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What I Ate Wednesday #10

Hello, world!! A very happy Wednesday to you.

I’ve grown particularly fond of Wednesday’s lately, thanks (pretty much in ALL parts) to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting the wonderful linkup that is What I Ate Wednesday. I really do love sitting around Wednesday nights and going through as many other blogs as I can to check out what everyone else is munching. I think it’s silly and fun to see how we’re really all the same, you know. We all get stuck in ruts. We all have a few favorite things that we eat all the time (like my string cheese!). We all seek inspiration from others at times to shake up our food routines. And we all love to eat! Taking a peek into someone else’s life for a day can be kind of exciting, don’t you think?! Here are my Wednesday eats!!

Breakfast: I had a big bowl of Special K Chocolaty Delight with Red Berries with some 1% milk, a clementine, and some decaf Lady Grey tea. I actually keep cereals like this on hand for dessert most of the time! Late at night (ya know, 9 o’clock) and when I want something sweet I’d rather have a little 100 calorie bowl of cereal and low fat milk than cookies or candy, ya know what I mean?
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Snack: I had a hard-boiled egg, followed shortly by a string cheese. 

hbegg stringcheeseLunch: Very soon after my snacks I felt suuuuuper hungry. Like…I had the hungry shakes. Does anyone else ever experience those?? I stood up and was like “Whoa, man, I need to eat something right now before I fall over.” Not qutie sure what the deal was with this today, as I felt like I had eaten enough up to that point in time. I decided not to mess around, though, and I got up and made my lunch right away. I had a Morning Star Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger on a whole wheat engish muffin with 1/4 of a perfectly ripe avocado, cilantro, and butter lettuce leaves! I had some baby carrots on the side, too. I usually bring along some cheese and salsa to go with my veggie burgers, too, but I forgot them today. Oh well, it was still delicious (and I made much less of a mess eating it!)!

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Snack: I ate lunch at my desk today so Johnny and I had our full lunch hour to head over to the outlets on our break. We made a pitstop at Starbucks and I snagged a decaf-short-soy-latte with cinnamon dolce sprinkles on top!! It was perfect to sip while we walked around outside, as it’s a tad bit chilly out. I can’t complain too much, though, as 45 degrees is waaaaaaaaaaay better than 2 degrees! I also had a few dried apple slices when we got back to work. (Thanks again, Nicole!)

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PreGym Snack: Today I had a Carrot Cake Luna Bar. Chocolate Peppermint Stick is still my favorite of the Luna Bars (followed VERY closely by S’mores). I like the carrot cake one, but not as much as I hoped considering how much I adore carrot cake! What’s your favorite Luna Bar flavor??

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Dinner: Oh man. I loved dinner tonight. So quick and tasty, which in my opinion are two adjectives that should describe every dinner ever! NO RECIPE RECIPE: I grilled some chicken on the George Forman grill that I rubbed with some store bought pesto. When I pulled them off the grill I topped each with a slice of 2% milk provolone cheese. I sauteed some cherry tomatoes in garlic with a touch more pesto to top mine and had some green beans with garlic, lemon, and olive oil on the side. Absolutely perfect dinner!!

pesto chicken and green beansThat’s all she wrote, today!! Though, I won’t lie, I’m pretty sure imma snag a piece of toast with some pb&j on it and a glass of milk when I watch Top Chef later!! Perhaps I’ll update the post later with a photo. We’ll see! Anyone else out there a Top Chef fan?? I’m routing for Shirley this season…or for Louis to come back and win it all from last chance kitchen!! His smile …. he’s so adorable … and I’d eat the heck out of his food!!!

Until next time! Hopefully I’ll be posting a recipe later this weekend! And you’ll be getting a Baby Yoder update soon, too! Only TWO WEEKS until we know if it’s a boy or a girl!!!!

 

 


I Think Today is a Say-Something-Hat-Day

Hey there!

How’s it going?

