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Apr 082015
 

Hi friends! How is everyone today? Even though the weather is kind of crappy here, I’m in an oddly chipper mood. I’m not really sure why, but I’ll take it!

Since today’s Wednesday, I thought I would once again take the opportunity to join Jenn and tons of other bloggers from around the web in the good old What I Ate Wednesday linkup. Today Arman from The Big Man’s World is hosting the linkup. Thanks, Arman!

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Let’s take a look at my Monday, shall we?

Workout

My day began with another 6:00 am spin class at Revolve DC.

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I have to admit when I crawled out of bed at 5:15 I was feeling pretty miserable, but as soon as I got changed into my spin gear and took Jack for his walk I felt much better. By the time I arrived at the studio I was ready to sweat, and sweat I did.

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For whatever reason this workout felt extra tough on Monday, and I was totally red-faced and dripping by the time I headed back home. Lovely.

Breakfast #1

Once I got home, I drank a glass of fresh juice which included beets, carrots, lemon, celery and ginger.

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It was a tasty batch, but very lemony since we had a few lemons we needed to use up. It almost was more like lemonade than veggie juice!

Breakfast #2

After a much-needed shower, I dug into my second breakfast of the day: a bowl of 1/2 vanilla almond and 1/2 multigrain Special K cereal, plus skim milk and some raisins tossed in.

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Raisin Bran is one of my favorite childhood cereals, but I never buy it because it’s loaded with added sugar (you can even see the sugar coating the raisins). I don’t know why it took me this long to realize that if I added my own raisins to a regular bran-type cereal, I could make my own lightened up Raisin Bran. Duh! I can be so dense sometimes. Anyway, this is a really delicious combination that I’ve been enjoying all week. 🙂 Plus we are out of bananas at the moment, so raisins are a good way to make my bowl a bit more interesting.

Snack #1

As much as I love Special K cereal for breakfast, it does absolutely nothing for keeping me full. At around 10:30, I dug into half of a peanut butter crunch CLIF bar.

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I bought these CLIF bars on a whim at Costco a few weeks ago, and I have been absolutely loving them. In addition to the peanut butter crunch flavor, the box also came with chocolate chip. Both flavors are awesome!

These bars are great because they have 11g of protein, making them great for post-workout snacks. Granted I waited a little while after my workout to eat it, but at least I got that protein in! These are seriously delicious.

Lunch

At noon, I headed out into the gorgeous sunshine to meet my friend Claire for lunch. The weather was absolutely beautiful on Monday!

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Claire and I began working together back in 2012, and we have been close friends ever since. She recently got a new job near me in Silver Spring, and we are planning to have lunch together at least once a week. I’m so happy I’ll get to see her more!

We decided to head to Potbelly since she had two coupons for free sandwiches (woohoo!) and I opted for my usual turkey and swiss on whole wheat bread with lettuce, tomato, and mayo. Yum, yum, yum.

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I had no problem finishing this off.

We sat outside since the weather was so nice, and had a great time chatting about her new job. Claire also lives in NoMa – the area Fabio and I are thinking about moving to – so I asked her about a million questions about the neighborhood. So nice to have a good resource!

Snack #2

After work I met Fabio at the dog park, which was so nice. On my walk over from the metro, I munched on the other half of the peanut butter CLIF bar (unpictured).

This winter we really didn’t make it to the dog park much, and on Monday I realized how much I missed this little routine. It’s just so nice to spend some time outside in the afternoon with my little family!

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Dinner

After the dog park we headed home, where I whipped up a quick dinner. As I mentioned, we had some lemons to use up, so I made this creamy lemon pepper orzo with chicken, and tossed in a fire-roasted red pepper that we had hanging out in in the fridge.

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It was delicious, and Fabio and I both gobbled it right up. There was also a ton of orzo leftover, which I have been adding to my salads all week. So good!

After dinner Fabio worked on his taxes, while I played around with fitting our furniture into our potential new apartment.

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Unfortunately it looks like not all of our furniture will fit, but all the important stuff is in there! I’m hoping to chat with Fabio tonight to make a decision one way or the other, so we will see what happens.

Question of the day: What did you miss most about spring?

I have to say the green trees, the longer days, and just being outside!

 Posted by on April 8, 2015
Mar 042015
 

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday to ‘ya. How’s everyone’s week going? Slow? Fast? Cold? Snowy? Yeah, I’ve about had it with this cold, icy and wet weather. Yesterday we were treated to some glorious freezing rain that caused me to slip and slide all over the sidewalk on my commute home, and tomorrow we are supposed to get 4 – 6 inches of fresh snow. MAKE. IT. STOP. Thankfully I saw a robin yesterday, which I’ve heard means spring is on its way. Here’s hoping March is almost done being a lion and is ready to turn into a lamb anyyy day now. Come on March.

Anyway, today’s Wednesday which means just one thing – it’s What I Ate Wednesday time! I always like to read about what other people are eating on a normal weekday, and hopefully you guys do too. As always, I have to thank Jenn for hosting the linkup!

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Let’s take a look at Monday’s eats, shall we?

