Breakfast

Sporty Spice

Hi! Happy Friday. I’m so glad you guys liked yesterday’s Roasted Red Pepper and Chickpea Burgers – they are SO good. Let me know if you try them and what you think!

Last night I decided it would be a good idea to run home from work. I snacked on a banana before leaving:

And then got geared up in my running clothes, Garmin, and Camelbak. As I was walking back to my desk, one of coworkers said “Hey there, Sporty Spice!” and it cracked me up. I guess it’s not normal to walk around your office with a CamelBak on… 🙂

I ended up setting out for the run but it was SOOOO hot. I was basically choking on the air during the run and was very happy with my decision to put ice in the CamelBak. I ended up going 4.8 miles total, but walked .4 of them. I took 4 tenth-of a mile walking breaks, first after 2.5 miles, then after .5 and .5, and then the walking intervals got a bit more frequent. I was just happy when I made it home! Stats:

Distance: 4.79 miles

Duration: 51:22

Pace: 10:43 mi/mile (walking breaks included)

Calories Burned: 542

Whew I need this heat wave to pass! Tomorrow is going to have a heat index of 110º (!!!) and i am supposed to run a 5k tomorrow night. Even at 8pm, it says it will still feel like 101º so I’m going to play that one by ear…

After my run and much needed shower, I wanted to make a quick little something to replenish myself, so I made a fried egg (2 pts) with a babybell light cheese (1 pt) on a light english muffin (1 pt) with some garlic gold (0 pts).

After eating the egg, I put together a platter of stuff to munch on because we had some friends coming over.

  • Pickles
  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • Scallion Hummus
  • Two types of crackers
  • Sliced Yellow Squash

Amber and Mike brought over some spiced shrimp cocktail, and then some cheese, but I didn’t take pictures. Sometimes it’s nice to just put the camera away and enjoy yourself! I ended up having 1.5 glasses of wine and munching on some shrimp and hummus and crackers. I felt really good because I didn’t overeat at all which is a pretty regular thing for me when there’s a platter out in front. It’s nice when you’re the host though because you can control what goes out and make sure there are healthy options available.

This morning I had a quick breakfast since I didn’t have time to throw anything together last night:

Two small peaches (1 pt), a toasted light english muffin (1 pt), and a Stonyfield Organic Low-Fat Blueberry Yogurt (2 pts). Simple but delicious and filling!

I’ve been craving a tuna pasta salad for a while now, so today was finally the day. I cut up an entire yellow squash from my CSA and microwaved it for 1 minute with a little water in the bottom of the container.

Then I added in a handful of spinach and threw it back in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Then I added 1 cup of cooked whole wheat pasta (1 pt), 1 can of chunk light tuna in water (2 pts), and 1 tbsp of olive oil mayo (1 pt).

Mixed it all together and it was AWESOME. I chilled it in the fridge for a few hours and it ended up making this:

x2. 6 points in total and really filling. I love making healthier versions of things I’m craving because pasta/tuna salad can be very unhealthy if it’s loaded with mayo, albeit delicious. 🙂

Best news of the day? It’s FRIDAY!! Only a few hours left until the weekend. What do you have planned? I’m just staying put but couldn’t be more excited about it. The heat index is supposed to be through the roof today and tomorrow so I might try to stay indoors as much as possible though my pasty legs could definitely use a little sun…

Office Party Recap

Hey! Happy Thursday slash almost Friday to ya. I am so happy we’re in the latter part of this week because I have NO PLANS for this weekend. Well, that’s not true. I have a 5k at 8pm on Saturday night that I’m looking forward to, but no plans to travel – – just staying put! I love weekends like that. 🙂

Yesterday the party was fuuun. We held it in our conference room yesterday afternoon and had a nice little spread of appetizers:

Chips and 6 Layer Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, and a Veggie Tray. In case you didn’t see the last two well:

4 whole pounds of Shrimp Cocktail

A veggie tray (from Costco!) with ranch dip. After the party I looked and realized it was Low-Fat Peppercorn Ranch dip which made me feel better about having eaten a lot of it.

