I just love vacations! Friday morning I woke up early and went for another run like the one I did Thursday afternoon.  I came home feeling sweaty, refreshed and HUNGRY! I made up a quick batch of my multi-grain pancakes topped with a tbsp of maple syrup.

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Some yogurt with banana made a great cooling side!

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I ended up heading down to the beach with Steph and Josh to catch some rays and show of my magical tan. Sadly, the sun was totally hidden so we decided to grab drinks & food instead. Parking and Pacific Ave traffic was awful, and I felt myself getting CRABBY! Luckily I had a blueberry Z-bar in my bag to tide me over. We ended up at Cabo for chips, salsa, and margaritas. Stephanie and I shared one. For good reason!

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How cute are these two??

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I was set on seafood and ordered mahi mahi with onions, peppers and guacamole with fries on the side. I ate all the fish and a little less than half the fries. This was technically a sandwich but I say technically because I skipped the buns :)

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After eating, the sun came out a bit and we walked down the block to Venice Beach for a lil nap. We only lasted an hour though with all the wind!!  Back at home, I got ready for a night out at Barney’s.

I stopped by Newsroom first to “help” Julia close down the restaurant.  She had the kitchen set aside a great snacking spread of hummus, veggies, flatbread, grilled chicken, artichokes & wine. I chilled at the bar munching with some of the staff as the last people trickled out.  Finally everyone left and just Jules and I were left waiting on one delivery guy.  So we locked the doors, turned down the lights, cranked up the music and had a dance party!!! If you’ve never sang at the top of your lungs while bopping between tables, I highly recommend it :)

Then Julia and I walked to meet the rest of the crew for some more wine and lots of chitchatting.  We made our way home right as the bar was closing and I ended the night with a yummy square of dark mint/rosemary chocolate that we snagged from Newsroom! Sweet dreams followed, of course!

The rest of the weekend was great — can’t believe it’s already over. I have to get to bed now but have some amazing brunch photos for you guys to drool over next time I post…bated breath, I know :)

Will the weather ever get summery?! I woke up Saturday morning to MORE CLOUDS and decided a batch of blueberry pancakes were in order. I used 1/2 cup whole wheat mix, 1/4 cup Maine bloobs, 1/4 cup egg beaters, some H2O and 1 tbsp maple syrup to make this plate. They were really thin but good!

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Thanks to the icky day outside, I spent much of the day cleaning, reading, and watching TV. I took a break around 11 AM to hit the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical. My ankle has been bothering me the last few days, and this is the only way I can workout without really aggravating it! Followed by grocery shopping, I got home pretty hungry for lunch and pulled out some of my purchases to make a chile lime chicken burger topped with pickles and grilled onions and sweet potato fries.

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Snacks throughout the rest of the afternoon included a mint Skinny Cow and a Red Delicious apple.

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After lazing around all day, I was motivated to get out of the apt and met Kate W for a late dinner at Yatai.  She just moved back to LA and has never been to our favorite sushi spot, so I had to introduce her! I started with a berry beer and some shared edamame. For our main meal, we split some favorites. Sorry for the recycled pictures!

CA roll

CA roll

Crispy rice with spicy tuna

Crispy rice with spicy tuna

Popcorn shrimp

Popcorn shrimp

We shared these three dishes, plus seared salmon sashimi.  I was stuffed after!  Of course, there was still a little room for dessert :)

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I half passed out awkwardly on the couch and roused myself at 2 AM to get into bed. Then today I woke up around 8 to more clouds.  Boo!  For breakfast I went back to basics with my regular yogurt mess. Lots of fresh and frozen fruit — it was delicious!

Topped with Oaty-Os and Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

Topped with Oaty-Os and Kashi Go Lean Crunch!

After more cloudy day activities (i.e. reading, watching tv, and cleaning again!!), I snacked on some Newsroom toast with Better N’ PB and cherry jelly.

