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WIAW: Leap Day Eve

Happy Leap Day, friends!

Without details (sorry), I can tell you, at 9:42 in the morning, that today has already been a very strange, very disorienting day.  Is that a Leap Day thing?

Well, no, I guess not. Not according to Google or Wikipedia. I guess that means I’m special. Right? Sure.

Anyway, yesterday was kind of an “off” day as a WIAW. I’m still feeling weird since my food poisoning debacle this weekend, so I waver between still feeling a little nauseated and not eating much and then being starving. I’m also sticking with very carb-based meals.

No work out yesterday for this very reason.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a sliced banana.

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Lunch: Tortellini Soup with a toasted English muffin & butter.

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Snack: unpictured pretzels & a string cheese.

Later, two unpictured IPAs. Regretted.

Late Dinner: Green Giant Healthy Weight frozen veggie/ black bean mix with shredded parmesan.

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I wasn’t actually hungry, but felt it was probably a wise choice after consuming two beers on a nearly empty stomach.

Some fun facts about Leap Day (from NowPublic and Vabsite):

  • “You can figure out which year will be a leap year by dividing the year by 4. If it comes out evenly, it’s a leap year.”
  • “Traditionally, Leap day is the one day that women can propose to men.”
  • “The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461.”
  • “Salaried employees are working for free this February 29 since paychecks are based on a 365-day year.”
  • “February 29 is not recognized by some computer services and software programs that power everything from banking to life insurance.”

Interesting!

And, just for fun:

Do you know any other fun facts about Leap Day? Has anything weird happened to you today? Share!

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Yesterday was another one of those days when I didn’t eat dinner. I wish those days would stop happening on Tuesdays. It makes me look like I don’t eat dinner. I do! I swear! It just doesn’t always work out, with a schedule like mine these days.

Anyway, truth be told, I also just wasn’t very hungry yesterday. I usually deal with stress by eating a lot. Honestly, one of my biggest eating issues is that I tend to emotionally eat. You guys know this. I’ve talked about it.

In the past couple of days, though, I’ve gone the opposite way. As I’ve dealt with something stressful and difficult (don’t worry, I’ll be fine), I just haven’t had much of an appetite.

That said, I still eat.

No workout yesterday. Still getting over the cold and still waking up in a NyQuil fog.

I started my day off yesterday with breakfast of  those Chobani Apple Cinnamon Overnight Oats that I told you about, complete with a spoonful of peanut butter.

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I loved these. Overnight oats with flavored yogurt takes them to a whole new level. This bowl smelled and tasted like apple cake batter. Yum and a half.

And, of course, the peanut butter just took it even further. But, I mean… duh. It’s peanut butter.

I had plans for a frozen Amy’s meal for lunch, but I really started craving fresh vegetables. So, when a co-worker ordered from a place called Poquito Mas, I decided to add on to the order.

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I got the Nature’s Grill Burrito: “Fresh grilled eggplant, mushroom, zucchini, red and green bell pepper, red & white onion with Black beans, Jack cheese, Fresh salsa, and a touch of Roasted Red Pepper Sour Cream.”

It was delicious andso filling. I couldn’t even think about the chips it came with and it had me full for the rest of the afternoon/ evening.

Around 6pm, I decided to eat a snack of some baby carrots and a spoonful of hummus.

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As I walked out the door, I had a handful of Wheat Thins (unpictured), as I was going out for drinks and didn’t know if I’d have time for dinner.

I suppose I could have ordered food at the restaurant, but I nursed a glass of Pinot Noir and honestly just wasn’t really hungry enough to order anything for dinner.

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The wine was nice, though. And helpful.

I feel guilty for not having a dinner to show you (I’m weird), so I’m sharing today’s breakfast again. I like to think that makes up for it, somehow (again, I’m weird).

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And this really should. Because… do you know what kind of cereal that is, hanging out with the banana and milk?

PEANUT BUTTER CHEERIOS.

I KNOW.

Changed. My. Life.

I learned about them in Instagram (can’t remember whose… maybe Bobbi‘s? Janetha‘s?) and bought them immediately thereafter. You should, too.

What are you eating today?