We also had an ice cream cake:

Here’s a picture of a few of my coworkers:

Jeremy, Ryan, and Jackie.

Kara, me and Emily.

In terms of staying on track, I did OK at the party with eating/drinking. I didn’t have any beer or wine, and stuck with this:

(It helps when you appoint yourself to be the one to pick up the non alcoholic beverages!)

I also ate mostly veggies and the shrimp, but I ate wayyyyyy too much. I did have some chips and dip as well, but I just kept piling on more veggies and more shrimp, and I left feeling really really full and bloated. The pros were that I didn’t have any alcohol or birthday cake, and focused on eating more shrimp/veggies than chips and dip, but if I had just had a few less shrimp, I would have left the party with an A. Instead I got a B. 😉

I made it to a 7:30pm Bikram class last night with my friend Amber, and it felt really good to sweat! I am definitely feeling a bit sore today, but I really enjoyed the class last night and am finding going once a week is working well for now. I made myself a smoothie before going to Bikram and left it in the freezer for 3 hours. Having a smoothie in the freezer to look forward to post workout is new for me, but seriously amazing. It gives me motivation to get through my workout and its the perfect post workout treat!

This smoothie had 1 cup light soy milk (1 pt) + 1 medium frozen banana (1.5 pts) + 4 frozen strawberries (.5 pts) + 2 big handfuls of spinach (0 pts). I ate it up after Bikram and it was perfect. Normally I would have had something else to eat but I had so much food at the party that I wasn’t even hungry after the smoothie and slept like a baby afterwards.

Breakfast this morning was quick and delicious. I took 1 cup of leftover succotash from Sunday night (last day to eat it!) and heated it up in a pan, and then added 1/2 cup egg whites and made a scramble. I put a few slices of basil on top for garnish/fresh flavor, plus a piece of whole wheat toast.

Succotash (2 pts) + Egg Whites (1 pt) + Whole Wheat Toast (1 pt) = 4 pts total.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Ginormous

Happy Hump Day! We are over half way through.. keep on truckin’.

Today’s eats have been simple, but very on track (woohoo!).

Breakfast was a delicious bowl of hot oats, which I made with soy milk for the first time… ever?

In the mix:

– 1 cup light soy milk (1 pt)

– 1/2 cup rolled oats (2 pts)

On top:

– 1/4 cup HempPlus Granola <bulk bins at WF> (1 pt)

– 5 baby apricots, sliced (1 pt)

Vanilla Extract (0 pts)

This bowl was goood, but I honestly couldn’t tell very much of a difference in taste/creaminess from using the milk instead of water like I usually do. I’ll probably stick with water just to save myself the points since it doesn’t sacrifice taste or fullness. I have another farm share coming tomorrow morning so trying to use up all the apricots – still have 5 teeny ones left! This granola is AWESOME. I need to go back and get more because I’m all out. For 1/2 cup, there are 130 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, and 3 grams of fiber, so 2 points. I’ve been using just 1/4 of a cup as a topping and it adds a really nice crunch/flavor and is really tasty.

I had the last of the organic grapes (1pt) from Whole Foods for a snack around 11:30

And lunch was a ginormous salad (I know that’s not a word, but it should be.)

On this plate:

– 2-3 cups baby spinach (0 pts)

roasted red peppers (0 pts)

– diced red onion (0 pts)

cucumber (0 pts)

– 1/2 cup chickpeas (1 pt)

– 1 oz RF Feta Cheese (1 pt)

With the salad, I had a serving (15!!!) of those crackers I got last night at Costco (2 pts)

These crackers are seriously amazing. Go to Costco and buy them. I tend to have trouble with bulk buying because I tend to eat more when I’m eating from a large bag. The huge package of crackers from Costco came separated into two bags inside the box, so I divided up one of the bags into single serving ziplock bags. That way I can just grab a bag and not be tempted to go back for more. I did however eat all of the broken crackers (those don’t count, right?) while I was separating them into servings.