Breakfast #1

As soon as I woke up, I sipped a glass of green juice made with cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger, kale, spinach, and pears. It was deeeelicious, and gave me a nice boost of energy to start my day.

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Now that I’m back to commuting into the office in the morning, I don’t have enough time (or energy) to make fresh juice in the morning. Instead I make a batch at night that will last us two weekdays (so Sunday night’s juice lasted until Tuesday morning). This has been working really well, and I’m so happy Fabio and I have been keeping up with this habit. I just know we wouldn’t come close to getting in all those extra nutrients without juicing! If you want to learn more about our juicing process, you can read about it here.

Breakfast #2

After walking Jack, and showering/getting ready for the day, I whipped up a two-ingredient pancake for myself for breakfast #2. If you’ve never made one of these before, it’s basically a “pancake” made with one egg and one banana. You can also throw some vanilla or salt in there for a little extra oomph.

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It came out a little lopsided, but once I topped it with a smear of peanut butter I didn’t mind a bit. It’s been forever since I’ve had this breakfast, and I was reminded just how tasty it is. Yum.

Lunch

On Monday I had a lunch date with my friend Cullen to chat about an upcoming project we are working on together. We decided to meet at Panera since it’s close to my office, has healthy options, and he had (somehow) never been there before. Crazy!

We both wound up ordering the Thai chicken salad, which was quite tasty. I also got an apple on the side, which I took back to work and saved for another day.

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I always have the hardest time deciding what to get at Panera since everything is so delicious. Bacon turkey bravo sandwich? Broccoli cheddar soup? Chicken fontina sandwich? Their new broth bowls? (These are next on my must-try list.) It’s so hard to choose! Overall I was really happy with this salad, and will be adding it to my list of favorites. 🙂

I later looked up the nutritional information and was quite happy to see that the whole salad came in at 490 calories with 41 grams of protein. Nice! It was a little high in fat from the peanuts and peanut sauce (19 grams) but at least it was a healthy fat. I’ll take it!

Snack 

Cullen, being the nice guy that he is, baked some cookies over the weekend and brought a few for me. What a sweetheart! I obviously have no willpower when it comes to chocolate chip cookies because soon after lunch I wound up eating one of them….and then a big piece of another one. Gahh!

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They’re too good to resist.

Dinner

I had plans after work on Monday (details to come!) which unfortunately meant I didn’t get home until after 8:30 pm. By that time I was too tired to cook anything, so Fabio and I picked up a quick dinner at Chipotle. I got my usual order which includes brown rice, black beans, chicken, tomato salsa, extra corn, cheese, and lettuce. Always a hit!

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And while we’re on the subject of dinners, I wanted to tell you about another awesome dinner we’ve had this week: cheesy chicken with kale pasta.

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This was another recipe that I found in the Food Network magazine I got a couple months ago, and it was a big hit. I wound up adding a few mushrooms to the kale mix and a wedge of laughing cow cheese, which made the side dish extra tasty. I definitely recommend this recipe!

Alright folks, that’s all I have for you today. Happy hump day!

Question of the day: What’s the best dinner you’ve cooked lately?

 Posted by on March 4, 2015
Jan 282015
 

Hello and happy hump day! Today we’re bringing back an old favorite – What I Ate Wednesday! Can you believe I haven’t written a What I Ate Wednesday post since back in December?? I guess I’ve been busy! I always love seeing what other people are eating on a daily basis (I guess I’m nosy like that) so it’s only fair for me to show what I’m eating too!

As always, I have to thank Jenn for hosting the linkup.

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Now let’s take a look what what I ate on Monday, shall we?

Breakfast

We were out of bananas on Monday morning, so my favorite bowl of oatmeal squares with skim milk was a looking a little sad.

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I know I really should switch my breakfast up, but I am still loving this cereal so much! I have been eating oatmeal now and then, but I’m actually a little tired of it. My friend Vic just reminded me this morning about two ingredient pancakes, so I’ll probably try to bring those back into the rotation. Anyone else have ideas for mixing up my breakfast? I’m not a huge fan of eggs (unless they are on a delicious breakfast sandwich or mixed into a pancake) but I’m willing to give anything a try once. All suggestions are welcome!

Lunch

I’m still going strong on salads for lunch! Last weekend in addition to making a big batch of rice and roasted sweet potatoes for my salads, I also made a whole bunch of chicken to make it easy to add some protein to my bowl.

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This salad included mixed greens (spinach, kale, arugula), chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, Craisins, goat cheese, and a homemade hummus dressing (a tiny bit of hummus + olive oil + balsamic vinegar + salt & pepper). Yum!

This salad was huge and although I almost couldn’t finish it, in the end I made more room in my stomach and cleared my plate. I’m always kind of torn about this – is it ok to eat a salad this big? My salads are always gigantic, and I’m always really full after I eat them. I’ve tried making smaller salads but it just doesn’t work! My guess is it’s probably ok to eat this whole thing since all the ingredients are wholesome and good for you, right? Right?! Someone please send help!

Dinner

For dinner, I busted out the spiralizer I got for Christmas!

