Good evening bloggies!

I headed out to the mall after this morning’s post and came home with some goodies! Two new nail polishes – Status Symbol, a bright pink by Essie, and We’ll Always Have Paris, a rich plum by OPI. Love them! Status Symbol is drying on my nails right now. I love deep, dark shades for winter and fall, but I also like switching them out with bright, cheery colors for warmth!

I also got these beauties:

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Hello, lover.

I’ve been wanting boots like these for a year. $100 from $190. Thank you, Steve Madden.

I came home to more goodies!

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Need a closer look?

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PB2!! I took the plunge and ordered the sample pack of PB2 and Chocolate PB2. I’m so excited to try these out – there will definitely be a full review involved as well!
Breakfast held me over for a surprisingly long time – 5 hours, including shopping cardio! However, I was verging on becoming a hunger monster when I got home and quickly assembled the first thing I could think of:
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Healthy tuna salad in a Joseph’s pita with half a sliced Fuji

I mixed a can of tuna with a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, a large squirt of deli mustard, diced celery, pepper, and paprika and threw half the mixture in my pita. Before the gym, I had a snack:
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Key Lime Pie Larabar

I ate half before my workout and half after. This is one of the bars I received from Larabar for commenting on their blog during the holidays. Not sure I would have bought this flavor on my own, but I’m glad they did!
Key Lime Pie Larabar Opinion
Taste: So good! Sweet, tangy, and citrusy. I was “mmming” out loud the whole time. Not a strong lime flavor, but it’s definitely there. I’ve never had key lime pie so I can’t compare it to the real thing. 5/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty. 5/5.
Fill Factor: Held me through a 5 mile run and until dinner! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Dates, cashews, almonds, unsweetened coconut, lime juice concentrate.” I feel like lime juice concentrate should be higher up, since it’s the flavor so 4/5.
Nutrition: On the high end, calorie-wise, with 220 per bar. 10g of fat (3.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 1.5g polyunsaturated, 4.5g monounsaturated, no cholesterol or sodium, 330mg of potassium, 31g of carbs (4g of fiber and 24g of sugar), and 4g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Loved it! I’ll definitely be buying this flavor!
5/5.

At the gym, I ran 5 miles in 47:13 doing this routine:
  • Mile 0-0.5: 6.0mph
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.2mph
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.1mph
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.2mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.4mph
  • Mile 3-3.5: 6.3mph
  • Mile 3.5-4: 6.5mph
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.4mph
  • Mile 4.5-5: 6.6mph

So every half mile, I added .2mph and then subtracted .1mph on the next half mile. I also threw some inclines in there randomly, for giggles.

Today’s gym session led me to today’s Tuesday Top 5 – The Top 5 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym – today, because obviously there are new phenomena every single visit. Except there were only 3 today, so bear with me.

The Top 3 Weird Things I Saw at the Gym (in no particular order of strangeness)

  1. This was more of a smell. COLOGNE. Strong, strong cologne. Seriously – so unnecessary and radiating from the elliptical across the aisle (?) from me and legit making it hard to breathe. Stop. Thanks.
  2. Jean leggings. Capri jean leggings. With painted on stitched pockets and seams. Now, I am an advocate of the “jegging” – comfortable, with the illusion of effort. I wish I had invented them myself. However, these were not stylish, good looking, or passable for actual jeans.
  3. A man with shoulders as wide as he was long. Boys, this is not a good look. “Gorilla” is not a good look. This is not attractive. It is unnatural. We, as humans, evolved from this look. Let’s keep on evolving.

If I was able to add two more things, not from today, I would add in the man who sings to himself on the treadmill – yes, sir, others can hear you, even if you have headphones in – and the man who was angrily rapping at the elliptical, 8 Mile style last week.

Dinna:

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Spaghetti squash with onion, peas and brussels sprouts and a multigrain english muffin with garlic salt


I mixed a plain Laughing Cow wedge into the marinara sauce, heated in the microwave before topping. We were out of parm and I love peas in pink sauce with pasta. Obviously, it didn’t taste the same, but I’d eat it again! Sooo many peas overflowing onto my plate. I love peas!

So – what should I do with my PB2????

Good morning!

Yesterday after the gym I munched on fruit snacks, adult version:

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Half a banana, half an apple, and pom arils
I really had no idea what I wanted for dinner but eventually I settled on Italian! I halved a spaghetti squash and baked it face down in about an inch of water for 50 minutes on 350. I topped it with tomato basil sauce that I threw some onions and zucchini in and topped it with parm. Parmesan cheese is seriously just so amazing – I think it’s my second favorite after goat cheese! I improvised garlic bread by sprinkling a multigrain english muffin with garlic salt and toasting it:

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I know I said I was trying to stop snacking before bed, but that of course made me obsess about having something sweet. I had some of my favorite trail mix and another friendly clementine:
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Cranberry Fitness Mix
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Clever Clem
I slept really well again, but I also took Advil PM last night and the night before, for knee pain and sleep. Normally night time meds make me actually wake up more and feel restless, but it’s been working the last few nights. I hate having to take something to sleep, but it’s better than not feeling rested!
Breakfast was one of my favorite combos:

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Plain 0% Fage, banana, raspberries, MultiGrain Cheerios + coffee with skim and Truvia

The plain Greek yogurt, MultiGrain Cheerios, and banana combination is just so perfect – seriously, TRY IT! We had some fresh raspberries hanging around from a family get together so I threw them in for fun and deliciousness! Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits … although I can and do say that about most things .. bananas, apples, strawberries, mango .. whatever, I love it all!
I tried to do Sun Salutation Flow #2 by Dave Farmar but I had to shut him off to shut him up! He made me chuckle a few times, but I like a fast flow and NO DISCUSSION – yoga is quiet time, not story time, Dave! When he started to literally “om”, I paused him and free-styled a few sun salutations before making breakfast.
Nothing much going today (shocker): gym, Target, maybe heading to the mall? Anything exciting going on in your day?

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!

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!

Dinner was soooo great! Did you guess what it was?

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Spaghetti squash!

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The smaller half filled my snowman bowl – 2 cups of stringy squashy goodness!
I cut my squash in half, filled a pyrex dish with about an inch of water, and put both sides rind-side up. 40 minutes at 350 degrees later, I had the most amazing faux pasta!
We were out of tomato sauce, but my mom made me some out of diced tomatoes and spices. I added half a pack of TrueVia and some fresh garlic.
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Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce and parm, plus steamed brussel sproutes with S&P

I added more sauce and parm after the pic. I was really craving marinara and parm, but not necessarily pasta. When we were at the grocery store yesterday, I made sure to pick up my first spaghetti squash for a healthy alternative. It was great! And I’m so glad I still have the other half of the squash to devour :0).
Dessert followed quickly and was just as delish!
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Peaches, Fage, granola, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • A little over a cup of frozen peaches (the last of the bag)
  • 3/4ish cup of Plain 0% Fage
  • 1 Kashi Honey Toasted 7 Grain granola plank
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

SO SO SO GOOD. I heated up the peaches for 2 minutes and then threw everything else on top. The yogurt melted and absorbed the sweetness of the peaches, vanilla, and cinnamon. Nomnomnom I’m sad that was the last of the peaches now, but I think I’m going to stop at the grocery store tomorrow for a few other things I forgot to pick up the other night. I also have to finish my Christmas shopping! With approximately 0 dollars. Why am I always broke??

I’m still not full – those five miles are finally catching up to me. I’m going to head to the gym early because I’m headed into New Haven to (watch my friend) shop. Early to bed! … After a snack.