On a completely unrelated note, I love looking at the stats page for my blog in the “Search Engine Terms” box because some of the things that people search for that lead them to my blog crack me up. Yesterday someone searched, “feel great without coffee” and today “yoga skinny before after”. My all time favorite one so far though is “hungover bikram.” DON’T DO IT! ha.

Anyways, later today we have a work party for someone who is leaving and there will be booze and food. I actually ran into them last night at Costco, so I know there will be some healthy options including shrimp cocktail and a veggie tray. My goal is to go to a 7:30pm Bikram class tonight, so I’m going to do my best to have no drinks and just stick with water while I’m at the party… we shall see how it goes.

What are you best tricks for staying healthy while at parties/gatherings with lots of food and drinks?

Cabbage: Take One

How is it only Tuesday!? I woke up today and could barely believe we’re only into day two of the week… I have so much to do that it wouldn’t be possible to get it all done if it was Thursday, but still.

To help console myself, I made pancakes for breakfast. Not just any pancakes, but Chocolate Frosted Banana Pancakes.

I realize that frosting looks like it leaves something to be desired, but it was delicious, I promise. I had made these once before, but this time I put banana in the pancakes as well as in the frosting.

I love how the bananas caramelize in the pan and get all brown and gooey.

In the mix:

  • 2 tbsp pancake and waffle mix (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • 1 medium banana (1.5 pts), divided (1/2 in the pancakes, 1/2 in the frosting)
  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder (0 pts)
  • 1/4 cup light soy milk (2 tbsp in the pancakes, 2 tbsp in the frosting)

These were awesome and the perfect thing to get me motivated to start my day.

Lunch was my first use of the 4 heads of cabbage (1/2 down, 3.5 heads to go) and it was quite a success!

I made a chopped cabbage salad which coincidentally is vegan as well.

The mix had:

  • 1.5 cups raw cabbage (0 pts)
  • 1/2 cucumber, deseeded and chopped (0 pts)
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped (0 pts)
  • 1/2 mango, chopped (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • 2 tbsp white vinegar (0 pts)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (1 pt)
  • salt and pepper to taste (0 pts)

It was AWESOME. I honestly wasn’t too sure how it was going to turn out because I just kept randomly throwing things in there, but it worked perfectly. The textures and colors went so well together, and the vinegar was the perfect background flavor. I probably would have added cilantro if I had some, but overall, take one on the cabbage was a big success! With the salad, I also had some organic red grapes (1 pt).

So the whole lunch was only 4 points and super satisfying.

Whats your favorite produce right now? I have been loving peaches lately since I’ve been getting them in my farmshare for a few weeks, but grapes are always a favorite. I’m lucky I love fruit and veggies so its very easy for me to get lots of servings of them in every day.

Two for One

Sunday night dinner ended up being just as fabulous as I predicted. 🙂 We started off with a nice spread for appetizers because we didn’t eat anything since breakfast! Our platter had two types of hummus, scallion and roasted red pepper, plus goat cheese, cucumbers (fresh from our farm share!) and flatbreads:

We polished everything except a little bit of the goat cheese and some of the hummus. We had gone to Whole Foods during the day and I did some shopping for lunch and other random things I needed and Wil went in search of dinner. I love that he loves to cook because it makes my Sunday nights a lot easier and more delicious.

He found sockeye salmon, which is wild salmon that actually swims upstream, so its less fatty than Atlantic Salmon and really flavorful. He did a dry rub on the salmon with some different spices, which is a great way to get tons of flavor into anything you cook without having to think ahead and marinate it. Basically, you mix together the spices that you want to use, and you literally rub them onto your fish, chicken, steak, etc, and then when you cook it, the spices form a crust on the protein and lock in all the flavor. I requested no oil in the meal since I had been eating heavier than normal during my time in Minneapolis, so he just baked the fish, and it turned out incredible.

