Yes, I said it.

But first, yesterday. Nothing super special, aside from a day off from exercise.

Breakfast:

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1/2 granny smith with cinnamon, 3 egg whites with LC Garlic & Herb on WW toast

Lunch:

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Hummus and hot sauce quesadilla, steamed carrots and green beans with S&P

So simple but so so good. Steamed carrots are amazing. Fresh green beans are amazing. And all they need is a little s&p.

I also snacked on a clemmie on the way out the door to run some errands. Lack of physical activity + slight tummyache = late and comforting dinner.

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2 Kashi waffles with Peanut Butter & Co.’s Mighty Maple and a pear.

Have you seen Away We Go? I Netflixed it over a week ago but never got around to watching it until last night. It’s really good – not what I was expecting, but so good. John Krasinski is (aside from gorgeous) a great actor. I’d only ever seen him in “The Office” but he has a great range. It was also great to see Maya Rudolph in a non-goofy fun role – she’s great too. I didn’t expect them to have chemistry on screen, but they definitely do. They’re really cute. I highly suggest this movie!

I woke up this morning to some yoga – YogaDownload.com’s Shoulder Opener #1. Lovely. Then I made breakfast. Uh. Maze. Ing.

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait

Using Kath’s recipe as a base, I mixed 1/2 cup of pumpkin with 1 egg white with a tiny bit of TruVia and pumpkin pie spice and microwaved for about 4 minutes. I plopped a vanilla Chobani on top and then crumbled a Kashi Pumpkin Spice granola bar on top.
Now I’m watching Julie & Julia and loving it and wanting to go to Paris now more than ever. Plus i love Stanley Tucci.
The lobster scene is HILARIOUS. We actually did that last Christmas – steamed live lobsters. Well, my step-dad did. Grandma had the biggest problem with it, but she was also on her third cocktail so it may have been exaggerated.
“The day there is a meteorite rushing toward Earth and we have thirty days to live, I am going to spend it eating butter.” Yes, me too. Until then, I’ll cut back in order to live for that day.
Have a great day!
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This morning started off with some eggies:

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Coffee with skim and TruVia, 3 egg whites and LC Garlic and Herb on WW toast, half a granny smith with cinnamon

I ran some errands, did a whole lot of nothing, and eventually made lunch.

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Spinach bed with green beans, carrots, Veggie Patch falafel balls, tzatziki, and Frank

A few episodes of Cold Case and loads of laundry later, I snacked on my last mini Clif (this calls for a Target trip) before heading to the gym.

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  • 1 hour of ellipticalling up and down a mountain
  • 10 minutes of stair mastering some rolling hills

I came home to find a package waiting for me!

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What’s inside?

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Those look fun!

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Cherry Pie, Tropical Fruit Tart, Peanut Butter Cookie, and Key Lime Pie

Woo! 3 flavors I haven’t tried and PB Cookie – so good! I commented on a Larabar blog post last week and got sent these. Makes me love them even more!

Dinner was quite voluminous:

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Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce, parm, and garlic salt + spin and hummus sammie on Nature’s Pride WW

I was still snacky an hour later, so I had a random quarter of an apple from the fridge before I showered. Yep, I waited til after dinner to shower. I’m gross. But food often trumps cleanliness. Almost always, in fact.

I’ve spent the evening wasting my life by watching Wind Chill on Lifetime .. I have absolutely no idea what is supposed to be going on, but I like Emily Blunt. But wtf was she thinking? I also snacked on a yogurt bowl:

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Peach Chobani with Kashi Heart to Heart

I really wanted the blueberry Chobz I had in the fridge but it was mysteriously gone. Oh, the perils of introducing good food to your family. I also think I’m going to hide my TruVia packets soon …

Good night!

I hope you all had a great day, whether you celebrate or not!

I started Christmas morning with an egg white omelet with Laughing Cow and some apple with cinnamon.  And coffee, of course.  After opening presents, my mom and stepdad headed to his sister’s house and my brother and I just hung around until it was time to go to my aunt and uncle’s.  We were supposed to be there around 1:30, so I figured we’d be eating around 2 but I wasn’t sure.  I also didn’t know what we’d be eating, so I ate a small lunch around 12:30.


