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Good morning! I’m sorry I’m so late posting a recap of dinner and events last night, and my breakfast! I woke up this morning around 10:30 with a TERRIBLE stomachache! I got out of bed for a few minutes and watched tv, but decided to drink some water and get back in bed until it passed.

Anyway, root cause of stomachache? I’m guessing all the nachos I ate last night. Either that or perhaps my quiche wasn’t cooked all the way, but Jacob didn’t have an issue. Speaking of quiche, it was delicious and easy! You can literally throw anything you want in a quiche and it’ll be great.

I rolled out a Pillsbury pie crust (found in the refrigerated section) and baked it for about 10 minutes to firm it up. I forgot to poke fork holes in it though, so that it wouldn’t puff up and it turned into a big poof. I was able to pat it down but it kind of shrunk down the sides of the pie tin.

While the crust was precooking, I sauteed two Al Fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausages, a small zucchini, 1/2 sweet yellow onion, and some mushrooms.

I also beat together 5 eggs and 1 c skim milk with some salt and pepper. When the crust was done, I piled the sausage + veg mix in the bottom and poured the eggs over the top. I added about a cup of shredded cheddar cheese to the top. I baked it at 400 for about 35 minutes, or until set.

The finished product:

I should have taken a photo before I scooped our servings out. Looks like it probably needed another 5 minutes to set or a few more to cool. In any case, it was really yummy! The sweetness of the chicken sausage – which has maple syrup in it – really came out and actually complemented it well. Definitely tasted like brunch for dinner! I had mine with some spinach for extra staying power.

This was about 1/6 of the pie and totaled around 355 cals. The downside was that it was quite high in fat, between the processed pie crust, fatty cheese, eggs, sausage. Maybe next time I’ll make my own crust, use a lowerfat cheese, and do half egg whites, half eggs.

I also had a Ghiradelli Pecan Pie chocolate square to end my meal.

Then, J’s friend Alex came over and we headed to the Casa Del Matador on Burnside to meet Lindsey. I have posted about this place before, but it has really cool decor – lots of ironwrought detailing, a firepit, and a cozy atmosphere. Sadly it was really too dark in there for me to capture on my crappy camera. If you are in Portland or Seattle, though, definitely go! Check out this guy who was staring down at us all night! Creeper!!

I ordered a glass of the Menage A Trois red, which was GINORMOUS, and snacked on some chips.

Sorry so dark! You get the idea though. When happy hour rolled around, J and Lindsey both ordered the nachos, which is literally the biggest plate of loaded chips I have ever seen for $4. I went to town on J’s, which we ordered with chorizo on top as well. I had way more than I should have but they were so good!!

Good thing I was planning to start my kick butt plan on Sunday!

I did wake up this morning with a tummy ache though, so I didn’t start my ab/yoga routine today. I thought a smoothie might soothe the belly a bit better than oats, as much as I love them. I’m still battling some chunks in my throat (sorry, nasty) from my sickness too so bring on the OJ!

I blended up:

  • 1 c OJ
  • 2 scoops Aria protein powder
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3/4 blueberries
  • 2 c spinach

It didn’t make as much as usual, which disappoints my volume eater side! And no, that’s not a tiny glass  it’s just in front of a huge flower pot J’s mom dropped off for me yesterday to make me feel better about sickness! What a nice thing to do.

My smoothie + coffee = 360 cals.

Ok, wrapping up this very long post! I’m still not feeling great, so I may do my “active rest” today through yogadownload, walking, and abs later. I did my weigh in to start my plan off but I don’t feel like reporting it today. 🙂 I think it’s skewed by my nachos, or crossing my fingers anyway!

We’re going to go shopping for a bit and then I have work to finish up while watching the OSCARS!!!! Ciao.

We just got back from a GREAT bike ride! Somehow the wind was in our faces the majority of the time?? How is that possible?

First, though, lunch! I worked up a bit of an appetite picking up around our house (cross that one off today’s list!) and sat down for lunch about 2:30. A crunchy salad sounded like it would do just the trick.

On top of a king-sized bed of spinach, I piled cuke, sprouts, 2-3 oz Boar’s Head turkey, 2 tbsp feta, and 2 tbsp hummus, which took the place of dressing. I had about a cup of grapes and some Crystal Light raspberry lemonade on the side. Yum!

These guys look like fish eggs or eyeballs or something, not grapes! Tasted grapey though! Lunch cals = 270.

I may have also had a very small sliver of the cake… 100 cals adds up fast with that stuff!

