High Flying Fun

July 3, 2009

This post is not food-oriented at all, but I wanted to share the pictures from yesterday’s flying excursion.  It was so much fun!

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On the ground…

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The control panel…

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Me and Dad geared up…

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It’s so pretty up there!

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We flew over my parent’s and grandparent’s houses.  My parents live in the “hole” on the left and my grandparents live in the “hole” on the right.  The houses are buried in the trees, but you can see the pool, garden shed, and pond.

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This is the pond where I learned to fish as a child…

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You can almost see the garden…

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Pretty blue sky…

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Back in the hanger…

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Reminds of a “Bob the Builder” character from this angle.  And check out this crazy contraption…

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You won’t catch me (or my Dad) in that thing!

I was going to post a video as well, but apparently I would have to pay for a “video upgrade” – I think I pass on shelling out cash.  Ya’ll can use your imaginations on this one.  😉

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Wednesday/Thursday Catch up!

July 3, 2009

Word of caution – this is going to be a long post.  I’ve been out of the loop for two days now and feel so behind!  I’ll give you a recap of Wednesday and Thursday’s bites with minimal explanation, and then I’ll post some pictures and video (if I can figure it out) from flying with my Dad yesterday.

Wednesday

Breakfast

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Kashi Go Lean/Go Lean Crunch, 1% Kefir, banana…

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…1 egg & 1/4 cup All Whites

Morning Snack

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cheese stick and cucumber slices

Lunch

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Tuna salad with homemade pickles, whole wheat mini pitas, carrots, and squash

Afternoon Snack

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One of the protein bars we carry at our clinic for our bariatric surgery patients.  Here are the stats:

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Not completely natural, but they make a nice treat every now and then.

I also had a spoonful of nut butter and a package of Kashi crackers a few hours later, but forgot to snap a picture.  Dinner was unpictured as well…forgive me.   One of my friends from college is a teacher and in town to visit her family for a few days.  She invited me to eat dinner at her dad’s house.  Dinner was a mexican casserole (refried beans in tortillas topped with enchilada sauce and veggies), a side of rice, and Edy’s ice cream for dessert.  It was excellent!  I didn’t get home until 10:00, so I skipped posting and opted for bed instead.

Thursday

Breakfast

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Kashi Go Lean/Go Lean Crunch with 1% Kefir and a kiwi.

I was planning on doing the P90X shoulders & back DVD, but opted for a run instead.  Being short on time, I kept it to 2.5 miles and then did about 20 minutes of the stretching DVD to cool down.  Lunch had to be quick (and super early…11am!)

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Two slices TJ’s low calorie bread with pbu…

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…and leftover squash & zucchini (dill, champagne vinegar for flavoring), to which I added tofu and mozzarella cheese.

Luckily, I was able to shower and make it to my dentist appointment on time.   They took impressions for the bite guard, which should be ready in a few weeks.  Following my appointment, I made the 40 minute drive to the regional airport to meet my dad.   I brought some squash to munch on in the car…

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Don’t worry – I didn’t eat this straight like an apple.  I had a knife I used to chop it up!

But that didn’t do the trick, so I stopped at a gas station for this:
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YUM!

Dad and I flew for an hour or so, and then headed back to my parent’s house for dinner.  My mom made fresh okra, grilled “tin-foil” vegetables (squash, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini with olive oi & spices wrapped in tin foil on the grill for 30 minutes), and teriyaki steak kabobs:

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A variety of “salads”:

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I wasn’t a huge fan of either cole slaw so I only had one bite of each, but I finished the three bean salad.

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…and Breyer’s light cookies & cream ice cream for dessert!  Delish!

We walked to my grandparent’s after dinner and hung out with them for a bit.  They had to show me my grandmother’s “second kitchen” (she started a catering busy at age 60….so cute!), which was formerly part of my grandpa’s workshop.  And we also checked out the  enormous garden…the garden alone is bigger than my backyard!  One of the perks of country life.  After a fun day/night of visiting, it was time to go home.  Dad flew me back to the airport and then I drove the remainder.  I had a quick snack, bath, and then settled into bed around 11pm.

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TJ’s low calorie bread with light cream cheese

I think I’m going to save the flying pictures for my next post.  It’s starting to get hot outside and I wanted to get a run in before it’s officially roasting….more to come this afternoon….


Flying vegetables!

June 28, 2009

Breakfast

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Breakfast cookie with 1/3 cup oats, splash of Almond Breeze, 1/2 tsp cocoa, 1 Tbsp pbu on top, and a drizzle of agave…

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…and some egg substitute with low fat mozzarella tucked inside.