Half a hummus and spinach sandwich, green beans with salt and pepper, and spicy black bean soup with a dollop of Fage

We ended up opening presents around 3 and not eating until 4:30ish.  I snacked on a couple plates of apple, pear, blackberry, and pomegranate fruit salad – yum!  For “dinner” I had salad – mixed green with mushroom, cucumbers, balsamic vinegar, and EVOO – plus veggie picked out from some vegetable fried rice and some roasted chicken.  Eating at weird times throws my stomach off.  I don’t understand why we can’t eat meals at normal times on holidays.  It seems like an American tradition to eat a huge meal in the middle of the afternoon, with snacking before and desserts after.  I think that’s part of the problem people have with holidays and overeating.  If we just kept meal times the same, I don’t think people would overeat as much or have to strategize!

Anyway, before bed I ended up snacking on a piece of whole wheat bread smeared with a plain Laughing Cow wedge.  At first I didn’t know what I wanted – I heated up some soup (Campbell’s Chicken Tortilla) but it was gross and too much food anyway.  Then I decided on a CrackWich, but ended up putting the hummus and hot sauce back into the fridge.  Sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to snacks.

I woke up this morning and had coffee and half an apple pie Larabar before heading to the gym:

I took it relatively easy – at least on the treadmill.  Still incredibly bored on it – 3.1m in 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes on the stair mill and 15 on the elliptical – the last half in reverse mode.  I did reverse mode today and on Christmas Eve.  It’s something that quickly becomes obvious I never do, since I feel my quads and other muscles working in ways the stair mill, running, and forward ellipticalling do not make them.  It’s hard.

Breakfast part two was simple and quick:

Plain Cheerios with skim and half a banana

What was your favorite present of the holiday season? I got lots of fun stuff yesterday!  DVDs, gift cards, new Pandora charms, etc.  Pretty sure my favorites are the Whole Foods gift card from my brother and this:

A Swedish massage from my mom and stepdad!

Off to make lunch and watch season one of Weeds!

I did, I’m sorry.

But first – After lunch I was in a much better mood and set off to get my errands done.  After a painless trip to UPS and a very surprising quick trip to the post office, I was done!

I came home to relax and watch some TV before heading to the trail for a run.  I munched on a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie for some fuel:

AKA a chocolate chip Z Bar

I bundled up in my Lululemon Wunderunders, a long sleeve tee, a fleece, my Lululemon brisk run headband, fingerless gloves, and my winter jacket for the ride over.  I should have been tipped off when I saw a guy walking up the road with skis.  Apparently, there is no plowing of the trail in the winter.  Very sad and not okay.  But it was freezing anyway.  I had some shorts in my car, so I decided to just go to the gym where I was very productive:

  • 30 minutes on the StairMaster
  • 15 minutes on the elliptical
  • 15 at 6.0 mph on the treadmill, starting at incline 1 and upping .5 every lap

I decided that I actually didn’t want another quesadilla for dinner, as delicious as the first one was.  I knew I needed to get some veggies and whole grains in, but also had another idea.  So I decided to split dinner into two parts.  I essentially almost always do this, just “unofficially.”  I also haven’t been eating dinner until 7:30 or 8 all week which is SO unlike me.  Since I got home from the gym at 6, this worked out perfectly.  I figured that if I split up dinner into two parts, I won’t eat dinner, a large snack later, and then a smaller snack right before bed.  Maybe it will help with my sleep troubles tonight?  Dinner part one was super simple but sososo good!

WW toast with hummus and spinach + steamed brussels sprouts and green beans with salt and pepper

How can people hate brussels sprouts?? The hummus and spinach sammie was obviously delish but the brussels sprouts were the best part of the extremely green meal.

Off to make dinner part two (any guesses?) and finally get down to my Netflix stash!

This is going to be quick since my day was nothing out of the ordinary and I’m super sleepy!

Last night my 5 miles had me snacking in bed:

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Clemmie (x2) and a 100 calorie pack of almonds and walnuts

Great combination of exactly what I was craving!
I woke up at 7 to go the gym, but I realized I wouldn’t have time to get in everything I wanted to shower, get ready, and get to my friend’s house by 10 so I pushed it back. I lounged around with some coffee before making breakfast.
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1 cup plain 0% Fage, 1 cup of MultiGrain Cheerios, and a banana

A little bit on the bigger side for me since I didn’t know when I’d be able to eat lunch. I got ready and met my friend at her house before we headed to New Haven. We stopped at IKEA where she picked up some Christmas presents and I admired all of the home decorations I want for my nonexistent apartment. Then we headed to Urban Outfitters where I admired all of the clothes I can’t afford 😦 Christmas can’t come soon enough! It doesn’t seem like it was that long, but our trip ended up being about 3 hours with all the weird and unnecessary traffic we hit going home. For some reason we were both exhausted (and cranky) and just couldn’t wait to get back! I rushed home to quiet my rumbling tummy. Lunch was extremely green!
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Buffalo Crackwich (Arnold’s MultiGrain Sandwich Thin, hummus, LC plain wedge, Frank’s hot sauce) with spinach! Plus steamed brussels and green beans with salt and pepper.