While I was eating lunch, I thought through my game plan for re-dedicating myself to health, a sound diet, and fitness. You can see it on the page labeled “Game Plan.” There are a couple of things in each category – diet, fitness, and lifestyle/stress management – that I want to focus on, and besides mentally checking in with myself each day, I plan to do an all around check in each Sunday. I will do an official weigh in tomorrow and then each Sunday after that, and see where we go from here. The necessity of my plan is reinforced since I just put on jeans and they’re a bit tight :\

As I said earlier though our bike ride was GREAT! It was a beautiful 63 degrees out and it was perfect riding weather. We rode from our house in SW PDX to the St. John’s Bridge, which is the northernmost bridge in our bridge city and about 13 mi as the bike rides (vs crow flies) from here. I’m sorry I didn’t take my camera because the view atop the bridge was breathtaking. Our ride totalled about 26 mi in around an hour and a half. That’s a pretty good clip, considering we had two big hills to contend with, downtown Portland traffic lights, and the wind! Cals burned = estimated 800.

It was 5:15 by the time we got home and I was ready for a snack! I plopped a container of TJ’s European chocolate, 1/2 banana, and a couple of tbsp of Kashi GoLean in a bowl. Snack cals = 200.

We’re talking about dinner and I think we’re going to make a quiche, which is one of my favorite meals, and then head to a movie. I haven’t seen like ANY of the Oscar movies this year and I feel like we should make some attempt before the awards tomorrow. So excited, by the way – even if I don’t see the movies, I love the show!! The glitz, the glamour… loves it.

What movies were your favorite this year?

Anyone know that song? Anyone? *crickets* Ok. It seemed fitting for a post about oats and banana!

Jacob has been having major back problems, like seizing spasms in his lower back muscles every morning from about 5 – 7 am, for the last couple of weeks, so we woke up for a few hours in the wee part of the morning. Poor boy 😦 I ended up being able to go back to sleep until about 10, though he couldn’t. I came out of our room about 10:30 – I really needed the rest! – ready for some oats and coffee.

Into the pot went:

  • 1/2 c oats
  • 1 c water
  • dashes of cinnamon
  • 1/2 small banana, sliced
  • 1/2 c frozen blueberries (not prethawed, just threw em in there!

I topped the mix with a spoonful Maranatha AB and a few tbsps of granola we got at a little village market when we were vacationing in Mexico in December.

Voila! (Check out Google, J’s betta fish, in the background!)

Perf, if I do say so myself. Breakfast cals: 402.

Today’s plans include:

  • bike ride with J – hoping for 30 mi or so since it’s gorgeous outside!
  • finishing up some work
  • cleaning the kitchen and picking up in our room
  • a little shopping – it’s been far too long!
  • movie tonight?

Also… I talked yesterday about taking personal responsibility for your body and what you put into it. I really would like to stop saying I want to cut the junk, close the kitchen, get more sleep, etc, and actually do it!! That’s what makes the difference, right?

It will be hard to do with a hectic schedule each week, but I think with dedication I can be where I want. I saw some other blogs talking about measureable and nonmeasurable goals, and I plan to set some of those this weekend and make a game plan for losing a couple of pounds, running two great half marathons in April and May, and feel overall better about myself!

Have a great Saturday and stay tuned!

Last night ended up being really fun! Jacob was pretty tired when he got home, so we weren’t sure we were going to do anything. Both of us felt like a beer though, and we’re big fans of the Portland local microbreweries… so we decided to go get sampler platters at a brewery we hadn’t tried out yet.

We chose Laurelwood, a local brewery that has a couple of different spots throughout Portland. I used to not like anything but light beer – thanks, college – but over the last few years my palate has totally expanded, and I’m now more into dark beers, like stouts and porters. I used to hate beers like Guinness and now I am all about winter brews!

Instead of having to choose just a pint or two, we each got a sampler platter, which gave us each 2.5 oz pours of eight or nine different beers.

I had three favorites: the Space Stout, the seasonal Espresso Stout, and the Oatmeal Stout – Nitro. Can you tell I like stouts?? The “nitro” in the Oatmeal Stout  refers to the use of nitrous oxide instead of CO2 to pump the beer, which makes it less carbonated and instead quite smooth. It reminds me of velvet – smooth is the best word I can use to describe it. It leaves very small bubbles in the foam on the top instead of big frothy ones. It’s delicious!

We also ordered the happy hour nachos, since the hunger that was absent all day hit me later in the night! Though the nachos were vegetarian (black bean, cheese, chips, sour cream, and some veggies on there) I would have rested happy ordering meaty ones since Laurelwood only uses hormone and antibiotic free meats. Good for them!