He served the salmon over a succotash with potatoes, yellow tomatoes, red onions, okra, and corn which he cooked in veggie stock. He also made a little peach chutney at the last minute because the spice mix was.. pretty spicy, so he wanted something sweet to help offset it. He just used a fresh peach from our farm share and some vinegar and sauteed it together until the peaches were soft.

It was incredible! I guess just because the veggies were all fresh and organic, but this succotash was to die for. He only used veggie stock to cook it, so it was super healthy, but very flavorful. And the salmon was also very flavorful and perfectly cooked so that it felt apart while I was eating it and basically melted in my mouth. So, so good.

Breakfast today was simple and quick.

A Siggi’s Blueberry (2 pts), a small banana (1.5 pts), and a small peach (.5 pts). I ended up mixing some Fiber One (0 pts) into the yogurt while I was eating it, but unfortunately the Siggi’s blueberry is just not my favorite. It’s a little tart and maybe just not sweet enough for me. I’ve heard good things about their Vanilla flavor, but have yet to try it/find it in the stores. I think I’ll be sticking with Greek yogurt going forward because that’s much more up my alley. The good thing about Siggi’s is it packs a ton of protein – 16g in that little container! This breakfast, though simple, kept me full for hours.

I only ate about 1/2 the salmon on my plate from last night because I had filled up on the hummus and goat cheese, and the piece of salmon was pretty huge.  It worked out great though because I just flaked the leftover salmon and mixed it into leftover succotash for lunch today. I ate it cold so it was sort of like a pasta salad and it was SO good.

There was about 1 cup of succotash (2 pts) and 3.5 oz of salmon (5 pts). I had a side of organic grapes (1pt) which were on sale at Whole Foods.

I love using leftovers to make lunch the next day so you get two meals out of one evening of cooking. There is still a ton of succotash leftover so I have to figure out some other ways to use it up – I’m thinking mixed into eggs, or just straight up because the flavors are so delicious.

In other news, my farm share this week had 4 heads of cabbage!!! I haven’t even begun to use it but I need to think of some different ways to use it so I don’t let it go bad. What is your favorite way to enjoy cabbage? Do you have any recipes I should try? Feel free to link to your recipe in the comments section!!

Brunch for One

Happy Saturday!! I love weekends where no travel is involved… so relaxing. Unfortunately, I woke up to this:

Which put a major damper on my plans to lounge by the pool all day… Better things are in store though!

Last night I got home and had a package from Amazon.com, which had my gift from my birthday gift from my sisters!

A Camelbak!! I’ve been wanting one of these for a while now because I hate holding a water bottle when I run, and my water belt can be a little much for shorter runs. But in the intense heat, water is necessary on any length run for me, so I couldn’t wait to get out and use it! I decided to go for a run even though it was SO hot last night, so I did a walk/run instead which seems to be my new thing. I ran for 4.25 miles, and walked just over 1 mile. I took .25 mile walking breaks 4 times during the run, so the longest stretch of running straight was 1.5 miles. I LOVED having my Camelbak because I didn’t have to worry about conserving water as I do when I carry a bottle, and it felt so light on my back I could barely tell it was there. My Garmin says I burned 575 calories.. woohoo!

I should have planned better with my post run eats, becuase I had a peach and then just couldn’t think of what else I wanted, so I ended up grazing and just eating a bunch of stuff instead of a good, solid meal. I had an almond butter sandwich on wheat, lots of Dr. Krackers, and a bowl of Special K with soy milk. It doesn’t sound like much, but it was actually a lot and basically all carbs rather than having a balanced meal. Mental note to plan better for meals post workouts because I always end up grazing and eat too much when I don’t plan well.

After seeing the gloom today, I decided to make myself brunch for one. I wanted eggs and pancakes, so I figured why not have both!? I made two mini protein pancakes, which were 2 points combined, with 1 tbsp pancake mix, 1/2 scoop protein powder, and 1 tbsp each of light soy milk and egg whites.