Swell I hope.

I’m peachy-keen, jelly bean. (Thanks for asking.)

I woke up this morning and I decided right away that today  was a say-something-hat-day. (P.S. If you know what I’m referencing do let me know, because if we’re not friends IRL we are now. 🙂 )

Only really when I say “say-something-hat” I mean “do-something-fun-and-different”.

What do I mean by that, exactly?

I’ve decided to do share with you all a day in the life of me. I’ve seen tons of other blogs where they literally capture everything they do and eat in a day…everyday. I always though it was kind of a silly practice. Who really cares what I do in a day? What makes me so important that I think readers will actually take more than a glance  before they skedaddle off to another blog with more interesting content. Then, I thought…I read those posts! I don’t know what is about it but I genuinely find it interesting to see how other people eat, exercise, and spend their time. Maybe I’m just bananas, but there has to be something to it if so many successful blogs out there do the same thing and keep on keepin on – ya know what I mean?  So let’s get started, shall we!

6:00 am: My alarm goes off. I showered right before bed last night so I’m pleased as punch that I have extra time to get myself together before I leave for work today. I’m always greeted by the same thing every morning –  y baby, Q, snuggled up by my hip, waiting for me to feed him. I feed him and give him some water. I do four half sun salutations while Q’s eating to get my blood flowing and have a bottle of water while I get dressed.

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Quincy in the wee hours of the morning waiting for breakfast.

6:20 am: I feel like a genius because last night I put everything but the chicken together for Skinnytaste’s Chicken Crock Pot Taco Chili. It’s all just sitting in a big bowl in my refrigerator. This morning all I needed to do was throw the chicken breasts in the crock pot, dump in the bowl of ingredients, and turn on the power. This is good news, because I did not get our food together  for the day last night, which I typically do the night before. It takes me a few, but I get our stuff together in no time.

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Dinner ready to go in the crock pot

 

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Breakfast, lunch, and snacks for John and I. Ready to be packed up for work.

 

6:45 am: I wake up the hubs who gets in the shower and does his morning thang. I finish tidying up the kitchen before leaving for work. I love when I have time to clean in the morning so that I can come home to a nice clean kitchen! Don’t you?!

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Lovely, clean kitchen!

7:15 am: We’re on the road. I’m really pleased it’s not raining today and that the sun is out. I feel like it’s been too long since we’ve had a sunny day.

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The morning commute. Not too bad today!
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Loving the sunshine as we arrive at work.

7:50 am: We typically arrive at work pretty early, which I’m totally cool with, because I like to have time to get my breakfast together before the work day officially starts.  Today’s breakfast: 1 hard boiled egg, 1 hard boiled egg white, 1 Thomas’s Better Start Lite English muffin toasted with 1 tablespoon of Land o’ Lakes Lite Butter Spread, and Tazo Organic Chai (my most favorite) with skim milk and 1 splenda. I love breakfast so much. I also love my owl mug so much. I really should give him a name…thoughts?  (Thanks with love to my mother and father in law who got it for me for Christmas this year. 🙂 )

My delicious breakfast.
My delicious breakfast.

8:00 am: So begins another day at work. I usually start the day answering emails from whomever I receive them, typically editors responding about their book proofs. I check up on some news, chat with my most favorite office mate ever Adrienne about this weeks episode of Girls (which was cray – btw) and get to checking over some editor proofs.  I work away my morning!

work, work, work!
Work, work, work!

10:30 am: My belly usually starts to rumble around 10 or 10:30 every day so it’s snack time! My friend and co-worker Nicole made cinnamon toast and the office smells amaaazingggggggg. But for me today, I keep my snack simple with a mini apple. I proceed to work until lunch time!

Chomping on my apple... like a boss.
Chomping on my apple… like a boss.