I devoured it (SO GOOD!) and promptly passed out for 3 hours. How old am I??? I woke up intending to head to the gym, but I had to wait for my brother to get back with my car. While I was waiting, I ate this half of a banana:
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I intended to just go the elliptical and stair master today since my legs were a little tight and sore from yesterday’s 5 miler, but when I finally got to the gym, I felt like running. I banged out a 5k (3.1 miles) in 28:28 and then ellipticalled on random for 10 minutes + a cool down.
Dinner was muy delicioso:
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Baked sweet potato with 1/2 cup of black beans, 1/4 cup of Fage and Frank’s + 1 cup of spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and parm.

Two of my new favorite things together = fab.

I just had a great snack!
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1.5 tbsp of Ghiradelli unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 cup of skim milk and a packet of TrueVia + 2 clemmies

Real hot cocoa is so good! As much as I rely on the packets, this was so yummy and satisfying! I’m seriously exhausted – still catching up from finals I guess? Watching The Office and passing out. Good night!
Highlight of the day: Getting almost $50 ($47.38) in change turned into cash at the bank! Yay spare change!
P.S. Yes, I eat almost every meal and snack on Santa and my snowman bowl. Don’t worry, I was them every time!

Good afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon I snacked on some carrots with hummus and sriracha:

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Which was an awesome combo but gave me a stomachache for a few hours 😦 Sriracha, why have you forsaken me?

My mom was roasting a chicken for dinner and we stopped at the grocery store and on the way from my grandma’s. I was craving green beans, so I picked up a 5 pound bag. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get through it!

Dinner was yummy! And not something that has been repeated 24723894 times in the past month:

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Black beans, roasted chicken with pepper, corn, and fresh green beans.

Due to the snow/ice and my horrible driving skills, the gym did not happen yesterday. I did end up doing some core yoga from a YogaDownload.com podcast. Um – it was not easy but I obviously didn’t try hard enough because my abs aren’t even sore today.
One of my goals for this break is to actually get strength training in. I’ve done yoga the past three days, which is definitely counts for me! I also really want to be able to get into a balanced Airplane pose without having one hand on my dresser/falling over and dying. Also, not on a rock in the ocean. But whatever. After yoga-ing, I snacked on some grapes that I grabbed at the grocery store – that were $12!!! And SO not worth it. But we won’t tell my mom that.
This morning I woke up and debated breakfast and when to go to the gym. Nothing sounded super appealing, and I decided I’d rather get the gym over with for the day. So I had half of this bar of greatness:

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Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar

Plus coffee with skim, TrueVia, and cinnamon before heading to the gym. I did 5 miles (painfully boring) in 46:28, averaging a 9:17 minute mile. Here’s what I did:
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2 mph
  • Mile 1-2: 6.3 mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.4 mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.5 mph
  • Mile 3-4: 6.6 mph
  • Mile 4-5: 6.7 mph

Simple, but effective! I had to take a quick walk & water break around mile 3.75 and then really just wanted to get it done. I wish I could have run outside but its so icy and I highly doubt the trail is super safe to run on. It is melting a lot out though, so maybe tomorrow!

I cooled down for 10 minutes, walking 3 mph at a 5.0% incline, and ate the other half of the Clif bar on the way out of the gym.

Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar
Taste:
Really good! Not the strongest gingerbread taste, but still really close. Loved the icing and the fact that it was drizzled, not coated – it was vanilla-y.  4/5.
Texture:
Chewy, soft, and nutty like a normal Clif. 5/5.
Fill Factor:
Gave me energy for my first 5-miler in a while, although the run itself could have been better. Other half held me over after the gym til now – about 1.5 hours.  5/5.
Ingredients:
Very long list, but nothing too scary – and 70% organic! Plus lotssss of vitamins and minerals! 22g of sugar in the whole bar – a lot – but good for pre- and post-run fuel. 4/5.

Comments: Great seasonal flavor! Definitely would buy it again.

Off to make a great lunch I’ve been planning since last night. Normal.