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Lazy Day

Let’s just start off by saying that I did not sleep well last night. Which basically means I felt entirely too lazy today. But what’s life without a lazy day now and again (or as often as you can get it)?

My lovely day started off with my usual lovely breakfast…

Wake up!

… of Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a banana. Does anyone want to help me break my (terrible) habit of 2+ Diet Cokes daily? … Bueller?

After that, I headed off to yoga. I was a wimp and didn’t drive there… or back. I was tired and crabby and it had been a week since I last drove. Oops.

There were a lot of people at yoga today. New Year’s resolutions in full force, I expect. And I have to say, my legs were sore afterwards. Really sore. I should probably work out more often…. something I notice every time I work out… 😉

When we got home, I walked up the stairs and collapsed into bed. I was seriously exhausted. When I woke up, my parents and Pippa were taking a walk, and it was time for my lunch!

I was (not surprisingly) craving veggies. Desperately.

Behold…

Big bowl, big flavor, big nutrition!

… the giant weekend salad! In the dish:

  • 2.75 c. baby spinach
  • 1 oz. baby carrots
  • 1 oz. cherry tomatoes
  • 25 g. Baby Bella mushrooms
  • 100 g. chopped cucumbers
  • 2 slices of the Braeburn apple I had on the side
  • 1 T. Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

And my full lunch looked something like this:

Happy lunch

I ate a 100% whole wheat Bagel Thin and the rest of that apple on the side! Tasty stuff.

Dad and I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things, and to give me a chance to drive this afternoon. In-town driving is just so much fun. No, it’s actually not that bad at all. Just a lot of construction around here. Like Daddy said, “When you’ve graduated college, gotten married, and had a few kids, all of the construction should be finished.”

Basically, it’ll be a while. 🙂

When we got home, I was quite hungry. Probably the lack of protein in my lunch. So, I satisfied my hunger with Fiber One cereal and a new flavor of Greek yogurt!

Times 2!

New flavor? Whaaaa?

While we were at Kroger, we decided to pick up a few extra cups of Greek yogurt to hold me over for a few more days. I had my usual vanilla and honey flavors in hand when I noticed this stuff. Cranberry-fig Greek yogurt? Hm, I’ll try that. Oh, look! There’s also black cherry and strawberry-mint… Why not one of each?

And after I finished talking to myself, I picked those up in addition to my standbys.

I didn’t really think the cranberry-fig was too different than strawberry. Maybe I’m a freak. It was a little tangier, and maybe a little more exotic (not that that can be defined/measured), but not too different.

I got sidetracked by hockey and football during my snack. I had intended to start my newspaper layout for February. That didn’t happen. Instead, dinner happened!

In the form of tacos!

Twice as nice 🙂

I had two Chi-Chi’s taco-size flour tortillas, topped with taco-seasoned ground beef, a few tablespoons of Mexican cheese, a few tablespoons of chopped white onion, some sliced cherry tomatoes, some shredded spinach, and two large spoonfuls of medium Wholly Salsa. Delicioso.

After dinner, I got serious and started my layout. Hmmm I could be in trouble this month. There’s a little too much white space… like, a quarter of a page too much. Ah, this happens every month. It’ll be fine. Right???

Right.

After finishing the one real school thing I have to do this weekend, it was time to catch up on Parenthood. I love this show. It is hilarious and adorable. And my parents like it, so we watch together.

During the shows, I had a mini-feast. Or a big snack. Either way. 😉

So much goodness

On the menu:

  • a Jell-O Chocolate-Vanilla Swirls pudding cup
  • 2 t. unsweetened cocoa powder (to make the pudding taste less sweet)
  • 2 clementines
  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. peanut butter
  • Clif Peanut Butter Pretzel Mojo bar

And it was all delicious. The perfect combinations of creamy, crunchy, sweet, salty, and slightly-tart. Great snack!

Now, it’s time for some serious sleep. Good night!

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A Little Relaxation

Today hasn’t been nearly as bad or stressful as I expected. I really like those days. I started it with a usual breakfast of honey Greek yogurt, Diet Coke, and a banana.

Ta-da!

I snacked on this stuff….

Fiber + Flavor 🙂

And in my 5th period class, our teacher had a bunch of candy, so I had an unpictured Rolo and three Tootsie Rolls.

