The weekend is almost over yet again, Nick is back on the bus, and I and trying to soak up the last few relaxing moments before I head to a goodbye party.
This weekend Nick and I went to a cookout at his mom’s house she she gave us a ton of tomatoes and lots of wedding gifts! ( we are having our registry gifts sent to her home because of apartment safety)
For lunch today I combined both the tomatoes and a present!
Roasted tomatoes! The toaster over I had before was bought 5 years ago and was the cheapest one I could find in Target when I moved to Boston for grad school and it had seen better days.
This baby is amazing! It can broil, toast, bake and convection oven cook. I am so excited to heat this puppy up instead of my giant oven. Such an energy saver!
I ate the extra stuffing while I was waiting for them to cook and cut right into the baby hot out of the oven!
I still have a lot of tomatoes left. What is your favorite tomato recipe???
On another note about the amazing gift we have already received, it really nice to finally have matching towels that were not hand-me-downs (not that I didn’t appreciate them! They will become guest towels or be donated to BARCS) It is also nice to have more than one set of sheets and that are not polka-dot and from Target’s bed in a bag. We are finally growing up!
p.s. I still love my polka-dots sheets.
I’ve got to make this quick. We are leaving for kickball in 20min!
I got to walk at lunch today and it was amazing! I was so nice to get out of my air conditioned cube for 30min and enjoy a nice spring day. Do worry I went with other people. I would never go walking around the west side of the city of I weren’t in a pack.
When I got back inside I was starving and woofed down my lunch.
Orange, large carrot and a mexican wrap made with leftovers from last night.
Guac, beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. Yum scrum!
Guess what I had for my afternoon snack???
After work I had to go to PetSmart because Sissy seems to have gotten what we think is kitty acne. It doesn’t seem to be bothering her now, but it can get bad and that would require a trip to the vet. I switched her bowl to metal, which was sad because her food dish is a family dish (I am going to use it for keeping her nail clippers and brush).
Once I had gotten that under control I headed out for a nice little run. I didn’t map my run, but I am thinking it was about 3.5 miles?
This actually came out really well! The mustard really kept its flavor and made a great sauce.
Along with my thigh I had a ton of roasted broccoli and onions. I also had a slice of Wegmans bread on the side for some whole grain carbs. I also snacked on a few Kashi TLC crackers while dinner was cooking. I was starving!
I’m planning on some Mayan Gold chocolate for dessert on the way to kickball.
Trying to make it 5-0 tonight! Lets hope it is a quick one, I am sleepy.
Have a good one!
Wow we have had a bit of an interesting afternoon around here. I got home easily enough but there was afire at the reservoir and we currently have no water. I am just happy I tested the tap before going for a run because who knows when they will actually get the water back on! I had actually planned on going for a bike ride, but I needed to pick up my bike first…we will get to that but first lunch!
Chewy + figgy + oaty. I really liked how the pumpkin seeds got crunchy in the oven.
So back to the bike story. It was supposed to be ready this afternoon and when I finally got the call at 5:30 I was ready to pick her up. Again I am glad I couldn’t go for a ride considering I can’t shower.
Well when we got to REI they pulled the wrong bike off the shelf to give me…uhhhh that is going to work. They had fixed the wrong bike. I guess they were two bikes with the same last name. They said they had never seen that happen before and would give me some $$ off the labor. I am in no rush so I told them I would be back tomorrow! More money to put towards my road bike!
When we returned from REI I got started on making dinner.
Try making dinner with no water, seriously!
Grilled pork chops with shitake mushrooms, acorn squash, FFL english muffin 1/2 (I was craving carbs), and a salad. Please also note my giant bottle of water due to our water shortage. I haven’t bought a bottle of water in a long time. I actually felt kind of bad…one of my 2009 resolutions was to not use plastic bottles of water. Small pork chops are perfect, smaller than my muffin.
My dessert was an un-pictured dark chocolate raspberry egg. The last one
I am checking the water every five minutes until I go to bed. Bushing my teeth with bottled water should be fun…
Here’s to a better tomorrow!
Hello and we are in the downward slope of the week! And a downward slope it has been. Again with me knee, sorry if you are getting sick of it! It seems to kill me at work. I am going to try wearing different shoes tomorrow to see if it makes a difference. I don’t really walk much there, basically sit at my desk aka the least healthy thing you can do. I am a scientist by nature and therefore ran a bunch of tests in my cube including shoes on vs. off and different taping measures.
In between experiments I made time for lunch.
Leftover beef broth from last night mixed with wheat berries (!!!) green beans and okra. I also had a 1/2 of an Ezekiel muffin and an Adora disk. I spy a wheat berry! I think I liked this soup better than the beef stewish. I loved the chewy wheat berry texture. I need to make more of them more often!
The rest of my day was pretty uneventful except my stomach wanting my afternoon snack at 1pm! I think it was mainly boredom and I was looking for a an cheer myself up gift on Foodzie. It is a website kind of like Esty for food. I got myself distracted until 3pm before diving into the snack of the week.
