Last night I obviously had a bedtime snack!

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait!

Also known has 1/2 cup of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and one egg white microwaved for 4 minutes, topped with plain Chobani mixed with vanilla extract and TruVia and sprinkled with a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax granola plank. Yum.

I really wanted waffles for breakfast but I opened the freezer and tried not to cry when there weren’t any :(. I was in a bit of a time crunch, so making some was a no-go. I settled.

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MultiGrain Cheerios with skim and frozen blueberries

I never had blue milk before this morning! I had a doctor’s appointment, after which my mom and I headed into New Haven to have lunch at Claire’s Corner Copia, a fairly famous vegetarian restaurant. Sorry for the BlackBerry pictures!

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I had the roasted vegetable salad with feta, which came with a grainy roll (not sure if it was multigrain or whole wheat?) and an iced tea. Honestly, it wasn’t good. The vegetables were pretty oily – so much so that the bed of spinach they came on got soaked. The veggies were cold. I don’t get cold roasted vegetables? They were also pretty tasteless because of the oil – I really don’t understand why people drench things in oil. It takes all the flavor out! Regardless, I was starving and ate all the veggies minus the peppers but left most of the lettuce and half the feta (there was a lot more than pictured). I also had half of the roll, which is a lot bigger than it looks. The roll was the best part! It was warm and so doughy, fluffy and chewy – perfect bread! I took the other half home.
After running some errands, I was still hungry when we got home, so I snacked on an exceptionally good Fuji before some nappage occured:

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Eventually I got up and made a random dinner:

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Egg white scramble with broccoli, onion, half an LC French Onion wedge and organic ketchup, plus the other half of my roll – half with strawberry jelly and half with the other half of the LC French Onion wedge

I heated up the bread in the microwave and it was still so.damn.good. Best bread ever? Maybe.
I was planning on taking today off from the gym, but I got so bored I ended up getting dressed, but then talking myself out of it again. I went back and forth for a while until Grey’s came on Lifetime and made my decision for me. Of course I got exhausted right after that so it was a good call. I just snacked on some carrots and sriracha:
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Andddd now I’m passing out. Good night!
PS. I’m super excited for breakfast tomorrow! Something new!

First of all, thanks to Michelle over at Snacks&Field for tagging me in the Happy 101 Award!

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10 things that make me happy:
1. Food!

2. My sorority sisters, especially my little! I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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Yes, my little is taller than I am. We see the irony.

3. TRAVELING!

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy – Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy – Miami, FL at my sorority’s national covention

4. “Twilight” and making fun of it
5. Fall
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6. Puppies/dogs
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7. Funfetti cake/cupcakes

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8. The endorphins/feeling of accomplishment and general awesomeness after a run (especially a PDR!)
9. Nail polish. Serious addict. And snob – I only really buy OPI and Essie. And can identify most colors by name on sight.
10. New blog friends :0)
Speaking of, I have to tag 10 other blogs. Most of the ones I read have already been tagged, so here are 10 blogs that always make me happy :0)   Another One Bites the Crust; These Beautiful Feet; Peanut Butter and Jenny; Snackface; Skinny Runner; Vegan Love; Be Fit. Be Full. ; Yes, I Want Cake; RhodeyGirl Tests; The Hungry Yogini.
Just another lazy day occupied with only the food and the gym. I think I’m actually starting to get bored?!?! Maybe looking forward to getting back to school …

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Pomegranate Chobani with Kashi Heart to Heart

I was meeting my friend at the gym at 1:30 so I had a super light lunch/snack around 12:30:
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Leftover roasted veggies

Yes, I eat on my floor on my yoga mat a lot. It’s fine. I also threw a few salted roasted almonds in my mouth on my way out the door to the gym.
I got there a few minutes before my friend and ran .38m waiting for her. We moved to other treadmills since someone snagged the one next to me just as she was walking in. We did 5 miles in 46:50. I played with the incline a little and speed a bunch as usual.
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.3mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2-3: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.75: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 3.75-4: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.7, incline 1
  • Mile 4.5-4.75: 6.8mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.75-4.9: 7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.91: 7.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.92: 7.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.93: 7.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.94: 7.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.95: 7.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.96: 7.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.97: 7.7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.98-5: 7.8mph, incline 1

I was DRIPPING after this workout, but felt SO GOOD. I heart running.