12:15 pm: I’m so super excited for lunch today. I have leftover stir fry from last night, which I whipped together in 10 minutes thanks to all of the conveniently packaged Wegmans products I got this week.  Wegmans is absolutely my favorite grocery store and I love all of their store brand products – especially the “Food You Feel Good About” line. (Heh – they should be paying me for this kind of advertising!) Seriously though, pre-sliced chicken stir fry strips already coated in cornstarch (I had a coupon so I took advantage), frozen shelled edamame, bell pepper, snow peas, scallions, and cilantro all combined with Wegmans Sesame Garlic Sauce with brown rice. Friggin delicious I say. For dinner AND lunch the next day..like today. 🙂

Hello gorgeous. Get in my mouth!
Hello gorgeous. Get in my mouth!

12:30 pm:  One of the perks of working at the same company as my husband is that we get to enjoy lunch together everyday! Today we ate lunch at our desks so that we had enough time to go out and grab a few things he needed from the grocery store. He also snagged a coffee while we were out.

My goofy husband enjoy his afternoon joe.
My goofy husband enjoy his afternoon cup o’ joe.

1:30 pm: Lunch is over and it’s back to work I go, but not before making myself a big cup of green tea to energize my afternoon!

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Pure and unadulterated. Tea makes me so happy. Please see my tea face in my previous post.

3:00 pm: It’s snack time again. I reheat my green tea which has gotten cold on my desk (which is pretty typical for me). This doesn’t bother me because I like to make sure I get up at least once an hour and walk around a bit. I have 8 Quaker Quakes Mini Chocolate Rice Cakes with 1/2 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter and make little sandwiches out of them. They’re so much fun to eat!

One of my favorite sweet snacks that I never feel guilty eating!
One of my favorite sweet snacks that I never feel guilty eating!

 5:00 pm: It’s quittin time! Johnny and I hop in the care to start the commute home. I don’t fall asleep immediately, but I do wind up falling asleep about ten minutes into the drive I think. I can’t help it – I ALWAYS fall asleep in cars. It’s a blessing and a curse really. But hey – by the time I wake up we’re just about home!

5:45 pm: When we walk in the house it smells like tacos and I couldn’t be happier. I really don’t use my crock pot enough! All I have to do to get dinner on the table is shred some cheese and chop up a few scallions and cilantro.

One big, warm bowl of delicious.
One big, warm bowl of delicious.

6:40 pm: My belly is happy, the dishes are done, Quincy’s been fed, and I’m off to yoga!

7:00 pm: There’s a substitute yoga instructor tonight. I’ve taken a few classes with her before. Her classes are much more relaxed and I sweat a lot less than I do in my usual yoga class, but it’s still great to stretch out and I work on focusing on my breathing. She also had to cut class a few minutes short so she could make it to the airport in time or something like that. That’s fine be me though, because I head to Starbucks after with my friend from class for some girl time.

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Preparing for 40 minutes of peace.

8:00 pm: Oh Starbucks, how I still love/hate you all at the same time. (Mostly love. *sigh*) Seriously. I’m intrigued by the new Vanilla Spice Latte, but it’s not available sugar free so I don’t go for it tonight. Instead – I order one of my standards – a short-decaf-nonfat-latte with 1/2 a pump of sugar free vanilla and cinnamon dolce sprinkles (Heh – can you tell I used to work there?) . My friend Ashley gets a Vanilla Roobios tea and we proceed to sit and chat about life until we’re given the 10 minute warning.

My little latte is short - like me!
My little latte is short – like me!

 

10:15 pm: I’m finally home for the night.  Quincy greets me with zeal and return the excitement and snuggle with him for a few minutes. I hop on my computer and finish this post!

There it is!

A day in the life of me! I really picked a good one to get this started on. I’m just about ready to hop into bed and it’s really wonderful being able to take a moment to reflect on what a full, happy day I had today. I hope I didn’t bore you too much. Please let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this one in the future. It’s definitely a different kind of blogging experience! I certainly enjoyed it. I hope you did, too. Sweet Dreams!