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Today’s eats and challenge!

Before I start on today’s eats, here’s a quick glimpse into my life:


This is where I work!  Matt and my dad were both curious about my new two-monitor setup (the black monitor was installed yesterday), so I thought I’d share what my cube looks like.  The most important things on my desk are definitely the Nalgene, my iPod Touch, my camera case and the pic of my husband and I 🙂  Now, onto the eats!

Breakfast was my go-to favorite: oatmeal with brown sugar and a venti skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks.  Here’s what it looked like when I had it for breakfast last week:


Lunch was sort of a hodgepodge: I had half a turkey, cheddar and tomato sandwich on pretzel bread (MMM!), an unpictured banana and some lemon green beans and potatoes from the hospital cafeteria.


(I ate the other half for lunch yesterday, but took the wilty lettuce off today)

IMG_0799I ate all of the green beans and half of the potatoes.

When I got home I had a few chocolate chip cookies for snackies:

coookies(not these exact ones — and not that many! — but close)

I also had a Fruit2Day mango peach juice, but I didn’t take a pic.  Thanks, Google image search! 🙂


Dinner was take-out from a local Italian place — I ordered pasta with chicken, mushrooms and spinach in a garlic and oil sauce:

IMG_0800I had about a bowl and a half of this.  Pretty tasty, but the pasta was a little overcooked and smooshy.  Saved the rest for lunch/dinner tomorrow or this weekend.

Man, we really need to stop ordering out so often!  It is way too pricey and it makes calorie/point counting much more difficult.

Unpictured dessert” was a Clif bar and a couple more cooooookies.  Too much snacking today, Kara!  And not enough exercise!  At least it was better than yesterday…

So, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve avoided the gym every day this week.  I’ve been sort of feeling run-down lately (it feels like SAD, but I’m not really sure), so all I’ve wanted to do is curl up in a ball on the couch and eat.  To remedy that, I’m going to start working out in the mornings.  For one, I need to get in the habit of waking up early; I pretty much run out the door at the last possible second every morning, and that’s kind of stupid.  Oh, the woes of a 5-block commute! 😉

The other advantage to working out in the morning is that I can get exercising out of the way for the day (for the most part), instead of waiting until after work, when life is more likely to get in the way.  Plus, working out in the morning sets a positive, healthy tone for the entire day, something I’ve been severely lacking of late.

I also decided to take part in Angela from Oh She Glows’ Whittle My Middle 30 Day Challenge!  My abs seriously need work, and I tend to do well when taking part in a challenge.  I’m going to take a “before” photo and measurements and do my first workout tomorrow morning — wish me luck!  😀

Have a great night!


2 Responses

  1. Good luck on waking up early…I struggle with that myself….but I did it yester and today…so I think I am getting the hang of it:)

  2. If I wasn’t teaching, I would do the morning workout routine. It really does set a positive tone for the day and you just feel GREAT about yourself all day long.

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