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Then the SUN came out late afternoon! I grabbed an apple to enjoy with the good change in weather.

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Even thought it wasn’t hot, I decided to make the most of the blue skies and headed down to the beach to read on the sand. It was incredibly windy but I was so happy to finally be outside :)

I also got to swing by Panera, meaning bread and black bean soup on the beach…

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…and Strawberry Lemon Poppy seed Chicken salad when I got back home.

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Later I got a little snacky, so I made some sweet potato cheetahs and broccoli slaw with mushrooms and balsamic vinegar.

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This weekend flew by in a minute!! I can’t believe it’s almost Monday already.  I think I have another crazy week coming up but hopefully I can squeeze some fun stuff in there too.  Right now I am just bumming around before going to the airport to pick up Julia. She has been in MN all week and I’m so glad she’s almost home!! Her flight gets in 11:30ish so I will probably try to get to bed after that :)

Staying up late watching True Blood on Saturday left me exhausted I guess because I slept until 10:30 AM on Sunday!!! People, this is a major accomplishment and basically unheard of…usually I wake up by 8:30 on the weekends and consider that an extra two hours, so 10:30 was great. Guess I needed it! I decided to whip up some pancakes again just because it was the weekend and I could! I used 1/2 cup of the whole wheat mixture and added in 1/4 cup of those baby Maine blueberries from Trader Joe’s.  Topped with 1/2 banana and 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup, these were delicious! (Still think I liked Saturday’s chocolate pancakes best though!!)

On my cute new plate from Target…I get some type of dish every time I go there!

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I basically did nothing Sunday and was insanely lazy. I always have a huge list of things to get done over the weekend but I am so busy during the week that my body and mind just craves relaxation! The kittens and I cuddled on the couch and watched more True Blood.

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I decided to use some homemade whole wheat pizza dough to make my late lunch. I rolled the dough out pretty thin and topped it with tomato sauce, light cheese, zucchini, mushrooms, green peppers, vidalia onion and fresh basil. It was really delicious!

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I also got into some unnecessary snacks…an un-pictured Skinny Cow and some Puffins. We are definitely breaking up again when I am through with this box. Willpower = out the window!! Meanwhile, the kitten babies moved on from me and snuggled together. How cute are they??

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Courtney came over for dinner and to watch He’s Just Not That Into You with me and Jules. I took over in the kitchen and made whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and fresh basil, chile lime chicken burgers and roasted eggplant and zucchini to eat while watching the movie. This meal was so quick and easy to make and tasted great!

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I thought the movie was really cute and fun. I am such a sucker for any chick flick basically. Court brought over cocoa meringues and brownie bites from Whole Foods for dessert. The meringues were good but the brownie bites were amazing! Between the three of us, we ate almost the whole container. Too bad I didn’t check until AFTER eating them that the brownies are almost 100 calories each!!!!! No wonder my belly was stuffed beyond belief by the end of the movie.

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Today I made the regular yogurt mess but added Puffins instead of Kashi. Don’t worry, I measured them out this time!!

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I also broke into this banana around 11 AM. I bought this just for the Superfood sticker!

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Lunch was somewhat boring but good, just a bowl of Progresso minestrone soup. I didn’t have anything packed when I was running out the door, but am glad that I grabbed this so I didn’t have to spend money or calories on ordering food.

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Instead, I got the same sweet treat as Friday, my favorite no-sugar added light half mocha half vanilla ice blended from the Bean. MMM!

Enjoying my view!

Enjoying my view!

After work, I got an early start on dinner with a Newsroom 9 Grain bread heel topped with a schmear of Better N’ Peanut Butter and some cherry jelly. I was just too hungry to wait!

