 lbs and 0.5% in body fat over the past month.  It’s a slow loss, but I’m happy to be moving in the right direction.  The weird thing is that my left arm has more muscle than my right – and I’m right handed!  Gotta even those suckers out!

Alrighty, I need to shower – Jim and I are probably going bowling with Chris tonight.  Should be fun! Hope everyone else is having a great Friday night! 🙂


I finally made PBU!

June 25, 2009

After my late breakfast, I went for a jog/walk – 4 miles in 55 minutes (I think I ran 40 and walked 15 or so).   I wish I’d woken up early because it was really hot by 10am (80-90 degrees?).  I wore sunscreen and a hat and still got burned – my skin is just super fair.  I keep touching my cheeks and they’re still hot 8 hours later….oh well, free blush.  I cooled down while reading blogs, and then fixed myself an early lunch since I had to be at my hair appointment by 12:30.

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I was craving fruit, so I made of bowl of lowfat plain yogurt, peaches, banana, almonds, and Kashi GOLEAN Crunch cereal.

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Up Close

I sat for almost 3 hours this afternoon for my highlights and trim, and then had a handful of almonds in the car on the way to the mall.

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My sister-in-law was supposed to meet me, but she never answered her phone.  I perused the sale rack at Anthropologie and tried a few things on, but nothing worked.  I get so frustrated being “well-endowed” and short.  I realize I can have things altered (and nearly every item I buy ends up going to a tailor) but it gets old…and expensive.  I did manage to find a BCBG shirt at Belk for $40 from $138 – gotta love a bargain!

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I could get away without altering this one, but it’s sleeveless and an inch off the fabric at the shoulders would make a huge difference.  I’ll probably spend the extra $10 or $15….sigh.  At least I found something fun though!

I worked up an appetite shopping and wanted something quick when I got home.  Decided on a salad with tofu, egg, romaine, carrots, tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and TJ’s reduced fat cilantro dressing.

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And a slice of rye bread with Earth Balance margarine:

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Microwaving it for 30 seconds makes it taste so much better!

Okay, so I’ve been reading a lot about ABU and PBU on various blogs and decided it was time to make some of my own:

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1 cup Skippy Natural PB + 2 cups unsweetened almond breeze = PBU

It turned out a little watery, but even watery this stuff is AWESOME!  Emily is a genious!  I had a Tbsp or so straight off the spoon and also used it to make my breakfast cookie for breakfast tomorrow.  I will be dreaming of it tonight for sure.  Oh, and the peanut butter spurred a chocolate craving, so I had a few Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips:

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YUM!  I love dark chocolate because just a little bit satisfies.

Kenan just went psycho – the UPS guy dropped off the P90X DVDs my husband ordered.  MAN that was fast!  I have to go check these things out…


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:

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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:

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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!

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

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LEFTOVERS!

– 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….

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…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!

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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:

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– 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)

BLEND AND ENJOY!

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”!

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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.  🙂



Big Daddy’s Burger Bar

June 22, 2009

My snacks from last night:

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a small peach…

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…and 4 oz of skim milk

I was still hungry as I was trying to fall asleep, so I had a cheese stick around 11 as well (unpictured).

Now another Monday draws to a close…it’s been a jam-packed day on too little sleep.  I went to bed last night at 10:30 but didn’t fall asleep until well after midnight.  This insomnia thing has got to improve!  I didn’t have to be at work until 9am, so I mentally cancelled my workout last night and reset my alarm for 8.  Luckily, I awoke at 7:15 and decided I would feel better if I worked out – I did a quick 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by breakfast:

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A slice of my veggie-rific egg substitute casserole (see recipe page) from the freezer…

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…and overnight oatmeal (1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1/4 cup almond breeze, 1/3 cup oatmeal) topped with 1/2 oz almonds and a drizzle of agave nectar.   The egg casserole wasn’t as good this time around – it was pretty watery, but it was quick and easy so I can’t complain.  The combo lasted me until lunch around 12:30.  I brought a leftover burger from last night, but decided I would save that for tomorrow’s lunch since I had plans to go out for burgers at dinner.  Instead I had the following:

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…cucumbers from the farmer’s market (you can definitely tell the difference in taste!), carrots, and a slice of rye with 2 Tbsp fresh ground almond butter & a drizzle of agave nectar.  I ended the meal with 1/2 cup Greek yogurt topped with a bit of the strawberry glaze I made last night.

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Looks sort of gross, but it was tasty!

After lunch, Renee (one of the other RDs at my office) and I went for a 30 minute walk.  So refreshing!  Lunch lasted me until 4, and then I decided it was time for a snack.

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This one’s self-explanatory 😉

Dinner was girls’ night out with Renee and Arielle – we went to Big Daddy’s Burger Bar.  The names implies grease pit, so I was shocked at the selection of healthier fare.  There was a huge selection of burgers and “fixins” along with entree salads; you could even create your own salad, which I decided was my best bet.  I chose the buffalo burger on a bed of romaine lettuce, mushrooms, chickpeas, cucumbers, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, and pecans/balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

I am proud to say I took my first food picture in public! Granted it’s not too odd in front of an RD and fitness trainer, but it’s a start, right?

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This was my first experience with bison and after this tasty burger, I’m a fan!  I finished all of the burger, most of the salad, 1/2 the nuts, and 1/4 of the dressing (which was really thick for a vinaigrette)…

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I wasn’t that hungry after dinner, but still wanted something sweet to end the night…

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1/2 cup each Peanut Butter Bumpers and Kashi Mighty Bites with skim milk

Going to catch up on reading blogs, and then it’s off to bed.  Nighty nite! 🙂