Happy Friday everyone! Today I get to kick off my post with a lovely gift from the amazing Marisa at Trim The Fat — the Kreativ Blogger Award!!! Thanks Marisa for making my day, you rock :)

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When receiving this award, you must list 7 things you love and pass the award on to 7 bloggers. Here is list of lovies!

  1. my family
  2. my girlfriends
  3. my pets
  4. the beach 
  5. reading
  6. breyer’s mint chocolate chip ice cream
  7. hot showers

If only I could combine the last three, that would be really awesome.  Reading in the shower while eating ice cream, swoon!!! Thank you again Marisa! Everyone be sure to check out her awesome blog if you don’t read it regularly already :)

I am sending some blog love to a few of my faves. Sorry if you’ve already done this!

Balance is Best

The Chic Life

Foods That Fit

Daily Goods

The Long Weigh

Summer Slim

A Year of Healthy Eating

It’s funny, these awards are like a much more fun version of email chain letters LOL. Okay, on to Thursday’s eats! For breakfast I had the usual with cherry berry blend, 2 figs, 1/4 cup kashi, half cup puffins, half banana. Puffins and I are going to have to break up…more on that later, you will see!

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We had catered meetings in the office again yesterday, so it was food overload. I decided to stick with my own lunch, but added this nice plate of fruit.

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I also had a Perfect 10 bagel with 2 tbsp lemon cilantro hummus, half a green pepper, and the remaining crackers in my box of Kashi cheddar. I definitely could have used a few more of these, love ‘em!

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For dessert, I had a bite of this chocolate bread my boss brought back from her business trip to NYC. It was good!!

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A few more grapes made it into my mouth right before leaving the office! I skipped the gym in favor of cleaning. In between wiping counters, putting away junk, vacuuming & washing floors, I nibbled on some snacks and read a new girly book. I had some v. frozen edamame — check out that ice!

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Plus a cup of diet hot chocolate & coffee. This was okay. I think for now I will stick to either one or the other!!

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I also paused the cleaning for some dinner. Last night nothing sounded especially appealing but I wanted to make sure I had some veggies, so I went with a spinach, mushroom, red pepper, red onion egg beater omelet with a sweet potato on the side. I got impatient while microwaving the potato and pulled it out too early so some parts were a lil tougher but that didn’t stop me from chowing down, of course!

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After dinner I treated myself to the one thing that had been on my mind all night…yes, pb puffins. I started out with a nice, normal 1 cup portion. The real trouble started when I grabbed the box and settled back onto the couch with the box & my book and started to mindlessly eat…

I CAN’T BUY THESE ANYMORE!!!! Seriously, I bought the box last night and it is almost gone. I am so annoyed at myself, and it’s such a stupid thing to be annoyed over. I know that a little part of it has to do with the time of the month — I tend to have one week of insatiable hunger and cravings. But still, all that aside, I just have no control whenever I eat this cereal! Maybe this seems like I am making a big deal out of nothing but it just feels very indicative toward my food attitude lately. What do you guys do when you need to curb back your free-for-all eating habits? Any advice is seriously appreciated!!

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I brought the box of puffins to the airport so my mom could taste them and get them off my hands! Of course, she loved them too :)

I was SOOOOOO excited to see her! I got to show her my apartment and kittens and roommate, which is awesome. It’s nice knowing that now when I talk about all of these things, she will know exactly what I mean. She also brought me a box of the much coveted Dunkin Donuts MUNCHKINS!!! Some of my most perfect days have included long drives along the ocean in the summer early mornings with a DD iced coffee in one hand and a glazed donut in the other. HOWEVER, for some crazy unknown reason, there are NO Dunkin Donut locations in SoCal. Which means that these guys are a very rare treat!!

P.S. I love that the slogan is “America Runs on Dunkin.” UMMM California is in America too people!!! Okay, calming down now haha.

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I made some nice homemade rooibos tea lattes for me & my mom and we cuddled on the couch and watched The Office & 30 Rock while munching away. Okay, much of the munching was by me, I must admit. And no, we didn’t eat all of these but I definitely had more than my fair share!

Tonight I am having a big dinner at my place so my mom can meet all my girls out here and vice versa! I have stocked up on wine, cheese, bread, hummus, crackers, chips, salsa, pasta, chicken sausage, eggplant cutlets…we will definitely be feasting tonight! I think there are going to be 8 of us all together. I’m so excited!!! Last time my mom was in LA, I had maybe 2 girlfriends? I’m so grateful to have met so many awesome people since then and I can’t wait for them to meet her!!!!

Hope everyone is having a fantastic FRIDAY :)

Happy Belated St. Patty’s! Sorry for the late post but I wasn’t exactly up for blogging last night, as you will soon see :)

Wednesday morning, I had the usual yogurt mess for breakfast.  Sadly, I was still out of Kashi and had finished up the biscuits, so I was stuck with Fiber One for crunch. Not the same!! Now that I am used to my Honey Almond Flax, nothing else compares…

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For lunch, I heated up a Lean Cuisine pepperoni pizza, with added mushrooms and red onion. Pretty tasty!