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Even though the toast kept me full for another hour or so, I was still craving CARBS and debated mashed potatoes and pancakes but decided on continuing the breakfast theme with an omelet. I used 1/2 cup egg beaters, vidalia onion, basil and mushrooms, with red pepper slices on the side. The breakfast theme let me have another bread heel with jelly on the side :)

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Then Julia and I headed out to a BBQ restaurant to meet some guys from her work for a drink.  I had a glass of Pinot while we chatted away. Knowing the bartender meant we got a nice free top off! I avoided eating any of the fries, but did steal Julia’s pickle! It was nice getting out and having some entertaining convo after a long day at the office. Jules is leaving tomorrow for MN and I just wanted to soak up my Julia time!!! I am going to miss her!!!

Long story, but around 11 PM we headed to Santa Monica to scope out parking spaces for Julia to leave her car for the week. We just walked back in the door (it’s 12:30 now) and I can tell that my blood sugar has seriously hit rock bottom because I am being a total crank yanker and am about to make a bowl of instant oatmeal. Instead of taking/uploading a boring picture of that, I leave you with this…

…the video Fight From Above debuted Friday night! Pretty awesome, right?! Don’t the boys sound great?? I am the one in the red plaid/sunglasses at the party and then the leather jacket/bangs at the end in case you couldn’t pick me out. Yes, lighting up…for artistic effect you guys!!

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget :)

Three Things for Sunday

  1. Made sure to measure out portion sizes for everything I cooked for breakfast,
  2. lunch, and
  3. dinner.

Three Things for Monday

  1. Passed up the Sprinkles cupcakes in the office (my work enjoys torturing me)
  2. Brought lunch instead of buying
  3. Ate dinner before going out to the BBQ place

Friday morning, usual breakfast. Someone brought in a big box full of donuts but my yogurt mess was just so much more appealing. I can’t go without it!

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I packed lots of veggies for the day, so I broke into my sugar snap peas at 11 to tide me over until lunch.

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These greens held me over for an hour or two before I heated up a can of Progresso onion soup. At 100 calories, this is PERFECT for bulking up! I had a slightly stale piece of ciabatta bread that soaked up the soup wonderfully and tasted amazing.

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I had more colors on the side; orange butternut squash…

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…and yellow pepper slices!

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I had a hankering for a sweet treat and since it was pay day, I swung by Coffee Bean on my way to the bank and grabbed a light half mocha half vanilla no-sugar added Ice Blended. When did coffee names get so LONG?! Anyway, it totally hit the spot :)

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Friday at work was much less intense than the rest of the week, and we all got some catch-up work done. Right before I left the office, I had a cinnapple for workout fuel. Eating a small snack right at the end of the day is a great gym motivator because I always want to go burn it off and build up my appetite again for dinner!

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I did 45 minutes of intervals on the elliptical before heading to Ulta for some glam accessories for the night. I needed eyeliner and ended up with a new mascara and some fake eyelashes too! Got to play up those baby blues! Anyone else try the false lashes before? Last night was my first time and they looked awesome and were so easy to wear, even though I was worried about them falling off all night LOL :)

I headed home for a dance party with the roommate while we got showered and ready. Kate J and Kate W came over for pizza and wine. (Yes, another Kate! Are you confused yet?!). I had two slices of the veggie pizza from Cheebo but skipped the booze.

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Then we made our way over to the Viper Room to hear Katie Jo’s boyfriend’s band. The music video came out AWESOME! There are some really cool shots of yours truly in there! I will definitely put up the link after the guys post it online. I grabbed a Bud Light and we all danced the night away. The whole gang came out in full force, and it was great to see everyone. I also ran into my ex, who I haven’t seen in months. It was really weird talking to him…the girls reclaimed me though and we headed to another bar for more dancing. I did two rounds of girly watermelon shots before calling it a night. Best part about hosting dinner at your place before going out? Leftover pizza when you get home!

