It’s Top Chef night! Do the happy dance. I missed last weeks due to sleep being more important so I am switching times and working 1 week behind. This way I can go to bed. We are smart cookies
So I am not going to bore you with anything about work today except for the fact that I finally moved into my cube! Only a month late! Maybe I will give you some time soon. It is really exciting, ha!
Oh one thing happened today at work that was really cool…our office Biggest Loser club asked me for some nutrition advice for their weight loss group. I was so excited, but I am super nervous! I made sue to let them know I am not an R.D. just well read and have ideals about food. I think I am going to start but asking one thing each of them needs help with/ wants to know about. I will add their questions to the blog, but keep the names anonymous. Thoughts?? Tomorrow is the first weigh in, and they are paired in teams of two just like Biggest Loser!
FOOD! That’s amour!
Leftover spaghetti squash and sauce from last night. Some juicy cantaloupe and a piece of whole wheat Anadama bread. Like my water spotted paper towel.
Right before leaving for the day I had the other half of my peanut butter pretzel Clif bar from yesterday and yep a seltzer.
When I got home it was time to get my run on! I went for about a 9-10 mile run. I still need to put it into mapmyrun.com. The first 5 miles were really hard. My right leg was like a rock and not fluid. I was kicking myself for not have a better pre run snack. It seemed to work itself out on my second time around he hill. Don’t worry, I slammed a spiced pear muffin and some coconut water. There wasn’t even enough time for a picture. It seemed to do the trick and I jumped in the shower.
**Note: Why is there no new Top Chef tonight!!!****
I had shrimp, couscous and beans on the meal plan. One problem, I thought I had white beans. No worries I used pinto beans because they have a similar texture. I used a recipe from Real Simple that involves lemon, parsley and onions with the other ingredients.
I also had a side salad with cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese with balsamic. Salad plate portion sizes…too bad Nick is not as big a fan of beans as I am and I ended up killing his off
OK well no Top Chef tonight…grrrrr I guess that means early to bed for this girl!
So it is official Tracey is crazy!
I know last night’s Biggest Loser seemed really emotional with the two teams up for elimination, but for some reason I wasn’t feeling it. I was more upset that a 447lbs person could only loose 6 lbs in a week when small contestants could loose double digits. It is great that Shay did loose that much, don’t get me wrong, I just thought it could be a lot more. I still do love Daniel. He is so positive and really should be the new spokes person for the Biggest Loser. Last but not least props to the Red team for both loosing over 100lbs each at home during the update!
Onto the food!
Returned to the oat bran this AM.
But fist I need to make a comment about my pumpkin pie coffee brought to you by…
- 1/3 cup oat bran
- 1/3 cup h20
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup plain Stoneyfield
- 1/4 Country Pumpkin granola
- spoon of almond butter
- drizzle honey
Chilly willy outside! Don’t forget your jackets this morning!
Half way there!
See you tonight!
It is Biggest Loser night! Who is excited? This girl! Two hours seems to be a little long but when the second hours starts I feel like it just started?!?! It will be interesting to see if they have the “week two slump” in week three because they were pushed so hard last week. OK enough Biggest Loser, wait, hold on, I love the trainer tips during the commercials. Anyone else?
8 hours earlier…I was at work gettin things done loving senior stimulus.
At least I had a stellar lunch planned!
I had some lovely carrot sticks with hummus quartet, sliced small gala apple, and some leftover plantains. AND last but not least…da da da da! I had a WW mini bagel with cranberry apple chutney, almond butter and a 1/4 piece of tempeh. Very nice if I do say so myself!
Today was yoga day with Sicily! She seems to like to crawl all around me and lay on my stomach while I do the moves. I wish I could get a picture but that would be really hard to set up the camera and not move her. I did 47min fitness.core.yoga on demand and then yoga.core.strength. That core track is so hard! It is only 8min of hell, but amazing!
Note: I love Jillian! “Not the brightest bulb!”
