Tuesday morning I dug into another 2 Newsroom bread heels with 1 tbsp almond butter/crunchy natural PB combo plus 2 tbsp cherry jelly, fruit, and coffee. This bread is killer and keeps me full way longer than oatmeal or yogurt mess! I wonder what’s in it/nutritional stats? Julia, does Newsroom have these?? Hmmm…anyway, it was awesome as usual.

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Lunch was the other 6-inches of my turkey/veggie subway.  Holding off on the vinegar worked like a charm, and this wasn’t soggy at all!

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Usually I have some kind of popchip or baked Lay’s with this type of meal, but yesterday I made a wonderful discovery — there is a FROYO place in walking distance from my office building!!! I actually walked back into the office and declared to everyone, “This is one of the happiest days of my life.” HAHA. I got a baby-sized chocolate and peanut butter. Best part is, there were probably less calories in this guy then I would have had if I ate the chips instead!

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For the first time in what feels like forever, I finally had a chance to hit up the gym after work, so I snacked on this Kashi bar a little bit before going. It was good enough taste-wise, but honestly wasn’t that filling.  Bummer!  It was a free bar, so no biggie, but I wouldn’t spend the money on them myself.

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I got in a good 60 minutes on the elliptical. It was hard to get into the groove and I kept wanting to quit, but I have a lot going on this week and don’t know how many times I will get to the gym, so I pushed through. I did some grocery shopping afterwards, and by the time I got home I was HUNNNGRY!

I snacked on grapes while I was cooking.

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All day, I was craving a big ole ROAST — veggie roast that is!  I chopped up 1 medium sweet potato, 1/4 red onion, 1 shitake mushroom, 1 green pepper, and 6 brussel sprouts.  The brussel sprouts got tossed in a lemon pepper seasoning, while everything else just went in au natural. Here’s the tray pre-cooking!

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I also was reminded about Kath’s kale chips, which I’ve never made. Since I had a bunch of kale in the fridge, I decided to give them a try as well. Verdict? Surprisingly good! They got very crispy. The only negative was the kosher salt, which was entirely my fault because I used way too much. Next time, less salt and we have a winner!

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To go with the veggie roast, I also broiled a TJ’s cilantro chicken sausage. I tossed everything together and topped with some fresh cilantro and 1 tbsp of Bone Suckin Sauce that I got from Diana in our swap. This was so good!!

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Roasted goodness 🙂

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Sometimes when I eat big dinners like this one, I wonder if I make TOO much food. I mean, that tray was HUGE! But besides the chicken sausage and sweet potato, which I didn’t over-portion, the rest is fresh & healthy veggies, so I have a hard time restraining myself to a set portion size. How important do you all think that is to overall calorie intake? Should veggies be a freebie-type food, or is it good to always measure these out as well?

I enjoyed this very yummy bowl while watching The Biggest Loser. How sweet is Mike?!? What a good kid. Here is a side view of the kitten babies sprawled out on my lap. They love late-night cuddling! They are like kids, angels when sleeping ONLY haha.

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No dessert! Must be a first for me LOL 🙂

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I finished the last of my strawberries last night, so I had oatmeal with half banana for breakfast instead.  This is what I ate all winter, but now that I’ve switched over to yogurt, the oatmeal just can’t compare! Plus coffee.

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For lunch I went the bagel/hummus route again. This combo is just so good! I had an apple and yogurt on the side.

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After lunch, I went over to the Farmers Market with two of the girls on my account team.  There is a small FM across the street from my office on Thursdays.  It’s so funny — everyone there is in suits!! It’s basically a FM just for all the offices in the area. I got all these brussel sprouts and green beans for $2!

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Seriously, look at the size of some of these guys!!

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We also got roses from the flower guy.  I stuck mine in a water bottle.  Here it is next to my pretty Asian art calendar. Aren’t yellow roses so pretty??

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Around 3 I dug into this z-bar.  I’ve never tried any of these before!! I definitely liked the chocolate flavor.  It was a good lower-calorie option. Still, it doesn’t compare to some of the other bars. Maybe I should try some other flavors?

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After work, I went to the gym for 60 minutes on the elliptical.  The workout went pretty quickly with my Thursday trifecta — Shape, Marie Claire, and the iPOD 🙂 I really need to start adding more weight training to my workouts.  I was good with it for awhile when I was going to a cardio/weights class, but lately every single time I go to the machines section, a personal trainer tries to get me to sign up for sessions.  Last time, I even made an appointment with one because I couldn’t say no and then my roommate called and cancelled it for me!! Maybe I should invest in some free weights for home?  Then I would just have to make myself use them…

After the gym, I went to Trader Joe’s to pick up ingredients for my dindin, inspired by another Farmers Market favorite…ready for it…

FRESH, HOMEMADE TAMALES!! I picked up a sweet corn tamale and decided to plan dinner around it. There is a stand that makes all kinds of tamales, fresh that morning.  I always get the sweet corn one. It looks and tastes like sweet corn, but I have no idea what else they make it with.  It’s addicting, really!! Anyone ever made these before?? I would love to know if they are the worse possible things to eat or not all that bad LOL. Here’s a view of the corn husk all peeled back:

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So impromtu tortillas were born! Luckily my roommate let me dig into her supply of these awesome La Tortilla Factory tortillas.  Two are only 100 calories!!

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At the store, I picked up green & red peppers, pineapple salsa, and cilantro chicken sausages. I cooked up all of this, plus some onions and half of the tamale. It was SO GOOD! I had two tortillas plus some leftovers on the plate that I easily finished.

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AHH so good. Can’t believe I held off biting into this long enough to snap a picture LOL

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I also picked up the Honey Moon Viognier when I was at Trader Joe’s. This is one of my all-time favorite wines. It’s seriously so good. I had to have a little glass!

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Right now I am watching Grey’s & Private Practice and dreaming up dessert 🙂 Something with berries and chocolate maybe??

Update! Dessert alert:)

So I mixed some berries and pineapple and a half cup of kashi with a few spoonfuls of TJ nonfat yogurt. My first stab at non-Dannon/Yoplait type. I think I still need a little while to get used to it LOL.  I added some cocoa powder to chocolate it up a bit 🙂

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Night! It’s almost Friday, YAYZERS!!