Thursday morning I woke up extra early to get to the doctor’s office.  Since it’s Friday night now and I am having a relaxing evening & don’t want to harp on it, let’s just say it was not a great morning. One big shot in the arm later, I headed off to work with 2 slices of Newsroom bread heels topped with Better N’ Peanut Butter and cherry jelly.

This lovely times 2!

This lovely slice times 2!

I grabbed another coffee on the way to work; I needed the caffeine!

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I also chomped on a mango after getting to the office.

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Lunch was the rest of my gorgeous Aroma tofu rice bowl leftovers. Still amazing!

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With acorn squash on the side.

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Thursday was a pretty rough day at work. Things have been a little intense lately. I need to figure out how to go there with an attitude adjustment so I’m not so stressed out!  Luckily I had a movie date with Katie Jo and India. Dinner was pretty random…I started with more acorn squash,

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followed by an apple,

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and then a box of Junior Mints!

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Junior Mints are my favorite movie candy! I haven’t had a box of these in so long! We ended up seeing Angels & Demons, which wasn’t anything amazing but I love movie theaters in general, so I was happy :)

This morning I woke up early and got to work before the day officially started, giving me some time with breakfast and Reader.  The usual yogurt mess, with a whole banana today since I mostly had Kashi dust left in the box.

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I kicked off lunch with some mango. So fresh and delicious!

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Lunch was turkey on a La Tortilla Factory wrap…I tossed in a few of my BBQ pop chips. I love the crunch!

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Plus some more chips, green pepper slices, and red cabbage on the side.

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I have been insanely snacky the last two days! I was full the rest of the afternoon but wanted to munch and crunch anyway. Luckily I packed a cinnapple, which kept me from buying froyo or a chocolate bar!

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Don’t worry, I was just saving my treats for after dinner! First, homemade veggie pizza on the dough I made last weekend.

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Followed by some of the best ice cream I’ve had in a while — Ben & Jerry’s half baked froyo! Chocolate and vanilla low fat frozen yogurts with fudge brownies and gobs of chocolate chip cookie dough…yes please!!!

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I ate this while watching The Heartbreaker. Pretty hoaky but some funny parts too! Ah, it’s so nice having a relaxing night with nothing to worry about tomorrow. Still coming up with plans for Saturday night; anyone doing anything super exciting??

Happy weekend y’all :)

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!!!)

Friday morning, I woke up feeling not so hot. Surprise, surprise! I decided that it was definitely a Starbucks-worthy day, so I grabbed a grande Cinnamon Dolce latte on the way to work. I could only finish about half though; for some reason, nothing was sitting right in my stomach.

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I also dug into some vanilla yogurt, mangolicious blend, a very small half banana, and since I am all out of the usual kashi, I topped with some pumpkin and sunflower seeds for CRUNCH.

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For lunch, everyone in the office decided to pickup Zankou Chicken. I couldn’t get any of the meat items, but I found a nice falafel plate that contained 5 falafel balls, homemade hummus, pickled turnips, tomatoes, tahini sauce, basmati rice, and pita. This was a ton of food! I portioned some out on a plate and still had more than half leftover for another time.

According to the company’s website:

Our Hummus and Falafels are made fresh with garbanzo beans, a good source of fiber that can help lower cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels.

That’s a nice thing to read before enjoying a meal!

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On the drive home from the office, I was weighing nap versus gym in my mind and sleep won. I still felt wayyyy less than 100%. So I heated up a nice chamomile tea and climbed into bed with a book.

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I didn’t really fall asleep, but I did turn off all the lights and really relax for a good two hours. Then I got up to make a pre-dinner snack. First some red pepper strips and grapes:

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Followed by a cup of butternut squash soup and a pita half from lunch for dipping:

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With something in our bellies, Julia & I decided to walk to Blockbuster to grab a movie and to the grocery store to pick up our real dinner. We walked about 3 miles total and were pretty hungry again by the time we got home!! Not sure if it was from being tired (it was maybe 11 PM by this point) or anxious to eat (we got such yummy food!) but poor Julia cut her finger while chopping onions! Somehow she managed to wave her hand around before we got it all wrapped up, and our whole kitchen was dotted in red, which we we couldn’t stop laughing about every time we found a new little spot (the kitchen window?? LOL JULIA!!). LUCKILY it finally stopped bleeding…no stitches, WHEW.  I had a lil bowl of spinach tortellini with 1/4 cup vodka sauce. Holy yum!