I probably ate a little more than half and drank all my beer 🙂 Had we left any nachos behind, Laurelwood would have composted them… big plus in my book!

It was a fun night and we fell into bed at 11:30. We’re so exciting. Lots to do on Saturday though!!

So last night’s “I’m DEFINITELY closing the kitchen and not snacking!” proclamation wasn’t exactly followed to a T. I would like to say that J was entirely to blame, since he was the one who asked me to make the Betty Crocker Devil’s Food Cake mix, but that would just be a blatant lie. I could have stopped at the cake, but no, I had to experiment with making my own buttercream frosting! And who can’t NOT taste cake batter and buttercream frosting??? I had a little more than tastes though. My hands were all sticky so please excuse me for not grabbing my camera and documenting the face stuffing…

I feel like I make far too many excuses for why I don’t follow my plans to cut the junk and late night eating. In the end, though, it’s all about personal responsibility, and I need to be a big girl and just do what I say I’m going to do. Perhaps I need more of a reward than “look and feel better after you lose those couple pounds.” A lot of my willpower is gone after my episodes with restrictive eating, and I need to find a new (healthier) way to exercise willpower.

What strategies do you use to conquer bad eating habits?

Ok, no more heavy talk for Friday night!

My sore throat was back with a vengeance this morning, so I stayed in bed for a little longer and got into work around 9:30. I brought breakfast to eat at my desk and was so disappointed when I went into the kitchen, opened the refrig to get the rest of my Justin’s PB squeeze pack, and it was nowhere to be found!! I forgot that our office manager had hired a professional (whatever that means!) to clean out our frig and I didn’t get my stuff in time 😦 Boo hoo.

It was still a win though, as it always is with oatmeal! My lovely tupperware container was filled with:

  • 1/3 c oats
  • 2/3 c water
  • 1/4 c pumpkin
  • 1/2 bananer, sliced
  • 1 heaping tsp brown sugar
  • couple tbsps craisins

Enjoyed of course with oatmeal’s trusty partner in crime – coffee!

I think I need to bring in some cute bowls to work so my fabulous tasting breakfasts actually look the part! This looks like craptastic baby food. Breakfast cals: 300.

Though it wasn’t all that big, breakfast held me until 1:00. I was really distracted all morning too and had a hard time focusing. Normally when I’m bored all I do is think about food, but not today! I wasn’t even hungry when I went for my sandwich, but I had to eat then before heading out for meetings.

Today’s lunch: Arnold’s sandwich thin, grey poupon, Boar’s Head turkey, spinach, and some sliced zukes.

And that was it! Lunch was only about 250 cals, but I wasn’t really hungry. I think it was the water I was guzzling all morning to kick this frickin sickness?

I had my apple mid afternoon and he was sadly very mealy 😦 I ate him anyway but seriously what a disappointment! Apples are supposed to be crispety crunchety and juicy, not blahhhhh.

Even though I got to work late, I headed straight from my last meeting to the gym around 4:30. I wanted to try to make a 5:15 cycle class, but the list was full by the time I got there. I ended up doing 20 VERY sweaty minutes on the step mill (will feel that tomorrow!) and 25 more sweaty mins on the elliptical. As predicted yesterday, my chest, deltoids, and hamstrings are super sore! It hurts so good 🙂 I know I worked hard yesterday. Today’s cal burn was ~475 in 45 mins. Not bad!

J ended up staying really late at work – it’s 730 and he’s not even home yet! – so we didn’t do a good lookin pork loin as planned. I just threw together a salad since I’m STILL not that hungry.

It included:

  • spinach
  • alfalfa sprouts
  • cucumber
  • ~1/3 c garbanzos
  • 2 tbsp blue cheese
  • 2 tbsp cranberries
  • Ken’s Lite Balsamic spray

Maybe I wasn’t all that hungry come dinner since I snagged a lil piece of cake from the fridge when I got home? ;0 My cals were low today so no biggie.

I’m waiting for J to get home and then we might go to a late happy hour or a movie! Hope you have fun plans this weekend!

It’s a late dinner tonight! It’s 8:45pm and I’m just finishing up my meal. That should make it all the easier to “close the kitchen” very shortly though!

My staff presentation went well, and then I headed to an alternative high school to schmooze with parents during their student art show. The kids’ art was great! I wish I had gotten some good photos but I was pretty busy chatting away. They had photography, sculptures made of very thin hammered metal, drawings… it is really inspiring to see the good things that are coming out of schools, when so much of my job is focused on what’s NOT working. Note to self: always focus on positive!

