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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!

Easy Week & Nervous for Nothing

I just got back from a fabulous dinner at Gordon Biersch, where we celebrated my uncle, Kyle’s, 21st birthday… and his first legal drinks…

Let’s quickly scroll through the last two days before that, though!

January 4, 2012

Breakfast should be obvious to you at this point…

Banana + honey Greek

… a large banana, a cup of Greek yogurt, and a Diet Coke! Followed quickly by these lovely friends…

Cereal ♥

…some Fiber One Original Bran cereal.

On this particular morning, I was rushing out of the house and forgot to snap a picture of my lunch. Sorry! However, I had a cup of blackberries, 3 oz. baby carrots, a pack of chunk white tuna, about a quarter of a whole-wheat pita pocket (it was quite stale… oops), and a few Sour Patch Watermelon candies.

This was the “official” start of the second semester (weird that it starts the day after the first day following break), so we had a couple of new members on the school newspaper to introduce. That was fun, since we got to talk about what we do as a staff. I absolutely adore being a part of the paper, so I naturally love talking about it.

When I got home, I had my second dose of Fiber One, and then I worked, worked, worked on homework. Unfortunately, this took me right up until dinner. We planned to have steak, but none of us were really feeling it, and I was feeling crappy. So, cereal-for-dinner happened. Oh, well!

Sweet 'n' crunchy

I had about a 1.5 cups of Honey Bunches of Oats and .75 cups of 1% milk. It had been quite a while since I’d had it, and it so hit the spot.

I know that cereal isn’t an ideal dinner, but I also know that “well-rounded” is a most of the time requirement. Sometimes, that goes out the window, and that’s totally okay. Sometimes, it just feels better!

The rest of my evening was pretty relaxed. Later, for my snacks, I made myself a smoothie-in-a-bowl…

Pretty color 🙂

… containing:

  • .5 cups Fage plain Greek yogurt
  • .75 cups Blue Diamond unsweetened almond milk
  • 1.5 cups frozen strawberries
  • .5 cups fresh black berries
  • 1 t. xanthan gum
  • Crushed ice

I also had a solid snack…

Classics

… composed of a Planters Heart Healthy Mix NUTrition pack, a large Braeburn apple, and a pack of Oats ‘n’ Dark Chocolate Nature Valley crunchy granola bars.

And off to bed I went!

January 5, 2012

The morning started off like so many do, with…

Typical

my breakfast of champions! I had some Fiber One after that.

I had a pre-calc test that morning (which I did extremely well on, by the way 😉 ), but it was an otherwise uneventful day at school. My lunch was…

A departure from the usual

… a handful of cherry tomatoes, a clementine, and a sandwich made with 5 oz. Dietz & Watson Santa Fe Turkey and an Aunt Millie’s Multi-Whole Grain English muffin. It was really quite tasty. Hm, maybe I should do that more often!

I had zero homework/studying to do last night, so I mostly rested and read. I had a couple of pieces of Sour Patch Watermelon candy after school, along with a Twizzler, and a Dove milk chocolate snowflake. These little snacks were followed by my second serving of Fiber One cereal and a 100% whole-wheat Bagel Thin.

Toasty and chewy!

Dinner was what we planned on having the night before – steak!

Good stuff. Good stuff.

We had grilled top sirloin steak with onions sauteed with garlic and Kraft Sun-Dried Tomato vinaigrette and topped with Parmesan cheese. (The recipe is this one, from Kraft: http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/garlic-steak-onions-107312.aspx). We replaced the steamed broccoli with steamed cauliflower topped with a little unsalted butter. It was quite the tasty meal – and it was easy!

After a little more reading, it was time for my snacks. I had an Oats & Chocolate Fiber One bar first…

Chocolate!

… and a Braeburn apple with strawberry Greek yogurt second!

Standby

And it was off to bed with me!

Today – January 6, 2012

I had the same old stuff for breakfast. And Fiber One for my morning snack.

Well, I like it!

I was honestly kind of nervous going to school today, because I received a note yesterday, saying that the principal had requested a meeting with me. Okay. I did nothing wrong. But then some other members of Class Cabinet said they had gotten those notes, too. That made me feel better – until I realized that mine was at a different time. I could only think that maybe there was a separate meeting for the president. Still, though, I had no idea what the meeting was going to be about.

It wasn’t bad at all! All of the cabinets had been summoned, and my meeting was just for the presidents. We were asked to be part of a decision-making process. That was really cool, to be blunt.

I knew when I joined the cabinet that I would be in a leadership group, and I knew that our main goal was making money for our future prom. I didn’t realize we would get to help organize a policy that would be implemented in the school for the future. Granted, we probably don’t have too much say in whether this policy is put into action. We do, however, get a little say in how it works. And that’s kind of awesome.

After the meeting, though, I had a really bad headache. So, I asked my mom to come pick me up. She had intended to go to Chipotle for lunch, and I wasn’t arguing. We just picked it up and came back home so I could rest.