Anyhow, my tests today weren’t too bad. I just had to work really quickly on my chemistry test and made a pretty stupid mistake on my pre-calc quiz (I think). That’s okay, I have a top grade in that class (or at least last time I checked). I’m okay with that.

Lunch today was hastily thrown together, as I was running late this morning.

Hasty, but tasty!

I had a Braeburn apple, a Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna Peel & Eat Cup, a Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat Bagel Thin, and a tablespoon or so of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus.

I got home after a few clubs today and snacked on more of the above. No need for a picture, I assume? I think we all know what Fiber One looks like. It’s an addiction. A very strange addiction.

I actually had time to fit in a workout today, so that was very nice. When I was done and had showered, dinner was ready!

Divine. Just divine.

We had slow-cooked pork roast with a really good rub (Apple Horseradish) from Heartland Herbs, steamed broccoli with a little unsalted butter melted over it, and Parmesan-roasted red potatoes, with some Panko crumbs, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, and (of course) Parmesan cheese. I’m planning to start a “Recipes” page, and these potatoes will be on it in one way or another. I like some mashed potatoes, French fries, and these, as far as potatoes go. They’re pretty much that good.

My snack tonight came a little later than usual, but it was quite delicious.

Lotsa chocolate

I ha a Jell-O vanilla pudding cup mixed with about a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, a packet of Nature Valley Oats & Dark Chocolate Crunchy granola bars, and most of a Braeburn apple (a few of the apple slices were totally bruised through 😦 ).

Now, we’re watching Glee, even though it’s been a little more disappointing lately. I have a late start at school tomorrow, so I can afford to stay up a little bit later. Maybe I’ll even watch Parenthood tonight instead of later in the week. What a concept.

I’m going to have a mini Reese’s cup now. Here it is:

And here it is!

Good night!

 

Long, late day

Yesterday was the first day at school after a pretty relaxing weekend. I should have known the relaxation would end, especially since everyone is trying to cram all our assignments in before exams next week. It was a long day. I’m 99.99% sure the week will actually never end.

Breakfast, however, ended too early. As always.

Good stuff

And it was followed by the typical dose of Fiber One…

Love this stuff. If you couldn't tell.

My morning was full of assignments and studying. Two tests, at least one quiz, a presentation, a scrapbook, and two essays. And a bunch of newspaper articles to edit (at least those are fun).

We had distribution day and a party on the school newspaper. It was a smaller party since we were all working, but Jet’s pizza was involved!

Thick and cheesy

That wasn’t quite enough for me, so I had two clementines as well.

Citrus for me!

I got out of school early for a physical therapy appointment (I love massages). Afterwards, I had a completely delicious Asiago cheese bagel from Panera.

Cheesy, carb-y, blurry, goodness (This was in the car, so I may have eaten the other half before actually remembering the picture element of things...)

After studying for my chemistry test tomorrow, I had a nice leftover dinner salad.

So many flavors, so little time

In the mix:

  • Baby spinach
  • Baby carrots
  • A few slices of chopped-up Braeburn apple (the rest is pictured on the plate)
  • Shredded Swiss cheese
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette

And Pippa may have been staring reproachfully at me while I was eating. When I was finished, I was pretty sure she deserved some chicken, so I got her a few pieces out of the half-full container.

I enjoyed still more Fiber One while working on chemistry conversions. So fun. Or, way too repetitive (kind of like my constant Fiber One-eating).

Same old, same old.

I continued studying for pre-calc and chemistry, but I needed more fuel. Enter…

Protein + Fiber + Fat = Satisfied Ellen (for, you know, 30 minutes :D)

… strawberry Greek yogurt with ground flax mixed in and an Oats & Chocolate Fiber One Chewy Bar! This kept me going through all the studying. Then, I wanted a treat.

This brownie X 3. They're that good.

I can’t eat just one. It’s impossible. I can eat one potato chip. Not the case for these – at all.

I went to bed exhausted, but finally feeling totally prepared for my quiz and test. Success!

Snacky Lunch

I wasn’t super hungry for lunch, but I did want something to munch on – story of my life. So, I assembled a dinner plate of different colors and textures to satisfy my desire for food. Sorry about the blurriness; the lighting in the rec room isn’t great, and that’s where I’m set up at the moment.

Crunchy + creamy + chewy = Perfection!

In the mix:

  • 1 Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin
  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 1 large stalk celery
  • 3 oz.-ish baby carrots
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese
  • About 1.5 T. Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus

This really hit the spot!

