Frozen Yogurt

Two Trips

What an incredible day it is outside! This was reason enough for not one, but two trips outside this afternoon. The first was to eat lunch in the courtyard. I used some of last night’s leftovers from the Veggie Fajitas and made a huge burrito like wrap.

This had:

  • 1 flatout wrap (1 pt)
  • 1/2 cup black beans (1 pt)
  • Leftover Fajita Veggies (1 pt)
  • 1 oz 75% RF Cabot Cheddar (1 pt)
  • Pico de Gallo (0)

It was delicious! I love reworking leftovers into something new so you get two different meals out of the same thing.

Nom, nom, nom. I also had the rest of the leftover Chinese broccoli from Sunday night (1 pt)

Plus an apple for my first dessert.

Trip two was to Yogen Fruz for some frozen yogurt. ‘Twas the perfect day for it. Today I mixed it up a bit and got chocolate frozen yogurt mixed with frozen cherries and topped with dark chocolate shavings… need I say more.

Incredible.

Not sure what tonight will bring but I’ll be back!

I’m Baaack

Hello! Sorry for the blogging hiatus, but I’m back and plan to be on regular schedule going forward, blogging after breakfast, lunch and dinner. As I mentioned during my trip in OKC, the powercord for my laptop broke, so my computer died and I had no way of charging it. It made it really tough to blog because typing long entries on my phone was semi-painful, plus having to take all the pictures on my droid instead of on my camera. I basically gave up after Saturday morning, but wanted to share a few highlights of the trip.

First, the frozen yogurt place. It was called Peach Wave, and was SO cute and delicious. Here’s a picture of the inside of the shop:

It was a self-serve frozen yogurt place, and they had 16 flavors of frozen yogurt to choose from!

Plus tons of different toppings, from fresh fruit, nuts and granola

to every kind of candy you could ever want

I went there twice during my trip to OKC. The first time I went the healthy route:

Plain tart yogurt with raspberries, kiwi, mochi, and organic granola. It was sooo good and the fruit was super fresh. The next night (no picture) I went the candy route, and got cookies and cream frozen yogurt with oreos and cookie dough. SO good, but definitely not the healthiest.

Instead of recounting every detail from the last four days, I’m just going to summarize what went right and what I need to work on for my next business trip (one in July and a big one in September coming up).

Good things:

  • I went to the gym 2x and got in great workouts and strength training
  • I ate a lot of fruits and veggies the whole time I was there
  • I ate a healthy breakfast every single day, either egg whites and veggies or oatmeal, plus lots of fresh fruit
  • I ate at the buffet for several meals, and didn’t overdo it ONCE (This one is HUGE for me)
  • I got back on track after indulging on weekend meals yesterday and ate really healthy even though I was traveling/in airports all day. Breakfast at the hotel of egg whites with veggies, skim milk, fresh fruit, and an english muffin. Lunch was at Moe’s and I got the Personal Trainer, which was basically a salad with black beans, veggies, rice, and pico de gallo. I opted out of cheese and the tortilla bowl, but did get chips on the side. Dinner was a Grilled Veggie Wrap and a fruit cup that I bought at the airport and ate on the final leg of my trip.

Better luck next time:

  • I overindulged on dinner for the last three nights of my trip – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Friday night was the crab feast, Saturday we went to Mexican and I had way too many chips and salsa, a margarita, and shrimp fajitas for my meal, and Sunday was the worst. We ate at the hotel bar and ordered chips with blue cheese melted on them, crab mac and cheese, and some other random snacky items – everything was shared but it was way too much and way too unhealthy and I woke up HURTING yesterday)
  • I only went to the gym the first two days – I should have tried to squeeze one more trip in over the weekend to get myself refocused
  • I didn’t drink enough water after the first few days
  • I overpacked (not a huge deal, but my suitcase was really heavy and I only wore 1/2 of what I brought!)
  • I drank too much coffee and now I feel myself craving it again when I hadn’t had it regularly for a few months before this trip
  • I had a few too many drinks on the trip – I’ll leave it at that

I have another major highlight of the trip to share – a trip to an incredible art gallery (and I’m not really into art but this was amazing). I’ll save pictures of that for another post so this one doesn’t get out of control!

Today I am back to the grind. I still have to unpack since I didn’t get home until almost 10 last night, as well as go grocery shopping and just relax a bit so I can get my life back in order. I had an egg white puff breakfast sandwich this morning for breakfast.

I used 1/3 cup egg whites and microwaved them in a bowl for 1 minute. I added a bit of spinach which wilted from the hot eggwhites, and then some sriracha, all on an arnold thin. It was really good but I was hungry a bit later, so I dug into a banana that I bought yesterday for a snack on the plane and didn’t end up eating.

Back to work to sort through my millions of emails and catch up on everything I missed from being out of the office!

I know I’m a day late, but what was the highlight of your weekend? If nothing exciting happened, what are you looking forward to NEXT weekend? I have one of my best friend’s Bachelorettes on Saturday night in Atlantic City! We are staying at the Borgata and will be living it up and I can’t wait. All our best friends from college will be together for the first time in a while.