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In the last year or so, I saw spiralizers pop up all over the internet, so this Christmas I added one to my wish list and hoped that “Santa” would deliver. Well, lucky for me, he did!

If you’ve never heard of spiralizer, it’s a kitchen gadget that allows you to take veggies and turn them into thin or thick spirals. These can then be used for things like vegetable “noodles,” curly fries, thinly sliced veggies, vegetable ribbons, and more. I mostly wanted to get one of these so I could create pasta dishes using veggies instead of regular starchy carb-loaded pasta. The one I got cost about $35 on Amazon, and so far it seems well worth the investment!

When I took it out of the box, I’ll admit it was a little intimidating and I had no idea what to do with it. Thankfully I found this video on YouTube which gave a great demonstration! Here’s how it works.

The spiralizer has two main parts that you’ll need to pay attention to: the blade (which I’m holding) and the crank (the scary-looking circular disk attached to a handle).

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The spiralizer comes with a couple of different blades including a straight one for slicing veggies thinly, a small pyramid-shaped blade for making thin veggie noodles, and a bigger pyramid-shaped blade for bigger noodles. I used the small pyramid blade this time.

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To use the spiralizer, you’ll want to start by washing your produce, and cutting off one end. Then you will need to push the cut end of your vegetable onto that round circle in the top middle of the blade, and affix the other end to the pointy spikes on the crank.

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Then you turn the crank’s handle until the spiralized veggies come out on the other side of the blade.

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As you turn the crank, the core of the veggie will come out through the metal hole. Once your veggie is almost to the blade, you can take it out (the core too!) and either discard these pieces or save them for soups/fresh juices. (Guess which one I did?!)

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The whole process was actually very easy, and it only took about 5 minutes to spiralize 3 zucchinis.

Voila! Healthy veggie “noodles!”

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To go with the zucchini noodles, I made this recipe for turkey bolognese. I loved that the sauce incorporated even more veggies (in addition to all the tomatoes, there are minced carrots and celery in there) and had a very delicious taste.

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Here’s my plate once Fabio was done topping it with cheese. 😉

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The result? I loved these zucchini noodles! Of course they’re not exactly the same as pasta, but honestly they didn’t taste different at all. I will say that the texture was a little crunchier (sort of like very al dente noodles) but I was surprised that they didn’t taste like a vegetable.

One thing to point out is that the noodles will be cold (at least if you keep your zucchini in the fridge like I do) so you may want to nuke them in the microwave for a bit before topping them with sauce to make sure the temperature is right.

All in all, I would say the spiralizer works really well, and Fabio and I both were very impressed with the results. I can’t wait to see what we make next!

Questions of the day: How should I switch up my breakfasts? Have you ever used a spiralizer? If so, what dishes do you like to make?

 Posted by on January 28, 2015
Apr 022014
 

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday! How’s everyone’s week going so far? Mine is going fine, but really I just can’t wait for the weekend!

The weather is supposed to be beautiful and we finally have our Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, so that should be a lot of fun. Also one of my best friends from New York will be in town, so hopefully I’ll get to see her. Come onnnnn, Friday!

Anyway, it’s not the weekend yet, so let’s focus on today’s What I Ate Wednesday post instead. As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the linkup!

Here’s a peek at what I ate yesterday.

Breakfast

Ok, this is a lie. I ate this breakfast on Monday.

Yesterday I had another one of Fabio’s delicious breakfast sandwiches with avocado, sriracha, cheese, and egg, but I wolfed it down and totally forgot to take a picture. Woops!

Instead you get to see my breakfast from Monday- 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 super ripe mashed banana, and a dash of cinnamon nuked in the microwave for about a minute and 30 seconds. Once it was light and fluffy I stirred in some Nature’s Promise natural peanut butter and added a sprinkling of dried cranberries. De-licious. oatmeal

Morning Beverage

When I came into work I made myself a cup of green tea in my favorite Kate Spade mug. I am still drinking tea nearly every morning, but I have to say I don’t love the green tea at my new job as much as the Kurig kind I had at my old job.

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I’m thinking moving forward I might buy some of my own tea and bring it into the office. Does anyone have any good tea recommendations? It doesn’t have to be green tea necessarily, but I do like the health benefits of drinking green tea as opposed to just regular English breakfast, for example. I’d appreciate any suggestions!

Lunch

I forgot to make my lunch on Monday evening after dinner, and on Tuesday morning I was running a little late and I knew I wouldn’t have time to make my lunch then either. I then complained to Fabio about having to buy lunch, and he surprised me by packing my lunch for me. What a guy!

Included in my lunch was a turkey sandwich with mustard and Swiss cheese, along with some carrots and hummus. He totally forgot that I usually eat my sandwiches on sandwich thins, but I didn’t mind the regular bread one bit! It was so nice to have my lunch waiting for me as I got ready to head out the door 🙂

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Snack

I go through phases where I love Sunsweet prunes, and then I forget all about them. Right now I’m in a loving-them-and-can’t-stop-eating-them phase.

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As I’ve mentioned on CET before, they are perfect for my sweet tooth and, although they are heavy on natural sugar, are much better for you than processed candies and sweets. I have been taking them to work wrapped in tinfoil and they make great afternoon snacks. Yum!

