Friday ended up being a total food overload, thanks to a combo of treats at work and going out at night. My breakfast was normal…

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…but then I added some donut tastes!

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I knew there would be more to follow, so I kept these small.

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For lunch, I had a bowl of black bean soup and half a tuna salad sandwich on ciabatta bread from Coral Tree Cafe.  The tuna salad is mayo-free and so delicious!  Afterwards, I snacked on one of the moistest, icing-est cookies of all time.  These are sold at the grocery store and are oddly really excellent.

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Near the end of the day, I started to snack on another bite of donut, but switched to snap peas instead.  Good Kate 🙂

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Good Kate didn’t last very long though…I stopped by the post office to pick up a package from my mom which contained a big Russell Stover heart of assorted chocolates.  Thanks Mommy!!  Of course, I ate SIX as soon as I opened the box. Uhh, yeah. They were super good, but it was chocolate overload!  Then it was a glass of wine with some pita chips and spinach artichoke dip for dinner.  Later that night I had a Starbucks Mocha martini out with the gang.  I LOVE those! Plus a vodka cranberry when we went dancing later.  I got home around 2AM and curled up in bed with a book.  That’s when the late late night eating started. It was WAY too much. I filled a dessert plate with pieces of donut, cookies, pita chips, and blue corn tortilla chips.  Then I had another plate with more when I finished that one. I woke up feeling awful.  I haven’t had a night like that in a while, where I just felt really gross and embarrassed by all the chocolate and junk I consumed for 24 hours.  I definitely used up my daily calorie amount in snacks alone. I called my sister to vent and she motivated me to get out the door.  So instead of laying in bed feeling guilty, I went on a run.  I ended up running/walking five miles while listening to the Goo Goo Dolls on my iPOD. It was such a great morning, and I felt so healthy to be moving, that it totally lifted my mood. Here’s a picture I snapped on my cell of the beautiful view from my route.

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When I got home, I snacked on a piece of banana before brunch.

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I knew that today would be another indulgent day, but I decided to make it indulgent without too much overload.  It seems to me that when I overdo it with food is when I end up feeling badly about what I eat, which is really a waste when I am eating pasta and chocolate and cheese and bread.  Wouldn’t it make more sense to eat an amount that is satisfying rather than so much that I end up feeling sickly?  I always want to beat myself up after nights like Friday, but I decided that I wasn’t going to do that, and my run and healthy brunch really helped to keep things into perspective.

My first LA friend Ali is in town visiting (!!!) so a group of us hit up Newsroom, where my roomie works, for brunch.  I started off with a non-fat vanilla latte.

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And then we ordered Newsroom’s famous artichoke, which is marinated in balsamic vinegar for 2 hours and then grilled — YUM!

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Our waiter also brought us these vegetarian hot wings, which I think are just made of soy on a skewer.

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For my main meal, I dug into the Brazilian High Energy Breakfast Bowl.  The menu details this deliciousness as blended sambazon acai soy moo & banana topped with hemp granola and fresh berries.  Look at this big bowl of heart health!!

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Blended acai underneath:

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Nick had a watermelon martini that he passed around the table so everyone could take a sip 🙂

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Newsroom lattes are SO GOOD!

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Then we hit the road = oh yeah, I forgot to mention we walked there! DING! Another 5 miles added to my morning roster. I brought this piece of bread for the road.  That’s Julia hand modeling 🙂

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This meal held me over almost until dinner!  I dug into one of these 100 calorie bars before my big V-day foodfest. 

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Here was our spread for the night:

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And our dessert!

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My piece 🙂

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Today I woke up and relaxed ALL DAY.  It was heavenly. I started off with a childhood breakfast favorite dubbed “eggs in a basket.”

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Here’s what it looks like when you cut into the egg. MMM

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For lunch I had a slice of the delicious spanakopita cooked by India. Plus a square of chocolate. Doesn’t it look gourmet??

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After napping and watching Bravo reruns most the day, I stopped off at my favorite sushi place to pick up a spicy tuna roll and california roll.

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Plus edamame

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And one of the vegetable egg rolls from Trader Joe’s.

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For dessert I dug into another brownie piece with a scoop of the Breyers fat free ice cream.

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All in all, I had a great relaxing weekend. Friday I really pushed myself to that place where you just feel UGH, but rather than get mad at myself the rest of the weekend, I just made a conscious effort to change my thinking. I am so happy that I was able to turn around my food feelings. And I still ate a bunch of rich, delicious food the next two days without that annoying nagging guilt that comes with excess food overload. There is going to be a lot of eating/drinking and little exercise through next weekend though, since the rest of this week is going to be crazy busy. Ali is in town until Thursday, and then it’s my birthday and VEGAS!! I’m so excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The trip is adding up to be wild and crazy for sure. I can’t wait! Night all! Hope everyone had a great weekend/Valentine’s Day…and I hope that YOU all have off tomorrow 🙂

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