Perfection

My bowl contained Romaine lettuce, chicken, black beans, fresh tomato salsa, and cheese. Great deliciousness, it was.

I did a little work throughout the afternoon, slept a tiny bit, ate some more Fiber One, and then we headed out to dinner. As I said, today was my uncle’s 21st birthday. And Gordon Biersch was in order. My parents and I met up with my grandparents, Kyle, and Kyle’s girlfriend, Anastasia, at the restaurant.

I had a piece of their fresh French bread before my meal, but I was saving up as much room as possible for…

Ohmygoodness

… my Lobster & Crab Cake Sandwich. With GARLIC FRIES. Well, the fries weren’t actually that great. But the sandwich was incredible. I could eat it forever. Probably not, actually, but it was really good. I only ate about half of the fries with a little dab of ketchup. Not a huge ketchup person, but I use a little with fries only.

We also had dessert, which was also pretty amazing. I had about a third of an order of their Triple Chocolate Brownie, which is not only a brownie, but also vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, and hot caramel sauce. Delicious. Sorry about the lack of a picture. Ummm… when dessert rolls around, I tend to dive right in… 😀

I am absolutely exhausted, and I plan to go to yoga tomorrow morning. So, I’m going to hit the hay. Good night!

Great Day, Great Food, Great Life

^^^^^^ Optimistic title much? Yes, please. Today was really an awesome day. I got a bunch of grades back in about 4 classes, and they were all really good. Is it sad that that can make my day? Maybe. But it definitely can.

Before I got to school, though, I had….

Typically lovely

… a large banana, a Diet Coke, and a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. Yum. And then I had Fiber One. Of course.

Duh.

While I was packing lunch, I stole a Rolo from the 5 lb. bag of candy that I bought a month ago for a party – and am still nibbling away at. <– Bad sentence. Oh, well.

Start the day off right! (With a chocolate-caramel delight)

Speaking of lunch (about five minutes ago), I had a peanut butter bagelwich and 2 clementines. Good stuff. (You can’t go wrong, I promise.)

Take a bite 🙂

I can’t make any sort of sandwich/toast without first tearing off a little bite of bread. I like carbs (how can you not?). The sandwich didn’t travel to school like that, but you couldn’t see the peanut butter with it being fully assembled, and I just couldn’t have that, now could I?

During school, I had 2 squares of Hershey Bliss chocolate and a small handful of my friend’s Skittles. I ♥ candy, if you couldn’t tell.

My mom and I made a quick detour to the mall right after school to pick up a few things from Macy’s and, since we knew we would be on our own for dinner (my daddy had plans), we headed straight to Max & Erma’s afterward.

It was pretty dark there, so it wasn’t a prime picture-taking place. And, let’s be honest, I was talking a mile a minute to my mother about 15 different things, so pictures weren’t the first thing on my mind. Again, still trying to make this a habit. 🙂

I had a cup of their delicious, cheesy, slightly spicy Tortilla Soup, most of an order of fries with a little ketchup, and one of their gooey, buttery, incredible chocolate chip cookies. And a few bites of my mom’s Horseradish Sliders (topped with onion rings!). Great. It had been far too long since I had been to Max & Erma’s and I enjoyed every bite of it.

We got home and talked to my dad for a little bit before he left for his dinner + card game, and then got to work. Or I tried to get to work. Pippa wanted to stop me.

My dog didn't eat my homework. She did sit on it.

I was trying to cut out my articles from the school newspaper for the scrapbook that is our midterm. Pippa had other plans for my papers. 🙂 Love her!

While I waited for her to get tired of that spot, I had another bowl of Fiber One.

Eventually, she did move, so I cut out the articles and layouts from the November and December issues. I took a break after that. So. Exhausting. Kidding! During said break, I had…

An old standby

… a Braeburn apple and a cup of honey Greek yogurt. It sure satisfied. Or not. Because I soon followed it with…

Choooocolate!

… A mini Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar and a few Peanut M&Ms. Those are addictive. More will be happening tonight, even if they don’t make an appearance here first. And. That. Is. A. Promise. <– That was from Matilda, the movie version. I watched it way too many times as a little kid.

Now, I’m off to cut out the October issue and maybe start on a few scrapbook pages. I have quite the busy weekend! More on that – tomorrow!

Good night!

 

Early Morning Meeting

This morning, I woke up at an even ungodlier hour than usual. Class Cabinet meetings are before school, see, and I’m the president. I ate my usual quick breakfast.

Quick and easy, it is!

Since it’s almost the holidays, our adviser “surprised” us (I knew 😉 ) with Panera bagels. That’s a great reason to get up extra early.

Asiago cheeeeeeese

Panera’s bagels are absolutely the best if you get them first thing in the morning. They’re just about always delicious, but these are even softer and doughier and, in this case, cheesier. More divine. (I’m easy to please when it comes to carbs.)

Then, because I’m a bottomless pit, while I had a free 1st period at school, I snacked on…

You guessed it!