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I also had some bright green grapes. AH grapes!

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After lunch, I was craving chocolate. Luckily I keep the office well stocked! I had a piece of Dove dark chocolate and some diet hot cocoa.

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Dove told me to laugh :)

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I STILL had the munchies, so I had my afternoon snack extra early.

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By the end of the afternoon, I wanted to snack some more but knew I probably shouldn’t eat again so I just held out until after the gym. I did 40 minutes on the elliptical before heading home to get ready for a fun night out!! For dinner, I had some broccoli with S+P and a bowl of mango.

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ANNNNND CEREAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t think I could face another day without Kashi in my yogurt, so I stocked up on some more, plus some Fresh & Easy organic O’s…and then Julia brought me some PB Puffins! This bowl was heaven :)

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So good in fact, that I had to have a little more.

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After eating, Julia and I got decked out in green and went out to celebrate the holiday! It was sort of last minute, but we couldn’t justify NOT going out I guess. We started with a shot of JD at the apt and then walked to Barney’s Beanery.

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The place was packed, as was expected, but with lame guys, which was not what we wanted! We stayed for one green-colored drink and then walked up to the Sunset Strip.  We passed bar after bar but none seemed quite right…we were about to head back home when we spotted Bar Marmont! Score! This bar is next to Chateau Marmont, the swanky celeb hotel, and is very pretty. The ceiling is covered in little butterflies :) Here is a picture I found online to give you an idea!

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So we upgraded from Barney’s and were treated to many green drinks the rest of the night. Perhaps one too many rounds was bought for us? Because when we got home, I crawled into bed with this guy –

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Yes, I got this box last night and it is halfway gone!!  In fact, I had been planning on including some Puffins in my yogurt mess but ate soooo many that the thought of more just wasn’t appealing. I know, can you believe it?! Puffin-overload aside, this was a good breakfast! Mango and kashi are two of my faves.

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We had a loooong client meeting and I was super hungry by the time we got to eat. Lunch today was a can of Progresso Minestrone soup and 1 serving Kashi cheddar crackers.

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Plus a Granny Smith apple w/cinnamon and a piece of watermelon & pineapple.

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I was hungry again early today and had my afternoon snack not long after lunch. Since we had fruit and breakfast items at our meeting but I had already eaten, I held back but snagged two of these yummy PB rollups. Made with whole wheat tortilla, natural PB, dried cranberries, and golden raisins, these are office favorites and always the first to go!

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We got out of work an hour early today (whoohoo!!!) because President Obama is in LA and speaking at the hotel right near my office. Since they closed down the road leading into our office complex, we had to peace out early to avoid being blocked in. Sadly, the roads are also supposed to be closed 8-10 tomorrow, meaning I have to get into work by 7:30. AND I have a work event tomorrow too, of which I am partly in charge, so tomorrow is looking like a 7:30 AM – 10 PM kind of day. Ick!!! Anyway, we all raced out as soon as our boss gave the all clear and I rolled down the windows and took in some sun! Doesn’t CA just make you happy??

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I went to the gym for 60 minutes on the elliptical, then headed home for The Biggest Loser and this yummy salad.

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I also munched on some frozen edamame while watching (haha you can see it in the background!).

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For dinner, I was dying to try Wholly Guacamole 100-calorie packs that I picked up at the grocery store a few days ago.  I am not always the biggest fan of 100-cal packs simply because I’d rather just portion out a serving myself than pay top dollar for pre-made baggies, but guac is one thing that is VERY hard for me to eat the “right” amount.

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I ended up going simple: Two 50-cal La Tortilla Factory tortillas, 1/2 cup black beans, 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese & one 100-cal serving guac. Here’s half!

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The guacamole was sooooooo good! I definitely think I will be buying these again. I ate the other serving after running a few errands, sort of a dinner part 2 since I knew I would be hungry again. Now I am finishing up a mug of rooibos tea and some stray mango cubes from the ones I just cut for breakfast…

It’s gonna be a long one tomorrow!! The event will hopefully be fun though; it’s my first one with this current job, so I’m a little nervous and excited. Maybe I can even take some good pictures under the guise of taking them for the client :)

Have a great Thursday!! SO CLOSE to the WEEKEND!!!!

I woke up today without my alarm! I guess I forgot to set it, but I rolled over at 6:50 and was wide awake — whew! Today was one of those Mondays where I really wished it were still the weekend, but I got at least a little pick-me-up from my yummy yogurt mess. I am still out of kashi cereal but had another biscuit so I crumbled that up instead. So good! Especially with the fresh mango.

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For lunch I tested out the Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers line as a new possible easy lunch option.  I decided on the Roasted Chicken Marsala, which listed white meat chicken & penne pasta w/green beans and marsala wine sauce as the descriptor.  The nutrition stats for this meal are 240 calories, 5 g fat, 5 g fiber, 17 g protein. Love the low cal/high protein numbers! Overall, it was pretty good. The pasta was by far my favorite part. I am just REALLY not a big fan of any kind of frozen entree chicken. It was perfectly fine and there weren’t any “bad” bits, but I can never bring myself to fully enjoy it like a regular, self-cooked piece of chicken!