P.S. — Don’t forget to enter my Chobani giveaway!

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WIAW: Valentine’s Day

I had big plans for yesterday. I had this whole idea that I was going to have an epic WIAW, Valentine’s Edition.

And then I got sick.

So, spoiler alert, it wasn’t epic.

First, I was going to make a triumphant return to the elliptical. Or, I was going to try, anyway. I’ve been given the green light to see how I do.

But, instead, I slept in. No going to the gym when you’re sick.

For breakfast, I managed to stick to the plan: a Valentine’s Day Yogurt Bowl, complete with Chobani‘s new Passionfruit flavor (more on that later!), my homemade Chocolate Granola and strawberries.

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Yum!

My morning snacks? Oh, you know. Tissues.

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Vitamins.

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A few unpictured glasses of orange juice.

Lunch was leftovers of my Cheesy Quinoa, a recipe I’ll be posting tomorrow!

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It’s a good one. Look forward to it.

I didn’t remember to take pictures of my snacks, which were ginger ale and crackers to settle my stomach. Zinc makes my tummy hurt. Does that happen to anyone else?

So, I took pictures of some of my Valentine’s Day accessories. I love holidays!

Here’s a shot of my heart-shaped earrings:

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Cute, right?

I also wore pink ballet flats.

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I also wore a (cute!) bright pink shirt, but the self-portrait I took was soooo not flattering and I decided not to show off my swollen face.

Dinner was the big letdown of the day.

I had big plans to go out to my favorite Thai food restaurant with Mark and Leigh to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I even tried to kid myself into thinking, throughout the day, that I could power through and go.

No such luck.

Soooo… I had Thai food on my own. Sort of.

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That’s Amy’s canned Tom Kha Phak soup, heated up on the stove, plus a piece of whole wheat toast, covered in Smart Balance, LOTS of Garlic Gold, and shaved romano cheese.

And then I watched a romantic comedy and passed the heck out.

Not quite the epic Valentine’s Day I was hoping for, but… whatever. It is what it is!

How’d you eat on this lovely Valentine’s Day? Hopefully your day was filled with lots of chocolate and love!

… not that you can eat love.

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No Dinner WIAW

Today is the first WIAW(T) in which I do not document a workout…. which is because I didn’t do a workout yesterday. My schedule is such that I’m going to bed in the wee hours of the morning lately, and I’ve made the executive decision that sleep is more important than working out right now.

I don’t love it, but it is what it is.

What I do love?

This breakfast:

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I’m so Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point right now.

I am seriously obsessed with these raw oats yogurt bowls right now. Obsessed.

Into the mix went:

  • 1 vanilla Activia yogurt
  • ~ 1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • blackberries
  • a sprinkle of glazed walnuts (makes the bowl)

I also enjoyed my random, piecemeal lunch, which was a Green Giants veggie & black bean mix (I think it’s called Healthy Weight?) + a toasted English muffin with a slice of cheddar cheese split across the two halves.

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Random but totally effective.

My sweet tooth kicked in and I treated it with two clementines for lunch dessert:

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Snack came a few hours later and was in the form of bunch of Wheat Thins + a string cheese.

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I’m on a major string cheese kick lately.

It was a good thing I had that snack, as I didn’t end up having dinner.  Instead, I had drinks.

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I know, healthy of me. I got the above cherry cocktail (which is alongside a drink that wasn’t mine but also begged to be photographed, which was a blueberry & blackberry cocktail).

I also had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I also took a few bites of the artichoke and potatoes that some of the others at my table ordered.

But, really, I’m sorry for being a bad HLB and not eating dinner last night. Still, I’d rather tell you the truth.

I’d like to make it up to you. Does showing you a picture of my amahhhhzing (said a la my doppelganger, Penny from “Happy Endings”) lunch today help?

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What about two pictures, with the second one all mixed up?

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(That’s tuna, by the way, not chicken).

It makes me feel better, anyway.

… so did eating it.

What are you eating today?

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WIAW(T) January 31

Rabbit, rabbit!

Can you believe it’s February already? Though, while I feel like January flew by, I also simultaneously feel like New Year’s Eve was forever ago.