Then I sauteed a green onion with kale over nonstick spray (0 pts) and put a fried egg (2 pts) on top of it.

Then, for good measure, I had a small peach and an apricot (1 pt) from my farm share.

This whole plate of goodness for only 5 points!

It really hit the spot!

What are you plans for today? Is it rainy/gloomy where you are? I’m going to get my nails done with two of my girls, Lianne and Rachel, and then going to a 4pm Bikram class with them. It will be Rachel’s first Bikram class ever so I am so excited for her. After that, we have the celebration for Lianne and my birthdays tonight, where we’re going out to a fancy dinner and then out to a few bars. I’ll be back tomorrow with a recap!

Fridayyyy

Good morning and happy Friday!!! It came so fast this week… partly due to the short week and partly just from being busy!

Yesterday afternoon I ended up wandering around the Farmer’s Market and picking up a few things. I love how beautiful the produce is lately now that we’re getting into peak season.

Sweet Onions, Eggplant, and Garlic.

Tomatoes.

Cherries, Yellow and Red Plums, and Peaches!

Apricots and more plums!

Emily, Okra, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, and Hybrid Squash.

I ended up getting some okra, cheese curds, and cucumbers to supplement my CSA for the week.

And then, I went with my boyfriend.. and he got a brand new car!!! A 2010 Honda Accord in Silver with a black interior. It is soooo nice and I love it. We took a few on test drives and the new one drove so much better than the year or two old ones, so that’s the one he went with. Though its his car, there will be a lot of shared use, so I’m almost as excited as he is. 😉

We didn’t get out of the dealership until almost 10pm and neither of us had eaten dinner.. big mistake! I should have packed a snack so I wasn’t so ravenous, but we ended up spotting a little Thai place right by the dealership and went in. It was actually Thai/Chinese fusion, so they started us out with chinese noodles and a thai cabbage dish.

The thai cabbage dish was really light and just had vinegar on it (and maybe a little sugar because it was sort of sweet). I ate a bunch of the cabbage, and then wayyy too many fried noodles. Those things are so easy to eat when they are in front of you and you are hungry! I ate more than 1/2 the bowl… Then I got Veggie Tom Yum, which is a hot and sour broth loaded with veggies.

For my main course I got two appetizers, the steamed veggie dumplings:

And a Squid Salad.

I ate the dumplings first and they were really doughy and didn’t have many veggies inside, but I basically inhaled them. After eating those, I moved onto the salad when my fullness set in. I only ended up eating the squid off the salad and a few bites of the veggies, which was delicious. I should have started with the salad and then moved to the dumplings, so I’ll keep that in mind for next time.

This morning I woke up feeling kind of gross and bloated from the late food last night. I decided to do the Shred Level Two to get the day started off right. Even though it’s only 20 minutes, it is HARD. I hate the 30 seconds straight of push-ups (x2) in Level One, so I figured this one would be totally do-able because it wouldn’t have the push ups, but instead there were walkout push ups where you start from standing, touch the floor, walk your hands out into push up position, do a push up, walk your hands back, and then stand up – even harder! I was sweating so hard but it felt really good in a weird way.

I threw together a nice yogurt bowl for breakfast after the Shred:

In the mix:

  • 1/2 cup nonfat greek yogurt (1 pt)
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats (1 pt)
  • ~1/4 cup fiber one (0 pts)
  • 1 peach sliced up

This was awesome. The peach was from my CSA share yesterday and it was one of the sweetest, juiciest, and most delicious peaches I’ve ever had! I seriously wish I brought another one with me into work so I could have it later today.

What are you up to this weekend? Any exciting plans? One of my best friends, Lianne, has a birthday today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIANNE!!!!) and mine was on Tuesday, so we’re doing a joint celebration tomorrow night, starting with a nice dinner with some close friends and then going out in DC. I cannot wait!!

