So obviously as soon as I posted about not being hungry, my stomach immediately demanded food. I went with my second sample from Chobani. Thanks again!

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2% Strawberry Banana Chobani Opinion
Taste: Just like a strawberry banana smoothie! More strawberry than banana, but seriously – gasm. 5/5.
Texture: Thick like any Greek yogurt and extra creamy since it’s 2% = perfect. There were definitely strawberry chunks, but no banana – it would probably brown? 5/5.
Fill Factor: Great for my nighttime snack with some MultiGrain Cheerios. 14g of protein and 3g fat will keep you satisfied! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), contains five live active cultures including S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei.” 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other 2% flavors, there are 160 calories in 1 6oz. cup. 3g of fat (2g saturated), 5mg of cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 19g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 17g of sugar), and 14g of protein. Again, sugar is pretty high from lactose and fructose, but also from the third ingredient of evaporated cane juice (before both strawberries and bananas). 4/5.
Overall: Seriously did not want it to end. I’ll definitely be buying this regularly once it’s in stores. It was absolutely delicious. 5/5.

The carb/fat/protein combo kept me full into the morning, when I had to get blood drawn without eating anything first – so good job smoothie yogurt! After that surprisingly calm experience, I did some glorious detox yoga a la YogaDownload.com podcast. After that 7-miler yesterday, my legs and hips are kind of stiff but yoga definitely helped.

I kept breakfast light:
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1/2 pear, mango, with cinnamon and milk

Surprisingly wasn’t feeling this at all. I dumped it and made apple cereal instead:

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Huge fuji chopped and warmed with cinnamon, TruVia, and warm skim

Before my mom and I stopped at the store, I snacked on the other half of my super juicy pear:

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And came home and roasted a small country’s worth of vegetables:

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Zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potato, eggplant
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La Tortilla Factory wrap with hummus, brussels, onion, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrots with a side of crispy broccoli

Broccoli fries, anyone? Delish. I think I’m going to add balsamic to the three tons of leftovers I have in the fridge – like my favorite balsamic grilled veggies from the student union at school!

I lazed around all afternoon and had my mom’s amazing minestrone soup for dinner:

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With a Joseph’s low carb pita – mmm!

There were so many goodies in the soup!
  • Whole stewed tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Pink beans

I snacked on the other half of my Cashew Cookie Larabar for some pre-gym fuel and some tea for caffeine:

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Larabar Cashew Cookie Opinion
Taste: Pretty light taste of cashews, which apparently aren’t my favorite.  2/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty – perfect!  5/5.
Fill Factor: Kept me fueled for 7 miles yesterday and an hour on the elliptical today without hunger pangs either time, which is really, really unusual for me. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cashews, dates.” Maybe they should throw some salt in there? But still – 5/5.
Nutrition: 230 calories (highest count in a Larabar I’ve seen), 13g of fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 2.5 polyunsaturated, 8g monounsaturated), no cholesterol or sodium, 340mg potassium, 23g of carbs (4g from fiber, 18g from sugars, and 6g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Least favorite flavor yet. I was pretty disappointed, considering that I’ve heard such great things about. I won’t buy it again unless I’m craving cashews – and I can’t be trusted around unportioned nuts. 2/5.

At the gym, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical – “Kilimanjaro” aka mountain setting, at level 10. I probably should have taken today as a rest day after running more than I ever have before yesterday, but my legs weren’t sore at all, just a little tight, so I thought going easy on the elliptical would loosen them up. It did, and I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t a good workout. I was however, extremely entertained the entire time.

To my left was a small man I see a lot, maybe in his late twenties, watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. To my right was Rabbit, from 8 Mile. Legit. Complete with black hoodie covering his head and face (yet I could see him creeping) and ragging his finger – you could just tell he was angrily rapping at the poor elliptical. The finger wagging was so intense and consistent it actually really started to annoy me. Pretty persistent out of the corner of my eye there, Slim Shady.

I also watched the first half of “The Bachelor” premiere. Wow. Some of those girls are just … they just have to be following a script. There’s not way that show is unscripted. “Do you have a registry for those guns?” First of all, is your hair up or down? Second of all, that is not the proper term. Third, really?

