Saturday morning, I woke up way too early as usual, so I caught up on some TV while eating my yogurt mess.  I used another (#3 out of 4!!) of my Oikos coupons and tested the blueberry variety. It was good, but I liked the vanilla better, maybe since I am adding fruit myself anyway.  I am still crossing my fingers on finding the honey one! The Oikos makes for a much thicker yogurt base, can’t you tell?!

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After a relaxing morning of TV catch-up and packing for my night in Laguna, Becky picked me up and we headed over to the outlets.  On the way, we stopped into Whole Foods for some lunch goodies. I got an amazing mix of different quinoa and wheatberry salads, plus some veggies and pieces of pineapple. I ate every bite!

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I also ate about half of this piece of chicken for a protein boost. Whoa, I was STUFFED after all these goodies!

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Finally we made it to the outlets and started shopping for Becky’s upcoming move to NYC.  She leaves in just a few weeks (!!!) for the NY Teaching Fellows and wanted to get some gear for her new work environment.  The Southern California uniform of flip flops, yoga pants & tank probably won’t quite cut it there LOL. We found some AMAZING sales, and I ended up getting a very bright yellow skirt and an equally bright yellow top at Banana Republic. After walking around the mall for 4 hours or so, my still-full belly was asking for some froyo so we swung by Haagen-Dazs and I grabbed a cup of regular vanilla with rainbow sprinkles. This perfectly hit the spot!

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Tired but successful, we headed back to Becky’s place in Laguna…definitely stopping at Starbucks on the way for a skinny vanilla latte. Yummy and much needed!

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Back at Becky’s, we lazed around and waited for Julia to drive down after work and meet us for dinner. Becky and I talked about books (thanks again for slipping me The Red Tent!!) and drank her family’s signature Cosmo Lights.  Here’s mine chilling with some cute tabletop decorations!

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When Julia arrived in Laguna, we all scrambled to get ready and make it out to dinner before the kitchen closed. Why oh why am I always on the latest schedule?? We got to the restaurant maybe a few minute before ten and immediately ordered a bottle of champagne to celebrate Becky’s birthday. Cheers BeckY!!!!

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Julia & I wanted to take Becky out for a special dinner to celebrate, so we went to K’ya, since Becky had never been there before and we thought it would be nice to do something different. Score!!! This restaurant was SO good. Everything was basically priced to share (served tapas-style and mostly $5 dishes), but the portions were way bigger than we expected!  This place was a real deal! The three of us shared everything below:

Three Cheese Macaroni — wild mushrooms, pesto, truffle crust, parmesan, gruyere & gorgonzola

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Bruschetta with hummus, grilled peppers, olives & capers

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Flash Fried Calamari with sweet & spicy thai glaze, bean sprouts, carrots, peanuts, cilantro & green onions (hands-down best calamari I have ever eaten!)

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An order of crispy sweet potato fries — some people (AHEM!) couldn’t wait for me to take a picture before testing these :)

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And then we each ordered our own mini burger to finish off the meal!

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Of course we couldn’t leave without some singing! Our waiter brought over a chocolate cake dessert with a candle and Becky tolerated our off-key, enthusiastic rendition of HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

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The three of us shared the warm chocolate cake, eaten along with bites of chilly ice cream.

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But the real star was the French Toast-style dessert. DELISH!!

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Here’s a picture of me with the birthday girl! Happy happy day Becky, we love you!

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After dinner, Julia cabbied it home and Becky and I went next door to The Sandpiper (apparently only people who don’t live in Laguna call it that, everyone else just says The Piper) and met up with Kate and one of her friends who was in town visiting along with her brother and two Italian cousins.  We all just danced the rest of the night away!  Around 1 AM I turned into a tired crazy lady and we all made our way home where I got into bed and crashed hard.

Julia & I were up with the sun so we could get back to LA before her 10 AM shift at work. We stopped by the Becky & Kate recommended Shirley’s for breakfast to-go.

