It’s a Sunny Day!

Okay, name that tv show?

Anyone…

…Anyone?

If you guessed Sesame Street, you are correct!

 

I loved this show as a kid!  Who doesn’t love a big yellow bird teaching you the alphabet?

Let’s recap yesterday, shall we?

BREAKFAST – I’m a huge fan of on-the-go breakfasts lately.  It’s so easy to grab a granola bar and a piece of fruit and run out the door.  Monday was no different.  I ate a banana and a Luna chocolate dipped coconut granola bar.

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Breakdown:
1 large banana, 121 calories, 31g carbs, 3.5g fiber, 1.5g protein
1 Luna chocolate dipped coconut granola bar, 190 calories, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g protein

BREAKFAST TOTAL – 311 CALORIES, 56G CARBS, 6.5G FIBER, 10.5G PROTEIN 

This kept me full pretty much until lunch.

LUNCH – I went out to eat with some co-workers for lunch and it was so delicious.  We went to a restaurant in the area, Red Ox, where we split an appetizer and I had a salad.  So tasty!

As an appetizer, we ordered garlic bread and cream cheese dip.  It came highly recommended and was definitely worth it!  I had 2.5 bread sticks!

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And then I ordered a chopped chicken club salad with grilled chicken, bleu cheese, gorgonzola dressing, tomatoes, onions, bacon and cucumber.  I didn’t even put a dent in this huge salad!

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Here are my rough estimates for the calculations (it’s really hard to calculate a restaurant):
2.5 breadsticks with cream cheese (I used the calories at Pizza Hut because they tasted similar) – 350 calories, 47.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 12.5g protein
Chopped chicken club salad (I found a calculation that was based on Red Ox but it’s based on the whole salad and without dressing.  So, I divided these calories by 1.5 because that’s a little more than the portion but includes the dressing) – 407 calories, 12.8g carbs, 3.2g fiber, 44.7g protein (thanks bacon!)

LUNCH TOTAL – 757 CALORIES, 60.3G CARBS, 5.7G FIBER, 57.2G PROTEIN 

Wow – that’s a lot!!

I didn’t exercise yesterday – woohoo rest day.  Although, I probably should have thanks to all those calories in lunch!

SNACK – I ate half a treat that someone brought into the office.  I have no idea what’s it was called, but I’m guessing it had about 150 calories because of the portion size.

I came home and it was time for taco night!

DINNER – A taco salad!  I had ground chuck, 2 crispy tacos, romaine lettuce, tomato. Mexican cheese and avocado.  It was quite delicious.  I didn’t even notice the lack of sour cream!

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Breakdown –
2 crispy Oretga taco shells – 240 calories, 32g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g protein
Taco Meat – 90 calories, 7g protein
1/4 medium tomato – 22 calories, 4.82g carbs, 1.5g fiber, 1.08g protein
Romaine lettuce (1 cup) – 10 calories, 1.8g carbs, 1.2g fiber, .6g protein
Mexican cheese (1/2 cup) – 182.5 calories, .94g carbs, 11.5g protein
1/3 avocado – 107 calories, 5.6g carbs, 4.6g fiber, 1.3g protein

DINNER TOTAL – 651.5 CALORIES, 45.6G CARBS, 11.3G FIBER, 25.48G PROTEIN 

This didn’t fill me up all the way, so I had dessert.

DESSERT – Graham cracker with peanut butter and mini chocolate chips!  The man and I split this while we watched 30 Rock in bed!

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Breakdown:
1 graham cracker – 30 calories, 5.38g carbs, .2g fiber, .48g protein
1 tbsp peanut butter – 94 calories, 3g carbs, .95g fiber, 4g protein

DESSERT TOTAL – 124 CALORIES, 8.38G CARBS, 1.15G FIBER, 4.48G PROTEIN 

This exercise is definitely helping me.  I definitely thought there couldn’t possibly be that many calories in a salad, but that is NOT true!