Anyway. Post-gym snack:
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0% Plain Chobani, a clemmie, and a packet of Stew Leonard’s Cranberry Fitness trail mix

Looks just like my brother! Except his eyes are green, not walnut hazel. I loveee this trail mix! It has peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, cranberries, raisins, and maybe one other seed? SO healthy and SO good.

I need to rehydrate – maybe with some more clementines! Have a great 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!

My car looks like this:

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So, while the roads are fine, there’s no way I’m scraping all that off!

For the third day in a row, I took a cue from MamaPea and went with warm apple cereal:

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1/2 Fortune apple, 1 cup MultiGrain Cheerios, skim, some raisins, cinnamon, and TrueVia

Yesterday I did add peaches like I was thinking, but frozen was not the way to go – so I just stuck with apples and raisins today. It was still missing something though. Almonds? Vanilla?  

After breakfast my momma and I decorated the tree we got yesterday.

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Two of my five Baby’s First Christmas ornaments:
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My brother has 0. Poor second child. Some other favorites:

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That’s Rudolph. It’s also apparently for Rudolph, as “To: Rudolph Love, Brynne” is scrawled on it.
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That’s just presh.

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As are my puppies/snuggle buddies. Yes, they are still puppies to me, although they are like 13 in human years.
Lunchers was a platter of many tastes:

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Toast with 3 egg whites and French Onion LC wedge, other 1/2 of Fortune from this morning with cinnamon, and a cup of this:

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Yummy!
It’s FREEZING in my house when the heat turns off, so I’m keeping warm in my bed with a cup of Candy Cane Lane, Gilmore Girls, and my Santa socks:
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Stay warm!

Everything I did today was successful!

Gym Success:

  • 20 minutes elliptical with “Ghost Hunters”
  • 20 minutes StairMaster (the real one!!) with Michael Pollan
  • really quick adduction/abduction leg machines

Lunch Success:
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2 witch-finger-like adult carrots, the rest of my sugar snap peas, crack wrap, Stonewall Kitchen Blue Cheese Herb Mustard + Polar Pomegranate seltz

Once I realized there were in the house:
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I realized I could make a crack wrap, a lá Mama Pea.  This sounded like a delish dipper:
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I was right.
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My crack wrap contained the remains of my hummus and an light swiss LC wedge, wrapped and grilled lightly on the stove in a LaTortilla factory WW tortilla.

Shopping Success:
Jeans on sale for $40 at Aber
Running legging capris at Tarjey
FUDGE BROWNIE COFFEE a la Target
New Uggies!  I love them, I’m sorry.  Actually – I’m not.

[insert Macintosh-y snack here]

Dinner Success:
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2 more adult carrots (not so witch finger-y), 2 cups of Pacific Organics Creamy Butternut Squash soup, crack wrap with Sabra Pine Nut Hummus, LC light swiss wedge, and roasted chicken breast

SO DELISH.  When I was peeling my carrots for lunch and dins, I was remembering doing it to have carrots as a nighttime snack when I was younger.  I’ve always loved carrots.  My mom claims my skin even took on a slightly orange tinge as a toddler, but it was probably just a reflection of my bright Irish hair on my pale Irish skin.  The carrot snacks were before I discovered Ben & Jerry’s as an adolescent and thought that a pint = a serving size.  Fail.

The soup was so good.  I’ve been meaning to try this for a while, and when I saw it in my cabinet yesterday, I knew I had to break it out for dinner.  It was thick and creamy, like a bisque – but much less fat.  It was also the reduced sodium version, which I appreciated, and great, since it didn’t need any additional salt or spices!  I could definitely taste the garlic, ginger, and nutmeg listed in the ingredients.  They complemented the creamy squash really well.  The leftover roasted chicken was a great addition to my already amazing crack wrap.

Now that I’ve gotten sick of “Ghost Hunters” and after mad flippage (really, You, Me, and DupreeFootloose?  Where is the Halloween spirit???) found my sorority sista Rue McClanahan (aka Blanche the slut of “Golden Girls”) on “Celebrity Ghost Stories,” I’m going to warm up a Spooky S’mores bar and continue ignoring my homework and laundry…