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I also had some juicy green grapes!

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And this handful of seeds times two for some crunch :)

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Around 4 I decided to snack, mostly out of boredom because lunch held me over really well.  Plus I was planning a workout, and I always like to have something to eat a little before exercising to tide me over until dinner.  I had a mug of diet hot chocolate and peanut butter Fiber One bar.

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On the way home, I just could NOT motivate myself to go to the gym! My body wanted exercise, but my mind didn’t want to be cooped up. I decided on a nice run outside since the sun was still shining. Fresh air did some good and helped me clear some of the mental cobwebs I couldn’t seem to shake today. I ran a little more than 2 miles and then walked another 2.3ish while chatting with my mom. Another good way to clear mental cobwebs :)

Back at the apt I had some grapes while cooking dinner. I could eat these ALL day long!

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For dinner, I made a veggie omelet with egg beaters, red onion, and mushrooms.  On the side, I sliced up a roma tomato with dried basil and salt. I also made some mini potato & cheddar pierogies.  At 130 calories for 7, these make a great addition!! Most of my family is Ukrainian so I am used to the real deal (aka many hours of labor for the perfect pierogies), but these are nice when you only have 5 minutes, not five hours :) Plus a glass of milk.

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After dinner, Julia and I watched GOSSIP GIRLS (IT”S BAAAAACK!!) and I had the last strawberry shortcake with a rooibos tea. Yummers!

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Humpday already, YAY! For breakfast, I had another yogurt mess with blackberry yogurt, half banana, half cup kashi, and one cup mangolicious blend, plus coffee.

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Since I had a dentist appointment at noon, I decided to have a coconut water and some grapes to tide me over until my late lunch. I missed my coconut water!

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My tummy was growling though when I got back to the office around 2, so I toasted up a bagel with hummus and ate that with the other half of my tomato/motz/brussel sprout salad from the night before.

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This salad definitely deserves a repeat!!

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Later in the afternoon, I dug into my pre-workout fuel: a gala apple and pretzels dipped in 1 tbsp almond butter. I only had a flimsy plastic knife, so the apple “slices” are more like apple slivers!

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I really, really wasn’t in the mood for the gym, but I sucked it up and pounded out 45 minutes on the elliptical before heading home.  I had a very crunchy pear while I was thinking of what to make for dinner…

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I was craving some tortillas, so I decided to plan my dinner around them.  I mashed & heated up 1/2 cup black beans with some corn and salsa, then shredded 1/3 cup worth of extra sharp cheddar to top. I split all the ingredients between 2 La Tortilla Factory Tortillas.  I know I say this every time, but I love that these are 50 calories each so I can easily eat two!! It just makes my meal seem so much bigger. I popped the whole thing in the toaster for a few minutes.  Here’s the before and after :)

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This was REALLY good, and healthy!! It’s amazing how a little cheese can really go a long way. For dessert, I had a repeat from last night: diet hot choc and a serving of pumpkin spice cookies.

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Now I am just watching some TV before getting into bed. I am just having a BLAH night…hopefully some sleep will help. And it’s getting close to the weekend, whew!

One more thing, don’t forget to check out the granola giveaway @ Lucky Taste Buds!

AND Missy Maintains is offering an Erin Baker’s Wholesome Baked Goods giveaway!

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!!

Check out this Pure Bar giveaway from An Apple A Day!

The superbowl/pool party ended up being so fun! The pool was heated and got hotter than the hot tub at one point :)

Since I ended up going over there a little later than I originally planned, I had some lunch and snacks first. I started off with a somewhat lame salad. I only had lettuce blend, tomato, red onion and like two mushrooms, so that was that! Plus a crispy pickle spear and light asian sesame dressing.  It was so gorgeous out that I had to eat on my patio table :)

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And a tortilla with a slice of cheddar cheese. Look at the melty bubbles!!

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For dessert I had a Weight Watchers latte bar. Those are so amazing! Then of course I ended up chilling at home for a few more hours and got the munchies while I was reading a book so I had a few handfuls of the goldfishes.

No pictures from the Superbowl party :( I didn’t go overboard though, YAY. I had a turkey dog, totally plain. Yup, no bun, no condiments. Just how I like it! Plus a few handfuls of the hint of lime tortilla chips and two glasses of white to wash all of that down.  Julia and I had dinner part two later that night, with more grapes and a whole wheat pita with a super delish new hummus. It was topped with sesame seeds and parsley. How good is that?!

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For dessert, I had about a dozen Mike & Ikes and some diet hot chocolate. What’s worse…that they make diet hot chocolate, or that I actually buy it and like it? I enjoyed it in my favorite mug from pottery barn. My mom and I bought this before I went off to college :)

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YUM, such a sweet ending!

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