I also had a cup of green tea with skim milk:
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After breakfast, I drove to meet my dad at the regional airport. I am so upset – my camera died on the airfield today!  I took a picture of some of the other planes:

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…and the tail of the one we were taking…

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…and then the battery went dead!

It’s my own fault for not checking before I left.  We had a great time though – he even let me fly (or attempt to fly) for a bit.  The hard part was seeing over the dashboard because I’m so short.  Next time I need to bring a big pillow.

We made a pit stop in Gastonia to celebrate his and my grandmother-in-law’s birthday.  Lunch was a spread – roast beef, potato casserole, shrimp etufe, rice, okra, fried squash, salad, and rolls.  I had 3 oz or so of the roast beef, 1/2 cup of potato casserole, 1/4 cup of shrimp, a few pieces of okra, two small slices of fried squash, and salad.  I skipped the rolls and rice to save room for dessert – a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cake!  YUM!

After lunch, we flew for another hour or so and then landed to exchange goodies.  His birthday present for a huge bag of veggies from the garden, homemade pickles, and fresh zucchini bread.  Check out my crisper – totally packed!

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Flying vegetables!  – cucumbers, okra, yellow squash, and zucchini (it’s hiding underneath)…

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…and the pickles which I’ll open sometime this week.

I was starting to feel a bit sluggish around 4, so I had a protein bar on the drive home.  It’s Healthwise, the brand we carry at my office – not natural by any means, but it did the job.  I don’t have a picture since I hadn’t made it home to change the camera battery yet.   After putting up my goodies, I set out to do the P90X Yoga – it was 90 minutes and no walk in the park.  I’m still flexible from my former dance/twirling days, but there were some moves I couldn’t master.

Dinner was fairly light due to the large lunch:

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Mixed-up bowl of squash, zucchini, onions, tofu, and mozzarella flavored with champagne vinegar and dill

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I couldn’t resist trying a slice of my mom’s homemade zucchini/blueberry bread.  It was really good, but I’m feeling a bit stuffed now.  Too many sweets in one day!

Well, it’s time for this girl to shower and wind down.  I hope everyone had wonderful weekends – I know I did! 🙂


Slow morning

June 27, 2009

I am too old for alcohol – my head is not happy with me right now…

We were supposed to go bowling last night but never made it to the alley.  The wait was 2 hours, and Chris was starving so we went to Mez instead.  It’s a restaurant adjacent to a club – Chris and his neighbor ordered fillet and roasted chicken which smelled and looked awesome, but I was full from dinner earlier.  I settled for two Samuel Adams Summer Ales instead and was already feeling the effects after one, so I threw in two glasses of water.  Then they decided they wanted to hang out at the actual club; against my better judgment I had a red bull vodka and about 1/2 of a Miller Lite.  We got home around 2am – way too late.   I feel so sluggish today and my head hurts.

For the longest time I wouldn’t go out because I was embarrassed of my weight and would compare myself to other girls (I swear, downtown Charlotte is like a mini-LA sometimes) – me going out as much as I have lately shows my self-esteem is improving.  The only problem is it usually involves alcohol and I end up feeling it the next day.  I’ve got to learn to be able to have one drink and stop!

On a more positive note, Jim and I talked about the P90X nutrition plan.  He doesn’t want to follow the plan exactly and just wants to eat healthier in general.  YAY!  Now I don’t have to worry about cutting back on my carbs.  I’ve worked hard at “making peace” with carbs; following a low-carb plan would set me back mentally and probably increase my cravings/overeating frequency as well.  Consequently, breakfast included carbs and protein 🙂

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Breakfast Cookie with Pbu

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Egg substitute with low fat colby jack

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Tazo Green Tea…

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…couldn’t resist a splash of skim milk!

And just for fun…

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This just bloomed yesterday in our back yard!

Today’s agenda is up in the air.  A workout is a must!  Today is a chest & arms day for P90X, but I want to get in some cardio as well, especially after last night.  Not sure if I’ll feel up to a run – we’ll see.  My weekly grocery run needs to happen today as well since I have a busy day tomorrow.

I’m meeting my dad to fly at the Monroe airport- he was in the Army and used to ride in the backseat of the fighter jets.  Post-army he got his pilot’s license and became a member of the local flying club – now he rents small planes (Cesna’s I think…I’m not up on plane jargon) for weekend joy rides.  I’ll be sure to take some pictures.  It’s also Jim’s grandmother’s birthday, so I think we might fly to the Gastonia airport, have Jim pick us up so we can hang out with his family, and then fly back to Monroe after that.  It should be a lot of fun.