Saturday morning I woke up early and still totally full from my late night pizza snack. I watched TV for a while and made a batch of whole wheat pancakes around 10 AM. I gave these a sweet twist by adding 1 tbsp cocoa powder and the last 10 semi-sweet chocolate chips I found in a bag in my closet. These few choc chips were the perfect touch! Topped with 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup and 1/2 banana…

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After breakfast, I bummed around for a bit and cleaned a little too. A little after noon, I decided to run a few errands and made a piece of toast with Better N’ Peanut Butter and cherry jelly to hold me over for the next few hours.

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I headed over to the office since I left my camera cord there and couldn’t charge or upload photos. Can’t have that!!! The parking lot was oddly full…?! After Target and TJ, I went home and eagerly dug into my splurge purchase, PUFFINS!

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This cereal and I had to break up for a bit because I couldn’t NOT finish the box in two days. I snacked on a few extra handfuls throughout the afternoon, but didn’t sit down with the box and mindless just eat it — that’s progress :)

Around 8, I headed over to Whole Foods where the nicest guy behind the meat counter helped me pick out a 4 ounce piece of organic beef. I had such a craving for red meat and mashed potatoes! This dinner was one of my very favorite meals growing up. I made the smash using 1 Russet potato boiled and mixed with a little less than a tablespoon of butter and a few splashes of milk and salt. I finished out the meal with some corn, sugar snap peas, and hickory BBQ sauce for dipping. I felt just like I was at the dinner table in Jersey again!!!

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I had good intentions to go out but ended up relaxing at home instead. I’ve been looking for a new TV show to watch and decided to give True Blood a try. I ended up staying awake until 2 AM catching up on the first season — I really like it! I had a Skinny Cow and one more handful of Puffins while watching.

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Three Things for Friday

  1. Avoided the donuts in the office
  2. Got a light Ice Blended to curb my sweet tooth
  3. Skipped the wine with dinner

Three Things for Saturday

  1. Used 1 potato to make my mashed potatoes for portion control
  2. Portioned my meat by having the butcher wrap up 4 ounces of meat (my eyes are usually bigger than my stomach!)
  3. Ate a Skinny Cow for dessert instead of going out to get ice cream

Saturday morning, I tried to sleep in, but I woke up early anyway.  I snacked on some watermelon and had a very lame cup of coffee.

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The cats couldn’t understand why I wasn’t still sleeping :)

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I have been craving pancakes every time I see a post about them, so I decided to make my healthy-ish ones! I have a great whole wheat & oats pancake mix that I mixed with egg whites, water and 1 tbsp cocoa.  This recipe makes a pretty full plate of pancakes!! Topped with 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup, the whole plate is just under 300 calories, plus half banana for garnish.

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I laid around all morning, playing some catch-up with my DVR and snacking on copious amounts of watermelon.  Lunch rolled around before I knew it, and I made another personal pizza with my homemade dough and the same toppings from Friday night — sauce, cheese, mushrooms and red onions.  The cheese is a new find (thanks to Julia!!) from Trader Joe’s that’s only 45 calories per 1/4 cup.  So melty and delicious!

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After lunch, I took a walk to Crossroads to find some jeans, but that was a no go. Luckily, there is another location in walking distance the opposite direction, so I hit that one up too and found a cute pair of lightly worn Citizens for $30! Perfect for in-between jeans that I can wear until my too-tight ones are fitting again.

I stopped off at Trader Joe’s on the way home, making my round trip about 3.5 miles. I love being able to walk to get my errands done! Back at the apartment, I was suddenly ravenous so I cut into a red pepper for a mini appetizer.

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I also couldn’t resist making a cup of the special coffee treat that Julia brought home — Godiva Creme Brulee. IT WAS SO GOOD. There are no words!!! I am officially spoiled. I think I’m gonna be hopped up on caffeine…can’t stop drinking this :)

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Dinner was a perfect Memorial Day weekend-style meal, minus the actual grill. I cooked up a chile lime chicken burger, sweet potato fries, and a piece of corn on the cob. I ate my corn dry & salty, with half cut off the cob. My two favorite ways to eat corn are on the cob and cut right off it, so I decided to go for both :)

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Dessert was a Skinny Cow ice cream sammie, chocolate this time.