Dinner

Originally I was planning to try out a new recipe for dinner, but after a trip to the dog park after work and then arriving home a little later than usual, I just wasn’t feeling it. In order to throw something together quickly, I went to my go-to veggie bowl method.

This bowl contained spinach, brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, potatoes, chicken sausage, 3 wedges of laughing cow cheese, and a sprinkling of each curry and garlic salt.

dinnerDinner came together in about 25 minutes and was delicious and nutritious 🙂 I love making these kind of bowls because it’s a great way to use up produce that’s on its last legs, and it’s easy and tastes great. Always a win-win for me!

Workout

Yesterday Fabio, Jack, and I headed out for a three mile run into Georgetown. It was my first morning run in a long time where I didn’t need to wear a jacket! The sun was absolutely beautiful as it rose in the sky, and it made me even more excited for the weather to get nicer. 
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Well guys, that’s all I have for you today. Enjoy your hump day!

Question of the day: Do you drink tea? If so, what kind do you buy?

 

 Posted by on April 2, 2014
Feb 122014
 

Hello, hello! How has everyone’s week going? Mine is great so far- Fabio was in New York for the first part of the week but he got back late last night and now I’m a happy camper 🙂 Work has been busy and there are some exciting changes going on…more on that soon!

In the meantime, it’s Wednesday so let’s talk food!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday linkup, as always.

And now let’s take a peek at what I ate on Monday!

Breakfast

I’m still on an oatmeal kick (which I make with 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup skim milk, 1 mashed banana, and a sprinkle of cinnamon), but this week I bought some new trail mix to try out with it. I can’t remember what it’s called but it’s filled with nuts, dried berries, and dark chocolate (!!). Also I can pronounce all the ingredients on the bag, so that’s always a plus 🙂 There is also a little peanut butter in this bowl. So good! Definitely a delicious, comforting breakfast for these cold days we’ve been having.

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Lunch

Nothing new to see here- just a turkey sandwich on a sandwich thin with Colby Jack cheese and mustard, plus carrots and hummus on the side.

By the way, last time I was at Costco I picked up one of these cheese variety packs that comes with Swiss, Cheddar, Colby Jack, and (I think) Muenster cheese, and it’s awesome! Even if I eat the same little sandwich nearly every day, it’s fun to switch up the cheese! #GameChanger

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Snack

A little later in the day I had two snacks: a mini Babybel cheese…
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….and one of these flourless oatmeal peanut butter cookies that I made a few days ago.

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This was my first time making these little cookies, and they were SO easy to make and really delicious. I have a feeling I will be making them a whole lot more often. Good thing or bad thing?

Dinner

I got home from work pretty late on Monday, and I was by myself so I didn’t feel like making too much of a meal. After sorting through the recipes saved in my email, I decided to make this cheesy sweet potato and chickpea salad, only with white cannellini beans instead of chickpeas, since that’s what I had (check that out, two Carrots N Cake recipes in one day!)

To make this recipe you just chop up a sweet potato, roast it in the oven, and when it’s done you toss it with peas, beans, and Laughing Cow cheese. Done! So simple, and so tasty. I added a little curry to mine because I’m a fan of curry, but you could add whatever seasonings you want.

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This bowl was pretty big and I didn’t finish it all so I had some leftover for lunch the next day. Always love when that happens 🙂

I also had a glass of sangria on the side, because the Bachelor was on and you can’t watch the Bachelor without wine 😉 Usually Bianca comes over to watch with us but she had to work late, and since Fabio wasn’t home either I just watched by myself with Jack. Luckily since my dinner was right there on the table he kept me in close company 😉 Haha! That dog is never far from the food.

All in all I’d say it was a pretty good day for eating. Lots of yummy things!

Workout

This week I started training for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler run! I’ve been really excited to start training for this, so I’m glad the day is finally here.

In case you need a refresher, here’s what my training plan looks like:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

February 10

Core Synergistics

February 11

2 miles

February 12

Arms & Shoulders and Ab Ripper X

February 13

3 miles

February 14

Rest

February 15

4 miles

February 16

Rest

February 17

CardioX

February 18

3 miles

February 19

Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X

February 20

3 miles

February 21

Rest

February 22

5 miles

February 23

Rest

February 24

Kenpo X

February 25

3 miles

February 26

Arms & Shoulders and Ab Ripper X

February 27

4 miles

February 28

Rest

March 1

6 miles

March 2

Rest

March 3

Plyo X

March 4

4 miles

March 5

Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X

March 6

4 miles

March 7

Rest

March 8

7 miles

March 9

Rest

March 10

Core Synergistics

March 11

4 miles

March 12

Arms & Shoulders and Ab Ripper X

March 13

4 miles

March 14

Rest

March 15

8 miles

March 16

Rest

March 17

CardioX

March 18

3 miles

March 19

Legs & Back and Ab Ripper X

March 20

4 miles

March 21

Rest

March 22

9 miles

March 23

Rest

March 24

Kenpo X

March 25

3 miles

March 26

Arms & Shoulders and Ab Ripper X

March 27

3 miles

March 28

Rest

March 29

5 miles

March 30

Rest

March 31

Plyo X

April 1

Rest

April 2

3 miles

April 3

Rest

April 4

2 miles

April 5

Rest

April 6

Race Day!