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I got an amazing oat bran bagel with light cream cheese on the side. Everything I ate this weekend was seriously stellar!

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I also snagged a diet lemon Snapple. For some reason, I couldn’t even attempt coffee. Too early maybe?

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I got to take a nice little power nap when I got home, which was great and much needed. Afterwards, I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry, and being lazy. Around noon, I snacked on some frozen greens — peas and edamame.

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Since I had plenty of time to make lunch and didn’t get to do my pizza Friday this week, I decided to make some dough and roll out a mini pizza for lunch. I used the honey whole wheat recipe and separated it into 3 balls.  I rolled some fresh rosemary into the crust too, and 1/4 cup oats, for some extra taste and texture.  I topped the pizza with tomato basil hummus, mushrooms, more rosemary and sea salt.  Very basic and very good!

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The pizza kept me full for hours and hours. Dinner came in bits and pieces between 7-11. First, I had some red pepper slices.

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Then I had a chile lime chicken burger with a nice little swirl of ketchup.

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I could NOT think of what else I wanted to eat with this, but Julia finally saved the day by letting me steal a nice big bowl of her spaghetti squash.

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All my dinner items were eaten simply to get me to dessert. I had a huge craving for ice cream ALL day yesterday and decided to eat some after dinner instead of during the day (for me, that always turns into eating it ALL day).  I found a new slow churned limited edition flavor that I haven’t seen yet — S’mores — and just had to give it a try!

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This flavor has chocolate and toasted marshmallow light ice creams with pieces of marshmallow, graham crackers, and chocolate chips. It’s awesome!! If you like s’mores, I definitely recommend this one!

On a somewhat unrelated note, I read about Jenna @ Eat Live Run’s terrible loss this morning, and wanted to just put it out there to the universe that everyone is thinking of her and to please send some positive thoughts and vibes her way.

Hope everyone is having a great Monday! Hmm, is that an oxymoron?? :)

Almost forgot!

Three Things for Saturday

  1. Skipped the pizzas and pastas I was eyeing at WF in favor of the whole grain salads, veggies and protein
  2. Ordered non-fat froyo at Haagen-Dazs instead of ice cream
  3. Decided not to snack before going to dinner, ever though we didn’t eat until 10

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Ordered light cream cheese on the side and spread a pretty thin layer on my bagel
  2. Made my lunch pizza without any cheese
  3. Refrained from eating any of the homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies Julia was baking last night (smelled amazing though!!!)

Happy Belated Administrative Professionals Day!! That’s what we were shouting when we surprised the office managers with brunch Friday morning. Everyone brought in food and we had a little potluck.  I donated chocolate chip muffins, homemade by India Thursday night, to the table — thanks India!!  We got a huge jug of Starbucks coffee.  I had two cups and MAN that stuff is way stronger than what I make at home.  I was not wired at all but in a caffeine stupor.  I also had a bagel (just half is pictured here but I ate the whole thing!) with low-fat cream cheese, a slice of chocolate rugelach, and some apple slices & cubes of pineapple.  VERY FILLING!

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For lunch I brought my leftovers from last night. These burgers are great. This hummus is great. I love this meal!  Instead of sweet potato on the side, I sliced up some polenta and nuked it. It’s much better when baked/broiled, but it fit in my mini tupperware and was easy to make (two big lunch requirements LOL).

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I had this piece of rugelach x way too many more bites along with some apple slices and pineapple, making me lose the good food feeling I had after lunch.  The rugelach was absolutely delicious but I definitely overdid it with breaking off and eating too many pieces because I was FULL to the brim on sugar and it did not feel so good.

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Luckily Julia was home and wanted to go on a hike with me after work.  We hiked the hard side of the canyon going up, and ran down the middle paved trail. Man, one week break from exercise really does make a difference! I was huffing and puffing way more than usual. On the way home, we dropped into Coffee Bean and I got an iced coffee to help me power through the night!

