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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!  Sorry for not posting yesterday evening; I was exhausted and spent the rest of the night snuggled with the husband watching movies.  The perfect end to a pretty perfect day!

Unfortunately, I’ve got to work all day today, but I’ll be back later tonight with a full Turkey Day recap 🙂  I’ll leave you with few quick things before I eat my lunch:

– Getting in a run before Thanksgiving dinner is the best thing ever!  Too bad we don’t have any local Turkey Trots…

– Pumpkin bread > pumpkin pie, especially when said pumpkin bread has chocolate chips in it!

– Warm apple pie > pretty much everything else in the known universe



Workin’ hard Wednesday

Phew — today was a LONG day!  Let’s start with the eats:

As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t have breakfast this morning, save for 3 cups of coffee.  I was starving by lunchtime, so I had a HUGE mix of whole wheat penne with tomatoes, spinach, chicken, onions, mushrooms, peas, tomato basil sauce and some cheese:

YUM!  This hit the spot perfectly.  I polished off most of it but didn’t feel overstuffed when I was done, and the combo of protein, carbs and veggies kept me full all day 🙂


I did snack on the most ridiculous banana ever.  I included my iPod Touch in the picture for size comparison (coughthat’swhatshesaidcough):

After work — early dismissal at 4:00, yay! — I walked over to the gym and ran a quick 2.69 miles in 30 minutes, an 11:09/pace!  Yes, I know I’m slow, but I’m proud that I’m getting faster!  My marathon goal is to finish in under 5 hours, which means I’m going to have to maintain an 11:26/mile pace for the whole race.  Once I build up my short distance speed a little bit more I’m going to start adding in some longer runs to increase my endurance so I can meet my goal 🙂

I also did 15 minutes on the elliptical (crossramp 8, resistance 3) before walking home.  As part of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge, I calculated my total roundtrip walk from work –> gym –> home: 1.8 miles!  I was met at the door by a VERY happy Barkley:

Who can resist that face?  I took my guy for a quick walk, then made myself dinner:

Roasted sweet taters!  I was still pretty satisfied from lunch, so this hit the spot.  After dinner I hopped in the shower, then started my Thanksgiving baking projects!!  While I was doing my prep I snacked on a Fruit2Day and Clif bar, partially to keep myself from snacking on batter, and partially because I was still a little hungry 😉


Project #1 was pumpkin bread: round 2:

I used the same recipe as last time, but split the batter in half and added chocolate chips to one loaf.  Our apartment smells AMAZING right now; here’s hoping they taste as good as they look and smell!

Baking project #2 was sugar cookies!  Here’s the before:


And the delicious after:

One of these cookies may or may not have found its way into my tummy… 🙂

I use a cookie scoop (sort of like a tiny ice cream scoop) to make sure all my cookies are the same size and bake evenly.  I can’t believe I used to try and roll out dough balls by hand; I would NEVER get them even!

Matt and I each had a few of these guys while my baking projects were in the oven:

Here’s hoping I do a better job at keeping them in the house this time around!


Alright, it’s time to hit the sack.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

I’ll be back later tonight with my eats and exercise for the day 🙂

Diet faux pas and a few things I’m thankful for

Quick hello before I start my evening baking project(s)!  Blog readers, I have to confess.  I broke the cardinal rule of healthy eating this morning:


I know this is shocking; how could possibly I skip the most important meal of the day?? (dun, dun, DUNNN!)  Well, there were three reasons: coffee, laziness, and I generally wasn’t hungry.  As for the first reason, I like my coffee very light — about a 2:1 ratio of coffee to milk — and when you start the day with three giant mugs of coffee like I do, that’s a pretty solid 1 1/2 cups of filling, protein-rich skim milk right there.  When you add cold, overcast weather to the picture and a Clif bar as a very late-night snack the night before, breakfast becomes a low priority.  Unsurprisingly, I had quite a substantial lunch! 🙂  But more on that later.

I have about a million things to be thankful for, on Thanksgiving Day and every day of my life.  I have a wonderful, stable job at a great institution that fulfills my passion, makes me excited to get up every morning, and, on top of everything else, pays the bills.  I live my life in the greatest city in the world, surrounded by my wonderful and supportive family and friends.  I have a strong, healthy body that carries me everywhere I want to go, and it is getting stronger and healthier by the day.

I have the most amazing, kind and supportive dad in the world:

I have a hilarious dog that fills my life with unconditional love:

And I have the most wonderful husband a girl could possibly ask for.

Every day with Matt is better than the last, and I still can’t believe my luck that I get to spend the rest of my life with the love of my life and my best friend in the whole world.

What are you thankful for this year?

The Usual Suspects

Today’s eats were all old favorites of mine, but some decided not to play so nice in my tummy 😦  Let’s start with the good stuff:

Breakfast was served in two parts.  During a morning meeting I snacked on half a Clif bar, and when  I got back to my desk I enjoyed my first attempt at overnight oats!  I combined 2/3c. of old-fashioned oats with a little less than 2/3c. water and tossed them in the fridge right before bed.  A minute in the work microwave and 1 tbsp. of brown sugar later, it looked like this:

Not bad!  Texture was much better than instant oats, and much more wallet-friendly than Starbucks every morning! 🙂  I also had 3 cups of Rain Forest Nut with skim milk and Splenda.  A gallon of organic skim milk costs $4.50 or so at the drugstore and lasts a week; compare that to $4.76 for ONE venti latte!