Snacky-poos:

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Cortland with cinnamon
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Carrots and sriracha

Dins:
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Steamed brussels and carrots with S&P, steamed zucchini with oregano, BBQ tofu

Yeah, I don’t know why that would be enough food either. It was quickly supplemented.
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Multi-grain english muffin with a Laughing Cow French Onion wedge

Why is bread and cheese so simple but so perfect? My mom picked up Thomas’s Smarter Start Light Multi-Grain english muffins. They’re not whole wheat, but they’re so doughy and delicious and only 100 calories! It’s love.
I added a “Workouts” page to the blog so that I have something to easily and quickly track what I do/don’t do everyday. I think I’m also going to make a page with my grocery staples – what do you think? I also have a serving of tofu I haven’t done anything with yet – any suggestions? I like buying tofu but it’s hard for me to figure out how to cook it once I buy it.
Snacktime! Happy blogging!

Right??

At Whole Foods while picking up my cake and some supplies for my grandma who’s sick, I obviously hit up the salad/hot bar:

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My box contained:

  • Mesclun greens
  • Steamed brocc
  • Red onion
  • Roasted eggplant
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • Dried cranberries
  • Peas
  • Piece of fajita turkey
  • Piece of chicken provencal

The hot bar at the Westport Whole Foods is pretty small and I was a little disappointed – there weren’t any marinated mushrooms (best thing ever) and the sign for roasted cauliflower (second best thing ever) was out, but suspiciously looked like green beans almondine. There isn’t any hummus out to use as a topping/dressing and my chicken provencal was definitely curried chicken. Not complaining since it was good, but how hard is it to label correctly?? The fajita turkey wasn’t good at all, I took a bite and left the rest. The roasted eggplant was the best part – I wish I had added more!

Out of the corner you can see a tiny bit of my drink – Hint water in mango-grapefruit. It’s definitely fruity, but not overpowering and not sweet at all – in a good way. It’s very refreshing, calorie and everything else-free. This flavor reminds me of summer! Yum!

On the way home, my mom and I stopped at Anthropologie to pick out my presents!

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Major sale! Plus a belt that’s not online.

Apparently ginorm salads are not fuel enough for an Anthropologie sale and as soon as we got to the car, I scarfed down a granny smith I had in my purse for such snacking emergencies.

Dinner was Japanese at Sakura, in Westport. I started off dinner with a glass of shiraz and some miso soup. For my entree, I ordered the combination bento box with shrimp and scallops:

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Clockwise from upper left:

  • Pineapple and orange slices
  • Iceberg salad with amazing ginger dressing
  • Seaweed salad
  • Teriyaki scallops and veg
  • Picked things
  • Teriyaki shrimp and veg

Demolished. For reals, everything was gone. Minus the middle pickled things, including all the onion slices and miniscule carrots in the teriyakis. SO DAMN GOOD. I also had a few chopsticks full of my side of brown rice, but not a lot at all.

Home and time for cake! All natural carrot cake from Whole Foods:

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What was left after 6 people had a slice.

It was a small cake (I don’t like leftover cake) and so so delicious! It was so moist – dense but light – if that makes sense? So rich and amazing. The cream cheese frosting was probably the best I’ve ever had – exactly what it is supposed to taste like – sweet and creamy, with a slight tang. Drool.

The Just Desserts bakery, based in San Francisco, uses all natural ingredients, no trans fats, and bakes all their cakes from scratch! It honestly tasted like it had been baked fresh at WF, so they obviously know what they’re doing.

I really wanted another piece, but that was the wine/sugar high talking. After letting the cake settle, I was stuffed. Seriously the fullest I’ve been in a while. Ick. I can definitely tell the difference between healthy-food-full and sugar-coma-full. But it was my birthday and so worth it!

Check out what my dogs got me:

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They eat carrots. A lot of carrots. So my mom and stepdad cut one in half and wrapped it in saran wrap as my dogs’ present to me. This is where I come from …

ANYWAY.