They had a pretty good spread of snacks, so I had a small plate of green pepper strips and celery with a smidge of ranch, a few almonds, peanuts, and sesame crackers, and two pineapple strips. Guesstimated cals: ~150.

I hung around there for about 45 minutes, which was all I could manage before I rushed to a 6pm SET class. I also ate an unpictured Kashi Raspberry Chocolate granola bar in the car, since I realized on the way there I needed some more fuel if I wasn’t going to get home for a few more hours.

SET was great! I added weight to my squats, which was challenging but felt great, and the teacher mixed it up with different exercises than usual… like what felt like an eternity’s worth of deltoid raises. That’ll hurt tomorrow! I hopped on the elliptical for 30 min afterwards, and I estimate I burned about 300 cals there + 275 or so in SET. Total 575.

Well, I had been brainstorming all afternoon what I could throw together for a tasty homemade meal since I have had quite a few meals out in the last few days between the Subway lunches and Tapatio dinner. I ended up nuking a spaghetti squash and a small sweet potato. I also sauteed a mix of 1/2 c garbanzos, chopped red pepper, and onion with some garlic salt and chili powder. I piled together about 1 cup of the spaghetti squash stringies with 1/2 the sweet potato (about 1/2 cup total?) and the saute mix, then topped it with some TJ’s Cilantro dressing. Threw a dollop of greek yog on there too.

It was a little disappointing, sadly. It was still good, don’t get me wrong, but I think I had built it up to be awesome since I’d been thinking about it for hours – also, I was starving by the time I ate, so that may have had something to do with it. It had some good flavors in there, but they just didn’t mesh well or something, and the squash’s blandness really came through. Usually I have it with marinara, chicken sausage, and roasted veggies, which is where it shines. Oh well, squash, I gave you a chance!

Dinner cals: 325. Plus a couple tbsp Archer Farms Cinnamon Apple Trail mix while cooking, so add another ~75. Total cals today: 1450.

The kitchen is now CLOSED. I may have some tea if I get snacky, but I’m trying this out!

It’s almost Fridayyyyyyyy!

I feel like I have consumed SO much caffeine today, yet I still can’t wake up! Weird, since I got plenty of sleep and it’s beautiful and sunny outside. I guess it’s carry over from being sick – or an enchilada coma from last night! Mmmm enchiladas….

I got to eat breakfast at home again this morning before heading to a meeting, and it was so nice! Though I was checking my email, it was much more relaxing than eating at work and I was more in tune with my eating. That might be because I was trying something new this morning though – I debuted OVERNIGHT OATS!

I have seen overnight oats on other blogs so much that I decided it was time to try it out myself. Last night, I combined:

  • 1/3 c oats
  • 1/3 c plain nonfat yogurt
  • 1/3 c skim milk
  • ~ 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 c pumpkin

I stuck it in the fridge and let it mix together over night. This morning, I added pumpkin pie spice, 1/3 chopped apple, and a dollop of pumpkin butter and it was FABULOUS. It was great to have it all ready to go. I was skeptical about the tang of plain yogurt but the fruit and the brown sugar totally negated it. Definitely a keeper! I had a cup of coffee on the side for ~325 cals.

I had a busy morning as usual, which included presenting to the Gresham school district elementary and middle school principals, working on a presentation on Oregon’s education funding system, being trained in the office on our fancy new phone system, and a training with a new leader. All that before lunch! In two of those meetings I had about 6 oz of black coffee to keep me going but it was quite a bit to cram in there.

Speaking of lunch… I knew I wasn’t able to eat until 1:30 so I snacked on a very ripe naner in the car around 12 to hold me over. Snack cals ~110.

I ate lunch at a coffee shop, and had the second half of my Subway (love the $5 footlong!) from the other night. It was a bit soggy but beggars can’t be choosers. Also had some coffee and the girl at Carlino’s Coffee gave me 4 chocolate covered espresso beans after she saw me drooling over them! Lunch cals: ~350.

There’s the sun poking out!

I’m feeling good about my healthy choices so far today, and hope I can continue in this vein! I’m planning on a tasty homemade dinner, so stay tuned later…

It’s almost 3pm, so only a few more hours – the rest of today is a presentation to staff at an elementary school and then a parent meet n greet at a Gresham high school. Wish me luck with keeping my energy up! From there I’m rushing to 24 Hr Fitness for a SET (strength training/cardio combined) class and a little elliptical time. Then it’s almost FRIDAY!!