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Monday Morning… ick. I know this is a common sentiment but boy could I have used another day of the weekend! It just went by way too fast. Sorry I didn’t come back yesterday, I was just caught up in my Sunday and didn’t want to acknowledge that it was coming to an end. It also wasn’t the healthiest of days food-wise, but its all about balance, right?

For lunch, we went to a new place called the Stray Cat Cafe. It’s a really cool place with lots of cat pictures everywhere and cat names for most of the foods on the menu. The restaurant supports the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation which rescues and places over a thousand abandoned dogs and cats each year, which is pretty cool, too.

We started off with the Finicky Feline Dip, which was a vegetarian version of the regular Feline Dip. It had veggie chili, cheese, guac, lettuce, and tomato.

It came with warm pita bread and tortilla chips, and was really delish. For my main course, I got the Bentley Wrap, which was a grilled pita topped with spinach, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, with Monterey Jack Cheese. I ordered it with Sweet Potato Fries on the side (my fav)

It also came with a pickle! This was so, sooooo good. There was a lot of cheese on it (maybe a little too much) but the veggies underneath went together so well and I gobbled down the whole thing. The sweet potato fries were crispy and delicious, too.  Yum.

Then we went bowling. I love bowling, but we haven’t gone in so long. The alleys always make me feel like I’m in the 1980s and I love how they do nothing to update their decor. It just wouldn’t be the same if they did.

And check out my new kicks!

I got these on clearance for 19.99. It makes me feel better wearing my own shoes, and these ones are so much nicer than the rentals at the bowling alley. The last time we went, my boyfriend got shoes that had been worn so many times, the soles were basically worn through and they were just gross.. after that, I went on the search for cheap shoes and found these ones, orginially 199.99, for $20! It costs $5 each time to rent shoes, so if I go 4 times, they’re paid for… 3 to go. =) I did really bad at bowling yesterday but it was still fun. I didn’t break 100 either time, sad.

After that we went home and watched Up in the Air from Netflix.. cute movie, but nothing to write home about. I love George Clooney though so that made it worth watching. A few hours later we ordered some unpictured pizza, but this time I didn’t eat the whole thing.. baby steps, right? I went to bed around 11 and couldn’t believe it was time to wake up at 7:30am when my alarm went off! I didn’t do anything to prepare for today like I usually do, ie pack my lunch, think about what to wear, etc. I did end up throwing together a delicious breakfast this morning before running off to work.

I mixed together a Strawberry Chobani with 1/2 cup rolled oats and then sliced a whole banana over it. I threw on some blackberries and 1 tbsp dark chocolate chips and devoured the bowl at my desk. Really delish. I think it’s great that you can eat rolled oats mixed into yogurt and its not necessary to let it sit overnight. It’s definitely thicker and a different texture than overnight oats, but they are still so good if they don’t sit together.

I got into work today and had about 50 new emails from the weekend… it’s going to be one of those kind of days! Gotta get cracking. Happy Monday!

Lazy Sunday

Happy Sunday! I don’t think I’ve ever appreciated a Sunday so much as today. I slept in late (until 10:30am or so) and have just been laying around and relaxing. I don’t have too much to report except that days like this are completely necessary. I realized that I’ve worked out every day since last Monday, so I may take the day off and just take it easy. Some of the days have just been short workouts (20-30 minutes) but I’ve done something every day so I think my body is craving a rest day.

For breakfast, I made a quick bowl of oats. I just mixed together 1/2 a cup of rolled oats and 1/2 a cup of nonfat Fage Greek Yogurt and let it sit for about 5 minutes. On top, I put some freeze dried banana chips and dark chocolate chips on one side, and fresh blackberries on the other side.

It was sooo good. I picked up these freeze dried banana chips at Trader Joe’s yesterday, and they’re just like regular banana chips but they’re freeze dried instead of regular fried, so they’re much better for you. Banana and chocolate is a match made in heaven in my book, so that side was delicious. These blackberries are so fresh and juicy, and not tart like blackberries can be sometimes. I love having two or three different topping so there’s variety in my oats – it makes it so satisfying!

We’re thinking about going bowling which I haven’t done in so long, so I’m excited! Be back later!

Nice Little Saturday

Hiya. I have nothing terribly exciting to report today except that finally having a day off has been wonderful! 🙂

I went to the mall and did a bunch of looking, but didn’t purchase anything. The mall was sooo crowded so the lines to try anything on or to get to the cash register were much too long for me. I did spot a Subway while I was walking around which is always a nice option when I’m on the go. I actually tried to find the food court but somehow got lost and found the Subway again so I figured it was meant to be. I got a 6″ veggie delite on wheat with pepperjack cheese.

I had them toast the bread with the cheese and then loaded on the veggies. Spinach, green peppers, red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, and pickles. I also got some Baked Lays to go with it.

Yum. I haven’t had Subway in so long and I really do like it as a fast food option.

I did stop at Trader Joe’s on the way home from the mall, so not all was lost. I love Trader Joe’s but the closest one is about 20 minutes from my house, so I usually have to have an excuse to head out that way to make the trip. I got a lot of produce (blackberries, spinach, bananas, yellow bell pepper), frozen fruit and veggies, and some tart frozen yogurt that I’m excited to try. I also got a lot of other random stuff but hadn’t been there in a while so it was necessary. I ended up spending about $55 and am going to try not to go grocery shopping again until next weekend. I’ve been pretty good lately about using up what I have and not overdoing it at the grocery store, so hopefully this trend can continue.

After I got home from Trader Joe’s, I did Jillian Michaels’ Yoga Meltdown from ExerciseTV on Demand. I did two bike rides in a row yesterday and the day before so I didn’t want to ride again or run, but this workout is pretty challenging. It’s 30 minutes and its quick moving, so my heart rate was up and I was sweating, but I also got a lot of good deep stretching in. I had a quick snack after the workout before heading back out to do some more shopping.

This was ~1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese from Trader Joe’s, covered with blackberries and more of the pumpkin flax granola from Whole Foods. I haven’t had cottage cheese in ages so when I saw it in Trader Joe’s I snagged some and it is delish.

I went to a Sports Authority because I had a coupon for $10 off from the Cherry Blossom 10 Mile run from a few weeks ago and wanted to get some bike accessories. I bought a gel seating pad that fits over your seat, a new water bottle, and a new sports bra. I also stopped at Target and bought a bunch of other stuff I didn’t need, making up for buying nothing at the mall. 🙂

I was pretty disappointed when I got home and realized the gel seat cover doesn’t fit over my seat! Argh. I’m going to try to return it but I already ripped the cardboard it was attached to. 🙁 Ah well hopefully they’ll still take it back. We then decided to order some indian food for dinner from a restaurant we’ve never tried before. I hadn’t had Indian in ages and really didn’t feel like cooking, and we were pleasantly surprised with the food! It came in 30 minutes and was hot and delicious! Wil ordered Lamb Vindaloo, and I got Palak Paneer (spinach with cheese) and Okra that was cooked in a spicy sauce. We also got a huge thing of Basamati rice, some naan, and veggie samosas that came complimentary with our order. Here’s my plate:

I had one veggie samosa, and basamati rice covered with spinach and okra. Everything was delicious! There was also unpictured yogurt sauce which was super necessary because everything was spicy so the yogurt sauce went with it perfectly and cooled it off. I really missed Indian food and am glad we found a good, cheap place that delivers! I have leftovers of both the veggies, so I just combined them into one container and will look forward to those one day soon.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, too!