GRAND TOTAL – 1,993.5 CALORIES, 170.28G CARBS, 24.65G FIBER, 96.66G PROTEIN 

It’s safe to say that I ate too much yesterday and the calories didn’t come from the best foods.  But, now that I know, I’ll do better!

Sunday Funday?

Hello Again.  How’s your Monday going?  Mine is going swim-ingly.  Is that a word?  Not sure.

Any way, let’s jump into what happened yesterday.

BREAKFAST – The day started like many normal Sundays: coffee and peanut butter whole wheat toast.

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And in the spirit of my Motivation Monday here are the calorie break downs:

2 pieces of Brownberry 100% Whole Wheat bread – 220 calories, 40 g of carbs, 6 g fiber, 10 g protein
2 tbsp Jif creamy peanut butter – 190 calories, 8 g of carbs, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein

Breakfast Total – 410 calories, 48 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 17 g protein 

I went to the gym around noon and ran 1.5 miles and then stretched for 20 minutes.  Those 20 minutes of stretching is exactly what the doctor ordered.  I’ve been fairly sore lately and I can tell my body is extremely tired.  I need to take a break so I’m ready for my half in 2 weeks.  I have learned that I need to listen to my body and that’s the most important thing.  What’s good for me isn’t necessarily good for others.

Then, the man and I went to the grocery store for some delicious eats!!

SNACK – I ate an amazingly delicious Luna chocolate dipped coconut bar.  It’s seriously one of my favorites.

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Snack Total – 190 calories, 25 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein 

I then read some blogs, Reality Tea anyone, and sipped on a Corona.

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Corona Total – 155 calories, 15.5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 0 g protein (including 1 lime serving)

And then when it came time for dinner, all we wanted was guacamole.

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This definitely hit the spot.  And this is literally all I ate for dinner.  I ate my body weight in chips and guac, which is just the way I like it!  I’m going to roughly calculate the calories in the guac and chips, but I didn’t count my servings.  It’s an educated guess.

2.5 servings of homemade guacamole (based on these nutrition facts) – 375 calories, 20 g carbs, 15 g fiber, 5 g protein
4 servings of Tostitos Original Restaurant Style chips (1 serving = 7 chips) – 560 calories, 114 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g protein

DINNER TOTAL – 935 calories, 134 g carbs, 19 g fiber, 13 g protein 

This was absolutely crazy!  Who knew there were so many calories in tortilla chips?  I guess I should stop eating these!

THE GRAND TOTAL – 1,690 calories, 222.5 g carbs, 30 g fiber, 39 g protein 

Based on this, the calorie number isn’t bad, but I definitely didn’t get enough calories from whole foods.  But, for a Sunday great day that doesn’t include the calories I “burned,” which is probably about 100, I consider it a delicious day.

Was your Sunday fun?  I think a Sunday Funday includes consuming alcohol on Sunday.  So, I indulged in a Corona, so it’s a Funday!!

Motivation Monday

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Happy Monday!  Another week is upon us and I have to say, I am pretty pumped for this week.  I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I’m going home to help my mom find a dress to wear to the wedding.  She has been shopping and found a couple dresses she likes but wants to get my opinion.  My mom, sister and I are the kind of shoppers who don’t shy away from an opinion (and that’s true for things other than shopping) and can tell immediately if we like something once it’s on.

In the spirit of shopping for the wedding, I’m motivated to eat extra healthy this week.  It’s my Motivation Monday.

The whole point of this blog is to document my journey from flab to fab for my upcoming wedding!  It’s time to kick it up a notch!

This week I am going to track my calories, via the blog and some online tools, work out hard and eat more fruits and veggies!  That’s my goal.

The motivation: DRESS!  DRESS!  DRESS!

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No, this isn’t my dress, but you get the point! I want to look hot, hottie, hot and this week, my dress is serving as motivation!