Tonight’s menu was spaghetti squash! I love this squash! So unique and interesting the way it comes out looking like pasta. I cooked in the mirco for 8 min on high covered with plastic wrap then thrown in the oven for 30min at 300. If you just put it in the oven it can take up to an hour!
When I used to make this I just used regular tomato sauce and a few turkey meatballs. Now this is what it looks like…
And in the mix. A little less than 1/2 a spaghetti squash, 1 mini meat/lentil loaf defrosted, lentils and brussel sprouts from Sunday, stemmed broccoli, a little bit of organic sugar free tomato sauce, fresh parsley from the garden and some parm crumbled on top. A bit different eh? I also had the rest of my 1/2 of squash after I finished this plate!
I also had a glass of regular unsweetened from my medieval times cup. I went there for my birthday last year with Nick. It was actually really fun when you got into it!
I will have to debate this cupcake…or a chocolate raspberry tofu pudding cup!
Biggest Loser is calling…did I mention Tracy is crazy? Anyone else think so?
There is something going down this morning at the apt complex. Some fire crew and medical staff just showed up at the building next to mine and I hear more sirens coming. I hope everyone is OK and they just burned their morning bagel or something.
Two more vehicles just showed up a bus and another fire truck. I feel like such a peeping tom right now, but I want to know what is going on! Please excuse my screen, Sicily and I were spying!
I had been neglecting my oat bran lately so I started with that as a base a the remainder of my Stoneyfield plain.
1/3 cup oat bran, 1/3 h20 and almond milk, 1 spiced pear muffin crumbled, big scoop of plain yogurt, 1 naner, small amount of pumpkin granola and a drizzle of almond butter. I al still eating this and I don’t know if I will be able to finish it.
The first response cars are still outside so that worries me. I really hope everyone is safe inside.
I am going to play with my baby before I have to leave. I need to get one of those “save our pet too” decals to put on my door for Sicily.
****Ew the big E in Mass. has a sandwich made of a bacon cheeseburger between a honey glazed doughnut.**** Heart attack anyone?
Have a Super and Safe day!
Always the best feeling!
How I Met Your Mother was pretty lame tonight, which kind of puts a damper on things. I still need to pack lunches blah. OK positive, positive! I am making Nick go apple picking with me this weekend! So that is something to look forward to. They even have pick your own broccoli! I am super excited, Nick not so much, but he is a trooper!
It was actually quiet around the office due to the holiday so I got work done without too many interruptions. One of them was a delicious packed lunch.
Tick, tick, tick…slow moving afternoon and I couldn’t wait for my snack around 3:30. My last 2 apricot carob oat rounds. I thought I would never get to the end of them.
I took it easy at the gym today. I was a bit sore from my run yesterday and my knees were bothering me a bit from the combo of dancing in heels and running 11 miles. (Pause to get ice from freezer and place on knee)
I just did 30min on the ArcTrainer and 15min arm set and 15min core. Just got the blood flowing and my arms really need some more work!
My knees actually felt better after I got it moving.
I got home relatively early due to my shorter workout so I was able to finish up the cleaning I didn’t get to yesterday…moping and bath room cleaning. Oh the joy!
I had seen Meghann use the almond meal from TJs on chicken tenders and I thought it looked mighty good!
I doused mine in egg whites then a mixture of almond meal and garlic herb salt free spice.
It came out really well! Just like healthier chicken tenders! Nick enjoyed them too. I also sautéed some mushrooms and onions in low sodium veggie broth and I baked triple summer squashes along with the chicken for 20min.
For dessert I had one of my exploded chocolate tofu bombs.
Time to go hang with my lady and man. I hope she doesn’t wake us up at 5am again!
So I guess my post last night never went up nor did it save…here are two of my favorite pictures from the array.
There was more but Sicily woke us up very early this morning and I really don’t have the energy to re-write the whole thing. So sorry.
I think the fact that it is Monday does not help!
I need a little chocolate in my life this morning. In steps a chocolate explosion cupcake that were in the post last night.
Got to finish up my oats and play with my alarm clock kitty.
