Hump day already?! This week is flying by! I am getting so excited for the 4th. I just love when everyone is in the holiday spirit! Okay, rewinding to SUNDAY…I woke up early to more blue skies and made a yogurt mess with one of my strawberry shortcake biscuits. Yum!

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I wanted to go to the beach again but was just too burned in a couple spots (bikini line and knees…how do I always miss those places?!) to get more sun so I skipped it and lazed around instead. Lunch was pretty light because I knew I’d be snacking/drinking later at the bbq. I started with some corn on the cob, one of my favorite summer foods (this piece x 2!).

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Followed by a bowl of broccoli and chicken!  I made a homemade sauce with some Better N’ PB, soy sauce and chili paste that tasted heavy on the soy and not very peanuty at all. I will definitely have to fool around with that recipe but it tasted good in a pinch.

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After lunch, I headed over to the bbq. Three of us swung by a cute little market to grab salt & vinegar chips, corn on the cob, filets, macaroni salad and Coronas. We all dug into the chips and Coronas as soon as we got back.  We chilled on the rooftop patio for a while just sipping our beers and chatting before rousing ourselves for a game of beer pong. Actually, make that two games. Kate W and I dominated and won both!!! After BP I switched over to diet Sunkist and stuck to that for the rest of the night. I haven’t had orange soda in AGES…it definitely reminded me of being a kid 🙂

Finally, more people started trickling in and we got HUNGRY all at once. We cooked the corn first — it was delicious!! I can’t wait to get some sweet NJ corn though next week when I am home. That’s one cob that can’t be beat!

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We also bought $50 worth of steak for the 7 of us 🙂

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My piece was awesome!!! I love a good grilled piece of meat, but usually don’t have it unless someone else is cooking it for me, so this was a nice treat. Plus a small scoop of the mac salad on the side. Sorry, no picture! It was around 9PM and we were HANGRY!!!! Kate Cubed did pose for one shot during the grilling though 🙂

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Julia and I got home around midnight and I crashed HARD. So tired! I was still sleepy Monday morning (no big surprise there) but my yogurt mess made me happy as always.

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The day was busy, busy, busy! I took a break to grab a frozen meal from Gelson’s. I was craving the tofu rice bowl from Aroma but settled for the Amy’s version.  It wasn’t nearly as good, but still pretty tasty. It held me over for a long time and I would probably buy it again but not too often because of the hefty price tag! Still, it was cheaper than going out for lunch and I knew exactly what I was getting 🙂

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I also snagged a Pink Lady apple while at the grocery store which came in very handy when I stayed an extra 2 hours at the office getting work done and needed to MUNCH!

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By the time I got home, I was hungry and tired so I pulled out the last piece of dough from the fridge and made a quick veggie pizza with tomato sauce, cheese, mushrooms, basil, red onion, red pepper, and lots of spicy red pepper flakes. I rolled out the crust SO thin that it stuck to the pizza stone and I had to scrape it off there.  On the plus side, the paper crust made for a ton of slices and I ended up with this plate times 2!!

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After pizza can you guess what I did? If you say crawl into bed and pass out, you would be correct!!! Tonight I should have some downtime though so I will catch you up and finally get through my Reader. That thing is both a blessing and a curse, right??

Hope you are all having a great SHORT week!!

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I’m still posting at lunch, so this is going to be short & sweet! Breakfast was another All-American yogurt mess, my favorite.

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For lunch, I had salad with light balsamic dressing and a turkey sandwich. I used Oroweat Light bread, 2 1/2 slices peppered turkey breast & 1/4 a mashed avocado. I see this sandwich repeating itself over the next few days (yes, brought it for lunch again today!).

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Post-lunch, pre-workout fuel was a Chocolate Chip Z bar. Ding ding we have a winner! I wasn’t a huge fan of the other two I tried (honey graham and chocolate brownie), but I liked this one a lot.

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Last night I managed 15 minutes running on the treadmill and 30 minutes on the elliptical before calling it quits. I had to run to Target and was itching to get it over with so I could get home! I also stepped on the scale at the gym and the number was NOT so hot…at least it will strengthen my resolve, right?!

For dinner I heated up the Amy’s Indian Palak Paneer. I haven’t had much experience with Indian food before but I’ve always liked what I’ve had, and Target had this variety for only $3.19 so I decided to give it a try. It was good! This entree is 270 calories and decently filling, considering that the whole thing fits on a salad plate.  I also added a few pieces of raw cauliflower on the side.

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The cauliflower I snatched from my big pot where I was cooking up a batch to test some cauliflower mashed “potatoes!” After heating the cauliflower until tender, I hand-blended the veggie, adding a few tbsp of milk and water as needed. I also added some onion powder and salt to taste. On a whim, I tossed in a wedge of light Laughing Cow to thicken up the whole mixture. No butter or cream needed! On a whole, I liked the cauliflower mash, although I won’t say it really tasted like mashed potatoes. At least, not the ones I am used to eating! I will definitely play around with this recipe in the future.  I’m not sure if I loved the Laughing Cow cheese, or the onion powder.  I ate a nice little bowl and saved some for lunch today.

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I made a little yogurt bowl for dessert. This contained 3 oz vanilla yogurt, 1/4 banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, and a heaping 1/4 cup Kashi Honey Sunshine. BTW, Kashi is on sale at Target if you want to stock up!

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This snack was yummy but really not needed. I have been doing much better this week but I think the next thing to go is the mandatory cereal/milk/yogurt bedtime dessert. Even though this came in at under 200 calories, I really wasn’t hungry. I think recognizing this and not eating a snack when I’m full will definitely help me get rid of the few extra pounds. What do you guys do to combat nighttime munchies?!

Can’t believe it’s Thursday already! Tonight I am going to dinner at Aroma Cafe.

Using only market fresh ingredients, our menu offers a wide variety of delicious foods. With over fifty different items to choose from, our breakfast, lunch and dinner menus can satisfy the heartiest to the most health conscious appetites.

They have the BEST salads, so eating healthy tonight shouldn’t be too hard!