I started the morning off with a 20 minute YogaDownload.com podcast of Yoga for Runners and ate a tummy-cleansing breakfast:

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Coffee with skim and TruVia, 0% plain Chobani with frozen blueberries, half a banana, and Kashi Heart to Heart

Gym later, when it stops snowing. Yes, it’s snowing again. Starting my countdown to Ft. Lauderdale now.

I hope you’re all having a great first day of 2010!

Let’s rewind to last year …

I snacked on a pear:

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It matches my mat!

I cooked for dinner! Cooked REAL FOOD!

Curried Chickpeas, adapted from this recipe.

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3/4 c onion
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 c spinach
  • 1 tsp dried basil

I sprayed a skillet with Pam and sauteed the onions until they were transparent. I threw in the chickpeas, spinach, and spices and cooked on medium heat until the spinach was wilted, about 10 minutes. I also sprayed the pan/chickpeas/spinach with more Pam as they cooked.

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Sorry for the blurry pic, my camera battery is dying!  

I also made lemon ginger tofu, based on this recipe:

  • 1/3 box of cubed, super firm tofu – about 3 oz.
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1/2 tsp TruVia
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne
  • Lemon juice

I threw all the dry ingredients in a small bowl and used some leftover lemon to squeeze for the juice – probably about 3/4 of a lemon – maybe 1/4 cup of juice?

While I was prepping the rub and the chickpeas, I pressed my now-defrosted tofu, including this piece in the shape of Connecticut:

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Coated in the rub: (Can you spy the CT cube?)
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Then I baked at 375 for 30 minutes, flipping the cubes halfway through cooking:

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Tofu shrinks.

I also steamed some brussels and plated everything:

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The chickpeas are good! I still have half of what I made, but I think I’ll add more onions and some peas to the leftovers. With the lemon ginger tofu, there were too many strong flavors going on. I didn’t eat the tofu with dinner and threw it in the fridge to save for later.

Throughout the night, I had some pumpkin pie:

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And later on, a granny smith with cinnamon:

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Breakfast was light and exactly what I was craving:

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3 egg whites, LC French Onion wedge, salsa on a La Tortilla Factory wrap

Before the gym, I had the other half of that Kashi GoLean Roll Chocolate Turtle bar:

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Gym:

  • 30 minutes “rolling hills” level 7 on the stair mill
  • 30 minutes random hill level 10 on the elliptical

3pm Lunch:

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Sweet potato, black beans, plain Chobs, guac, and Frank’s

Surprisingly, I’ll leave the guac out next time.

I’m hungryyyy and I can’t decide what I want! Salmon and veggies? Leftover curried chickpeas? Lemon ginger tofu? Yogurt with fruit and cereal? AHHHHH so many options!

Actually, my hair doesn’t smell like curry. I showered after the gym. But it did!

For the new year: new fun purple layout! I also updated my Bar Bucket List and Product Review pages – check them out!

I also just accidentally bought 3 copies of ecto … hope they can/will take the extra two charges off my debit card … considering that’s about half my bank account.

After responding to a tweet by @ChobaniNicki about new flavors being sent to bloggers for review, I was SO EXCITED to have Chobani send me two new flavors – 0% Raspberry and 2% Strawberry Banana. I think we all know how obsessed I am with Greek yogurt, and especially Chobani. It’s really rare that I go a day without it. I have definitely been wanting a raspberry-flavored Greek yogurt for a while, as raspberries are one of my favorite fruits so hearing that this was one of the new flavors was super exciting! Here’s what I got:

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In a cooler, I received one regular-sized yogurt of each new flavor, as well as an insulated lunchbox. Thanks Chobani!
This morning, I decided to try the raspberry for breakfast:
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Like the other fruit flavors, the raspberry is fruit at the bottom. Pulling the lid off, you can see how thick it is – I expected nothing less. The nutritional stats are comparable to the other fruit flavors as well. I had it with some MultiGrain Cheerios y cafe.
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Chobani 0% Raspberry Greek Yogurt Opinion
Taste: Amazing. Raspberry-licious. 5/5.
Texture: Thick and creamy, exactly like the other 0% Chobanis. 5/5.
Fill Factor: 14g of protein. With the Cheerios and coffee, held me over through the gym and to a late lunch. 5/5.
Ingredients: Raspberries are the third ingredient, after evaporated cane juice. To me, it seems like those should be at least switched. Also, what is “locust bean gum”? 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other fruit flavors, there are 140 calories in 1 6oz. cup. No fat or cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 22g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 19g from sugar), 14g of protein. A lot of sugar, and I’d like to think mostly natural – lactose and fructose from milk and raspberries, but the evaporated cane juice as the second ingredient obviously contributes. 4/5.
Overall: It’s love. CAN’T WAIT til it’s in stores. New favorite fruit flavor next to blueberry.
5/5.

Before breakfast, I did the 20 minute class of Hip Opening Flow #4 from YogaDownload.com. My inner hips and thighs were super tight when I woke up and have been all day, so it was just what I needed.
Before the gym, I had half a bar I’ve been toting around since August, the Kashi GoLean Roll bar in Chocolate Turtle. My step-aunt gave me this as part of a back to school gift she gave me. Obviously I am obsessed with Kashi, but I’d never tried the “roll” bars before.
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Having it for many months has transformed it’s “roll” status into a … somewhat flatter shape.
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My b.
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I had half.
Kashi GoLean Roll Bar in Chocolate Turtle
Taste: Definitely a chocolate protein bar. A bit chalky. This is not a Russel Stover turtle.  1/5.
Texture: VERY tough and chewy. Hurt my jaw. To its credit, I’ve been toting it around for 4 months, but still. Oh, just saw the “Nov 19 2009” date on the wrapper. Disregard. I’ve heard they’re super tough anyway, though. 2/5.
Fill Factor: Great fuel for an hour on the elliptical! 5/5.
Ingredients: Long. Visible oats, nuts, and crunchy nuggets on the outside, on top of caramel, with chalky chocolate nougat inside. 2/5.
Nutrition: For one bar, pretty good. The bar is a substantial size and the whole thing would definitely hold me over for a snack. In one bar, there are 190 calories – pretty good for its large size! Of the 5g of fat, 1.5 are saturated (from nuts, I’m thinking), no cholesterol, 240mg of sodium (kinda high for a bar?), 60mg of potassium, 27g of carbs (it is meant to be a pre/post-exercise bar) – 6g from fiber (3g each of soluble and insoluble), 14g from sugar, and 12g of protein.
Overall: While not taste or texturally-ideal, I’ll definitely eat the other half pre-run/exercise. I think that it fueled me really well and kept my hunger at bay. For a protein bar, I find it funny that I got more protein from my Chobani this morning. Definitely tastes like a protein bar, but since its technically past its date-prime, its possible it tasted better in its prime. I’d try this flavor and others again.
2/5.

At the gym, I spent an hour on the elliptical, random hill setting, level 10. Women’s Health and “Untold Stories of the ER” passed the time pretty quickly.
I was hangry when I got home but could not for the life of me decide what I wanted. Actually, I wanted to make Gliding Calm’s tofu, but I didn’t have a bunch of the ingredients and my fridge FROZE my tofu! So it’s currently defrosting outside of the apparently arctic meat drawer. Then I decided on veggies and a veggie burger. Without carrots and wanting to save my brussels, I went with brocc. Microwaved a CostCo veggie burger in a paper towel.
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Eff. I am now STARVING. Take two.
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Don Lee Farms Veggie Patty on a Multi-Grain Sandwich Thin with onion and organic ketchup, plus a broccoli forest and garlic hummus

FOOD. Finally. These veggie “patties” are so so good. Just what I wanted. I just had a vanilla chai tea with skim and TruVia andddd I need a snack! If you’re driving today/tonight please be safe. New Year’s Post coming later!

But first, back to the weird eating that was yesterday …

After the amazing Pumpkin Pie Parfait that was breakfast, I lounged around for a few hours before ensuring that my Harley-esque muffler had been corrected and quieted. I got dressed for the gym, debated on half a Larabar or banana for snackage, chose and ate a small banana, and went to pick up Marge (my Montero .. she is large and in charge).