Desk shot! Isn’t my particle board amazing! Apple+almonds+seltzer almost equals an apple with almond butter.
I went to find out how much I am going to have to shell out to get MD registration tags and title. $300 smackeroos from a tag and title place. I went to MVA once and I never want to go back again. Plus I have a weird situation with my car and I didn’t want to wait 2 hours to find out I didn’t have the proper paperwork. I have been trying to get one extra thing done every day because I am not going to the gym. Yesterday was get the salt washed off my car and today it was the tag and title. Tomorrow is get a MD state inspection (and shell out more $$$) I guess this is what my car fund is for in my ING account.
I had a nice surprise when I walked in the door. Well besides Sissy!
After texting mom this event I did 45min of Dave Farmers podcast that everyone has been jazzed about. I actually knew most of the positions so I was impressed. I also did 1/2 of my PT stretches and I am planning to do the rest after dinner digests.
Speaking of dinner…I had Panini and salad on the menu, but I felt like I need something a little more. Acorn squash!
And then there was the panini. I need to work on making these!
At least it was cheesy! along with 2 slices of cheese I had thia pesto, hummus, sun dried tomatoes and mushrooms. I meant to get in some roasted red peppers but I forgot them Plenty of time! I really want to remake that brie, pear, spinach and honey sandwich I had at Spoon with my dad.
I plan on watching two weeks ago’s Biggest Loser to find out who these peeps are, eating some chocolate, icing the knee, finishing PT sipping some tea and getting to bed early. Sounds like a plan!
The stimulus madness continued with my in-box this AM when I arrived at work. It seems that no matter how detailed your instructions, someone always needs further explanation. I honestly couldn’t blame them. This stimulus mubo jumbo is one hard nut to crack.
I had to break into my prune reserve around 11 told hold me until lunch. My oats didn’t quiet hold me. What’s up with that??!?! At least we 12 rolled around I wasn’t sucking down my lunch, and I was able to enjoy every bite. I hate when I am starving by lunch and eat so fast I forget what my food tastes like.
I also had some FM flat bean, carrot and a peach. And for my calcium I had a dark chocolate Adora disk.
There was an ice cream social going on in the lobby this afternoon that Elaine and I knew we had to hit up. Especially because Maryland tax dollars were paying for it!
I got a “one scoop” butter pecan. I liked the pecans, but the ice cream itself was nothing special. I think I have become such a gelato snob. When we move it is going to be really hard being without
It was way too hot to run outside today and there was no thunderstorm to cool it down in site. I opted for speed work on the treadmill and some lifting (It was technically my speed day and I won’t have weights to use at home).
I did 4 miles and 1.0 incline in 36min – 5min 6mph, 1min 9mph, 2min 6mph, 1min 9mph, 2min 6mph continued until 4 miles was reached. I also did bicep curls, upright rows, overhead press, tri dips, leg press, hammie pulls, quad extensions and a bunch of core work.
I had a bunch of produce to use up before I leave for the weekend. I also had to make something Nick would eat.
This started with garlic and onions sauteed in veggie broth. Then I added the mushrooms, flat beans and pepper to steam. I also cooked up a cup of WW cheese tortellini. All topped off with feta, garden basil and parsley.
Nick and I also split this FM salad of lettuce, cucumber and garden tomatoes with mustard red vine vinegar dressing. Yum! I really want a cookie but we have none I might have a TJs dark chocolate bar and settle in for some NEW TOP CHEF! Who else is excited about this??? I know I am because Masters was so disappointing!
Have a great night y’all!
Work was S-T-R-E-S-S-F-U-L to say the least today. We only had two people in our dept. and there were deadlines, yuck! On a happier note I was able to eat lunch!
Left over shrimp pasta with peanut sauce, honey greek yogurt, cucs and carrots with and LC wedge…
Mango was left for snack…
I added a couple date and fig balls to my snack when I got home before the gym.
I really didn’t want to go to the gym today. It is rainy and cold and I just wanted to cuddle up and watch a movie…when I finally got my butt out the door I got in a 30min easy run along with an incline speed walk totaling 45min. I did a 15min ab workout to finish it out…my body is still sore from Body Pump yesterday, especially my back. The entire time I was at the gym I just wanted tomato soup with grilled cheese.
And that is exactly what I had when I got home, with a few add-ins of course! I made some TJs creamy tomato soup and a sami on the George.
My sandwich had a hard time fitting on the George
Two slices of Ezekiel sprouted grain break with and LC wedge spread on one and TJs re-fried beans on the other. One tofu TJs veggie burger, yellow pepper, 1/2 and avacado, hot sauce.
All together now with a glass of Malbac to bring on the weekend!
Delicious and dipped in the soup, wowza!
I also got the new William Sanoma Catalogue…wow they have some amazing things in there…a mango pitter!!! I might have to invest and an avocado scooper…might need to start an ING account for that store!
I plan on having some pumpkin with vanilla almond butter and unsweetened cocoa powder later on in the night, but still up and down about it.