CSA Day and Roses!

Good Morning and Happy Thursday! It is sooooo humid outside still, but they are saying rain is on its way which should help some. I cannot wait for this to break so I can go for a run outdoors! I’m happy to report that I am feeling nearly 100% better since I started having those stomach issues/feeling weird on Tuesday night. I think it was largely do the heat and humidity and not drinking enough water, but also maybe partly a minor stomach bug/virus. Whatever the case, I’m feeling better.

Last night I went to the mall after work for a bit to check out the sale at Express. I got a really cute dress and a pair of shoes.. both for $22!! All of their clearance stuff is an additional 30% off.. score! I split a pretzel with Emily from Aunt Anne’s and it was awesome – though 4 points for just half of it! I was glad to have someone to share it with because the whole thing is 8, which is a ton for something that won’t fill you up!

I just made a simple dinner of an egg on toast:

It was one fried egg (2 pts), with 1 oz reduced fat mozzarella (1 pt) and 1 tsp garlic gold (0 pts) on 1 slice of wheat toast (1 pt). I also had a mini bar from Weight Watchers which is actually awesome:

It has pretzels, chocolate, caramel, and peanuts (plus a ton of other ingredients on the not-so-short list) but is also 1 point and a nice little treat.

This morning I got to pick up my CSA and it was full of fruit again! Love love love.

Look how beautiful those apricots are! Plus there were plums, peaches, swiss chard, and green onions. I love it when there’s so much fruit in the box because I feel like I really get my money’s worth… I’m excited to see how the season progresses!

Breakfast was overnight oats and I went back to adding yogurt and soy milk, instead of just soy milk like I have been for a while. It makes a huge difference in the texture – – it gets thicker and creamier with the yogurt in there instead of just the soy milk.

Into the mix:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (2 pts)
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup soy milk (.5 pts)
  • 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt (.5 pts)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (.5 pts)

Having a cold breakfast like this is essential on days like today!

When I walking outside to my balcony to check the weather, I walked by my birthday flowers and they looked so pretty I had to take a pic!

Good job, Wil! 🙂 I also got the Sony E-Reader Touch, which is like a Kindle but it’s touch screen. I bought Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food last night and just started reading it on there this morning.. it is SO cool!

Have you read any good books lately that you’d recommend?

It’s Official

I am now 26 years old. 🙂

The heat in DC has been SO bad, as I know its been around a lot of the country. Yesterday it peaked at 104, and today they are saying it’s going to be 102, which wouldn’t be as bad if it wasn’t so humid. The air is so thick when you walk outside that you can literally choke on it…

That said, yesterday was my birthday and it started out just like any other day. We were supposed to go out to lunch as a department, but we ended up delaying it until today, so I went out and bought breakfast and lunch. Breakfast was an egg and cheese on rye:

Which kept me full for hours! I didn’t end up going out to get lunch until after 2pm, which is unheard of for me. I went to Devon and Blakely’s and picked up a salad to go. I like the salad bar there because there are so many options for add ins, but the salads can end up being pretty expensive if you don’t plan carefully and think about what you’re going to put in there. My salad turned out perfect and cost just over $7 so this is definitely a combo I’d do again.

It had a spinach base, and then I added in chickpeas, blue cheese crumbles, roasted red peppers, and artichoke hearts. So delicious!

I’m not blaming the salad, but after eating my lunch I started feeling a little off. My stomach was hurting and I just felt weird. I tried to drink some water because I figured it had to do with the heat, and then I went home after my day wrapped up. I was thinking about maybe working out since dinner wasn’t until 8, but I just felt kind of strange so decided to just take it easy and return a few of the birthday calls I got over the course of the day.

Dinner was at Sushiko, a fancy sushi restaurant in DC. I had been looking forward to it all weekend, so decided to go with it even though I wasn’t feeling that great. I ordered a small bottle of sake to start:

But only ended up having one of those baby glasses full and took the rest of the bottle home. I switched to water, and drank 4 huge glasses of water and then ordered some gingerale and drank two glasses of that. The appetizers we got were edamame:

And salmon ceviche, which was served with ikura and yuzu vinaigrette.