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After dinner came my whole reason for walking to the grocery store in the first place, dessert! Not just any dessert, but strawberry shortcake straight from childhood and my mom’s kitchen :) For this quick and simple version, only 3 things needed: bisquick, strawberries, and cool whip!

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I bought this little package of Bisquick ages ago with the intention of using it for this exact dessert. Both the strawberries and Cool Whip were on sale for $1 each, so tonight seemed like the perfect night!! For these biscuits, all you have to do is add water and bake for 10 minutes. Super easy, and you get 6 biscuits at about 150 cals each. Plus strawberries and the Cool Whip at 15 cals per 2 tbsp, this decadence is actually a fairly healthy snack!!!!

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MMMmmm. We enjoyed these while watching Happy Go Lucky, which was a little weird and not what we were expecting at all. We ended up just going to bed about halfway through — will have to finish it up later this weekend. YAY weekend!! Hope everyone is having a good one.

It’s almost officially the weekend! Today for breakfast I made another yogurt mess with vanilla yogurt, half cup blueberries, half banana, half cup kashi and a handful of grapes. Plus my Fresh Market almond amaretto blend coffee. I am almost out of this stuff — boo!

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By noon I was totally ravenous and toasted up a Perfect 10 bagel with lemon cilantro hummus. Plus a side of nice crunchy veggies!

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After lunch, I treated myself to a tall skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte. Love that these are only 90 calories and sweet enough that I don’t have to add extra splenda!

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I also snacked on one of my all-time favorite Larabars as a pre-workout treat. And to round out my lunch a bit, which was only 200 calories + veggies, I am now realizing! Good thing I added that latte too :)

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Hopefully the latte and larabar will be enough to get me through til dinner. Not sure if I am going out to eat or cooking at home, but I wanted to stop in and wish everyone a happy happy weekend!!

I almost forgot! Today I got added to The Foodie BlogRoll and am listed under Most Recent Blogs!!!! Thanks to everyone who stopped by, welcome!!!

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I am still kinda full from last night!! Yesterday morning I kicked off the day with a Perfect 10 Western Bagel and 2 tbsp TJ’s whipped light cream cheese.  This combo was only 220 calories! I also added an apple tossed in cinnamon.

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At lunch I dug into leftovers from Thursday night.  I love making twice the amount of a really great meal the night before. I had two of these tacos and whatever stuffing I couldn’t pack in there!

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I was still a little hungry, and it was Friday, so I treated myself to a grande skinny cinnamon dolce latte.  Continuing the cinnamon theme from breakfast I guess!

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I was going to call it a day there since I was planning a big dinner later, but I got hungry around 4 and was going to the gym so I tried the Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabar.

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I really love Larabars, and I love chocolate and coconut, so I thought this one would be a sure thing. Honestly though, I couldn’t really taste either flavor.  It did have the amazing staying power of the other bars though, and lasted me through my workout and until I ate dinner at 9:30. Yes, 9:30!

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes with the assisted dip/chin machine and free weights.  I definitely pushed myself hard for the 45 minutes and could really feel it afterward! I met Steph at the grocery store where we proceeded to go to three places in the rain to get all our ingredients for dinner. Gotta do it right!  We started with a glass of my favorite Honey Moon. Here’s Steph cheering to getting home and starting the meal!

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I pulled out the pizza stone that Steph gave me for Christmas (thanks love!!) and we started putting it together.

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Here is our pizza pre-veggies:

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And here it is after adding all the veggies. Now it looks like a salad LOL

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All cooked up! YUM! I had two of these pieces.

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Plus this mini guy for a final taste :)

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We were planning to go to the movies but it was already after 10 and Steph has been dying to try Yogurtland, so we got froyo instead. I TRY not to go here too often, but I went last weekend too! Ooops. Here’s my mix of chocolate, peanut butter, and pistachio fat-free frozen yogurt with blueberries and mango on top.

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But wait, check out the inside! Look at all those toppings. MMMMmmmm DELISH.

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All this = beyond stuffed!!

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