Greek Yogurt

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!!

Chiacake Tacos

Good morning! It’s Fridayyyyy! Woohoo! I looked at Women’s Health Mag’s Day 5 Tips for National Women’s Health Week and loved the tips because they are all about healthy weight loss, something I can totally relate to. The tips are very simple and straightforward, but I think its good to see them put out so simply to get back to the basics.

  1. Eat when you’re hungry! This one is a lot easier said than done, but obviously makes a lot of sense. You don’t want to limit yourself and not eat when you’re physically hungry, but you also don’t want to give into emotional eating out of boredom, sadness, happiness, etc etc. For me, this is a constant struggle. When food is in front of me, my impulse is to eat it whether I’m hungry or not. Recently I’ve been working on listening to my hunger cues, but also controlling my environment. If there are chips and salsa (or guac!) out, I will eat them, hands down. So, I try to either move away from the snacks (after having a few, of course) or just put them away if I’m at my own house. I’d love to have the self control to have them out there and just resist, but I’m not there yet.
  2. Be realistic. This is why I love Weight Watchers so much. I tried Atkins and was quite successful on the program, but gained back nearly all of the weight I lost once I started eating carbs again. Cutting out any food group is just not realistic longterm (for me – especially carbs!), and you need to be able to make lifestyle changes, not just quick fixes. Weight Watchers is great because it helps you learn how to navigate certain social situations, gives you a supportive group of people who struggle with the same things you do so you don’t feel alone, and doesn’t have you cut out any one food group, even cake and sweets. I think being realistic is also super important in terms of time frame. The longer it takes you take off the weight, the longer it’ll stay off. I think having milestones or mini goals can be a good motivator to help you stay on track, but not if you’re going to set unrealistic goals and beat yourself up if you don’t reach them. My weight loss journey started in 2005 and I’ve been working hard and focusing on weight loss for over a year and am not even there yet (but am getting very close).
  3. Get moving. This one goes without saying. You don’t NEED to exercise to lose weight, but you do need to exercise to maintain weight loss, and to be healthy overall! It doesn’t mean you have to compete in triathlons or run for hours on end (see point #2 – be realistic!) but you do need to do something. Walking can be a good starting point for a long of people, but its good to change up your activity, and find something you love! And don’t be afraid to try new things – you might surprise yourself. I never in a million years thought I’d love running – I literally used to do anything in my power to avoid doing the mandatory laps at soccer practice when I was a kid and would call out sick during the day of the mile run in gym class. But for me, I love the challenge of running and even though I’ve had a brief hiatus from it recently, I’m happy to be back to it!

What do you think about these tips? Any other big ones you think are important to be mindful of?

Now, today’s breakfast! This one was pretty amazing. I made Chia Cake Batter with:

I couldn’t decide what I wanted for toppings on the pancakes, so I did something a little different on each one!

One with almond butter & banana, one with greek yogurt & strawberries, and one with coconut flakes & hershey’s syrup. I picked these up and ate them like tacos, as seen on Kath’s blog (except she actually cooked them in taco shapes, I made mine normal and just rolled ’em up!). I’ll use any excuse I can to eat with my hands.

Do you see how thick and fluffy these pancakes are? The chia seeds soak up all the liquid (which is why I used more than normal today) and make for the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes.

Nom, nom, nom.

Pancake Heaven

Morning! I hope your week is off to a good start… mine is! I got to take my time getting into work today because I am working late tonight, so I woke up and decided to do the Shred Level 1. Jillian Michaels is not pleasant to wake up to, but I was very happy when it was over. I love how its only 20 minutes so its easy to squeeze in and it kicks my butt. It’s really the only strength training I’ve been doing lately, so I have to step it up because I’ve only been using 3 pound dumbbells. I know that sounds SO light and easy, but I promise you it is still very hard with the 3 lb weights. There are a few moves where I wish I had a little bit heavier weights though, so next time I have a chance I’ll pick up some 5 lb dumbbells.

Is it sad that what gets me through my workout is thinking about what I will eat after I’m done? You don’t know have to answer that, I already know. 🙂 Today I dreamed up some pancakes during my workout, and got to making them immediately after I was done. I’ve been using this mix:

Its sort of random that I’ve been using gluten free… I just found this all natural mix at Target on sale so I bought it. I don’t think it tastes that different from regular pancake/waffle mix, its just a little sweet. I decided to experiment a little bit and made the batter with:

  • 1/4 cup of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup light soy milk
  • 2 tbsp egg whites (I used AllWhites)

It turned out great! Adding the rolled oats added a nice texture to the pancakes and this recipe made 2 good sized ones. The batter seemed a little on the thin side when I first mixed everything together so I was a little nervous, but it thickened while standing when I was waiting for the pan to heat up.  They came out great and I finished them off with some delicious toppings.

On top I put:

  • 1/4 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp almond butter
  • 1 small sliced banana
  • small handful of dried cherries (from the bulk bins!)