On another (Pippa-related) note: We seem to have acquired quite the odd dog. She refuses to go up or down any stairs, so she just stays on the main floor whenever we leave. We aren’t sure how to change this, but it would be nice to have some puppy company and be able to give her some interaction in turn.

Time to start studying for AP US History. I’m making a giant timeline that could prove useful around midterms/finals/the AP test. Fun? No. Helpful? I really hope so!

Pippa and Pizza Dinner

This, ladies and gentlemen, is…

She's a snuggler!

Pippa!

She isn’t exactly named after Miss Middleton, but she looked a little more boyish than girly to us, so when we said she was a salt-and-pepper color, we thought of naming her Pepper. Since that isn’t exactly gender-specific, we settled on Pippa. Gender problem = solved! And, pop culture references aren’t bad, either. 😉 She is quite lovey-dovey, but she is pretty stubborn – and loves to walk. She’ll be keeping us quite active, I imagine.

So, we spent today gathering supplies for our first dog. Mom and I went to PetSmart and Target and dropped Pippa off to be groomed. The above picture is post-grooming; she was very shaggy before. While we were out, I snacked on a Milky Way bar.

Chocolate, caramel, nougat, and more chocolate! Yum!

Since grooming takes about two hours, we came home to eat dinner before picking Pippa up again. Daddy ordered us a large Works pizza from Papa John’s and some cheese sticks.

Cheesy deliciousness

It’s been a while since I’ve had pizza and it tasted good. During dinner, the groomer called and said they were done. So, we got back into the car and loaded our nice, neat puppy back into the car. She is so calm and she didn’t make a peep the whole way home. She must be pretty worn out – it has been a long day for her. Now, she’s lounging around the house getting acclimated, and so are we. We’re introducing Pippa to Mr. Harry Potter tonight, watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Last night, we watched Sorcerer’s Stone.

My evening snack is a multiple-parter, so I’ll probably eat it in rounds, but I’ll just take the one picture. It includes:

Nice spread 🙂

  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. Fiber One Original Bran cereal
  • 1 sugar-free Jell-O Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Snack with 1/2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder (to bring the sweetness factor down a little)

I might enjoy a few pieces of candy later, but I’ll post those in the morning. Off to find the Chamber of Secrets before I get some much-needed sleep!

Into the Swing of Things

Today, I will start posting everything I eat. The past two days have been full of family, fun, and food, and I have not taken pictures, so I won’t recount everything I ate, just the highlights. On Thursday, my family and I went to my dad’s parents’ new condo for a big Thanksgiving feast, complete with:

  • Turkey
  • Corn pudding
  • Veggie casserole
  • Rolls
  • Sausage stuffing
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cranberry-applesauce Jell-O salad
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Homegrown-apple pie (The last one ever. My grandparents just moved away from their old house, where they had a huge vegetable garden and an orchard. We used to get a lot of their produce and apple cider. This pie used up the last of their apples.)
  • Ice cream
And it was insanely delicious. After much catching up, watching football, and playing ping-pong and pool with my grandparents and great-uncle, we left that evening feeling stuffed – in a completely amazing way! And we had leftovers. Even better.
On Friday, we celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a 50th anniversary with my grandma’s family. Lunch was late, so I ate a turkey sandwich before we left the house, and then snacked on some more food once we got there, including:
  • Shrimp with cocktail sauce
  • Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips and Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Delicious cake
  • Deviled eggs
  • Cheez-its
When we got back home, my mom and I went out to run a few errands. While we were out, we grabbed dinner at Noodles & Company, where I got a regular-sized order of Japanese pan noodles and sauteed shrimp. A little while later, we went for dessert at Menchie’s (a frozen yogurt shop). They have the most incredible devil’s food cake yogurt, so I had some of that, topped with dark chocolate chips, strawberries, and hot fudge. De-licious!

Now that the holidays are over for a month, I will focus more on the blog, get into the swing of things (taking pictures, writing, etc.), and by the time Christmas rolls around, I’ll be an old pro. Or not.

Anyhow, breakfast was my usual one – I’ll explain why I keep this meal more or less the same in a few days. But, hey, there is still a picture to go with it. ☺

Honey Greek, Diet Coke, big banana

I am also trying to start working out regularly again, since I feel so, so much better when I get moving. Today I’m off for a Vinyasa yoga class! That should feel amazing after all the sitting I’ve been doing lately!

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