I had a pre-lunch snack around noon of some fruit (2 clementine cups and a pineapple cup) and the other half of my Clif bar.

Lunch was my nemesis today.  I was in the mood for Japanese, so I ordered from a local place I knew was tasty; I’m pretty picky when it comes to sushi take-out places.  Unfortunately, when I walked in the restaurant to pick up my meal, the place was completely empty, and it seemed like they hadn’t had many customers all week.  Bad sign.

I got my standard order of two yellowtail scallion rolls, miso soup and some chicken yakitori skewers:

The food tasted fine, but unfortunately, about an hour after lunch, my stomach started making some very angry noises, and I started feeling really sick.  I made my way through the rest of the work day but SPRINTED home and spent the next few hours curled up on the couch.  Boo 😦

First, I felt like this:

Then I felt like this:

(that’s my frustrated face, in case you couldn’t tell!)

After some recovery time I self-medicated with two of these:

Peanut butter always does the trick, doesn’t it? 🙂  Thankfully, I’m feeling about 1,000% better now, and might actually attempt some at-home exercise before bed.

Dinner was another classic: Amy’s mac and cheese with peas.  I REALLY wasn’t in the mood for cooking, so this hit the spot — not too heavy but definitely filling.  I also had a Fruit2Day and another Clif bar for dessert.

With my weird hamstring tweak yesterday and tummy issues today, this week isn’t exactly off to the world’s best start.  My brain is also in vacation mode, even though I’m only off on Thursday!  I don’t feel like I’ve been that off-target food-wise this week, but I know I need to right the ship when it comes to the other aspects of my life.  I WILL get a good night’s sleep tonight and I WILL get to the gym tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Do you feel like you need to re-focus this week?  Do the holidays throw off your eating/sleeping/exercise schedule?  If so, how do you “right the ship”?


Word to the wise: if the restaurant you ordered lunchtime sushi take-out from is COMPLETELY EMPTY when you walk in to pick up your order, the best idea is to turn around and walk out.  Trust me, your stomach will thank you for it 😦  Blahhhh…


Back later when I start to feel human again!

Recycle your yogurt!

Quick post-and-run at lunch, but I wanted to make you aware of two awesome recycling programs for your yogurt lids and containers.

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point made me aware of the first one: if you mail in four Stonyfield Farm foil yogurt lids before the end of December, you’ll not only receive a bunch of Stonyfield coupons but you’ll also receive a free reusable 8oz. yogurt cup from Preserve, a company that makes household products out of recycled #5 polypropylene plastic (like yogurt containers!).  You’ll also receive a coupon from Preserve to buy their cool stuff!

Mail your foil lids to:

Stonyfield Farm; Reusable Cup Offer

PO Box 4840

Manchester, NH 03108-4840

Did you know that you can also recycle your yogurt cups and other #5 containers?  Preserve makes all of their products using #5 containers collected from individuals (as well as donations from companies such as Stonyfield), and they have two options for #5 container donation: you can drop off your washed containers at your local drop-off site (see here for locations by state), or you can mail them here:

Preserve Gimme 5
823 NYS Rte 13
Cortland, NY 13045

If you are mailing containers, Preserve asks you to make sure to include your return address so they can thank you…I’m not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds good! 😉  I’ll send in my containers and let you know what happens!

Manic Monday eats

Hope everyone’s having a great night!  I had a mildly productive evening since my last post — got some blog reading and e-mails done, fed the dog and the husband, and it will be time to take a shower shortly 🙂

Today’s breakfast was a little bit of a hodgepodge — an unpictured Clif bar (my fave, chocolate chip peanut crunch) and two cups of unsweetened peach applesauce:

Tasty!  The combo of fruit and carby protein-y goodness kept me full for most of the morning.

I grabbed lunch on my walk from the hospital to my office after chorus rehearsal (I’m in a holiday chorus at work — we have a concert next week for the patients): roast beef, mozzarella and lotsa grilled onions on a whole wheat wrap:

This was not as tasty as it looks — the meat was sorta overcooked and not very flavorful, and the cheese was kinda blah.  Plus, I had onion breath the rest of the day! 😦  BOO lunch.

I walked home from work and promptly took Barkley for a nice, long stroll around the neighborhood — we covered a little over a mile.  I had every intention of going to the gym tonight, but unfortunately my right hamstring had other plans.  I think I tweaked it during my race yesterday; there goes my streak of no running injuries!  I might ice it a little bit later before bed so I can workout pain-free tomorrow.

I snacked on a fruit smoothie when I came home:

This baby had a cup of frozen strawberries, a cup of frozen mango, half a cup of frozen blueberries, a scoop of Amazing Grass and a cup or so of water.  Pretty tasty!

An hour or two later I had a sandwich thin with 1 tbsp. maple peanut butter:

That’s How I Met Your Mother on in the background 🙂

Dinner was an AMAZING new find from Whole Foods — Lundberg Family Farms’ Creamy Parmesan Risotto!  We beefed ours up with some peas and parmesan cheese:

Yum yum YUM!  This was unbelievably good (not to mention filling)!!  I had about 3/4c. of the risotto and a cup of peas — the perfect serving size.  It even got the husband seal of approval:

🙂 I’m definitely picking up a few more boxes of this the next time I’m at Whole Foods!  Maybe next time I’ll try their porcini mushroom risotto

Alrighty, time to hop in the shower and head to bed — I’ve got an early morning tomorrow!  Night!