I started my day off at 6am yesterday with exercise in the form of a (lame) Pilates video on Netflix streaming.

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I didn’t know it was lame til I was already in it, and by then it was too late. It might not be that lame for people who can actually adjust to the harder levels (there’s three to choose from: easy, intermediate and advanced), but I had to adjust each exercise (sometimes being forced to choose easy, sometimes being forced to choose advanced) around my knee rather than my strength or ability.

Anyway, I later had breakfast at work. It was my new favorite breakfast (seen on the last WIAW), plus some glazed walnuts that somebody had donated to the kitchen.

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So, into the mix went:

  • 1 vanilla Activia yogurt
  • 1 medium banana, halved/sliced
  • ~1/3 cup raw oats
  • ~1/8 cup (if that) glazed walnuts (from TJ’s — really yummy!)

All mixed up and ready to party work:

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I had breakfast #2 (or… morning snack) in the form of a healthy, vegan, whole wheat blueberry muffin that one of my co-workers had baked and brought to the office.

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I mean, with a description like that, did you really expect me to turn it down?

No. The answer there should just be a solid no.

Lunch was the second half of the Grilled Atlantic Salmon Salad I’d ordered from Aroma Cafe (my favorite!) the day before, plus a piece of buttered (well, Smart Balanced) whole wheat toast.

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Note to self: salmon salads are better day of.

Lunch dessert: a mug-full of melon salad.

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My afternoon snack was unexpected but lovely. I’d brought carrots and hummus with me, but an office meeting (of which I was not a part) had leftovers from their Artisan Cheese Gallery platter.

So… I couldn’t help myself and made a little tasting plate.

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For the record, Artisan Cheese Gallery has some of the best cheese I’ve ever tasted. Somehow, even their roasted almonds are some of the best I’ve ever tasted.

On that little (“little”) plate, I had a few (small) slices of baguette, three different kinds of cheese (one gouda, one brie, and one I’m not sure of but was delicious… I think it might have been a goat cheese?), some roasted & salted almonds, some dried cranberries, some dried cherries, and one piece of dried kiwi.

It was divine. Divine, I tell you.

… Also really filling. Whoops.

Worth it.

However, I definitely wouldn’t have had that slice of toast with lunch if I’d known what was to come.

Anyway, by the time dinner rolled around, I wasn’t really that hungry (I wonder why?). I did, however, know that I wanted to make something so I’d have leftovers for lunch today and tomorrow. I’m trying to cut back on the amount of frozen prepared meals I eat, so making big meals at home with leftovers seems to be a good idea.

So, my dinner was a small serving of this big meal, which was eggs + TJ’s frozen garlic potatoes + TJ’s frozen broccoli & cauliflower in a parmesan sauce + a little extra parmesan/ romano for fun.

I also completely forgot to take a picture last night (shows how focused I was  on that dinner…), so I just took a picture of my tupperware-d lunch for today, since it was the same thing (just… more of it).

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I know — I thought it would be totally weird to reheat leftover eggs, too (if that’s what you’re thinking, which I assume you are) — but it actually works really well!

I also may or may not have had a handful of peanut butter chips as a dessert… which I shouldn’t have done.

Yesterday wasn’t my best day of healthy eating, but I figure it’s good to show both the good and the bad, right?

Oh, well. Today is a new day. 🙂

What are you eating on this fine first day of February?

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WIAW: January 24 (Because it’s about Tuesday…)

I’m going to make this one quick… today is a little overwhelming at work!

I started yesterday off with a quick workout at the gym — just about 25 minutes of biking (all my knee can really handle at the moment) to get my metabolism started for the day.

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Breakfast: not-at-all overnight oats, which really is just more like… raw oats and vanilla yogurt with a whole banana, sliced. I have it all the time. I’m obsessed with it.

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Plus, all of the ingredients are free at the office, which is awesome.

Lunch: The Super Spinach Salad from Trader Joe’s, which I love. However, I replaced the dressing that comes with it with leftover balsamic vinaigrette from the salad I’d had from the day before because I am completely obsessed with that dressing.

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Snack #1: Cheese Stick. I am so into these lately.

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Snack #2: Cocoa Roast Almonds.