I hope everyone else is having great weekends so far! 🙂


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! 🙂


Beware: Watching The Hangover = Slight Hangover

June 21, 2009

Last night’s dinner & movie outing was a blast, but I’m feeling the effects today –  let’s back up about 16 hours or so…

I knew we weren’t eating last night until 8pm or later (much later than usual for me), so I snacked more than usual over the course of the afternoon:

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whole wheat bread with light cream cheese around 3:30pm before I left for the Farmer’s Market

I decided on the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market since the King’s Street Market closes at 3.  The regional one is a bit farther for me, but has a bigger selection.  Not nearly as big as the market in Raleigh I frequented during college, but local farmers nonetheless.  I came home with this bounty for less than $10:

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And of course, I had to incorporate one of those peaches into my snack at 4:30pm:

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One slices peach and ~1/2 cup cottage cheese – I was a bit let down; the peach was a little mealy and not sweet enough!  I can always freeze them for smoothies if none of them meet my standards, so it won’t be a total loss.  After my snack, I completed the weekly grocery run.  I opted for Harris Teeter and Earthfare this week and am excited to try apple butter from Earthfare.  Expect to see it sometime soon!  I also purchased some fresh local bread – I thought it was whole wheat, but turns out I grabbed rye.  Once returning home around 7 with a headache and hungry, I decided to try a piece of the rye with a smear of Earth Balance margarine heated in the microwave:

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Usually I don’t like rye, but the carraway seeds weren’t overpowering – nice for a change of pace.  And I couldn’t resist a spoon of the fresh ground almond butter I picked up:

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So much tastier than normal jarred nut butter!

We finally left to pick up Donna for dinner at 7:30, but it took us 45 minutes instead of 15 to drive downtown and find a parking spot!  Phantom of the Opera was playing and there was a “Dubs Show” as well – I can’t believe they have entire shows dedicated to car rims, but whatever floats your boat I guess.   Donna and I might see Phantom in the next week or so if we can find decent priced tickets though.

We decided on Harper’s Grill for dinner.  Surprisingly, it was basically empty and we were seated immediately.  I tried to order a glass of Pinot Grigio, but they were out!  The waitress talked me into a glass of sparkling wine instead (forgive me – I’m no wine connoisseur and can’t recall the name) – she said it wasn’t champagne, but it tasted like it to me!  I had two glasses throughout the meal.  I started with a house salad with light oriental dressing and chose the special as my entree – Mahi Mahi over a bed of garlic grits.  I asked for asparagus instead of the grits, but they brought out both – so of course, I had to try them…okay, so I ate most of them.  They were so good!   Since it was Donna’s birthday, the waitress also brought us a complimentary brownie – I had about three bites.

Sorry there aren’t any pictures – I just don’t feel comfortable telling everyone I’m doing this yet.  To you seasoned bloggers, how long did it take before you started taking pictures in public?   Any suggestions on how to get over my insecurities about it?

After dinner, we walked the two or three blocks to the 21+ theater at Epicenter.   The Hangover was hysterical – I haven’t laughed that much at a movie in a long time.  I’m sure the two Miller Lites I had helped, but I think it would have been just as funny sober!  After the movie, we walked back to Donna’s place and chated for a bit before heading home.  Jim and I went to bed at 1am – late for us “old married folks.”

I woke up this morning at 6 with a slight headache and achy stomach, so I took two Ibuprofen with a huge glass of water and slice of rye toast.  Then I went back to sleep…until 10am!  Half my day is gone now, oh well – at least my headache feels better.

Breakfast (or should I say brunch?) was a bowl of cereal and coffee:

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1 cup Kashi GOLEAN, 1/2 cup Kashi Mighty Bites, and 1 cup 1% milk

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I’m on my second cup now – both with a splash of 1% milk.

Kenan appears to be feeling better.   He didn’t throw up last night and so far, has kept down a cup of normal dog food.  He’s probably disappointed he won’t be eating couscous and chicken breast every day! 🙂

Today should be a pretty relaxing day – I have nothing on the agenda besides a workout and cleaning up around the house.  Donna said there was a big sale at Anthropologie, so I might hit that up later if I feel up to getting dressed in real clothes…haha.


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…

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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.

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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….

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

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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:

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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:

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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:

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

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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:

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

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…followed by a dinner appetizer at 4:20

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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.