Have a good Monday!
Kristin and Jerry got married last night!
BUT first I have a little catch up work to do. Fast forward through a bunch of boring things…
Greek olive hummus, leftover sausage pasta, hard boiled egg and spinach, kashi crackers for dipping and a large peach.
For my afternoon snack I had a tropical fruit tart Larabar.
Before going out for the night I did a nice long 9 mile run. Two huge hills were involved and I ran with zero music. Bring on the 1/2 baby!
Friday night Nick and I headed into the city and once again were eating in the car…I got the powerhouse sandwich again, but this time I got 1/2 the turkey for some extra recovery protein…but they were out of sprouts and I went with banana peppers.
Along with an arnold palmer and some super delicious soft chocolate chip cookies that I split with Nick.
Saturday morning I was going to get hair did and a manicure before the wedding.
Before heading out I checked the mail and got some Bear Naked cereal that I signed up for a while back…I’ll let you know how it is!
I also enjoyed a breakfast quesadilla. WW tortilla with almond butter and peach. Banana with Country Pumpkin granola. COFFEE.
OH so there is a canned pumpkin shortage due to the growing season being delayed this year FYI.
Back to the pears, and the KitchenAid! I used this recipe but 1/2 it and added 1/2 a cup of WW flour for regular. I also only used 1 tbs of oil and 3 tbs of apple sauce.
I also needed to eat some normal food before heading out to the wedding.
Drive to wedding…
Arrive and meet up with some people for a beer in the parking lot!
We finally went to the church and it was a beautiful service for Jerry and Kristin, bubbles were blown and…then it was off to party!
OK so now onto the pictures of the people!!
Great wedding and good times with long lost friends. Miss you guys!
Finally catching up here…
We said good bye to Jen and Brian who stayed with us last night and then I cooked up some Sunday hot cakes!
Ravens are playing! Get me off the machine!
See ya later tonight!
Happy Purple Friday!
Sissy (Sicily’s Nick name that Nick gave her) is running around like a crazy person, but now she decided to chill on the couch and watch me type. She actually watches you like she knows what you are thinking not with a blank stare like doggies.
This is her last night…no she is not dead!
Shortly after I took this pic, I snacked on a flattened banana with almond butter. I think Allison started this? and it was delicious!
I call this fruit bowl o’ layers
It started with yogurt…check out this lid! (hmm guess you can’t really read it, but it says “more yogurt for your dollar and less plastic in a landfill” or something like that)
I posted a while back about how I was going to start buying large plain yogurt and make my own flavors and I guess Stoneyfield jumped on that too. Pat on my back
After the yogurt many a thing was added…
OK time to get my duck boots on and head out the door, we are having some showers this morning. Fingers crossed there are no accidents on the highway!
ANY GOOD PLANS FOR THE WEEKEND???
Hello! Welcome to Thursday night! It actually isn’t a super night because we lost at kickball, and the team was not in so much of a chipper mood when I left. At least I had my lady to greet me at the door!
This is her current position and we are watching Bones! Reminds me of Kelly (but I am sure she knows they get is all wrong!)
Before I could get home to my girl I had a seriously stressful day. The EPA is coming for a visit soon and we have quarterly reports due so the day was seriously crazy!
I had to scarf down my lunch in between after calls with Region III.
On the to kickball I had two of my apricot carob oat rounds (yes there are still a few kicking around).
I had planned on doing sprints before kickball, but due to me forgetting my clothes at home and tons of traffic, I did not get to the field in time. I was seriously stressing out about this and I know I really shouldn’t be because it is one run! Just one training run! It will not kill me! I know Megan has talked about this and Caitlin (Congrats to Caitlin again!). I just tried to channel Nick the whole time and kept telling myself “I can’t change it, just roll with it”. Love his calm outlook one time, sports are a different story.
Even though we lost our game I still had a good time hanging out with some good people.
When I got home I heated up leftovers that I had planned on eating and made a side salad.
Good Night All! Tomorrow is Friday!