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After dinner, I got ready to go out for Court’s birthday. Of course I was running late and by the time I got down to the beach, everyone was already drunk and leaving early from the bars! So I ended up not drinking anything at all, and just chatting with Courtsie and her friends for a bit before heading back home. I got home a little after midnight and woke up this morning before 7 am. WHY?!?! I like early starts but I wouldn’t mind getting a few extra hours, ya know??

Three Things for Saturday

  1. Made sure to measure out all the ingredients for my pancakes & pizza
  2. Walked to do my errands instead of driving
  3. No late night snacking

Sunday morning, I woke up LATE (for me, anyway) — 9:30! Then I realized it was spring forward time, and that I was actually getting up at my usual time, 8:30. Why oh why can’t I sleep in late?! I decided to make some pancakes, using whole wheat mix, unsweetened almond milk, egg white, and applesauce. Topped with extra applesauce, half banana, and 1 tbsp vanilla bean maple syrup. MMM, you just can’t go wrong with pancakes!! I love making them smaller and thinner so I can eat more of them too :)

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This breakfast was just what I needed to fuel me through some errands.  Then I hit the gym for 45 minutes on the elliptical and a round of chin-ups, dips, and free weights. I was super hungry by the time I got home and made the most delicious lunch: an omelet made with 2 eggs worth of Egg Beaters, mushrooms, spinach, and red onion; a toasted Perfect 10 bagel with lemon cilantro hummus; and half a red pepper. Fresh & filling & EXACTLY what my body needed!

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After my late lunch I headed over to Kate’s place for some primping and overall girly-ness before heading out to the main event. We sipped on this mixed white from Pancake Cellars that I bought for the label. Yes, if it has a fun label, I will buy :)

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Luckily it was also really good! So good that the two of us polished off the bottle…We also had some of my favorite fairly healthy, 100% delicious crackers with extra sharp cheddar and hummus.

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We did NOT go overboard on the cheese I am proud to say, despite the wine drinking. Our little munchies ended up being dinner, since we went right from Kate’s to a sweet loft in downtown LA with a great view of the city. Kate’s boyfriend’s band recently got signed to a label and they are in the process of self-filming/directing/editing a music video. For the party scenes, they got a bunch of us together to just hang out & dance, and then they filmed that! It was actually a lot of fun; we just chatted and listened to their songs and danced to them AND while we were there, we get a call that the song they are filming the video for was about to be played on the radio for the first time ever!!! How cool is that?! The band was so stoked; it was really cute to see. I can’t wait to see the final edit!

Man, I am TIRED though today. Happy Monday everybody! Hope this one flies by :)

After watching Rachel Getting Married this morning, I decided to make some pancakes.  I added bananas to the mix and topped them off with 1 tbsp of my vanilla bean maple syrup.  All these banana pancakes for only 330 calories!

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With my new Plum and Berry tea. I liked!

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At noon I went to get my hair cut and colored!! Wish I had realized it was going to take FOUR AND A HALF HOURS because I didn’t bring anything to eat. I had an oatmeal raisin cookie that my hairdresser shared with me to “boost our blood sugar,” or so she said LOL when the two of us started getting faint. Now it’s shorter and blonder, whoohoo! By the time I got home at 6, I was totally ravenous.  I made a quick salad with spinach, red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, green beans, and light asian sesame dressing.

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I was also really, really craving carbs, so I mixed up a cup of dry whole wheat pasta with a half cup sauce, red peppers, basil, and artichokes. I ate this up in seconds :)

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Dessert tonight, I decided to make up for the calories I missed out on at lunch with my yogurt blend. This one had half cup kashi and some frozen fruit, including pineapple, cherry berry blend, and mango.

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I am supposed to go to a party in a bit but am falling asleep on the couch and have a copy of The Changeling in front of me, so we shall see…:)

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