Almost every day during lunch I read the US Today online. Today was no different except this article that caught my eye and made me question the survey methods: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2009-06-03-fastfood_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip
10,000 people is not enough to get an actuate account of the global take on fast food, but what really disturbed me the most was the comments that people made at the bottom about fast food only being for poor, lazy and uneducated people. I am pretty sure I have seen all walks of life in the many varieties of fast food joints that cover our nation.
Almost made me not want to eat my lunch HA! I was starving…might need to use Uncle Sam next time instead of rainforest granola, it seems to have more staying power.
I forgot to e-mail my lunch pics this AM so here it is in words and pictures to come…
Trader Joe’s multigrain crackers, one carrot (after peeled, see wrap) with almond ginger goat cheese.
WW wrap with avocado and salsa refried bean mash, Cabot hunter sharp cheddar, peeled carrot and soy nuts – I had this toasted so the cheese would get all melty yum!
End of my pumpkin pudding with a small spoon of nutella and a couple pieces of my fruit.
Oh and a side note: When I am starving between meals or just really can’t stop thinking about food I pop a couple of these. Delicious real black licorice. I usually eat about 3 and I think they are about 8cal each?!?!
Budget, Budget, Budget…sums up my day with an intermission of a group look for a new apartment! I always get overly excited about new places and things so I do tons of research. I found a few options but will obviously have to check them out. I will be so happy to have my own kitchen stuff again!!!!!(currently most of it is sitting in my mother’s basement)
Lunch was simple and delicious. Herb turkey of sprouted grain bread. A couple of carrot sticks, blueberry greek yogurt and strawberry peach blend (which I split for my snack with a homemade nola bar)
There was a sub in my favorite spin class today…I knew there was going to be but no one knew who it was…not the best, but not the worst. She had us choose our own ending workout for the last song before cool down…who does that???? You should be motivating me to kick my booty til the end!!!
Dinner…I wanted to try my trader joes tofu veggie burger and re-fried beans salsa style. I created a bit of a layer dipper. I only have one blurry pic that came out…there was something wrong with my camera, but these were the layers:
- bottom sweet white corn
- zucchini rounds
- re-fried layer
- sprinkle of cheese
- tofu veggie burger
- blue corn chips for dipping
I also had a salad with cucs, sweet red peppers and carrots. Again I want to apologize for the poor quality of the picture…after dinner I had a bit of mango as I peeled and cut it up for tomorrow and then I decided to get creative with figs and dates!
I enjoyed the homemade larabars that I made before I decided to make some fig and date balls with mixed nuts and unsweetened cocoa powder. I have yet to try one because they are in the freezer hardening but they look delicious!
I have a really exciting breakfast for tomorrow that came in the mail this afternoon!!! I can’t wait to try it!:)
Do you ever feel like everyone asks you for something on Friday every week? OR maybe it just seems that way to me because I can smell the weekend. Today was especially busy thanks to good old stimulus creating trouble again. My morning snack of a 1/4 cup of prunes, almond and dark choco raisins held me while I worked towards a later lunch. Almost the same layout as yesterday…tempeh, almond butter and pumpkin butter on sprouted grain bread. Vanilla yogurt with cinnamon, half a mango, apple and orange.
Back to the Crazzzzzzy!
Amen to oats! They held me over much better then my previous breakfast! My belly didn’t start grumbling until 10:30 when it should…4hours after b-fast! I fed it the usual 1/4 mix up of prunes (don’t judge me for eating prunes, I love them!) almonds and dark chocolate covered raisins. The morning went by pretty quickly on part I am sure because I wasn’t watching the seconds tick away until lunch, but when the clock did strike lunch time it was delicious!
I had a salad of grilled chicken, almonds, tofu chips, tomatoes, goat cheese and avocado with HM balsamic. I also had my usual yogi, but this one was mocha flavored and great on my fruit salad! Mocha+Mango = YUMERS!
I didn’t go to the gym after work because I needed to finish packing and make dinner and I didn’t want to be rushed. Besides I am planning on going for a very long run along the beach in Maine this weekend so I needed a day off. I did however need a snack upon my arrival. I remembered I had made homemade larabars last Sunday? and I STILL had not tried one. WOW heavenly! The figs were amazing and the macadamia nuts had that earth bite to them! Sooooo goooood! I think I might try just making a sort of homemade fig newton next time because the dates were super sweet. Sorry that the pic is blurry! My camera seem to like the counter top more then my bar, but not me!
Before I forget Naturally Nutty is having a sale until 6/30 on their Chocolate Butter Toffee Peanut Butter 15oz for $6! Super Deal!
For dinner tonight I am grilling up a jalapeno cumin pork tenderloin with zuc and southwest TJs harvest grains blend (couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans, and red quinoa – really good but always needs a sauce or salt – amazing with curry!) for Nick and I before he takes me to the airport. Tear.
Maine-ward bound!!! I will have a full report blog of all the goings on upon my return! Until Monday…Happy Memorial Day!