What’s your motivation for working out and eating healthy?

Does Tennis Count as Cross-Training?

Wow!  I know I’ve said it before, but this past week has flown!

I have been pretty bad with my eating lately and I would like to blame it on Aunt Flow.  She is bit*ch.

Let’s do a recap of the last few days.  Prepare yourself.  It’s going to be a long one!!

THURSDAY – Isn’t that crazy that the last time I blogged about my food was Thursday?!  AHHH!  So sorry.

Thursday started out at my favorite breakfast shop: Starbucks.  I ordered a grande skinny hazelnut macchiato.  According to Starbucks’ web site, this is 190 calories.  This calculation includes full-fat syrup and I always get a skinny, which is non-fat milk and sugar-free syrup.  So, over calculations!!

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Lunch on Thursday was a delicious sub from a local sub shop: Dibella’s.  It’s described as ‘old fashioned submarines’ and it’s pretty much amazing.  I’ve ordered their veggie before but on Thursday, I ordered a small (6.5″) turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onion and yellow mustard on toasted multi-grain bread.  It was amazing!  If you’re ever in Michigan, I highly suggest this place for a sub.

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Snacks – I love snacks.  Like really love them.  My snacks were a combination of good and bad.  I had strawberries…and then I had a chocolate chip cookie.  But that cookie was so delicious!

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I don’t remember what I had for dinner.  I’m pretty sure I went to the gym…can’t remember.  This is why I need to write DAILY!

FRIDAY – Friday was a really good day.  I went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the elliptical and then a great arm workout.  I was definitely sore.

Friday started out just the way I like it: with 2 pieces of whole wheat toast and peanut butter.  So filling.

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And then lunch was completely random, but I was home and was lazy.  I heated up some taquito’s with some light sour cream.

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Snack – I had a Nature Valley Granola Thin.  I forgot how amazing these are!

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DINNER – Friday’s dinner was pretty random.  The man plays in a soccer league and doesn’t usually get home until about 8, so I’m always starving!  To combat my hunger, I made a salad with romaine lettuce, broccoli and carrots covered in Bolthouse Farm’s creamy yogurt blue cheese dressing.  Seriously, this stuff is amazing! And it’s only 35 calories.

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Then, when the man got home, we decided to order some take out Chinese food.  I know, I know, Chinese food is super bad for you…but I didn’t eat that much.  #portioncontrol  I ordered the sweet and sour chicken and rice.  I probably had 1.5 servings.

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We spent the night snuggled up in bed watching our own Law and Order: SVU marathon.  Who doesn’t love Olivia and Elliott?  They just make me so happy!

SATURDAY – A crazy Saturday.  We had lots of errands to run (including going to a car dealership to shop for a new car!) and then I just wanted to sleep.  I did about 20 minutes of yoga as exercise and I feel really good.  After our errands, we came home and played tennis for a little over an hour.  The man is super great at tennis and I want to be.  We hit back and forth and got some really good volleys going.  The good news is, I woke up Sunday morning and my arms were sore!  Probably a combo of Friday’s work out with tennis moves that I’m not used to.  What a fun day!

BREAKFAST –  Before we did anything, we ate breakfast.  I ate 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with strawberry jam and butter.  So delicious.

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We ran our first errand, and then swung by the man’s all-time favorite place: Chipotle.  Anytime we do anything wedding related or something he doesn’t really want to do, I bribe him by saying we can go to Chipotle for lunch!  Works every time!

LUNCH – I ordered a burrito bowl with brown rice, chicken, guacamole, lettuce and cheese.  It was quite tasty.   I think I’ll be ordering the brown rice from now on!

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Then, we went to one of my favorite places:

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Anthropologie!

I love this store.  Although I can’t really afford the majority of the clothes in there, I left with pair of blue earrings and the ‘J’ mug. Score!

SNACKS – My main snack, another trip to Starbucks, but this time, it was for an iced skinny hazelnut macchiato!