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As you can see, it’s a nice mix of the P90X DVDs I’ve been doing since December, along with a variety of running distances. I also plan to use my 1 mile runs with Jack to incorporate some speed work. I think it will be a good mix of activities so I can prevent boredom and injury.

So far week one has been going well! I did the Core Synergistics DVD on Monday, ran 2 miles yesterday, and did the Arms & Shoulders + Ab Ripper DVDs today. It’s supposed to snow here tonight/tomorrow, so I’m thinking I might have to do tomorrow’s 3 mile run tonight instead. We will see!

Overall I’m feeling pretty confident about this plan, and I have really missed running longer distances so I’m excited to jump back into things. Here’s hoping the weather will cooperate!

Question of the day: Do you run outside in cold weather?

I will say that yesterday’s two mile run and this morning’s one mile run with Jack seemed brutally  cold for some reason, even though I know we’ve had colder temps than this. Brrr! Come on Spring!

 Posted by on February 12, 2014
Jan 152014
 

Hello and happy Wednesday! I hope you are all having a great week so far 🙂

Mine has been pretty good except we are having a problem with rats at work. No joke, like actual rats. I KNOW!!!

It started off last week when one of my coworkers noticed a critter of some kind had gotten into her packet of oatmeal and a small bag of Lindor chocolates. Then I noticed some wrappers in my snack drawer that looked a little chewed up/out of place so I immediately threw away any food that wasn’t tightly sealed and put everything else in a canvas bag and tied it tightly shut.

Then the next day I was telling my coworker how I used this heavy duty bag to keep my fully-sealed food safe, and when I went to pull out the bag to show her, I noticed a hole had been chewed straight through the bag and even though I had food in there that was completely sealed, it had all been chewed through. Ew ew ew ew!! I threw the entire bag away and thought to myself that I didn’t think a little mouse could do all that chewing.

Then the next day I came in thinking I had thrown everything away so there was nothing else the critter could get in to, when I remembered a bag of individually wrapped chocolate nuggets I had been keeping in another drawer. I had never opened the bag at all (it was completely sealed!) and had totally forgotten I even had it.

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I went to check on the bag and found it completely empty. No chocolates. No wrappers. Just a big hole chewed through the outer plastic bag and a completely empty interior. AHHHH!! At this point I thought there was NO WAY a little mouse ate an entire 12 oz. bag of chocolates and the wrappers. There continued to be other incidents with coworkers around my area, including an empty bag of mini snickers (that were also individually wrapped).

By this point I thought I threw everything away, but the critter continued to eat my gum (which was the Stride brand which comes with individually wrapped pieces and is covered in cellophane) and a bag of tea. Really?? Tea?? He even nibbled on my Ziploc bag of Clorox wipes (come on) and my coworker’s post-it notes. NOTHING IS SAFE!!

Last night there was a sighting from someone else in our office and it was confirmed that it is in fact a rat, not a mouse. Oh, and I seriously doubt there is just one. EW EW EW EW EW EW. It’s so disgusting and last night I had rat nightmares. They set out little sticky pads that are supposed to trap mice but so far they are all empty. I think a more serious exterminator is coming on Friday so I’m crossing my fingers that will take care of the problem. SO GROSS!

Anyway, now that that disgusting topic is out of the way let’s talk about food, shall we? Because those two things go so well together. (EWWWWWW)

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday linkup!

Here’s a look at what I ate on Monday 🙂

Breakfast

For breakfast I had oatmeal the only way I like it- made with skim milk (never water) and a mashed up banana. To make this bowl I used 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup oats, one mashed up banana, a dash of cinnamon, and then I heat it up for about two minutes in the microwave (stirring after one minute). It’s so delicious this way!

I topped Monday’s bowl with some Harry & David Caramel Delight trail mix that I got for Christmas and some peanut butter. Delicious breakfast!! It actually tasted so good that I went from being in a meh mood before eating it to being in a great mood after. Is that weird that food can totally turn my mood around?

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Lunch

For lunch I had the usual- a turkey sandwich on a sandwich thin with mustard and provolone cheese. Carrots and hummus on the side. (Don’t worry, I cleaned the crap out of my desk before eating my lunch. Vermin germs are not welcome!!!).

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This was actually the first time I’ve had this lunch since before Christmas!! Last week I enjoyed leftover soup and chili every day, so I was missing my favorite lunch combo. It definitely hit the spot.

Snack

At around 3:30 pm I made myself a big mug of green tea and enjoyed my afternoon snack- a mini Babybel cheese and a Kudo’s bar. The Kudo’s bars were on clearance at my grocery store for about $1.20 for the whole box (it’s a small store so when they run out of shelf space older items go on clearance), and they’re only 100 calories so I thought they’d make a great snack. So far I’ve been loving them! Yum!!