Fiber One.

I had my pre-calc test shortly after that (pretty easy, I think) and the rest of the day basically flew by. Lunch was simple.

PB & A

It included an Aunt Millie’s 100% Whole Wheat English muffin topped with Jif Creamy peanut butter and a Braeburn apple. Classic.

I had Book Club (Page Turners – clever name, right?) after school and then I stopped by a pizza place to collect money for ads for the school newspaper.

When I got home, I had more Fiber One.

My grandma and uncle are here right now and we’re about to head to Chipotle! I’ll be back later. Have a fabulous evening!

Late Start, Late Sleep

My school has a 2-hour late start today – and I actually used those 2 hours for sleep. I don’t sleep in. It doesn’t happen. But it did. It’s nice to have gotten some sleep in the week before semester exams (that doesn’t happen either).

The unfortunate thing about 2-hour delays is that nobody gets anything accomplished because all of our classes are about 30 minutes long. Given that, we should probably just have the whole day off (and who wouldn’t love that?).

Breakfast was the same as yesterday.

I'm a little bit boring.

And it was followed eventually by…

... Fiber One.

Now, why I eat the same breakfast just about every single day.

I have some strange stomach issues, namely constipation. Yeah, that’s lovely. Sure you wanted to hear it. Sorry. It’s an ongoing problem, but I feel that it gets worse when I start my day with anything else – eggs, oatmeal, cereal, bagels, smoothies, etc. So, I eat the same thing every day. That’s also why I eat so much fiber and Fiber One. I would love to train my stomach to be happier with a wider variety of morning meals (I might make that effort over winter break). However, I certainly am not going to force it.

Also, if my intake appears to be decreasing slightly, it’s safe to assume that I’m just particularly constipated and it’s harder to fit more food in my overcrowded, tiny tummy.

And there you have it!

Have a good day!

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!

 

First Night

Yesterday evening was full or fun and relaxation. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ended, you know, the same way it has for the past 10 or so years and we got to know our dog a little bit better. Because I couldn’t get enough chocolate yesterday, in addition to the snack I shared last night, I had a Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate mini bar.

There's no such thing as too much chocolate! 😀

Our first night with Pippa was a rough one, but pretty normal by first-night standards. She’s fine in her cage, but not so much after everyone else has gone upstairs to bed. I slept through the whining and woke up to find my mom on the couch with Pippa on the floor next to her.

While we’re all awake, she’s a pretty calm dog, so we figure it’ll just take a little time to get her used to not always having someone next to her.

Breakfast = standard, but…

Something's different......

… It’s a smiley face! (Because it makes me smile 😉 )

My morning snack was – I bet you have no idea – Fiber One cereal. Does anyone have any better small snacks with 14 grams of fiber per serving? Anyone? Bueller?

And again...

Off to continue our Harry Potter weekend marathon. And tonight, we’re going to decorate the Christmas tree. Fun stuff!

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!

Day of Shopping Before Day of Feasting

This morning, my parents and I had to get up and go thanks to an early doctor’s appointment. Ew. Afterwards, though, we had plans to shop. And I’m almost always up for that.

A typical breakfast - and a very yellow banana.

Right before we left, I snacked on Fiber One cereal (that I eat way too much of) and a mini Hershey bar. Sometimes, the need for chocolate is greater than the concern for the quality of the chocolate. And this morning was one of those times.

Tasty twigs

After the appointment, we stopped back at home to pick up some returns and decided to eat some lunch while we were there. I had a packet of Quaker Banana Bread oatmeal and strawberry Greek yogurt. I threw about a tablespoon of ground flax into the oatmeal for some extra texture, fiber, and fat. This was followed by a Mint Truffle Hershey Kiss.

Before assembly

After accomplishing all our returns and quite a few Christmas gifts, the three of us headed home to make some dinner. We washed up a bunch of broccoli and tossed it in the steamer and put pork chops in a dish and smothered them in Tastefully Simple Tangy Tennessee  Slow Cooker Sauce and let them cook for a while in the oven.

Then, my mom got seriously excited. A 3-year old Yorkie had just come into the county dog shelter. We’ve been searching for a dog for a few weeks now, and it seemed like a perfect opportunity. But the shelter was closing soon, so as soon as dinner was ready, we inhaled it (hence the lack of a picture) and dashed out the door. When we did get to see Marble (why would you name a dog that?!?!), we learned that there is a strong likelihood that she would have to have both knees replaced. And that this would cost about $3000. And we aren’t really in the market for that.

So, after we got back home it was time for my evening snack. And it was a tasty one. 🙂 Composed of:

  • More Fiber One cereal
  • One sliced Braeburn apple
  • 2 Eggo FiberPlus Chocolate Chip Waffles
  • Another Mint Truffle Hershey Kiss (Try them!)

Crunchy, juicy, hot 'n' chocolaty

And now I should probably head off to bed. Gotta leave relatively early to get to Grandma and Grandpa’s for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving feast!

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