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And a trip to the mall would not be complete without a trip to Godiva!  I ordered a chocolate dipped macaroon.  #yummy

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DINNER – Leftover Chinese while watching The Dilemma on E!  I had low expectations for this movie, but it was actually pretty good!  I love Vince Vaughn.

I can’t believe it’s Sunday, but it’s time to start dinner!  How was your weekend?

Happy 15th Birthday, SATC!

Yesterday was the 15th anniversary of the first episode of Sex and the City.

 

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Sophomore year of college, my roommate and I would watch either Sex and the City or Friends on DVD before going to bed.  We eve had a die that would choose the season and episode we’d watch.  It was so fun!  She owned the SATC and I owned the Friends series.

 

 

 

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This show changed television.  The fashion was incredible, the girl talk was spot on and New York was the fifth girlfriend.  Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha had the kind of friendships that couldn’t be broken by any man, a child or a credit card bill that was solely dedicated to Manolos.

What irks me about the show is that there is NO WAY Carrie could afford all those clothes, shoes and designer purses on a salary of a weekly columnist.  It certainly set a bad impression for us college girls who adore the Prada bags but need to pay rent.

And in the ever debate between Aiden and Big – my head would say to pick Aiden but my heart would say to pick Big.  I love how attentive Aiden is, but Big has the weak in the knees factor.  I’ll pick that factor anytime.

So, in honor of the 15 year anniversary, watch an episode, buy something you can’t afford and sleep with a stranger (with protection, of course).  That last one is specifically in honor of the show, not because I promote one night stands! 🙂

National Running Day

Happy National Running Day!

I spent my day celebrating…on the couch.  My stomach was killing me and it’s just not worth it to me to run when my stomach hurts.  It never ends well.  Sorry National Running Day.

It definitely hasn’t been my week when it comes to work outs….

MONDAY – Oh Mondays.  How I loathe thee.  Actually, it was a pretty good day.  I had a granola bar for breakfast, Jimmy John’s #4 with thinny chips for lunch, a salad with Bolthouse Bleu Cheese yogurt dressing as a snack and rice, chicken andouille sausage and peppers for dinner!

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And it was a rest day, so that’s pretty much Monday.

TUESDAY – For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you know that I went to the gym and realized I did the worst thing had happened.  I FORGOT MY HEADPHONES!! I mean, what are you supposed to do?!  Luckily, I had my phone and used my SWorkIT app.  This app is great because you can select what type of work out you want to do (I selected surprise!) and the amount of time (30 minutes).  It was great because it incorporate burpees, abs and arms.  I need to use this more!

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I had a decent eating day, except for dinner.  My goal next week is to make healthy dinners!!  #obvi

I had a granola bar for breakfast.  And then went to Whole Foods (where else!) for a turkey cheddar panini, a side of Sicilian cauliflower (I will recreate this!) and some black honest tea.  Oh so wonderful!  And then pizza for dinner.

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WEDNESDAY – Ahh today.  What a great day.  And because it involved another trip to Whole Foods!!  Please note: I had an apple as a snack but forgot to take a picture…oops.  Let’s see, another granola bar for breakfast.  And then one of my favorite lunches: a salmon avocado roll, smoked mozzarella pasta salad and La Croix for lunch, with a side of chocolate mint gelato (Did you know on Wednesday’s there’s a gelato sale?).  And then, I had some chips with shredded cheddar cheese.  It just sounded good.

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Now, I sit in bed watching 30 Rock, completely exhausted and ready for bed.  Who’s looking forward to the weekend?

Recently.

Wow – is Tuesday already over?  It’s crazy that I haven’t blogged in a few days and I must say, I miss it!

Blogging gives me such a creative outlet that I crave.  I must have this outlet.  It not only keeps me (mostly) on track with my (mostly) healthy habits, it gives me the creativity that I don’t have in my work environment.

Let’s jump to what’s been happening recently!