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Dinner

For dinner I made a pork tenderloin (they were buy one get one free a few weeks ago so we cooked one and then stuck the other in the freezer) along with mashed potatoes (made with skim milk and nonfat Greek yogurt- yum!) and veggies. The veggies were cooked in chicken broth and a little leftover balsamic vinegar reduction. It was a little random but delicious!

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(P.S. I wish I was doing WIAW tomorrow because tonight I’m going to 1789 in Georgetown for dinner! It’s Restaurant Week here in DC so there are a ton of great deals. Fabio and I have been wanting to try this place forever so I will let you know how it is!)

Unpictured dessert: A 60-calorie jell-o pudding cup with a few chocolate chips mixed in 😉 Delicious!

Workout

Monday’s workout was a one mile run with Jack followed by the Core Synergistics P90X workout. I have still been waking up early every morning to run with Jack and get a P90X DVD in. Getting up early hasn’t gotten any easier, but it is just SO, SO, SO worth it to have my workout out of the way early. I will say that I have only been getting the workouts in 4-5 times a week (last week I slacked on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) but I usually try to do something else active over the weekends (like a longer run with Jack or some time with the foam roller). Even though I’m not doing the full plan (which is 6 days a week) I think 4-5 days is still pretty good, and I’m trying to stay balanced with my strength work and cardio, which is the most important part. For now, this is what’s working!

Question of the day: Have you ever dealt with a critter infestation at work or at home? HOW DID YOU COPE?!?!

 Posted by on January 15, 2014
Dec 182013
 

Wow, it seems that I haven’t written a What I Ate Wednesday post since early November. What is the world coming to??

For a while there I felt like I kept showing you guys the same foods over and over, and I was afraid I was getting really boring and monotonous. However this week I decided that I really missed my What I Ate Wednesday posts so I decided to bring them back. Hope you guys don’t mind! (Note: Maybe the solution to this problem is to eat more interesting foods?)

As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting this What I Ate Wednesday linkup. I don’t know about you, but I really like seeing what people eat on a day to day basis (I guess I’m just nosy?) and this is a great way to do that 🙂 If you’ve never popped over to Jenn’s site for the linkup you should totally do it- you might just find your new favorite blog or at least a few new meals to try out!

So let’s get right to it! Here are some things that I ate on Monday this week.

Breakfast

As always I enjoyed a bowl of Oatmeal Squares with skim milk for breakfast on Monday. Served in my Christmas bowl, obvi.

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Even though I eat this breakfast probably 3-4 times a week, I usually do try to switch it up a little. This morning, for instance, I had an omelet with one egg + one egg white, turkey sausage, a bit of shredded cheddar cheese, and Cholula hot sauce. So good! The Cholula really made it 🙂 Maybe I should have taken a picture of that?? Ah, well. Next time.

Lunch

For lunch I had the usual carrots and hummus, plus a tuna sandwich with provolone cheese.

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I had made some tuna salad for lunch over the weekend, and I decided to make a little extra to have this week 🙂

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My tuna salad typically includes 1 can of tuna in water (drained), 1 large spoonful of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, 1 tiny spoonful of mayo, a squirt of mustard, finely diced carrots, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. It’s so easy to make and comes together really fast- the most time-consuming part is dicing the carrots! Dried cranberries are my favorite in tuna salad; they provide just a hint of sweetness! So yummy!

Snack

Still loving these mini Babybel cheeses! I buy them at Costco and munch on them whenever I get hungry 🙂

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Fun fact: Maybe this is really weird, but I prefer my mini Babybel cheese to be room temperature so the cheese is a little softer and more melty. Usually I keep these in the fridge until around lunchtime, and then I take them out and leave them on my desk until around 4:00 pm. By then they’ve warmed up a bit and are the consistency that I like. Is that totally weird/gross? Does anyone else like these better when they’re not super cold??

Dinner

As you probably saw from yesterday’s post, I had this awesome fish and veggie dish for dinner on Monday. It really was SO good. I can’t wait to make it again!!

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I do need some dinner inspiration though to help get me out my food rut. Please help!

Dessert

I couldn’t help myself- after dinner I snuck into the container of sugar cookies. Woops! Oh well. It is the holidays after all.

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Daily Activity: On Monday I woke up at 5:45 am, ran one mile with Jack in the dark (yes, I’m still running with Jack), and then completed the P90X Core Synergistics DVD. Once again it was challenging but felt so good! I am still loving waking up early to get these DVDs over with; there is no better feeling than leaving work knowing your workout is behind you.

I also got some extra steps in on Monday because I used a different metro stop than usual to get to and from work. In the morning Fabio happened to be ready to leave at the same time as me (usually I leave first) so I walked with him down to the Rosslyn metro station, which is a) where he works and b) the second stop on my usual metro route to work. Lots of extra steps!

Then when I got out of work, for some reason there were no Orange line trains coming for about 15 minutes, so I hopped on a Blue line train instead and got off at Rosslyn. So much time spent in Rosslyn on Monday!!

The Rosslyn stop is a little less than a mile from my apartment, so it was a lot more walking than usual. I didn’t mind though; any excuse to move around more is fine by me! Sitting all day is the worst!