Sometime this/last week, I had half a banana before heading to the gym for a run and my stomach felt a tiny bit funny but I didn’t think anything of it. I planned for 5 miles yesterday and started off at 6mph, Yesterday, however, my stomach was not feeling well at all. I took a break after a mile, felt better, and got back on for 3 more miles, when I had to take another break. It was really frustrating because I didn’t feel sick at all and I was having a great run otherwise. I hopped back on for a speedy last mile. Altogether, I did 5 miles in a few seconds over 48 minutes.

  • Mile 1 – 6mph, incline 1, 10 minutes
  • Miles 2, 3, and 4 – 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3mph, various inclines from 1-2.5, 28:47 minutes
  • Mile 5 – 6.4-7.5mph, various inclines from 1-2, in 9:15 minutes

I also started two medicines yesterday, but they’re really small doses and I never get side effects. At first I thought that was why my stomach was upset, but then I remembered the banana upset my stomach last week too, sooo I’m sticking with bars before workouts for a while.

My stomach felt off all afternoon so I didn’t eat (I know, bad) until dinnertime, which was large and veggie-filled.

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Steamed brussels and carrots with s&p, based sweet potato rounds, Naked Nuggets, ketchup and BBQ sauce

Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Restaurants Naked Nuggets opinion
Taste: Taste-wise, I was thrown off – because it tasted like chicken, not a chicken nugget. Sad? They tasted pretty fresh but I could still tell they were frozen, if that makes sense. 3/5.
Texture: A little unnatural, but chickens aren’t naturally in nugget form. Definitely better than any other nuggets I’ve had. 4/5.
Fill Factor: With my 10 lbs. of veggies, kept me satisfied but not overly full, for the next few hours, even after 5 miles and not refueling. 5/5.
Ingredients: “All Natural Boneless Skinless White Meat Chicken, Potato Starch, Salt, Spices (White Pepper, Marjoram, Celery, Basi), Garlic Powder.” 4/5.
Nutrition: The nutrition stats are pretty good, 7 nuggets for 140 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated, 1g monounsaturated, and 0.5g polyunsaturated, and 0.5g unknown fat) and not too high in sodium for a frozen food at 460mg. The cholesterol is pretty high for me thought, at 70mg per serving. Thee are, however, 25 grams of protein per serving, which is huge.
Overall: My mom picked up the Naked Nuggets at Stew Leonard’s a couple weeks ago. They’re boneless, skinless white meat chicken without breading. They’re also gluten and trans-fat free. I threw them in the oven with my sweet potato rounds for 7 minutes at 400 degrees, which is the longest time advised (5-7 minutes) and 50 degrees higher than the bags says (at 350), but they definitely could have used a few more minutes in the oven. They were warm and obviously precooked, but the cook time seemed a little low for not being piping hot (did I really just say type that?) out of the oven. I dipped them in BBQ sauce and ketchup. I liked the ketchup with them better .. nostalgia, maybe? I’ll eat them again, definitely.
3/5.

After dinner, I went bowling with my mom, step-dad, brother, and 2 of my step-brothers. I have 3. I’m the only girl. See why I joined a sorority? I bowled my worst game ever 😦 I’m actually pretty good at bowling, when I do go – which is really only at camp on field trips. I’ll blame the heavier ball (my usual 6 pounder could not be found) and ignore the fact that we didn’t use bumpers. That really had nothing to do with i. The second game was better, as I beat my step-dad, who is intense enough to have his own ball. I call it a win. My step-brother and I spend most of the time making fun of the ridiculous people on either side of our lane. Let me just say that the guy to our right was taking a picture of his not-very-high score and referred to himself as “Pinz.” Yes, with a “z.”

Obviously I was hungry at the bowling alley but my stomach felt iffy when I got home. I knew I had to eat though, so I made something warm and comforting:

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Chopped and warmed fuji, cinnamon, TruVia, warmed skim, and Kashi Heart to Heart

I’m off to the gym before I get snowed in! The weather here in CT/the east coast is never good for New Year’s – are you doing anything fun tonight? I think I’m just hanging home – New Year’s has never been big for me.
Be sure to check back later for a super exciting breakfast post!

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!