FRIDAY – Doesn’t Friday seem like it was so long ago?  I did the normal Friday activities – go to work, come home, hang out with man!  Let’s see, what I ate: a chocolate granola bar and banana for breakfast (sorry for the blurry picture).  And a lovely co-worker brought in Starbucks for everyone!  I ordered a grande skinny carmel maachiato.  Oh how it makes me feel like summer!  Speaking of summer, every other Friday during summer, my office has ‘hot dog Friday.’  It’s definitely not on the healthy list, but I ate some pasta salad, fruit, a hot dog with ketchup and a cookie!  It was pretty good.

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Then it was time to come home and r-e-l-a-x!  Bravo was playing a TON of Real Housewives of New Jersey re-runs and I recorded a bunch of them.  I watched an old reunion (like season 2, see Danielle Staub?!) as an ate a banana. And then I had some carrots.  (I guess my lunch wasn’t exactly nutritious).  And then I did about 30 minutes of yoga.  It was wonderful to stretch out all my running muscles.  I can definitely feel a difference when I am stretched and when I’m not.  I need to do this more often!

 

 

 

 

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Then it was time to make dinner.  On the menu: our favorite caprese pasta.  It’s basically a caprese salad over pasta.  I cut up mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes and basil, mix with pasta and garnish with olive oil, salt and pepper.   We could eat this every day.  We enjoyed dinner and prosecco (a lovely celebratory gift from the man!  I’ll explain why we were celebrating at a more appropriate time) while watching Invictus.  

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Also on the menu was a side salad of romaine lettuce with some Bolthouse Farms bleu cheese yogurt dressing.  Oh man, is that stuff good!!

 

 

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SATURDAY – A lovely relaxing weekend should always begin with pancakes.  I made quick pancakes, covered 2 with butter and syrup, with a side of strawberries and bananas.  Oh so delicious.  Then for lunch, I had the remainder of the taco beef for a salad which I topped with cheese, sour cream and cherry tomatoes.  I love taco salads!  We went over to a friend’s apartment for her birthday and dinner consisted of fruit, fruit dip, pretzel crisps and some dip.  It was oh so delicious.  I know I had some other snacks, probably some Cheez-It’s, but I didn’t snap a picture.

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Before lunch I went to the gym and did 30 minutes on the arc trainer on hills and then did some arm weights.  It was a really good work out!!

We also did a bad thing and went shopping!  I got a new dress at LOFT and the man splurged and got 2 new suits.  It was an expensive day.  And at the mall there is a pet store that lets you go into a little room and play with puppies….so…..we played with this little guy for a few minutes!  He was so cute and I really, really want a puppy, but it’s just not the right time for us.  But look at how cute!?

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SUNDAY – A glorious running day!!  It was perfect weather and I went with 2 friends for a 6 mile run that was quick and included lots of hills and sprints.  I felt great afterwards and really excited for the race in a few days.

Before the run, I ate 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with a banana, peanut butter and chia seeds.  Oh so filling and perfect for a pre-run meal.  And as a reward, we all got Starbucks.  This time, I ordered a skinny hazelnut maachiato.  OH MY GOSH!  This gave the carmel a run for it’s money.  I think I will be drinking this all summer!  After I got home, I showered and ate a granola bar.

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Pretty much the rest of the afternoon was spent in front of the TV watching re-runs of Real Housewives of New Jersey.  I don’t care, it was perfect!  We ate dinner pretty early because I was starving and dinner consisted of pizza fries and marinara sauce.  It reminded me of college when my roommate and I would go to the hall store, order pizza fries and watch Project Runway.  Oh how college rocked!!  It’s not healthy, but, hey, 6 miles completed!  And then an apple while watching re-runs.  #juicyjoeisnotjuicy

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It was a wonderful weekend!!!  I’ll recap Monday and Tuesday tomorrow.  Holy cow!!!  How was your weekend?