Question of the day: What are some of your favorite go-to meals that I can use to help me break out of my food rut??

 Posted by on December 18, 2013
Nov 062013
 

You guys. Are the trees just amazing where you are?

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In my neighborhood nearly every tree is stop-and-stare gorgeous.

The changing of the leaves is one of those things that I know is really beautiful, but I always forget just how much I enjoy it until I’m actually looking at the awesome tree in front of me. Anyone else like that?

Anyway, it’s Wednesday around here which means it’s time for What I Ate Wednesday!! Thanks Jenn, for hosting the linkup!

Unfortunately I’m a bit short on time today (blame that on getting home from work last night at 9:30 pm) so we will have to make this a quick one. Here’s what I ate on Monday…ready, go!

Breakfast

Breakfast on Monday was another oatmeal bowl made with a super ripe banana, old fashioned oats, a dash of cinnamon, and skim milk. Plus a big old dollop of reduced fat peanut butter on top for the win. YUM. I’m loving this breakfast lately, and have been making it every time my bananas start to get too ripe. It’s so delicious!

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Lunch

Nothing new around here for lunch- I had the same old turkey sandwich with American cheese and mustard on a sandwich thin. On the side I had my normal hummus and carrots. I am still loving this lunch, and probably will for the foreseeable future.

However, I will tell you guys that I ran out of American cheese the other day, and at the store I decided to go for provolone instead. Woah! Things are about to get crazy up in here, haha!

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Dinner

After work on Monday Fabio and I headed to Costco since we were out of nearly everything and hadn’t made it to the grocery store over the weekend. Oops.

We recently learned that the pizza at Costco is actually really good, and really cheap! We tried ordering a pizza last time we stopped by Costco, but it wound up taking too long and we canceled our order. This time we ordered the pizza as soon as we entered the store, and by the time we bought everything on our list and headed over to the eating area, it was ready for us. Hoo-rah!

I wound up eating two slices of this pepperoni  pizza and it was delicious. The rest got packed up for Fabio’s lunch during the week.

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When I got home from Costco I may have had a few lingering candy corns 😉

And that’s what I ate on Monday! Not the healthiest or most versatile collection of eats ever, but it sure was a tasty day of eats!

On the activity front I’ve been taking things pretty easy this week to rest up for the half marathon on Sunday. I’ve been running one mile every other morning with Jack (it’s been forever since I ran with him!! I missed it!!) and I have completed one strength workout (Jillian Michaels) so far this week. I want to make sure I’m good and rested for Sunday. Woohoo!

Question of the day: Have you ever eaten dinner at Costco? What do you do with over-ripe bananas?

 Posted by on November 6, 2013
Oct 232013
 

Hello there, and happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going well!

As usual, Wednesday around here means just one thing: What I Ate Wednesday, of course! Thank you to Jenn for hosting the linkup each week 🙂 It’s such a nice way for bloggers to get together and talk about food!

Here’s a look at what I ate on Monday!

Breakfast

At the start of this week, I had a couple of really ripe bananas that needed be used up. I had hoped to make banana bread this past weekend to take care of them, but with our trip to New York I never got around to making anything with them on Sunday. After doing some digging through the recipes that I save on my phone/in my email, I rediscovered Anne’s microwave banana oatmeal. Although I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal (the texture freaks me out) I decided to give this recipe a go.

Please excuse the unappealing photo; oatmeal is very difficult to photograph first thing in the morning when I am racing around trying to take pictures and get ready without being late for work.

I enjoyed this oatmeal in my favorite pumpkin bowl. ‘Tis the season!
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I added some walnuts to the bowl for some crunch and to get me over my texture issues.

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It may not look so pretty, but it was delicious! I had the same thing this morning but I added in peanut butter instead of walnuts, and I really enjoyed it- texture and all! I can definitely see myself eating this breakfast more often, especially when there’s a super ripe banana that needs to be used up 🙂 This is a great recipe!

Breakfast Part II

Although the oatmeal held me over really well, I wound up eating a second breakfast once I got to work and realized there was free food up for grabs. I can never say no to free food! I decided to stay away from the delicious-looking muffins and bagels, and opted for a plate of fresh fruit instead. Everything was great, especially the pineapple!

I also had some cranberry tea on the side that my coworker/friend Claire brought back from a recent trip to Boston….served in the Kate Spade mug she gave me for my birthday, of course!

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Such a nice second breakfast!

Lunch

Lunch on Monday was pretty standard: turkey on a sandwich thin with mustard and cheese. Carrots and hummus on the side.

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….as if you were surprised.

Weirdly, I actually didn’t eat this lunch once last week because I wound up having a lot of leftovers to bring in. It was nice to return to it again on Monday. I missed my standard little lunch!

Dinner

I tried to lighten up dinner a bit since I ate and drank my face off in New York over the weekend. On the menu: tilapia cooked with salt, pepper, and rosemary (yum), roasted carrots and broccoli, and a side salad.

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Everything turned out delicious and I felt full and satisfied at the end of dinner 🙂 Sometimes simple meals like these are the best!

