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Ho hum day

Today’s breakfast was…was…so long ago I can’t quite remember.  Let’s look at the photo.

Banana PB OatsIt looks like it was banana oats with PB and peanuts.  Yum!  That was great.  I ate most of it before I even made it to the interstate.

This is what my lunch looked like last night when I packed it.

Lunch/Snacks on the go

From left to right, here is what I ate at work today:

  • I nuked the raspberries and added them to the Greek yogurt with half of a pumpkin flax Kashi granola bar (afternoon snack)
  • Humus with cherry tomatoes and one carrot was my morning snack.
  • Lunch was leftover acorn squash with garbanzo beans on top.

To tell the truth, lunch was a little bland.  It needed more salt or maybe a sauce like bbq sauce.

Sometimes my lunchbox will not close because it is filled to the brim with Tupperware.

Too full

Today was a bit dull because my one meeting was canceled and I sat at my desk all day long.  I’m just not cut out for little to no interaction with people all day.  I’m definitely an extrovert and have read that extroverts get energy from being around other people.  So when my day is filled with sitting at a computer, I feel pretty drained.

On the way home I swung by my grandparents’ house.  They weren’t home but I knew there was something inside waiting for me.

baby cast iron

My trusty little cast iron frying pan from college, all refurbished and shiny new!  It had been the victim of a roommate who unfortunately was unaware that you do not soak cast iron in soapy water.  The results were rusting and flaking, which my grandfather fixed right up. 🙂

Later on at home, Brad worked on dinner…

Brad cooking shrimpWe are all about shrimp right now because we bought 14 pounds of shrimp from the NC coast (where Brad is from) and it is sitting in our freezer waiting to be eaten.  Actually, we probably only have about 1/2 that much at this point.  So far, we have made a lot of shrimp and grits (my favorite) and shrimp tacos, which was on the menu tonight.

While Brad was working on the shrimp, I was making not one, but two pies.  Don’t let me fool you, the recipe is really simple.  I will be sure to post it later. I signed up to bring one pie to the Halloween luncheon at work on Friday.  Since Brad really loves this pie, I made him one to take to work with him.

When Brad finished the shrimp, I dressed up the soft corn tacos.

Shrimp tacos

I added salsa, avocado, and FF sour cream. Not too different from my black bean tacos from the other night.  But the shrimp made it so much better.  The beer was also a nice compliment.

The gingerbread in the fridge was calling my name.

gingerbead + yogurt blend

I just can’t pass up sweets when they’re in the house.  I think I’m going to try to skip dessert all next week during the weekdays and maybe have a cup of tea instead.  And in case you were wondering…yes, my thumbs do look like toes.  In my family we call them toe thumbs.  My aunt tried to hide hers all through school, but I have always shown mine off proudly.  I don’t mind being a bit weird.  Brad says I’m the weirdest girl he knows. 🙂





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Big apple takes a bite out of Charlotte

Big Apple

This was the second part of my snack when I got home today, which took place after my Kind bar.  Notice my little man in the background. 🙂  Also, notice my bandaged thumb that I almost sliced the tip off of last weekend.  I’ve been keeping it covered because I can’t forget to refrain from using it.

Kind Bar I felt like I was starving and when the Kind bar didn’t fill me up, I knew I needed to eat something else or I was going to skip the gym and eat everything in sight.

But maybe we should start at the beginning of my day.  I made oats the night before so I reheated them with a bit of milk and some sliced bananas.  I added some TJ’s pumpkin butter and some almond butter to my oats and it was all ready for the car ride.

Oats on the Go

And here is my snacks and lunch for the day also packaged and ready to go the night before.  There is just not enough time in the morning to pack it.  If I wait that long I’ll eat frozen meals and a bar for both snacks.

Lunch on the go

Starting on the right:

  • Morning snack: 2 kiwis and one light string cheese
  • Lunch: leftovers from two nights ago – barbecue salmon, acorn squash quinoa, and freshly steamed green beans
  • Afternoon snack: 1/2 a peach which I later nuked until it was half peach/half juice, mixed in with 2/3 cup of Greek yogurt, and a bit of macadamia nuts, almonds, and dried cranberry mixture.

I also had a small Hershey’s dark chocolate square.

You would think that my afternoon snack could have gotten me home and through my workout, but it did not.  I had intentions to wake up early this morning and run, but after tossing and turning all night, I needed that extra 40 minutes of sleep.

After running a little over 4 miles and doing 5 measly little minutes of ab work, I was so ready for dinner. The weight class I took the night before (Group Power) involved doing endless amounts of varieties of crunches until we were all laying flat on our back and gasping for air.  My stomach muscles were not ready for another workout just yet. I was actually kind of disappointed in myself.  I wanted to run 6 miles but was pretty tired (and bored from treadmill running) at about 3.5 miles.  On the elevator ride from the gym to the condo, two guys in the elevator asked me what I had done at the gym and how far I had run.  They made a big deal about me running four miles.  Now granted, these guys were completely full of it, but they helped me put my exercise into perspective.  I did go exercise after all when I really didn’t want to.  I need to stop being my biggest critic and accept these small things as little victories.  Moving away from the negative talking in my own head is probably my biggest challenge in life.  Maybe I didn’t run as far as I wanted to, but I did something good for myself and that’s all that matters.  I can only hope the next time you find yourself in a self-hating situation because you didn’t hold up to your own expectations, you are also talked up by some guys in the elevator that put everything back into perspective.

Anyway…Brad was on his way home from Raleigh and had mentioned that he had been craving eggs so I whipped us up some omelettes.  I decided to make them Italian-ish.  I sauteed some garlic and spinach, later adding cherry heirloom tomatoes I had sliced in halves.

Sauteed Rainbow of Veggies

Then I removed the veggies and added 1/4 cup of egg substitute and 1/4 cup of egg whites to the frying pan that I had whisked together with some salt and pepper.  I chopped into cubs about 1 oz. of buffalo mozzarella and added that to the eggs.  Then I added the vegetables back in and about 1/2 a tsp of dried basil and flipped the egg over in half.

Italian Omelette

Somehow this made it on my plate without spilling out all of its contents.  I topped it off with some whole wheat bread and pumpkin butter.  I had used only half of the veggies and made the same for Brad using the last two real eggs we had in the fridge.


I think my body is craving carbs because I still fell a bit unsatisfied.  I see dessert in my future.


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