I had a few pieces of edamame, and then one bite of the salmon ceviche but it just wasn’t sitting well with me so I stopped there. For the main course, we ordered a spicy crunchy tuna roll (my favorite)

But I was only able to stomach one piece. We also ordered a 12 piece sushi assortment:

But I only had one piece of the cucumber roll and Wil ate the rest. I started to feel a little better towards the end of the meal so we decided to order dessert and got banana tempura served a la mode (with ice cream) and had chocolate sauce and cinnamon.

I had one piece of the banana with the tiniest bit of ice cream and it was SO good. I think this meal would have been fantastic if I could have eaten! I was so excited about going there because I had heard such great things, and not being able to eat has never been my problem. It was really sad that it kicked in right before my birthday dinner…

I woke up today still feeling a little off, but was craving one thing… pancakes. Chiacakes to be specific. I used the usual mix:

  • 2 tbsp waffle and pancake mix (1 pt)
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (1 pt)
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds (.5 pts)
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (0 pts)
  • 2 tbsp light soy milk (.5 pts)

I topped them with 1 cup of sliced strawberries, for a total of 4 points.

These really hit the spot and it felt great to have something stabilizing in my stomach.

Lunch was at Teaism with my department, and I ordered the Veggie Bento Box.

It had:

  • Sweet Potatoes with Miso Sauce (3 pts)
  • Grilled Veggies (1 pt)
  • Tofu with Ginger (2 pts)
  • Brown Rice (2 pts) – I only ate one of those scoops
  • Edamame (1 pt)

Those are all guesses on the points, especially the first three items, but its probably pretty accurate. The food was really delicious, and I loooved the bento box since it had so many sections with little things. A lot of my favorites all in one box… yum. Dessert was one mini cupcake (2 pts):

Which was actually way more delicious than I was expecting!

My stomach still feels a little off, so I’m going to take it easy tonight. I was originally thinking of maybe doing Bikram or going for a run, but even thinking about doing either one of those is making me nauseous… maybe a nap instead? 🙂

Happy 4th of July!

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend so far… I know I am! 🙂

Friday night turned out to be SO fun. I made it to a 4pm Bikram class, and then met my friend Jess for an I Love the 90’s screening of Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead outside in Rosslyn. There were tons of people with blankets and picnics ready to go starting around 7pm.

They had a few games where you could win a free I Love the 90’s t-shirt.

I tried and failed, but Jess won! Here’s a picture of us:

And of our picnic goods:

Cheese, crackers, pita chips, hummus, carrots, grape tomatoes, and Hot Tamales. We also drank some white wine while the moving was playing. It was so funny to watch because I hadn’t seen it in years and years, so I was definitely pre-work world when I saw it. I remember thinking that she was SO cool and so old and having no idea what they were talking about with pension plans and health insurance… so funny to see it from the other side!

Yesterday was a really relaxing day. I spent several hours out by the pool and got a mani/pedi which was so nice. I did Level 1 of the Shred for exercise… it had been months since I’ve done it last and it is HARD. I am so sore today, but sore in a good way. 🙂 I was really on track with eating yesterday and ended up going out to dinner with the boyfriend while we ran around and hit up Target and TJ Maxx, two of my favorites. I woke up today and could hardly believe it was Sunday, but luckily we have tomorrow off, too!

We went to a dinner to grab breakfast, so I ordered a veggie eggwhite omelette with rye toast.

And I asked for fruit instead of potatoes, which they did no problem.

The fruit was actually really fresh which was sort of surprising… I feel like a lot of times the fruit at dinners can be questionable, but this was delicious!

What are your plans for the 4th? I have two picnics to go to, the second of which will be on a roof to watch the DC fireworks! I’m so excited. I’ll be back with a recap tomorrow!

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