Of course, we were running late as usual and got home at 8:30 still needing to shower, eat dinner and get ready to go to an 80s tribute show at 9:30, oops! I had a La Tortilla Factory tortilla stuffed with a TJ chile lime chicken burger and some tomato & basil hummus with broccoli on the side. These burgers have 19 grams of protein!

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By some crazy miracle (or because the boys knew we would be late and told us to come an hour earlier than the band went on LOL), we got to the bar before the show started.  The 80s band was awesome!! I wanted to hold onto the healthy mindset I had forced between eating all that pastry and going on a hike, so I stuck to diet coke at the bar. Surprisingly I don’t need a drink to dance at a bar, crazy, right?!

When I got home around 1 AM, I was pretty hungry so I poured maybe a cup, cup & a half of Kashi with some strawberries and caught up on The Office!

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Today I am headed to the outlets and then Laguna Beach for dinner with Becky.  Hope y’all are having a great weekend!

Three Things for Friday

  1. Walked to the canyon (adds about 4 miles round trip to the hike) instead of driving there
  2. Low calorie, high protein dinner
  3. Drank only diet coke at the bar

Ahh going to bed early was such a good idea! I felt 100 times better today. I decided to change up breakfast this once and had a Perfect 10 bagel with 1 tbsp almond butter, 1 tbsp cherry jelly and half a banana, plus coffee. Almond butter holds me over for so long, it’s crazy!

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I have to read basically every magazine under the sun for work, and I keep coming across photos of yummy looking cupcakes. Don’t you just want to sink your teeth into one of these??  This issue of Family Circle has me thinking of hitting up Sprinkles or Crumbs this weekend for something extra indulgent :)

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For lunch, I went to get my other 6 inch turkey Subway, and someone threw it out!! What?!? Luckily I had just gone to the grocery to get some fruit and pretzels to eat with my sub and had picked up a Lean Cuisine to keep in the freezer, so I had that instead.

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My favorite 3 cheese veggie ravioli bowl!

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So glad I got this pear and these pretzels to round out my meal :)

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Then before heading to the gym, I fueled up with some grapes and popcorn.

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At the gym, I did a strong 60 minutes on the elliptical. I made an awesome salad for dinner, with tomato, fresh motz, brussel sprouts, roasted red onion, basil & olive oil.  These mini motz balls are only 60 calories for 1 serving!!

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I also made a Trader Joe’s chile lime chicken burger with sweet potato fries and a few kale chips. This whole meal was SOOO good!

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For dessert, I was craving some ice cream but skipped the grocery store after work so I didn’t have any on hand. Probably a good thing because I can NEVER eat just one serving! Instead I dug into the pumpkin spice cookies that Diana sent me. NINE of these only have 150 calories!!! I had one serving with a mug of diet hot choc. The cookies dipped into my mug were oh so yummy.

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Look at how cute the cookies are, shaped like lil pumpkins.

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Right now I am watching the end of the Biggest Loser!!!!!!! I don’t want to spoil for anyone but whoa this is crazy!!!!!! Then I need to get to bed pronto…the lil extra bit really helps :)

*Edited to add!!

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About an hour before I left work, I decided to definitely stop by the gym, so I tried a Lemon Larabar for a little workout boost. I liked it! The lemon flavor wasn’t too overpowering which was nice. I think I would stick with Key Lime though if I wanna go citrus.

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I got in 45 minutes on the elliptical before heading home. For dinner, I decided to make a Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burger. If you have never had these, I definitely recommend them!! Since these cook at broil, I decided to make a one-pan meal and make brussel sprouts and polenta at the same time.  I’ve never cooked these on broil before but everything turned out perfect! The polenta was especially crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, which I loved.

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For dessert it was ice cream part deux! I had my leftovers from last night plus some strawberries and sprinkles.

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I still wanted a little extra sweet, so I dug into two dozen of these cute vanilla mini meringues from Trader Joe’s. At only one calorie each, who can resist :)

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I love desserts. Can you guys tell?!

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