Fruit

Happy 4th of July!

Hello! I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend so far… I know I am! ๐Ÿ™‚

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/pediย 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ 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!

Crabby

Hiya! Sorry for not coming back yesterday, but blogging from my phone is kind of difficult because it takes so long to type! I had a pretty good day yesterday because some of my coworkers arrived in OKC so I had some friends instead of being on my own. It was a looong day, but a good one. The course wrapped up and went really well, and then I helped with a few other things and took a tour of the hotel where the rest of our conference is going to be held.

For dinner, we decided to go out to a seafood restaurant and it ended up being so fun! They had tons of different kinds of fresh fish, and we ended up getting this feast where we each got steamed snow crab legs, shrimp, corn on the cob, potatoes, and andouille sausage (I gave mine away). They put brown paper down on the table and then dumped the buckets down in the middle. It was so fun!! I love eating with my hands and getting messy (on occasion). Here’s a pick of the feast in the middle of our table

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The food was delicious! I loooove crab legs and hadn’t had them in so long. Plus the shrimp, corn and potatoes were delicious, too. They boiled everything together so there was also onions and different spices, so everything was super flavorful.

After dinner, we ended up walking around Bricktown a bit more and then stopping for frozen yogurt again. I forgot to take a picture, but I got cookies and cream fro yo and topped it with snickers and cookie dough. Definitely delicious, but not the healthiest. I left feeling really full from dinner and the fro yo, and a little bit sick to my stomach even though everything was good, I just ate too much of it!

This morning started EARLY and my alarm went off at 5:30am (ouch!). There’s a huge exam going on so it’s pretty low key since i”m not actually taking the exam, just have to stand by and make sure everything goes well. I went to the breakfast buffet again and got the same thing I had yesterday – a veggie eggwhite omelet with fresh fruit and skim milk. Having the stabilizing breakfast also helped my stomach feel a bit better even though I woke up at the crack of dawn. Coffee has been flowing as well, as I’m sure you can imagine.

So yesterday felt a bit indulgent with the big dinner + candy covered frozen yogurt, so I’m counting that as my splurge day for the week. I had a healthy breakfast and plan to try to be mindful for the rest of my trip. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to squeeze in another workout, but I’m going to try to get one in either later today or tomorrow. The days are just so busy that its going to be tough.

Hope you all got to sleep later than me and are enjoying your Saturday!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Office Breakfast Success

Morning/almost afternoon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s office breakfast went great. Last night after work, Kelly and I went shopping to pick up a bunch of things to cook at the office, and then we ordered some food from Corner Bakery that was catered. The catered food came at 9am today, so we set it up in the conference room.

We had a huge fruit tray with pineapple, melon, oranges, grapes, kiwi and strawberries, and then two trays of muffins, bagels, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and various other breakfast treats. We also had two containers of coffee delivered along with the food.

Then, we got to cooking! We have an in office griddle, and then a few other people brought griddles and George Formans. We scrambled up a bunch of eggs

Cooked up a bunch of bacon and sausage:

We ended up leaving a griddle hot for people to cook their own eggs if they wanted them fried or any way other than scrambled, but everyone just went for the scrambled so we cooked up the rest of the eggs half way through breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and almost every single person in the office came to eat in the conference room! Here’s the buffet in action:

I was the only person to fry their own egg, but I like to stand out from the crowd. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Here was my first plate:

1 fried egg, 2 pieces of veggie sausage, 1/2 whole wheat bagel, and lots of fruit. I definitely went back and had the other half of the bagel and more fruit, and a few bites of the other treats while cleaning up. Overall the breakfast was quite a success! We normally do happy hours for our social committee events so the in-office breakfast was a nice change of pace. I think next time we will not get the catered food and will just go with cook your own because the catered food costs so much and it was actually really fun doing all the cooking! We can easily pick up bagels, muffins, and other treats to supplement the eggs/bacon/sausage, and pay far less than what we did today. ๐Ÿ™‚

Work events can make it really hard to stay on track with healthy eating because you generally don’t have too much control over what is there and its just so easy to go back for seconds, thirds, etc. Here are some tips that I try to use when navigating an office event:

1.) Be on the planning committee if possible! This one worked especially well for today because I sort of took the lead on ordering the food/picking out the groceries. This meant that we had plenty of fresh fruit, veggie sausage (!), and other healthy things to choose from.

2.) Do a round before you make your plate – I try to do this anytime I am at a buffet so that I can see everything there is to pick from before I choose what I’m going to have. If I start from the beginning and just grab everything that looks good, I end up with way too much food on my plate. This way you can pick the treats you want to have but focus on getting mostly good stuff loaded up on your plate.

3.) Sit away from the buffet table – It’s too easy to turn around and pile more food on your plate if you’re sitting/standing near the source of food. If you put yourself away from it, you can still go back for seconds, but it takes a little bit more thought/planning to do so.

4.) Sit near people you like! Ha. This one seems like something you’d probably do for other reasons, but I find that I always do a lot more talking and a little less eating when I’m engaged in conversation with people. Plus, if you’re in a deep convo with people you’re less likely to jump up to head back to food.

5.) Plan ahead – Realize that in all likelihood, you are going to eat more at that meal than you normally will. Plan your day accordingly. For example, today I packed a pretty light lunch because I knew I’d be eating a lot at breakfast, and plan to go for a run after work to balance it all out.

6.) Have a treat – If you try to be too good, you’re going to crack. I don’t normally have bagels because even though I love them, they don’t really fill me up and they’re pretty dense calorie wise for not leaving me full. But today, I let myself have a bagel because I knew I’d probably eat a cinnamon bun, a sweet crisp (whatever that was) and various other pastries if I tried too hard to limit myself. Pick out what you want the most, and just have some!

What other tips or rules do you have for office events like this?

Fingers Crossed

Hey! I’m getting pretty excited that weekend is getting so close. This week has seriously flown by for me, I can hardly believe it’s Thursday afternoon! It is still looking really sunny and nice here in DC even though they’ve predicted thunderstorms. Earlier Weather.com said they were going to be starting around 5, but now its saying more like 7, which makes me happy because that means I should be able to get to the Farmer’s Market. Fingers crossed that it doesn’t start raining until after I’m done and that there’s more vendors than last week!

I had an unpictured apple for a snack around 12 because I was in a meeting and felt awkward taking a picture of my apple… Fujis are definitely my favorite kind because they’re so crispy and just the right amount of sweet. But that was my last one, so I’m hoping they have some nice one’s at the market today, and maybe I’ll even go out on a limb and try a new kind.

Lunch was leftover sobas. I swear these tasted a lot better than they look…

I put this together last night with the peanut sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, and a little chili paste, and then this morning I added a bit more peanut sauce and mixed them up again. I think the flavors all soaking together overnight made this even better today and the weather definitely lends itself to eating cold things for lunch lately!

On the side I had some strawberries and added some fresh pineapple that one of our vendors brought to work…

So good! Most of our vendors bring in cupcakes, chocolate, donuts, etc, but this guy is a keeper because he brings in fresh fruit every time and I always manage to snag some. ๐Ÿ™‚

These next few hours are going to fly by because I have a lot to do, and then off to the Farmer’s Market and a major dose of Spring Cleaning in preparation for the parents arriving tomorrow. They’re not staying with us, but they haven’t seen my new apartment yet so I want it to look nice, and we’ll be cooking dinner there on Saturday. Hopefully the weather holds up so we can eat out on the balcony! Hope your day is good!