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…


MIA and back in action

June 25, 2009

I know I was MIA yesterday – no excuses really, I just didn’t feel like blogging.  Here’s a recap of Wednesday:

Breakfast

DSC02011 Breakfast cookie made with 1/2 cup oats, splash skim milk, 1 tsp cocoa, 1/2 scoop unflavored whey protein, and 1 Tbsp peanut butter

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1/2 cup egg substitute with a bit of sea salt

Morning Snack

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cheese stick

Lunch

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Green beans, 1/2 cup couscous, 1/4 block tofu, pat Earth Balance margarine, & 1 Tbsp champagne vinegar…

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…hard boiled egg…

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…and an apple.

Afternoon Snacks

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Kashi bar around 2:30pm

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Fresh cucumber slices…

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…and 1/2 cup yogurt with homemade strawberry glaze around 5pm.

Dinner

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carrots and hummus

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homemade pizza (see recipe page)

I had good intentions on Wednesday – went for a 45 minute walk during work and planned on working out when I got home, but I talked myself out of it.   I watched DVR’d episodes of The Cleaner instead – slacker.  This was followed by some mindless munching  – Kashi crackers with peanut butter, cereal, Kashi cookies, sunchips, and a few mini Twix bars.   Technically I should say binge instead of munching…munching sounds so much better though.  Moral of the story – I have to blog every day even if I don’t feel like it.  Also, I am allowed to take a day off from working out, but shouldn’t feel guilty and let that turn into eating unnecessary stuff.

Enough about that…today I will not continue yesterday’s cycle.  Wasn’t feeling that hungry because of all the junk last night, so I decided on a light smoothie:

DSC02025– 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

– 1/2 frozen peach

– 1/2 frozen banana

– 8 oz skim milk

– 1 scoop unflavored whey protein

– 1 tsp agave nectar

Very refreshing!

Now I’m ready to take on the day.  Today’s agenda includes working out, a haircut/highlight, hanging out with my sister-in-law, and whatever else I feel like accomplishing.  Glad to be back! 🙂

PS – Check out the Real Simple & PURE Bar Giveaway from Kristin at Iowa Girl Eats!


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:

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)

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! 🙂


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.


Tuesday Bites & Curried Tuna Salad

June 16, 2009

Needed a caffeine jolt once I got to work:

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~6 oz coffee with 2 oz 1% milk

Morning Snack

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1 oz mozzarella cheese – quick and easy

Lunch

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:

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fresh zucchini and mushrooms with TJ’s balsamic vinaigrette

Afternoon Snack(s):

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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.

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

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…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.

Dinner:

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– 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.

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…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.



Mighty Bites are mighty good!

June 15, 2009

Jim and I took Kenan for a short walk around the neighborhood after dinner (~25 minutes), and then I completed about 30 minutes of upper body/core strength training.

Decided to try a new cereal for my snack tonight – Kashi Mighty Bites!

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I apologize for the corny title above, couldn’t help myself

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They taste like a cross between honey nut cheerios and honeycomb – great combo in my opinion! I mixed about 1/2 cup in 1/2 cup or so of plain yogurt, plus a drizzle of agave nectar.   Yummy!

I’m debating on becoming a Food Buzz Featured Publisher – any one have any feedback to share? I didn’t see anything that looked fishy in the contract, so I think I’ll go for it unless I hear negative stuff.