Amazing! I love experimenting with things and not going exactly by the box. Adding the oats and changing the ratio of liquid a bit made these have an awesome texture and added some whole grains. They were heavenly!

I’m off to work for a few hours and then heading back to the conference hotel in the afternoon. I should be back on my regular blogging schedule starting today. Happy Monday!

Oops

Morning! I ended up staying up way too late last night because I was watching Changeling with Angelina Jolie. Well, not with her, she was just in the movie. 😉 It was so good that I couldn’t turn it off and before I knew it, it was almost 2am! Eek.

I made a mistake last night because after I posted, I waited until I was ravenous to start thinking about food. I had been craving pizza, so I figured why not. I ended up ordering from Domino’s and I got a Medium thin crust pizza with green peppers and onions, no cheese. This was the first time I ever ordered a pizza with no cheese, and it was really good! I didn’t even miss the cheese, and I feel like I cured my pizza craving. So I started eating the pizza:

And then before too long:

It was all gone! I ate an entire medium pizza myself… Oops. I made the mistake of waiting until I was way past the point of hungry, so I inhaled the pizza so fast that I didn’t even realize it was disappearing before my eyes. This morning, I woke up with a stomach ache…

I went on the Domino’s website to look up the nutritionals and found all the information here. They have nutrition facts for entire pizzas (so I guess I’m not alone here) and to be honest, it wasn’t as bad as I was thinking. The entire pizza had 765 calories and 26 grams of fat. While this is more than I usually eat for any meal, I was thinking it was going to be a lot worse than that. I still am not too proud of myself, but oh well! I think next time I need to make a salad or something else to go with the pizza and ration out half of it at the beginning and put the rest away before I eat it all. 🙂

This morning I woke up and was craving waffles! I used the same mix as last time, which is gluten free. I just randomly bought this mix and a few people asked if it tastes different than normal waffle mix, and the answer is not really, but its a little bit sweet. I love having time on the weekends to make whatever I want for breakfast!

I had two waffles with nonfat Fage 0%, almond butter, and 2 sliced kiwis on the side. (Side note: can you tell that I got an enormous box of kiwis last weekend from Costco? I’ve been having them every day and there’s still a ton left!) These waffles were awesome! I love the addition of almond butter (to anything) and I’m feeling really satisfied. I’ve missed waffles!

I’m now sipping on coffee on my new mug from Wisconsin:

🙂 My boyfriend got me this as a souvenir from his cheese tasting trip this past week. I love it!

I’m off to run a few errands then go to work! I’ll be back later. Happy Saturday!

And the Giveaway Winner Is…

Good morning and happy Friday!

Last night after work I was wandering towards my friend Steph’s place looking for some quick food to grab, and I saw this placed called the Couscous Cafe on 20th Street NW. The sign outside said Falafel Sandwich and a few other things, and I walked by it, and then turned around and went back to get the falafel that was calling my name. I walked in and told the the guy I’d never been there, and he said I was missing out and made me the best falafel sandwich. It had fresh homemade falafel, hummus, lettuce, and tomatoes in a pita wrap and it came with a salad.. all for $6.99. It was SO good, but then I left my camera at my friend’s house so I can’t show you pictures until later. 🙂

This morning I had a doctors appointment who I hadn’t been to in a year and she didn’t even recognize me! It felt so good to be told by a doctor how much healthier I am and how proud of me she is. When I left the doc’s office, it was POURING. Luckily I had checked the weather this AM and it said chance of rain so I threw my umbrella in my bag, but as I walked to my office, I could feel my shoes getting DRENCHED.

There is literally water pooled in the bottom of these. Thank God for the 5 pairs of shoes that have accumulated under my desk…

On the way to my office, I stopped by Starbucks

A grande extra hot skim latte. I never have lattes (because they are so $$!) but this was a treat (and a reward-to-self for going to the doctor ;)). Once I got to my desk, I threw together a yogurt bowl for breakfast

I found canned organic pumpkin at the grocery store!! i like Libby’s pumpkin the best but cannot find it ANYWHERE so I was so happy when I spotted this in the store on Wednesday. I mixed 1/4 of a cup of pumpkin with 1/2 a cup of nonfat greek yogurt, and threw in some sliced up some strawberries and a Weetabix biscuit. Along with my latte this made for quite a filling breakfast…

And now, onto the good stuff.. the Oikos winner! I used the random number generator at random.org, and pulled #21…

HundredTenPounds: Subscribed! Carmel sounds fantastic!

Congrats Lisa! Please email your mailing address to me at bethklein@gmail.com, and I’ll have the Stonyfield people send out your prize stat!

TGIF! Anyone have any exciting plans for the weekend? I’m scheduled to do a 10 miler in the morning (though I don’t know if thats “exciting”) and then going to visit my boyfriends mom near Virginia Beach for the night. Should be fun!