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Have you tried these yet? If not, don’t walk, but RUN to the nearest grocery store. These things are the bomb!!!

Yes, the bomb. You like it.

I also may or may not have nibbled on an amazing cookie — double chocolate pecan — made by a co-worker.

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Totally worth the calories. And the stomach-ache. Whatever. It was so good.

For dinner, I went out with a friend of mine to  Lala’s, which is an Argentinian restaurant and one of my all-time faves out here.

I started off with a slice of bread.

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I also split a small pitcher of Sangria with Tyler (the friend I went to dinner with, of course), which somehow went unpictured. I was probably too busy drinking it. The sangria, not Tyler.

Awkward.

Dinner was the Vegetable Plate, which is a skewer of grilled veggies. It comes with mashed potatoes, rice and salad,  but I figure mashed potatoes offer enough starch and I just get double salad.

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Works like a charm. Happy belly.

What are you eating today?

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The First WIAW(T)

Hello and welcome to my first What I Ate Wednesday!

So, it kind of occurred to me that it’s not really going to be “What I Ate Wednesday” if I actually want to post in a timely fashion on Wednesdays. Whoops. However, you don’t really care what day I actually ate my food on, right? (‘Cause, if you did, that’d be sort of weird…). What I figure is that I’ll post on Wednesday mornings but write about my Tuesday eats. NBD.

Well, I’ll start with my workout: I began the morning with an arms strength training set and all of my knee PT exercises. I’m getting so much stronger! Thank goodness for that.

Now for the food. There’s a lot of sickness going around my office these days, so I’ve decided that I’m jut going pack myself full of lots of fruits and veggies to naturally get as many vitamins into my body as possible right now.

To start my day off right in that sense, I made myself a smoothie — even though it was so cold out yesterday!

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Into the mix went: (gosh, remember when I used to write that daily?)

  • 3 ice cubes
  • 1 cup frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs whey unflavored protein powder (from the bulk bins — SO much cheaper!)

I really wanted spinach, but I didn’t have any on hand.

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Very easy and healthy breakfast-on-the-go for a busy girl like myself!

Speaking of meals on-the-go… lunches, at least for the next three months, are almost exclusively going to have to be prepared meals (unless I happen to have leftovers). I’m so busy right now  — I have two jobs, one of which is an 11-hour/ day job and the other is before and after that work day.  So, at least for these three months, I’ve just decided to be okay with prepared lunches.

That being said, I’m doing my best to find healthy options in a variety of places (especially so I don’t get sick of anything).

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I got this Southwest Quinoa Salad at Fresh & Easy the other day, thinking that F&E had never failed me before. Sadly, however, this might have been the time. There’s a first for everything, right?

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It certainly wasn’t terrible (I ate all of it!), but I chose to warm it up (it’s supposed to be served cold) and flavor it with salt & pepper. I might not be the target audience for this meal, though — I loathe the taste of raw red onion, which was a fairly overpowering feature of the dish.

I’ve decided to treat my post-lunch sweet tooth with chocolate in vitamin form. Adora has become my lunchtime dessert.

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Whoever came up with that idea is a genius.

I’ve totally gotten out of the habit of taking pictures of my food. I didn’t remember to take a picture of my snack (a banana and peanut butter) until I’d almost finished it!

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Dinner was the most exciting meal of the day. Do you remember Parvin, the girl who gave me P90X? Well, she lives on the east coast, but she’s visiting for the week. I was lucky enough to be included in a dinner she and another friend of ours from middle school, Christine, hosted. They even made a vegetarian option for me! How nice is that?

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On my plate: vegetarian Thai fried rice, garlic blackened brussels sprouts and salad.

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I had second(small) scoops of both the rice and the brussels sprouts. So good!

Speaking of good, Christine and Parvin made these delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Their secret ingredient? Ground cloves! Though Parvin made me a little nervous when her clue to the secret ingredient was “you can smoke it.”

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However, that might have made it a little easier to explain why I had not one, but two. Oh well.

Here’s the group:

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They were all so much fun! I’d only ever met Christine and Parvin before, so I got to talk to lots of new people.

Alright, so, let’s hear it: What are you eating this Wednesday?

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