After dinner snack

Ah yes, I managed to eat a few candy corn after dinner. I wound up eating about two handfuls this size. They’re just so good!

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And that’s a snapshot of what I ate on Monday! All in all, not too bad!

Running Update

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this yet to you guys, but Fabio sprained his ankle last week playing basketball with his coworkers (I know). It doesn’t seem like too bad of a sprain and he should still be able to run the half marathon with me on November 10, but he certainly won’t be able to run with me for at least another week.

I initially thought running by myself this week would be really hard/annoying, but so far it hasn’t been too bad. I’ve learned to trick my mind into thinking about other things (projects at work, what I’m going to wear to homecoming this weekend, upcoming blog topics, etc.) and before I know it the runs are over. Not bad!

Monday’s activity was a three mile run. Like usual, I sprinted in between the lamp posts on the Key Bridge for my speed work (I try to do this every time I run this particular route). Here were my splits:

  • Mile One: 7:41 (mostly downhill)
  • Mile Two: 8:44
  • Mile Three: 8:25 (mostly uphill- not sure why I went so fast?)

Average pace: 8:17

Also just for kicks, here are my splits from yesterday’s four mile run:

  • Mile One: 7:59 (mostly downhill)
  • Mile Two: 8:35
  • Mile Three: 9:18
  • Mile Four: 9:40 (mostly uphill)

Average pace: 8:54

Clearly I am all over the place with my speed, but the two routes I took are also totally different and include a number of different hills/challenges. I also didn’t do any speed intervals for the four mile run, so that explains my slower pace a bit.

At any rate, I’ve been feeling happy with my short runs lately, but have been struggling through the long ones. I’m still getting through them ok, but mentally they have really been a challenge. I just hope I will be ready for my next half in a couple weeks!

Question of the day: What have you been eating lately? How to you power through long runs?

 Posted by on October 23, 2013
Oct 092013
 

Hey guys!

First of all, thank you so much for your comments on yesterday’s post about running. It meant a lot to me to read your encouraging words, and seeing that so many of you struggle with the same issues that I do was really helpful. Thank you!

Anyway, it’s Wednesday which around here means only one thing: What I Ate Wednesday, of course!

Thanks to Jenn for hosting the linkup!


Let’s take a look at what I ate yesterday!

Breakfast

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Ah yes, my typical bowl of Oatmeal squares with skim milk and fruit. I am all out of blueberries at the moment, which would typically be added to this bowl, but at least we had some bananas for me to throw in. I know I eat this breakfast practically every day, but it’s just so good! I also usually eat this while watching the Today Show or reading my book, so it’s a nice way for me to relax a little bit before I get my day going.

Book update: I finished reading the Husband’s Secret on Monday night and it was EXCELLENT. The ending was not my favorite, but I will consider any book that has me turning page after page after page because I cannot put it down a success. I am now reading Sharp Objects, and so far, so good (was that a hidden Homeland reference, I wonder?)

Anyway. Back to your regularly-scheduled WIAW.

I love this breakfast.

Lunch

We have a lot of new employees at work (thank GOODNESS; we have been understaffed for way too long) and yesterday we all went out to Potbelly’s to welcome them. I forgot to take a picture of my sandwich like a dope, but luckily this thing called Google exists and I can show you guys what I ate anyway.

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At Potbelly’s I ordered a turkey sandwich on wheat with lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo. It was delicious, like usual. Potbelly’s is definitely a go-to for me when I buy lunch out. It’s so good and cheap!

Dinner

For dinner last night, I wanted to try this recipe for Skinny Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli-Rice Casserole that I saw on Iowa Girl Eats the other day. I love Kristin from Iowa Girl Eats and I have always enjoyed her recipes, so I was excited to give this one a try.

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I only made half the portion size since I didn’t think we needed enough to feed eight people, and instead of cooking it in my huge casserole dish I just use a pie plate. I also lightened up the recipe a bit by using nonfat Greek yogurt in place of sour cream. I’m all about improvising.

The result?

casserole2It was delicious!!!

I will totally make this again. It was maybe a little more work than I usually like to do in the kitchen during a weeknight (it probably took me about 40 minutes start to finish- mostly because the dang rice takes so long to cook) but it wasn’t actually hard or anything. This was definitely a great recipe to add to my rotation.

Daily Activity

As promised, yesterday I ran four miles after work. It was tough because I had to stay at work pretty late and by the time I got home it was dark out, but Fabio and I were both determined to get back into our running streak so we headed out anyway. It was actually a really lovely evening and we enjoyed seeing the monuments lit up at night, but I will admit that seeing the trail in the dark was hard. I think I need to invest in one of those flashlights runners wear on their heads. #nerdalert

Anyway, here are my splits:

  • Mile One: 7:50 (mostly downhill)
  • Mile Two: 8:28
  • Mile Three: 8:51
  • Mile Four: 9:39 (mostly uphill)

Average pace: 8:42

Not too bad considering all the moping about running I did yesterday!

Anyway that’s all I have for you guys today. Have a great Wednesday!

Question of the day: How long do you spend making dinner during the week?

 

 Posted by on October 9, 2013