Super Saturday

Today has been such a fun day, minus the one little bump in the road (quite literally).

My friend Lianne met me at my apartment, and then we biked into DC along the Mount Vernon Trail to meet up with our other friends. There were 6 of us in total, and we ended up biking all around the monuments and feeling like tourists, in a good way. It was fun snapping pictures of ourselves around the monuments, but the crowds everywhere did leave something to be desired.

We had a picnic down near the monuments on the grass and everyone contributed different things to the picnic.

We had:

  • Egg Salad
  • Regular salad w cheese, grapes, and chickpeas
  • Celery
  • Crackers
  • Bread
  • Hummus
  • Strawberries
  • Goat Cheese
  • Brie Cheese
  • Wine

I had a bit of everything while we chilled out in the sun. It was such a gorgeous day and the weather held up the whole time. After our picnic, we biked over to the Jefferson Memorial to explore a bit. Here we all are during a break from biking:

Katie, Kat, Me, Lianne, Amy, and Martyna

And here’s Lianne and I, a little sweaty but happy 🙂 We stopped for frozen yogurt at one point in the Old Post Office building, and I got a medium half vanilla half strawberry nonfat.

It was good, but not as good as my regular fro yo place. This was sweetened and didn’t sit that great in my stomach on the rest of the ride, but definitely tasted good and refreshing during the day of being outdoors.

We also went by the White House and saw a few other memorials, and then I ended up biking home. My Garmin said we had gone around 17 miles when I was within 2 miles of my apartment, and all of a sudden I heard a “pop” and my tire blew out! I had never had this happen before, didn’t have a repair kit with me (not that I would have had any clue what to do with it) but kept surprisngly cool and just decided to walk my bike the last 2 miles home. One guy stopped and asked me if I needed some help but said he had a tube but it wouldn’t fit my tire and apologized. I was surprised how nice he was to stop and offer to help considering he didn’t know me at all.

Then, another girl, Christy, stopped and insisted on helping me. She pulled out all these tools, an extra tube, an air pump, and several other gadgets that I needed to get. She said she was happy to help and it gave her a break from riding. She took out the tube and replaced it with an extra one she had, and walked me through the whole process so I think I can do it on my own next time! She was so nice, and I was seriously taken aback by how out of her way she went for me. Something I will definitely pay forward as soon as I figure out what I’m doinge. I was able to ride the last 1.5 miles home no problem on the tire, and I’m so relieved it was a simple fix! I must go to the bike store soon though to get all these gadgets I need, and now vaguely know how to use.

In the end, the Garmin said I traveled around 19 miles and the total time was a bit over 2 hours. I was biking pretty fast to DC and home from there, but the whole time around DC and the monuments we were all going very slow because there were so many people out and it was impossible to go fast.

All in all, today was a fabulous day! I can’t believe how nice people are in DC, and it was so amazing spending the whole day outside picnicking and biking. What a day!

Yogen Fruz

I’m still dreaming about the Oats in a Jar from this morning… so, so good! They held me over until after 1pm and I wasn’t even that hungry by then, it was just time to eat. I had two yummy things for lunch today. First, I took some of the leftover soba noodles (not with the egg) and added in the marinated tofu and a little extra sauce.

I actually accidentally spilled a lot of it out over my desk, and luckily I had just cleaned my desk this morning so I knew it was safe to eat, but very close call. I ate it cold and it was so good. This sauce is something I’m going to have to try to re-create at home because it adds so much delicious flavor and has next to nothing in terms of calories. With my soba noodles, I had a salad with a base of fresh arugula from the Farmer’s Market.

The arugula is so fresh and peppery… I’m so glad I made this purchase! On top of the arugula, I cut up three radishes (also from the Farmer’s Market), added some spicy banana pepper rings, and fresh shaved Parmesan. Though you can’t see it, I also added the rest of the Kiwi Salsa to this salad which tied everything together. I brought in all my salad ingredients packaged separately today and it makes a HUGE difference in the freshness of the salad.

For an afternoon snack, I had a real treat today. I went to my favorite frozen yogurt place, Yogen Fruz, which I’ve written about a few times on here. I was in touch with the people over at Yogen Fruz and they asked me to come in and try one of their NuMixes to see what I thought. They have Pina Colada, Chocolate Almond, Lychee Green Tea, Chai Latte, Key Lime Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip flavors of the mixes. Basically, they take their regular frozen yogurt, mix a flavor into it, and then add the toppings that go with it. Today I tried the Key Lime Pie kind, where they took the nonfat yogurt, added key lime flavor, and then top it with graham cracker crumbles.

It really tasted like key lime pie! I love how Yogen Fruz mixes the flavors into the frozen yogurt so the yogurt itself gets flavored rather than just the toppings (which they have plenty of, too).  The only thing I would change is that the graham crackers themselves were ground really fine, almost to a powder, and I would have preferred them a little chunkier. Flavor-wise though, this was spot-on, and definitely something I’d try again.

I think I’m going to go on another bike ride tonight since its so gorgeous out and is supposed to rain all weekend (boo!). Other than that, not sure where tonight will take me, but my first day off in a while is so close, I can taste it!